Monday, October 31, 2011

Life Made Lovely Monday by M

So good to have this little boy home.

Even if he has been totally mean to me all evening.

Which wore me out.

And made me really sad.

But he is soooooo tired!

And looked completely adorable as a little pirate.

And then he wanted to lay on my belly before bed.

He's such a sweet boy (and a little strange).

This really has been a lovely Monday.

New Eyes.

Through various clicks around the blog world, thanks to IROCKSOWHAT, I came across a photographer's blog (Constantly Evolving) who did a personal photography challenge: 31 Strangers in 31 Days. As I have read through a good portion of the photos, I was reminded of the sermon I heard at church this morning. My pastor talked about how we tend to make assumptions about people and don't stop to really consider their story. We really don't stop to think about anything except the fleeting thoughts of judgement that flow in and out of our minds in the split seconds we pass them.

Each person that Caroline approached was a new face, a new story, a new experience. Throughout her journey she met some pretty neat people and learned a lot of new things- not just about these strangers but also about herself. As I read through each post, I could feel the Holy Spirit stirring something up. Every face, every stranger was more inspiration to begin to look at people with new eyes. To look past my judgements and assumptions and seek see strangers the way that Jesus sees them. Not as strangers but as people.

People who have a story.

People who seek love.

People who need a Savior.

I was praying on the way back from my sisters house tonight asking God to open my eyes. To help me see people through his lens. (This was before seeing that blog) I prayed. He answered. I came home, jumped on the computer and was unexpectedly inspired, filled up and feeling the urge to DO something. 

Now? I am praying for boldness. The urge I am feeling is to challenge myself similarly to Caroline except with the goal to not just come away with awesome portraits but to meet people. To really meet people. To listen. To learn. To look past the outside and hear their story. To not act based on what my eyes are telling me about that person but to look through a different lens. A lens that seeks to see more than just skin deep.

I'm not sure when I'll start... Maybe Tuesday since I have already committed with my sister to do a blog challenge to post everyday for an entire month... starting Tuesday... funny how God always goes before us and lays out path our right in front of us ;) This should be gooooood. HA! 

Join me if you feel so inclined. 

Or not.

But certainly hang around to see how this turns out because it could get interesting... :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It still hurts

As many of you know, the baby girls have a birthday coming up. Its so hard to believe they will be a year old in 2 weeks.

So for most of the evening last night and most of my free time today, I've been pulling photos of the girls from the past year. It has been fun to look through the photos and see how much they've grown and remember all the fun stuff we've done. I just a had one more folder to tackle before beginning the design for their baby books... their birth photos. Some of the photos I can't even look at for more than a second because all the emotions, fears, frustrations and pain come flooding back. I sit here writing this in tears. There have been numerous times I've wanted to sit down and write their birth story but couldn't. The words aren't there. I realize that from an outsider (like any one outside of my head) you would hear/read the story and say that isn't so bad. Especially for twins, the birth went rather smooth. We never faced the NICU. The girls were healthy. They were strong.

But my heart hurts.

I'm still not ready to write it all out. But I think I will be soon. Most of the time, I don't even think about it. I can't go there. Looking through the photos brought back emotions that I didn't know still felt so near... it seems dramatic but it took me off guard.

So I sit here in tears hoping I can finish pulling photos so I can make their books.

I suppose I just don't understand why I can't just be content with it. I mean, it is what it is. There is no changing the past. I know that God is sovereign. I know that all things work together for good to those that love him and are called according to his purpose. I know that.

I just don't know why it still hurts so much. Why I feel so... cheated.

But they are healthy and beautiful and almost ONE!

Truly, I feel blessed.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blessed Harvest


I Love fall.

It is as if our Creator chose this time of year to paint a beautiful canvas of orange, red, green, brown, yellow... its all there. 

Leaves falling. 

The air is crisp and clean.

 Such a refreshing feeling to follow the thick, heavy air that surrounds us in late summer. 

Fall is open windows, pumpkins, costumes, harvest... it is a culmination of all things wonderful :)

This season brings so many opportunities to build family traditions that will flood the minds and hearts of our little ones for years to come. Giving them things to look forward to :) For us, the pumpkin patch is a fun little thing my family really enjoys. This is actually the first year that Malakai has fully enjoyed it and really looked forward to it. He couldn't wait to pick out his pumpkin so Daddy could draw a face on it :)

With each passing season and additional children, I find that what I  look forward to the most is watching my children grow, learn and explore. Their first time touching grass, feeling sand, eating dirt (see photo above), seeing pumpkins... all of it new.

