Dec 10, 2012

Miscellany, Mingle, Mantras, Musings and Food #3

Linking up with Menu Plan Monday and Miscellany Monday and Monday Mingle over at Tough Cookie Mommy and Monday Mantras (plus my new meme: Monday Musings)

I would create another Linky... but since only 3 people linked up last week, I decided to wait it out.  Maybe next year.  I now have 38 followers... I think I will start keeping track here... makes me feel warm and fuzzy in a completely "apparently I am a comment whore and my self-esteem comes from followers" sort of way. 12 more to the 50 mark! LET's GO FOLLOWERS! LET'S GO! (Imagine me standing tall and clapping like a cheerleader... and doing a herkie - imagine I said)

Last week I had all sorts of comments on my blog.  Thank you!  Commenting makes a blog a conversation and not a bunch of random thoughts tossed out there.  This should be a conversation.  :) Want to comment but don't know what to say?  There's a post for that.

What God has been teaching me: That His provision comes in many forms.  Sometimes we need financial help {read an amazing story about that at Bad Parenting Moments}. Sometimes we need emotional support.  Sometimes we need healing.  I am a part of a Tuesday morning Bible study and that is a place where I have seen God's provision and His miraculous power over and over.  

Another place where I have seen God's power is through my husband's Grandma.  She was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer 11 years ago, and given 6 months to live.  Her family rallied around her, took her on trips to make her "last days" beautiful and this last weekend, she celebrated her 80th birthday, surrounded by her grandchildren and her 9 (almost 10) great-grandchildren (none of which existed 11 years ago).   Isn't He amazing?? :)

While I was at the above mentioned 80th birthday party for Grandma, surrounded by a 9 year old, 7 year old, (both mine), 4 year old, two 3 year olds, two 2 year olds and a one year old... I was struck by how much children brighten your life.  I was also struck by how I can simultaneously feel nostalgic and euphorically relieved that I will never have a 2 or 3 year old again... I wish I could say "enjoy every moment" but I think it's better to say "enjoy the good moments, because the bad and all the rest will soon be a distant memory." 

In all seriousness, there are aspects of those early years that are precious and will never exist again.  I miss the cuddles and {on some level} how much they depend on you.  Now they depend on me, but it's different. Parenting a 9 year old is scary.  When they are little and threaten to run away or hurt themselves because they are mad at you, you internally say - "yah, but what can you do? You are 2"... when they are 9 and threaten to hurt themselves or run away... you have to watch them, because they can. {sob}

 As I posted last Friday, it's Christmastime which means baking season is upon me.  The truth: I was never very good at baking... but I started learning techniques and skills and now I am pretty good at it.  I  actually enjoy baking... which is why I can manage to bake 40ish dozen cookies in a two week window.  I am already at 22 dozen... and I still have about 20 {dozen} to bake...  The good news: I like to make cookies.  The bad news: I make a big mess and I hate to clean up after myself... I should take a picture of the kitchen while I am baking... oooh... horrible and overwhelming!  There will be more posts about my favorite recipes (the above link gives 2 of them)...  and maybe pictures of the aftermath (me gaining 100 pounds and my kitchen looking like a flour tornado struck). 

My menu for the week:
Roast with mashed potatoes
Enchilada Casserole
Potato Soup
Chicken Parmesan 

 And finally... my new FB banner, my fireplace ready for Santa... and an inspiring quote I found...


  1. I never thought of it that way, but yes, commenting does make a blog post a conversation. I need more of those.

  2. I love baking! Especially if the end result is satisfyingly gorgeous and delicious. But like you I hate the cleaning up afterwards. Don't we all? :D

  3. Your menu looks so yummy. I'm glad Grandma had her 80th with her nearest and dearest - that's so important.

    Thanks so much for linking up :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  4. How wonderful that your grandma got to celebrate her 80th birthday with so many who love her. I miss cuddling my children too. My youngest two (12 and 9) will cuddle for bribes. I try to grab a hold of my two oldest (21 and 18) and I never want to let them go. They do grow up so fast. I love Christmas baking. My problem is that I never can stop eating! And your menu looks yummy. Chicken Parmesan is a favorite over hear. Have a beautiful week!

  5. Thanks for linking up to my Recipe Swap at Frugal & Focused last week. I'd love to feature the Chocolate Mint cookies. Can I have permission to use the picture from the post? Thanks!


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