Monday, December 6, 2010

Look how cute!

Please admire how cute my Bamp and Pappa (Mom's parents) are! They have been married for 50 years!!

What an accomplishment.
That makes 2 sets of grandparents that I have that made fifty years.
What a great legacy.
I am blessed.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2 guys you need to know about...

Meet the Avett Brothers....

This is my favorite song -

They have sweet beards and style as well as splendid lyrics.

"always remember there was nothing worth sharing like to love that let us share our name."


Monday, November 1, 2010

something I learned about God from my dog....

Let me just say, I was NEVER going to be "one of those people."

You know the ones that are always talking about their pets... well I am.
And it's because my dog really is the best in the world. Period.

I mean, come on... look at that face.

Anyway, sadly, sometimes we have to leave Remy in her kennel while we do less important things, things like work and go to school and grocery shop. But when we return and let her out she goes on a rampage! She is so excited to see us. She jumps and licks and her tail is just a little blonde blur.


She never slowly walks out of her kennel, yawns, and then lays down on the floor to take a nap. She never looks at us with eyes that say, "I can't believe you guys, I'm never fetching for you or licking your face again!"

She is always happy and on the verge of peeing on the carpet when we get come home.
Today I walked outside for about 5 seconds and when I came back in - same thing. She was ecstatic! Blurry tail and all! I was gone for 5 seconds.

I think it's the same with God. He is so happy when we come back to him - back "home"
He never condemns for whatever "less important" things we were off doing, he just welcomes us, and celebrates our return. (See Romans 8:1 and Luke 15:11-32)

And I don't think the celebration is proportionate to our sins like we might think. I think He is just as excited and eager to celebrate with us if we overcome something huge and have this big turning point as He is when we get out of a little "rut" or decide to trust Him with something we hadn't before.

This is particularly encouraging to me at this point in my life. It feels hard to trust in transition, but then I think of my cute little puppy and imagine God saying, "Just come home, we'll have a party."

Monday, April 5, 2010


The past few weeks have been a bit of a blur, but with the advent of spring break came a lovely feeling of calm that I think will be just what I need to finish strong in my last spring semester.

Now, brace yourself for a long conglomeration-type post!

My first time as a real hostess of a shower was last weekend for my lovely bestie!! Thanks to a few wonderful friends and my Mamma-D everything went off without a hitch and the little bride got some really cool stuff! Also thanks to God for the incredible job on the weather that day, seriously I think it was one of His best ever!

Easter was a wonderful day of church and family time in the afternoon. I love these cousins!

This spring break I've rediscovered my love for tennis, and the smell of new tennis balls!!! here's joe and I before and after a game. Have I mentioned how wonderful the weather has been?!?!

Yesterday I got to spend a whole afternoon (and into the night) with my lovely little bride to be, and I must say wedding errands are super fun, especially when they're not for you!

Today I study and shop with my mamma!
This is a wonderful break.
Thanks for being interested in my life.

In parting, if I were you I would by this song on iTunes.
Kris Allen: Alright With Me. It will make you happy.

P.S. If anyone else wanted to know what a leek is, like I did, here it is.

to learn more clike here

Now, go outside and get you some good ole vitamin D!

Monday, February 1, 2010

a delightful movie and a delicious, healthy dinner!

On a whim today I decided I wanted to make ratatoullie... so I did!
I got this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite cooking blogs, and then added a few twists of my own. Not to brag or anything but it really is a shame we don't have a way attach a smell to a blog because this smelled wonderful and tasted great too! I should also add that this dish was 100% vegetarian and my meat-eater husband LOVED it!

14 ounces frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the fridge overnight*
1 Asian eggplant (I used a regular eggplant)
1 smallish zucchini
1 smallish yellow squash
1 longish red bell pepper
1/3 cup plain tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Few sprigs fresh thyme (I used dried thyme and herbs de provence)
1 cup crumbled feta
(I also used a few mushrooms)

Heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly flour a work surface, lay the sheet of pastry out, and gently roll until it measures about 11 x 15 inches. Slide the pastry onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Prick the pastry all over with a fork, at about 1-inch intervals.

Spread the tomato puree or sauce evenly over the pastry, leaving a one-inch border around the edges.

(This is where I diced and sauteed the mushrooms in just a little bit of worcestershire, then spread them evenly over the tomato sauce)

Trim the ends off the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash. As carefully as you can, trim the ends off the red pepper and remove the core, leaving the edges intact, like a tube.

With a very sharp knife, cut the eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and red pepper into very thin slices, approximately 1/16-inch thick.

Arrange slightly overlapped slices of vegetables concentrically or in rows over the tomato puree or sauce, alternative vegetables. You’ll probably have a few leftover.

Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle de-stemmed thyme leaves over the vegetables.
(I used a liberal amount of the dried herbs)

Bake in the heated oven until the pastry is puffed and browned (including on the bottom), 25 to 30 min and the vegetables look softened. Slide onto a cutting board, sprinkle with the feta, and cut into squares or strips. (A pizza wheel worked surprisingly well for this.) Serve warm or at room temperature.


I watched this video today and a video update from Matt Chandler you can watch here.

I am overwhelmed by the way God works.
I want faith like this:

God gives, God takes.
God's name be ever blessed.
Job 1:21

Monday, January 25, 2010

Faces of Haiti.

As I have mentioned here before, the boston globe has an awesome blog called the big picture. They recently posted a collection of images called the faces of Haiti. It's intense, and the images will stay with you..... but I would encourage you to look at them, remember to pray, and be so thankful for all that we have been blessed with, things we deserve NO MORE than these beautiful people in Haiti.