Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chocolaty Chip Muffins

1 3/4  C   all purpose flour
1/4     C   unsweetened organic cocoa powder
2       TS  baking powder
1/2    TS  baking soda
1       C    cane sugar
1      TS   salt
1       C    chocolate chips
1/2    C    organic milk
1/2    C    organic low fat vanilla yogurt
1/3    C    and 2ts canola oil
1              egg
1      TS    pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400'
-mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda, sugar, salt and chocolate chips in medium bowl.
-in separate bowl combine all wet ingredients
-add wet ingredients to flour mix until it is mixed (do not over mix)
-pour into greased muffin tin.

Bake for 18-20 minutes
Makes 24 regular sized muffins.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Biting the Tongue

Lately I have been feeling a sense of renewal in my life and I do not know how to explain it other than Jesus!  Seems so corny and so simple, but I am being serious.  I am in awe of how I can be a Christian for so long and walk with him and yet have so much to work on still and so much to learn from him and it truly amazes me how when you fully trust Him, everything else just falls so easily into place.

I am not saying that everything is a breeze in my life, but I know that if I do not learn to be content with where I am and the things going on around me, then I will miss what God has in store for me.  How can I hear God's voice if I am always mumbling and complaining?  I am not going to change overnight and I am not going to stop complaining all together (because lets be serious, I am a human which means I am a sinner) but I know my weakness and I am willing to give it up to Christ and let him have full control over my life.

Basically God has been telling me that I need to learn to BITE MY TONGUE and give it up to Him.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The week that goes on and on....

So this week started out kind of blah.  My trip back to MI was average, I do not know why I sike myself out so much.  I had a great time with Jonathan's family but sometimes I get frustrated with my own family.  Jonathan's dad will drive over an hour just for a few hours so he can spend time with the grand-babies and Jonathan is not even with me!  My dad will be in the same area but because my little brother wants to go snowboarding he will leave and drive three hours back up north.  I NEVER see my dad.  I cannot drive the six hours it takes to get from Chicago to TC.  I do not know why I let it bother me but it just makes me sad but I guess at the same time it really makes me appreciate Jonathan's family for taking an active role in our lives and especially the lives of Alyvia and Anderson.

On the way back from MI Anderson threw up, thought it was carsickness so I brushed it off.  I had the whole day planned for Sunday, go to Church, eat lunch at Ministry meeting, spend afternoon in burbs shopping and then Breakfast for dinner with the family at home.  My plan was foiled!  Lyv and I spent the whole day throwing up!  It was MISERABLE.  I am only thankful that Jonathan was able to be here with us to help us out, I do not know what I would have done if I had to have been chasing Ander around the whole day too.  Then Jonathan left Monday afternoon for CA and will not be back until late tomorrow night.

I AM EXHAUSTED.  But I must say, as rough of a week I have been having, I have been really enjoying loving on my kids.  I was once again reminded of how precious time is with them and I have been enjoying snuggles from my Ander and doing fun crafts with Alyvia.

Tomorrow we are off to tour a preschool for Alyvia next year.  Nothing too serious, just a few days a week at a Christian Academy; I am a bit nervous but we will see, I know the teacher so I know she would be in good hands.  Then we will spend the day just having fun together and my friend Steph will come for dinner with her two little ones and then alas my hubby will be home... I will be sleeping but will sleep better knowing he will be there when I awake.

Learning to be positive in all things is tough!  All I know is as much as I quote "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" to Lyv, I should put it into more practice myself!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


So I have really been enjoying life lately!  I feel this new sense of happiness, rejuvenation etc.  I really enjoyed the 21 day fast and I really feel like it was a much needed check in my life.  I know have a new found appreciation for my friends that God has placed in my life.  I just feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I am free, free to share things that are going on and free to be myself.  There is no need to pretend to be someone I am not, if I cannot be who I am around people in the Church and my friends then what is the point?!

I have also really started to enjoy cooking!  I feel this desire to want to cook super healthy, organic etc.  When I cook I feel really happy and it has been a great outlet.  I would love to start taking classes or just continue to sort through recipes on my own; thankfully I have a husband and kids who LOVE to eat and are really good eaters when it comes to trying new things. 

I started back up classes this past week and I really feel on top of everything that is going on.  I have made it a priority this year to stay on top of things going on and have a calendar right next to the computer to make sure I get all that needs to get done during the day.  

Speaking of school, I have been doing "school" again with Alyvia and I have really been enjoying this too!  I seriously find when I am organized (darn that word again! I told you it was a theme!) and lay stuff out the night before and set out the time we are going to do then it actually gets done and she learns more and we are not impatient with each other.

This is turning into a really long post but I am wide awake!  I have found that in the past few days that I function on little sleep!

I will leave you with two cute pictures:


Saturday, January 2, 2010

It has been a rough start to the new year, with two sick babies here at home.  Both Alyvia and Anderson have not been feeling the best; both with major coughs and breathing problems.  I should be in bed because I know it is going to be another long night but for some reason I cannot turn my brain off!  

My prayer tonight is for healing over this house.  Healing over my beautiful children who do not deserve to be in pain. I would do anything to take it away if I could; it is so sad to see Anderson so sad.

   This is Anderson passed out in the cart at Target =(

I am just glad that Jonathan had today off and has Saturday and Sunday off as well; it is nice to have an extra pair of hands!

I am finally going to try and get some sleep.  I am going to enjoy my babies snuggles while I can!