Sunday, October 26, 2014

My testimony

Growing up my brother, Ryan, and I visited my dad who was remarried and had become a Christian. I remember many times him sitting down with us, Bible in hand, explaining the “basics” of the gospel and taking us to church on the Sundays he had us. I began going to church with my grandma at her Baptist church until my teen years. My dad had given my brother and me King James Version Bibles one Christmas. I knew that I needed to read the Bible and always tried to start in Genesis but it was hard with all the “thee”s and “thous” so I never read very much. I always felt guilt for not reading though. Romans 1:19-21 says, “because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because , although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God. Nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” I held fast to my sin. My junior year a friendly youth pastor from a Christian church reached my brother when doing ministry at our High School. My brother was very influential and got my mom, step-dad, little brother, many friends from school, and me to go when the church put on a play, “Heavens Gates, Hell’s Flames.” It was very touching to many people. Shortly after we saw it my older brother, little brother, and I got baptized. Still, I did not read my Bible or continue going to church. I went on to college and continued living more and more in sin. At age 21, my eyes were opened. Sometime before then my older brother left his old lifestyle and devoted his life to Christ. I had never seen a change in someone more dramatic. He desperately wanted us to know God. I guess I perceived him to be “stiff” but I understand now that God had given him a new heart and a sensitivity to sin that gave him little tolerance to the sin around him. One day he was bold and gave me a New International Version Bible and some of Billy Graham’s “Decision” magazines. I thought it was nice of him but just took them home and left them sitting around. Finally, one day out of boredom I opened up one of the evangelism magazines and began to read. Something struck me and curiously I opened up the Bible to see what it had to say. This was the time I began to hear Jesus’ voice as it says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me.” This Bible didn’t have the “thee”s and “thous” and it was a study Bible that explained more about what it said and I could actually understand it. I also was reading in the New Testament which I found very applicable to my every day life although I now learn a lot from the Old Testament as well. I knew I was a sinner and felt strong conviction for the way I was living. John 16:8, to describe what the Holy Spirit was doing says, ”And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment of sin.” I strongly desired forgiveness and was overjoyed that God would actually forgive all my sins. Romans 4:7-8 says, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” I developed a strong hunger and thirst for God’s word and had a strong desire to be obedient even if I failed at times like it says in 1Peter 2:2, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” I went out & rented, The Greatest Story Ever Told which gave me a visual about Jesus’ time here on earth, began reading the Bible regularly, and going to church. I have found little by little God has been working in my life to conform me to the image of His Son as it says in Romans 8:29, “For who H e foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Something that was so incredibly freeing is that I was able to let go of old hurts, things I had held against people for years. It was so humbling when I realized how much I had been forgiven. Who was I not to forgive others? Luke 6:37 says, ”Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you-good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” It was not until my husband and I came to Tulsa Bible Church that God began doing an awesome work in our marriage through some very precious people. I’m excited about what God is doing in our lives and what He has in store for the future! I know I can be sure of my salvation because John 10:28-30 says, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” My walk with God began with a new heart toward sin- what God promises to those who will believe in His Son, that He died on the cross to save us from sin. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” I think it’s so important to plant the word in someone’s life with words, a tract, a Bible and pray for God to prepare their hearts. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” Christ spoke in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Velveeta Enchilada Bake

Velveeta Beef Enchilada Bake

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 can (14.75 oz.) cream-style corn
1/2 lb. (8 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 corn tortillas (6 inch), cut in half
1 can (10 oz.) ROTEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained(If your not into spicy I would get the Mild Rotel)
Pre heat oven to 350°F.
Brown ground beef in large skillet; drain. Stir in corn and VELVEETA. Mix together until the velveeta is melted.Spoon 1/3 of the meat mixture into 8-inch square baking dish; cover with 6 tortilla halves and 1/4 cup tomatoes (rotel) .Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat mixture and rotel; cover with foil and bake for 25 min. or until heated through and bubbly.Garnish with cilantro.

I got this from

Next time, I will probably add salt and pepper to the meat mixture and shredded cheese on top.
It was really good and seemed like a shortcut way of making enchiladas.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Taco Casserole

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mac & Cheese and Lil' Smokies

