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My Golden Year

It’s my birthday!

29 on the 29th!

It’s my *Golden Year*.

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I learned that term from my friend, Ryan. It’s the year that your birth date is also your age. I intend to live it up & make it my best year yet!

Since it is my golden year, & next year I’ll be 30, I thought I’d do a variation on the ’30 before 30′ lists I’ve seen floating around.

Here are 29 things I’d like to accomplish my 29th year:

  1. Read the Bible regularly.
  2. Volunteer.
  3. Lose weight.
  4. Get more serious about fitness.
  5. Make Spanish more of a priority at home.
  6. Throw a fancy dinner party.
  7. Go to a gun range.
  8. Go to local high school football games.
  9. Read more books.
  10. Learn a (simple) new make up look.
  11. Get more serious about my book business.
  12. Paint more.
  13. Build something with my hands.
  14. Donate blood.
  15. Grow my hair long (& healthy) to donate.
  16. Visit a new city in Florida.
  17. Fast.
  18. Pay for someone else’s coffee.
  19. Send a care package to a soldier.
  20. Bake a soufflé.
  21. Be more intentional about making new friends.
  22. Hand make (most) Christmas presents this year.
  23. Pay off debt.
  24. Go on a painting/cooking/activity date with my husband.
  25. Go see more local shows/events.
  26. Go to one of the Orlando theme parks.
  27. Work on knife & butchery skills.
  28. Write more letters to friends.
  29. Grow in my relationship with God.

Happy Birthday to ME!

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It’s Not ‘Goodbye’, It’s ‘See You Later’

Last Sunday was bittersweet.

It was Cupcake’s baptism, but it was also the last day we would see her godparents for several months.

Our best friends & our sweet goddaughter have moved to North Carolina.

Hubby & I knew this day would come. We knew that David would be looking for a job out of Florida after he got his PhD. We knew that all this time since his graduation last year was ‘bonus’.

It doesn’t mean we miss them any less!

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I’m so glad we are each other’s daughter’s godparents. Now we’re family!

To ease their long drive from South Florida to North Carolina (in two separate cars, I might add), I made them a little going away present.

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That way they could stop for coffee & snacks along the way.

Also, who doesn’t love a good pun or two?

I’m so happy for my friends. They are closer to their families & their careers are advancing. It’s almost hard to be sad for me when I’m excited for them!

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I know our girls (& future kids!) will still be close. Thankfully they moved somewhere that will be really nice to vacation in!

So it’s not ‘goodbye’, it’s ‘see you later’. We are looking in to plane tickets for next year ūüôā

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I already see how much my goddaughter is enjoying the mountain air!

New Adventure – Usborne Books & More!

Last week I made a very exciting decision: I decided to become a book lady.

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I’m super excited to kick off my new book business with Usborne Books & More!

I love that Usborne Books & More promotes literacy in fun & innovative ways.

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I’m excited to instill a love of reading in my daughter.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also excited to make a little extra money for our family!

I’d love to share more about Usborne Books with you! Just leave me a comment & I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

If you’re already familiar with Usborne, or are just eager to do some shopping for the kids in your life, check out my site here.

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today is fat tuesday

My lovely friend Caroline, who constantly points me to Jesus, wonderfully describes my attitude about Lent. She’s taking on prayer, I’m taking on reading (& giving up a few dumb things).

I do wish protestants treated Easter as ‘special’ as we treat Christmas. Without Easter, there is no Christmas.

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Sometimes I don’t think about Lent until the day before but fortunately this year I was not taken off guard.  I have been reminded of Lent through friends and articles and even my own body really wanting warmer weather and the good change of spring making everything green and alive.

Lent is not Roman Catholic.  Lent is Christian.  It’s not our role to criticize what a tradition has become but rather to exemplify what it ought to be.  Lent is important.  We are reminded of Christmas coming for weeks on end so when it finally arrives and you get to that candlelight service, your heart is ready to contemplate the divinity becoming a small baby.  Messiah performances focus us on the great tradition of inviting Jesus to join the winter festival.  Easter gets forgotten.  I see Peeps marshmallows in the store but as much as I love Peeps, they…

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Liebster Award!

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Caleb from Intrepid Muses. His blog is super cool & I am touched that he thinks mine is, too!

