This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, July 20, 2007

Favorite Ingredient Fridays

Overwhelmed With Joy is hostessing her fabulous Favorite Ingredient Fridays again today. There are lots of talented cooks who visit. Check it out. My offering for today is:

Sizzlin' Chicken Skewers


1/3 cup hot water
1/4 cup KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup lite soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. GREY POUPON Honey Dijon Mustard
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 12 thin strips

chicken skewersMIX water, barbecue sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro and mustard in medium bowl with wire whisk. Refrigerate half of the mixture to use as a dipping sauce. Pour remaining mixture into large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag. Shake gently to coat chicken. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to marinate.

PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto 12 skewers in ribbon fashion; discard any remaining marinade in bag.

GRILL 5 to 7 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with the reserved dipping sauce.

Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 240, Total fat 10g, Saturated fat 2g, Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 620mg, Carbohydrate 10g, Dietary fiber 1g, Sugars 6g, Protein 29g, Vitamin A 4%DV, Vitamin C 0%DV, Calcium 4%DV, Iron 10%

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday Thirteen--Animals I Love to Visit at the Zoo

I love to visit a zoo where the animals are well cared for and education and conservation is a priority. There is little chance that I would see these fascinating animals any other way. Thirteen animals that joyfully proclaim a creative Creator.

The incredible giraffe.giraffe

The impervious rhinosoceros.rhinosceros

The ancient tortoise. tortoise

The sharks and the reef dwellers. shark

The grizzly bears and black bear

The placid tapirs.tapir

The colorful macaws. macaw

The majestic lions. lioness

The powerful and impressive silverback.


The sweet tree kangaroo.

tree kangaroo

My very favorite mixed-up Okapi. Okapi

THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE THURSDAY THIRTEEN:The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. What do you do? Write Thirteen things about yourself, summarize your week in one entry, make it easy for other bloggers to get to know you on a weekly basis. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Camping in the CornfieldsThis was the "Clubhouse" for my boys & niece and nephew last week.
For more Wordless Wednesday visit WW HQ.

Book Giveaway Alert

Another Update:
Lorie over at Stitch in Time: Creating Memories for a Lifetime is also giving a book away! She is giving away Uncharted by Angela Hunt

Sheryl over at Taking the Challenge is giving away another book!! She is giving away The Quilter's Daughter. Looks good. I'm signing up go and take a peek.

The Quilter's Daughter

Monday, July 16, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday...Summer Camp Edition

This week Annie asks us to remember summer camp.

I only went to three summer camps. The first was in junior high and I went to basketball camp. Having never been to camp at all and new to playing basketball, my parents and I decided this would be a good thing for me. However I was unable to attend the junior high basketball camp. My parents arranged for me to go to the high-school camp. Now…I had never been away from home unless it was with family. I had no one my age or even from my school district at this camp. I. Was. Homesick. Oh my word was I homesick.

The highschool girls who had been assigned to room with me, to their credit were really quite sweet and tried to include me as much as possible. They made sure I was asked to accompany them to meals. I think I must have lost ten pounds that week at least because I couldn’t manage to eat much more than an apple or a bowl of cereal and we were run hard all week. It was a horrible experience, but looking back I am grateful for how those older girls tried to care for me.

The next experience at camp was as a counselor! I actively pursued this position. It was held at a retreat place on a beautiful lake. I was a counselor there for two years, the first as a senior in college and the second the year after I graduated. I have the best memories from these camps. I was with wonderful people I loved and respected and with teens who responded to me in such an overwhelmingly positive way. It was traditional camp with canoeing, swimming, softball, volleyball, campfires and daily Mass. There were arts and crafts and music. Oh the music was my favorite.

Being a camp counselor and all the fun there more than made up for my junior high experience.

Visit Annie at My Life as Annie… for more Tuesday Time Travelers.

Children's Book Monday--Dinotopia

DinotopiaDinotopia by James Gurney

A few years back when Roo was really into dinosaurs I was randomly perusing the children’s section at the library and happened to find James Gurney’s Dinotopia—A Land Apart from Time and Dinotopia—The World Beneath.

We had the Dinotopia movie (a Hallmark made for television movie) and while it was a story in itself, I felt like I was missing a whole piece of a puzzle. When I saw the books I thought they were what the story was based on. I was mistaken. The books tell the story that pre-date the movie.

