April 13, 2011
Well not really, forgot, just forgot to post!

Thank you for prayers -- scan came back clear!   No change from last time.

God is good!!

Praise God!


The World according to Michelle
My brain tends to work overtime -- (most of the time)

So many things I have been seeing lately, scares me a bit, not scares me for me, but scares me for them.  I'm actually amazed -- in that I never thought I would ever see some of the things that have come to pass.

Things that come to mind lately --

1.  Nothing, and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING is worth losing out on Heaven and eternal life.

2.  NOTHING.   Nil.  Zip.  Zero.  0!

3.  If something was wrong 20 years ago, (or even 2 or 200 for that matter) it is STILL wrong today.

4.  Life will never be perfect.

5.  And its definitely not fair.  (At least in our eyes) But there's so much more to this...

6.  People have it way worse than I do -- way worse than I've ever had.

7.  Way worse than you too!

8.  If you can't share something with other "Christians" --then something just might be wrong.

9.  And if the reason you are not sharing it is because you feel they will judge you, its probably because you already feel convicted of it.  Might be time to rearrange our thinking...

10.  Especially if its shared with "worldly" friends.

11.  Never take advice from the world -- especially if its anything that goes against what you've always known to be right.  They do not have your best interest in mind, nor what Christ probably has in mind.

12.  Don't have your kids involved in 90% of worldly things and 10% church. 

13.  You make 1 (just one) compromise and its like a domino effect, (affect?) it all goes downhill from there and there's no way to pick up the pieces without starting all over from the very beginning again. And by that time you are so weary that you never begin again ... and all is lost.

14.  Pray and seek God in ALL things.  E.V.E.R.Y.  S.I.N.G.L.E  D.A.Y.

15.  If you don't know what do, refer to No. 14 and then WAIT.

16.  No matter how much you blame someone else -- and what they've done to make you do something.  That is just so wrong.  Had a recent conversation with hub about this -- sorry, he or she can't make me do anything.  I do it because I want to.  The blame starts with that image in the mirror. Mine and your own.

17.  We all need to get off our self-righetous horses ...its not a pretty sight.  Because if we don't -- when we fall and make NO mistake, we will fall -- it will be HARD.

18.  God puts things in our life for a reason.  Sometimes He just tests us -- and hopes we don't fail, but more often than not, we do.

19.   Take time to enjoy life -- the simple things.  Fresh air, sunshine and the company of family/friends.

20.  Questions?? -- refer to No. 14, and then 15~ 

21.  I've heard people say that if they'd known how nice it is to be a grandparent, they'd have done that first.  They are so right. 

Pray and wait... <3


April 5, 2011
Stand Up to Cancer / Fight Back!

It's "that" time again -- PET Scans tomorrow bright and early!

I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me!  In Jesus Name!


April 1, 2011
Meet Christian!

So thankful to the Lord for keeping them safe.   Christian had some issues and had to stay in the NICU, was on oxygen and CPAP for a day but is now  home with his mommy and daddy.

And people are right, you should have grandchildren FIRST, so exciting.  We're ALL already so much in love with this little guy. 

God is good.

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March 11, 2011
Life ...
Life was we know will change forever in about a week.

Our family will forever be increased by one. 

I am truly in awe of this and so excited

and absolutely terrified ...

Please pray for Lexi and little Christian

Due to her medical condition -- its been a somewhat high risk pregnancy/delivery/baby!

God has had His hand on them thus far ... and Lexi was prayed for a few months back and God fell SO STRONG, you couldn't help but know He is in it.

Sometimes the flesh is a little weak .... Josh's faith is strong.

Arrival Date Scheduled for 21 March 2011

It is a planned delivery and she will have to stay .... its not a 24 hour kick you out kind of stay.

Please pray .... thank you....

love, michelle


January 21, 2011
Green Chile Lime Soup
I made this the other night, and it is SO GOOD.   Of course I didn't have all the lime juice  nor the cilantro, but I did have a can of Rotel with lime juice and I used that.  I think it would have been just a bit better had I added more lime, but it was still great!!!


Green Chile Chicken and Lime Soup

Green Chili Chicken and Lime Soup
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves fresh or roasted garlic, minced (I used a jar of roasted garlic, it was phenomenal!)
80 oz chicken broth, 2 1/2 cartons of the 32 oz
10 oz can rotel tomatoes, mild
7 oz can diced green chilies
4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts; cooked, shredded and lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
2 1/2 Cups cooked rice of choice, I used basmati
1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
Pinches of Kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper and Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley to taste
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
Fresh diced avocados, drizzled with lime juice
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips
1.  Place oil into a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Saute onion for 5 minutes then add in garlic; cook for 1 minute.  Stir in chicken broth, tomtoes, green chilies, chicken breast, rice, lime juice and seasonings.  Cook for 5 minutes; taste and season according to your liking.  Right before serving add chopped cilantro.
2.  Serve soup with fresh diced avocado, shredded cheese and crushed chips if desired.  If you can handle the heat, squeeze some Siracha over top, yum!!
10-12 servings

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December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas to you!!
Taking a short break from my usual Christmas Eve madness/rush in the kitchen to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Thanks for reading and praying ... thankful to reach the age of 45 tomorrow ... trying to make the most out of life.

Last week, my sister-n-law left this world leaving behind two children and a husband that loved her very much.  A two year battle with cancer (I think uterine? -- in there anyway)  We were battling at the same time, and sadly never got to know each other well - except in spirit.  We were fighting the same fight -- struggling here a bit with just "all of it" -- but God has been gracious enough to grant me more time ... to Him be the glory.

I will share a story next week that my husband shared me with about his brother and his love.   Get tissues ready!

Now without any small children in the house, Christmas is being established in a new way, having to share with in laws and such ... Stephen working Christmas Day this year -- if you know me I need a plan, still trying to figure out that one.  A new grandbaby next Christmas will lighten things up a bit!!  So excited!!

He even has a facebook page already (huge eyeroll) thanks to my son!  Silly.

Here he is!! 

Here's our menu plan -- super easy this year, not going with the traditional big dinner on Christmas any more.   Making things ahead that I only need to put in the oven / crockpot / or on the table!!

Christmas Eve

Chocolate Eclair Dessert (low fat - its easy with this, sugar free too!)

Ham and Swiss Rolls   (with changes of course)

Chips - Dip - Veggie Tray 

Christmas Day

Meatballs (crockpot)

Baked Ziti  (already made and in the fridge!)

Veggie / Antipasto Tray 

Bread Sticks

Chips / Cracker / Buffalo Chicken Dip / Cream Cheese with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Nana's Apple Salad



Pop / Cider / Egg Nog / Hot Cocoa 

These are some of the ones we make EVERY Christmas ....wouldn't be the same with out them!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies   (Sarai' and Roy LOVE these!)

Swedish Gingersnaps    Stephen loves

Cut Out Cookies  (can't find link??)

Jam Thumbprints    Lexi likes these

Josh doesn't really have a favorite, he probably likes the fruit or apple salad the best... lol

Much of these will be heading out the door with the kids when they go home too!  Too tempting!

Merry Christmas!!!  

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December 16, 2010
The Story of Jonah
I can't figure out how to include the video here, but you HAVE to listen to this little girl tell the story of Jonah -- its great!!

The Story of Jonah