..Miss Gracie's Sweet Shoppe..
Add a little sweetness to your life!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Party Prep #2

Yes, my party is still a go... actually it's in less than 72 hours! Whoa, that's a scary thought....
Anyway, I finally nailed down the menu this afternoon and braved the aisles of walmart to buy my ingredients. I have lots of fun ideas, I just hope that it can all be accomplished in such a short amount of time. :)

Aacck ! And Christmas is only 2 days later...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

::::::::::::::::What I am meditating on today::::::::::::::::
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalms 103: 1-4

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thank you, Gayle and Grace at refreshings for nominating me for this award!

When you are nominated, you are supposed to:
Mention the blog that gave it to you.
Comment on her blog to let her know you have posted the award.
Share 6 values (or things) that are important to you.
Share 6 things you do not support.
Share the love with six ( or however many you want to) other wonderful blogging friends

P.S. I did change the rules slightly ( in italics :)

6 things(+) that are important to me are~

-My relationship with My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ
-Cooking 'licious food
-Finding ways to serve those around me

6 things I do not support are~

-Public Education
-Hamburger Helpers and TV dinners(I just had to throw that one in there :P)

I nominate

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One of my recent Christmas Traditions...
~Candy Cane Lane Tea~

It's so good... a 'licious peppermint green tea... but a nice n' mild peppermint.

Regular mint tea is a little strong for my liking but this is just right. And better yet, it's Celestial Seasonings which means you can find it just about anywhere!

Oh, and here are some yummy sugar cookies
I made this evening, too.
Simple, delicious, and of course, the recipe is from my ever trusty Baking Illustrated Book!
Soft Sugar Cookies:
2 cups all purpose four
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened but still cool
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
sugar in the raw ( for sprinkling on top)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy ( about 3 minutes). Beat in the egg and vanilla. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Roll into balls; place on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly then sprinkle with the sugar in the raw. Bake for about 8 minutes or until just set. Let cool on cookie sheet.

Monday, December 8, 2008

What I'm singing today...

My soul finds rest
In God alone
He only is my salvation
My Rock, my Peace
My fortress strong
I will ever love and adore Him
Great love of GodJesus, His name
He only is my foundation
For on the cross
He bled and died
And He took my sorrows forever
For on the crossHe bled and died
And He took my sorrows forever
And I will praise Him, whatever

Friday, December 5, 2008

Party Prep #1

Well, unfortunately the first thing I gotta do for my party is: CLEAN!

First clean and decorate for Christmas... which technically should have been done last weekend (it's tradition to get the house decorated for Christmas the few days after Thanksgiving), but I'm a little busier than I used to be and so is my Mom, so I guess I have to be fine with broken tradition! :)

Here is a picture of our parlour and dining room... last year. Seems like this is a recurring pattern! Always, always gotta clean up for Christmas 'cause our family of 20 ( including brothers, sisters, their spouses, a Grandma and an Great Aunt) has to go somewhere!

For those of you that don't know, my mom owns a business that includes lots and lots of beautiful creativity and clutter, which is what you see in the picture!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Enjoy life for what it is, not what it could be.

Enjoy life for what it is,
not what it could be!
God answers prayers. Maybe not quite in ways I had planned... in ways far, far, better!

I prayed that things would work out so that I could be content and joyful. Did they work out in the way I was thinking. No, (I mean that would have been ok,too, :) but I am enjoying my life so much... having fun with friends, talks with my sisters and brothers, working, spending time at home... etc! So I am living my life the way it is and loving it!

(This isn't my picture: I stole it off the internet then I edited it)

#1 blessing in my life? My brothers and sisters and sister-in-laws!

Oh and BTW: I'm planning a big Christmas party at my house... hor d'ouvers and desserts... lots of friends. I am so excited- more details about plans and menu to follow!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I did it!


Monday, December 1, 2008

Here today, GONE tomorrow!

