Saturday, June 16, 2012

If Only...

The twinsies and I were sitting at the counter last night having a great little discussion when I said something like:
"Jesus died on the cross for us so that we could live."
to which Hannah replied:
"Ohhhhh, that's really niiiiiiice."

Sweet girl, if only you realized how "nice" it is!

Monday, June 4, 2012

{When Our Plans Are Thrown Crazily Out of Loop}

My schedule for list Tuesday included:
Finish all written assignments {history}
Make Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Learn A major chord
CD for Mrs. Gol----
5 gifts
Do you also see how almost nothing's crossed off?


Tuesday morning I was making smoothies for breakfast. Nothing too abnormal about that, right? I sent Jenna out to the garage freezer for some blueberries and turned on the blender. J came back, and said we had a problem. Ellie had left the freezer door cracked the night before and the freezer... wasn't cold. And neither was most of our food.

double sigh.

The kiddos drank their smoothies while Mom and I went out to access the damage. The completely full freezer had thawed raspberry juice dripping down onto every shelf, one could actually poke the squishy meat, and a container of ice cream looked more like milk.

triple sigh.

We threw out 16 cups of cooked, diced chicken, all the raspberries, 16 hamburger patties, a few bags of corn and that ice cream. We decided to keep all the blueberries and all the jam.

That left us with 6 roasts and 3 packages of stew meat, all 75% thawed.  We buy our beef in bulk. :)

Momma and I spent the rest of the morning cleaning the freezer, calling neighbors to borrow crockpots, picking up crockpots in the wagon, mixing up recipes and browning stew meat. That afternoon, I began to see the comedy in the situation when our counter looked like this:
There was stew meat, shredded BBQ beef, beef for Beef and Noodles, and a roast in the oven.
But there were positives to the situation. I started counting them and before long, I was adding them to the list. 

1. That we caught this before all of our food was ruined
2. The fact that we were able to save the jam and blueberries
3. We now have several meals already cooked and in the freezer
4. Our freezer has never been this clean!
5. Our freezer was actually pretty empty- by the end of the year, it will be full to the brim with our new 1/2 cow, around 40 pounds of blueberries, fresh freezer jam, more chicken and who knows what else! God had a perfect time planned for this to happen.
6. The fact that...
 My history assignments didn't get done. (They actually still aren't.) I was worn out of kitchen work and so didn't make the muffins.  I don't know the A major chord for the guitar, and Mrs. Gol----'s cd still isn't in the mail. 


My schedule was thrown out for God's schedule.

and maybe that's worth a sigh of delight.

Friday, June 1, 2012

"Without Our Traditions..."

"Our lives would be as shaky as... As a Fiddler on the Roof!" bum, bum, bum. Boom, Boom. The music still echoes through my head. And it will still. for years. but I'm okay with that. :)
Getting ready for Fruma-Sarah to come back from the grave
Being goofy :P
Abby-Doodle and I
It would have been scandalous for a Russian Jewish girl to even look at a Catholic priest, much less wear his hat. But, as you can see, I am a very scandalous daughter.
My and Katherine's pre-show dance... another one of my favorite traditions
Our devotion committee praying before devotions one evening... this was one of my favorite parts of the entire day.
Crew and Libby
Brye... and a random penguin found sitting on a stool
The tv in the makeup room
Our amazing bottledancers
6 perfect shows... never dropping a bottle
My family :)
Full cast, crew and staff. If we had been missing a single person, none of this would have been possible. (And Breilen's sign reads "Peter Sinko..." Peter was really, really sick and so had to be represented in that way. :) )