Thursday, December 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday: September 2013

I failed to post about anything we did in September, so I thought I'd take advantage of 'Throwback Thursday'.  Here's a quick look at our life during that month.  

On September 11, each of the schools on post participated in a Freedom Walk where the children walked from their schools to meet at a field.  They were all decked out with red, white & blue, flags and other patriotic accessories.  The children sang songs and there was a brief but emotional ceremony where they honored those lost on 9/11 and the servicemembers that have served and been lost since then.

We were invaded by butterflies!  One of Marlie's friends told me ALL about the monarch butterflies and their migration.   This is just one of the many that were constantly in the bushes in front of our house.

Bryan and Marlie were able to enjoy an afternoon at a Father-Daughter Tea that was held on post.

Emma and I got to meet UGA football great (and Heisman Trophy winner), Herschel Walker!  He was here speaking about mental health which is obviously a huge issue in the military today.  Em & I dressed up in our red & black and he was kind enough to sign a few of our UGA football books too.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tenacious by Jeremy and Jennifer Williams

When I was given the opportunity to read and review Tenacious, I jumped at the chance.  Jeremy and Jennifer Williams and their 2 children, Josie & Jacob are from my home state of Georgia.  Their story had spread throughout the state and their family was featured on the Extreme Home Makeover television series.  I was very interested in reading their story in their own words.       

Jeremy was a young, up and coming high school football coach who was married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer.  They had a young daughter, Josie, when they learned that Jennifer was pregnant with their second child.  Jacob was born with Spina Bifida and soon Jeremy would be diagnosed with ALS.  Tenacious is the beautiful story of how the Williams family faced these challenges and used their faith in God to inspire a football team and community.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book.  The sports fan in me loved reading about Jeremy's football coaching experience and the impact he had on the young men in his community.  As a mom, I was moved by Jeremy & Jennifer's experiences as they dealt with a difficult diagnosis for Jacob while ensuring that Josie gets all the love and attention that a little girl needs.    

Tenacious is easy to read yet powerful.  I would recommend it for readers in their teens and older.  You can get your own copy of the book here.  

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Stitch Fix #7

We've now had two foster care placements come and go.  Our most recent placement left earlier this week so we are trying to regroup.  That includes me trying to get my blog back on track  - at least for now.  Sharing my latest Stitch Fix is an easy way to do just that!
I received my seventh Stitch Fix in September.  I couldn't decide on just one thing to keep so for the first time, I kept two items!  If you want to know more about how Stitch Fix works, you can read my original post here.  

If I remember correctly, this shirt by Renee C is made in the USA, which is something I love!
Yonny Striped 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top by Renee C

I've kept cardigans from my last 2 out of 3 fixes, so I had to pass on this one.
Hartley Heart Patch Button-Up Cardigan by Sugarhill Boutique
Three Piece Fan Necklace by Bay to Baubles
Love this top for so many reasons - the print is unique and feminine and the back pleat is a neat addition!
Milan Lace Print Back Pleat Top by Under Skies

Milan Lace Print Back Pleat Top by Under Skies (back view)

These were a definite yes! I've been wanting some colored jeans and these fit me great!
Adora Ankle Length Jean by Just Black

Stitch Fix is probably my favorite discovery of 2013.  I can't wait to get my shipment each month!
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Monday, October 7, 2013

First Placement

A new blog post will be coming soon but for now most of my time is consumed by this little lady.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Summer Wine Punch

When we had our college football tailgate party last month, I wanted to try a new cocktail.  I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and it is now definitely one of my favorites.  It's light and refreshing and very similar to sangria.  

Summer Wine Punch

3 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup sugar
1 bottle chilled Riesling
1 quart chilled lemon-lime soda or club soda
ice cubes

Chill all ingredients before mixing them together.  Put strawberries into chilled bowl.  Sprinkle sugar over and stir until strawberries are evenly coated.  Pour wine and chilled soda into bowl and serve immediately.  
Makes 2 quarts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Marlie turns 6!