After much indecision and anguish, I have decided to cut my hair. Short. Very short. Too short, I'm afraid.

It has been long and curly for 12 of my 19 years...

A very tough decision I am ashamed to admit...


But, after all, it is just hair... that I do believe will grow back.

After a few scare tactics to my family and friends ( like dyeing it purple) they all say - "Grace, just cut it!"

I promise... I won't complain, not even a word!

( I hope)

(Muahaha, but I still might dye it purple yet! :P)

More pictures to come tomorrow when the deed is done!

Friday, November 28, 2008


There is a choice... everyday, in fact. Being *thankful* is a choice. Therefore, I choose to thankful.

I really do have so much to be thankful for, I just have to take a moment to stop. To stop and be overwhelmed by the abundance of blessing!
I will not be so caught up in the "not-haves" that I remain blind to the many, many "haves".

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Thanks to Mrs. Mk, I finally found a good Christian review of the Twilight book series ( By: Stephanie Myers). If you haven't heard of the books or the movie you, either :

a) are over 30
b) don't have any teenage daughters
c) live under a rock

*Laughing* The Twilight books and a certain character in them, named "Edward", seem to be sweeping all young women completely off their feet. :P

I encourage you to read this review... I'm not saying that you 'shouldn't' read the books, just sayin' that maybe a little research should be involved before you do so. Don't be taken in by the popularity ( like I almost did!) without a little discernment!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Questions asked. Answers given. But do I always tell the truth? Earlier this evening I was asked if I was feeling hopeful or discouraged about my life. My answer was that it depends on the day...or wait, maybe I should say it depends on the moment. Sometimes I feel so very up and down - and I hate it. Why can't I stay on an even plane? Why not remain hopeful and joyful in the place God has me? One day I will be praising Him, glad for every moment. The next day I would do almost anything to see that smile from someone. But what has it to do with how I feel? Feelings are only feelings, and this is truth:

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Whhadya think? Possible insanity?

-9 hours of sleep since Tuesday Night
-18 hours of work
-4 hours of exercise
- Countless cups of coffee
-An extreme amount of vitamin C

-Getting my niece and 2 nephews all to myself?
TOTALLY worth it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre. My fictional heroine. Just when her dreams and her longings were being fulfilled, a secret was revealed that caused every happy and joyful aspect of her life to be crushed. She could have turned her back on morality and purity and gone where her heart led. She could have followed her fleshly passions and done what the world would have deemed as 'right'. But instead she did what was noble and right and true - and suffered - for a time. She suffered for 4 years... while keeping busy, serving those around her. Then God did what he has promised to do.... He blessed his righteous daughter with all that she desired.

Jane to Mr. Rochester:
"'Oh comply!' it said, 'Think of his misery, think of his danger--look at his state when left alone...Who in the world cares for you? or who will be injured by what you do?'...Still indomitable was the reply--'I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God, sanctioned by man. I will hold to the principles received by me when I was sane, and not mad--as I am now. Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour, stringent are they; inviolate they shall be...with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations, are all I have at this hour to stand by: there I plant my foot!'" Chapter 27, pg. 279

Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Psalms 37:4 - 6
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte'

Saturday, November 15, 2008

For old times sake...

Just an evening of baking, whiffs of vanilla candlight, and Josh Groban ....




Friday, November 14, 2008

One Magnificent Reality

REALITY. Hurt, pain, disappointment, those are just some of the words that come when I think of reality. Reality and crushed dreams... synonymous. Reality is hard. Everyday we are faced with it... what is the reality(ies) in your life that grips your heart and squeezes it unrelentlessly?

Yesterday, as I was alone, (but not really alone!) just me, my thoughts and God, I was convicted that I needed to change how I was living. I needed to change how I thought of reality. Yeah, most realities are hard and and they can seem to keep us from our joy in the LORD. But as a girl saved by God's grace I will choose to live in this reality: God's abounding love.

