This week was so busy, but fun! Steve was gone the whole week to St. Louis so I was kind of glad it went by fast.
Today, I just thought I would share a few things that have been happening around here and also few things that have been on my mind.
1-Tuesday, Ashley and David came over to carve a pumpkin and it was the funniest thing. We took the top off the pumpkin and scooped out some of the guts and showed it to David. I thought he would be interested in touching it and seeing what it felt like, but instead he gagged! Oh my gosh...Ashley and I laughed so hard at that! I've never seen a child (much less a 20 month old) gag at a pumpkin! He is a mess.
Once he got used to it, he was okay.
2-Halloween was a fun night, but I wished Steve could have been here. :( He has never missed a Halloween before, so we had to take lots of pictures for him. David was a dragon and I think he was probably the cutest dragon I've ever seen!
John and Ashley brought him over to trick or treat in our neighborhood and so we could see him. Our neighborhood is absolutley PACKED with kids. Seriously, you would not even believe how much candy I have to buy just to make sure I don't run out! Anyway...we weren't sure how David would do since it was his first time trick or treating, but he did so GOOD! He loved getting candy and knew just what to do. He knocked on the doors and since he can't say "Trick or Treat", he just said, "Treat!" He was precious.
I just had fun sitting outside with my neighbors and visiting out in the driveway while we passed out candy. I love my neighbors. They are some of my sweetest friends!
3-It got really cold here earlier in the week. In fact, it snowed up in the mountains where Laura is! They had a snowy Halloween! Isn't that crazy? Rocky was pretty much stuck to my side all week.
He hates to be cold and tries to snuggle up with me or sit by the space heater when I have it on in the mornings.
He is so funny.
I made Paula Deen's recipe for chicken and dumplings this week and it was really good! If you like chicken and dumplings, you should try it!
I also made roasted sweet potatoes to go with it and they were yummy too. I bought sweet potatoes that were already cut into cubes and I tossed them with a little olive oil and baked them in the oven. Then I drizzled a little bit of honey on them and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper. That is good cold weather food!
4-I am so thankful for my church. Today was the first Sunday I got to hear our new pastor, Alex Kennedy, and I am just so excited about his leadership. I love his heart and what he stands for and his style and his humbleness. I know God sent him to us at just the right time and I can't wait to grow under his training. Thank you God for new beginnings and blessing us with such a wonderful leader.
We also got to hear the Children Of The World choir sing. Oh my goodness. They were beyond precious! So sweet and sincere. Plus, their joy was contagious. And there is nothing sweeter than hearing children sing. I loved it.
4-Are we all ready for the election to be over already? I am so over all the political ads and the phone calls during dinner, aren't you? I didn't really intend to say anything about the election or politics at all on here, but I changed my mind. I do have two quick thoughts about it. :) I'm going to get on a little bit of a soap box here, so I hope I don't offend anyone!
First, I know this election is very important and I am so thankful to be living in America where I can vote. That is such a priviledge. I think it is my duty to vote and to be educated about the issues in our country. I am a little bit of a political "junkie" and I love to watch debates and read up on everything. It is so important to vote for your values and convictions!
But...is there a way we can do that without getting crazy? I am so tired of all the negativity, disrespect, and name calling by people who are Christians and believers (and everybody for that matter). What on earth? That just amazes me. I was talking to Ashley about it the other day and saying that when I think about the election, I try to conjure up in my mind what Jesus would be doing if he was here on this earth right now. How would He vote? What issues would be important to Him? What kinds of things would He value the most? I think I know some of those answers but I bet I would be surprised at others.
Anyway...I do know that the main thing He taught us to do is to show love to others. And that includes people who don't share our views! I'm pretty sure Jesus wouldn't call someone an idiot just because they had a different perspective than He did. I don't think He would be condescending and judgemental if someone saw the world through a different lens. Honestly, I don't know how much He would even care who got elected. He mainly just cares about people and their hearts and drawing them closer to Him. God created lots of different people with lots of different ideas and I know He values diversity. We are all unique and He loves that about us! So I wish we could just embrace our differences and be respectful.
And second, in my opinion, the world is not going to end if the person you vote for doesn't get elected. God is in control and we don't need to be fearful. He has our life in His hands and He will take care of us no matter who is in office. That is freeing to think about!
5-I was so sad this week to see all the devastation up in the Northeast from Hurricane Sandy. I love New York. It is one of my favorite places in the world and I hate seeing all that they (and that whole area) are going through. I am praying that they can get their lives back in order soon.
6-I was so happy for my friend, Faith, this weekend! She has been wanting to be a mommy for a reallllly long time and God finally answered her prayers and gave her two precious baby girls! I am so thrilled for her and her husband, Chad!
So...that is what is on my mind today. This is definitely going to be an interesting week. But for now I'm off to get groceries and do lesson plans. It will be Monday before I know it! :)