Sunday Special Edition – Things I Love (29)

Good morning everyone!  I’m so excited that I succeeded yesterday in taking video when both Olivia and Claire scored in their basketball game.  And the fact that I was successful in pulling the videos off of my iPhone and placing them on my blog for you to see makes this doubly surprising.  Thank you, technology, for being on my side this morning!  So, here you go. . .the next WNBA All-Stars!

I LOVE that it’s basketball season once again!!

(FYI – We’re the black team)


Sunday Special Edition – Things I Love (28) – Simplicity

Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms

This video makes my spirit say “aaahhhhh.”  I think I was meant for simplicity.  I could totally live here!  Once these girls leave home, we’re moving into 450sq ft, Kevin!!  WooHoo!

What do you think?  Could you live here?

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Okay, okay, the truth is I don’t actually love this at all.

It’s quite a shame to be so good at something that you don’t love.

But truth be told, if you know me well at all you probably have heard me say at one time or another how proficient I am at “procrastinating”. . . as if he and I were in a great love affair.

So, just for today I thought I would embrace procrastination instead. . .let go of the guilt. . .confess a bit AND tell you about the Part 2 of last week’s Sabbath that I have obviously procrastinated writing all week

For starters. . .What is Amy procrastinating about right now?

*clean out my van

*cleaning the garage

*cleaning the basement closet

(my Dad is laughing right now, I just know it)

*writing a thank you note

*cleaning out mine and Kevin’s closet

*changing the girls clothes closets from summer to winter

*calling the dentist

*calling the doctor for meds I need to take with me to Vietnam

*cleaning out the frig

(wow, i didn’t realize I had so much work to do!)

*working out (what I should be doing instead of writing this blog)

Whew. . .I feel better. . .wanna come over and clean with me?  It looks like I could keep us all busy for quite a few days.

NOW. . .onto Sabbath Part 2 from this last week. . .

Monday after the circus was a slow and easy day.  We needed it so, so badly.  And it was great.

Three things stood out to me the most about how we spent the day.

1.  We physically rested

2.  I read like half of a book to Kevin as we sat outside at the park with the girls playing on the playground.  It kinda sounds weird, but it really was fun and the discussion was life giving.

3.  We sent the girls off to read their Bibles together (James 4) and then come back and teach us what they learned.  I’m amazed at what super insightful little girls we have.  The we sent them off again to pray together as they walked over to the playground to play.  I totally expected them to take off as fast as they could, saying a few token words to God as they jetted for the monkey bars.  But no, they actually took the LONG way as they walked together and prayed.  Now that was something beautiful to watch.  I’m glad I had a camera.

Another day noticing God all around.  It was just what we needed. . .always is.

What book were Kevin and I reading?  Kevin’s friend, Hugh Halter, just came out with a new book that is blowing us away.  It’s not because the topic is so unheard of – at least not to us.  It’s mostly so great because Kevin and I can relate to it so well at this time in our lives and in the life of Cool River.  It’s as if it’s our story…the story we are right in the middle of living…challenging, radical, must read!!!!!!  But beware. . .you’ll never be able to look at church the same way again!

Hugh’s Blog

Check it out!

Sunday Special Edition – Things I Love (26)

Cheap Friends!

You laugh, but I bet if you’d let yourself consider it again you would agree. . .it’s a beautiful thing to have a group of friends who make “cheap” feel like the cool thing to be.

Friends being cheap TOGETHER in Costco on Sunday afternoon after church. . .buying lunch for a family of 5 for $10.00. . .and then celebrating it together while enjoying eachother and our families. . .Priceless!

What’s your favorite cheap date?

Sunday Special Edition – Things I Love (25)

I LOVE celebrating birthdays with my girls!!!

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I always love discovering a new recipe and realizing that I have all the ingredients in my pantry to give it a try.  This is a Whole Living Magazine recipe that I adjusted a bit, making it yummy, moist AND healthy.

Carrot Bread with Apple Glaze


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  • 2 tbsp 100% apple juice
  • 2 tbsp honey or agave
  • 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, carrots, currants, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt; mix well.
  3. Make a well in the center and add whole egg, egg white, oil and 3/4 cup water, honey, applesauce, walnuts. Stir until flour is completely incorporated and batter is moistened.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine juice, agave nectar and vanilla for the glaze. Poke holes in warm bread with a fork and pour over top of carrot bread
  6. Cool completely on a rack.

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I love capturing the perfect hilarious picture. . . completely unplanned and unexpected.