Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Thursday, October 30, 2008

This Little Light of Mine...

Graham taught me a song he learned at preschool. It's to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot". I think it's kind of cute, kind of weird. :)

I'm a little pumpkin, short and round.
Here is my stem, here is the ground.
When I get all cut up, don't you shout.
Just open me up and scoop me out.
When we lived in Texas and were newlyweds, we had the wonderful opportunity of serving in an inner city church with some godly families. One of our friends from that group carved a pumpkin with the kids on a Wednesday night around the time of Halloween. I remember as she carved the pumpkin she made an analogy to our relationship with Christ. We are like the pumpkin with a lot of yucky gunk inside of us. When that stuff is inside, no light can shine through us. When Christ opens us up and makes us clean, His light is able to shine through us and be seen by all.
I'm gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Girls' Weekend

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to North Carolina to see two of my oldest and dearest friends. There are four of us in this wonderful group of friends that I treasure so much, but the fourth was not able to make it. It wasn't the same without her, but we managed to have a good time together. It was so nice to get away from all responsibilities and enjoy the company of old friends that know me so well. We laughed a lot, ate a lot, and got to see some beautiful sights in N. Carolina. Thank you, dear friends! I always treasure our time together and look forward to our next visit.

Sneak Preview

Here's a look at the boys' Halloween costumes a little early. Last Saturday was the Pumpkin Fest in the downtown area of our town. The boys dressed up and enjoyed the festivities. Graham has already started on his candy stash and wants to look at it everyday. Something really caught their attention.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rainy Afternoon

This afternoon was one of those afternoons when despite the light rain, we had to get outside.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Families that Play Together Stay Together

This weekend, our family went camping together for the first time. Graham and Tim have been together several times, but this was the first time Wesley and I joined them. One of my best friends, Christine, told me her husband read a survey that said the one thing that most happy families had in common was they went camping together. After experiencing it myself, I think I would agree with the survey. We had a lot of fun as a family. We left behind distractions and obligations and got to enjoy the beauty of God's creation and just being together. Plus, my boys both love getting dirty and doing anything outside.
Now, I can't say that there aren't some difficult things about camping. You have to do a lot of planning and packing ahead of time, sleeping on the ground is not the most comfortable thing, and sharing a bathroom with a bunch of strangers can be a little awkward. Yet, there's just something special about snuggling with your kids around a campfire under the stars, listening to an owl hooting as you fall asleep, and waking up the next morning to see your kids giggling at one another in the tent. The daily struggles seem a little less overwhelming, and things seem a little simpler.
So, come on...what are you waiting for? Get some camping gear together. You can borrow ours if you want. Take your family camping. It's totally worth it!
I think we've got a lot of camping trips ahead of us. Can you see Graham's head sticking out of our tent? Tim got a new tent for his birthday and it had lots of space.

my little guy walking

snuggling by the fire
roasting marshmallows for smores

breakfast the next morning

I did not tell him to pose. He just did it. :)

Foster Falls-for those of you who were wondering (Amy-does it look familiar?)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Two of My Favorite Fall Traditions

Caramel Apples and Caramel Popcorn...okay, so I love caramel and I love to eat sweets. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve cooking with my mom. She's an excellent cook, and every fall, she would make caramel apples. This is the first fall Graham can really eat a caramel apple, so I thought we would start this tradition together this year. He loves to cook and eat sweet things just as much as me. Most days before "naptime", he says, "I have an idea. Let's make cookies after my nap."

Back to the caramel...I also love making caramel popcorn. I started this tradition shortly after Tim and I got married. I found a great recipe in the Baylor cookbook, and I still use it today. I've made this popcorn for lots of parties and friends, and it's the reason Heidi's husband likes me so much. Unfortunately, my little man, Graham, isn't too fond of the caramel popcorn. Oh, well...more for me. Below you will find the recipe if you'd like to add it to one of your favorite fall foods. I know some of you may not be fortunate enough to have inherited an air popper when you got married, so you might have to get create.

Do you have any fall food traditions you'd like to share? I love to try new recipes.

Caramel Corn for a Crowd

¾ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
2 cup pecans, roasted
2 cup cocktail peanuts, roasted
2 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
½ cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda

Pop kernels using an air popper. Pour popped popcorn into 2 or 3 9X13-inch baking pans. Sprinkly pecans and peanuts evenly over popcorn.
Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a large 3-quart saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent sticking. Remove from heat, add baking soda and stir well; it will be foamy. Pour over popcorn and nuts. Toss with spoons to coat well. Bake at 250 degrees for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Pour out onto wax paper to cool. Store in tightly sealed containers.