milestone

The world has reached a new milestone recently…. you are no longer “one in a million”… you are now ONE in SEVEN BILLION!!  Can you believe it?  7 billion people in the world now and over 1/2 of those were born in the last 40 years.  image

On a more local note: Yesterday, I spent a lovely afternoon with some pretty special ladies!  The small group I teach at church had a fall party: carving pumpkins, making pumpkin pie and enjoying a lovely bowl of chili.  It was delightful. 

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These girls are totally awesome!

wanna buy a duck?

Raincoat-07Wanna buy a duck?

A What?

A duck!

Does it quack?

Of course it quacks!

How does it quack?

Quacks like this… wha wha wha!

1.  Today is a good day to be a duck.  And I know this is a picture of a dog, but it was far cuter than the duck pictures I was finding, and it’s Friday and all Friday’s should be filled with puppies and rainbows and … ok I’ll stop.  Its been raining since about 7:45 this morning and doesn’t look like it will end for quite some time.  At least its good for the grass seed we had spread end of last week.

2.  Hubs works a different schedule (normal for here, not for the rest of the world) where he has “off” every other Friday.  Today he was supposed to go golfing with his guy friends and (see #1) the golfing date was canceled.  Without much to do, he decided to do a little window shopping at Dick’s and Home Depot.  I told him to take pictures of what he liked for his Christmas list and all.  This is the only picture I received from the outing:

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Yup! You got that right!  So for all you family and friends out there who like to be on top of your Christmas shopping, Hubs added one of these R8 Audi’s to his Christmas list.  =)

3.  There is nothing else new to report.  Hubs, our friend Kelly and I are headed to the outlets this weekend in hopes of putting a large dent in our Christmas shopping as well as our fall wardrobe!  Can I get an Amen? Amen!

4.  By the way, every time I type Amen… I always put a “d” at the end?  Amend?  I mean really? 

5.  I have nothing left to say.

6. I take back #5.  Enjoy your weekend!

in re:view

“let me ’xplain, no there is too much.   let me sum up” – Princess Bride

Here is the weekend in review.  We were actually less busy than most weekends!

1.  On Friday we harvested some sweet potatoes from our garden! I was shocked that they looked so normal.  Earlier this summer, a few sweet potatoes in the house started to grow sprouts, so I cut that part off and planted it.  Who knew that in 90 days or so, we would have beautiful looking sweet potatoes?

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We also had a date night which included a little shopping and a nice dinner out =)  lovely evening together.

2.  Saturday morning I baked a carrot cake.   Now let me explain, I don’t like carrot cake, but after having an AMAZING one here at work, I thought… I better try my hand at it!  I think it turned out amazing.

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6 cups of shredded carrots, golden raisins and 1 can drained crushed pineapple later, talk about delicious.  Even the hubs enjoyed his first bite of “non-poisoned” carrot cake (usually they have walnuts in them, but I made mine “kosher”).  If you ever want to try your hand, here’s the recipe.  Last night I realized I didn’t take a picture of the final product… this was all that was left =)

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3.  Saturday morning the hubs helped a friend’s sister move and I went on a nice walk with my friend Rebec and Avi’s new friend Zoey. Then I ran to the farmers market in hopes of finding some of the honey I bought last time I was there.  No such luck, but I was able to stop by a road side stand on the way home and get some honey as well as whipped raspberry honey. WOW! You don’t even need butter.

4.  Saturday afternoon I took a little cat nap and finished up my lesson for Sunday.  Hubs spent his afternoon attempting to strip the paint off the back deck.  Earlier this year after the hail storm, we had the railing replaced, but the flooring of the deck was still painted and old.  Hubs put the paint stripper on, and even after an hour, and lots and lots of scrubbing, the paint wasn’t budging…. He then borrowed a pressure washer from the neighbor, and in order to get the paint off with that it ended up damaging the wood… We were at a loss and the deck looked even more abused than when we started… Next weekend we’re renting a hardwood sander =) (that’s why there are no “finished” pictures)

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5.  Saturday evening we watched football at a friends house, great evening with friends, not so great football game.

6.  Sunday was church.  I put a pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove so it would be ready when we got home.  A friend of ours let us borrow their pasta maker and so I took it upon myself to make fresh pasta to go with our spaghetti!  (I later learned you don’t put salt in the flour/egg dough… it still tasted wonderful)!  I have some learning to do as far as making the dough mixture more homogenous, but even hubs was a fan.  Of course we documented the process! Please note the sous chef supervising =)

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I can’t wait to make more!

7. The remainder of Sunday was typical… Hubs plays ultimate frisbee with friends, I coupon and grocery shop and then usually look for something to do.  This week I figured I ought to start working on Christmas projects =) so out came the sewing machine! Whoo hoo for projects inspired by Pinterest!! Then we headed off to Small Group. 

Thanks for sharing our weekend in review!

woodlands 2011

This past weekend hubs and I headed down to Cleveland, GA to Woodlands Camp for this years fall retreat.  The weekend was jammed with messages from Jeremy about Finding God’s Will for our Lives and what that all entails (getting rid of idols in our lives and pursuing God’s kingdom and righteousness).  There was a great turn out of students there.  We had so much fun this weekend that we celebrated by going to bed around 9:45 last night!

Saturday events included: zip lining, big ball volleyball, Frisbee, hammock time, “open water front”, minute to win it games, water slides and trapeze rope swing, mattress surfing, canoeing/paddle boating, another session and NEON GLOW night/Hub’s Got Talent!!  Here are a few of the pictures from this weekend:

Totally awesome weekend.  Not only did the students come away changed, the leaders did as well.  The impact will last a lifetime.