“I Was There” – A Christmas Story

When I was in Jr. High we were a part of a homeschool group that published a monthly newsletter. Students could send in poems or short story to share with the group. I was 14 when I wrote the following story to send in. It’s fun to see what I wrote all those years ago!

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The sun was setting and it was cooling down.  We all went to get our last drink for the night at a brook nearby.  Now there was nothing unusual about this because we did it every night.  We all enjoyed our drink.
Then it was time to go back to our grassy meadow.  We were all finding a comfortable spot to sleep when all of the sudden a bright light appeared!  It was an angel of the Lord!  Some of the others were afraid and ran away.  They must have gotten lost because I don’t remember ever seeing them again.  I certainly would not run away; I felt honored to be in the presence of an angel.
Then the angel said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘”Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rest.”‘*
Then the angels left us. We were taken to find the Christ child.  Just the idea that I was there the day that Christ was born was really exciting.  When we found him it was as the angel said.  He was wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.  I stood next to him and watched him as he slept.  I thought, this is Jesus Christ, my Creator and the one that has come to save the world from their sons.  This was a special day.  It was the first Christmas.
*Luke 2:10-14
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – THM S

Wow!! It has been a really long time since I have written anything to share with you.

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Our first snow of the year! November 19, 2016

I must say the last 8 months have been very full and stressful at times. In April of this year, after 2 years in Senegal, I began the process of packing, saying goodbyes and a million other things needed for a cross-continent move. It was really hard leaving friends who had become like family and saying goodbye to the boys I had worked with almost every day for those 2 years.

Before returning to Minnesota I had heard missionaries talk about reverse culture shock and about the fact that it can be hard to transition back into “normal” life. While I was aware that I might experience a time of adjustment, I didn’t really didn’t think it was something I would struggle with. Mostly because I was only out of the country for two years and I felt like I had done pretty well staying connected with all that was going on here. But in all honesty it has been a lot harder than I expected.

Thankfully it is getting easier and it is so good being with my family on a regular basis! It was such a blessing to all be together for Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to celebrating Christmas with everyone!!

Since returning home my parents and I have been following an eating plan call Trim Healthy Mama. It’s a great way to eat healthy and yummy food! If you are interested you can read more on their website…here.

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This eating healthy is so hard…

Tonight we created an awesome Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe that I just have to share! It was a hit! This recipe is a THM – S…which stands for “satisfying”. But whether or not you are eating the THM way I think you will really enjoy this casserole! Let me know if you try it.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – THM S
Serves – 6

4 cups Chicken (cooked)
1 lb. Ham (cubed)

Swiss cheese sauce:
1 cup Chicken broth
4 oz. Cream Cheese – 1/3 fat
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 tsp. Onion powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Parsley
2 cups Swiss Cheese

Topping:
4 Wasa crackers (crushed)
1/2 cup Almond flour
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp. Butter (melted)

  • Layer chicken and ham in a greased 2 quart casserole dish.
  • In a saucepan bring first 6 ingredients of the Swiss Cheese sauce to a boil. Add in the Swiss cheese. Heat until melted, stirring often.
  • Pour the sauce over the meats.
  • Mix together topping ingredients and sprinkle on casserole.

Bake at 400F for 30 minutes

 

Enjoy!

Change is good…?

I’m not a big fan of change.  But God has brought me through many changes in my life.  Some of them normal changes that everyone faces at sometime or another…and some less common.

I don’t like change much more now, then I did as an 8-year-old.  I remember one night getting out of bed and crying to my Mom and Dad…why was I crying?  Because I didn’t want to grow up.  I experienced those same feelings many times throughout my growing up years, I can remember many nights thinking, “I wish I could go back to being a little kid again.” Finally in my mid to late teens I decided I didn’t want to go through the work of growing up again…so I had better get use to the idea of becoming an adult.

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It’s funny thinking about that now!  It seems so long ago.  I glad I can look back on my life and see how God works through the changes…how he has shaped me into the woman I am today.  But even still, I sometimes still find myself struggling to stay the same, to avoid change.

Some changes are so necessary in our lives.  Such as repenting of sin and choosing to allow God to wash us clean.  One big change for me this year has been moving to Senegal…choosing to face a big change in my life in order to follow God’s leading.  It is not easy and some days I wonder why God has asked me to make such a big change.  I’m so thankful that if I take the time to look back on my life, thus far, I can see God’s hand in it all changing me and shaping me.  I am choosing to respond with trust in God to the changes I face.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

By the way…do you like the changes I made to the blog? 😉

Happily Ever After?

