Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

It has been a fun break--time with family, Quinn's view of Christmas, and time for Ryan to be at home. We've been battling a few bugs along the way so we've moved a bit slower than my to do list would want BUT we've been relaxing which is GREAT for us!

We had fun with our small group at a Christmas party/mini-gift exchange.

Quinn had a little cold but seems to have recovered well--since our last visit to OHSU to address some of the food issues Quinn has only thrown up 3 times!!!! That is a world record in our household. 3 times in 2 weeks! We got to pray for Quinn with one of the elders at church and then the next day had our appointment. We are thrilled with how well Quinn is doing! He was chewing on some chocolate bar the other day :) and enjoyed it so much! I think he wants to share.
He had a fun Christmas with all the family--we got Quinn a Handy Manny Tool Set because it is his favorite cartoon on the Disney Channel. We even discovered a little boy on the cartoon is named Quinn. Quinn loves to play with the tools and it is the first and last thing he talks about each day.

I'm thinking about the new year--2008 is right around the corner. I will be 31 on the 17th. Oh my goodness! I'm really grateful for the what we've been able to experience, do, read, watch, and try in 2007.

In 2008...we hope to have more FUN! I hope to blog more. I want to organize more. I want to get outside my comfort zone more. I want to continue to create more of a comfortable place in our home. I would like to begin to exercise more frequently. I want to complete some unfinished projects at home. And, I want to be intentional about resting and relaxing--for me, this might be my biggest challenge.

To one and all, Happy New Year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Home for the Holidays

We purchased our home about two years ago and am so thankful for this great place! Down the street from our church and friends, within walking distance of the University, coffee shops, and parks. A backyard, a garage, and a quiet place. A kitchen I really like. It isn't the biggest or newest home but it fits us well!

I thought I would post pictures of the inside of the home two years ago and what it looks like now. Two years ago there was no color on the walls. Today, thanks to Ryan, my parents, and Nate and Kim, every single wall has a fresh color. It has our "stamp" on it. So onto a tour of the house!

Sitting Room Before and After

Living Room Before and After

Kitchen Before and After

Dining Room Before and After

How about a few additional pictures of our house and Christmas decor!

Master Bedroom

Guest Room

Wood Stove in Living Room

Entry Area

Advent Calendar in Dining Room
It is fun to share some photos of our home with a holiday flare!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Raindrops on roses...

and whiskers on kittens...

This is the time of year to think about a few of my favorite things. And if you're reading this and have a blog, why not post a few of your favorite things too!

Here are my top 10:
-My orange fleece jacket
-Quinn's feet
-Drinking coffee with Ryan
-Inspirational stories
-Music (broad I know)
-The underdog winning
-The final minute of a close basketball game
-Vanilla ice cream, Hershey's Chocolate syrup, banana, and walnuts
-Finding a great deal at Goodwill

Thursday, December 13, 2007

18th Century

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe dates back to the 18th century.

Places I Visit

I finally added links to places I visit. Some blogs are people I know well and others are people I don't know at all. Isn't the world of blogging strange? You put your thoughts, stories, ideas out for anyone that can navigate the internet or google something or stumble upon your blog.

I really like hearing about how other people do life. I like to hear about their routines, their creative problem-solving, their insights. They are ordinary people doing ordinary things...and I like to hear about it.

Blogging for me is a way to share the ordinary of my life too. And it seems like God works in the ordinary, don't you think?

I will be posting a bit more in the next few days!

Friday, December 7, 2007

A creature was stirring...

The other night Ryan and I got coffee at the Coffee Cottage and drove around with Quinn to look at Christmas lights. Quinn is enamored with "no-men" and "DEER!" (DEER must be said in a VERY loud voice.) So many kinds of lights and items for the house had every inflatable type of front yard contraption! In the end, I think I still like little white Christmas lights the best.

I think I like the little "creature" in the photos most of all!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Yum, yum casserole!

A little post Thanksgiving and pre Christmas recipe to share that will treat your leftovers and tummy well.

Leftover Casserole (from my mom and grandma)

4 cups of turkey
1 box of stuffing
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2-3/4 c of milk

Grease a 9x13 pan. Cut up 4 cups of turkey (or chicken) and place turkey on bottom of pan. Make up a can of cream of chicken soup with the milk and pour 1/2 of mix over the turkey. Prepare a box of stuffing (or use leftovers) and spread the stuffing over the turkey and soup. Pour soup mixture over the stuffing.

Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

As a variation, you could add a layer of green beans or mashed potatoes.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day. I am reminded of a friend from college in Indiana. Scott was, and I hope still is, one of the most passionate people I've ever met about connecting faith and action together. He was a goofy and caring guy who was quick to laugh and willing to listen. And he cared about the individuals with HIV/AIDS in Indianapolis. There was a hospice that Scott volunteered at--a place where people could receive the care and help that they needed. I went with Scott one time and it was a sweet day to interact with the many people that were there. In various stages of AIDS, each person wanted to be loved and remembered. And I valued Scott's commitment to his friends and putting faith into action.

World Vision
has some positive ways to put faith into action. If you buy a Christmas gift think of the RED campaign.

December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent--we will focus on the HOPE because of Christ.

Hope--Because if we don't put faith into action, what are we doing?