Amazing 7 Layer Dip

I had planned to share Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes today, but guess what? I started getting comments on it the 15th, which totally made me scratch my head since I hadn’t posted it yet….had I?! I was shocked to realize it already got posted on a random Saturday at the beginning of September.   WHAT?! I never post on weekends.  And why is it just NOW getting comments?!?!?!?!  All I can figure is it was a scheduling mix up and I didn’t even notice it in time to quick pull it.  I hate when I do brainless stuff like that!   So here is the link: Broccoli and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes go check ’em out, they are really yummy and perfect for fall! 

Moving on….

  I know this isn’t my first rodeo, but it seriously still AMAZES me when a 1-year-old little boy brings a little truck to the desk, rolls it back and forth and knows to make a “RRrrrrr-rrrrrr” noise. (with voice going up and down like gears shifting)  I’m telling you, this stuff is HARD WIRED into them! Sorta like stretching and tooting each morning!  🙂

Check out this little cutie….

    On to my FAVORITE dip:

  Oh man, I LIVED on this stuff when I was pregnant and super nauseous!  It sounded good when nothing else did.  I also loved it after baby was born, I’d make a batch of this and eat on it all week.  Usually while I nursed, again.  It had the protein, veggies and healthy fat we both needed, plus, I could eat it one-handed and not bloop on my sweet baby. It was a WIN WIN WIN! 🙂


Amazing 7 Layer Dip


  • 16 ounces, weight Refried Beans (+ 1/2 A Cup Of Salsa)
  • 3 whole Avocados (+lime Juice And Salt To Taste)
  • 8 ounces, weight Sour Cream (+1/2 Packet Of Taco Seasoning)
  • 2 cups Shredded Mexican Fiesta Cheese
  • 2 ounces Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Grape tomatoes 
  • Chips

Season 8 oz of sour cream with 1/2 a packet of taco seasoning, stirring well. Let sit in the fridge a while for flavors to meld.
Open canned refried beans, stirring in 1/2 cup or more of your favorite salsa, to make a softer, more dippable texture.
Spread into a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
Cube and mash avocados, stir in salt and lime juice to taste.
Spread on top of bean layer.
Next, spread seasoned sour cream, followed by shredded cheese, alfalfa sprouts then tomatoes on top.
Can be served immediately or covered and refrigerated for the next day.

Serve with your favorite chip.

This is SOOOOO flavorful, healthy and good! I was hesitant to do the sprouts on top, but seriously, you have to try it! They are really good, soo good for you, and taste a bit like lettuce I think.




Teaching Our Children to Pray

  There are so many jobs that come with parenthood, from teaching our kids their ABC’s, to manner training, shoe tying & more importantly……Spiritual matters of the heart.


  One thing we must do, is teach our children to pray.  And it’s easier than you think!

  I have a very vivid memory as a child of about 5 years old, of something that occurred at my house in Phoenix.  My mom was on the phone, crying and upset.  She had just received sad news about my grandpa.  I recall her hanging up the phone and walking towards me in the living room, wiping her tears.  “Come here Tonya, we need to pray for your Grandpa”.  I can still remember kneeling next to her in the living room, on the floor in front of our brown velvet couch, light streaming in through the blinds making strips on it.  I recall pressing clasped hands to my forehead and peering out at her as she tearfully petitioned our Heavenly Father on her father’s behalf.   I remember feeling better and at peace when we were done.  Whether my mom did it on purpose or not, I learned something that day:  That when we are scared, we can kneel before our Heavenly Father, and find peace.

  Now, I am the mother. It’s MY job to teach my kids to go to prayer, to run to Jesus with joy or sadness.  One of the simplest things we have started is this: 

kmvt_mgn_police_lights  Whenever we hear a siren from our home, or see or hear an ambulance or fire truck zoom by while we are in the car, we take a moment and say a prayer.  We pray for the family that called 911, the fire fighters, medics and police officers to arrive safely and on time, that the Lord would spare the lives of those involved.

  This has become second nature to our children, and now, without me prompting, they bow their heads and pray…sometimes out loud, sometimes inside their heads when we hear sirens.  It is my hope that this simple thing becomes a life long habit for them.

