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Happy National Sibling Day! :)

10 Apr

Today, April 10th, is National Sibling Day! I take that as a reminder to stop and be grateful for the siblings (and those who are so close to us that they’re like siblings!) that God gave us.

I really appreciate reminders like these because often times, for me, life just feels like it’s going by so FAST and I forget to slow down and look around. Loving those around me is one of my most important jobs here in Earth, and I admit that it’s easy to stray from that because of the business of life.

Laundry, making dinner, bills, taking kids to and from school and dr appointments, cleaning the house (I’d say my least favorite!), etc…. the list goes on. The crazy part is that as soon as I cross something like this off my list, another things goes on there! And not only that, but pretty soon after I’ve crossed something like laundry off my list…. it goes right back on! All of these things will always be on our lists.

We don’t know how much time God has given us with our loved ones. So today, be sure to take the time to tell those you love how much they mean to you. Sit down and write a few thank you cards that have been on your mental to do list (or is that just me that needs to do that ;)). Call or skype family or friends who are out of town. Laugh with your family tonight. Laughter is SO healing. A happy and joyful heart brings health to the bones… truly!

I know that’s what I’m going to go do… I’m headed to call my sisters! 🙂

Here are a few cute printables I wanted to share too….

 

 

a cheerful heart is good medicine

 

A Beautiful Connection

22 Mar

I spoke with a woman on the phone today named Ange who had a few questions about how to invite others to sign up for her meal schedule. It was a very impactful conversation, and I’m so thankful that we got a chance to connect today.

I would love to share with you why I was so impacted

Ange has three daughters: 19, 16, and 13. Her precious 13 year old daughter, Alysha, is battling cancer for the second time. It’s osteosarcoma (bone cancer), and she has a second big surgery coming up next week.

She was sharing with me that the last time her and her husband took their sweet daughter in for her first surgery, they didn’t step foot out of the hospital for 7 days. So that’s 7 days, 2 meals a day (because she said when you’re under this kind of stress, you’re lucky to even get 2 meals a day), and that equals quite a bit of money spent on food, and it’s not even the greatest food around.

Ange is hoping that this time around, she can get a schedule going for their friends and family to bring her and her husband dinner each night that they’re there at the hospital with Alysha, to help offset the cost of eating out.

I think that’s an amazing idea. Not only will it offset the cost, but it will give them a familiar and loving face to see each night, support, encouragement, and food that’s not from a hospital cafeteria.

By the end of our conversation, we found out that we have much in common. They attend the church that we used to attend for years, and they know many of the people we know and love as well. We even live right down the street from each other, which to me is a total God thing… let me explain.

Food Tidings is used all over the US, in Australia, in the UK, and in other countries as well. Of all the emails I receive, I get to call on this one- and they just live miles from us. It’s just such a beautiful connection.

I believe that call was God reminding this family that He is there, He loves and cares for them, and he hears their prayers… and it showed me the same thing.

This is a huge reason my husband and I love being a part of Food Tidings. It brings people together. We have such an incredible opportunity by getting to be a part of things around here. We get to connect with others who are going through very difficult times and joyous times too, and we get to come alongside them and support them. Even if it’s just a listening ear, helping them by being a tool they can use (the site), to invite friends and family to love on them and bring them meals, an encouraging word in an email, etc. And if, like in this case, they live near us, we even get the honor of bringing them a meal and meeting face to face!

Would you say a prayer for my new friend Ange, her family, and her sweet daughter Alysha who is battling cancer? The surgery is next week on the 27th, and it’s going to be 10 hours long. Pray for strength, peace, and comfort for their whole family, as they walk this very tough journey. I know He will hear you, and I know that this wonderful family will very much appreciate it. Here’s her carepages site as well, in case you’d like to stay updated on how Alysha is doing. Also, here’s a link to hear more about Alysha’s journey.

I’m encouraged, amazed, and inspired by this beautiful family.

This quote is beautiful, and so true… reminded me of my new friends…

St. Patrick’s Day Recipe FUN!

13 Mar
Melissa's Shepherd's Pie. Image from www.foodnetwork.com

Melissa’s Shepherd’s Pie. Image from http://www.foodnetwork.com

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to share some great recipe ideas with you. I found some great ones onFood Network, and my favorite looks to be Melissa’s Shepherd’s Pie.

It’s true that I may be a little partial since my last name is Shepherd…. but also all the ingredients in there are just delicious! This could be a spectacular meal to bring someone this week as we near St Patrick’s Day.

Don’t forget to wear green on Sunday, so you don’t get pinched! 😉

Oh, and here are a few really cute printables you can bring with your meal to spruce things up and add a little color! GREEN color, that is!

This cutie printable I found on Pinterest, and it’s from The Hands On Housewife.

lucky penny

This idea is SO great to bring someone along with a meal. It’s from Pumpkin Petunia. 

Meal Idea Monday: Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Buns AND Printables!

19 Nov

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I’m SO excited!!! What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

My family is pretty big, and we all live here in Arizona. So we get together (about 50 of us) for a BIG lunch and a BIG dinner, lots of running around, kids playing (I feel like I don’t see my kids all day long because they’re so busy playing with their older cousins who they adore), volleyball playing the backyard, pies, cookies, football, chatting, laughing, and just a wonderful time. My favorite part of the day is at the beginning, before we all eat. We all hold hands in a big circle, and my Grandpa says a prayer, thanking God for all He’s given us.

Today’s meal idea comes to you from the wonderful Family Feedbag… it’s Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Buns, and it is the perfect breakfast or dessert for the Fall season! I hope you enjoy it and are able to bring breakfast or dessert to a friend or family member this week. Maybe even drop these off to a friend the morning of Thanksgiving. What a beautiful beginning to their day that would be! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!

Oh, and here are a few really cute printables that would be perfect to frame and bring along with the cinnamon buns… 🙂 LOVE the Give Thanks one… I have it framed in my home!

Image from A Step In The Journey. Click image to be able to print it!

Image from A Step In The Journey. click image to be able to

Meal Idea Monday: Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup

29 Oct

Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup. Image from http://www.ourbestbites.com

Hi there! In my search for today’s meal idea, I found myself checking out soup recipes because it just feels right to be having soup during this time of year. It makes me feel warm, cozy, and comfortable… and I like all three of those things!

My family and I checked out a great pumpkin patch yesterday, and it was just awesome. We truly enjoyed the family time, we roamed the patch, and picked out just the right pumpkin, the kids jumped in the bounce houses, we listened to great music, we ate roasted corn, kettle corn, and smoked sausage, and just had a great time. I LOVE this time of year!

So in light of the roasted corn I had yesterday, which was amazing, I found a wonderful recipe for Roasted Sweet Corn and Tomato Soup from Our Best Bites. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share some with friends who would be blessed by it as well!

Have a wonderful week, and remember to share the joy you’ve been given with others… it’s contagious! 🙂 Here’s a great printable that goes along with this idea from Kristen Duke Photography. You can even download and print it for your home, if you’d like!

Meal Idea Monday: Sunday Beef Stew

24 Sep

Sunday Beef Stew… Image from http://www.ourbestbites.com

Hi! I have a great meal idea for you today to welcome the Fall season that is now upon us… Sunday Beef Stew. This delicious recipe comes to us from the always incredible Our Best Bites. I know I say this alot, but this truly is one of my very favorite recipe sites!

Also, here’s a great printable that I came across recently… you can print it out, frame it, and bring it with your meal to a friend. I just LOVE this season! 🙂

Fall Subway Art From Antsi-Pants