Monday, November 7, 2011


Testing day

Tom and Emily did their test for the purple belt.  I am always amazed at the things they can do


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Amber’s Art

Amber’s Art


Today I would like to share with you some of my daughters art work.  Last march my daughter Amber was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma .  She was an absolute trooper as she went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. While she was sick she was focused on getting done with her treatments and healing.  All of her cancer is now gone and she is working through some of the emotional issues.  Her  art work has been a great help to help her work through things.  As a mom I love everything she creates, but I thought these pieces may help inspire someone else.



This is a picture that represents all the shots she had to take.  She said it took a lot of needles but you had to have each one to move forward.  This picture is made using straight pins poking up through the canvas to make an arrow. 




This is a picture of black swirls.  Amber put something in the paint to make it 3D.  On the very top of the ridges she put glow in the dark paint.  In this painting she expressed the thought that even in the dark mixed up parts of life there is a light of hope.



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It takes all the parts of your life to make something beautiful.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crock pot soup

Hi, I found a great recipe on


Crock pot soup

1 can of rotel

1 can of corn

1 can of black beans ( drained and rinsed)

2 frozen chicken breast

8oz of cream cheese

1 package of dry ranch dressing mix

1t cumin

1t onion powder

1t chili powder

I also added I can of pinto beans (drained  and rinsed)

Put all the ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.


This was so easy and so yummy.