EMBRACING CHANGE

All though life changes our outer being the inner being still feels young without boundaries. It is only when I am playing with my children I realize that the shell is getting older.

Change is inevitable with every year our lives change.  This year we saw our daughter marry and have her first-born.  I remember being deeply in love with my husband and the night he proposed and yet this was 34 years ago.  Oh how I have changed!  When I look in the mirror I can still see that girl who said yes!  All though life changes our outer being the inner being still feels young without boundaries.  It is only when I am playing with my children I realize that the shell is getting older.

Age is not always a welcome visitor.  Vanity of what and who we perceive who we are changes with each passing year.  I guess that is why we need to focus on who we are today.  Today I am a better person because I have accepted I cannot do this life without Christ.  This was the best change I made.  I will forever be thankful for accepting Jesus as my savior and my sister-in-law and best friend Lorie who was there who prayed with me as I accepted Jesus.  Embracing this change has been a lot like to evolution of me going from a young woman to the older woman I am today.

When we decide to accept and be thankful for what God has done in our lives it becomes really fun to see where that change will take me.  I am set apart in the body of Christ.  But being set aside does not mean that the challenges and changes I will embrace will always be fully understood at the time of these changes.  We have to open our hearts up to what God has in store.  So Embrace change today

 

A BIT ABOUT ME-

A few things my readers my not know about me as I love food! When I travel I always research out the best places to try. I live in the State of Nebraska where we are proud of corn fed beef!

I awoke to the cell going of this morning. Haylie our middle daughter was letting me know that she was going to stay in town a bit and catch up with an old friend who is visiting and that she would need me to watch our grandson Jayson. I am not admitting it to her, but I never mind the time I have with our little man. The plan was to get out of bed and clean the house and spend time in fellowship. I still have been doing this, I feel like I took a trip the UK this morning, I was researching the category of FOOD on WordPress.com

A few things my readers my not know about me as I love food! When I travel I always research out the best places to try. I live in the State of Nebraska where we are proud of corn-fed beef! However being a survivor of a heart attack I have worked hard to cut back on this and eat more fish and poultry.

I actually love the challenges of trying new foods. I am a cook book fanatic and a Pinterest freak! I adore both the book in my hand and the online beauty of the recipes. I am very interested in how to eat for health. However giving up all goodies is a tough thing too. If you have been reading my blog I set four goals for 2018 in my post 2018 FOUR SET- GO!  One of the 4 set goals was to cut refined sugars out of my diet and to get healthier in 2018.    2015-2017 was not good years for us personally. We lost family members and my husband was diagnosed with cancer.  SO I thru myself into work! 

As well as trying to control life instead of relying on God. My life has not been that of tranquility. But I am not looking back now!  Enough! 2018 is all about going forward and seeing positive things happening!

the four goals I set are huge goals. I am not the type of person who sets goals and thinks I have arrived. It is about gaining success in an areas I am focusing. I think 4 areas is enough. What makes me happy is writing this blog. I am a twin and I must say y sister is the bomb. Cindy is a brilliant woman who is truly my rock! I can always rely on her to tell me just what she thinks! No holding back! Another bit about me. I am short! 64 inches tall is not tall! So being fat does not look good at a short woman! Another reason to go to the gym. Another reason to walk a lot in my job. Another reason to eat fish!

As I write this blog the smell of last nights cabbage burgers are still in the air. These are a treat for my family. Home made bread filled with cabbage, onions and good Nebraska corn-fed beef burger blended together to make pockets of pure yum!   I am that woman who can taste something and without a recipe recreate it.  I love to adapt my favorite cakes into granola’s that we then sell thru our granola company. 

Today I am working on German Chocolate Cake Granola.  the goal is to make it taste great with no refined sugars.  We use a lot of coconut sugars and natural stevia in our blends I do not like fake sugars.  We use real honey and maple as well along with natural sweetness of fruit.  I will post later how this one turns out.

