When Dreams Come True

Sarah loves horses!

She really wants us to buy a horse farm.

(So not happening.)

But we did manage the next best thing…

Free riding lessons!


The local college has a program where their equine students practice teaching children to ride.  It’s only 4 weeks, but Sarah has been soooo excited!  She hasn’t even minded that it has been freezing on lesson days.

The college students have been great with the kids, teaching them with patience and kindness and praying with them during the different sessions.

The first two weeks was all ground work, learning about horses and equipment and safety.

And then the last two weeks…

they ride the horses!

Sarah was almost beside herself with excitement.


She even had her clothes picked out two days before. (I’m so not kidding!)


 I’m not sure how it’s going to happen, but I’m fairly certain there will be more horseback riding in our future!

Living thru faith,



The Making of Banana Bread

In my house, this is a first.

Yep, never made banana bread.

Those that really know me know why I have never made banana bread.

I hate bananas!

I mean I really.hate.bananas.

I can’t even stand the smell of bananas.

Oh! But wait…it even gets weirder than that.

I like some banana nut bread.

Now, when I say “like it”, it really translates into it has to taste nothing like bananas.

Yep, I’m weird!

So, now that you are up to speed on my banana weirdness, here is the rest of the story…

I was tired of throwing away over ripe bananas knowing I could just make banana bread.

(It’s my frugal side.  It really gets in the way sometimes.)

I decided I was going to brave it out and look up a recipe.

I went straight for Pinterest and found this easy recipe by Rachel at Eazy Peazy Mealz.

Gotta love Pinterest!

Of course, it took at least 3 days for me to actually get around to making the bread.

Thankfully, I procrastinated until Saturday when Brian was home.

‘Cause turned out…I wasn’t as brave as I thought I was.

I got one banana peeled and in the bowl..


and started hollering for Brian!

I’m a wimp.  I admit it.  Couldn’t handle the smell.

I had to call in reinforcements.

However, it came out looking beautiful.

And Brian and the kids loved it.


Me, I missed the nuts. (Takes away some of the banana taste, evidently.)

Sarah is allergic to tree nuts, so no nuts will be added in the future.

However, chocolate chips will be tried.

Everything tastes better with chocolate, right?!

(And, of course, Brian will be assisting in the banana bread making process from this point on.)

Living thru faith,


When I Swallowed a Penny

Yesterday I was going through some of Sarah’s papers sent home from school and found a paper she wrote about when she swallowed a penny.


FYI – I’m not correcting any of the spelling, since this is her story.

When I Swalowed A Penny by Sarah

One night I was lying down on my couch while I was flipping a penny in the air.  Well, I flipped it in the air and I yowned, and it went down my throat!  I started choking and ran to the bathroom and hung over the sink, still choking!  So, my mommy called her friend, Miss Kristina, to ask what to do because we had never gone to the Emergency Room before.

After she got off the phone, we went to the Emergency Room.  When we were there, we had to wait until the Emergency Room doctor could see me.  She was rely nice!  Then, we had to wait some more until one of the rooms were open.

When we got to the room, there was a bed facing a TV.  So, I watched TV until the X-Ray room was open.  When it was, the X-Ray person took an X-Ray of my tummy.  When she looked at it, the penny was in my tummy and I was fine.  So, we went home.  The next day, my nan called.  My mommy had put the story on her blog.  Nan had read the story and got worried.  But after that, it was just fine.

(You can read my version here. 🙂 )

Living thru faith,


Towers to Heaven

Last week I posted some pictures of Mt. Rainer from our trip to Seattle in October.

While we were there, we walked through the Grove of the Patriarchs.

The trees in and around the Grove were like towers reaching up the heavens.



For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  Psalm 57:10


The only way to the Grove of Patriarchs is over a suspension bridge.

Those who know me know I have a fear of falling and a fear of drowning. However, as long as I have a solid structure surrounding me, I’m ok.

FYI..I do NOT consider a suspension bridge a solid structure.

But, I overcame my fears and made my way across the huge chasm beneath me.

(Ok, the bridge wasn’t that high.  I wouldn’t have fallen to my death and there was no chance of drowning in the stream below, but my brain was not agreeing with me on those two facts.)

I made sure Brian documented my bravery so the kids could see Mom’s heroic actions!

{insert my children’s eyes rolling here}


Ok, back to the trees…

Did I mention the trees were huge?!

They’ve been growing for something like 1000 years!


The picture below was from another area near where we were staying.  The trees may not be as big around, but they were definitely towering to the skies.


I just loved how the sun was shining through the trees!

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:12

Living thru faith,


Me and Downton Abbey

Have you ever seen the “fan scene” in Princess Diaries 2?  The part where Mia is making faces behind her fan? (skip forward to :39, unless you just want to watch the whole scene)


This is me watching the last season of Downton Abbey.

One minute I’m smiling because Tom walks into the wedding reception of Mr. and Mrs. Carson and announces that he and Sybi have returned for good.


The next I’m frowning because it just hit me (again) that this is the last season.

Then I’m happy because Daisy finally has good news for Mr. Mason…then I’m sad.

Then I’m happy….then I’m sad…

What am I going to do?!

It’s just not going to be pretty around here next January when I sit down on a Sunday evening and there is no Downton Abbey.


And just so you know…it’s all Brian’s fault! (But I still love you, sweetie!)

He started my infatuation with the Crowley’s and all those precious downstairs staff (ok, Barrow’s is not so precious…).  If he hadn’t insisted on showing me this “new show that’s getting good reviews”, I wouldn’t be in the shape I’m in now!


But then I also wouldn’t have been able to cheer on Bates and Anna during their numerous ups and downs or cry my eyes out when Lady Sybil passed away.  Oh, and I would never have gotten to laugh at the Dowager Countess’ numerous one liners.

“At my age, one must ration one’s excitement.”


And last night…his Lordship?!  Oh, my!!

(Don’t worry.  No spoilers.)

I refuse to look at the schedule to see how many episodes are left in this season.

I need to live in denial for just a little while longer.


Living thru faith,