Another habit to promote, is the phrase: “Praise the Lord” or if you are Avery, “Pwaise da Waurd!”  This is heard often throughout the day, from big moments like when we found our lost kitty, to small moments, like someone falling off their bike and not “having blood”, or Tylan finding his favorite race car he’d been looking for allll morning.  This simple praise-prayer helps them to give credit where credit is due, gives God the glory and reminds them to pray without ceasing!

  Another way we can teach our children to pray is by repetition.  We pray over our children a similar prayer every night.  And interestingly enough, after 8 years of praying this over Destiny, she has started to repeat things in her own prayers and in her own words.  And when big sis does stuff like this, the others are sure to follow.  vintage-wedding-cake-toppers

  Destiny 8, Tylan 4 and Avery 3, already have begun to pray for their future spouses, because they are parroting what they hear us pray and have, in their own way, grasped the importance of this.  They know that somewhere, out there in the world, a little girl or boy is being brought up to one day be their best friend, soul mate and help mate, and they are excited to meet them!

  In our bedtime routine, after Bible story and songs, Dale picks a number between 1 and 10.  Each child picks a number and whoever is closest, goes first.  Followed by the other kids, then mom, then Dale closes.

  Here is basically what I pray over them during family prayer time every night:

  God, we come before you tonight and thank you for our blessings.  (we list specific blessings) Thank you for our 4 children here on earth with us, and the 4 in Heaven with you.  We ask, Father, that you would bless each life in this room with health and wholeness and long, full lives on this earth.
We pray that our children would come to know you at an early age; thank you that Destiny, Tylan & Avery have already made you their personal Savior.  We pray Paxton would come to know you at an early age as well.  May our kids have a close and special relationship with you, and may they NEVER stray from the teachings of the Bible, the church, or this home.  We pray against the spirit of rebellion from ever entering this place.  May our children always stay on the straight and narrow path that you have set before them.  May they see, hear and know, only the truth.
I pray that they would show kindness and love to everyone they meet, and be Jesus to all they come in contact with.  I pray that when people see our family, they see your light shining through us.
  Lord, I just pray that our children would save themselves for marriage, that they would hang on to their purity for the treasure it is.  That they would trust in you to pick out their spouse for them.  That those girls and boys that are to marry our kids, wherever they are, would be raised in a Godly home, taught manners, obedience, hard work, and money management.  That they would hide God’s word in their heart that they might not sin against you.  That they would be taught the importance of purity and praying for their future spouses: our kids.  I pray that we would raise our children up in a way that is pleasing to you, that our boys would be men of honor and integrity and our girls would be Proverbs 31 wives.
  I pray that our children would have a covenant with their eyes to not look upon anything impure, that they would not participate in cattiness or gossip, rumors or lies, that they would be friends to everyone.  That coarse or unclean talk would not come from their lips.  That they would recognize the attacks of the enemy at the first sign and flee from temptation.
We pray that you would reveal their God-given gifts and talents at an early age, so we can nurture those and help those to grow to further the Kingdom of God.
We love you Jesus and we thank you for giving your life on the cross so we could have eternal life. 
We pray angels of protection at every door and every window of this home, and we plead the Blood of Jesus over our family as we sleep tonight.
We love you Jesus! In your name we pray, Amen.

Something Dale and I have done since Destiny was born, is pray this nightly devotion book over our children.  This book was given to me by my mother 9 years ago, and as you can tell, it is falling to pieces:


   “While They Were Sleeping” deals with 12 character traits, each topic broken down into several nights worth of 1 page prayers and applicable Bible verses.  These 12 traits are:

Kindness, Humility, Teachability, Forgiveness, Obedience, Discernment, Purity, Responsibility, Courage, Servanthood, Contentment, & Endurance

  From the preface:

A child who loves the Lord and grows to reflect His character….it’s our heart’s desire.  That’s why we work so hard to guide our children biblically by teaching values, building character and carefully setting boundaries.  But one of the most important things we can do for our children may occur in the still of the night – while all is quiet, and they are sound asleep.  That is….to pray for them- faithfully, and fervently petitioning the Father on their behalf-involving ourselves in the work HE is doing in their lives……

God can move, shape and fashion the very hearts of our children through prayer.  “While They Were Sleeping” is a 12 week prayer guide, designed to help you pray systematically and specifically of character traits to be built in your child’s life.  You will learn how to pray aggressively for your children, calling out to God until He fulfills the promises He has already graciously given in His word.”