The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus died to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for the very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
~1 Timothy 1:14-17

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Car <3

I am thankful...
for my car...

and I am ashamed at how dreadfully I missed her while she was getting repaired...

as a warning...

never, never, enjoy any possesions as much as I enjoy my car!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Just for Fun

Where is your mobile phone? Pocket

Your hair colour? Brown

Your mother? Quiet

Your father? (my) Hero

Your favourite thing? Being an Aunt

Your dream last night? None

Your dream goal? Wife

The room you're in? Cluttered

Your hobby (hobbies)? Running

Your fear? Aloneness

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Paris

Where were you last night? Sister's

What you're not? Perfect

One of your wish-list items? Tinted-Windows ( on my car)

Where you grew up?Paradise

The last thing you did? Planned

What are you wearing? 'G' Necklace

Your TV? Off

Your pet? Non-existent

Your computer? Frustrating

Can't live without? Bible

Your mood? Hopeful

Missing someone? (OMG) YES!

Your car? Clean

Something you're not wearing? Lipstick

Favourite shop? J & J Coffee CO.

Your summer? Wonderful/Horrible

Love someone? JESUS

Love/Hate Relationship? Running

Current addiction? Facebook

Your favourite colour? Black

When is the last time you laughed? Sunday

When is the last time you cried? October 22nd, 2008

I tag Joni, Amy, Mrs. MK, Gracy or Gayle, Katie and Rene! Just use one word to answer the questions! LOL, try to use only one word, anyway! Oh, and if you read this blog... consider yourself tagged, then tell me if you did the quiz in my comments.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just like a kid on Christmas and the BeAuTY of storms.

Aren't we all just like a kid and Christmas? Doesn't everyone remember that Christmas night, after all the excitement, and gifts, and glorious food, thinking why can't Christmas be everyday? I'm pretty sure we all have had those thoughts at least once in our childhood. As you get older you realize why that can't be possible. Christmas would no longer be fun if it was everyday... there wouldn't be anymore squeals of delight because it would be the same ol'.

But aren't will still wanting 'Christmas' everyday? Okay, maybe not literally Christmas, but how about blessings in general? Don't we just stomp our little feet and feel cheated when things don't go exactly the way we think they should go? Don't we all want everyday, every season of life to be full of happiness the way we think of happiness?... money in abundance, being loved by that special someone, health, a fun and enjoyable job... the list could go on. We think that's what we want. We think that these times in our lives, where nothing seems to be going the way we had planned, we think it stinks. Or that God somehow forgot about us.

Let's think on this just a moment. If everyday and every season of our lives included those "happy" times, those times of blessing where everything went just as we planned, would we still consider them blessings? Or would they just slip into mundane nothingness? Into the everyday just like those dishes.

Storms are a part of life. I am declaring right now that storms must happen in order for us to see the beauty of the sunshine!
Right here, right now in the midst of the storm I am saying thank you, Father! Thank you for this storm. I don't know why this storm is happening but I am trusting you for the outcome... because I know that with YOU, Father God, it will be more WoNDerOus than I could ever expect!

God is NOT too busy and he does NOT forget us. He knows exactly what he is doing! So I am challenging YOU, thank God for the storm.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wee Little Babies!

Look at these sweet little ones!!!! That's what I'm thankful for... these healthy tiny blessings. Which is why I haven't posted in a few days and exactly why I am posting at this hour. Trust me, I am usually asleep right now! But this is my chance to take care of them and let their Mommy and Daddy get a little extra rest from all the busy-ness! And, yes, I love them each to pieces... just like all my other nephews! I'm thinking being an Auntie is exactly where God has me right now... :D and I like it!

