Friday, April 28, 2017

Fajita soup recipe.

I struggle with finding meals that my whole family will eat that fit in the "Clean Eat" guidelines. even though my older 2 kids didn't like this recipe my husband and youngest loved it. This is a crockpot recipe or you could simmer it over a long period of time.

Fajita Soup
1 lb stew meat browned in a pan
3/4 yellow pepper chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 orange pepper chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 red pepper chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green pepper chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 can black beans(drained and rinsed)
1 can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can diced tomato(with juices)
1can corn (with juices)
1/2 white onion sliced
1 garlic clove(or a teaspoon of the pre-minced stuff)
Italian seasoning
Red pepper flakes
2 cups Chicken broth
2 cups water

I just browned the meat with all the seasonings and put all the canned and chopped peppers in the crockpot put the water and broth in and then the onion on top. set on high for 6 hours. If the broth is too watery for your taste either add tomato paste or I used about 2 cups of potato flakes.

If you make this let me know how it turns out or any changes you would make!

Friday, March 17, 2017

"I Can't Adult Today."

We have all had those days... 2 cups of coffee and a million prayers before 10am. We think "Man life sucks!".

But does it really?

I have been learning for the past couple years this concept of excepting that sometimes we have craptastic days but not letting them rule us. Life piles up on us and it's all in how we deal with it. Do we stair at it and think "Man this day sucks!" or do we look at it and say "lets make the most of it!". Up until lately I have been doing the first. I have just sat and let life run me over.

I suffer from chronic migraines and I have 3 kids under 4. I all ways made excuses for myself. I would tell myself that I had to take care of myself. That I had to take it easy. While this is true, not to the extent that I took it. I now know that taking care of myself means taking care of my home. Taking care of myself is taking care of my family. With this realization I got up off the couch and I cleaned I organized and I took my life back.

I think this FaceBook status sums it up

"I think the secret to life is to recognize that it sucks sometimes but not let that realization rule you. I have often wondered how my mom got through a day with 5 kids and a dog and not just shut herself in her room and not go crazy then I remember that she would take time sit at the dining room table and seek refuge in God. She probably had her bad days but she didn't let them rule her. There was no "I can't adult today" because she had no choice 6 lives depended on her. So today I choose to take refuge in my God and not let a bad day (or week) rule me."

Here are the steps I took to rule life.

Get organized.

My husband and I started taking this very seriously at the beginning of the year. We started with the big projects like down sizing our belongings. We got rid of everything that we didn't want or use. we are also down sizing our furniture. in my mind set if it looks like we have less there will be less clutter in my mind.

Get a schedule.

We have 3 kids... if you don't set  schedule the kid will create chaos. Chaos creates stress. Stress creates frustration. right now we have a loose schedule that we try our best to stick to. in the coming weeks I intend to create a more detailed schedule and I will post it.

Make a To-Do list.

The last few days I have made a To-Do list and boy has it helped! I sit down after breakfast and after my youngest goes to bed and I write down my To-Do list and drink my coffee. Making a To-Do list helps me stay on track, it helps me see that I'm getting stuff done and it keeps me going.

Watch my wording.

What we say is how we view things. I try not to think... "I can't adult today." or "I can't take it." or even "Not right now!". When I say these things to myself or even to the world I admit defeat without even trying to make the day work. I also show my kids it's okay to give up. It's okay not to try. so watch what you say and do cause little people are watching.

Count your blessings.

Really take a step back from the situation and see what your life is. when I did this I saw that I am doing exactly what God called me to do and that I had THE most amazing husband in the world and that I had 3 beautiful children who were mostly good and that life was generally amazing. When you take a step back and realize what you life is it puts a better perspective on it.

 So how do you let life rule you? What are some ways you can rule life? What are some steps you can take to rule life?

So get out there and RULE LIFE!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Adventures!

So since the last time I wrote one this blog I became a missionary. I became a city resident. I became a wife and I became a mother.

I wanted to start writing on my thoughts on parenting and homemaking and being a missionary in the inner city of St. Louis.

I want to start with saying that my family is amazing! I have a husband Jason (who's birthday is tomorrow HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!), 3-year-old named Josie, 2-year-old Evan and a 1 1/2-year-old Lena. 

I will write more later I just wanted to introduce my little family. Goodnight and I hope you keep coming back. I plan on posting at least 2x a week.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

God has done so much

Wow! August 2008! I'm so sorry! God has done so much in my life since that last post!

Last summer I went to Wyoming and came back a different person! He taught me how to know who to trust and that some times I just act dumb! Paul in the bible talks about walking in the flesh and that is what I did that summer! I did not care what my loved ones told me I just did what I thought was right! It took me coming back to all the people I hurt and seeing the hurt to realize what a jerk I was! God patched up all the friendships that I allowed to be torn! I praise God for all the people in my life.
After getting back I began to work in the inner city of North St. Louis with a ministry my Father started called Sun ministries.We were donated a building in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. we started to clean the building out and get it up to code. we started making product and selling it. God has blessed this ministry so much!
During this whole adventure God gave me a friend named Jason Calahan. He became my bestfriend and God eventually brought us together and on September 26 2010 we decided to pursue a relationship. God is building us together and growing us!

