Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A mini project

Once upon a time.....in a galaxy far, far away.......well, not quite lol but a long time ago--for Havi's 8th birthday, to be exact--she received a doll house from my parents.  Living in our small house it just wasn't possible to have it out so it sat in our basement waiting patiently for us to get around to it. Little did we know that it would be almost 8 years before we would unearth it!

During our move--well, more like move's--it kept popping up but we just didn't seem to have time to get around to it.  However, us chillen's aren't exactly the kind to just let fun projects sit so one day we decided to finally tackle this house. After all, we had jut finished remodeling a real house so building a doll one couldn't be that hard, right??? 

We labeled the pieces and set to work reading the instructions. It was a little complicated at first and the more we read the more we wondered if we had bitten off more than we could chew.  We started with what seemed to be the easiest step, painting the pieces.

We worked on the steps that were clear first and little by little the other instructions began to make more sense and we were thrilled to see things start to come together.

Our expert builder and advisor gave us tips and hints when we were stumped which helped a lot.

Isn't that yellow just adorable???

The mostly finished product : ) We still have the interior and a few details to finish but other than that our little house is pretty much done.  The kids and I had a fun time working on this together and I'm sure Victoria and Hailey-Bug will have fun playing with it.  

On a completely different note-- Happy Birthday to this cute little guy!!! Can't believe he's 4 already! Love you bunches Brayden : )
~Aunt Betty

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Blessing of Friends

In the journey of life God puts some special people in our way to bless us and help us along.
Some you meet at the start and they are there through thick and thin, some are there for a period of time and then are gone, some you meet later but it seems like you've known them all along.  God has blessed me with many friends but He has given me a few people who are my closest, dearest friends. They have encouraged me when I was down, rebuked/admonished me when I strayed, loved me when I was unloving, and always pushed me to strive to be more Christ-like. I love them all dearly and am so thankful that they are a part of my life!
Yesterday I had the privilege of inviting them all over to my home for a small get together (with the exception of one family--we missed y'all Nate, Jo and Ellie!)

We had a simple dinner of chicken wings- which Havi made-, celery and ranch, chips and good ol' Little Ceasar's pizza.   Since we weren't a large group all us chillens fit around the table and we had a wonderful time of conversation and laughs.  

After dinner we had a time of games which had us all rolling with laughter : D 

Luke and Ezzie--Luke was in the midst of trying to describe "Man's chief end" in a minute.

Good ol' Say-Say--He is so much fun to be with!

I'm so glad that Havi, Jared, David and Victoria were involved as well : )
As a "climax" to our games we hosted a "Chopped" cooking challenge! It was a BLAST!

Mom, Dad and I got to judge the competition while the others got to do the cooking. 

Team Red: Chelsea, Sammy, Jared, David and Victoria

Team Blue: Luke, Sayre, Havi and Ezzie

The Challenge was to use 4 secret ingredients to create a dessert in 45 mins. I gave each team a bag containing: Strawberries, Honey Graham Oh's Cereal, fresh Mint and a Cucumber as their secret ingredients and they had free range of our kitchen for any other ingredients. I was sooooo impressed with the creativity, originality and teamwork they all showed. 

I'll admit that at first I was rather nervous about what would happen--after all I've got to eat whatever they come up with! But it was exciting to watch them and try to guess what they were making and how they would incorporate those secret ingredients--especially that pesky cucumber!  We gave points for: originality, taste, use of secret ingredient, oral presentation and visual presentation and they certainly didn't disappoint.

Team Red finished first and presented us with their creation--The Eighteenth Smoothie
It was a strawberry, blueberry, cucumber smoothie with cheesecake (yeaup, they stole a slice of my cake and stuck it in their smoothie lol!) They served it over a crumble of Honey Graham Oh's and garnished it with a slice of strawberry, cucumber and a sprig of mint. Let me tell you, that smoothie was delicious!!! The only down side for me was the crumble--I didn't care for the crunch every now and then but over all I loved it.

Team Blue took a totally different approach and presented us with what they called--Chambolé (and I have no clue if that's how its supposed to be spelled).
They made a crumble/crust with the Honey Graham Oh's and then made a pudding of sliced strawberries, sour cream and sugar which they poured over the crushed Oh's. They topped it with fresh meringue and garnished it with a cucumber heart and a sprig of mint. It was delicious! I actually loved the cereal here 'cause it acted like a crust and made me think of a cool pie.  The only downer for team blue was that they only used the cucumber and mint as a garnish and not in the actual recipe which took away from their points. 

Having a great time while waiting for the judges to make their final decision.

In the end it was a VERY close competition and team red won by a margin of a few points.
So congrats Chelsea, Sammy, Jared, David and Victoria for your creativity : )

After the clean up we gathered in our living room for a time of singing and testimony which we enjoyed--I don't have pictures of it as I haven't quite mastered the art of taking pictures while playing the piano yet lol. Over all we had a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship but the ultimate highlight for me, personally, was the sweet birthday gift that Sammy presented me with.

He drew a portrait of me!!! 

Up close---He did a wonderful job!!! He has so much talent--he's 16 and has never taken art lessons!

The drawing and the picture he based it off.

Of course had to get a picture of us two minion fans : ) 
And a picture of the cake.

The whole gang.
Guys-- Thank you so much of coming, and for being my friends! I love you all and pray that our friendships may prosper in the Lord for many more years to come!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Musical Monday

Ok.....I know it's Tuesday........I had meant to post this yesterday but got busy and totally forgot about it! But I still wanted to share it with y'all, even if it's a day late.

Title: Be Unto Your Name
Composers/writers: Lynn Deshazo and Gary Sadler
Genre: Hymn
Performed by: The Galkin Evangelistic Team

We are a moment, You are forever  
Lord of the Ages, God before time  
We are a vapor, You are eternal  
Love everlasting, reigning on high  

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty  
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain  
Highest praises, honor and glory  
Be unto Your name, be unto Your name  

We are the broken, You are the healer  
Jesus, Redeemer, mighty to save  
You are the love song we'll sing forever  
Bowing before You, blessing Your name

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty  
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain  
Highest praises, honor and glory  
Be unto Your name, be unto Your name

Monday, May 11, 2015

Musical Monday

Welcome to Musical Monday! If you don't know already I LOVE music and decided that this would be a good way to share some of my favorite songs with y'all. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do : )

Title: Jesus Saves
Composers/writers:David Moffitt & Travis Cottrell 
Genre: Hymn
Performed by: The Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team

Freedom's calling, 
Chains are falling, 
Hope is dawning bright and true.
Day is breaking, 
Night is quaking, 
God is making all things new.

Hear the heart of heaven beating
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
And the hush of mercy breathing
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Hear the host of angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King"
And the sounding joy repeating
Jesus saves.

See the humblest hearts adore Him
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
And the wisest bow before Him
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
See the sky alive with praise
Melting darkness in its blaze
There is light forevermore in
Jesus saves

He will live, our sorrow sharing
Jesus saves, Jesus saves 
He will die our burden's bearing
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
"It is done!" will shout the cross
Christ has paid redemption's cost
While the empty tomb's declaring"Jesus saves!"

Freedom's calling
Chains are falling
Hope is dawning bright and true
Day is breaking
Night is quaking
God is making all things new

Oh, to Grace, how great a debtor
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
And the saints will shout together
Jesus saves, Jesus saves
Rising up so vast and strong
Lifting up salvation's song
The redeemed will sing forever
Jesus saves!