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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: http://shiningfromshookfoil.com/2013/08/28/an-ode-to-the-humble-vegetable/

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. :)

Team Us: Marriage Together {A Review & Giveaway}

“You guys are going to make a great team,” Mr. Paul told my soon-to-be-husband, Josh, when he shared the news of our engagement. Mr. Paul was a man we respected and someone we’d both worked for during our days in college. His remark about our impending marriage stuck with me more than anyone else’s response to our […]

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Sara Hays - July 7, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Communication in a marriage is very important. Whose couldn’t use improvement?

Cassie Adams - July 7, 2014 - 5:23 pm

A marriage where teamwork is including, and focused, on God is ultimately the goal in a Christian relationship. This is a great book idea for a couple to read together or for one to read!

Shelbi Gustafson - July 7, 2014 - 5:29 pm

I would love to win this book as I’m a newlywed and have been looking for more books about marriage for us to read, and this has been on my list!

Stacie Sloan - July 7, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Scott and I always refer to ourselves as “team Sloan”, so this would be a fitting read!

Jessica Evans - July 7, 2014 - 5:36 pm

After 6 years of boxing gloves while fighting; (which may as well be literal, since words DO hurt and leave bruises!) we certainly need the communication improvement. We own so many books on relationships. This one sounds like one I might finish without getting frustrated! :)

Krystal C. - July 7, 2014 - 5:38 pm

I would love to read this book because my husband and I need, now more than ever, a refresher on why we need to be a team.

Joy - July 7, 2014 - 5:51 pm

I would love to win this book to prayerfully read it with my husband. We are currently living in a battleground and we are both losing. The only way to win is to get on the same team and communicate properly. I think this would bring us some great insight.

amy - July 7, 2014 - 6:01 pm

You are either moving forward or falling backwards. I prefer the former.

Andrea Roberts - July 7, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Trying to start a marriage study with my small group. Would love to read this.

Amber B. - July 7, 2014 - 6:48 pm

My husband and I have been married for almost 14 years. We still have trouble communicating and I’d love to win this book. I’m sure it would help out tremendously.

Jessica Williams - July 7, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I am always looking for new ways to keep my marriage focused and on track. I think this would be a nice addition to the family.

Kiera Regan - July 7, 2014 - 11:13 pm

My fiance and I will be married on August 23. We are both missionaries with life Teen, a catholic youth ministry organization. We love serving God abs His church and we love each other and each to be saints and love a good and holy marriage. We want to be a witness of God’s covenant. Mostly, I want so badly to be a good wife and one day mother. I want so badly to serve, honor and revere my husband and I want the tools, like this book, to help others along the way!

Dani - July 8, 2014 - 12:18 am

My first marriage ended with him as a horribly mean, atheist, adulterous mess. I dont want a repeat.

Amanda - July 8, 2014 - 8:17 am

Hi Danielle, love visiting this place. This book sounds like an intriguing read and I would love to know what makes a good team in marriage. Thanks!

Sonya Brown - July 8, 2014 - 12:54 pm

It’s always refreshing to read a new book about marriage…everyone needs a little refreshment every now and then. ;)

Bekah - July 8, 2014 - 1:27 pm

We have always approached our marriage as a team. Especially now that we are parents it definitely takes team work. Any help making it work better is always welcome.

Janine from South Africa - July 10, 2014 - 3:10 pm

This came by inspiration after reading the review and meditating on the phrase, “You guys are going to make a great team.” :
T-Time
E – Enthusiasm
A- Affirmation
M-Momentum
Will definitely get the book. :-)