Monday, November 28, 2011

crillions and crillions

 You are about to get swarmed with a crillion (ha!) pictures. We went to the drive-in movie theater last weekend and watched the Muppet Movie and Happy Feet 2. It was fun and these pictures were all too funny. I am also to lazy to try to edit these poor quality pictures... you should live though.

holiday dish

 Cranberry Salad is my must-have holiday dish. I love the pretty pink color, the tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of everything else. I do not like most pies, and don't eat turkey, so these is my Thanksgiving staple.

I've been told it does not look very appetizing. It must be hard for me to see it, because I know how good it is! Although, I will admit there are a couple in my family who do not like it.

Cranberry Salad

1 pound of cranberries
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1-2 cups mini marshmallows
1 carton Cool Whip

Drain well the pineapple juice out of the pineapple. In the meantime, grind the cranberries in a food processor, until pieces are pretty small and place in a bowl. Add the sugar and marshmallows and pineapple juice to the cranberries. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Fold in the Cool Whip and then serve.

Oftentimes I add about half the sugar, because I like it tart.

Do you have a must-have holiday dish?

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I love reading and I have been able to read quite a bit lately.

Isn't that a cute illustration? I finished reading an autobiography by Patricia St. John, who wrote Treasures in the Snow. She traveled quite a bit and gave a lot. This is from a chapter in which she visited a country in Africa:

We would have changed their circumstances, but we would have changed them. God's solution is sometimes different. He does not always lift people out of the situation. He himself comes into the situation, as Christ the eternal man once entered this world and in a sense came to stay. He does not pluck them out of the darkness. He becomes the light in the darkness, the peace in the midst of the conflict, the spirit's riches in the midst of poverty and loss and physical degradation. Right there in the desert, He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

eve of thanksgiving

 I have spent the last couple of days with my family, which has been wonderful.
 Shopping, lunch on our patio, father/daughters date, glow in the dark miniature golf. It has been wonderful.

My mental to-do list for the last couple of days:
 1. Clean my bathroom
2. Straighten my hair
3. Shave my legs
 I have finished goal 3, and almost finished goal 1.
I never thought I'd have shaving my legs as a goal.

I realized half-way through the day my whole outfit is thrifted.
Have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I am so thankful it is getting cooler again. I wonder if it will last until Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 14, 2011

talking with cows

 I got to spend a couple of hours with this beautiful friend, Camille. It was a lovely day, so we headed outside with our cameras to take pictures. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

 Yes, I did blur that picture's background. Why? Because the picture captured a lot of awkwardly posed people who did not plan on being on the web.
I'll save them embarrassment.

 A couple of weeks ago we went to a football game. The team we were rooting for lost, but it was a good game. We also got to visit with a wonderful lady we haven't seen in a very long time. :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

do i waste?

Okay, I am just going to write, no order, no plan, just because I need to write this somewhere...

I have a strong desire to go overseas for a longer period of time, and I've been reading several books and follow different blogs written by missionaries. I don't ever want to be oblivious or not care about how God is using other people, and what he is doing in other parts of the world. I don't want to shut out the needs and pain on this earth. I want to serve and learn where God has me at this moment, but I don't want to just be caught up in my world.

Through this reading, I have become more aware of the lack of food, clothing, medical care. All that we take for granted. It makes me remember how blessed I am.

It has made me more aware of how much I eat, and the amount of money I spend on food and how much I value clothing, and how much clothing I buy.

I live in a family who values a healthy diet. Honestly, in the last couple of years we (okay, I) have let my sweet tooth contribute quite a bit to my diet. Actually, sugar is my addiction.
I want to take care of my body. I don't want my poor self-indulgent choices limit me and how I can be used in the future. I don't want to live my life constantly thinking about and living for food.
 I prefer and love to buy from second-hand stores, or off of clearance. I don't want to give into buying from big brand-name stores, and pressure to fit in. I don't like spending a lot of money on clothing (but it all adds up). I forget though...

I have clothing. I catch myself valuing my clothing oftentimes, and looking around comparing and wishing for more.

I spend so much money. So much money on things that don't last. I've been thinking about all the money I waste that I could be saving for a trip overseas, or could be giving to others or sponsoring a child with.

All these jumbled up thoughts have made me come to some decisions. I don't have a definite length of time or starting date yet.

1) That I will not buy clothing for myself.

2) I will not buy fast food or junk food for myself.
3) I will set a small weekly balance of free spending money, to go out with friends and such.

I will use discernment as situations come up. If my tennis shoes break, I will buy a new pair. Because I am taking a fitness for life class, I cannot get by without them.  There are more exceptions I have thought of, but I've already written so much.

Some of these views are the way I was raised. Most of my friends don't think about what they eat, nor do they care what they spend on food and clothing. I understand that, and respect that, and there is nothing wrong with it.

All of this post is based of my thoughts and convictions and my conclusion.

I will buy clothing in the future, I just want to make myself realize and use what I have. I will eat dessert and sugar, I don't think it is wrong to enjoy what I eat, I just want to do it in moderation.

I need to write my thoughts in order to organize them and clear them up. I also wanted something written to keep me accountable. Something that I could go back over and reread to remind me. I possible might have wanted to see if I am the only one who thinks some of these things.