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Summer Recipe Round-Up

  Summer is starting to wear out. School has started and the garden has grown weedy. I’m growing tired of squash and zucchini. I’m starting to dream of s’mores around the bonfire and hot apple cider. But before summer fades, I wanted to share some favorite recipes I discovered this year. Recipes that will find […]

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amy - August 25, 2014 - 4:23 pm

glad you liked those first two! I just made the zucchini boats again on Saturday. I have got to get my bruschetta pizza recipe posted! I started it, but haven’t finished–hopefully this week.

Allison S. Duncan - August 27, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Ooh, these look delicious, Danielle! Thanks for sharing. Here are some of my favorite summer recipes, and photos of my favorite beautiful vegetables:

On Violence, Peace, and Doing Small Things

“The world is loud and terrible this summer. It is as if the entire planet has tilted on its axis and dipped us all in nightmare,” writes Christie Purifoy over at There Is a River, and I must admit, I’m glad someone else feels it’s weight. The militant Islamic State kills Christians and Yazidis, among others, […]

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amy - August 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Read this while procrastinating from writing my review of Interrupted – and in going back through my highlights found this quote from Robert F. Kennedy:

“Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills–against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. …Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

“It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Danielle - August 18, 2014 - 4:40 pm

That is a great quote, Amy. Thanks for sharing. I love the “tiny ripple of hope” imagery.

Briana - August 18, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Amy, That is a very encouraging quote.

Danielle, I have felt similar except when I pray. I know I am praying to the Great God who does not stand aloof to the events going on in our world today.

But I do have a hard time going on w my life that does feel so cushy, comfortable, entitled, easy and yes, trivial most of the time. I can even have a hard time at church knowing that others do not enjoy the freedoms of religious expression.

I want to stop everything in my world and do something. To plan school right now has been so hard. All I want to teach my kids is 1. How to pray 2. Survival skills (bc who knows when the same hardships that so many in other parts of the world are experiencing are coming to us?)

Christie Purifoy - August 22, 2014 - 10:48 am

Such good words, Danielle! I am right there with you, doing small things and praying big prayers. Kingdom Come.

Now We Are Six

No, we’re not having triplets! But our family size is now up to six people! Baby #4 will be arriving sometime shortly after Christmas or in the early days of the new year! Can you tell there’s some excited people in our house?

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amy - July 23, 2014 - 3:15 pm

AAAAHHHH!!! Danielle!! so exciting! did not expect to see this pop up on my news feed today! :) the kiddos are so adorable and so BIG (Sophia esp looks so old and grown up in these pics). love it. they will be such great big brothers/sister.

Zoanna - July 23, 2014 - 3:44 pm

What a big surprise!!! So happy. Four kids –great number, in my opinion! Really tickled for you all.

Kathleen - July 23, 2014 - 7:40 pm

So happy for you all! Congratulations!!!!

Corinne - July 23, 2014 - 8:41 pm

Congratulations!!! Your kids look thrilled :) So exciting! Hope you are feeling well!

Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake - July 25, 2014 - 11:31 am

Yay! So happy for you and your family. :)