Chicken Pot Pie

 So, I know you are here for the Chicken Pot Pie, and for good REASON! It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. Plus, I get to use my oh-so darling burnt orange crocks that I LOOOOOVE.  But before we get to food, I just had to share a quick picture with you of Tylan.  This weekend, he got to be the Jr. Attendant for Homecoming at our school. I saw our school, because it is the Christian school I graduated from waaay back in the day. ’99
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  He answered his questions so sweetly, they read these aloud as he walked in with his friend, Kinley, and last years Queen.

Ty says his favorite food is Mommy’s cooking, his favorite colors are green, blue and white {Central’s Colors}, his favorite subject in school is Handwriting, and his favorite Bible Story is David & Goliath, because it shows God can do BIG things!

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  Alright, on to the food:

  You are going to take one look at this ingredient list and say it’s too much work!  But don’t!!!! Once you get all the veggies, chopped, and the chicken cooked, the rest comes together very easily.  I PROMISE you, this is so worth it!

Homecooked “Comfort Food” at its BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is Dale’s Aunt Lucy’s recipe, and my favorite part, is that it’s not a thick, quagulated filling, but almost a hearty chicken veggie soup under that flaky crust.  And the seasonings are just plain incredible!

Try it, try it!!!!!!!  Please????

Chicken Pot Pie

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Ingredients

  • 3 whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cooked, Seasoned And Cubed
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 32 ounces, fluid Chicken Stock Or Broth, Divided Use
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Thinly Sliced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Thinly Sliced
  • 2 whole Potatoes, Peeled And Finely Diced
  • 3 whole Garlic Cloves, Pressed
  • ½ cups Flour
  • 1-½ cup Milk {I Use Half Cream!}
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • ¾ cups Frozen Peas, Thawed
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Cracked Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Suace
  • ½ teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoons Rosemary
  • 1 box Pie Crust Dough, 2 Crusts
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 6 whole 10 Oz Ramekin Cups

Set out pie crusts for easier spreading. Cook chicken and cube chicken, set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400* and start to prepare your filling:

In a large skillet or soup pot, melt butter on medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and potatoes. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the flour and cook stirring 6 minutes more. Stir in peas. Whisk in 2 1/2 or 3 cups chicken stock, and cook until starting to thicken nicely. Whisk in cream/milk mixture. Decrease the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Add the meat, thyme, parsley, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Add worcestershire sauce. Taste and adjust as necessary. You can add more stock here, if it seems too thick. {I added the rest of the carton because mine was!} Divide the warm filling among 6 – 10 oz. ramekins.

Cut the pie crust into 6 rounds slightly larger than the ramekins. Lay a dough round on top of each pot pie filling. Fold the excess dough under itself and use the tines of a fork to press the dough against the ramekin. Cut a 1 inch vent into each pie. Apply egg wash to the dough, which is 1 egg mixed with 1 T. water.

Line a baking sheet with foil; place the pies on baking sheets.
Bake 400* for 25 minutes or until golden and filling is bubbling. Let cool 5 minute before serving.

Ok, Suzie Homemaker, you’ve GOT THIS!  Come back and tell me how much your family oohed and aahed over this meal.  I know mine sure did!  🙂

~T

Dear 21 Year Old Me,

Dear 21 Year Old Me.

I just wanted to start out by saying, that you are a talented, vivacious, joyful, lovely young woman.

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  I know you don’t know what your giftings are yet, and that bugs you.  You wish God would just show you already, so you could use them for His glory.  In due time, you will see them arise, and they will really surprise you!  The ministry you prayed for, will come, but not in the way you expected, God is cool like that.

21-year-old Tonya, I know you don’t like what you see in the mirror, but you are beautiful.  Someday, you will see it.  You’ll look back at photos and wonder why you didn’t appreciate it.

You see, age and babies will make the body you find flawed, even more flawed.

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And suddenly, you will realize it’s not important anymore.  All the things that seem SO big right now, really aren’t that big at all, not in the grand picture of your life.

I know you are dreaming of your Happily Ever After, after all, you’ve JUST married your Prince Charming.

