Friday, February 19, 2010

Help Wanted!

Okay, so I'm getting quite proud of myself for actually looking at new recipes and trying them... I'm not a risk taker, by any means. Then my darling daughter decides to throw a loop into the whole thing for me and chooses to become vegetarian.

Now what am I supposed to do? I've prepared all these meals in advance. I took her to the health food store... and she actually gets a job there... she wore her Eeyore hat, and everything! Besides that I get razzed, by a friend who also works there, because she paid for her own food. What's with that? She doesn't eat what I serve, tough luck!
So now, I'm trying to help her out. Okay, beans are supposed to replace eating meat. So I make up a big batch of refried beans today, and after I'm done I realize I threw in some bacon bits. Oh well, she's not likely to read this, and it all gets blended together, so what she doesn't know won't hurt her.
I then went on to make some cream of spinach soup, so she could enjoy that... and when I was finished, realized I put the suggested chicken broth into it, rather than the vegetable broth she had bought.
Any suggestions? I'm really only making myself frustrated!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Sacred Marriage

Today I am including a link to a friend's website called "Just A Thought".  Rick often has a 5 Question Interview with various authors.  This weekend was focused on "Sacred Marriage".  

On Friday Rick introduced the book "Sacred Marriage", by Gary Thomas.  Saturday he shared about the Sacred Marriage Retreat/Seminar that Tim and I, along with Rick and his wife Sarah, were able to attend.  Today he has "5 Questions With Gary Thomas".

I encourage you all to head over to Rick's site and have a good browse.  The weekend began a change in my thought process... in a good way.  

Gary's book was given to us a few years ago, by another couple.  It wasn't until I actually heard him express what he had written that I "got" what he was saying.

Anyways, I encourage you all to click your way to a new way of thinking...

Friday, February 05, 2010

New Vantage Point

Well, I've made a few changes to the look here. Hopefully everyone likes it. If not, let me know how to make it better.

I've also changed the purpose of this blog... cause I can! Maybe this will help me stay more positive.

Next week is my last week on Medical EI, and hopefully by then I will be all geared up to go searching for my next focus... studying or training. If you feel so inclined, a prayer sent on my behalf specifically for God's direction would be greatly appreciated!

I'm hoping to find a job that I enjoy going to that will also allow me to work 4 days a week, rather than 5, yet will provide for our family. Any ideas? Being in a small town I don't really know what's available. I am willing to go elsewhere for training for the right job, if I need to.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your day.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Thankful for The PLACE we have.

This morning I woke up to the fact that I've actually lived in Smithers (and in this house) longer than anywhere else for any length of consecutive time. Yes, I did live in Whitehorse, Yukon for a total of 12 years, but we moved to Edmonton for a year and to Kenya twice during the total of those 12 years.

Hmmmmmmmm.... so now what?

Can I reminisce a bit to when we first moved back in 2001? At first we lived in a little mobile home that sported 2 very tiny bedrooms. It was cute and homey, but way to small. Also, with only 1 car, and 2 kids in full-time school, and living a 15 minute drive from town, I was going stir-crazy with not much to do.

We then moved into our current home, which we have named "The PALACE" (drop the A)... aka, The PLACE. I remember going through it, when the previous renters were living here, and thinking, "Over My Dead Body!!! Will I ever live here!!!!!" Well, we've fixed it up, definitely cleaned it up, and have made it home.

It's simple, and we live without a perk or two... like a water tap outside, but we're out of town (7 min. from town)-which we like, we can have animals... have I mentioned my daughter's pets? (1-miniature horse, 1-yearling Arabian, which she is fostering after his mother died in an electric storm when he was a week old, 1-American Eskimo dog, 1-albino hedgehog, and 1-fighter fish)... And then Tim and I have 2 cats too. I don't think we could possibly keep those animals if we lived in town.

Ya, life is good! Our family is all together. We have friends. Our needs have been supplied... have I told you God has been overwhelming us with His blessings lately? Okay, okay, maybe life here in the sticks isn't as bad as I thought it was. Maybe I'm learning to be content where I am. That's a good thing! I'll count my blessings.

Do any of you have any blessings you've taken for granted in the past? I'd love to hear from you.