Thank you LORD for such sweet little packages of joy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Work... Jobs.. Paychecks

Work... jobs... *laughing*; yupp, I'm laughing and yupp, I'm thankful for work! The Lord has provided me with work (that pays) so that I can get to the places I so love to go and do the things I so love to do( like helping out with my brother and sister - in-law's triplets or coaching or hanging with friends). I am thankful for the variety and sense of humor God has used in picking those jobs for me, but I love the fact that almost everyday is different! My desire is that I will always have an outlet to be serving someone in someway...

Monday, October 27, 2008


Today I am thankful for the hope that I find in my Savior. Not just hope that everything will work out for His glory in this life, but a hope that one day there will be ultimate gladness and completeness.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.... Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalms 31: 16 and 24

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

Psalms 41:14-17

...My soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:20-24

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Thankful X 2?

Well, I missed yesterday's thankful post... hmmm... it was for multiple reasons. I was mentally and emotionally exhausted. Truly, I haven't felt that way ever before. I can take physical exhaustion, in fact I kinda thrive on it. But mental and emotion exhaustion, um let's just say not so much! Smiling for three days straight... encouraging... be positive to everyone about everything... was almost more than I can handle. Don't take me wrong, those 3 days were a wonderful success for my volleyball team. And it was a joy to see them do so well. But it was hard I will admit!

So all that to say, I honestly wasn't all that thankful yesterday, and I couldn't muster myself up enough to push through anyway :(. But I am going to start anew and afresh today... with two things I am thankful for:

Number 1:

I am thankful for songs of worship. I am thankful for the time I can sing, focusing on how great and marvelous my LORD is!.... and was and always will be. A time to take my thoughts away from me and point them towards God. I am thankful for all the men and women that God has inspired with those words of praise and the talent to put them into song.

Number 2:

I am thankful for the apple pie I was finally able to bake today. I have been wanting to make one for weeks but haven't had a spare minute! I know it might seem silly or strange to be thankful about this small thing, but things like these are all it takes to make my day a little brighter!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Today is a day to be thankful for a volleyball team... my volleyball team... by the way I am a very proud coach right now. My girls just played awesome!

So whether you eat or drink or
whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

*The team thanking the Lord for our victory*

Wow, what an experience it has been for me... a time of growth and being in awe of how God can work through somebody with my personality type and give me the courage to do this. I was scared to death at the beginning of the season, but God walked through each practice and game right next to me... whispering in my ear that through His grace I could have the confidence to do this difficult task.

I thank God that the girls respected and listened to me - even the ones who are only a few months younger than me. I am so proud of each of the girls on the team. Did I mention that we WON the CHAMPIONSHIP!!! I am thankful for the friendships that were formed between the girls and me. I am thankful that God provided a opportunity to give of myself ( or maybe it was just a huge distraction) in this time of grief - it was a reason to smile and move past the self-pity.

Thank you Lord for your goodness and blessing throughout this volleyball season... to you be the glory!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Sister (Part II)


I am thankful today for my other sister. By the way, happy birthday, Abigail!!!! I am thankful for the joy she brings me. I am thankful for the giggles we share (who knows why we are laughing 99.99% of the time, but we just are, and it does me so much good). I am thankful for the young lady she is becoming... I was worried there for a while but she is coming around, the sweetheart.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My Sister (Part I)

Today I am thankful for my sister( that is, my older sister;). You see, my sister Kate and I, have a relationship that not many sisters in this day and age could even imagine. I can thank God daily for the blessing she has been to me... a patient, caring heart and ear that listens to my ramblings of frustration; she is an example in faith, love and purity; she is a woman who has gone through (and is still going through) one of the most difficult trials any Mother could experience, all the while choosing to praise and serve her Father in Heaven no matter the circumstances. Thank you Lord for such a blessing in my life and thank you Kate for puttin' up with your annoying little sis'! Love YA! She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:26-30

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Today I am thankful for rest - but two different kinds of rest. I am thankful for my warm comfy bed that I fall right to sleep in every night (isn't it nice to be able to turn off your brain for just a few hours!?).
I am also thankful for the rest I find in my Savior... that is where my true rest comes. He understands, he cares, he knows every feeling and emotion that pulses through my heart. Jesus is the rest that I find every day to refresh me and make me strong for each struggle that lays ahead.

