Sunday, March 9, 2014
So, please, please follow me there. My husband is very sad over the passing of my "Mosh Writings" name as the "Mosh" referred to Missy & Josh. As they say--goodbyes are hard.
So I hope to see you over at my new site, learning and laughing along with me.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Then I had a thought. An analogy. These don't always come to me, but this time one did. I can't take credit for it. The Holy Spirit knows when to intervene, especially when it comes to my bad attitude.
I thought...how many times do I ask for forgiveness in a day? From the Lord, from my husband, and yes...even from my own children. Not enough, that's for sure! But the Lord loves me. No matter how many times I mess up. He keeps on loving me, and washing me clean. And He doesn't even get a tad bit annoyed. He died so that my yucky self could come into His presence. He wants to be close to my unclean heart. He is so happy to forgive me. Again. And again. And again.
Amazing grace how sweet the sound.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I said others can do it, but I really don't think I can.
I tried to fight it.
I tried to seek other avenues.
I tried to get out of it.
The "H" word has found me. The Lord has called me. And I must move forward, seeking grace, patience, love, perseverance, joy, and all that comes with homeschooling. Yes, you read that right. Homeschooooooling.
Get out the denim jumper! I am ready! Well, not quite ready...but committed.
I REALLY didn't want to do this, Lord. WHY do you want me to do this?? Not every parent is called to do this! Why do you want me to do it?
I may never know the answer to these questions. At least not right away. But I do know I have been called. And when the Lord made it ever so clear to me that I needed to do this next year, tears of pure joy and thankfulness overtook me. God had answered my prayer. I think I was more emotional because of His clear answer than the actual decision. The fact that I had been praying, seeking and asking Him what on earth to do with my daughter for school next year...and He answered me. He cares about my precious little girl. He cares about my wandering, question-filled heart.
And He answered me. I am so grateful.
All parents know exactly what I am talking about. Wondering what to do about schooling....public school, private school, Christian school, homeschool? PRAY. And take it year by year. Do not look at it as a 12 year commitment right off the bat. For me, that is way too overwhelming. Just pray that God will show you where He wants your baby...next year...and He will. Promise.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
If you're a father, mother, teacher, student, sibling, daughter or son....you have heard or asked this question. It is a question we all ask, even if we don't verbalize it. We wonder if we have made someone proud with our actions.
When my daughter was born almost five years ago, I had no idea just how many times I would be asked this question.
"I zipped my pants by myself! Are you proud of me??"
"I ate ALL of my dinner! Are you proud of me??"
"I obeyed the first time. Are you proud of me??"
Now let's be honest, sometimes this is followed by a "Can I have a piece of candy for that?" But nonetheless, apparently there is a never ending list of accomplishments, that grows seemingly by the hour. Now of course, as we grow older, I am no longer asking anyone to be proud of me for eating all of my dinner but I do wonder sometimes "Am I being a good wife?" "Am I being a fun mom?" "Am I spending enough time with each child individually?" Some of you may wonder "Is my boss impressed with how I handled that situation?"
Well, there are always things we do not need to be patted on the back for, and then there are times when it is appropriate. Of course we learn as we grow older that we don't need to live trying to please everyone. Believe it or not, there will be someone, at some point in time who may not like you! (I know, that has NEVER happened to me! *wink wink*) And in those times, it can be difficult to redirect our focus on not pleasing everyone in the world. But in this post I want to focus on the positives of saying those five words "I am proud of you."
The last several months have been on the more difficult side for my husband and myself. He was finishing up graduate school, we were trying to sell our home (which didn't happen), we were preparing to move away (as in 8 hours away), we had to send our sweet 15 year old dog to doggy heaven, we were doing horribly financially (moving is expensive), my 14 month old son was going to PT for toe pointing, I had skin cancer a few months prior (thankfully not melanoma), the list goes on. It could have been much worse, but there were a lot of things all happening at once. Our plates were full. Last weekend we went to my husband's parents' home (I call them my in-loves). My father-in-love expressed how proud he was of us. He told us that he knew how much we had been through the last several months and he was so proud of the way we handled everything. I have to tell you that I almost cried, and that this meant the world to me. To hear someone you love so much tell you how proud they are of you...even at the age of 31...well...it was incredible. I still re-play his words in my mind throughout the week. It still makes me smile.
