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Sat morning we picked up Grace, dropped her at the play, had affogato at Ground up cafe and came home to chill. Bethany took Gwen and Hannah out for lunch and we had a quiet afternoon. We went to the Castle Rock starlighting, this time we caught the trolley to the event, which was nice.

We didn’t have long to wait before the lighting and fireworks began. I really liked the display this year, it went on forever and the types of fireworks coming out where different than normal.

Grace’s pic.

We ate at Taco Bell and then headed home to watch TV.

Sunday we went to church, then worked in the kids room, we had 12 kids (3-K), it was busy! I took notes and made a poem! True, I had to decipher my handwriting (it’s hard to write in splints) but I think it’s what I wrote.

Ephesians 5 1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Say ‘Yes’ to God more than you say ‘No.’ I will – follow God. We aren’t to be just knock off imitations, we are to mimic God in such a way that people say – that must be what Jesus looks like. It means leaving your comfort zone, loving those that despise you and giving in a sacrificial way. It means doing good without thanks, helping when you are busy, being kind even if it’s taken for granted.

to follow hard
in the path of God
means walking

the ways of love that Jesus walked,

the ways of love that Jesus talked.

it’s love that covers the dirty hand,
feeds the belly of the poor,
cares for the lost
– at any cost.

it’s love for a wounded heart
– it’s a start.

it’s giving time and words and treasure,
to others without measure.

it’s sacrificial giving
– and living

it’s extravagant love,
and it’s hard to follow.

Grace beat me to sunset pics.

This week- NIA, teen movie night at DMNS, hike, skating, Thanksgiving, hike, watching too many episodes of Knight Rider, something on Sat., church.

Dinners this week – spaghetti, butternut squash and chicken posole, 15 bean soup, Thxgiving meal (smoked turkey, wild rice and cherries, coriander sweet potatoes, cornbread and sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie and salted caramel chocolate pecan pie), leftover turkey hash, beef hand pies.

Chicken Butternut Squash Posole

1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 (15 ounce) cans red beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 ounce) can hominy
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (can omit)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)

Combine chicken, butternut squash, red beans, hominy, chicken broth, salsa, beer, and Mexican oregano in a slow cooker.
Cook on Low for 7 1/2 hours (or on High for 3 1/2 hours). Stir cream into soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes more.

Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes

1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2 1/2 lb. small sweet potatoes (about 5)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 red chile, thinly sliced
1/4 c. crumbled feta
Kosher salt and pepper

Heat oven to 425°F. Using a heavy pan, coarsely crush coriander seeds.
Peel potatoes, halve lengthwise, then cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and toss with oil, coriander, cinnamon, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Roast, turning once halfway through, until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle over potatoes and sprinkle with chile and feta.

Salted Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pie

12 graham crackers
1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
3 c. Toasted pecans
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 c. heavy cream
Coarse sea salt, for serving

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers and coconut to form fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and press evenly on the bottom and up the sides. Scatter chocolate chips over the crust, then pecans, and refrigerate until firm, at least 20 minutes.
Transfer pie to a large rimmed baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F.
Place sugar, corn syrup, and1⁄4 cup water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until bubbles start to form at the edges, about 1 minute; give the pan a swirl. Bring to a simmer, then increase heat to high and boil, swirling the pan occasionally until the mixture is a rich caramel color. Immediately remove from the heat, add butter and salt, and swirl the pan to melt.
Return the pan to medium heat, add cream (it will bubble up), and whisk until smooth, slightly thickened, and a deep amber color, about 1 minute.
Pour caramel over pecans, transfer pie to the oven, and bake until mixture is gently bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.

Irish Beef Hand Pies

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 pound ground beef sirloin
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Coarse salt and ground pepper
All-purpose flour, for rolling
2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each crust into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife or scissors, cut 3 small vents in each.
3. Transfer pies to 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.


Chill day and park day


Tuesday was a chill day. The girls slept in, did some school, Grace did her unknowns and Hannah played Body bingo. B&W day 2 and a bonus.

