Friday, July 31, 2009

Family Time

My parents came down for my Dad's block class at Bob Jones Seminary. We enjoyed having them around for a couple weeks and so did Emma and Luke! Here are some pictures.... : )

Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Lies Young Women Believe"....and the "Truths that Set Me Free" DeMoss and Gresh

When I'm having a really bad day and am tempted to feel that God is not good - God is good. "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good." Psalm 136:1

When I feel far from God and am tempted to feel that He doesn't love me - God loves me and wants me to have His best. Romans 8:38-39

When I feel ugly or fat - God created me a masterpiece. "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14

When I feel rejected - God accepts me through Christ. Ephesians 1:4-6

When I feel I need more "things" and am consumed by my desires - God is enough. "Be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' " Hebrews 13:5

When I feel anxious about my circumstances - God can be trusted. "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act." Psalm 37:5

When I feel like something has happened to me that will ruin my life forever - God doesn't make mistakes. "As for God his way is perfect." Psalm 18:30, 138:8

When I feel like I can't handle a problem I'm facing - God's grace is enough for me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

When I feel like my sin is too great to be forgiven - The blood of Christ is sufficient to cover all my sin. 1 John 1:7

When I feel like I'll never be able to overcome a sinful habit - The cross of Christ is sufficient to conquer my sinful flesh.  Romans 6:6-7

When I feel like my potential is limited by my past - My past does not have to control my future.  2 Corinthians 5:17

When I feel like I don't know where to turn for help and advice - God's word is sufficient to lead me, teach me, and heal me.   Psalm 19:7, 107:20 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

When I feel like God is asking me to do something that's impossible - Through the power of His Holy Spirit, God will enable me to do anything He commands me to do.  1 Thessalonians 5:24 Philippians 4: 13

When I want to blame others for my responses - I am responsible before God for my behavior, responses, and choices.  Ezekiel 18:20

When I feel that my choices today don't really matter - My choices today will affect my future. Galatians 6:7-8

When I feel that submitting to an authority will steal my freedom - The greatest freedom I can experience is found by submitting to God-ordained authority. Titus 3:1

When I feel like giving up on church - I need church. I Corinthians 12:20-21, 25, Hebrews 10:25

When I feel that a career is more rewarding and valuable than marriage and motherhood. - In the will of God, there is no higher, holier calling than to be a wife and mother. Titus 2:4-5

When I am tempted to sacrifice holiness for immediate fulfillment - Personal holiness is more important than immediate happiness. Titus 2:14

When I become consumed with wanting God to fix my life - God is more concerned about changing me and glorifying Himself than about solving my problems. Ephesians 1:4-6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23

When I don't understand a difficult situation I'm facing - It is impossible to be godly without suffering. 1 Peter 5:10

When I want things to go my way - It's not about me; it's about Him. Romans 11:36

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fruit Pizza


1 pound purchased pizza dough, or your favorite homemade recipe
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar


1 (8 ounce) package low-fat cream cheese at room temp
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Assorted fruit (I used blueberries, banana slices, mandarin orange sections, seedless grapes, kiwi fruit slices, and strawberry halves)

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Spread the dough in an ungreased 12 inch pizza pan. Brush on the butter and sprinkle on the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bake the crust until it's golden brown 12-15 minutes. Cool the crust on a wire rack.
3. In a medium-size bowl, combine the frosting ingredients with a rubber spatula. Stir until smooth.
4. Spread the frosting over the cooled crust. Gently press in the fruit.

Serves 12

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A cute find on Etsy

I found this little etsy shop yesterday that sells custom dresses for American Girl dolls. I thought all the clothes were absolutely adorable! Emma was sitting with me at the computer and she chose a little pink paisley dress for her doll. It was funny because she was really particular. I'd show her other dresses or outfits and she'd say "No, I want the other dress." : )

Friday, July 17, 2009

Litchfield beach 2009

This last weekend we went down to the beach. It was fun but a bit more challenging with two kids. We're still learning. =) I'm sure when Luke is older it will be more enjoyable. But we had a great time none the less. Chase's Granny was there and his Aunt lives in Litchfield so they babysat for us one night so we could go out for dinner. It was very much appreciated! : )

Friday, July 3, 2009

Mark and Sarah's wedding

Last month, Chase was in the wedding of his childhood friend, Mark Batory. They have known each other since 1st grade so it was pretty special to be a part of his wedding to Sarah Quatt. Here are some pictures from that day I thought I'd share. They were taken by Better Tie Productions and they did an awesome job!