Turtles

My interpretation: A dark chocolate puddle, topped with toasted pecans, a dollop of caramel, drizzled with Nutella and finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Sean and I brought these to a friend’s home tonight and they were a hit.  Warning: They’re messy.  Our friends’ two-year old son wouldn’t eat them with his fingers in fear that his little hands would get sticky.  Such a cutie!

My Forever Valentine

This year, Sean and I stayed in for Valentine’s Day.  I made a pot roast (Ina Garten’s Recipe using red wine), and served it with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

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Sean made his now specialty, Crepes Suzette.  He used Bobby Flay’s recipe, but I must say, he’s become a chef in his own right.

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They were delicious.  I had four servings all to myself.

Sean has been the most loving, patient, encouraging, and  supportive husband a girl could ever dream of having.  I thank God everyday that He has brought us together.

Twenty-Six

I just celebrated my twenty-sixth birthday with family and friends.  You can see Sean in the background working hard to make my day special.  And for me, spending time with my husband, Dad, family and closest friends was the only way I would have wanted to spend it.

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As February drew nearer I grew more and more anxious of the day.  Last year, my Mom, for the first time was not there to help me celebrate the day.  It’s a day that she would never have missed, and sadly, my birthday was the day I realized (after being in shock for two months), that she would no longer be here to help me celebrate the special moments in my life.  I imagine every great moment in my life will always be tinged with sadness from not having my Mom there.  I really wouldn’t want it any other way.

The beauty of my relationship with my Mom though, is that I know that she is cheering me on from the most beautiful place man could not fathom – Heaven.  Her photo is right behind me in the photo above, and I know she’s looking on.

My Mom used to have this Bible verse up on her fridge, “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36, KJV)

As I get older, it has become easier for me to want the things of this world: An esteemed career, a beautiful house, going on luxury vacations, etc., and as I look back on twenty-five years, I ask myself, “What have I done to further God’s Kingdom?”  My answer saddens me.  I get caught up in wanting things, that I forget that my only purpose on earth is to show the love of God to others.  I have been given a love that cost my Saviour everything, and I would be committing the greatest sin by not going on sharing that love with this broken and hurting world.  My hope this year is that God will use me to touch the lives of the people around me, and that through me, God will bring life to others as He has done for me.