Thursday, January 30, 2014

Happy day!

Abby gets to go home today!!! I think she's most excited to see Honey Bunch!

Because of the roads further south and to help get Abby settled, I'm going to head back toward Jacksonville tomorrow.

Thank you all for your prayers, support and visits....we feel very blessed!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Update on Abby

Things are going really well today! The doctors' reports are good and our spirits are much higher.

Our earlier fears revolved around pulmonary embolisms but as the doctors talk, they are holding out hope for full dissolvement over time.

In a God-ordained event, the embolisms are not even related to the seizures but were discovered "by accident."

The neurologist gave an all-clear so the focus now is dissolving the blood clots.

She'll probably go home Thursday and I'll probably head back to Jacksonville then too.

Thank you all for your prayers! Looks like our newlyweds still need them, though!

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Quick Update

Abby was moved to a private room last night! The Lord continues to answer prayers!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

When God's people pray...

Hello friends...
As many of you have heard, my sister Abby has been in the hospital since Saturday. I'm not going to post everything right now since the doctors are still running tests and figuring out a plan of action.

We appreciate your prayers and love...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Our Happy Weekend

Chris was off on MLK Day so we drove up to visit our friends, the Whiteds, who recently moved near Charlotte, NC.  Julie and I met 13 years ago in college and have remained close despite the years and distance. 

It was so much fun seeing our husbands and her sons, Alex and Jayce, bonding over old-school Mario Brothers!

Alex and Jayce are precious boys and loved playing and cuddling with Uncle Chris and Aunt about melting our hearts!

We had a great weekend of looking at old pictures, playing with the boys and laughter!  What a blessing to watch our friendship blossom through all stages of life.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thank you, Daddy

I'd like to officially thank my Daddy for teaching me some of his handy-man moves because I needed them today! 

I had a load of laundry going in the garage and stepped out to check on it but when I turned around to go back inside, the door was locked! 

To make matters worse, I hadn't gotten ready for the day yet and was very un-presentable with my pjs, crazy hair and slippers.  I could open the outside garage door but didn't have my keys or my phone and the thought of traipsing over to the neighbors looking like I did was very unappealing.

Then all of a sudden, I remembered a bit of wisdom from Daddy from long ago:

"If you get locked in somewhere, take the door off its hinges."

So I got to work. 

I used a screwdriver and hammer to push the hinge pins out but then the real battle began.  Even with the pins out, the door seemed stuck in place.  Granted, that door has probably been on those hinges for about 30 years and had been painted at one time so I had my work cut out for me.

For about 15 minutes, I pried, hammered, lifted, grunted, prayed and finally finagled it off!  I had flashes of this heavy wooden door falling on my head or toes, but I'm still in one piece.  But there's more...

Once the door was off, I scrambled inside to get my shoes, real clothes, keys and phone before going back to survey the damage.  I didn't like the idea of the house being open to the garage all day but the door was super heavy and I knew I couldn't lift it back on the hinges by myself. 

The solution?

I googled how to hang a heavy door by yourself and saw where people used crowbars as leverage to help lift.  I have a crowbar type thing that I use to lift heavy furniture and I just "happened" to have moved it from my trunk to the garage a couple of weeks ago. 

Necessity is truly the mother of invention and somehow I was able to balance the door, lift it with the crowbar, match up the hinges and drop the pins in place.  And I still have all my fingers and toes!

Lessons learned: 

1. Hide a house key in the garage
2. Be somewhat presentable when stepping out of the house, even if it's just to the garage
3. Always have a screwdriver and crowbar nearby
4. Listen to Daddy

Monday, January 13, 2014

What we're lovin'

Southern Gospel
We went to a Southern Gospel concert last weekend and had such a good time!  We might have been the youngest ones there, but we can't be responsible for our generation's lack of taste.  Check out Triumphant Quartet and Brian Free and Assurance...that's who I'm listening too these days.

I get up with Chris each morning about 4am and make him breakfast. I make a lot of egg and cheese quesadillas, channeling Little Rosie's.  I'm slightly addicted to our waffle iron too.  Sometimes I make "muffles" which are waffles made from a muffin mix and last week I used a Funfetti cake mix.  YUM!  Lately my favorite have been chocolate chip waffles from Bisquick and topped with just a little whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Ummm...Is it breakfast time yet?

Chris is studying hard for a professional test he'll take in June so he's stuck reading about compounding interest and other things that horrify me!  On the other hand, I'm re-reading several novels that I haven't read in about 10 years and I'm on book 4 since the new year.  Any one remember Book It from back in the day???  I hope I get my personal pan pizza!

Gift Cards
We've felt loved all over again as we've been able to use some of the gift cards from the wedding.  This weekend, we went to dinner and ordered the rest of our fine china pattern!

Not all TV of course, but we've discovered some new shows lately- Shark Tank (entrepreneurs seeking investors), Treehouse Masters, Guy's Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen (both on Food Network) and I'm back in my Downton Abbey groove!

Each Other
Not a day goes by that one of us doesn't comment on how blessed we are!  It's beautiful to watch (and experience!) the Lord continue to knit our hearts and lives together.  I love my husband so much and love living life with him!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The sweet familiar

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) has always been one of my favorite places to be and last night I was able to attend my first class in Jacksonville.  I've always known that each BSF class around the world is run the same way and studies the same lesson (Matthew this year), but never before have I appreciated those things more.  My heart literally soared when I walked in the door to giant name tags, smiling faces, chairs in a circle, subject sentences, ASKs and ladies I knew would soon be friends.

I'm so grateful for the sweet familiar BSF offered me last night...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Capellini Caprese

I discovered this quick and delicious recipe several years ago from Kraft's Food and Family magazine and now it's one of our favorite dinners! 

1/2 lb.  capellini or spaghetti, uncooked
1/2 cup  KRAFT Tuscan House Italian Dressing
1 onion, finely chopped (I usually omit)
2 cloves  garlic, minced
3 cups  halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1cup  KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1/3cup  fresh basil, finely sliced (I used dried if I don't have fresh on-hand)
Cook pasta as directed on package. 
Meanwhile, heat dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2 min. Add tomatoes; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally. 
Drain pasta. Add to tomato mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle with cheese and basil. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome 2014!

Chris and I opted for staying in on New Year's Eve and passed the hours till midnight with catching up on our DVR, playing board games and snacking on chips and French onion dip. Sounds like a party to me!

Chris's family came over on New Year's Day for our belated Christmas celebration and we enjoyed spending time together.

Mom and Dad and Memom and Rannat all loved the calendars with our wedding pictures...

How cute are Memom and Rannat?!?!  These two have some pretty outrageous stories that kept us in stitches!

Opening gifts!

I love this picture of our family looking at their gifts...

I couldn't have been happier to celebrate the start of a new year with my Brooks family...especially my sweetheart!