Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mini Me

Looks like I'm not the only one who is scared of horses...

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.  Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kinda Scared of Horses

Ever played the game Two Truths and a Fib?  It's the get-to-know-you game where everyone announces two truths about themselves and one fib and the rest guess which is false.  Recently I orchestrated this game at our church youth retreat.  One of my truths is that I am kinda scared of horses.  Horses are large, they have very large heads and extremely large teeth.  Sure, they are some of God's most beautiful creatures...particularly when grazing in a far away field. 

The day after the youth retreat I was in the parking lot of a local grocery store with four of those kids that heard my fear.  A horseback riding group happened to be taking a rest and having a snack in a grassy patch by the store.  (Yes, I reside in the boonies.)  Our youth group was then invited to go horseback riding in a few weeks. 

One modern day cowboy said, "Hey, why not hop on one now?"  Gulp.  Four sets of eyes found their way to me.  Er, uh, umm.  A sweet little angel in my group said, "I'll ride!" which bought me some time to think.  Oh no!  I have to do this.

God used me that moment to show these young people that it is OK to have fears.  We also learned it is OK to face your fears as I placed my shaky foot in a stirrup and found my way in a saddle...on the back of a horse!  It wasn't so bad.  A nice slow short stroll was all.  Thankfully, I didn't have to take the advice of another cowboy who grinned and said, "If he takes off start hollering.  He goes faster when you holler."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

For the Love of Nature

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.  Genesis 1:31

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Snaggle Tooth

Which of these is not like the others?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pretty Fruit Pizza

Easy, quick recipe!

crust = sugar cookie dough cooked on pizza pan
sauce = 2 packages of cream cheese mixed with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla
toppings = colorful fruit

Monday, September 5, 2011

Kindergarten is for Real

Dylan walked five paces before me the entire way to his first day of kindergarten.

On the third day of school he did not want me to walk him to instead of crying when I got home I cleaned his room and sewed Boppy's dangling leg. Lame, I know, but look...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Shut the Front Door Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup and 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup milk

10 ounces whipped topping

2 graham-cracker crusts

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Whip cream cheese at low speed. Beat in sugar and peanut butter. Slowly beat in milk. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into crusts. Top with chopped nuts. Freeze until firm. Makes 2 pies.

(from Our State magazine...I altered the title)