christmas season motifs [colors can be changed]
28 November 2009
christmas season motifs [colors can be changed]
18 November 2009
[this picture has nothing to do with the post. just thought it was fun.]
below is an excerpt from a book written for single moms by a single mom. jana [armommy sales] and i, who have both been solo moms, read this book as a tool for a fellowship group we started. it came as a bit of a surprise to me that i would be greatly affected, even today as a married mom of 3, by the words on the pages of angela thomas’ book. there is no question that single moms face challenges that some of us won’t experience, but we will all face hardships, disappointments, and setbacks. because of that i believe you will be blessed by the paragraphs below [chosen by jana]…
A home with one parent is not the path I had intended for my children, but the bigger question continues to be, how now shall we live? I want to become a woman with a changed life. A healthy heart. A full, alive, and passionate soul. If this happens for you not only have you reaped the benefits personally but your kids will get a head start, because they will have lived in a place where
[difficult circumstances became a really great life.]
How cool will that life lesson be for them? I think it will serve to give them tools they'll need to overcome life's inevitable disappointments and failures. I think they will understand more about hope. I believe that if you live healthy in front of them, they might just grow up to become healthy balance adults who multiply and pass on the beauty of God's redemption.
What God does for us fills the emptiness so that we are able to give that same kind of selfless love to our children, our families and the friends that walk alongside us. When I am full of the knowledge of God, made clean by His forgiveness, and walking in the grace He had given me, then I am a really cool mom. I am not Supermom, but in that full place, I know that I am loving my children as they were made to be loved.
When I am full, I am not wishy-washy about my role as protector or provide. I overlook the small things. I major on the kids' hearts and look into their eyes and hear what's on the inside of them, trying to get out. I am not whiny or grumbling. I forgive them even as I'm giving out consequences. I dance with them more and take longer to brush their hair or watch a new skateboard trick. I am peaceful because I am living from the gift of God's peace to me. I know they can feel the difference. I am not empty, and they are the benefactors.
God's grace flows freely from my heart into theirs. And we are better. And life is brighter. And hope abounds.
Angela Thomas :: My SIngle Mom Life
b e e n c o u r a g e d !
17 November 2009
i am not a good cook. if you are a friend [or my mom] and you are reading this i can hear you say, “sure you are!” but i know better. i can cook and i do cook, but really i am not good. however, there is something that i find SO endearing about people that look and feel at home in a kitchen. and it just occurred to me as i was preparing to sit down and write this entry that there isn’t anything that can replace a home cooked meal [unless you are my son’s friend “g” who goes home raving about the frozen lasagna and meatballs i’ve served the couple times he’s been over… heaven sent for my self esteem i think]. i want my family to be blessed by my cooking. for these reasons, i continue to battle it out in the kitchen. sometimes begrudgingly but always happy with my efforts.
if you are like me [a below average betty crocker] you probably look at a cookbook titled “15 minute meals” and chuckle. it takes me 15 minutes to dice a carrot; or at least if feels that way. so, i have grown particularly fond of recipes that use very few ingredients. below you will find a friis family favorite. it is MY favorite because it requires few ingredients, fresh veggies, no meat preparations and is virtually burn proof [however one night i left the burner on low and by the time my husband got home that evening the broth had evaporated and the top layer of tortellini's was crispy… ooops… but it was still edible]. it is my FAMILY’s favorite because it’s simple and delicious.
as a side not :: my favorite cookbooks are williams-sonoma which have a reputation for needing few ingredients.
INGREDIENTS :: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced, 2 stalks celery thinly sliced, 2 zucchini halved lengthwise and thinly sliced, salt and pepper, 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini [i always use chicken herb], 2 plum tomatoes chopped [the kids are not fans so i omit], 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf [italian] parsley chopped, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.
1. in a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the 2 tablespoons oil. add the carrots, celery, and zucchini and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. season with salt and pepper. stir in the broth and bring to a boil.
2. add the tortellini and cook for 5 minutes, or according to the package directions. remove from the heat. stir in the tomatoes and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with the cheese, and serve.
for extra “flare” garnish each bowl with a spoonful of store bought pesto and serve with a loaf of italian or wholegrain bread.
voila! a hearty soup YOURS will enjoy and YOU won’t stress over. especially because you won’t be left with a kitchen full of dirty dishes…. this recipe only requires one pot. try it out and let me know what you think!
08 November 2009
below is the anxiously awaited ARMOMMY video.... the blockbuster hit of the holiday season.... well at least in our way of thinking!
before you grab your goodies and settle in for this charming, thought provoking, 3 minute love story, i would just like to say a few words:
mark of august island pictures; you did a phenomenal job filming, editing and blessing us with your time and talents. emily of jones design company, i did not even know that i was creative until i spent time with you. thank you for sharing your home, ideas, friendship and encouragement. to ALL of my friends and family who's darlings i have borrowed; thank you for not charging me and for your willingness to help [and for making such cute kids!]. to kames and jaty, for creating our web site, putting up with me and being devoted friends. thank you to my mom, aka jane, aka the president of ARMOMMY. i don't know what it was that convinced you to go into business with me. i can only assume it's a God thang. thank you for putting a lot on the line, for your time, energy, creativity, believing in me, supporting me, sharing your wisdom and picking up the phone when i call. [seriously, i know this is getting ridiculous, and is totally uncalled for, but bear with me.] thanks to my family, friends and children who have sacrificed, helped, humored and cheered me on. to my yodaler [aka my husband] for being the true definition of a partner, for putting up with me and for simply saying, "yes, i know you can do it" when i rattle off a seemingly outrageous and unreasonable vision that i have for our life and the company. Lastly to my Lord and Savior, the ultimate designer, creator and idea maker; thank you for crossing my paths with these lovely people, for giving me a platform to share your love, for forgiving me and for never leaving my side. may it be for Your Glory.
ok, now you can E N J O Y !
ps - thank you to all the people i forgot. xo