Sunday, December 2, 2012

"Bawk Bawk" Salad

Our family usually says "bawk bawk" instead of "chicken" when we're referring to eating it....sorry if that grosses you out ;)

Chicken salad is a frequent meal in our casa.  It's easy and convenient to make if we have leftover or extra chicken in the freezer or a few cans of chicken.  I will usually make it, stick it in the fridge and save it for a later lunch or dinner (or when I don't feel like cooking of course).  Recently, we've been out and about most nights, so it has been a quick and easy dinner that doesn't need prepping.  Tod enjoys taking it to work for lunch too. 

Ingredients:
2-3 chicken breasts (cooked) or 2-3 cans of chicken, depending on how much you want to make
3-4 eggs
1/2 c. Hellmann's Mayonnaise (or more, depending on how "smooth" you like it)
2 tbsp. dill relish
grapes
nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

1. Boil (or bake) the chicken and hard boil the eggs.  Let them cool down before cutting. 

2. Chop up the chicken, eggs, grapes and nuts (about a handful of each) into bite size pieces.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir together.  I will usually add the mayonnaise and relish last; putting mayo in first, without all of the fixins, might make it mayo overkill (which I've done before).  Stir and keep adding mayo and relish as you go.  Hellmann's can be pretty salty, so you may not want to add much salt either.

4.  Put in the fridge for a few hours before eating.  I think chicken salad tastes better cold.

Have the salad with crackers, in a sandwich or on a greens salad.  Some kiddos might like to eat it to :)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

House Hunters. For real.

We definitely enjoy an episode of HGTV's House Hunters every now and then.  We like to guess which house the hunter will pick out of the three homes they view. It's always fun to see their price range too.  I think we've seen only one episode with a price range of 85k.  Now that's something we can relate to...

Over the last month, the Narcomey squad has been looking for a new place to call home.  We made a wish list for fun when we started the "journey."


Things are going well so far. We want to enjoy the process and not get boggled down with little things, which is easy to do.  We haven't found THE home, but we're trusting God to place us where we need to be.  We can't make the plan on our own.

"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  
 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17

Tod and I are trying to sort through needs and wants that we have for a home right now.  We have a lot of preferences in a home and it sure is hard to make compromises!  For example, we would LOVE to have a four bedroom home (we currently rent a "two bedder") because my family visits a lot and we love to host our friends.  I tend to lean more towards an updated, move-in-ready home, while my hubs is more attracted to a fixer-upper.  Aren't most men? We joked about our realtor (another man interested in fixer-uppers) moving in with Tod to renovate while the kids and I moved in with his wife.

We want to trust God in providing a place and be joyful and content about the decision we end up making.  

Some questions we've asked ourselves in the house hunt (and some we may compromise on):

-Can we afford this in the long run, including any renovations that the house might need?
-Is there room to grow?
-Would it be a far commute to work or church?
-Is the kitchen (counter space) a decent size?
-Is the backyard a decent sized play area?
-Does the master bathroom have counter-space? (We currently do not have any space ;)
-How is the neighborhood? Walkable with kiddos? 
  
What about you?

There's a lot to consider in house hunting, and we're definitely thankful for our realtor (and friend) who's been patience with us through this journey. Pray for us as we continue the search.  Hopefully, I will be blogging about our new house soon :)

We're going to miss our little, blue house. Good times were had here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give Thanks.

No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong 
to Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18

I'm grateful for...

A husband who strives to know God.  The forgiveness that Tod has in Christ reflects in the way he loves and cares for me and our family. He's a professional forgiver too ;)


Our precious kiddos.  God entrusted us to raise Maevri and Deacon and we're so grateful! They're joyful (and completely different) kids and we've loved watching them learn and grow.


A house. We've been blessed with an affordable place to live these past few years and we couldn't ask for better neighbors.  

A church home.  We've made great friends with people in our church and we have been encouraged by their walks of faith.  We love that our kids are growing up around this great community too. 


My parents and in-laws.  They took (and take...) care of us and our family.  I couldn't ask for better grandparents for our kiddos either; they help us love and discipline them (with an occasional swat... ;)

Friends and family.  Tod and I love to hang out with the great community of friends that we have here and there.  We've been blessed with good times.

Pumpkin Spice Chai, Nutella and banana chips. The little things...

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stop that frettin'

...and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

I'm so grateful for God's faithfulness and the way he can transform hearts.  I've been very encouraged by friends and family who daily strive to serve and know God more.  We need to revere God, but we still struggle daily with our flesh.  We want to be encouraged and hear truth, but I know my heart does not always receive it.  I can be stubborn with fear and worry over things, but God continues to remind me to rejoice in his constant provision and faithfulness. I know God provides and I say that God will provide repeatedly, but how do I act that out daily? 

Tod and I help teach stories of the Old Testament to the three-year-old kiddos at our church.  It's a fun time and it has taught us ways to teach our own kids about the love and power of God.  We have been studying about Abraham's family and the nations that God promised to give them. God tells Abraham to leave his comfortable home because he would give him a family and nation somewhere else.  God tells Abraham and Sarah that he will give them a son; He tells them that nations would be born from them. 