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All is right in your World.

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This is IT:

  The moment you’ve been waiting for your whole life.

Your fairytale love story come true.
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Your reward from God for doing things HIS way, right!?

Silly little girl, that’s not the way it works.

Your rewards are not on this earth, for this is not your home.

You will overcome MUCH adversity in the years to come.

You will.

Don’t be scared.

Listen to me…..

Don’t waste a SECOND of your beautiful life with your dashing husband, worrying about what I am hinting at.

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Don’t ever stop spreading sunshine.

Don’t ever stop making life’s lemons into lemonade.

Don’t ever stop choosing Jesus.

Don’t ever stop choosing the hard “right thing”.

Listen to me, Tonya, never, EVER give up.

You are FAR stronger than you know.

You are!

You will see that in the years to come.  That shy little girl you are inside, turns into a roaring lion, when it comes time to fight for something she holds so dear.

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And fight you will:

When it comes to having children.

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When it comes to choosing Love.

When it comes time to stand by your Marriage in the face of adversity.
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All of it, a battle with the devil.

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You will win.

You know that, right!?

Victory is yours, bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus.

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It’s going to be hard.

The hardest things you’ve ever been through, EVER.  You will want to lay down and die.

Don’t.

You are stronger than you know. You will face adversity head on.  You will be blessed beyond measure, and your cup with run over with the goodness of it all.

Never stop smiling. 

Never stop choosing joy.

Tonya-land is a GREAT place to live!  It goes away for a season, but it comes back.  In fact, it comes back even better than before, because you’ve seen the other side.

The darkness is ugly.

You will know that full well.

But you know what, 21-year-old Tonya…..

It makes walking back into the sunshine, that much better!

Love,

The 31 Year Old You

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Gone Country

  Sooo, I have been residing in the Country for a little over 10 years now, and I love love love it.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I grew up in a big house in a nice part of town, and never ever once imagined myself being a Country girl.

NEVER. 

  I hated getting dirty, I liked paved roads, neighbors right next door, and being only a minute or two from the nearest mall. I was a make up loving, curling iron toting, don’t get your nails dirty, shop till you drop, City Girl all the way! 

Until I met Dale. 

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  My Corn Fed Country Boy straight from the Dairy Farm.

  Guess that life grows on ya, because he had me at hello!  Fast forward a few years, and I can honestly tell you, if I have any say in it, we will never move out of the Country. 

  I have learned to LOVE the fact that from my front window, I see trees, not houses or road. I have learned to chase roosters when they try to get my babies. I have learned to shoot a gun.  I have learned to kill spiders with something smaller than a 2×4 and not scream. {not very loud, anyways} And, I have learned that old outbuildings full of junk, make amazing forts for my kids and spots for my photography.

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Without further adieu, I give you:…..

How to “Go Country”

Step 1: Move to the Country and fall in love with wide open spaces.our house017 (3)

  Step 2:  While you are residing there, adjust to mice in the winter, {thank God that problem no longer haunts us} chasing foxes and skunks down the lane with a gun, or broom, either works, and say goodbye to purified water.
You will need to adjust to well water that is high in minerals and comes ice-cold straight out of the pump.  {I used to say you had to chew it. Now, I say Mmm mmm good!}

Step 3: Learn to Garden.  This is an ongoing process, and we still have lots to learn, like when to plant garlic and potatoes. I can NEVER remember in time!  Anyhow, last summer we had 5 different garden spots around the yard, and most, were successful.  YAY!  Oh! Oh! AND I over came a really big fear of mine, and we learned to can! Jalapenos, tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce.  Woo-hoo!

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Step three: Get Animals…..
First Chickens. 

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Then Kittens.  

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Next up?  Cows and pigs this Spring.

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Ho boy.  Now its really starting to sound Country around here!!!!

Step 4: Learn to eat weird, wild things your husband shoots in your own yard.  Like deer, turkey, or even……………….

SQUIRREL.

