Friday, March 31, 2006
I really recommend that you check out the Suko Family Blog. Caleb Suko is our pastor's son. He and his wife Christina are working towards getting support to be missionaries in Ukraine. Christina is native Ukrainian. She came to America to go to Bible College. They have 3 kids, Naomi, Mishael and Noelle. I had the opportunity to go on a 5 week mission trip to Ukraine when I was 17. I will never forget the experience of serving the Lord there. Right now Caleb, Christina and their children are visiting Ukraine for a couple weeks. They are visiting Christina's family and also scouting out where they may be needed when they are finally able to go out on the mission field. They have lots of great pictures on their blog. They also have a website, www.sukofamily.org that has lots of great info on what they are doing.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
I know it has been a while since I have posted anything on my blog, but here I am! :) My weight loss efforts have been going well. I have lost a total of 8 pounds. It was 10 pounds but I have been doing lots of cardio and strength training at the gym. A lady at my church who is a fitness instructor said that I would probably see a little bit of weight gain since I am gaining muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. I know that my body is definitely changing because I have gone down 1 pant size!! I found some old pants that I had put away because they became too small. Well I tried them on the other day and now they are almost too big!! Woohoo! I also bought a new pair of jeans and had to get a smaller size. I guess the tip to not pay too much attention to how much you weigh on the scale is a good tip. Even though I may have only lost 8 pounds of fat I have replaced 2 pounds of fat with muscle, so the scale can be a little deceiving. I plan on only weighing myself every two weeks if not less than that.
Rue and I have been discussing more about when we will try to have a baby. It was going to be this June but we are now thinking perhaps this next spring. We really want to take a road trip across the country before we have a baby and also, hopefully, go on a cruise. We are actually already saving our pennies and we will see what happens. I know Rue really wants to have a baby because he talks about it more than I do. He pats my stomach and talks about the day when there will be a little baby in there. :) I am really looking forward to being pregnant. I know since Rue and I are waiting we will be nice and prepared. (But of course you can probably never be fully prepared for what a baby will bring.)
Friday, March 24, 2006
In Ladies' Bible Study we are reading the book Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone by Elyse Fitzpatrick. In one little section she talks about Jesus praying for believers. I know that whenever I read the passage in John 17 where Jesus prays for believers I am really encouraged. I don't think often enough about the fact that Jesus prays for me. When she reminded me of this I was very humbled. Christ prays that believers' faith will not fail. He prayed this for the disciple Peter in Luke 22:32. As John Piper has said that Satan likes to eat up faith. It is so wonderful to know that when my faith is waning Jesus is praying for me. One girl in Bible Study brought up the fact also that Jesus is constantly praying for all believers. He isn't like us where we have a prayer list and we pray for a couple people a day. I don't have to worry that I won't show up on His prayer list until next week. He is constantly making intercession for believers. "Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him [Christ], since He always lives to make intercession for them." --Hebrews 7:25
Since Jesus is God then we can trust that He knows exactly how to pray for us. He knows completely what God's will is and so therefore He can pray God's will. What an amazing love that God has for us!! This makes me want to pray more than I do. This makes me want to seek to have a closer and closer relationship with the Lord. Can there be anything more satisfying that drawing close to the Lord and enjoying Him and Him alone. I can be so deceived into thinking that something worldly will satisfy me more than spending time with the Lord but in the end it only leaves me more empty. When the Lord is my focus and my joy, the things of the world go dim. Like the hymn says, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will go strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." I am still so far from being where I should be in my walk with the Lord, but I know that He is working in my heart and praying for me. What an amazing love!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes 36 cookies
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbls unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg white (I used the whole egg)
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream ( I used reduced fat sour cream since that is all I had)
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (you really should use mini
because this is such a small cookie)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease or coat with nonstick cookie spray.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, cream the sugars and butter until smooth. Stir in the vanilla, egg and sour cream. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chips and stir until well blended.
3. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just set. Slide the cookies on the parchment paper onto a countertop to cool, or remove cookies from the sheets and cool on a wire rack.
Monday, March 20, 2006
I started off with prayer and songs. I always choose a different child to come up and help me hold up the visuals for the songs. The kids really enjoy helping in that way. Then I read half of a missionary story to them. It was about Jim and Elisabeth Elliot who went to Ecuador in the 1950's and Jim and 4 other men were killed by the indians they were trying to reach for Christ. Elisabeth went back and lived with those indians who killed her husband and learned their language and made it into a written language. She also helped lead many of the indians to Christ. Today there is a Bible College for those indians and even one of the men who killed her husband is now a follower of Christ.