The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers. It helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world! I love this concept, because due to Caleb’s nomination I clicked on the other 10 bloggers he nominated & found some cool blogs I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

I was trying to look up the origins of the Liebster award & came across this post from Wording Well. Looks like the rules have changed along the way; it’s like that childhood game Telephone! I’m going to stick to the rules my nominator used.

Here are the rules that were given to me:

‚ÄĘ Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
‚ÄĘ Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
‚ÄĘ Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
‚ÄĘ Let the bloggers know you nominated them
‚ÄĘ Give them 11 questions of your own

Caleb’s nomination included the option to skip the “award post” if that isn’t your style – I love that suggestion! I do agree with him, though, that answering the questions, getting to know each other, & having fun is the point¬†here!

I nominate the following 11 awesome blogs I follow:

  1. 365 Days Of Marriage
  2. Purposeful Parenting
  3. Life In Between
  4. Ordinary Epiphanies
  5. A Cupcake For Love
  6. The Newish Wife
  7. Wood Kitchen
  8. Coastal Kelder
  9. The Love Bungalow
  10. Fabulous Fare Sisters
  11. My Name Is Not Katie

My questions to you guys are below the ones I answered ūüôā

1. What is your favorite book and why?¬†Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. I love the nonsensical fun nature of it!
2. If you could write a book what it would be about?¬†I would like to write a book about how all 15 children from my mom’s family made it to the US from Cuba.
3. Who is your favorite contemporary author?¬†Stephen King, though I haven’t picked up one of his books in a looong time.
4. If you could meet someone in history who it would be? Paul the apostle.
5. What is your favorite movie/tv show? GILMORE GIRLS!!! I am SO excited for the revival coming to Netflix!
6. What is the worst movie ever made? Wikipedia actually has a nice list about this!
7. What are your hobbies? Besides blogging! I suppose my hobbies are the things I blog about Рcrafts, baking, & cooking! I also play a little music (handbells in church & trombone just for fun!)
8. What is your favorite place in the world and why?¬†*sappy alert* Anywhere with my husband. I enjoy life the most when he’s around.
9. What place have you not visited but would you like to visit the most?¬†And why?¬†I have always wanted to go to Australia to go diving in the Great Barrier Reef. First I have to learn how to dive…
10. What is your favorite literary quote? Oh man, I could totally lie & pick on right now but I¬†really don’t have one!
11. Tell us a random fact about you‚Ķ I’m a Jeep girl! I have always loved them (probably because Lorelai drives a Wrangler) OlllllllO

For my nominees:

1. Why did you start blogging?
2.¬†What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
3. What is the furthest you’ve ever been from your home town?
4. What was your favorite subject in high school?
5. Do you love your current job? If not, what is your dream job?
6. In an ideal scenario, how many children would you like to have?
7.¬†What’s your favorite dish that your parents made for you?
8. Cilantro: love it or hate it?
9.¬†What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
10. What is your favorite fictional character Рmovie, book, or tv show!
11. If you started another blog, what would it be about?

I am looking forward to seeing your answers! Thanks again, Caleb, for the nomination! This has been fun ūüôā

 

Photos For Life

The crowd was smaller this year, but the heart was bigger.

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Before the March & the snow.

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Two of my favorite people in the world, who both inspire me to always be better.

The Students for Life conference got canceled because of the blizzard. Lots of students & groups got stuck in the snow on their way home. It was definitely not a storm to take lightly.

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I am so glad that we made the trip & went to the March.

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We were able to safely make it to Caroline’s house before the blizzard started.

The blizzard couldn’t stop the pro-life generation!

March For Life 2016

This Floridian is travelling to DC tomorrow night.

Yep, even as Major Winter Storm Jonas approaches, seemingly promising to hit hard on Friday Рthe anniversary of Roe vs. Wade -the day of the march. Even if the forecast was worse, as long as I could physically get my ass to DC I would still go. Hundreds of thousands of people agree with me.

The cause is so worth it.

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March For Life 2015, Photo by Matt Barrick from the March For Life Facebook page

5 years ago I attended a pro-life group meeting in college. My friend Caroline was very involved with the group & asked me to come. I did it just because she was my friend, not because I felt strongly about the subject, though I’ve always considered myself pro-life.

During that meeting, someone decided to read the first chapter of Abby Johnson’s book unPLANNED. I strongly suggest you click that link & read the first chapter for yourself. I have not yet read the rest of the book, but that first chapter changed my whole life. ¬†I believe God put me in that meeting & laid this cause on my heart.