We are instructed by the Lord to encourage one another. I Thessalonians 5:11 says, "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Now this may come very easily to some, and be more difficult for others. Some of us have encouragement as a spiritual gift, and others may not. And that's okay! So however that person will feel encouraged, just try it! Some of us are encouraged by action, others are encouraged by words of affirmation. But it never hurts to let someone know you are proud of them.
So when your toddler asks if you're proud of them for the zillionth time today, just remember how good it feels to hear those words. When your husband does something wonderful, tell him how proud you are of his accomplishments. When your wife has endured the longest day EVER with kids pulling her hair, tell her how proud you are! When a student you have does something kind for another student, tell them you're proud! It may make a world of difference in their day, or even in their life.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Several months ago, before we moved to Tennessee, we found a home...with a wrap around porch...hardwood floors...barn on the property...with several acres. We fell in LOVE with it. In fact, I cried when we looked at it, just wishing I could have a home like this one day. It was a short-sale home. There was already an offer on it. We sadly let it go, and moved on. Now we are here, and the home is still vacant. The offer fell through. It is bank owned....we think. We still love it. But I finally found it online and it is even more expensive than it was before! I cried a little. This dream home of mine is not for us right now. We cannot afford it. There is part of me that is confused. Part of me that is angry. Part of me that is just plain sad about it. We compare every home we see to this home. It is definitely up there in the "dream house category", with emphasis on the "dream". It isn't a fancy, expensive, massive home. It's a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. It needs a little renovation work. But I can't have it. This is where being content is so difficult for me.
Doesn't scripture say "...and he will give you the desires of your heart"?? Wait. There is more to the verse? I guess I better write out the entire thing. *sigh* "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4
He wants me to delight myself in HIM! So what does delight actually mean? In this verse, it is a verb. An action word. Something I should be doing. Dictionary.com tells me that delight used as a verb with an object means "to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly." So my satisfaction should be in Him.
We also need to remember that our faith is not works based. I do not do things for God so that He will save me, or love me more. He loves me regardless. But as my former pastor, Dave Osborne preached, "We should love God for WHO HE IS, not what He does for us." I need to love God because He is God. And in being this incredible God, He has given me SO much to be thankful for, yet I continue to dwell on what I don't have. It is so frustrating!! I don't want to focus on the negative. I don't want to focus on the things I can't have right now. I have to remember to trust in the Lord. Trust that He knows best. He has plans for me! Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
The deepest desire of my heart should be to follow the path the Lord has planned out for my family and myself. I know we need to be obedient. I know we need to wait. No one said obedience or patience were easy. But that is the path for us right now. The Lord has planned to give me a future and a hope. That's a promise.
So I have to say goodbye to my dream home! Trusting that the Lord is protecting us, and wants something better for us....even if we can't see it right now. In the meantime, I am focusing on the many blessings He continues to pour out on us each and every day. Thankful for the roof over my head and the sweet family living here with me. In a way, I guess I already have my dream home.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Well, I had a son last year. Sorry it has really been that long since I blogged. He is now 14 months, and my daughter is four and a half. My husband just got his PhD, and is now teaching at the university we both graduated from. Which means we moved. (I do not do well with change but we will blog about that later.)
Well since it has been so long, I guess I would like to start out writing about after my son was born....so here goes nothing...
After my sweet son was born, we quickly realized that he had colic and acid reflux. He cried...okay SCREAMED...constantly for three straight months. So, when I went to the doctor and they handed me the post-partum questionnaire, I thought...well, I have a baby who screams all the time, of course I am unhappy!!! The questionnaire asked me things like "Do you enjoy outings or family events like you used to?" (I am thinking....what are events again? No! I stay at home with a screaming baby and am afraid to go out for fear he will scream his head off or I will need to nurse at a moment's notice...which also starts the screaming.) The questionnaire had about ten questions regarding my emotional state. Some of the questions were even dealing with suicidal thoughts or actions which I myself was not dealing with, thankfully. My midwife came in the room, with my yellow questionnaire in her hand and I knew the conversation was coming. I tried to tell her that I was only unhappy because the baby was unhappy, and she looked at me and said "And that may be a large part of your post-partum depression!" I don't know why I thought it was something women got that had nothing to do with their current struggles, (or screaming baby). And it is funny to learn of other women who have pleasant babies who wonder how they could possibly have PPD since their baby is so happy! Guess what? It can happen either way!!! Your body has undergone an intense hormonal rollercoaster. You have been carrying a precious child in your belly for nine months, and now that part of the journey is done. You are completely exhausted, your body isn't the same anymore, you are still healing, you are needed 24/7....it is no wonder why so many women have PPD! The sad part is, so many have it and never receive any help for it. I wish every doctor's office had a questionnaire like mine did. I didn't have that after my firstborn.
