Archive | August, 2009

But let justice roll down like waters …

31 Aug
… and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Amos 5:24
At some point during church this morning, it started to rain.  And not the slow, steady, light kind of rain – the hard, flood-causing, pouring buckets of water kind of rain.  The kind where low-to-the-ground cars need to be careful when navigating puddles so all four wheels stay on the ground.
As Bruce and I slowly navigated our way inside the perimeter and towards home, I told him that rain of this magnitude reminded me of the passage from Amos, But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.  Without any further explanation, Bruce saw the same image that I saw.
Imagine what the world would look like if the rain that poured on Atlanta was justice.  If when the clouds parted and the sun peeked out conflicts had ceased, wars had ended, inequalities has dissipated and peace had blanketed our beautiful land.
I realize there is a perfectly reasonable meteorological explanation for why there was such a heavy downpour this afternoon – but what if humanity ignored the facts and saw the downpour as an opportunity to cleanse itself?  What if when the sun peeked through the clouds it revealed to possibilities for a better world?
August is drawing to a close – the summer is almost over.  I gave myself a little blog makeover this weekend to bring in the spirit of fall!!  It’s a new season full of new possibilities.
The rain has lessened, but it’s still steady.  Listening to it gives me hope that a better world is possible.
Image courtesy of open salon.

Weekend Recipes – Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

30 Aug
So you all know that I’ve been sharing some of my disasters in the kitchen since the wedding.  How about some of the successes?  I love it when I read blogs and people have shared simple recipes that become favorites of Bruce and mine.  Hopefully some of you out there reading will be able to use some of the recipes I’ve found!!
These cookies are not only easy, but they’re also really filling.  Not that I would condone skipping meals or anything, but if you happen to miss one and you’re on the go one or two of these cookies will quench your hunger and keep you going.
Recipe courtesy of The Food Network.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, chopped
1/4 cup chopped skinless peanuts
(for the filling)
3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Cream the butter
Add the sugar and continue creaming, then add the vanilla and mix
Mix in the flour and salt
Add the milk and chopped chocolate and mix
Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and dip the top of the ball in chopped peanuts
Place on a cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart and push your thumb in the middle to make a depression
Bake until light golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes
Let cool while you make the filling
(to make the filling)
Over hot water melt the chocolate then stir in the remaining ingredients
Cool 5 minutes then fill the centers of the cookies
Allow to slightly set, approximately 10 minutes

Show Us Your Life – Bridal Showers

27 Aug
TGIF and welcome to another week of Kelly’s Korner “Show Us Your Life.”  This week is bridal showers!!  I absolutely CANNOT wait to look at all of your entries because I’m 24-years-old and my friends are all starting to get engaged and married which means I’m going to get to throw LOTS of bridal showers!!  I love throwing parties, especially overly girly ones!!
So … 

Welcome to my bridal shower!!
My sister and maid of honor threw me my bridal shower at my parents house about three months before my wedding.  She was in the middle of midterms in her last semester of her masters at Columbia (yikes!!) so I told her to keep it simple and fun – it was really just a wonderful time for me to celebrate my upcoming wedding with the women in my church who watched me grow up, supported and loved me.  My sister planned a brunch, but – in typical church lady fashion – everyone offered to bring something and it turned into a full-on POTLUCK and we all stuffed ourselves silly with salads, macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, fruit and cupcakes.  Yumm!!
A woman that used to work with my sister helped set up and they used a watering can to “shower” me with gifts!!  It was so cute.

My friend’s daughter Elizabeth was the youngest girl to be able to enjoy the day!!
Opening presents.  People were SO generous, I couldn’t say thank you enough.
Me with my sister and my mom – it’s scary how much we all look alike when we stand next to one another.  Three Hungarians – we may be a little bit crazy, but how can you not love us?
Thanks for stopping by!!  I can’t wait to hear/see all of your showers and ideas!!
Sarah

Rest in Peace, Ted Kennedy

27 Aug

I woke up at 5:15 a.m. this morning, looked at my iPod and saw an e-mail alert from NY Times that had been sent in the middle of the night – Senator Edward Kennedy had died at the age of 77.  He spent nearly 50 years in the Senate.

I am so sad.
With Obama’s campaign platform focusing so strongly on healthcare reform, I really feel like we are on the verge of something huge.  Senator Kennedy would have pushed the issue, addressed the reality and helped us get to a place that I really believe we need to be.  He cared about the marginalized; those in our country that were standing with their backs up against the wall and couldn’t find access to good healthcare.
When Bruce and I moved to Atlanta two years ago, I enrolled in the student healthcare plan and Bruce was hired full-time with benefits, but they were going to take four months to kick in (his benefits had lapsed from his previous job while he was in Africa – he had been covered by traveler’s insurance but those lapsed when he returned to the United States).  During those four months, he got a VERY serious skin infection.  We didn’t get it taken care of right away, not really sure what it was and unable to have insurance cover a checkup.  It didn’t clear itself up and ended up spreading.  Bruce landed in the Emergency Room where he was put on IV antibiotics to stop the spread.  From there he had to see a specialist and was on two different oral medications until the infection was gone.  Between the ER, the doctors who saw him at the ER (billed separately), the specialist and all of the pharmacy bills – we were looking at $3,000 in medical bills.
My mom told me to use her credit card to pay for a majority of the bills and we set up a payment plan for the rest.
I don’t know what we would have done if my mom hadn’t helped us out.  But I do know one thing – Bruce’s infection was extremely serious.  And it’s unfortunate that we let our lack of healthcare options prevent it from getting it looked at earlier.
Can you imagine if we had a family, a mortgage and no parents to bail us out?
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.  It’s a necessity, not a luxury.  I can only hope that the spirit of Senator Kennedy will come alive in our country’s leaders as they work to create healthcare options that are affordable, accessible and sufficient for all.
Rest in Peace, Senator Kennedy.  God bless.  And thank you.

Quick Prayer Request

26 Aug

A group of students from Candler have been in South Africa for the past two weeks (I believe they are actually traveling back today). I heard that several of them came down with fevers, upper respiratory issues, bronchitas, etc. It is winter there right now (southern hemisphere) and that shift in weather is very difficult on a traveling body, particularly those traveling in close quarters. Please pray for their health as they struggle to get better so far from home – and for safe travels home!!

Things That Make Me Smile: Crisp Mornings

24 Aug
Today’s installment of Things That Make Me Smile will be short, but sweet …

There is nothing a southerner loves more than a late August break from the heat, a cool crisp morning and the chance to turn off their air conditioner and open all the windows.

I know it won’t stay like this … but it’s 64 degrees right now!!

Gearing Up!!

22 Aug
And now for something completely different … 
If you missed last week’s cliffhanger on Army Wives then I would strongly advise you check it out before tomorrow nights episode!!
What does everyone think the “big surprise” is going to be?  I think Claudia Joy is pregnant – but is that too obvious?
Oh how I love this show!!