  I HIGHLY recommend this book!  I think it will give you peace in your hearts as you think of the daunting list of things to pray over your children.  This breaks it down into very manageable nuggets for each night.  Make it part of your nightly routine, you won’t be sorry!


A Parent’s Prayer

Help Me give my children the best… not of trappings or toys,

but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine.


Teach Me to accept them for who they are, not for what they do;

to listen to what they say, if only so they will listen to me;

to encourage their goals, not mine;

And please, let me laugh with them and be silly.


Let Me give them a home where respect is the cornerstone,

integrity the foundation, and there is enough happiness to raise the roof.


May I give them the courage to be true to themselves;

the independence to take care of themselves and the faith to believe in a power

much greater than their own.


See That I discipline my children without demeaning them,

demand good manners without forgetting my own

and let them know they have limitless love, no matter what they do.

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Let Me feed them properly, clothe them adequately

and have enough to give them small allowances…

not for the work they do but the pleasure they bring…

and let me be moderate in all these things,

so the joy of getting will help them discover the joy of giving.


See That their responsibilities are real but not burdensome,

that my expectations are high but not overwhelming

and that my thanks and praise are thoughtful and given when they’re due.


Help Me teach them that excellence is work’s real reward,

and not the glory it brings.


But when it comes…. and it will, let me revel in each honor, however small,

without once pretending that it’s mine; my children are glories enough.082

Above all, let me ground these children so well that I can dare to let them go.



And may they be so blessed.

by Marguerite Kelly





Oreo Pokes & Autumn Hugs

  This is a SWEEEET post today! I have 2 great sweet treats for you to try:

  Oreo Puddin’ Poke Cake

from The Country Cook

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  • 1 box Marble Cake Mix Or Chocolate
  • Eggs, Oil & Water As Directed On The Box
  • 2 boxes (4 Oz. Each) Instant Oreo Pudding
  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • Mini Oreos

Make cake mix according to directions and bake in a well-greased 9×13 pan. Just before cake is done, start making your pudding. In a medium bowl, begin to add milk to pudding mix and continue to whisk until most of the lumps are removed. Let pudding mixture sit for about 2 minutes. You want it to thicken slightly, but not fully thicken to pudding yet.
When cake is finished, but still warm, poke holes all over cake at 1 inch intervals, using a wooden spoon handle. Pour pudding mixture over warm cake.
Allow the cake to cool for several minutes on the counter then top with mini oreos. Put into the fridge to set up, about an hour.

  Dale’s family LOVED this. They are not big sweet eaters and this is not over-the-top rich or sweet.  Oh, and next time? I’ll use a bigger hole-poker, as you can tell, my pudding didn’t sink down into the cake enough. Lesson learned!


Autumn Hugs

These are too stinkin’ adorable!



24 Pretzel Mini Twists

24 Hugs, Unwrapped (great job for the kids!)

24 Corn Candies

1. Preheat your oven to 250*.

2. Place mini pretzels on a large baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a Hug Candy. Place in the oven for 3 minutes, or until the Hugs gets soft.  CHECK THEM REGULARLY!!!!  You don’t melt them all the way, they will still look “normal” when you pull them, but easily squish when candy is applied.

3. Remove from oven and lightly press a Corn Candy to the middle top of each Hug.

4. Let cool before serving or transferring to a Tupperware.

SO Easy & SO Yummy!


Hugs  & Cookies

This Chick Cooks

Lark’s Country Heart

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Melt In Your Mouth Monday

Tuesday Talent Show

Sausage, Beans & Rice: Cheater Style

  Thanks for coming to post #2 for the day.  I have to admit, I totally cracked myself up when I was drawing those pictures of me in the garage for the “Scared Silly” post. I’m easily amused I guess. Anyhow, now that you are done reading , it’s time for a recipe!

  You know I am Anti-box or “Cardboard Food” as we call it, but every once in a while, when I am out of time and 7142909849ideas, I grab a box of Family Sized Zatarain’s

  Then I make this…..

One of Dale’s favorites!


