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Almost Paris

Just a few snapshots of our days with the Megginsons.  Second to a week in Paris with Daniel…are days spent with my cousins.

We surprised the parents with awful outfits to lighten the mood…being that it is our first Megginson Christmas without Maw Maw…and we laughed until we cried…that is what she would have wanted.

We ate and reminisced and shopped and belly laughed and played Just Dance on the Wii until I thought I was going to go into labor…

Us girl cousins are so close we could be sisters.  We catch up with what the others are doing…we talk about dreams and hopes…we share secrets and talk in really weird voices and act like complete idiots.  When we are together we are totally ourselves and that is so refreshing.

Refreshed by my tremendously loud, fun, intriguing, hilarious, and sweet family.

Blessed by them.

Thank you Father for the gift of family and laughter…it is truly like medicine for the soul…

Blessings to you sweet Readers!

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Fill me Up

 

I am pregnant, so I can’t drink a marvelous glass of red wine to get my nerves down…so, the next best thing…or better thing…is writing…

A favorite author of mine says that he writes to make the voices in his head stop but they never do…

Writing is like that for me….it is therapeutic…it helps me work things out, if that makes sense…

My Christmas was not how I imagined it would be. I am somewhat idealistic, in that I want it to be just so…and it is never just so is it? Never how you want it to be or picture it to be…why is that?

I am also simply…empty.

An empty cup…nothing…nada…

I need refueling…refilling…

Do you ever feel bad because you feel like you nag God? Nag him by asking for help again and again and again.  Lately, I have been asking for help over and over and sometimes I just get tired even of asking…It’s almost like I wanna say to him… ” God, I don’t want to constantly truly NEED help…so can you just change our situation…Ooooooooooor supernaturally transport me and the husband to Paris for a week where we eat luscious food, sleep all we want, and float on the Seine river at night ooooing at all of the beautiful lights…”

This is very true when it comes to being houseparents…You CONSTANTLY need help from God…always needing love to give, patience to give, kind words to give, energy to fold that last load of laundry,…

And it’s very true with parenting in general…You always need His help giving more…because little ones need so much from you…

So, on this evening, I am going to bed weary and empty and asking yet again for Him to fill me…refuel me…

I hope your Christmas was wonderful Love 🙂

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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He Said Yes

 

I was thinking the other day about something…

Could Jesus have said No?

No to the mission of coming into this world and saving us?

When Adam and Eve sinned, did He automatically know what He was going to have to do to save us, or did God ask Him…and did he have to ponder for a second what the answer would be…how He would answer His Father….

I don’t know.  But, it is something I have thought about…and something I have rejoiced over because either way…His answer, whether immediate or thought upon for a moment…was Yes….

A big, fat, joyous, resounding throughout earth, sky, and sea… Yes!

I was driving Miss Maris in the car today…coming home from shopping…when she complained from the back seat that she had a bo-bo on her finger…A very tiny bo-bo…She is dramatic like her mommy…But, I could tell it was hurting her…

She said she wanted to pray and ask God to heal it…

“Well, pray then Maris,” I told her.

“God….will you please heal my bo-bo?” she ever so sweetly asked Him.

A moment or two passed in silence and then she very matter-of-factly said to me……

 “Momma, He said Yes.”

I smiled.

I am so thankful He said Yes to rescuing us…to coming into this world as a little baby….that He said Yes to a mission so huge and so weighty that my heart beats faster just thinking about it….thinking about what He accomplished….

I am so thankful that He is a God of yes-es…a God that gives…and gave everything He had…

That He says…

Yes, I will heal your bo-bo’s…

Yes, I will heal your diseases and your sicknesses…your sins and your hurts….

Yes, I will change you to make you more like me…

Yes, I love you more than you can fathom, Dear one…

Yes, I am FOR you…and I want what is best for you…I want you to have an abundant, joyful life…

With our God, the answer is and has always been…

Yes.

I pray that if you do not know Him…that this Christmas…Your answer to His offer of abundant life…eternal life…will be a Yes.

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Pretty December

I never get around to doing a Christmas card.  I’d like to…but just never make the time to do it.  So, maybe this can be our blog Christmas card to you!

I hope you are enjoying this Christmas! God bless you and your family!

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So, there are very few recipes of mine that are absolutely perfect. Very few.  I am really wanting to perfect some basics…like pot roast which I have absolutely ruined the past two times (but I am blaming it on the 3 ton roaster oven that I want to take out back and kill with a sledge hammer 🙂 )…and the heavenly white sawmill gravy…chocolate chip cookies…lasagna…ect…

Because, you see, something can be “alright” and “good”…but not absolutely perfect…to where there is nothing else that can be done to make that dish or recipe better…

Well, dear ones, I think this potato soup may fit that description…

The original recipe came from someone I don’t know on Food.com…and after making it a few times and adding some ingredients and taking some away…I think it might be….drumroll please……………Perfect!

