Friday, August 27, 2010

Do You Believe.....

Sometimes, unbeknown to us, God is preparing us for blessings we aren't sure we want. For  awhile now we've been talking about "what if" the school district decided to put Kent in as principal of the high school once the then principal retired. Kent knew it would be a lot of work as there have been things that needed to happen over at our high school for a long time. He wasn't sure at first that he would want that challenge, but his thoughts have gradually changed over the months to be more along the line of, "Well if I were the principal there, this is what I would do."
So we passed through the summer dealing with health issues for several family members and trying to figure out what to do with Kent's parents to help them as they are no longer able to live alone. We got that problem solved thanks to a sweet sister-in-law and her husband, so we thought things would quiet down. Then Kent gets a call from the school district letting him know that the HS principal had quit. So he throws his hat into the ring for candidate, even though they had already asked him several times before if he would be interested. He was appointed the new principal of the high school 3 weeks ago, and it has been such a wonderful blessing already! He is actively engaged in planning ways to make a difference, he is working harder, but sleeping better. He's getting better benefits I won't go into here, but needless to say, some of his other worries are being taken care of in ways we never expected.

I believe, that sometimes God will prepare us way in advance, for major changes in our lives. As a side note to all of this, I have had a sense for months that we were going to move and that I needed to de-junk. Well, knowing is not always doing, so while we are having to move, I will be de-junking whether I like it or not. Yes, I do believe that God will prepare us for many things.....if we are paying attention. Do you believe?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday's Tasty Tip for Breakfast

Can we say yummmm!!!!! My peaches are finally starting to ripen, but with bittersweet thoughts I pick and relish them one last time. We are moving, and so the tree with be in the hands of those who may not give it the care and attention I have. Perhaps I can sneak over and take care of the tree each year until we move to Oregon.... For now, I will enjoy the fruits of my labor, and God's blessing.
My tasty breakfast tip is something I gleaned from Dio, a friend whom I first met while living in North Pole, Alaska. She is so energetic, though much like me, a bit short and in need of always finding ways to stay healthy and keep her weight in check. Although McDonalds offers a similar food for breakfast, I like that I can control what I put in my version and the use of cantaloupe was a new one for me that turned out to be delightfully refreshing on a warm summer day.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

1 c. fresh chopped peaches, cantaloupe or berries (yes cantaloupe is wonderful this way!)
1/2 c. vanilla yogurt, or plain yogurt sweetened with maple syrup or honey to taste
1/2 c. your favorite granola or cereal

Layer in a parfait glass, or in a bowl, enjoy!