Tuesday, January 29, 2008

4 Things

4 Things about me...

Four jobs I have had
1. lifeguard
2. basketball camp counselor
3. waitress
4. babysitter

Four places I have lived
1. Northern Virginia
2. Long Island
3. South Carolina
4. Florida

Four movies I have watched over and over
1. Dirty Dancing
2. Love and Basketball
3. My Best Friend't Wedding
4. Any Disney movie

Four shows I watch
1. Grey's Anatomy
3. Biggest Loser
4. Oprah

Four places I have been
1. Alaska
2. San Diego
3. Nebraska
4. Carribean

Four favorite things to eat
1. ice cream
2. steak
3. panang curry (Thaicoon)
4. watermelon

Four places I would rather be
1. Europe
2. Caribbean
3. my parents' house
4. anywhere warm

Four things I look forward to this new year
1. SUMMER! lol
2. Amy and David's, Alex and Johnny's, and other weddings
4. new experiences and building relationships

If you want to do this consider yourself tagged.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Psalm 103

Of David.

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

he LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
he LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children-
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.

The pastor at Julie's church mentioned Psalm 103 at the end of the sermon. He just focused on verses 1-5, but the whole thing is pretty awesome. It is truely amazing how great our God is. I know I don't deserve anything He gives me, but am truly thankful He is the God that He is. The bolded verses really spoke to me.

I stand in awe that the God of everything loves me. He deals with me. When I mess up he still loves me. When I piss him off he doesn't get angry but just the opposite, shows compassion! When I sin he separates my sin from me, as far as the east is from the west! That is crazy.

He is slow to anger and abounding in love. I am a teacher and I have a hard time forgetting when a student disobeys me during a lesson. It is humbling to see that the Lord of all creation has patience and understanding with me. Today right before I sat down to post a blog I was fumming. My students were on my nerves and I was about to lose it on them. Then I read this passage. God has a sense of humor. They are children just like I am God's child. I need to be patient and compassionate with them. I need to be slow to anger and abounding in love, following the example of my heavenly father. WOW! I'm glad I read this passage. I gotta go pick them up. I need to humble myself and apolgize for not being patient... Hope I didn't ramble too much.

The Ultimate Gift

Mom and Dad gave all of us a book this Christmas. The book is The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. The book is a great and easy read. One of the things in it is the Golden List. The man before he gets out of bed everyday makes a mental list of 10 things he is thankful for. I love this idea. It is so simple and a great way to start the day. He did it everyday of his life from the time someone taught it to him. I have started making my mental list. It has really opened my eyes and given me a different perspective. Here is my list for today:

1. One of my bestest friends in the world came up to Greenville yesterday for a random visit. I'm thankful for her friendship and her visit.
2. A great visit with the Watkins. (more on this in another post)
3. For waking me up this morning, my health and being able to see your creation.
4. My family.
5. Each and every one of my students' and the opportunity to change their lives.
6. A long talk with my old coaches.
7. My bed.
8. Ainsley and Beckham's laughs. They always make me smile.
9. My parent's being so close.
10. God's unfailing love and always being there for me when I continually mess up.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Playing Hostess...

Last night I had some of my old "ed major" friends over for dinner. We hadn't all gotten together in a long time so I thought it would be fun. It was so much fun. I am getting into the whole cooking thing and have cooked every night this week! (Except Wednesday when I went to Laney's for Bible study and she cooked amazing crab pasta...yummy) Okay I guess I am starting to sound like a fat girl! Cooking my own food also has been saving me a lot of money, although it's hard to cook for just one, it is cheaper than going out.

I made the same Swiss Enchiladas I made from one time this fall when I had mama and daddy' over. They got rave reviews both times. Here is the recipe if anyone wants it. It's really easy and pretty healthy. I used already cooked chicken (the kind you can just throw on a salad).

Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 2 breasts)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 (4.5-ounce) cans diced green chiles, undrained
1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken, garlic, chiles, and tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Set aside.

Combine milk and flour in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in salt.

Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture and about 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese down center of each tortilla; roll up. Arrange filled tortillas in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour milk mixture over tortillas, and top evenly with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven.

Preheat broiler.

Broil casserole for 3 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.

6 servings (serving size: 1 enchilada and about 1/3 cup sauce)

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 419(28% from fat); FAT 13.2g (sat 7.9g,mono 3.7g,poly 0.8g); PROTEIN 33.2g; CHOLESTEROL 79mg; CALCIUM 474mg; SODIUM 726mg; FIBER 4.3g; IRON 2.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 41.8g

Diane Webber , Cooking Light, MAY 2006

I also made a cake for dessert. It was yummy. My roomie from last year made it a lot and I was always sneaking pieces of it. It's really easy to. I don't know the name for it though.


1 Yellow Cake Mix (along with the ingredients to make the cake)
1 package of Instant Vanilla pudding
1 container of 16 oz. Sour Cream
1 package of chocolate chips
1/2 bar of german chocolate (shaved)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Follow the directions for making the cake. I cooked mine in a bunt pan ( I think that is what they are called...forgive me I am still learning to be the hostess :) ) It is great and you can also eat it for breakfast.

Enjoy! xoxo

Monday, January 7, 2008

Congratulations Lovebirds!

My oldest sister, Amy, got engaged on Friday! I am so excited and happy for both of them. We are happy to add David to our family. He is a great guy and treats Amy like the Princess she is. I have never seen Amy this happy, it makes me smile so big! Here is a picture she sent me.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Corey Crowder Rocks!

Last night I went with my good friend Laney to her husband's show. He performed at the Handlebar, a local place in Greenville where people play. I had heard Corey's old stuff, but he has been in the studio because he signed a record deal. Last night he performed his new stuff and I LOVED IT!! He is so good! It was cool to see how many people came out to see him. It has been fun to see how far he has come. I pray that he has a blessed career. He has such a good heart and is so down to earth, not to mention his wife is pretty cool too! :)

I am going to be that girl that plugs her friends, but I don't care because he is that good. If you get the chance go check him out at... http://www.myspace.com/coreycrowder or http://coreycrowder.johnttaylor.com/

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. My break was amazing, didn't do anything crazy exciting, but just relaxed and spent lots of quality time with my family. Hopefully I will be able to write more about the break later, and put up some pics when I get them emailed to me (hint hint)

This year I am going to try a resolution. I never do them because I just think they end up not being done. This year I just picked two. Be healthy and be in the word more. I think I can do those...they should be attainable, right? I hope. So far I have done pretty well. How about everyone else...what are your resolutions?