Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: At A Glance

 I can't believe the year is coming to a close already!  It sure has been a busy one. I thought I would go through and highlight *some* of the things that have happened this year! I had fun reminiscing, I hope you enjoy it too!

*Note* Each description is a link to the post, just in case you missed it the first time around. :)

Unfortunately, I never did an actual post for the SB.  Here's a link to Carolyn's!

June/July ~ We moved!!


Monday, December 27, 2010


We spent Christmas at home this year, and had an amazing time!  Josh got to come home, and we had surprise guests - the Rawls family! It was such a blessing to spend time with friends and family, and most importantly reflect on the whole reason we celebrate this time of year - Christ's birth!  The love shared by friends and family was overwhelming, but the love shared by Christ is even more so.  I do not, nor will ever, deserve His love, but praise the Lord He gives it to us anyways!  

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! 

The first time our stockings have ever hung from a mantle. :)

A beautiful table arrangement 'picked out' by Braxton!

New game - Headbanz!  You ask everyone questions, trying to figure out what your card is. It's so much fun!

Haha...this is perfect for Chris!


Monday, December 20, 2010

An Interview!

That's right people!  I have an interview set the for the 29th.  I'm so excited! The position is an on-call BOA (Branch Office Administrator) with Edward Jones. 

There are two ladies I know who work for the EJ office here.  A month ago, one of them told me that the company was only doing in-company referrals and that if I sent her my resume and cover letter she would make a referral.  So I sent her and the other lady my stuff hoping that 2 referrals would increase my chances! I soon received an e-mail that headquarters requested my resume and I should be getting a call soon.  The call never came.  I heard they might be looking for an on-call BOA, but they never had any positions open online, so I just kept trusting that if this was the job the Lord wanted me to have He would open it up.  That brings me to this morning.  My phone rang [I may or may not have still been in bed ;)] and it was an unfamiliar number.  I answered and was soon greeted by my friend at EJ asking if I would like to come in for an interview next week!  I can't tell you how excited I am about this possible opportunity. Even though it's probably a very part time position, it'll get my foot in the door and hopefully lead the way to a more full time position!

So that's my story for today. :) 

Edward Jones...
Wednesday, the 29th...
11 am...
Your prayers are much appreciated!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Can I Just Say?

I'm so jealous of the SPG's right now! They're at Handel's Messiah.  I'm listening to my CD, but it's just not the same when you know that someone is there LIVE!  Oh well... :)

Last year...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The "Jesse Wall"

The first time we saw this house there was something about my {future} room that was a bit of a mystery.  Hidden behind the current room dwellers furniture was a mural of some sorts.  We couldn't quite tell what it was, except for the fact that bricks were involved. =) 

When we moved in we saw just exactly what it was...something I fondly refer to as the "Jesse wall"!  

Needless to say, it was going to be painted over. I thought about changing my name to Jesse and leaving it, but I'm kinda partial to my own name! Some even suggested that maybe it was God's way of telling me that my future husband's name is Jesse...haha...we'll see! Anyways, it took 4 coats of primer and then a coat of the actual color I painted my room! This was all done in one day too!  You see, this fact alone is amazing to me, because if we were in Oak Harbor it would have taken a week with a coat a day. But, we had the blessing (?) of HOT weather so it dried very quickly!

Here are pictures of my room after the paint job. You can also see pictures of the rest of our house on Maggie's blog if you haven't already.

I love having curtains on my closet!

What used to be the "Jesse wall"

One more thing...Braxton wants to say hi...d.
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Friends for the weekend!

This past weekend the Majors' went to Wyoming to present the ministry, and the Geist family came for a visit!  We had such a wonderful time!

Brother Geist preached Sunday on the topic of John 3:16.  He started by showing us the bigger picture of things - the book, the human writer, who was speaking in that verse, and who it was being spoken to. Then he zeroed in on the was amazing! Hopefully we'll get it up on our website, so you can listen to it!

Abby & Becky did an instrumental special which was really good, and Becky even played the flute while I played piano for the was really nice! Us girls had lots of fun and shared many laughs Sunday afternoon/evening as we played several different games and ate sour skittles. =)

The trip was too short, but so much fun!  I can't tell you how nice it is to see and fellowship with friends from BBC.

