Saturday, July 30, 2011

{itty bitty prayers}

You all know about the time I spent in New Mexico, taking care of abused and neglected Navajo Indian kids.
One night, around 10pm. Nine of us girls were officially 'off'. and one girl was officially 'on'; the 'night girl'.
She went down the long steep stairs to do her first 'night check' and make sure the the girls were in their own beds and the boys in theirs, the babies were sleeping and the 2 year olds weren't having nightmares or sleeping in wet beds.
  Only the first rooms got checked, because when she came to the 'big girls' room. It did not budge. (there are no locks on any of the kids bedroom or bathroom doors.) It did not move. (she was not weak.)
Some how it came out that 2 of the girls in that room had 'ran away'. seriously. the middle of the night. (for them)
photo source
She came bounding up those stairs telling us to come help! We searched. We called. We yelled. Where were they. Two (about) 9 year old girls  running around a town thats barely considered safe during the day for a child, much less at night.
Than. 'She' stopped another girl and I. and said lets pray. We stood there, under the shadow of the big rocks. Under the starry sky. We held hands. and she prayed. simple. "keep them safe, and bring them back." that's all.  and it taught me so much. so so much. About prayer and about how much God really does care, and that prayers so do not need to be elaborate speeches. But rather, something simply spoken, like asking a favour of your best friend.
 It taught me that God really truly cares, when you are literally flying around your house trying to leave for church and your shoe is missing and you say- 'God, please, my shoe' . I find it. and all is well. He cares when I am trying to sew and the bobbin thing-y is almost out of thread, but, it makes it to the end of the seam, and there it stops. He planned that. He cares. about every.little.bitty.thing.
 He cares about such tiny details. and every time He works one of these 'miracles' I stand in awe. and I wonder why 'faith and trust' are such an issue in me. Because time and time again He proves His love... By answering my itty bitty prayers I pray...  Even when I've prayed 6 times in one day to find my cell phone. He still hears me!!

 (The police found the girls. and brought them back. Imagine this. Us girls crying like babies that they were found yet, madder than ever that they had had the nerve to leave.)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

{another day}

Today was another one of *those* days...
The day where I wandered
what on earth am I doing here... 
One of those days where I wept uncontrollably. panicked.
than I remembered another day like this. Where I wrote. and the responses that I got blew me away!!!
 so I went back. I went back to this place and I
of those comments of love you gave me. Where you
'lifted me up' and even through the tears
 I saw hope shining through.

Thank you again... from my heart.
Go ahead. Go read them. Put your name where mine is. 
and take the encouragement for yourself!!!!
Feel the love of people that truly care.
and know that somewhere. (its true!) somebody
is thinking about you.

{a very worthy cause}

Remember the couple that lost their little girl to a drowning accident? I had a link to her blog... 
(she quit the blog due to complications) Remember? 
Her and her husband want to honour their little 'smile' so ... ya- read on for your self :)
and remember in a world where there a so many needs - a little bit can go a long way!!

Hi... when we lost our little angel, we also lost a beautiful smile.  A smile we wish we could see again.  A smile we can only see in our minds.  We knew we wanted to set up a memorial for our little girl. 
One day over the funeral, we remembered a place that fixes children's smiles.  Fixes cleft palates.  The feeling was strong that we set up a memorial in honor of Lauren.  In memory of beautiful smiles.  So that other little children can smile too.
Thus the creation of this online fund with smile train. 
You don't have to donate.  It is entirely up to you.  We have a goal for 13 smiles for 13 months.  If you know of anyone who would like to donate, please pass this email on.  The address is:
If for some reason you can't get on here, plese let us know.
Thank you in advance.
Jeffrey and Delilah Schultz

Saturday, July 9, 2011

{menu planning}

So I am going to try it. I have been for the last little while trying to do menu planning somewhat. But it seems I still have those panicky moments at 6 o'clock where I wonder WHAT DO I MAKE.  I thought maybe if I decided to post this every week it would help me to for sure do it!!! Now this is going to let you in on my wickedly awful simple way of cooking but than again. so what! I can always hope that it might make you realize that all your outlandish recipes that you think you must cook really are not worth the stress every single night!! (grinning!!) LOL! I wish I cooked like that , but I don't. It's not my top talent. So with that in mind here is my menu for Monday July 11 - Friday July 15!

Breakfast- French toast
Lunch- nothing. we always eat late breakfast on Monday! :)
Dinner- BBQ chicken Pizza, ceaser salad
Breakfast- cereal, yep. we rely on that stuff.
Lunch- left over pizza, carrot stix
Dinner- Baked Potatoes with chili, steamed broccoli
Breakfast- Cinnamon Bread toast
Lunch- egg salad sandwiches, applesauce
Dinner- Chicken Quesidillas, lettuce salad
Breakfast- cereal
Lunch- Ham & Cheese Wraps, broccolli
Dinner- tacos. thats all :)
Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch-Left overs
Dinner- Enchiladas chicken or beef? corn

So there. simple as that.
Hope your week end is relaxing!!!