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  If you follow me on 4 little Fergusons Facebook page, you know what I am about to share.  For those of you that have yet to head over there and “like” us, {pretty, pretty please?} this was my status update:

I can’t believe I just googled “Is it safe to eat squirrel?”
Guess it’s a go, folks. Yikes.

  See, “Do It Yourself Dale” wants us to be able to butcher the afore-mentioned cow and pig OURSELVES, so he built us a meat cooler.  Naturally, he needed to walk the property and “shoot something” to try it out. 

Enter Squirrely the Squirrel.

{Bang}

RIP Mr. Squirrel.

  No, we haven’t eat him yet, he is still hanging in the cooler.  I have tried Black Bear and Beaver at a Game Feed, but Squirrel just seems so, I don’t know, domestic? When we consume him, ugh, I will have completed step 4 to “going Country”.

  ANYHOW, the whole point of this oh-so pointless post, is that I have taken yet another step in embracing this new Country Life of mine, here is it………..

Step 5: Own a pair of boots you call “Chore Boots”, as well as “Bibs” and a “Chore Coat” to keep you warm in the winter.

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Clearly, I can check Step 5 off my list, because my sweet husband used his Christmas money from his Momma, to buy me a set of “Bibs and a warm Chore Coat”.  I was super honored and surprised at this announcement, and I think it is oh-so sweet!  I felt very loved and cared for by this thoughtful gesture, but I am fully aware, that it could also be that he acted out of sheer sympathy.  ‘Cause I may or may not have chored the other day in 3 inch wedge heeled fur boots. 

WHAT! 

I was on my way into town and didn’t want to change.

Note to self:  When choring in 3 inch wedge heeled fur boots, go ahead and duck those additional 3 inches when stepping through the chicken coop opening.

Just sayin’.

  Alright folks, here it is.  Step 5 and proof I have “Gone Country”.

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Awww! Look at our Chore Clothes hanging together in the garage.
It really is the little things that mean so much…..

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  This is my “Gone Country” face.  I think it fits the look, don’t you?  Just missing a piece of wheat coming out of my mouth. 

Yehaw?
~T

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Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

  I am moving around a couple of posts this morning, to bring these cookies to you FAST!  Because, rumor has it, that Cinnamon Chips will soon be put away until next year.  WAH!  😦 You need to quickly go get some, and make these soft, chewy, amazing cookies before that happens! 

   Er, I uh, may or may not have gotten 6 bags the last time I was at the store for that very reason!

A foodie always needs to be prepared, right!?  🙂

Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2-½ cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 10 ounces, weight Cinnamon Chips
  • ¾ cups Raisins {I Did A Bit More!}

Preheat oven to 350*. Beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Add flour and baking soda, then oats, cinnamon chips and raisins.
Drop by heaping spoonfuls on to an un-greased cookie sheet. {if your sheets are notorious for sticking, lightly spray or use parchment paper, but this may not be a problem for all of you, mine didn’t stick a bit}
Bake 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Do not over bake! Cool 1 minute then move to cooling rack. Store in airtight containers.  Makes about 4 dozen.

In a pinch for time? These can also be made into bar cookies!  Just spread the batter on to a lightly greased 9×13 pan and bake for 25 minutes at 350*, or until golden brown. Makes 3 dozen.

Mmm, mm good!

~T

4 Frosty Little Fergusons

  Over Winter Break we had our second snow of the Season and it came down on and off for 2 days!  It was SOOOO beautiful! 

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The results of Paxton’s first Snow Ball Fight:

Something is cold and yucky on my face……..

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I don’t like it!

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Get it off! {sniff sniff} Please?

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I don’t think I liked that game very much.

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  Push us down the hill, Daddy!  Ahhh! NOT BACKWARDS!

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  Hey, that was fun, do it again! 

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Be still my heart.

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Dale: “Hey guys, want to know what happens when a Squirrel lands in a tree?”

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That was AWESOME!

Pax: “Whatcha doin’ guys?”
Kids: “Do it again, Daddy! DO IT AGAIN!”

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Pax: “Cold!”

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  I figure if we are going to have cold temps, it might as well be white and GORGEOUS outside, right?!

