Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ride for Refuge


Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know of something that's coming up in my life... Ride for Refuge! For the past two years, our family has been a part of Ride for Refuge. Basically, we ride our bikes (this year I'm riding 15 miles) to raise awareness and funds specifically for Transformation Expeditions for passionate Christian leaders and the oppressed, such as former child-soldiers, street kids, orphans and widows – mobilizing them to grow deep roots in the Biblical worldview, in the love of the Father and the value of human life, and to spread that love and value to others

Ride for Refuge Logo - Tagline and Icons - Color (JPG).jpg
Ride for Refuge Logo - Tagline and Icons - Color (JPG).jpg

I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting me this year by donating some money. It doesn't have to be a lot - even the smallest amount helps! It is a wonderful opportunity for both you and I to partner with some friends of ours, Tim & Angie Sliedrecht, missionaries in Uganda, and the rest of their team serving in Uganda. Please watch THIS VIDEO, made by Tim Sliedrecht, to see what the money is going for. These child-soldiers are so young...they have gone through so much!! (Please note: the video may be a little intense for young viewers.)

For the sake of security reasons, if you are interested in donating for my 15-mile ride to help former child soldiers, please comment on this post with an email address I can reach you at to let you know how to donate - it's super easy. (Don't worry - I will not publish any comments containing email addresses or any other contact information.)

Click HERE to view Tim and Angie's blog if you'd like to see what they're up to.

Thank you!


P.S. I don't know why the font and color is funny in some places... sorry!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Official...

...I can drive!!! I got my license on Monday afternoon, and I been driving's SO nice to be able to go places myself!!

Also, we had our first rehearsal on Tuesday! We had our read-through, and it was awesome. Everyone is SO PERFECT for their parts, and we have a lot of super talented people. It's going to be a great show. :) And yes, I would say that even if I wasn't in it. :)


Sunday, September 11, 2011


Everyone has those favorite recipes that they make over...and over...and over. For me, those are brownies. :) Personally, I love chocolate - so brownies are always on my top favorite list. This is the recipe I have been making as long as I can remember; they're so delicious and so easy it's hard to resist making them. :) I thought I'd share the recipe as I haven't posted a recipe in quite some time.

~1 cup butter
~4 oz. unsweetened chocolate (we use those unsweetened Baker's squares)
----> Melt both ingredients in a medium-sized pan on the stove. Once melted, remove from heat. Add:
~2 cups sugar
~3 eggs
----> Mix after each egg. Then add:
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
----> Again, mix everything up.
----> Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan.
----> Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top until you decide it's enough. :)
----> Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

What are some of your favorite recipes that you always make? Would you be willing to either put the recipes in a comment on this post, or post a recipe on your own blog and put a link in a comment? It's always great to find new, delicious recipes!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Naomi's "show", aka, Seussical

Yesterday morning, Mom and Dad went on a bike ride together, and we stayed home with the little girls... Naomi wanted to do a "show" - so she picked a song or two from Seussical and this was the result of her "show". :) And, for some reason, she didn't really want to sing it right then - just dance it, I guess. But trust me, she can sing it - pretty much the whole musical. ;)

Someone told her to sing, and well, you can hear the results. :) That's actually Hannah "singing". :)

 So, there you have it. And, no, this is not an unusual occurrence in our house. :)


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My New Cousin - Isaac Emmanuel!!!

Naomi and Isaac

Dad and Isaac

Isaac and I
On Sunday morning, my new cousin, Isaac Emmanuel, was born! We went to visit him in the hospital yesterday morning, and Leah took some pictures. He is so cute! I was once again reminded of how precious and beautiful new life from God is - what a miracle!

Here is a video of Naomi and Hannah "holding" Isaac. Enjoy it - it's adorable. :)


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Please Pray for our Missionary Friend...

We have some friends who are missionaries on the island of Papua, in Indonesia. We recently received an email that the Dad (his name is Kevin) has contracted a mosquito born sickness called Dengue Fever. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Dengue, so they just have to treat the symptoms, which include, but are not limited to...

·  Horrible headache. There is intense pain in the forehead and behind the eyes.
·  Pain in eyes; it hurts to move the eyes, neuralgia type pain.
·  Swelling and achiness in all the joints of the body. Known as "breakbone" fever, this symptom is worse than all your achy flu symptoms put together. It hurts to move. Your back will ache and there is a chilliness accompanying it.
·  Sudden onset of symptoms in 50% of the cases. A high, stunning abrupt fever, face becomes flushed with severe, attacking back pain (lumbar region) and joint pain.
·  High fever (up to 104 degrees). This fever will be a "saddleback" kind of fever. It will be there for 5-6 days, then abate for 3-4 days, and then come back for 5-6 days. There may be profuse sweating.
·  Muscles will be extremely sore and ache.
·  A red rash (sometimes misdiagnosed as measles) may break out all over 6 to 12 hours before the onset of the fever.
·  Lack of appetite.
·  Pulse may be slower than expected with the high fever.
·  Lymph glands become enlarged.
·  Skin: the rash may appear between day 3 and 5, which will appear slightly raised, red patches and if pressured with finger, the redness will disappear. Usually appears on torso first, and then spreads to extremities and chest. 

Kevin is totally miserable and their family could really use your prayers right now.

In Christ,