End of 2010

I am quite thankful that 2010 is finally coming to a close.  This has a been an eventful year and the waiting in a lot of areas is coming to an end. I am excited to say that I will start the second half my associates degree in nursing on Feb 8th, 2011.  I am excited but mostly nervous. After 10 years of watching people do nursing tasks I am going to get to be the one to do them. The nervousness comes from not really knowing what I am doing and the learning process that it will take to get to where I will need to be. I know that it certainly isn’t going to be easy but I know that I have a lot of love and support to get me there. So mid June of 2012 I should awaiting taking my nursing boards!

Chris lost his job in June this year which has been a blessing and yet not. Some how God has found money to keep us afloat. It has been nice to have him around and doing something he loves to do. He loves going to the Student Union and helping out. It isn’t a job that pays money but he is learning from people who have been doing this thing for years. We have been praying now that he has found a ‘job’ that he loves that now he find one that pays money. I am sure in God’s timing he will get there.  We have all trust and confidence in our Lord to get there when the time is right.

We are making progress with Ephriam. We are awaiting some lab results to see if he has a genetic metabolic disorder which could be causing his delays. We won’t have those back until the middle of January. We are just praying for answers right now to best help him.  He is making good progress and adding extra fish oil to his diet has helped a great deal too. We are getting to where we are almost having conversations with him with out him echoing back what you say. He is much more shy in large crowds but does much better one on one. I can’t believe that he is already six!

Kendra is a fireball. I swear she is 4 going on 14. Her little teenage sassy self is getting her into trouble these days. However she has way grown up from 3. We still have meltdowns and days of rebellion but those are usually due to her not sleeping well or not getting enough to eat. She has learned to eat new things even if she doesn’t like them because she will go hungry otherwise. She is super smart and does well in school. She has a tender heart for those who are sick or needy. I am sure that God is going to use her firey personality to further his kingdom.

This year I also have lost my Grandma to a battle with cancer that she fought hard with for 7 years. I miss her dearly. I think of her often. I have gotten some things of hers that I will cherish forever. I will think of her when I clean of course because she did more cleaning then anyone I have or had know. I cried the other day when my mom gave me my wedding dress pattern that she used to make my wedding dress. Just at the thought that she wouldn’t ever sew anything again and how great of seamstress she was.

So even though sometimes the trial of years seem hard,  we wouldn’t get to the blessing of where we are going with out them. I am blessed that my family is healthy and happy. I am blessed that we still live our house and have all the family that we have.I have the best husband anyone could ask for. He is so supportive in me fulfilling my dream. I have great kids who make my days brighter and more fun. They also help me to remember what life is about. I am blessed to have loving parents who with out them I would be nothing. I am blessed to have known my Grandmother for almost 30 years when some don’t know theirs at all. I am blessed most to know Jesus as my Savior to have Him everyday of my life to walk with him and carry me. With out him NOTHING would have been possible. He is the best in my life.

So here is to our next adventures in 2011!

Grandma’s Monster Cookie

This is one thing that I will be able to make every year that Grandma made. This year it was hard to make them due to my family being in Toledo making cookies and me being at home making these with my kids knowing she won’t ever make them again. But I took them into work to share some and they ate them up fast. Many have asked for the recipe so I am posting it here to make it easier.

Okay just to let you know this makes a TON of cookies so you might want to cut it in half if not you could always freeze them and eat them later.

12 eggs
2lbs brown sugar
4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon karo syrup
8 teaspoons baking soda
1 lb butter
3 lbs Peanut butter
18 cups or 42 oz Quick Oats
1 lb chocolate chips
1 lb M&M’s

Mix all ingredients. (I mixed the eggs and the butter first then adding in the sugars ect.)

Put one tablespoon of batter on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly. (The cookies will spread out so you may want to only put 9 on a cookie sheet vs a dozen.)

Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

*Remember that this took my 2 large bowls for me to mix*

Hope that you all enjoy!