All that to say, I posted about my PPD on Facebook one day. It was a completely random decision I had made and I couldn't believe I actually did it. In fact, my hand hovered over the "delete" button a LOT before I decided to close the computer and walk away. Just like this blog post. I wrote it days ago and have been contemplating whether or not to post it. I don't want people to think this is all I talk about, nor do I want people to feel sorry for me. It has been over a year, and I can say I am doing much better. However, I was amazed at the number of women who have contacted me about PPD since that Facebook post many months ago. I feel like we all know about it a little bit, but not enough. And since it is so different for every single woman, it is difficult to figure out if you have it or not! You may wonder, is this "baby blues" or full on PPD? Well, all I want to say about this is that if you are one of the many women diagnosed with PPD or if you feel like this might be what's going on, to ask another woman you know that has had it, discuss it with your doctor or midwife, and seek some guidance. I was SO anxious after my son was born...and guess what? Anxiety can be a huge part of it as well. I never knew that until I asked.
If you have any questions about it, you are more than welcome to ask me. But know that nothing is wrong with you, you are a wonderful mother, and you do love your baby more than anything. But your body is having a rough time getting back on track, and that is okay. It is OKAY to take a medicine for it if that is what your doctor recommends. I didn't want to do that at first, and then realized that I needed some help. And it was a good idea.
Much love to all you mommies and mommies-to-be.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Side Note: Lately, I have complained on Facebook about getting produce at the store, only to find mold inside the pepper, or fruit going bad within a few days. I am tired of it! So, today we took a family outing to the Farmer's Market here in town where we got lots of good stuff for only $9! Take a look at our loot:
Yes, I was pretty impressed. But anyways, this was my motivation to start the deception process. Basically, what Jessica tells you to do is to steam or roast veggies, puree them, bag them up, freeze them or put them in the fridge, and then use them in your recipes. The cookbook has lots of different recipes, but you can also go online for more (www.deceptivelydelicious.com), OR just add it to stuff you already make. SO, my magic bullet and I got to work. And it was fun. And now I want to puree things. A lot of things. I even made a smoothie after this was over...and it was good. Okay, so if you're interested and don't want to run out and get her cookbook (which is awesome), here are her basic steps.
1. Well, first you wash the veggies (or get a cute little someone to do it for you).
2. Prepare the vegetables to be cooked, or fruit to be puree'd. How you do this depends on the veggie/fruit you're using, of course.
3. Cook the vegetables. (The book tells you how to steam, roast, or even microwave specific veggies in a way that maintains their nutrients.) You can use a rice steamer, collapsible steamer, or pasta pot with a drainer basket for this.
4. Puree! This is where you need a food processor, magic bullet or blender. She recommends blending most things for about 2 minutes.
5. Portion and package the purees. (Jessica recommends 1/2 cup or even 1/4 cup portions to put in ziploc baggies.) You refrigerate the ones you plan to use in the following few days, and freeze the rest.
6. Cook using your purees in the recipes! (She even has desserts with purees.) After the squash, I pureed some strawberries we picked a while back that have been in my freezer. :)
So there are tons of great things I could say about this cookbook....it has a list of necessities, step-by-step instructions, and even tells the benefits of each kind of fruit and veggie. I highly recommend it.