After half of the missionary story we sang a few more songs then I told half of the Bible lesson. We learned about Noah and the flood. During this time I also have a child come up and hold the picture cards for the story. After this we had a little craft and had snack. After this we sang some more songs and I finished the Bible lesson. Then we played a Bible review game. It was pretty much like "Hot Potato" but when the music stopped whoever had the potato had to answer a question about the Bible lesson. If they could not answer it then anybody could raise their hand and I would call on someone to answer the question. After this game I finished reading them the missionary story. It was almost time to leave but not quite so we played a couple rounds of "Heads Up, Seven Up". I had a really wonderful time teaching the kids. There were a few kids that were a little rowdy but I still had a good time.
Here are some pictures that my mom took of Discovery Land. (She did some "poster" effects on some of them.)
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Well, over the years the property has become overgrown with blackberry bushes. They started out small and then every year got bigger and bigger until it seemed they had invaded the entire property. The big pond was completely cut of from view and their was no way to get to it. Also the little pond that we dug was completely overgrown also and there was no longer any access to it.
But just this week my parents hired a guy who goes to our church to do some excavating. He owns an excavating company. As I am writing this he is out at my parents right now clearing away all the black berry bushes. Even though black berry bushes are nice for their berries, they just seem to take over once they get going. My mom sent me some pictures of before and after. He will also be coming back tomorrow to finish up the job. I can't wait to go over there and be able to see the pond again and go to the place where we dug the little pond. I don't know if the little pond will have filled itself back up but I just want to see the little hollow again.
This picture is before any work was done. This is only a small part of the property that was invaded by blackberry bushes. Just behind the black berry bushes, you see in the distance, is the big pond. Obviously you can't actually see the pond. And just as a side note, the little red shed my mom built all by herself when we moved onto the property. She's pretty handy! She is the tom-boy of the twins.
This is a little bit of a different angle, but you can see that there are no longer any black berry bushes. Where you see the pile of twigs and brush is where the big pond is. The wood shed on the left my mom also designed and built! Yep, pretty handy! :)
This is a better picture of the pond. Behind the excavater you can see there is still a little water in the pond. I don't think there was as much runoff this year. That is my dad standing there. A couple feet in front of him is a pretty big sink hole. You can't see it from the angle of the picture, but it is pretty deep and you don't see it until you almost step into it. It goes pretty far under ground but no one risked jumping in it to see how big it actually is. My dad dumped a bunch of cinder blocks in it to keep anyone from falling in.
This is a picture of him excavating around the pond.
My mom trying her hand at the excavater. Yep, like I said, she's pretty handy! :)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
At church we have a children's choir. There are two ladies who are in charge of it. They practice every Sunday when they dismiss the kids to children's church. They practice for the first 20 minutes of children's church and then they send the kids down to children's church where they have a Bible story and craft. The kids usually sing on holidays and special occasions and an occassional Sunday here and there. This is a picture of the kids singing last Sunday. They did a GREAT job! They really sung out and none of them yelled, like some children might do when they are told to sing louder. :) My step-daughter Daisy had a short little solo and she did very well. (She is the girl in the blue shirt.) She has a very lovely singing voice.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Here is a picture of my mom and Aunt Karin when they were 4 years old. My Gramma made the dresses they are wearing and my mom said that sometimes my Gramma would make a matching dress for herself and my Auntie Annie so all 4 of them would have the same dress.
One time when I was visiting my Aunt Karin I noticed she had the tiniest little ring on a chain around her neck. I asked her what it was and she said that my Gramma had put it on her finger after she and my mom were born so that she would be able to tell them apart. I have noticed that in a lot of pictures of my mom and aunt, when they were little, they had different color barrets in there hair whenever they wore a matching outfit. My mom sent this picture to everyone in the family and asked if they could figure out who was who. My Aunt Karin's husband (my Uncle Dave) wrote back and said, "I can't tell which is which, but I know I got the cute one." My mom is on the left. :)
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Monday, March 06, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Also, about my weight loss efforts, I have some really GREAT news! I realized this morning that I was reading my scale wrong. I thought that each little line between the numbers represented 1 pound. But I realized this morning that there are only 5 lines between each "10". So between 180 and 170 there is only 5 lines. Each line represents 2 pounds! So instead of losing 4 pounds in my first 2 weeks on the diet, I lost 8!! I can't believe I was reading it wrong. I was so giddy when I realized what I had done. )I also lost 2 pounds yesterday from being sick but I won't really count that because I know it was water weight and I will probably gain it back.) So, anyways I am really excited!! Woohoo! :)