Archive | September, 2009

I’d like to thank the academy …

29 Sep
Actually I’d like to thank Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition for awarding me with the Kreativ Blogger Award!!  Thanks Leslie, what a wonderful surprise!!
As I walk to the stage to accept my award, blowing kisses and waving to all my adoring fans (have I been watching too many awards shows?) you should all check out Leslie’s fun October giveaway!!  She is giving away the most beautiful scarf (and oh how I loooooove scarves!!).  You have until 9:59 CST on October 15th to enter so hurry over!!
Okay, so the rules to accept the award.  First I need to tell you seven random things about myself …
1. I was in the Adam Sandler movie, “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” – TRUE STORY.  They filmed in my hometown in Connecticut and asked my band director if he could bring the marching band to the set the day they shot the “helicopter scene.”  We were supposed to cheer and play “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”  We basically sat around all day, filmed for about 45 minutes, went home and then a couple weeks later each got paid $100.  OH – and we got to skip school.  You can’t see me, but you can see some of my friends – but I know that I was there!!
2. When I graduated from Nursery School, my teachers told us to walked up on a platform and say our name, favorite food, favorite color and what we wanted to be when we grew up.  My classmates all wanted to be moms, dads, firemen and police officers.  Me?  I wanted to be a minister.  What five year old wants to be a minister?
3. I don’t have a favorite color.  I go through phases.
4. I love to watch really bad reality TV – it makes me feel better about my life.
5. Last year (my second year of graduate school, 19th of schooling in general) I decided to outline a paper before writing it – it was the best paper I’ve ever written.  The concept of outlining has really changed my life and I wish I had thought to try it sooner.
6. I’m curious about things that aren’t really public.  If you are in the military or have some sort of federal agency type of position – chances are I’ll will badger you with questions until you beg me to please stop.
7. I am a people pleaser.  This has become problematic MANY times in my life.  But I doubt I will ever change.  God has showered me grace every single day of my life – shouldn’t I extend that to others?
Okay, now I am supposed to award 7 other worthy bloggers of the “Kreativ Blogger” award.
I have to be honest – I’m really bad at following directions (perhaps that should have been on my list) so I think I’m going to list off 7 fun blogs that I love to read and get new ideas from and tell you why they are Kreativ Bloggers …
1. Kari at p.s. love.love
Kari is a Kreativ Blogger because she made her own wedding dress.  Isn’t that incredible?  She’s a Kreativ Blogger in other ways, but I thought the wedding dress thing just gives an awesome yard stick visual.
2. Veronica at The Veronica Blog
Veronica is a Kreativ Blogger because she has an awesome online hat crochet business – I recently ordered some and did a little dance when I saw them!!
3. Mrs. Newlywed at Misadventures of a Newlywed
Mrs. Newlywed is a Kreativ Blogger because she does an awesome job of connecting young female bloggers, puts together awesome menus for her and Mr. Newlywed and has some fun giveaways!!  And she lives in Atlanta – so naturally, I’m partial.
Teresa is a Kreativ Blogger because – well – check out her Christmas Blog (A Baby Changes Everything) and you’ll see why.  She does AMAZING work in decorating, especially for Christmas.
5. Snow White at Finding Joy in My Kitchen
Snow White is a Kreativ Blogger because she posts awesome and simple recipes – just my style!!
6. Katie at Making this Home
Katie is a Kreativ Blogger because 1. She lives in Germany and has made use of a super small living space (read the story of her kitchen renovation and you’ll be shocked!!) and 2. Because she just got her pilot’s license and I think that’s awesome.
Cody is a Kreativ Blogger because his profile reads this:  “If Jesus and Martha Steward teamed up and published a blog, I expect it would be similar to this.”
Okay, well that was fun!!  Thanks Leslie!!  Don’t forget to head over to her blog to participate in her October giveaway.
Also … stay tuned for a GUEST BLOGGER … coming at the end of this week!!
Sarah

The Hindu Temple of Atlanta

28 Sep
I’m taking a class this semester called Three Religions of South Asia.  This past month we’ve been studying Hinduism, and finished off the section by taking a field trip to the Hindu Temple of Atlanta.  It was just an incredible experience.  The hospitality extended to us by the priests and the worshippers was something that I often criticize as not seeing in Christianity; the sense of ritual was something that often gets lost in the bureaucracy of the church.
I wasn’t allowed to take any photographs inside, but I tried to capture some of the beauty of the whole experience in exterior photographs.  Enjoy!!
Namaste
I acknowledge the God within you.