(Click here to be taken to Tasty Kitchen to print)



  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 stalks Celery
  • 1 whole Medium Pepper, Chopped (any Color)
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 1 whole Onion, Chopped
  • 1-½ pound Smoked Sausage, Sliced And Halved
  • ½ cups Tomato Sauce Plus 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • Dash Of Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 cans (15 Oz. Can) Kidney Beans, Rinsed And Drained  (I soak dried beans overnight, if I have time then cook the next day!!!!)
  • 1 cup Basamati Brown Rice, Prepared According To Package Directions
  • 1 box (12 Oz.) Zatarain’s Red Beans And Rice, Cooked According To Package

Preparation Instructions

1. Prepare both the brown rice and Zatarain’s Beans and Rice according to package directions. Set aside.

2. In a large Family Skillet, heat the olive oil. Add celery, pepper, garlic, onion and smoked sausage. Cook over medium heat, about 10 minutes, or until sausage is somewhat browned.

3. Add the tomato sauce, water and seasonings. Bring to a slow boil, add the drained and rinsed beans and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.

4. Add your already cooked rice to your skillet and stir. Keep warm until serving.

Easy & delicious!


Updated photo 1-21-2014

sausage beans and rice

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This Chick Cooks

Full Plate Thursday

Gooseberry Patch

Ultimate Beans & Rice Linky Party

Scared Silly

  Have you ever been scared?  Like REALLY REALLY REALLY scared?  The kind that makes your knees go weak and your blood rush into your ears?



Once upon a time, newlywed Tonya was running her mouth. (shocking, I know)  Cuddled up with her hubby in bed, lights out, house all quiet for the night.  Always liking to have the last word, she delivered off one last zinger and headed through the dark house to the kitchen to get a glass of water, laughing to herself at her awesome one liner.  Suddenly, she hears a THUMP THUMP THUMP.

  “Oh my,” she thought, “whatever could that thumping noise be.”  Turning to glance behind her, something catches her eye……in the space above her, she sees this horrifying shadow of a large man soaring through the air over the coffee table.  He was moving slow motion, arms outstretched like the evil lion Scar in the lion king.  ROOOOOOOOAAAR!


  (This is pretty much exactly what I saw, except it was Dale and there was no fire; just screaming. Loud screaming.)


  Instantly her knees buckled, her legs gave out, her eyes cried and she found herself on a heap on the floor, blood pounding in her ears.  Quickly she is gathered into the arms of the man that scared her, where she finds safety.  Realizing she was in the arms of the one who caused this horrifying, heart pounding experience, she begins to pound his chest:
“DALE! you JERK! You made my eyes cry.  My heart is pounding so hard I feel like I could puke. I’ll get you back for this, just you wait! One of these days, I’ll get you…..”

Easier said then done.

10 years pass with no good scare opportunities to get my revenge…… 

(Well, there was 1 purposely passed-up chance when I realized he was peeing….now THAT would have been ugly!)

  Then, last week, the stars align, the Heavens part, angels sing, pigs fly and what-have-you:

FINALLY, a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to get my revenge!

  I awake at midnight to an empty bed.

Poor Dale,” I think, “still out there digging that crushed lateral line in a trench of poo water, just so I have water in the morning.

    I roll out of bed and put on my robe to go check on him and tell him I’m lonely and need a warm body to cuddle with.  I stumble out into the garage and stand on the back garage step, blinking in the bright fluorescent lights.  He is hard at work and doesn’t see me.  He is packing up tools and closing up for the night.

   I stand there for like 3 whole minutes before it hits me.  THIS is my chance!  Instantly I’m wide awake and smiling.  I tip-toe off the back steps, and duck beside the Tahoe wheel, giggling to myself and wondering how it is, that just like when I was a kid, the second you hide, you have to pee!

(I’ve illustrated below for your viewing enjoyment)


  I see his feet coming closer, closer, closer:

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?!” I roar, popping up from behind the Tahoe.


  I hear a gasp!  Dale’s eyes get HUGE, he clutches his chest and stumbles to the right a few steps……I wait for the yell and ?????????????????


  “Hee hee hee.  That was AWESOME!” he says with a huge grin on his face.  “You got me!”

 046 What?!?!?!?!?!??!

That was AWESOME?! 

  This was a less than satisfactory reaction.  I mean come on! After 10 YEARS of plotting, the least he could’ve given me was a girly scream, right?!


Oh well. I will take it.


Tonya –1         Dale –1

Nice and even, just the way I like it….  🙂


P.S.  Now that you got your giggle for the morning, go check out the 2nd post for today:

Sausage, Beans & Rice: Cheater Style.  Dale’s favorite!

