Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Anniversary...

Today is Stacy and Travis' 3rd wedding anniversary!
We love you both!

Happy Anniversary!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jim's trip to Honduras...

Jim just returned from a mission trip to Honduras.  While there the city of Comayagua opened up a viritual library for the people in the city. The mayor of the city named it in memory of Amy.  What a blessing to know she is being remembered in the city she visited on a mission trip in 1998. I often think how she would be so amazed and humbled at the number of things that have been done in her memory!

After the tour a group of high school students
performed for Jim.

Jim presented the Amy Elizabeth Pack Memorial Scholarship to a senior from Ruach International School. It is always fun to surprise the person receiving the scholarship. Carlos had no idea he was the recipient until his name was called! We once again were able to give $1,000.00 thanks to the generosity of family and friends!  This is such a blessing to be able to help another young person as we remember Amy's life!

In 2001 our church brought a 10 yr. old Honduran girl with severe scoliosis to Scottish Rite Hospital for surgery.  Without this surgery she would not have lived long.  The surgery was successful and she is graduating from high school this year.  Jim planned a two day overnight stay for her and her family at a hotel in the mountains. This is something they had never done.  A nice dinner was provided and they celebrated with a cake made by one of our missionary's daughter.  Friends from our church gave cards of congratulations and each card included at least $5.00. We also gave her digital camera.  Jim said she was overwhelmed with the love shown her. 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins

A friend gave me a cook book called 1 Mix, 100 Muffins. There is one basic recipe and you can make 100 different muffins. I made the Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins tonight. They smell so good.  I plan to take them to a friend who just came home from the hospital with her baby. The recipe is below if you would like to try them. Or maybe you would like to buy the book. Just click on the name and it will take you to It would make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list that likes to bake!

Chocolate Cinnamon Muffins
   makes 12

heaping 1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
heaping 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tbsp. sunflower oil or melted, cooled butter

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with 12 muffin paper liners.  Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl.  Stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.

2. Lightly beat the eggs in a large pitcher or bowl, then beat in the milk and oil.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients.  Stir gently until just combined; do not overmix.

3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.  Bake for 20 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch.

4. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Trusting in the Lord...

My precious daughter, Stacy, wrote a meaningful post on her blog, Sweeter Things.  I know you will be encouraged and filled with hope as you read it. Feel free to leave her a comment.  She would love it.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Little Pilgrim's Progress...

I have been reading Little Pilgrims Progress to 4 yr. old Colette, the little girl I take care of.  It was written by Helen L. Taylor fifty five years ago.  She took John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and wrote this book so that a child could understand.  I found the copy I bought when my children were young. I asked her if she would like me to read it to her.  She asked, "Is it a picture book?"  I told her no it wasn't and if after I read the first chapter she was not interested we would not continue.  She loved it. The chapters are short, about 2-3 pages and we read one or more chapters every day at nap time. She always wants, "one more chapter".  I am enjoying reading it as much as Colette.  I hope you will start reading this book to your child, grandchild, or any child in your life. I highly recommend it.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Think on this...

There is something of beauty to be learned from every dark and lonely place in our lives.
It is in those times of obedience during suffering that we have an opportunity to experience our Father as more than enough.
Out of the rough material of our trials, He is more than willing to fashion objects of beauty.

~~Lisa Bevere (from Fight Like a Girl)