I’m Feeling Nostalgic …

26 Sep
When I was 16 years old, my parents bought me my first car.  We bought it through a dealership so we didn’t have to go to the DMV to register it – the dealership took care of all of that so all we had to do was pick it up, fully registered with the plates already on it.
I had a basketball game the day the car was ready, so my parents went to pick it up while I was warming up with my team.  They got there just in time for tipoff – it was definitely hard to focus on the game knowing that my very first car was sitting outside.
When the game was over, my parents came up to me with VERY mischievous grins on their faces.  I asked what was going on and they said, “Wait until you see your license plate.”
Curious?
So – here you go.  A completely random DMV-issued set of license plates with the acronym for Reverend on them.  When I got to seminary I was mocked mercilessly for the plates, but I swear to you – it was a coincidence.
Or perhaps it was God’s way of saying:
Heyyyy Sarah, it’s me, God.
I know you want to study business in college so you can work a lot and make a lot of money.  That’s all well and good.  But just so you know – you are going to go on a trip to Honduras and I am going to do some awesome work through you while you are there.  You’re going to come back from that trip and realize that when you think about your future you can really only see yourself ministering to my children.  So – here it is.  A visual reminder that I’m calling you into my ministry.
Giving you Grace,
God
Wondering why I’m telling you this story?
Wondering even more why my license plates are sitting strewn on my kitchen counter and NOT on my car?
Because today I took one step closer to becoming an adult …
My mom wrote the title to my car over to me.  I officially “own” my car – I even have my own insurance!! (It’s not the same car from 8 years ago, I actually got a new car before moving to Georgia – but in Connecticut you can keep the same plates, they just transfer everything) The Yaris is officially registered in Georgia. (SHARE THE ROAD!! – that was Bruce’s request, ha!!)
It’s weird to not have a Connecticut license plate anymore.  It’s like officially admitting I am a Georgia resident.  It’s even weirder not to have that little subliminal message – REV – every time I get in my car.  Especially now – I’m journeying closer and closer towards ordination – now is when I feel I need the visual signs the most.
So for now I’m just trying to take deep breaths and enjoy this part of the journey.  As terrifying as it is at times – I’m really looking forward to what this year is going to bring!!
Here are the two gas-powered ways we get around the city.  The Toyota Yaris gets 37/40 miles per gallon and the QLink Star gets around 75!!
(The other ways we get around are by bicycle – Bruce – and by foot – me.  One of the best parts about living IN the city and not the suburbs is that we have options about how to get around!!)
(except when it rains, of course)
On a final note – I needed some pampering last weekend and seeing Patrick at the salon was just the ticket!!
Do you like my haircut? 🙂
Have a GREAT weekend everybody!!

Show Us Your Life – Favorite Dessert Recipe

25 Sep
Well – we’ve made it to the end of another week (can I hear an AMEN!!) and time for another edition of Show Us Your Life, hosted by Kelly’s Korner.  This week is FAVORITE DESSERT RECIPES.
Umm, yum.
Let’s face it – I ate my way through college.  I considered cookies and coffee (more specifically cookies dipped IN coffee) to be a major food group.  My roommates will attest to this fact (Kari? Jess?).  So I am SUPER excited to see what recipes people have to share this week.
In the spirit of fall (as much as it can be fall when it’s the end of September and still 80 degrees) I’ve decided to share a super simple recipe for apple crisp that my sister actually first shared with me.
Oh – and even though this is “show us your favorite dessert recipe,” I would say that it is completely acceptable to eat this for breakfast.
Apple Crisp
6-8 apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup orange juice (optional)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter/margarine
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup flour
Dash of salt
Cut apples and place into a 8″ or 9″ pie plate.
Pour juice over apples.
Mix dry ingredients, cut in butter.
Spoon mixture over apples.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
Enjoy the weekend!!  Please keep all of us in Atlanta and the surrounding areas in your prayers.  The city was essentially flooded earlier in the week and the damage has been absolutely devastating in some places.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Sarah 🙂

Six Flags Under Water

24 Sep
In case you’re wondering what the water levels are looking like … this is footage of the Six Flags in Atlanta.

Prayers

23 Sep

Man, right now it just seems like God’s children are crying out all around me …

I’m keeping a lot of people in my prayers right now …

I’m asking God to protect those who are facing or who have faced cancer diagnoses, to give them and their loved ones strength throughout their treatments …

I’m asking God to comfort those who have lost loved ones, healing to those with emotional wounds …

I’m asking God to bring insights to those who ask questions, journeys to those who seek destinations …

I’m asking God to embrace those who are mentally drained …

Will you join me?

