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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday: [Insert Clever Title here]


I decide everyday this year I want to choose something I was most thankful for that day. I'm hoping by focusing on something I am thankful for each day, I will become more grateful and appreciative towards all the blessings I receive from The Lord and His provision in my life.

In July, my husband was transferred into a different department to train for a promotion. The company said they could not give him the position right away because it would not be fair to the other employees who may be qualified for the position as well. The solution would be to train him for the position and once they put up the posting for the position, he would be the most qualified and was guaranteed the position. (I found it very sketchy this entire time of how they were going about giving my husband a promotion). Yesterday, we got news my husband did not get that position after all. Another person who was already in the department got the title of supervisor. However, my husband would have to continue doing the duties of that position but be classified as a normal employee. I was furious with how his bosses were going about this entire ordeal. I knew it was strange to begin with but never did I imagine they would pull this. My frustration with his job continued until I was speaking with one of the parents from my job. (I work at the local YMCA as an after-school counselor watching children).

In early January on a Friday, her job told her she was getting a promotion. That following Monday, she was laid off. She explained to me her devastation and how she was scared, being a single mother of two boys and having no family to turn to for help. "Who was [she] to ask to help pay [her] mortgage?" she said.
However, her fears were washed away within a week. She was blessed with a new job, who gave her a two week advance check on top of receiving unemployment for that week she was out of work. Hearing her story of what she went through and not sulking but giving thanks to God for the new job, made me examine my reaction to my husband's situation.

I should be thankful my husband still has a job! Yes, he did not get the promotion he has been working for but he is able to provide for me all the same, thanks be to God and God alone.

Here is my thankful list for the week:

1. Education
2. Our home
3. Babcia
4. A great workout
5. Bible study with my husband
6. Jocelyn's hugs
7. Our jobs

What are you thankful for this week? How has God used people in your life to show you your blessings?
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Deer Crossing


I decide everyday this year I want to choose something I was most thankful for that day. I'm hoping by focusing on something I am thankful for each day, I will become more grateful and appreciative towards all the blessings I receive from The Lord and His provision in my life.

I was driving down the long country roads to pick up my grandmother, Babcia. I saw a deer crossing sign. Therefore, I began to drive very cautiously in fear that a deer would jump out and I would have to either slam on the brakes and the car behind me would hit me (since they were following too close) or I could hit the poor deer. With those two scenarios on my mind I reduced my speed hoping 2 things: the car would pass me up and I would be ready to safety stop if a deer did appear. However, a deer didn't appear, a hog did with her piglets. She was getting ready to cross the street with her young. So I pressed my breaks to slow down to a stop to allow them to cross but she ran away from the street and her piglets were quick to mirror her actions and stayed close to their mother for protection. This moment was amazing to witness and it made me think what if we mirrored Jesus in such a way? How amazing would it be to quickly mirror Him in our lives with no question about it? I'm so thankful for God teaching me things through His creation. On that note, here is my thankful list for this past week:

1. Jennie Allen giveaway by Lore Ferguson
2. Wildlife
3. My pastor
4. Time with family
5. Cooking for others
6. Babcia
7. My husband's cooking❤

What has God shown you this past week? Are you grateful for His providence in your life?
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Food Friday: Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes


I served this dish with baked salmon and white rice. My husband loved the taste of these green beans and he isn't much of a vegetable lover. I have to find* or create ways to make them tasty for him.


Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
2 cups cherry tomato halves

Directions:

1. Place beans and water in a large saucepan. Cover, and bring to a boil. Set heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain off water, and set aside.
2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
3. Stir in sugar, garlic salt, pepper and basil.
4. Add tomatoes, and cook stirring gently just until soft.
5. Pour the tomato mixture over the green beans, and toss gently to blend.

*I found this particular recipe at allrecipes.com

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday: God's provision


I decide everyday this year I want to choose something I was most thankful for that day. I'm hoping by focusing on something I am thankful for each day, I will become more grateful and appreciative towards all the blessings I receive from The Lord and His provision in my life.

1. New opportunities
2. Showers
3. Dancing with my husband
4. Friends
5. God's provision
6. Workout buddy
7. Soap

What are you thankful for this past week?
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thankful Thursday


I decide everyday this year I want to choose something I was most thankful for that day. I'm hoping by focusing on something I am thankful for each day, I will become more grateful and appreciative towards all the blessings I receive from The Lord and His provision in my life.

In the midst of frustration, fear or even anger, God does not abandon us. We, as humans, tend to focus on what's going wrong in our lives but if we could focus on what's good in our lives maybe, just maybe, we could see how blessed and beautiful our life is thanks be to God.

Each Thursday I will share my list and declare Thursday "Thankful Thursday". So here is the list I compiled starting from January 1st to today.

1. Loving husband
2. Kiddos from work
3. Life
4. Generosity of my sister Rosanne
5. Friends
6. Church Family
7. Quality time with my hubby
8. Having a job
9. Great workout
10. Conversations with my husband

Try this experiment with me and let me know how much of an impact it's made on your life. What are some things you are thankful for?
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bow Tie Pasta-Italian Sausage in Cream Sauce


I made this recipe* for the first time for my Heart and Home group with two other couples. When preparing I was a little hesitant to use the (heavy cream) ingredient because I thought it would be too sweet however it complemented the other ingredients very well. And everyone thought it tasted great!! I was overall satisfied with this recipe and plan to use it again in the future. We paired this pasta with steamed broccoli and bruschetta. Enjoy!


Ingredients:

1 Box Bow Tie Pasta-cooked
1 pkg Italian Sausage
1/2 Cup Onion-chopped
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 Cloves Garlic-pressed
2 Cans Italian Stewed Tomatoes
1 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream (I used Kraft cool whip)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 TB Fresh Basil-chopped (I used dried)

Directions:

1. Boil Water & Cook Pasta
2. Saute' Onions
3. Add Sausage and Brown
4. Add Red Pepper Flakes and Garlic
5. Add Stewed Tomatoes
6. Add Heavy Cream- Simmer
7. Add Fresh Basil
8. Add Pasta
9. Top with Parmesan Cheese


*This recipe was acquired from Hospitality at Heart.

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