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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

We Encourage - Featured Follower - Carissa

Carissa is a simply amazing young woman.  

I know some of my followers are also her followers...so you already know that ;)
But if you aren't, go check her out at lowercase letters.....  like now!

You'll be glad you did. 

This a a woman of faith.
This is a woman of poise.
This is a woman I truly admire and I want to encourage her to keep sharing her
heart with the blog word...
and beyond (she's an aspiring writer too ya know).

This talented mama has a flair for photography (see some of her pics below) but most admirably she has a dedicated heart for God.  And she expresses her faith journey so honestly.  We're all broken, but Carissa always comes back to relying on God's grace and shows us that we can too.

Carissa explains that her favorite post is heaven, hearing, and other good news 

"because it reminds me how God has been faithful to provide for us."

In this post she explains how God as provided for her and her family as well as some others.  It would do us all a world of good to recognize the myriad of ways in which God provides for us..

And now, here are some of Carissa's beautifully captured moments.

Thanks for so openly sharing your heart Carissa!

call me blessed

Friday, November 11, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

I haven't linked up with Rachel in a while and wanted to reflect
on some of the joyful moments I have had over this past week....

finding joy

* Getting prettied up in my new dress for a hot date with Me Hubsy out on the town.

* Enjoying good company, good food, and acts of kindness at the fundraising dinner for St. Anthony Special Education Program (the site of the aforementioned hot date) held at Heinz Field.  I will probably never get there for a Steeler game but was glad for this opportunity to see the facility.

* Putting out our Christmas lights. Yes we are already decorating.  Me Hubsy is of the mindset that it is better to do it now while the weather is warm and I can't say that I blame him!

* Hearing my sweet baby saying his nightly prayers in that cute little toddler voice....too sweet!

* The "second-hand booger"...that deserves it's own post I think ;)

* L behaving much better this week.

* I think my favorite part though was getting more organized on the home front so I can spend more time playing with my kiddos and less time running errands.  I sure hope this continues!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

You know it's love when....

your Hubsy covers for you to your MIL to save you face.

Me Hubsy did this very thing.  
Not to condone dishonesty but I can't help but appreciate this sweet display of his love.  
We all know I am not a domestic goddess.  
Well if I am not, my MIL most certainly is...at least where cleaning is concerned.  
She has cleaned houses for a living y'all.  She knows clean very well.  I am always embarrassed when she comes over cause I just can't keep up with our mess.  She NEVER makes bad comments to me about it though and often offers to help, just want to make that clear.  But she did ask Me Hubsy the other day a question about one of my cleaning habits and he gracefully covered for me, said I cleaned it regularly, and saved me some pride.  Albeit false pride since I know I don't really do a good job at cleaning but hey...I'll take it.  Somehow there is always a sense of appreciation and love when you know your Hubsy stands up for you to his mom.  I guess it is that reaffirmation from the Bible that he has let go of his mother and father and is clinging to his wife.

Has your Hubsy ever covered for you?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Three days of goodness

We just had 3 days of much needed goodness....especially after my last post (thanks again for all your supportive comments).  And I'm feeling a bit more like my positive and upbeat self.  Being over my illnesses may have something to do with it.  I was essentially sick with various things for almost all of October...yuck.

It started Saturday morning when we woke up to snow.  And while I would normally think it's too early, it was just the thing for a comfy day at home.  I woke up to the sight of my boys' heads bobbing in the window trying to get a look at the snow.  They kept at it all day.

Me Hubsy was happy not to feel guilty about all the yardwork he wasn't getting done.  I cleaned, did TONS of laundry, listened to music, made sure L got his homework done, and baked.  I felt like Martha Stewart y'all.  Or some less stuffy domestic diva at least.  Nothing like a sense of accomplishment.  I should have taken pictures of my clean house cause it only lasted for about 45 minutes.  We baked sugar cookie cutouts for Halloween, too bad the icing looked more peach than orange after we colored it...L said it looked like skin...next time I'll just buy the darn can of bright orange icing at the store.  The poor pumpkins looked anemic!...I'm sparing you the pics :)  But they had candy corn eyes and were absolutely delish!  
Needless to say they did not survive long in our house of sweet eaters.
 Me Hubsy also came home from Lowes with this awesome canning kit - that he got on clearance of course. 

I've always said he should be a professional shopper.  If there is a deal out there, he's gonna find it.  Anyway we ended up tossing a lot of the produce from our garden this year because we just couldn't eat it fast enough.  We intend to expand out garden a bit next year so we're really excited at the prospect of canning some of it.  Hopefully it won't be too difficult.  Have you ever canned before?

Sunday my sweet Mother-in-law took us out to breakfast.  Such a treat.  Then we went to visit some friends while Me Hubsy helped put heaters on their roof.  The kids had a ball playing together.  Later L said he was going to marry Baby Lila....they do indeed each have a thing for these two girls....time will tell ;)  Once we got home it was time for naps and I was going to begin my Herb and Butter Turkey breast with mashed potatoes.  This was going to be the crown jewel of my domestic weekend.  I have NEVER cooked a turkey before.  It all started out exactly as planned.  I set the timer and basted that baby every 20 minutes.  It was smelling seriously heavenly in my house.  I had visions of actually serving the food on platters and such instead of just serving from the stove like I normally do.  I think I may have even had on an apron in my little fantasy :)  And of course I dreamed of the whole family loving every delicious bite.  But instead we ended up having just mashed potatoes and sans gravy to boot (don't worry I did make the kids a hot dog too), and nobody was dishing out compliments to the chef.  I bought my turkey breast from Aldi's and there was "something" on the outside of it that was curling down into creases and looked like it was raw inside when it wasn't.  Of course I didn't realize this at first and ended up cooking it an extra 30 mins before I realized.  By then we were not in the mood to eat it.  I did pour the butter herb juices over it and had one bite to make sure it was as good as I expected.  All the flavor was there thankfully....next time I will purchase a higher quality turkey breast without any mysterious "stuff" on it.  And I will take pics and post the recipe because....the flavor is indeed worth it!
It was time to fit in the pumpkin carving before bed.  Me Hubsy loves to do fancy faces.  They turned out pretty good I think.

Halloween night was great...all except for the rain.  My two little spooky ghosts had such a good time.  I thought for sure E would not keep his costume on long but he wore is the whole time.  I really lucked out that they wanted such easy costumes.  I like to consider them "throwback"....hehehe. They actually got a ton of compliments.  There's just not too many ghosts these days.

I love that the boys love handing out candy to all of our "customers" just as much as getting it.  It was a great night watching my little spooks enjoy themselves so much.  

That is the best part of parenthood I think.

Hope you had a Happy Halloween too!

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