Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Blessings

Today I want to use my blog to wish our oldest son, my first born,  a very happy birthday coming up this Sunday.  Jason at the age of 8 months came into my life when I was 22 years old and after a 9 month trial of faith made me a mother for the first time.  How great is my God!  How blessed I am.

The picture above is of Jason and my father who dearly loved his first grandson as you can see in the picture.

Along with Jason's birthday this month we have our 2 precious son-in-loves, Dallas and Robert's birthday, our son Anthony and our oldest daughter Michelle.  All in one month - oh my!  Wishes for a happy birthday going out to Larry, a special cousin-in-love too.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Great Surprise

What a great surprise this morning when I found a comment from Mary Pielenz Hampton the author of Coffee, Cookies and Inspiration that I blogged about yesterday.  I have so few readers that I was quite taken back when I found the delightful comment. 

Mary also has written, A Tea For All Seasons which is on my bookshelf.  This was the book that gave me the desire to check out Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo, Calif. a few years ago.  The Inn seems to always be full when we are in the area but we have eaten in the restaurant and it is great.  Mary's book is full of beautiful pictures taken at the inn.

The internet just amazes me.  I can sit in my little office sanctuary at home and spend time getting acquainted with so many interesting people with so much valuable info to share.  I can go places in the world that in reality I never will be able to visit.  Most importantly for me is that I can find so much spiritual encouragement from godly women on the internet.  Titus 2 women mentoring one another via the internet.  Yes, it is an amazing thing, the internet.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Current Book Pile

Precious Husband and I have an on going joke about movies.  Unlike Precious Husband, I am not one to watch a lot of movies and often he will ask if I have seen a certain movie.  When I say no, he comes back with, "But it's a classic!"

For me, I would rather curl up with a book and a cup of coffee.  I love the sound in my head of words strung together making good word pictures.  I love to use my pink highlighter and highlight the good stuff.  I love the feel of the paper and the weight of a hardback book.  A Kendal would never be on this mémère's wish list.

This week I have started two books.  Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard is truly a classic in the Christian genre but this is my first time to read it.  The first page shares the premise of the book, The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like Hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine High Places.  Habakkuk 3:19  I have just started the book but I sure am enjoying the read.

My second book is Coffee, Cookies and Inspiration by Mary Pielenz Hampton.  The flyleaf says, "Mary Pielenz Hampton combines piquant coffees and mouth watering unique cookie recipes with insights into the benefits of spending time with God.  Filled with beautiful, full-color photographs, this imaginative book truly is a celebration of God's presence."

Enjoying my two books.  How about you?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Potato Soup

I am still waiting for cooler days but I don't know . . . the only changing leaves are the ones I saw on my houseplant this week : (    Anyway, in the hope of nice cool days I am posting a very favorite recipe for soup.

I found this recipe for wonderful potato soup several years ago on a blog that I visited.  I wish I could tell you whose blog to give her due credit but alas I don't remember.
Potato Soup

7-8 medium potatoes peeled and diced
1 medium onion peeled and diced
1 stalk celery diced
chicken broth or chicken stock
1 pkg of cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
bacon bits
shredded cheese

Peel and dice potatoes, onion, and celery.

Put in a 2 quart pot and add enough chicken broth to cover. Cook vegetables until done. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl mix cream cheese and cream of chicken soup
Add cream mixture to soup.  Stir until creamy.

Add bacon bits and shredded cheese if desired to individual bowl.