Posted in Misc.


This morning, while grocery shopping at WalMart’s produce department, I was struck by the dichotomy of my area. Facing me was an Old Order Amish woman, in her severe outfit and full black kapp, checking out the tomatoes. Also facing me were two Mexican guys, filling up a bag of tomatillos. I live next door to Lancaster County, which houses a large Amish population. I also live very close to Kennett Square, PA, which is nicknamed “The Mushroom Capital of the US” (maybe world?) and employs a large population of Mexicans. They both frequent my local WalMart. WalMart even has special stalls for the horses (as does the Home Depot in the same shopping center). Both are “different” in both speech and dress from the average joe and jane shmoe (that would be whitebread me).

Can I admit that I got a little chuckle from it?

Posted in Me, Misc.


I drove around for 20 minutes this morning, extremely disappointed to find that the exciting neighborhood yard sale was, in fact, not what this morning offered.

I was SO looking forward to the hunt! Not to mention a morning out by myself.

Sigh. It will happen another weekend.

Posted in 7 Quick Takes, Me

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. In Which I Learn to Say Yes:
I tend to be a “no” kind of person. Really. It’s safer at home, thankyouverymuch. I’m way too busy to do THAT. Sorry, no, I just can’t.

Get this, though. My kids are in school full time. And suddenly I’m not being that NO person anymore. It’s LIBERATING to say YES.

You need help at the funeral playing piano? I’ve never done that before, but ok, I can do that.

You need help setting up the food and stuff at the reception for the funeral? My kids are in school. Sure.

You need help putting the church back together now that the funeral is over? My kids are in school, I’d love to come!

You’re feeling sick and can’t lead worship? Um….I guess so. (still working on being happy about that!)

I don’t know if its’ turning 40, or having the kids gone all day or both or something else, but I’m loving this new found confidence and ability to say YES.

2. Catie took a good look at me a few days ago. Her comment? “Mom, you’re having a bad hair day today.”

3. Good Day Sunshine! Halleluia, the rain has finally stopped and spring is springing out all over. Yesterday, Today and tomorrow are sunny and in the high 60’s to low 70’s. I just want to run around singing “Oh, What a beautiful morning!”

4. One of the three really big yard sales that I go to each year is tomorrow. I’m rubbing my hands in anticipation of the deals I’m going to find. I love buying birthday presents and clothes at yard sales! SO MUCH CHEAPER!

5. The kids went back to school on Tuesday. Oh, how they needed it! I love the first couple of days of vacation (the sleeping in!), but after that they just get on each others’ nerves. All of them, but Ethan especially, need the structured environment of school. All but one day we had playdates or visiting family, but still!

6. I went to McDonald’s today to get a vanilla latte. It’s not quite as good as Starbucks, but it’s 25 minutes closer and a dollar cheaper. I’ll deal.

7. There is only two months left of school. I can’t believe how quickly this school year has flown by!

Posted in Recipe

Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil and Coconut

Oh My Goodness! This was delicious! So good that I’m going to make it this weekend, only using chicken instead. It comes from (which has posted a lot of good recipes lately). Jim added a few shakes of hot pepper sauce because he has burned off too many taste buds over the years, but I liked it as is. YUMMY!

Thai Seared Shrimp with Tomato, Basil and Coconut

1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
1 lb uncooked deveined peeled medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, tail shells removed (I used precooked. I thawed it and then just heated it in the pan)
1 cup sliced red onion
1 to 2 teaspoons green or red Thai curry paste (I used red)
1 can (14.5 oz) Muir GlenĀ® organic diced or fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1/4 cup chopped fresh Thai basil or basil leaves (I used regular)
Hot cooked rice, if desired

1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook shrimp and onion in oil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in curry paste; cook 1 minute.

2. Stir in tomatoes, lime juice and brown sugar. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk and basil. Heat over low heat until hot.

3. Serve over rice

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Posted in Organizing

The Great Toy Purge

A few times each year I bring a laundry basket and a trash bag into the playroom. The kids and I go through their toys one by one. ONE BY ONE. It takes a while. But in the end the trash bag gets a fair amount and the basket generally gets filled with outgrown toys. And the playroom becomes easier to clean for awhile (until the next birthday or Christmas).

I sometimes get convicted about the number of toys my children have. When I read Little House on the Prairie and see that Laura Ingalls had one toy–her beloved doll Charlotte–and was content. My children have probably hundreds of toys when you add up the My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shops and Legos etc.

Speaking of My Little Ponies, they are no longer the rage in this house. The Littlest Pet Shops have definitely taken over my girls’ affections. I’m going to put them into a box and put them into the playroom closet on the highest shelf. If they don’t miss them and don’t ask for them, they’re outta here!

Is there anything you need to clean out?

Posted in Addiction


Have I mentioned before that I’m a recovering addict? Yeah, I thought I had. Did you know that I have “gateway drugs” for my addiction–things that lead me down the path away from the straight and narrow and towards just falling flat on my face?

Nora Roberts is one of my gateway drugs. I love her books–she’s a very good writer–but I can’t read them. I’ve said this before, but have gone back on that several dozen times. Last week I read some of her books that I borrowed from my mom and yes, let myself walk away from the right path. On Good Friday no less.

::Rolling my eyes::

Gotta tell you, if I were God I would get fed up with me. But His grace and mercy continues to abound. Because Jesus paid the ultimate price for me. For Me. And for you, as well.

So I picked myself up, dusted myself off and jumped on the wagon again, riding away from the muck and towards the Prize.

Just found these this morning and thought I would share them with you.

The 8 Celebrate Recovery Principles
(based on the Beatitudes)

Realize I am not God; I admit I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.

Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and He has the power to help me recover.

Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.

Happy are the meek.

Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust.

Happy are the pure in heart.

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.

Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.

Evaluate all my relationships; offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me; make amends with those I have hurt when possible.

Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.


Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading and prayer to know God, His will for my life and to gain power to do it.

Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.

Posted in Church, God, Me

The Road to Hell is Paved

With Good Intentions, that is.

I am all about Good Intentions. I’m going to get up and catch up on all the laundry. I’m going to read to my kids every day. I’m going to sit down each day this week and talk to the kids about what Jesus was doing on this particular day of holy week.

Only, not so much.

We did talk about Maundy Thursday on the way to MumMum’s house. And I talked about Good Friday at some point. They know about Easter–well, Bennett and Laura did. Catie’s answer to what we celebrate on Easter? “Jesus’ Birthday?” Um….NO.

I don’t want my kids to lack in their spiritual upbringing because I can transition from Intending to DOING.