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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthday Party

This weekend was Abbey's first party that she was able to invite her friends to and it was a HUGE hit! She had so much fun, and I think her friends did too!

Ava, Abbey, and Kate unwrapping gifts

This is Mimi, she is the daughter of my college roommate Kara

BFF's

Cake!

This was the game of the day

Helping Kate across the bridge
Abbey and Amirah
This playground was nice

The set up

We also made the delivery to the lady we are helping out. Thank you to all of you who donated items! We plan on working with her more and I did send a letter to the ministry at The Creek who maybe able to help her out with her medical needs. God is good.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Birthday prep

Well today is the first birthday party for my 4 year old- oh my gosh did I just say I had a 4 year old?! Insane! This is also her first party that she was able to invite friends to! She is SO excited. I made my first doll cake- it is almost finished I just need to put one more color over her name and attach the fairy wings to Silvermist! I made treat bags for the kids and we will be attempting to play one game. More to come later!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My own little world

Hello! I want to share something that has been weighing on my mind for 2 years now. When I first started working at OneAmerica my sister in law and I rode together and we would see a woman on the corner of a large intersection day after day, well that turned into week after week, month after month and you guessed it year after year. Can you imagine being on the corner for over 2 years? Now I know that some people do not like to give to the homeless for fear of what they are really doing with the money- I kind of feel that way too.

But I knew that I was being called to DO something. Long story short a number of events in my life- church sermons, Bible verses, books I have read, stories I have heard have all reinforced this feeling. I have started reading a book by Francis Chan called Forgotten God which is all about the Holy Spirit. The good old Holy Ghost is a really, really hard concept for me to grasp. Even after reading the Shack! But what I have found is that when I hear a "voice" or continue to have the same thoughts, or things happen that constantly remind me of something it is really the HS! Crazy huh? Five years ago if you would have told me I would be blogging about the Holy Spirit talking to me I would have said you were off your stinkin rocker! Basically I thought people who claimed to hear the voice of God were lunatics! But what I have come to realize is that hearing the voice of God is NOT having a sparkly vision of a winged angel or hearing a booming voice coming from heaven.

Hearing the voice of God comes through reading the Bible and then randomly a verse or story pops in your mind. Hearing God speak to you comes in the form of a simple conversation with a friend at just the right time. Hearing God is listening to your 2 and 3 year old children talk about their faith. Hearing God's voice is letting the lyrics of a song on KLOVE really sink in and apply to your life.

So for 2 years I have ignored the voice I have heard, until about 6 months ago. I decided to step out in faith and write this woman a letter! That is right I was going to make contact with her! So I typed up a letter and tucked it in a hand made card and included a self addressed stamped envelope for her to mail me a letter back. Well, well, well darned if I didn't slap an expired stamp on that self addressed envelope. So there I sat waiting for a letter, only to realize one day when I went to mail a letter that my stamps were not forever stamps!

Talk about feeling awful- I had gotten this womans hopes up and then totally slammed her to the ground if she had tried write me back! So this past week I wrote another letter and I got a letter back!!! As I said earlier I am not a huge fan of just giving out money to the needy because you just don't know what they will do with it right? So in my letter I asked her to tell me what they needed. In her letter she stated that it would probably be easier to talk on the phone with her as her disabilities can make it hard for her to write. Oh my gosh did this woman just tell me I had to call her! Yes she did. So I actually took a night to say a few prayers about it and make sure it was the right thing to do and last night I made the call. Talk about being nervous, silly though to be nervous to help someone right!? The first phone call with her was just short of one hour!

Well as it turns out she is in need of some basic everyday items like soap, toothbrushes/paste, toilet paper, feminine products, lotion etc and clothes. So I gathered the sizes of her family (she is a single mother of a daughter and son both in high school) and I am working on getting some of the everyday items for her. The Bible study I am in will be working to gather these items. We can't do it alone so we are asking those who can help to do so. This woman does have a house that she and her children are living in and she has a car- so gas cards would also be a great thing to donate. There is a Speedway really close to the house that she lives in. If you are interested in donating please contact me- if you would like to give a monetary donation I would welcome that as well and please know that we will use that money to buy a gas card or some of the items needed above or clothing.

We are called to love one another join me in showing this woman the love that Christ showed to us by dying on the cross.

I would like to leave you with a few Bible verses that have led me to this journey

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Matthew 25:45 "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

James 2 14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Also this song from Matthew West speaks deeply to my soul every time I hear it reaffirming that I know that I have been called to do this.

My Own Little World

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
Yeah, it's easy to do when it's population: me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

Stopped at a red light looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign said, "help this homeless widow"
And just above that sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, God, what have I been doing?
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
Oh, how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money than I drove on through
And my own little world reached population: two

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world
My own little world

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
That I could be living right now
I don't want to miss what matters
I wanna be reaching out
Show me the greater purpose
So I can start living right now

Outside my own little world
My own little world
My own little world

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Yum Yum Yum

Tonight I made a fantastic dinner- it had Gruyere, spinach, zucchini and some other yummy stuff and the girls ate every bit of their dinner!

