Open house: Monday, June 30th

Listening to... Ella, singing a silly song with the boys' names while she moves to do her chore. The boys, giggling at her goofiness.

Thankful for... So many things! A good night's sleep. Merry children. A sunny day. Laundry to hang on the line...soon. Mark, who cleaned the kitchen for me last night. [And the night before that. And the night before that.] Ella, whose after-meal chore has evolved from putting the silverware away to emptying the WHOLE dishwasher. Our garden growing. Beautiful flowers blooming all around our house. Our cheery hanging baskets.

Enjoying... watching the Planet Earth series with Mark and the kids. We LOVE these. (Thank you, Andrea, for the long-ago recommendation!)

In the kitchen... Tonight we're having fajitas with guacamole dip and pico de gallo. Maybe cornbread to go with it? And some fresh fruit. Mmm!
Oh, and last night I made some delicious fruit salsa:
*2 apples, peeled and cored
*some fresh pineapple, chopped
*2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
*several strawberries, chopped
*a pint of blueberries, chopped
(you can use any combination of fruit that you want)
add: 3 T of apple jelly, 1 T of sugar, 1 T brown sugar
Mix and refrigerate.

Cinnamon chips
*flour tortillas, cut into chip-sized pieces
*cinnamon sugar
*spray-on butter
Spray butter on one side of tortilla strips, sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top. Then turn over and spray/sprinkle the other side. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Cool.

Sewing... I just checked out Amy Butler's In Stitches from the library again, and I'm hoping to make some of her Wide-Leg Lounge Pants.

Reading... The Shack.

Striving for... a merry heart, a gentle tone.

In the yard/garden... our garden is happily growing (and we've just begun eating the lettuce from it!), my peonies are in full bloom, I saw the first burst of color on my hydrangeas yesterday (!), our daisies are happily blooming, along with several other flowers around our house.

Praying for...
{for my children} the character trait of gratitude (I use this chart that Elise posted on her blog).
{for Mark} his rest (Still praying off of this list I made a couple of years ago.)
{for me} Mondays I specifically reserve for confession. (I have a list I keep handy to jog my memory for Mondays: pride, judgmentalism, anger, impatience, criticism, gossip, lack of discipline, lack of self-control, high expectations, love of self, want of the approval of others, negativity.)
*and* continuing to pray for baby Joe.

In the CD player today... Rich Mullins' Songs.


  1. I really like this idea. I might steal it...wish I had something yummy like fruit salsa to put on MY blog...:)

  2. These posts are so fun! I especially love your thankful list.

    My dad lent us the Planet Earth series also and we're looking forward to watching it this summer.

  3. Gonna try those cinnamon chips....I don't have spray on butter. Ya think melted will work?

    I use the same calendar from Elise to pray for my kids. I love it. It so convicts me to "be" what I am praying for them. I fail so often but rest in ever present grace.

    Loved the little peek into your world. I might just have to steal your idea and do the same but coming up with a name could take me forever...not my forte.

  4. Stacy, I just love these little peeks into your family life! They're so much fun to read.
    That fruit salsa and cinnamon chips recipe sounds seriously good-- I will be making that for supper some night very soon.


  5. Ooohhhh, I LOVE your open house. Can I move in with you? I lvoe that you keep a handy confession list-- I appreciate both the humility that made the list and the sleeplessness that makes it necessary!
    Bless you,

  6. Emily,
    I wish you would "steal" it. I wanna come read a post like this on your blog!

    Oh, I hope you guys like it as much as we do. My kids are seriously mesmerized with it. ~smile~

    Mrs. M,
    Why not? Yeah. If you have a brush you could easily brush the butter on! I just don't have one. [Mark? Remember? That's another thing I want for my birthday!]

    And yes, the calendar... me too.

    And please, "steal" the idea. I'd love to read it. Use the same title or on the last one of these that I did, people offered a bunch of suggestions for what it could be called. Steal one of those! :)

    Aw... thanks, sweet friend! Oh yeah- you must try the fruit salsa. It is worth all the chopping!

    Yeah. I really like having the confession list, too. It helps me to "search" my heart. I think I got that idea from Elisabeth Elliot's The Shaping of a Christian Family. I'm pretty sure E.E. said her mother kept her own list and referred to it for the purpose of prayer. I thought it sounded like a good idea, and it has been. [Too bad my list just keeps getting longer, though!]

    Love you girls. My trusty commenters. You're the best! :)


  7. I'm totally going to steal this idea, too. LOVE IT!

    And would you pretty please make the cinnamon chips and fruit salsa when I come to visit?

  8. I am so glad you are reading The Shack. I would love to *hear* your thoughts. I have about 2 chapters to go and my thoughts are mixed. I'd love your perspective when you are done. No pressure. ;)

    Oh, and that fruit salsa, I must try it. Have you tried Pioneer Woman's Guac. It is out of this world. I think I have gained 3 lbs on it this month!

  9. I LOVE these posts!! And your recipes are always so tasty!! I wish I could come smell your flowers - it sounds lovely :-)

  10. Stacy,
    Can't wait to try the salsa YUM! Have a blessed week. Tami


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