Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Though we still have several acronyms to go, this is cause for celebration!
The next step, LOA, could come in 30 days or 90 days or 150 days...
How's that for nailin' it down?
One thing we know for certain: the Lord's timing is perfect!!!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In this experiment I just used what I had on hand:
Spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
Ringwood Gold cut corn (of course)
Onion, finely chopped
Jars with lids
This is the mix, ready to refrigerate or pack in your lunch!
Add boiling water, seal the lid and let sit for 4 minutes.
I use chicken and beef base in so many of my recipes to add flavor!
*hint* use a low sodium chicken or beef base, or you'll end up with nearly the same thing as you find in the bag or cup of ramen.
Homemade Ramen to Go
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Selected to the Cherokee Strip Conference:
Kenzie, LS, KS, KR and CF!
Cherokee Strip Champions!
Making memories on the field.
Tonight the gals play again in the Tri-County Conference game!
More pictures, more 'lasts.'
Monday, October 6, 2014
First, I rinse, soak and cook my beans.
I'm cooking the rice and getting the tortillas and cheese out.
Then we're ready to make something beautiful!
Black Bean and Rice Burritos
Black beans (2 cans of Bush's Best, drained and rinsed or cook your own)
16 oz Red Enchilada sauce, mild
16 oz tomato sauce
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked riced (cooked in 4 cups chicken broth)
Burrito size tortillas
2 Tbsp salsa
2 Tbsp bacon drippings
1 tsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
First, prepare the beans. When they are ready, place them in a sauce pan (or I use a cast iron skillet) with 2 Tbsp bacon drippings, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp cumin and 5 Tbsp salsa. Heat through. You can also add diced bell pepper, jalapeno, onions, crumbled bacon or finely chopped cilantro. Make it your own.
Meanwhile, cook or steam your rice in chicken broth.
To make your red sauce, in a saucepan, add 16 oz enchilada sauce, 16 oz tomato sauce, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp chili powder. Cook that on low heat until warmed and seasonings have blended.
To assemble burritos:
Warm tortillas in microwave to make soft.
Lay out Press 'n Seal for each burrito. On your tortilla, add 2 heaping Tbsp rice, 2 Tbsp beans, 1 heaping Tbsp sauce and top with a handful of cheese. You can add ground beef, shredded chicken or pork too! Roll the burrito and wrap with Press n' Seal. Store the wrapped burritos in a large Ziploc freezer bag.
Pop frozen burritos (still in Press n' Seal) in the microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy!
Thank you, Kim!!!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Disclaimer: It may change your heart.
Are you praying about adoption?
Are you saying, "No way, not me," to medical special needs?
Have you adopted a precious child with needs beyond what you expected?
Would you like to connect to real families who have adopted children with medical special needs?
Do you need resources to best serve your child and your family?
Have you checked out the new No Hands But Ours site?!?
"Replacing fear with knowledge; Replacing isolation with community; Replacing defeat with hope."
That pretty well sums it up!
You will find so much good stuff!
*Breakdown of medical special needs with links
*Links to family blogs
*Lists of waiting children
*Lists of adoption agencies
No Hands But Ours is an amazing resource to add to your bookmarks, and I am excited and honored to be a teeny tiny part of it.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Yes! We are Dossier To China!
It was 5 months ago that we committed to bring Kohlby home, and we finally have all the necessary paperwork completed on the US side.
Glad you asked!
Our dossier will be logged in with the officials in China (CCCWA) within the next month or so, and we then wait for the LOA, which is basically China saying our family is officially approved to bring Kohlby home.
We then submit that approval, along with other paperwork, to US Immigration where they approve our family to adopt our specific child in his specific location and then forward that approval to the US Consulate in China so they can begin to process his paperwork.
That paperwork will then be sent to the CCCWA, who will then issue our travel approval.
Once we have travel approval, our agency will request a consulate date, and once that date is confirmed...we book airline tickets!
Clear as mud? Thought so.
What's the time frame? No idea. But I can speculate early *please, Lord, let it be early* spring.
We need to get busy fundraising! But more than anything else, we must be in prayer and constantly praising God! Will you join us?!?
Praise the . Give thanks to the , for ; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Who would like to help a most adorable little boy come home to his forever family???? He is waiting in China right now! And his very excited family is waiting for him. They need our help to bring him home and you can be a part of it! My friend Connie Darnell Johnson and her husband have already brought home eight beautiful children from China. Each time they have stepped out in faith and in obedience to God, trusting Him to provide the finances they need. And He has never failed them yet! So here is where we come in! I have this really cool gadget up for grabs. Here are the specs: ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1" Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB
•Preinstalled Full License MS Office Home & Student 2013. Full Version Win 8.1.
•Includes keyboard dock with USB 3.0 port.
•Intel Quad-Core Baytrail-T Z3740 1.33GHz. 2GB RAM.
•Storage Capacity: 64 GB solid-state in tablet.
•11-Hour battery life. 1.2MP webcam. MicroHDMI. MicroUSB. Bluetooth 4.0. MicroSDXC slot.
It is brand new in the box!
What you need to do to win this is to buy raffle tickets from me please!
Raffle tickets are $10 for One chance or $25 for Three chances to win
You can pay me direct if you are local or through paypal
Please pm me for a ticket!
Little Kohlby and his waiting family would be forever grateful!
Yes, we are so very grateful!!!
Friday, September 5, 2014
At this point we can get practically any color you want! We will have yellow, white, deep red and bronze, and if you'd like another color, just let us know before September 15!
In two-gallon containers
You get a beautiful plant, and you help us bring Kohlby home!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thank you for your patience! Hopefully soon, I'll have it figured out :)
But while I'm thinking of it, if for some reason you haven't received a Treasure tee that you ordered, will you please let me know?
Leave a comment or email me, please.
And if you'd like to get one, I have plenty!!
Women's Fitted S, M, L, XL, XXL
Unisex Traditional Fit S, M, L, XL, XXL
To Him be the glory!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A week and a half ago, Miss Joy had a scheduled sedated MRI. We thought it would be routine. As soon as we got out of recovery, we were wheeled up to our scheduled appointment with our neurosurgeon. After review of the MRI, Dr M was concerned about Kasidi's increased spasticity, despite regular botox injections.
He recommended we address the tether in Kasidi's thoracic spine, as well as a cyst in the same region.
Two years ago Dr M performed a lamenectomy on Kasidi's lumbar spine, and we saw major improvement. It was after that surgery that she began to walk independently!
Even in the fear of the unknowns to this Mama, I acknowledge that we serve a mighty God who knit my daughter together in her mother's womb and has loved her since the beginning of time, and He will bring her through this beyond our expectations. No doubt, He has a plan for our courageous Miss Joy!
TO HIM BE GLORY!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Little Bro' caught the garter...
Little Sis caught the bouquet...