And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.  Genesis 15:5-6

"And he believed the Lord."  

Whew, do I act on my belief in the Lord?

It's very easy to put Abraham on a pedestal and revere his trust in God, but Abraham merely knew that GOD was sovereign and faithful, not because of his own actions, but because God is perfect, loving and good (1 John 4:10).

We constantly tell our kids that God gives us all that we need.  He makes promises and He always keeps his promises.  So, what are practical ways that I place my trust in Him?

Will I be anxious about finances?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26

Should I be frustrated or discontent over trials or health?

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair. 

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:8, 16-18

Does God give me love, patience, self-control and wisdom to parent?

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

  God promises redemption and provision: a guaranteed fulfillment.

It's important to know that God gives good things to his children, even though it's hard to see at times. We're not perfect and we don't deserve one thing we have, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

It's easy to become overwhelmed, angry, impatient, or worrisome in daily situations; we're human.  But we should strive to not sin in those moments.    

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26).  This verse in Ephesians was really freeing for me.  It's a reminder that I am weak and will always be on this earth, BUT (big BUT) I am redeemed and can joyfully rest in the life God gives me!

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 
2 Corinthians 7:1

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Booger Bear

As Quincy from Little Einstein's (and Mae) would put it, "I cannot believe it!" I can't believe that one year ago today, our little man was born.  Time flies.


I remember going to my regular, check-up appointment on Friday.  I had developed mild preeclampsia (high blood pressure), so my doctor asked me if we could schedule my C-section the following Sunday.  I was so anxious to meet our baby boy (nope, we didn't have a name yet).  We had to be at the hospital really (5 a.m.) early, so I made a mad dash home to start prepping our hospital things.  We also had to decide on a name; no pressure.  I think Tod thought I was going crazy, but he reminded me not to be worrisome and rest in God's provision.  He painted my toe nails the night before our check-in at the hospital, which was really sweet because I definitely couldn't reach my toes.  This might sound silly, but these are some of the sweet (and edifying) memories I have pre-delivery.  I wanted to be relaxed in the hospital, so the pampering helped a lot.

Welcome Deacon Yuma

7 lbs 5 oz

Mae inspecting brother.
Tod and I have been blessed to raise Deacon and we anticipate seeing him learn new things each day.  He definitely seems to be catching on to things quickly since his big sister is around.

2 months

6 months

9 months

1 year old!
It's been so fun raising a boy.  And boy, it's funny to see the differences between him and Mae.  Deacon is a busy bee; he has no trouble finding something to play with.  He started to walk around 11 months and is trying to run now, only to be welcomed by a face dive to the floor.  He's one ambitious, little guy.  He still doesn't like to cuddle much, and I reckon he still won't like it as he gets older.  Sadly, I slightly enjoy it when he's not feeling well because I get tons of cuddle time.  Don't judge.

Booger Bear's birthday cake

video

Deac is such a happy boy and he reminds me to be joyful in all that I do.  Our prayer for Deacon is that he would one day reflect Christ with his life and lead his family to do the same.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.  Philippians 1: 9-11

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Redeemed

It's been a (very) long while since I've blogged!  The Narcomey Squad has been keeping busy with summer happenings, friends and family for sure.  Honestly, for a while, I wasn't very motivated to blog.  I never want to write for the wrong reasons (like watching that little Followers number on the sidebar) or put blogging before God or my family.  God has been challenging me with how I use my time and I come away thankful for it and the opportunities that I do have.  My character is being refined daily and the joys that I have as a wife and mommy are being refreshed.
Some good ol' summer happening recaps...

Corpus Christi: Grandma's Birthday and My Brother's Graduation
Munching on birthday cake. 
Uncle Jordan and Deac.

Proud Parents ;) 
Ashley and I rockin' the cap and degree.

Bestie Sleepovers and Cousins' Birthday Parties

Mae jamming out with Sadie to Fun and Gotye in the car.
Our niece, Joy, turned 1!
Adam and his Indiana Jones cake. Too cool.
Uncle Tod and Adam.

Our friends from Iowa visited! Last month, I wrote about an IRLO Mashup with Tico and Tina.  On their road trip adventures, they got to stop in Fort Worth.  It was great to finally meet them and get time with their sweet family.  Mae had a blast hanging out with Maeve and Maverick too. 




Bestie times. One of my best friends from Oklahoma came down to Texas to hang out for the weekend. 


And it's not summer without trips to the Zoo and Aquarium...




Mae sat with the big kids and waited for the massive waterfall to crash on them.


Amidst busy days, I'm constantly reminded of 2 Peter 1.  These past couple of months have been a whirlwind, and I've struggled with worrying and being anxious about things.  My hubby frequently reminds me to rest in God's provision.  I'm snapped back into reality where I don't have control over anything.  I'm grateful for God's forgiveness and grace when I try to "help Him do things." God doesn't need my help. *Whew*

"His divine power has granted to us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises ... For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ ... for if you practice these qualities, you will never fall."

