Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

March has been busy.  It's been one sickness after the other, one degree decrease in temperature after another, and one cloudy day after another.  March has won the "Worst Month (so far) of 2013" award in the many hearts of people day dreaming of warmer days.

Despite the awful, cloudy, cold and unenjoyable weather of March, I was lucky enough to have a whole two days of happiness and warmth.  A couple weekends ago I spent a Friday and Saturday at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  I love going to SBTS and walking through the old buildings and books of theology.  Every time I go, I leave inspired and encouraged.

The weather was perfect, the topics of discussion were perfect, and the people there were perfect.

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Me and The Farmer

My amazing bible study group! I love them so much!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I've always loved banana bread. Unfortunately, the walnuts were always a turn off to me.  So, I was really excited when I found this recipe that didn't call for walnuts, but instead, chocolate chips! What more could a girl ask for?

This recipe is super quick and simple and it tastes amazing.  Let's get started!

Start by spraying your loaf pans with some Pam.

I am using a Stoneware and glass loaf pan (not pictured).

This recipe is enough to make two loaves so if you're only wanting one, just half the recipe!

For the first part of this recipe you will need:
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
pinch of salt

Whisk all of these ingredients together.

The recipe calls for 4 bananas, but I only had two on hand and it turned out just fine.

In a separate bowl, combine the following:
4 bananas (or if you're unprepared like I am, just two)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix them all together!

Now, add the flour mixture a little at a time and mix.

Now for the good stuff, chocolate chips!
I used half of a standard bag of chocolate chips.

Now separate into two parts and put one in one loaf pan and one in the other.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.

And then you're done! 

It turned out great, and it tastes amazing.

Here is the full, official recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch of salt
4 medium bananas
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 bag of chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease two loaf pans; set aside
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In a separate bowl, combine bananas, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla; mix well with mixer.  Add flour mixture and mix until completely blended.  Add chocolate chips and mix.
3. Divide the mixture into the two loaf pans. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted comes out clean.  If loaves become too dark before timer goes off, cover with foil.

Happy baking, 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Chronicles of an Engaged High Schooler: Book Two

Welcome to Book 2 of The Chronicles of an Engaged High Schooler.  This book will take you through the deep twists and turns of the frequently stated concerns many people have about our ages and stages of life. We are 18 and 19 and we're getting married.  With these ages and lifestyles, many around us have expressed concern for this decision we have made to get married young.  As you read this, I will be discussing only one of many "Frequently Stated Concerns":  college.

For many, college is a time to find yourself, meet your life long friends, have fun, and be independent.  For me, it will be about learning to be a wife.  I am in no way saying that I won't meet my life long friends or "find myself" while there, but the main thing I will be doing is being The Farmer's wife.

Concern #1 About College:  Money.
College is probably the most expensive business venture you will take in life and it will not be easy to pay for with a spouse.  As you read in Book One, I am a Christian.  I became a Christian almost seven years ago and since then I have learned to trust in God's sovereign plan. I don't always trust Him, I have weak times in my life when trusting God is the hardest thing to do, but for some reason I am not scared of marriage or the money.  I feel totally at peace with the path that God is leading me on, and for one of the only times in my life, I know God is going to provide for me.  Every class that I take and every minute I spend on campus, I know my God will provide for me.  So, if one of your concerns was "How are you going to pay for college with a husband?", don't worry. I am trusting in the power of my God.

Concern #2 About College:  Meeting Someone Else.
"How do you know for sure that The Farmer is 'The One'?  What if you meet someone else?"  I've heard this concern many times and to be totally honest, I am not worried about meeting anyone else.  My fiance is so perfect for me.  The Farmer takes such good care of me and I cannot imagine my life without him there.  When I endure anxiety, he's there as the voice of reason; when I'm frustrated, he's there to take the blow and calm the storm; when I'm sad, he's there to hug me; when I just want affection, he's there to hold my hand.  Everything I could ever imagine needing and wanting, that's what The Farmer is for me.  I truly believe that God created us for each other.

Concern #3 About College:  Selfish.
I remember a conversation with I had a few months ago.  I wasn't engaged yet but at this point in time I knew I wanted to marry young.  My acquaintance and I were sitting around and talking about marriage and I spoke up about my desire to be married soon and her first reaction was that it would be selfish of him to marry me that young.  I have to say, this response surprised me; I had never heard this opinion before. She said, "You're worried about school, graduating, getting scholarships, and he's going to add another thing to your plate?"  I don't see his proposal, or our marriage, as selfish.  I am so thankful to have this type of stress on my plate.  This is good stress! There's not much to talk about on this subject, it's a matter of opinion, but trust that this action was in no way selfish; I am so grateful for it.

We have arrived at the end of Book Two.   I love The Farmer and I am so blessed to face the hardships that are to come with him by my side.  I love him and I know that my God will provide and care for us.

Thank you all for reading,

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cherished Days

I cannot express just how much I have enjoyed my social life the past few weeks.  I have become part of this little group, a mixture between my brother's friends and mine.  The ages range from 19 years to 15 and we couldn't be more close.  Looking back at the past few nights of spending time with them all, I notice that we don't act like a "friend group", we act more like a young family.

Last weekend I got to spend time with them all on both Saturday and Sunday, but I am only posting Saturday's pictures.  There's not much to really write about except that I love this family and I loved this Saturday! Shout out to Jordan for being an amazing friend and an even more amazing sister in Christ.  I would be in a totally different place without her and our amazing fellowship.

Enjoy these nice pictures of me picking daffodils with her brothers and sisters!

Happy Saturday,