Saturday, April 30, 2011

Five Minute Friday: If I knew I could, I would...

I'm linking up to The Gypsy Mama's Five Minute Friday Saturday. Lisa-Jo assigns a prompt and asks you to write for five minutes without planning, overthinking, editing, or worrying about how it sounds. So I'm checking my clock, and starting now.


If I knew I could cook without recipes, I would. I dream of going in the kitchen, opening the cupboards, the freezer, the refrigerator, and creating a meal. A meal that combines healthy eating principles, my whims, and what we have that is fresh and in season. 

Instead, I am trapped by my need to do things exactly right. I cling to my trusty recipes, old and new, and I follow each step without straying. I compulsively read the recipe over and over again until I practically have them memorized, and then I read them again. 

On Wednesday night, I opened the refrigerator and pulled out crescent roll dough, leftover ham, cream cheese, and American cheese. I mixed up the ham and cheese (didn't measure!) and put a pile of it on each roll. I folded them up and baked them until they were brown. Oooooh yum. They were delicious, easy, and creative (for me!).

I need to do that more.


Watoto Children's Choir

For a few months now, we've been hearing and reading in church about the Watoto Children's Choir coming to visit on Easter Sunday. I was looking forward to it. Thought it'd be cute and fun to see the kids sing. I had NO IDEA.




When we arrived at church on Sunday and saw that their bus was already parked by the door. We were surprised that they were there because we thought they were arriving later that day. As we walked in, we saw them all crowded into our church library, and after a few minutes, they came into the sanctuary to warm up and practice before church started.




Let me just say, I was in tears watching them PRACTICE. The congregation was on the verge of a standing ovation during their warm ups - that's not something that happens very often! Their energy was indescribable. (Literally, indescribable - I'm sitting here trying to tell you about it, and I can't!)



During the service (which was wonderful itself), these 21 precious children sang a beautiful song called "I am Not Forgotten." It was so moving and awe-inspiring. The video below is one I found on youtube of them singing it. Please watch it - it will be worth your time!

When they finished singing, we clapped and clapped and clapped, and the amazing thing was, their choir director came up on stage, led the congregation in an acapello praise song, and turned the entire focus back on God. They choked me up all over again!



Later that evening, we headed back to church for a "Concert of Hope." I was so thrilled to get to see them again and for Janie to watch this time! It was so incredibly beautiful, sad, and hopeful. Here is the song that moved me the most - wow - just heartbreaking.

This concert was also the most interactive performance I've ever seen! They had a whole congregation of PRESBYTERIANS up and moving and dancing their tushies off! It was hilarious and so refreshing!



Please watch these videos if you have about fifteen minutes to learn more about this incredible ministry!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Photo Story: Springtime

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post is a response to Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

Photo Story: Take a walk through your neighborhood this week and share some pictures of what Spring looks like where you live.

Spring on Washington Street starts with beautiful and bright yellow flowers weeds...


Trees blooming in purple...

Purple tree

Delicate white flowers...

White flowers

Green leaves and bold blue sky...

Tree and sky

The bench where Jason reads to his first graders in the afternoons...


One proud tulip...


Red fire hydrants...

Fire hydrant

A cute baby head enjoying the sunshine...

Janie's head

Trees showing their growing leaves...


Pursed baby girl lips...


A family of gorgeous tulips


Another lovely group of flowers...

Yellow and white

A strong and tall fence...


An iron bench in a beautiful front yard...


An abundance of pretty flowers...


A very old headstone...


Surrounded by many more remembrances of our veterans...


A curious bird...


And the best part of spring...


Neighbors with open doors...

Janie and Olivia

Who invite you inside...

Janie and Olivia

To play, chat, and catch up...

Janie and Olivia

And make plans to enjoy the warm weather together.

Janie and Olivia

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Recap: The Monday Edition

On Sunday night, we did something really awesome but I'm going to share that with you later. Just be excited...!

We hung around the house for a little while on Monday morning, and I loved watching Janie, Chase, Brooke, and the dogs relax together.








We decided to go for a drive to get lunch and look in some shops. Jason and Janie hopped on this swing for awhile and because I had my zoom lens with me, I was able to get some cute shots without interrupting their private moment.



Janie and Jason

Janie and Jason

Janie and Jason

Up next... our special outing on Sunday night and a photowalk that Janie and I took today!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Recap: The Sunday Edition

Sunday came warm and beautiful, if a little bit wet and rainy. What a nice change from the cold!

Janie wore a beautiful pink dress, a pretty white sweater, dainty white "church socks" (that's what I always called socks with ruffles), and a fun little white hat. It was funny to see her all dressed up like that because she doesn't wear too many very girly type outfits.

Janie on Easter

Janie and basketball

Janie and Mommy

Janie and toys

Easter morning

Easter morning

Julie's husband, Rick, came Sunday morning to spend the day with all of us, and I was able to get a nice picture of their family.

Rick, Julie, Brooke, and Chase on Easter

After pictures, we went to church and participated in an incredible worship service. Jason pretty much summed up the entire morning when he told me, "This music is moving me. I'm glad I'm here." I can't really explain any better than that - it was moving. 

We came back to Jason's parents house to relax, hunt for eggs, and eat! Boy did we eat!

Janie and bottle

Chase egg hunt

Chase egg hunt

Chase egg hunt

Janie's first egg hunt

Janie's first egg hunt

Janie had such a great day - it was so fun to see her interact with everyone and just be her normal, almost perfect self. The whole day made me so look forward to many more holidays and family get togethers in the future!




Janie and Chase

Janie and Chase

Janie and Chase