Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Mother’s Love

I am so in love with my sweet Samuel!

Every morning when I go into his room, he smiles at me, I pick him up, hug him tight and tell him, “Mama loves you.” As we walks down the hall, through the living room and into the kitchen to make a “ba ba”, I pour out my thankfulness to the Lord for our miracle baby. Yes, every morning. Our life has changed so much that it is hard to remember what it was like before Samuel came to us; it is harder, more stressful, and more exhausting than I could have ever imagined, but it is also more wonderful, joyful, and fulfilling too. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, now I am certain this is what I was meant to be. I was telling Samuel this morning that he will never understand how much I love him until he has a child of his own, and even then, I think a mother’s love is different than a father’s love. I hope one day he fully understands. As a mother, I can now catch a glimpse of God’s love for me. When I think about it I get so overwhelmed.

Country Chili Recipe – With Pictures!

This recipe originally came from my mom but somewhere along the way, the ratios of chili beans to kidney beans to tomatoes changed. This recipe is now completely different than my mom’s, it’s all mine. ūüôā This is one of Mike’s favorite dinners. He called me today and said that since the day was “chilly”, it was a “chili” day! Enjoy!

Country Chili


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 – 14 oz. can chili beans
  • 1 – 14 oz. can red kidney beans
  • 2 – 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 T. chili powder
1. Chop onion. The easiest way, I think, is to cut it in half, peel it, slice it almost all the way through vertically, slice down the middle¬†horizontally, then cut through it. Viola! Chopped onion! I always reserve a little onion and dice it really fine for the top of our chili once it’s ready. That’s up to you!
2. Put onions and ground beef in a skillet to brown. 
3. Break up the meat and add 1/2 t. garlic powder and cook until the meat is brown and the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.
5. Open the cans of beans and tomatoes. Pour the contents, INCLUDING liquid, into the crock pot. The liquid in the cans is what makes the chili soupy.
6. Pour the cooked meat and onion mixture into the crock pot.
7. Add 2 T. chili powder and stir it all up.
8. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. I serve it topped with diced onion. Mom’s recipe calls for shredded cheese. Put whatever you want on top of it! I also serve it with saltine crackers. I really like it with corn bread, but Mike doesn’t like corn bread and if I made it would eat the whole pan, and we all know I don’t need that! LOL! Enjoy!

Jehovah Jireh

Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

What a sweet truth. As Mike and I have been taking steps of faith and trusting the Lord to work out all the details, He has truly shown Himself faithful. I still find myself stressed out about money, especially since we have Samuel now. I know he will never go without anything he needs, I would give up everything for him, but sometimes I can’t help but worry. If I am honest with myself, I know we will never go without what we need, but I am¬†uncomfortable with the fact¬†that we go without what we want. Most days I am content with everything the Lord has given us, some days though, I start to look over the fence and it does seem a little greener than on our side. Lord, forgive me for me¬†covetousness. We are so incredibly blessed. When I start to get jealous of what other people have, or that they get to go on vacation or that they can go out to eat all the time, the Lord reminds me that I don’t deserve anything we do have. It is never in a mean or condemning way, but when He reminds me of who I am and of who He is, I can’t help but be humbled and ashamed of my sin. He reminds me of the miracles He has done for me and the ways in which we were given the things we have.

About 4 years ago, our pastor and his wife allowed us to live with them for 6 months when Mike didn’t have a job and we were able to save up to buy a house.

We were¬†miraculously¬†approved for a home loan when Mike wasn’t even working full-time yet.

Samuel. Need I say more?

When my old car started breaking, first the air conditioner, then the heater, and it had over 115,000 miles on it and we needed a reliable car for Samuel, we found out a family friend started working for Kia, and was able to get us a fantastic deal on our new Forte.

Mike is half way done with his master’s degree and we have maybe only had to pay $1,000. The rest was provided by scholarships. This last year, there was no money from our church for the scholarship and our Pastor pulled some strings and was able to give Mike more than he usually received!

In one of my last posts, I mentioned that Medicare paid for the remainder of my medical bill for when Samuel was born.

Last month we had a termite inspection done and they found some termites in our garage. Thankfully the area only needed to be spot treated, but it was still going to cost us $300 we did not have. Mike’s mom got in touch with another bug guy she has known for a long time and he came over yesterday and did another inspection (for free!) and found the same thing, but he is only going to charge us $100 to treat it and told us we can pay whenever we have the money!

And the kicker – Mike’s dad won a huge flat screen TV at his company picnic and gave us their old one! We didn’t even NEED a new TV; oh, we have been WANTing one, but knew we would not buy one until our old one broke.

Thank you Jesus for all of the blessings in my life! I challenge you to make a list. Write down all of the wonderful things God has done for you, all of the miracles He has performed in your life. I guarantee your perspective will change. I know this morning mine has. ūüôā