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Hey There!

I’m slacking in blog land these days. Don’t worry though, we are just fine around here!!!  Superhero get ups and princess dresses fill our days with fun.  However, there is ALOT happening right now within our country and in many lives of those around us.  I guess I just feel like it’s better for me to be silent at these times rather than to talk of triviality.  I’m sure I’ll be back full swing in due time! For now though, when you think of us just know we are nestling in for upcoming cold weather and praying for all of the things God is showing His hand in daily.

To those of you that stop by this blog regularly —  know I love you and am so grateful for your thoughts!!  If there’s any way I can be in prayer for you please know I ALWAYS count it a privilege to do so! If there are not any specifics be encouraged this is still my prayer for you:

Ephesians 1:16-23

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of WISDOM and of revelation in the KNOWLEDGE of HIM, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the HOPE to which He has CALLED YOU, what are the RICHES of HIS glorious INHERITANCE in the saints, and what is the IMMEASURABLE GREATNESS of HIS POWER toward us who BELIEVE, according to the working of His GREAT MIGHT that He WORKED in CHRIST when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all RULE and AUTHORITY and POWER and DOMINION, and ABOVE EVERY NAME that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put ALL THINGS under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the FULLNESS of HIM who fills all in all.”

ESV

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Cousin Fun….

Today has been very relaxing and fun!!  I got to hang out and move furniture around at a friends house, have Steven around, bake cookies for my family who’s coming up tomorrow, and the best of all have my nieces over for the afternoon!!!!

All four Smithson kidos together are quite a sight! They definitely are not lacking in personality….imagine that!!  I was encouraged by how easy it was having four kidos. They totally have entertained themselves and laughter has filled the house ALL afternoon!!! What a JOY! Bath time was a bit tricky but other than that it’s been a breeze….

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Poor Monica Grace….

The world is a tumultuous place.  This is affirmed by the recent news flashes over the past weeks– yes??

Tragedy has not seen fit to by-pass 22 month old Monica today either.  Not only have her parents decided to take away her most beloved friend….. her passy. (they can only get together at night now)  But our satellite provider has taken off her favorite TV show, “The Big Comfy Couch.”  This devastation struck to such a degree I actually e-mailed PBS to see if it was gone forever.  Here was their reply:

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Ditches and Mountains… They Happen. Part I

Sorry about the delay in posting.  We’ve been running quite a bit.  Monica has shown a pretty serious interest in potty training and we’ve begun the battle of weaning her from the passy. Needless to say it’s been pretty exciting around here without mentioning the x-tra’s going on in the rest of the family’s schedule.

Honesty will prevail today.  Along with busyness, I’ve also been mulling around in my heart a few life situations that tend to make me very sad.  Sometimes these things I’ve found can be quite difficult to yank yourself out of and just “move on.” I must say though, God promises to never leave us or forsake us no matter what we go through. If you can take just a few minutes I’d love to share with you how He showed up in my life this morning…

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Ditches and Mountains….. They Happen. Part II

We’ve been studying the life of Moses. This week found us in chapters 5 and 6. It’s at the point in Moses’ journey that he had first decided to be obedient.  He had gone to Pharaoh as God commanded. Instead of finding blessing he found both Pharaoh and the Israelite people turned on him. Things went from bad to WORSE—all because he was obedient.  Pretty serious stuff!!! I mean most people expect that when you are obedient to God great things are supposed to happen, right?!?!?  Not always… Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian Beef Sandwiches

I guess the autumn weather is making me hungry…. two recipe posts in one day. Anyway I’ve had these delicious sandwiches on my mind and must share!!  My friend Laurie moved from her lifetime home in Michigan several years ago to Arkansas.  Along with her fantastic “northern” vocabulary she brought a great family and some fantastic recipes with her.  These sandwiches are one of her best. They are quick, easy, uniquely different, and best of all YUMMY!  I recommended them for a meal that requires little preparation as well as a party dish.  Try them– you won’t be disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Really Great Sugar Cookies

Today I’ve been preparing for a 7th and 8th grade girls Sunday school party my co-teachers and I are hosting tomorrow evening.  I wanted to make some homemade sugar cookies with my new pumpkin and leaf shaped cookie cutters.  However, the recipe I’ve used for years I’ve come to be disappointed with.  The dough is yummy but the cookies are just too crisp once baked!!  In my opinion the words “crisp” and “sugar cookie” don’t go together!  Read the rest of this entry »

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