Posted by Shelley on Jun 26, 2009 in bible study

Out of nowhere today my son said something so reassuring to me it had to be the voice of God speaking into the car.

Canon said, today it’s okay if you’re late mommy. Sometimes you just have to be late and it’s okay.

late for what? I asked him.

for anything. sometimes you’ve got to just be late and it’s okay, was his reply.

he said it like three times. I said, you’re a smart boy Canon. he said, you’re a smart mommy, mommy.

and I think it was the best part of my day today.


Burden + Opportunity = Godly Leaders

Posted by Shelley on Jun 11, 2009 in bible study

“Nehemiah didn’t discover his purpose until he was confronted with a problem. That’s the way it works for most godly leaders. They don’t have to go looking for something that captures their hearts. The calling comes as the result of obediently seizing an opportunity that is close at hand. The burden precedes their vision for the leadership.”

~John Maxwell

HT to Suzanne, who is my hero, battling cancer. John Maxwell is always right on!!!


My 5 Favorite Gluten Free Items in my Fridge Right Now

Posted by Shelley on Jun 7, 2009 in Autoimmune Conditions, Gluten Free

Since I know you’ve been wondering what in the world I eat on a regular basis (besides Snickers and 3 Musketeers bars) I thought I would give you a little look into my fridge. Please ignore the fact that it needs to be cleaned in a big way.

1) Organic Tamari Wheat Free Soy Sauce
2) Organicville Tarragon Dijon Vinaigrette
3) Seal Sama Teriyaki Sauce
4) Annie’s Naturals Organic BBQ sauce, Hot Chipotle
5) Organicville Organic Ketchup

I am noticing as I type this list that all of these are sauces of some sort. And that makes complete sense! Because you can take chicken or pork and make it oriental or bar-b-quey. Or, you can dip veggies in the Tarragon Dijon or even use it as a marinade, besides, it tastes great on any and all salads. Best of all, an order of McD’s fries is gluten free and is better than ever when dipped in my Organicville Ketchup!

Another common theme is there is NO WHEAT DISTILLED VINEGAR in any of the aforementioned products. Organic cider vinegar or rice vinegar = okay. Wheat = fever, rash, achy joints, in the bed, sick. I don’t know why. Except my research indicates that folks with my particular autoimmune condition cannot digest the wheat protein, gluten. All of a sudden my body thinks it’s a foreign substance and it begins attacking itself. Crazy! But I don’t think I would know how to live my life if it weren’t a little crazy now and then.

In all honesty, I love vinegar and I hate the fact that I can’t ingest it. I’m a greek salad girl, a full moon bar-b-que sauce woman, a heinz ketchup fanatic. But I’ve found some substitutions and they are quite good and they are good for me. I just ate my organic tamari soy sauce on a stir fry I whipped up tonight. And I’m feeling fine! And by the way, PF Changs has that gluten free menu with this same sauce :) . It’s all good!

On my next post, I’ll give you a sampling of what we eat around here. I promise it’s not boring! And if you’re really curious about eating “G-free” (I sound so hip when I say it that way – ha!) then comment on this post and we’ll have you over for dinner. For real. Consider yourself invited!


Isn’t it

Posted by Shelley on Jun 4, 2009 in Mike, Uncensored Shelley, songs

definitions from the urban dictionary

1. A situation where the result is a complete reverse (and practical mockery) of what was expected

2. A word heavy misused and abused in conversation today, mostly by people who think that using the word in any way will automatically make them seem intelligent. The word is usually misused to exactly mean “coincidental” or “tragic”, when again it doesn’t mean this (see #1)
If the heavy metal band Anthrax dies of anthrax, that would be poetically tragic, but not ironic. If a diabetic crosses the street and is run over by a truck carrying insulin, then it’s ironic.

“Isn’t it ironic that the pop song ‘Ironic’ contains absolutely no examples of irony?”

“One issue of Mad Magazine showed Alfred E. Neuman face-down in the desert, crushed to death by a parachuted crate of first aid supplies. Now THAT was ironic!”

2. ironic
containing irony
-the opposite of the literal meaning
-a mismatch between the expected and the actual result
pro-lifers making death threats to Michael Schiavo is ironic

3. ironic
That a song about things which are ironic makes no mention of any things which are, in fact, ironic.

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