Friday, May 1, 2009

catching up

its been a busy few weeks around here. Here's what we've been up to.

Last weekend I spent some time preparing some meals to add to our freezer stash...I made a total of 12 meals~ almost all of them being blog reader suggested...they look so good~we cant wait to try them! This first batch I completed all in the time it took to listen to the whole 'All That I Can Say' cd~(thanks Kate!) By the time the last song ended they were in the freezer and the second batch went about half as fast with the help of my sister Lisa.

We also went to see Steven Curtis Champan and Michael W. Smith in concert last week...they were amazing and we had such a great time. My favorite part was to hear Steven Curtis Champan talk about their stories of adoption and the loss of their daughter Maria...it definitely hit home in many ways. Thanks Ms. 'Usher Lady' (sorry I didnt catch you name :) for your hug and encouragement! I am so glad you said hi!




On the 25th we were honored to witness the wedding vows exchanged by Nicole and Chad! It was such a beautiful wedding and Nicole made a beautiful bride. I hope they are having a great time in Mexico on there honeymoon and praying they stay away from the piggies ;)






We are going a little stir crazy waiting for a certain phone call so we decided to make a last minute weekend getaway to Traverse City...we dont have anything planned~ we are just going. and we are really looking forward to spending some time as a couple while we can! We'll share all about it when we get back.

15 comments:

Mindy Roelofs said...

Have fun!! I almost was going to write "Bring home some fudge" But that is Mackinaw Island, lol silly me!

Jaclyn said...

Ok, the meals look good!!! I always say I'm going to do that, and I have yet to actually follow through. One of these days! Have fun on your get-a-way! I'm going stircrazy for you...I can't wait to see the blog/twitter that says "HE's HERE"!!!

Sierra said...

Your meals look great and the getaway sounds fantastic! I can't wait to hear the news of your son's arrival and I look forward to hearing your whole adoption story! How amazing!
~Kate Rietema

fabbrunette said...

The food looks great - you're so smart for freezing all your meals. I wish I could but I don't have enough room for it! Hope you get your phone call soon!
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Lori said...

You got lots done in a short amount of time. I'm sure you will be so grateful for those once your son arrives. Have fun on your getaway!

Amanda said...

I've seen Michael W. Smith in concert many years ago. He's amazing! I've loved his music since I was a little girl. I'm jealous.

Looks like you've got enough in the freezer to feed the two of you for a month! Congrats! That's a lot of work you won't have to do later. I can't wait to see the post that your new baby boy is here!

You and Robb are always in our prayers.

Jenny said...

I wish I could make meals ahead of time and store them. I am just not organized in the food making part of my life.

Have fun on your mini vacation.

Hgrace said...

You are so awesome for having all those meals made up!

I've been following your blog for a long time and have commented a few times, and you guys are in my prayers, and I am SO excited to meet your new son, I hope you'll share the story/photos here :) I also have been meaning to share one of my favorite (and SUPER easy) meals with you! Here goes:

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
-Add to a crockpot: 2-3 frozen chicken breasts, 2 cans chicken broth, 1 can mexican style stewed tomatoes, 1 small can (8oz) tomato paste, 1 can black beans (rinsed), frozen or canned corn (however much you want), 1 pkg taco seasoning, 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic, 2 handfuls crumbled tortilla chips (to thicken). You can also add whatever else would sound good to you :)
-Cook on low all day or high 4-6 hours
-Pull chicken out, shred, and return to crockpot
-Top with avocado, sour cream, cheese, chips, or anything else!

Seriously, this is the BEST chicken tortilla soup, it gets raves from everyone, and takes maaaybe 5 minutes to throw everything in together! And I love that I don't have to remember to defrost chicken, a very handy thing when you're a mama with a new baby :)

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend away! God bless you!

bri said...

I am so looking forward to a bit of a break long enough to be able to cook some foods to store as well. It is definitely getting harder now that the boys are 13 and 18 months. VERY ACTIVE!!! haha

Have an amazing time on your trip!!! Get some much (future) needed rest!

Blessings!

Rebekah said...

Counting down the days with you!!!! I had meal prep on my to-do list too. But now I'm not sure if I'm going to do it....We'll be gone for 3 weeks, I'm afraid the meals would taste awful by the time we get back!!!

Sheila said...

Hi Katie,
I am so glad that I was able to give you a hug at the Steven/Michael concert. You and your blog have been such an inspiration to me. I've been following along for quite some time and have been blessed to be able to laugh, cry, pray and praise with you. Thank you for being so honest and real with all of us.
- "Usher Lady"

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just found your blog and will be back to read more.

I enjoyed reading your blog. I am still new to the land of blog, but so loving reading others stories.
Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.
The May give-away has started and this month there will be 10 winners.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just found your blog and will be back to read more.

I enjoyed reading your blog. I am still new to the land of blog, but so loving reading others stories.
Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.
The May give-away has started and this month there will be 10 winners.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just found your blog and will be back to read more.

I enjoyed reading your blog. I am still new to the land of blog, but so loving reading others stories.
Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.
The May give-away has started and this month there will be 10 winners.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just found your blog and will be back to read more.

I enjoyed reading your blog. I am still new to the land of blog, but so loving reading others stories.
Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.
The May give-away has started and this month there will be 10 winners.