Light steps and a joyful heart

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

-2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Beginning another school year was daunting for me. I had my first year of working with kids in the books so this year should just be easy, right? Erh..well, then crept up the increasing responsibilities and the fears that I am not doing enough for some of my kids who have so many communication needs. My mom gave me a devotional book called “Jesus Calling,” with daily devotionals that are relevant to a woman’s life. I have read it every morning before work up to this point and it has been shaping my perspective on this new school year. I am slowly allowing joy to replace fear, worry and anxiety. I am trying to give these work-related insecurities to God and let my interactions with the kids and my co-workers be guided by love and care. Light steps and a joyful heart is my reining mantra as I trudge through my day-to-day duties.

In other news…

The weekends around here have been busy! This is probably why it took a full month for me to post on here again. Nick and I traveled to St. Charles, Illinois to visit my brother and his wife for my 25th birthday. Their soon-to-be little one is due Christmas day and Jess looks AH-MAZING pregnant. She is all cute little belly and athletic little legs. (I think fall is the perfect time to be pregnant. Mommy jeans and over-sized sweaters anyone?) We watched Penn State football, watched the guys play in Aaron’s work softball game and ate out for my birthday. I also literally cried with happiness seeing my dog niece, Nellie. I think I have an unusual attachment to her that stems from never having a dog of my own while growing up.

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25! Thanks for showering me with sweet surprises all week long, Nick!
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That face! Her eye is a little crooked, she walks with a wiggle and I love her.
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Very grateful for a brother and sister-in-law.

Then my parents flew to St. Louis to visit for a weekend. Jimbo takes a week off in the fall and they decided to visit their adult children in the Midwest. We took them to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game in the city, visited the late prez Ulysses S. Grant’s home, played cards and ate good food. Then they hopped the train off to Chicago to visit Aaron. Mom made meals and snacks so that even when they physically left, their presence remained in food form in the kitchen.

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That view though! Beautiful day via Busch Stadium.
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3 of my favorite people squished all around me.

In other news, Nick got me a gym membership right across the street from my townhouse. It’s been a welcome change in the form of exercise and I’ve been literally laughing out loud watching Ellen Degeneres when I am running on the treadmill. I’ve been busy in the kitchen as well. Check out below for my latest creations and links to the recipes.

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Pineapple Fried Rice: I added chicken to the mixture and nixed the ginger and sesame oil (14$ tiny bottle was not in my budget). It still turned out deliciously tasty with the pineapple and red bell pepper.

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Peanut butter chocolate chip pumpkin bread: So many things I love whipped into a delicious, moist bread. I made this and then ate a slice every night for 9 days until it was gone. The greek yogurt, pumpkin puree and peanut butter ensure that it is not a crumbly bread.

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Reese’s pieces soft peanut butter cookies: Maybe I was on a peanut butter kick this month? I made these cookies as a birthday treat for my coworkers. They loved them! Jam-packed with choco chips and Reese’s pieces. Just looking at the pictures of these makes me hungry.


My heart is happy after reading back over this post and the joys of the past month. Trucking forward towards October, all things fall, weddings, baby showers, football and more adventures in the kitchen.