Monday, February 16, 2015

Common, Everday Blessings to Be Thankful For

Hello there! I pray that each of you are having a wonderfully blessed day in our LORD! It's been a cold few days here in NC. The high yesterday just barely reached 30, and today was only about 35. Thankfully I have not had to go outdoors. Today was happily spent inside lifting weights, and catching up on housework. A blessed day it was. :)
 
So, how have you dear folks been of late? Other than suffering through horribly cold weather, life has been quietly pleasant.
 
I've kept up my New Years goal of exercising daily. I'm still lifting weights 4 days a week, with cardio intervals, and twice weekly Yoga. I've even accomplished a long set goal of completing a deadlift over 100 pounds. Last week I was able to complete 3 sets of 110 pounds! WOO-HOO! :D
 
I've also kept up my Bible reading schedule. Currently I read one chapter in Job and 1 Corinthians a day. Last week while finishing up Romans, I was comforted by these words...

 
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
 
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
 
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
 
 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
 
Romans 12:1-5
 
I've been working hard at my goal of trying as many new recipes as I can for 2015. We have had at least two new recipes each week. Black bean soup with mango, avocado quesadillas were a big hit for us both. :D 
 

Justin entered into a new role in life. He was elected a deacon at our church last night. Words cannot describe how thankful I am, that the LORD allowed me to marry such a serving, patient leader, as he. :)
 

Here's my most recent craft project. A sign I hope to set outside by our door come this spring.
 
 
I've been reading quite a bit too. I recently finsished up these two books...
 

 
I recently started drinking nettle tea. I am loving the light flavor, and how chock full of nutrients it is! :D

My K-3 teaching job is moving right along. We celebrated Valentine's Day on Thursday. I made them some chocolate, chocolate cupcakes. But I think the only part of the cupcakes that were eaten, was the frosting. :P


Oh yeah! I made a cupcake for each teacher in the school as well. I've been wanting to bless them with a treat for a while now, and this was the perfect time to! :)



Our second Valentine's Day as a married couple came. Our quiet, introverted selves, are not "big crowds" kind of people, so we spent the day at home. I set up a candlelight steak dinner, and we dressed up, and danced to every sappy love song I have on my MP3 player. ;) 
 
Beautiful roses Justin bought me. The first since we have been married...


“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.”  
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Writings to Young Women from Laura Ingalls Wilder - Volume One: On Wisdom and Virtues
 
Thank-you LORD, for your blessings on me!
 
What have you been blessed with of late?
 
Have a wonderfully blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!
Angel

5 comments:

  1. Those cupcakes look delicious! I love your packaging! Naturally Knocked Up is on my list to read...

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    1. Thanks Julianne! I highly recommend the book. The information on nutrition alone is priceless. :)

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  2. Your cupcakes are so beautiful, Angel! You did a wonderful and artistic job on them - and I bet they taste as good as they look! :-)

    I do have to say, though, that I was MOST impressed that you can deadlift 100 pounds. A hundred pounds!! You've worked so hard to get to this skill and strength level - congratulations! I enjoyed learning how to deadlift last summer, and I think I'll start working on it again, with you as my motivation ... :-)

    Congratulations also to both of you on Justin's being chosen as a deacon! That's such a blessing and will open many new ministry opportunities and responsibilities for you both. I'm so excited for you!!

    Have a wonderful evening, dear sister, and try to stay warm in the nasty temperatures!! Another wave of cold is coming our way tomorrow, so we will be right in the same boat with you!

    Hugs and warm coffee,
    Vicki

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    1. Awww... Thank-you Vicki! And to my shame, the cupcakes did taste good. (good enough to gorge on two while frosting them...)

      I'm looking forward to new ministry opportunities, but a little nervously. I know the LORD will give us strength to complete this task. :)

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  3. wow you are doing great on your goals! and those cupcakes are adorable....I imagine all the kids think your are just a fantastic teacher. :)

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Well hello there! Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE to hear from you all out there. Just please remember to keep everything kind and Christ-like. In the words of that wise papa rabbit, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all". :)