Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Amazing God!

My mom heard this first video on the radio and when she got home we looked up his video! The second one is just plain awesome. I love how Louie Giglio presents all the Amazing facts about our Amazing God! 
Psalms 148:3-5 "3 Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! 4 Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! 5 Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being."

Colossians 1:16 -17 "Christ made everything in the heavens and on the earth. He made everything that is seen and things that are not seen. He made all the powers of heaven. Everything was made by Him and for Him. 17 Christ was before all things. All things are held together by Him."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Zoo Fun with Jocelyn and Laila

Saturday Chris and I went and picked up our nieces, Jocelyn and Laila, for a day at the Dallas Zoo!
As you can see they were VERY excited! :)
On the way there Chris leaned over to me and whispered, "Do all little kids talk this much?" I just smiled and said, "Yep, this is just the beginning!" :)

 Uncle Tiss with the girls

As we were walking in Jocelyn said that we had to get a map so that she could know where we were going . . . that girl NEVER put that thing down! She loved keeping track of where we had been and what was coming next!
She was our Zoo Guide.

First Stop: Children's Zoo
They have a playground, petting zoo and more . . .

We slowly made our way around the zoo taking our time to read up on all the animals and to figure out where we were on our map.

We stopped for a group picture on the way out.

After about 5 mins of being in the car things got VERY quiet so I looked back to see this . . . 
They were OUT!  

We had a GREAT day and the weather was beautiful. I am so thankful that we were able to hang out with these sweet little girls! They were so much fun!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cookin' with Levi

Last night we had a family dinner and I thought it would be fun to make a new dessert so I turned to my new favorite website, Pintrest, for ideas. After asking the family what they wanted for dessert I decided to make a S'more Pie! I was SO easy! 

I recruited the help of my 1 1/2 year old nephew Levi!

1 big box of sugar free/fat free chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups of milk
small tub of light whipped cream
graham cracker pie shell
1 bag of big marshmallows

We started by mixing the box of pudding and 1 1/2 cups of milk (you may need to add a little bit more milk but not to much because it will be too runny, it needs to be thick) After mixing that together I added about 1 cup of whipped cream to it and mixed it all together!

Levi was also my taste tester! After each taste he would say, "Yummmmm!" and then he would go back for more.

While I put the mixture into the pie shell and covered the top with marshmallows Levi sat and enjoyed a little bowl of pudding. 

He scraped his bowl CLEAN! :)

I placed the pie into the fridge until after dinner. When we were all ready for dessert I turned the oven on broil (high), placed the pie on the top rack and left the oven door cracked so I could watch it. When the marshmallows began to melt and turn a golden brown I took the pie out and it was ready to serve!
It was very yummy and tasted just like a S'more. but it was not easy to serve! It is nearly impossible to cut a marshmallow in half so each piece was a different size so that I could cut around the marshmallows and not through them!

Everyone gave it 2 Thumbs Up! You should try it!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Goals

#1. Commit to the Lord! I want to become so committed to God that I turn to him as soon as I begin to worrying about the future. As I was reading the bible the other day I came across this verse, Proverbs 16:3. It really stuck out to me so I decided that it would be my verse for 2012!
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans." - Proverbs 16:3

#2 Be more Organized! Some of you might laugh at this because I am a clean freak. When you walk in the house or my room things look pretty organized and clean but if you dare to open my cabinets, closet, dresser, or look under my nightstand you might be surprised! Well, I'm working on it! Believe me it is driving me crazy just thinking about it but when I'm in a hurry those are my "catch-all" places and things are starting to pile up!

#3 Be more involved in my church! For someone looking in I might already seemed very involved between nursery leader, Patch Club teacher, singing on the worship team and more but I don't feel that I am completely and totally giving each thing my all! I am taking a closer look at what I am doing in each ministry and how I can do it better! I want to find ways that I can use the gifts and talents that I have been given to glorify God!
"...Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31 

#4 Be a better Aunt! I have 7 nieces and nephews and some I see a LOT more than others. I really want to change that this year! I love each and every one of them so much, even the non-biological ones :)!
Jocelyn and Laila absolutely LOVE their Uncle Tiss but we really don't see them that often, Levi is growing up so fast and I don't want to miss anything, and I love being able to take Brody, Baxlyn, Kylee, & Korbin anytime I can to give Heather a break. I have so many reason to get more involved now I just need to do it!
So here is my plan . . . throughout this year I want each of them to have multiple Uncle Tiss & Aunt Bethie days!

 I am purposely keeping my list short. I want to be able to take the time and focus on each of these goals so that I can make some real & fun changes in my life!

God Bless!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish everyone a (late) Happy New Year!