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
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 not....it 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.
OK...so it doesn't take the best pictures...but YUM!!!!
BLACK-EYED PEA SOUP
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.