Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Panini Crazy!

A couple of years ago I found this giant George Foreman grill at Goodwill. 
It has been one of my favorite finds.
Actually the kids might love it more than me.

We have panini-fied just about everything! On this day, the sandwich du jour was ham and cheese on a mini hoagie roll from my local S*m's club. You don't need mayo on the inside or butter on the outside.  Those rolls are that good and they are the perfect size. We use them in our kids' school lunches almost daily.

And you sure can't beat the price of one of these paninis compared to one you 
buy at the restaurant that rhymes with "I dare ya". Ha! I'm so corny.

Can you believe I bought one of these grills in about half the size for my son for when he goes off to college in 2 years? He actually requested one. :) 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Sunday Love Letter

My Child,
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139.1) I know when you sit and when you rise up. (Psalm 139.2) I am familiar with all of your ways. (Psalm 139.3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthy father ever could. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalms 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Phillipians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7) I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is... Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)
Author Unknown

(My friend, Amy F., shared this letter with us in class one day a couple of years ago. I kept a copy of it knowing that one day I would share it with you. I think it's beautiful and it embodies the love of Christ in a poignant way and includes Bible verses as references. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.)

8 x 10 Psalm 37:4

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday's Photo File - Quilting

Hope at The Simple Life of Hope has started a weekly blog post titled, "Friday's Photo File" and I am joining in. She is encouraging us to post a photo, current or past, of our choosing and write about it. I love the idea!

Since my scanner is not working properly, most of my photos will be fairly recent.

 One of the kids draped my quilt over a bench we have in the corner of my living room recently. And as I passed by I looked at it and reminisced about when it was made, how I learned how to quilt, etc. 
I quickly ran to take a picture in case I wanted to ever write about it.

Quilting is not something that my mother did or her mother as far as I know. I have been fascinated by them for a long time, however, and when I worked in Pittsburgh in a chiropractic practice one of my coworkers was an avid quilter. Her name was Nora; she was not much older than me and she belonged to a quilting group. I can remember asking her question after question about quilting, how difficult it is to do, how she learned, and on and on it went. I think I talked about it as often as I could.

In the time I had worked with Nora, I was expecting my first baby. Before Austin was born Nora brought a gift into the office. It was in a fairly large, beautifully wrapped package and never once did I expect to receive such a lovely gift. It wasn't the quilt you see above, but it was the most beautiful quilt I had ever seen because it was made by her for my little boy. How generous! I felt honored that she would make a quilt and then be able to give away such a precious gift. 
Quilts take time. The one above took me about 9 years because of the amount of time it takes plus add 5 children into the mix and there is no time left at the end of the day to sit and quilt.

After Austin was born, I decided to take a quilting class near the town of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, where we lived for the first 3 years of our marriage. I think the shop was in Heidelberg. Austin was about 10 months old and the class was 6 weeks long every Saturday for about 3 hours. I brought him along with me because I was nursing at the time. The class being taught was for beginners and it was a sampler quilt. Making a sampler gives you practice on various types of patterns and squares. I learned how to do everything by hand because I didn't own a sewing machine and my thought was that hand-quilting was more authentic. I don't believe that to be the case anymore. I think quilts made on sewing machines are just as special.

After 6 weeks I knew how to quilt from start to finish. 
Unfortunately, I would put my project away for months at a time, buy new fabric, or start a new project, before I finally finished my first-ever quilt.
The finish date was September, 2005.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Taking a peek at Pinterest

Sometimes it takes a little while for me to get on the bandwagon. 
It might be due to a lack of time, a lack of knowledge, or simply a lack of interest.

I've had an account for awhile now, but lately when I have had some spare time, I chose to blog, read a magazine, catch up on F@cebo0k, or watch a TV show.

Not this time, people.
It was finally time to check out Pinterest:
Who in the world came up with this grand idea? :)
 Oh my! How fun, entertaining,  and... addictive!
I found countless ideas and that was just in the hour I spent looking around. 
I have my work cut out for me... project-wise and also to get back there to pin some more!

Is anyone else addicted to Pinterest? 
If you don't even know what it is, click on the link above and have a look around.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Sometimes I am stunned at how often I have to remind myself of how blessed I am.

Didn't I just mention that in my last post?
Did I not just say that I need to remember how blessed I am to even have another breath?

