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The week


is slow. Grace has 2 finals today, I dropped James at the airport at 3am for his flight to an NREL conference in Nashville. I’m probably going to take a nap today, I need to run by the bank and the DMV today too.

Dinners this week – sandwiches, breakfast tacos, sweet potato and chorizo hash, find something in the pantry because we’re going on vacation and I’m not buying anymore food, see yesterday, plane food, Cuban food on the Getaway.

Our week- taking James to airport, co-op offerings, finals, DMV info, punny pots @ library, hike, water sampling, youth group, picking up James, packing, Miami, Norwegian Getaway to Western Caribbean.

Can you count on God? Is He dependable?

The things that we normally trust in are not unfailing – the government, money, spouses, emotions, children, love, relationships, people. When life is hard, when you are under attack, God is your shield – standing between you and the enemy. The more we depend on God the more He lifts us up and holds us close to Him.

T. F. Torrance, “As we draw nearer to God, the more integrated our spiritual and physical existence becomes, and the more integrated our spiritual and physical existence becomes, the more we are able to draw nearer to God.”

Psalm 33: 4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.

5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.

18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.


Hannah is 13!


She had the day all planned out. First, church, where some friends gave her some presents….

Then, a quick Farmer’s market/Michael’s stop. Then, Dirt coffee. She’s been waiting for a trip there since they opened in early May, but she wanted it to be on her birthday.

Then, back home to eat sandwiches and watch The Greatest Showman. Joel called and said ‘Hi’ to her and we talked for a bit, then we watched some Silly Symphonies (Zootopia wasn’t on Netflix anymore – boo.) Then, off to dinner at CiCi’s pizza.

Yes, there are still 2 of them in Colorado, Aurora and Westminster. Back at home she opened presents and we had cake (Eileen’s cookie shop was too busy to make a cookie cake, so we got one from King Soopers.)

She ended the day with texts from Grandma Peek-a-boo and adding stuff to her new 10 gallon fish tank (the 5 was getting too small for her fish.)

Mother’s Day fun


Breakfast –

We went to church (and Bethany didn’t have to work, so she came too.)

“Everyone eventually imitates the kind of God they envision.” – Boyd

If you see God as angry, vengeful and always waiting for you to trip up; you are going to find fault with others, judge them and wait for them to make a mistake so you can pounce on them. If you see God as forgiving, kind, loving, there to pick you up when you fail; you are going to show kindness to others, to see things from their viewpoint, to understand them, to to love them even when you don’t like what they are doing. God’s love is not fickle, it doesn’t waver and it’s not conditional. The love that the world offers is rooted in if’s and maybe’s and because. ‘I will love you if you do this’, ‘I love you because you make me happy’, ‘Maybe I love you.’ Some may say that God does have a condition for love, that you love Him in return. But, God loves us in spite of ourselves. He loves us when we are the most unlovable, selfish, rotten human beings and He does so whether you want that love or not. If you ask – is God loving? The answer is yes, He loves you to the deepest part of yourself, to the highest of heights. His love is so vast that you may not be able to understand it – but it is there.

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

Psalm 117:2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. 24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Ephesians 3:17b And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…

They had pictures being taken, but I haven’t seen them yet….So, here are some old ones.

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After church we went by the farmers market and poked around. I saw purple asparagus, but we didn’t buy any. The HR Mansion was open for people to tour and have a picnic on the lawn, super timing as James and I just finished the last episode in the mini-series yesterday.

We found out some interesting things like at least two street names in HR come from the novel (since parts of the series were filmed at the mansion they decided to name Venneford Ranch st and Centennial st after the places in the novel.) It was cool to sit and picnic looking at things we had just seen in the series. After lunch – bluegrass and ice cream at LM’s because…Mother’s Day.

James and I took a nap when we got home, it was probably the best part of my day! Later the girls went to Rock Bottom to eat and James and I went to Undici, a little Italian place in Englewood that you’d have to know was there. It was very formal inside, glass waterfall on one wall, dark interior, well dressed waiters, nice art, wonderful hand rolled and cut pasta and good drinks.

We kept seeing this place whenever we ate at Cochino’s (it’s right across from them.) It would make a great date night dinner. Presents from today: 2 letters from Hannah, chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie from Bethany, lotions and soap from the girls, and a cute dot painting from Grace.