My life is truly blessed. 

We planted pumpkins this spring in hopes of reaping at least one decent pumpkin for this season. Sadly, the plant inadvertently was sprayed with weed killer and we had to toss it. And this happened just after we discovered little baby pumpkins beginning to appear.  We mourned the loss of that dear pumpkin plant (I only sort of kid) but I know that the harvest I will reap from loving my children will far exceed the joy that any pumpkin could have brought us. 

If we use our precious time wisely, as seasons change and our littles become biggles (no? too much?), we will reap a harvest that is far greater than any favorite tradition or perfect photo. It will be better than watching those first steps or hearing those first words. Show them Jesus and live out the gospel in front of your family and your heart will be full with the most rewarding harvest you could ever experience. 

I cannot imagine a greater joy than watching my children loving Jesus. 

 So tell me, what are some of your favorite family traditions? 

Lesson learned: You need at least 3-4 people to get 11 month old twins and a 2yr old to pose for photos :)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ima Mess. {Embrace the Camera}

Yep. My little monkey just left for a road trip with his Daddy.

5 days.


Oh boy.

I thought, maybe, I'd feel some freedom. I mean come on, lets be serious, no 2yr old for 5 days... seems like that would be divine. 

All I feel is sad. and lonely.


But I KNOW he's gonna have a TON of FUN! He's going to be on a 10 hr car ride with his Daddy and then spend the next few days with his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins... etc. And if I'm really real about it, this kid SERIOUSLY loves him some KENTUCKY! I mean like LOVES it. He's never lived there but its in his blood.

Example of a daily conversation we have:

Malakai: "Mommy we go Kentucky?" 

Me: "Not today, hon. Maybe soon." 

Malakai: "NO! Right now!" 

OR an example of what happens every. single. time. he talks to his Nana:

Malakai: "Nana, please may I come your house today?"

Nana: "Next time you come to Kentucky you can come to my house, Malakai."

Malakai, "OK. I come your house today, Nana?"

Nana: "Soon, Malakai. Next time you come you can stay at my house."

He's just too much. And I love him. And I'm gonna miss him. A LOT. I almost chickened out and just went with them. Like standing at the car hugging good-bye was almost too much. 

But here I sit. Missing my little monkey who's only been gone for like 10 mins. 

Can't wait to see him when he gets back!

So, are you ready to embrace the camera?
here's the nitty gritty:
1.  take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2.  blog about that picture and include a link to our blog, or grab our button.
3.  link your blog post up on the link tool here (@ the anderson crew).
4.  visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair andsweatpants velour jogging suits on.  cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5.  have fun!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We Encourage: Contentment

As a woman, wife & mama it can be a daily struggle sometimes to take my eyes off of my circumstances and put them on Jesus. My heart and mind becomes clowded w/ doubt, insecurity, frustration, pride, coveting... really it could be any number of things that puts the focus on me and not on my Jesus.

Today, I did this little exercise and thought I would share what the Holy Spirit shared with me through His word.

When I am tired or stressed or whatever excuse I can come up with to reason my behavior, I can tend to grumble and complain. like a. lot. Sometimes I don't even want to be around myself. I will find a fault in anything and everything there is to find fault it. (sometimes even where there isn't any) My poor hubs. He usually just 'takes it' and might say something to the affect of, "wow, I can't do anything right, huh?"

In no way is that who Jesus has called me to be, nor is it at all a reflection of his saving grace in my life. This is where he has placed me for such a time as this- as a minister to my family. He has called me to serve them and love them. Most of the time I enjoy it... I mean I love being a wife and a mama.

