Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ready for Spring!

Cleaning supplies at the ready.  

Happy towels.

Trying to make an attempt at getting dressed and not staying in my pj's all day long.  This has been my go to hair for a couple of days, it takes me less than 10 minutes so it's a keeper.

Oh yeah, we are doing this!

And we've been discussing doing this in the backyard. Anyone have backyard chickens?  How's it been working out for you?

I'm so ready for it to be Spring!!!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

All things

There isn't a whole lot to report on our adoption other than our team in Russia is moving forward on another option, so that translates into more waiting.  We're doing okay in spite of all the ups and downs and we're still holding onto hope that this will all work it self out.  My devotion this morning was again just what I needed to read:)

A Bountiful Blending
Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God."
Romans 8:28

How wide is the assertion of the Apostle Paul!  He does not say, "We know that some things", or "most things" but "all things."  From the minutest to the most momentous;  from the humblest even in daily providence to the great crisis-hours in grace.
And all things "work"- they are working;  not all things have worked, or shall work;  but it is a present operation.  
At this very moment, when some voice may be saying, "Thy judgments are a great deep," the angels above, who are watching the development of the great plan, are with folded wings exclaiming, "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (Psalm 145:17). 
And then all things "work together."  It is a beautiful blending.  Many different colors, in themselves raw and unsightly, are required in order to weave the harmonious pattern.
Many separate wheels and joints are required to make the piece of machinery.  Take a thread  separately, or a note separately, or a wheel or a tooth of a wheel separately, and there may be neither use nor beauty discernible.
But complete the web, combine the notes, put together the separate parts of the steel and iron, and you see how perfect and symmetrical is the result.  Here is the lesson for faith:  "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter" (Macduff)

Sigh, I'm so glad God's got this and I don't have to worry about it.

We are really looking forward to seeing our family in AZ in just a few short weeks!  I am working on getting creative with snacks and activities for the drive down, going to be doing some research on Pinterest today for some fun ideas;)

Friday, March 8, 2013

My favorite cookie

I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, correction I LOVE chocolate chip cookie dough and I'm a little selfish when it comes to sharing it with my kids.  Yada yada salmonella... I know, I know.  It was about 7 or 8 years ago when I was on the hunt for a really good cookie recipe that was soft and chewy.  I found this recipe here long ago, I tried to find it in the archives but couldn't.  But this is where I got it and wanted to give the proper cred.  Thanks Heidi!

*Note~ the measurements are doubled because I like to have a lot of cookies, so if you don't want that many just half everything.  But believe me you won't want to:)

*2 C. brown sugar
*1 C. Granulated Sugar
*2 C. (2 sticks) Butter flavored Crisco sticks
*4 eggs
*2 tsp. vanilla (overkill a little)
*4 C. flour
*2 tsp. salt
*2 tsp. baking soda
*1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1 bag (12 oz.) milk chocolate chocolate chips
* bag of chopped walnuts (optional)
I usually get about 75 cookies out of this batch.

Combine in mixer all sugars and Crisco sticks and mix until fluffy.  Next, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until really fluffy (about 2 minutes).  Then add flour, salt and baking soda and mix until combined. Last, mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.  Scoop about 2in. balls on to baking sheet.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 11 minutes.

Cookies will seem a little doughy when you pull them out of the oven, I let them sit for about another minute or two to cook on the baking sheet and then scoop them on to a plate or cooling rack. They will be a perfect combination of warm, soft, melty, gooey and chewy.

Serve them to cute kiddos who have asked you about 50 times "When are they going to be done?!"

Let me know what you think!

Wait a sec, I think I may have found something a bit more yummy...om nom nom!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

This weekend I made a lot of these pretties for some sweet new baby girls.

Today I am attempting to finish this...we'll see.

Right now I'm laughing at these goobers:)

I'm looking forward to our trip in April!  CAN'T WAIT!!!!!

I'm loving my new old sewing machine I got at Goodwill!  I named her Jenny after my Grandma:)

And I need to fold like 15 loads of laundry...I'm scared:(

 What have you been up to?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Hey All!

We're still alive and kicking, (wow I really need to update my header) we've been taking some time to just "be".  At the end of December we found out that Russia had banned all American adoptions.  I think I was in a fog for the next couple weeks.  Every day there was new information, and each hour could change from good to bad and then back to good again.  It's been lots of ups and downs, but we are still holding on to a small ray of hope that might allow us to continue.  Hoping to hear something soon.

 (I just realized that we hit two years on February 23rd that we've been trying to get Sergey home...crazy!)

So in the meantime what does one do while waiting to hear the outcome of their adoption?  Well most importantly you pray of course:)  But the rest of the time you eat EVERY piece of chocolate in a five mile radius, drink at least three cups of coffee a day, repaint your kitchen (yes again) and purge your house of anything you have not used in a year.  The mess in my office looked like an episode from Hoarders!!  I've been to Goodwill twice this week to donate a van load of stuff and I am deep cleaning and organizing everything.

  I'm finally hanging some things on the walls, it's only taken me six years to do it! You can see the the new paint color, it's a lot darker.  It's called Schoolhouse Slate by Martha Stewart.  It's a greenish, bluish, charcoal color.

A new clock...a Goodwill buy, before the purge:)

I worked on organizing my cabinet in the living room this past weekend and used things that I have bought
and loved but were piled under stuff in the office.  It makes me smile that I can see it all now.   A little happiness in this time of uncertainty.  Hey I'll take all the joy I can get and probably a little more chocolate too.

So anywhoooo we're doing good in spite of it all.  We appreciate all of you that continue to pray for us and ask us how things are going.  We completely trust Him with the outcome.
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