day fourty nine.

For the very first time in 50 days, I forgot to post.  I spent the day at home with a cold yesterday, and by the time I woke up this morning, I realized that I had forgotten to post.  On the one hand, it’s like how could I forget, I sat at home all day.  On the other hand, well, you know that feeling when you’re sick and everything else just doesn’t really matter.  I decided since I only missed one day I would just pretend like yesterday didn’t even exist and keep up the numbers..so instead of today being day 50, the halfway mark, I’m going to keep it at 49.  The OCD in me is a little bit excited about this, because day 50 will now fall on a new month instead of holding off at the end of October.

Anyway, I’m still not feeling too hot..my ears are ringing so bad that even the sound of my keyboard causes a headache, and I’m about ready to eat an entire bag of cough drops in one sitting.  But none of that matters, because I’m here to post the long awaited 49th post!  Yahoo!  Remember that couple I posted a few days ago?  I finally finished their engagement shoot, so I thought I’d share a few more with you!

Also, Happy Halloween! :)

 

day fourty six.

This doesn’t really feel like a legitimate post because what I really want to write about I don’t currently have a picture of.  The worship at the youth retreat tonight…I have never seen or heard anything like it.  I don’t even know how to describe the depth of the emotions in that room, or the power of their voices as they sang at the top of our lungs about the God who loves and saves us.  I am just so blessed to know I get to be fully a part of this with my husband in just 4 months.  Gosh I am so sorry I don’t have a picture for you.  I can only give you a glimpse with a picture of the stage.  Maybe I can get a video posted sometimes this week. 

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day thirty three.

Sunday night family game night on a rainy afternoon.  That’s what today was all about.  And after a full night of playing Zombie Dice (of course it’s a real thing), watching some football, and taking a million photos of my sweet niece-dog, I am thoroughly pooped.  But hey, we had a blast and I beat my brother three times by collecting the most zombie brains.

Ahh, family time.

 

 

day thirty one.

My mom and I made a fabulous dinner together.  But even better than the dinner was the time I got to spend with her.  With me moving away in just 5 months, I’m really starting to try not to take the special moments with my family for granted.  I mean, I’ve been away from them before.  I went to college three hours away and I only went home a few times a semester so I know what it’s like to be away from home for long periods of time.  But there’s something different about moving away for good.  That thought that I will never just “go home” whenever I feel like it.  I’ll have a new home in a different city.  And even though it’s only two hours away from my home town, it feels like a lot more when I think about the changes.  My bedroom will be transformed into the guest room, my parents will settle into a new routine that doesn’t involve children (although I’m sure that will be a nicer change for them than for me haha), and I will have a permanent change of address for the rest of my life.  It’s all a little disconcerting.

But!  Life goes on, and none of that was to say that I am not so excited to become the wife of a most wonderful man.

Now, onward to food and recipes?

I thought so.

The main entree was a butternut squash pasta sauce on spaghetti and the side was sautéed Swiss chard.  You can find the link to the sauce here.  And the recipe for the Swiss chard is at the end of this blog.  So check out the photos, decide “oh my gosh, I need  to try this!” and then go make it.  Like seriously.  Do it.  Your taste buds with thank you.

      

Can we take a minute to admire the fact that there is actually a pink vegetable?  I didn’t photoshop this, I promise it was naturally hot pink.  Pretty rad.

Say a quick hello to Phoenix, king of the beggar dogs.

 

Bon Apetit!

       

And now for the recipe for that green stuff you see above:

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

2 tbs butter

2 tbs olive oil

1 tbs minced garlic

1/2 small red onion, diced (might also want some tissues; you will cry, whether you want to or not.  True story.)

1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and center ribs cut out and chopped together, leaves coarsely chopped seperately.

(In case you don’t know what Swiss chard is, it’s basically like spinach.  You could probably substitute this recipe with spinach, but the Swiss chard is pretty fantastic.)

1/2 dry white wine (we used the Barefoot brand you see above.  It’s $6 at Target and works really well with the Swiss.)

