Lent … you doing it?

Do you practice Lent?  I never grew up in a church that practiced lent officially.  In fact, I never really knew what it was for the longest time.  That thought actually kind of makes me sad!  For the past 5 years I have done a ‘spiritual journey’ with my church that includes fasting from something so as to gain more awareness of Jesus … my need for Him and my dependence on Him.  Essentially, my ‘spiritual journey’ does what Lent does.  Being new to participating in Lent, I’ve found these two short articles helpful …

1. Observing Lent, by Nancy Leigh Demoss

2. What Lent Really Means, by Ann Voskamp

I’d love for you to participate in my church’s Spiritual Journey this year with me.  You can find information about it here.

Let’s prepare our heart for Easter and ask the Lord to show us more about His sacrifice for us as we sacrifice something we’ve grown to love more than Him.

40 + Valentine’s Celebrations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just to follow up on Holly’s post from yesterday…VALENTINE’S DAY…is such a fun holiday.  I love that God gives us such a wonderful example of what true love is through His word. One of my favorite love verses is apparently Holly’s too.  She had it in her post, but it is worth repeating:

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I john 4:7-8

Dick and I will be married 40 years in June, YIKES, I cannot believe how the time has flown by.  I feel truly blessed to be married to such a wonderful, Godly man.  He is a great father and awesome gDad to our fab five grandchildren  Ever since our first date in  December of 1968, we have  always celebrated Valentines in some form or fashion.  Through the dating and before kids years, it was a go out for a big night deal.  Then the kids came along and it was either leave them with a sitter, or try to get them down early so we can have some time together.  I am a big “on the day” celebrator, so pretty much Dick has learned how important it is to still celebrate even if it is in the middle of the week, not the weekend before or after.  Children definitely added a new dimension to the excitement and celebration with cookies, school parties, etc.  Grandchildren have doubled the joy of celebrating love. So last night we celebrated in what is our traditional style after kids; hang out and grill something really yummy.

Getting the grill going

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing touches on the bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we dined on Atlantic salmon and  yummy bread topped with balsamic tomatoes and feta.  Simple but fun and still on the day…which makes me happy.

 

 

 

 

We put on some music and opened our gifts to each other ( which is not an every year thing).  But, the cards we give are an every year thing, because they are the same ones!  Sound funny? Several years ago I bought Dick a simple card that I loved and I kept it.  I have never found one I like more.

A few years after that, he found one he gave me and said it just summed up his love for perfectly.  So, every Valentine’s Day, I go to the closet and pull out the same cards and put them on the mantle with any others we receive.    (this is my card to hubby)

 

 

 

Our Valentine’s memories are special-hope you are creating some as your years fly by too.

Happy Valentine’s Day

My mom and I love Valentine’s Day.  She always made it so special for me growing up.  I just felt really loved and special on Valentine’s Day.  🙂

My husband and I enjoy doing that for one another and our children.  Everything in me says ‘buy them a gift’ because it’s fun and, honestly, easy.  But this year I tried to add in some other things to make it special.

A special breakfast … (the eggs are a regular around here for breakfast, but this morning I added the berries and my valentines mug!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special breakfast for the kids:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words of encouragement in the form of valentine’s cards in my kids lunch boxes.  I have a special card for my hubby for later on …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May you have a wonderfully loving Valentine’s Day today.  May the lasting words of truth from the One who rescued us from all things unloving encourage your heart today …

“Dear friends, we love because love comes from God.

This is how God showed His love to us: He sent His only Son into this world so that we can know Him.

True love is God’s love for us! God sent His son to take away our sin!

This is how much God loved us!”

1 John 4:7-8, ICB

Much love to you all today!

Peanut Butter Balls – Quick and easy food for kids {and parents!}

We love peanut butter balls.  I’ve loved them since my brother brought home the recipe from elementary school back in the 80’s!  They are a staple around here because they are super easy.  My kids help me make them all the time and love it.  I also have a daughter who won’t eat peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches or lunch meat, so they are a staple in her lunch box almost daily!  Enjoy the yummy goodness!!!

Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

1 cup non-fat dry milk
½ – ¾ cup honey (more honey = more gooey sweetness!)
2 cups peanut butter
2 cup rolled oats

Directions:

Mix all ingredients with a mixer and roll into bite-sized balls.
Roll balls in coconut, Grape-nuts, Rice Krispies, or leave plain (which is what we usually do since I use less honey and things don’t stick to them as well!)
This will make approx. 50 balls

The yummy goodness in the mixer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a final pic after being rolled in Rice Krispies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Peanut Butter Ball making and eating.

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