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if you met me...

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If you met me (depending on who you are) I would give you either a handshake or a big hug

If you met me you would notice that I don't make great eye contact, even when I get to know you (please don't ask why)

If you met me you would realize from the very start that I like to ask a zillion questions: I like to hear about your hobbies, convictions, etc. :D

If you met me you would realize from the very start that with me strangers never exist

If you met me I would play you a song on the piano

If you met me I would try to convince you that the piano is the best instrument to learn how to play

If you met me I would invite you to bake some delicious goodies together and show you how to make a pumpkin latte

If you met me you would find me in a long skirt, a looser fitting shirt and my hair would most likely be in a ponytail

If you met me you would find me constantly smiling

If you met me know that there would (at times) be an awkward silence

If you met me you would soon realize that…

Our little man

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Serving HIM, Alisha

My how she's grown

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The screensaver on our computer is set to display our favorite pictures...and lately Sydney and I love to eat our lunch and just look at the photos being played.  From today's I had to chuckle at some of the pictures at Sydney...some were absolutely cute, others were just plain silly, and there those where I wanted to cry tears of joy because my "baby" sister was growing up to be such a beautiful young lady!!!  Thought I'd share some with you...enjoy!


She has the most incredible voice {then again...I am just a little biased :D} No kidding though...she sounds like Mandy Moore when she sings Rapunzel's songs from the movie Tangled
Serving HIM, Alisha

My how time flies

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Is it just me or does time fly as you get older and older?  As I was looking through some old portraits, I stumbled across some that I thought I would share with you all.  Enjoy :D
yours truly in 2002
Sydney in 2002
me in 2005
Sydney in 2005

me in 2008
Sydney in 2008

me in 2010
Sydney in 2010
me and Sydney in December 2011...
...we haven't changed much since then, but eh!
Serving HIM, Alisha

Our Saturday blessing

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My mom grew up in a family where the world evolved around one word...
...sports...but not just any sport..football!
Does her family still like football?  I would say so.  Allow me to explain...
Mom went to football games her 4 years of High School (in fact she was a cheerleader one year and in the drill team the rest of the time), my uncle was in football when he was in High School, my grandpa watches football, my cousin (who is also a Junior in High School) plays Varsity, etc.
Now for me...well let me just put it this way...I had never been to a football game in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have I ever been associated with this sport?  Sure I have, but in the past I couldn't say I understood it.  Sure I've "played" football (two hand touch football), and going to your friends football game in Middle School doesn't count because I didn't even watch game, I'm not going to count watching the Shiloh Eagles vs. the Richland Giants either, and I don't think I can co…

The Rivercrest boys

It all at a summer camp in Fremont, Nebraska. The name of this camp was Camp Rivercrest. This was honestly a really fun camp to spend a week or two with new friends and learning about our Savior.   One might say, “Camp Rivercrest draws you nearer to God”  while another might say,“your whole time their you want to have revenge on the boys!”
 Honestly you do draw closer to God, but you also despise the fact that the camp is a boy/girl camp...when you only get three hours of sleep.  I learned this the hard way at nine years old!
One fine night in cabin 2, my friend Claire and I decided to have a sleepover on Claire's bunk. Claire was my age, and basically my best camp buddy! The night we decided to have a sleepover was also the night the boys decided to be...well boys! At 1:00 in the morning Claire and I woke up to, “Wake up girls! Rise and shine!” Now the counselor my cabin mates and I had that year was an awesome counselor! Until she was woken up to stuff like what the boys pu…

My life in a nutshell :D

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School has started...FINALLY!!
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and more photography
Serving HIM, Alisha

Jordan and her huge predicament

Joshua and Jordan always quarreled...and it was always over little things. One day the quarreling went to far! One snow day in Red Oak, Iowa, Joshua (11)  and Jordan (7) sat in the basement of their house playing the PlayStation 2. Not being able to decide on what game to play the quarreling soon began.

Joshua: No Jordan we're going to play Tony Hawk today, because we played the Disney game last time! Jordan: Joshua we played the Tony Hawk game last time! Joshua: No we didn't! You're just saying that because you want to play the Disney game! Jordan: Joshua I'm not that selfish! Joshua: If you don't let me play Tony Hawk, I'll lock you in the closet! Jordan: I'm going to tell Mommy that you're acting like this.