I made this for dinner tonight. I thought it was really good and that it tasted very similar to the Cafeteria recipe from school which is what I wanted. Yes, I liked that but I like "Cafeteria food." Today was a more productive day than I have been having lately. I am still in the 1st Trimester of my pregnancy and have very limited energy and get really tired. We are excited about our new little Hildebrant and I am really looking forward to being out of the first trimester! I cleaned a little this morning, went to the grocery store (was thrilled to find some decaf tea packets I can pour into my water bottles since I'm trying not to drink too much caffeine), fed the kids lunchables there so I could conserve my energy and not have to have a lunch mess at home and because it was time to eat, came home and cleaned out the refrigerator and put away groceries while kids watched Little House on the Prairie, did dishes, made this dinner with a fruit salad of peaches, blueberries, and strawberries,  and corn on the cob, supervised the kid's chores, gave bathes, read to the kids, went for a walk ( a cold?! summer walk), put away laundry, had girls putting their laundry away, random other little things like filling soap bottles and organizing little things I've been wanting to, and now energy enough to write this! Wow! Things just feel and look less chaotic. Right now I can't have all productive days and, when I do, I usually can't do much the next day. Last week when we spent 4 hours at the zoo with friends, I couldn't function so well the next day. Also, I didn't have the energy for this today but I was happy when I found a container of gluten free pie crust dough. Soon I plan on making a peach pie with it.

 Oh yeah, the recipe...I used some Sam Mill's gluten free elbow noodles made from corn and I couldn't believe how good they were in this. Gluten free noodles never match up with regular ones. They are usually really sticky or mushy but these were perfect. I got this recipe from a blog called Also, I did not do the topping because I didn't have bread crumbs and I loved the subtle flavor of the rotel in it.
Recipe: Smokin’ Mac and Cheese
All you need:3 cups dried elbow macaroni (any type you like)1 package Hillshire Farms Lil Smokies1 can Rotel Mild Tomatoes with Chilies2 cups half and half2 tablespoons butter1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese2 cups shredded Mild Cheddar cheese
For Topping (topping is optional):4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted1 tablespoon (Fajitia or Taco Seasoning)1 cup unseasoned dry bread crumbs
All you have to do:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to package directions for al dente… you want it cooked but still chewy because you will be baking the casserole in the oven later.Drain the pasta and return to the pot.Meanwhile, in a medium pot add the half and half, 2 tablespoons butter and shredded cheese. Cook over medium heat until cheese has melted and sauce is smooth, stirring frequently.Add the sausage and tomatoes to the cooked macaroni and stir well.Add the cheese sauce to the pot of macaroni, stir well.Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 baking pan.
To make topping: (this is optional)Put butter into a 2 cup measuring cup or bowl and melt in the microwave.Add the seasoning and bread crumbs.Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the casserole. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes.Remove the foil and continue to bake for about 20 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly.

Monday, July 14, 2014

SO good!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Fun Week

Derrick and I went out early for our 12th anniversary because he had to leave for a summer class in Louisville. We dropped the kids off at my mom's. We have an ignition problem with the Pilot and it was worse than ever that night. The car would not start. You just have to keep trying to start it until it seems to hit a sweet spot and it only happens at random. About 15 minutes later, the kids came out with their swimsuits and were about to head to dinner and a Splash Pad park. "You're still here?!" Derrick and I took turns trying and his arm was getting tired. At one point he said, "I'm tempted to take this thing straight to a dealership when I get it started." I said it was fine with me. We were going to dinner and a movie but we went car shopping instead. I ended up getting the Smoky Taupe Odyssey I had seen and liked! We didn't make it to dinner (Friday's)until 9:00. It was such a fun night and we couldn't wait to see the kid's excitement when we picked them up. They loved it! Derrick had the dealership fix some things and put new front tires on it so we had to give it back for a few (5) days after having it 1 night. On our actual anniversary (the 29th), we went to Ihop for breakfast with Derrick and said our goodbyes and then on to church. We had lunch at grandmas and hung out for awhile and then went home. I happened to see there was a firework show from a post on Facebook that night. We still had time to make it so I told the kids as soon as their rooms were clean we'd hop in the car and go. On the way, Sam said, "I wish we were driving the new car!" A little bit later I pulled into Braums for ice cream and said, "Sam, you should be happy that we're NOT in the new car now!" The kids know there are new rules for the Odyssey: No eating and drinking unless on a road trip. We parked at our doctor office and watched the fireworks. Cameron really liked them this year ;) We are looking forward to another fireworks show and spending the 4th with our dear friends, the Smoliaks.We are now officially on our summer break and plan to swim with Grandma Bobber and Papa Mitchell a lot and hang out with friends...Oh, and organize the house and do some school planning!  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An Anticipated Day

We've been waiting a long while to have a Walmart in our town. Today was the opening day! Derrick told the kids when it opened, he'd take them to buy something.  It was so much fun to go on that outing. We were greeted with Coca Cola Floats at the door. ;) The kids chose a Four Square ball and a big pack of chalk. When we got home, Derrick drew 4 Square for them. He mowed the lawn while the kids and I played. Then he joined us. After that he drew a really fun Hop Scotch. Later Bailey wrote, "I love my mom and dad!" where we'd see it when we walked out the door. He was sitting in a chair eating his icee (Flavor Ice), I think, and said, "This is the best day ever!" :-)

*Tonight I went back up to Walmart to get a few things. When I was close to the entrance I saw a man waving at me and he said, "It's my favorite Reasor's customer!" I felt a bit like a traitor when I realized it was one of the Reasor's managers, I think but, hey, he was there too! He said he had to come see how big it was. I told him we'd still come see him too.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014

A snake!