I went to the library and stocked up on books.

Joel is out in the field, don’t know what they’re doing here.

After dinner James and I went to Phil’s for jazz and drinks, it was lightly snowing which added to the jazzy ambiance.

Wednesday we did school, picked up some friends and went to park day.

There were 15 or so Moms there, about 7 we knew, the rest were from the HS park day group so I don’t know them yet. It was so nice to have a park full of Moms and kids. B&W day 3.

Bible study was about pressure, pressure to be perfect. The pressure we put on ourselves and others put on us and how to handle it. Some people need more rest than others, but we all need rest. Yesterday was kind of a rest day for us, it recharged me, but getting out to chat with other Moms also recharged me – just in a different way. The book challenged us to guard our hearts, minds and schedules and to put Jesus first, be able to say no, take time to rest and know that we can live our lives without being stressed out all the time.



I had my doc appointment first thing, she took x-rays and promptly put me in two splints. They were on the wrong hands in this pic, I fixed it later.

One for a broken thumb and the other for a ‘abnormality’ on my radius, so I think that is a thin hairline fracture. I went to coffee with the NIA crew, then back home for some school. Dance went well, not very graceful, but it looked okay. I made this for the group, it’s the bridge to our song.

Devotionals were on sharing our burdens with those who can be praying for us and hold us accountable. It kind of touched on the idea from Bible study, don’t let cracks in your heart where the devil can take hold, confess your sins and ask for help so you can overcome the lies of the enemy. I’m doing the B&W challenge again, day 1 –

One more hat done.




It was a lazy morning for school. Grace did some Physical Science, Agri Science and History. Hannah had reading and reading and reading and math.

Dance devotionals – Setting hostages free.

The enemy loves to invade and take control. Doubts, questions, lies, fear, anxiety, self worth, bitterness. He wants you in a prison, easily controlled. He wants you held back, restrained, feeling like you can’t do what God wants you to do. Make no mistake, God came and set you free, but the choice to stay in your prison with the doors wide open is your own choice. You might feel that you deserve to be there or you might be comfortable with it, afraid to venture out into the unknown. God is greater than the enemy, He sets you free (John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.) Jesus came to destroy the devil (I John 3:8 The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways…) He came to unloose you, release you, untangle you, untie you, unbind you from the enemy. Everyone thinks that they are alone in their prison, whatever that may look like, but we are not alone. That’s why we need to tell our story, tell about how we walked out of that prison, how we were unbound from the chains of the enemy, because in telling your story you might be helping someone else. 

Looking forward to a sunny park day tomorrow after our dreary day.



Hey, look who made it into the HR paper.

Church –

Hebrews 13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison….. and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering……because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Romans 14:7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone..

connected –
yet disconnected.
People walking by,
can’t meet my eye,
looking down,
not around.
500 friends on social media –
but not one confidant,
which is what people want,
someone to hear the
struggles and pain,
to listen and pray,
to walk day by day.
we’re not meant to be alone,
to carry such a heavy load.
we’re not meant to be alone,
walking single file down the road.
lonely, sorrow filled souls,
hoping tomorrow holds –
a better day.
I say,
we are never alone.
if you know who holds your soul,
who has the ability to make you whole,
who never leaves you,
is always by your side.
the one who made you,
will fill that empty part,
the broken piece,
that shattered place,
the lonely,
disconnected space –
with grace.


We worked after first service. Happy pic day 7.

We had dot markers.

Trunk or treat.

Joel was at his Trunk or Treat.

He left for the field for 2 weeks. We went grocery shopping, made dinner and read.