I hope you will try it! It is very easy and makes a lot…so you can eat on it for quite a few meals…

So, with love…Here is the Perfect Potato Soup…

Ingredients:

6-8 medium potatoes

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all purpose flour

10 cups whole milk

2 cups heavy cream

1-2 cups chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

cheddar cheese

one pack of bacon

2 small-medium yellow onions

green onions

-peel, cut, and boil potatoes to the consistency you like.drain. pour 10 cups of milk, 2 cups of cream, and cup or so of broth in big pot or jug. In a separate large pot, melt the stick of butter on med- high. add in flour and stir for a minute or so. pour in half of milk, cream, broth mixture and stir into flour on medium-high heat until lumps of flour are gone. then pour in rest of liquid and stir on med- high CONTINUOUSLY until it comes to a boil. it will scorch if you leave it alone. once it boils, turn on low. add potatoes, salt and pepper and a few handfuls of cheddar cheese. in a separate pan fry you up a pack of bacon until very crispy. remove bacon and drain most of grease..not all. chop up onions and saute them in bacon grease. once they are good and golden, add them to soup. you are done! put in a bowl…sprinkle with bits of bacon, shredded cheddar, and chopped green onions. enjoy!!

And for another treat today… go watch Coldplay’s new video to their Christmas single…”Christmas Lights”…it is artsy and fun and mellow and a lot reminiscent of Moulin Rouge… Darla, do you remember those days of singing that soundtrack in the car???? Good times best friend! I miss singing with you in the car and making up really weird dance moves 🙂

Love to You!!!!

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This is really something I struggle with…something I don’t really like talking about…and I will pretty much talk about anything…

And it is fear…

I sit here debating on whether or not to delete the first two lines because I don’t wanna talk about it…but that probably means I need to.

This is the thing….I’ll cut to the chase…

I have soooooooooooooo much. Please know I am not bragging…

My life is not perfect. Right now I am mad at Daniel, frustrated with Maris and the whining, frustrated at my own whining, tired, ect…..( our cat is right now drinking the water out of the Christmas tree bucket…she is so deprived of attention poor kitty…)

But let me just say that I am blessed beyond measure…

I have the best Gift ever, Jesus Christ…a husband I love with every drop of my being…children that I love so much IT SCARES ME…fluffy covers to crawl into at night…wonderful food to cook and eat…hot water…a car that runs…money in the bank…a healthy body…so much love from family and friends…

And the problem is, at times, I think…when is the ball going to drop?…when is something horrible going to happen? …why have I been given so much when I could have been born into a home in some slum in India where I was sold into prostitution at 10 years of age?…

Do you know what I mean?

Do you think these things?

I turned 27 yesterday.

It was a sweet day…but these things were going through my head bit by bit…

As we picked out a tree and decorated it…

 And as I devoured my scrumptious birthday cake that my mother made me…Oh, it was so good…

As I looked around at these sweet blessings…

I thought these things…

What do I do with all of these blessings…with all of this love I have to share…all of the resources I have to share?

Do I hold them so tightly my knuckles go white and live in fear day in and day out of “what could happen”….?

Or do I live by faith…knowing that God’s hands are so much better than my own…?

Do I live with open arms…giving to others in abundance with a happy heart and a loving countenance?

Is this what I am called to do with the load of gifts and blessings I’ve been given…

Because, honestly, it isn’t easy…

It would be easy for me to say…yes, yes, amen, give yourself away, trust God!…

But, it is hard! It is hard to be selfless, to give until it hurts, to love the least of these, to go the extra mile, to let go of the “what ifs” in life, to trust God with the unknowns…

But, I think…when we let go…and fully trust Him…when we give all we have to Him…

That is where our freedom lies…

Our joy.

And I’m not sure I really know what that looks like…what fully letting go and COMPLETELY trusting looks like…

That can be a topic for another day….What letting go and trusting Christ with all you have looks like day to day

I am sorry if i have not made sense or if I have rambled…

I pray your week is going well…

Love to you sweet friends!

P.S. Didn’t our tree turn out lovely!? Maris is so proud! Davis doesn’t really seem to care…..Boys…. 🙂

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I thought I’d share some of the songs that make our Christmas so sweet…

Most of these you won’t hear on 99.9…some are jazzy…some are classical…some are fun…

And some are so heavy…so truth-filled and worshipful…

So here ya go…

1. Peace- George Winston

2. The Holly and the Ivy-George Winston

3. Here we come A Caroling- Ray Conniff

4. Under the Umbrella (Little Women)- Thomas Newman

5. O Come O Come Emmanuel- Enya

6. White is in the Winter Night- Enya

7. Sing Noel Sing Hallelujah- Michael W. Smith

8. Christmas Angels- Michael W. Smith

9. Its a Wonderful Christmas- Michael W. Smith

10. The Promise- Michael W. Smith

11. Skating- David Benoit

12. When Love Came Down- Point of Grace

I can’t tell you how many times Maris and I will blare White is in the Winter Night and dance like crazy people…

I hope you enjoy your music during the holidays!!!!

Much Love!

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