only help my unbelief

Sometimes I just don’t feel like raisin bran
December 9, 2008, 10:05 am
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In the ten days that I’ve been engaged, I have felt an increasingly heavy burden on my shoulders. It’s not a bad burden, but it is a very present one.

All the blogs I read by godly moms and wives where they write about how to raise their children and respect their husbands? I can’t just skim through them and laugh at the funny pictures. I need to listen. And I need to start practicing as much as I can now, before we’re even married, because I don’t think that the honeymoon turns you into a different person.

I have a job. Christian and I are looking into his health insurance options to see what would be best. We’re looking at apartments and houses to rent. I’m desperately trying to keep us both on balanced budgets. And planning a wedding? Not exactly my favorite.

I like being an adult. I’m glad I don’t have to take exams or write papers. I like going to bed at 10:30 p.m., even on Friday nights, and waking up on my own at 6:45 a.m. I enjoy going to the gym four times a week and meeting friends for dinner to talk about work and life and the future.

There are times, though, when, in the privacy of your own home, you don’t have to be an adult.

Which is why, this morning, when I surveyed the cereal options in the cupboard of my family’s kitchen, I passed over the Cheerios and the Honey Bunches of Oats and even the semi-mature Captain Crunch.

Because Lucky Charms are delicious, even at 22.

I did, however, read my dad’s Wall Street Journal while I tried to get an appropriate ratio of regular cereal pieces to marshmallow cereal pieces. I enjoy the irony.


Orange oatmeal breakfast pie (and beautiful art!)
May 28, 2008, 11:10 pm
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As many of you know, on Sunday mornings I help with the todder Sunday school class at church. In doing that, I’ve gotten to know several wonderful people. One of the other helpers is Lee Monts, who all the kids love. Tonight we realized that the other had a blog, so I wanted to point you to Lee’s blog – full of his beautiful art – and also share with you a recipe he e-mailed to me. I haven’t tried it, but it looks good!


Orange oatmeal breakfast pie

2 unbaked 9 inch pie crusts
6 lg. eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (13 to 14 oz.) evaporated milk
1 c. orange juice
1 c. uncooked oatmeal, quick cooking or old fashioned
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, melted
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. salt

In medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, juice, oatmeal, sugar, butter, orange peel and salt. Mix well. Pour half of the mixture in each of the two pie shells. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until brown and set. Garnish with bacon and orange slices. Serves 12 to 16.