Usually what happens is, I begin to dwell on all the things that are NOT getting done. All the things I have left to do. All the things I don't like about my house, husband, kids, myself and BAM! negativity begins to flow like a flooded river right out of my mouth.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
(Philippians 4:8-10 ESV)

Anyone that knows me and knows my husband could tell you that I am one blessed lady. Michael truly has a servant's heart and will give you the shirt off his back if he thinks you need it. A dream for him would be to own a full service auto maintenance truck so that he would be able to stop at any moment and help some one out- no charge- no expectation- just to be a blessing. He has a big heart and gives it freely. He gets frustrated because he feels like he can't do enough. We were having a discussion the other day and I told him I thought it was silly how a lot of wifes/moms view the husbands as "getting" to go to work... His response? "But we do! We do get to go to work. I feel bad that you are here all day taking care of the kids and house and all the things you do. I wish I could be here to help you more. I could never do what you do." Couple of things I know for sure, #1 one of us has to pay the bills and #2 I would NEVER want his job. I love being a mom and even when things get crazy (which happens...often), I wouldn't trade this season with my littles for anything. 

Only when my mind is full of these truths, can I be content. If I allow myself to wander into and be consumed by all that I don't have, I miss out on the wonderful blessings that are right in front of me. To keep things in perspective, this is my prayer:

Philippians 4: 6-9 whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or praiseworthy, think about these things. Only by keeping my mind & heart focused on these things, will I be able to love them and serve the way you have designed. My children are a blessing from the Lord. They are beautiful creations from God. They smile, laugh, give kisses and hugs. They are smart little sponges. My husband is loving, kind and gracious. He is a hard worker, adorable, and a true blessing to my life. He is a loving papa and a precious gift to me. You have called me to be a servant- I desire to serve my family and show them the gospel and point them to Jesus. Thank you, thank you, Jesus for your unending blessings and love. Thank you for your grace and kindness. Thank you for my family. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. May my home be a haven of peace and comfort, full of love and joy from You.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Lovely Life

I have TWO lovely things to share today.

One- There is nothing sweeter than looking over to see your husband turn into a blubbering mush while watching a singing competition on television. (it was really was a totally sweet thing) To quote my blessing of a husband and papa daddy, "I hate how becoming a daddy has turned me into a total mush." haha- I think its sweet (and kinda funny), hon :)

2- My son in a football uniform. It was total bliss for him.
(coincidentally, he is walking around,  as I type this, with a pull-up helmet on his head and (invisible) shoulder pads... because, duh, he's a football player!)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Flash Back Friday & Winner Announced :)

Meet my 3 younger brothers :) They were maybe 10ish, 2ish & 9ish in this photo... they are now 24, 15 & 23. Its hard to believe I have a son that is 2... this is my little brother, people! Oh my. Anyway... Love and miss these boys more than they know!!! (we live 600 miles apart. boo.) 

I also would like to note that it is really funny how Unc Jo's diaper is bulging out of his shorts in this pic... LOL! Love you, Jo :) 

Charles, Josiah & Sam

And the winner is......

(according to #4 Congratulations, Krystle!!! :) Thanks to everyone that commented and everyone that reads :) Krystle, send me your info and I'll get that card in the mail to ya :)

Krystle said...

I follow your blog :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

onety one months.

I cannot believe those sweet little womb mates will be 1 year old in less than a month! Can I tell you something??? My heart could burst every time I look at these little egg split miracles. Also, how cool is it that God just helps our hearts to grow and grow to fit all the love we give for our littles?? I am just amazed every day... sometimes every moment. Thank you, Jesus for letting me experience this kind of love- especially knowing you love them more than I am capable of loving them. They truly are a double portion and overwhelmingly wonderful blessings!

Just this weekend, on their 11 month birthday, the girls had their 2nd overnight away from mama&papa (it was only malakai's 3rd). They stayed with their Aunt "Doty" (Dorothy) so that we could celebrate our anniversary Renn Fest style! (YAY) It was such a kind gift and we are so grateful for her willingness to care for 3under3! whew!

The past month has consisted of a lot of playing, laughing, eating and all around fun! Both sisters mostly prefer to feed themselves at this point. They will put up w/ mush on a spoon for a few mins but grow impatient for the "real" stuff.

Ava loves to shake her head "no" and even said, "no!" to Aunt D. She especially enjoys telling Lilly no when she starts to spit her food (YUCK!). Ava will point to your nose and mouth upon demand. She likes to point and loves to say Pop-Pop and Da-da. 