We will see how this goes! I'll let you know how well I hide the nutrition. ;o)
A super simple recipe for an after-I-puree-everything yummy fruit smoothie (from the Magic Bullet book):
~a cup of ice
~a handful of strawberries
~a banana (I used a half of a banana)
~a splash of orange juice
~and this is not in the recipe, but of course, I added about a scoop of orange sherbet which made it SO much better! :)
Monday, July 25, 2011
Chicken (and Portobello) Fajitas
The reason I put "(and portobello)" is because if you're like me, and don't like eating fungus, you don't have to put those in and it's just as delicious...probably more so. ;o)
Cook: 15 min.
Tip: "Tossing the chicken with the chili powder and garlic before it hits the skillet lets the flavors sink into this simple summer dish."
~1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips
~1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
~4 cloves of garlic, minced
~1 package (12 oz.) flour tortillas
~3 tbsp. EVOO
~Salt and Pepper
~2 large italian frying peppers, cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch wide strips - (I do not use Italian frying peppers! I can't ever find them, but since I am not a huge fan of spicy, and neither is my child, I use one green bell pepper and one red bell pepper and I think it tastes great!)
~1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
~4 portobello mushroom caps (about 4 inch), sliced 1/4 inch thick - (Like I said, I don't even use these but I know some people love these things so I am letting you have the whole recipe.)
~1 container (7oz.) whole-milk greek yogurt, for serving - (I get the Dannon Greek personal yogurts for $1 each. I either get one or two, dependant on how many people I am serving. One is enough for Joshua and myself. I put this right on the fajita, and it is a healthy, yummy topping!)
1. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the chili powder and half the garlic.
2. Wrap the tortillas in a sheet of foil, place in the oven and turn to 350 degrees. Let them warm while you cook the chicken and the vegetables.
3. Heat a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 1/2 tbsp. of EVOO and the chicken; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a bowl.
4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. EVOO and garlic, the frying peppers (or bell peppers) and onion to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring, until beginning to char, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
5. Return the chicken to the pan and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is hot, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the chicken-vegetable mixture with the warmed tortillas and yogurt.
Hope you like this recipe! I would say the part that takes me the longest is getting fat off of the chicken thighs before I begin cooking. Chicken thighs are YUMMY, full of flavor, and cost less than chicken breast so they are an essential to this recipe (in my opinion) but you will find fat on there that you can cut off first. Serve these up with some chips and salsa (and maybe some margaritas) and enjoy! :o)
And just in case you were wondering, I bet these are the same fajitas Ross cooked up in "Friends." I just want to snap my fingers and jump when I make these. ;o)
Monday, May 23, 2011
Now, I must say I have never been a huge fan of sweet and sour chicken at restaurants. I have never enjoyed the sauce. Well, I thought I would give this recipe a try and it was mmm hmm good if I do say so myself. Here is the recipe:
Salt & Pepper
1 cup white rice
1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
2 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
4 tsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. finely grated ginger (OR 1 tsp. dry ginger)
1 and 1/4 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (I added 1 green bell pepper too on accident but it tasted good with it, too)
1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 and 3/4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil; stir in the rice. Cover, lower the heat and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, 2 tsp. of cornstarch, the ketchup, and ginger. In a bowl, toss the chicken with the remaining 2 tsp. of cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper.
3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pineapple chunks and reserved chicken.
4. Whisk the pineapple juice mixture into the chicken mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Serve over the rice.
Here is a picture of everything but the rice, if you want to get your tastebuds ready!
Monday, May 2, 2011
I found a freezer jam recipe that does not need pectin. I haven't tried it yet but here it is if you're interested:
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled
- 4 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process in a water bath. If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don't bother with processing, and just refrigerate.
- To test for jelling
- Place three plates in a freezer... after about 10 minutes of boiling place a tsp of the liquid of the jam onto the cold plate. Return to freezer for a minute. Run your finger through the jam on the plate... if it doesn't try to run back together (if you can make a line through it with your finger) it's ready to be canned!
ANYWAYS, if you don't want mush or jam and you just want to eat them, here are the instructions I followed from ehow online. We'll see how they turn out....
During strawberry season go to the nearest you pick farm and pick your own strawberries. The best time is in the morning while the strawberries are still cool. Choose the strawberries that are fully ripened with no green or white tips. Be careful not to crush the strawberries and keep them out of the sun.
Place strawberries on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer until hard. When strawberries are frozen place them into clean freezer bags or containers. Now you can enjoy fresh whole strawberries anytime.