~T

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Back to Life, Back to Reality

    I have the song stuck in my head today: Back to life, back to reality.   Ugh.  Winter Break was great and I am SO sad to see everyone back to school and work routine! 

  I think I enjoyed this break extra much, because after a busy end of the year push, I am all caught up on photo editing for the Season.  That means I am actually enjoying taking photos of my own family again. {This is something I want to take into consideration next year when taking sessions.} 

  After all the Christmas Celebrations passed, we had lots of time left to just enjoy each other before the break was over and Daddy had to go back to work.  We didn’t make any big plans, just hanging out, reading, doing crafts and playing games.

We introduced the kids to the game Guessturesthat my mom has from back in the day. They still make it, so it must be a keeper.  It was so fun!

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  There was lots of Lego building and Lincoln Log constructing over break.

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Thank you Sock Bun, for making it look like I have time to curl my daughter’s hair!

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Wednesday night church party:

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Dale decided to teach me Texas Hold ‘Em over break.  Lets just say I kicked some booty!  I like Beginners Luck!  Poker Collage txt
Second and third night we played? Not so much beginners luck leftover, bummer.

The girls got this cute kitchen for one of their Christmas gifts from us.  After they went to bed one night, I decided to play a trick on them.

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I had their Dolls trash the kitchen and raid it of ALL it’s sweet things!

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 Oh such NAUGHTY little girls!  I think they have tummy aches.
My girls thought it was pretty stinkin’ hysterical!

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  We went to the library for new books, and I even got some!  I spent a few quiet nap times with a bowl of soup and a super good Christian fiction.  Oh, how I have missed reading a grown up book!

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  There was plenty of time for Crafts after 2 days of beautiful snow, YAY!  I will share more about this particular snowy day craft another day.  

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There is always time for a chapter book before bed, this time it’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle

And lets not forget all the Plays that were put on!

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Tomorrow will feature 4 frosty little Fergusons, from our snow day fun!

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~T

Christmas Break: Part 2

  This is post 2 for today.  I KNEW WordPress was going to be grumpy at me for all those pics! I just had to try 4 times to get it to stick.  Smile  It is so important to me to document all these special moments, because I would still love to someday print off these blog posts in a book for my kids.

  Anyhow, for the 2nd time ever, we had a quiet Christmas at home on Christmas day. We LOVED it!  We used to have to have everyone dressed nice, food prepped, presents opened and never played with, to be out the door by 11.  This time, we had a leisurely brunch and Birthday party for Jesus, followed by the Christmas story, presents and PLAYTIME!  After nap we headed to be with the family.  It was just right!

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  If you follow us on 4 little Ferguson’s Facebook page, you will already know this story, but I sent out an SOS for uses for Rhode’s Rolls.  Dale and I had gutted and cleaned out our huge chest freezer, and for some reason, one basket got left out…..OF COURSE, it was the Rhodes Roll basket, so the next morning he brings in 3 BURSTING bags of Rhodes rolls for me to quick figure out what to do with.  You all were so helpful!  In the end, I made a double batch of these yummy Bierocks, some Pigs In A Blanket for lunch, and a Cream Cheese Tea Ring for Jesus’ Birthday party the next day.  This suggestion came from Liz, over at that Skinny Chick Can Bake. She has such great recipes, and this one did NOT disappoint!  It is SO pretty and not too sweet, either.  Well, hers is so pretty, mine was NOT. 

  Go check out her post for the recipe, I think you will want to make it!

Holiday Cream Cheese Tea Ring by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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The kids played while we cleaned up the kitchen…..

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Then it was time for the Christmas story.  Destiny was proud we used her Bible this year.PicMonkey Collage 3

Things started off well and everyone sat quietly….well, kind of.

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After a brief talking-to by Daddy, and a punishment of sitting on their hands to learn to keep them to themselves, story time continued…..quietly this time.  Smile

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Next, Tylan shared the Symbols of Christmas, that he made in school.

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Look Mom, J is for Jesus!

