Friday, February 26, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Then to Branson for December 23
Reading the Christmas story
(our niece, Elise, sitting on Dan's lap)
Due to a huge blizzard, we were snowed in with Dan's family until December 26.
Popped popcorn, played games, shoveled snow...good times!
Monday, December 28, saw us loading up a small moving truck and saying goodbye to Nebraska...and beginning the long drive out to Virginia.
Enjoying the petting zoo!
Dan feeding Gomer, the camel.
Wednesday, December 30, found us pulling into Round Hill, Virginia. Home sweet home! And though we're back to 'real life' with work and school, the honeymoon continues! Stay tuned for more pictures as life continues...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Around the time Dan and I began our relationship, a friend sent me an article that was such a blessing to me during the following days, weeks, and months of beginning a relationship. Knowing from your comments that many of you, my readers, are still single, I thought I'd share a few excerpts with you during this Valentine season. Remember -- true love only comes from truly knowing Christ!!
...The area of romance is not outside the realm of discipleship: God will use it to test me and refine me and bring me joy, just as He does with every other facet of my life.
...Waiting won't stop when I enter a relationship. At each stage of friendship, courtship, and marriage, the future is still God's business. Mine is to habitually counter my imagination with the truth: Who this person really belongs to, what our true relationship is — today — and what true love will do for him as a result.
...regardless of its romantic potential, each relationship is an excuse for prayer.
...I can glorify God by seeking His Kingdom FIRST, and marriage second.
...When Mary anointed Jesus' feet with pure spikenard, she gave something costly, something precious to her, something irreplaceable. It was others who said "Why this waste?" To the one who gave and the One who received, it was pure joy. He never wastes what is precious to us! Not one single day.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
(The little speck showing is the rear view mirror of a car...)
I have never seen so much snow come in one storm!
Now the sun is shining, the snow is beginning to melt, and people are digging themselves out.
The snow covered countryside!
And yes, we had to get out and play in it a little bit...
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
...The normal image of wealth in our society is someone with a surplus of money, large cars, maybe a large business, certainly a large home. That is what we typically visualize. But when God's Word describes a wealthy person, it never makes reference to the amount of money he has.
...The way we handle our money is the best outside reflection of our true inner values. You can tell more about the spiritual lives of a couple by looking at their checkbook than by anything else. People can say anything they think others want to hear, and many people are great at faking their true attitudes, but the way they handle their finances is usually a dead giveaway to what is really going on. The way we handle our money is nothing more than the outward expression of what's going on spiritually inside.
The Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
...has been a fun adjustment!
A gallon of milk lasts us more than 1 meal [grin].
A quart of yogurt lasts a whole week.
Bake a batch of banana bread and instead of it all getting devoured for supper, half of it has to go in the freezer so it doesn't spoil before we can eat it!
One pizza provides us with supper and a lunch for Dan.
The trash only needs taken out once a week -- imagine that!
And laundry -- two batches a week keeps us all caught up.
I'm halving recipes like crazy, learning lots, and having fun while doing it!
The last few weeks I've been working at organizing my kitchen and now I'm working at organizing my meal plans. My goal is to write out the menu every week and since I finally succeeded this week, I thought I'd share with you what we'll be eating!
baked oatmeal (2x)
eggs and banana bread
w/ fruit and milk or yogurt
Lunch: (Typically its leftovers from last week - works great for packing lunches!)
BBQ chicken sandwiches
chicken tetrazinni, cooked carrots, bread
Mexican lasagna and salad
chicken, mashed potatoes, beets
stir-fry veggies and chicken with rice
roast beef, baked sweet potatoes, beans, rolls
Snacks: muffins, yogurt, Hershey kisses, pears, carrot sticks