Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Breakfast of Champions

Since going back to work 2 months ago, things have been much busier in the mornings around here!  I have to be out the door by 7:25, and I need to have eaten a good breakfast because there's no time for me to snack until I return home 3 hours later.  The rest of the family eats oatmeal most days, but I found that to be too time consuming, both to make and to eat.  So I do breakfast sandwiches - think McDonald's Egg McMuffins.  I make them a dozen at a time and then freeze them until I need them.

English muffins
Ham or Canadian bacon 

1. Crack the eggs into muffin tins and bake for about 10 minutes @ 325 degrees.
2. If using a whole ham, slice it.  Brown the ham or Canadian bacon in a fry pan over the stove for just a few minutes.
3.  Toast the english muffins
4.  Slice the cheese
5.  Assemble into sandwiches and wrap in foil.  Freeze.  

When it's time to reheat, the best method I have found is to place them in the fridge overnight to defrost and then toast them in a toaster over.  If you forget to defrost, wrap the sandwich in a paper towel and defrost in the microwave before toasting.  If you are really in a hurry, you can do just the microwave, but you might end up super soggy or super crunchy.  

This may not be much of a recipe, but I really do appreciate these sandwiches each morning!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Prayer Request

A few weeks ago when things started to look unlikely with our home study progress, I asked on Facebook for prayers.  The response was overwhelming.  So many friends said they were praying for us.  I am so thankful for those prayers.

Unfortunately things have not progressed at all with our home study.  And the last message from our social worker was less than promising.  And so I was temped to ask for prayers again.  But I felt God saying something different.  I felt God saying to change the focus.  It's not about me and my home study.  It's about the kids.

If the home study never gets completed or if it never gets approved, I will be fine.  Sure, I will be sad and long for the child(ren) I don't have, but I will be fine.  The same can not be said for the kids waiting for families.

The statistics on children who age out of the system are depressing.  Look at this infographic from a recent CNN opinion piece.

This graphic illustrates the outcomes for many children who

Instead of praying for me, will you find a child and pray for them?  It's possible that you will be the only person praying for them.  Go to Adopt US Kids and search for a child or view your state's photo list.  Remember their face and their name.  Pray each day for that child to have hope and to find a family.  Pray for them to feel God's loving presence.