What have you learned from Esther?

The past two days have inundated me with Esther.  In my personal quiet times and studies, on the radio, and even in the kids’ studies at the moment.  I am feeling that I should be listening to God about something in regards to Esther right now.  Perhaps He is preparing me for something, perhaps I need to be acting a certain way right now.  Regardless, I thought I would ask you…

If you have any life lessons from Esther, whether big or small, please share.  🙂

Pride and Prejudice

I really enjoy reading the classics.  I am a fan of The Secret Garden, Little Women, Ann of Green Gables, The Little Princess, and on and on.  Until now, I have not read Pride and Prejudice and so thought it was time to do so.  I cannot say that I am a fan.  😦  I feel like I would enjoy the movie…I liked the hidden humors, the characters, and even the storyline.  I know…so what is left not to like?  I feel like the first 200+ pages meandered in telling a story in which we all knew the ending and the last 50 pages wrapped it up at the speed that the whole book should have been written.  Then again, if the whole book went at that speed it would only be 100 pages.  So…long story short, I decided to put Sense and Sensibility on hold for the time being and will concentrate on some of my other books for now.  I hope to watch both Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility sometime soon.

Saw this on another blog (Real Food, Real Deals) and thought it was fun!

Real Food Real Deals

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge is to replicate a dish from a vacation, but make it healthier.  I didn’t have to go back far to come up with my idea for this recipe.  Earlier this month, I enjoyed a family vacation to Hershey, Pennsylvania.  I ate a lot of chocolate, as you might imagine, but the one thing I was most inspired to replicate was a drink my husband ordered at the Hershey Pantry.  They served him a glass of unsweetened iced tea with a scoop of lemon Italian ice floating on top.  As the Italian ice melted, it sweetened and “lemoned” the tea.  It looked great in the glass, and it tasted even better.  As the frugal one in the family, I of course just ordered a glass of water with my dinner that night.  But I kept thinking about that iced tea. . .

So here is my…

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The Cross at Ground Zero

(Photo from http://goodenoughmother.com/2011/09/should-a-cross-be-on-display-at-ground-zero/)

The message I heard at church today willed me to post this today.

The cross at Ground Zero…offered hope to many when found…now is cause for controversy in our country.

A small amount of Americans do not want it in the 9/11 museum, because they claim it gives them headaches and makes them physically sick.

It is not shocking to know that I am partial to having it in the museum, because I know the hope of the cross.  I know that Christ is with us during trials.  On the premise of the museum itself, it belongs within.  The museum is a collection of images and remnants of the Ground Zero recovery.  If nothing else, the cross belongs in the museum because it is found from Ground Zero.

While on the topic, the majority wanted the cross in the museum, and the majority did not want the mosque built near Ground Zero.  In some future posts, I will be posting on other issues that the majority wants or does not want, what our country is built on, and how that seems to mean very little at times.