Selasa, 24 Januari 2006

just like Him

isn't it just like God to provide exactly what you need when you need it? yesterday was what i needed. He's so faithful. isn't it great that no matter how much we fail He stays faithful. we don't deserve it in the least bit, but He's always right there...even in the small things. i'm not going to get into details, but my dad called me yesterday and said the things i needed to hear and he doesn't even know it. i love that!

Minggu, 22 Januari 2006

my cakes 2

i had to split the posts...

here's another pic of lorin's b-day cake.

these are some of the cookies kelli and i made for Christmas!

this was my last cake for course 3. (it got a little smashed in the car.) it took 4 hours to make the roses and leaves for this cake.

let me know what you think!

my cakes

here are some pics of the cakes i have made over the past 3 months:

this was my very first cake. it's looks weird. it looked better in person - ask josh.

this was a cake from course 2. it took about 9 hours to make all of the flowers on the cake.

this is the cake i made for lorin's birthday.

Jumat, 20 Januari 2006


i was driving down elm rd. yesterday and was coming up to the intersection of n. river road. i heard a siren and saw people pulling over which created a bit of chaos considering 4 lanes of traffic were all trying to get out of the way. i saw a fire dept. ambulance coming through the intersection very slowly with it's lights and sirens blaring. i naturally assumed there was an emergency until i saw them get through traffic only to turn there lights off and pull into kfc. some emergency. they couldn't have waited for the lights to change and get through traffic, no no...they NEEDED their greasy chicken NOW. please, people.

anyway, we're getting a chilis and a coldstone in niles!

Rabu, 18 Januari 2006


i know after a post like the previous one, this will probably make me sound like an emotional psycho, but i am so excited!! i just found out joy is moving into our neighborhood!! she and matt are going to be living close to 1 minute from my house! woohoo!!


the way i've been feeling lately is something i have a hard time describing. I wish more than anything i could, because i'm getting tired. for those of you who have been there for me, thank you. you mean more to me than you know. i wish i could scream. i wish i could tell the world how i feel, but i can't. it's so hard to describe. i'm in this new place in my life and i've never felt more unsure. the only thing i can be sure of, aside from my husband's love, is the reason i live in the first place. i need God. words don't do justice to how much i need Him. it's easy to say that, but when i feel scared and alone, for some reason, He's the last one i go to. i don't understand it. maybe this is what i need. maybe i need to be absolutely at the end of my rope to become as desperate as ever for Him. i realize what a cliche it is to put a song on your posts, but i don't care.
all i have to give/this is all i have to give/ broken without words to speak/through it all, i hear You calling me/You say come, You say come/ let My arms around you be enough/ You said come, child come/ to My arms of love/this is all i have to give/ this is all i have to give/ lay it down here at Your feet/ offering You all of me/ this is all i have to give/this is all i have to give/ broken without words to speak/ through it all i hear You calling me /You say come, You say come/let My arms around you be enough/You said come, child come/ let My arms around you be enough

"enough"-daniel eric groves

Senin, 16 Januari 2006


first of all, i'd like to thank God for the beautiful weather we've been having! so, today was nice because i had the day off...thanks martin luther king jr.! anyway, i cleaned the house, did laundry, and went grocery shopping. i know, i know i'm so "domestic". when i got home from shopping, lorin and i decided to make dinner together. it was so much fun! we made parmesan crusted chicken and lemon, cilantro, and parsley stuffed tomatoes. it was sooooo good. i've been trying to be supportive of my husband's diet (low carb) even though i'm italian and could live off of bread and pasta alone. so, the tomatoes were something i've never tried before. you hollow out big, beefsteak tomatoes. then you mix ricotta cheese, lemon zest, cilantro, parsley, garlic, an egg yolk, and 2 scallions and put the the mixture into the hollowed tomatoes and bake them. they were amazing! i know those few of you who read this are probably already asleep, but sorry! this is what interests me. well, i think that's enough boring info for now. i'm out.

