Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Can you spot him?

Here is the yearly staff photo at hubby's work.  He is very easy to pick out this year.  Can you spot him?

Also, a quick update on me.  I was suppose to go to my 3 hr glucose test today (thank you for all those thinking of me today).  I actually cancelled it.  If you know me, I'm a researcher.  I have a need to find out as much as I can when it comes to medical things.  I was really struggling with going for this test.  It does not seem natural to me to put your body into a fast and then give it a sugar shock like that.  Side effects are vomiting, fainting, sweating, shakes, nausea.....it's just not natural!!  So I set out to research better ways :)  Many midwives simply recommend that you take your blood sugar after each meal (using glucose strips - diabetic meter) for about a week.  You can buy them for under $20 at Walmart or other pharmacies.  It is a more 'real world' scenario  rather than the syrupy sugar drink.  So, I will be talking to my doctor and praying he will get on board with me and my idea *smile*.....I'm such a pain when it comes to following doctors orders!!
I've also been recording by blood pressure at home for the past several days.  I have great readings at home....it just seems to be when I go to the doctor....so we'll see what he says about that too!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Church pics

Here's the kids before church this morning....I love when they color coordinate :)

Friday, October 18, 2013


Well, I didn't get good news from my glucose test.  First time I have failed it.  Now I have to go for the 3 hr glucose tolerance test.....yuck!  Also, my blood pressure was high again so I have to do the 24 hr urine test.....uuugggg.  They talked about starting medication again.  I guess I'm showing my maternal age!!  I don't think I'm diabetic.  My numbers were slightly elevated but they say only 1/3 of woman who take the 3 hr test are actually diabetic.  But they say it can be quite nauseating because you have to fast for 10 hrs and take a really sweet drink and have blood drawn 4 times over 3 hrs!!!!  I hope I don't faint!  I also have to start recording my blood pressure during the day for the next 2 weeks and bring it to my next appointment.  I am looking forward to this stage being over and holding our little one!!!  Please keep me in your prayers that I will pass and do well at my glucose test on Tuesday.....that I can get my blood pressure under control....and that I will stay healthy (and baby as well!)  Poor hubby does not like this stress :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Soup Recipe

Well, supper turned out really good!!  My family is going to be shocked but I made broccoli cheese potato soup AND I ate it!  It was very tasty!  I surprise myself sometimes.  The majority of the kids enjoyed it too....the 2 younger ones liked to dip their bread in it and eat it that way.  Here is the recipe:
-Steam 2 small bunches of broccoli in steamer for 30 mins.
-Peel 2 medium size potatoes and cube.
-In a pot, pour 3-4 cups chicken broth and add cubed potatoes....boil until potatoes are soft.
-In another pot, melt 3 tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme.
-When butter is melted, add 3 tbsp flour and thoroughly mix.
-Pour the chicken broth and potatoes(when it is done cooking) into the buttered pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer about 5 mins until thickened.
-Take the steamed broccoli and finely chop it into small bits.  Add to the soup mix.
-Add 1/2 cup milk or cream.
-Add 1 and 1/4 cup shredded cheese (sharp or mild) to soup.  Mix until melted.

Birthday, berries and books

Today is hubby's birthday.  We are a very blessed family!  We love you daddy!!  The kids are making him a special yogurt surprise for dessert and I'm going to attempt a new recipe :)  I'll let you know how it turns out.
Here are some pics of our girl eating her berries.  What a cutie! .....and the kiddos hard at work to finish up school today.

Monday, October 14, 2013


It's been awhile since I've taken any pics of the kids.  I was taking some of our little one and our 3yr old wanted some done too....so here are some with some effects as well.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Paul Washer and his wife's testimony

I'm a huge fan of Paul Washer. He gives the gospel message like no other. The first is a message by Paul, the second video is his wife's testimony. Both are very powerful.