It was relatively easy to be a pro-life college student. Sure, most people around me were pretty liberal, but I had a great group of friends around me & plenty of outreach opportunities Рsidewalk counseling, tabling demonstrations around campus, bringing in guest speakers, articles in the campus newspaper, etc. I was president of our on-campus club my senior year & attended my first March For Life that year & went to the Students For Life Of America conference & everything. At times these activities were emotionally draining, but I always had a pro-life friend near by for support.

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March For Life 2012

It is much harder to be a pro-life adult. Sometimes I’m more vocal than others, but these conversations are much more difficult without the catalyst of a campus event. This is one of the reasons that going to the March For Life is so important. It is a sacrifice of time & money. It requires taking time off from work & life & traveling to DC in the winter. Am I going to have fun on this trip? Of course I am, but that doesn’t mean I lose sight of the reason I make such a journey almost every year. I get to spend time in our nation’s capital & reconnect with old friends who live in the area. I get to¬†hear amazing pro-life speakers – from senators to Silent No More. But I think what I enjoy the most is that I get to be a part of something much bigger than myself. And then I get to share about my experience.

March For Life 2013

March For Life 2013

Last year I did not write¬†about the march. I had just recently started blogging & I didn’t want to make this “too political”. Well, this isn’t a political issue, or a religious issue. This is literally a life & death situation. Yes, I believe that God is the author & creator of all life & that He has given me this mission. However, I’ve become increasingly more involved with Secular Pro-Life¬†because ALL life is precious & ALL people should come to that conclusion regardless of their beliefs (or lack thereof). Yes, I lean to the right, but I follow groups like¬†Democrats For Life¬†because it’s really not about politics. Do politics play a role? Absolutely. It is up to our leaders to pass laws to defend life while also providing funding to programs like welfare, medicaid, & DCF. The scenarios that drive women to choose abortions are never easy or black & white, & it is important for the government to be able to help its people.

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March For Life 2015

This year is a little different. This year most¬†of my coworkers know I am going to DC to march for life. This year I am writing about it & will share some photos from the event when I return. This year will be my 4th time at the march; my husband’s 2nd. I am incredibly lucky to¬†have such a supportive partner in life, for the rest of my life, fighting for life with me.

So bring on the snow, Jonas. A little bad weather cannot stop the truth about LIFE from spreading.


 

If you are interested in seeing what the march is all about from the comfort of your own home, please check out the March For Life website¬†& click “Watch the March For Life Livestream” on Friday, Jan 22.

How Do You Name Recipes? + 50 Followers!

So today I was working on a blog post for the recipe I’m making for dinner tonight & when I was done writing the name I realized what a colossal mouthful it was!

Cheesy Bacon Veggie Crescent Roll Quiche.

The title is basically the recipe itself! I’m torn between wanting to be descriptive/informative (for easy searching) & wanting to be innovative/succinct (for aesthetics & reading pleasure).

How do you fellow bloggers do it when you come up with your own recipes? Is there a method to the madness? Are there any secret tips to share?

Here’s one way we could go about it, I suppose: Food Name Generator.¬†Actually, that’s not quote what I had in mind, but it is kind of fun! Just don’t blame me if you actually try¬†Stuffed Raspberry & Peanut Beef. Blech!

I will keep thinking of a name for my Cheesy Bacon Veggie Crescent Roll Quiche. In the meantime, I wanted to celebrate something special that happened today!

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Thanks, A Joy for¬†A Joy of Baking¬†for being #50! Looking forward to getting to know your blog as well. ūüôā

Happy One Year Blog-Aversary!

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What a great year it’s been!

I’ve come a long from my first post¬†last year. For one thing, this year it’s Stanford vs. Iowa at the Rose Bowl. My husband & I have been married for 377 days & are no longer newlyweds. I’m writing this blog from my very own house where I’ve hosted many a gathering – the biggest one being today, actually!

I would say that I accomplished the goal I set out for myself last year: to honor God & love my husband while making cookies & writing about it.

I am no longer new to wife-hood & new to blogging. I’m not a seasoned professional by any means, either. I still think I’m a rookie in a lot of ways, but life is a journey.

Happy Blog-Aversary to me & mrsdessertmonster.com!

(pictured above is my New Year’s Chocolate Mousse, recipe here!)

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 53 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Not bad for my first year!

Happy New Year!