Last month Marlie turned six years old.  I enjoy making a big deal of birthday parties, but by no means create a carnival for my kid.  I just hope that the celebration we create will remind them of how special they are to me.  However, this year I tried to be very intentional about giving Marlie the party that she wanted.
Even though she hasn't shown any interest in Rapunzel or Tangled in about a year, she decided she wanted a Tangled party.  The theme was set!
For the past 5 years I've gotten her beautiful (yet edible - I don't do fondant) cakes.  She's gotten where she really doesn't like cake that much though.  We talked about what to do this year and she decided that she really wanted an ice cream cake.  We rode over to Dairy Queen one afternoon and she was thrilled to find that they had a Tangled cake.    We ordered the cake and she enjoyed customizing it by selecting the icing colors.
The party location proved to be the most difficult part of the planning the party.  We enjoy having outside parties but you never know if it's going to be too hot at the end of August.  After talking through our options, Marlie chose the small miniature golf course on post for her party.  The weather was beautiful for about two weeks before the party, but on that day it was HOT!  We were all dripping with sweat, but the birthday girl had just the celebration that she wanted.  Even though I would have done some things differently if it was just up to me, I'm so glad that I decided to focus on exactly what she wanted this year.
What a blessing to be able to celebrate our SIX year old!  

The birthday girl and her cake

Gifts!  I've never really expected Marlie to do thank you notes in the past, but this year she is capable of writing them on her own.  I put the gifts away once we got home and she could get out one at a time - as she wrote the thank you notes for them!

Em's style of miniature golf.

For almost every birthday, Marlie has had a personalized birthday shirt by our friend Tara.  Check out her products at

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stitch Fix #6

I was getting my hair cut this morning (makes you feel like a new woman doesn't it??) and I was telling my stylist about Stitch Fix.  I realized that I am due to share what was in my sixth box.  After choosing some cooler weather pieces the past few months, I finally got a great hot weather item!
If you want to know more about how Stitch Fix works, you can read my original post here.  For now, check out what I received in August!

I have a hard time resisting polka dots...
Cheska Sheer Dot Print Sleeveless Top  by Papillon
I was a fan of this dress.  It was cute, comfortable and best of all - made in America!  I'm willing to pay a little more for local items, but this was just a bit out of my price range.
Schepers Cotton Striped Dress by Missa

Andrea Cowl Neck Cotton Tank by Bobi

Danny 5-Pocket Knit Pants by Kut From The Kloth

Circle Enclosed Scale Earrings by 41Hawthorn

The sheer dot top was by far the winner in fix #6.  I wore it out to dinner with the family as soon as I got it.

And thanks to the super helpful style cards, I realized I had a green skirt that would pair with it perfectly for church!


Stitch Fix is probably my favorite discovery of 2013.  I can't wait to get my shipment each month!
If you would like a stylist to select some great items just for you, I would really appreciate it if you used my referral code to sign up:  

Would you like to see what items I've received in my previous Stitch Fix shipments?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How We Got Here

