Encouragement

*Holly here

I’ve been encouraged lately by a few books and podcasts – I thought you might enjoy too!

The first is a new podcast by Emily P. Feeman, author of Simply Tuesdays called The Next Right Thing.  The Next Right Thing Podcast

The description: For the second-guessers, the chronically hesitant, or anyone who suffers from decision fatigue, best-selling author and host Emily P. Freeman helps create a little space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right thing in love. Because out of the thousands of decisions you make everyday, chances are a few of them threaten to keep you up at night. If you’re in a season of transition, waiting, general fogginess or if you’ve ever searched “how to make a decision” on the internet, then this podcast is for you.

Also, her voice is so soothing!


The next is She Reads Truth

They are a fantastic resource, with an iphone app, Bible Studies for all the family and a new Study Bible.  They recently took a trip to the Holy Land; I followed along ( in their back pocket)  through instagram and loved it!  

Their instagram profiles:

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I was so encouraged by their book I read/listened to it twice (I listen to a lot of books on work trips) She Reads Truth Book

I also listened to this book twice by Shauna Niequist: Present over Perfect.  I love her open and honest way.  Some of her other books are Bread and Wine & Cold Tangerines

​​​This sweet video of Bird singing out on the choir room piano reminded me of God’s love for us, because if I get joy from watching her, how much more does he enjoy us singing out to him unguarded and fully ourselves?

“But Jesus called to them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16

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I learn often from watching her unabashed passion and joy!

Blessings friends.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – a healthier version of Grandma’s Cookies

*Holly here*

My husband loves Chocolate Chip Cookies.  A while back I decided to take his challenge of making my Grandma Mary’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a little healthier.  

Recipe 

Wet ingredients ( mix these first in this order)

1 stick butter softened

1/2 c Brown Sugar

1/2 c Coconut Palm Sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp Vanilla

Dry Ingredients ( mix these three and then add to the wet ingredients) 

1 c Almond Meal Flour

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Baking soda

Then add these to the mix

1 1/2 c Quick Oats

1/2 bag of Dark Chocolate Chips

Cook at 350 deg for 10-11 min


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Cream the softened butter – I like to use unsalted so I can control the salt.  


Add the sugars


And the egg and vanilla


Stir together the almond meal flour, salt and baking soda, making sure to break up big clumps. (I hadn’t done that yet in this picture)


Add the dry ingredients to the wet 


Last add the oatmeal and chocolate chips


Spoon them out on parchment paper and bake. 


We like them best fresh, so I keep the dough in the fridge to cook on a whim for a snack or after supper.  


Here they are ready to be gobbled up.  If you love a soft cookie, these are not for you.  They are crispy and slightly chewy when warm – we love them.

When my sister Lynn lived in town with us, all I had to do was text her that Cookies were hot from the oven, and she would come over to chat.  Variation: When she makes them she adds peanut butter.

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Holly

Resting place

I’ve got a little problem. My motor runs too fast and it revs when it should be idling. 

Any other Mothers out there who have this problem? Resting can be really hard for me to do. Even when I’m laying down my mind is going 90 to nothing.

That’s why this Christmas break was so good for me. We stayed home most of the time, except for an outing to Laurel.

 I even read a book! All the pretty things by Edie Wadsworth


I’m trying to live from this place of rest, even when my daily work is problem solving.

Get some rest Ladies – the world needs your gifts.

Stephanie

Beat up but not giving up

Today was a whirlwind. The boys had field trips and Christmas parties and my workload always tends to be crazy right before Christmas break.

Also, our little girl has pink eye and as a bonus tonight she started throwing up. I’m laying beside her as I write this hoping the last trip to the bathroom will actually be the LAST trip tonight and she can get some real rest.

I’m emotionally beat up after this day. I’m trying hard to stay focused on the miracle of Christmas and not the daily grind as I feel stretched the thinnest.  Please pray for our little girl, that she will get well soon.


Steph

Football Season has started

Well, it’s officially started – Football Season!    We are excited about Daddy’s team – and we pray for those boys who get so much time with our beloved. Bring it on Trojans!

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*This is pre-game hugs.  Rin begged throughout the game to go back down on the field and hug Daddy.

Steph

 

Family House, plan

I’m working for a friend to design the house she had in her head.  You know what I mean, she dreamed of the spaces, but couldn’t find an already created plan that was compatible with those images.  She and her husband are really nice and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better through this process.

She also happens to take care of us when we are sick…and pull blue crayons out of my kids ears.

This is not the final plan, but I wanted you to see how cute this family farmhouse is going to be.

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Do remember the den renovation that I designed for my friend?  Well, the sliding door is about to be hung, so final pics are coming soon.

Also, I just need to say Happy 4th of July!

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Steph