Man I've been falling behind on my posts lately! I'd like to say it's because I'm so busy lately, but mostly it's because I'm so lazy lately. I just simply haven't got around to it. I guess I was kinda busy this weekend - on Saturday we had a barbque as a kind of welcome home for everyone who was out of the country. I made the salads and desserts for it: a Santa Fe salad, a mixed greens salad, Lemon Squares and Sex-in-a-pan! The Santa Fe salad had black beans, corn, dates, tortilla chips and lime vinagrette. The sex-in-a-pan is a layered pudding dessert with a graham wafer crust and a cheese cheese base. It's sooooo yummy.
Sunday we were doing infant care in church again and for some reason there were a lot of very grumpy babies in that day. Then we had another barbque with Matt's extended family that afternoon. Yesterday was a pretty good day save the nose bleeds. I woke up at 6 a.m. with my nose bleeding. It didn't bother me for the rest of the day - I got some yard work in and some reading time outside in the sun. Then for dinner I made some teriyaki shrimp rice paper rolls. I used a store bought teriyaki sauce, some rice vermicelli, grated carrot, green onions, red peppers, cucumber and, of course, shrimp. I wrapped that all up in the rice paper and they were really fantastic. We had Auxano last night so we went to drop Gabe off with Matt's parents. Just as we were getting in the car to leave I realized my nose was bleeding again - and it kept bleeding for almost half an hour. So we were definately late for the event but we made it in time to hear the whole message. Today I got in touch with a guy who was selling a book case on kijiji. Matt and I have a LOT of books and our tiny little bookcase in our office isn't cutting it. We still have about four boxes of books in storage. So we'd been looking at ones from Ikea but didn't want to have to drive to Calgary to get a bookcase so we resorted to kijiji and found the perfect one for pretty cheap. We're picking it up tonight. This afternoon Gabe and I went to the park! He loves the swings. And I love hearing him giggle and taking pictures of him while he's smiling so much.
I just remembered something that was talked about at Auxano. It's something that I had never really thought of before, sadly. The speaker was talking about in Matthew when it says "For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be," and how it talks about storing up your treasures in heaven. He then talked about how our life's work will be tested at the time of judgement and our works (our treasures) will be tested with fire. He said how it was so sad that there will be some people who have thought that they have been storing up a mass of treasures in heaven but when their treasures are tested by fire, because of their intentions for doing their good deeds and where their heart was when they did them, all of their treasures would be burned up. The speaker said, "And these poor people will have nothing left to lay at the feet of Jesus." That's what I had never thought about before. Our treasures that are stored up in heaven are not for our glory - to be adorned by us and to be paraded about - but are to be given in worship for the glory of God. And if our treasures are tested by fire and are all burned up and we have nothing left to lay at the feet of Jesus it will break our hearts. All of the worldly distractions that get in the way right now won't matter then. All that will matter to us is giving glory to God and worshiping His Son and if we have nothing to give Him we'll be shattered. Revelation even talks about the 24 elders who lay their crowns at the feet of the King. They're not just bowing before Him as an act of humility - they are offering up their crowns - their treasures - as an offering.
It was such a humbling thought and one that I wish I had thought on before. The more I study the bible the more I realize how little I know. Another humbling thought.
Well, it's time for me to go. My little boy is laying his head down on the arm of the couch and sucking on his fingers.
Mrs. Vander Leek ;)