#1 Jessie is going to Italy in two weeks! I will be praying hard for her on this trip. It's funny how I am the one who encouraged her to travel at any opportunity that she got while in college, but now that she is going, I am terrified. If only there hadn't been two plane crashes in NY in the past month, I think I would be better. She seems fine about it all, so it is up to me to worry for the both of us! It's what I do best!
#2 I have been making homemade granola bars for the house this week. In an effort to cut down on premade and packaged food I have eliminated powdered drink mixes by making my own herbal iced tea blends, I make my own taco seasoning mix to avoid the extra salt and MSG in the packets, and I make homemade granola cereal. I have been happy that the children have been enjoying the granola bars as well because the packaged ones are loaded with sugar and are also getting expensive. We delude ourselves into thinking that it says "granola" so it must be good for us, but once you get acquainted with the labels, you see that isn't necessarily so. ( I will be posting some of these recipes in the coming days)
#3 Dan's job... I am so thankful that up to this point it seems secure. In the economy today, anything can happen, so we are careful not to take things for granted... like always having somewhere to go to work each morning! Earlier in the week there was a job fair in Manhattan near Dan's job. He said the line was several people deep, wrapped around the block, with people standing out in the cold with their resumes in hand .I think the word he used to describe the scene was "disturbing". Let's remember to keep this nation's economy in prayer, and especially those who have been hit with unemployment because of it.
#4 The family website my brother and I set up is up and running. Looks like a good response from the family, so far. I'm happy about that.
#5 Hannah got over her strep infection and then immediately went into asthma! Poor kid. I think every large family has that one who seems to get everything. Luckily, she is a good patient.
#6 American Idol. Every year I vow not to get into it, but my kids rope me in! It is actually nice because all of them, from youngest to oldest, enjoy the show. It is fun hearing their opinions and seeing what they like and don't like. Another thing I like about the show is that usually, a genuinely "nice" person wins. It is refreshing to see that America still likes a "nice guy/girl". Hoping the same holds true for this year.
#7 It is getting late, but I think this weekend we may sneak away for an overnight trip to the east end of Long Island. There is quite a bit to do out east even during the winter. For the months of February and March many of the restaurants and wineries are participating in a jazz festival. There is also a large outlet center which I need to visit... oh, and a bit of alone time with my man will be nice,too!
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