Friday, May 14, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
With summer on the horizon, I thought I would share with you one of my new favorite recipes. I wanted to make something special for Brittany and Roman since Mother's Day was going to be a rough day for them. I knew they liked pistachios, so I created a Pistachio Cream Pie just for them. We have now decided that it will be our new Mother's Day tradition! Here is what you will need:
- 2 Graham Cracker Pie Crusts
- 1 Tub of Philadelphia Ready Made Cheesecake Filling
- 2 packs of Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix
- 3 cups of milk
- 1/4 cu. of finely crushed pistachios (more or less)
Mix all of the ingredients in a big bowl and blend well. Pour into pie crusts, chill about 30 minutes and serve! Top with whipped cream and garnish with a few whole pistachios for that special added touch.
I actually like to split the recipe in half and make two different pies. Chocolate Chip Banana Cream is our other favorite...or Triple Chocolate Fudge...or Lemon Love... Hint: Just substitute with your favorite Jello pudding mix! It's so easy and doesn't require any baking. You can even add fresh fruit. Be creative. It's fun!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Well, at 3:20pm, I get a text from Brittany asking if their bus was supposed to be late. They are normally home by 3:15pm and dropped off near the house. My stomach dropped. I called the school and they assured me that their bus was just running late. Britt texted me about 20 minutes later and said they were home. Oddly enough though, I was still not at peace because I sensed something wasn’t right.
When I got home at 4:30pm, I found out that since their bus was running late, the school and the transportation department boarded them on a different bus with a substitute driver. But they forgot to mention to the driver that my kids were the first stop. Instead, they get dropped off about ½ mile from the house on the other side of the neighborhood at about 3:15pm. After crossing intersections and alleyways, they made it home safely…20 some odd minutes later. Javin was able to figure out where he was and just happened to pick the right streets. Then “what-ifs” began to overwhelm me, and it was then that I realized that I had been praying for a specific reason. What if he would have made one wrong turn? Who would have known where they were?
By this point, I was extremely emotional. Both blood-boiling anger and an eternal gratefulness consumed me at the same time. I was so thankful for God’s protection. And as any loving mother would do, I made some phone calls…immediately. I think Roman saw a side of me that he had never seen before! By 6:30am the next morning, it had already been escalated to all department heads involved; a meeting was called, and new procedures were in place to prevent this from EVER happening again.
Now, here is the good part. I love it when God provides confirmation and peace. I was on my way to work the next day and enjoying my usual prayer time. I gave praise the One that I knew was in control and thanked Him once again. I decided to turn the radio on, and there was a song playing that brought me to tears. It’s called “Somebody’s Praying.” This was the first time I had ever heard it, and it was completely contrary to the style of music that was played on this certain station. Read the words, and you will understand it’s importance to me:
Somebody's prayin, I can feel it
Wow, wow, wow! Oh, the duties of a mother. And the most important one of all is praying for our children. None of that was coincidence, but Divine in every aspect. I felt like this was the song being sung over my kids that day. There is no doubt that the angels were walking with them and guiding them all the way, thus preventing any alternate outcome or scenario. Praise the Lord God Almighty!
Anyway, it is quite an old song, but give it a listen…
Gosh, I love my children…each and every one of them.