Heyoo guys. So today was a bummer. I was having a peachy day, enjoying the morning. Woke up an hour early because of daylight savings and had an extra hour to spare. Went to church with my husband and baby. Had some lunch with friends. Drove home and my I-phone flew off the back of my car. Wait, what doesn’t fit?

Yes. So I have a major problem with multi-tasking. Somehow I get distracted and do ridiculous things like put my black I-phone on top of my black car thinking I will remember to grab it as I nurse my child in the back seat, and suddenly fifteen minutes later we hear a thump on the highway and I realize it just flew off the car and was ran over by the giant truck behind us. I forgot my phone on top of my car. What was I thinking?!

To further the situation, the brilliant lady I am never even backed up my phone on I-cloud. So, yep friends, I lost everything. Every number, every note, every app I paid for, and every stinking PICTURE of my cute baby girl for the past two months. This is very sad.

Needless to say, I was in very sad bear mode for two hours. Thank heavens we had plans with people that involved bike riding around downtown Denver, drinking Mexican Mocha’s, and eating yummy pizza. This cheered me up, and also got me thinking.

How come our possessions mean so much to us? I mean, my heart is wrenching over those lost pictures. But in reality, it is just a phone. None of us died, and I lost minimal money. Yet, this occasion almost caused me to loose my cool. I was so mad at myself.

Then I come to think of those people right now in the midst of the terror of the hurricane. Vacating their homes and many of their memories and belongings. Or how about all of the families in Colorado who lost their homes to wildfires. Or those who lost their loved ones… my heart aches for that kind of a loss. I literally don’t know how I would handle it.

Today helped me realize an important lesson. Pictures are important, but I have my living picture with me daily. I can look at my daughter any time I want, and take a mental picture. My heart carries my most important treasures, and everything else material can truly be taken at any moment. What am I capturing and treasuring in my heart? Because that is what truly matters. Everything else is something I am just a temporary steward of. I am born without any possessions and I die without any possessions. 

I think it also helps me to realize how important it is to live simply, pack light, and be generous with my belongings and willing to give and share anything I have with those in need. 

See, when I sit back and really reflect on what I do have in my life, it is enough. I have one thing that is enough. I have everything in Jesus. All my loved ones, all my hopes, my future, and my identity. I am so thankful for this. All things can be taken from me, but not one person or thing in the universe can steal my soul from me. 

Possessions are wonderful gifts and can make our lives easier and more comfortable. But I need to remember to release the power they have on my life and be OK with having less if need be. I have my pictures of my daughter written in my mind and on my heart, I have my friends still and they can give me their phone numbers first hand, I have note pads, I don’t need apps REALLY. Was it a loss? Of course. Do I regret being dumb and sticking  my phone on my car? YES. Did I learn a lesson to always put my phone in my purse. Duh. It sucks shelling out cash for negligence. Yet the most valuable lesson I learned is that my phone took up way too much of my energy and I got way too down in the dumps over one possession gone. 

What other things do I hold way too high in value that I need to be willing to let go? I will be pondering this :). 

Acts 2:44-45

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

Matthew 6:19-21
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Have a blessed day. 

The holidays are coming!

Two days ago we went to get some holiday pics of Lillian. Isn’t this one adorable? It is the only one we got access to. I had to find a reason to post it because I love it so much.

So, this dress is a hand me down from some of our friends. I think it is so cute, because there is no way she will let me dress her in something like that come a few years. So, yes, I will put my child in the silliest little outfits as long as I can, and for my own satisfaction. Look at that nerdy collar…

Have you ever taken your kid to a photo shoot? It is pretty hilarious. I actually brought a real pom-pom, like from high school, to cheer her and distract her while she was taking photos. Myself and the photographer were making the strangest noises to try and get her to laugh (he has a 7 month old himself). Fake sneezes, fart noises, shrieks, jazz hands, and that annoying lip rolling where spit flies out of your mouth.

He even mentioned that I was one of the most out there parents when it came to trying to make their kid smile. It was a compliment… I think???

Ok, we were a ridiculous site. But look what our hard work produced! So cute.

All this is a side note to say I am getting excited about the holidays. In fact, I am craving a peppermint mocha right now. Bring on the food.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Sailor Jerry Rum Cake Recipe (It is definitely worth reading this!)

Hi y’all. So, my wonderful step mom makes the best rum cake around. It is one of the things I most look forward to at Christmas time. The sweet, soft, glazed cake that also has a hint of rum… mmmm. Friends, this cake might knock your socks off. 

So, I had to call her up and ask for the recipe for my husband’s “Ron Swanson” themed birthday party. Our goal was to make the party as manly as possible, and since dessert isn’t really all that manly, I thought throwing Sailor Jerry Rum into might make it a bit…more?

Thank you Cathy for this amazing and delicious recipe that I now cake make in the comfort of my home! P.S. She is an excellent baker! 😉

The Sailor Jerry Rum made it pretty strong. Just sayin’. Be ready for a little “kick”. 

It was gone by the end of the night. And we stored away two pieces for the morning to have with coffee. 

Without further ado, here is her recipe. I have changed it to add Sailor Jerry Rum instead of Bacardi, but do as you please. You won’t regret making this! 

Margarita’s Rum Cake (adapted from my grandmother)

1     package yellow cake mix.

1     package Lemon Jello pudding
3     eggs
1/2  cup Sailor Jerry Rum (original recipe calls for Bacardi)
1     cup cold water
1/3  cup oil (may substitute butter if preferred)
1/2  cup of chopped walnuts
Crisco to grease pan
Flour to coat pan
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub Crisco onto bundt pan until well covered.  Add flour and coat evenly. Add walnuts to bottom of pan. 

Add cake mix, jello pudding, eggs, rum, water, and oil in a mixer and beat until well blended. Pour mixture evenly into bundt pan. 

Bake approximately 30 minutes. Put a toothpick inside to see if it’s done.  You don’t want to over cook it!
In a bowl add some confection sugar, vanilla extract, Rum and about a stick of melted butter. Taste it to see if it is sweet. If so, you are good!
When you pull the cake out of the oven, wait about 10 minutes for it to cool. Shake it lightly so it separates from pan. Take a plate and flip cake upside down, covering it with plate. Slowly turn cake so it is upright on plate. Add glaze over top, slowly covering it completely. Good luck! Hope you enjoy this delicious dessert!