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Homemade Rice-a-Roni

28 Jul Homemade Rice-a-Roni

One of the things that my family collectively loves is my homemade Rice-a-Roni.  Besides being ridiculously yummy, it is also a simple and inexpensive recipe.  As a side dish, this recipe feeds us all with leftovers….hallelujah for that!  Keep reading for the video and printable recipe.

What things do you make homemade that you can find pre-made at the store?  I would love some fresh inspiration!

Homemade Rice-a-Roni

These basic and inexpensive ingredients is all you need to make Homemade Rice-a-Roni.

Homemade Rice-a-Roni

A few simple steps to light, flavorful, fluffy rice goodness!

 

 

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Click here for the printable recipe.

 

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Be Blessed and be a Blessing,

Rebecca

 

 

 

 

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Lest we Forget

28 May

I am so grateful for the brave men and women who headed the call and left what was familiar and comfortable for a life of upheaval and uncertainty. Today I pause with reflective prayer to honor those who gave their all…the fallen brave who courageously breathed their last breath defending the country and the people they so loved.

To the families who gather around a grave rather than a grill-my prayer is that our Heavenly Father will fill them with grace, peace, and healing. That they would find comfort in each other and that the sweet memories of their loved ones will sustain them until they are reunited in Heaven. Thank you, for your great sacrifice also!

 

As you enjoy your 3 day weekend please remember and pray for all the brave men and women in our military. Pray for the mothers and fathers who will never hold their precious boys and girls in their arms again, for the wives and husbands who will never get to live out the hopes and dreams they planned together, and for the precious children who will never feel the tickle of daddy’s whiskers on their cheek or the soft embrace of their mother’s arms again. The burden is too great to let this weekend go by without a heartfelt sense of gratitude for the meaning behind our three day weekend.

 

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

 

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Grace of God Brought us Here

24 May
11 years ago on a beautiful Colorado day I married my very best friend and the love of my life! I thought I couldn’t be any happier than I was at that moment but each year proves to be better than the last. We have been on such an adventure from births, deaths, illnesses, college, graduations, teenagers, moves, job changes, aging parents, and everything in between. With the constant changes of life the one thing that has remained is that we have clung to each other through all of it and have grown from a couple of crazy love-struck kids to a couple who are weathering the storms and enjoying every rainbow together. We have learned to appreciate that each day together is a gift. There is no one I would rather spend time with or journey this life with. I am so blessed to married to a man of honor and integrity! A man who puts his family first and works hard to give us a good life. He is a man that I adore, respect and love! Without the grace of God none of this would of been possible!  I thank God for sustaining us and for constantly working on my heart as a wife. Happy Anniversary, Sunshine! Thank you for choosing me!
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~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~
Rebecca
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Reflections

28 Sep

I am coming up on a big milestone in my life.  My oldest daughter is getting ready to turn 18.  I became her mama under the most unfortunate of circumstances.  I was a young, unwed, teenage girl with no money and honestly no clue.  What makes the story a little more complicated is that she was born not well.  I was only 24 weeks pregnant when she made her very small and very quiet way into the world.  I think we can all agree that even under the best circumstances having a baby is hard and having a sick baby is super hard.

The past several months has had me being very reflective.  Looking back on that hard first year and the subsequent years that were still a little hard but mostly joyful.  I keep thinking on all the things I should of done and the things I could of done better. I look at her now, a senior in high school, enjoying a life much different than my own.

I was the youngest in a blended family of five, actually I was a big oops!  My older siblings really gave my parents a run for their money.  It seemed one big problem kept overlapping the next.  I was often told to go play and probably unintentionally overlooked because I wasn’t causing any problems.  Fast forward to the really formative years of my life and I was still alone.  I was left to navigate these years with only destructive bahavior patterns leftover from my now grown but still incapable siblings.  It was now my legacy and I didn’t disappoint.  The only difference is that being left alone for so long, I was good at hiding in the shadows, therfore, I was able to avoid real trouble.

I really missed out on healthy behaviors being modeled for me.  When I became a mama, I ferociosly loved my baby girl with all that I had. I didn’t know what being a good parent looked like but I knew that I wanted to be one.  The first years were trial and error.  What I really lacked and really craved for was a woman who I could look up to and someone who could encourage me.  Self pity is an expesive trip to take and I certainly maxed out.  A time came where at a cross road I had to decide once and for all the path I would take.  Since I didn’t have the people I needed I could become the type of person I needed.  I love that even though I didn’t know God, He still had His hand on me.

Thus, the journey began. So here, 18 years later, I reflect on the journey and all that I’ve learned. That the brokenness of your past does not have to be the legacy of your future.  It is never too late to keep trying again.  That with God nothing is truly broken, that all the past wounds, heartaches, disappointments etc..are all God shaped.

