Monday, January 19, 2009

Google Fans

Driving along

peacefully

in the car

Out of nowhere Ashton says...

"Mom, when we get home, can you type this into the computer? How big is God?"

I clarified...

"You want me to google, "How big is God?"

"Yes," Ashton said. "Cause I really want to know."

Aaron and I sighed.

Daddy said,

reluctantly...

"Not even google knows the answer to that question."

I reached over and rubbed Aaron's arm.

I know how hard it was for him to say those words.

The whole car was in a state of quiet shock.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Attention Mentors and Her Hand Girlies...


I've posted some class information here about books and mentoring.

Tell your friends.

I'm pretty sure we've reached 55 girls and are full.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

One of my favs


This recipe is inspired by Jenn's chicken pot pie recipe. I'm making it right now, so I thought I would share it.

Jenn's is very good, but uses butternut squash instead of regular old summer squash. Butternut squash is yum, and I'm a huge fan...however, it takes man arms to cut it. Have you ever tried to cut a butternut squash? It makes me cuss.

I've changed some ingredients since Aaron is rarely home while I'm cooking dinner, and I shouldn't yell out obscenities at produce (besides being wrong, what a WASTE of an obscenity. If I'm going to cuss, it's going to be at my mean neighbor, not at a squash.)

4-6 chicken tenders
fresh carrots cut up
frozen broccoli florets
frozen peas
fresh summer squash (the yellow kind)
whipping cream
sour cream
grated cheddar cheese
enough frozen pie crusts to make two pies (tops and bottoms)
salt, pepper, onion powder

Boil chicken tenders until soft (I throw them in frozen, then when they are soft, I cut them up and cook them until they are done). Add cut up carrots. Cook until almost done. Add frozen broccoli, peas and squash. Cook just until soft. Everything should be completely cooked, but not super soggy or anything. I can't STAND it if the vegetables are crunchy at all in my pot pie, but don't want mush either.

Remove from heat. Strain. Put back into the pan. Stir in about 2-3 big heaping spoons of sour cream. Add enough whipping cream to make the mixture creamy...not too watery...just really creamy. Season mixture well with salt, pepper (it's really good with lots of pepper) and onion powder. You can use real onions and cook them with all the other vegetables, but I just use onion powder.

Pour half of mixture in one pie crust, half in the other.

Now here's the deal...Jenn makes her pie crusts all beautiful and what not. She even cuts out leaves and puts them on top. She's just amazing that way. She is a super cook who loves making dinner and making her dinners pretty. That's SO NOT ME. Thinking of myself cutting out leaves to go on a pot pie makes me laugh. My pot pies look like someone ran over them. They are delicious, but look dumb. I don't even care enough to try and figure out how to make them look nicer.

I'll admit...when you eat here in Hendrickville, there will always be WAY more food than anyone needs, (I hope it's delicious)...but the presentation will always be lacking. I might make you eat out of skillets on the stove, and unless it's Christmas, you'll be eating on paper plates. Oh...and, don't come to my house if you're on a diet. We're low on processed foods around here, don't really do the high fructose corn syrup thing...but I use whipping cream A LOT.

Put all the junk in the pies, put the top pie crust on, squish the edges, then place in the oven on 350 and cook just until the crust is nice and brown a little. Jenn has a pie halo. It's cool. I don't have one. I didn't even know what one was until I met Jenn. So if I notice the edges getting too done before the inside, I just take it out, tear strips of foil and pretty much lay them around the edges so the inside can get more done while the edges are left alone.

Take out, and once you have it in bowls, add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Here Comes the Bride


I just got done explaining to Ashton (for the millionth time) why he can't marry KK.

"Why can't I marry KK?" is a constant question I get from Ashton.

He loves his cousin.

It's awfully hard to explain WHY he can't marry KK.

All I've come up with is, "Usually people don't marry people in their families...at least in our state."

"But I want to marry KK."

That reason does not matter to him.

So, I've tried the whole, "You don't want to marry KK or your kids might be born with two heads and think two plus two is twelve."

He doesn't care about that either.

He keeps saying, "But I love her and she's my favorite girl to play with."

Why aren't there any parenting books with chapters entitled, "When your child tries to marry their cousin?"

Friday, January 09, 2009

I Feel Like a New Person!

Just when you think your heart is already overflowing with love and adoration of your baby.