Lilly is liking to say, "bye-byes" and loves to wave. She is the sweetest little door greeter you'll ever meet! She is pretty laid back but definitely knows what she wants (and will let you know). She is seriously a climber! She will climb anything to get on the couch-makes for a very busy mama! Lilly is also saying Da-da. She really becoming a big time Daddy's girl- which is too sweet for words! 

haha :)

Papa-Daddy is looking at investing in an engraved shot-gun for each of his precious girls ;) 

Mama&Papa this time last year
We loved you before hello 

**Also- don't forget to check out my give-away from Friday. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about a childhood bff memory and you will be entered to win a 
$10 Starbucks gift card  :) **

Friday, October 14, 2011

Flash Back Friday, plus a giveaway

I realize I just wrote a post featuring this fabulous friend but I had to share this... 

I loooove you, Sarah!!!
So glad we're still BF 4-ever!

Side Note: This is my 50th post so I'm gonna do a give-away

This was a last minute thought


I'm giving away a $10 Starbucks giftcard.

To Enter the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post about a memory with your childhood BFF (& are you still friends)

2. Extra entry if you follow my blog. (leave a separate comment if you do)

Giveaway will close at 11am next friday and winner will be announced.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Seasons Change & Hearts Grow Fonder

Four years.

with my favorite.

Four years.

to grow.

four years.

is only the beginning.

Bottom right corner: 15 yr old us the weekend we met in 2000 at a big outdoor christian concert

Pink dress= My senior prom ('02) : Black dress= Mikey's senior prom ('03)

This was 2005 after Michael graduated basic training <3 a man in uniform :)

Four years ago, I married my best friend. 4 years of marriage bliss! We've had our share of growing pains but we are growing & learning together and better for it. I am so glad I married this man! He is full of love and has so much grace with me and my attitudes. He would give his life for his family. He serves us. He works hard. He loves the Lord. He loves to bless. He is mine.

Looking back over the past 4 years, I am overwhelmed by all the memories and change that has taken place in our lives. We are so incredibly blessed! I look forward to new memories made on this awesome journey we are taking. 

*wedding photos by, Laura Olson @ In His Grace Photography

*wedding photos by, Laura Olson @ In His Grace Photography

Our Wedding Vows

I vow to be an understanding wife; submissive to you in all things as unto the Lord. 
 I vow to live in purity and devotion to you.
 I vow to keep a peaceful, caring, welcoming home; striving always to bear the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness & self-control. 
 I vow to be your helper, lover, encourager & friend: delighting in loving you with a tender, affectionate love.
 I vow all things not only to honor you but most importantly, to live a life that brings glory to the gospel, my gracious Savior & the foundation for our marriage, Jesus Christ.
I, Sarah, by God's grace, vow to you, Michael, the following words for as long as we both live

*wedding photos by, Laura Olson @ In His Grace Photography

*wedding photos by, Laura Olson @ In His Grace Photography

Michael, I want you to know that I love you and respect you waaaaay more than I can express! You are a loving daddy, a gorgeous, hottie husband- my favorite and my best. You bless my life and I am eternally grateful for you. You are the butter to my bread and the ice in my mcd coke. You are my better half. Happy Anniversary, Papa Cain <3 

So, are you ready to embrace the camera?
here's the nitty gritty:
1.  take a picture with you and your kids/spouse/family member/friend/whatever.
2.  blog about that picture and include a link to our blog, or grab our button.
3.  link your blog post up on the link tool here (@ the anderson crew).
4.  visit the other embracers...give each other lots of compliments about how good we look with our greasy hair andsweatpants velour jogging suits on.  cause yah, we need a little boost when it's been days since our last shower.
5.  have fun!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Orbitz Gum, Anyone? A Juicy Morsel.

Today is all about cleaning up dirty mouths.

Recently, I have allowed my mouth to move way too much. I'll be in mid sentence and realize that what I am saying is neither edifying nor for building up. It is idle conversation or just plain unnecessary. The Bible calls this gossip and is pretty clear how destructive this sin is.
Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."
This puts a whole new standard on what I say. There have been many instances in the past few days/weeks where my mouth moved only for greed and pride. What came out of my mouth was not to build up or give grace. Quite the opposite, actually. My words have too many times been used to puff myself up or make my flesh feel satisfied (even if only for a moment). Its almost like a small high to have diarrhea of the mouth. Many times the damage done by spreading rumors (even information we know to be true or more often, just think to be true) isn't ever fully realized by the person spreading it. My intentions may be 'good' but as some may say, "wars are started with good intentions.

