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That one time I was feeling very domestic…

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Yep. I made an apple pie. Looking at these pictures has my mouth watering… too bad it’s already  a l l  g o n e  …don’t worry, we shared with friends : )

Also, notice the individual pie in the empty Nutella jar? Inspired by Fossil’s DIY… Perfect for when you are making a dish that you can’t really taste without messing it up. you want to make sure it’s good enough to serve to your friends/family, right??

Here is the recipe I used /// courtesy of Betty Crocker : )



A pie crust

1/3 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (3 large)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
Additional sugar
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crust. Press into pie pan allowing it to overhang about 1 inch.
  • Stir together 1/2 cup sugar, the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Add apples; toss. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter.
  • Roll remaining pastry; cut into 10 strips, each about 1/2 inch wide. Place 5 strips across filling in pie plate. Weave a cross-strip through by first folding back every other strip of the first 5 strips. Continue weaving, folding back alternate strips before adding each cross-strip, until lattice is complete. Trim ends. Fold trimmed edge of bottom crust over ends of strips, building up a high edge. (Or simply roll out another round crust and leave slits for steam, as pictured) Seal and flute. Brush lightly with milk; sprinkle lightly with additional sugar.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbly.


This pie really hit the spot for a southern girl who lives very far away from home.
Another recipe I tried this week that was a  H U G E  success.
Also, dying to try this and this.


What new recipes have you tried lately?


***Disclaimer- I realize that making a pie is the perfect time to show off your creative ability. There are so many ways to make them beautiful. AND I’m an artist. whoops. Besides being an artist, I’m also a mom. A mom who’s little girlie had the hiccups while she was rolling out the dough. So, yeah, mine is a little lame : ) oh well, it tasted amazing!

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934004_10151639908301440_1237284871_nMy heart is so heavy as I write this post.






Noor Khamis / Reuters


Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters


Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

With each new piece of information, with each new photo… the tears just won’t cease. I can’t seem to shake the fear- What’s next? What if we had been there? What if that had been my little girl… my husband… me? It so easily could have been. We had plans to go to Westgate next weekend. It would have been a completely normal thing for us to have been there.

Through the flood of questions and anxiety in my heart, God reminds me: “You weren’t.”

Then a new set of emotions kick in:



Then I think of those who were there and the cycle starts over again.

Shock -I keep thinking, “I can’t believe this happened. This is supposed to be a safe place.” I really should not be surprised. Jesus warned us that these things would happen. John 16:2-4 – They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. None of these events have come as a shock to God. This is all part of the story of our fallen world.

Fear – Fear is something that began creeping into my life the day that Ezra was born. What a wonderful thing to have something you love so much… but what a crippling thought of ever having to live life without it. And fear sets in. Fear of everything… rational and irrational. Then comes this overwhelming need to protect my little girl against all harm. But that’s just it. Other than doing the obvious things I need to do to take care of her, the rest is out of my control. Philippians 4:6 –  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Anger – My heart burns as I think about the evil that took place. These men took revenge on innocent people and justified it through a passage in the Koran. “So whoever has assaulted you, then assault him in the same way that he has assaulted you.”  That’s the difference. The Bible teaches us to love our enemies. Luke 6:27 & 28 – Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Sorrow. My heart aches for everyone who was touched by the attack.

Psalm 13:2-6 –

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.


God has used this tragedy to remind me to cling to Him.

Psalm 56:3-4 – When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.



New York Times article about the attack

Ten things to know about Al-Shabab

Pictures – Careful, some of these are very graphic.



3 months


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For three months now I have had the honor of calling myself “Mommy”. These have truly been some of the most precious months of my life.

Ezra, you are three months old! Hanging out with you all day is more fun than I ever imagined it could be. The past month has been full of exciting new changes.

-For starters, we joined Daddy in Africa. You seem to like it. The weather is nice and you have lots of friends.

-You smile pretty much non-stop

-You smile with your eyes too- it melts my heart.

-You rarely cry.

-You love the book Brown Bear.

-When I sing to you, you smile and laugh every time.

-We hold long drawn out conversations . Your stories are pretty interesting.

-You will let other people hold you and love on you, but you’re kind of a mama’s girl.

-Your dad and I swear you can talk. When you were two days old you said “hun-gee” (hungry) and have been saying it ever since. This month you added “Love you”- You also say “Hey” all the time 🙂

-When I nurse you, you like to hold my hand.

-You still love your wubby.

-Bath time is your favorite.

-You can’t stand to be alone. You don’t mind if I put you down, but you want to be able to see me.

-You hate tummy time.

-You constantly try to stick your whole fist in your mouth… you’ve gotten close.

-You sleep about 6-7 hours straight most nights.

-You love morning time- you can’t stop smiling.

-You just started wearing your 3-6 months clothes, but can still wear some of your 0-3 months.

Basically, you bring your dad and me more joy than we ever thought possible. I am so thankful Jesus chose me to be your mommy.


Back in Kenya & a Baby Shower

Reunited with Daddy

Reunited with Daddy

Ezra and I are officially back in Kenya and settling in well. We were welcomed by hubby, Kennie and lots of dear friends. It’s so good to be back. We are truly enjoying our new house and routine (house tour- coming soon). But, with all that said, saying goodbye is probably the worst. thing. ever.

Saying good bye to Mom and Wendy

Saying good bye to Mom and Wendy

But, thankfully, my parents and sister are coming to visit in October- we can hardly wait!!

Last weekend, our sweet friends and next door neighbors hosted an amazing baby shower for us. I mean, it was really beautiful. So many ladies in our community showed up and, let me tell you, my heart was really blessed.


To my left is the lovely Nichole- she planned and hosted the event! To my right is my thoughtful, hilarious, and sweet friend Hannah. Many of these photos were taken by her.

On the left is the lovely Nichole- she planned and hosted the event! On the right is my thoughtful, hilarious, and sweet friend Hannah. Many of these photos were taken by her.

The pretty cake that unfortunately the dog got a hold of... good thing we got a picture!

The pretty cake that unfortunately the dog got a hold of… good thing we got a picture!



Can you believe Alli made this beautiful blanket? She's got skills.

Can you believe Alli made this beautiful blanket? She’s got skills.