Day 7 – 31 days of Thanks & Updates.

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

I’m thankful for our small group.  We had a cool group of people at our house tonight.  Our first meeting.  Just getting to know each other.  I’m looking forward to the weeks ahead.  I made a simple but abundant meal for us to share..  We had butternut squash soup, ham, cheese buns (no I didn’t have one), two salads, pickles.  And a yummy cranberry apple crisp for dessert (served with ice cream, which I refrained from having.)   I love good food with friends, new and old.

Update:  We joined a small group..  🙂  We’ve been going to Tenth Avenue Alliance for about 10 months.. and while I was in school we chose not to commit to a small group.  Though we realized too late that this fall I’ll be gone for 3 weeks.. though I think I’m missing 4 tuesday nights… Oh my.. more on that soon.

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Day 6 – 31 days of Thanks & Updates

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

I’m thankful for the speakers at MOMCon.  Mops (Mother’s of Pre-schoolers) had a conference this weekend and they kindly posted the main sessions online.  I listened and was encouraged and challenged.  The theme was Be You Bravely.  I recommend a listen, There is a bit more than just the speakers, there is worship, and some conference stuff including prize draws and announcements.  But It was still worth it..  So worth it.  Jennie Allen was a highlight.  Her authenticity as a speaker was just so awesome.  Shauna Niequest was my favourite.  I took so many notes sitting at home.   My favourite quote was from Mandy Arioto: “I believe it’s possible to be brave and scared at the same time”  How freeing is that sentence?!  I love it.  You can listen online during the month of August.  I know I’ll be listening again at least once.  And possibly twice.

Update: I sewed some things today. I made myself pj pants from an old pair of Chris’.

IMG_0225.JPGHow cool is that? What’s cooler. Or warmer – from an old pair of mine that we’re too small I made I made this cute infinity scarf. I love it. It was something I’d pinned a long time ago on Pinterest. Glad I finally did it. Do the things you pin. It feels awesome. 🙂

 

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IMG_0234.JPGPs What do you think honestly think of the scarf?  Thanks.  {yes today’s post was more than 5 minutes}

 

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Day 5 – 31 days of Thanks & Updates

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

I’m thankful for my In-Laws.  I feel so blessed to have married into such a great family.  Chris’ parents are so supportive of us.  It’s so awesome to know I can text them with any prayer request and even with no request they are praying for us.  I’m so thankful for their understanding with my ever changing diet as I try to find what makes me feel the best.

Update: Our last holiday was a great week in San Diego in August of 2013.   Though we have taken a couple weekend trips one to Burlington & two to portland since last year.  We love Portland and San Diego a lot.  Both have great food and fun places to hang out.  Though I’m a big fan of the beaches in Southern California.  🙂

Hope you all are well.  If you have any questions for the updates section just leave a comment.

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Day 4 – 31 Days of Thanks & Updates

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

This is harder to remember then I thought it would be.

I’m thankful for my awesome family.  My parents, sisters, brother, brother-in-law as well as my grandparents and great aunt are all such an important part of my life.  They have all be soo encouraging and supportive with my schooling and life in general.  I could not have done it without them.  I’m so glad they are all close and we are able to get together for dinners and visits.

Update: oh gosh, I know there is more to update but I can’t think of anything but the fact that I went to school…  Oh I did get two new official nephews in the past couple years and a special unofficial nephew (my best friend, Rebekah’s son)  All three are adorable and growing so fast.  It’s been so fun to see them grow and have personality.

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Day 3 – 31 Days of Thanks & Updates

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

I’m thankful for God’s financial provision through Chris’ job, and his hard work ethic.  I was very blessed to have the opportunity to just focus on school in those 20 months and not have to spend time working.   And even and especially now while waiting for my results I can relax.  I will be looking for a job soon though.

 

Oh ya, some may not know: I went back to school.

Update:   January 2013 I started at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.   I graduated in August of 2014.  I worked hard, studied and stressed a lot, but it payed off.  I passed all of my classes, all five terms.  I learned massage techniques, anatomy & physiology, all the muscles in the body, A lot of pathologies and condition and what massage can do to help.

