Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dinner tonight!

The kids thought this was great!

I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat...

And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

Treasuring God's Word

Lately, I have been deeply burdened in my heart to "teach diligently" the words of Scripture to my children. Granted, we are busy each week with AWANA verses. We'll also sometimes read and discuss the Bible during school. And each night before bedtime, RD will pray and read a chapter from Catherine Vos' children's story Bible to our children. But as I have been meditating on the words of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, I've been impressed with the thought that Scripture shouldn't just be something to be scheduled into "schooltime" or "bedtime" or "church time". Rather, it is to be a lifestyle, something to be lived all throughout the day. That home should be a classroom where God's Word is lovingly and perpetually before the children...

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (English Standard Version)

4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Weight loss journey

I'm now at 140 lbs!!!
I was 138 lbs. when I got pregnant with Edmund.
So yea!

One thing that frustrates me is my perpetual baby "pooch". It's just loose... which I suppose can happen when one pops out four babies in 5-1/2 yrs. Anybody got any ideas on how to be rid of it?! I already do crunches, but are there any really good exercises I could be doing that would target this problem area?

Monday, January 05, 2009

Mushroom Blue Cheese Tenderloin

Talk about melting in your mouth!
This was like something from a fancy-schmancy restaurant!

The tenderloin:

The mushroom blue cheese dressing:

I served it with leftover veggie bake.
*the tenderloin could be eaten alone/sauce-less.
*the mushroom blue cheese sauce could be used with other cuts of meat.

Marinated Tenderloin
~3-1/2 to 4 lb. meat
1-1/2 cups soy sauce
3/4 cup worchestershire sauce
3-1/2 to 4 lb. beef tenderloin
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. coarsely ground pepper
1 can (10-1/2 oz) condensed beef broth, undiluted
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine soy sauce and worchestershire sauce. Add the beef; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours, turning occasionally. Remove meat from marinade (freeze leftovers; can re-use for another marinade later). Rub the beef with garlic and pepper; place in shallow baking pan. Add broth to the pan. Bake, uncovered, at 425F for 45-55 min. (Meat thermometer should read the following: medium-rare: 145F; medium: 160F; well done: 170F)
*Oops, I forgot to add the broth- it still turned out fantastic!

Mushroom Blue Cheese Sauce
~1-1/2 cups
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 lb. (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 cup (2 to 4 oz) crumbled blue cheese (personal preference)
1 T. worchestershire sauce
1/4 t. caraway seeds
4 green onions, chopped
In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add mushrooms and garlic; saute until tender. Add the cheese, worchestershire sauce, and caraway seeds; cook and stir over low heat until cheese is melted. Stir in onions; heat through.
*I didn't have green onions, so I threw in a bit of chopped white onion and sauted it with the mushrooms and garlic. Delish!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Oh so good!

Veggie Bake
~compliments of Rebekah M.
Spray 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Layer and salt the following veggies:
3 young summer squash (or zucchini), sliced
1 small onion, diced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 green pepper, diced
1 large tomato, diced
Top with:
3 T. olive oil
3 T. red wine vinegar
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Bake at 375F for 30 min., uncovered, or until tender crisp.
*this recipe is so versatile, most any kind of veggie would go well in it. Next time, we're planning on cutting back the squash to 1-1/2 and supplementing with broccoli. We've also tried it with cabbage. YUMMY!

Reading Resource


Lots of neat stuff for parents and children to encourage and foster a love for reading.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I'm back!


Hope you all have had a safe and wonderful Holiday Season. One that has held your focus upon Christ: the many blessing He has so freely given, the spiritual transformation He has done in your life this past year, and the miracle of His birth and life here on earth.

As we enter into this new year, it with great excitement that I approach this blog again. As mentioned before, I was wanting to take off the month of December so that I could bath the future of this blog in prayer. It has been SO HARD not to blog (I even slipped up a couple of times), but it has been a wonderful month of basking in God's presence and seeking His direction.

In no way do I feel as though God is wanting me to shut down this blog. Rather, I sense God wanting to further and more pointedly use this blog as a sounding board of His truth concerning Biblical womanhood.
Back in November 2005, I started a family blog. It was public for some time. But since there was so much personal information and pictures being shared, RD and I felt that we should make it private/viewable only by invitation. The reason I started this "Growth" blog was because I found myself writing entries that were completely unrelated to family events, mostly about how I was personally growing in my roles as wife and mom. A dramatic shift had very quickly come about in my life: degree/career driven woman to stay-at-home wife and mom. I thought that as I grew in my new roles perhaps my experiences would be an encouragement and motivator for other women out there in the blog sphere.

So, in March '06, this blog began. Here is my very first entry:
Ok, so we already have the family blog, why start up another one? Well, I've found that many of the postings that I'd like to put up gravitate toward things of the home, which the general public may not be interested in reading. Friends and family may just want to hear the latest on what's occurring with our immediate family. They may not want to hear about recipes, cooking, home-keeping, finances, and things of such feminine nature. Since I've been married and have been bearing/nurturing children, I have learned SO much about what it is to be a Christian woman. And every day I learn a little bit more. This blog is for you women out there that want to hear about one woman's journey through wife-hood and motherhood and it's also a place where you can share your own recipes and tricks-of-the-trade. I would LOVE to hear about how you other women are growing in your faith and are maturing as wives and mothers.

Everything started out correctly... but over time I found myself slowly growing frustrated with this blog and would oftentimes lose interest in it all together. It finally hit me this past November just why this was happening: I had allowed the line between my two blogs to become very much blurred. Far too much family/personal information was being shared here on this "Growth" blog. Oftentimes, I would neglect my family blog or would post duplicate entries on both blogs!

So... I'm returning to the beginning. All family and personal information will exclusively be posted on my private family blog. If you would like an invitation, please e-mail me at: growthasawifeandmom(at)yahoo(dot)com. This "Growth" blog will once again return to being a place where I transparently share my experiences of growth as I mature into being a Biblical wife and mom... in hopes that what I share here may be an encouragement for you my readers... as you grow in your roles and wives and mothers.