Sabtu, 14 Januari 2006

my couch

our new couch was delivered today. i loooooove it!


this is going to be a pretty random post, because i don't really have anything specific to talk about. do you ever look back over your life and think, where did the time go? i feel like i'm standing still and time is running full force past me. lorin and i will have been married for 3 years in may. this year, we will have been graduated from high school for 6 years and will have been together for that same amount of time. if someone would have told me 10 years ago where i'd be right now, i'd have smacked them and called the police. i never would have imagined i'd be married to the guy that picked on me relentlessly in 6th grade. i never would have imagined i'd be living in howland -- my sister's probably the only one who would understand that. i never would have imagined so many of the things i'm walking through right now. sometimes life scares the crap out of me. i guess what i'm trying to get at is it's easy to look back over your life and wonder how and why things happen the way they do, but what good would it do? i could very easily get lost in the past, but i know there is something in front of me that is so much greater. i have gotten so frustrated lately with people bad-mouthing our area. it's not like i don't see what is in the natural. there's a lot to doubt looking through our eyes. but, deep in my heart i know that our area is called to something amazing. no one in the world has to believe it with me, although i know some do, but i know that God did not create warren just to abandon it. when lorin and i got married, we where dead set on moving to south carolina. we would have done anything to just go. but, in submitting to God's will, we realized that's not where we were supposed to go. we are right where we're supposed to be. bottom line, if you hate our area, that's fine, but wait till you see what i'm believing for.

Selasa, 10 Januari 2006

Rabu, 04 Januari 2006


here are some pictures of where we were:

this was our cruise ship. it was called the mariner of the seas.

here's dunn's river falls in jamaica.

this is pinnacle peak in scottsdale, arizona.

this is the spa where i had my facial in phoenix.

six different states, six different countries, all in one year.

i'm baaack...

so, i haven't had any sort of epiphany, and i doubt anyone will ever check this, but i felt like blogging again. how 'bout that. a lot has happened since my last post. i realize more and more the fullness of my life. that might sound sort of big headed, but trust me it's not. i see the blessings in my life because of God's faithfulness, not because of me.
we had thanksgiving at our house this year. it went unbelievably well. it was so much fun cooking and entertaining. i think i'd be willing to do it again. after thanksgiving lorin and i went on a cruise. we went to labadee, hispaniola which is in haiti...dear lord it was beautiful. we rented waverunners and got massages on the was sweet. then we went to ocho rios, jamaica and climbed dunn's river falls...there's a funny story behind that one, but it's funnier coming from my husband. georgetown, grand cayman was the next stop...the beach was incredibly beautiful. we also rented a waverunner there. then we went to cozumel, mexico. it was awful. i felt so bad for the people there. the hurricane ravaged the area, there was no beach left and the port was torn to shreds. the time we spent on the ship was really fun too. we climbed the rock wall, ate constantly, laid by the pool, and saw some shows...which my cousin was in. it was so bizarre. we were walking down to our assigned deck for the muster drill and the girl taking role call was my cousin mishay!! she's an amazing dancer! that trip was definitely one i'll never forget.
christmas was so crazy, i don't even want to talk about it...although my husband gave me the most amazing, romantic gift ever.
we went to arizona for new year's to visit lorin's aunt and uncle. it was so much fun!! we climbed pinnacle peak, hung out in the hot tub, ate really good food (stuffed lobster tail, rack of lamb, steak, so much more...). the last day we were there, lorin went to the fiesta bowl and i went to a spa and had a facial! it was unbelievable!
we've had a couple of really busy months, but i'm glad to be home and to get started on some new projects. in the midst of all the fun i've had, my husband and i dealt with the most painful blow we've ever experienced. a lot of changes are coming...some i feel ready for, others i could do without, but in spite of the fear that could very easily grip me, i know there has to be a reason. i'm excited to see where God is taking all of us individually and corporately. He's been amazing. i have had so much revelation and encouragement from the Holy Spirit.
i'm listening to "everyday". i love the part that says:
"everyday, Lord, i learn to stand upon your Word and i pray that i might come to know you more. that you would guide me with every single step i take and everyday i will be a light unto the world."

that's it for now...