Sunday, August 25, 2013

July and August

 Hello again! You probably don't remember the 4th of July pictures from my mom's blog by now, so you'll get to enjoy mine :) Anna and Esther had a great time during our 9 days in MN - new people to meet everyday and so much to do and so many fun aunties to spoil them! This is them at Grandpa and Grandma O.'s 4th of July picnic.
 As is this -
 Anna's normally a little shy - but for some reason she just loved this cow costume!
 Aunty Hosanna with the girls at the park.
 Aaron spoke at a 4th of July service while we were there.
 This is the 4th of July picnic at Grandpa and Grandma K.'s house - Aaron, Isaac, Mr. Nance, Amos, and Daniel
 Esther and some of the other cousins are getting ready to collect candy during the parade. Esther didn't care for all the loud noises, but it didn't take her long to get the hang of grabbing candy...Anna hadn't had her nap earlier and ended up sleeping through the whole thing!
 We spent most of Aaron's 34th birthday traveling, but I remembered to take a picture in honor of the special occasion when we got home :)
 It may look like a relaxing day-off activity, but trust me, moving bricks is a lot of work! Aaron's parents were having some work done at the place we're living and in order to lay a new cement patio, all of the old bricks had to go. I even helped out...and like I said, it was hard work.
 Esther and Anna found the construction work to be the best backyard entertainment they'd had in a long time! We were all awakened most mornings for about 2 weeks at like 6 by loud trucks or stomping on the roof :) Thankfully, we sort of knew the people doing the work and they did a great job! Here is the morning they laid the cement.
 As you can see, the Lord blessed us with summer squash. Oh, and I forgot one thing on the list I posted the other day - another thing I did this week with the squash was make "zucchini" bread - a batch of pineapple raisin, and a batch of lemon flavored.
 Me in MN - several pounds ago I might add :) I've recently been pulling out my maternity clothes again...We've had a couple Dr. visits and they've gone well. I felt a little not-wonderful during the first trimester, but am feeling much better now. We're so excited and the girls are too...just so you know, Esther wants us to name the baby "Moses" and wrap it in "swaddling clothes" -
 The girls in some cute matching dresses from Grandma V -
 They've been having a lot of fun playing in this little car thing!
 Anna is still learning new words and making a few short sentences (like "Esther awake" and "Daddy home").
I took the first picture, and Aaron took the second one another day, then Esther got the idea that when she played with the car, she needed a picture taken:)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Reading List

You all know the saying that you will be the same a year from now as you are now except for the people you meet and the books you read....whether that's true or not we won't discuss here, but I decided this spring to raid Aaron's library for some good books to read that will hopefully help me grow over this next year. Or however long it takes to finish the list - in fact, I don't promise to actually read them all, but at least it's a start :)


Radical by David Platt
Follow Me by David Platt - I didn't care for the way the first half of this book was written, although understand the point he was trying to make. Both books were challenging and I really liked how he gave you practical steps to put into practice what you'd just read.
Me, Obey Him? by Elizabeth Rice Hanford - very basic, short and very Biblical.
I Am a Church Member by Thom Rainer - also short and basic, and being a pastor's wife, I would recommend it to everyone :)
The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirir - Even though this wasn't written the way I would do it, I was happily surprised at how good it was. Trust me, she covers enough ground to convict every lady somewhere!
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon - this wasn't on my original list, but a church member borrowed it to me and as it's been a while since I read any modern fiction, I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
A Chosen Love
A Daughter's Love
A Brother's Love all by Carolyn Ann Aish - as the Frencolian Choronicles were some of my favorite books ever growing up, I borrowed the prequels from Priscilla - and I hope Mrs. Aish comes out with the sequels soon!


Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss - also borrowed from Priscilla
Streams of Civilization II from Christian Liberty Press - since it's been 10 years since 10th grade, I thought a refresher couldn't hurt.
50 People Every Christian Should Know by Warren Wiersbe
The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell - I've read this before, but it's encouraging enough to read again.
Survive! by Terry Ahern
Desiring God by John Piper
Why I Believe by D. James Kennedy - I've never read a lot of apologetics, so this should be good for me.
Everyone Communicates, Few Connect by John Maxwell
Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie
Mercy Streets by Taylor Fields
Sacred Marriage
Portable Seminary - The good thing about Aaron being a pastor is his line of work is actually interesting :)
I haven't put the Bible on this list because I don't plan to quit that once I've finished.
There are a couple devotional books I enjoy sometimes -
Daily Strength for Daily Needs compiled by Mary Tilleston
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon 
I also plan to brush up in any pregnancy and childbirth books I happen to get my hands on...Since I haven't posted it on the blog, you may not know that we're expecting again :) - December 30 is the due date and coming quickly!
Then I have a few more books in the mail I have to read for school...

So now you know what I have planned for free minutes here and there - sometimes I go a couple weeks without picking up a book and sometimes I read every day, but the idea is to stretch my mind (and soul) a little bit this year!

Sunday, August 18, 2013


For those of you that know my liking for lists - well, it hasn't changed :) In fact, they've been elevated to the status of survival! - to-do lists and menu lists and shopping lists...I have some pictures that I plan to post soon, but I thought as I have a chance, I'll share a few of my favorite lists with you all.

Our gardening this year was pretty minimum, but some of the things we did get were a bunch of summer squash and enough tomatoes to do a lot of fresh eating, although not a ton of canning. So while they were just getting started, I made a list of all the things I like to do or wanted to try with the afore said produce (it's scary how many of my lists revolve around food...) so I didn't forget something - after all, boughten tomatoes are not the same!

(Our zucchini didn't survive, so I substituted summer squash for zucchini in recipes)

Summer Squash Casserole (a favorite of Aaron's family)
stir fry
scrambled eggs
Zucchini bars with cinnamon frosting
Zucchini boats
Summer Squash Patties (new recipe - smells like fair food)
pasta salad
vegetable soup
Texas Two-step Corn
Pasta with Summer squash and Lemon Cream Sauce (new - probably a once-a-year recipe)
zucchini pancakes
dill pickles (haven't tasted them yet)
Savory Stuffed Zucchini (from Mom's family cookbook)


Savory Stuffed Zucchini (also calls for tomatoes)
Fresh Tomato and Spinach Pasta
fresh salsa
Tomato sandwiches (I like mine with butter and salt and pepper, Aaron eats his with mayo and Cajun seasoning or Tabasco - both on toast, of course!)
Hot Brown Sandwiches (both this and the bruschetta were new tomato-type sandwich things I tried, ok, but took some time)
Mexican food
lettuce salads
Best of Show Tomato Quiche (new - pretty good, but I think I'll try it w/out the crust)
Southwestern Tomato Soup (still haven't gotten to this one yet)
Tomato Dip for Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Roasted Veggie Pizza (with pesto, only I'm still not sure if the herb I used to make it was really basil - but whatever it was it didn't kill us!)
tabbouleh (after complaining about this food my whole life, now I make it...)

If you have any other great ideas, let me know :)