Monthly Archives: November 2012

Southern Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie

Our first morning in Daphne, Jill asked me if I wanted to pecan picking

Always up for an adventure – I said ‘yes’!

She took me to Hudson’s school where the playgroud was sprinkled with pecan trees – ending their fruitful season

We had fun watching the kids play and filling up bags with a few pounds of pecans

Once back home Jill cracked and shelled them

And made a pecan pie for Thanksgiving – Joel’s favorite – which Jill remembered and planned for especially for him – what a sweet sister in law!

He devoured it of course ๐Ÿ™‚ย  And Mylin loved it too!

But I didn’t capture a picture of her with the pie – but I did with the caramel filled apple spiced cidar cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

Yay for family picking, preparing, and baking fun together!

What’s your favorite dish to bake together as a family?!


Southern Thanksgiving: Birthday Parties, Face Painting and Crafts

From December through February all our ‘Bama nieces and nephews celebrate birthdays, this year turning:





Since we won’t be able to celebrate with them on their fun days, we brought our presents down with us and had a big celebration bash!

Most of the gifts are Melissa and Doug – a new found favorite of ours

Jill homeschools Maddie and has begun teaching a business class for their co-op

Maddie has chosen to start a face-painting business and we obliged to be some of her practice faces ๐Ÿ™‚

She is an excellent artist!

I always love to bake with our nieces and nephews when I get a chance – and I brought some fun recipes to do with them this time

Cosi and I made Rolo Stuffed Cookies

Maddie and I made Pumpkin French Toast

Hudson and I made Caramel Stuffed Apple Cidar Cookies

We were too busy baking and munching to take pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

BUT we did get pictures of a fun sticker project we did with them (all materials found in the Target $1 aisle!)

Ok, seriously, guys.

I have the BEST husband ever

And not only is he the best husband ever…but before that and still to this day he is the BEST UNCLE ever!!!!!

(Sorry brothers…you do have a lot to live up to as uncles with this guy in the running…)

Garage Sale for Orphans TOTAL!

We madeย $1,130ย  for Garage Sale for Orphans!!!

Thank you all who came out to shop, advertised for it online or by word of mouth, donated, and PRAYED for the success of this to give our God glory!!!

From James 1:

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in itโ€”not forgetting what they have heard, but doing itโ€”they will be blessed in what they do.

26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.


Theย Southern Thanksgiving series will continue after this brief interuption ๐Ÿ™‚

Southern Thanksgiving: Nashville

We embarked on a family vacation last weekend to two southern destinations:

1. Nashville, Tennessee

2. Daphne, Alabama

We spent a day and a half in Nashville relaxing, walking, and eating

Then 3 days in Daphne with my brother, Adam, and his lovely family, celebrating Thanksgiving

I hope you enjoy the next several posts of stories and pictures as much as we did the experiences!

A photobook of our day in Nashville last week:

We loved the sites, sounds, food, and family time!

Nashville is a place that Joel and I definitely want to go back to again – as a family and just as a couple – there is so much to explore and experience!

Have you ever been to Nashville? What was your favorite experience? What would you recommend experiencing?!

A new beginning

So here it is – our new blog!

For many reason, we decided to switch to a new theme…kind of paralleling that our life has changed so dramatically in the last year and a half

God has us on an intense hill of growth – individually, as a couple, and as parents

We believe that this theme of simple, thankful, radical correctly reflects the areas in our life that we are determined to embody

It couldn’t be said better than through God’s holy Word:

Your New Life in Christ

Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. 3 Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. 4 Christ is your[a] life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory.

5 So put all evil things out of your life: sexual sinning, doing evil, letting evil thoughts control you, wanting things that are evil, and greed. This is really serving a false god. 6 These things make God angry.[b] 7 In your past, evil life you also did these things.

8 But now also put these things out of your life: anger, bad temper, doing or saying things to hurt others, and using evil words when you talk. 9 Do not lie to each other. You have left your old sinful life and the things you did before. 10 You have begun to live the new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you the true knowledge of God. 11 In the new life there is no difference between Greeks and Jews, those who are circumcised and those who are not circumcised, or people who are foreigners, or Scythians.[c] There is no difference between slaves and free people. But Christ is in all believers, and Christ is all that is important.

12 God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. 14 Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body[d] to have peace. Always be thankful. 16 Let the teaching of Christ live in you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and instruct each other by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

Your New Life with Other People

18 Wives, yield to the authority of your husbands, because this is the right thing to do in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and be gentle with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, because this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not nag your children. If you are too hard to please, they may want to stop trying.

22 Slaves, obey your masters in all things. Do not obey just when they are watching you, to gain their favor, but serve them honestly, because you respect the Lord. 23 In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. 24 Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which he promised to his people. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 But remember that anyone who does wrong will be punished for that wrong, and the Lord treats everyone the same.

Pay special attention to 12-17 – that is the Draper family verse

Thanks for sticking with me or joining us for the first time – I hope we can learn from each other’s transparency!

Simple pleasures: family edition

Homemade wine from brother and sister-in-law

Belated birthday phone call from brother

“I love you” from a sibling

Hugs from moms

Sitting around a fire on cool autumn night with extended family

Devotions w/Joel

Lunchdate with mom (and Sully!)

Mylin’s lunchdate with Daddy ๐Ÿ™‚  (I might just burst – I don’t know which one I love more!)

Grandparent’s reading to our kids

Singing together

Middle of the night cuddling (when I thought I’d rather be sleeping…)

Praying together and for each other

Sully’s giggle

Sully’s smile ๐Ÿ™‚

Listening to Myling talk, sing, and tell stories in her room before she falls asleep

Living with my best friend and favorite person on earth!

Wonderful weekend!

This weekend was such a blessing for us!

We had the Garage Sale 4 Orphans on Friday night and Saturday morning!!!
We made $800!!!
I still have a few things to sell online/facebook…hoping we still meet our goal of $1000!!!!


– The MOB that gathered at the end of our driveway while we were pulling things out of the garage Friday night…I have never experienced anything like this…It was downright scary.

– Lydia (who was in the mob) coming in to make dinner plates for our kids because there were too many kids for the dads to juggle in addition to us wives asking them to come help us with stuff outside ๐Ÿ™‚

– Mylin had pigtails (or as she calls it “two ponies”) for the first time

– Sully starting to eat solid foods ๐Ÿ™‚

– AND getting his first tooth! (with 3 more to follow soon…)

To top it all off, everyone slept all through the night…….I feel like a new woman, this morning!!!!