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From church –

God loves everyone, even people you don’t like. You don’t have to lose yourself to become a friend to all, but you do have to realize that there is no division of ‘me and people who don’t look/act/think like me’, there is only ‘lost and found.’ Be someone who leads the lost, not someone who causes them to miss the Light.

I Corinthians 9:19-23 ….I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message….

We had to work in the 3’s room, a creepy toy –

Things you only hear in that room, “That’s plenty of glue on Jesus.”

We watched ‘Jezebel’ that movie didn’t end well. We went to PetCo to get Hannah’s fish and Maisy tried to eat the mice.

This was Maisy waiting on her walk, and waiting….and waiting.

This was Maisy a few hours later, at the vet ER.

Before she went to bed she had a stroke. She looked so confused as to why her right legs weren’t working. She tried to walk, but kept falling down. The doc said to take her home, she wasn’t in any pain, just very confused. He said she would either get better or worse. It was just so sudden.




Advent day 17 – Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”
3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:
It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”

From church today – When what you want to happen doesn’t – the prophet Isaiah comforted God’s people with the promise – A Messiah will come, He will help you, free you, the poor and the downcast will be lifted up. God helps those who can’t help themselves. Jesus came to do all of the things that the prophet wrote about, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, walking with sinners to lead them to a new life – but most of all He came to destroy the workings of the devil. For He is the root of Jesse, the Messiah, the Promise. After church we went to see the reindeer at the store.

The afternoon was busy with Joel and Mike running around, Bethany and Meskiel playing games and picking up Alex to go to the mall, running to the post office, library and grocery store. Later we went to Target and I got a new hat.

The week – ELF PARTY! (It’s our 5th year hosting this, we love it), river sampling, Hora around the Menorah at LM’s, youth group, roller skating, Cafe 180/inventing room, hike?, Grandma and Tony come in, train ride downtown/lights/walking around, Christmas Eve service and Christmas light looking.

Dinners this week (M-Su) – chicken picatta, BBQ pulled pork, squash and chicken alfredo, Italian sausage and peppers, asiago beef, Mexican chicken soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato/potato soup.

Lemon chicken picatta

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded 1/2 inch thick and cut into thirds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 (13.75 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped, liquid reserved
1/4 cup capers, with liquid
2 tablespoons butter

Mix together the flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning on a plate. One by one, dredge the chicken pieces lightly in the prepared flour mixture.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken pieces for 2 minutes per side, or until nicely browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
Using the same skillet, cook and stir the garlic and onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour the white wine into the skillet, turn the heat to high, and cook until the wine reduces by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, artichoke hearts, reserved artichoke liquid, and browned chicken to the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Stir in the capers and butter.

Squash and chicken alfredo

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) package uncooked rigatoni pasta 6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 small zucchini, sliced
2 small yellow squash, sliced
1 cup Alfredo sauce
1/4 cup milk
6 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking dish.
Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish, and coat with the garlic. Bake 25 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear. Cool and chop.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place the rigatoni in the pot, cook 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
Place bacon in a skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the zucchini and yellow squash until tender and lightly browned.
In a small bowl, mix the Alfredo sauce and milk. Serve chicken over the cooked pasta. Pour Alfredo sauce over the chicken. Top with zucchini and squash. Sprinkle with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and almonds.

DIY co-op, random fish


Advent day 13  – Luke 2:19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

The girls had so little school to do today that they woke up late and watched a movie about some gymnast. We did school, then went to a co-op that was DIY bath and body goodies. We made lavender sachets, foot spritz, perfume and bath soaks.

Then I dropped Hannah at home so she could make her cookie/brownies for youth group and took Grace to get a haircut. We stopped by PetCo to see the bettas, I think mine is about to croak, so just looking.

Hannah had a good time at youth group, and I stayed up late, but still was asleep by the time James got home (which I think was 1 am.) Oh, and I found these at Walmart. 

Christmas tea


Advent day 9 – Isaiah 7:14 A girl who is presently a virgin will get pregnant. She’ll bear a son and name him Immanuel (God-With-Us).

Luke 2 6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

Last night James and I went to ACC for a jazz ensemble – it was nice.

This morning it was time for the ladies Christmas tea at church, I wore my elf shirt because I don’t get to wear it that much.

It was a lovely spread and a wonderful time of fellowship, songs, teaching and encouragement.

We took the girls to the mall after I got back, the Christmas shop at Southwest plaza has lots of neat ideas. Then I decided to try and get some family Christmas pics.



Saturday was a rake the leaves, pull out the Christmas tree kind of day. We took the girls to the movie and they saw Coco and we saw Murder on the Orient Express. They said Coco was really good. I was hesitant about Poirot being not David Suchet, but I like the way Kenneth Branagh did the character. He made Poirot a little tough, that was interesting, his moustache was different, but I liked it eventually and his accent was good, he only messed up once.

Sunday we went to church where the message was the last in the series – Yes I will….

“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right” Rosa Parks

Faith is saying yes I will even when it is hard, out of our comfort zone, something we have never done before. To feed my faith is to starve my unbelief. What is your spiritual legacy? It is the times that you have said yes to God.

On the outside

day by day,

falling apart and picking up the pieces,

growing older,

but newer in grace.

These light and momentary troubles

seem to wrap around my soul,

which way is out –

which way is right –

which way should I go?

Saying yes I will to you,

lead me where the road splits in two,

diverging lines,

paths that veer,

or follow straight,

to things eternal for my soul.

Put feet to my faith

pressing on –

I will to you,

saying yes to where you ask me to go

for this I want to do.


We went to the mall to walk around, worked on a few things at home, Facetimed with Joel and watched some TV.

The week – worship dance, river sampling, game day co-op, youth groups, putting out nativity sets and snowmen, hike, Highlands Ranch tree lighting, NIA, school, Advent starts, don’t know what for the weekend yet.

Dinners – shake and bake pork chops, chicken cubano with plantains and black beans, beef stroganoff, chicken parmesan, fried fish with sweet potato coins, soup de jour (leftovers in a pot!)




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.



We went to Home Depot to make flag cases for Vets for Veteran’s Day. The guy didn’t know what was going on, he thought corporate sent him two cases to make for a DIY, but really it was just that only 2 people signed up to make the flag cases (us.) So we made them and left them there, they will be donated to a Vet.

We chilled at home for a bit, B&W day 6.

We slept, watched TV, made dinner, watched some more TV and finally the very long, but very chill day was over.

Sunday, church, ‘I believe’ was the title of the sermon. Bottom line – faith grows when we say yes to God, even when we don’t understand. I believe, Lord help my unbelief!

James and I went to brunch at Cochino Tacos based on a friends recomendation. It’s a cute redo of an old gas station, nice patio with a view and lights, full bar, interesting tacos and sides.

James’ burrito was a bit cold in the middle, but the drinks, candied bacon and my stuffed tamale were the bomb. B&W day 7.

We had another chill afternoon, shopping, reading and grilling for dinner.

Dinners this week (starting today) – grilling stuff, grilled cheese and tomato soup, chicken marsala, turkey and sweet potato hash, ham/cheese quiche and tomato/mushroom/spinach quiche, (kids are gone Fri nite), shrimp and cheesy pasta.

Chicken Marsala

1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.


Our week – school, worship dance, St. John’s music at noon, library paint and sip, sewing co-op, youth groups, Bible study, TNO, Creativity club, Kindness Krewe (making cards for kids in the hospital), HS skate, b-day party, school play, CR star lighting, working at church.