As of last week, we completed and submitted our licensing packet to provide foster care.  Now we just wait on all of our paperwork to get processed and we will eventually have one more home inspection.  One question we've been asked is how we decided to do foster care so this LONG post will explain that.  I'll go back to the very beginning...
Back in 2004, during mine & Bryan's first year of marriage, he attended his Officer Basic Course (OBC) at Fort Sill, OK.  One of the random memories I have of that time is walking through the tiny mall in Lawton.  In one of the vacant stores they had set up a gallery of photos of foster children.  I recall walking through that room and reading about so many (if not all) of the children.  My heart broke for them and I wished somehow I could just save them all.  Obviously that wasn't going to happen since I was barely a wife and not yet ready to be a mother.    
A few years and one child later, we were stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.  From 2009 to 2011 we lived there and through church and my MOPS group, I had the priviledge of meeting quite a few moms who had adopted (both domestically and internationally) or were in the process of adopting.  These families inspired me to say the least and this led me to think a lot more about orphan care.  I hoped that someday we might be able to adopt after we were done having biological children.
In 2011 we moved to Athens and I got to know the mom of one of Marlie's friends.  Their family had recently started providing foster care.  Over the time that we were there, she cared for a few different newborn babies.  We were able to watch one baby girl grow and thrive in their family.  She was such a precious baby and left a lasting impression on me.
Obviously God was already working on my heart and that continued when our women's Bible study group at church took on James.  This study rocked my world in a great way.  I love that James was such a straight shooter and challenges us to be doers of the word and not just sayers.  I challenged myself to put this into practice and began working with the local women & children's shelter to collect items that they needed.  Individually each of these things seems insignificant, but looking back I can see  how everything was coming together.
In January we moved here to Kansas and since our stay here could be short, I had figured it still wasn't a good time to pursue foster care.  Obviously God wanted to let me know that he has other plans.  I met a lady at church who turned out to live just a few houses down from us.  As soon as I met her, she told me that she had adopted 2 of her daughters through the foster care system.  She soon introduced me to a few other ladies at church who had also been foster and adoptive mothers!
This got my mind and heart stirring again, but there was more to come!  I had gotten in touch with a photographer about taking Emma's one year pictures.  She is also an Army wife, but we had a mutual friend in one of my sorority sisters from college (who is now also an Army wife!).  This photographer had adopted her daughter and had a heart for working with foster and adoptive families.  She did photos for another local family who provides foster care and shared a beautiful post about them on her blog.  I asked her if she could put me in touch with this family so that I could speak to them about their experience and ask questions.  I had the privilege of meeting this sweet Army wife/foster mom, her 2 biological children and 2 foster children.  Even though it was a brief get together, she provided me with so much good information and encouragement.  A few days after that I made the call to the local agency and the next day Bryan & I attended our first MAPP class.
I have gotten to know another foster family who allowed me to babysit a precious newborn foster baby and I learned that some other neighbors we have known for months adopted their son from foster care!  I have been amazed at the local community of foster families I have found here.  They are doing hard work but I believe it is what God is calling so many of us to do.  They have already inspired and encouraged me and continue to answer my many questions!
If you have adopted or provided foster care, shared your story with me, provided me with information or answered questions - thank you!  I don't know what the future holds for our family or any child that may come into it, but you are definitely part of our story.  Even if we only help one child, you will be one of the reasons why.
May God continue to bless you Courtney, Judi, Pam, Amy, Missie, Stephanie, Meredith, Carrie, Renee, Mandy, Lindsay & Stephen.  It is so typical that I would forget someone, so please call me out if I have!  I want to acknowledge you!
The last part of our story so far has to do with our home and my role as a stay at home mom.  The last few times we've moved we were a little worried about our housing situation.  Each time I prayed that God would give us a house that we could use to do his work and each time we have been blessed with a good house in a great neighborhood.  There have been times where I wished I had the freedom and ability to go out into the world and serve on a great mission trip.  I've learned though that during this season of my life, my home is my mission field.  I am so thankful and blessed to be able to stay at home and raise our girls.  Stay at home moms are especially needed in foster care because there are so many newborns who aren't able to go into day care on a regular basis.  Not to mention the security children can feel from being with the same person throughout each day.  I feel like God is showing me now that he wants to use our home and me as a stay at home mom to serve these children and their families.
I know that there will be many challenging times ahead and I pray that I can just remember that God has put us on this path.  When I don't know what I'm doing or how to do it, He is all we need and will take care of us.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This is our favorite, go to salad in the summer.  I feel like I've been making it almost weekly lately.  I like to serve it with Roast Sticky Chicken for an easy dinner, especially when I don't want to spend the afternoon in the kitchen.

Strawberry Spinach Salad 
Prep Time: approx. 10 Minutes.
Ready in: approx. 1 Hour 10 Minutes.
Makes 4 servings. 

