Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Watch this video!!

I've mentioned many times in this blog how much I frequent Mckmama's blog. And I've also told you about her super sick baby boy and linked to her stuff for you to check out. Well, tonight the local Minneapolis television station ran a story on them and interviewed Jennifer.

Check it out! And keep praying for this sweet little guy!!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Um, Are Ya Kidding??

This is what I saw when I looked out onto my deck on Saturday night around 10pm:

Even Maya seemed confused since it had been in the sixties just days before...

...But the wild beast was not disheartened...

...For she quickly decided to make a snow angel as only she can!

Yikes! Well, we love her anyway.

A couple inches of SNOW on March 28. With more forecasted for next week.

Good thing it wasn't 80 degrees in Los Angeles today. Oh--it was? Awesome.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You Tell 'Em!

I think this speech by British MEP Daniel Hannan to the Prime Minister is quite fitting for us in the US. Perhaps the Pelosis and Reids in the Administration will get a similar earful should some bold and fed-up politicians take note?

Sorrow and Joy

My heart has been seriously troubled by how little Stellan is fighting for his life. Again. First in-utero, now only a few short months later. I even had dreams about it last night. I installed a button on the top right sidebar that will take you to the updates on how he's doing.

I read this today on John Piper's blog and thought I'd just reprint in its entirety since it's pretty short. I think it's fitting and something we should never forget to remember.

The Sorrow and Joy of the Seasoned Soul

March 25, 2009 | By: John Piper

It is not a sign of a seasoned Christian soul that steady joy is untinged with steady sorrow.

Or to put it positively, the seasoned soul in Christ has a steady joy and a steady sorrow.

They protect each other. Joy is protected from being flippant by steady sorrow. Sorrow is protected from being fatal by steady joy.

And they intensify each other. Joy is made deeper by steady sorrow. Sorrow is made sweeter by steady joy.

For the seasoned Christian soul, I do not see how it can be otherwise while people are perishing and we are saved. I do not see how it can be otherwise while these two passages are written by the same inspired man:

I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:2-3)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

Monday, March 23, 2009

PRAY. And then a rant.

First and foremost, go over to My Charming Kids to get an update on MckMama's sweet baby boy Stellan. He is in bad, bad shape. They were told he'd die in the womb but was born this past fall perfectly healthy, no signs of sickness. Over the weekend, that all changed. He got sick and was diagnosed with the same disease and is fighting for his life. Please head over there to check out what's going on and PRAY PRAY PRAY. Although the names aren't listed in the blog, the parents and Jennifer and Israel. The have three other little ones, four and younger, at home.

If I Twittered, I'd tweet it. But I don't.

And now my rant, which isn't nearly as important as Stellan. But it's also been on my mind, so I'll proceed.

With our government asking a lot from us these days (ka-ching!) and most likely doing some serious damage to the future of our country, I think everyone should take some time to really learn about who exactly is running things.

We already know most people didn't take the time to look past the charismatic rhetoric of our President to see who the man truly is and what he stands for. I'm sorry--"Hope" isn't a destination.

We also know that the man in charge of the Treasury is above paying his taxes. Who isn't these days? But you know there'd be hell to pay if one of us shmucks failed to file ours. I doubt we'd be offered one of the most important positions in the country.

I digress... Well, sort of.

One of the President's nominees for the Health and Human Services Secretary is Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS). She is being touted by certain Christan groups as being great for the pro-life and pro-family movement. However, as this article from Caffeinated Thoughts points all, not all is as it seems.

Once again, important facts are glazed over and even tampered with in effort to highlight certain agendas.

It's a well-researched article and doesn't seem to be mudslinging in any way. Make up your own minds, obviously. But it definitely deserves a read and more importantly, your consideration.

Any body else tiring of not really knowing who all these people running our country are?

To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will.
~Ronald Reagan

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday, Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

She is giving away a prize to a random person who plays along, so it'll be worth your while to check it out!

I am not excited that it's supposed to hit 70 degrees today. Finally! (I miss L.A. weather!!)

I am not shocked that my niece is one-month-old today. That means I have totally been able to sleep peacefully through each and every night for an entire month.

I am not looking for a job while I'm still hanging out in the Midwest. Who needs money?

My list this week is super short but since I don't have babies to play with, dogs to walk and some sunshine to enjoy, we'll just say I'm lazy :)

Happy Monday!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Easy-Peasy Cherry Cobbler

In the mood to bake but without the fuss, I whipped up a super simple and satisfying treat.

Alliteration anyone?

With a can of cherry pie filling as my muse, I briefly scoured my family's trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, circa 1960.

I didn't have the ingredients for a pie crust, which was okay by me since I wasn't really in the mood for pie.

But I just wanted something warm and yummy for this cold, rainy night.

I found a recipe for the biscuit portion of a peach cobbler and voila!

It seriously takes about 30 minutes to prep and bake this dish.

Empty pie filing into an 8x8 glass baking dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1 Tbs sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt. Cut in 1/4 cup butter, until coarse crumbs appear.

In a small dish mix 1/4 cup milk with a slightly beaten egg. Add to dry mixture. Stir until batter is moistened.

Spoon batter over pie filling.

Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes until done or desired browning is achieved.

Serve immediately piping hot...with vanilla ice cream, of course! I also think it's good by itself at room temperature.

P.S. In the 30 seconds between setting the dish on the counter and grabbing my camera, my mom somehow managed to help herself to some cherry goodness.