Friday, October 17, 2014

Then there's that.

This is also assigned.
I made this random slideshow.
It's not exactly riveting.
But it served it's purpose.
Oh, did I mention I kinda like coffee?

It's a must.

Remember how this whole blog thing is a scool assignment with a few things added for fun? Well here's another assignment post! Just a little test of embedded movies created by me.
I feel like these always end up being about my nieces. What can I say, they're adorable. 

Also, they're currently visiting. You know what's awesome? A house with six kids under the age of six. Woah. (yes, we're drinking lots of coffee)

Oh! and this song! Vic Damone. I'm not sure how he didn't become more famous. He has a fabulously smooth voice. I'm a fan.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Coffee Talk

Sundays are such peaceful days. 
Except for riding the van with eleven children... and teaching the two and three year olds...

Okay well, Sunday afternoons are peaceful. Currently, I'm sitting on the couch with a cafe mocha listening to music. It's pretty perfect. 

I've been drinking Starbucks via drinks lately. (click here if you haven't been introduced to the world of via yet) I've tried the plain coffee before and it didn't blow my mind. Brewed is just so much better. Yesterday I tried the pumpkin spice latte and it was pretty stinking good.
Side note. (on the side. clever, right?)
I told the kids on the bus today that I stinking love sour patch kids.
I was informed that I can only say that if they literally stink.
My bad, kids.
So anyway, the pumpkin spice latte via did not stink. But it was quite good.
The cafe mocha is just ohkay. I'm not a chocolate lover though. (I know, I know, blasphemy)

My song choice of the day is It Was Love by Abandon. I had actually never heard of this band until this song came on the radio a few weeks ago. I loved it right away.
The chorus says, "It wasn't nails that held You to the cross, it was love." 
The love that Jesus had for us was enough that he was willing to suffer through torture and death on the cross. He bore our sin and shame on that cross. The nails did not hold Him there. His power goes so far beyond material restraints. When Peter tried to fight the soldiers, Jesus reminded him that He wasn't being forced but willingly going.
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53)

At any time, He could have called those angels. But he didn't. Because He loves us.

He didn't have to suffer and die. But he did, He bled and died a horrible death all for us. Because he loves us.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Time Fancies

I change my favorite season about four times a year. 
Fall's the current favorite. (see how that works?)
I'm the same way with cities..foods...people. Depends on the day.

Anyway, fall, people! It's here. I just noticed today. I'm promise you, when I went to bed yesterday, all the leaves on the trees were green. Today they are gorgeous variations of red, orange, and yellow! It's so beautiful. 

I hate to be that stereotypical person loving fall but can you help it?! Think about it. You have nature turning on it's charm with color and the absolute perfect not-too-hot-not-too-cold temperatures. You have apples, which we covered last week. (Update: those apples were de-licious.) The perfect evenings for fire, which is like the epitome of cozy, Minus the smoke and danger. You have the entrance of some of most comfortable clothing ever invented. Fall. It's where it's at. ("it" being pure joy) At least until Christmas comes. Which is in about two weeks. 

Then there is the food. So all the traditional goodness aside, two years ago I had this dessert that changed my life. 

It's called Snappledoodle. 
Alright so I made that name up. 
It's basically an apple crisp but instead of crust there is snickerdoodle cookies.
So you just make standard apple pie filling and top it with snickerdoodle cookie mix.
You will cry tears of joy, 
I mean, you would. If you had it. Which you should. 

Besides, how fun is it to say Snappledoodle?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Coffee Talk

Coffee is not only a great accompaniment to music but to reading as well. If you read my little bio (or know me), you are aware that I am a Christian (one who serves Christ).  He's the reason and source of my existence and I love Him with all of my heart. I seek to please Him through everything I do.
So my coffee reading is the Bible. I would hope that you would all join me in making this your regular coffee companion. God's Word is our manual to life and His love letter to us.

I will try to make it a weekly (at least) occurrence that I share a thought from the Bible. You can decide whether it goes with your coffee. I strongly suggest it. :)

A passage of scripture that I have been drawing from in the last week is 1 John 2: 1&2

(1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

I love this scripture because I so often fail my Father. I do sin. I mess up. I get angry with my family. I say things I shouldn't. I forget to pray. But Jesus is my advocate. He is my representative. He sees my heart of repentance and He takes my case before the Father. He took punishment for my sin and I am forgiven. His mercy is never ending. Even greater, this mercy is not just for me. It is for the whole world. It doesn't matter what a person has done, God loves them. God loves you. He wants fellowship with you. And He is waiting with mercy and forgiveness for you to turn to Him.

Thank you, Jesus, that you are my advocate and the propitiation for my sins.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

So I kinda fail at the blog thing. Forgive me? (This is me talking to myself.)
In my defense (to myself), it was a busy week.
It's Saturday night and I'm finally chilling with a coke and a laptop.
I kinda feel like that's blasphemous since this is a coffee blog.
My day was filled with some of the best parts of September. It began with apple pickin. 
Normally I'd be annoyed by the lack of "g" there but, seriously, you can't say "apple picking."
It doesn't flow.
Anyway, I went with my sister and her three oldest girls. 
It was a surprisingly warm fall day!
I haven't tried any of the apples yet but I have high hopes.

The other part of my day was spent at the annual Preble County Pork Festival!
We have gone every year since I was old enough to remember. 
We didn't do much but, we caught the most important part.

The pig butchering.
That's right. Cut that thang right up. It's a thrill. 

Between that and sugar waffles, it was a good time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014