Sunday, February 20, 2011

If I Listen With My Heart


Steven is now a sunbeam in Primary, and he absolutely loves it.  I think one of his favorite things is singing time.  Also, the primary choristers gave out CD’s to all the kids with the songs they’ll be singing this year.  The first song on the CD is called “If I Listen With My Heart.”  Steven asks for me to play it all the time, and he absolutely loves it.  I’ve had so many feelings lately that I’ve wanted to blog, and the title of that song was the best thing to describe my feelings.

I often wonder sometimes why the Lord has given me what I’ve been given.  I especially feel this way when I have friends or family go through trials that I want to be able to take away from them so they don’t have to feel that burden.  I’ve felt this way when I have friends that want to badly to have babies, but their bodies have things that make that difficult for them.  We got pregnant with both our kids within a month of getting off birth control, and so many times I’ve wanted to be able to say to my Heavenly Father that he can take that ability from me for a time and give it to them so that they can be able to bear children.

There are so many other times as well, but I recently found out someone very dear to me is expecting her first child, but just found out that she won’t be able to raise her baby here on this earth once her sweet daughter is born in June.  This particular incident has hit me harder than I could ever imagine.  When my sweet nephew was stillborn seven years ago, that affected me a lot, but my mom said something about it affecting you more after you’ve had children.  A few weeks ago I discovered what she meant.  My heart continues to ache every time I think about it.

As I’ve pondered and thought about why we’re given what we’re given, the answer I received was probably something everyone will receive one time or another, but it still was what I needed in my heart.  The Lord knows us what we need, and He puts us where we are for a reason! I am where I am, because this is where I can serve the Lord the very best.  Other people are where they are at because that is where the Lord needs them.  Righteousness does not always mean that you’re never going to struggle with anything.  Each of us has special talents and feelings, so He puts us where we need to be to help other people feel His love.  Or, He may have someone that only we can help along the way because of what we have experienced.  As long as we continue to strive to live the way He wants us to live, He is going to use our best talents to best help His work.

When I was in high school, I heard a talk where John Bytheway quoted a poem that I wrote down, and still reflect on often.  I found it here.

My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.
Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him.

Recipes, Recipes, Recipes!

I only remembered to take one picture this week of my recipe madness.  So, I’ll start with this amazing homemade chicken pot pie recipe given to me by my good friend Christina. ( I encourage you to check out her site not just for the fabulous Thanksgiving Point giveaway she’s doing.  She amazing in more areas than just cooking.)


Chicken Pot Pie

1/3 C Butter
1/3 C Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/3 C Chopped onion

1 3/4 C Chicken Broth
2/3 C Milk
2 C Cut Up Cooked Chicken
1 package of Frozen Veggies
Pie Crusts ( I usually buy my crusts, although this time I did homemade, and they turned out fabulously).

Heat butter over low heat until melted.  Stir in flour, onion, salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly.  Remove from heat.

Stir in broth and milk.  Return to heat and heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.  Stir in chicken and frozen veggies.

Place bottom crust in a pie dish.  Pour in chicken mixture and put other crust on top.  Close crusts together and poke a few holes in top crust before baking.

Bake at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes


Sweet and Sour Carrots

1 lb Carrots
3/4 C Sugar
1 tsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Green Pepper (diced)
1 Can Tomato Soup
1-2 C Cubed Cooked Chicken
(I usually just warm up 5-6 chicken nuggets, dice them, then through them in. The first time I put chicken in it my husband praised me for going to the work to bread the chicken. HA!)

Peel, slice, and cook carrots in salted water.  Drain

Mix other ingredients into a sauce. (Mix sugar and corn starch first, then add other stuff)

Mix with carrots and simmer a few minutes.

Serve over rice or noodles


Creamy Baked Ziti

4 cups ziti pasta, uncooked
1 jar  (26 oz.) marinara sauce
1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
6 oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/3 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove from pan; drain. Meanwhile, add marinara sauce, tomatoes and cream cheese to same pan; cook on medium heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently. Return pasta to pan; mix well.

LAYER half the pasta mixture in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

The Happenings

Since my camera flash broke a monthish ago, I haven’t taken many pictures at all. (Obviously….)  It’s been a good month.  This gorgeous princess turned 13 months old last Sunday.


She has now just started standing up to things, but then cries because she can’t figure out how to sit back down

Her vocabulary mainly consists of “mom” “da"  “dr” (Drink) and “ba.”  Although, she has said “up” and “book” a few times.  She jabbers constantly, and seriously sometimes it sounds like she is saying “I want this” or “I want that.” She is definitely not quiet.

She’s figured out stairs, which has been kind of a fun adventure.

She absolutely loves her daddy, and loves to laugh.


Steven has been introduced to the amazing art of fort making.  He says fort like a hick, so it sounds like he says, “Let’s build a fart.”  We chuckle everytime.  We’ve had some good, bad, and ugly forts. :)  It’s a joyous occasion.


Also, I’ve been doing learning labs with Steven (Daily learning activities).  He is way into the letters of the alphabet, and can sound out most of the letters now.  Putting them together is a whole different story, but we don’t mind.

He has started asking “why?” after almost absolutely everything.  I knew this stage was coming, but am not sure I’m ready for it.

He also loves getting into trouble with Lillie.  The other day I came back downstairs after doing something only to discover that the two of them had unloaded a full container of wipes and a full box of tissues.  Joy. 

He just wins his way into my heart daily.  Yesterday it was raining, so he asked us why it was raining.  We told him that Heavenly Father decided that we needed rain that day, so he gave it to us.  He seemed satisfied with that answer.  Later in the day, we were out test driving mini-vans.   The sales-dude was sitting in the back seat behind Steven and Lillie who were in the middle seat.  Darrell was asking the sales-dude if the bad weather had made service slow for the day.  Sales-dude proceeded  to talk a little bit about it, and somewhat complained about the weather.  Steven was quick to reply to his complaint “Heavenly Father gave us the rain.” Yeah. Pretty sure that shut the sales-dude up pretty fast. :)