Grilled chicken in our microwave!

I am so excited about this product from Tupperware! I was totally skeptical when introduced to it, I thought there was no way it would actually taste good, that meat cooked in the microwave would be rubbery, and just kind of gross. But, it wasn’t!!!

I’ve had chicken twice now made in it and both times it was yummy! It even fits in our tiny microwave.

So, if you want an amazing new kitchen appliance, or some classic storage containers, or any other cool Tupperware things, check out this link to my online party. We have until Tuesday 6/19 to order 🙂

I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures of the finished product, but here’s one I took when testing to see if it would fit in our microwave.

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When I think about the Tupperware things my dad still uses, Morgan’s parents still use, and that I still use from my Grandma’s stuff I am excited to add a few pieces to my kitchen. I have seen that this stuff lasts and if there are any problems quite a few things are covered by warranty, so I feel like it’s a good investment for our house.

You can shop for some too, or even host a party of your own! Check the shop online or let me know if there’s a way I can help you.

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Like father, like daughter

Yesterday Morgan noticed that the Microsoft store here in town had a program for 6-8 year olds today. There was still space available to we signed Joanna up and she and I went to the mall this morning.

She started out reading the page of instructions that was on the table as we were waiting for the class to begin. It is so cool that she can pick up a page and understand what it’s telling her to do!

Then she started exploring the Surface Pro that she was going to use, checking out all the parts, pulling off the pen, just finding out all about it.

Once the event began she did a decent job of paying attention to the instructor and was super excited when her code worked. She gave the bird instructions to get to the pig in an Angry Birds game. Her excitement at being able to make it do something was awesome!

I think it was after that that she told me she wants a computer just like the one she was using. (her daddy has expensive taste in computers and gadgets and stuff too)

She told me she wants to work on computers like her daddy and fix bugs.

If you’re here in OKC or Edmond, there are several more programs throughout the summer for a variety of ages. It’s a nice, free, indoor event that we really enjoyed today. You can see the schedule on the store’s site. She’s signed up for one more later this summer when her cousin should be here, I’m hoping he enjoys it as much as she did 🙂

Enjoying a playground

We spent the night in The Shrine Hotel at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. We’ve stayed here several times before when traveling between Oklahoma and Indiana.

Our early riser was ready to go at 6, but waited somewhat patiently till 8 to go play after breakfast. She and I played while Morgan finished walking up and showering.

It’s a really neat playground. She loved starting the day with some play time.

It’s not a fancy hotel, but the price is good, people are friendly, and there’s a big, neat playground.

Also, from November 17 – December 31 this year they have the Way of Lights. It’s a really cool Christmas light display that includes showing the story of Jesus’ birth. Being able to drive through it was a highlight of the trip. It makes staying here totally worth it.

Morgan and I had been here before and were surprised to find the lights. It was cool to surprise Joanna with them this year. She enjoyed them as much as we hoped she would.

Amazing scent?

We just stopped at Rib Crib to pick up some dinner. Morgan ran in to pick up our order. As we were leaving the parking lot Joanna asked “what is that amazing scent?”

Meat, dear girl, that scent is meat.

The bag contained pulled pork, sausage, and brisket. I will admit I agree, it does smell quite good.

This was one of those “we must be doing something right” moments.

Sunflowers!

We came home to sunflowers!

I knew when we left that they may bloom while we were gone. And they did! I love seeing them every time we come home. It makes me smile each time.

It’s so cool that a couple of seeds planted a few years ago have grown into more and more sunflowers. I know they’re a bit out of the ordinary, but I love having them at the front of our house.

(Pictured with our kiddo for a height comparison)

There’s still time to join us!

We started planning for this in the fall, and it’s almost time!

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There’s still time to join us in 3 important ways!

  1. Pray with us for this work. We’re asking God to bless the reading of His Word so that the people we’re meeting with learn more about Him.
  2. Go with us. There’s still time to train and go with us to Natal.
  3. Make a contribution towards our fundraising commitment.

We sent out a few more requests for funds this past week. If you didn’t get one and you’d like one, please let me know, I’ll be glad to send one your way.

You can also give online.

We are looking forward to this project! We’re starting to communicate with our teammates and we’re working through our training materials. We’ve even been using the duolingo app a bit to try to pick up a bit of Portugese before we get there. And, every time we see a world map or a…

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For our Go Mission

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Joanna sorted her money so that she had some “special ones to keep” and some for “our Go Mission”.

After hearing about Go Mission at church, inviting others to join us in Natal, Brazil, and seeing me prepare another round of letters to go out she got busy with her money.

She gathered up all her money and was really excited “Mama, I have A LOT of money” (she’s thinking in quantity, not value). And then she told me that the pile on the right is for our Go Mission and the pile on the left includes her rare and special ones to keep. When I asked for clarification she said it’s for our tickets to Natal, Brazil.

My heart was touched! This sweet 5 1/2 year old gathered up all her money and divided it up with some to keep and some to support the mission trip. What a great lesson!

Her not quite $3.00 may not seem like a lot when we’re needing about $4,000 more. But, oh, how sweet. I love that she is already learning to give in order to make the work possible. I hope that she continues this habit throughout her life.

Fun new toys!

These 2 new animals are already friends! 

After opening them J welcomed them to our house and introduced them to each other and began playing with them right away. 

It’s so cool to see her really check out and enjoy each item she receives. Instead of rushing to open another present she takes time to investigate and interact with them as she opens them.

I hope she keeps this curiosity and excitement as she grows.

Our Inaugural New Year’s Day Open House

I’m hoping to start something that we can continue for years to come.. an open house on New Year’s Day. The idea is that friends can drop by to play a board game, enjoy some snacks, and visit with one another.

Living here in Edmond with our family in other states means that by this point in the holiday season I’m ready for some time with friends 🙂

Making a plan to see each other seems like a good way to start the year. Adding in an element of playing games lets us share new ones we received as gifts or pull out some old beloved ones that we don’t take time to play.

So, here’s the plan for this year, come on by if you can!

  • Friday, January 1st starting around 2:30 or so (that’s when J should be up from her nap) until around 6:30.
  • Bring a game if you want, if not no problem, we have plenty.
  • Bring a snack to share if you’d like.
  • We’ll have soup ready to eat around 5pm.

I know this is pretty short notice and that some people are still out of town, but if you’re near Edmond please come on by if you can, we’d love to see you and start our year together.