Showing posts from July, 2014

yummy, healthy, easy food: southwestern burger and slaw

The recipes I share are not fancy but they are easy and super yummy.   I hope you enjoy this one.  It is great for the summertime.

Step 1: Start rice in your rice cooker.

Step 2:  Mix up the coleslaw.
Southwestern Slaw
Mix up the following ingredients.  Chill in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the meal.
1 Bag of coleslaw mix
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T white cane sugar
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 drops of doTERRA cilantro oil
Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (i keep this on the side for those who want the extra kick)

Step 3:  Form 1 pound of ground hamburger meat into 6 patties and throw it on the grill.  We have found purchasing grass feed, organic beef requires no extra ingredients  (because it is delicious all on its own)  and it fills everyone up more so the portions do not have to be as large.

Step 4:  Mix up the sauce for the hamburger.  The left overs of this sauce are great to use as a salad dressing or over chicken on …

becoming a mom to a special needs child

I know the words are coming.  It is the entire reason that we are sitting in this room.  And yet as he opens his mouth to speak, I feel my stomach start to knot and my heart rate quicken.  Deep breaths mama, deep breaths.  This isn't the first time I have had to use every ounce of self control to keep myself from just busting into tears right there in the doctor's office.  I also know that it won't be the last.
Three years ago this month was the first time I saw her face.  The birth date said she was four but the photograph looked to be a child no more than two.  Just one face among a sea of children. Each child listed offered a photograph and a few sentences of biographical information.  People often ask us how we knew she was ours.  It was one of those moments that can truly only be understood by others who have walked the same journey.  God gave us a passion to pursue her regardless of the costs.  He gave to us what we could process for that moment.  As the months con…

tools for the road of forgiveness

I just finished reading this book.  It is not just for those who struggle with forgiving their father and mother.  It is for those who struggle to forgive anyone, which at some level effects every human being on the planet.  The thoughts expressed challenged the way I viewed those who have hurt me.  Back in February I wrote a blog post about forgiveness.  At that point I had just begun to read this book.  It is one of those books that needs to be read slowly over time.  You can only take in so much at once and then you need some space to process what needs to happen next in your life.

Many days I feel that I am still bumbling through living this out.  As Fields says in her book, "I am just beginning.  I am just learning to live a forgiving life, putting on the habit of mercy, choosing not to take offense, choosing to remember the depth of my own offenses, choosing to find joy in blessing rather than cursing."  Choosing to find joy in blessing rather than cursing.  When the…