Archive for January, 2012

Welcome home, Jadon Ryder

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Several months ago I introduced you to our friends, Jonathan and Christy, in this post.  At that time they were just getting started on their journey to parenthood through adoption.  I would like to share with you the AWESOME news that they are now parents as of 5 pm today!!!

Here is an email that Jonathan sent to share the good news:

We’re overjoyed to announce that Jadon Ryder was born January 8, 2012, at 2:09 pm. At birth, he was 7 lbs. 3 oz. & 20 1/2 inches long.

Jadon’s Story
Jadon’s birth mom, is a college student who met with us two times in December and chose us as part of her adoption plan. She selected his middle name Ryder, which means “knight,” and we chose his first name Jadon which means “grateful” (Nehemiah 3:7). The day after he was born, we met him at the hospital, and it was love at first sight! The following day, we met with his birth mom and her family for a deeply emotional time of prayer for her and for Jadon. Then, an hour later, we brought him home.

According to Virginia law, his birth mom had until today at 5 pm to change her mind, so we’ve been foster parents the last 10 days. And today when 5 pm came and she didn’t change her mind, Jadon legally became our son! Adopting Jadon reminds us of the gospel, that God adopted us into his family, through the saving grace of Christ “who came to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons” (Galatians 4:5).

The day after Jadon arrived home, I was able to meet him and rejoice with Jonathan and Christy.  Here are a few pictures I took:

Second meatless meal week re-cap

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Here are our thoughts on the second set of meatless meals…

This week we really missed meat! Many of the meals from this week were good and none of them got tossed out!

Corn cakes

This meal was yummy! I will make this again!

Lentil tacos

Peter liked this meal, which was a surprise to me! I thought it was ok… too much like the real thing but not the real thing, so that left me a little disappointed that I wasn’t eating a real taco.

Vegetable Tian

This was yummy! I will make this again.

Pasta e ceci soup

This soup was good. Peter didn’t like the chick peas. I will probably make this again with less chick peas and maybe add some chicken.

Spinach roll ups 

I have made this meal before. They are great!

At the end of the 2 weeks we were strongly desiring meat. In fact we ate meat 3 times on Saturday! I will definitely add some of these meatless meals to our regular menu but we will not be going meatless for a prolonged time any time soon.

First meatless meal week re-cap

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Here are our thoughts on the first set of meatless meals…

I haven’t really missed meat, but I think Peter has.  We have both been more hungry.  We feel like we haven’t been full so that leads to snacking.  But overall I think it was been good.

Potato Soup

This was frozen left overs from a large batch I made a little while back. It was good! It was Peter’s favorite meal from the week.

Mushroom and broccoli lentils


I liked the flavor of this meal and I thought it was easy to make.  Peter thought the lentils we crunchy… not sure if that is my fault or just the way lentils are. Do I need to cook them longer?

Stuffed zucchini

I LOVED this! Peter liked it too but it wasn’t his favorite.  It was very easy to make and VERY healthy! I will be making this again.

Mediterranean quinoa

We both disliked this meal VERY much… in fact we ended up throwing it out and going out to get spinach ravioli from Vapiano (which was YUMMY!) As far as the meal: I’m not sure what it was that made it taste so bad… I think it was the lemon juice and feta but Peter thinks it was the quinoa. I would be interested to try it again with out the lemon juice.

Penne with roasted asparagus 

This was good and easy.  I think it could have used a bit more flavor.  I ran out of balsamic vinegar so it might have been more flavorful if I was able to use the full amount needed.  I will make this again!


Since we had such a bad experience with the quinoa this week, I am going to scratch the quinoa from next week’s menu and replace it with Vegetable Tian.

Sometimes life is hard…

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

…and we may never know why, but God has a great plan.

A fresh start to 2012

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Peter and I are starting the new year off by eating meatless meals for 2 weeks.  (Weekends not included- as requested by my meat-loving husband!) This little experiment is to determine if eating more plant based meals and less meat based meals will help us to feel better: less bloated and sluggish, and more energized and satisfied. We are in no way becoming vegetatians but this little trial period might be what we need to get us eating healthier and encourage us to base our meals around veggies and not meat.

Here is my menu plan:

Week one

Monday: Potato soup (minus the bacon)

Tuesday: Mushroom and broccoli lentils

Wednesday: Stuffed zucchini

Thursday: Mediterranean quinoa

Friday: Penne with roasted asparagus 


Week two

Monday: Corn cakes

Tuesday: Lentil tacos

Wednesday: Quinoa with black beans and corn

Thursday: Pasta e ceci soup

Friday: Spinach roll ups 


I will give an update and a review of the recipes at the end of the 2 weeks.