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Love Lady Vee
|16 week Baby Bump|
|More at 15 /16 weeks!|
|The baby ready to become the middle child!|
|14 weeks baby is the size of an apple!|
|Daughters loving Reading!|
|Bump at 11/12 weeks|
|Happy New Years from the Rodneys|
|Any excuse to wear my facinator...award show will do!|
|Family at Christmas...first christmas with bro in 13 years|
|The day I found out our Little Bambino would be coming into the world|
|Mother of two soon to be mother of three!!|
Working at my daughters school has given me the awesome opportunity to make new friendships with some of the moms!
These lovely women come from different backgrounds than myself, different age and probably even share different christian backgrounds... But the sweet Lord has knit our hearts together, and for that I am thankful.
It never ceases to amaze me how Jesus is really all we need in a relationship. It's so easy to be intimidated by people and write off friendships because they don't immediately fit our 'friendship' profiles.
When I look at my closest friends, I see a range of ages, races and backgrounds. I feel honored to have such a wide range of friendships.
With October coming to an end...I want to close off my month of 'thankfulness' with gratitude and a tribute to my friends! Even my newest additions who have inspired me to be a kinder person. To my old friends who have been there through my ups and downs, I am forever grateful. And to those friends who perhaps I don't chat with or spend as much time with as I used to, you will forever be in my heart and thoughts!
Today take the opportunity to share your gratitude with your friends! If you have one good friend... You have all you need!
And for those who are feeling a bit 'friend-less' at the moment... Remember 'What a friend we have in Jesus!'
Love you guys!
Here are some photos of friendships I have been blessed with...I had many more photos in this blog orginally but many of my photos would not load due to their origin in my phone. So if you are missing :( that's why!
As per my 'fall' resolutions each week I have been making a meal from scratch. Using as many 'raw' ingredients as possible. I have not had much time to take photos and post my recipes, but I assure you I have been doing it!
Here's my latest success!!
Pumpkin Coconut Soup
2 cups chopped pumpkin
4 pieces of chicken, ( leg & thighs make good soup)
3 sprigs of thyme
3 cubes of chicken bullion
1small can of coconut milk
2 potatoes chopped
1 cup of carrots
1 clove garlic mashed
1 cup of barley
* flour dumplings 20
10-15 cups of water
Salt & pepper to taste
Scotch bonnet pepper ( optional)
1) fill pot with water and boil, once brought to a boil add chicken
2) once chicken is cooked add pumpkin & garlic, boil till pumpkin begins to break apart
3) add potatoes,barley, thyme, carrots, bullion cubes
4) let simmer. Lastly add coconut milk and flour dumplings. Once dumplings float to surface soup is ready to eat
* to make flour dumplings mix water and flour to make a dough. And a bit of salt, once and a half cups of flour should make about 20 tiny dumplings. Spin pieces of dough on your hand and drop in the pot.
Serves 4-6 people
Takes about 2 hours to make a good soup. U want chicken to be falling apart. So don't add dumplings until chicken is tender. The flour dumplings will cook within minutes!
Recently I gave a speech for a friend at her wedding. The speech was concluded with 3 tips to a 'successful marriage'.
One of the tips I gave her was a reminder that there are many seasons of marriage. Ups and downs, side to sides...and it's important to learn to navigate through those seasons.
In the early years of my marriage whenever I would complain or whine about things not being 'the way I hoped' my loving husband would always tell me 'it's just a season'. I began to loathe those words. 'It's just a season...ha...feels like an eternity to me!'
Many years and seasons later I have learned to appreciate the seasons. I have learned how to make the 'tough' seasons, not so tough!
Since the hubster and I pastor a church, I have learned all too quickly that the tough seasons are aimed right at me and my family.
This past year we have experienced our share of tough seasons but instead of letting it be something that drove us apart we chose to let it draw us closer. To be frank... that sounds so pathetically cliché... But when u go through it you realize it's the truth.
Here are some ways we kept connected during our tough times
Talking it through: This past year we have had to talk a lot...about a lot of things. And I think we have communicated our feelings much more than we have in past years. Also bare in mind, it's okay to revisit topics. You don't have to just have one 'talk' and then expect everything to be A OK!
Praying it through: Pathetically cliche moment #2. But again when you are hitting rock bottom in a heart wrenching season prayer avails MUCH!
Taking time together: This past summer I had emergency surgery and had to be home on bed rest for about two weeks. During this time my dear husband was the biggest support any woman could ask for. Though it was a tough time, Gary called me and asked if I wanted to go out for a date. We ended up making it a family date...but that time together played an instrumental part in helping us get through a tough time.
This past weekend I returned from our annual marriage retreat and was refreshed and reminded once again that there are seasons in marriage but if you use wisdom and the Lords help the tough seasons don't have to be as tough!
God Bless you & your marriage!
Lately I have had a serious case of writers block. But then when I thought about it I realized I have plenty to say...just haven't been open to saying it.
One thing that has been on my heart lately is how easy it is to become religious. Especially for myself as a pastors wife...I live Christianity in auto pilot. This is what I know do to. It's my life! I go to church, read, pray and then live. I don't do any thing I shouldn't ( not saying I'm perfect) but anyone who has served God for any length of time knows what I am talking about.
Slowly we go from relying on Gods strength to our own. I noticed that happening the other day. A certain situation made me less than thrilled and instead of turning to Christ to handle the matter...I turned to...Go....oogle!
Certainly there is a step by step recipe to fix my problem. How pathetic. How easy this becomes the longer you serve God, to push Him to the side and search for other ways to solve your problems.
There have been times I have prayed only to get it off my check list. No conversation, no waiting on the Lord...just a 'hey Lord, here I am, didn't forget you...k bye'.
Am I the only Christian this happens to?
Ha...I certainly am not, perhaps the only that's willing to admit it. So how do resist the temptation to become religious? How to keep things fresh?
I look at my relationship with God like any other relationship. To keep it fresh I need to invest. And yes I invest much into my relationship with God, I go to church, read, pray...yada yada. But like any relationship you have to mix things up a bit.
Any wife can relate to this. We want out husband's to surprise us with flowers, or a special date. We got that desire from God. He desires us to persue him. To go above and beyond the mundane and regular to worship Him!
So this week I encourage you to spice up your relationship with Jesus, do something new to get close to him. Maybe book a Jesus date and go have a coffee & read, or study a new aspect of Gods word, have a spontaneous outreach...the sky is the limit!
I am sure that will awaken and deepen your relationship with God and cause the Religious spirit to go Buh-bye!