Monday, September 27, 2010

Colors of Fall

Happy Fall!!!

We are having a beautiful FALL DAY... I wanted to write that we are actually having fall this year, but I know that the moment I say that, snow will start falling! The kids and I went down to the river this morning - just to breath in the fall air and enjoy all the colors. I love how the leaves change colors and how everything seems to glow!
Hope you are having a beautiful fall day where ever you are!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Prayers for Deo

On top of everything else on our plates right now, we found out this morning that Deo's biological "parents" or family would not relinquish rights. So we start the process over. We ask that you continue to pray for Deo - he will live in an orphanage the rest of his childhood and never have the opportunity to be raised by a family. We are sad to say goodbye to the dream of having Deo in our family, but are confident that God is involved. We have another picture of a precious little boy... we will keep you posted.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rescuing Pears

Sickness has been hanging over our house the past couple days. The kids have both had high fevers and I have just had the crud (just plain don't feel good)! Yesterday I had plans of making our fall pear jam and pear sauce, but minutes before I was going to start (thankfully I didn't start) we got the message that the power company was turning our power out for the WHOLE afternoon. So my ripe pears were going to have to wait until this morning... somehow pears don't have grace... they don't understand that they can't continue to get ripe! So regardless of how I felt this morning (which was horrible... due to all the congestion and achy muscles) I make 17 pints of jam and 17 pints of pear sauce.
As I was standing in the hot steamy kitchen I was thinking about how to deal with disappointment... because to be honest life throws a lot of disappointment our way... things don't turn out the way you imagine or dream - life is messy!
I love the idea of fall canning - dreaming of doing it in community - laughter - endless chatter - the smells - the sounds - instead - today I willed myself to peel, slice, and cook by myself, in silence (I mean besides the constant needs of my children and the breaks to comfort my very sick daughter). Thinking about disappointments reveals to me that maybe... just maybe I am putting my hope in things, people, places... all which leads/or can lead to disappointment. Eventually I will get this truth into my heart... please bare with me as I process, learn and grow!

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. (Psalms 43:5)

Friday, September 24, 2010

My Day

Today was a day of emotion... some really, really, really hard stuff is going on in our lives at the moment (have been for QUITE SOME TIME). Things that are so personal that can't be shared on a public site... nothing like death or marriage problems or stuff like that, but stuff that just stinks. This morning, I purposefully took some time first thing to just be in the Word. I have been studying what it means to have a gentle and quiet spirit... something I do not have. And what I have been impressed by is that a gentle and quiet spirit is one that is totally and completely centered on the LORD. Hard things can happen, but I need to trust that God is in control... always and in ALL THINGS! Even in days that stink....

*** additional note... if you love oatmeal for breakfast - which I do... I just have to share my favorite recipe... cooked oatmeal + a small handful of walnuts + a small handful of cran-raisins + a few tablespoons of brown sugar and coconut = love...... trust me you will be in love!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whole Wheat Brownies

I made these for Bible study last night and I really loved how they turned out -
so I thought I would share the recipe (it is from the amazing Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine that IF I haven't mentioned before... I LOVE!!!! - or you can sign up for a free email recipe everyday -).
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (calls for course salt... I used regular)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used the stuff I just made from the apples Eden and I just picked)
1 large egg
8 ounces semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped (I used chocolate chips)

I threw everything together mixed it up put it in a 8X8 pan lined with parchment paper and threw it in a 350 degree oven and then I read the directions. I guess you are suppose to mix certain ingredients together and then mix other ingredients... melt the chocolate... then mix it in.... lalaalla. I didn't and it turned out moist... oh so moist - and delicious (I like to pretend it is healthy because it has whole wheat flour in it... never mind the ridiculous amount of brown sugar).

***We are laying low today... Ethan has a high fever, but is chipper as a bug... so that is good. I won't tell him it is preschool day - or we might have a crisis on hand! Wish you could come over for a left over brownie, coffee and a deep good talk (my heart is longing for one of those!).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall Project 2: Red Play Table

I finished this red play table awhile ago, but was reminded of it during our morning play. It is a perfect height for the kids. Our day rotates around this table in our living room as we color, eat snacks, play trucks, on it. I am glad it is so cute!

