If you're here from either "linky party," thanks so much for visiting!!
1. You will never believe what I did for the first time on Friday, due to a surprise date planned by my husband!! Some wonderfully generous friends from church allowed us to come over and ride their horses! Well, I think I've just met my new dream in life. :) I truly loved it and hope to do it again in the near future! Check back this week for more photos and a couple fun videos Kevin took of our adventure.
2. I tried to teach myself to sew this weekend using YouTube videos. Ha! Roll your eyes, laugh, whatever you need to do. Currently I have a piece of fabric stuck in the machine because I don't know how to get it undone! If any of you taught yourself how to sew, please do share your wisdom...and don't worry, I am going to sign up for a class very soon! I also picked up this book at the library today, for what it's worth.
3. Kevin and I were invited over to our friend Jan's house for dinner Saturday night, and one of the other couples brought Mississippi Mud Cake, which was insanely delicious! The funny thing about me and chocolate is that I really don't care for it unless it is extremely dark or unbearably rich! Like this cake! I will work on getting the recipe my friend Angela used, but in the meantime I found one by Paula Dean, and another on Epicurious. Surely you can't go wrong with either!
4. God is doing a powerful work in my heart lately, especially concerning orphans in our nation and worldwide. Last night I spent some time researching adoption (mostly here), and the many children in need. I wept and prayed over so many children, wishing in an instant I could bring them home or go to them and love them. It is overwhelming to me how deeply God loves, cherishes, and delights in these children that he created. I love how others such as my blog friend Venessa, have already or are in the process of loving and delighting in one or more of these precious children as well. I have big dreams for how all this will play out for our family in the future, but in the meantime, I will pray for them. I ask and encourage you to join in prayer for them with me. As my husband said yesterday, "We cannot save everyone...but we can certainly pray for everyone." As for one thing we can all tangibly do now, check out Compassion's website. You can even sign up to regularly partner with them in ministry as a "Compassion blogger." Kevin and I have just decided to sponsor a child, and I am planning to also do this soon with my homeschool student.