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Present time! 3 for each kiddo, just like Baby Jesus….and I am proud to say, nothing required batteries this year, so it was a peaceful Christmas. 

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Oh, forgot Paxton’s tractor flashlight. Guess it needed batteries, but everything else did not.

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Thanks to some Dog loving friends of ours, even Sophie had a present under the tree this year.

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About this time, Destiny noticed our cat, Stripes crying at the window.  She felt it was such a shame he couldn’t join in our Christmas fun, so we let him in for a bit.  He was in Cat HEAVEN, Sophie was NOT impressed, but they did end up napping together for a bit.

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   Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good night!
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  Tomorrow is Weekend Potluck like normal, but on Monday, I will share some photos of the fun things we did on our break, and the first good SNOW of the season!!!!!

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Hugs, T

Christmas Break: Part I

  I have my babies home for 17 WHOLE DAYS this Christmas Break and I absolutely love it!  Yes, its noisy, yes, pre-vacuuming, the carpet looked like I hadn’t swept in a month, yes, there are moments of sheer chaos that can make me lose my cool, but overall? I’d keep them home with me ALWAYS.  Bonus: Dale takes the week off before Christmas and through New Years since no one really wants to see their insurance agent, so we got to enjoy him home, too! 🙂  It’s ALWAYS more fun when Daddy is home!

  We had several Christmas celebrations and events that I am sharing with you today via a bazillion pics. 🙂  I know, I know, you aren’t surprised! 

~T

Destiny and her cousin Brooklyn, singing solos in Sunday service.  They did fantastic!Collage 1IMG_7134

Preschool Christmas service, my little shepherd boy only made it as far as my aisle.  He then feel asleep on Grandpa’s lap. Collage 1

Christmas with my side of the family…plus, my Uncle and Aunt from Phoenix were in town!  It was fun to see them, and Great Grandpa got to come home from the Nursing Home to be with us, so it was extra special!  My kids LOOOOOVE to go to Uncle Dan & Aunt Gena’s house!

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Siblings minus one

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Grandpa’s buddy

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Uncle Dan’s infamous “swing”

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I told Great Grandma, Nana and Aunt Gena, NO TOYS this year!  So they were clever and thought of really neat gifts for the kids.  Nana got us an early gift of Adventure In Odyssey Cd’s for our trip to Georgia.  Great Grandma got the kids pencil sharpeners, erasers and a neat chair stacking game, and Aunt Gena made coupons for the kids to go see The Music Man play with her when it comes to town. COOL!

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On the eve of Christmas Eve, we always have Dales dad and siblings over.  We made a delicious Coke Ham, so easy and so yummy!

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Uncle Mike got Paxton this HUGE Sock Monkey to add to his collection of bedtime friends.  He LOVED it!  “Beeg BEEEG Monkey,” he says.

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Ty and Avery have a built in cousin friend about the same age, so they had soo much fun playing together.  The boys played with the race track and the girls, well they musta been having fun, because we didn’t see them much!

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All this playing is hard work!

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Time for a Christmas movie before heading home….

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All the cousins in jammies!

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  Next up, Christmas evening at Grandpa Kirk & Grandma Eileen’s house. Grandma Eileen picked up these darling horse marionette puppets for the kids. They had fun dancing them around and making them gallop on the kitchen floor.

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I didn’t get another shot after this, guess I was having too much fun laughing until I cried, playing Loaded Questions.
I am telling you, that game is HYSTERICAL for a group, I highly recommend it!

That’s enough pics for this post!  Head on over to the next post of our Family Christmas. Smile

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog:

  About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 470,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 9 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

In 2012, there were 284 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 633 posts.

The busiest day of the year was May 1st with 4,286 views. The most popular post that day was The Other Woman.

Attractions in 2012

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How did they find you?

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Where did they come from?
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181 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

Who were they?

Your most commented on post in 2012 was Shattered Hearts, Broken Promises

These were your 5 most active commenters for the year:

  •  The Better Baker          231 COMMENTS
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Guys, thanks for your loving support in 2012!  Thank you for sticking around when things were bumpy, for defending me when people were nasty.  Your comments always brighten my day, and I am so blessed and thankful to our Heavenly Father, that we are growing this blog for His glory. After all, we are chosen in Christ, called to Influence!

