I did not write this, it was taken from here, but it's one of the most encouraging/convicting things I've read about parenting lately. Things I can put into practice right now! Some things that I read about are hard to do with a toddler...making sure to ask about their day, invest in their time at school, or seek out the conflict in their heart when dealing with misbehavior...that's not really where we are right not. But this, this will be printed out and hung on my wall from now until forever. And it isn't just limited to thinking about the way I treat Jack, it is the way I should live to treat all people!
10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting
1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.
2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything else.
3. Today, I will not have any emergencies. There are no emergencies! Only amateurs hurry.
4. Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!
5. Today, I will pray to speak words that are only STRONG words, words that make these children feel strong. Grace words. Grace is the only non-toxic air. All other words I breathe are death words.
6. Today, I will pray to be consistently consistent. I will create safe rhythms that our children can find security in. I will create daily ceremonies because everyday we are CELEBRATING the gift of now!
7. Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.
8. Today, I will hug each of my children as many times as I serve them meals — because children’s hearts feed on touch. I’ll look for as many opportunities to touch my children today as possible — the taller they are, the more so.
9. Today, my priorities will be all Things Unseen.
10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!
Speaking of yummy winter meals...enter beans and cornbread.
Yesterday I made my first pot of pinto beans...ever...and verdict was? YUMMY! These will be a staple on our winter dinner menu.
I soaked about 2 pounds of pinto beans for 5 hours and while that was soaking, cooked up the most wonderful smelling mixture in the world.
Half a pound of bacon, chopped,
one onion, diced,
5 cloves of garlic, diced
a handful of cilantro leaves
There is no better smell in the whole world than this. This sauteed up for quite a while...until the bacon was fully cooked and the onions were getting translucent.
When that was done, I drained the grease off and dumped it in bottom of my crock pot. Into that mixture, I added 1 tsp of chili powder, cumin and salt. Drained the beans and dumped them on top of that, and topped with a can of drained diced tomatoes. Filled up the crock pot with water, and let them go. I think it was on low for a few hours, then I cranked it up to high to finish off.
They were DELICIOUS!!!! Jack loved them, my mom loved them, my (picky) sister loved them, Jeff (who told me he didn't like pinto beans) loved them...yeah, we'll be doing that again.
Now, no pinto bean dinner is complete without cornbread.
One summer after I graduated college (and moved to the arm pit of America to be close to my boyfriend...who broke up with me 2 weeks after I moved there...and worked as a skating car hop at Sonic...with a college degree) I worked with Beth up in Estes Park, Co. Replaced the arm pit of the world with the mountains of Colorado. Um, yes please!
Anyways, it was a bed and breakfast that served lunch. The food was very simple, only soups, salad, breads and desserts. But it was all oh so yummy! The cornbread there was the best...ever. I don't care which side of the fence you're on, unsweet or sweet. It doesn't matter. You'll like this cornbread.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups creamed corn
1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup medium Cheddarr cheese, grated
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 350.
Cream butter and sugar, then add eggs one at a time.
Gradually mix in corn and cheeses.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Spread evenly in a greased 9x13" cake pan.
(I added jalapenos to half of the pan...yummy!)
Place in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Bake for 1 hour.
If you make this, you will thank me...your hips won't but you will. I mean you'll thank Lois. It's her recipe...
Enjoy your beans and cornbread...weather man says it's supposed to be cooooooold next week!
It's cool outside....ok, not actually today, it's supposed to be 80, but in theory, it's fall, it's cool outside, stay with me...which makes all of America think of hearty home cooking. Pot roast in the oven, tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch, beef stew, for some reason, lots of casseroles...and chili. Mmmmmm, chili.
Last weekend was the first annual (maybe...give me a few months to recover and then we'll talk annual or one time only) Rooted Chili Cook Off!! Sometime back in September, the idea came to me and this past weekend (thanks to the help of a lot of folks), the idea became a reality, and it was beyond
Each City Group competed for 3 prizes. The Golden Ladle for best chili. The Golden Gnome for the best booth decor. The Golden Pear for the best dessert.
It was fierce battle, everyone competed well....and our booth didn't win anything! Although we did come in second place in two categories, the dessert (which was a pumpkin trifle that we threw together last minute at the park) and the booth decor, which was absolutely lovely!
Check out the blog and video of the award ceremony on the church website.
Will someone PLEASE force me to wear lip stick? I mean seriously. Don't even be nice about it. I'll thank you in the end!
Now that we've had the inaugural go at it, I can already think of ways we can improve and a list of things people can help me with next year. You know how when you're planning something for the first time, you have no idea what you're doing, much less can you tell people how they can help you, because you don't even know what you're doing? Yeah, that was me.
Probably the most stressful time of the whole deal was Saturday afternoon. I'd arranged to rent a generator (who wants cold chili?) from a place close by our house. Check that off the list! Or so I thought. We went to pick it up on Saturday around 12:30...and drove up to an empty parking lot, I realized that they closed at noon on Saturday. Really? REALLY? Think you could have mentioned that on the phone when I was reserving it?
After a panic attack, I did some scrambling on my phone to find a place open on Saturday afternoon (who knew that was a rarity?) and found that Lowes rented generators and was open on Saturday afternoon. Thank you, Jesus, for making that work.
It was a super wonderful time together with brothers and sisters, and I am truly hopeful that as we get more comfortable with the event, it will be a great place to bring neighbors and friends who are in need of a church family.
My basil plants were out of control this summer...and I loved it! Basil was in everything.
I hate the winter, all the goodness of my herbs are gone, and it's either spend some exorbitant amount on fresh herbs from the store, or resort to the dried variety. Which aren't the same. At all.
So I did a little research. Come to find out, you can preserve your basil in the freezer! I read that the best way to do it was to make a pesto type mix, stick it in ice cube trays, and pop it into a freezer bag to use over the winter months. Um, home made tomato soup? Take out a cube of basil, toss that mama in there, bam! Tomato basil soup! Cook up some pasta, toss a cube in, dinner is served!
So, here's how it went down on Morning Glory.
It kinda makes me want to laugh, and kinda makes me want to give him a spankin'.
We went to the pumpkin patch....a few weeks ago. I've been so slow getting these up!
Anyways, it was a beautiful fall afternoon, we planned to head up to the pumpkin patch, spend a few hours exploring, eat dinner out, then head home for bed.
What we weren't thinking about, being pumpkin patch novices, is that pumpkin patches are shadeless spots, so when the thermometer says 83, it really means 110...or something like that. It was sooooooooooooo HOT!!!! We got there at 3:30 and had our fair share of pumpkin patching by 4:15!! We were both drenched in sweat and Jack's face was bright red...hot or not, we had fun and came away with some adorable pictures!!
First, we did a little pumpkin patch exploring...
the we hung out with the pumpkins....
and then...THEN...we found the wagon! And while wagons are super fun to ride in....they're even more fun to help Dada push! I wish this picture had sound to go along with it....the squeals were priceless!