This morning we did a bunch of drawings (thanks Dad and Mom for those large pieces of paper... they are awesome!) - making all sorts of roads for Ethan's cars and then random drawings for Eden in an attempt to get her to keep the crayons out of her mouth (it didn't work).
One more thing... this is what I am enjoying on my table this week.... love, love, love it...
Sunflowers are going to be a MUST in my garden from now on!
I planted a variety pack and just love all the sizes and colors.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Day in the Kitchen

Today is the first day that Micah took Ethan to preschool... so Eden and I got to spend the morning together. She made her first apple pie... and it was fun. Reminded me so much of all the one on one time Ethan and I had baking in the kitchen (before she was born). It has been harder to incorporate 2 kids in the baking chaos...
so I am really going to relish these long mornings with just Eden.
We also made a cake for my cousin, Ciarah. She is at school this year and it is her 18th birthday..... Ethan really wanted to "share" her cake with her.
***Also as I type... stew and whole wheat bread are baking in the oven... so yah.. it has been a busy day in the kitchen!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Weekend Away

This weekend was our weekend off and we decided to get out of the mountains - it is nice to do that every once and awhile. Traveling with the kids is getting easier, but it is anything but EASY! I thought about sugar-coating the weekend and saying we had a blast... but although it had its fun moments - it was down right crazy and chaotic a lot of the time. Micah and I just went with the flow - and so it "truly" was okay, but we are exhausted... and glad to be home!
Today before heading home we went hiking. The kids were amazing hikers... Eden wanted to walk most of the way to the falls by herself. We took lots of pictures of the kids... trying to get some portraits for our walls... It was a beautiful fall day... I definitely love this time of year!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Garden Interupted

After posting pictures (JUST YESTERDAY) of my beautiful flowers...
This is what they look like today!!! (YES... that is SNOW... and it is still falling)
Gardening in Montana is like playing the lottery... you usually lose! This morning as I was harvesting my veggies - I was muttering under my breath... WHY DO I DO THIS!?!?! I guess I garden for the process.. not the harvest - because there usually isn't much.
But... this year I have decided that if I do this craziness next year...
I'm gonna need a green house...!!!
(here are some pictures of my garden that I took last week...)

Friday Photos....

Mr. Ethan Cade
Miss Eden Eve

(Just thought I would share some pics of the kids... Have a fun Friday!)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My New Flower Bed in Bloom

This spring I decided to extend a flower bed. I stretched it out along our deck and filled it full of seeds and perennials. The new bed is in full bloom right now and it is BEAUTIFUL (in fact about 12 more poppies have bloomed since I took this picture so there is a whole lot more red now). Since fall is upon us and I never know when I am going to get that really bad first frost so I am trying to take every moment I can to enjoy these amazing flowers...

I just couldn't resist - I brought the big sunflowers inside to enjoy!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

For the Love of Pink

Eden has been a little fire cracker this morning and it has been cracking me up! She keeps finding pink clothes and bringing them to me to put on her...
(I took this picture after Micah put on her 5th pink layer... a pink shirt, a pink sweater, a pink vest, a pink jacket and another pink vest...
that is WHY she looks like a giant pink marshmallow!)
Even as I was typing this she brought me a pink hat and a pink pair of shoes... hum! We have a lot of pink in this house! I think we are going to have a pink day... today!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Time with Eden

This morning I got to spend alone time with Eden... it is one of the benefits of preschool. She and I drove Ethan into Augusta and then we just hung out. Our plan is to just hang out for the 3 hours Ethan is in school because it makes NO SENSE to drive back home - stay a bit and then drive back (Micah and I will divide up the days so we will only have to stay one morning a week in Augusta). We have plans of visiting the ladies in town, going on walks, reading at the library, getting coffee at one of my favorite stores Latigo and Lace, playing at the church... we will get creative. And honestly I am looking forward to these mornings. It will be a different season of life and we will just enjoy it as it comes.
This morning we picked some apples... for applesauce, had coffee with a friend, and visited another friend. It was a busy morning, but very, very enjoyable....
My little girl and I will have lots of fun together...
I am already thankful for the memories we will make!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Fall Project 1: A New Phone "Table"