  So, what would you like to see more or less of in 2013?

Hugs, T

2013 Word of the Year

  I had this post planned for Thursday, but I think it’s more fitting to post it New Years Day, don’t you?!  

Each year, I hear families praying about a “Word of the Year”.  I have never done this, but looking back, I think we have had several:

2010: Discipline

  Our year of financial discipline was difficult to say the least. You can read some of the amazing things God did during this time here, the first of a three part series.  I see now, looking back, that this was all a breaking down of Dale, so the truth could come in the summer of 2011.  There was a bigger picture at work, one we could not yet see.  It served a big purpose in my own life, to re-evaluate the important things, to re-define our former comfortable lifestyle, and to let go of the “American Dream” in my head of what our lives should look like.

2011: Broken 

   There is no doubt the word for 2011 was Broken.  Broken hearts, broken dreams, broken marriage vows.  In the end, we learned God desires our brokenness.  And we will never ever forget, that to become broken, is actually to become whole. 

2012: Transparency

  This was a HUGE part of 2012, I kept thinking “Healing” might be our word of the year, but I keep going back to the TRANSPARENCY that had to occur for Dale and I to move forward in our tragedy for God’s glory, and share it both on the world wide web, but also speaking at church events, Encounters, and sitting down with other couples.  Owning our truth was hard, and there were those that judged us harshly for it, but God is so faithful.  Obedience brings blessing!

  I am excited to say, I feel like the Lord is showing me what the 2013 word could be, when I received the SAME word, for the third time in a 2 month period:

RESTORATION.

   I was not praying for a word of the year, but I have been meditating on this verse for the past few months:

“Restore to me the joy of my salvation and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:12

  I WANT this.  I was asking God for this to happen this year. I feel like after an amazing mountain top high, I am in a Spiritual Valley.  I feel as if my prayers do not reach above the ceiling, and I no longer feel the Lord’s presence constantly, as I did in crisis mode.  I am asking Him to breathe new life into me, I miss the mountain top.  I suppose if we didn’t walk through a Valley, we never would understand the blessing of the view from the top, would we?

   In the midst of this, I was asked to speak at a Women’s event coming up this month, and the key word for the evening was Restoration

Hmm, see a pattern here? 

Then weeks later, I see the words:

RESTORATION 2013. 

My heart jumped as only it can when you are nudged by the Holy Spirit!

RESTORATION! Yes, Lord, yes!

“You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.“  Psalms 65:11

I pray our time of famine has passed, and it is my prayer for 2013, that He will abundantly lavish us with restoration of joy, restoration of our financial storehouses full and overflowing with a bountiful harvest, and a year full of blessings.  I cannot WAIT to see what He has in store. 

For He will restore what the locusts have eaten…. {Taken from Joel 2:25}

  So, I shared a little bit of this post on New Years Eve, on the 4 little Ferguson’s facebook page, and you will not BELIEVE the message I got:

Jessica Devine: I just wanted to let you know that my pastor received a Word from God for 2013….the word was RESTORATION!!! I am believing this!!! Amen!
 WHAT?!  Yet, another confirmation!  Praise God and Hallelujah!  She had chills when she read my status update, I had chills when I read her message.
   Listen up, we serve a God who can make beauty from the ashes of our lives, every single time, if only we let Him.  And like the back of a tapestry, we may only see a mess of strings, but He sees a beautiful big picture.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
Isaiah 55:8-13

What is your word for 2013?  Want to join me in asking our Heavenly Father for RESTORATION?

Restoration for Marriages. Restoration of a quieter, less busy lifestyle. Restoration of the family unit as it is meant to be. Restoration for the lost.  Restoration for the broken.  Restoration of our Great Nation.  Restoration of the Church, so that is no longer a Museum for the good, but rather a Hospital for the Broken.  

 We cannot even begin to imagine the great things He has in store!

Hugs, T

Restoration

 

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