Dinotpia the World BeneathThe books begin in 1860 with Arthur Denison and his son Will. They are explorers who are shipwrecked on an uncharted island. They find themselves in a land where dinosaurs live in peace with humans secretly hidden from the world. Both books are Arthur’s journals.
The illustrations are incredible. James Gurney is an artist with an unbelievable imagination and execution. I wish I could own one of his prints, they are fabulous. For now the books will have to do.

When we first read these Boo was about four and he wasn’t much for sitting and listening. I think with seven fast approaching he would be willing and able to follow a little better. Technically, he could read them himself, but I think the work that it would take would distract from the story. Besides, reading the book aloud allows for discussion about some concepts that the book presents, like what happens when we let machines do our thinking for us, that a young child can certainly grasp, but might be more appropriate to explore with adult guidance. Roo, coming up on ten and having had these read to him before could easily navigate these solo.

Between the rich artwork and the detailed writing these were books that I chose to add to our personal library.

There are several other Dinotopia books that form a series, but were written by other authors with Gurney’s aid. We have not read any of those yet, but found some at a used books store and they will likely be on the list for this fall.

Children's Book Monday is hosted by Elise at A Path Made Straight. It is always wonderful to visit her. She has some wonderful books reviewed and the other contributors do also.

To note: there is a cartoon version of Dinotopia available. Having seen it, I don't highly recommend it.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

Grains of GratitudeMy Grains of Gratitude is a little different today.

I’ve spent the last week with my parents, my sister and her children. We were supposed to be home yesterday. But we are not. We are stalled here at least through today.

Back near Father’s Day Annie asked us to talk about our dad’s. After I wrote that post I got to thinking I’ve not written much about my mother. There are a few reasons for this. My mother is a very private person. I don’t think she would like that I have a blog—I don’t share it with everyone in my life and for the most part, if I don’t share it with them I don’t blog about them. But for Father’s Day I broke my rule a little and I am going to again today. I’m going to share my mom with you a little bit.

This is a photo of my mother in October of 2006. This photo was taken while she was receiving radiation. At the time of this picture my mom had been more than two years battling metastatic colon cancer. She was still working—full-time. She had to be at work in a costume and true to her favorite costume she wore her clown suit. She wore the make-up and wig to radiation. She was trying to figure out how she would get to radiation, drive the hour home and get her make-up on and get to work. There wasn’t enough time. So she went to radiation like that. I was moved at her account of her day as a clown. She told me people stopped, pointed, laughed, wanted to shake her hand or get a hug. She waved back, laughed, clowned a little and hugged. The folks in radiation were quite surprised, I am sure.

Right now we are hovering at the three year mark since her diagnosis and surgery. Mom doesn’t look like that today. I’ve lost count how many chemo cocktails she’s been subject to. They just aren’t doing what we want them to. Today mom is in the hospital, without many details, it is a secondary issue that has got her down. I spent a good portion of yesterday afternoon with her and will be back there later today. My father and sister and I are taking shifts.

There are facts out there about colon cancer. If someone knew my mother’s case and they read the black and white words they would read that with her diagnosis three years ago she had a 5% chance of 5 years. Mom never read that (her choice) and I guess no one bothered to tell her—I sure wasn’t going to be the one to do that.

I guess what I want you to know about my mom is that she is one of the most stubborn people I’ve ever know. She worked, full-time, up until three months ago. Through all the chemo, radiation, with just some recovery time for surgeries she has gone full steam ahead. She’s stated that she is “fine” when her “fine” would bring someone else down flat. She has a determined faith and a will to fight like none other.

She and my father were ahead of their time for choices they made raising my sister and me. They followed new ideas but threw the book out when it went against their gut. She’s fair to a fault. She never asked more of someone than she was willing to do herself in her supervisor position at work. We’ve not always seen eye to eye. We’ve seen eye to eye a few times when we were butting heads hard. She has been one of the most influential people in my life for good or bad. God put her in my life and He has a plan and that plan is perfect. I don’t always understand His plan—but I am grateful He holds us in His hand. I am grateful for that memory of my mom.

Grains of Gratitude is a Sunday meme started by Christine at Brady’s Bunch. I keep finding more and more people starting out their weeks grateful—what are you grateful for?