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35 and amazed

I had the most perfect 35th birthday today. :) I don't even have words for it, but it was wonderful, and extraordinarily special to spend the whole day with my mom and dad and family all together!


We've just arrived home happily exhausted, but I hope to share more about our day tomorrow if the Lord allows! :) I have been blessed with the most loving family, and I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to experience 35 years of life on this earth!!! :)

a gorgeous family getaway day


We rented a little vacation house for a couple of days to celebrate our birthdays this week! I so missed blogging this weekend because I lost my computer cord, but thankfully I found it at my dad's house yesterday afternoon so I could be able to share today. :)

The kids are always so excited to pack up and go anywhere, even if it's just a couple of hours away:


And then they always enjoy the traditional snack gathering: 


But my favorite part, hands down, is this kind of morning in a cozy room:


We have been soaking up every minute of the wonderful weather too! It was just gorgeous out:


I had the best time running a new route. We live in a very hilly neighborhood, so a flat road felt amazing!



Ahhh, I do believe the south has the prettiest sky views:


No matter where we go in Texas, it's just lovely. I'm so thankful to call this huge state home. :)

serving up all the hot food (eats lately)

All week long I was a day off- I thought Friday was coming much sooner than it did. ;)

We've had a beautiful week here in Texas, and we're so enjoying a little break from the heat. October is my favorite month by far, though November feels much more like fall. :)

Even with the hot temps, we still eat warm food on a regular basis! It's been a little while since I got to share what we've been eating lately- here's a taste... ;)

1. Polenta grits. Just corn, water, and salt:


The adults like boiled cornmeal, but the kids- not so much... :)

2. Our quick lunchtime version of chicken tikka masala:


Surprisingly, most of the kids eat this one! I only have one who won't eat the chicken, and one who won't eat the rice. :)

3. Omelets:




The parents ate this egg white one, and I let the kids make their own eggs:


4. Fried sweet "doughnuts":


The kids made dough for bread and for the first time ever, we fried it and added sugar and caramel for a dessert similar to a funnel cake! (but way more filling!)


5. Chicken penne pasta inspired by this recipe:




I took the leftover pasta (sans chicken) and made a different lunch with sour cream and Italian dressing:


It's definitely taking more hearty meals to fill up the big kids these days. The oldest three eat more than most adults! We add staples and carbs to a lot of meals just to give them more roughage! ;)

I still eat this really often instead of pasta or pizza:


6. Speaking of pizza, we found a new favorite we've never had until a couple of weeks ago: Domino's! It's delicious!!


I can't believe we're up to four of them now. I wonder how many pizzas will we be eating in another 5 years?? 

Good thing we only have to take it one day at a time, right? :) We don't have to be anxious about anything (Phil. 4:6)- God always provides food we need for His growing little humans. :)

wordless wednesday: 3 months and growing


scripture cake recipe

When I was looking for dessert recipes on Saturday, I stumbled upon this adorable recipe in a FBC Cookbook from my mom's church in Boswell, Oklahoma:


I didn't try it yet, but I'm going to assign the kids to make it once I make sure we have the ingredients on hand!  Have you ever made one before? I'm excited to try it! :)

Here are other Bible recipes to try if you're looking for more ideas!