Pray for W!

We had such a fun-filled day today, but more on that later ūüôā ¬†For now, I’d ask that you pray for our little man W tonight and his court date tomorrow! ¬†Yes, it is absolutely the most crazy timing, but its not ours and so we trust the Lord will bring him into our family just as He planned before the foundations of the world. ¬†We are especially praying that we would indeed pass tomorrow and that God would provide us an embassy date before July 10th. ¬†On that day, our immigration approval expires and we would be looking at basically re-doing our entire home study to extend the approval. ¬†Given the craziness of our lives, I’m asking the Lord’s grace on me and that He would not cause me the extra burden of the home study update. ¬†And yet, I have full confidence that I will see His goodness and mercy either way! As He rules over all authority in Ethiopia, so we pray tonight that His power and might would work on behalf of this little boy we have grown to love.

Thank you for praying…I’ll let you know as soon as I hear from our agency!

“Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is¬†power¬†and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.” 1 Chronicles 29:12

Pork Marinade

I recently found a great deal at Costco on pork chops, which then had me looking for a good marinade. ¬†I found this one in “Southern Sideboards“, a cookbook that has been treasured by many a generation of Mississippians!

1/2 c. dry cooking wine

1/2 c. soy sauce

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. dried thyme

salt and pepper to taste

We have yet to replace the gas on our grill, so I’ve just been pouring the marinade over the pork chops and baking them for about 35 minutes at 350. ¬†I serve it with long-grain brown rice and steamed asparagus (with butter and garlic, of course!). ¬†This might be one of our kids’ favorite meals…go figure!

Chicken Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

So, I know the transition is going fairly well as I realize I’ve actually had time to try out some new recipes in the last week or so. ¬†I love to cook and the hour I spend in the kitchen before dinner is a great re-fueling time for me after a long day. ¬†Throw in the fact that I have about 20 new recipes I want to try, and my dinner prep is that much more enjoyable! ¬†Here’s one from Cooking Light that we tried Saturday evening…very delicious except the corn tortillas…we’ll definitely be using flour the next time. ¬†I only used 2 chicken breasts, which worked fine for two adults, two children. ¬†And of course, I didn’t spend extra money for pre-chopped onion…I actually enjoy chopping onions! ¬†Kevin picked up chips and salsa from the Mexican restaurant just up the road, and they made a perfect salty side to the somewhat sweet entree.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 tortillas, 1 chicken breast half, and 1/2 cup salsa)

Ingredients

1  teaspoon  garlic powder

1  teaspoon  paprika

1/2  teaspoon  onion powder

1/4  teaspoon  ground red pepper

3/4  teaspoon  salt, divided

4  (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 1/2  teaspoons  olive oil

1/2  cup  diced peeled mango

1/2  cup  diced peeled avocado

1/2  cup  chopped tomato

1/3  cup  prechopped onion

2  tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro

2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice

1 ¬†tablespoon ¬†minced jalape√Īo pepper

8  (6-inch) corn tortillas

Preparation

1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 4 ingredients; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Rub over chicken. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

2. While chicken cooks, combine mango and next 6 ingredients (through jalape√Īo); stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

3. Heat tortillas according to package directions; top with chicken and salsa.

Happy Easter!

We had such a wonderful, spiritually encouraging, fun-filled Easter weekend! I am so thankful to the Lord for my salvation and the incredible resurrection I have to look forward to because of Christ. ¬†I am also grateful for the hard, but sanctifying work He is doing in me through two precious little people named Mikias and Molly Kate. ¬†While the last three weeks have been some of the most challenging I’ve ever faced (being 28 weeks pregnant and trying to sell our condo in Oxford have contributed even more to an already difficult transitional period), I have also found that it has pushed me to closer communion with the Lord as I constantly beg for grace and mercy and wisdom throughout each day and that I treasure the good times all the more. ¬†This weekend was one of those treasured times…it really began with a hot beautiful Thursday last week and pulling out the kiddie pool in the backyard. ¬†I was so encouraged to see Molly Kate and Mikias just have an absolute blast with one another as they flew down the slide into the water. ¬†Watching them reminded me how often I need to be praying that God would bind their hearts together and cause their friendship to grow and flourish. ¬†Saturday was a great family day as we gave the kids “Spring Baskets” with all sorts of goodies and dyed eggs. ¬†We also cleaned and prepared our home for the 10 adults and 5 kiddos that joined us for Easter lunch and an egg hunt on Sunday. ¬†Kevin and I thoroughly enjoyed eating and our¬†fellowship¬†with the three families and two college guys that gathered with us after church yesterday. ¬†I love entertaining in our home, so in the midst of the craziness of our lives right now, God blessed me by allowing me to host these precious friends for one of the most special Christian celebrations of the year and do something that I really love. ¬†And our children seem to love opening our home to visitors just as much as we do…they were on cloud nine all day, playing with their friends and being social butterflies with the adults! ¬†I’m amazed at all the small ways I can see how God knit Mikias together so perfectly for our family. ¬†Even at Wal-Mart today, Mikias and Molly Kate were chatting it up with the cashier, both completely happy to make a new friend and wave good-bye as we headed out the door. ¬†I love the friendliness God has blessed my kids with and pray He would one day use it for His glory as they make friends in the name of Christ.

Okay…those were all my rambling thoughts on our life right now! ¬†Yes, it is very hard most days as everyone is still getting adjusted to life with one another and I am typically exhausted. ¬†My belly just aches when I fall into bed and Madden starts bouncing around, so happy that mommy is finally horizontal! ¬†I’m also daily seeing more and more of my sinful heart and the sheer ugliness of the flesh. ¬†But God is near, He continues to be faithful, I know He is refining me and I really love the family He has granted me. ¬†I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here’s some pics of our great weekend:

Molly Kate making a splash!
Mikias LOVES the water!
My favorite pic, headed to our Good Friday service
Mmmm...our kids do love candy!
Mikias astounded by egg dye while Molly Kate poses away!
"Jesus is Alive!" (Molly Kate's favorite quote of the weekend!)
Our best attempt at a family Easter pic! (My face was way too chubby in the rest!)
Molly Kate pondering what's inside the egg!
Mikias was definitely the most enthusiastic competitor in the egg hunt!!
"I think I'll hang onto my treasure while I play!"
"If Kai can do it, I can do it too!"
Our amazing egg hunt organizer, a.k.a. Daddy!