Monthly Archives: September 2015

School fun


Therese snapped a photo of us making a school craft/sun catcher with crayons, wax paper and construction paper.

We are studying the names of Jesus this year.  This week is about Jesus being the light of the world.  The girls’ memory verse for the week is from John 8:12 “I am the light of the world.  Whoever believes in me shall never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”


This girl


Lydia Elise will be 9 months old on Thursday!  It’s probably because I’m busy and a lot has happened in a short period of time, but everything from finding out we were expecting her, to my pregnancy, to the past nine months…it has all seemed like a whirlwind!  She is definitely crawling these days but gets around faster doing the combat crawl.  She uses her arms and her feet, especially her big toes, to go faster scooting around the floor.  As of last week, she learned to stand up in her crib, which is always adorable.  Unfortunately, with that new skill, she’s able to keep herself awake, cruising around her crib, when laid down for bed or naptime.  She’ll figure it out sooner or later though.  She’s generally super happy and always ready to give a gummy, cheesy smile to anyone.  However, the past few days and nights have been really super fussy ones.  I think she’s teething.  😦  Hopefully those little teethers pop through soon and we both start sleeping better!  I caught her the other day pulled up to our kitchen chairs, having fun banging on them.  We love our little Lydie and are so thankful she’s part of the family!  It’s hard to imagine this time last year, she wasn’t around yet!


Happy Labor Day

My mom flew home yesterday afternoon.  It was so nice to have her visiting and we miss her!  Clara was asking me this morning if Nana was downstairs.  🙂  Therese is still here though!!

After dropping mom off at the airport, we went to a pick-your-own farm about 30 minutes from here that is actually pretty impressive.  The girls and I have been before and have been wanting to bring George but it hasn’t worked out.  We picked tomatoes and blackberries and purchased sweet corn and a half bushel of peaches.  I love peaches!  Mmmm, making my mouth water right now!  In the car, George and I were talking and I suggested seeing if anyone wanted to come over to cook out for Labor Day.  We ended up inviting a family over that is so much like our own that they apparently do things spur-of-the-moment as well.  They have four kiddos too and the husband is finishing his surgery residency.  We made pork chops, burgers, brats, baked beans, orzo salad, melons and cookies, bunt cake & brownies for dessert.  To top it off, we broke out some sparklers we’ve had sitting around for a long time.  Amazingly, having 7 little kids running around with sparklers, no one got burnt or caught on fire!  Our girls really have enjoyed the few times our families have gotten together and I’m so glad it worked out that George was home early today (by 6 🙂 and our new friends’ dad had the day off!

Here’s a few recipes:

Baked Beans

2 cans of each: Kidney, pinto and northern beans
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 c. Ketchup
3 T mustard
1/2 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 lb bacon crispy and crumbled

Mix all ingredients together.  Bake 350*, cook in crockpot or on stove depending on how quickly you need them to be done.  If they’re not going to be cooking for a long time, I sauté the onions and garlic prior to mixing them with the beans.

Orzo Salad

1lb orzo cooked in slightly salted water until tender, rinsed and drained
Sauté in olive oil or butter (use generous amount of oil as this is the dressing that coats the orzo):
1-2 onions chopped
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
chopped spinach or kale (you can add as much or as little as you like)
Pour onion mixture over orzo and stir to coat.  Add a good amount of freshly chopped basil to taste.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  Optional: crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts or chopped cashews make it super delish!  For a main dish, I do a bunch of sautéed kale and we top it with grilled chicken cut up.  Makes a delicious and summery one-pot meal.

This week!

This week has flown by!  I can’t believe it is Friday!  George clocked a lot of hours at work between last Friday and Sunday.  He was on call Friday and after his regular day at work, he came home but turned around after about 20 minutes and had to go back for the rest of the night.  That was my first night here by myself in our new house.  Gladly, I wasn’t scared or anything and minus the normal q3-4hr feedings with Lydia, I slept well 🙂  George got home around noon Saturday and was able to get a nice nap in the afternoon.  We grilled kebabs and had some fun family time together in the back yard.

Sunday, George was back on call and got home at 1am Monday morning.  (I was busy putting up our timeline for school and other things so I stayed up to see him and by the time he had “supper” and stuff, we didn’t get to bed until 2am) His fellowship has been pretty busy, but that’s the whole point of us being here and him doing a fellowship…he’s getting the icing put on his cake 🙂  I’m glad for all the experience he’s getting, but the girls and I do miss him a lot when he’s gone!  We try to make the most of it though by exploring our new city and surrounding area, meeting new friends, keeping busy with the girls’ school, and soaking up all the time we have together.  Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone and I don’t want to waste a day wishing for what we don’t have.  I remind myself often that THIS is the day the Lord has made.  I WILL rejoice and be glad in it!   Sometimes I have to refocus my perspective and remind myself of truth when I start having a pity party and miss my best friend.

  •  Life is not about me.
  •  I’m here to serve God and other people.
  • I need to stop trying to figure out what would make me happy and comfortable and get busy with the next thing.
  • This isn’t going to last forever.  George will eventually be done with training…and we’re almost there!
  • Our daughters feed off of my attitude and perspective.
  • Other people are in professions that log long hours too.  I always think of military wives and thank God for them and their husbands who are willing to sacrifice a lot to serve and defend our country.  I also thank God that George is just at the hospital down the way and is available if I really need him.
  • He would be home if he could!

Monday we did school in the morning, practiced violin and then started getting things ready for company.  We picked up my mom and sister from the airport around 5:30pm and brought them back here for dinner.  Later, George dropped them off at a hotel close to the hospital where my sister had surgery Tuesday.

Tuesday, my mom and sister went to the hospital super early for her surgery.  After everything was underway and Therese was in the OR, my mom came back to the hotel.  We met her there late morning to swim in the pool and window shopped afterward.  (well, maybe a little more than window-shopped 🙂  We headed home in the evening for dinner.  Right before we arrived, the surgeon called to say they were done and that all went well.

Wednesday, we dropped mom off to see Therese and I took the girls to the aquarium.  On our way home, mom, Grace and Ellie ran into the grocery store for some bread for our BLTs.  They came out with a cartload of stuff…”healthy snacks” according to Grace (peanut m&ms are much healthier in her book than regular ones).  We ended up at Chick-fil-A for supper and George was able to meet us!  We walked into our house and it was spotless…just the way we left it 🙂  It’s amazing how messy we can be when we’re home all day!  It was so nice not to have to cook or clean up too 🙂

Thursday mom took our car and visited Therese most of the afternoon and managed to get to the hospital and back without getting lost!  (If you know my mom, that’s a big feat!  We lived in the same place in Chicago for 5 years and every time she visited, she got lost finding out house 🙂  I was able to get much-needed paperwork completed.  Since my mom was going to be here and I knew we’d be tooling around with her, our school for this week has been practicing violin and reading lots of library books.

Today we all went to visit Therese.  She is doing pretty well.  She was being very Thereseish when she got out her nail polish to paint the girls’ nails in her hospital room 🙂  Even Lydia got her toes done!  After our visit, we headed downtown to find a strawberry milkshake for Therese.  Of course, we had to sample the ice cream to make sure it was good.  After that, my mom treated the girls and I to a paddle boat ride in a dragon paddleboat.  We secured some yummy food for Therese, dropped mom off and came home.  After baths, supper and a while of reading more books, George and mom came home.  Now everyone is in bed and I’m heading that way myself.