Proverbs has this to say of gossip:
"They words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body." (Prov 26:22, ESV)
 When our ears itch and want to greedily swallow up a 'juicy story' or our tongue can't help but 'share' the latest news, the words become a part of us. The greed and pride get deep down into our core and begin we begin to rot from the inside out. The pain we are causing is selfish and unnecessary. Unfortunately, it is all to common, even among friends. Whether thought to be in confidence as an 'important' prayer request or out of concern for a friend or just plain 'ole run of the mill idle talk, the sin is the same and the results can be deadly. 

All too often gossip becomes an issue because of an idle mind. Its kind of like eating junk when we are bored. When our mind is set to idle, we begin to feed it junk and out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The less time I have spent looking to Jesus and meditating on His words, the easier it has been to fall into the trap of gossip and idle talk.





                                                  stand for it.

Where is our hope? What is the answer to this on-going, death-filled problem???


LOVE from our gracious savior is the answer.

Praise Jesus that His mercies are new every morning! Praise Him, that his grace is sufficient. Thank you Jesus, your love and grace covers a multitude of sins! Thank you that I am forgiven and you have brought restoration for my soul! Thank you that through the loving grace of your Holy Spirit, I can choose to build up and edify my brothers and sisters. I no longer am a slave to sin. I am a new creation and by your grace, use my mouth to bring glory and honor to your name. 

Let me leave you with this last morsel of encouragement,
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8, ESV)

Dirty Mouth? Clean it up! 
Not with gum but with love and grace by setting our sights on Jesus. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Did you know??

Did you know...

You can freeze pancakes. I know, that sort of seems like, duh! to some people. I guess I just never really thought about. I mean I buy frozen waffles, why can't I just make them and freeze them? I started considering this when I was going over in my head how I could help make some meals for my friend, Amanda (you can see why if you jump on over to check out her blog at Rambos Rampages).

The process was SUPER easy!

Have you seen these? My favorite is the Raspberry :)

Each box of mix really makes about 8-10 pancakes.

They make SUPER tasty pancakes!
Just follow the directions on the package for mixin up the pancakes :)

sorry its upside down but you will need both of these plus a ziplock bag

wax paper cut into squares to place between the pancakes
 I allowed my pancakes to cool on a wire rack before packaging them up. I thought it might help with condensation. Once cooled, I placed anywhere from 2-4 pancakes in aluminum foil w/ a piece of wax paper between each one.

I labeled each pack of cakes and then put all the packs in a gallon ziplock bag. I also put instructions for reheating right on the bag :) Reheat in microwave: stack 3 cakes on a plate, uncovered and heat for about 1 1/2 mins 


Oven: place a single layer of cakes on cookie sheet, cover tightly w/ foil and heat 375 for 8-10 mins. 

IMHO the oven method would take longer than just whipping up a batch fresh so we'll prob stick with the microwave)


all wrapped up, labeled and in the freezer :)
Maybe this was enlightening to you or maybe it was just a boring post you wish you'd never clicked on, either way... hope you have an amazing day and thanks for reading :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

8 minutes 17 seconds

I'm loving this fall season. The weather is beautiful. Pumpkins, changing leaves, crisp mornings and nights... it all makes me so happy for fall. 

As much as I love this weather and season, it is leaving me sort of... sad? I don't know. Every day I am reminded of my daughters' impending 1st birthday and it just makes me kind of sad. I'm loving every minute with them but hating that clock ticking away leaving us with an almost complete 1st year of life for those sweet, sweet sisters. 

Have I savored enough of the moments? The everyday moments that happen so often I take them for granted. The little (or big) smiles. The bumps. The quick but ever so sweet exchanges between siblings. The hugs & kisses. All of it. I'm thinking the answer is, probably not.

Lately, I've taken to capturing more videos knowing that I won't be able to remember it all. Knowing how many videos I review from Malakai's 1st year hold what would have been forgotten memories reminds me how awesome it will be years from now that we've captured these small snippets of their baby-hood :) 

Just some thoughts I've been having in the last few weeks. 

On a totally awesome and really saaa-weet note.... my anniversary is coming up!!! yay! I love this man that makes up the other half of my children's dna.

