Thursday, June 19, 2008


Today is one of those days when I am wondering what the Lord has for me. I mean...I am a wife and mother..two jobs that I love and try hard at....but what else! I mean how many times can I visit Target, walk the mall, go out to lunch, or just hang out (don't get me wrong..these are some of my favorite things to do) but am I really making a difference for Christ. When all is said and done had today counted for Christ? Julie

Thursday, June 12, 2008


So I really don't cook very much! That was my New Year's resolution for this year to become a better cook! I did great until the end of Feburary! We were even having candlelight dinners...I had a menu and we were eating great! But, I am back into my old rut! I am the kind of cook that has to have a plan. I hope to oneday be able to whip a meal my mom does but for now I have to have a recipe and a plan. I did have to take a meal to a couple in our S.S. class who recently had a new baby...and I made a meal I really liked and it was super easy! I thought I might share! So easy!

Southwestern Chicken Skillet

Cut up two chicken breast and put in skillet with about a Tablespoon of oil. Cover and cook about 4 min or until done. (I took the lid off and let it brown a little..I am always a little worried about under cooking my chicken)

Remove Chicken and 2 cups of water, a bag of frozen corn and a jar of salsa! Let it come to a boil.

Add two cups of Minute brown rice, stir and cover. Let the water absorb. About 5 min.

Add your chicken in and top with Mexi cheese and let it melt. I added alot!

Spanish Corn Bread (I really liked this) pg. 51 of the CBC cookbook

2C self-rising cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.baking soda
3 eggs
1 c. milk
1 can cream style corn
1 onion chopped
2 jalapeno peppers
1/3c. oil
(I added 1 chopped red bell pepper too!)

mix and cook on 400 until golden brown
This recipe made a lot!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I have recently become very interested in reading the blogs of my friends and even those of strangers. It seems as though sometimes people will expose their true feelings in a blog where as they might not verbalize them. My sister recently sent me the address to a blog that really hit home. It is the blog of angie smith... wife of Selah singer Todd.
They recently lost their 4th child to the same illness that we lost our little Samuel to. It was amazing how much we have in common. I felt as though I was reading my thoughts and feelings from just two short years ago. I am so thankful to be where I am today. Two years in June I was in the midst of the hardest time period of my life so far. Kevin and I lost our little Samuel on January 31, 2006. By June the reality of missing him, coupled with the overwhelming desire for a child was bearing down on me. Little did I know it would contine for many more months. Those months were so hard...I can hardly think back to them. Looking at our lives now I can see GOd's plan better...and how he used those months to drive us closer to his path. Now we have a beautiful little girl who is the apple of our eye (even as I write that it is hard for me to say anything about my love for Ella without mentioning my love for Samuel.) She is everything my heart wanted in a daughter from her red hair (even though I've always hated mine..I love it on her...we go together) to her bright blue eyes..her cute little smile and sweet, calm dispostion! God was so good to us! Kevin and I are also much more focused on serving and following the Lord now. He was so faithful to could we not seek to follow him. Our dark time ...shall I call it...lead Kevin to begin Seminary (now being more intent on serving the Lord in some area of ministry). It also helped to shape us and prepare us for parenting. All I can say is if you have a child and they are healthy or even alive today...hug on on them today! Enjoy every minute! I am writing this as Ella is's naptime and she's not happy. How I love that little bug! One more thing before I decide whether to rescue her or let her cry back to sleep! I now have a longing for heaven! I's definitely something I never had before. I long for that trumpet sounding, long to see Jesus and long to see my Samuel alive, healthy! Only God can bring beauty from ashes and joy from sorrow!