cereal shout out

If you haven't tried these...
...you are missing out!

I found these delightful at least semi-new cheerios last week at the grocery store, and I am loving them!  I am seriously not normally a cereal-lover...at all.  Normal cheerios may be good for you, but they also seem a bit bland to me.  But these cinnamon cheerios satisfy my hunger, my sweet tooth, and my desire to be healthy...hip hip hooray!

So grab a box and treat yourself!! :)


block adoption

Yesterday, a group of about twenty young adults headed into a block in North Charleston to share a little food, a little time, and a lot of love with the people there.  Our young adult ministry, Genesis, has been going to this block for about a year, and we have started forging some great relationships with a number of the individuals and families there.  It is primarily a low-income community, and it has been such a blessing to be a small part of giving some of the kids Christmas presents, delivering turkeys on Thanksgiving, and hopefully simply sharing a bit of Jesus' love for them one weekend a month.

This Saturday, I decided to bring our dog, Oliver, along to help me break the ice.  While I absolutely love meeting new people, I am not the world's best small-talker, and my pup was a huge help in getting conversations started! And Oliver was a huge hit with young and old alike.  What a blessing to get to talk to some of these wonderful people! I really, really loved this weekend, and I look forward to Oliver, Mikey, me, and the team heading out there next month!

Here are a few pictures of Adopt-a-Block:


if You lead me, Lord...

This song has been running through my heart and mind all day so far.  It is so powerful.  Sometimes, I get discontented with where I am in life...there is so much more I want to do and to be! But I know I can trust in my awesome God, following wherever He leads, and resting in the joy of being right where He wants me.  Praise God, that His plan for me and for you is perfect and beautiful!


blackberry cobbler, love, loss, and babies


My first attempt at blackberry cobbler was a success!
I had some blackberries that I bought a week ago in my freezer, and with the super bowl coming up, I decided to put them to good use.  I found a super easy recipe online for making blackberry cobbler in a crockpot (it's harder to mess up crockpot recipes)...because I am not super careful when reading directions before I actually get started, a slight forgot-to-thaw-out-the-berries issue arose, but with a few minor tweaks to the recipe it was still ready in time for the Super Bowl party!

Here's what you need:

14 oz frozen blackberries, thawed and drained 
(I used frozen, but fresh, blackberries)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup Bisquick original baking mix
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup milk
ground cinnamon
cool whip or vanilla ice cream, if desired

[1]  mix together blackberries, 1/2 cup sugar, water, and lemon juice. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours (or until boiling)
[2] Mix Bisquick, 2 tbsp sugar, and just enough milk to moisten ingredients. Drop dough by spoonfuls (should be about 6) onto hot boiling berry mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and cook on high for 20-25 minutes.
[3] To serve, scoop out "dumplings" and spoon berries on top.  Finish it off with cool whip or vanilla ice cream.

Here's what I ended up with:

I am no chef, but this was DELICIOUS!  Everyone loved it at the party :) It would be very easy to double or triple the recipe if you want to serve more people; it's easy; and it is great! If I can do it, you definitely can!


I have been thinking more and more lately about how amazingly blessed I am with my wonderful husband.  I just wanted to give him a quick shout out from the most public forum available to me...this blog.  Sweetheart, you are the greatest blessing of my life.  Thank you for your kindness, for your joy and your easy-going attitude.  Thank you for trying to so hard to remember everything on your to-do list.  Thank you for caring about things because I care about them.  Thank you for making me laugh so often. Thank you for your hand on mine when we're out with friends to let me know that you are still thinking especially of me.  Thank you for who you are, when I am around and when I am not.  You take my breath away, and I love you deliriously.


Loss.  Maybe that is a bit melodramatic, but this semester off from school really has been a huge change. I have lost the main part of most of my days leading up to this point in my life...classes and studying.  It is a strange place for a bookworm like your's truly to be.  But it is also a great break.  I am trying to truly take advantage of these rare quiet seasons of life, and while I am a little at a loss with how to fill some of my hours, I am also able to read, exercise, and invest in the people around me more.  So I guess, this one's really more of a gain!


Another shoutout...this one to our friends Robbie and Chelsie.  Last night, they announced that they are pregnant! They are both amazing, godly, fun people, and they are going to be great parents! I am super excited for them to embark on this new part of their lives :)  I am also a little freaked out that Chelsie is the first friend of mine that is MY AGE to be diving into motherhood...craziness.  And she'll be great! And I'll get to love on her little one, which will help tide me over until after med school and residency :)