I don’t know about you but I am constantly coming across great articles either on Facebook or Pinterest.  Sometime they are articles that educate me, sometimes they speak to my heart and encourage my faith.  Today I came across one such article that I really wanted to share with you.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

The author of the blog has this to say about herself…

Me in a nutshell? Soccer All-American. Football pioneer. YouTube hostess with the mostess. // Bulimia beater. Suicide survivor. Car crash overcomer. // Inspirational speaker. Aspiring writer. Jesus lover. // Curious to learn more?

Visit her blog at www.moisom.com

Our whole lives we’re sold “happily ever after”, time and time again.

In the movies. On TV. On Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube.

I’ve heard talk about Prince Charming, “The One”, my “soul mate”. Even in church, I’ve been told that God is designing the PERFECT man for me. That there is ONE out there who will complete me.

And while I’ve always rolled my eyes at these concepts, I failed to realize how much they were etching their way into my thoughts and heart.

Read the rest of her story here

The Johnson’s Harvest Party – Minnesota Event Photographer

Here is a post from a dear friend about a Harvest Blessings Party we had at our house recently. Enjoy!!

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“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
— W.T. Purkiser

My lovely friend Kim is preparing to head out to follow a call into serving God in Senegal. She and her wonderful family are some of the dearest people you’ll ever meet. They thought it would be fun to gather together some friends out on their charming farm, and have a sort of harvest party– a time of fellowship to come together and thank the Lord for all that He gives.  Friends dressed in 1800’s style costumes, games, great food, a pie contest, a dance, and a whole lot of family-fun ensued, and I got to capture just a bit of the beautiful evening with my lens 🙂

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Thank you, lovely Johnson Family, for being such great friends to so many people, and for hosting such a special…

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Things to share…

So, I have a number of different things I keep telling myself I need to share with you.  But so far none of them have been posted!  I am definitely the type that works better when I know other people are expecting something from me, so I decided that I should tell you what I’ve been wanting to share, then I will feel obligated to get them posted on here!

Here’s the list:

  • Homemade laundry soap
  • DIY Powder Foundation
  •  World’s Best Homemade pizza
  • Old-fashion Strawberry Pie
  • June Newsletter (The beginning of my missionary journey!)

If you don’t see all of these posts in the next month put some pressure on me!!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer and are finding some time to slow down (even if it’s only for an hour or two).  Life is short…take some time to enjoy it!  Have a great weekend!

 

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Happy Independence Day!  I hope you and your family enjoyed celebrating our country’s Declaration of Independence from England.  The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays…I love reading stories of those who were living during our fight for independence.  I can’t quite imagine the arrogance courage and love of freedom those men and women possessed, but I am so thankful that they fought, bleed and died to give us the freedom we enjoy today.  I pray that each of us will demonstrate the same strength of character needed to ensure that this great nation remains the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Here is a short excerpt from Wikipedia (I know…not always the most reliable source) on the history of Independence Day:

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a  resolution of Independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

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Gifts from God

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I’m so thankful for the sun rising earlier and setting later!  It’s amazing how something so simple can make such a difference your day. Those of you who live in Northern MN, or other areas that are farther North, know what it’s like.
Just a few short months ago the sun wasn’t rising until after 8am and was setting before 5pm. So, when I woke up at 6:45 on Sunday morning and it was already light outside, it felt like a gift from God. Then on my way to church all the branches and fence posts were covered in frost and the sun was shining it’s way thru the fog…I felt like God had created that moment in time just for me.
Have you ever experienced moments were you felt like God was handing you a gift? I hope you have experieced moments like I did the other morning on my way to church. But if you haven’t maybe today is that day! Take a look around you…maybe God has given you a gift and you’ve been to busy to notice. Many times when I fail to notice each of the gifts God gives me in a single day. Sometimes it’s because I’m too busy and other times I’m just ungrateful or unwilling to see the ways God wants to bless me.
My willingness to see and accept God’s gifts in my life shouldn’t be dependent on how I’m feeling. But rather, I should be seeking to glorify God in everything. Only then do we see the gifts God has for us!

I pray that today you will chose to give God the glory in your life and that you will enjoy the gifts that only He can give!