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Archive for the month “February, 2011”

Psalm 40

Psalm 40

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him.

4 Blessed is the one
who trusts in the LORD,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
5 Many, LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
but my ears you have opened[c]
burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
8 I desire to do your will, my God;
your law is within my heart.”

9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, LORD,
as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD;
may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, LORD;
come quickly, LORD, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The LORD is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
you are my God, do not delay.

West Texas Weather

This weather is CRAZY! How in the world can it be so cold in the morning that I need a winter coat and by late afternoon shorts and flip flops 🙂


Also 66 mph winds and dust so bad I can’t walk from the garage to the car without cleaning my contacts:( West Texas weather is NUTS!!!

Meet the Cat in the Hat

So Friday afternoon Addyson & I picked up her BFF Kennedi and went to the library to “Meet the Cat in the Hat”. We picked up a few more books while there.

Here are some pictures from our afternoon and the books we got.

Addyson and Kennedi listening to Dr. Seuss story-time

The Cat in the Hat arrives!

Addyson drew a picture for The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat loves it!

Addyson got a hug from the Cat in the Hat

New books: 02/25/11

Here’s our latest book list from today’s visit to the library:

A trip to Mars by Ruth Young

Green Beans

Mortimer's first garden

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

When Sheep Sleep

What Grandmas Do Best

Bruno Munari's Zoo

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

Hooray for Reading Day!

Pete & Pickles - by the Berkeley Breathed (who wrote Mars needs Moms)

The Lion's Share

My first Nutcracker - Addyson's special pick...even though we've already read this one she REALLY wanted to get it again 🙂

Granny Gomez & Jigsaw

Misery Moo

Ten Little Elvi

The Berenstain Bears do their best

Chronicles of the Kings

So I read these books a few years ago at the encouragement of my mom and I loved them. Now that I’ve been studying Isaiah I’ve longed to read them again so once I got over half-way through the study of Isaiah I’ve allowed myself to begin reading them. I’ve read the first 2 books (and almost all of the third too) in less than 1 week. I think I could have read them within 1 day if I didn’t have 2 kids and a household to run :). I’d love to encourage everyone to read them too!! Please note that they are fiction books based on the Chronicles of the Kings so while the author using scripture and historical events to tell the stories.

Click here to learn more about the author, Lynn Austin.

Click here to learn more about her books.

Cooking through a cookbook Day 4

Well last night was a success. I didn’t veer too far into the ‘chef for a day’ range so it wasn’t a HUGE surprise to Justin when he got home BUT he DID continue to complement me throughout the meal so I would say that this (so far) has been a success.

Last night I made Chicken Fajitas from Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscovering How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals by Jamie Oliver
Here’s the recipe:
(19 Minutes)
Serves 2
1 red bell pepper
1 medium red onion
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
a small pinch of ground cumin
2 limes
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 flour tortillas
Additional Ingredients for serving:
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup guacamole
4 ounces Cheddar cheese
For the Salsa:
1/2 – 1 fresh red chile, to your taste
15 ripe grape or cherry tomatoes
a small bunch of fresh cilantro
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lime
extra virgin olive oil

Put your grill pan on a high heat
Halve and seed your bell pepper and cut into thin strips
Peel, halve and finely slice your onion
Slice you chicken length ways into long strips roughly the same size as your bell pepper strips
Put the bell peppers, onion, and chicken into a bowl with paprika and cumin
Squeeze over juice of half the lime, drizzle over a lug of olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, mix well
Put to one side to marinate for 5 minutes or so (while you make the salsa if you choose to add this, instructions below)

Use a pair of tongs to put all the pieces of the bell pepper, onion, and chicken into your preheated pan to cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the chicken in golden and cooked through
As the pan will be really hot, keep turning the pieces of chicken and vegetables over so they don’t burn – you just want them to lightly chargrill to give you a lovely flavor
Give the pan a little love and attention and you’ll be laughing
Warm your tortillas up in a microwave or a warm dry frying pan

Divide your warmed tortillas between your serving plates
At the table, carefully help yourselves to the chicken and vegetables straight from the hot grill pan
Have your remaining lime and squeeze the juices over the sizzling pan
Serve with bowls of the sour cream and guacamole alongside your Cheddar and your lovely fresh salsa (instructions below)

Salsa Instructions:
Finley chop your chile
Roughly chop your tomatoes and the cilantro, stalks and all
Put the chile and tomatoes into a second bowl with a good pinch of salt and pepper and the juice of 1 lime
Add a good lug of extra virgin olive oil, then stir in your chopped cilantro


Cooking thorugh the cookbook- Day 1- 3

Well this week has NOT been a great start to my cook through a cookbook week:( We’ve eaten leftovers, sandwiches, and fast food every night so far this week. We’ve just been busy with nightly events OR I’ve been exhausted therefore calling for Justin to pick up food. TONIGHT however will be different! I’ve already defrosted the chicken and I’m ready!!

Psalm 34

This Psalm REALLY spoke to me today so I wanted to share it with you all too!

Psalm 34

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Matthew, Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah 1-40

So I’ve blogged about this a bit but wanted to update you on my journey through the scriptures. I’ve been reading through the Bible using the Bible in One Year plan on the YouVersion app on my iPhone. I’ve loved it for a lot of reasons: Convenience: I can read anytime, any day that I have my phone (which is everyday), The Plan: I’ve never read through a plan from start to finish before and I have committed to do just that this year and this plan is perfect. It lays out a few chapters of Old Testament (in order), a few chapters of New Testament (in order), a few verses of Psalms, and a few verses of Proverbs., and finally: the WORD, I’ve not only gained some intellect but I’ve been able to read the scriptures in a new way as I’ve read through the books of the Bible in order. I’ve truly felt the Holy Spirit speak to me as I’ve read through the well known stories in His Word, specifically Abraham & Sarah, the parable of the seeds planted on the different soils, the exodus of the Israelite’s and finally the revelation of God’s law to Moses. I will say that as I have started Leviticus I can see why this is where most people flake out but I’m trying to look at it in the light of God’s amazing power and might instead of the mundane repetition of the laws and guidelines for holiness and cleanliness.

On a different note I’m through the first 40 books of Isaiah in this year’s BSF study. I enjoy this book much more than I expected to. Last week we read chapters 42 -44 and I loved the following verses:

Isaiah 43

Israel’s Only Savior

1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

They were such a reminder of God’s mercy. After BSF this past week I have the privilege of having my ‘group’ over for lunch and fellowship. So myself and 3 other Godly ladies were able to hang out, eat and share all that God has taught us through the book of Isaiah thus far. We’ve had some amazing prayer requests answered in our group this year so I can’t wait to see what God does through the remainder of the book.


Can I say that I feel so blessed to have the incredible friends that I have! We had some of our AWESOME friends, Brandon and Kelli, over for hanging out/dinner last night and our kids always have a blast and wear each other out! 🙂 While Addyson and Kennedi make act like enemies and best friends at the same time I know in their heart of hearts the love each other! Owen and Drew have a boyish friendship that I look forward to seeing develop over the years. Thank you Brandon and Kelli for your friendship and for all you do for our family!!

Enjoy some pictures of our little ones over the last 6 months:)

Drew (left) and Owen (right) hanging out drinking their juice:)

Addyson as Dorothy (on left) and Kennedi as the Tooth Fairy (on right) during our Halloween adventure at the Western History Museum in Lubbock.

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