1. “The Help”

I know that I am VERY late in reading this New York Times Bestseller. With 3 young boys it’s not easy to read a book that you don’t want to put down.  So I took the time in Costa Rica to read this wonderful novel.  What drove me to keep reading this book was wanting to discover what happens to these women who risk so much to get the truth out.   I loved the characters…I could identify with several.  I think I even learned a thing or two about being a mom and the importance of just listening, being present and using words to build up and encourage my children. I was confronted with how we as “Christians” can be so hypocritical and unloving to those in our midst.  If you haven’t read this book… read it. If you have…want to see the movie with me when it comes out in August?

2. Boom ball

I’ve learned through writing these favorite Friday posts that my middle son is an excellent game creator. This week he invented a game he called “boom ball”. You just need a small plate with a wide popsicle stick taped to it (like a handle) and a balloon blown up. You use the plate with handle as a “tennis racket” to hit the balloon. 

 You can either use it to keep the balloon in the air or have someone throw the balloon at you and then hit it with your plate racket. When that gets boring just play the plain ole keep-the-balloon-in-the-air game, using your hands. 

3.  Cooking Light Cookbook

This week I cooked two of our dinners out of this cookbook.

I’ve had this cookbook since we were first married (12 yrs ago) and it’s remained my go-to for dinner. I love it for the following reasons:

  • divided into seasons (fall, winter, spring, summer)…so the ingredients match what’s available that season, making the meal more economical
  • provides a full menu, not just one item, so you know what sides to make with the main dish.
  • step-by-step instructions for which item on the menu to start first.
  • healthy food…even provides the nutrition info. all tastes good too!

(the stains on this page indicate how often I’ve made this one) This week we had grilled chicken with onions and maple-glazed pork chops…yum-O!

4. Cheese-Jelly-Crackers Snack

Once again Kroger delivers one of my favorites.  On a traditional grocery run, I was captivated by the yummy sample I received in the cheese department.

I immediately bought my own version of the ingredients and made them for Bruce’s family at a spray park. The whole bar of cheese was eaten. The boys and I just finished another bar of cheese this week. 
You just need some crackers…I bought these garden veggie wheat thins toasted chips (you could go for a cracked pepper cracker, etc). Then you put a thin slice of sharp cheddar cheese on top of each cracker and finish with a dollop of jelly.  I used strawberry jelly.I think they used a mild pepper jelly. Either way…just do it. you won’t regret it.

5. Using my gifts for His service

This Wednesday I had the pleasure on two different occasions to use some of my God-given gifts and abilities to instruct and to help others. Serving others in the way God intended for me was life-giving. invigorating. amazing. I would highly suggest learning what your spiritual gifts are by taking a spiritual gift assessment . There are several assessment options (google “spiritual gifts assessment”).  Having your ministry perfectly fit your giftedness is not only a blessing to you but to those you are serving.  Most importantly, God is glorified when you fulfill the purpose He created you for.

What are some of your favorites from this week?