Finding Joy in each Day …Day two


Oooh… Monday Monday! Mondays always call for an extra cup of Joe. Today I found Joy in having a “mommy lunch”. After the morning chores and before the start of school pickups, carpools and preparing dinner, back in the far right corner of our favorite lunch place we chatted and laughed. Talked about our kids, our weekends, our week ahead. We gave advice and took advice. Just unguarded conversation with a couple of my favorite people. Seems like a simple thing but when your love language is “quality time” you always feel Joy when people take time from their busy life for you. When I left, I thought, how could I be blessed with such wonderful people in my life always at the right time…It’s just another GOD thing!

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Seek to become someone’s true friend
Proverbs 18:24

Chicken Tortilla Soup ( easy crock pot version)

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Carrie Garrett photography

2- small rotisserie chickens or one large ( whole foods chickens are small so I use 2)

2- 10 cans of diced tomatoes

1- can green chilies

3- cups cooked black beans

4- cups chicken broth

2- cups of water

2- yellow onion finely chopped

6- garlic cloves

2-3 jalapenos, finely chopped

1- tsp ground cumin

1- tsp chili powder

juice of 1 lemon

6 – tbs fresh cilantro finely chopped

1 – bag frozen corn

Put all of the above ingredients in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or until onion is tender. half way through take out  chickens. let cool enough to handle and remove meat from bones and put meat back into the soup.

Additional ingredients:

Top with:

monterey jack cheese

fresh avocado

crushed tortilla chips

sour cream

salt and pepper to taste




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Apple Crisp

This is my favorite sweet treat!


My revised version of apple crisp: All organic ingredients

6 large honey crisp apples, peeled, cored and sliced (any apples will do, I just prefer honey crisp)
1 cup organic brown cane sugar ( white sugar will do)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
2 packets of maple brown sugar instant oatmeal ( you can use quick oats..I was out of them)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degree C).
Place the sliced apples in a square pan. Mix the sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 45 minute

Let cool for a few minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream on top! Yummy!!!






Carrie Garrett photography

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Finding Joy in each Day…Day One


So I have decided to take a little writing challenge about finding joy in each day. Sometimes we go each day just getting through to the next. The same routine… working, cooking, cleaning, dropping kids, picking up kids, homework, bed time stories…you get the picture. Longing for that “TGIF” only to have the same weekend regimen. Some days are easy to be thankful for and some days are hard. I have to remind myself…happiness depends on this world but true joy depends on God. Today I am thankful for many things and it is just morning! I am thankful that my sweet Ava is well. When she gets sick my mood tends to change, I start to think about how much I hate her mcadd illness and about how it will affect her future. This week was a challenge, Maverick was out of town. Life didn’t stop just because Ava was sick. I don’t sleep much when she is ill, so 5 days of illness equals 5 days of little sleep. By last night, I put a movie on for her and fell asleep at 4:30. I was so glad to get my hubby at 9:45 last night from the airport! Yes, I yawned all the way there and back! As I sit here this morning listening to my happy, well child babble in the bedroom with her daddy that she missed so much, I am thankful that her disorder is treatable and that we have the knowledge and the means to keep her healthy. I am thankful that I can be home with her. I am thankful that I have a loving hard working husband who takes good care of us. As I am thankful for all of these things, my heart aches for those who don’t have these things. This makes me thankful to God for giving me challenges in my life. He has given me the ability to have empathy and sympathy for others. To want to reach out to them not grudgingly but willingly. Because of Ava I see things so differently than I did years ago…thank you Lord!

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“Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place”
1 Chronicles 16:27