Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Myrtle Beach Thanksgiving...

Justin and Michael wrote this message in the sand. I took the photo from our balcony.

Well, Justin and I just got back from a week full of family, food, putt putt golf, shopping, and the Atlantic Ocean. It was wonderful.

For a whole week we stayed in a gorgeous, four bedroom, three bath condo right on the ocean in North Myrtle Beach. Here is the view from in front of the condo:
We had beautiful weather.
Obviously we were on the beach everyday. We collected shells and shark teeth (Justin found over 100.); found hermit crabs, and Justin even caught a fish in a net! Granted, it was a tiny one, but he still caught a fish in the Atlantic Ocean! One of my favorite things on the beach happened our third or fourth day there. I was running on the beach when I look out at the ocean and there were about twenty dolphins! They all were jumping out of the oceans: like clear out of the water! It was incredible.

Each evening Grandpa would take everyone to a fancy restaurant. One of my favorites was a Brazilian steakhouse called Rioz. Now this was a very unique place... each person has this little cardboard circle that is green on one side, and red on the other.
The crazy cardboard circles.

When the green side is up, waiters start pouring out of the woodwork with meat skewered on these huge swords. They place the sword next to you and ask if you would like whatever kind of meat it was. They had chicken, pork, lamb, and steak. There is also a salad bar with tons of crazy things on it... like sushi. Now this was fun for me because I have never had sushi before, but I decided to be a little adventurous! I now love sushi! Specifically, California rolls; they are so yummy! Oh! I almost forgot my absolute favorite part! The grilled pineapple! They skewer pineapple, cover it in cinnamon and grill it. It's amazing; I ate so much of the pineapple that my mouth was raw. Here is a quick little video of the pineapple swords:

As you can see from the video, there was a ton of Justin's family there! It was wonderful to see everyone again. Half of the people we hadn't seen since our wedding! On Thanksgiving we all took a family photo:
Back Row: Grandpa and Grandpa Biddle, Uncle Robert, Aunt Kim, Me & Justin. Middle Row: Uncle Drew, Aunt Alanna, Mom, Dad, & Michael. Front Row: Sarah, Joshy, Katie, and Tiffany.
One night, Grandpa even took us all to see a show at the Alabama Theater.  It wonderful. Full of singing, dancing, and jokes. Here is a photo from that night:
This was taken before the show.
There is still so much more I could write about, but I have to stop somewhere! Overall, it was an amazing vacation. I can't believe it is done already, but I will have some incredible memories to last me a long, long time.
P.S. If you would like to see ALL of our photos from this trip, and even a few from our little stop in Charleston, SC on our way home: click here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I:43 Agape Feast

Last night was the I:43 Agape Feast. I:43 is a college group that I help out with on Tuesday nights. My friends Jordan and Jessica are the pastors of the group.

Anyway, everyone was asked to bring a dish to pass. I brought lasagna, stuffing, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, and apple pie. It took be a day and a half to make it all, but I love baking! Here the photos of my desserts.
To get the recipe for these 92 Calorie Cookies, click here.

Last night we had an AWESOME turnout thanks to an AWESOME God! There were 105 people there. Fifteen people rededicated their lives to Christ, and there were even a couple first time salvation's! Here are a few pictures from last night:
My friend, Andi and me before the feast.

All the food!

Jessica and Jordan.

The room from above.

Jordan and Jessica talking about communion.
I have been attending I:43 for a while now, but I met some new people last night.

For those of you who don't know, Justin and I didn't kiss on the lips until we were at the altar getting married. (At the top of this blog, underneath the name "The Modern Housewife, you can see a picture of our first kiss). We worked really hard for four years to keep our testimony of purity.

Back to the new people I met last night. One of the new people is a lady named Marshi. Every Friday she has group of young ladies come to her house and they have a Bible study, pray for each other, and have some girl time. Well, Marshi heard about Justin and my testimony, and wants me to be a speaker at her Bible study! I am so excited! I have always wanted to speak into the lives of younger girls! I love how good God is!

I also got the best compliment I could possible think of last night. Marshi and I were talking about being housewives, prayer, purity, and all sorts of stuff. She turned to Justin and told him how blessed he is to have married a virtuous woman like Proverbs! I certainly know I am not there yet, but it has been a goal of mine since I became a Christian to become a Proverbs 31 woman. To have someone see the beginnings of that in me is such a blessing to me!

God was so good last night. Between the compliments, the new people & opportunities, and the salvation's! I don't know that last night could have been any better.

God is so GREAT!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

♫♪ "It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas..." ♪♫♪

Well, as I said in my last post, Justin and I have decorated for Christmas.

Here is a picture of us setting up the tree:
Please excuse the messy counter...
The following are the finished pictures! I love how pretty our home looks.
A general view of the living room.
Our Toy Story train! We got it in Disney World, we thought it would be perfect under the tree.

Side view of the tree. You can actually see the ornaments in this picture. Every year my Mum buys me a Madame Alexander ornament... they are always little dolls. Justin jokes that our tree looks like "It's a Small World" ride from Walt Disney World. Ha Ha... it kinda does.

My wonderful nativity. My Mum bought this for me for my last Christmas at home.

My fireplace! I love this silly thing.
Since we had to rearrange our furniture, I thought I'd post a picture of what our living room looks like now. Oh, and the ottomans are new.
My handsome hubby is in the pic too!
Well, that is all for now. Happy decorating!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Busy Bee... buzz, buzz.

This has been a very busy week for me. I've loved it, but I am tired, and it's only Thursday!

Last Saturday we spent the whole day decorating our home for Christmas. Our home is beautiful, I'll have to post pictures later. Sunday, Justin and I became members of Calvary Church in East Ridge, Tennessee. (We love our new church home, and are getting plugged in quickly!) On Sunday evening I worked in the nursery during the evening service. The kids are so sweet. I am looking forward to next month when I can do it again!

Monday through Thursday this week I have been working from 8am to 4pm in the church office. The administrative assistant is on vacation and I am answering phones! It it nice to be able to use the degree I earned, but the commute is about 40 minutes! I hate driving; however, I love this church and the people here, so it more than makes up for the commute.

I have more appreciation for my mother now. I can't imagine working full time, all the time, and still have to take care of a home and kids like she does! My house is so messy right now, and dinners have not been very good... we're talking like reheated soup and spaghetti. Lucky for me, Justin's favorite meal is spaghetti.

I have loved this time working outside the home, but I am ready to be a housewife again. I am blessed to be a housewife, it's wonderful.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Yummy 92 Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies

Place the following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

1/2 cup (or one stick) of blue bonnet light butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
...3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar substitute (I used "ideal" it's for baking)

Mix very well.

Add the following:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 package of nestle semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Use a tablespoon amount of dough and place 9 dollops on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Repeat until all the dough is gone.
This recipe should make two dozen cookies. Also, the cookies spread quite a bit, so make sure leave enough room. Last, make sure they cool for a bit on the pan, or you won't be able to get them off in one piece.


The Holiday Season Begins!

For those of you who don't know, I am a Disney FANatic, and I also start my Christmas season the day after Halloween. So when I saw this on the Walt Disney World website, I just had to share it with everyone!

Click Here.

I hope you enjoy! I sure did! Oh, and by the way, do it a couple times, the options change!