I hope to bring you more blog posts this week... 

I've been a bit of a slacker here recently :/ 

Peace out, y'all!!!

(enjoy this little window into our lives w/ 3 under 3...)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Birthday Princess

Words will never do justice for the amazing friend I have in the beautiful lady I will be highlighting today.   It has been my honor to know and love this girl for the past.... I can't believe I am typing this... 18 years! YIKES! haha :) Seriously though, she is amazing...

Our relationship began as so... She thought I was a spoiled, whiny, brat. My dad (through her dad) invited her to my birthday party. And then she loved me :) (well it went something like that...) Either way, here we are many years later, miles and miles apart but better friends than ever. 

We share names, ages & our birthdays are on the same day of the month-5 months apart... TODAY happens to be her's :)  Sarah is one of the most beautiful, creative, loving, genuine, joyful, blessed women I know. She is honest, sarcastic, original, determined and successful. Wife, mama, daughter, sister, friend. She loves Jesus more than words can describe and her love for her family comes in 2nd. She smiles and laughs more than most.

Years ago, we were little girls dressing up, having adventures and dreaming of our lives when we "grew up" (you know, like when we turn 20 and stuff- haha). Our husbands would be best friends, our children would be best friends and we would all hang out in our connected backyard because, DUH, we were going to live next door to each other ;) Reality may look a little different than our dreams but our husbands are friends, my son adores those Lutz kiddos... we just need to work on connecting our backyards :)

Hundreds of miles and years apart. 
I love you, Sarah Elizabeth! 
You are a beautiful reflection of Christ's love
An inspiration to so many! 
Miss you! 

Happy Birthday
Princess Sarah!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

few little randoms... including a certain anniversary shout out

First of all...

We made a little visit to the pediatrician today. As some of you may know, I had a pretty nasty infection last week which required antibiotics... boo :/ Thankfully it is all cleared up now but unfortunately has caused a little bit of thrush in Ava's mouth and yeast infection in the diaper area on both girls... again- boo :/ Since we were already at the doc (and I missed their weight checks when I was sick last week) we went ahead and checked their weights... Little Miss Avy Aves is weighing in at 16lbs 5oz (w/ a wet diaper) and Lills is weighing in at 15lbs 12oz (mostly dry diaper). Both are growing well and barely on the charts for weight- 3rd & 1st percentiles, respectively.

All this being said, girls are being medicated but doing juuuust fine :)

For my 2nd order of business... saw today on fb that B&H is offering Adobe Lightroom 3 for 1/2 price for the next few hours (offer ends at 11:59 am on Oct 4th)! Just $149.99 for this awesome photo editing software! Seriously people, this is a GREAT deal!! Just thought I'd share this :)

Lightroom 3 on sale for next 24 hours
Also, a SUPER BIG shout out to some super amazing friends...


13 Years and counting :)

Let me tell you a little bit about these two people.

Rick and Kelly are two of our best friends. Their lives are a reflection of God's love and grace. They are always available to meet needs whenever possible. They are Pop Pop and Miss Kelly. They are friends. They are neighbors. Rick is a cook and Kelly a baker. Servants, singers, worshippers. They are blessed but better than that, we are blessed to know them.




We love you all and I am so grateful to have you all in my life. Our lives are better with you both in it :) Cannot wait to see what God does in your lives over the next 13 years ♥

Calling all southern bells and country folk! (or anyone with an opinion)

Fall weather means lots of soup and chili and yummy warm goodness :) This weekend my hubby HAD to have some bean soup. Now, if you don't already know, my husband is quite the country Kentucky boy- its in his blood and I love that about him :) It also means he has names for things that our Maryland friends just simply don't understand (or believe that people other than Michael actually say). Here was the one for Saturday night..... The question is:

"Bean Soup & cornbread" OR "Soupbeans & cornbread"

This photo is actually of leftovers and the original soup did not include rice- we just added it to make it go a little further on Sunday afternoon :)

Our "soupbeans" was a mixture of blackeyed peas, kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, onion, bacon, ham, celery and carrots plus various seasonings (of course). If you want more details than that... well... good luck, we don't use recipes around here ;p

So weigh in and let us know what you call this meal and maybe even share a recipe ;)