Babies and fancy foods

Babies and fancy foods

This is a picture of my daughter at 13mo eating a Petit Four. She is such a dainty little girl.  I’m not being sexist, really, she doesn’t care for the beach, dirt or rough housing with her friend Matthew.  She prefers looking over her dolls, reading her picture books, and eating, preferably with a spoon.  On Mother’s Day weekend my mom and I picked up some Petit Fours and chocolate covered strawberries from our local Publix and presented them to my daughter. She loved the Petit Four.  I’m thinking her next birthday might be a tea party… Is it too far in the future for me to plan? 

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My sisters are amazing ministers

My sisters are amazing ministers

So Sunday we tried out a new church.

Its a church of 200 people which is quite a change from the 20,000 peopled church my husband and I have been attending for the last 5 yrs. The worship was lively, the people were friendly, and they are having a baby boom (potential mommy friends?)

Any way after service my younger sister, B, met with the Music Pastor and told him that she’s living with me for the summer & she plays many different instruments (she is studying to be a music minister), what musician does he need. He replied and yesterday she went to practice with the worship team. She is playing in church on Sunday.

My other sister, Aggie, just graduated magna cume laude with a degree in Theology – Biblical Studies. She sat for her credentialing exam and is now an official Pastor in the Assemblies of God church. She is working 2 days a week at a church and also at a hotel as a manager. She plans on continuing her education all the way up to the PhD level.

I am so proud of them! Yet I’ve heard and even seen that in some churches in different traditions women are not allowed to be pastors. This saddens me. Many cite the Fall of Man as the reason why and I just don’t agree! The Bible has so many examples of women in leadership! Deborah, Esther, Lydia, just to name a few. Not only this, but by the orgizational limiting of women in those churches that do, they are cutting off many other women from hearing and believing the gospel. I know of women who are turned off from church life because in their family’s church tradition women are limited to membership in the choir, cooking and perhap Sunday school of those under 4 yrs.

My faith tradition allows women to be co-pastors. Many of the churches I’ve been members of have a male pastor and his wife as copastor of the church. They are the example of a partnership. I love this and I believe it furthers the message of the gospel which is God loves all of us and has a good purpose for each of us (See Galatians 3:28). 

Curious? Check this out for a more scholarly discussion of the role of women in my faith tradition.

My Stitch Fix Arrived! 

My Stitch Fix Arrived! 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for my first fix, and I was annoying my family every day until it came. 

Well it came today!


My daughter and I sat on my bed and looked in the box.

I instantly loved the bracelet! At first I was like ooo a blue shirt? Let’s try this:

Cute top right? It was $15 more than I wanted to spend though.

How cute is this lace top? Made in USA.

I love lace. Love! So first purchase!

Also note the shorts, so cute right? Except I don’t think I’ve ever bought shorts, usually I just cut up last season’s Old Navy jeans, so back they go! 

How cute was this maternity dress? Done!

So summary: I bought 1 lace shirt and 1 pink dress, I almost bought the bacelet but last minute I remembered I had to buy my cousin a wedding gift, so I didn’t. I would have bought everything in the box but the median price point was $60…I’m used to spending $20 per item. The total box was $191.50 — after the discount. So I bought the 2 I really truly loved. I also signed up for my next fix, but I’m not rich so it will be here 3 months from now. Yes! You can order Stitch Fix to be quarterly.

Gyros

Gyros

I love gyros. But you knew that! My family has a long history of loving Greek food. 

The other day my wonderful husband took me to Western Beef (Sandalfoot & 441) and I found everything I need to make gyros! This morning I made my usual Cuban coffee, and then I happily prepared my own homemade gyro! Recipe below.

Side note: how cute is my baby bump here? 

What you’ll need: 

  • Pita bread
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Chicken (or lamb or beef)
  • Tahini (you can make this from scratch but I don’t).
  • Lettuce (I like romaine). 
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • 1 TSP Olive oil
  • Note: I also add homemade hummus, although it could be the pregnancy).

What you do:

  1. Heat up your pita – this makes it easiee to work with.
  2. If you’re pregnant like me spread hummus all over.
  3. Slice up the cucumbers and tomatoes and add them. 
  4. Chop up your chosen meat and add them.
  5. Add bits of lettuce.
  6. Add seasoning.
  7. Drizzle tahini over it all.
  8. Fold into itself and wrap in tin foil. 
  9. Open at lunch and enjoy!
One Day I’m gonna write a chick lit novel

One Day I’m gonna write a chick lit novel

Happy Friday everyone! Next week I have some guest posts prepared for you since I’m sure you want me to get back to recipes instead of talking about temp work. So today is the last day I’ll talk about my summer job…

So TODAY is day 3 at the new assignment. Textbook people are humorless, but I sincerely believe it is because they have no windows. The permanents seem to like their work, but they don’t like small talk or get-to-know you talk. 

The manager is a go-getter, by-the-book, every-jot-and-tiddle type of woman. Her underlings are a blonde all-American type and a happy Bahamian woman with great clothes. There will be 2 more temps in our stuffy office before summer is through, and I’m curious to see who will join our team. 


My Ministry?

My Ministry?

Some people have ministries that pay for their life. Some people have ministries that draw crowds from all corners of the earth.  This is not my ministry.  My ministry is more personal. More quite.

“Ministry” in the religious sense means “holy orders” or “the person or thing through which something is accomplished” or “duties.”  In this way if asked I would tell you my ministry mandate from heaven is to pray for those I meet. Prayer is my ministry.  Whether its the girl in the checkout aisle at Publix, or the girl I sat next to on the bus in 8th grade, that’s what I do. What do I pray for these people I run into? Usually I pray that they have a great day, that they experience a key success in their life, and that they feel closer to God, truly loved by Him. Sometimes in other circumstances I’ll pray for healing of their ankle/toe/back or whatever.  Its my conversation with my God, and its an invisible and (I believe) and effective way of helping them.

I’m sure other people will say, “words are nice and all but can’t you do any physical good for people?” And I would respond to yes, Yes I can, and I do.  I do many food drives, donations, homeless helping, walking for a cause etc., yet without praying for all those involved I feel like my acts of Christian service are shallow. Because at the end of this life, your soul survives, more than your external circumstances.

In different seasons of my life this has looked differently. Once I had a spreadsheet, once it was names on a sticky note on my mirror, once it was saved text messages, things change seasonally, and the number of people I’m praying blessings for change according to how I feel lead by the Spirit. Do you do this?

What would you call your ministry?