Come on out next week, we would love to have you! Have any Farsi speaking neighbors? Invite them as well!! Message me for time and location details. To God be the glory!
Craving for a home cooked meal? This is what we make around here when we are feeling 'home' sick.
Recipe file for you to print at the end of the post. Do you like lemons and shrimp? You will also fall in love this shrimp cocktail style ceviche.
To make the Patacones (fried plantains) you purchase the big green bananas pictured above.
1. Slice both ends off with a knife and run a slit through the thick peel down the length of the banana
2. Peel and chop into 1" chunks
3. Fry in hot oil about an inch deep. We like to fry in Coconut Oil, much healthier for you!
4. Once golden brown remove from the pan onto a plate with paper towel. Place patacones on cutting board and squish down with a mug until flat
5. Fry in same oil a second time until slightly more golden
6. Remove from pan and sprinkle desired amount of salt on top
Ceviche Recipe on cute vintage cards made by LOVE VS. DESIGN.
Dear Roy Everett,
I would like to tell you how we picked your name. Let's start with your middle name. Everett is in honor of your great-grandpa Everett Oswald Bare who was a man who pointed his family to God. The boy in the photo above is your grandpa Papa Bare, Everett's son.
I admired Poopa (Everett) deeply and desire for you Roy Everett to also follow in his footsteps. May you also be a steady, hard working, quick to smile, serving husband, loving father, fun creative grandpa, gentleman who is full of peace, honor, trustworthiness and above all was a solid Christ follower.
Everett O. Bare was born in Dallas, Texas on June 7, 1927. We didn't know when we named you this that you would be born in a city so close to his birth city and on the same week in June as him as well! Poopa was lots of fun as a grandpa. I have many memories of us together fishing and being out in nature. Everett B. went to be with Jesus on August 31, 2001 he was living in Longview, Washington.
A poem he wrote I have memorized since childhood still hangs in my dad's office to this day. May his legacy live on. I miss my grandpa and pray someday you will meet each other in heaven.
Your first name Roy is inspired by a name of God: El Roi
El Roi = The God who Sees. Other translations for El Roi: "a God of seeing" (Ge 16:13ESV), "the God Who sees me" (Ge 16:13NIV); "You Are the God Who Watches Over Me" (Ge 16:13GWT) "Comfort"; "You are the God of Vision" (NAB)
The Hebrew word for "See" (ra'ah) is the word from which "roi" (El Roi) is derived. I want you to know Roy that the first verses that I memorized on my own initiative are the following:
Search me, God, and know my heart;
Roy, look at what David is praying. He desires for El Roi who sees ALL to see within his heart. David wants to walk in the way of righteousness so he invites El Roi to search his innermost thoughts. I pray that you too would ask El Roi who never sleeps, who sees your needs and guards your going out and coming in now and forever to search you and lead you in the way everlasting. El Roi sees past, present, and future. He is watching and He is not for one moment failing to act.
Let me show you how wonderful this is my son, we see the term El Roi for the first time in Genesis. The setting is Hagar (Sarai's Maid) flees to the desert because of being mistreated. She flees into the desert where there should be nothing and runs into God.
So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her,
We as your parents also desire for you to know that God is involved in your deepest, most personal difficulties and looking over your very basic interests and needs. In the next verse Hagar names the well she was sitting at when God spoke to her.
Therefore the well was called Beer-Lahai-Roi;
Biblegateway.com says that Beer-lahai-roi means the well of the Living One who sees me.
We pray these characteristics over you Roy Everett. God has temporarily loaned us you as a precious gift and this is our prayer:
More details about your name inspiration can be found at these two links: El Roi - The God who sees after me and Yahweh Roi My Shepherd.
I wrote most of this post on your original due date of May 16, 2014; they changed your due date to May 25th; although El Roi decided it was best you came out on June 2, 2014 and we are so thankful!!
With lots of love your mom,
It's happening right now. As I type. And it's to fight human trafficking.
Norma Bastidas who has been abused and kidnapped herself will double the world record for longest triathlon by swimming, biking and running more than 3,500 miles starting her journey in Mexico and finishing in D.C., USA. Read about who Norma is by clicking this link. In 2009 Norma ran 7 of the world's most crazy environments on all 7 continents in 7 months.
This time her crazy dream is to complete the world's longest triathlon to bring awareness to the fight against human trafficking.
Norma couldn't even swim last year and she has already completed the 122 mile open water swim starting in Cancun. She is now relentlessly biking from Cancun up into the US, inspiring and empowering survivors every inch of the way. Did I mention she is 46 years old?
My husband's 2nd cousin, Mary Wade, works for iEmpathize, and that is how I got into following Norma's journey to make history. iEmpathize (a non-profit organization) has a mission to do battle with modern day slavery and child exploitation.
A team from iEmpathize are following Norma with their film crew to create a documentary that will come out in late 2014 or early 2015, titled Be Relentless. This film will feature Norma's record breaking triathlon as well as the stories of human trafficking victims.
Money raised from this film will help victims with programs, curriculum in education, and scholarship funds for survivors of human trafficking.
Mary has informed me that there are still many miles ahead that need to be sponsored! The money raised in this campaign will impact at risk and exploited kids in Mexico and the US.
Check out the latest video put on by iEmpathize capturing moments in Norma's journey.
