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John MacArthur on the Will of God: Delight Yourself in the Lord and Do Whatever You Want

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Instructions to Make Yarn Pom Poms

A Fun Family Portrait (Not My Family)

Wrapping Presents: Keep It Simple

Recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Fig Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula

S’mores Hot Chocolate

What a Day!

While I realize the title of this post can be taken two ways, I mean it in the best way possible. I would say it was one of the best days ever, but that would sound cliché. I’m told I use the word best too frequently. In college my friends would tease me saying that every cup of coffee I drank was “the best cup ever”.

Here are the little moments that made my day great (and I’m sure there are some that didn’t even make the list):

  • Walking to Starbucks in the A.M.
  • Getting the Opportunity to Bring One of My Roommates a Drink
  • Receiving Grace (even if it was in my employer’s interest to do so, they didn’t have to)
  • My Boss Reminding Me over the Phone of my Humanity and the Gospel and How that Relates to Life in the Office Right Now
  • Getting the Following Email From a Friend regarding my Birthday:
    “Ok. Here’s all you need to know… Be in the King Hall parking lot Saturday at 6:30pm. Dress is casual. Come hungry :)”
  • A Great Conversation over Lunch with a Friend/ Co-worker
  • Dave Arriving in the Office
  • The Squeals of Delight and the Shouts of Excitement that Accompanied Dave and Tricia being in the Office
  • Having Kids Visit the Office
  • My Boss Appreciating all the Little Things I Worked on in his Absence and the Fact that he Liked the Things I Moved forward on without his Approval
  • Sunflowers Delivered to My Desk
  • Delivering Full Deposit Checks to Apartment Renters that are Moving Out
  • Getting to Help People in the Move Out Process
  • The Grace, Encouragement, and Counsel I receive from Friends and Roommates. ( I don’t know why people care, but their care is evident.)
  • Going for a Run and Getting to Speak for the First Time with People who I Frequently See on the Path. I asked an older gentleman, who I see more frequently than anyone else, how far he walks. He replied, “As far as my legs take me. 2 1/2 miles that way and 2 1/2 miles back. He told me that he thinks my little trek (four little loops on the path) is 6 miles. I think that is a strech, but I would be happy if it was 5. It is one of those things, where I didn’t dare guess. It would have been like the estimate of a three-year-old trying to guess the age of an adult. I could be off by 4 miles in either direction. He was really encouraging, though. He said, “You are doing great. You move very quickly :).”
  • I kept pace with a coyote on the path. Not only was it fun to watch him run (creation never ceases to amaze me), but it was fun to see people’s responses as they came from the other direction and encountered the coyote. “THAT’S A COYOTE!” I tried to get a photo for you all, but before I could some people scared him off the path. When I passed his spot in the brush, I booked it out of there. He had looked like he was on the prowl, and I didn’t want him to confuse me with his dinner/prey.
  • A Young Teenage Guy Holding the Door for Me at In-N-Out (Anyone holding a door is just very thoughtful and always makes me happy.)
  • Hearing my Name Called Behind me at In-N-Out and Turning to See a  Coworker I Don’t Really Know behind Me in Line. (I got to meet her husband and I got to know her a little better as we waited for our orders. I think we will be great friends in the future. She drives a vespa :) )

I don’t deserve any of this kindness, yet God showers it on me and he uses his creation (usually people) to do it. Recognizing that there is no reason for people to do these acts of kindness for me is humbling. Recognizing God at work in their lives behind it… is delightful. For some of them it is clear that the gospel is why they do what they do, for others God is sovereignly orchestrating our interactions. It’s amazing how much He cares about the details and about you and about me. That’s something to rejoice in even when the day is long and you aren’t in contr0l. You aren’t ever in control; Jesus is always sovereign and that news is something to rejoice in.

I’m playing in the snow…

… just playing in the snow. What a glorious Independence Day! I’m playing in the snow.

Well, Al Gore must have fixed the global warming problem, because while we were visiting Kellie’s parents for the weekend we had a snow encounter, in California, on the Fourth of July. Or, perhaps this is a part of “Climate Change.”

On another note, I don’t usually start sentences with conjunctions as I did in my last “sentence.” I grew up learning it was taboo and still believe it to be incorrect. I’ve been reading a book, however, entitled On Writing Well, that claims that we need to throw out the notion that we cannot start sentences with conjunctions like “or” or “but.” I thought I would give it a try, but I’m not convinced. It’s still a fragment masquerading as a sentence. Despite disagreeing with the author on a few topics, including political views and conjunctions, I highly recommend the book.

Now, here are some pictures of the effects of global warming on Fourth of July traditions:

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Dinner at The Haney’s

The other night two of my roommates, another friend and I were invited to the Haney’s house for dinner. Going to the Haney’s is an experience to enjoy and to be prepared for.

1. Bring an appetite.


Hummus & Mini Bell Peppers
Assorted Chips
Best Fruit Salad Ever (Courtesy of Girltalk Blog, with adjustments made by Lauren)
Grilled Haney-grown Squash Marinated in a Balsamic Vinegrette
Delicious Hamburgers with all the Sides and Toppings Served on Homemade Buns
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake Served with Home-made Vanilla Goat Milk Icecream

– Mrs. H. whipped this up while we were all standing around in the kitchen talking and eating appetizers. What fun and what a culinary delight! Before this summer, I had never had rhubarb, but everything I’ve had this summer has been delicious!!!!!!!!! I will be serving this in the future, but probably not with goat milk ice cream, which is equally delicious. I ate them separately so I could fully enjoy both. Yum!

2. Come appropriately attired.

I came straight from work, which wasn’t a problem because I wore jeans, but the chickens did take issue with the silver buckles on my shoes. They kept pecking at them. I’m glad I made it out alive. Between the chickens and Thomas the Turkey, I was a little intimidated :).

3. Be prepared to learn random facts about crops and creatures.

Did you know that turkey’s heads turn color? I couldn’t figure out why Thomas looked so bizarre at first, but I’m used to seeing turkeys with red heads. Their heads actually change color at different times between red, white, and blue. Thomas had a blue head. It kind of looks like it is made of brain matter, but it was very soft. Thomas is very protective of the Mrs.; Mrs. H. that is. Don’t try to get between her and him. He will ruffle his feathers and charge.

Goat milk has around four times the amount of fat in it as in cow milk, which is why it makes such good ice cream.

Male goats pee on their own beards to make themselves attractive to the females. I’m so thankful I’m not a goat!

4. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.

I milked a goat. I’m not very good at it, but I learned a few things. First, if I had to do it or if I had the opportunity in the future to live that kind of life, I could. Secondly, I’m so thankful I am not a goat!

5. Lastly, enjoy and learn from the Haney’s example.

From the moment we walked into the door, until we pulled out of the driveway onto the dirt road, the time was enjoyable and beneficial. The Haneys enjoy life, God’s creation, conversation, story telling, hard work, sharing what they have and  at hospitality. They know what it means to be hospitable, which is so different than entertaining. They know how to make people feel at home and invite others into their lives. I want to be more like that. More on that in my next post.

Tarantula Hawk
May 17, 2010, 10:00 am
Filed under: Cool Finds, Creation

I recently learned about these insects that paralyze tarantulas, take them to their nests, and lay their eggs on them, so their babies have fresh tarantula to eat when they hatch. My brother and I looked up some videos to see the tarantula hawk in action. God’s creation really is amazing.