Archives for June 2012
Andrew takes his last test in his chemistry class tomorrow. After that, he has one week off before his next chemistry class begins. He is so nervous about his test, and about passing the class. I am believing that he will, but regardless, I am more proud of him now than I ever have been. He has been diligent and faithful in his studying and in his praying. Over the past several months, I have watched him grow into such a man of faith. Sitting at the dinner table two nights ago, I asked him if this class is the hardest thing he has ever done. He said that, without a doubt, yes.
But, God has shown up. My sister and I used to have a Guidpost Junction video. In the video, Jodi Benson, the voice of Disney’s princess Ariel, sang a sang called “Just a Prayer Away.” Here are the chorus and bridge of the song:
Mom and I spent the weekend at the flea market. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together and got some great lessons in people watching! Though our sales were not great, I definitely think we have potential to do well there. We intend to be back at the flea market next month; however, we have requested a different location. The Nashville Flea Market is HUGE, and many of the vendors have been attending for years (I am talking LOTS of years… 20,30, etc.) So the newbies (us) get last choice of booth location and number. There are four GIGANTIC building that shoppers can walk through, and five big sheds. In addition, there are many, many outside vendors who are not in a shed or a building. I have probably been to the flea market as a shopper a dozen times since we have lived here, and still do not think I have seen the whole thing. I say all that to say that it is essential to have our booth in the right spot: a spot where there are going to be shoppers who have an eye out for what we are selling. We think we have a perfect place in mind… now we just have to weasel our way in somehow! (:
Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Andrew came home from class yesterday with a renewed confidence. He knows that God can help him pass these classes, and he is certainly doing everything he can in order to pass. We studied together for a good while last night.
As part of Andrew’s brithday present, he is golfing in a tournament with my dad this weekend, while my mom, Olivia, and I man our booth at the Nashville Flea Market!
So, I will be out of pocket the rest of the week/weekend, but will return on Monday with a full report of the weekend’s festivities!
It’s so interesting how the seasons of life work… It is as if a whole family can have a season of calm, of ease… a season of preparation for what is to come.
And then, all of a sudden, the season changes… for everyone. Sister, Mom, Dad, Husband, Husband’s sister, etc., etc… Out of respect for everyone’s privacy, I will not go into detail, but it certainly does feel like we are all under seige.
Andrew feels totally exhausted and deafeated. He is frustrated. In our conversation yesterday, he said that he feels as though he is getting mixed signals from God regarding how to proceed from here. He said he reads verses like this:
And then gets test grades like this:
Andrew got the results back from last week’s test, and again, they were not what we had hoped for and expected. He went into the exam feeling pretty confident, so it was a really hard blow when he found out that he did not get the grade he had expected.
I truly am so proud of him for all the time and effort he has put into this class… into being a student. Though he feels defeated now, we still have faith that Andrew is doing the right thing. He is going to a study group, meeting weekly with a friend from church who is a chemistry teacher, and staying after class to get help from his teacher (who is not super helpful as far as I can tell).
So, in spite of our discouragement, we are preparing for harvest… preparing for rain, in the best ways we know how:
I am quite particular about frosting… seeing as how I could eat it by the bowl-full and all… It’s gotta be good.
I usually stick to the same basic buttercream frosting recipe from Wilton, and add different flavored extracts depending on what I am in the mood for. Then there are the go-to cream cheese and chocolate frosting recipes as well. Beyond those, I do not usually deviate.
I made an exception this weekend… Not really sure why, except that I stumbled upon the recipe on Pinterest, and happened to have all (3!) of the ingredients on hand (find the original source here).
I loved it, Andrew loved it, people at the office loved it. It is SO EASY, and not nearly as messy as most other frosting recipes… no powdered sugar!
In summary, this may be my new go-to frosting…
In case the picture is too difficult to read…
- 1 packet of pudding mix (I used white chocolate, but the original recipe suggested vanilla)
- 1 tub of Cool Whip
- Mix one packet of pudding with half the amount of milk that the package calls for.
- Whisk it until it begins to thicken.
- Fold in one container of Cool Whip…
VOILA!!! You are done!!!
Andrew’s birthday is today!!! We celebrated over the weekend with a little family get together at our house… nice and simple.
My gift-giving theme this year has been “memories.” As I am getting older, and especially as Andrew and I prepare to move, I am learning the importance of those little moments with the people we love. Life changes so much as the years pass. With each season comes so many new things, but bringing in those new things often means leaving behind old things… and those old things become priceless memories. Though I have always been sentimental and reflective in nature, it seems I am becoming more that way with each year that passes.
For each of my family members’ birthdays, and for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, etc., I have made and given gifts that pertain to family memories. For my parents and sisters, many of those memories date back to twenty years ago, so making Andrew’s little memory box was quite special, because our memories do not date back nearly that far. Our memories are relatively fresh and new, and putting his little gift together made me so excited for a lifetime of making many more memories together!
Here is the memory box I made for him:
|This is the front, and the lid of the box. I used a little tin box that a wallet came in.|
|This is the inside of the box. The lid is on the left, and the memories are on the right.|
|I wrote each memory on a tag made of scrapbook paper.|
|And this is the back/bottom of the box.|
As far as his other gifts are concerned, I put together a little gift basket. And although I carefully picked out every item in his birthday basket, I cannot take credit for the original idea… I found that here.
Here is what Andrew’s basket looks like:
And here are the things I filled it with:
|We do not usually keep sodas in the house, but recently Andrew has been saying that he is craving a Mountain Dew… Now he has one on hand for any emergency situation that may arise!|
|The golf balls he uses.|
|A memory card for Andrew’s phone… He got a replacement phone after his broke about 6 months ago, but the replacement phone did not come with an SM card, so he has not been able to take any pictures.|
|Some of his favorite sweet treats.|
|Andrew is constantly griping about not having any dollar bills to use in the drink machine outside his classroom… Problem solved!|