I am blessed!

Our week – finals (Grace), worship dance performance, Walk2Connect, spa day, TNO, DMNS Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, youth group, b-day pics, circus (shhh, it’s a b-day present for Hannah and she doesn’t know about it), HS skate, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie @ library, Stephen Brooks jazz @ Cheluna, baby blessing party for a friend, church, Hannah’s b-day.

Dinners this week – McD’s (dance performance), apple pork loin (Hannah), BBQ sausage and veggies (Grace), chicken quesadillas and soup, TV dinners (Cheluna for me and James), grilling stuff, Cici’s pizza (Hannah’s b-day dinner.)

Kindness Krewe and Women’s banquet


We were the only ones who showed up to the park to clean up, but that’s okay because the park was so clean we ended up with only 1 kitchen bag of trash (and not even half full.) So nice to see that the new playground and removal of trees next to the water seems to have impacted how people use the area, they are picking up after themselves.

I don’t think they planned for debris removal when they made the narrow channel that is supposed to encourage water play, any time there is a heavy flow from upstream twigs, branches and trash get caught at the mouth of the area.

But, we hope that Denver park rangers come and get rid of the debris at some point. I took the girls to Ba Le and Lollicup to get bobas. Grace wants to try every flavor of boba at Lollicup over the summer, Hannah just wants Ba Le milk tea bobas. When Hannah walked in with a Ba Le cup the Lollicup owner was offering her samples of her milk tea, ‘the best, I make it fresh, you try it, Ba Le stole my recipe.’ Yeah, we won’t be coming in there with a Ba Le cup anymore.

This evening was the Women’s banquet at church. The decorations are always so cute, the theme was anchored and they did a great job with the tables and games. We heard from three speakers, had some discussion time and had dinner and dessert. It was nice to get dressed up and get to know some women that I haven’t met yet.

The week so far


Sunday we went to church, then worked in the little kids room for the next service. We had 15 kids, which is a lot! But, everyone did well. James and I went on the gulch walk that the girls and I did with the library last week. It was a bit hot, but a nice short walk by the creek.

Our week – school, worship dance, HS group newbie/co-op chat, galaxy print t-shirts @library, Walk2Connect urban garden walk, Botanical illustration class work, youth groups, Teacher’s Day Out Castle Rock, Kindness Krewe (trash pick up at the park), Women’s banquet at church, hikety-hike, Mother’s day picnic at the HR Mansion.

Dinners this week – meatballs with penne pasta and marinara sauce (Hannah), cheese quesadillas and tomato soup, chicken and rice casserole (Grace), chipotle salmon and sweet potatoes, lima beans and sausage with peasant bread, grilling stuff.

Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups milk
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag frozen peas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

And lunch at SAME cafe’.





James went to work, Hannah and I went to ukulele lessons at the Aurora History museum. The guy that leads it like to say that we are all beginners, but Hannah and I were really beginners at this class!

James and I went to The Arvada Tavern to hear Stephen Brooks and band play some jazz. It was so packed (and there were no dinner tables ready) so we walked down the street, had pizza, then came back to the ballroom and got an up front seat. That was nice, but I like it when they play at EG, it’s cozier.

Sunday, church – Is God powerful? He can make something out of nothing, nothing can stop Him from doing His will, but He can’t do things outside of His nature. He can’t lie, He can’t tempt with evil. But, if God is powerful, why are there moral and natural evils? Sin literally broke the world, it created a darkness that taints our physical, spiritual and natural world. God is powerful, but what we expect Him to do might be different than what He ends up doing. Why did Jesus forgive the paralyzed man of his sins first? No one could see that his sins were forgiven, but the spiritual was more important than the physical. Jesus said He would give us rest for our souls if we come together with Him, He didn’t say there would be no weight in this world or that the burdens would never be there – He said if you follow Me, burdens will be easy and my way will be light, not impossible, not heavy, not crushing – but also life will not be always happy, always easy street, never a care in the world. The thing is, God could change everything. He is that powerful. But, how we expect God to react may not be the path He chooses. The thread of faith is that I believe God is powerful enough to do anything, and I will submit to that power.

