3.07.2014

Lent, a new meaning

Lent. 

I've never been over the moon about it. Especially growing up in south Louisiana with Mardi Gras being my favorite holiday. Lent means all the fun has come to an end. 

But with my walk with Him having grown in maturity, I know it means so much more than "what are you giving up?" and silent lunches in the school cafeteria. And don't you dare bring meat in your lunch on a Friday. 


The time of Lent has taken on a different meaning for me. It's a sweet, wonderful, fulfilling time where we can grow deeper in our relationship with Christ, together, as one body. It's a time of dying to self for further growth in Christ. 


Whether it be the tangible "what are you giving up for Lent" thing or that possible more weighty thing of giving up impatience, anger, gossip, or control. 


We are in the post winter/pre spring season in the calendar year, and I feel that same season in our circumstances for Andrew and me. We are waiting for God to move in big ways; waiting for decisions and new opportunities. 

I can't help but make the connection between the season of winter and bursting forth in life in the springtime. I told someone the other day that I anxiously await springtime because we will have answers by then, or so we hope. 


So we are wondering how many more "weeks of winter" we'll have to endure before coming into a more beautiful springtime of life. But God does such a work in us during the dry, cold, dead times; the Lenten times of seeking His face before we celebrate His risen life. 


I am grateful for this special time of waiting for Him to answer our "post winter 2014 prayer requests" and this Lenten time of reflecting on Him and His victory over death. Which means life eternal. How beautiful. 

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain. 
Then bursting forth in glorious Day up from the grave he rose again! 
And as He stands in victory 
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,For I am His and He is mine -Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

In Christ Alone

2.05.2014

On being an adult


"I've always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner tool-box full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools--friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty--and said, Do the best you can with these, they will have to do. And mostly, against all odds, they're enough." Ann Lamott, Traveling Mercies

2.04.2014

Praying for our country...exciting stuff

Andrew and I watched the movie, Mitt a few days ago.


Ah, what could have been...

It is so interesting to see inside the campaign trail. And while it was a great documentary, it left me feeling defeated with them and their campaign. So much so, that I told Andrew, "Never do this to me. Never run for office." What a shame, since Andrew would honestly be a great man for public service. (Notice the word service).

So while I forbid my fully capable, service-minded, well-liked, patriot of a husband to run for office, I felt as though I needed to do something. 

I texted my patriot-friend, Dorothy, and said, "Let's pray." We decided to pray everyday at the same time for our country.  She's on Eastern time, so she prays at 12:30 pm everyday, and I pray at 11:30 am. We set a timer on our phones, and say a simple minute prayer together, but apart. 

I swore I would do this years ago, but the intent faded. 

Seeing this documentary has put my hope in Him again for the future of our great nation. 

And as I was thumbing through the books at the thrift store, I came across a prayer book for our country. The $0.99 was worth it.


I was so excited that I told Andrew what I had found and to my delight, "No one has even written in it!"

Sarcastically, he responds, "I have no idea why..." 

Well their loss is my gain. And apparently yours too if our country turns around due to prayer journaling! Kidding. 

So if you have the want, pray with us at lunchtime. 

The website that corresponds with the book is here. And here is the prayer wall if you want to say the prayers that others wrote. 

I love our country. I pray it can be used for His glory.

2.01.2014

This Ain't Rocket Science

This idea was birthed out of thriftiness. 

I don't like to waste food, and when I see food turning sour, I mash and freeze into pucks. 

Apple and banana pucks

Like I said, this is ain't rocket science, but I figured it may help some of you momma's out there!

John Henry thinks they're popsicles. 

I don't tell him anything otherwise. 

1.31.2014

2014 Book List

Here is my reading list goal for 2014:

1. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

2. Miracles and Massacres by Glenn Beck

3. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

4. Reliable Truth by Richard E. Simmons, III

5. America the Beautiful by Ben Carson

6. John Adams by David McCoullough

7. Think Big by Ben Carson

8. The Whole Brained Child by Daniel Siegel - finished half. Will pick up again when JH is older. 

9. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh 

10. The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

11. French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

12. Disciplines of the Home by Anne Ortlund

13. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 

14. Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

15. The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle

16. My Story by Elizabeth Smart


I hope to add fun reading to this list too. Any other suggestions?

Snow

We survived the Birmingham Snowpocalypse of 2014. Andrew's 20 minute commute to work took 4 hours. And that's one of the best scenarios I've heard all week. We were fortunate and didn't even know how so.

I would go into all of the unbelievable stories that I've heard, but I don't think you need a recap from "Whitney, news anchor." Just know it was bad, and we are warm in our home with wine.


Snowpocalyse was pretty from the inside. We don't have any "playing in the snow pics" because we don't do that. We'll go to Beaver Creek if we want to play in the snow. With snow gear. 

Moving on. 

During the last few months, I've had to say "no" to some events that I wouldn't have minded participating in. It's not like me to say "no." I like to be in many groups, bible studies etc. I like to fill up my day. But while John Henry was still wanted a morning nap and those events would have conflicted with his "schedule", I decided it was best to take a time out. 

It was important for me to be at home. 

While he is 17 months now and still wanting a morning nap most days, I felt like it was time that we could start to do a little more. He started "school" one day a week, I went back to bible studies, and story times. 

I think we go through many different seasons, so each one won't look the same. I like to gauge what I can take on and what I can not through the lens of motherhood. 

And I can not take on playing in the snow. 

Fortunately, it's all melted. Moving on to a new season...

1.22.2014

My "King Cake", Quotations necessary

I mentioned yesterday that I made a king cake for our company Monday night. 

It was easy and delicious. I made it more like a tarte than a circular king cake because I didn't have the right pan, didn't have enough room for the crescent rolls listed, and I got a little ahead of myself and misread the directions. Let's face it: the last reason is the real reason for the shape of my "king cake." 

I tend to do that, get ahead of myself before realizing what the chef wanted me to do, which is why my food taste good, but is never pretty. I'm okay with that. 


To rectify the ugliness, I put the "king cake" on a pewter platter and served with a pewter cake knife with a festive fleur de lis handle. Let your mind take you to table scape bliss...

So here's the recipe from Holly Clegg of Baton Rouge. 

Makes 16 servings
2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.
Mardi Gras Icing:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring
1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls.
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple).
3. Drizzle over baked cake.