a quick update.

Sorry to have fallen so behind on my blogging, you bloggers.

I recently let my lovely friend Rachel borrow my macbook for some school work and writing her support letters for YWAM, as her laptop stopped working not long ago.  I haven't found a dire need for it, thus haven't asked for it back, thus haven't been blogging.  Follow?  :)  My hubs has a pro, which I am currently punching letters on, but I just do not find myself using it very often seeing as how we take turns.


That is why the blogs are not exactly "rolling in" at the moment, and who knows when I will be needing my computer back!  Maybe not until school starts up at the end of August.  So for now, stay tuned until later on and enjoy the rest of your summers, of course!  :)
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Foodie Friday but on Saturday

Hello there.

I had my awesome parents over for dinner tonight after their long voyage to Kenya (!!!!).  Not only did we get to hear all of the amazing stories about the work they got to do for the Kenyan people, we got an entire 1,000 picture slideshow to accompany it.  AWESOME.

My mom and I made some food and I wanted to shareee with the blogging world my new recipes.

Burlap table cloth

Stuffed tomatoes with bread crumbs, basil, parmesan cheese, olive oil, & garlic.

Potato salad.  The 'dressing' is made up of 1/3 cup of pesto, and 2 cups of Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt.  Used 3 lbs of potatoes.

Veggies!  Yellow Bells, zucchini, and onion.  Throw onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and put in the oven at 475 degrees for 30 minutes.  So good.

Honey glazed chicken with thyme.  My mom made this so I'll have to double check on the recipe...

Mom and Matt gettin' set up.  

After all the fun we had a very productive day.  I got my herb garden soiled and planted and watered and Matt and I built our 2nd retaining wall.  

Finished product

Herb garden minus herbs

Herb garden plus herbs

The new look.  Now for the adironack chairs, a rototiller and edger and some stones.  :)

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Psalm 22:3  "Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel."

Wait.  'Enthroned' implies that He is not YET enthroned.  At the center of the universe is a throne, and on that throne sits God.  However, there is also a throne at the center of our hearts, and sometimes other gods wiggle their way in and take over.  Worship is when and where we can put God back on His throne in our hearts.

Worship him today! :)
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since when is this a work day?

I have to admit.  My husband's job is preeeettty freakin' awesome.  His mandatory travel = my mandatory vacation.  I've ended up in Bend, Eugene, Portland, and just yesterday Medford (which was way sunnier and warmer than Salem today, by the way).

Matt and I have really got this down now.  He goes out and works while I either A) Go to Starbucks and do a bible study.  B) Sit in the hotel (not as fun, this was an accident) or C) lay by the hotel pool.

Oookay... option C = YES! please.

In short, today was awesome.  I long...

I sat by that frickin' pool for THREE hours.  Without any food.  Oh, and then for another hour after that I sat in the shade because I was fried.  I didn't really plan ahead too well, and despite Matt's efforts to get me to purchase some cranberry-sugary-cashews from SBux, I packed zero food.  Thankfully I had a water so I didn't die of dehydration.

But picture this.

The pool was TINY, with like 4 lawn chairs and some mini tables that looked like they should have ash trays.  It was dieee-rectly next to the parking lot, so, no privacy.  I was the only person there for those solid 3 hours so it was super awkward whenever anybody walked by.  Finally when some dude came down to share the nice spot, I politely put my clothing on, packed my two magazines and Malcom Gladwell's "Blink" and headed to the shade, outside the pool area, away from creepy men.  Yes.

Plus I was plenty red.  Everywhere.  Literally.  My feet are even sunburned.

All in all though, it was a great trip.  Matt and I got chatty on the way to Medford last night and today was a solid ride home listening to country music (I can't believe I am saying this I can't believe I am saying this)....

I'm SO grateful that his job is so ... permissive, and flexible, and wonderful... and I'm so thankful for a husband who wants to take me everywhere he goes.  Lotta love in this household.

Anyway.  Here are some pictures of our trip.  Aaanddd... picnic table and retaining wall!!!!  Which means I get to start my herb garden.  Thanks Matt and Jeff for the spectacular brick-laying.

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Where Would Jesus Live?

