Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday! What a special day!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Family time!  We had a lot of that lately and it's been lots of fun.

2)  I have the best husband a girl could ask for!!!!

Goals for the Day:

1) Clean
2) Try and keep Kevin down.  His back is killing him.
3) Run a few errands.
4) Write Curtis
5) Get things ready for church tomorrow
6) Go visit my parents.

From the Camera:

Who do you think this little girl is?
It's ME! 

These are some of my favorite photos of me as a little girl.  Just thought I would share.  
From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea.....
Recently people all over the world have regained an interest in where their food comes from. Not only the processes used to create the food, but also literally how far the food has to travel to get to their dinner plates.
More and more people are realizing that if and when possible, it is best to eat foods grown close to their home. By doing this they are limiting the amount of gas and fuel needed to transport foods, helping the environment.


There are health, environmental, and social benefits to eating locally. Locally grown foods often don't need the added preservatives to elongate shelf-life as they don't travel far to get to you. Eating locally benefits the environment as less fuel is needed to transport the food. And socially you are helping your community and your local economy. In some cases you will literally meet the farmers you are helping to support.

Step It Up:

Take on the "Eat Local Challenge" and commit to eat locally--only food grown within 100 miles--for one week. Try new fruits and vegetables as they come into season and freeze or preserve fresh produce for consumption of local foods through out the year. In a lot of areas if you wait for the right season you can even pick your own fruits and vegetables: apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, pumpkins, etc.

Keep It Simple:

If you aren't able to commit to going 100% local, take small steps in that direction. Summer is the easiest time to eat locally with so many fruits and vegetables produced in that season. When you are at the grocery store, take note of the "grown locally" or "local pride" signs that may appear in the produce section. Whenever possible, choose the local apple or orange as opposed to the one grown on the other side of the world.
From the Kitchen:

Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken - low carb 

3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons lime juice

  1. In a small bowl, mix together salt, black pepper, cayenne, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and parsley. Sprinkle spice mixture generously on both sides of chicken breasts.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until golden brown, about 6 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons garlic powder and lime juice. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently to coat evenly with sauce.

From the Spirit

You will observe that the antidote for selfishness is love, especially love of the Lord.  Love can overpower the undermining effect of selfishness.  Love engenders faith in Christ's plan of happiness, provides courage to begin the process of repentance, strengthens the resolve to be obedient to His teachings, and opens the door of service, welcoming in the feelings of self-worth and being loved and needed.
-Richard G. Scott, "We Love You - Please Come Back," 
Ensign (CR) April 1986
From the Schmidt's:
A lot has happened over the past couple of days.  The best part of course is hearing from our missionary.  He is doing well and we are thrilled that he is having a good time.  You can read his recent letter below.  BUT!!!  

Something exciting happened today too!  
This morning I heard a really loud knock at the door.  It kind of scared me.  So I didn't answer.  Then a second knock.  This time I had the kids hold the dog back while I answered the door.  It was a delivery lady with a bouquet of fresh tulips in a pretty purple vase looking for me.  I couldn't believe it!  After I signed the driver's log and read the card I marched right in to Kevin to thank him for the lovely bouquet of tulips he had sent to me.  I absolutely love spring flowers an tulips.  They are my favorite.  Keep in mind, it's not my birthday.  It's not our anniversary.  He just did it.  I love that man!