2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced onion
10 ounces fresh spinach - rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
1 quart strawberries - cleaned, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered

1 In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.
2 In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

Saturday was the start of the college football season for our University of Georgia Bulldogs!  Even though our opening game was a heartbreaker, we still started the season on a fun note with a tailgate party at our house.
Sunday was our usual church morning and then we went to the Wollman Park Aquatic Center here in Leavenworth.  It's definitely a hidden gem in this small town and the girls had so much fun.  Both of them loved going down the water slides!
On Monday, we decided to make a special day trip into Kansas City.  We visited the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead which is technically in Overland Park, KS.    Admission is only $2 per person but we actually got Marlie a combo ticket which brought our grand total to a whopping $16.  Marlie took charge of the map and had a great time leading us around the depiction of a 19th century family farm.  The girls were able to encounter many different farm animals, tour a replica of a historic 1 room school house, mine for stones, go inside teepees like those of the Kansa Indians, bottle feed a baby goat, fish in a pond, ride a horse and little pedal tractors, get an ice cream from the local "town" ice cream parlor, play on 3 different playgrounds, walk through gardens, and go on a wagon ride.
People had been recommending the farmstead to us ever since we got here and I'm so glad we got a chance to go.  It was such a great value and had everything young children love!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Catching My Breath

Things have been just a little busy around here lately so I haven't had a chance to post in a week or so.  Here are a few of the things I've/we've had going on over the past 7 days:

Marlie's 6th Birthday party prep
Mom flew in
Parent-Teacher conferences
Bryan's small group social/cookout
Marlie's 6th Birthday party
Visited the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City
PWOC kick off
CGSOC Commandant's Reception (& an improptu sushi date night!)
Marlie's 6th birthday & a trip to Chuck E Cheese
babysitting another toddler and newborn foster baby
Mom flew out
my neighbor's baby shower

I am trying to regroup though and working on some new posts - including some more of our favorite recipes!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Parmesan Potatoes

A few weeks ago I needed to make a finger food for our neighborhood Bible study.  I had a lot of potatoes that needed to be used, and I found the perfect recipe at Favorite Family Recipes.   Their recipe used small potato halves, but I had large baking potatoes on hand so I just cut them into slices.  These were a hit and the dish was completely empty in no time!


Parmesan Potato Slices

potatoes, cut in slices
1/4 cup butter
grated parmesan cheese
garlic powder
other seasonings, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
While the oven is preheating, place butter in 9x13 baking dish and melt in the oven.
Once butter is melted, sprinkle parmesan cheese and other seasonings all over dish.
Place potato slices flat in dish on top of butter and seasonings.
Bake in oven 40 minutes.
Cool potatoes for 5 minutes before removing from baking dish.
Serve with sour cream or ranch on the side.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stitch Fix #5

Once again, my August Stitch Fix is almost here and I have yet to share what I received in July.  My next box will be my 6th "fix" and I'm still just as excited about it as I was when I first signed up.  I just love getting clothes picked out for me and delivered to my door each month!  If you want to know more about how Stitch Fix works, you can read my original post here.

These are the items I received in Stitch Fix #5!

Aryeh - Gregor Dot Print A-Line Dress

Ellison - Lulu Sheer Stripe Bejeweled Neck Top

LA MADE - Alexa Cross-Front Striped Shirt
41Hawthorn - Floral Bib Necklace
Last but not least is my keeper - a Nick & Mo cardigan!  I reallllly didn't want another long sleeve/sweater type piece since I kept a cardigan last month.  I just couldn't resist this one though!  My friend, Renee, got it in her very first fix a few months ago and I fell in love with it then.  I never actually requested this, but I think my stylist knows now I have a weakness for cardigans!  It doesn't hurt that this one is super soft and comfy.  Don't judge me if I'm wearing this every time you see me this fall/winter/next spring!

