Tuesday, October 9, 2012

When Ryder Met Leena

Ryder has been around other babies since he was just days old. Him and his friend Hunter have been near each other many times.

Hunter is the son of my good friend, Josie, and only 8 days younger than Ryder. I am sure they will grow up being buddies. So far the play dates have been more for the Mommy's than the babies though.

Ryder has usually been asleep, or falling asleep or just waking up from sleeping (see a trend?) and they haven't had their first TRUE interaction. Well, Momma needs to set up that next playdate because...

Ryder MET Leena.

Leena is the daughter of my friend Jacqui. Miss Leena was born on March 21st of this year and is absolutely gorgeous. She is also a REALLY good crawler.

Sunday morning Ryder wanted to nurse as soon as we got to church. This is nothing new. It doesn't matter if we are at our church, which starts at 10:45 or at Mom and Dad's church, which starts at 9:30, as soon as we get to church the boy is hungry. (Hopefully that will be a spiritual hunger as he grows up.:) ) So off to the nursery we go. There is a sound system set up in the nursery so I can listen to the sermon, so I don't mind too much.

After Ryder is finished eating, I sit in the floor with him and we quietly explore his hands, his feet, his love of standing and "walking", etc. while I listen to the sermon. Miss Leena is being held and looks straight at Ryder and starts talking to him. He looks back at her and responds.

Hmmm. That's never happened before.

I can't help but wonder if they can somehow understand each others' baby babble. Especially when they do this back and forth a few times.

Then Leena is put on the floor to play. At one point, she makes a bee line for Ryder. She crawls straight up to him and wants to touch him. She reaches for his leg and then his face and is staring him straight in the eye, smiling her beautiful little smile.

They start to talk and coo to each other and she is smiling to beat the band. I make a comment to the girl who is holding Leena that I wish I could see Ryder's face and this is the picture she sends me.

I LOVE the smile on his face...it perfectly mirrors Leena's. They continue to look at each other, reach for each other and talk to each other for quite a while. I can't believe it. It was like they were tiny adults becoming friends (in a language no one else in the room could understand!). It was amazing to watch.

There may or may not be a love story in the future, but I am sure there will definitely be a wonderful friendship, and I am so excited to watch it develop :)

Psst...Josie, Hunter and Ryder need to have a play date soon! I can't wait to see them interact for the first time too!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gramma & Momma's Chicken 'n Dumplins

Fall is here my friends…and that has me thinking of my favorite fall meals. One of my favorite things that Mom would make when I was growing up was her chicken and dumplins. Later on I found out that the recipe is actually REALLY simple and easy and it came from my Momma’s Momma. (The lady had 6 kids; she had to know how to be efficient!)
So here you have it…Gramma & Momma’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins. (You can thank me later.)
Boil some water and throw in a few bouillon cubes (or five if you really like bouillon flavor like I do).

Once you have a good boil rolling, throw in your chicken. You can cut it up before you throw it in if you have a good pair of kitchen shears, but mine were stolen…SO I cook mine first and then cut it up with a knife.

After it starts to float, you can use tongs to take out your chicken if it is not already cut…if you used your shears to cut the chicken prior to boiling, just enjoy the pretty picture of chicken all cut up and scroll on down. :)

Put your chicken back in your pot and open up your biscuits. Then start tearing them apart and tossing them in. If you like big dumplins (like I do), tear each regular size biscuit into 3-4 pieces. If you like small dumplins (like Michael does), tear them into 5-6 pieces. And in a house that is divided over the issue, you do a little of both!

I LOVE dumplins! So I generally use 3-4 tubes/cans of biscuits. You can judge what would work best for your family.
As you are tossing in your dumplins they will plump up and float to the top. Make sure you stir in the new dumplins as you toss them in so that they can get done.

And tada! Quick, easy, super yummy chicken and dumplins!

And Michael wanted you all to see his adaptation of this recipe...he likes to put his over mashed potatoes.

 Here's your bonus for the day! As I was talking to Momma about this post, she was telling me how Gramma used to make all kinds of fruit dumplins. THAT perked my ears up!
I haven't had a chance to make it yet, but it sounds so yummy I just have to share it! 
The example she gave me was with blackberries.
Boil your water.
Throw in your blackberries to boil and their juices will cook up in the water.
Throw in your torn up biscuits.
Stir and wait until your dumplins are done.
And you have blackberry dumplins!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

No Guarantee

Tragedy has rocked the small community I am from again. Sometimes it seems like we have more than our fair share, but living in a small country town can sometimes give you a sense of false security that nothing bad can happen. And when that false security is exposed as the fraud that it is, then it makes it feel like we have more heartache than we should.
A man I went to school with was killed in an accident at his place of employment. He was only 33. I won’t pretend that I knew him well. I only knew him as the boyfriend of a friend of mine for a while and then as a young, smitten husband and a loving dad at a church I attended years ago. I can tell you this though; I have never heard anyone ever say a negative word of him. There are not many people you can say that of in a small community.
My heart aches for his family…I can’t stop thinking about or praying for his wife and children. I can’t even imagine. It becomes hard to breathe when thinking of their pain, and it is not even me…I just can’t imagine.
My heart also rejoices for him. While this is not the timing he had planned, he is in the arms of our Savior and again…I just can’t imagine.
So my reason for even sharing about this tragedy is as a reminder…
We have no guarantee of tomorrow or even later today. So make sure you tell those you love how special they are and how much you love them…hug them a little tighter…be thankful for each day and the blessings that God gives you in those days…and if you aren’t sure where you will spend eternity, find a minister, call K-Love (an awesome radio station with pastors waiting to talk to whoever calls in) or email me.
As for me, I am going to hold Ryder a little longer and cuddle up to Michael and little closer and praise God for blessing me with them in my life.

Note: This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but Ryder needed some extra snuggles last night, and I needed some extra time in Michael’s arms. Turning on the computer to hit publish just didn’t seem as important.
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