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;

my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress,

I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:5-6

He who dwells in the shelter

of the Most High will rest

in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91:1

The LORD protects the simplehearted;

when I was in great need,

he saved me.
Be at rest once more,

O my soul,

for the LORD has been good to you.
For you, O LORD,

have delivered my soul from death,

my eyes from tears,

my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before

the LORD

in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:6-9

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-29

Monday, October 20, 2008


Today, the first day of my exercise of being thankful, I choose to be thankful for my walks. The weather has been beautiful lately... Fall is my favorite season... it's so full of God's wonderful design and creativity.

Test me, O LORD, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for your love is ever before me,
and I walk continually in your truth.
Psalms 26:2-3

He holds victory in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those
whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
Proverbs 2:7-9

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:5-7


I've decided that I'm gonna blog again ( among other things, but that's for another day)!

Yupp, it's time to update! ;) Thanks for the reminder, Katie! But this blog is going to be different than it was previously... before, it was just a place to post pictures of the desserts I enjoyed making so much. But now, with the changes and heartache that fills my life I think that it would be good for me to switch directions. At least for the time being. Between now and Thanksgiving, my goal is to post at least 1 thing per day that I am thankful for. It might still be a dessert that I made. It might be a bible verse... it could really be anything! My life is varied and full of blessings, and I have found in the last few weeks that thankfulness and gratefulness for all that God does in my life can combat the anger, frustration, and loneliness. God brings joy into my life, but I just have to realize it and recognize it. I think by posting it here it will be easier for me to remember HIS GREAT faithfulness.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Every time I read this it is such a wonderful reminder of the Savior that died for ME! Read it and let it touch you, too!

(excerpted from Boy Meets Girl By: Joshua Harris)
Why the Cross? Because sinners have no other hope. Why the Cross? Because it is the unassailable proof that we can be forgiven.
Let’s gaze on it together. As we draw close, don’t assume that you already know or understand what happened there. Come to the Cross as if for the first time. In the book When God Weeps, Stephen Estes and Joni Eareckson Tada give the following account of Christ’s death. As you read, refuse to let the scene be familiar. Let its reality shock you and break your heart.
The face that Moses had begged to see—was forbidden to see—was slapped bloody (Exodus 33:19-20). The thorns that God had sent to curse the earth’s rebellion now twisted around his own brow…
“On your back with you!” One raises a mallet to sink in the spike. But the soldier’s heart must continue pumping as he readies the prisoner’s wrist. Someone must sustain the soldier’s life minute by minute, for no man has this power on his own. Who supplies breath to his lungs? Who gives energy to his cells? Who holds his molecules together? Only by the Son do “all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). The victim wills that the solider live on—he grants the warriors continued existence. The man swings.
As the man swings, the Son recalls how he and the Father first designed the medial nerve of the human forearm—the sensations it would be capable of. The design proves flawless—the nerves perform exquisitely. “Up you go!” They lift the cross. God is on display in his underwear and can scarcely breathe.
But these pains are a mere warm-up to his other and growing dread. He begins to feel a foreign sensation. Somewhere during this day an unearthly foul odor began to waft, not around his nose, but his heart. He feels dirty. Human wickedness starts to crawl upon his spotless being—the living excrement from our souls. The apple of his Father’s eye turns brown with rot.
His Father! He must face his Father like this!
From heaven the Father now rouses himself like a lion disturbed, shakes his mane, and roars against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of his hot breath. But the roar shakes the unseen world and darkens the visible sky. The Son does not recognize these eyes.
“Son of Man! Why have you behaved so? You have cheated, lusted, stolen, gossiped—murdered, envied, hated, lied. You have cursed, robbed overspent, overeaten—fornicated, disobeyed, embezzled, and blasphemed. Oh, the duties you have shirked, the children you have abandoned! Who has ever so ignored the poor, so played the coward, so belittled my name? Have you ever held your razor tongue? What a self-righteous, pitiful drunk—you, who molest young boys, peddle killer drugs, travel in cliques, and mock your parents. Who gave you the boldness to rig elections, foment revolutions, torture animals, and worship demons? Does the list never end! Splitting families, raping virgins, acting smugly, playing the pimp—buying politicians, practicing exhortation, filming pornography, accepting bribes. You have burned down buildings, perfected terrorist tactics, founded false religions, traded in slaves—relishing each morsel and bragging about it all. I hate, loathe these things in you! Disgust for everything about you consumes me! Can you not feel my wrath?”
Of course, the Son is innocent. He is blamelessness itself. The Father knows this. But the divine pair have an agreement, and the unthinkable must now take place. Jesus will be treated as if personally responsible for every sin ever committed.
The Father watches as his heart’s treasure, the mirror-image of himself, sinks drowning into raw, liquid sin. Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind from every century explodes in a single direction.
“Father! Father! Why have you forsaken me?!”
But heaven stops its ears. The Son stares up at the One who cannot, who will not, reach down or reply.
The Trinity had planned it. The Son endured it. The Spirit enabled him. The Father rejected the Son whom he loved. Jesus, the God-man from Nazareth, perished. The Father accepted his sacrifice for sin and was satisfied. The Rescue was accomplished.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Bridal Shower

