Pictures from the week

“Look Mom, it’s Noah’s Ark” I hear some form of this statement a few times a week. Somehow he’s eating “skills” and imagination go together well to make stuff with his food.


Becks didn’t want Brian to let go:


But Sadie Piper was totally fine holding on herself!


Rejoicing in all God is doing, no matter what

Great quote from Rutherford:

If God had told me some time ago that He was about to make me as happy as I could be in this world, and then had told me that He should begin by crippling me in all my limbs, and removing me from all my unusual sources of enjoyment, I should have thought it a very strange mode of accomplishing His purpose. And yet, how is His wisdom manifest even in this! For if you should see a man shut up in a close room, idolizing a set of lamps and rejoicing in their light, and you wished to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all his lamps, and then throw open the shutters to let in the light of heaven. (Quotes in E.M. Bounds, Heaven: A Place, A City, A Home, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1975, p.13.)

O how I pray that when God, in mercy, begins to blow out my lamps, I will not curse the wind. – John Piper

Corn Maze and Beckham’s first BUS ride!

We didn’t realize, until he told us, that Beckham had never riden a bus before! He watched as the Heritage Christian Academy bus was wrapped to be wicked cool, but I don’t think he ever asked to ride it, which now that I think about it kinda surprises me. Anyways, corn maze night is the one youth event that Becks gets to tag along, and this year we took the bus!



Perfectly in line with his personality, without even looking back, not even curious to see what was back there, he made a bee line for the front seat with Mrs. Thomas. And there he stayed.




Could a picture get any cuter??



I think every youth event is great, but we couldn’t have asked for a funner group of kids this year! These big kids in the little buckets cracked me up!



This is random. Bean fell into…I can’t remember what they called them, but in Texas, we call them stickers. She got them in her hair in no small knots. I took a picture and told her she’d laugh at this someday. Obviously not in the moment though! 🙂






Wrestling with Sam on the bus ride home!


And deliriously tired at 10:15! No worries though, still safe in the front seat with Mrs. Thomas! 🙂



I don’t think either of the boys knew the other was also making funny faces.



After this one Becks told me, “I can’t do anymore. I just can’t!!”

Crock pot: Chicken enchilada casserole

This was pretty good, on Crock Pot scale. The fact that it’s ready when we get home from church adds to the tastiness!

I didn’t take a picture cause all Crock Pot meals pretty much look the same!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 T oil

10 can enchilada sauce

8 oz can tomato sauce

8 corn tortillas

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (I cooked these in the crock pot earlier for a few hours, washed crock pot, then re-loaded it up with this meal for the next morning)

15 oz can ranch style beans, drained

11 oz can mexicorn, drained

8 oz cheddar or Mexican style shredded cheese

(It called for black olives too, but every good Texas knows that’s not Mexican)

1. Saute onion and garlic in oil in saucepan. Stir in enchilada sauce and tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Place two tortillas in bottom of Pam-sprayed slow cooker. Layer with 1/3 of chicken, 1/3 enchilada sauce mixture, 1/3 beans, 1/3 corn, 1/3 cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with tortillas.

2. Cover, cook on low 6-8 hours.

Chicken Milanese

I have a huge notebook of recipes. We’ve only tried about half. I’m on a mission to both decrease the number of recipes in there (from making it and deciding it’s not worth making again) or increasing the number of dinners in the normal rotation (from making it and it being a “make again” meal). So I have a lot of good ones to share!

This one started with a lot of unknowns: What does milanese mean? And what is orzo, like rice pasta? And what are shallots? I have no idea, but this was a really good chicken meal. (and btw, I left the shallots out, cause I wouldn’t even know where to start looking for them)


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