Friday, September 17, 2010

This Makes Me Laugh

An email from my best friend to my husband. These two crack me up:

Dearest Matthew Powers Icing-Lovin' Flagler III,
It gives me great joy to bestow this recipe on thy open arms....

Cream together:
1/2 cup veg. shortening
3 cups of powdered sugar
a bit of milk
a bit of vanilla extract

These amounts are estimates. If it's too thick, add a bit more vanilla. If it's too thin... more sugar. Sometimes to get the best taste (because I often use dirt-cheap shortening that tastes funny) I add more sugar/vanilla until it tastes right. I hope this works out for you! If you have any questions, just let me know!

Happy Eating!
Ginger Ruth Henry I
Oh, and my husband has random cravings for icing and just makes bowls of it. Today is one of those days.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Two Years ago This Week...

... we moved to Thailand.

Been missing it some lately. Been missing these kids a lot.

The video is about 8 minutes. Pray for these kiddos as you see them. Pray for how God is working in Thailand.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fiona Adventures: Bit by a Snake

Happy Labor Day! So very thankful for a day off today, I took little Miss Fiona to the dog park. It's something we've been doing lately (and going on long walks) to try to wear her out so we can enjoy her a little more at home.
Well, today, we were having a lovely time at the dog park. Chattin' it up with the other dog owners and watching her run herself ragged. (It's 3 hours later, and she's been asleep since we got home. This is good.) At one point, I glance behind the bench where I was sitting to check on her, and I see her playing with a little white terrier kinda dog. They looked fine, as they were playing with some kind of stick. Then, I looked again as I realized it might not have been a stick after all...Well, it wasn't a stick. In fact, it was a snake that didn't seem to take kindly to being batted back and forth between a small terrier kinda dog and a Fiona puppy. It was striking at one, then the other. And I saw it 'catch' on Fiona's neck. Twice. All this while I said rather calmly to the guy sitting on a nearby bench, "Oh, they're playing with a snake." We got up, and he threw Fiona towards me since she wouldn't come when I called her. She was having too much fun 'playing' with this new toy. And we got the smaller dog away too. By then, all the other dogs came over to see the new fun toy, and the other owners were all trying to keep their four-legged children away from this snake.

We got all the dogs away, and two of the guys worked together to pin it's head to the ground with a stick. One guy grabbed it near its head and carried it far away. During the pinning and carrying, they determined it was a rat snake. A constrictor, so not poisonous.

Fiona quickly forgot about that toy and moved on to racing around with the bigger dogs again. She seemed unfazed, so I wasn't worried about her. And even though the guys seemed pretty confident, I wanted to be sure. So I googled rat snakes on my Droid to make sure I didn't need to take her to visit her daddy at the vet. Google confirmed the picture of the type of snake we had encountered and that rat snakes are constrictors, so Fiona Jayne had nothing to be concerned about. The little terrier dog that she was playing with had cause for concern though. Even though the snake was only like 3.5 feet long, it might have been able to take down the little white dog had it been left to its own devices and not had Super Fiona to bat it around with him. :)
We stayed at the dog park for another 45 minutes or so and had a friend from small group join us. And she's fine. Even snake bites don't faze our littlest girl. She's resilient.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I've noticed several blogs doing a "thankful Thursday" or something similar, and it's an idea I like very much. It never hurts to stop and take note of things to be thankful for. Today, I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve with my church. Recently, I've been able to help with some administrative projects, and it makes me giddy. I'm a total dork.

I'm also thankful that this coming weekend, I will have 3 days off in a row. That's really extra special since with my work schedule, I don't ever even have 2 days off in a row. Thankful for 3. :)