Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Haiti Two Minute Testimony

I will be sharing more posts about my recent trip to Haiti, and here's the first:

As a short term mission team our goal for the week may have been different, but our result was this-
We ended up encouraging and working alongside fellow brothers and sisters in Christ- from all over the USA and from Haiti. We treated people as equals and were able to appreciate each other’s gifts and strengths.

Realistically it’s very hard to convert people to Christ in a week’s time, but we were able to instead help the Haitians know we see them, know they are there, give them resources and groundwork for future outreach in their community, and live with them.

There’s something about working side by side with someone, sharing meals and bus rides and life and adventures, that creates a bond that reaches across the miles and says “God loves you. I love you. You are important to the kingdom.”

That’s exactly the message I would want to hear if my church community had been in a devastating, life-changing situation. I felt honored to be part of this group.

Philippians 2

New International Version (NIV)

Philippians 2:1-11
Imitating Christ’s Humility
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 Who, being in very nature God,
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
   by taking the very nature of a servant,
   being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
   he humbled himself
   by becoming obedient to death—
      even death on a cross!

  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
   and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
   in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
   to the glory of God the Father.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Covert Conversation

Denali has been sent to my room because he was being grouchy. I am on the phone with my mom. Later I find this handwritten conversation between Emlyn and Denali:

Emlyn: I wish you could come out.
Denali: Me too.
E: But mom's on the phone!!
D: Then wait for her to get off
E: OK
E: I'll tell you when she's off!
E: Dinner's bad.
D: What is it?
E: ???????IDK??????? (I don't know)
E: Nachos but she's making beans. Oops!
D: YESSS!
E: I know.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Japan Relief

So my dad went to Japan to help with the relief effort. He will be there for 6 weeks and he is driving vanloads of stuff to affected areas. I am so proud of him and breathlessly following the blog posts and updates of his trip.

Today I received a newsletter from the group he's working with that made me cry. They shared pictures of where my dad has been helping, and seeing him in the pictures almost made me cry out of compassion and pride. Then they shared a firsthand video of the tsunami hitting that did make me cry. It was very intense.

I highly recommend that you follow these links. They have touched me in a way I didn't expect.

First, an unreal video.

Then a slideshow of pictures.



Then a link to my dad's blog.

Off to eat my mundane lunch in my calm rich protected life.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

The trees and plants are telling us that it's Spring here in Austin. The weather is lovely and the birds are very happy.

I love this time of year because it reminds me of the climate where I grew up. If only it would stay in the 60s and 70s year-round here...

This weekend to start our Spring Break we were supposed to go camping, and it was going to be FABULOUS. Unfortunately Emlyn is on her 5th day of fever and we didn't want her to get more sick by being stressed. So we canceled that and are having another stay-home day with lots of cleaning and playing.

Serene Spaces, my business, is going very well. I am averaging one new client a week, which is AWESOME. I have really loved getting to know new people and bringing them peace in their homes.

My new hobby, which I love so much, is Irish Step Dancing. Think Riverdance. I just can't get enough of it, and if you would like to see me dance you have an opportunity on St Patrick's Day, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Central Market on 40th and Lamar. It will be so cool.

Anyway off to do more cleaning.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Menu Planning- Do you?

I have to say, one of the things that has helped me the most as a mom/wife is menu planning. There is nothing like 6 pm when you don't know what you're going to serve your family, and the usual result is peanut butter and jelly or eating out.

Today I took a stock of all my perishable goods (including my freezer) and wrote down everything that wasn't a condiment or ready-to-eat food.  I then made a menu from that, writing down the things I would need to purchase to make the menu complete.

As a result, I know I will be using most of the things that would otherwise go bad, and I am making room in my freezer for other yumminess.

My philosophy of meal planning says that I don't plan out what to cook on what day. I just choose from the options on each day so if circumstances change I can be flexible. I also try to plan at least one super easy meal and have stuff on hand to just heat up if necessary. I try not to plan too many new recipes in one week.

Here is my menu for the next week or so (some of the things will be cooked as desserts, not meals).  Feel free to drool. Just wipe off the keyboard when you are finished.

Meal 1: Chicken and dumplings
Meal 2: Biscuits, gravy, sausage, eggs
Meal 3: Shrimp linguine
Meal 4: Pumpkin pie
Meal 5: Brownies
Meal 6: Mahi mahi with artichoke hearts
Meal 7: Banana bread
Meal 8: Peach cobbler
Meal 9: Chips and salsa
Meal 10: Spaghetti
Meal 11: Harvest pork stew

Now I gotta eat some breakfast and then go to HEB. With kids.