Saturday, January 30, 2010


I'm a person that likes routines--not because I like to do the same thing over and over again but because it frees me up to think about and do other things without wondering when I can do my work for the week. It has been awhile since I've been able to figure out a weekly routine--but I think we're coming around the corner.

I think I want to think through and write about a few different routines that are a part of my life...
-tackling household chores
-routines related to addressing Quinn's cystic fibrosis
-planning for the week

Living with margins, living realistically, and living to live and not just to do...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Making progress

My three goals I mentioned at the start of the new year were:
  • Start working out and keep pressing forward to lose the weight I gained last year (my target date is May 1st).
  • Start drinking more water and less Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi (but it is SO good)!
  • Read more _______ (The Bible, for fun books, serious books, parenting books, history books)
I'm making progress...
  • I have 12 more pounds to go to get to my target weight. That is 4 pounds less since my original post in December but it I know that I had gained a few pounds with all the amazing holiday food so I think it would be safe to say 7 pounds. I feel good about that. It means I enjoyed the good foods but am still able to lose it. I got to go to a couple of classes at the gym to try out a Body Pump class taught by the best teacher ever (Natasha). I was reminded that I haven't worked out...for a r e a l l y long time. So glad for the opportunity but it just isn't the time to join the gym so I bought some hand weights and am using some cable work out sessions--a good reason to have cable again :) I have to keep working on this one.
  • I am drinking way less Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi but that doesn't mean I'm drinking more water.
  • I am reading a bit more...Soul Survivor by Yancey and A History of the Middle East by Peter Mansfield.
Baby steps, baby steps...

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Today Quinn and I played our very first game of "Go Fish". It was excellent.

Sela is rolling, rolling, rolling. Not just from back to tummy or tummy to back but like a steamroller.

I finished all my house "stuff" for the week, the laundry is done, got the oil in the car changed, and I get to read and do some projects I've wanted to do. This makes me happy.

I've been 33 now for 11 days. I think I like it :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pantry Challenge

At the beginning of the month I read about trying to use things from the pantry as much as possible instead of grocery shopping like I normally would. I looked through my cupboards and refrigerator to see what I could do. A new month starts in one week and my cupboards are almost bare!

I've been thinking about menu planning, grocery shopping, and budgets. We have a monthly combined budget for groceries (all food, paper supplies, etc), eating out, and coffee. With this challenge I know that we've saved money but I'll be curious to see what happens in February when I restock. I typically do my big grocery shopping at Winco and Walmart every other week but I haven't been there since the middle of December. Shopping in town, I am reminded that things are less expensive at Winco and Walmart if I need to buy in larger quantities. I have a menu I plan for two weeks at a time and supplement if I need milk, bread, or produce at local stores.

When I menu plan, there are certain meals I always do: when Ryan has evening class each week I make breakfast for dinner (simple, good, and easy to clean up). I'd like to add a Friday evening "make your own pizza" and that would be one other "I know what I'm making" meal. I usually use my crock pot once a week, sometimes twice. When I can make one meal and split it into two, I do. I keep a whiteboard in the kitchen and change the menu list every two weeks. I also have a list of possible meals like we like and are easy if something doesn't work out--it is taped inside a cabinet door and it jump starts my cooking if I can't think of something to make. Planning has been such a big help because I know what I need to get out of the freezer the night before or when I need to start a meal in the crock pot.

Here is some of what we did this month:

Su:Salsa Chicken (crock pot meal)
M: Italian Salad with fruit
T: Indonesian Chicken (crock pot meal)
W: Sausage and fruit
Th: Lasagna (freeze 1/2)
S: Out of town
Su: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and fruit
M: Breakfast for dinner
T: Chicken Stir-fry
W: Lasagna (the other 1/2 from the week before)
Th: Meatloaf and mashed potoatoes
F: Leftovers
S: Dinner out
Su: Birthday meal
M: Dinner with family
T: Chicken Soft Tacos
W: Breakfast for dinner
Th: Ham, mashed potatoes
F: Salsa Chicken (crock pot)
S: Dinner with family
Su: Leftovers

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bright eyes

A few stats on Miss Sela Ruth...
14 pounds and 25 inches, laughs, talks (as only a four and a half month old can), drools a LOT, likes to suck on her fingers, loves watching her dad and brother, sleeps all night (yes, 9pm-6:30 or 7:30am), has rolled from her tummy to her back, dislikes being on her tummy, still has blue eyes, and really is a sweet little girl! Today she kept sticking out her tongue.

Sela's 4-D ultrasound 7.20.09 (she was born 9.1.09)
Her eyes, nose and cheeks still look like this

Sela in December at Grandpa and Grandma Dougherty's

Smiling during tummy time...not always the case!

"Are you looking at me?"
Check out that little tongue peeking out

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Handson Pierre....Haiti

Handson is a young man that we've been supporting through Compassion and Handson and his family live on the plains of Poste Metier which is close to Port-de-Paix (northern Haiti). Compassion has been working to determine what has happened to the many children connected to the child development centers Compassion oversees in Haiti. We still haven't heard what impact the earthquake had on Handson and his family...we're still waiting.