We have had problems with finding adequate storage for our phone, keys... 'dump whatever when you come in the door place'. We have tried many different things, but the area always looks cluttered and ugly. This past week I found this old metal file cabinet at the thrift store for a few bucks. I got it - cleaned it, primed it (covering all the gross areas), fixed it... and then painted it red (of course... is there any other color?). It is perfect! It makes more room in our "dump" area... it has drawers to organize phone books, etc and I can use the bottom drawer as a diaper changing area. I am very happy with how this fall project turned out!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Date Night

Last night Micah and I got away for a DATE NIGHT! It was so needed... especially since we haven't seen him at all this week (back pack trip) and we won't see him much next week (he is teaching the Church History class). We had a blast! The conversation was intense and good (it is great that we have 3 hours of driving time when we go on a date to Great Falls). We were super creative - (after we ran all our errands) we had dinner and a movie.... all for about 14 dollars! We ordered to-go Chinese food, found a Red Box, rented a movie, drove to the airport overlooking the city, removed the car seats from the back of the suburban, and watched a movie with our DVD player and then returned the movie to the Red Box and drove home. It was fun! We love being married... and last night we were reminded of our need to make fun times with each other.... here's hoping for a lot more fun times this year.... like last night!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Wish....

I looked this cute first thing in the morning!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lime Cookies

I read a blog early this week (here) about Lime Rosettes and I was intrigued. Tonight I made them and they were light with a splash of citrus.... I highly recommend these tasty morsels!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Visit with Diane

My dear friend from college, Diane, came for a visit this week. It was a blessed time and we are so thankful she came. The kids loved her. Ethan was thrilled she would play with him and read his stories at night. Eden would randomly leave me and go snuggle with Diane! We had lots of adventures during her visit. We celebrated Ethan's 3rd birthday, hiked (a very little bit), picked choke cherries (for Micah's beloved choke cherry syrup... that I need to make him), had a picnic to the river, played, stayed up late, have fires on the deck, cups of hot chocolate, too much ice cream, late night trips out the canyon to view the stars, etc, etc! We packed a lot into the 5 days she was here. It was nice to have someone who knows me well listen, hear my heart, let me cry, and give me wisdom. I am very thankful God has blessed me with friends like Diane... I just wonder why He moved me so far from them. Thanks for investing in us, Diane!
Come again real soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beauty All Around

Just thought I would share a few pictures I have taken...
I sure think there is beauty all around me...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1st Day of Preschool

Today was Ethan's first day of preschool! Let me tell you that this has been a huge "mind shattering" step in my life! Since I got over my initial stage of "I will never homeschool my kids at home because I was" I have dreamed about homeschooling my kids. I have planned out activities and things to learn and do... so the very thought of sending Ethan to preschool was never really EVER a thought. I was reading the Augusta School newsletter one morning and learned they were offering the program and I just mentioned it to Micah. He immediately responded that we should put Ethan in it. My jaw dropped... my heart stopped... and I IMMEDIATELY said NO! I don't want to miss out on those precious moments with my son, BUT I know it will be a good thing... a needed thing. Ethan's only friends are in the late teens, early 20's... because of this he plays rough because they play rough with him. I want him to learn how to play with other kids and to listen to other adults. It is hard not knowing what goes on in those 3 hours of preschool... but even today I got pieces of things he was learning and doing and that makes my heart happy (trust me I have to ask lots of questions!!).
He told me tonight that he needed to "follow directions at school."
Hum... what a deep thought - he listened, he heard and I know he will learn.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Boy is 3...

Well... I guess Ethan will be 3 on Monday, but due to the annual backpack trip (Micah will be gone with the students) we decided to celebrate early! This little boy is such a delight in our life. He is full of energy, creativity and life.
He invited a couple of his favorite students up for cake (Logan and Sam), we invited the staff and we have our dear friend Diane visiting for a few days and of course Uncle Eli was there.
So it was a fun mix of people...
I was so glad that cake turned out. Ethan had elaborate ideas and plans and when he first saw the cake... I knew I had captured what he wanted (I am sure I could have made anything and he would have loved it!) So it is surreal that he is 3 (almost - I am sucking the 2 year for all its worth!).... I am sure thankful God has entrusted him to us...

Happy (almost) Birthday, Ethan! WE LOVE YOU!