Monday, February 13, 2012


Days are just ticking by, and nobody knows how truly happy that's making me. I downloaded new music from Itunes; songs that will bring extra encouragement and inspiration to me, to get me through this last bit of deployment. One of the songs that I bought was Stronger, by Mandisa. I watched her on American Idol a number of seasons ago and loved her, but never really followed her after she left. SO GLAD I came across her song. It has been such a blessing to me lately. LOVE IT! Here are the lyrics to the song:

Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain't right
And you wonder if things will ever get better.
And you're asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather.

Oh, don't hang your head
It's gonna end
God's right there.
Even if it's hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you ...

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus.
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares.

'Cause if He started this work in your life,
He will be faithful to complete it
If only you believe it.
He knows how much it hurts
And I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this.

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
In time it's gonna get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger.

I love the whole song, but the bridge has to be my favorite part. The words are so refreshing and encouraging to my soul. It's something that I've needed to hear, so this has been a great way to remind myself that if God started this work in our lives, He will be faithful to follow through, if only we believe in Him along the way. SO good to hear that! Am I right?!? It also reminds me that He is there for us along the way, and it won't last forever (it will end!!) but once again we have to reach out to Him, and put our faith, trust, and hope in Him. AND, comfort will not be the only thing we gain from putting our trust in Him, the whole process will make us stronger and closer to Him, too. Plus, she has an amazing voice, so I'm glad that I get this reminder in her beautiful voice! 

I hope you enjoy this song and can get something out of it like I did. Know that there is someone greater than you who can provide with the comfort you need for the trials you are in. That's a beautiful thing!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Catching Up on Recipes

I'm very behind on updating you all with my latest good eats. Today's the day that I'm going to get ahead. I'm not going to post the recipes, since I didn't alter them much. I'll let you know if there is a recipe where I did :). Words cannot describe how good these were, you just have to try them out yourself to see what I'm talking about. All the names of the rmeals are links to the actual recipe themselves. Here we go.


 *Mine--SO good!*

*Mine--it may not look as pretty because I did not decorate mineto look like a poptart, but it was SUPER good and SUPEr flavorful!! I love chimichangas, and this is my new favorite way to make them now!!*



*Mine, shown with Yukon & Sweet Potato Mash--side note: I thought this recipe would not be "saucey" enough. I was BLOWN AWAY with the results because it was anything but! Just thought you should know :) *



*Mine. This recipe is SO good and SO easy,!!*



*Mine--This is such an easy recipe and yields AMAZINGLY good results!!!*

Since we're nearing deployment (!!!!), I have added a bunch of new hits to my recipe bandwagon, so there aren't as much rnew recipes I am going to try out within the next couple of weeks, but there are a few more.

Happy brand new week all!! :D

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wiping Off The Dust

So yesterday my sewing machine said "bye-bye" to all the dust and cod webs that were forming on it, as I powered on that bad boy and got the baby gift for my neighbor completed. Yeah for crossing off another item off my end of deployment to-do list. Feels good to get things done and completed. So this is the complete Baby Sailor gift:

I made this blanket awhile back, which is the first part to the gift.

 Next is the Baby Sailor Burp Cloth. I used the leftover fabric from the above blanket for the next two items. Love the red stitching!

And lastly, there's the Baby Sailor Bib. I absolutely ♥ this!! I think this is my favorite one I've made yet!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Yesterday Adam had an important task (easier to say this way) that he had to do. Either he passed and everyone in his division would be happy with him or he would fail and then his whole division get "punished." The assignment was given to him randomly, as his name just happened to be pulled. So after spending almost two days doing nothing but going over this task, his work paid off. HE PASSED!!!!!! YEAH! Thanks to everyone who prayed for him. I sent out a prayer email to some family and am thankful for their faithfulness. God was really watching over Adam yesterday and I am thankful for that always, but especially yesterday. Is is not cool to see God answer prayer? So proud of my Sailor!!

Happy mid-week everyone!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Superbowl Sunday

Everyone who knows Adam knows that he is all about the sports. Since we weren't going to be together for the Superbowl this year, I decided I would make him the happiest man alive and watch it despite not being with him. So I invited over two of my neighbor friends, and made some good appetizers to go along with a good rivalry game of Manning Vs. Brady. I don't think their really rivalries, they're just two great quarterbacks. The game was good, but folks, the food was better! :D These are going on the menu plans for game nights. Love how Pinterst gives me great ideas for good yummy eats! Can't wait to make these for Adam!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Another Creation

Another order for a hairclip was put in by one of my friends. I think it came out pretty cute. Actually I really like this one! Just wanted to share. :D

A Zipperflower Hairclip