Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I am in Love

As I drove home from the hospital this evening after meeting my new baby niece, Jenna Marie, I broke down in tears. Losing my dad was one of the most difficult things that has ever happened to me. His birthday and anniversary of his death are always difficult. But my Heavenly Father is amazingly gracious. He knows how much I miss my dad, especially on days like today. But He gave my family an incredible gift. August 30 no longer has to be a day to struggle through, but a day to celebrate!

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 30:11-12

How true this is! The Lord takes what is tough and difficult and hurtful and transforms it into something beautiful. I remember my brother William on his knees beside my dad's hospital bed, looking up with tears streaming down his face, and saying, "God is still in control. He knows what He is doing." Today, I got to see William stand by a hospital bed and hold his new daughter. We don't have our dad, but we now have a beautiful little girl to love and celebrate every August 30.

Thank you, Lord, for your blessings, "to grant those who mourn . . a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning." (Isaiah 61:3) I am in love with this precious gift You have given us today.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rainbows and Trains

Again, no picture because I didn't think about it in time, but last night, as Andy and I were on our way home, we saw a rainbow. I was just thinking the other day about how I haven't seen a rainbow in forever (maybe because it hasn't rained in forever). It was beautiful and perfect. I don't know how anyone can look at a rainbow and not believe in God for that one proof.

Then, in front of the rainbow, was a train. Andy is obsessed with trains, and he was really excited about this one (as he is about all of them).

I just thought about God's gifts . . . He gave the rainbow to me to remind me that His promises never fail. He gave the train to Andy because He loves Andy so much and wants to give good gifts to His children. It was a pretty neat reminder of His love.

Baked Fish and Chips with Veggies

Friends and I have been discussing how to make easy, healthy, inexpensive meals for our families. Beth and Stephanie have given me some great ideas and new staples, as well as the Haiti missionary chick whose blog I stalk, but I found this one in an old Real Simple magazine and modified it to fit our family tastes. It turned out great, so I thought I would share. I made a rookie recipe-sharing mistake and didn't take pictures, but I will next time.

I am not a professional recipe-writer, so this isn't exact or how it's supposed to be written, but I think you get the point. I just used what we had around the house. I had bought a big bag of tilapia fillets when they were on sale and used 3 of those.

a mix of potatoes, onions and carrots, or whatever you have
3 Tablespoons plus 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
salt to taste
pepper to taste
garlic powder to taste
as many fish fillets as you need servings
lemon zest or lemon juice

Cut potatoes into 1-inch chunks, peel and slice carrots into 2 inch chunks, roughly chop onion. Toss all into roasting pan or casserole dish. Add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir. Roast for 20 minutes.
Pull dish out of oven, stir again, and roast for another 10 minutes.
Pull dish out of oven, stir again, and place fish fillets on top. Add rest of olive oil, some salt, pepper, and garlic powder to fish. Roast again for another 10 minutes.
Can top fish with lemon.

I ate this with ketchup to make it baked fish and chips.

This was a great meal, very very easy, and I just used what we had. Enjoy!