Today is Sunday and I'm not sure why, but I tend to be moody on this day more often than not. I think it's because I am thinking of the week ahead, how busy it will be, what I need to do or get done, etc, etc, etc. 

I get Sunday sickness.
Do you?
Am I alone in this? 

We go to church on Saturday nights which leaves Sundays free. 
There is no reason for Sunday sickness, moodiness, feeling a little gloomy. It is a day to be refreshed, renewed, and a day like any other to know and serve the Lord.

So on this particular Sunday, I am choosing JOY.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Gone too soon.

My husband woke to two messages on his cell phone this morning that came in around or before 6 a.m. That's never a good feeling; especially when the phone numbers have the area code of where he's from. Calls like that turn your stomach, make you wonder things you don't want to think about.

A great friend of his from high school died yesterday. It happened while he was away in Mexico with his wife on vacation. I'm not sure of the details, but his wife found him in the water. How tragic. I suppose if Eric had his way in how he died, it would be during one of his many adventures.

It's the third death inside of a week and a half. I have been to two funerals already, and Eric's will most likely be next week..

News like this makes you realize once again that our days are numbered as the Bible tells us. It makes you not want to take those you love for granted, or to complain about the small stuff of life. How insignificant it is that I'm having a bad hair day, I burned the chowder, I'm tired, or my house is messy. I want to feel the joy of the Lord in my everyday life as I remember one that has passed.

Father God, thank you for all that you are and all that you did on the cross for me. Help me to always know that you are in control and that I am blessed to have one more breath. Help me to be the best wife, mother, friend, and sister to those around me. Make me aware of others' needs before my own. And, Jesus, help me to know your peace that passes all understanding.

It is in Your Holy, Mighty, Sovereign and Precious Name that I pray.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

HodgePodge Wednesday :)

1.  In what ways do you indulge yourself? 

     I would have to say buying clothes for myself. It feels indulgent, anyway, when I buy something I like without even thinking about a budget or anything. A couple of other ways would be when I take the time to work on a quilt project. I always have something else around home that I can be doing. 
2.  Have you ever taken a cooking class?  Any interest?  What type of class would you most like to try?
     I have never taken one and haven't really thought about doing it. If I did, I would want to learn more tricks of the trade in cooking finer cuisine. I think I'm fairly good at cooking, but my food isn't fancy.
3. What does it mean to be a good citizen? 
     I think it means having a love for your country, honoring those that serve and sacrifice their lives everyday for our freedoms, showing respect to others, following the laws, and just being a kind and decent person.
4.  'Tis the season of the political advert...do these ads influence your vote? 
     Absolutely not. I promptly take the ones I find in my mailbox and place them in the recycle bin, and change the channel if the remote is handy. 
5.  What's something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?
     Just watching my kids enjoy their sports lately makes me wish I had taken those opportunities myself. I especially love watching my girls play volleyball. I love the game, but my high school didn't have a volleyball team. I was a cheerleader and had fun doing that, however given the opportunity, I would have chosen volleyball. 
6.  What's your least favorite cliche?
    "I don't mean to be rude, but..." Uh, yes you do. 
7.  What percentage of your Christmas shopping has been completed?  How does that make you feel?
     Maybe 5%?? I'm not stressing about that, though. It'll get done in due time. 
8.  Insert your own random thought here.
     This morning I was all about getting dinner made by 9 am. Oh, I was proud of myself alright. I was feeling pretty great about my "Cheddar Chowder" when I left it on the stove on medium as I took care of a couple of patients down in my office. I was smelling how yummy it was until I realized I shouldn't be smelling it so well downstairs. As soon as my patient left, I bolted upstairs to find a bubbling pot with mushy vegetables swimming in a sea of burnt cheese. Awesome! Perhaps I do need a cooking class!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Sew what?

I am a serious novice when it comes to using a sewing machine. I'm itching to get creative and put it to good use.

I have a desire to make a t-shirt quilt for each of my children so I've been saving their t-shirts for years and plan on starting on Austin's soon.

I'll post any progress I make.

Run update:
Last week I posted about the run I was going to do in Fort Wayne with Shawn and some of my family. I was really surprised to beat my record by a lot more than I thought I was capable of. I ran 4 miles at a 9:21 pace and my hubs ran a pace of 8:15. Way to go, Baby!

One last thought... We're in the home stretch of the end of both volleyball and football. Whew! I can't wait. It sure has kept us busy.