Friday, September 25, 2009

Dancing in the rain

As life would have it no other way - we have to face trials every now and again... Sometimes things are seeming to go great and then unexpectedly a huge storm rolls in, and you are unprepared with no umbrella in hand.

I must live in Seattle or something because the storms come often it seems, sometimes they are only small, sprinkles here and there, but sometimes they seem never ending like huge storms that seem to take forever to pass, and pound on my soul. At that point I am just waiting for the sun to return again.

Then I feel as though I am lacking and that I need some sunshine in my life... but then something always seems to remind me of all those things that bring light into my life. My Daughter, who is the sun itself to my life, she is amazing... as well as so many other things that I have been blessed with: God, My Mom, Adam, My fabulous church that is filled with people who love me, friends, good times, great places, and fun things... I can go on and on... I am going to try to remind myself that I am allowed to dance in the rain, and sometimes that is the funnest way to dance, is through the storm.

Keeping my head up, my face toward the sky, and letting the rain fall down on my face, it is refreshing... renewing... and I am learning through it all.

Just think about it this way...

"Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian." ~Author Unknown

Friday, September 18, 2009

Who am I to Judge?

"Judging requires that you think yourself superior over the one you judge."

"What right did he have to judge anyone? ... All his judgments had been superficial, based on appearance and actions, things easily interpreted by whatever state of mind or prejudice that supported the need to exalt himself, or to feel safe, or to belong." (pp. 159-160) The Shack

Rebecca's Raving Recipes

Yep, I am sorta infamous for throwing food together and it turning out pretty well. I need to satrt documenting these delicious dishes so I figured that this would be the best way...
So here I go. I am starting out with one of my all time faves:

Tator Tot Casserole

Lawry's Garlic Salt
Lawry's Seasoned Salt
2 Tablespoon's of Worcestershire
1 Pound of Ground Beef
1 bag of Birds Eye frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 1/2 cup of Cheddar Cheese Shredded
1/2 Bag of Tator Tots

Pre heat oven to 375degrees.

Brown the beef on the skillet, adding both of the Lawry's seasonings (to your liking), also add Worcestershire. Once it is cooked through, drain meat in a colander.

Prepare the vegetables, once they are cooked mix the Meat and Vegetables together.
Add the can of Cream of mushroom soup, and 3/4 cup of cheese. Mix well.

Place the mixture into a casserole pan - 9x9 or 8x8 work best. Top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15 minutes, then add the tator tots to the top of the mixture. Cover the top with the tots, be sure not to have them overlapping for cooking purposes.

Place back into the oven for approx 25 minutes or until the tots are crispy.

Let cool, ENJOY!!

More recipes to come :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Money Money Money Muh-Nay!!

I like that song because sometimes that is what my life feels like - consumed by the thought of money and of course more than that - Money Issues! We have all been there...

A place that I have never been before now is becoming a victim of money fraud. Yes!! Someone used my bank account to make purchases, and from Great Britain none the less. At first I was confused, then frantic, irritated, LIVID!!, frustrated, and now I have finally given it all to God and I am at Peace. I know that no matter the outcome, life will go on and God is in control.

My bank account - due to VERY LARGE AMOUNT of the transactions that had posted from these fraudulent charges - is now negative. I have hope though that everything will work out for the best and that justice will be done. I had to file a claim, and I am hoping that it is processed and not questioned. We will see how everything goes!

I never thought that something like this would happen to me, I always thought that I was careful and safe about stuff, until I was reading up on how to protect yourself, I suggest that everyone do the same - take a few minutes to become knowledgeable about how to prevent Fraud from happening to you. HERE is one of the millions of articles that are out there.

Prayer is much appreciated :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Choices.... Choices... Choices...

YOUR life is shaped by YOUR choices... so what are you going to choose to do with YOUR life?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One moment does not define me...

"There is not one moment that defines you. Therefore, you cannot be judged or judge one another by one single interaction or encounter. Rather, every decision defines you. It is a series of interfaces that helps you to understand another individual, and even helps you to understand yourself. The more you observe yourself and dissect the reasoning behind your words and decisions, the more you will be defined."