Friday, January 1, 2010


Wow...can you believe it?  Twenty-ten is here.  Two thousand nine is past.

Looking back on 2009, I see milestones of growth....huge financial obstacles to overcome, a new church, enormous spiritual growth, deep new friendships formed, a death in our family, blessings upon blessings to our family by the generosity of others and potty-training nightmares challenges. We were blessed with great relationships, health, and a rich family life.  I am thankful to God for His provision, care and protection.

I am so excited about twenty ten!  Are you someone who likes to make resolutions?  I so am.  I'm a list maker. I'm a freak for keeping track of life on paper.  (Which explains why we have a minor paper organization problem in our house...I make sub lists for my lists.)

I have chosen a theme for myself in twenty ten.  Believe it or is S-I-M-P-L-I-F-Y.  Yes, I know that is hard to believe.  How often have I talked about it this past year?  I did actually begin the process of simplifying our life around here in two thousand nine...but that is my THEME for this coming year.  I hope to help make life for our family as sweet, simple, non-complicated and faith/family focused as possible!  I can't wait to share the process with you. 

We have had a low key New Year's Day around here.  I have a sicky little one...he has a cold.

He has a low-grade fever, a horrendous cough, a pillow around his neck, due to a crick...AND a nasty bruise on his forehead from a slamming door last night.  Happy New Year, baby doll!  May it only go uphill from here! 

Did you have your black-eyed peas today???  We had our favorite black-eyed pea soup. it doesn't take the best pictures...but YUM!!!!


16 -ozs. dried black-eyed peas
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 T minced garlic
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 T olive oil
6 cups water
32-ozs. can chopped tomatoes, undrained
3 cups chicken broth
1 T chicken bouillon granules
2 jalapeno peppers, unseeded and chopped
1 T salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Bring peas and water to cover to a boil in a Dutch oven; cook 10 minutes.  Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.  Drain and remove from Dutch oven.

Saute onion and next 3 ingredients in hot oil in Dutch oven until tender.  Add peas, 6 cups water and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasinally, 1 hour or until peas are tender.  Yield:  10 cups

May twenty ten be a blessed year for you!  I look forward to all God has in store for us.


Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

What a beautiful picture of you and your hubby!! Let's face it, you have a beautiful family and what a great year you had.

Look forward to following you in the new year.


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Happy New Year friend! May 2010 be a year of seeing God's hand move in every area of your heart and life.

God has amazing plans for you and your family....and I'm excited to see what's in store.

Every Day Blessings said...

Loving the pictures of your family!

ElderChild said...

A Simple and Spiritual Life is the only Life that will survive.......

Charon Benton said...

Can't wait to share your journey with you this year! May yours be BLESSED!!! (with simplicity of course!)