January 4, 2011

...to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray....

Greetings dear friends of mine...time for me to be the selfish creature I am by nature and write something about myself.

Laycock family with Ellis grandparents
Christmas 2010
Whoever you may be, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and hopefully you didn't get everything you think you deserve. ;-)

My family really scaled back on the presents this year: each of us got one book & one movie plus whatever was in our stockings. Less is more...the simpler the better. I am really enjoying my new Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) book and using my sturdy hair clip from Lilla Rose. Also ate all 5,000 calories worth of Reese's Cups chocolate given to me....oh the sugar high. Had a jolly good time visiting & playing card games with Grandma & Grandpa Ellis who came up from Arizona for a day.

Mom, dog Schatze & I relaxing after Thanksgiving

L-R: Lauren, Catherine & I pulling taffy at Missouri Town 1855 for the Christmas Celebration in the Luttrell Cabin.

Allison & I goofing
This is my sister Allison. I was born in 1990, she was born 2 1/2 years later. After my Savior Jesus Christ, she is my best friend. We drew together, dressed up as princesses, indians, princes, cowgirls, etc., made mud pies, stole chocolate from under Mom's nose, ran around in our woods with the dog, made blanket houses & indian teepees, listened to Disney cassette tapes, water-painted, and rode our bicycles barefoot down our dirt road for hours at a time. We disagree on quite a few things, and even have a selfish or hormone-driven fight every once in a while...but we also have spent many long hours talking in our parent's bathroom, (the bathtub or the sink-top is the comfiest spot) giggling about nothing, playing pranks & scaring each other, crying & praying together, and laughing about all the funny things the kids say out at camp. I love you, Allison. I know I would be a lot less sane if you weren't around to talk with or keep things lively.

Making sweet tea.
I may be a raw food, gluten-free, "don't-cook-the-majority-of-your-food" advocate, but there are just some cooked, heated things I could never get away from. Sweet tea is one of them. In this photo I'm making mint green sweet tea using the Bigelow brand. Used honey and (eeeekkkkkkkkkkk!) white SUGAR! Soooo yummy.

Speaking of healthy food....I have to tell you about one of the best meals ever!! First you fix a simple romaine lettuce salad with tomato and top with a light vinagrette dressing. Then:

Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon

And then, for the crowning glory of the meal:

Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Marinara

Oh....meat-sauce is delicious but this is a great veggie meal, except for the bacon in the cabbage. Makes my mouth water...and isn't it beautiful? Yes, I know I'm weird. But food is very pretty. I don't like it to look ugly.

Well, I am looking into college possibilities and a potential job might be on the horizon. These ain't set in stone, but two things that keep coming up in my brain are dental hygenist & physical therapy assistant. Any ideas? Still praying and asking the Lord for guidance on what to do with the rest of my life. Prayer would be appreciated. My greatest desire will always be to be a wife & mother, but until then I want to work on a back-up if that never happens. Most of all, I just want to glorify my Savior with whatever I do and constantly draw closer to Him & serve him in my daily life by loving others as He loves a sinner like me. Saying that is easy, but doing it can be done only through Christ working through & in me. "Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:11-12

Well my precious friends, have a good couple of weeks. Don't be shy...even though I hide in the deep, dark recesses of my personal cave, I still want to communicate with others around me. ;-)

In Christ alone,

"You'll never know that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have."-Adrian Rogers

1 comment:

  1. I love you too, Girly!!! We indeed have had tons of fights, but it was all worth being able to be your friend and sister in Christ. Love you!!