6 TBSP cocoa, 1/4 C butter, 1 C sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/3 C flour, 2 eggs, Cook 350 - 25 mins.



Outside my window... I see the boys laughing and yelling like crazy people, running around the yard "shooting" each other with "guns".  Jaibrian is playing with Macy and is absolutely filthy in her white coat and tan pants.  

I am thinking...that I don't know how to write a book.  I've had at least...I kid you least 20 people tell me I should write a book but I just don't know what to write about.  My mom says I should write a parenting book while others say I should write about becoming Catholic.

But then I'd have to get it all approved by the Catholic "book people" or have the parenting one read and approved by some psychoanalyst. *sigh*  I don't know if (1) people would buy a book written by another homeschooling, foster, adoptive mom or (2) if people care one tiny bit about what I think about converting. 

I am thankful for... my friends.  Stacy, Heather, Jen, Trish, and Jen again have really helped me this past year.  They rock.  Really, I can't believe how blessed I am to have such strong, loving women in my life to lift my spirits . 

From the kitchen...I smell nothing.  My crockpot broke.  I guess it will be baked chicken and rice tonight. 

I am wearing...a blute t-shirt, faded blue jeans, my tennis shoes with my orthopedics for my flat feet...thanks mom...and socks.

I am creating...a Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free family menu that appeals to our crew and a grocery list to compliment said menu.
I am going... to Michigan's Adventure Amusement park on our Family Vacation this year. It is Vinze's turn to pick the family vacation. Kazz picked Gatlinburg TN, Brise picked Indiana Beach and now it's Vinze's turn. He got a few brochures in the mail from the eastern United States and checked them all out. He decided that if he can't stay in a Hotel right on Time Square in New York City to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve, (that costs like $35,000 for our family to stay at that hotel for a few days during that time) then he wants to go to "that Michigan Adventure Park that he saw on that one brochure."  Well, Brian and I thought that sounded just peachy. 

I am reading... does grading papers count. I'm grading lots of homeschool work.

I am hoping...that the Easter Vigil goes well this weekend.  We are "becoming  Catholic" and it's kind of a big deal I suppose, though I really feel like we are "just" continuing our walk with Christ.  Somehow, I think this may feel more powerful after it's all done, but truly, I'm feeling pretty calm about it all.  I am looking forward to taking communion (Eucharist) and just continuing to raise our children to love Jesus. It feels just plain normal to, not a big change.  I wonder if that's odd?

I am hearing... the dishwasher swish-swish, the kids playing out side.

Around the house... I see our new couch, new bench, new tv, new floor rug and an astonishing amount of folded clean clothes that I need to put away. I really do like the homey feel of clothes laying about, though.  I don't know why.

One of my favorite things... Red Tootsie Roll Lollipops

The pictures I am sharing are...  The plate and screws that are in my left leg, Brian and Jaibrian napping on a Sunday afternoon, The snow fort Vinze, Daxx and Kole built this winter, our dog Macy "wearing" Daxx's coat...because Daxx thought Macy was cold.


Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Great post! You definitely have a talent for writing.

I think you should write a book about whatever you are most passionate about. Good luck!

Netmilsmom said...

Welcome home!

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

My question is, am I the first or second Jen??? HA!!!! Love ya!!!

The Mom with Brownies said...

Sta, Thank you.:o)

Jen! I'm cracking up! Those names are in no particular order! LOL I might add that they do not encompass all of the people who have been a blessing to me, either. Just those who came over and gave me coffee and hugs. LOL