Our Reality…

21 02 2015

Too often we think back on life and wish we could change something. For most of us we make our decisions one of two ways, with our emotions or with a historical and logical point of view. In both of these types of ways we make decisions we end up looking back wishing we had done things differently. Neither is superior to the other. Both lead to errors in judgement or we use them to justify our actions we regret. I want to suggest that in order to make the best sense out of reality we need to use both our emotions and a historical-logical point of view, together. We live in the here and now so our emotions are a real part of our life experiences. They serve us well to interact on an intimate level in our day to day actions with others. Keeping in mind that the here and now is also becoming a part of history that is playing out in the larger historical and logical context. Keeping in mind that our experiences have been experienced by many throughout history in one way or another. We are not alone in what we are going through. Otto Van Bismarck said, “A fool learns from his own mistakes but a smart man learns from others mistakes.” If we don’t take into account what happened to other people that have are in the same situation as us we will end up as they did. This could be for the good or bad. So it is important to use history and logic in our decision making process as well. Far to often though we use one experience to form our decisions we make. That could be a small event like running a stop sign because the last time we were on this road no one was coming from the other direction. It could be as big as basing our world view that God must be dead because he allowed the holocaust, as so many secular Jews have. It is easy for us to also confuse one event has history. Like the holocaust or the war in Iraq. These are significant events that stir up emotion in all of us but it is one event in history. A historical view would look back as far back in history as we can, at several events like a particular genocide or war. Understanding the situation around each event and then using logic to synchronize the similarities between them. We must also realize that every time we have emotions we have a bias. If each event brings emotions, then when we make a decision it is based on a bias. There for we cannot set aside our bias. Everything we do is amerced in them but we can work around them. In order to work around a bias we must identify them, this takes self reflection. Something missing in an age of technology where we are never away from distraction. In order for us to understand the reality we live in we must understand our emotions and history using logic.


Community Group Meal Ideas

16 10 2013

Wow I’m totally embarrassed that it has been so long since last time….so lets just move on.  lol

Community Group Meals

I have been the meal coordinator for a few months now and I love it.  I love food, I love cooking food and sharing it with others.  A dream job I guess you could say.  I have been looking online to get ideas and there is not a ton of information out there on this topic.  So I thought I would share what we have done and hope to hear back from YOU to get more ideas!

Breakfast night – Hash brown casserole, muffins, biscuits and gravy, quiche, pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and coffee cake.

Panera Night – Soup, salad and sandwich.  We had 2 soups, bread, lunch meat, cheese, condiments, pickles, lettuce, onions, 2 salads, drinks and dessert.

Chili Cookoff – Had 3 people make chili, then everyone else brought cheese, sour cream, corn bread, drinks and dessert.  I had a judging sheet and had 6 people judge, filling out a judge sheet for each bowl of chili.  Counted up all the points and the chili with the most points won.  My hubby won!  He loves making his Famous chili…not sure its famous but he thinks it is!  Here is the link for the judging sheet.  http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10041544/Chili-Cook-Off-Judging-Sheet

Italian Night – Homemade pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, mac and cheese, salad, garlic bread, veggie tray, canollis, and drinks.

Taco night – Hard and soft shells, taco meat, re-fried beans, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, olives, salsa, guacamole, chips, dip, drinks and desserts.

Haystacks – This is the official order the haystack should be in on your plate.  Chips, preferably Frito’s but tortilla chips work too.  So chips, rice, black beans, cheese, lettuce, onions, salsa and sour cream.  This is a family favorite of my husbands family.

Grilling – Burgers, brats, hotdogs, buns, cheese, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onions, chips, potato salad, veggies, fruit salad, drinks and desserts.

Potato Bar – Baked Potatoes, sour cream, cheese, butter, green onions, chili, bacon, salad, drinks and desserts.

All of these work great with large groups too.  On average we need to feed 30 people, including kiddos. 

Happy Community Group meal planning!  I would love to hear what you have done!

The Proverbs of the Bible Ch. 16-20

5 08 2012

Today as I was doing my Bible reading, I read a few chapters in Proverbs.  I really like the proverbs!  and here’s why, they are written like I think, like women think.  Women tend to have a million and one things going on in their brains.   This leads to this and to this and so on.  A conversation at our house would go something like this:

Mike: Sara did you have a good day today?

Sara: Yes we did.  We played at the park.  Oh we saw so and so there.  Did you know their expecting?  Hey I was reading a blog post about strollers and which ones are great for multiple small children.  You remember that our friends (who have many small children) are coming home this weekend right?  I’m hungry, should we get pizza tonight.

The Proverbs to me feel very much like that.  Here are a few nuggets I found as I was reading today.

Proverbs 16:1  The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:24  Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 17:6  Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Proverbs 17:17  A friend love at all times.

Proverbs 17:28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Proverbs 18:22  He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.

Proverbs 19:11  Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:18  Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.

Proverbs 19:21  Many are the plans in the mind of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 19:23  The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

Proverbs 20:11  Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Proverbs 20:27  The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.

Proverbs 20:29  The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

No big over-arching theme just little nuggets from Gods word to keep me on the straight and narrow!

Sesame Street and Deployments

3 08 2012

I was very excited a few weeks back when I got this in the mail.

Its a DVD set from Sesame Street talking about deployment, homecomings and changes.  I was finally able to watch over it before I shared it with my girls.  I think it will be a great resource for us to have being a military family facing deployment soon.  There is a video on YouTube from the DVD that I wanted to share.  It takes place after Elmo’s dad comes home.  I love the real factor in the video.  Elmo is excited to see his dad but in that same moment he is not sure what to say, what to talk to him about.  I remember having that happen when Mike came home from Iraq.

Classic Country Fridays

22 06 2012

Martina McBride  Independence Day

Science museum with the Plumers!

20 06 2012

Last week the girls and I went with some of our good friends the Plumer’s to the science museum.  We had a blast.  Check it out!

We both have daughters named Abigail.  My Abby has a “y” , Abbey Plumer has “ey”  ENJOY!

all the kiddos


loo loo skip to my loo



Ethan and Abby




Bus driver Abram






Bus Driver Abby




Astronaut Ethan


Police woman Naomi


Officer Abby, Penguin Naomi and Pilot Ethan


Penguin Abbey


quite the ensemble Naomi


Doctor Apphia


Doctor Apphia and Nurse Abby


Hi Abram


“…no man 2 phones is how I roll”




Air Abby


Abbey dancer


Welcome to Abby’s grocery


Abbey’s turn


Abram has checked his list to make sure he has all of the shapes.


Rocket Abby


Abbey rocket


We had so much fun, can’t wait to go again!

Community Group Kids

20 06 2012

Mike and I have a WONDERFUL community group we are apart of at our church, Sojourn in Louisville.  Here are a few snap shots from one of our recent gatherings.  Mostly of the dance time for the kids.

Apphia, Tori, Judah and Abby


dance dance dance


our 2 two year old’s Tori and Apphia!


Judah and Abby


Tori busting a move!


Silly faces


Tori our little dancer


She is so cute!


There’s Audrey!


Dance Dance Dance


Ring around the rosies