Best selling right now is our Carrot Cake granola. We ship a ton of this!

Well enough for now!  I will be posting later on the success of this new granola.

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Snow covered corn fields are a regular site when it comes to living in the State of Nebraska.  Our worlds revolve around farming and railroads.  In my career I have driven past this old church several times.  It is as if it is left there as a testament to the past.

Setting back  with no sign of a road anymore.   Just the shell of what used to be.  Sunday Pot luck’s,  Bible studies,  moments of birth’s and wedding celebrations.  Along with the passing of loved ones. the past of community.

The memories of this place,  I am sure someone holds.  We forget that just like this building we deteriorate and one day we will leave behind remittance of our lives.

Everything we are is being built up or torn down!  As I grow toward God in my daily walk, it is evident that I have to think before I act.  I have to wait on Gods wisdom.  I have to be realistic about my own mortality.   My life will end and tears will flow from those who have been part of my story.  My story has been one of non belief to accepting Jesus as my savior.  He took my sin and has me whole!

When we are forgiven it is done!  the Bible reminds us not to focus on the past but to mindful of the day at hand.

“Lift up my eyes to the mountains.  Where does my help come from?”  “My help comes the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. ”  Psalm 12:1-2

HMMM-WHAT-WANT!

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Hmm…..What….?…..Want!  I can only say that because January becomes this thought process of hmm what will this year hold?  What will be and what will happen and what do I want to do or accomplish!

Last year all I did was allow my hope to be striped by caustic people.  I allowed time to be lost over business situations that did left me deeply depressed.  I am still recovering.

God became very big to me.  I will forever be happy for this!  I had no idea how I would get thru it and I was just fine.  Bruised and about fifty grand lighter but so much happier.  What he gave me in place was a new adventure!  A new career!

I am looking forward to spending time with God and growing this year.  I am committed to writing daily this year along with painting.

We all deserve to reinvent ourselves.  A fresh 12 months gives me the perfect template.

Heres to new adventures, and hope that I will not allow to be taken,

“You are the hope for everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas!

PSALM 65:58

 

 

THE TRAP OF FUN!

 

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In the area that I live, I have seen some really terrible things happen to people who have become involved with drugs.  I am about six hours from Denver, Colorado where smoking marijuana is legal.  Our youth from the area will travel to ancillary’s to fill their order for their smoke of choice.  I am told all the time by people who this is not an addictive drug.  It is all natural and has a tone of good uses.  I am not disputing any of this.  What I dispute is that people in surrounding states are willing to break the law to smoke and sell this to one another.

Marijuana is a huge business and growing.  I am sure in time it will be legalized in all states.  However the facts are that those who use are looking for a high.  So they will try other drugs to get a different high.  Meet Methadone a drug that is created in kitchens and even cars leaving deadly residue on all surfaces when it is cooked and the user smokes it.  Heroine is on the rise in our area as well.  We have seen crime rates in our area increase due to the street drugs.

Two years a young Mexican man-made the news.   He was found by a farmer stuffed into a barrel. The man was stuffed in the barrel by his former friends.  They were mad at him for a drug deal that they felt did not go their way.  The man who shot him and then drove around.  When he would not die the girlfriend switched places with the boyfriend and put her hand over his nose helping the poor victim suffocate to death.  The young couples were questioned about the friend and people who knew the couple went to the police.  The sister’s brother who also had a drug issue and was his sisters alley always was shot to death in Fort Collins Colorado New Years eve 2016.  The trial for the young man was to start on January 2nd, 2017.  No one could coo berate what happened the night this young man died. The case was closed in Fort Collins as an apparent accidental death.  The girlfriend had been held in jail due to death threats until the case was to go to trial.

