Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A special poem

My sweet cousin sent this poem to me and it made me cry.

It spoke right to me and I wanted to share it with you.

It's a good reminder that the Lord is in control and He has a plan and purpose for everything, even if that means waiting.

by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried; 
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied. 
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . . 
And the Master so gently said, "Wait."

"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply. 
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

"My future and all to which I relate 
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait? 
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign, 
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe, 
We need but to ask, and we shall receive. 
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate, 
As my Master replied again, "Wait." 
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut, 
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . . 
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign. 
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun. 
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

"I could give all you seek and pleased you would be. 
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me. 
You'd not know the depth of my love for each saint. 
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.

"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.

"You'd never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

"The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

"You'd never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I'm doing in you.

"So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait."

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Have your cake and eat it to! long as you have one real cake and one diaper cake!

One of Paul's classmates is having a baby this summer and we're going to a baby shower for her tonight. Brittany and Kaleb are a sweet couple, and we have enjoyed getting to know them over this past year. We are so excited for them and their anticipated bundle of joy. They are having a little boy, Max! I love that name! I think it's so cute. :)

I offered to make a diaper cake for the shower. I made one a year ago (OMG! has it already been that long) for my sister's baby shower, and knew I could make another one for tonight. It was easier this time than last and turned out super cute!

How to make a Diaper Cake

1. Start by rolling 60-70 diapers. You can either roll them so the picture on the front of the diaper shows, or you can roll them backwards so the diapers are all white. I chose to let the pictures show - the baby Sesame  Street characters are adorable.

2. Using an empty paper towel roll, start by making a ring of 6-7 diapers touching the paper towel roll, and secure with a rubber band. Then make another ring with 13-14 diapers, secured with a rubber band. Finally, make a third ring with 18-20 diapers secured with a rubber band.

3. Using the same method, make a second layer with two rings.

4. Finally, one the top layer, stick one diaper inside the paper towel tube so there's about an inch or so sticking out. Then make one final top layer with diapers.

5. Add some decorative ribbon.

6. Then add some other embellishments - I used some baby spoons, pacifiers (designed by dentists of course), and some burp cloths on top.

I had fun making it! I had an episode of "Terra Nova" on in the background. We just got Hulu Plus and I like dinosaurs, so I thought it would it offer decent entertainment while I played worked. I don't really consider myself crafty - I would love to be, but most of the time my "crafts" don't turn out well, so I'm glad this one turned out pretty good.

Hopefully I can take some pictures tonight of the shower itself and post them later.

God bless!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Cooking and Reading

This weekend was great having my parents here.

Friday we shopped downtown Homewood, ate at Mama Goldbergs for lunch, and Avo for dinner, which was amazing!

Saturday we did a little more shopping, went for a nice long walk around the neighborhoods behind our apartments, hung around the apartment for a while, and then for dinner we made pasta! My parents were excited to see how to, and help, make pasta, which we then turned into ravioli. We made two kinds whole wheat ravioli - butternut squash with a maple cream sauce, and spinach goat cheese with a roasted tomato basil pesto. However, here's the thing - we made the pasta first, obviously. While we were getting the sauces ready, I realized something...we couldn't tell the two kinds of pasta a part. From the outside they really looked exactly the same. So how were we to know which sauce to use on which ravioli?!? We made some very educated guesses, and I think we actually all guessed right. Both turned out very good!

Rolling out the dough with my Dad.

Filling the ravioli. 

The result of not knowing which sauce to pour over the whole plate - just put a dap on top. It just looks funny, but was still very tasty! 

We went to church Sunday morning, which was incredible again. We are so blessed to be able to attend the Church at Brook Hills while we are here. Dr. Plate is an amazing pastor who preaches the Word and nothing else. We are studying the book of Matthew, and this week was the Passion narrative. It was a good message about understanding the cross and the true importance and significance is has as we prepare for Easter next week.

I also finished reading the first two Hunger Games books. Obviously they have gotten a lot of hype recently, and I finally decided to see for myself. I'll admit, they were good. Maybe not the best books I've ever read, but still page turning and an interesting plot line. I'm still on the waiting list for the 3rd book at the library.

God Bless