Wedding Photos

  Well, here they are.  The photos from the first ever wedding I’ve shot alone.  Remember, I was the coordinator and decorator for this wedding too, jobs I feel a bit more confident doing! I think I might have over-committed though, it was hard to run the show AND capture it too.  Thankfully Eileen (My mom in law) had her camera available and did some shooting too while I was busy helping the bride, and both she and my mom cut and served cake and punch for me.  (THANK YOU! Love u!)

  Anyhow, the day went well.  I had some lighting trouble, which comes from me not knowing how to shoot on manual.  Remember I am still new to this world of SLR cameras!  I WANT to learn to use my camera to it’s potential, I really do, but WHEN?!  How can I squeeze one more thing into a day with already too few hours in it?

  Needless to say, I just set my ISO and winged it.  Ugh.  Not a good idea.  The day was a really really overcast, but really really BRIGHT.  Does that make any sense? It was like, squinty bright, which means everything is too white to edit like I want. If only I had known to just go back to my normal, favorite, no flash setting, it might have helped. {SIGH}  Why do I get myself into these predicaments?

  Good news is, this is the first of 2 weddings this couple will have; the 2nd being an AMAZING, BIG one in Thailand.  AND, they already had a super duper amazing photo session done there, so the pressure was off a bit. (which is why I agreed in the first place) 

Moral of the story?

  I’ll shoot your party, I’ll shoot your kids, I’ll shoot the occasional family or senior session, but I will NOT be shooting any weddings alone.  2nd shooter with Whitney, yes. Alone, no.

   Without further adieu, here are some of my favorite photos of pre, during & post wedding…..







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  Back to editing I go. I have GOT to tone down the brightness of some of these….

Happy Monday!


I Want S’More Bars

  Fall is here! Bringing with her, crisp air, crunchy leaves and jackets.

  When the Foodie in me thinks of Fall, I think of Apple Cider, Corn candy, Casseroles, Homemade Bread, Pumpkin everything: cookies, bars, cakes, cheesecakes, and last but not least…..



  We host a Bonfire every October for our Sunday school class (50 of us last year!!!! Woah!) and I usually get my S’mores fix then. 017

Or, sometimes I get a fix mid-winter, like January, during a very long ice storm that kept us holed up for DAYS, huddled next to the fire.  What better activity to pass time then to make some S’mores!!!!


  I am not a food trend kinda gal, but apparently S’mores stuffed cookies, bars, & pizzas were all the rage this summer. Huh! Who knew?

  Trendy or not, this recipe is perfect for those in-between S’mores cravings, when no bonfire or open fireplace is available to you……

I Want S’More Bars

from Chemically Inclined

2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ½ cups flour
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
5 oz mini marshmallows
3 regular sized Hershey’s bars, broken into rectangles
16 graham crackers, broken into squares

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Break crackers into squares and place
side by side in your pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon to combine. Set aside.

In your mixer, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine.

Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. (cold is easier to work with)

Place tablespoons of dough on graham crackers, press until crackers are completely covered.

Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces on to the top.  Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges.

Remove to a wire rack to cool. For clean cutting make sure cookies are completely cool and cut with a sharp knife.

  DIG IN! These are seriously AMAZING! The graham cracker base is a really nice touch, totally different from other S’mores recipes I have made in the past.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Coming MONDAY:  Photos from my first-ever, all by myself Wedding. 

{biting nails}


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Hugs & Cookies

This Chick Cooks

 Full Plate Thursday

On the Menu Monday

Melt In Your Mouth Monday

Tuesday Talent Show

Hit List & Mandarin Orange Chicken Wraps

  This guy made my Hit List this week!


Look at that mean face!  He’s attacked 3 of my 4 little Ferguson’s, so it’s on now.  (In his defense, the first 2 times he was totally provoked by 2 of my children: lesson learned!)


    I feel a bit bad for him since he is so pretty in the sunshine….


But then I remember this…..both of Destiny’s legs looked like this from where he spurred her. 


And instantly, I see this…….hello canned Mr. Rooster! 


I shall have my revenge, Mwaa haa haa.  I’m warning you, you’ve already got 3 strikes and YOU’RE just about to been seen OUT, Mr. Mean Rooster!


