Monday, September 21, 2015

Back in the day...

My six year old  who is full of questions quizzes me with questions like these: When you were a little girl did this or that happen. Some of my recent favorites are: "How old were you when Jesus died on the cross?" When she paints her nails, she looks at me and asks, "Was there nail polish back when  you were  a little girl?" And when you were little,"Were there cars back then?"
(My 6 year old with the inquiring mind)

I don't yet qualify for the senior discount....but I just couldn't wrap my mind around the idea that she actually thought Jesus and I were kids at the same time. None of my other children asked such questions referring to my antique-ness.
(all of our the kids)

My older daughter came up with the thought that maybe she thinks I grew up during Jesus' time because I often introduce myself as "I am Martha, like Martha in the Bible." I say this quirky introduction because I know I have an antique name, and I am trying to help people remember it and I like to try to be funny. Most of the time people hear it as Marsha, and well, I would just rather be called the right name rather than the wrong one so I go a little extra with it.

SO, knowing that little kids take things literally, maybe she hears, I am Martha, like in the maybe she thinks I am THE MARTHA in the BIBLE. Everyone knows THE Martha in the Bible is a personal friend with Jesus. Maybe that's where she gets the idea that Jesus and I grew up together. Good news is this Martha is a personal friend of Jesus but I am just not the Bible Martha.

So I am not old, yet. And the good news is age is just a number and I plan on acting on the youngish side, just pass me the red hair dye, my  supplements, and the wrinkle cream.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's a Match

On this day five years ago, we received our adoption referral. We were sent the very first glimpse of our daughter, all we had to do was say yes. I remember Karl and I quickly scanning her files and sending a quick response of YES.

Here's the photos that were starring back at us....Five short years ago.

In five shorts years, she has had 2 cleft repair surgeries, 2 dental repair surgeries, and 1 upcoming dental surgery in a few months, and she has finished speech therapy. She now has a perfect southern accent. She loves Jesus, people, art, learning, going to church and snagging my phone to make videos.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

it's Fall Y'all....

Summer has come and gone in a blink....and another school year has started. We took the obligatory first day of school pics for this school year.

This little one is totally excited about 1st grade. She seems to love math, in spite of her Math teacher, her mom. She is also an excellent artist. She especially loves her  homeschool hybrid classes, where she is learning science, math, and art. 
This one is in 8th grade, and the idea for a mug shot was all his, such a sense of humor. He enjoys classes at his two hybrid schools. He  had joined the local navy sea cadets, but decided to drop this activity because it interfered too much with church and tennis. He is excited that now he can grow his hair back out a little over the ears.
I never envisioned homeschooling as part of our story, but here we are starting our 12th year of homeschooling. With a first grader this year, one can understand my caption of homeschooling till Jesus returns...We have  two high school graduates, and one college graduate now employed!
Let the good times continue to roll.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A healthy choice from my "test" kitchen

Sometimes when you are trying to eat healthy, out of the blue, you just get the 'hankering' to start baking. Visions of cupcakes and muffins and all kinds of unhealthy items fill your head or at least they fill mine.

And let's face it there are all kinds of healthy type recipes out there....and the photo looks delicious, and then when you grab all the ingredients and take the time to make it, you wonder what kind of Yuck is that.

SO today I hit the test kitchen, my own...with healthy ingredients  available in my fridge and  pantry. and I came up with Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes....sounds pretty good? The raw batter was even delicious and the baking smell in the kitchen smelled like really tasty baked goods....and the final product? It was great too.... here's the recipe.

Chocolate Mocha Cupcakes

1 AdvoCare Chocolate Mocha Shake Pouch (purchase meal replacement  shakes)
1/2 cup old fashioned Oatmeal
1/2 cup almond milk
2 eggs
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup Splenda
1/4 cup flaxseed flour
2 T coconut flour
3/4 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1- 7oz container of FAGE plain 2% yogurt

Mix together ingredients, Spray muffin pan, bake at 350 until done, makes approx 8 cupcakes