I'm challenged to rest in God's promises and rejoice in the permanent grace I have.

He's sovereign.

And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

He's faithful. 

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
John 10:28

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

IRLO Mashup

Our friends over at Tico and Tina have been busy!  They're a beautiful family who has been touring the U.S. to inspire and encourage people with big dreams.  Part of T&T's business is not only taking care of their cute kiddos (Maeve and Maverick), but keeping up with their blogging and postcard/art adventures.  They created fun, blank canvas cards where "You can use the blank canvas portion of each card to unleash your creativity."  Genius, huh?

Right now, they're road trippin' and interviewing people from aspiring artists to writers and directors.

To get the word out, T&T also began an IRLO (In Real Life/Online) Mashup, where their blank canvas cards would be sent across the world.  Ten teams of ten are creatively sharing their life of adventures, via a Blank Canvas card. (Teams are named after the pictures on the cards.)


You can see what some people did here. (I'm on Team Playground, whoo whoo!)  It's been fun meeting other people and being able to share what God is doing in our lives. Thanks T&T for sharing your family adventures!  It's encouraging to see how God is shaping and molding your character

Monday, July 23, 2012

Almost 1! What?!

Our booger bear is ten months old. Where in the world did the time go?!  Deacon seems like he is growing up so fast.  

I was thankful recently for a little bit of cuddle time that I got with him.  Last week, he fell asleep with me while I rocked him (twice!).  This just doesn't happen with Deac, so I was pretty excited.  He'll usually grunt and playfully head-butt and kick you until he's out of a hug or your grip.  He bit me on the shoulder three times recently too after I tried to cuddle, so we definitely take caution when we hold him.  

He is ALWAYS moving, unless he's in his 9 o'clock past bedtime sleepy daze.  People always said that baby boys tend to be more rambunctious.  I'm a believer now.  It's incredible to see how different he and Mae acted at this age too. (Mae was mellow yellow and Deacon is busy... uh, blue...)

Something funny that they do too is scream at each other.  They'll laugh and have a little competition on piercing screams.  Loud, but hilarious.   



His sister put this over his head and said, "Where's Deacy?"
Our little booger also has seven teeth already!  Four of them peaked all at one time too. He has been a happy camper though, aside from the few, bloody mouths he has had from his big toophers cutting his lips when he hits something or falls on his bottom.  We may need to invest in a baby mouth-guard... 

Crawling around 9 months.  

Look out... soon he'll be walking ;)

But now, he's blogging with mommy...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Denver, Here we came.

"How long is the drive from here to Dallas?" is something we overheard in someone's conversation walking in downtown Denver.  We didn't holler "twelve hours!" at this stranger-passerby, but apparently, more people than we thought make that trek.  We got really acquainted with Hwy 287 too. My parents watched our kiddos so my best friend and I could drive up to Colorado to visit our other bestie, Lindsay, who lives near downtown Denver.  What a fun reunion!

Lindsay planned our meals (we were all on a budget) and put together different activities we would do.  I was so grateful for this, because I wouldn't even know where to begin in Denver; it's kind of intimidating.  (The car that almost side-swiped me into orange cones on the freeway as we drove into Denver didn't help either.  Oh, the joys of yielding.  Lindsay warned us that we have to drive aggressively, but safely of course.)

Our adventures... 


Rockies Baseball game at Coors Field.
Washington Park.

We packed up dinner and had a picnic and some pillow talk in the park.   
I was also pretty excited because I only spent $10.47 at Ikea that day and came away with Tupperware, a spatula and a broken (discount!) woven cube to use for wall art.  Record, folks. Record.

On our way to Winter Park, we stopped at the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater.  Oh yes, we took jumping pictures. 
Relaxing in Winter Park


We drove up a mountain to hang out in Winter Park (ski resort) for the day.  My oh my, the weather was beautiful.  We took a short gondola ride up the mountain and slid down Colorado's Longest Alpine Slide. Yeah, I was terrified, but it was so much fun!  Notice that I'm holding on for dear life in the pic above.  Lindsay laughed too because Jenny and I added "Ride an Alpine Slide" to our bucket list and checked it off. 

Downtown Denver was hoppin'.
One night, we got all fancy and had a birthday progressive dinner downtown for Lindsay.  We may or may not have eaten at two or three different places.  Great idea for exploring downtown (and yummy desserts)! On Lindsay's birthday, we had breakfast at Snooze (yummy pancakes) and enjoyed some Jazz in the Park that evening.
 
Happy Birthday Lindsay!
Lindsay's birthday card from her brother. Never say never.
Picnic and Jazz in the Park.

After listening to some cool jazz with a hot beat, we ended our evening with some ice cream from Sweet Action.  It's called Sweet action because that's what you get! (They have red velvet, chai, vegan chocolate chip and blackberry lavender flavors, just to name a few.  Delicious? You bet.) 

Long story, long, we had a fabulous time with Lindsay in Denver.  I can't wait to visit again!