Thursday, November 23, 2006

Because Everyone Should Celebrate!!

I wanted to open a place where everyone could express what they are thankful- and where others could find inspiration. I'll leave this up for several days, so everyone can come back and see what new things have been added.

So, leave a comment about what you are thankful for this season.

Give thanks.

Make an impact.

Be blessed.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Favorite Ingredient Friday

Kelli's Amazingly Easy Peasy Chili Rellenos Pie

1-16 oz. can Whole Green Chilies - drained really really well
1- 7 oz can diced green chilies
16 oz Jack/Cheddar shredded (I prefer Kraft)
8 eggs
1- 13oz can Evaporated Skim Milk

1. Spray 9x13 pan with Pam and preheat oven to 350

2. Take the drained (really, really well) whole chilies and split them open.
Lay them in rows so the whole pan bottom is covered.

3. Take 1/2 the cheese and sprinkle it over the chilies.
Then layer the diced chilies, and finish with
the rest of the cheese on top of that, reserving one handful.

4. Beat the eggs together, and stir in the Evaporated Milk.

5. Pour this over the pan to cover. Top with remaining handful of cheese.

6. Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes - or a fork inserted comes out clean.

7. Heat up some tortillas, add some sour cream and YUMMY!!

A note- throw whats left in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave for 1 minute.
YUMMY breakfast burrito leftovers!!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Doom and Gloom Livin Out Loud!

This past week has been one of transition, in many ways.

I transitioned my job to a new manager to be able to go out on disability. The paperwork was filled out- "has a condition that can only result in death". That hurt. At least two of my employees have called to go through the process to see if they can donate a kidney. Overwhelming. Indescribable. Unbelievable. However, we still have a long way to go before this process is over.

In giving up my job, I started to fully give up on life overall. The reality is, this could be my last Thanksgiving, last Christmas. I may only see my kids turn 13 and 14. I thought about what the things are I want to do before I go. Things like take a cruise through Alaska, or take the kids to DisneyWorld. Things we will never afford to do. I thought about the $45K it has cost to keep me alive since May, just May. Where could that money be better spent on the kids. You know, I wallowed.

Then, I heard this.

Imagine this
I get a phone call from Regis
He says "Do you want to be a millionaire?"
They put me on a show and I win with two lifelines to spare

Picture this I act like nothing ever happened
and bury all the money in a coffee can
Well, I've been given more than Regis ever gave away
I was a dead man who was called to come out of my grave

I think it's time for makin' some noise

Wake the neighbors
Get the word out
Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout
This is life we've been given, made to be lived out So, la, la, la, la, live out loud

Think about this
Try to keep a bird from singing afterit's soared up in the sky
Give the sun a cloudless day and tellit not to shine

Think about this
If we really have been given the giftof life that will never end
And if we have been filled with living hope,
We're gonna overflow
And if God's love is burning in ourhearts, we're gonna glow
There's just no way to keep it in

Wake the neighbors
Get the word out
Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout
This is life we've been given, made to be lived out So, la, la, la, la, live out loud

-Steven Curtis Chapman

And I realized. This may be the last holiday I have with my family. Imay never see them graduate or hold my grandchildren That is true. But, rather than think about what trauma that is possible, I'm making lists of things I could do to make this special for the kids and hubby. Lasting memories.

I have my daughter coming home at Christmas to homeschool, and she is so excited. We get to volunteer together. Precious, precious times.

This is not about me, but about the things that God can do- will do- through this.

I invite each of you to approach each day like it is your last.

Hug your kids.

Pick your battles.

Share some joy with a stranger.

Make an impact for God.

Take a stand.

Live. Out. Loud.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The State of the Union

Well, things around here have been crazy and alot has happened in the last 48 hours.

So, without further ado, let me recap:

Kati has decided, finally, to come home and homeschool the final half of the 8th grade year. She doesn't appreciate the drama of middle school and the effect of it on her grades and education. She has already lined up volunteer opportunities for the two of us at church and the Zoo, so we should be busy together. I would love to hear from anyone who is homeschooling 9th grade on what they are using. I need to find Honors English and Math programs the most. That would be awesome!

Jonathon was finally released back to school FT having been diagnosed with mono. They are prepping for the Montana State LEGOS Robotics Championship again in Feburuary and hope to go to Atlanta fo the Nationals.

Yesterday was a banner day- I left work on disability. It's been sonething I knew was coming for a long time, and several of you have been praying with me that the timing would be right. It was. I feel free for the first time in a long time to take care of me. That is not a thing I do really well. Now, I get to try and make things like this and this!

So much in so little time. Can't wait to get back to Bloggityvile more full time, too. I've missed you all so very, very much.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Eat ... the .... COOKIE!

You Are Chinese Food

Exotic yet ordinary.
People think they've had enough of you, but they're back for more in an hour.
So, according to this - you're tired of me already.
But ... you'll ... be .... baaaaaacccckkkk ........
(Can anyone name the movie that title comes from)

If you see nothing else today

Hi everyone,

Beings as I'm not "Savvy" at this and can't load a video, I can only say:


Then ...


It will change your life. Period.