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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Era has Passed

Erin started playing soccer before she turned 5. She started on the U5 team, the Rubies. After a couple of years, the Rubies disbanded and she moved to the Texans with Coach Joe. This was her last game. After this, the players try out for a different league and Erin is not continuing soccer. She wants to pursue other things. But... it has been a great sport and she has been incredibly blessed with great coaches and wonderful friendships from team players.

At the end of nearly every season, the Texans have a party and awards. We usually have swimming, BBQ and lots of fun with the team and famlies. Saturday after this last game was no exception. Coach Joe and Susie opened their home for a great party.

Our friend, Lisa, is a decorator and made this wonderful cake to celebrate with.

Many thanks to Joe Lerma for making this team what it was and for providing fun, exercise and lessons of sportsmanship to our girls!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Food Storage

What happened to simplicity? My goal in life is to live a simple life and enjoy God's presence and all He has blessed me with. But sometimes the ball starts rolling on things and it's just not simple any more. Oh, well... take a breath. Re-prioritize and get back on the simple road.

Our Food purchasing co-op is getting ready to make an order and as much as I love to horde and stockpile, knowing what to purchase and trying to be wise and frugal can be a chore. I'm getting a little more grain. I still have a lot, but I believe in keeping some by in case it's needed. I'm getting some more dehydrated vegies because I just plain like to cook with them. Dehydrated tomato powder is wonderful. You can add a little to soups for the tomato-ness, make sauce or paste.mmm. It smells like Campbell's tomato soup and makes a great soup. I enjoy dried mushrooms and spinach flakes. They go great in soups and casseroles and pasta. I'm getting more apple chips and adding banana chips this time. I'm getting LOTS of granola. It costs half of what the store charges and it has lots of nuts in it. I can throw in some of the dried raisins I still have and it's GOOD STUFF. Walton Feed is the source of the food. My pantry is full. We don't know what is going to happen economically in our future. The country has its problems. I like having a full pantry and the ability to make my own bread and healthy meals. God has blessed us and we see His hand at work.