Join us by sponsoring a mile or more of Norma's journey and inspiring others to do the same. Click the link below to find out more on what a mile costs! If you can't give the whole mile amount- even $25 can make a difference! Share this opportunity and what is going on with your church, bible study group, friends and family!
Excited about this world record breaking accomplishment to fight injustice. Christ has called us to radical steps, will you join the fight? What organizations are you involved with who would want to hear more about what iEmpathize is accomplishing?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
We had so much fun putting on our Valentines Spa Party this last Saturday.
Event schedule: Eat delicious treats, girl time, pedicures, manicures, and facials with the leading dermatologist product Rodan+Fields!
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Thanks to all the ladies (and one brave gentleman/grandpa baby holder) who came to celebrate with us!
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We had lots of fun and can't wait until we can party again!
For my sons 2nd birthday I wanted custom made napkins without the custom made cost. I figured out how to print on my own napkins the logo and font of my choice.
This can be used for business, birthdays, graduations, weddings, pregnancy reveal, and any other special custom made occasion.
I did have a lot of trial and error but I figured out a system that worked well.
Three steps to napkin printing
1. First design what you want on the napkin in a program of your choice on the computer. I use a Mac, so Pages works for me, but a simple Word Document also does the trick.
I research free fonts to download that go with my theme. I look for images or styles that I would like to choose. For Zane's Bike party I found this cute bike image in a font that I could use. For the pregnancy reveal I found a font with an image of a baby bottle and heart to use.
A good place to go to search free cute fonts is Pinterest.
Once you have the design you must place the image in the center of the paper.
2. Create a napkin sandwich. You must do this or the printer will not print your napkin and your napkin gets stuck in the printer. To trick the printer I taped two pieces of regular paper together with the top paper having a giant hole in the middle of it. This tricks the printer into not catching on the napkin material.
3. I placed the blank napkin inside the hole to be printed on. I had to do a few test prints before I figured out the exact orientation I wanted for the napkin. I labeled the paper so that each time I went to print a napkin I could just place it in the right spot. With this method you are only able to print on one napkin at a time, but you get the design you want!
Enjoy printing your own napkins! Has anyone tried printing on material through a regular printer? Does anyone know about a printer that would print on the napkin directly with out the paper sandwich? Do share if you have some information!
This time around when I found out we were expecting, I decided to keep it a secrete for a date night! I knew I couldn't go long without letting my husband in on our little secrete so I didn't allow myself to know for sure (take the home test) until I arranged for a babysitter that evening for our first child. When I saw it was positive I went into full plan mode and was super excited about our date night! We had been trying for some time and this was going to be really exciting news!! I kept it really simple but we will have such a sweet memory to share for that date night.
3 DIY steps to prepare for the reveal:
FIRST: When husband wasn't home I created a word document with a cute free font I found online that had a baby bottle built in to the template. Free font download of Baby Lexi font.
SECOND: Choose your napkin of choice. Create or buy a congratulations card and place the due date inside.
THIRD: Print image you created on the napkin! Details on how to print on a napkin: DIY Napkin Printing. Slip the two napkins one saying "You're my mommy" "You're my daddy" into your purse and he will never know!
Go on a fun date!
We started out walking around botanical gardens. Then we made our way to the restaurant. My husband conveniently needed to go to the restroom so I placed his napkin under his silverware at our table. If he didn't leave for a moment my plan was to 'go to the restroom' and ask the waiter to bring the napkins to us and place them on the table when we receive our drinks, refills, or plates.
At first we just starting eating like normal, then my husband saw he had a napkin and went to use it. He was confused at first, then looked at me with a hopeful expression. I couldn't contain my excitement and gave him a congratulations card with the expected due date inside. He was overjoyed and we got to spend the rest of the evening talking and dreaming.
If you have known us for a while you have heard about our journey (read about it HERE) through loss and the unknown. You know of how big a deal this is. Not only is this big news but it points to a big God. A God who doesn't always do what we want, but who always does what is right.
The fact that we have another little heart beating that bears the Holland name is a miracle from God. I had blood work done to see if I have developed any anti-bodies that could potentially 'kill a foreign object' (ie: baby) and they came back negative! We are overjoyed at this miracle!
Thank you for your prayers. We have another appointment in a week and I still struggle with insecurities about if the baby is ok. Pray that I remind myself of Truth, and battle those lies with God's Word! Even if baby is not ok, this is not our home. Christ is enough to sustain us. Christ is enough period.
Husband designed and drew the chalkboard sign! YAY! He is so talented!!
With 4 thankful hearts this thanksgiving,
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God let me know even before our son was born, that I needed to be a stay at home mom. The reason: God has designed the family to be the primary trainers and disciple makers of their children. I have a huge task ahead! When my husband said we needed to make the move off the mission field and into Seminary, in the USA, I was very worried. How would I be the bread winner and stay at home? All God said in return... "I will provide."
I had to first take the trust fall before God showed me His provision. My thoughts were full of worry as we were moving into a country where we needed to triple our income we had in Ecuador to survive in Texas.
My mom told me about our mutual friend who left the mission field the year before who found a stay at home job. Motivated by the knowledge that God said He would provide a stay at home job, I made the contact! I am a living testimony that when God says he will provide- He always does.
I am now an Independent Consultant and Business Owner with Rodan and Fields Dermatology. I couldn't be more excited about joining a business launch than this one. The reason? What we provide with R+F puts the exclamation mark on a Proverbs 31 woman (CEV). I have always wanted to strive more like this woman pictured below:
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