Bad News for Commuters

22 Sep
This is what the downtown connector currently looks like. I am SO grateful Bruce’s boss let him off early today!!
I kind of feel like a small school girl again, hoping they cancel school tomorrow …

photo courtesy of cnn

Under Water

21 Sep

Those two words describe what’s going on here.

Two people are dead, a toddler is missing, roads are flooded and/or washed away, schools are closed and water levels are higher than they’ve been in years.  This is just Atlanta.

And it’s STILL muggy and humid.

So please pray for all of us in the southeast.

Show Us Your Life – Go-To Recipes

18 Sep

I don’t know about you all, but I have had a LONG week.  And not only does Friday bring the weekend, but it also brings another edition of Kelly’s Korner, Show Us Your Life.  This week is our favorite “Go-To Recipes.”

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have had several kitchen disasters over the past couple of months.  That being said – I think that I am going to benefit immensely from this week’s blog hop!!

I’ve decided to share with you all a recipe for Mexican Soup that my friend Stacey shared with me when we first started seminary.  I was trying to find ways of cooking that was simple, quick and inexpensive, but also that could easily be refrigerated or frozen for leftovers.  Enjoy!!

Mexican Soup
1 14 oz. can kidney beans
1 14 oz. can pinto beans
1 14 oz. can whole kernel yellow corn
1 14 oz. can hominy
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 10 oz. can rotel tomatoes with green chilies
2 lbs ground beef
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1 packet mild taco seasoning mix
Brown ground beef.  Drain.  Add the rest of the ingredients to the ground beef and cook on low for a minimum of one hour.  This recipe makes approximately five quarts.
A couple of notes:
– You can serve it like you would chili, with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips – YUM!!
– If you’re not a big red meat eater, use ground turkey instead, you can’t really taste the difference.
– This is definitely something that can cook all day in the slow cooker – brown the meat on the stove and then combine everything in the slow cooker, cook on low (or warm) until you’re ready to eat.
Happy Cooking!!
Sarah

Five Words

18 Sep

Teresa over at Grammy Girlfriend posted a fun blog based off of five words that were sent to her by another blogger.  She then invited her readers to comment and ask her for five words for their own posts.  I thought this would be a fun blog to work on while I was in class so I asked her to send me five words.

I realize that I just outwardly admitted to blogging during class, but you try to stay awake through a lecture that’s 25% in Sanskrit and you’ll understand why I often blog during class.

Anyway, here are the five words that Teresa e-mailed me:
Kind
Curious
Test
Becoming
Fear

I have a love/hate relationship with the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians, that contains the well-known phrase, “Love is Patient, Love is Kind.”  There was a point early on in seminary that I thought I would never be able to prayerfully listen to or take part in a sermon or bible study on this passage.  I am so lucky, however, to have an awesome pastor that has opened my eyes this past year to Paul’s ministry at work in this chapter.  You all should totally check out her blog.

I am a very curious person.  People fascinate me and I like to know what’s going on in their lives.  I think that’s why I love reading blogs so much.  They open a window into people’s lives and allow me peek my head in and gain some new insights and ideas.

I am NOT a good test taker.  In fact, I often do an internal dance on the first day of school when I see the words, “There will be no final exam,” written on the syllabus.  The dislike multiple choice tests and absolutely despise true/false – if I have a 50/50 chance at getting the right answer why do I always seem to choose the wrong one?

I am in the process of becoming an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  Discerning my call into the ministry is and has been a frustrating but awesome journey.  I’ve learned so much about who I am and who I want to be.  I am so blessed to have such an awesome support system that stands with me, through the best and worst of times.

I have a fear that I was put on earth to accomplish something that I won’t end up finishing.  I think that’s why I spend so much time discerning (okay, obsessing over) my call.  I really don’t want to miss out on any opportunities in my ministry.

So there you have it!!  If you’re interested in taking part in Five Words, leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll e-mail you words!!

Shalom,
Sarah

p.s. Check out Teresa’s Christmas Blog for great decorating ideas and awesome giveaways!!