Sunday, January 22, 2012

Celebrating 11 years...

Today we celebrated our sweet Samuel's 11th birthday. 

We always allow the birthday person to choose their dinner and cake.  Samuel chose lasagna and other pasta dishes with strawberry cake and ice cream for desert.  I had fun making lasagna, stuffed shells, and  baked penne with roasted vegetables.  Here is the link to this recipe.

I am so thankful for my family!
Happy Birthday Samuel!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Year...

I don't know where the time has gone from my last post in December until now.  I know we had a wonderful Christmas full of smiles and laughter.  We had family and friends in our home, as well as some new friends from Korea.  We played games, shared gifts, and spent meaningful time together. We had some sorrows but the joys outweighed them. I want to get back to blogging and have been wondering how to start again.  Today I was cleaning the study and began to sort through some books.  I came across a sweet book a friend gave me some years ago.  Some things happened over the holidays that brought hurt to my heart and I felt I had lost this friendship.  Today I picked up the book called The Treasure of a Friend by John Maxwell and began to read what she wrote to me on the back page.  It stirred in me a longing to contact her and to try to mend things between us.  Perhaps our friendship will never be what it was, or perhaps it will.  I will never find out if I don't take a step toward her.  I know I don't want to stay in the place of hurt. 

Love is kind and patient.
never jealous, boastful, proud or rude.
Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that
others do. Love rejoices in the truth,
but not in evil. Love is always supportive,
loyal, hopeful and trusting.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (CEV)

Nowhere else has the essence of love been expressed
in so few words.
Let them settle into your heart-and
they will change your life.

~~John C. Maxwell

How about you? Is there someone you need to take a step towards this new year? 

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