Just when you think you can't possibly love your little punkin' any more...



They start sleeping through the night...and suddenly you realize...wow...they are even more wonderful than you thought they were just a few weeks ago.

Ha!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Our Hero


In December we met with Hudson's first family.

I'm so grateful for this relationship that's growing.  

Abraham Lincoln


I remember my mother's prayers and they have always
followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

--Abraham Lincoln


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Let's Be Beautiful

Excerpt below taken from this super book:



Mrs.Twit

Mrs. Twit was no better than her husband.

She did not, of course have a hairy face. It was a pity she didn't because that, at any rate, would have hidden some of her fearful ugliness.

Take a look at her.

Have you ever seen a woman with an uglier face than that? I doubt it.

But the funny thing is that Mrs. Twit wasn't born ugly. She had quite a nice face when she was young. The ugliness had grown upon her year by year as she got older.

Why would that happen? I'll tell you why.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.



Sunday, January 04, 2009

Yum



I'm just going to say it.

I love bacon.

I could eat my weight in it.

On the day that Hudson was born, I had been awake for what felt like 12 days.

I was so tired.

And yet, at the hospital, on a trip out to my car, I ended up walking behind a man...a cafeteria man.

That cafeteria man had a huge pan of bacon on a cart he was pulling behind him.

It was a tub the size of a sink.

The bacon was perfectly cooked...not too limp, but not too crisp.

I was right behind him.

I love bacon so much that I remember, in that moment telling God...

"I know that stealing is wrong. I know that I'm tired. I know that today is a special day. Even though it's dumb, I kind of think that if I stole on a day like today, it might jinks our whole adoption...and YET...so help me Lord, if this man walks away from this tub of bacon, even for a minute...like if he stops and talks to someone, or he stops and gets a drink from the water fountain...I will pick that tub of bacon up off his cart and run to my car with it. I will sit in my car and eat perfectly cooked bacon until I feel sick, and then when I'm too full to eat anymore, I'll just lick some of the pieces for awhile."

See.

I told you.

I love bacon.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

My Favorite New Find


This year, I made books through Blurb to give to my Dad and his wife, as well as Aaron's parents.

They turned out way better than I was expecting. I used the all black background option and wow...they look professionally made. I also signed up to receive emails from this company and for both books, I either got a code for $10 off or a code for free shipping. You've just got to love that.

I'm in the process of making Hudson's Life Book through Blurb and putting all my pictures from last year into these books. No more paper scrap booking!

I used to LOVE scrapbooking, but like lots of things, once you hit a certain amount of kids in your home, things change.

When I had fewer kids, I would scrap book and actually roll my enchiladas.

Now I make Blurb books and every rolled recipe I owned has been converted into something that is layered. Suddenly, enchiladas become "Mexican casserole" or sour cream chicken enchiladas have become "White cheesy casserole."

Enchiladas are to casseroles as scrap books are to Blurb.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year

(pictures below!)

Can you believe it's 2009?

I don't know why, but thinking about how it is 2009 made me think of Y2K.

Who stock piled water?

We did!

Here's what's coming up for us...

We are moving into our "new" home in a few weeks.



It's not new in real life...but it is new to us.

We were going to build, and then before we could start we found the most amazing home. But...if you are ever going to build, wow...you need to read all these wonderful suggestions from people who have been there, done that, and have some ideas that will revolutionize your home building experience!

Another "new" thing in our life is this....


My sister Ashlyn and her sweet baby girl, Riley are staying with us for awhile. For those of you who live here...I can't wait for you to meet them. Ash has been in school at SFA, but will be in school here this semester. I'm so proud of her.

I have loved having some girls in this house with me. The boy/girl ratio just got so much better around here! There has been lots of laughter. I think Ash is one of the funniest people I've ever met. She has cool boots too that she lets me borrow...I never want her to leave!

Our house is full...but it's fun...and we're so glad to have Riley and Ash here with us. I love all the pink, all the hairspray...and there are now a million pairs of leggings in all colors and sizes in this house. It makes me happy.

Aaron is kind of crazy about Riley. She simply has to pick which finger she'd like to have him wrapped around.

Look at em.

Aaron's heart has been stolen.

I love it.

We spent New Years in Brenham with my brother and Lynsey. Aaron's family went with us, so that was super fun. I love that Aaron's family loves and knows my brother and his family. That makes the holidays sweet.

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