• Featured Recipes,  Recipes

    Gobs: A Tribute to the North

    Most people call them “Whoopie Pies”, but where I’m from, they’re “Gobs.” Gobs of chocolate and gobs of cream, gobs of deliciousness, and gobs of memories. The sight of a Gob does more than make my mouth water. It invokes a flood of sweet childhood memories like the elation of toddling into a kitchen to find Mom baking them, and seeing all those chocolate cookies lying eye level across the table. Or Mom setting aside that last little bit of dough for me to use in my Easy Bake Oven. And tea parties with the people remodeling our house always included Gobs. In fact, I thought Mom made them just…

  • Life as a Wife

    It’s Still Summer

    Well, after a long blog hiatus while we were settling into new territory, I am back. 🙂 Not only back, but refreshed, encouraged, and uplifted by the Lord.  I have many things I want to write about, but for tonight it will just be a “life update.” After our short adventure in Missouri, Mark and I journeyed on to our original destination in Arkansas and it has been a tremendous change of course for us. After months of what seemed to be an endless string of disappointments, we found ourselves sitting in the parking lot of a well-known country church near Texas. Mark was confident about this move, but I…

  • Character

    I Am Not A Proverbs 31 Woman

    This morning I read Proverbs 31. It’s kind of crazy, but I realized that I actually tend to avoid anything branded with “Proverbs 31.” A book that includes it in the title… I’ll pass. A blog named after it. No thank you. A radio broadcast with gooey encouragement about cleaning up Cheerios. Power off. It’s certainly not because I am averse to disciplining my life after the model set before us in scripture. It’s not because I don’t desire to be like her. It’s not because I have anything against her pattern. It’s because the term has become so misused and abused that it simply does not measure up to…

  • Healthier Living

    Trim Healthy Mama on the Learning Curve

    Today makes one full week on “Trim Healthy Mama”.  I’m still working my way through the book, but, since I am reviewing it, I thought I would share a few of my experiences about being on the “learning curve.”  I have been implementing the concept and have definitely already seen some encouraging results.  In one week, I have lost 4 lbs. and 5 inches, so I’m a pretty happy lady. 🙂 (I will add that these were MUTANT pounds that would not be budged in any manner previously!) And if you still aren’t impressed with those numbers, (though I do not advocate this!) they were in spite of several instances…

  • Healthier Living

    Facing the Mustard: Health & Weight Loss

    It wasn’t long after we started courting when my (then) husband-to-be called me out on my terrible eating habits. In fact, he was so concerned with my method of eating that it was a common point of daily conversation. “Tell me what you ate today.” Until Mark, I lived solely on a convenience diet. My eating was completely at the mercies of my busy schedule and what could be easily and readily available. Soda, candy bars, chips, fast food, easily prepared mozzarella sticks, fish sticks, frozen pretzels and pizza about sums it up. I could breeze through days in a row, sipping pop without even realizing I had not eaten…

  • Character,  Prayer

    The Long Forgotten Service: Prayer

    Because we are experiencing many changes in our lives here, several of my posts have centered on the adventures surrounding milestones and major events. Each experience we go through together is part and parcel of a “marriage learning process” and fits the ‘genre’ of this blog and thus, I hope may be profitable to someone reading. But, setting all of this “in between time” and “adventure” aside, there has been something lingering in my mind for several days on a more practical level. Currently, Mark and I are in a transition phase, seeking God for the next move. As we packed our belongings and overloaded our Camry, one thing burned…

  • Life as a Wife

    16 Things I Learned in Our 1st Year of Marriage

    It hardly seems possible, but June 8th is just around the corner. Since I don’t know where we will be then, I decided to go ahead and post my anniversary “year of wisdom” in advance. 😉 Nearly 12 months came and went with both surprises and the expected- There were things that I thought the year would bring but didn’t, and there were things I didn’t anticipate but came. We experienced the newlywed bliss, learning our new roles as man and wife,  the stress of balancing responsibilities, the long anxious wait to conceive a child, the joys of learning we were to become parents, the grief of losing the baby…

  • Life as a Wife

    Mark’s Graduation & My New “Place”

    Last Saturday was my husband’s graduation from Free Gospel Bible Institute. The way God moved in the service was incredible and just what one should expect at a Pentecostal school sending graduates forth into the ministry. After two weeks of non-stop activity including a picnic, a banquet, several services, a yearbook presentation, a baccalaureate and finally the ceremony, I, along with everyone else, am exhausted. Time is winding down. My final classes have been taught, our possessions are dwindling as we sell things one at a time and haul boxes off to Goodwill on a regular basis. Loose ends are being tied as I make my way down a “list…

  • Miscarriage

    I Have A Perfect Child

    I have been trying to mentally prepare myself for Mother’s Day for weeks. After enduring my fair share of “highest voltage on the rawest nerve” moments and “kicked swiftly in the gut out of nowhere” announcements… I have been gearing myself up for the unavoidable 24 hours of maternal appreciation, long speeches on the joy of children, and untried sermons on Hannah’s struggle, vow and answer to prayer. To be honest, I do not know how the day will go. Will it be one of the those “what was I so afraid of?”days, or will it be one of those times when you are left standing in a sea of…

  • Healthier Living

    A Fishy & A Missy Feeling Icky…

    Everyone knows I do not have good luck with fish. My husband bought me a purple beta that we named Glory in the beginning of March. He lasted a week, so we put his warranty to use and got another one. We named him Feral. He also died after a week, but… still within warranty period, so…. we got a third and named him Oliver. Much to my (and everyone else’s) amazement he’s still alive six weeks later! It turns out the culprit all along was our city water. Even with conditioning drops it simply wasn’t enough to make it safe for sensitive little fish.   My little buddy Oliver…