Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The reason for Christmas

I love the Christmas season! I love decorating and baking and making crafts with the boys. I love everything about it! (except maybe that it is cold...because I am a wimp when it comes to the cold, except if it snows...then it is ok, but just for a day maybe!)
We had a little bit of snow the other day and this was a mini snow kiah we made!
I also love how easy it is to share the TRUE meaning of Christmas during this time. I love being able to tell people the Truth about Jesus and WHY He was born...TO DIE for US!  Last night we had a party with some friends. We wanted to share an "American Christmas" with them and help them see a little more about our culture.  We decorated cookies and they ate chocolate chip cookies. We played games and laughed and sang songs. But the best part was telling them the story of Baby Jesus.  My boys wanted to help, Josiah wanted to be the Angel (of course he did, b/c that is the part that everyone looks at and gets all the attention, right!?) and Asah wanted to be the sheep (fits his personality perfect)! I love the fact that my 4 year old can finish the sentences of what the Angels told Mary and Joseph and the Shepherds. I love that he knows that Jesus was not just born as a baby, but our need for Jesus started a long long time ago with Adam and Eve. I love that he knows that the story doesn't stop on Christmas day with a little baby! I love that he knows that Jesus was born to die! To SAVE US from our sin!

Our friends at the Christmas party. One child is asleep and the other did not care to be in the picture. So we only have one child at this time!

I pray we don't ever get so caught up in the buying of presents and the getting of things that we forget that God gave us the most perfect, precious gift of all. The gift that every man and woman needs!

A chance to have a right relationship with Him!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6,7)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas worshiping our Lord Jesus!

In His Grace,


Sunday, December 12, 2010


Just plain fun! That is what I want to say about today! I had so much fun learning how to make Chinese Pulled Noodles!!!
Our family loves Lamian, or Chinese Pulled noodles. We have a little Muslim noodle place just down the road and we eat there maybe once a week. But since we are getting ready to head back to the US, I wanted to learn how to make them myself so we can still eat them every once in a while! Every time we go there, the boys get their bowls of noodles and pretend to be the NOODLE MAN! He is the one who stretches the noodles out really long and swings them around and around! It just looks like so much fun! I have always wanted to learn. So today we did! I just wanted to share some of the pics to show what a great time we had with some dear friends!!!
Me and my friends spinning and throwing the noodles around! Looks like fun right??!!

I am no where near the Noodle man's length! Maybe one day!

Hubbs even got in on the action!

The Junior noodle man!

The other Junior noodle man!

My dear friend Ma. Pry for her. That the Father would continue to use her to spread His truth!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pure yumminess!

So around my house, there is a coveted breakfast...the kind that makes every person in my house happy.
Cinnamon rolls!
When Jonathan and I were dating, I ventured to make them from scratch (first time making anything from scratch!) and from that point on, I have been "forced" to make them ever since. My wonderful hubby told me that those cinnamon rolls were really what won him over! He knew that if I could make them, then he could marry me!!!
Before I moved to Asia, they were maybe a once a year ordeal...or twice. I felt like it took so much time and effort to make them. I mean all the waiting for the bread to rise and the mess. It was a huge undertaking for me at the time.  I was thinking about this the other day, and how now it is nothing more than making a normal meal for me! I must say, I really like it though. I like that it has become easy and second nature to make things from scratch! Some times I feel that our society has lost that art and are so used to popping things into the oven. I love that too, and I miss it, but man do I love having something cooking in my oven and making my house smell good!
I also love the way it makes my husband and children feel so special, feel loved and taken care of.  I think this is my job! To love and take care of my boys. I also know how special it makes others feel to make them home made bread or cookies!
I think that everyone can do it! I  think that everyone can make someone feel special by something home made!

Before I knew it today at breakfast, I looked down and all my boy's breakfasts had disappeared in 2 min!!!! So here is my recipe and if your family (or friends) is anything like mine they will be gone before you know it!

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 pack active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 2/3 cups high gluten flour
  • 1/3 stick of butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 +1/8 cup (just a little more than 2/3 cup works) skim milk (warmed)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 T cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • (or enough just to cover the whole thing! I usually don't measure this!)

  • 8 T butter
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Alright, ready for goodness? First, put the yeast into the warm milk with a little sugar. Wait about 5 min until it is bubbly and growing! While you wait, add all the dry ingredients in a bowl. When your yeast is nice and bubbly pour it in and add the eggs and butter. Mix it up real good and form a ball. I usually use my hands to make sure the butter is good and mixed in. Knead for a few min and then leave for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
When it has been an hour, put your ball on a floured surface and roll out.
While you are waiting on your dough to rise you can mix the cinnamon and sugar or you can wait and just do it right before.
Roll the dough out till it is about 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick. Then spread the softened butter all over it. Next is the cinnamon and sugar! The best part! Make sure it is covered all over so every roll has the yumminess!
Then choose one of the sides to start rolling up. It all depends on how thick you want them to be. I usually choose the long side and make them a little smaller b/c I have 4 boys to share them all with so the more the better! After it is all rolled up, cut them into about 12 pieces. You can use a serrated knife or I like the thread method.
Take a piece of thread or dental floss and make a loop under the log. Cross the pieces and cut the rolls. This way keeps the rolls from getting squished!
Place the rolls into a buttered 9x13 pan and let rise about another hour until doubled in size. Then cook in a preheated 350F oven for about 10-12 min. 
Then pour on the icing and enjoy!!!

Happy baking!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I need Him.

There are just some days you feel overwhelmed and do not know what to do...I am so glad there is a God out there who is bigger than I am and knows what I should do!
Seek Him. 
Obey Him. 
Listen to Him. 
And Rest in Him. 
That is what I want to do today! I am so glad that He is so Great! I am glad that I can trust Him just like a little child does. Knowing that they will be taken care of. I know that the Father will take care of me!

"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" Matthew 28:11