Monday, October 31, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
~My friend Becky sent me her recipe (and secret ingredient) for her delicious Empire Biscuits (cookies) pictured above. I made a batch to share with the CarpoolQueen today. You really can't eat these biscuits alone... you must be with a friend.
~Speaking of friends.... My lovely British friend Alison came bearing gifts on my birthday last week. She and her youngest girl, Esther brought me lovely gifts that remind me so much of them: English tea and homemade Lemon Curd.
If you could meet Esther you would love her immediately. She is cheerful and loving and just as cute as can be. If her sweet smile and golden braids weren't enough, her endearing inability to pronounce the hard-sound for"C" or "K" would certainly win you over. She uses a "T" sound instead.
She was so excited to give me her gift that she excitedly exclaimed in her English accent, "Tellie! We've made you some Lemon Turd!"
Oh! She is a glittering ray of happiness, she really is...
Posted by Kellie A at 3:32 PM
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Its not like me to be quiet during the month of October. It is, after-all, my favorite month.
This year October is bittersweet. Sweet with celebrations and lovely moments; Bitter as I grieve relationships that are difficult. Situations that are painful. Loss that is tough.
Its just one of those times in life, when bad news seems to come in a string of storms, and I am tempted to believe that all that was sacred is now desperately at risk.
But, that is a lie I cannot afford to believe, because storms pass, and there is always the good that springs from the rain.
Yesterday I was reading in Prayers for Today: A Year-Long Journal of Contemplative Prayer, by Bjokrlund, and this prayer (written by the author) was good for my heart, my soul, and my mind:
Lord, You sometimes take away what I value most.Life is messy. But I am thankful for a husband who is wise and strong. I am thankful for two kiddos who are tender-hearted and loving. I am thankful for family and friends who love lavishly, and are a blessing to me even when they are unaware.
It is easy to praise You when You give to me what I want most.
And it is easy to blame you when I suffer.
It is hard for me to imagine that there is a good reason for suffering if i can't think of
one, Yet You, my maker, know better about my life than I.
Should I accept the good and not the bad from Your hand? So in faith, no matter the
circumstance, I shall praise Your name.
When laughter and success are my current reality, I shall praise Your name.
And when hardship and loss are my current reality, I shall praise Your name.
When scarcity and need mark my path, I shall praise Your name.
When all seems broken, I shall praise Your name.
Lord, whatever I experience, I choose to praise Your name.
October is my favorite month, and this year I am grateful that God has given me this time to look to Him, to remember that I am not in control.
It is easy to believe this truth when all of life is tied up with string like so many gifts at a party. These gifts... aren't so tidy.
However, these gifts of sorrow are opening up a new place to surrender to Him.... Oh, that I will not waste these gifts and forfeit His work in me...
Posted by Kellie A at 10:56 AM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Monday, October 17, 2011
It's as if the last three weeks has been a whirlwind.
We had a great time visiting friends and family out west.
I got to visit with many of my desert peeps, but I wish I could have seen more...
Time has a way of going fast, in life and on vacation.
We ended our 16-day stay in Southern Arizona with a 40th anniversary celebration for my parents.
We spent the morning setting up tables in the courtyard and in the carport, and running around in general busyness. I was giddy with excitement.
The weather was perfect and I think everyone had a good time.
I did my best to make sure I harassed these two every chance I got...
I miss 'em... my mom and dad, my brothers and their families. But I'm also glad to be home.
I was so worried I was going to miss the changing of seasons. It's silly, but true.
There is something profound about watching the world prepare to fall asleep. Its amazing to see the colors turn from green to orange and yellow and red... the colorful grand finale before a long and wintery rest.
I shouldn't have worried.
The Mister and I got up bright and early before church yesterday for a long walk through the woods.
Of course, I can't stay outside all day looking at leaves. The house is completely out of order, school is back in session, laundry is piled up, and I have a bunch of projects to finish. Namely this one:
My mom picked out four beautiful colors of pima cotton for a granny-square jacket I'm making for her birthday.... and I need to hurry. Her birthday is Thursday, which is sooner than i'll be finished.
The good news is that when I left Arizona it was 90 degrees outside, so she won't need it this week anyway.
Well, the laundry calls...
Posted by Kellie A at 8:53 AM
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Vacation. Its been great!
I have been visiting family and friends (and their new puppy!) Eating a lot of Mexican food. And, of course, crafting.
We are staying within 5 miles of a yarn boutique, and two major craft and fabric stores. The kids and I have gone to the stores several times already.
We made paracord bracelets (with para-like cord. We had trouble finding paracord but will order some when we get home.)
We also made them in black, but they don't photograph quite as nicely!
I brought my crochet hooks and hooked up a little sweater. It still needs a ribbon that will be woven through the row where the crochet hook sits:
The best parts of shopping was running into Becca from Our Crazy Boys.
I've been reading Becca's blog for a couple years, and every time I come to town I want to meet her, but time always gets away. Imagine my surprise when I saw her in line at the craft store.
I was so excited to hug her neck that i pushed four ladies out of my way to get to her. Then, in my impetuousness I called her Stephanie. Oops! I was just so happy to get the opportunity to say hello!
I'm off to go for a walk this morning. Nothing like walking and getting a tan in October!
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Posted by Kellie A at 11:38 AM
Saturday, October 01, 2011
We are having a blast here in Southern Arizona! Seeing family and friends is so much fun.
They've had so much rain here this summer that everything is blooming! This picture is not so very good, but these flowers are everywhere. I love the bright bold colors that pop amidst the desert greens and browns. Like little floral flames, they lit the path on my morning walk.
The Boy walked with me and every time we saw a Teddy Bear cholla cactus, he would pretend to hug it. Which makes me laugh and freak out every single time. Which, now that I think about it, is probably why he does it.
My Dad went to the Mexican Bakery to get my favorite treat. MMMmmm... the snack of champions!
Last night we attended the wedding of a dear friend of the family. The wedding was amazing. So honoring to God and family. The little church was beautiful... Such a great setting for a great couple!
The reception was fun and The Girl and her Paw cut a rug dancing the Cumbia together. It was a great party!
The Boy and his Uncle Dan. They look a lot alike and they like to hang out...
We are having a wonderful time!
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