March 25, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

This blessed me today:

"That you may love the Lord your God,
 that you may obey His voice, 
and that you may CLING to Him 
(I love that!)
(I love that too!) 
and the length of your days;" 
Deut. 30:20 


March 24, 2015

Food, fasting and a recipe!

Our church is praying and fasting for souls to be saved this Easter.
It is a day when so many visitors pop in for their once-or-twice-a-year visit to church and we are believing for God to touch their hearts through the powerful message of Jesus' death and resurrection and what that means for their lives.
Those in our church who want to, are doing the Daniel Fast.
Since Hubby needs as many calories as he can get in day, he is exempt but the kiddos and I are doing it, with a few exceptions here and there. -Sunday, we decided Daniel would totally eat veggie spring rolls from Panda Express with his rice but that probably is not the case. ; )
Today, I broke out the juicer but drinking veggies did not go over well with the kids. -Proud of them though, for giving up carbs, meat and sugar and pretty much everything else they like, to experience this spiritual discipline and pray for others!
Speaking of prayer, one of the men in our Sunday school reminded us that if we aren't praying during this time then we are just on a diet. Ouch! -Gotta step up my prayer game! : )

I heard someone say that anything that comes from the ground is OK to eat on a Daniel fast.
And so I rationalized that that made a wee bit of real maple syrup OK...
which might actually be in the same category as the spring rolls. LOL

But these little balls are YUMMY and filling. Also, sugar free, vegan and gluten-free, if you care about those things.  Whoo hoo!
Give them a try, unless maybe you are trying to eat just like Daniel. ; )

Peanut Butter Mocha Balls

1 cup of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup of flax meal
1 tsp espresso powder
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T unsweetened coconut
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
5 T peanut butter (or yummy with almond butter)
1/4 cup real maple syrup

In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir. Put in fridge to chill for 30 minutes.Once chilled, spoon into tablespoon sized portions and roll into a ball. Can store in air tight container in fridge for up to one week but they won't last that long! : )


March 21, 2015

"Have courage and be kind"

 Hubby took his girls to this last night:

And we loved it!
 (almost like a Downton Abbey fix seeing Rose and Daisy) ; )

One of our favorite things was hearing SO many happy little girls clapping with joy when the slipper fit! So sweet! -Some came in their pjs and one girl was wearing a Cinderella costume! -So much cuteness in one place!


March 18, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

Sometimes the storms of life beat on us and threaten to sink us,
like the literal storm did when Jesus and his disciples were in the boat in Mark chapter 4. It says the "waves beat into the boat so that it was already filling." Sometimes we get beat on by some pretty big waves too.
Jesus, living on earth and being human just like the rest of us, was using his travel time to catch some much needed sleep in the stern in between ministry events. ; )
The disciples woke Him up and asked if He even cared that they were perishing. -Maybe they were being a tad bit dramatic, I don't know. I know I have been, in my storms.

When we are being beat upon by the storms of life and we ask Him if He cares, the answer is always 'Yes.'
He cared that they were and He cares that we are.
In their case, He made the storm stop immediately. It says "And the wind ceased and there was a great calm." -I can't even tell you how much I love that phrase 'a great calm!'

When I call out and ask Him if He cares, I know that He does, but I, personally, haven't seen all my storms stop on the spot like the disciples literally did. -How awesome would that be!?
They usually continue to rage,
but what I have experienced, time and again is a "great calm" that comes over me IN the storm.
It is indescribable.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:26

And then as a bonus, He makes sure you get "to the other side of the sea" just like the discples did.



March 16, 2015

If I have to keep another secret, I will surely bust...

A proposal took place this weekend!
And how gorgeous is this ring?!?

Zac got an amazing deal on it with the help of a dear friend.
-And the trip to buy it was probably the biggest adventure of his life! One of those things that fits the saying "Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction." ; )

He planned to propose next Thursday and made all the plans/reservations and found out that Tiffany had to work that day, which never happens...
So, take two....
He decided to put all the plans into high gear and propose on Sunday. Two days away!

Friday, Hubby and I had the pleasure of hanging out with him all day on his Proposal-Day-Practice-Run to all the various locations he had planned.

We had a great time. One of the most amazing things, is that Hubby felt SO good for the whole adventure. -Such a gift from God! A very special time for the three of us!

Saturday, I went into crazy-mode to clean, shop, and decorate to host an engagement party, which was taking place THE VERY NEXT DAY!
Our kids were all a huge help. God bless them!
Among MANY other things, Joy helped by making these beautiful red velvet cupcakes.

And Andrew popped a lot of kettle corn for me!

Sunday after church, their proposal adventure began!
There was a drive to the beach,
and a boat ride to an island
and on a nature trail
he got down on one knee and proposed.
(too bad I can't add about 100 heart emoticons right here!)

Next came the boat ride back,
 then a drive to another beach where they boarded a helicopter and went for a ride at sunset!
After that, they came back to our house to celebrate and share the story!

All those secrets were well worth it because she was COMPLETELY surprised!!! Yay!

We feel very honored and blessed to be apart of Tiffany's family and to have her, join ours!

And Joy is SO glad that she is finally getting a sister!


March 13, 2015

A week of victories

1. On Tuesday, we saw the endocrinologist and found out that there is nothing wrong with Hubby's thyroid and they took him off a med that they put him on awhile ago when one test showed there might be. Yay!

2. On Wednesday, as you may have read, the cardioversion never took place! Whoo-hoo
His heart is in perfect rhythm!

3. Today, the oncologist said to ME "You've lost weight?"
And I said "I don't know about that." (meaning, 'no, but thanks'!) ; )
He said "You have! I hate you." LOL
BUT that isn't the good news,
even though I liked it. ; )
He told my Hubby:
"I'm done with you! Hopefully, you will never need me again." And I said "Amen" and so did the doctor.
Then he said to Hubby that he "needed some good news today and you are it."  (thank you, Jesus!)
So, thankful!
~And bless his heart, it can't be easy to be an oncologist! There were many visits to see to him when Hubby was really bad off. I had to push him in a wheel chair because he was too weak to walk and I had to speak to the nurses on his behalf because he could barely speak at all!

The words to this hymn come to mind:
'To God be the glory, great things He has done!'


March 12, 2015

Best hospital trip ever!

Yesterday, we got to the (heart) hospital at 7:00 AM for the cardioversion and found out that they didn't have any of the paperwork with approvals by doctors or the insurance company even STARTED yet.
So, we were in for a LONG wait, as in 3 1/2 hours long...

But, one of the dear pastors from our church, and his wife had come to sit with me during the procedure and the 4 of us ended up having such fun in the waiting area that the time passed pretty quickly.
 (they visited us so many times during Hubby's other hospital stays and came to the other two surgeries. Love them!)

Eventually, they took us back to a room, had Hubby put on a gown and then they took his heart rate. It was only 67!
 (the day before it had been 101) The sweet nurses thought that was pretty strange and then they did an EKG and said that his heart was in perfect rhythm! PTL!
Then they had someone else come in and do another EKG, and still perfect!
Those sweet nurses were so confused!
I said it was all the prayers that people had been praying for Hubby and one of them agreed. But they joked that it was the 3 hour wait in the lobby that had fixed everything. -Not!
Then they had to text the doctor...
A few minutes later, we were free to go.
Whoo-hoo! Thank you, Jesus!
From there Hubby decided to DRIVE me home. -He hasn't had the strength to drive in months!
He is feeling better and it is glorious!
Thank you, Jesus!