Monday, January 18, 2010


I'm stealing this from Tyler's blog, but that is because it is too perfect. Thank you, Jesus, for your Truth and your provision.

To the one who's dreams are falling all apart
And all you're left with is a tired and broken heart
I can tell by your eyes you think you're on your own
but you're not alone

Have you heard of the One who can calm the raging seas
Give sight to the blind, pull the lame up to their feet
With a love so strong He'll never let you go
oh you're not alone

You will be safe in His arms
You will be safe in His arms
'Cause the hands that hold the world are holding your heart
This is the promise He made
He will be with you always
When everything is falling apart
You will be safe in His arms

Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life
Is the very same voice that calls you now to rise
So hear Him now He's calling you home
You will never be alone

These are the hands that built the mountains
the hands that calm the seas
These are the arms that hold the heavens
they are holding you and me

These are the hands that healed the leper
Pulled the lame up to their feet
These are the arms that were nailed to a cross
to break our chains and set us free

Although terribly formatted, here is a video of the song -

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Yesterday was my birthday, and leave it to my friend Jessi (who's doing a really cool thing with her should check it out here), to let me know that the date yesterday was exactly symmetrical when written out as above. Or a palindrome, if you prefer (my friend, Charlsie is another one I would have expected to bring it to my attention!).

It was a great day. Banana pancakes. Quiet, alone time for lunch. Dinner (cooked on our new grill) with the husband at home. And a movie!

Oh yeah....and this came in a pretty package for me (which just happens to be my DREAM WATCH!). Go husband!

Monday, January 11, 2010

makin banana pancakes

this was my breakfast this morning. prepared by the best husband in the world!, that's not an actual shot of our actual pancakes, but i didn't have the camera on me. and his were even better looking :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Secret Family Recipe

Ok - so it's not really "secret." And it's not really your typical recipe.

It's a special one that I only pull out for really significant occasions.

More specifically, only the nights when I am up all night coughing away.

Yep - it's my great-grandmother's recipe for cough "syrup." And it consists of equal parts sugar and lemon juice, with a good splash of bourbon (although whiskey will work as well).

Growing up, I was a pretty sick kid. During the elementary years, I was allergic to pretty much everything (non-food related). I spent one night a week at my next door neighbor's (who happened to be an allergist) getting my allergy shot. I'm addicted to a sound machine because I've listened to the sound of a humidifier in my room since I was 5. I had exercise induced asthma. And then they diagnosed me with chronic rhinitis.

The latter is what caused the late night coughing fits. They happened at home. They happened at friends' homes (where I would sit on the floor of a bathroom trying to cough it out so I wouldn't wake my friend). I would sleep practically sitting up with the help of one of these. But once the fit started, it was hard to get it to stop. Eventually I would make my way to my mom's room, and she'd fix me up my favorite night-time coughing, itchy, stuffy nose, so-I-can-sleep concoction. Honestly, I loved the stuff. Who wouldn't love something that was made up of mostly sugar?! And then the fact that my mom was giving me alcohol! Plus, it actually helped.

These last few days I've been getting over a cold. On Tuesday night, my elementary school nights were re-lived with a late night coughing fit. I tried water. I tried sitting up. I really didn't want to get out of bed. And finally, I remembered the old remedy. And let me tell you, it works just as good today as it did back then. It still tasted pretty good too. :)

So if you're ever in need, try it out. (Sidenote - Although equal, it's only a small amount of sugar and lemon juice. I'd say about 1/4 cup.)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Merry, Merry

Such a wonderful Christmas and New Years and time to spend with family and friends (and no work!!). The lack of posts has a little something (or a lot) to do with the fact that somehow my laptop was misplaced during our move. How do you lose a laptop? I don't know. But somehow we did. I'm still hopeful that we'll find it, but as a result, I've been away from the web world for almost two weeks. Don't tell anybody, but it was kind of nice.

Christmas break update via pictures coming tomorrow! Happy 2010!