Dear Tech Support

I love technology, but I really do not understand technology.  I so depend on my husband and kids to keep me headed in the right direction:)  Although it may not seem like this is the second part of my blog on More

Opening The Door

My husband has been opening the car door a lot for me lately and I think that is really sweet.  Even when it is so darn cold outside he is opening my door.  I know this is a conscience effort on his part to honor me and to show his love for me.  So, the other day when we were running errands I asked him how he feels he shows love to to others.  It was a really simple answer, not one that I could have answered in such few words.  More

Showing love in February

photo-2This month we’re focusing on ways to show love.  Yesterday, on February 1st we posted our first blog about it … showing love through blueberry muffins.  Showing love is something that is not that hard to do, but does take just a little thought and effort; a little bit of time thinking about someone else and what they love.  Scripture is pretty specific about this topic.

2″Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Philippians 2:3-5a

Nothing.  I am to do nothing from selfishness.  Well, that’s just not going to happen.  And that’s why I need the grace of God so badly.  Jesus is our mediator.  He knows we can’t live up to that standard.  Not living up to that standard shows us our need for a Savior.  There’s no way we can reconcile the brokenness we have with God because of our sin.  So Jesus made the way for us to be brought back to God and to be reconciled in that relationship with Him.  Scripture is pretty clear about that, too.

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just (God) for the unjust (us), so that He (Jesus) might bring us to God,”
1 Peter 3:18a (emphasis & parenthesis added)

How amazing.  Jesus is the one that bridges that gap between us and God so that we might have a personal relationship with Him.  Okay, okay, I get it, Holly, but WHY are you going off on this tangent when all I want to do is read about how to ‘show love’ to those around me.  Well, going off on this tangent is SUPER important because God is the author and creator of love.  And scripture says that ‘we only love because He first loved us‘.  We can’t know true love or even show or give true love unless we know Him first.  Knowing God in a personal and intimate way is the BEST way to show love.

Do you know Jesus?  Do you have a personal relationship with Him?  Have you acknowledged your need for His redeeming work on the cross? I did that for the first time when I was 10.  Will you do that for the first time right now?  Accept God’s love for you and enjoy a whole new perspective on love this month of February.

Life and Love

Life-and-Love-by-Holley-Gerth-300x300I have recently started following Holley Gerth and I love, love her style, her encouragement and her daily blog.  Since we are writing about love this month, I wanted to share this image recently posted by Holley.  I truly believe God has created us to share love as well as receive it.  God is Love and we are created in His image.  So join me this month in being intentional in your love.  How do you share it in your life?

Show your love through … Blueberry Muffins

So we’re talking about how to show your love to others this February season.  It’s an easy thing to do … It just takes some intentionality and a bit of effort.  One of the ways I show that I love my children is to make them special things that they like.  My daughter loves these blueberry muffins.  I haven’t made them in a while and she’s been asking for them, so what a better way for me to show her that I love her and I’m listening to her than to make them for her.  They are super easy and very delicious.  I wanted to share the recipe with you today.  My variations, although few, are in parenthesis. More

Ranch Chicken

Ranch Chicken — A great, easy, tasty, go to recipe that I use often and you should too.  I have no idea where I got this recipe.  I’d love to give credit where credit is due, but I really have no idea where I got it from.

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Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup melted butter (I usually use 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated (you can also use Asiago, which is delicious. I choose Asiago most of the time)
3/4 cup cornflake crumbs (or wheat bran flakes or rice chex)
1 package Ranch dressing mix (original or buttermilk, either one is great)
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix dry ingredients together and place on a plate.
3. Dip chicken in butter and then dry ingredients. 
You can drizzle the rest of the butter over the chicken breasts if you’d like.  It’s yummy!
4. Place on parchment paper in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
Bake at 330 degree oven for 20-40 minutes or until juices of chicken run clear.  

If you keep 1 box of corn flakes, the cheese and a packet of ranch mix on hand, you’ve got yourself an easy dinner!

Alone

As young mothers we often feel the need for some “alone” time, time to relax, unwind, spend a few minutes focusing on ourselves and our own needs.  Selfish?  I really don’t think so because those times can be times of renewal and re-energizing.  I, on the other hand, don’t need alone time from raising children, but as an introvert I need some More

Clean Ten-A Saving Grace for Parenting

Have I told you about Clean 10?  I got the idea years ago from a random blog I read once.  Maybe I found it on Pinterest? I really have no idea.  I would give credit where credit is due, but I really can’t remember where I learned about it! I do know I tried it once, shortly after reading about it and it revolutionized the fighting, whining, crying, awful-ness that A.L.W.A.Y.S. comes after telling my children that it is time for them to clean their rooms.   More

Age

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” Madeleine L’Engle

I love this quote.  We have a very special birthday in our family later this month.  It’s one of those birthday’s that end with a zero, you know, one of the “Big Ones”.  The special day just happens to belong to More

Cedar Fever

Cedar Fever.  Have you ever heard of it?  If you’ve been around the Central Texas area during December – February-ish time, surely you have.  You see, we’re inundated with these beautifully green Cedar trees.   Amidst the deadness of winter, there is always the beautiful green of a Cedar Tree.  This is a small interesting article about Cedar Fever.  If you have a minute, go read it.  It’s written well; not just from a medical perspective … but from a personal one as well.  And she hits the nail on the head.

“But cedar fever is not just any allergy. It’s a scourge”  2nd paragraph, 1st sentence.

I completely agree.  Cedar Fever — FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — has stricken me with its death.  Michael and the kids only have minor allergy problems right now, and I’m truly thankful for that.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’ve felt.  My symptoms?  Body aches, chills, sore throat, sinus pressure {so much so my teeth hurt and I can’t open my mouth fully}, headache, lost voice, a stopped up nose and a constantly drippy runny nose … all at the same time and all with no fever.  As many times as I take it, there’s no fever.

Check out this video someone in Austin took from his balcony as he overlooked the Hills.  Y’ALL!!!! That is craziness.  All the Cedar Pollen just floating off into the sky.  Craziness, I tell you. *Craziness*.

I write this post to let all of you Austinites know … I sympathize with you.  I do.  I understand that feeling of exhaustion you get, you know, from just opening your eyes in the morning.  Yes. Just waking up is exhausting.  Anything you do is exhausting.  Yet, when you try to get a full nights sleep, it’s a crap shoot.  Maybe you will, maybe you won’t?!?! Will you be stopped up so much that you can’t even sleep? Maybe.  Will you snore so loud that you sound like Darth Vader and actually wake yourself up from it?!?!   Maybe. Will your KIDS actually be disgusted by all the snot and mucus coming out of YOUR nose?!?!  Maybe.  Any and all of these might actually be possible.  {um, I’d like to say none of this is pulled from personal experience, but I’d be lying.  It’s been a rough week.  Sorry, kids, for all the mucus. And most of all, I’m so sorry, Michael, that you have to actually share a bed with me in this condition.  I thought 3rd trimester pregnancy was bad!}.

Thus far, it’s been killing me.  But as of last night, I’ve found a special concoction of regular allergy and allergy-D medicine, along with occasional ibuprofen for the body aches and so far … I’m killing it.  At least for the past 15 hours.  We’ll see how the rest of the next 4-5 weeks go.  Here’s hoping for the best.  What are you doing to ward off the evil that is cedar pollen this time of year?

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