Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Cheesecake

Count your blessings... name them one by one. I feel so blessed. As I turn a year older my prayer is that I can be as much a blessing to my friends and family as they are to me. God has blessed me richly. What can I say as I turn the corner into this next chapter of my life? I am reminded of something I wrote on January 1 just 11 months ago.

I have big plans for 2008. It is the year I participate in the music festival for the last time. I plan to take the GED. My Homeschool Graduation is in the spring. Christal will be the first of my cousins to be married this May, and we are planning our D.C. and Virginia family vacation around the wedding. [...] 2008 will mark the 10th anniversary of our family living in my town, and I will be able to say that I have spent more than half my life here in Oklahoma. [...] I hope to revive or further my friendships and continue growing roots at my church.

But these are just my plans. They are subject to change. I can’t see the timeline of my life like God can. 2008 will take on a life of its own. Events that I can’t foresee will take place, and I may look back a year from now and wonder at how much has changed in my life. It is exciting. It could be frightening, but it isn’t. God is with
me. He will protect me, guide me, and be with me in the good and bad. He is faithful!

I know this sounds like a News Year's post, but as I look back on the past year I can only marvel at God's faithfulness. I was right. Unforeseeable events took place and continue to unfold. God's mastery awes me!
To Him be the glory!

chocolate cheesecake made by my mother and sister

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, David!

My brother's birthday was on Thanksgiving this year. David is one of my dearest friends as well as my brother. I know God has good things in store for him, and I look forward to cheering him on along the way!

David has a bold sense of humor and a fun personality that keeps me laughing. He took one of his birthday photos and added this odd twist to it.

I love you, David, and I wish you all the best as you enter this next year of your life. Grow in faith and truth!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday Cooking

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It is a good thing when you need to wait in line for the oven, the house smells of spices, vegetables, and meat, and the entire family is all in the kitchen at the same time for extended periods of time! The day before Thanksgiving is a wonderful day full of work, steam, and stirring, but it is a great day nonetheless. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. The Lord is my provider!
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
yams for soup or piecornbread for dressing Peels for the compost

cheesecake for a holiday birthday

pineapple for a topping

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fall Fades...

Fall fades, but Thanksgiving is this week! We still have some nice days here in Oklahoma. Susanna and I took a fun walk this afternoon. I hope this weather lasts a little longer!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Crunching Leaves

Fall is my favorite time of year. It doesn't last long here in Oklahoma, but it still brings back memories of long walks, magnificent showers of leaves, and the distinctive noise that belongs solely to fall. Crunching leaves underfoot, burnt oranges, golds, and yellows... it makes me glad autumn has come again.

It is a sad happiness. The sight of hundreds of leaves gliding to the earth thrills my soul, but it also means that there are that many less leaves on the trees. Soon, there will be none. That's why the glory of autumn must be relished while it is here. Take a walk. Collect leaves. Glory in the beauty of God's creation.

I love photographs that show the splendor of nature. Three examples that fit that description perfectly are over at this blog. Recently, Zachary had several of his photos in an art show, and they did very well. He is now having a photo contest to see which one people like the best. Read more about it and vote for your favorite over at his blog!