Thursday, February 25, 2010

Story Weaver

I've been looking forward to today for a few weeks...Andrew Peterson was the guest musician in chapel. He is undoubtedly among my favorite song writers of all time. My first exposure to him was several years ago when I discovered his cd Behold the Lamb. It is a ballad-like interpretation of the coming of Christ. I took my lunch hour to sit in on a few minutes of a lecture he gave after chapel...and walked back to my desk wishing for a longer hour.

It was good to think for a few minutes. And to be perfectly honest, not to think in relation to Puritan writers or lofty Seminary theologians, but to think with an artist. It was good to remember that God wrote creation in a story...and that the story continues on. I love coming across old, familiar truth and being reminded of something I hadn't even known I'd forgotten.

"You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told."
Psalm 40:5
Our Father is an indescribably creative Author.

Just a little side note to you Louisvillians...there's a concert tomorrow night at 8. Student tickets are just $5. You won't regret it.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Quiche & Crafts

This weekend I had a little time to make one of my favorite recipes. Even David likes it....though quiche might generally be deemed unmanly:)

Weight Watcher's Spinach Quiche

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated fat-free milk
1/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
10oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 deep dish pie crust, baked (10min) and cooled

1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Whisk the milk, cottage cheese, Parmesan, eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper.
3. Place the pie plate on a baking pan, spread spinach over crust, pour filling over the spinach.
4. Bake 15 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 350 and back until filling is set, 30-45 minutes longer.
5. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Hubs left for a quick work related trip early on Sunday. In his absence and in honor of a friend who is due a month before me, I crafted these little onesies for her shower.

No, I didn't sew the onesie....just added the E for sweet baby Elizabeth. I've seen this project before primarily with little flower cut outs and other things so I was excited to try my hand at it. I admit that I couldn't resist making one with a J in green just to get some extra practice:)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Economy Version

These days in Louisville lotion is hardly a luxury. Without it, these Dawkins hands show serious signs of winter weathering. My mom, who always knows the best of the best products in these realms, gave us a jar of Savannah Bee Company butter. We lOveD it and faithfully applied it before drifting off to lasted for over a year. We've been scraping the jar for a month now though.

The price tag? $25. ouch.

NICE gift. Not so much in the tolietries budget though.

A few months ago my sister-in-law gave me an article about great preggo products. Included in the list: Palmers Cocoa Butter. I finally made a purchase last week for my stretching stomach. It's ended up taking the place of the hand cream for both of us.

While I won't insult Savannah Bee by saying it's quite royal...for $4.95 it's certainly a new, affordable favorite.

Any other recommendations?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More, please.

I admit it.

I'm developing a small obsession with the Olympics.

Night after night I sit in zombie-like form in front of our television.

I love the Olympics.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Heart to Heart

Friday after work I went to pick up Keyara...who's immensely excited these days because she has a new dog. The dog's name is Cupcake. We headed over to watch those Boeving sweeties so their parents could Valentine one another over dinner. I decided to throw a Valentine's Party.

We made (or attempted to make) heart shaped pizzas.

Formed foil wrappers into hearts to make valentine brownies.

I picked up pink and red balloons and brought paper for them to craft hearts for their moms.

Afterward, Keyara and I went to Walgreens where she picked out some valentine goodness for her mom and siblings.

When I returned home from the night, all I could think was what a mercy of God it is that I'm going to have a boy. I think I might be the kind of mother who'd dye her girls pink for valentine's day, dress them up in all things heart, and spend the day piping them full of sugar. Somehow, I think David will prohibit this kind of behavior with Jude.

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Update on Pregnancy

Next Saturday, I’ll start my third trimester. Time is flying!

My taste buds are crazy. Most food tastes like salt. Even pudding cups are losing their luster.

I took a break from strawberries, but they’re making a strong come back.

I had my first dream about Jude’s birth. I suspect this was in response to a rather scarring night in our child birth prep class during which we talked about epidurals.

In total, I’ve gained about 19lbs.

I cry more than usual and feel that I may have regressed back into adolescence.

Doc says Jude’s measuring in the 90th percentile right now. We think he may be a “husky” baby.

My current sleep pattern includes a 1-2 hour break each night. I recently discovered that Andy Griffith comes on at 3:30am…along with a number of other unbelievably trashy programs.

I've been feeling a rythmic beat off and on lately. I wondered if I was feeling his heartbeat...which seemed strange. Today I read that I may be able to feel his hiccups now. That's cute. I am feeling baby hiccups.

A blood hound has nothing to me on sense of smell. Poor David often has to remove objects and food items from the room.

Speaking of hubs, he’s holding up wonderfully. His man symptoms are completely under control at this point. He’s a steady rock in the world of a pregnant woman.

