Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Game Fun...

When I was growing up, my family often played games. It was a family pastime that we all enjoyed and has become part of my family's leisure activities. For Christmas, my sister bought my DH and I a game that we had seen at the mall. The game is called Ticket to Ride and it is a real blast. My DH and I played it almost every night after we came back home from our Christmas travels. We enjoyed it so much that we purchased the Ticket to Ride Europe Edition for my family and sent it to them for Valentine's Day. Often times when I call them in the evenings, they are playing Ticket to Ride. With the end of the semester that last month or so, my DH and I hadn't played it in a while, but now we are back to playing it every other night. In the game, you make a train that will connect various destinations. It is a lot of fun to play. I just thought that I would pass the fun along, this isn't a paid advertisement or anything like that.

If you are interested in learning more about the game, click here. If you are interested in buying Ticket to Ride, click here because they have a better price.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Food and Family...

My Mom and I this past November cooking in my kitchen.

I am not sure how it is for most people, but for me food and family are never too far from each other. Before my DH and I moved to Texas, leaving my family behind in Florida, every Sunday after church my family would go to my Grandmother's (aka Gram's) house for lunch. She always fixed yummy meals and it was fun to spend time around the table with those I hold most dear. Even though my DH and I are no longer in the area, my Mom, Dad, and sister still go over to Gram's house for lunch. When we travel home, it is always a highlight to once again gather 'round the table at Gram's on Sunday afternoon. Sometimes, either my mom or Gram will send me recipes that they tried on Sunday and I get to try them out myself.

When my DH and I were dating, he would often come over to my parents' house (I lived at home throughout college) and eat dinner with us. It was during this time that my parents and my sister got to know my "future DH" and I had the chance to get to know him in the family setting.

This past week, my DH's parents came for a visit. A week before they came, I was working on my menu for the week that they would be here. I went grocery shopping and got all (well minus that one little thing that I always forget to put on my list) the ingredients I need to prepare the meals. I enjoyed getting to prepare these meals and have everyone sit around our dinner table.

One night at dinner, I had a thought and I became truly thankful for my new insight. I began to see how my Gram's and my Mom's hospitality and joy of having people around the table had had an influence on me. I had the chance to cook recipes that had been shared by both of them or cook from a cookbook that one of them had given to me.

I am so thankful that my Mom took the time to teach me how to cook and to use recipes.
Not only did she enrich my life, but she has given me the opportunity to enrich others' lives as they sit around our dinner table and share in food and fellowship.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Prince Caspian...

Today, my DH and I went to the theater to see the next movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series, Prince Caspian. It was really good and I completely enjoyed it. The first movie "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" was such a wonderful movie that I feared the sequal would be a let down but it wasn't. I think that it is really neat how even through the movie God spoke to me about having the courage to trust Him. I don't want to give the story line away, but it is so neat how C.S. Lewis used Aslan as an allegory for Christ.

The first time I saw the first movie, I was moved to tears by the direct correlation that Lewis tied to Aslan's sacrifice and Christ's sacrifice. I had seen the Passion of the Christ, but the Narnia movie showed the ultimate sacrifice in such a different light. If you haven't seen the first one, I highly recommend it. The Prince Caspian will make a lot more sense if you do.

As for the movie rating, it is rated PG. There is some violence and presence of mythological creatures which can be scarry for little ones. But, there are no gory scenes or anything like that. You can watch a trailer by clicking on this link.

I actually haven't read any of the Chronicles of Narnia; but, I really want to. I might make reading all of them a goal for this summer. We'll see.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God...

I hope that all of you have been well. I have apparently taken an unannounced 5 month sabbatical from blogging. Things have been very busy and I hate that I have been absent for so long. I hope that this summer I will be around more and have more time on my hands. It will be fun to catch up with all of you.

I started a book a few weeks ago and I am absolutely loving it. In fact if I actually had the ability to read more than a page at a time I would have finished it very quickly. The name of the book is Passionate Housewives Desperate for God. It is a wonderful and encouraging book about how special our role is as wives and mothers. I am only in chapter 3 so I don't have a ton of information to pass on yet; but, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I hope you will visit the Passionate Housewives blog and check out the book. You won't regret it.