Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, November 20, 2017

November Thankfuls - Day 20 New recipes that turn out great!

I am thankful for new recipes that turn out amazing!

We had youth group thanksgiving and I made sweet potato casserole.  I wanted to find a crock pot one so that we didn't have to worry about using the oven.  I modified this one and it turned out great! Here is the original link

3/4  cup packed brown sugar                         

2  T butter                             

1 T Cinnamon    
1 T vanilla     
3 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

2 C miniature marshmallows


Partially boil sweet potatoes (or you can cook this recipe on high for 4 hours)

Spray oval 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. 

In large microwavable bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, cinnamon,

Microwave uncovered on High 1 1/2 minutes, stirring once. Stir in vanilla.

Add sweet potatoes; stir to coat thoroughly.                                                            

Pour mixture into slow cooker.

Cover; cook on High heat setting 1-1.5 hours or until fork tender.

Reduce to Warm heat setting until ready to serve.  

Stir mixture; top with marshmallows, and cover 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows melt slightly.

Crockpot will seem like a mess to clean up but fill with hot water, it melts the sugar and it's not too bad :)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 19 thanksgiving 

Today we celebrated thanksgiving with the students at Woodside detroit. 

They wrote about things they were thankful for, we ate, watched football, played football, did the dishes, hugged each other and i think I said “I loveyou” a couple dozen times. 

We are celebrating with my dad on Thursday and with my moms family on Saturday. 

I love this holiday because it has nothing to do with presents, just things we already have ❤️

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 17

It will come to no surprise to you that I love youth ministry. Shocking, right?

I’m crying right now thinking about the millions of blessings that come from the hard of youth ministry. 

The kind of friends I’ve made and the silly and crazy experiences I’ve had. 

My friend Beckie and I had a night out. She’s always willing to try new places with me! And instead of the tree lighting that we’ve done the last two years we went to “twisted storytellers” and it was so nice to sit and chat and laugh and the moment someone said “east side” we looked at each other and laughed and said “east side” like we did quite a few years ago on a mission trip. 

We talked about a million things and I love that she helps me to grow and we can talk about real life stuff, Including hard stuff. And we laugh and we love. 

I’ve been blessed a gazillion times over in youth ministry, I can honestly say my friend beckie was one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever received!

It’s just too bad we never take any pictures together 😂😘❤️

November Thankfuls Day 18 ponchos

In my whole life I’ve never worn a poncho. Today at a terribly rainy day I’m wearing one. Bright yellow 😳

I never knew I’d be so thankful for one of these! Seriously! Some guy felt sorry for my ill preparedness and let me wear it. 

Who knew I’d ever wear one AND that I’d be so thankful for it

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 16

Im absolutely ridiculous I tell you. So darn grateful. I painted these signs today while spending time with my cousin. 

I made them as Christmas gifts. Do you know that each one I made was pure joy for me! I made them for people i love and every time i did a new color I’d cheer.

I’m thankful God made me to be a dork and that I can find joy and wonder in the simplest places 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 14 Home 

Today after a long day I’m most thankful to come home and be. 

I made dinner from a hodge podge of leftovers topped with a couple eggs (it was delish) and took the dog for a walk all while listening to EWF dancing as I walked. 

I got some Christmas lights up on the house. I was able to take time to put out the coffee mugs for my friend and soon I’ll head to bed to start the next day over. 

I’m so thankful for my little homestead. I’m just so thankful 

November Thankfuls - serving others 

Day 13 came and went. 

Serving dinner is such a weird gift. I don’t think people grow up thinking I wish I could serve in a soup kitchen but it really is one of the greatest joys that I have! Knowing someone has a full belly and it was a good yummy meal makes my heart happy!

I’m thankful to be able to serve delicious meals for people I love! We were so busy yesterday serving dinner to people we love!

I’m thankful that God provides that meal over and over and all I’ve got to do is show up and serve it :)

Yesterday’s meal... I’m thankful for a ridiculous amount of meatballs, soooooo many pies and friends I love serving with! 

I always come home exhausted but my heart is full!

And next week I get to do it twice!

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 12 Chapstick 

I know there are a lot of alternatives to Chapstick but i happen to just really like this one.  I can use almost any flavor but this is my go to. 

In the summer it’s the only SPF I use. I hate suncreen. In the winter it heals and protects my lips from the bitter cold. 

e ar

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November thankful - day 11 sleep 

There are a lot of gifts. 

I am lucky to possess a few.

One gift I’m especially thankful for is the gift of SLEEP 🛏 

It’s very true that i can sleep anywhere. Loud tv? Me? Sleeping

Lights on? Me? Sleeping 

Place I’ve been before? Me? Sleeping

Place I’ve never been before? Me? Sleeping 

On the floor? In a bed? Me? Sleeping 

In a box with a fox? Me? Sleeping 

I don’t like to spend my days sleeping but given my great love of youth ministry (and people) it’s a blessing for this gift. Life without sleep is terrible. Like kill someone terrible.

I go to bed, I get up early. I love to sleep for just the right amount of time, then I get up and I’m raring to go! Like right now, I’m not even in charge of breakfast... and I’m itching to start cooking.

Thankful for the gift of sleep!