Saturday, October 29, 2011

Our Trip to the Cider Mill

We took a trip to the cider mill today.  And here our photos from the day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's Almost Time...Operation Christmas Child

A. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

It is coming up on that time of year again...Operation Christmas Child.  Drop off days are November 14-21.  This link is everything you need to know about OCC.

You can even track where your box ends up.  How cool is that??!!  Bring joy to a child this year along with the love of Christ.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


As I sit at the computer, I can hear my two oldest giggling upstairs in their room (they should be asleep) about who knows what.  But, I think how long before that moment fleets and the giggles are no more.  They grow up so fast and I feel like my time is limited with them.  Before you know it, they will be on their own.  Ok, I sound crazy, I know.  They are still little.  But if feels like time is passing so fast.  I just want to remember it all.

I love to see moments of my daughter being crafty, using her endless supply of creativity.

I love seeing her little sister following in her footsteps.  Moments of sharing and being creative.

Moments of Cullen expressing his LOVE for his trains.  How they just innately grow up loving certain things, amazes me.

First moments.  Her first dance lesson.  I couldn't wait to dress her up in her dance attire and neither could she.  But she has no interest in going back, she just likes the outfit. LOL.

Moments of strength.  Shane realizing that he is a good swimmer and finding his niche.

Moments of sharing and working together.  I love seeing them work together (without fighting) for a common goal.

Moments of brotherly/sisterly love.  She builds it and he plays with it.

Moments when we don't have it all together.

Loving moments.

Worship Song Sunday...Courageous

Friday, October 21, 2011

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars are my favorite fall treat.  Here is the recipe. Enjoy.

2 cups flour
2 cups rolled oats
1.5 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
.5 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup canned pumpkin
7 oz. caramels (unwrapped- 1/2 of a 14 oz package)
2 tablespoons milk

1. Mix flour, oats, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

2.  Add butter, stir until mixture is well blended and forms coarse crumbs.  Reserve 1/2 (about 2 1/4 cups) for the topping. 

3.  Add pumpkin to remaining mixture in bowl.

4.  Stir until well blended.

5.  Press evenly into greased foil lined 13 x 9 pan.  Set aside.

6.  Microwave caramels and milk in medium microwaveable bowl on high 2-3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute.  Let stand one minute (not any longer than that, will start to harden and can't spread it well).

7.  Pour over pumpkin mixture in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges.

8.  Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  Lift from pan, remove foil.  Cut into bars.  Enjoy.

Yummy :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Picture Day Part 2...

I told you I take alot of pictures.  So, here are the rest (some of them).

This one makes me laugh :) Can you see Cullen pouting ??

They are all actually looking at me!!