Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Southwest Chicken Soup
3 cups shredded chicken (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 c. salsa
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. frozen corn
1T. dried onions
1t. chili powder
1/2t. garlic powder
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Choosing to See by Marybeth Chapman. Wife of my all-time favorite CCM artist, Steven Curtis, this book chronicles their life together, including the tragic loss of their adopted daughter, Maria. This book is kind of depressing, but it also very real and touching. I cried many times while reading this book and read several passages aloud to Will because they rang so true about how Christians struggle and deal with loss and tragedies (whether great or small). I highly recommend it. But keep the Kleenexes close by. (On a side note, this was the first book I read on my iPad/Kindle app.)
Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Wells. I read this book upon the recommendation of one of my all-time favorites blogger picking it for her online book club of sorts. See discussion here. I really liked this book a lot. The Glass Castle, Wells' own memoir is one of my favorites, not only because she has an awesome life story, but because she tells it so well. HBH is an autobiography of sorts about Wells' cowgirl grandmother (kind of a prequel to her own life story). I highly recommend this book for a quick, easy and entertaining read
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Now that I think about it, I think I read this last year, but we discussed it in our book club this year. I'm right. I did.
The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns. This book is still in progress. I'll keep you posted.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This one is still in progress too.
The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin. I love all things Emily Giffin. Her books are typically quick, fun reads. I read this one quickly because I borrowed it from a friend and wanted to return it before it got buried in the deep, dark depths of books known as my "reading list". This one hit a little more close to home with the husband of a seemingly perfect couple (with two small children) having an affair and almost destroying his family. It did have Dex and Rachel (from the famed "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" books that are my favorites by Giffin) as minor characters in the story, which was fun.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. I read this book in one full day at the beach. The weather was cloudy and iffy so I sat inside on the balcony and read while Luke took his morning nap and then David took his afternoon nap. I did not like how the story ended and did not buy the modern day comparison between Sarah's life and the life of the narrator (whose name escapes me at the moment), but I thought the true historical story of the German Nazi occupation of France and rounding up of thousands of French Jews was interesting and something you don't typically learn about in your high school history lesson on WWII.
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner. This book was just okay. I've read too many stories about childhood best friends who have a major tiff only to reconnect many years later at some drunken high school reunion. But, it was an easy read and the story kept me interested enough to keep the pages turning.
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. Everyone should read this book. I read it in two hours while we were driving to the beach. As a christian, this book solidifies what I hope heaven to truly be ... a place of splendor to spend eternity with God the Father and God the Son and a reunion with our loved ones who have gone on before us.
Radical by David Platt. I love how simply Platt lays out his "radical" ideas about the true calling of a christian. And I agree. Over the past year, our Sunday School class has really tried to convert our thinking to a global worldview and focus on spreading the gospel to those who have never heard it. This is a radical idea in our present-day culture where the focus is always on me, me, me.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I started reading this book back in January and it was really good. The store is about an American soldier in WWII, who survived a plane crash over the ocean only to be captured/rescued by the Japanese.) I read it avidly. I remember sitting at the table feeding Luke in his high chair and reading it on my ipad it was so good. It was a page turner. And then it kept going and going and going and I had to put it down. I thought if this poor guy gets sent to one more POW camp ... I had forgotten about finishing it until a friend asked me about it last night at church. I really need to pick it back up.
Monday, September 19, 2011
A photo with Daddy after church. Not the best time. Silly kids.
Better pics ... Will and his boys showing their muscles.
Will and his sweet girl!
Happy Father's Day to the best Daddy and hubby in the world!
Here are my three kiddos sporting their red, white & blue on July 4th. The kids spent the entire weekend in North Alabama with their grandparents, while Will and I had some adult alone time. We headed down on Sunday after church and went to a July 4th celebration with Will's parents' church on Sunday night and celebrated the 4th with his family on Monday. We came home on Tuesday morning. (Will's work gave him Monday and Tuesday off for the 4th. Nice!)
Baby Luke on his first July 4th. (Sporting a patriotic hand-me-down from his big brother.)
Will and his dad and brother.
Didi cooks a mean steak. He loves to grill!
Doug and Brandi.
A rare family photo where everybody is looking at the camera.
Water fun on a hot day. The hose was a big hit. I love the smile on David's face ... pure joy!
Luke enjoyed playing in the frog pool.
Claire with friends Mattie and Anna Kate at the church function.
My friend Kaisha. We love seeing long-time friends at Will's parents' church.
Claire and Didi.
The diving board was a big hit. Claire went off without any flotation device.
Me and my boy David.
The kids ready to watch the fireworks display.
Mattie and Claire.
What a fun weekend!!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Everybody coming down at the same times of course!
We had our annual backyard BBQ with our next door neighbors in July this year (when the temps were inching near triple digits) instead of our usual Memorial Day soiree.
Will and Luke keeping cool under the porch.
Lovely ladies ... my friends Beth & Heather.
Little miss HJ was patiently awaiting her dinner. Love that face!
Kevin cooking up a bunch of burgers and dogs.
Until next year ...
Friday, September 16, 2011
Anyway, Ms. Linda was great and Claire progressed a lot in her speech this year. So much so that we feared she would not qualify for free services if she was reevaluated. (She definitely still needs speech, I'm just not sure if its bad enough to qualify for free services.) Thankfully, she will not be reevaluated until 2013 and we will continue receiving free speech services through the school system another year (with a new therapist).
I titled this post "speech x2" because David has also recently qualified for speech services through the school system for articulation delay (just like Claire). I suspected that he would even though he is much more intelligible to me than Claire was at his same age. Maybe I'm just used to listening to it by now. And apparently, he is too.
Our history of speech problems certainly doesn't bode well for this little guy ...
Especially since his tongue is constantly sticking out of his mouth. (Claire and David both do something called "fronting" which has something to do with their tongue being positioned more in the front of their mouth which makes it difficult for them to make sounds in the back of their mouth ... SLP friends ... correct me if I am wrong.)
I really can get down sometimes about all of our speech woes, but I was constantly reminded this year (twice a week when Claire went in for therapy) that there are kids MUCH worse off than mine and I am very thankful that our problems are only with articulation and not any type of developmental problems.
And, I am very thankful that we do not have to bear the financial burden of paying for private therapy since we have qualified for services through the school system.
So here's to another year of speech ... times 2.