We grocery shopped, James BBQ’d a ton of food and Grace, Hannah and I went to Holy Glowga (glow+yoga), it was fun! Heather had a great devotional about how when we are broken we can shine brighter for Jesus. Through the broken times is when we lean on Him and through that we shine brighter.

Goings on this week – school, NIA, worship dance, zentangle art co-op, babysitting, youth groups, Walk to Connect walk, living history days, church, brunch art walk.

Dinners this week – (starting tonight) chipotle salmon with sweet potatoes, baked bacon mac and cheese (Hannah), sweet and sour meatballs with broccoli (Grace), sweet potato masala, chicken soup with gnocchi, pork chops with caramelized onions and mushroom soup (I got a whole bag of ‘ugly’ mushrooms for 99 cents!), beans and sausage, penne pasta chicken bake.

Cheddar-Bacon Mac and Cheese

1 3/4 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
3 slices t Bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/2 onion sauted
1 TBSP garlic minced

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook macaroni as directed on package. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour; cook 2 min. or until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk; cook on medium heat until mixture comes to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer on low heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese; cook and stir 5 min. or until melted.
Drain macaroni. Add to sauce with bacon; mix lightly. Spoon into 1 1/2 quart casserole; top with remaining cheese.
Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Sweet Potato Masala

4 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon clarified butter
1 cup diced onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1-1/2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 pint crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup rough chopped cilantro
1/3 cup Greek yogurt, full fat

Rough cut the sweet potatoes and place in crock pot. Heat the clarified butter in a three quart lidded stockpot or saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until well caramelized. Add the coriander, cumin, cardamom, garam masala, and ginger and toast in the butter and onions for a minute or two. Add tomatoes, salt, and place all in crock pot Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Stir in the yogurt and cilantro and cook for five more minutes at end.





James, Bethany and I seem to be making a trip to Ground Up Coffee for affogato every weekend….but, it’s so good! James and I went to Bemis library to listen to Blue Sonnet jazz duo. One singer was pretty good, the one that was was playing the piano was much better at piano than singing, but overall it was a nice hour of standards. We went by Phil’s for a drink, then grabbed some items at the store before heading home for pizza night. I didn’t take a pic of them, but the pizzas looked so good. I mad a basil pesto, artichoke, olive, sun dried tomato pizza. We watched some TV, ate pizza and pie and cookies and I went to bed early.

Sunday Grace and I worked in the 2’s room with some very cute children. We played a flashlight game, blew bubbles, watched a cartoon about Paul, did a craft, colored and played. After church we headed by the library Goodwill and Payless, we ended up eating sandwiches at Ba Le for lunch instead of Dim Sum (oh, the line!) We went for a walk at Westlands park and I finally saw the Counterpoint art there.

We watched some TV back at home, read, went to PetCo and then James and I went to TNO where there were 6 Moms that showed up (that’s way more than any other TNO in a long time.) It was fun.

Our week – school, NIA, worship dance, Highlands Ranch historical meeting (did you know they filmed a mini-series at the Mansion?), HR volunteer fair, Annie musical at FR, Kindness Krewe (painting flower pots for Habitat), youth groups, water sampling, HS skate, showing of The Princess Bride (I’ve never seen it), Polynesian day at Aurora museum, Holy yoga – Glowga.

Dinners this week (starting tomorrow) – Sausage soup with tortellini (Hannah), black pepper pork loin and sweet potatoes, chicken cordon bleu (Grace), chicken tikka masala, Chinese 5 spice meatballs, lima beans and sausage

Chicken Cordon Bleu

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 slices Swiss Cheese, cut into halves
4 slices ham
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Shredded Parmesan Cheese
4 teaspoons melted light margarine

Place each chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper. Pound to 1/4-inch thickness. Spread mustard down center of each chicken breast; sprinkle with thyme. Top each chicken breast with a half slice of Swiss cheese and a slice of ham. Roll up chicken breast, tucking in ham and cheese to seal. Secure with skewers or toothpicks.
Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in small bowl. Brush chicken with melted margarine and roll in crumb mixture. Place in 8×8-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 400 degrees F oven 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 20 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through. Remove toothpicks before serving.