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Saturday, February 25, 2017

10 years ago today...



10 years ago today.  How it seems like forever ago, yet, at the same time, seems just like yesterday.  

I was SCARED TO DEATH to be a mommy.  Sure, I had babysat tons of times for little ones.  I have always loved children.  But 24/7 care of a child?  How was I even old enough for this????  

I remember that morning at breakfast, before our group left for the Civil Affairs Bureau.  I was a wreck.  Couldn't eat a thing (and the breakfast buffet had my favorites- bacon and french toast!!!!).  All I could do was pray.  I asked the Lord for His help, for His wisdom, for His PEACE.  As we walked out to the big bus, I was filled with such glorious peace!!!  Answer to prayer!!  And such JOY!!  I WAS GOING TO BE A MOMMY!!!!  

We unloaded at the Civil Affairs Bureau and headed in.  We waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And finally came the words we all wanted to hear- "The babies are here!!!!" 

We were last.  After all, our last name starts with a "U". But suddenly,  there stood Mrs Yu, the orphanage director. She was holding my sweet girl- the child that I had dreamed of for 36 years (I was 36 when she was born).  The child I had named when I was in elementary school.  The child that had grown in my heart for eons.  My dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.  

So today I celebrate the gift of life. Today I celebrate adoption. Today I celebrate CCAI.  Today I celebrate motherhood.  Today I celebrate my Elizabeth.  

Thank You, Lord.  Your ways are FAR better than mine.  




My dear Elizabeth today.  10 1/2 years old.  And a huge blessing to so so many.  My gift from God.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cloth Napkins...



So, we've decided to start using cloth napkins around here.  Sure, we want to save money and not buy so many paper towels.  Mostly, though, if I can be completely honest with you, I think cloth napkins are just plain cuter than paper towels!!!  I mean, look at the different fabrics!!!!!

I'm all about blue and white in our home.  It reminds me of a big blue sky that's full of sunshine!!  My mom has always loved blue and white, so I guess part of my draw to this color combination is her.  Thanks Mom!!!

I've collected these cloth napkins from various places.  Even Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table!!  When they have sales, they can have some great deals.  And if there's blue and white cloth napkins, I'm so there!!!  I also have found some at the Country Living Fair that comes to Stone Mountain Park each year.  You can be sure that when I find a good deal on blue and white cloth napkins, I'll be purchasing some.

They don't all match, you say?  Aw that's perfectly fine with me.  As long as they are blue and white, they go together just fine.  I don't even care if we each use a different patterned napkin during the meal- as long as they are my beloved blue and white.

Do you use cloth napkins? If so, please share pics on your blog and let me know!

And let me know where y'all have found deals on cloth napkins.  I know Tammy has a tutorial to make your own, too!!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Victoria... I love a good period drama!!!





Surely I'm not the only one completely in love with Victoria from Masterpiece???!!!!  I LOVE a good period drama!!  And add in that it is about dear Queen Victoria!!!  WONDERFUL!!

I've always loved reading about Queen Victoria and the series just adds to my like of her.  I have to admit, as Mr U and I watched, we "fact checked" quite often.  LOL.  Again, are we the only ones that do that??

So if you're looking for a good movie, check out Victoria!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies....





It's no secret, I LOVE BAKING!!!!!  This past weekend, I decided to make an old favorite of ours- Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies.  (Am I the only one that thinks cookies seem healthier when oats are involved?  Ha!)

This recipe is a slight variation of the Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies from Quaker.

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt 
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins (optional)

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins (if using); mix well. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
Bake 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered. 





And I have got to share my mixer with y'all. I always wanted a big KitchenAid stand mixer, but at our old house, I had ZERO storage for one.  So Mr U sweetly bought me a KitchenAid hand mixer instead.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE  it!!!  I've been using it over 10 years and I haven't had the first problem with it.


Before this mixer, I had two other hand mixers.  What happened to them?  I broke them BOTH (as in they were smoking!!!!) while making the same recipe- a delicious Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Icing.  No joke.  Same recipe caused the motors to burn out on two different hand mixers.  Sooooo when I finally got my KitchenAid hand mixer, what do you think was the first recipe I tried?  Yep, the Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Icing.  Guess what?  IT DIDN'T BREAK!!!!!!!!  Soooo this wonderful KitchenAid hand mixer has been a dream come true for me!! YAY!!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Essential Oil spotlight... Breathe by doTERRA...




I've been using doTERRA Essential Oils for almost two years now.  The more I use the oils, the more I see that they really do help, and the more I love them!!  What wife and mother wouldn't want to use something healthier and more natural for their homes and families?  

Today's spotlight is Breathe Respiratory Blend.  It'll be Spring before we know it and the change in seasons is hard on many of us.  Here's are some of the benefits of Breathe


  • Maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
  • Promotes a restful nights sleep
  • Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats



My favorite way to use Breathe is in our diffusers.  I'll also rub a drop onto the bottom of my children's feet.  I've also rubbed it on our chest or swiped some under our nose (along with some kind of oil like coconut oil, which is what we use). Sooo good for making breathing easier. 

Get ready for Spring, y'all!!!  It's surely on it's way...

FDA Disclosure: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Scripture Sunday...




 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”


Romans 1:16-17

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cleaning Your Plastic Shower Curtain or Plastic Liner...


I know many of us have a pretty little shower curtian and a plastic shower liner. Some of us may have just a plastic shower curtain. It's very easy to wash a shower curtain made of cloth- you just toss it in the washing machine and then the dryer. But did you know that you can wash your plastic shower curtain and/or plastic liner in the washing machine, too? YES!!!!

I took our plastic shower curtain liner down today, put it in the washing machine, set the water temperature to "hot", poured in about a 1/2 cup of laundry detergent and a cup of bleach. I let it wash as usual and then took it out and hung it back up to dry. Guess what? It looks WONDERFUL!!!!! Our water leaves a bluish tint on things unless they are washed regularly and washing the shower curtains this way took ALL the bluish tint off!!!!

So in case y'all didn't know, you CAN wash plastic shower curtains and/or plastic shower curtain liners in the washing machine. I just wouldn't recommend putting them in the dryer! The plastic could melt! OH NO!!!!

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