What a wild day the kids have had! Today we were cleaning when Lili pulled up in our driveway. She had been calling me but I was in the garage cleaning and didn't know it. She said, "C'mon! She's having a baby! Hurry! She had two before I left and was having another when I was leaving. Bailey was not at all reluctant to leaving his job and hopping in her car! He ran and got the girls and they were off! At first, I couldn't wrap my head around WHO was having a baby?! It was her cat, Liliana, having kittens! Then Bay, Cam, and I took a late walk a little bit ago. When we were coming in we saw Bay's bike in the middle of the road. Cam and I were ahead of Liv when she screamed and yelled, Snake!! I came around the car and saw a big shadow that looked like one and directed her where to go because she was frozen. She got away and I came in to tell Derrick. He was doctoring Bay, who had apparently had a bike wreck. He came out and the neighbors gathered around and we all watched him kill it but it took awhile because it seemed to be playing dead and then would move. He finally cut his head off. It was over 3 feet. The neighbor thought Copperhead. It did have a pattern but Derrick thinks it's a black snake. So freaky that Livi was standing right in front of it! We watched it move for awhile after it was dead.
A funny: Yesterday I had a long day and was realllly tired. The kids were being kind of loud and wild. Cam was squealing, Bay and Sam were doing sword play type stuff with the broom instead of cleaning up after dinner, even a little wrestling on the kitchen floor. Bel was laughing, being silly and ever so slowly, if even, going to go do her bathroom chore. Liv was making noise somehow, perhaps saying, "Mama, mama, mamaaa" before being answered by me. It was movie night. I was struggling to have patience and felt my blood pressure rising. I said, "I'm about to send you all to bed! You're not doing what I've asked you and you're all being wild and loud!" Bella scampered off to clean the bathroom, I sent Liv to clean her room, Bailey said, "No, we're not!" and he and Sam got busy. A few minutes later I felt bad and said, "Please forgive me for talking to you the way I did. I'm having trouble right now and am really tired." Bailey said, "Well, I don't like it anymore than you do!! All the wildness and the loud. But I'm just holding my temper!" The way he said it made me laugh out loud. Also, I was thinking, "YOU, a big contributor of it, has a problem with it?!" ;)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Funny Liv

2 funny things about Liv today (By the way, she's funny most days!):
1. She looked at the picture of Derrick and me in Hawaii drinking out of a pineapple and wearing leis. She said, "He's wearing a girla shirt."
2. Earlier the girls and I were cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner. Livi hurt herself on the table and ran to me dramatically crying. I leaned in to give her a hug and tell her she'd be okay. Suddenly I was howling in pain, she stopped crying,  and all eyes in the kitchen were on me! I was kind of jumping around. She had pounced on my toes with her (Mia's old) tap shoes. Man! That hurt! But it was funny because I was trying to comfort her, yet, she hurt me and forgot her pain. Sam and I got a good laugh out of that. Then, Liv walked away from me, took her tap shoes off, and then came back for that hug she was getting from me. She said, "I won't do that again." :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"You can take your children to church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night, but if you’re blowing up at home, it will undermine your whole ministry."Jim Bob Duggar

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6 Reasons to Have 6 Kids

I thought it was so funny when she said, "More bang for your buck!" So true. I liked this. The only thing I'm not exactly sure of is what she meant by environmental footprint.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Uncle Ryan's Visit from France

Cam Being a Ham

Cam kept stuffing toys down his onesie and gave us a good laugh!

From Spunky Molly, Derrick's Cousin's Wife

Update to Sick, Sicker, Sickest

After that I accidentally ate something that was supposed to be gluten free but definitely wasn't!! I got the familiar burning and itching on my hands and the symptoms progressed into terrible nausea and I was waiting for the usual horrendous stomach pain. I prayed, ,"Oh, God! I don't feel like I can handle this right now. Please lighten the symptoms!" It was getting bad and I was about to get a pillow to camp out in the bathroom. Overwhelming exaustion came over me as if I had taken a sleeping pill. I went back to bed and actually slept the rest of the night. Usually a gluten attack keeps me up for about 4 hours with stomach pain and other symptoms that are so unbearable and cannot be slept through. I was so thankful for that and thanked the Lord the next morning. After that, I came down with a cold and so far have passed it on to Cam and Sam. ;-) I am hoping that this is the end!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sick, Sicker, and Sickest

"It all started with that shoe on the wall. A shoe on the wall shouldn't be there at all!" Wacky Wednesday