Aren't my flowers pretty?  The vase was stuffed completely full of tulips.  I couldn't believe it.  I loved them!  Thanks honey!
The next thing I got was a new wedding ring.  I couldn't believe it!  You see, my original wedding ring had diamonds and ruby's  in a gold setting.  I loved it, but after losing the center stone not once, but twice now.  I stopped wearing it.  So, the ring I have been wearing was something I bought online for myself.  It was something I found on a jewelry site that was originally marked down to $79.99, but with a coupon code I got it for $50.00.  I got it about a year or two ago.  It's made of 14k gold and the stones are cubic zirconia.    It wasn't real at all!  BUT it was something I could wear all the time that didn't tarnish my finger. (that was the best green finger)   I could wash dishes, shower, swim, and anything else with the ring.  Today the fake ring is gone.  My husband took me out shopping and surprised me an let me pick out a brand new ring.  This one is not CZ.  This one is absolutely real!!!  AND I LOVE IT!!!!  Take a look below.  I was so excited!  Isn't it beautiful?  It's 1 carrot antique square cut diamond in the center.  There are about 30 other stones on the sides and in the single halo around the center stone.  We picked out the setting and then we picked out the loose center stone.  Then the jeweler  mounted the center stone and sized the ring for my finger.  I didn't have to wait days and days like most jewelers do.  They did this all while we waited.  It only took about an hour to get it all done.  We also bought the insurance plan too.  That way if something happens or I lose a stone they will replace it for free.  I feel like the luckiest girl alive today.  All I need is the ball gown and the glass slippers.  That's right, today you can call me Cinderella all you want and I will not be offended.  Thank you honey!  I absolutely love my flowers and my new ring.  I love you.  You are amazing!

Kyle also introduced me to a wonderful cream last night made by doTerra called Deep Blue.  Oh my goodness!  That stuff really helps my knee.  Kyle got it for his knees.  His knees hurt after weight lifting and this stuff really helps him.  BUT, after I got my hands on it, he may have to order some more quick!  The stuff is totally amazing.  I can actually walk without wallowing in pain with each step when that stuff is on.  It's wonderful.  

This stuff comes in a cream, an oil, and a roll-on too.  I think I need them all.  The roll-on for when my knee hurts at work.  The cream and the oil for home.  I still don't know what I did to my knee, but it looks like I get to go visit the orthopedic next week.  Everyone is done watching me wallow in pain I guess.  I was just hoping it would get better on its own.  I guess not.  Darn!  Darn!  Darn!

Well, I still need to get some things done around the house tonight so we are ready for church tomorrow.  It's looking a lot like rain tonight so that means Kevin will be hurting quite a bit.  Not good.  He has his appointment with the surgeon next week.  Once we know when they will be doing his surgery we will be able to plan better for a few other things.  We want to take a family vacation.  We haven't been on a vacation since Curtis was about 2 years old.  It's been a LONG time.  We are overdue.  

It's been a busy day, but an absolutely spectacular day too.
I hope your day has been just as much fun for you too.  
Take care my friends.  
We will talk soon.

From the Missionary:

Hey Mom,

How's home?  The mission is good.  I like it much.  I am having fun.  Just kidding, I am loving it here!  We have a decent teaching pool now and we are still having to actually schedule appointments.  This past week we met with some one named Kamara from somewhere in West Africa.  I think Sierra Leone.  He totally did not agree with anything.  He thought it was a terrible idea to pray to know if one religion was true because he felt that it would condemn the others and he didn't want to sin by judging another church.  But he said that he wanted to meet with us more so we said we could come over Wednesday's and we planned to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ because we felt it was very relateable to him and every other religion.  We were surprise to see that Kamara had company over when we got there.  One of the people was his pastor.  We were so scared his pastor was going to try and rip us to pieces.  He started to understand that our religion and his were very similar in belief so that was awesome.  At the end of the lesson he said that he wanted to speak with us more and that we might have a few converts.  It was ridiculous!  Elder Sorenson and I flipped out that night!  We are going to be teaching him tonight so I'm pretty excited.  We are teaching a lot more people and it is awesome.  

How are all of you?  I hear everyone is having more fun now.  I don't nee anything really here.  I couldn't get a watch in China Town unfortunately.  There were too many cops around, but I can go some other time to get them.  We might get the Bronx pants today, but I don't know.  We are kinda just playing basketball today cuz we are tired.  Send me some questions and I might answer today.  

Love you,

Elder Schmidt
Sent from my iPad

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