I hosted a bridal shower this last week for 1 of my dear friends that is getting married very soon! By the way, Marlee, I am sooooo excited for you!
It was such a joy to be able to do this for her and of course I had fun preparing all the food!

On the dessert menu:

Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake
Lemon~Strawberry Layer Cake
Lavender Biscotti
Chocolate Cups filled with Chocolate Creme
The roses were in full bloom, giving the outdoors such a beautiful romantic feel for the evening!
Check these awesome things out...
They are chocolate cups that you can fill with almost anything! Aren't they impressive little things?!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The DESSERTS... what else is there?

These are the desserts I made for my graduation party...

*Vanilla Cheesecake*

*Lemon Bars*

*Chocolate Toffee Pecan Bars*

*Chocolate- Espresso Roulade with Ganache*

The Roulade
( The French way of saying roll-up. Its sounds more fancy so we'll just pretend we speak French!)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Graduation...

The CHAMP Class of 2008

Yesterday, May 24th, 2008 I officially finished highschool. I can say I did survive the business of the last couple weeks and I even survived my graduation speech. Wow, talk about do hard things! 3 months ago, if you would have asked me if I could write a speech, deliver it in front of around 200 people, and have many people compliment about how much it meant to them I never would have thought it was possible! BUT, I serve a powerful God who can and does give me the strengh to do ALL things.Hopefully the graduatio ceremony was a testimony to

all who were there of our love for the LORD.

Those silly caps and gowns

(someday someone will figure out a way to get around them- they will be my hero!)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Run your Kilt off!

Well, did I run my kilt off ? I am not sure about that - ( I wasn't wearing one!), but I did run and I ran well, I might add. This expression pretty much sums up what I was feeling when I finished...

For this particular 1/2 marathon it is a 2000 foot ascent and descent, which basically means STEEP up and STEEPER down! I finished first in my division with a time of 1 hour 54 minutes and 39 seconds. That's slow for me to run 13 miles on flat terrain, but great considering the conditions. My running coaches told me not to expect to finish faster than 2 hours 10 minutes - I told them be at the finish line before 2 hours - I'll be there! That was the best part of the whole race ... totally proving them wrong. Sorry Dad and Hector, you weren't right this time!

The next 1/2 marathon is scheduled for May 17th. God-willing I will do as well in that one, too!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my prize: a whiskey flask. Why, I don't know but let's just say this race is not necessarily for the sane!