I really can hardly wait to meet the little guy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fun with the Followells

I admit it. I did a terrible job of taking pics this weekend when the Followells came for a visit. If you imagine that it might have something to do with the intimidation I feel when pulling out my little digital camera for a snapshot when a pro is standing by....well, imagine away. I wish I'd captured more though because we certainly had fun! I didn't even get a good picture of the two of them!

We spent Friday evening downtown at the Trolley Hop in the brisk wind where we discovered a great photography gallery. Long have I loved Ansel Adams. He captures the texture of nature in a way that honestly amazes me. Guess whose prints were hanging on the wall? How on earth do you acquire an Ansel Adams.

On Saturday we got a late start...due to the necessity of the gym immediately followed, ironically enough, by the enticement of Phlen's Bakery. That afternoon we headed off to Cincinnati to see what fun might await us. Upon arrival,we introduced them to Graeter's French Pot ice cream and visited the Gaslight district where we discovered that CATS was on stage at the famous Arnoff Center. We managed to get 1/2off rush tickets before the show and found an incredible little diner called "Maybury" in downtown (compliments of Urban Spoon:) to rest our feet.

None of us had seen CATS so we weren't sure what to expect. I wouldn't say it ranked up there with Wicked or Les Miserables but it was fun to see and we were quite grateful for the coincidence!

There was a bit of snow on the ground for their stay...and we took great delight in watching the Southerners frolic about in it. I hear this winter even the South has gotten it's share of snow now though.

We were so grateful for another February get together with the was sad to see them go. Their friendship is much treasured.

Snow Days

On Tuesday morning, we woke to a white Louisville. The flakes only continued to fall throughout the rest of the day...leaving us with about 7 inches of cold, white beauty on the ground. Consequently, we had a 2 day vacation at our house. After the flurry of the weekend (which I'll blog about soon!) it was great to get some rest and have some time to sit around sippin' hot chocolate.

My favorite activity on our days at home? Since Jude is in a bit of a fragile state currently, a spectacular snow isn't quite as fun as it was or one day will be.... I've given up sledding down the hills for now. David strapped himself down with rope, tied it to the blue saucer, and pulled me around our back driveway for long enough to be out of breath. Seriously, I think it was MORE fun than a hill...probably because I never had to climb back up...and hubs is a fast runner!

My indoor craft for the week? The completion of the little canvas that will go above Jude's bassinet. I love the way it turned out...

Happy Snow Days.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Don't Worry

Sad game. But we're still fans.

And with a face like this behind them, how could the Colts not press on to next season?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Puritan Paperbacks

After much mental debate, I decided to enroll in another class this semester. I am hopeful that Jude won't decide to make an early appearance...during exam week. To be honest, the knowledge that this will most likely be our final semester on a Seminary campus has been quite motivating to me. I've learned a lot since we first moved to Kentucky. BUT that knowledge has only pointed to all I do not know. As our departure nears, I want to glean all that I can.

I am in a different counseling class this semester, under the same professor. I really think he may have memorized the Bible. The whole thing.

Through this class and another wives class I am taking one evening a week, the themes of my semester seem to be spiritual disciplines and Puritan literature.

A few books on my ever growing reading list:

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Welcome Week

February is upon us. For me, that means that this week will hold a two unbelievably exciting events.

1. The Followells are a-comin’.

Remember last year when we went to Florida for an incredible trip to Disney over a long weekend? It was incredible for a number of reasons but primarily because we met up with our fine Clinton friends, the Followells. (Of course, it didn’t hurt that we were in Disneyworld either:) Robby put in a hard year’s work earning the title 2009 Best Photographer in Jackson….and is taking February off to refresh his creative juices. Jessica, his beautiful and gifted wife, is undoubtedly among my favorite gals to hang around. She is the uniquely precious combination of a true gentle spirit met with the fire of godly passion. She also happens to be sprinkled with a good bit of just plain fun. They are coming for a visit at the end of this week…and to be honest, we feel just plain honored. I love trips to the Louisville airport like this one. Thank you Southwest for running great deals. Hopefully, we’re beginning a yearly tradition.

2. The Super Bowl = The Colts

(Photo from USAToday.)

I know your jaw may be on the ground but, it’s true. I am excessively excited about watching the Super Bowl this year. No, I have never watched it with any interest before. (Besides the commercials.) Yes, it is possible that I will never watch it with any interest again. But, as a result of the combined efforts of the Boevings and my sweet hub, I’ve taken quite a fancy to those Colts this year. Laurin feeds me personal details of the life of Peyton Manning. David supplies my ignorance with enough football knowledge to navigate the game. I confess that my fondness for an afternoon with my eyes on a blue stained stadium is quite intense these days. I’ve already stocked the pantry with Velveeta and Rotel…and I’m assessing my preggo wardrobe for appropriately blue attire.

Happy February.