I watched this family suffer the loss of their 27-year-old son.  I saw a sister so all about herself consumed by her addiction not care that her brother lost his life as retribution against her testifying against the boyfriend.  She had a child with the boyfriend.  Neither parent can grasp what a child of eight years old could go thru in a small rural Nebraska community and what she will endure for rest of her life. A father who was given life.  A mother who made a deal with the County Attorney’s  to get out of going to jail!  Two lives lost.  Neither families will see either life be success. To overcome addiction.

A Morrill County District Court judge has sentenced a Bridgeport man to life imprisonment in the shooting death of a Colorado man.  In January, a Morrill County District Court jury convicted Zachary Mueller in the November 2015 death of Pedro Dominguez, 33, of Greeley, Colorado. Judge Leo Dobrovolny sentenced Mueller Monday, March 13 on charges of first-degree murder, a Class IA felony; use of a weapon to commit a felony, a Class IC felony; and possession of weapon by a felon, a Class ID felony

The sentence of life imprisonment on the murder charge was mandatory. Dobrovolny sentenced Mueller to 20 to 40 years imprisonment, to be served consecutively, on both weapons charges.  Mueller’s attorney, Sarah Newell, asked the court to consider Mueller’s drug history in deciding sentencing. She said a pre-sentence investigation showed the man had first used alcohol at the age of 9 years old and methamphetamine at the age of 11.  He realizes the real consequences of his drug addiction and struggles with it every day, she said.

“He will wrestle with it every day when he doesn’t get to see his daughter,” she said.

“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts-murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”  Mathew 15:19-29 NIV

Here is praying for a changed heart of all who were involved in the loss of two men’s lives.

Remembering Elizabeth Ann

It is Christmas Eve,  A very special time!  My heart is happy as I think of Jesus this morning is with my Mother in law Ann Petersen in heaven.  Elizabeth Ann know to all of us as Mom or Ann!  She never went by Elizabeth.  I never knew why not.  What a pretty name.

Ann was a good woman who had a great life with a man who loved her with all his heart all the days of his life.  Homer and Ann made Christmas special for their family.

This is our second Christmas without Ann.  It seems just like yesterday she was here.  She loved her daughter Lorie so much.  Ann loved doing things with Lorie.  When Lorie married and grandchildren were born Ann & Homer spent most of their time with Lorie’s family.   They attended the same church and for most of Lorie’s children’s life dinner was spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s Petersen’s home in Mitchell.  Lorie’s daughter Ashley was the favorite grand daughter of Ann’s.  Ashley brought into Ann’s life her Brooky!   Broklyne her great grand!  Oh Ann loved this  little girl.

Ann never went anywhere without coming back with gifts for Lorie, Ashley and Brooklyn.  They were her buddies.  When Ann passed Lorie was right there cheering her on to let go and ascend to heaven with Jusus!  At Ann’s funeral Lorie spoke of the beauty of the last moments with Ann as she left this earth as beautiful.  She was with Jesus.

I am thankful that we all got to love Ann and we will  miss her at our dinner table on Christmas day.  We loved her and it was my honor to have her as my Mother in Law.

The love she had for Christmas was special as the pies she baked for Christmas.

I will always be thankful for Ann & Homer Petersen as they gave our family love as they showed us what love looked like!

My Dads Christmas cookie

My dad was very traditional and every Christmas he would make this graham cracker log cookie.  I miss this cookie.  It was a refrigerator cookie that he would make.  Something that his mother made.  The cookie was the sign of Christmas in our home.  Along with the Juniper tree that he would go to the Mountains to bring home.  I still don’t understand Dad’s love of that particular Christmas tree!  Eggnog!

How I miss my Dad and those cookies.  I am so thankful for the memories of those special times with my Dad.  My twin sister has the recipe and makes these cookies.   I too have cookie traditions with my daughters.  I make sugar cookies with my daughters and decorate along with candy that we then give to our neighbors.  When I was young we did not take pictures.  I only have the memories of Dad in the kitchen making these cookies.

However we take pictures of our cookie day.  A part of our tradition that is important to our Christmas heritage. 930ad4eceb72cfcb887f54724334dc53