Supereasy Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Here’s one of my favorite recipes to make when I have leftover steak … in fact, I often make an extra steak whenever we grill so I can have it the next day. 2 cups (approx) cold steak, cut into small pieces 1 red pepper 1 tomato 1 avocado 1 ear corn (cold, leftover) or 1 cup frozen corn 1 cucumber 4 cups greens (I use Arugala and Spinach)   1.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 2.  To make dressing, put 1 avocado, juice from 1 lime and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro in a blender.  Pour in buttermilk until it’s the right consistency.  Add salt and pepper to...

Guest Post: Top Three ER Nursing Pet Peeves

As promised, my friend Jordyn Redwood, ER nurse and writer extraordinaire is going to be posting common medical Q & A’s on my blog twice every month. I’m superexcited about this and think it will not only be a ton of fun but it will also be really informative. So, a huge thank you to Jordyn! And, if you want to know more about her, Jordyn is not only a novelist with a book coming out from Kregel in a few months, but she’s also a blogger who writes a superfun blog called “Redwood’s Medical Edge” where she discusses now novelists approach medical issues in their books. Check it out here. Top Three ER Nursing Pet Peeves Here’s a look into the mind of the pediatric ER nurse. Don’t we all have pet peeves when it comes to our jobs? Of course… the ER nurse is no different. Often times, these are not mentioned in “public” as we don’t want to offend families. But, in honesty, there are some things parents do that drive us crazy. Here are a few at the top of my list. 1.  Calling medicine candy. This is a big no-no for us pediatric nurses. We really don’t want kids to associate taking medicine with the fun of having candy. Candy is good. Candy is fun. Candy is generally not lethal if you eat too much. Medicine is far different from that. So say something like, “This tastes sweet.” Or “This tastes like orange.”— but don’t associate medicine with candy in the same sentence. 2.  Children not wearing helmets. I’m amazed at how many families...

Overwhelmed by Motherhood

Right now, being a mom feels overwhelming.  And impossible.  And exhausting. And, I’m preaching to the choir.  I’m hardly the first or only mom to be busy—instead, I’m one of the masses.  In fact, I’m willing to bet that every mom who reads this post will say “me, too!” and “sounds familiar”. Between kindergarten drop-off and preschool pick-up and snack donations and feeding the baby and homework and reading practice and birthday parties and football practice and dance lessons and… well, you get the picture… I feel like I can’t even find an hour’s gap in my schedule to go to the grocery store.  Much less do things like volunteer on the PTA or participate in the school fundraiser. Does it have to be this way?   The truth is, I don’t know the answer. I mean, it’s not exactly like I can cut out school.  Or Homework.  And, while I could cut out preschool for my daughter, when she’s at school, I write.   Or I used to write.  Now, I walk the halls trying to get the baby to fall back asleep because he always falls asleep on the way home from preschool drop-off. So, how do I get a grip?  And find a way to spend less time in the car and more time doing the things that are really important?  And, beyond that, how do I find a way to do the things that are really important for my family AND pursue my own personal goals at the same time?  I’m about to have a panic attack just thinking about it. My friend Joanne Kraft actually took...

Happy Birthday Kate!

My prayer for my beautiful daughter on her 4th Birthday Lord, my arms ached for a daughter from the time I was a teenager– and while I love my sons fiercely, there’s something special about this precious gift you’ve given me.  Thank you, Lord, for giving me my beautiful, kind and precious Kate.  She’s even more wonderful than I dreamed. When I look at my children, I get a glimpse of you.  You’ve created them in your image and at times, when I watch them, I am filled with awe at Your creativity, Your passion, Your love.  Kate has this personality that is entirely unique– and I can’t wait to find out your plan and purpose for her life.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to watch your amazing plan as it unfolds. Lord, I pray for Kate during this, her fourth year.  Lord, protect her.  Protect her physically.  Protect her emotionally.  And, Lord, protect her spiritually.  She loves you so purely and wholly and optimistically.  Protect her from anything that could blemish her innocence– and pull her away from you.  Give me the tools to raise her in a way that’s loving yet firm, hopeful yet honest and faithful yet trusting. Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to steward this beautiful child.  Help me to never forget that she belongs to You and that you love her with a love that goes beyond even my own.  How safe I feel knowing that my children– my precious treasures– are in the arms of their Father.  Thank you for that hope– and I pray that Kate (and Joey and...

Teaching Generosity Part 2

He did it!  My five-year-old was generous.  And not because I made him do it! Okay, so I poked and prodded him a little… but in the end, he chose to walk up to the check-out counter, pull out his wallet and spend $8 on someone other than himself. Last week, I asked you how you teach your kids to be generous. We were in the midst of a local crisis—more than 1,500 homes had burned in a massive wildfire including several of our friend’s homes—and I wanted to figure out how to teach my kids to be instinctively generous and to give out of their want instead of out of their plenty. Anyway, a family we know lost everything in the fire—including a much treasured Star Wars toy collection belonging to their six-year-old son.  We decided to pick up a few things—clothes, necessities, toys for this family and I asked both of my kids if they would like to contribute some of their own money to the cause.  My daughter said yes.  My son said no. I get it: he has been saving for three and a half months to buy a Star Wars Rocket Ship.  He has earned and saved $24.76 so far.  The ship costs $39.99 plus tax.  And he wasn’t too keen on parting with his hard-earned and hard-saved money. But, he did it.  And without (much) prompting by me.  I admit.  I laid it on thick.  I told him to imagine what it would be like if he lost all of his toys.  And I told him I’d pray for his generosity.  And, I...
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