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I’ve decided to start an additional blog. I want to try to capture at least one “moment” from each day to celebrate, think on, share, meditate on, ect. A daily log, not necessarily wordy though. As I was joking with someone the other day, a bit more “artsy fartsy”. 🙂

Here is a link to any who are interested. Heavenly Now

Update: It was brought to my attention that my new blog title is similar to Serenity’s. I did not at all mean to copy and I didn’t even realize it was similar! Ooops! Sorry, Serenity! I have tried to figure out a different title, but haven’t come up with anything that captures what I want the same way. If I do I will change it. 🙂 I really did not mean to copy and I’ve never been a Seinfield watcher (is this a connection to your title? it was mentioned as well)


* Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
* Open the book to page 123
* Find the fifth sentence
* Post the next three sentences.
* Tag five people.

OK. Here goes…

The nearest book is the one my husband used, so I will look further…hmmm, no that one is too short, how about the kitchen?! The first book is a recipe book, but there aren’t really enough sentences, just lists of ingredients, etc. Here we go! No Need to Knead Handmade Italian Breads in 90 Minutes by Suzanne Dunaway. This is a favorite!

Sentance five is actually the last one on page 123, so I will quote the first three from page 124.

I believe that everyone should have exactly what he or she wishes, but chemically, sugar is sugar, and if you really want to eat the one that is best for you (in the most minute way), eat molasses!
White sugar is composed mainly of sucrose, with a tiny bit of fructose, a few minerals, and some water. Brown sugar is mainly sucrose, too, except with a bit more fructose and a slightly higer percentage of minerals.

It doesn’t seem fair to leave out the last sentence of the paragraph, so here is a plus.

Molasses is about a third sucrose, a third minerals and fructose, and a third water, carbohydrates, and nitrogen–so if a tiny jolt of nitrogen is prescribed in your diet, eat molasses.

Heehee, this book is fun to read as well as use for it’s awesome recipes. Let’s here it for molasses! If you haven’t guessed this chapter is about her sweet loaves and desserts.

I don’t think I have anyone to tag that hasn’t been, so if you read this feel free to play too!

I recieved my Key Life magazine in the mail today. I love Steve Brown’s stuff! It is always so encouraging and full of the Good News. It is a free publication and if you haven’t requested it you should. 🙂 Ok, well, you do what you want, but I am jumping up and down inside with enthusiasm for this man’s way with words.

Here is a quote:

Most of you think it’s very important that people think you’re mature, pure and spiritual. I would suggest it’s far more important that they know you’re not. We’re so worried that our Christian witness will be hurt by our lack of obedience. That’s not true. Our witness will be hurt by a pretense of obedience. I don’t think I ever met a person who found Christ because a Christian was pure and righteous. More often it makes them think that this thing is only for good people. As I understand it, we are only beggars who have found bread, pointing other beggars to the place where we found it. Disobedience hardly ever turns people from Christ. Dishonesty always does. You think about that.

Finally, I (I mean Matt) got our photo program working so I could download some pictures! Yeah!

We had a fun time last evening. We were planning to have spagetti for dinner and I wanted to clean up the house and get fancy with candles and a nice table setting. As usual I tried to do too much. I have all these great ideas but I can’t seem to figure out when enough is enough.

First of all the kids had their valentines cards and boxes to get ready to take to school. This was fun, although if you do them ahead as we did, make sure to put the pretty boxes up out of reach until they go to school. Both Cristofer’s and Aria’s got a little beat up by siblings, mainly by accident.

Since the kids had so much fun making their boxes they decided that they each needed a personal mailbox at home to give each other valentines all throughout the day. We had cardboard boxes, tape, sissors and even some washable marker that rubbed off onto the carpet, everywhere. I didn’t mind the fun but the mess wasn’t helping me prepare for my valentine dinner.

I had decided to make homemade valentines for Matt, the kids, and the kid’s teachers. I also wanted to get valentines in the mail for the cousins. (Sorry, Dom and Dora, this just didn’t happen! 😦 )

I made crocheted heart brooches for the kid’s teachers.

For the girls I had been planning to make necklaces. They are crocheted beaded chokers.

Here I model the blue choker.
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For the boys I made little crocheted bookworms. They can play with them or use them as book markers.

Matt also recieved a bookmark along with a chocolate puppy dog.

I had fun making these. I also enjoyed getting ready for our dinner. I made homemade bread, a salad, and we had rigatoni with tomato sauce and mozzerella cheese. I used my pretty red table cloth and our crystal goblets. ( The kids loved this!) We had several candles lit around the room and I put on some fun mediterranean music.

We ate a bit late and the kids weren’t that hungry(too much candy!) but it was fun.

Here are a few photos from our Christmas holiday. I used a different camera for most of my pictures and haven’t gotten them developed yet. Click on the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

hawiian-dinner2007.jpgSitting down to a tropical Christmas dinner. Sushi made with Spam, shrimp cocktail, sweet potato-pineapple-bannana-macadamia nut casserole(wow, was this good!), and fruit punch to drink. It was a lot of fun.

kidstable.jpg Patiently waiting for FOOD!

hula-girls-and-fire-dancers.jpg After dinner entertainment! Matt played his Uke and we sang Mele Kalikimaka as the hula girls and fire dancers did their thing. They were so cute, this was purely spontaneous and unrehersed, and totally fun.

huladance2.jpg Very serious dancers. 🙂

missyfireeater.jpgMissy joined in as a fire eater!



barbiefurniture.jpgBarbie furniture (lots of little pieces!) from Gram.

hotwheels.jpgHotwheels from Grandad!

Day 4 post surgery. Still giving meds every two hours. Tried to skip the motrin, bad idea. Acidentally skipped the motrin, bad idea. Longggggg weekend. Somehow in the middle of this I ended up with an intestinal bug. I am feeling a bit better today, but we are very tired at the Bowman house, including the siblings who have been woken up in the night by Nick’s crying. Keep us in your prayers. In the words of a favorite Disney character, I’m gonna “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 🙂

P.S. If I don’t answer the phone I’m probably just napping. Will get back to you eventually.

Our youngest son, Nicholas, had his tonsils and adnoids removed today. He did wonderful. He was sooo brave! He went into it this time (he has had two previous surgeries to repair hernias) still remembering the last surgery and yet he didn’t balk. He did ask a lot of questions and you could tell he just wanted to get it over with and be done.

Poor kid, he had no idea how painful it was going to be afterwards. He knew that he would be asleep during the surgery and I did tell him he would hurt afterwards. But… the doctor said that he would have the worst sore throat of his life and that it would last 5- 10 days. Yikes! They gave him morphine at the hospital and sent us home with tylenol with codine and we are to give him motrin alternately as well. He did very well this afternoon, but the doctor said that the next couple of days will probably be worse. We’ll see how he does tomorrow.

He did comment that the “hernia didn’t hurt this bad”.

I’m exhausted and will be getting up at night to give meds for the next couple of days or so, I guess I better go to bed. 🙂 Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, sorry if you didn’t know about the surgery. I’m just glad it is over.