So here we are.  I look over at the one who made me a mama and thank God for our journey this far.  She is learning to navigate this complicated world as a young woman with dreams and desires and she is trying to make a mark for herself despite the physical limitations of Cerebral Palsy.  She is walking with the one who loves her most and because of that she is OK and so am I.

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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Loving when you don’t Like

22 Jul

ImageAs a Christian, we get fired up to love like Jesus.  There are sweet thoughts of loving and caring for God’s people with unconditional limitations. Let’s be honest, there are just some people that you just don’t like.  I am guilty of this.  Despite my best intentions, I just can’t get over it.  How in the world am I supposed to love someone I just don’t like?  It seems the two, liking and loving, should go hand in hand. 

Usually, not liking someone stems from a past unresolved hurt.  In our humanness we hold on to hurt and allow it to remain a raw wound on our soul.  How do we begin the process of healing the hurt and learning to love like Jesus?

First, surrender it to the Lord.  Matthew 5:44 says” Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  I know, easier said than done.  Sometimes we hold onto it and practice in our head how revenge will be brought forth. We feel vindicated to store our hurts and disappointments in a chest that we can, from time to time, open and revisit like a treasured memory. It isn’t an easy or pretty process and God is OK with messy, be honest, He understands.  The more time we spend with Him the better our perspective of people become and the easier it becomes to forgive.

It is a process we can’t do alone. John 15:4 says “ Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”. We need to cleave to His promises and we will be given the strength and grace necessary to forgive, heal and ultimately love.

It is a process and journey.  Varying on the degree of hurt, it can be lengthy.  Each journey begins with a single step-one foot in front of the other, stepping out in faith, along you go. a Maybe a few times you trip or wander off course but you keep at it, one step at a time.   

Keep this in mind, Jesus didn’t command you to like, He commanded you to love (John 13:34).  My brother’s and sister’s, I pray the Lord will help you through your journey of forgiveness and learning to love as Christ commanded.  Sometimes hurts are so deep and raw you need to seek a professional.  I urge you to seek a Christian therapist, pastor, or a mature trusted friend to help you along. Trust in God’s Divine Providence, and it will be you that is blessed.

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca 

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A Season of Transition

20 Jul

I have entered a new season of my life.  Let me go back a few steps.  I have spent the last several years helping lead a ministry that is for mother’s of preschoolers and younger.  I built close friendships and a tight community.  It was such a blessing to me to see how God worked in the lives of these mama’s who were just beginning their journey as wives and mother’s.  I was blessed enough to share my heart with these ladies about marriage, motherhood, and how God can use them in small but signifigant ways in this busy season of their lives.

This past May, I graduated out of the group.  I no longer had little ones so my time came to an end.  I spent so much of my time dedicated to this group, so when I left, I felt an extra large void in my life.  I kind of felt like two iron doors chained and locked closed behind me and I was left with an armful of memories and no clear direction to where I should go.  Please note that these are still very dear welcoming friends, I just don’t belong there in the same way I did before.  I was so focused on this ministry I was lost as to where to go next.  So I wandered…….

I spent time in prayer but was in a period of waiting on the Lord to lead my path.  The Lord chose not to answer right away.  I think he was refining me by teaching me patience and trust in His will for me.  It is hard to wait.  I wanted to jump right in to something else because I had a hundred ideas of things I wanted to do but didn’t have peace about.  In this time I had to neatly fold all my plans and lay them at the altar knowing that the will of God is so much greater than all the neat ideas I have swimming around in my head.

Several months ago God brought Titus 2: 3-5 to mind.  I kept thinking I have many Godly older women mentors-maybe God wanted me to have more?  I continued to pray about it and several weeks later while reading it for the hundreth time I finally got it!  God was telling me that I am the older women being spoken about in the verses.  Seriously? I was thinking, first, I have to leave a ministry I love and now God is telling me that I am old.

Reading this, I came to understand that the older women were teaching the younger women-I have daughters, I have a community of young wives and moters comming up right behind me.  I have almost 18 years of being a mama under my belt along with countless other experiences.  God has given me the gift of wisdom.  Am as as wise as I will ever be?  No, of course not, but enough to be an encouragement to other younger women.  To walk beside them as they are journeying a path I already took.

God is taking my youngish self and gathering my experiences and strengths and channeling them into something just as wonderful but different-and I am starting to be OK with it, dare I say excited.

God, gave me this precious break to regroup and put my focus right back on Him.  This has given me a more mature deeper relationship to the One who loves me most.  I’m still not sure what exactly all that God has in store for me but I do know that I can wait and trust in His perfect timing (proverbs 3:5-6).

Are you in a season of transition?  How is God working in your life during this time?  I would love to know!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~
Rebecca

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