She is a beautiful blessing from the Lord

and on Sunday we dedicated her back to Him.

The idea of a baby dedication is rather new to us as it wasn’t done in our old church. But we love the concept of coming before God and the body of Christ (our church) and promising to do our best to raise her up in the way of the Lord and also to ask for the church’s prayers and help in that task. All told it probably only took 5 minutes but it was so sweet and meaningful although my dear baby spent the whole time blowing raspberries at her favorite people, making fish lips and clucking noises and finishing it off by singing a song….loudly.

**Disclaimer** A baby dedication is very different from a baptism. We did not baptism Reagan as we believe the Bible teaches that she must first sin, repent, have faith and then be baptized into Christ.


A most superb weekend!

It was an over all stupendous weekend at McKissick Manor. Which was most needed after an awful week at work. Stupid volcano…jacking up the emergency travel department where I work.

Anyway…. On Saturday the Ladies from church all went to Appleton for the sole purpose of eating at Olive Garden and forcing me into finally buying maternity bras. Both goals were accomplished however one was done much more cheerfully. After we returned home it was time to set up for Michael’s shindig since all the fellows at church were coming over for pizza and a devo. Since I did not meet the criteria to join them (aka I am not a man) I passed the time in the basement were I was supposed to be cleaning the sewing room but instead caught up on Project Runway.

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The advantage of always being the one with the camera is that you never have to be in any of the pictures. Which works for me as it turns out I am not one of those adorable pregnant chicks. Mostly I look like an expecting hobbit.

The Sunday we headed out to the Thompson Estate for some kite flying and taco bar with our youth group. It has stormed all night so were a little worried that kite flying wasn’t going to happen but the weather cleared up beautifully and it was perfectly windy! We wrapped up the afternoon with ice cream cones.

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Sometimes when I sit back and reflect I am amazed and so grateful for how blessed we are! We certainly serve an awesome God!

Date night with Michael…

So Thursday was a wet and dreary day in Wisconsin. I won’t complain too much since it was raining and NOT snowing….Oh how I am dreading the snow….cold, wet feet, soggy, stained pant legs, and slippery, treacherous ice. However Thursday was a great day for napping, sewing and going to the movies. Which as it turns out is exactly what we did.

On Wednesday night at Bible study someone mentioned the movie Fireproof. This is a Christian based movie about marriage. Most other Christians have heard of this movie especially since it has been selling out in places however we live under a rock (and do not watch much TV or listen to the radio) so we were clueless. As soon as Michael found out Kirk Cameron was in it he started begging to go. Michael is a huge fan of the Way of the Master ministries which Kirk is a part of. So after a day of napping, sewing and general putzing around with a little laundry thrown in for good measure we headed out to Wausau to see the movie. Actually before we drove to Wausau we had to stop at the local hobby shop to get a coal mine for someones model railroad. I won’t complain since it will keep him happy and busy….too busy to play with Bernie which is something he thinks he wants to do. Ok, back to the subject at hand….

This movie was phenomenal. Simply amazing. It gave me so much joy to see a wholesome Christ-center movie on the big screen as opposed to straight to DVD which is usually the lot of Christian movies. I highly recommend any married person or person considering getting married go see this movie. It is based around a couple on the brink of divorce and the change in thoughts and actions they go through and the decisions they make. I won’t spoil the rest but please go see it. Even if you aren’t Christian it will be beneficial. I promise. Michael and I had a great discussion regarding our marriage on the way home from the movie. I guess that is the one benefit to having to drive 45 minutes to the theater.

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There is also a home study that goes along with this movie. We are going to host the study in our home starting in January. If you want to come please do…I will make cookies.

Yummy (and healthy) Recipes

Cowboy Caviar

I made this for a healthy snack and took some to church potluck and it was a hit!

    1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

    1 15-ounce black beans

    1 can of corn drained
    1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
    1/4 cup finely chopped red sweet pepper
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons cooking oil

    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 or 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

     1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped up

      1/4 cup diced red onion
    1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, or to taste
    Dash salt

   You just mix everything up together and let it sit in fridge over night. Servce with pita bread or tortilla chips. Yummy

Youth Rally in Black River Falls.

Yesterday Michael and I took the youth up to Black River Falls for the all night youth rally they were having. We have a lot of obligations this weekend so it is really a juggling act. Last night was also the men’s night out at our church which is really just the guys copying our Ladies craft nights but Michael wouldn’t fess up to what crafts they did. Apparently they had fun because they kept texting Becca and I telling us they would be “just a little longer” so Becca and I went to the fabric store to pick up some green fabric for her super secret project. I love this child. I wish I could just keep her forever. She is really getting good at making yo yos.

So they guys finally showed up at 9:30 so we could start our 2 hour drive to Black River Falls. I was slightly worried how the night would go when Bryce fell asleep in the van on the way. But in true Bryce fashion he just chugged Mt. Dew and got a bit wacked when we arrived. It is my personal opinion that Mt. Dew and coffee should be classifed in the same catagory as beer and liquor. Must have ID. Must be 21. What crazy person thought it would be a good idea to pump these kids full of Mt. Dew, coffee and large amounts of junk food and then go to bed so they could run wild through the woods all night? I was under the impression that all the evening activites would be scheduled and planned but shortly after we arrive the preacher and his wife left to go out of town and the other adult couple went to bed. Great. Around 2am I couldn’t make it anymore and I had to go to sleep since I was driving the van full of children and Michael home in the morning and was hoping not to kill us all.

We get home around 10 am (barely since I only got like 2.5 hours of sleep) everyone proceed to crash at our house. Seriously Bryce just face planted right into the couch and stayed right where he landed. But I noon I had to wake everyone up to go to Oliver’s 5th birthday party at the mall. I was only slightly surprised to receive the death glares from the sweet children whom I know love me very much. We drug our groggy buts to the children’s museum for the party. Except Michael, he flat our refused to get up. He said he wasn’t 5 so it wouldn’t be fun and we are taking Oliver for his special day next week anyway. I can’t say he was wrong so I didn’t argue with him. We try to take each of the children at church out for a special day around their birthdays.

The party was very cute and everything but was attended by more 5 year olds then I was comfortable with. The cake the museum was tiny and I guess they only felt the need to provide cake to the already sugar hyped children. Is it wrong to say that if I had known this in advance I would have also blown off the party? Who picks lemon poppy seed flavored cake for a birthday anyway. I have a strong relationship with birthday cake. Anyway Michelle and I blew off the party a bit early and went to Bill’s Pizza for with Tyler and their kids. I came home around 4:30 and proceed directly to my bed and only woke up at 8:30 which means I will probably not sleep much tonight. Maybe it will be an all night quilt a thon?


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