Nick & Mo - Becket Multi Colored Dot Cardigan

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Stitch Fix #1

Stitch Fix #2

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix #4

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

I recently joined Booksneeze and was able to select a book to review.  When I was looking through the available titles Bread and Wine jumped out at me because I had recently heard the book mentioned by some other ladies.  I didn't know anything about it and honestly didn't have high expectations for it.

Here's what I've been telling my friends since I finished the book.
1.  If you like food, read the book.
2.  If you like to cook food you should really read the book.
3.  If you love Jesus and food, you must read this book!

This book is like a memoir in that Shauna tells a story in each chapter.  What makes it even better though, is that most chapters end with a recipe!  

As I read, I smiled and I got choked up, but most of all I was nodding my head because I could relate so much to her experiences and beliefs.
I was only on the first page of the Introduction when Shauna hooked me:
"I'm a bread person...  And I am a wine person...
More than that, I am a bread-and-wine person.  By that I mean that I'm a Christian, a person of the body and blood, a person of the bread and wine.  Like every Christian, I recognize the two as food and drink, and also, at the very same time, I recognize them as something much greater - mystery and tradition and symbol.  Bread is bread and wine is wine, but bread-and-wine is another thing entirely.  The two together are the sacred and the material at once, the heaven and earth, the divine and the daily."
There are so many pages in this book that I have marked because they spoke to me so strongly.  I won't share them all, but here are the last two paragraphs that I made notes of.  In the chapter titled, "What Money Can't Buy" Shauna talks about those who are experiencing true hunger and serving with more than just food.  This is something that has been on my mind A LOT in this season of my life and I believe that's why it resonated with me so much.
"The church is at its best, in my view, when it is more than a set of ideas and ideals, when it is a working, living, breathing, on-the-ground, in-the -mess force for good in our cities and towns.
That's all we can do: start where we are with what we have.  We have so much more than we need, and we spend a lot of our time managing our stuff, picking it up and and organizing it and finding places for it.  That's not how I want to live.  I don't want to stand by, choosing to be ignorant.  I want to stand with, choosing to be a part of the solution.
After I read a book, I usually pass it on to someone else.  (Moving as often as we do, books aren't really a good thing to accumulate.)  This book will be one of those rare ones that I hold onto.  I'll definitely want to read it again, but I also want to keep it for the recipes.  Last weekend I made Nigella's Flourless Chocolate Brownies and hope to try all the other recipes too!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Favorite Apps

Today I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner to share my favorite apps.  I don't have an iPad so these are are just what I use on my iPhone.  Unless noted otherwise, these are all free.

These are very popular social networking apps that most people have:

I love to take pictures, so of course I have Instagram, but I also like to use:
PicStitch - a collage app
Timer Cam - self timer for iPhone
A Beautiful Mess - photo editor (paid)
A Beautiful Mess sample screenshot from the iTunes store

For blogging I obviously like to use the Blogger app.

I haven't used it in 18 months, but when I went into labor with Emma, I used Full Term to help me track my contractions.
After she was born and we were nursing all the time, I loved playing the game Truffla Shuffla!  It's probably more for kids but I really enjoyed it!  The app was free when I downloaded it, but you may have to pay for it now.
Truffla Shuffla sample screenshot from the iTunes store

Some other random apps that I find useful are:
Flash Light comes in handy much more than I thought it would
Trip Advisor can let you know what's in your current area as far as restaurants, hotels and things to do
Foursquare also allows you to find places in your current area and may sometimes offer deals too
Groupon is probably the most well known site for deals
Kindle allows you to download books onto your phone without actually having to purchase a Kindle device
Gas Buddy helps you find the cheapest gas in your area
Gas Buddy sample screenshot from the iTunes store

Those are most of the apps you will find on my phone.  My 5 year old also has one of our old broken iPhones but we allow her to use it to play games.  Her favorite app at the moment is probably Snapchat.    Her 'friends' on there are her aunt and uncle, babysitter and one of my lifelong friends.  She loves sending them silly pictures and videos and can't wait to see what they send back to her!

