Portland Polish Festival

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They were amazing. The Poles know how to bake.

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Travis and AJ

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This is sweet Rylee. She got a HUGE amount of apple cotton candy and loved it.

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Isn’t she adorable?!

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Polish pottery is famous. Isn’t it beautiful?! You know you want it. I saw a gorgeous tea pot and wanted it badly. Sad day.

It was a beautiful day. More pictures will be coming tomorrow

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Thoughts

1 After Jesus had finished teaching the people, he went to Capernaum. 2 In that town an army officer’s servant was sick and about to die. The officer liked this servant very much. 3 And when he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish leaders to ask him to come and heal the servant.

4 The leaders went to Jesus and begged him to do something. They said, “This man deserves your help!5 He loves our nation and even built us a meeting place.”

6 So Jesus went with them.
When Jesus wasn’t far from the house, the officer sent some friends to tell him, “Lord, don’t go to any trouble for me! I am not good enough for you to come into my house.
7 And I am certainly not worthy to come to you. Just say the word, and my servant will get well. 8 I have officers who give orders to me, and I have soldiers who take orders from me. I can say to one of them, ‘Go!’ and he goes. I can say to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes. I can say to my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he will do it.”

9 When Jesus heard this, he was so surprised that he turned and said to the crowd following him, “In all of Israel I’ve never found anyone with this much faith!”

10 The officer’s friends returned and found the servant well.

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Some thoughts on this passage I read today:

Seems like the leaders came to Jesus qualifying why this Roman officer deserved help. (ie helping make a building for them) And He went regardless of their heart situation. But when the officer’s servants came to give another message, it portrayed such respect. But what hit me most was the kingdom mindset the officer had and was living in. It even surprised Jesus! (according to the bible)

How often do I come to God with the mindset that I have to qualify everything…too often. WAY too often. I want that kingdom mentality that understands the power of His words and that if He declares something- then it will happen. I don’t have to worry about qualifying myself before God can move.

God, would you remind me of this passage and the talk You and I had about it. I want your truths to bury themselves deep in my heart.

My mom

My mom wrote this in an email to me. Love you mom…

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” I love summer, but am quite ready for fall. I love the cooler weather, wearing warm fuzzy sweaters, the shadowy trees silhouetted in the fog (oh, yeah!), enjoying a hot drink while watching the rain come down, stepping on crisp leaves and hearing them crunch beneath your feet, sitting by a warm, crackling fire and soaking up its heat.

Yes, fall and winter have a beauty of its own. Witnessing the snowflakes slowly dancing their way from heaven to earth, listening to the wind sing its song of praise to mankind. The gift is in noticing the beauty and glory all around. It’s all there, just waiting to be noticed.”

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Baking Mania

A friend let me borrow her measuring cups (because we don’t have any yet- moving adventures) and I’ve been wanting to do some fall baking. So I’m taking today and tomorrow to bake my heart out and freeze as much as I can. I’m making 2 loaves of banana bread, tons of cookies, cinnamon rolls and muffins.

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Here’s my families banana bread. I did not taint it by putting in nuts. I don’t like nuts in my baked goods- it’s a personal thing.

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Next I made the cookies. Well, still in progress, Emma is watching ‘Barney Goes to the Zoo’ while I take pictures and blog. Man he’s annoying…

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My mom has a secret recipe that I will never give away. I had to promise her my first child if I gave it away. Now that I think about it she would be just fine getting Emma…too bad mom- she’s mine. 🙂

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I’m going to make the muffins tonight and cinnamon rolls Saturday morning. Bye peeps!

Women’s group

I went to a women’s group at my church, and it felt good to be with the women I had grown to love last year while I was apart of it. Familiar faces and awkward ‘Get to know eachother’ games…it’s all apart of the experience. 🙂

Anyhoo, I wanted to write quickly about something we talked about. In the beginning of the book of James, he challenges us to consider it pure joy to go through trials of many kinds. James is my favorite book and has been for my whole life. I have read that before but didn’t know how to make it applicable to my life today. While it sounds simple, it’s hard to live out!

We talked about when we go through hard trials/times/seasons we have many choices. To be angry is a popular choice, and so is chosing to close down to the world around you. However, James tells us that a choice we should be making is JOY. We should choose to be joyful in the hard seasons of our lives to develop the character necessary to show Gods love to others.

There is always the other side of the coin and one could say that someone could choose joy too much and be disillusioned to the realities surrounding them. There are always two sides to everything and keeping it all in tension is the struggle called humanity…yes we/I will be closer to one side and the other another day, but what I think is most important is choosing to make the choice to take JOY and trudge through whatever season God has you/me in.

Textures

I’ve been slowely noticing all the different textures around me in our home. I love it and it’s getting the creative juices flowing again. In the summer time the creative side to me always goes dormant. Before it’s been squelched by the sun rays and any time it tries to peek it’s little head out it gets sun stroke. I don’t really like summer.

Yes, I wrote that and you can pray for me if you like, but it’s how I feel. Fall has always been my favorite season and now that it’s upon us (officially!) my eyes have been noticing different things in our home. The prickly-ness of our aloe plant, the smoothness of our couch and many other things.

Here are some pictures of some textures that stand out to me.

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Lastly, I like the texture but also the print of a dress I’m wearing today.

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First day of Fall

A friend took me out to lunch today and I had my first taste of pumpkin pie.

It was spicy, smooth and wonderful.

I’ve missed you pumpkin pie, but I’m glad we’re getting reacquainted.

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HAPPY FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN!!!!!!!!!

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Crispy Yogurt Chicken

A group of us has decided to do Pioneer Woman’s Recipes every Monday. Recipes from her book/web site. I’m looking forward to seeing all the different kinds of ways people do the same recipe. This was chosen by Melissa over at Purple and Pink. 🙂

Here’s the link! I didn’t have all the ingredients like…the main ones. I substituted the plain yogurt for light mayo and panko for bread crumbs. I really wish I had the panko cause I love all things crispy. But still, it was very tasty and Emma ate tons. 🙂 Great pick Melissa!

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Pink lady

I always said that if God ever gave me a girl I wouldn’t be one of those mothers that dresed them up in pink everyday as though they were a walking advertisement for Pepto Bismol.

I think I failed.

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Shoes: Krakow, Poland

Pants: Walmart

Skirt: Hand me down from friends

Shirt: Oma

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And the winner of the earrings is JOYCE!!!! 🙂 Congratulations!