I have a father by birth, who has been a good provider to my family, served our great country faithfully for 30 + years, and has shown me the world by taking me on amazing adventures.
I have a father by his own choice, Papa, who has raised me and loved me, sacrificed for me, guided my education and lived as an example of how to be more like Christ.
I have a father by marriage, SG, who stepped into our family and brought us joy, who makes my mom so happy, cooks amazing food, lives every day to its fullest and will be the most hilarious grandpa ever!
I have a father by my own marriage, TD, who raised the most amazing man on earth, is one of the hardest workers ever and now encourages me and loves me like I'm part of his own family.
And I have a father in heaven--He will never leave me or forsake me and He is there for me every minute of the day...and He sent His only son to die on the cross for my sins.
It doesn't get better than 5 dads!!!
I think fathers are one of the most important roles in our society. I wish I could explain it as well as this article from the Heritage Foundation...but I can't. So please read.
My big brother in law DD and my little sister in law AD bought me these amazing lights for my birthday!!
We have exposed pipes in our apartment and because DD is AMAZING he found the perfect accessory to go with them. We will be hanging them over our bed this weekend. I don't have this many lights but I think it will look very classy/modern with the three I was so generously given :)
Thanks siblings...I love you!
ps--he got them from CB2. It's a branch of Crate and Barrel that I have never heard of before. It's really wonderful. Go look.
KGL, my very close friend from college and fellow appreciater of all things beautiful is one of the most talented people that I know. She is going to be famous and I will be your connection to her. She recently applied for display/design director position with anthro. They assigned her a "box project" as part of the interview and the finished project is right here...you will be SO amazed so please look!!!
O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
For my birthday we went to Chino Latino--and while everyone else liked the food...the smells were a little hard for me to handle. I indulged in "no thank you portions" and enjoyed my non-alcoholic pinapple smoothie. Enjoyed is an understatement. I have been thinking about it ever since then. Last night I tried to copy it. I attempt to recreate restuarant creations a lot...I have NEVER succeeded like I did last night. I didn't measure so it might not ever be the same....but it will still be really good.
You should try it!!
One large handful of frozen mangos (slightly defrosted)
One large handful of frozen pineapple (slightly defrosted)
2 frozen bananas broken up in a couple of pieces
1/2ish cup of coconut water
1/3ish cup of orange juice
1ish cup of plain yogurt
A good amount of raw honey...JD poured it in...maybe like 3 tbsps? (It was pretty sweet...I think 1-2 tbsp honey would be plenty)
Blend together in a blender and enjoy :)
If you can't digest dairy I think you could make a great (probably less thick) version substituting coconut water and yogurt with coconut milk. HOWEVER...I will say that I used to be lactose intolerant and my mom cured me by feeding me tons of yogurt. It brought my stomach back to normal with all the bacteria and I have been able to eat dairy like it's my job for 5 years.
PS: Coconut water is like a natural gatorade...lots of electrolytes. It is also full of potassium so it helps prevent cramping.