So yeah God has so much in my life!

I will try to post more!


Monday, August 4, 2008

Rediscovering You.

At the beginning of this summer I asked God to show me Him! I went through a time of Him teaching me to be on my own. I went through really hard time were even my Timber Lakes family couldn't help me! It was vary hard to be away from home and going through a storm of life! I told my mom this morning that this summer was God taking twigs by twigs out of the nest so that one day I will be able to go away to collage or be on my own and not miss home so much... I was in the mountains of Colorado and doing my quiet time and the song "Beautiful Sound" by the Newsboys came on my MP3 player. and it hit me like a ton of bricks! God brought me to Timber Lakes and Colorado to rediscover who He is! I grew up in the church I knew all the right things to say and when to say them! but it wasn't until I was 9 till I "got saved". then past that I didn't start living( I mean really live...lay my life down live for the lord) till the last year or so! I didn't know the real God! I didn't know my maker! a week ago tonight I wrote a journal entire about this summer and some things that went on and the last half of it went like this...

Getting to know who You really are
You laughed with me
You cried with me
You held me
You protected me
You guided me
You showed me You!
"Rediscovering You"

"I think I asked You Dad to show me You at the beginning of this summer. And You have! BLESSED BE YOUR NAME!"

it's funny how God answers prayers! no... not funny.... AMAZING!!!

I will leave you with my favorite line of "Beautiful Sound".....or maybe the whole thing! hehehehe....

Turn the page.
Can't turn the light out.
Every word, every line
Carries to my soul.
Dark letters on a page
Singing so loud.
Where did I go wrong
Not to hear You?
Eighteen years,
I guess it was all right.
I let You do the thinking,
I'd just bide my time.
Father to sonSunday hand-me-down.
Where did I go wrong
Not to hear Your song?
It's a beautiful sound
Moving through the crowd.
Voices lifted up
On high for You.
It's a beautiful song.
We've only just begun to understand.
Rediscovering You.
To have found You, and still be looking for You,
It's "the soul's paradox of love."
You fill my cup, I lift it up for more.
I won't stop now that I'm free.
I'll be chasing You
Like You chase me.
It's a beautiful sound
Moving through the crowd.
Voices lifted up
On high for You.
It's a beautiful song.
We've only just begun to understand.
Rediscovering You.
The end.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

what God has called me to do with my summer!

Okay I'm going to start this story off in 2005. I went to a camp in Kansas to work as what they call a "teen staff" I worked in the kitchen and on the grounds crew. This was WAY before my parents even thought about the disciple driven church! I loved it! I loved it so much I was thinking of how to put my life into something like that! The next year I was planing on going back! BUT God told me to sign up for this leaders in training at Calvary church and they sent me to Mexico for a week so we could build a house! I loved it so much I was trying to think of how to put the camp lifestyle into Mexico and whatnot! I went through a year of being discontent and wanting to go back to ether Mexico or Kansas! I finally gave it to God and I finally loved being home in my Missouri. Then my dad leaves my church and shakes up my world and God uses my dad's passion for what he is doing to change my heart! This brings us to 2008, this year!

I start off the year on a Florida beach giving the year to God! then I gave my summer to Him. A month or 2 goes by and I get set free from lots of stuff! One night I have this dream. and in it I get something from the camp I worked at in 05 and its an application and then I pick up a plain piece of paper but I know its another application and the dream ends. My church G.C. was going thought this time of trying to find a place to serve, and we had been having a prayer meeting every week to pray about different things and this one week we were praying about this. A couple weeks before I was having trouble with my spiritual gifts (pastor mercy hospitality and serving) they just didn't feel right! In this week God spoke to me and said "your true heart is in serving people." and my heart agreed! I had always been happy when serving others! This was after I went thought the 7 steps to freedom. I took the spiritual gifts test again at a training that was held in Kansas, and it turns out that I am a serving, hospitality,helps, mercy. The day of this test we were having lunch in the cafeteria and I felt the Holy Spirit tugging at me and I said here I am he said "you are going to work here this summer now go ask!" so I went and asked and so I'm going to work at a camp in Kansas this summer! God confirmed it with bringing that dream back up and told me through my dad that the application I couldn't see was the application to the camp I'm working for this summer! So this is what happens when you give God your summer! Try it some time, your like it!
So hear I am 3 days before I leave wanting to go but SO not wanting to leave my friends and family! Pray for me!


Thursday, April 3, 2008


I wrote this poem on the way back from meeting with Richard Green, in Indiana. I often get inspired by Gods creation and this time it was the clouds, and words to a GREAT song(nothing but the blood!). this is a picture that i took of the Indiana sky.


Every bump of 69 gets to me

with every hit you get to me

every lyric of this song gets to me

with every note you get to me

every verse of the bible gets to me

with every line

you get to me

with every thought

you get to me.

P.S. Bob there you go! hope you like it!