Soon Jordan found herself locked away in a dark closet, while Joshua was playing the game he wanted! After about 45 min. of being locked in the closet Jordan started crying until...knock, knock, knock. Somebody's at the door! Please be Mommy or…

Matthew 12:50

"For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Do we do the will of our Father in heaven?
Does Christ call us His brothers and sisters and mothers?

Lord,
please give us all the wisdom to come to You in everything we do.  Help us desire to do Your will...without You we are nothing.

For the rest of the week, desire to do the Father's will!

Serving HIM,
Alisha

Josh and his marvelous idea

It all happened with three very best friends: me (7), Josh (9), and Jordan (5).  
One cold winter day we decided to play at Joshua & Jordan's house.  Since I lived behind Joshua and Jordan,the three of us played with each other 24/7!  Anyway, Josh was grounded this particular very cold winter day, and Jordan was taking her afternoon nap.  Being the trouble-maker that he was, Joshua decided to go against what his mother, Heather, had told him, and played with me anyway, since I was playing in my backyard. Josh:Hey Alisha, come on over so we can play!       Me: “No Josh we can't your grounded, maybe tomorrow.” Josh: I'm only grounded from going over to YOUR house...we can still play.       Me: Oh, okay I'm on my way.  So I started heading toward the drive way. Josh: No, no, no, it will take too long, just climb over the fence.        Me: Joshua are you nuts, I'll get stuck, no way, I'm walking over! Josh: I'll even help you over, I climb over the fence all the ti…

A random act of goofiness...

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she is just full of surprises...kinda like yours truly...just don't tell anybody:D

Serving HIM,
Alisha

PS. Grandpa if you're reading this...this is proof to never let Syd drive the Arctic Cat {wink}

Words to ponder...

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

Keep this verse in mind as you face life's daily struggles and when you feel defeated!

Serving HIM,
Alisha

Cottage Cheese Fluff

1 container of cottage cheese1 can of crushed pineapplepackage of Jello (strawberry, cherry, flavorings taste best :)  But feel free to experiment with different Jello flavors)1 container of Cool WhipIn a large bowl put in your cottage cheese.  Then drain the pineapple juice from the can (you can do this by pressing firm on the lid once you have opened it).  Mix the cottage cheese and crushed pineapple together.  Now add your package of Jello to your cottage cheese and crushed pineapple mixture.  Mix these three ingredients REALLY GOOD!  Once you have mixed them really good, add in your Cool Whip.  You will need to mix REALLY, REALLY GOOD, because you need to have all the Cool Whip mixed in.  Once all the Cool Whip has been mixed in really well, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put the bowl into the fridge.  Let cool for some time before serving, for some reason it doesn't taste the same.  
I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe, like my family and I enjoy it :)
PS. This…

Dear ______ {insert Author's name}

I really enjoyed your book _____________ {insert book title}...until the 12th chapter.  This is when I started to cringe and question your decisions on why you had to add in the content that you did.  Sadly my flesh won the battle and I didn't put the book down like I should have (I'm by no means perfect)!  Since then I am constantly reminded of 2 Timothy 2:22  where we are commanded to "flee youthful lusts".

With the way our society is today, you should be writing books that edify the soul, provide challenging faith questions, etc.  We don't need books with party scenes, somewhat sensual actions, etc.  I you proclaim to be a devout Christian author, then shouldn't your work reflect your faith?

Your book has proven something to me...not all "Christian" authors can be trusted!

Serving HIM,
Alisha

King Ranch Chicken

1 lb. dried small white beans1 large onion, chopped1 tsp. salt4 oz. can green chilies, chopped1 tsp. oregano pinch each: cloves and Cayenne peppergreen onions, tomatoes and lettuce, chopped and grated MJ cheese1 1/2 qt. chicken broth2 cloves garlic, minced1 Tbsp.oil1 tsp. ground cumin1 tsp. ground coriander4 chicken breasts, cooked and choppedAfter the beans have been prepared for cooking, soak them overnight.  Before cooking, pour off the water and add the chicken broth.  Add half the onion and garlic and the salt to the beans; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until tender.  You may add more broth or water as needed while cooking.  Heat oil in a skillet; add the remaining chopped onion and cook until clear, about 5 minutes.  Add green chilies and all spices; mix well. Cook about 15 minutes.  Add this mixture to the beans; add chopped chicken.  Serve beans topped with cheese, then green onions, tomatoes and lettuce.