She’s One!

By Moriah on October 30th, 2010

arianna bday
arianna bday chair
birthday girl
drew ari birthday
tea party set
birthday cake
birthday mess
birthday smile

More of our story

By Moriah on October 28th, 2010

Since my blog is public, there are things that I can’t and won’t share here. Things that have become common knowledge, however, (or that I’d say out loud at a coffee shop – HT to J’net) I feel comfortable writing and blogging about.  I’m all for openness and honesty, when appropriate; our lives are not always roses.  One of those things now getting the green light is that a little while back Andy resigned from his position at the restaurant.

There were a number of personal reasons, none of which ultimately matter; we simply needed to move on.  There were SO many little God-things, nudging, pointing, directing our path.  Only problem is that it’s taken longer for other things to settle, and we’ve needed lots of extra grace and patience.  (Thank goodness grace doesn’t just, like, run out.)

So we’re beginning to feel the pinch; starting to look around and determine what is absolutely necessary.  God’s provision has been over-abundant so far and we have everything we need for today.  I know that He will not fail us, even as we wonder at the next step.

I feel compelled to share this little story because it’s such a picture of what these last two months have been like.  Our dental insurance is set to expire at the end of this month.  Of course I kept forgetting to call for possible appointments for Andy and me and HERE IT IS, the end of October.  I finally called yesterday morning and explained our situation.  The receptionist said “well you’re in luck because I have a cancellation open for today and one for tomorrow!”

I took the first available appointment, yesterday afternoon.  I can hardly remember the last time I went to the dentist, definitely before Drew was born.  The technology now is pretty amazing – they found 3 tiny cavities before they were really an issue.  But my heart sank.  Surely there was no way they’d be able to fit me back in for fillings before the end of this month.

I pretty much shrugged my shoulders: oh well.

She said she’d be right back.

The next thing I know she’s looking in my eyes and said “we’re going to do them today.”  And that was that!  I had all three teeth filled less than an hour and a half later.  Sure, we have a bill with co-pays.  But it’s less than a third of what it would have been in a mere couple of days.  (And let’s just pray Andy has none.)

Anyway, so yeah.  Trying not to stress.  Keeping my eyes fixed on TODAY.  Trusting that He hasn’t led us this far to drop us off a cliff.  It’s hard, too, because of that tricky balance between finding the perfect job and taking what’s available.  And furthermore, he needs something flexible enough he can continue his master’s program in music (the end goal).  I can’t remember if I ever mentioned he started that this semester.

Pray with us?

Just a regular ol’ Tuesday?

By Moriah on October 27th, 2010

Drew went home with a friend after school yesterday so the girls and I had a little tea party.

tea cup


When he got home we went for dinner at CFA (and what we won’t do for a little free food!):


Arianna’s birthday is in two days. Can you believe it?!

She likes chili, too

By Moriah on October 26th, 2010


(And let’s not talk about this morning’s diaper.)

A rainy (Mon)day

By Moriah on October 25th, 2010

We had a pretty good weekend, all things considered. On Saturday night we went to a couples wedding shower which involved Italian food and yummy bread (shout out to Sarah, remember when we ate ALL that bread once?) and then Andy and I met some other friends after, next door for coffee.

(Yeah, we do dates in stages…)

Yesterday was a down day. We needed that. It stormed all last night and some today so I’ve got a big pot of chili on. (You proud, G?) Drew just came in my room and did a belly flop face down on my bed. I guess my blogging time is up.

You need this recipe

By Moriah on October 23rd, 2010

I was reminded about this breakfast dish a couple of months ago when I visited Dolly. She whipped it up Friday night for our Saturday morning together and I had forgotten how good/easy/convenient it is. (It’s from the cookbook of one of our old churches so some of you may already have it.)

Since then I’ve made it several Saturday evenings for Sunday morning breakfast. Which as we all know, Sunday mornings need all the help they can get.

Sausage Breakfast Bake

Grease or spray the bottom of a baking dish.  Tear bits of bread and toss ’em in.  Our favorite is whole wheat French bread. (Not pictured; this is just sandwich bread, not as good.):


Brown a package of sausage:


Pour drained meat over bread in dish:


Top with grated cheese:


Mix 6 eggs, 2 cups milk, and 1 tsp prepared mustard and pour slowly over top of cheese.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight:


Bake at 350 covered for 45 minutes and uncovered 15 minutes.  Just make sure you set the alarm in time. ;)


And then be thankful you have breakfast all ready and leftovers for at least the next day!

Funny, these were two completely different days

By Moriah on October 20th, 2010

But the same jammies!

Last week, (oatmeal):


Today, (egg):


(She gets a lot of baths.)

I think it’s safe to say fall is really here

By Moriah on October 18th, 2010

My sisters let the kids have a sleepover at their apartment Friday night.  Biggest hit ever.  Andy and I went to Salsarita’s, drove around and did some window shopping.  Then we met my SIL and brother for breakfast at a downtown coffee shop Saturday morning.  Arianna behaved and took a nap while we were there so we got to chat even longer.  And it ended up being an almost kid-free day since the girls didn’t bring them back until dinner (I actually cooked).

Sunday we went to church but skipped the church picnic in favor of naps.  When it was dark we drove up for a bonfire at my brother/SIL’s house and my sisters came, too.  My kids had a blast helping lug sticks, throwing them on the fire, roasting marshmallows, etc.  It wasn’t even that cold; perfect, really.  (I did realize, however, I need to pull the long sleeves down from the attic.  Dressing them for the evening was a little interesting.)

Today after lunch we took a trip to the kids’ museum for a little afternoon fun.  So, we’re hanging in there – keeping busy, having fun, but apparently not taking any pictures!  Oops!

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