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Day 2 – 31 Days of Thanks & Updates

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Every day in October I have commited to post something here.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

I’m thankful for the farmer’s market that’s just a 10 minute walk from our apartment.  I love the taste of fresh vegetables & fruit from local growers.  The smells of carrots and apples are some of my favourites.  I love talking to the people that grow my food.  I’ve become a fan of collard greens.  Some weeks I get salmon or a special treat of a gluten free cookie.  Last week I bought fresh cranberries and made lemon cranberry muffins.

Update:  On September 13th and 26th I wrote the two parts of the licensing exam to become a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia.  I won’t know for about 6 weeks how I did.  Please don’t ask.  🙂  It was a hard and intense two days of testing.

 

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Day 1 – 31 Days of Thanks & Updates.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted what’s going on in my life.  So I thought I would commit to posting every day in October.  Just 5 minutes of writing.  I’ll write about something that I’m thankful for & a random update for the past couple years.

The list of thanks will not be in any order nor will the updates.  Just whatever I think of that day.  There will be little editing and likely several spelling & grammar errors.  Better something then nothing.

For today:

I’m thankful the days are still Sunny.  It’s October now..  but somedays it still feels like summer.  I LOVE those days.

Update:  Just a couple days ago, on September 28th I turned 26.  Kicking and screaming if you will.  I don’t know why, I didn’t want to turn 26.  I was happy to turn 25..  but not 26 at all..

See you tomorrow.

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Madgical Tomato Yam Bisque

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20131006-205212.jpg I whipped this up for dinner tonight. It took awhile to make but was really easy & most of the time was waiting while veggies roasted. Chris deemed this delicious. I agree and it will be made as written again.

Madgical (aka. Chris likes it) Tomato Yam Bisque

What you need:

  • 1 Large Sweet potato/ yam (or 1.5 med or 2-3 small)
  • ½ Red pepper – chopped
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves – peeled
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 8-10? tomatoes (enough to cover a 9 by 13 baking dish- I didn’t count or weigh before roasting, sorry) – small on the vine/ roma is best – halved or quartered depending on size
  • 3 C Beef bone broth
  • 1 C whole milk (or ½ C skim/ ½ C half & half)

How to make:

Wash & roast yam for 1-1/5 hours.  In a 9 by 13 baking dish put the onion, garlic & bell pepper topped with butter, salt and pepper and Roast for 30 minutes. – Stir part way through.

Add tomatoes atop onions and peppers, salt & pepper tomatoes. Roast again for 30 minutes.  When yam can be pierced through easily pull it out. Pull the skin off when it cools.

Blend together half the tomato mixture with the yam and two cups broth.

Pour half into a saucepan. Blend again with the remaining cup of broth and the cup of milk. Pour into saucepan. Gently blend the remaining tomato mix so it remains chunky. Add to saucepan. Add Salt, pepper, smoked paprika and chili powder to taste. Bring to a boil to increase flavour. Let simmer.

Serve topped with Bacon & Cilantro. Or make it a meal and add some chopped cooked chicken.

Hope you enjoy as much as C & I did tonight.

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Things I love Friday’s – My Homemade Chalkboards.

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20130308-174305.jpgI love things that are Pretty and Practical.  And this project, inspired by Rhonda Fast, is very much both.  Chalk boards made from old frames and spray paint.  Awesome, right?  I am so pleased with how they turned out.  After I read her post I know this was something I wanted to try.  So one day after school {more to come on that later} I stopped by the Salvation Army & browsed the frames there.  And later stopped by the Rona near by for two cans of spray paint, one matte white and one black chalkboard can.  20130308-174358.jpgSoon as I could I spread some news paper and got spraying.  20130308-174337.jpgWhen they were dry I put them back together and hung the smaller one in the kitchen for our weekly menu. And, my favourite, the larger one in our bedroom for the Bible Passage I’m working on memorizing.  Currently it’s Colossians 1:15-20 20130308-174321.jpg

One of the areas in my christian life I’d let go of actively working on was bible memory and recently I was convicted that this was an important area to work on.  To truly know the Word of God and have it at the forefront of my mind.  Words that remind me who God is and of His care, and provision.  And words that remind me who I’m called to be in Him.

So with a big chalkboard on the wall I read and remember.  – (And try to memorize)

That:     15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[f] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

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