No, really, it started with Bella. It started with Bella vomiting in the car and at the zoo! That's when the series of random events began a progression that has yet to end. Always when Derrick leaves. Like the time he deployed to Cuba for 6 months. That's when the house literally fell to pieces when the ice storm hit and the wall and floor had to be ripped out and redone, the kids managed to bust the porcelain lid of the toilet (They don't sell lids alone but after prayer I wasn't above knocking on someone's door and asking for the lid on the one they had set out as if the trash man would take it!), the car broke down, the tubing to the refrigerator busted and sprayed ALL. over. the kitchen floor that had just dried so they could begin on the new one AND into the spaghetti I had told the neighbor I was bringing over for dinner, me running out into the snow barefoot with the baby on my hip because I didn't know what was happening.
Let's not forget the alarm going off and the police coming to my house at 5 in the morning! Every time I turned the corner something new would happen. I finally began to laugh and delirium set in as I asked, "What next?! This is just funny now!" You can be for sure that I believe the Lord uses these kind of things in my life to deepen my appreciation for my husband and all the things he takes care of!

Day 1- So, it wasn't long after Bella that I realized this was happening again. After Derrick left I remember thinking things were going okay...for a couple of days. That same night Bella managed to cause my garage door to collide into the back hatch of my car. Broken. Off the track. Overwhelming and no Derrick to call to! Well, called him on the phone...He did help from afar and sent my father-in-law (who is always willing and there)to the rescue! I was thankful that we got the car out and the garage door closed and tied up for the night. Day 2- $90 to the garage repairman and Livi vomiting all day long! 11 times to be exact! Sometimes she made it to the toilet, trash can, or bowl and sometimes she didn't. The last 2 times it was red, like blood, and she was s├žaring me saying her head hurt and making awful noise when she threw up. I panicked and called my gma to come watch the kids so I could take her to e.r. I feel terrible that she ended up getting it too.   :( On the way to e.r. I  realized I had given her RED Tylenol and had only thought of the color of her food (very little) and drink. So, we went and picked up some Zofran the dr prescribed her and went back home. Day 3- The boys threw up from 3:30 -5:30 a.m.! You can imagine what that's like with a 1 year old. Day 4- I threw up 9 times! After a couple of days I thought I was getting better and then took a turn for the worse. I got dehydrated and water would go straight through me every time I drank. I was extremely nauseous and crazy weak. My mother and father-in-law took the kids to cousin Sadie's birthday party and brought me french fries, Powerade, and Pedialyte. I felt life coming back to me! The next morning I felt the overwhelming nausea and weakness again. All day long the Pedialyte and Powerade went straight through me. Lili took the boys for me and Gigi took the girls. My friend, Karla, a precious soul, brought me a bunch of Pedialyte, Gatorade, and Powerade and drove me to the e.r. She stayed with me the whole time and we had wonderful conversation. I honestly wouldn't take the sickness away for the sweet time we had! I was given I.v. fluids and felt much better. When I came home I discovered Cam had fever and pink eye! The first day home from the e.r. I made a mistake. I woke up feeling good so I was so excited to be sweeping,  mopping, cleaning, folding... I accomplished much! By 1, I was growing dizzy. By 4, I was very dizzy and weak. Almost as weak as I was a couple of days earlier when it took all the energy I had to lift a drink to my lips. My body is telling me to rest. Through this experience I am learning,  I have my plans but the Lord has His. Maybe soon I'll be able to tackle that mountain of laundry...but for now I'm taking it easy. Once again, Derrick was a huge help from afar and gave the kids a pep talk about helping out and cleaning the house. He mentioned me getting some ice cream for them soon. Then, like busy little bees, they got to work! 

Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable by Elisabeth Elliot

Learning This

This precious mama said it very well!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gift #13 Mr. Mom


This was priceless! I came down with pneumonia and Derrick took the day off from work. He ran the whole house. I got every meal delivered in bed, he taught them the Greek Alphabet, Greek words, and by the end of the day they made hanging for their rooms with their names in Greek. Bailey put together, "Hey! Alpha is the beginning, Omega is the end. Jesus said, 'I am the Alpha and Omega.'" Derrick said, "Yes, he is." The couple of times Bailey visited me upstairs he said, "Well, I better go. Dad's pretty strict about lunch!" Derrick was very structured and did a great job. I have a lot to learn from him. ;) Samantha said, "Dad is the best teacher in the whole world!" Even though I felt pretty miserable there were so many blessings. Bob and Carol (Dana's mom and stepdad) brought a wonderful meal of chicken soup, cornbread, and brownies. It was SO good!

So Beautifully Written About Time

How to Live When You Only Have So Much Time Left [Pt. 1]

January 27, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Is There an Answer?!

So sweet! It's to her sons.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Growing in Your Faith

I thought she said this very well!