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When She Believes

“But nothing is as beautiful as when she believes in me”

I’m studying with iTunes playing, just letting it doing it’s thing, not really any mood to make a particular music preference.  I mean it’s raining buckets outside and has been all day.  If I made a musical choice, it would probably just be depressing like the weather.  Anyhow, Ben Harper’s song “When she Believes” just came on.  While, I’m sure this isn’t what he was singing about, but from my perspective, wow.  This song makes me feel so loved.  I imagine my heavenly father looking down and feeling this way when another person believes in his love, salvation, & grace.  I imagine God looking down with love at me now, smiling, that a Ben Harper song can make me feel His love.  🙂

 

 

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too much

I just got the phone call that everyone dreads to receive.  One of my good friend’s dad has been in the hospital for awhile with aggressive cancer, but the doctors thought it was caught soon enough and my friend was hopeful he would recover.  However, after having to make the decision to remove the ventilator, he passed away tonight.  I can’t help but be frustrated with God.  This friend already lost her mother when she was younger and now her dad too!  She’s only 23.  It just feels too young for your parents to be dying, esp for both to have died.  I can’t help but wonder how much can she bare?  God promises not to give us more than we can handle, but isn’t this too much?  I watched my dad & his siblings make the same decisions regarding a ventilator with my grandma this summer.  It was heartbreaking.  While we never want someone to only be living due to life support, having to make the decision that if they can’t breathe on their own, it’s time, is a heart-wrenching place to be.

Pray for her.  She has an amazing spirit and zeal for life.  When she’s around, I know we’re going to have fun.  Pray for her family.  She has a step-mom & sister, and a younger brother.  Pray that she will find comfort and strength in the coming days, and that she will loved beyond imagination.  Pray for peace and restoration.

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Tollhouse Pie

One word:  YUM!

I discovered this beaut at Kaminsky’s last weekend when I went out with Carmen & Erica.  I don’t think it’s the same as Kaminsky’s but it’s still pretty darn good.

Ingredients:

1 pie shell         1/2 c brown sugar

2 large eggs     3/4 c butter

1/2 c flour         1 c chocolate chips

1/2 c sugar        1 c chopped nuts

 

PREHEAT oven to 325° F.

BEAT eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spoon into pie shell.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

I also add a tsp of vanilla and use Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips.  And you guessed it, I leave out the nuts.  Serve it with ice cream–it’s rich though, so go with small servings.  It’s also good with a merlot.  I recommend 14 Hands.

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Goodbye Facebook

So I’m not really one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I guess I just tend to get depressed that it seems like they’re never kept.  So, for this year I decided to make a resolution of sorts.

I’ve said goodbye to Facebook.  for now at least.

Why you ask?  For many reasons.  Facebook format changes too much.  Facebook seems to hardly keep me in touch with anyone.  Facebook news never seemed to have news on the people I care about the most.  There are too many parents on facebook.  I’m tired of getting invited to random events on weeknights in Clemson.  I’m tired of birthday wishes from people I haven’t talked to in years.  Mark Z. has too much of my information and who knows what he’s going to do with it, plus he just generally creeps me out.  I was wasting too much time and had nothing to show for it.  But mainly I feel like it’s made me become lazy about communicating with the people I care about the most.  It was too easy to just send a facebook message instead of picking up the phone and calling.  So here’s to trying to be conscious about maintaining friendships.

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the coops

So every one knows this is Kit’s dog.

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Hunting with Ethan

Ethan and I went duck hunting this last Saturday.  7 ducks between us, crazy wind, and a couple lucky shots and we got a couple of ducks.  Bonneu Ferry was good to us, saw couple thousand ducks. 

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5 layer b-day cake

Kit asked for a simple chocolate cake in the theme of a snickers. So to go over the top just a little bit, I got some pecan’s, caramel and cream cheese icing. The cake was a chocolate 5 layer covered with cream cheese icing and caramel between each layer, and the top well you can see. We took it to hominy grill in downtown Charleston, where I was glad we even got to eat it because of all the people asking who baked that and not believing that a guy could have even thought to do that. Stupid stereo types and a great cake for Kit’s 23 birthday.

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