Saturday, May 16, 2015

More Camping and Some Comfort Food 

The remainder of our camping trip is being spent here at Lake Joe Pool. The lake level currently is more than 3 feet above its "full" level. Driving around the Loyd Park area we have only found a few spots that were not accessible to campers. 

We are loving our time here. I brought my sewing machine to do some work on my next two quilts. I have been cooking our meals; we have enjoyed several with Jenna and Jared. I cooked some of her favorite comfort food dishes (i.e. several casseroles). She has been having a few normal issues with meals and nausea during her first trimester. So she was looking forward to some of her favs.

Last night after dinner, we played Mexican Train Dominoes. I hadn't played this in a very long time and really enjoyed it. Got to play again!

Today and tomorrow I think we have some eating out adventures on the books.

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Full Lake Ray Roberts 

Rick and I left out on Monday for a week of camping. First stop was Lake Ray Roberts. We had reservations there for two nights. We knew the lake was up (as all of them are!) but had no worries about finding a spot. Some areas were closed but we had no trouble finding one on high ground.

By Tuesday, the park people had decided to let no new campers come in and closed the park as flood gates were wide open. We were scheduled to leave there Wednesday at noon so they said we were welcome to stay and in no danger. We actually had two really nice days there.

Before we left I got a few pics of some areas underwater. It's so strange to see this much water. Texas has been in drought for a very long time!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DFW Great 100 Nurse

Jenna recently received the following notice at work:

“Congratulations! It is a privilege to inform you that have been selected as one of the “Dallas-Fort Worth Great One Hundred Nurses” for 2015.”

Her selection for this recognition means that a panel of nursing professionals chose her from among the hundreds of nominations received. The judges did not know the names, titles, or employers of any of the nominees, and based their decisions entirely on the contents of the letters received against the stringent criteria for selection. “This is a once in a lifetime honor a nurse can receive.”

The DFW Great 100 Nurses, Inc. celebration was at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas last week. Rick, Jerry, Marilyn, and I attended the celebration. (Justin and Keelie were not able to go because of the death of her grandmother.) We had a catered dinner prior to the program. It was a very special evening. 

Proud momma!

Happy Nurse's Week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ladies' Event and Some Quiche

Several from church including Marilyn and me recently attended a ladies' event at a nearby church. We were led in music worship by a former young man who was at our home church for a few years. The key note speaker was Carol Kent. We had heard her a couple of years ago, and we were pretty excited to get to hear her again. 

I have read a couple of her books and would strongly encourage anyone to read about this lady's testimony.  A good place to start is with her book, "Now I Lay My Isaac Down."

Here's the official description taken from her site:

When God calls us to lay down the place, ministry or even the person we love most on the sacrificial altar, how will we respond? When her only son committed murder Carol Kent was forced to lay the person she valued most, or her "Isaac," in the hands of God. Fortunately, like Abraham before her, in the midst of her terrible sacrifice Carol encountered the God who loves her more than she loves her Isaac and she learned, little by little, to trust her Isaac to His caring hands. If you or someone you love is in the process of laying down an "Isaac," you will find Carol's heart-wrenching story and godly guidance absolutely indispensable.
No more spoiler alerts.....just encouragement to read it!

Ham and Broccoli Quiche

pie crust
1 1/2
cups cubed (1/4 inch) cooked ham
1 1/2
cups shredded Swiss cheese (6 oz)
cup broccoli florets
cup milk
teaspoon salt
teaspoon dry ground mustard
teaspoon pepper

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie pan as directed on box for One-Crust Filled Pie. Layer ham, cheese and broccoli in crust-lined pan. In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over broccoli. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

    Good one!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

  A Baby and Fam Time

I haven't journaled since last Tuesday for a reason! It seems late Tuesday afternoon things began to go south for me at Texas Motor Speedway. I developed some stomach issues; then later in the week I got some upper respiratory and laryngitis added to the mix. It was bad enough that I had to stay in bed some. The stomach stuff got better, so by Thursday evening we were able to drive into Keller from the race track to meet Jenna and Jared.

At dinner, Jenna and Jared gave us a little gift for helping them move. When I opened it, there were the cutest three little white baby onesies! They are pregnant! (It's very early about five weeks.) We are so excited! We were not surprised. They had already told us they were ready to start a family, and it would be sooner than later. Although they have only been married since November, they had dated three years, both have established careers, and they were 30+ years of age when they married. 

After a celebratory dinner, Jenna went with us to spend the night at the track. Marilyn and Rickie had gotten there by then.

Friday morning, Jenna and I drove home to see Glory in a play at school. She did great. We couldn't believe our little first grader had two solos!

Justin and Jonah came back with us to the race track after the play. Jared came out after he got off work Friday afternoon. It was great to go to the Friday night race together and have all of them with us in the RV that night.  

Jonah did the pinewood derby car race at the Christian Raceway Ministry tent Saturday morning. That's always fun for him. 

Lots of good food and fam time made it all worth the sick stuff going on. We are so blessed!