Saturday, July 23, 2016

Signing Off

This has definitely been one of the strangest years of my life.  Nothing has been as planned.

I'm going to take a little break, but I'll be back at the end of the year.  I'm just going to take some time to try and smell the roses while they're still in bloom.

Signing off ...


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Put Me in the Game


Put Me in the Game


I've made a lot of plans that came to nothing.
I've dreamed a lot of dreams that don't come true.
Sometimes my life is just a fantasy
Until reality brings me back to You.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

I see many of my days pass by empty.
I have nowhere to go, and nothing to do.
Sometimes it seems like all hope is lost
Then I feel a gentle nudge from You.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

I'm finding my way to a glorious day
Things that were lost have been found
It's time to live my life to the fullest
Where endless possibilities abound.

Put me in the game and let me play
Let me win and lose, achieve and fail, all in the same day
No sitting on the sidelines anymore
I want to swing that bat, watch 'er fly, then run with speed that soars.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Priceless Memories

I always say that Mark Lowry is my favorite musician/whatever he is because he's so, so funny.  However, David Phelps is another one of my favorites.  Not only is he a great vocalist, but I really love his lyrics. (And he can be very funny, also.)

When I was walking this morning, Little White Church came up on my playlist. This song reminds me of visiting my grandma's little white church when I was a kid.  My dad always made me play the piano for the offertory when we visited grandma's little white church.  Every time I was so nervous, but the people were always so kind and clapped for me even though they were Baptist. Priceless memories.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Moms and Belonging

The 70's.  (What was my mom thinking when she did my hair?)


I hope all of the mothers out there had a happy Mother's Day! I went to see my mom and took her out to lunch. She may have seemed like the strictest mom in the whole country, but she was the strength of our family and endured terrible circumstances for the sake of her children.  My brothers and I are so blessed to call her mom.

Some of you know that my mother in law passed away suddenly right before Christmas.  Even though my relationship with her was tentative at best, her death has affected me more than any other death, even my dad's.  My husband and I are the trustees of her estate and as we sort through her huge amount of possessions and paperwork, I'm getting a depth of her that I never knew.  I'm seeing such an unhappy person and it makes me sad.  It's giving me a renewed sense that I need to get out there and really live my life to the fullest.

There's a concept in many Christian churches and gospel music that has always bothered me.  It's the idea that I don't belong in this world and my home is really in heaven.  That's so not true, and it can really mess a person up.  The truth is that there are some things in this world that Christians shouldn't participate in... murder, rape... Need I go on?  But God created this earth for people to live here.  It's where we belong until we die.  It's paralyzing to feel like you don't belong, and it keeps people from really living their life.

I was talking to a friend of mine about it this morning.  She has always wanted to travel around Michigan and really see the state that she's lived in her whole life, but she's never even been to Mackinac Island.  We decided that we're going to spend some time this summer visiting a lot of different places around our state.  I'll take my camera and post pictures throughout the summer.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Enjoy it!

  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Honey Oat Bread

This is the bread that I make regularly for my family.  It's our favorite.  We don't eat much bread in our house except for the Honey Wheat Rolls and this Honey Oat Bread.  This is a soft bread which is how my family likes bread so it's great for kids who are used to that bread from the store that squishes into nothing.  And the honey and oats make it really tasty.


Honey Oat Bread


Ingredients

1 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 teasp. yeast
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour


1. Grease and flour the bread pans.  I sprayed my pans with baking spray.  I use light colored metal, ceramic, or tempered glass pans.  These pans give a softer crust which is how my family likes bread.  A dark metal pan, will give a crustier crust.


2. I put all of the ingredients in the bread machine and put it on the dough setting.  I never bake in my bread machine.  You could also use a stand mixer with the kneading blade.  I'm going to try that next time.  You could also knead it by hand but that's way more work than I want to put into it.  If you don't use a bread machine, after kneading, cover it and leave it rise until it's doubled in size.


3. Once it's risen divide the dough in half, (this makes 2 loaves) and shape each half into a loaf shape and put the dough in the pans to rise again.  (I'm not picky about making a perfect loaf.  The rising takes care of the imperfect shape.)

4. When the dough doubles in size, they're ready for the oven.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees  and let the bread bake for 25 minutes.


5. Let the bread cool in the pans for 5 - 10 minutes then remove the bread and let it cool on a cooling rack.  Okay, let's be honest, I never let it cool.  Because warm bread from the oven with butter melting all over it is almost the best thing ever.

Enjoy!

(This bread freezes really well.  Because we don't eat much bread, I slice the bread and divide it into four bags.  I leave one bag out and freeze the rest until we're ready to use it.  I have a family of 4 and we only use about half a loaf of bread each week.)