This is a post I probably never would have thought to write but it is fun to see what all apps are out there that I don't even know exist.  What are your favorites?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Go Ahead and Call Me Crazy...

I feel like I've been keeping a secret, which is something I can't stand to do.  For a few months our little family has been working on something privately.  We're now at the end of one phase and the beginning of another, so I feel like it's time to share.
On May 20, I finally made the decision to call our local agency and inquire about how we could become a foster family!  (There will be another post coming to share what brought us to that point.)
The first step in becoming licensed here in Kansas is participating in 30 hours of PS-MAPP training.  PS-MAPP stands for Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting.  The class is broken up into 10 three hour sessions.  I was just a little caught off guard when the worker told me that the next class would be starting the following night, May 21, and asked if we wanted to be in that one.  Bryan & I freaked out a little bit then decided that if we could get a babysitter, we would go.  At that point we had talked to a local teen about babysitting, but had never actually used her!  She agreed to come the following night and has been a huge blessing to us ever since then.
Our big textbook...
Last week we completed our PS-MAPP training and this weekend we will have the second of our 2 home visits.  We are currently finishing up our licensing packet aka a lot of paperwork.  After that we will have an official home inspection basically just to make sure our house is safe for a child.  From what I understand it's not nearly as strict and thorough as an adoption home study.  It is possible that we could be licensed and available to accept a placement as soon as next month.
We have decided to license for only one child that is younger than Emma.  I was very surprised to learn how specific you can be when deciding what you are or are not willing to accept.  It seems as though the state really wants the families and their placements to match up as well as possible.  We are open to any race or gender but have yet to decide what we are comfortable with as far as reasons the child came into care and their medical needs.
Every day that we are closer to being licensed, I wonder if I've lost my mind.  We are also still trying to figure out the logistics of having an extra child in the family.  What makes it even more interesting is that it could be anywhere from a newborn to a 1 1/2 year old!  We still need to get another crib and car seat just for starters!
...and big licensing packet!
What I do know is that God is calling me to serve in this way and to love on these little ones when they need it most.  We are terrified and excited but trust that He will provide and guide us when we don't know what we're doing!  Please pray for us as we move forward, but especially pray for these little ones and their families as we try to care for and minister to them.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

During our trip to Georgia last month, Bryan and I were able to get away for 6 days to travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  We celebrated our 10 year anniversary by relaxing at the Excellence Punta Cana all-inclusive resort.  We haven't been on a kid free vacation since Marlie was born, so we had been looking forward to this trip for quite a while. 
We flew from Atlanta to Punta Cana and then took a taxi to our resort.  There were 2 other couples from New York in the taxi with us and both couples were celebrating their 25th anniversaries!  They insisted on stopping to get some beer for the ride and grabbed one for Bryan & I too!

When we arrived at the resort an hour later, we were led to our room where they had decorated our door with an anniversary sash.

We opted to get a basic garden view junior suite rather than upgrade to anything pool side or be a part of their Excellence Club.  Once we got there we were glad we had made that choice and thought our room location on the property (Building 7) couldn't have been better.  

A bar and full mini-fridge stayed fully stocked and were all-inclusive for everyone at the resort.

We loved our little sitting area and hammock outside.

We opted not to do any excursions during our trip.  We just wanted to be completely lazy and that's what we did.  I slept until around 930am most mornings then we would go have breakfast.  After that we would find us some chairs out on the beach and stay there until we wanted to eat lunch.  The employees would come by often to check on us and see if we needed any new drinks.

We spent each afternoon by the pool or at the swim up bar.  We ate dinner at a different resort restaurant each night and then we would watch the evening show by the employees.  
By the end of the trip, we had consumed all the resort food and drinks we could stand.  We had enjoyed doing nothing for a few days but were recharged and ready to get back to our girls and normal life.