1 tbs fresh lemon juice, or to taste

2 tbs freshly grated Parmesan cheese

salt to taste (optional)

Just a forewarning, kids may not love it if they’re not used to more “exotic” meals, and if you hate spinach then you may not love it either, but you really really should give it a try.  If for no other reason than the fact that this is one of the cheapest, fanciest homemade meals you can make.  We had 3 servings of everything, plus leftovers, all for a grand total of around $10.  Unless you buy everything all at once.  For example if you need to buy the cheese then it will cost you a wee bit extra but you won’t use an entire block of cheese in this one meal.  And if you enjoy a glass of wine you can use the bottle you used for the Swiss chard to go with your meal as well.  You get the point; this is a SUPER cheap, easy meal, and it’s super healthy as well. Can’t beat that!

Have a great night you lovely people, and have a tasty feast this weekend. :)

day twenty six

What a weekend it’s been! Matt’s church had a staff retreat tonight, so I got to tag along for the first half and hang out with some pastors’ wives..it gets me so excited to move down here to Indy to be with all these amazing people.  The retreat was held at the most beautiful home, although mansion is definitely the more appropriate term.  It was the former home of a dentist in town who moved and decided to turn the house into a ministry getaway spot.  I just wanted to stay there a whole week, curling up in all the beds in all the huge cozy bedrooms (there were at least 5 that I know of) and cooking elaborate meals in the kitchen of my dreams. Maybe someday….
I didn’t get any pictures of the house…now regretting that decision…but I did snag a few shots of the back yard and some of the scenery around the house.  I mean seriously I could have sat on the back porch all day and that would have been good enough for me.

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day twenty one.

I really can’t believe I’m already on day twenty one of 100 days of photography.  Seriously incredible.  But I tell ya, it feels SO good to finally commit to something and stick with it.  Yesterday I did everything in pink.  Today, everything is orange.

Can I just sidetrack for a moment though to say how thankful I am for how God has blessed me lately??  Because of this blog, I’ve been on wordpress like..everyday..so one day (two days ago) I decided to look at some other people’s blogs.  I happened to stumble upon a wedding blog in Canada searching for a ‘bridal blogger’ to post all about her wedding planning woes and wonders.  Well, it seemed like a bit of fun, so I thought I’d send in a paragraph and try to see if I might be chosen as their bridal blogger.  I found out the next day (yesterday) that I was chosen as the American blogger, and will be featured every Tuesday until my wedding! Holy cow talk about flattery!  I just felt like it was God’s way of encouraging me to keep on being creative and doing what I love; that I don’t have to be content with the mundane things forever.  He is so good and knows exactly how to encourage us when we need it most.  So I wrote my first post and it was published this morning…you can find me at the Idea! Weddings and Events blog.  While you’re at it, you should follow them, cause they’re pretty awesome.

Anyway, sidetrack moment over.  Here are all the ‘orange things’ I found!  Orange you glad I didn’t pick pink again today?  (sorry..had to..)

       

        

Happy Tuesday, all!
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day eleven

Ahhh. My first fail. It’s past midnight, and I haven’t posted my picture of the day.  No excuse, I just forgot. But at least I’m posting it before I go to bed so I technically haven’t missed a day….right..?

Either way, I have a picture.  At the end of the Real Marriage conference, Christian singer/song writer, Warren Barfield, talked about an organization called Food for the Hungry.  I’m gonna be pretty honest here, I’ve always been a little skeptical about child sponsor programs because it’s easy to send money to those in need; it’s a completely different situation to build a relationship with that person.  And to be even more honest, serving is not one of my strongsuits.  I can help someone through an emotional issue, no problem, but when it comes to people’s physical needs, I’m really really terrible at reaching out to them.  So when Warren introduced this program and explained how sponsors are able to keep in touch with these kids, and are even allowed opportunities to visit them, I felt like maybe this was God’s way of telling me to let go of my pride and help out someone else for a change.  I’m not saying God audibly said to sponsor a child, but I think he’s been working on my heart lately to turn my motives from selfish to selfless.
So my picture for the day is simply a picture of Ema, the little diva from Peru that I chose to sponsor today.  I’m really excited about this, and I hope the Lord will to big things through such a small sponsorship.

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