Saturday, February 20, 2010

Big Girl Day

Today Kate got her very first haircut...

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...AND she's sleeping in a BIG GIRL bed tonight. All in ONE day! Whew!

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Peace of Christ to you,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Keagan, February 17, 2010

Dear Keagan,

I'm still trying to get used to the idea of you being four. Wow. I love your bubbly, persistent personality, and I love that you're enjoying cuddle time with me more and more! You've got quite a little imagination, too--which is just a blast! (You see a pond, and suddenly we're enacting finding a boat and rowing across the river!)

Today I finally got your birth certificate. I am a pretty big procrastinator, so don't be surprised that it took me four years!

I'm a little torn between excitement and sadness about why I had to finally get your birth certificate: you're enrolling very soon in Pre-K--in less than a month. I'm really nervous about sending you, and I cry about it sometimes. I think of things like: who will help you open your sandwich bag at lunch and poke the straw in your Caprisun? All the while, though, I am excited for you--mostly because I know how much you're going to love it.

I guess I'm just not ready to be away from you all day every day. I know--I have to adjust. And I will. But for now, I'm ready for spring to get here so I can soak up outside moments with you before you enter such a big, new chapter. I love you!

Love, Mom

Peace of Christ to you,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What's In It? Wednesday: Pepperoni Stromboli

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What you'll need:

1 refrigerated can Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf
2 Cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 package pepperoni slices
approx. 4-5 thin slices deli ham
Grated Parmesan cheese
Optional: add another type of cheese if you'd like (I add Colby Jack.)


Unroll French loaf on a floured pan (NOT the pan you'll bake on).

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Layer with Mozzarella cheese, ham (cut into small squares), and pepperoni. Top again with Mozzarella and additional cheese if desired.

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Roll up toward center with both long sides. Roll under open ends. (Remember, you're looking at the BOTTOM, so roll ends up toward you.)
Brush off excess flour. Seal off seam in middle with butter spread.


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Flip entire pan upside down on top of pan you'll use to bake stromboli. This is the best way to transfer the stromboli without messing it up.

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Brush off excess flour from stromboli. Coat thinly with butter spread. Sprinkle lightly with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
And Enjoy!

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Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Heart

I'm in 1 Samuel now, and let me tell you, it's so much better than Numbers! (Is it okay to admit that?) Well, I just did. Read Numbers. I think you'll agree.

Samuel (whom Hannah begged God to give her at the beginning of the book) grew up with Eli the priest, then became a prophet and also judged Israel. After the people of Israel demanded that they be given a king (even though God's design was for He Himself to be their King), Samuel was forced to find such a man suitable for the task. God chose Saul from the tribe of Benjamin. I have no idea what sort of man Saul was before this. Scripture tells me that he was handsome and taller than all other men. He visited Samuel because he was looking for his father's lost donkeys (seriously!), and Samuel tells him, "Okay, the donkeys are fine. And oh, by the way, you're going to be the king of Israel."

Can you imagine, just for a moment, expecting one thing and being handed an entirely different--better--ticket? That's a little more than being moved to first class, right? And I see no evidence of Saul declining the offer.

Anyway, the best part is where Samuel tells Saul what will be happening to him in the next few hours. He would receive the Spirit of the Lord. He would prophesy. He would be turned into another man.

"When he turned his back to leave Samuel, God gave him another heart" (1 Sam. 10:9 ESV).

This could be one of my favorite parts of the bible! I love this image. Another heart. Because God chooses us even with hearts in their repugnant state. He chooses us with our baggage, with our filthy habits, with our self-exalting, self-pleasing agendas. He even chooses us when we think we had something to do with it. Even though we certainly didn't.

And don't we, too, get another heart?

Because the one we begin with is tainted, sick with sin. Once He lifts us out of our mess, we can't continue to serve in His court with our pride, with our worry, with our dirt. No, He loves us in these things, but He doesn't leave us in these things.

He gives us another heart.


Peace of Christ to you,

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meet Baby #3

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So far, I've been told twice that they think it's a girl because of the fast heart rate. We'll see!

Peace of Christ to you,

Monday, February 1, 2010

Snowy Adventures

Waiting patiently for the snow...

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Improvising...

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At last, a real sled from our neighbors!

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What a workout!

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Keagan in pure delight!

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Kate's ready to go inside where it's warm.

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The scene from our backyard:

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After giggles and squeals, snow ice cream and snowmen, we left our stockings snow boots to dry.

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Peace of Christ to you,