About Me

My photo
Married twenty-five years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids and 1 hand-picked by God from Africa. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Monday, February 17, 2014


I woke up this morning to something called thundersnow.  Yes, you read that right.  Thundersnow.

I'm sure it has some technical definition but basically it is a boatload of snow coming down in just a short amount of time.  Not to be confused with a blizzard (unfortunately, we're really familiar with here) which is accompanied with high winds and blowing snow.  Nevertheless, it's snow….


I can't tell you how tired I am of doing this….again.

Losing these….again.

Tripping over these….again.

And wiping up these….again.

So this stuff…again?

Is it ever going to end?   

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On to State, baby….

This past Sunday was a big day for our swimmers….Sectionals.

At Sectionals you have to swim certain times in order to qualify to go on to the State meet.  Even if you have swum that certain time all year, you must swim it at this meet to qualify.  It's nail-biting and intense and lots and lots of hoopin' and hollerin', and sometimes tears.

Tenths of seconds count.

At this meet, the swimmers are up against themselves and no one else.  They all know their times to beat and each and every single swimmer rises and falls by those times.

I'm so happy to report that our girls qualified to go on to State in all the events they swam in.  Not to say there wasn't some nail-biting going on up in the stands with their Daddy and I, but….they did it.

It's on to State, baby!

(On a side note….our oldest son choose not to swim this meet because he really needed a break after the intense training of high school swimming….and lots of lots of sleep)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today I cooked my Halloween pumpkin….

Oh yeah, you read that right.  I cooked…okay, technically roasted is the term...my Halloween pumpkin.

Crazy?  Yes, I know.

Or at least that's what my husband thought I was, when I put all of our Halloween pumpkins over to one side in the garage in late November.  I'm sure he thought they were going to rot and smell and decompose right then and there.  But the truth of the matter is that, a pumpkin is a melon and believe it or not can be perfectly preserved in a very cool/cold area for many, many months before any type of decomposition ever takes place.

You see….by placing them outside where it's basically freezing, I just slowed down the process.  Plus, I bought me some time.  Because at that moment in November, I didn't want to deal with cooking 4 large pumpkins, figuring out where to put all that puree in my freezer, and/or cook a bazillion things with pumpkin.

So today, on my time, I finally roasted one of them up and will make pumpkin muffins with cream cheese icing (this recipe).  It's just what we all need here in the depths of a very cold winter.

And it's a good thing I've got a few more pumpkins to use, because winter here….

 is never going to end.