Thursday, November 19, 2009

the life of a dental student (or a dental student's wife)

I thought it would be kind of cool to share this because unless you know a dental student really well or are related to one (married for instance:) then you might not have seen anything like this!

the teeth screw in and out so you can replace them when you are ready to start something new

my sweet husband waxing a veneer:)

a box of practice teeth!

the beginnings of the veneer wax...still in progress!

Pretty amazing, isn't it? The dentoform looks so much like a real mouth! Technology is pretty sweet! I am sure James may post sometime soon to tell you more about life in dental school (but currently he is studying for finals)! Pray for him if you get a chance. His last one is Thursday! YAY! Then we get 3 weeks off just to relax, celebrate, spend time with family and enjoy each other! Can't wait!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the cattle on a thousand hills...

How does time go so fast? I can hardly believe that it's the 17th of November and we are closing in on Thanksgiving! Soon J will have finished his first semester of dental school and we will have lived in Louisville for 6 months! Sometimes it still seems like we just moved in and other times it seems like we have lived here so much longer.

Tonight I want nothing more than to decorate for CHRISTMAS. I know it's a little early, but since we are going away for Thanksgiving to J's family in Cincinnati, I thought we should probably get it done this weekend:) I can't help my excitement. Even as i am writing, Pandora's Christmas music is filling the room (thank you ipod touch!) and I am thinking of all the days ahead. I have already put up a few things for Christmas and have gotten out our stockings. Again this year-no fireplace- so they will reside somewhere on the wall:) I promise to put up pics once we have everything up.

This morning I woke up to a call from work wanting me to come in for someone who couldn't make it today (which doesn't happen much) and on my way, i thanked God that i didn't end up subbing this year. It's really hard to go to bed the night before and not know if you are working the next day (especially if it means finding out early in the morning!). God has been so good to us and is continually providing for us. I was reminded today how He is continually working out my work schedule so that i get just enough hours to make do...even though every week it seems like i won't! We are learning more and more this year to rely on the Lord for things we used to take for granted (friends, food, $ to pay bills, etc.). I have been reminded today of this sweet passage from Psalm 50
"I am God, your God.
I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.
I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,
for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills."

I love it! Every animal of the forest is already His and the cattle on a thousand hills! What a beautiful picture showing that we can trust God to provide for us- for everything here is already His. When I think about that and a million other passages that point to way God takes care of His children and doesn't want us to worry...everything I worry about seems so small. Praise God for His sweet provision:)


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

chicken pot pie

Tonight's meal=chicken pot pie (yum!) We've have used this recipe once before and LOVED it. It was fairly simple to make and delicious! You should probably try it next time you don't know what to make for dinner. We substituted skim milk for 1 percent (to make it a little healthier), corn for carrots (because that's what we had) and cooked chicken for canned chicken (just as healthy, you can't tell a difference and it's SUPER easy)! ENJOY! Pictures of the before and after below!


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups 1 percent milk
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 9-inch store-bought piecrust, thawed if frozen


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the chicken in a pot of simmering water until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes; let cool, then shred.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook, stir-ring, until they begin to soften, 6 to 8 minutes (do not let them darken). Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and simmer until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken, peas, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer to a shallow 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish.
  4. Lay the crust on top, pressing to seal. Cut several vents in the crust. Place the pot pie on a baking sheet and bake until bubbling and the crust is golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

notice the cute leaf cut-outs :)


sign #2

Second sign mom asked me to make:) More to come on soon!


Saturday, November 7, 2009


J and I had our very first run-in with a real pomegranate tonight! I think that I have eaten one before sometime in my childhood, but not on my own. So tonight at the grocery store, we walked by the pomegranates and thought--tonight is the night! We actually have been waiting since last year...J's mom bought one for us when we were visiting last winter and we FORGOT to eat it before we left! We picked up the official POM guide to opening and consuming pomegranates and went home to conquer the task. The end result? the first few bites of the arils (red, juicy seeds) was delicious and the seedy, chewy part that came after the juice was gone was NOT so pleasant. I am a texture person and i did not particularly favor this one...BUT i did eat quite a few before deciding it was time to quit. J, on the other hand, enjoyed the taste and texture (more than I did). He agrees it's good for the antioxidants and another 11 letter word that starts with a. That is all I am going to say about that!

At any rate, would we try one again? I think so!


Friday, November 6, 2009

Lamentations 3:19-26
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


After much thinking and little encouragement from friends, I will be opening my very own shop on to sell some of my signs :) As soon as I finish setting it all up, I will post a direct link so you can look!!

On another note, mom and dad came to visit this past weekend. It was so incredibly fun and of course they spoiled us to death! We took them to all the great places that they missed last time they were here because we had just moved in and didn't know about them ourselves! On Saturday night we bought some candy for all those little gobblins and ghosts, but much to our dismay we only had NINE trick or treaters!!! WHAT? Never in my life has this happened. I have to admit that it made me quite sad, but mom and dad made it pretty fun! We laughed pretty hard that night....until they started crying since J and I schooled them in spades!! Just kidding about the crying- but we did school them! haha. It was a fabulously fun time and I can't wait to visit them in the somewhat warmer south for Christmas.

Umm, can I share something annoying? For some silly reason, my computer won't let me post comments back! So, sorry if I never post back- i promise i read what you had to say and am thinking of computer would just rather I be anti-social.

Well, it's just past 10:30 which happens to be past our bedtime lately! We were staying up til sometime in the 11 o'clock hour until recently when we've been getting in bed around 10. J always swears he's not tired, but I know better! That man is exhausted and he should be since he is in class all day and then has to come home and study/ hang out with me:)! He also gets up early to study most days! So my "not tired" husband who "doesn't want to go to sleep yet" has fallen asleep beside me on the couch :) He works so hard! I think I better wash my face, brush my teeth and join him! Goodnight moon!


ps-I made another sign for mom. i will post pics soon!