Here is the link in case you want the recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/spring-shells-and-cheese-recipe/index.html- I did have to make a few changes- I did not have whole milk so I subbed some half and half and heavy cream and then about 3 cups 1 percent milk. I also did not get shallots, actually I have never cooked with shallots- I need to, but I just used a red onion. Then I could not find Gruyere for under $17 for about 8 oz- I dug my heels in and said "oh heck no" to that price- it was even at stinking Walmarts! I left the cheese cooler shaking my head in utter disgust and drove on over to Kroger where I found a smoked variety. It was superb and the dish was a hit!

I also made my own herb and oil dipping concoction- the kind you get at Carrabbas but I think mine was a step up. Very very good. I sure am glad we all like garlic in the Zimmerman household!

I am still battling something in my throat/sinuses. I went to my family doctor Friday and she gave me a steroid shot because she thinks it is all related to allergies. It was kind of comical because I asked where I would be getting the shot, so I could mentally prepare myself you know, and she informed me it would be best to get in in the hip/butt area. Her reason was that since it is a steroid shot it can potentially "melt" the fat around the entry point and cause a divet I promptly said "Oh yes let's go with the butt area, there are enough divet's back there no one will ever be able to tell" ha! She just kind of giggled and did not know exactly what to say. I laughed. So I still have a sore throat- but I do not have mono, an abscessed tonsil, or strep.

I went to see The Help with my lovely sister in law Friday night and it was as great as I thought it was. I will say that I am an oddball when it comes to movies that are made from books. I typically do not get mad that the characters are not at all what I pictured or that the story kind of strays or puts in additional stuff that wasn't in the book- so with that being said I am pretty easy to please! Also if at all possible I wait until the cast of characters is final before I read a book being made into a movie so then I already have the characters in my head! So to summarize this movie was worth my $22 last night!

Today has been very productive- I made our fantastically yummy dinner, some dipped pretzels, homemade salsa, chopped some extra basil I had laying around and made basil cubes (put it in ice cube trays, froze and will use in soups/sauces later), and finally some french onion soup. Oh I lie, I also boiled some corn that I got for a dollar at the fruit stander (Abs calls it that) and cut if off the ear and froze it. I love to be in the kitchen cooking it is a stress reliever.

Shane just looked over and asked what I was typing about and I told him and he asked if I was about to type that I have the best husband ever, so yes I guess I will type that- I have the best husband ever.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hey Stranger!

Well well well I actually decided to try and start blogging again- I know shocking! I was thinking I would do a long detailed reason for my hiatus but I decided to spare you all of the boring deets and just summarize!

Since December I had been in a funk of sorts- I say funk because I would not really classify it as a depression but I just had a lot of "stuff" pile up all at once and it knocked me on by behind in a quick minute. So I had to work with my doctor and do something about it- luckily we have it under control and life is trying to get back to what we would call normal!

Then there has also been the fact that I have been sick quite a bit this year with sinus infections, ear aches, headaches etc. I think we are finally getting somewhere with all of this because my doctor ordered a nasal CT on Monday and then the clinic at work tested me for Mono because I guess I am presenting with all of the symptoms- who knew kissing all of those random people would come back to bite me!? I am hoping to have results this week or early next week. To top this week off Kate puked at daycare and could not go back for 24 hours so I guess it was kind of nice because this week has been so hard for me at work- I am just exhausted! So I have stayed home with Kate today.

I have found that I can't be still. I have to be doing something when I stay home during the day- so today I have scrubbed the bathroom, did two loads of dishes, cleaned out my summer clothes and organized my closet, washed my sheets, and started another load of laundry!

Oh I also have a new cooking obsession- roasting veggies! It brings out so much of the flavor! Earlier this week I made a great pot of roasted tomato soup- wait back up- this was the 2nd pot because the first pot I made I accidentally left out on the stove all night so I had to toss it. I think I shed a tear or two over that one. So this time around I made sure to put it in the fridge! But I had two red peppers to roast to put in the soup so I also did that today. If you have never roasted a red pepper for goodness sakes stop what you are doing and run out to the store or your garden, grab yourself the prettiest red pepper you have ever seen and go roast him! The result will be just short of heaven I promise you! I then pureed them up and put them in the tomato soup that will be dinner tonight! Yum-o cream of roasted tomato and red pepper soup and BLT's!

So there you go- in a nutshell life was just crazy, I got sick maybe a little lazy too! During the course of all of this one of the people I held dearest to my heart passed away as well. My Grandma Stewart passed away on April 19th so that was a really sad time for me. I know where she is now and I know she is in no pain so that makes my heart happy. I know she used to love to read this blog and see the pictures of the girls.

So I hope to be more regular with my postings and updates/photos of the family. I will try to get some updated pictures of the girls on here- they are SO big now! I will also try to update as to what has been going on in their lives- they are crazy and smart and beautiful!