Studying the Psalms is always a great place to start.  Or end.  Or take a tangent to.  Really, the Psalms are something I should continually be reading through - a workbook on praise, directions on how to pray, examples of men of the bible feeling like God has abandoned them (meaning it's okay to feel that way!! but He never does leave...).  It's perfect.  It's a perfect collection.

I was reading Psalms 132, 131, & 130 this morning.  Working my way backwards because usually I start with Psalm 1, and never end up getting to the end of the book.

This morning I was humbled greatly by the words of Psalm 132, in particular.

132:3-5  " 'I will not enter my house or go to my bed - I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.' "

Here, the Psalmist is quoting David from an earlier Psalm.  It was striking to me because I have put on an attitude of stubbornness lately (in everything - talking to Matt, my attitude towards others, selfishness, etc.) and have been PRAYING my butt off that God would remove it, but it simply hasn't lifted.  Alas, I think it is up to me to take the first step and moveee on, AND, to never let something rest until I have found a "place for the Lord" in my attitude - in praise, in thanksgiving, in worship - rather than in selfishness and stubbornness.  The Lord cannot rest in that attitude, and has no part in it.

THEN.  I read verse 8.

"...arise, O Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might."

God's resting place is in our praise (Psalm 22:3 - "you are the praises of Israel" or ' you are lifted up and exalted by the praises of Israel).  If we do not build a habitat of praise for the Lord daily, how can we say we are dwelling with Him?  If Jesus was on earth and was tired, thirsty, hungry, and aching... would we say "come and stay with me"?  Of course.  But since He is only here in His spirit, we must BUILD a place for Him to rest - a place of worship and praise.

Man.  I haven't been doing that.  Anybody else convicted?

So today, even though it feels good to be stubborn and make sure I get my way, I am going to let go of those feelings.  How?  Step 1 = SERVE.  I'm going to serve my butt off to my husband, because that is where it's got to start.  In the family.

Who can you serve today?  Who can you lay down your self for??  I'm moving on from stubbornness and I challenge you to do the same!
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we're flexible out here in Bend: part II

What a great weekend so far, and the fireworks are yet to happen!

First, we decided to do some home improvement.  After smoothies and espresso on the patio.

Very nice edging done.  This is where my herb garden is going!!!

Painting our other table for the front porch

And then we wanted to make a picnic table.  So we did.  Still not finished though.  We had to go to church.


Hubby and I went to Bend and floated the river on tubes (no pictures, due to large amounts of water being on and all around us).  

Lunch at Cafe Yumm! in Bend.

Followed by an almost 2 hour drive to Diamond Lake where we enjoyed the company of family friends and got to go out on the party boat, watch the "talent show" at the main lodge, stay up late playing "Skip-Bo" and catching up with people whom I had never met and Matt hadn't seen in too long.

Patriotic strawberries that I made for my new friends

At Diamond Lake!

Mt. Bailey.  And kid talent show.  She's mid-back handspring right here.

We're off to the Riverfront for some fireworks tonight!!  Happy 4th to all!

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day 30! ... again.

someone fix that collar PUH LEASE.

[ shoes: urban outfitters.  leggings: ? top: j.crew.  belt and watch: nordstrom's.]

So here's what I learned.  Obviously I learned that I have more than I need (who doesn't learn that when attempting and easily succeeding to wear 30 outfits for 30 days with 30 items).  What I also learned is that:  you've got to go BEYOND the 30 day challenge.  What about the 30 for 60 challenge?  30 for 90?  My husband asked me "So, what are you going to do when the challenge is over?"  My reply: "Go shopping."  He laughed, and said "Isn't that.... exactly opposite the point?"  He was exactly right.

So what's the next step?  Try not shopping for 2 months?  Give half your clothes away?
Or is the challenge simply to see how stylish you can be with a limited number of options?
It got me thinking, and I haven't come to a conclusion yet.  But perhaps there will be greater challenges in the future, or a big clothes give-away, or a decrease in my time spent shopping and purchasing.  Hopefully all three.

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day 30!

It's day 30 and I won't be in an outfit until this evening, due to hiking with friends that are in town from Florida with my hubby!!!

Pictures to come later, and I can't wait to choose the last outfit from the challenge-closet.
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