We also got a fresh layer of snow just in time for their arrival!  We got about 6 inches here, but over in Twisp they got 1 1/2 to 2 feet of snow!  It was insane!  We {and when I say we, I mean my dad!} had to unbury the steps leading to the grange hall, and even go shovel a pathway for Ruth to get out of her house! 

Lastly, I'll leave you with a picture of the car next to the grange hall so you can get a taste of how much snow we're talking about!  {haha...some people probably think I'm silly making such a big deal about the snow, but you have to remember that I used to live on an island where we didn't get much snow. even if we did get snow, it sure didn't last very long ;)}

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Super Cute!

This little girl is SO cute, and she does a great job telling about Jonah!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I love this time of year!

Saturday we went to the top of the Loup and got a Christmas tree. That was quite an experience! We usually get our tree from a store...only once can I remember actually cutting one from a Christmas tree farm. It's a whole new experience when you go tromping through the woods in at least a foot of snow! Our tree isn't as full as we usually have, but I love it! 

Some of my favorite decorations...

Don't you just love Willow Tree?  Some day I hope to get the actual Nativity.

Hehe...I bought this for an SPS one year and it never quite made it to her. =)

I love these!  [Thanks, Alyssa!]

Christmas lights...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


It started snowing again last night and it's still snowing!

How much snow all depends on where you measure...this was in the yard.

Max likes to eat the snow. =)

White Christmas...ahh the classics!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Today was a first in our family.  Believe it or not, this was the very first time we've EVER had Thanksgiving at home!  We usually spend in with my dad's side of the family, and have on occasion spent it with my mom's side. 

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family (Josh, my Grandma and her husband, Don) & friends (Majors)!  I ate entirely too much food today, but it sure was delicious! We spent the rest of the evening enjoying each other's company and playing games, whether it was the Wii or a game of 10,000.

I sure am a blessed girl.  There are so many things I am thankful for - my salvation, my family, my friends, my church, etc etc etc.  I could go on and on, but I won't.  But, before the night is over I do want to wish each and every person reading this a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May we be thankful for the Lord's many blessings EVERY DAY!!!

1Chronicles 16:8 ~ Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

The 'Kids Table'  =)

<3 Family <3

**For Laughs**
I just read this in an e-mail and had to add it!

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious.
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend Highlights

This past weekend was the annual Leadership Retreat for our home church in Oak Harbor.  My parents and the Majors went over and so naturally Maggie & I watched the girls plus 3 dogs!  Adding the dogs to the picture sure made it a challenge!

Maggie had to work on Friday, so I spent the day with the girls.  We had fun making Oatmeal Reeses Pieces cookies together....yum! Around 12:30 we headed out to pick up Dennis and Lindsey.  Selena left her minivan for us to drive around and it was so cute when I got the girls all buckled in and ready to go because Lilly piped up and said, "It's kinda like you're the mama!  If I say mama it's because that's what I think you are."  Haha...anyways...we took Dennis to a class and drove Lindsey around to different places to pick up applications for a job.  The girls did SO good!  I came all prepared with books and coloring books but we didn't even need to use them.  The snacks I brought came in handy though!  We picked up Maggie so she could spend her lunch break with us, and after taking her back to work we headed over to Starbucks!  I told the girls I would buy them either chocolate milk or hot chocolate since they were so good...of course they loved the idea of having hot chocolate and wanted to make sure they got a straw too, because according to Olivia a straw makes it taste like coffee!  I tell you, that girl had chocolate all over her mouth and clothes!  Eventually we made it back home and started to settle down for the night.  As I was outside with one of the dogs, I noticed it was starting to snow! We were all excited about that!  When we put the girls to bed we told them we would play in the snow the next day and even have hot chocolate afterwards...they liked that! Later when I went to bed, Olivia woke up and as were laying there I told her that we should close our eyes and go to sleep so we can get up and play in the snow.  It was so cute...she said, "Ok, but I don't want a straw in my hot chocolate."  Haha...when we finally got out to play in the snow we couldn't have been out there 2 minutes before Olivia started talking about wanting hot chocolate.  We had alot of fun spending time with the girls, and we even made two cakes on Saturday amidst the chaos!  We made a princess cake for Lilly's birthday and a football cake for Dennis' birthday.  They turned out really well! 

