Shooting Stars

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16as you hold out the word of life…” Philippians 2:14-16

Lately, I crave summer: swim suits, laying on the beach, driving with the music blaring and the windows down, fluffy happy books, shorts and tank tops, flip flops,  going out on the lake, meteor showers, star gazing, looking at the moon, sitting on the deck or dock, and happy summer music.  In response to my craving, I’ve decided that my room is now summer. Basically, I wear shorts and a tank top.  Pretend the heater and the sleeping bag are just for fun and look at the happy summer pictures while listening to happy music.  My heart is extra happy so all of this fits.

Alright, so by now you may be wondering how the verse above fits into all this talk about summer.  Well then, let me tell you a little bit about today.  Today the weather was warm, sunny and perfect.  I wore flip flops, ate delicious pancakes with mixed berries (I love and miss fresh berries like strawberries and blueberries!), walked around outside and read Gone With the Wind.  But the best part consisted of later at night when the stars came out.  Tentative plans to watch a movie were thwarted by other events, which turned into new plans to star gaze by the pond.  To be prepared, I outfitted myself with my sleeping bag, two pairs of pants (one with stars on them of course), lots of layers, a hat, mittens and even socks (I hate socks, but thanks mom for sending me some…though I really don’t need more…I really hate them!).

Needless to say, God blew me away with His creation.  Everything made me smile and soak in the beautiful night.  The moon hid away until the right time when we saw its amazing orangish color and sat astounded at its huge size.  The shooting stars took my breath away and I got sad whenever someone else saw one, but I missed it.  The random conversation took the edge off the rest of the day.  And I’m still pondering which names fit the category of a “cuddly” name.  Yet, through all of this, I return my thoughts to God to thank Him for a wonderful ending to another day.  To ask Him to help me show that kind of beauty and light to everyone around me. To live out the call to shine like stars and take people’s breath away. To glorify His name and live a life full of love in such a way that others see Him.

Because that’s when my heart is happy.


The Obvious Option: Cake Decorator/Dessert/Food Extraordinaire

The last few days have led to scouring the internet and blogs for new recipes to try.  I absolutely love making food…especially for big groups of people or at least giving food away to multiple people.  I’m super excited to bring some sort of dessert on Sunday for Antioch Community Church’s fellowship night!  I haven’t fully decided what I’m going to bring, but I’m thinking Fruit Pizza and then maybe some other things too…I’m still brainstorming and we’ll see what I feel like closer to the date 🙂

In other news, I tried a new recipe tonight!  Triangle Crescent Sandwiches.  They were very yummy!  Not quite sure if they are worth all the work…but oh well.  Basically you put half your crescent rolls on the bottom of a pan and then put cheese and meat (I used salami) and then you brush egg on top of the meat and then put the rest of the crescent rolls on top and brush that with egg as well.  Bake, bake covered and then eat!  I just feel like I could get nearly the same end product by having already made crescent rolls and then putting in the rest and then either microwaving or baking.  But sometimes it’s fun to make something with more steps so if you want the recipe, just ask 🙂


I love cereal.  I literally could eat cereal for every meal of the day.  In fact, some days I come really close.

Here are some of my favorites/recent favorites (in no particular order):

  1. Kashi Wild Blueberry
  2. Kashi GoLean Crunch
  3. Cheerios Strawberry Yogurt Bursts
  4. Honey Bunches of Oats
  5. Total Raisin Bran
  6. Life (this used to take up permanent residence in the middle console of my car in high school)
  7. Special K with Red Berries
  8. Oatmeal with Brown Sugar