Soup for the Soul

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Soup is one of our family's favorite meals....especially this time of year. We like many kinds of soup - chicken noodle, tomatoe, cream of potatoe, chili (we classify this as soup), etc. These soups are not readily available in the grocery store here and so I have had to learn how to make them from scratch. I use many different resources to learn to cook from scratch and I am most always pleased with the end result. Fresh bread, rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, or a pan of corn bread complete the meal.

homemade chicken noodle soup


homemade tomatoe soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
When the wind is howling, the snow is falling, and the temperature is dropping there is something very comforting in gathering the family around the dining room table for a hot bowl of homemade soup. Dinner time is our house is an enjoyable time with tasty food and sweet fellowship with one another. All the preparation time in the kitchen is worth it when I hear comments from my family such as..."did you make a double batch"...."may I have some more please?" "mom, you are the best cook in the whole world"....etc.
Do you have a favorite soup recipe you would like to share with me? If so, please use the email me button on the right or post it in the comments.

Thanksgiving 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

My heart is full and overflowing with thankfulness for all the Lord has done for me. I really enjoy celebrating holidays and Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. Psalms 92:1 says "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:" So although we set aside a specific day each year to celebrate, we should live our daily life with a thankful heart and attitude.

Since Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Estonia, Ron still had English lessons to teach. We made plans to celebrate on Friday and invited several other missionary families to join us. Although we had originally planned on 19 people, sickness and bad weather hindered some of our guests from making it. We were so pleased 9 people were able to make it. Our time together was wonderful - good food, fellowship, testimonies, and singing.


some of the good we enjoyed



delicious pumpkin pie



the girl's "table"



the boy's table



the adult table
I am deeply grateful for the wonderful family God has given me. My husband is the BEST! What a blessing to have a godly husband/father to guide us. My children are AWESOME! If I only had my family, I would feel blessed beyond what I deserve. But, God has given me so much more....how could I NOT be thankful?
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thankgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 18th was Andrew's 10th birthday! Andrew chose waffles with homemade syrup for his birthday breakfast. What a great way to start a day....especially if it's your birthday!



After breakfast Andrew got to open his presents. He was thrilled with his new cd player and two new Patch the Pirate cds. It is always special for the kids to open cards that supporting churches have sent to them. Then their are always the emails and e-cards! Andrew was feeling pretty special by the time school started.



The day after Andrew's birthday we drove in to Tallinn to celebrate. Andrew wanted to go ice skating. So, Ron took our kids plus the Smith boys to a huge ice skating rink for an hour of fun. While all the kids were gone, I went to the Smith's house to make homemade tomato soup and decorate the cake. It was so nice of the Smiths to share their home with us (in the midst of their very busy schedule) for a birthday party.
Since Luke Smith was just a few days away from his 8th birthday, we celebrated them together. Yummy birthday cake, ice cream, and friends add up to a great party!
Andrew with the rocket cake.
Blowing out the candles.

The Birthday Boys!
We thank the Lord for giving us Andrew. He has filled our home with love, laughter, and joy for 10 years.


Sunday Dinner

Valodia has been faithfully attending our services for the past 5 weeks. The first week that he came he used one of the Bibles we have at the church. How exciting that the next week he was back and brought his own Bible! The other people that were at church that Sunday all gathered around and looked at his beautiful Bible - leather with a zipper and tabs for each book of the Bible. So glad he saw the importance of bringing his Bible with him to church.
A couple of weeks ago, he sent Ron an email saying that his car had been vandalized and it wouldn't be fixed by Sunday. Needless to say, we were disappointed that he would not be in church. However, as our family was getting things ready for the service, the front door opened and in walked Valodia. He said, "I rode the bus". What a blessing it was to see him put forth the extra effort to be in church.
This past Sunday, November 21, we had Valodia, his wife, and their daughter over for dinner. His wife and daughter did not attend the service with him, but it was a joy to get to meet them. The meal went well and tasted delicious (she even asked me for the recipe), but the best part was the huge tray of warm homemade cinnamon rolls she brought. So YUMMY!!!



Please pray for Valodia and Nellie. We want to be vessels the Lord can use to point them to the Saviour.
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