Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dropping the Ball

Do you sometimes feel like you've "dropped the ball" in the midst of the daily demands of mommyhood? 

Whether it's your husband opening up his underwear drawer, only to find it empty...OOPS!  Or you signed up to take a family a meal, only to remember the very moment they're waiting for you to show up at their door! Or forgetting that dentist appointment that you've waited three long months for!  You get the picture.  Sometimes as moms, even we organized moms, occasionally drop the ball.

Recently, I dropped the ball with my one of my older girls.  Our oldest daughter participated in two years of Dual Credit.  If you're not familiar with this program, it allows your high school student to take college courses for free, earning both college and high school credit. 

Well, it was time to begin the enrollment process for our next daughter.  She had already taken the SAT and we were just waiting on scores.  Life had been busy during that time with a difficult pregnancy and then new baby, so I hadn't been paying much attention to dates and deadlines.  While at Bible study one night, a friend mentions something about the Dual Credit enrollment deadline passing.

WHA!?!  "Did you say the deadline has PASSED?"

"Oh, yes, it was last week.", said my friend!

At that moment, I really felt like I had dropped the proverbial ball.  How could this be?  School doesn't start until August and it was only March.  Surely I can still get her signed up.  But, after lots of calls and emails, hope was lost.  Not only did I miss the deadline, but the enrollment process was for the entire year....not just one semester.  My daughter will miss an entire year of Dual Credit.  Not only would Dual Credit have eased some of my teaching responsibility, but my daughter was looking forward to trying her hand at a couple of college courses.  I felt absolutely terrible and I beat myself up for days over this.


I was reminded that God is sovereign.  That God directs our steps.  That if I truly believe that "all things work together for good" (Rom 8:28), then I should trust that there was reason I dropped this ball.  Perhaps it just wasn't God's plan for Celeste to attend college this year.  Maybe she wasn't ready.  Maybe she was being protected in some way.  I don't know, and perhaps I'll never know.  What I do know, is that if it was His plan for her to be there, we wouldn't have missed the deadline. 

My point to this story is not to use life as an excuse to ignore our responsibilities, or miss important deadlines, but as a reminder to not beat ourselves up when we occasionally drop the ball.  If we understand that God is at work in all circumstances, we can rest in this knowledge, learn from our experiences, and move on to other those "whites" so my husband will have clean underwear for Pete's sake!

As for my daughter, well, she was very understanding...and we'll just shoot for next year.  Will someone please email me in OCTOBER to remind me?  ;-)

Photo Credit

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Flaky Deli Slices

Looking for something new to make for lunch?   Here's a recipe for you.  Everyone loves these flaky, savory slices in our home!  They're fun. Yummy.  And it's not your ordinary sandwich! 

2 pre-made pie crusts
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 pkg pepperoni
6 slices (or more) favorite ham
1 cup grated Cheddar

Preheat oven to 350*

Unroll both pie crusts.  Spread out 1/2 cup of Parmesan on each crust.  Next, layer pepperoni slices over Parmesan, making sure to leave about a one inch space around the perimeter.  Then, place about three slices (or more) of ham over the pepperoni to cover.  Finally, add 1/2 cup of Cheddar evenly over top of ham.

Tightly roll up crusts, being careful to hold everything inside.  Tuck each end under and place on baking sheet seam side down.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.

Slice into 1-inch pieces and serve with fruit or carrots.  Serves 6-8 (or more if you're serving fruit/veggies on the side).

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Four Months

Four Months

We've held this precious girl in our arms for four months already!  With each child, the time seems to pass more quickly than I can take in.  Nonetheless, we've cherished every moment with Amelia. 

She's as sweet as can be with her big smile and her vocal nature.  She's a talker! 

She's strong.  Loves to stand and can even sit up almost by herself.  She loves to roll over and she loves the timeless magic of ELEVATION!  She's happiest in the arms of whomever is standing up or walking around.  But we know it's simply because she wants to take everything in.

We love her.  We're thankful for her.  And we pray she doesn't grow up too quickly, though experience has taught us otherwise.  :)


Thursday, July 07, 2011


In Case You Haven't Heard.....



Greg and I are honored to announce the engagement of Cheyenne and Nathan.  We are all giddy with excitement and ready to begin planning a wedding.  But most of all, we are blessed beyond measure that God has brought these two together to be united as one.  Nathan is every bit the man we prayed for our daughter since she was a baby.  We are truly thankful for His goodness and faithfulness, and look forward to witnessing their lives together. 

Aren't they the cutest?!

(photos taken by Bethany Warren and Robin Klein)

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