Living not striving…

Random thoughts and daily adventures in my life

Pay it forward February 27, 2009

Filed under: Random stuff — erikaivory @ 7:25 pm
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I found this little game on Vanessa’s blog.  It works like this…

Be one of the first three people to comment on this post and I will send you a surprise gift:)  Everyone loves surprises right:)  Well not everybody.

Then if you have a blog, post a pay it forward on your blog, link back to me and keep this party going:)  It may take a week or so for you to get your surprise because I may pick up your gift when I am in San Francisco next week.  That sounds like fun doesn’t it?

So post on your blog and leave a comment so I can check it out!  And if you don’t have a blog then commit to doing 3 random acts of kindness and email me what they are.  Hmmm… that might be a whole new great game:)



Filed under: Random stuff — erikaivory @ 2:34 am

I am not a fan of carrots. In any form really.  But Pat, Mark’s step-mom, introduced me to the yummiest carrot souffle recently and it is now a staple in our house.  McCall says it tastes like vanilla ice cream.  They will all eat it without complaint and that is a miracle!  And it is super, super easy to make too.  Here is a picture and the recipe below.  Try it and let me know what you think:)


Carrot Souffle

16 oz. can of carrots, drained

1 stick margarine, melted

3 eggs, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

3 Tbsp flour

1 tsp vanilla

about 1/2 cup sugar

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until well mixed.  pour into pam-sprayed baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

PS  I did pick winners for the Feb. book giveaways.  So those of you that I contacted as winners look for your books, eventually:)  No promises on when.  Sorry but I did not give up procrastination for Lent:)


Lil’ bit February 24, 2009

Filed under: Family Life — erikaivory @ 9:56 pm
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My Eli is a lil’ bit.  He doesn’t weigh a whole lot and does not have a whole lot of meat on his bones.  I am always trying to entice him to eat things that will hopefully help him grow.  He has the bad habit of only wanting the yummy sweets.

The other night we had bbq chicken legs for dinner.  Wow!  That boy ate three chicken legs plus everything else on his plate.  Does my heart good!  He kept saying, “Mmmm, good meal Mom!”  Isn’t that cute?  I could hardly understand him b/c his mouth was so full!  Here are a few pics of the feast.  Maybe this is the beginning of a new leaf…


He and I were covered in sauce by the end of the meal


happy boy with a full tummy

happy boy with a full tummy


Sweets for my sweets

Filed under: family night,Uncategorized — erikaivory @ 4:00 am
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We actually did do a Valentine’s Family Night.  This is a very long overdue post, oh well:)  It was fun.  Grandma Pat joined us and we decorated the table and had heart shaped biscuits (thanks Vanessa).  The boys went on a heart treasure hunt and then we looked up the verses found on the backs of the hearts.  Some of them were about love and some were about crazy stuff like donkeys and such:)  The boys thought that was silly!  We gave Grandma a heart shaped box of chocolates with a little note around each chocolate that said one thing each of us love about her.  That was fun putting together:)  Lastly we made some Love notes to send to family members that don’t live close by.  It was a great evening!

Our tabel decorations

Our table decorations

Grandma Pat did the beautiful chair decorations

Grandma Pat did the beautiful chair decorations

Super yummy heart biscuits

Super yummy heart biscuits

I also had to include the fun cookies that I made for McCall’s class and the rice crispies with conversation hearts for Haig’s class.  The cookies were VERY addictive but I am personally not a fan of the candy in the rice crispie treats.  I love making sugar cookies:)




Wild west? February 22, 2009

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 7:50 pm
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Another blog tour book!  I have to admit I have not finished this one yet.  I do love Christian fiction but apparently I just have not been in the mood for the wild west recently!  Below you will find info on the book, the author and don’t forget you can pick up a copy for yourself at your local bookstore or  If you live nearby and are interested in borrowing my copy just leave me a comment:)

John “The Stranger” Brockman is back by popular demand!

A good deed grants outlaw Whipley Langford early release from prison and a friendship with Chief U.S. Marshal John Brockman. Another good deed gets Whip framed for murder and looking at life through a hangman’s noose. John arrives just in time to reveal the true murderers and lead Whip to Christ.

A new man and a fast draw, Whip becomes Brockman’s deputy. Life is still fast and dangerous, and there’s a pretty lady Whip would like to get to know better too. Before he admits his love, Whip is shot in a bank robbery. Survival looks slim until he awakens to hear his lady confess her love. Weeks later, they are married.

Readers who are familiar with the Journeys of the Stranger and Angel of Mercy series reunite with well-loved characters John and Breanna Brockman. Western history buffs will enjoy a wholesome, fast-paced story where the Gospel is presented clearly. Christian readers will learn how to lean on the Lord in times of trial and non-Christians will have the opportunity to make Christ their Savior.

About The Authors:

Al Lacy is an evangelist and author of more than one hundred historical and western novels, including the Journeys of the Stranger, Angel of Mercy, and Mail Order Bride series, with more than three million books in print. JoAnna Lacy, Al’s wife and longtime collaborator, is a retired nurse. The Lacys have been married over forty years and live in the Colorado Rockies.


What’s that all about?

Filed under: Random stuff — erikaivory @ 2:47 am
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Have you seen these around town?


Wondering what in the world they are all about?  Well, first of all you could actually go to the website:)  But just in case you don’t want to go to the trouble… they are advertising a new series at Newspring Church.  A marriage series, yes.  You are quick!

This is week two for the Florence campus.  And this week we are meeting at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm instead of in the morning.  Next week we will be back to our 9:30 am and 11:15 am times.  So, if you think your marriage could be stronger (ahem that would be all of us) or if you would possibly like to someday have a strong marriage…then check it out.

You can visit the Florence campus at the McNair Science Building at Fracis Marion University or you can listen to the message at  See you there?



Filed under: Deep thoughts — erikaivory @ 2:23 am

Great word huh?  I read a great post by Brandi that I so hope you will check out.  I loved it… all about loving our kids as Christ truly loves us.  Lavish…