  Hmmm, how fitting that I have a chicken recipe to share with you today….  🙂

  Tangy mandarin orange slices, sweet craisins, crisp coleslaw and BBQ coated chicken make this wrap something to say “Mmmm” about!


Mandarin Orange Chicken Wraps
  • 4 cups Coleslaw Mix
  • 2 cans (11 Oz Each) Mandarin Oranges, Drained
  • 1 whole Yellow Pepper, Finely Diced
  • ¼ cups Diced Celery
  • 2 Tablespoons Salted Sunflower Kernels
  • ½ cups Craisins
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Zest
  • ⅓ cups Coleslaw Dressing (or Make A Half Batch Of Your Own)
  • 4 whole Chicken Breasts, Grilled, Cooled And Sliced
  • ¾ cups Honey BBQ Sauce
  • 8 whole Whole-wheat Tortillas
Preparation Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add salad dressing and toss to coat.


In another bowl, combine BBQ sauce and chicken.

Spoon 3/4 cup of coleslaw mixture down the center of each tortilla, top with 1/4 cup chicken mixture.


Roll up and DIG IN!014

Fresh, light and delicious!

(Unless you’re Dale, then you think it’s fruity, girly and gross)

BAHAHA! Gotta love it! 🙂


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Hugs & Cookies

Raspberry Sweeties

A sweet and simple treat for you and your love this Valentines Day!

Raspberry Sweeties

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  • 2 pints Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 bag (11.5 Oz) Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 bag (12 Oz) Nestle White Chocolate Chips


Preparation Instructions

Wash and carefully pat berries dry.

Fill large berry openings with the large Ghiradeli Milk Chocolate Chips.

Fill small berry openings with the small Nestle White Chocolate Chips.

Refrigerate until serving time.

Enjoy with the one you love…









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Meet Penny

“God heard me, Mom! He really DID!”

   Remember Saprina?  (pronounced Sa-prEna)  She’s our new kitty and an important member of the Ferguson household.


  She went missing over a week ago, in the midst of all the chaos of life at the time…think tractors working after midnight and sewage filled yard.  When we realized she was gone, our kids were DEVASTATED!!!!  There were days of sad, quiet sobs, and many sleep interrupted nights as happy dreams became sad realities upon waking…. Poor lovies!

   We posted pictures up on 2 stop signs, in hopes that someone, somewhere had seen a little kitty with a yellow ribbon on her neck.


I truly thought, by a week, and not one phone single call later…….that she was long gone. 😦   I just didn’t have the heart to discourage the children’s wishful thoughts and tearful prayers each night.

  Oh to have faith like a child.  Destiny just knew God was going to answer “Yes”, despite my lecture on God’s different answers:



Not right now.

  Well, it was a BIG YES this time! Praise His name! 

  We received a phone call that a family had been driving to Buhler and noticed our sign.  They found a kitty over a week ago with a dingy, dirty, frayed yellow “rope” on her neck, which they immediately cut off.  The mom right away thought it was a ribbon, not a rope.  The kitty they found was so tame and sweet, that they knew right away, she was someone’s pet.  They put out the word that they had found a kitty, but heard nothing.  Oh, thank the Lord they saw our sign! 

  It was too late that night to go get her, and we didn’t DARE say anything to the kids, just in case it wasn’t her.  8 am could NOT come fast enough!  Early the next morning, Dale headed out and called with great news: Yes, it was her.  Get the kids lined up because he’s almost home.

  The reunion went as follows:

“Sit down and DO NOT OPEN your eyes!”


Sweet Pax came rushing right over, grunting and pointing “Ooo, Ooo”. He knew something exciting was going on!


“Ok, now open your eyes!”


“SAPRINA!  Is it really you?!”


 Even Sophie was excited her friend was back home. She tried all sorts of plans, trying her hardest to get those short little weiner dog legs up high enough to see her friend, waaaaaay up there, in the kids’ arms.


Avery:  “OH Mommy! I am so gwad dat Sapwena is home!”

{Squeals! Then runs to me and throws her arms around my legs for a TIGHT squeeze.}


Happy kids…….


Thank you Lord, for bringing our special Furry friend back to us safe & sound!  We are all SO thankful!  Even Sophie…..


Praise the Lord for answered prayers!


P.S.  Bonus recipe post coming right up:  “Raspberry Sweeties”.  Darling AND delicious!