River sampling, dance


It was low flow sampling time, so Grace had normal, blank and duplicate metal samples to get, regular samples to test, nutrient jug and cylinder samples plus duplicates of those and physical habitat. One good thing was it was really low flow, the Platte had one small space to squeeze through since Marcy Gulch was pushing sand out into the river, we could walk from one bank to almost the other at our sample spot, so the stream depth reading was like – 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0, 0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,…….2″, 6″, 12″, 18″, 12″, 6″, 3″, 0, 0, seriously. Back at home she did the pH, hardness, alkalinity and DO and I checked off our supply list for the next day. We plan on dropping samples tomorrow and picking up EDTA, Sulfuric acid, filters, bottle, acid pillow packets, labels and 2 other chemicals – we were running low on a bunch of stuff, I didn’t realize how low until she went out in the field with 1 filter…oops.


Left bank/Right bank

Looking from the far left bank where we had to start stream depth.

Just a pretty Fall water picture.

The sand bar from above.

By the time she finished testing, it was time for Hannah and me to go to dance. We missed last weeks dance and devotional, I gather it was on working on the fruit of the Spirit from the inside, Holy Spirit, will, emotions and then fruit – since fruit always starts from the inside. Today’s devotional was about the body of Christ.

I Corinthians 12:5-6 Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

Jesus is the head, the church is the body. No part is indispensable and all parts need to work together. Everyone has something that they are gifted with, to use to help the body, the world and to glorify God.

-We are a reflection of Christ and we are not doing a good job of imitating Christ and becoming more like Him.
-God is relational, as a body so are we. That’s why we should rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep, love others, meet with others, serve others.
-We need to walk with the body to grow in Christ, the path of life is not meant to be traveled alone.
-If the body is not working properly it won’t function the way the God intended.

Yes, we are broken people, we are not perfect, but the more we lay down ourselves and focus on Jesus, the more we will be like Him, the more we will love, the more we will serve, the better the body will be.

Roman 12:4-9 4-6 In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

6-8 If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. 9 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

My teacher was at the hospital with a friend, so we had a sub which meant that we didn’t get to start on our dance. Grace was super happy to find out her dance – For King and Country’s Love Like You’re Not Scared. Hannah found out her song too, but I can’t remember it.

I dropped the girls at home and flew as fast as I could to the DMNS for the educator night. James met me there and we had food, drinks and perused some museum exhibits and I gathered flyers from a ton of SCFD organizations, some of them I didn’t know about and some of them have free educational outings – cool!

We also got to see some raptors, always cool.



Remember 9/11. We didn’t do a stair climb or attend any services, just remembered it at home.

School went well today. Bethany took Hannah to breakfast while I helped Grace with school, then she took Grace to lunch and I helped Hannah. We started Worship dance and they moved times around, so Hannah and I went at 2, she had ballet at 3 and Grace went at 4. There are 5 adults, 5 kids in Hannah’s class and 12 in Grace’s class (that might change.) The theme this session is Love and relationships, God to us, us to God and us to other believers.

God to us
God’s love is – unconditional, sacrificial, generous, serving, treasures, relational

God does not love our sin because it creates a wall, on one side is God, always flowing love toward us, on the other side is us. With the wall of sin we can never reach the love of God, when we tear down the wall, the love that was always there flows to us
God’s love – John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Think about that, He loves us even as He loved His own son. You are not a speck, unworthy, hopeless, lost cause, you are someone that God loves as much as He loves His own son.

Romans 5:5 God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

God loves us, Jesus loved us so much that he sacrificed Himself and put us before Him, and God also gives us love through the Holy Spirit.

If you have doubts, worries, are confused, go back to the Word and rely on the foundation that is set. People make mistakes, if we had an oral history handed down – we could doubt its veracity. But, we have the Living Word of God set down to read, if you read it, you will find that there are truths you cannot doubt – God made you, He loves you, He has always loved you and always will, He waits patiently for you, He treasures you because you are wonderfully made, a son or daughter of a King, bought with a price, made whole and LOVED.

1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…..13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The chicken enchilada casserole I made in the crockpot was good, and a bit spicy. We went by Guitar center to see about getting Hannah’s ukulele restrung and popped by Toys R Us to pester Alex.