It's been a great week, except for dinging a guy's bumper in a parking lot....but all in all it was so cool to finally have Jim be done with school, finding great deals and hanging out with 2 VERY cool friends!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
I got a 30 min break between when my grandparents picked up the boys and when Amy should be here...so I cracked open my Bible for a little quiet time.
I turned to Micah 7. I'm sure that I've posted this verse before, but with all that's been going on this week it was so life giving to be reminded of God's faithfulness!
Micah 7: 7-9
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
I wait for God my savior;
my God will hear me.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I sit in the darkness,
the Lord will be my light.
Because I have sinned against him,
I will bear the Lord's wrath,
until he pleads my case
and establishes my right.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see his righteousness.
Have a wonderful weekend...find peace knowing that the darkness lasts but a moment... but morning always comes!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So, what do you do with leftover mushed up strawberries and some cream cheese frosting? Make muffins!
I didn't really have the foresight to actually take pictures before I made the batter....I know....sorry...but it was 11 and the kids were starving!!
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup strawberries (use frozen, microwave until soft and smoosh away!)
1 1/2 tsps Vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour (I used cake flour, but really all purpose would be fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1. Mix the wet ingredients together. Sift the dry ingredients onto a piece of wax paper and then add to the wet mixture. (got this tip off of the PW site...ingenious!!!) Mix just until combined...do not over mix muffin batter!
2. Grease muffin tin. I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to fill the tin...had a bit leftover so I just fudged it and add the rest evenly :)
3. Bake 350 for about 20-25 min.
4. These would be perfect without the frosting...but if you have some laying around, microwave a small dish of cream cheese frosting for about 35 seconds (until it is smooth like a glaze). Then just top each muffin with about 1/4 tsp and frost the tops.
The boys seriously ate through the whole thing! (so glad that I had grabbed one before the frosting to see if they were edible!)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Keith had mentioned today in the Crossroads Newsletter about how true intimacy doesn't happen in the dark, but in the light. That got me thinking....why is it that we try so hard to put up these perfect plastic facades, all the while keeping the true self hidden in the dark?
I couldn't sleep tonight so I came down stairs and started reading my Bible. It flipped open to Lamentations...pretty fitting for my mood, lamenting over jobs or lack thereof, frustrated with life and how everything seems so out of whack.
I remember my afflictions and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every mourning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
God wants us to be real. He wants us to come to him, not with our perfectly memorized prayers and shined shoes...but the real deal, afflicted, bitter, downcast, yet still hoping in the fact that his compassions never fail. He wants to shine his healing light into the deepest depths of our heart...the places where we cram all our junk when company's coming!
I guess my questions before got answered...there is a place where cheerleaders can turn to...a place to be real...a place to get renewed. God can wipe your tears, fluff your pom poms and send you on your way with wings like eagles! The only catch is that we have to let go of plastic perfection.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I'm thinking of painting my living room green...not army green...more of a khaki green (similar, but lighter then the green in the blue stripe fabric). Three walls will be that color and then I'm painting my terrible fake brick wall either an off white, or a light brown. Sounds odd, but I think it will work...hopefully.
Now that my walls are getting spruced up, my furniture really needs something...the boys have given it quiet the beating! I've looked on Craigslist. But really for what I'd be spending on a couch that I'm not 100% on, I could really buy fabric and reupholster the old ones...maybe!
So here are my choices from today's fabric store trip:
This is actually a ton darker in person. The middle fabric is called patriotic cherry and is woven. The plaid, which I LOVE, has the dark red, plus a very similar green....not sure how I would work it. The plaid is a thinner fabric. Maybe do the main part of the couch red and then add the plaid as the back pillows?
Then I saw this! Way to expensive for an entire couch, but maybe an ottoman!