We let the girls play in the snow out on the deck in their pjs. That way we could watch them, but didn't have to be out there. :)

Poor little Chip was cold! He was running through the snow wimpering.

Dennis really wanted the princess cake. ;)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Click on the picture to enlarge it and read all of the flavors!

Mmmm... I love the yummy flavors that come out this time of year!  I definitely plan on taking advantage of this offer, and thought I'd pass it along to all my coffee loving friends!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You!

To all the veterans out there...thank you for your service to our country!

Monday, November 8, 2010


That's what you get during the process of looking for a job...letters.  The following are excerpts from the letters I've received over the past few months.

"While your skills are certainly impressive, we have selected other candidates..."
"Thank you for your interest...This position has now been filled..."
"Unfortunately you were not selected to move forward in the hiring process."
"Unfortunately we have had to recently make some budgetary changes that necessitate that we put hiring for this position on hold."
"We regret to inform you that you were not selected for an interview."

Friday I received a letter that was a little different...
"Although we do not have any positions open at this time, we would like the opportunity to contact you in the future to check your availability for needed dates..."

This last one was from an attorney's office that I visited a few weeks ago.  I was going around to different offices leaving my resume and seemed to have peaked the interest of this office.  I called them this afternoon and spoke with them briefly about it.  Basically, they really liked my resume and want to have me 'on call' in case they ever need someone to fill in for a secretary on vacation, etc.  So, while I haven't been hired or anything it's definitely a start in the right direction.  Maybe I'll be able to do some work for them and they'll find that they want to bring on a third secretary. Or, they may hear about another law office that needs a secretary and be able to refer me to them. It's all about who you know in this little town!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


That's been the theme of dinner this week.  Full of carbs to be sure, but delicious! Here are just a few of the recipes I tried this week!

Classic Cheese Lasagna (from Martha Stewart)

1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 pound fresh mozzarella
Fresh Lasagna Noodles, cut into 4-by-13-inch strips and cooked, or store-bought dried noodles, cooked
5 ounces coarsely grated Parmesan cheese, (about 1 3/4 cups)

1.Preheat oven to 375. Combine ricotta, egg, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl. Season with pepper. Coarsely grate 1/2 of the mozzarella, and stir into ricotta mixture. Using your fingers, shred remaining mozzarella into 2-inch strips, and reserve.

2.Spread 1/2 cup marinara in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place a layer of noodles over marinara. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over noodles, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the Parmesan. Place a layer of noodles over the cheese layer. Spread 1 cup marinara over noodles. Repeat layering (noodles, marinara, noodles, ricotta mixture, Parmesan) 2 more times. Spread remaining marinara over cheese layer, then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

3.Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Triple Chocolate Tiramisu (from Better Homes & Gardens)

2 3-ounce packages ladyfingers, split (I made some...they were easy!)
1/4 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
1 8-ounce carton mascarpone cheese
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce white chocolate baking squares or white baking bars, grated
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, grated
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans (optional)

1. Line the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with some of the ladyfingers, cutting to fit as necessary. Drizzle half of the espresso over ladyfingers;set aside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Beat in the chocolate liqueur until just combined. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate over the mascarpone mixture. Top with another layer of ladyfingers (reserve any remaining ladyfingers for another use). Layer with remaining espresso and mascarpone cheese mixture.

3. Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours. Sift cocoa powder over top of dessert. If desired, garnish with cocoa beans.

Italian Meatloaf (from FoodNetwork)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 red pepper, seeded, small diced (I used red pepper flakes)
1 onion, diced
2 teaspoons (about 3 cloves) chopped garlic
1 pound ground beef
2 eggs
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat and add the peppers, onions and garlic. Saute until just soft, remove to a plate and cool.

When the peppers and onions are cool, combine all of the remaining ingredients together except for the marinara. Pack the meat mixture into an oiled loaf pan, if you do not have a loaf pan, form the meat mixture into a loaf shape on an oiled oven tray or baking dish. Top with the marinara making sure to spread evenly over the top.

Bake for approximately 50 to 60 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F in the middle of the meatloaf. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
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