Compassion in Haiti

Compassion's work in Haiti began in 1968. Currently, more than 62,900 children participate in more than 225 child development centers. Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Haitian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

Friday, January 15, 2010

For those...

my heart and eyes are weeping for
the mothers with babies they are trying to care for
for the pregnant mamas who are suffering miscarriages
for the sons and daughters who are orphans
for the widows
for those in great pain and confusion
for those with breaking hearts
for those who cannot find family
for those who are living in the nightmare
for those that are grieving
for those that are working to find and rescue
for those that are ministering to the hurt and wounded
for those that are waiting
for those...
for those...
for those...

and I am aware of the great tension that exists as I sit in my warm house stocked with food and clean water with enough medical supplies to care for all my family. With a baby to hug and a little boy to snuggle and a dear husband.

Lord, please have mercy. Please bring your Holy Spirit close, close, close, close, close, close. Move Lord. We ask you to move. Words are not enough. We all need you. Amen.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Quinn, Sela, and I were at the mall tonight enjoying a treat of frozen yogurt.

Quinn whispered in my ear, " Do you think the Prince of Peace would like some yogurt?"

And he grinned.

Would Jesus like some frozen yogurt?

Yes. I think he would :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Welcome 2010...It is good to see your smile...

It is a blast to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends and we had our second annual "Rio New Year's Eve" celebration! Rather than waiting for midnight in Newberg, we wait for midnight in Brazil to say "Happy New Year" and then we call it an evening and all run home to put our kids to bed :) Kim's picture captures our evening:

Besides welcoming in a new year (I like "twenty-ten" instead of two thousand ten) with a few goals and priorities for the year, there are some things that I'm thankful for from 2009.
  • I am so thankful for the safe arrival of Sela Ruth
  • I am thankful for Quinn's enthusiasm, questions, and hugs
  • I am thankful for Ryan's intentionality with Quinn, Sela, and me in the midst of a busy fall
  • I am thankful for our week long trip to Disneyland with Quinn. It was SO much fun!
  • I am thankful for a week with all the Doughertys--even though it was the hottest week of the year!
  • I am thankful for our small group--doing life together (whether in person or by email) in a faith community is great!
  • I am thankful for the work I was able to do at Fox with student transitions and helping generate awareness of who our neighbors are that we are called to love
  • I am thankful for coffee and conversations
  • I am thankful for an important reminder to remember the ways God has wired me, what I care deeply about, and how following Jesus compels me to do something.
  • I am thankful for family I talk to everyday and family I talk to every few months.
  • I am thankful for friends I talk to regularly and those that I keep up with on facebook.
In 2010, I do have a few goals...things that are priorities in the new year:
  • Start working out and keep pressing forward to lose the weight I gained last year (my target date is May 1st).
  • Start drinking more water and less Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi (but it is SO good)!
  • Read more _______ (The Bible, for fun books, serious books, parenting books, history books)
The hanging out of this Christmas break is just about done...and on to a return to routines and living out the goals for 2010. Hmmm...I think I'm kind of excited!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A full Christmas break!

These few weeks of vacation have been really excellent. I was thinking about our vacations of the past...summer vacations in school, summer break while in college, spring breaks, Christmas vacation, trips we took when we didn't have kids, trips (or lack of trips) we take now that we have kids. Since Quinn has been a part of the family we've been away from him thirty-three nights total (thirty nights he was in the NICU, once overnight while we went to Portland and he stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Jessup, and the other two nights when we were at the hospital after Sela was born--I wouldn't be opposed to another overnight trip with the two adults). This vacation has again been filled with lots of family time and it is fun to have two adults and two kids this year!

Ryan took two weeks off over the break and it was so great for all of us. Two weeks without work or grad school! So what did we do...

We spent time with Ryan's family in Springfield before Christmas which was fun! Quinn loved playing with Grandma Dougherty, Ryan and Uncle Kyler worked hard to conquer every possible level of Mario Kart on the Wii, Sela hung out and enjoyed her first trip to Springfield, and enjoyed time with the family!

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Newberg. We had a lovely Christmas Eve...our tradition is to go out for Mexican food (which I've most every Christmas Eve since I can remember) and then attend Christmas Eve service. This year we made sugar cookies before service and after service we decorated sugar cookies. Another tradition is that Quinn gets a pair of new pajamas Christmas Eve and this year Sela also got her pair too.

We've had lots of good conversations with Quinn about Jesus--about his birth, his life, Mary and Joseph, the angels, their trip to Egypt, King Herod, his death, and his resurrection. Christmas morning we made lattes, french toast and eggs, and enjoyed our time opening up gifts and hanging out. Quinn had lots of songs to sing--about Jesus, Frosty, and jingle bells.

We had a nice Christmas meal with my folks, sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It was fun this year to establish more Christmas traditions and celebrations at our house and look forward to doing that for years and years to come.