Red Letter Day!!

I am so excited!!!

We just paid off my student loans!!!! All of them!!!! :}}}}}

WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It feels like a celebration day! I want to dance and sing and shout it to the world!!! WE DID IT!!!!!!!

YAY!!! I am so happy! It will be so nice to not have to think about those hanging over our heads anymore. I tried to make it through school without taking any loans out, but it just wasn’t possible. But now, they are gone!!! GONE GONE GONE.

Inspired and Terrified

I’ve been a little worried about writing this post. It feels like once I let it (this idea) out in the universe if it doesn’t end up going anywhere then it will just be a reminder of a goal, a dream, a desire, that never came to be. This has been an idea that has been with me for a long time, but now it plagues me and I cannot let go of it.

Matt and I have prayed and prayed about it, and prayed about it. We talk about it, we plan, we dream….

We are trying to become foster parents. Right now, all I’ve done is request information and printed out the requirements for the house. But we are going to do it.

At first, I was hesitant. I knew the need and I was the one who brought it up as an idea for our future. But I was scared, I thought “how could I love a kid and watch them leave?”. I prayed hard about that one. What if I couldn’t handle it? What if it was too hard for me?

Here’s the blog post that said what I needed to hear: http://justbethlawrence.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-new-direction-again-some-more.html

I was making it about me, not about who I was thinking about coming a “mom” to. I thought about how I would feel… I didn’t think about the kids who would get taken from their mom’s and sent to a home to live with strangers. Sent away because their parents don’t know how to care for them, which means the kids won’t know how parents should act, what they should do, how family’s behave, or how they should behave.

I’ve been reading blog upon blog about foster care and adoption.

Well, wish us luck as we start this journey and if you have any words of wisdom I would love to hear them.

Balsamic Roast Beef

Erica, over on http://proverbsnineteen21.wordpress.com/ asked me to post this recipe that I talked about on Facebook! So here it is!

I love this recipe, it was easy, fast, and the only forethought was to thaw the beef. It was tangy and melt in your mouth. My husband has already asked for it again.

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

Rating: 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Yield: serves 8

Ingredients
4-5lb beef chuck roast
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 cloves garlic, pressed

Instructions
1.Whisk together all the ingredients and add to the bottom of a slow cooker. Add roast. Covere and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove roast and shred with a fork, return to juices.
2.Serve and enjoy. The gravy is delicious with mashed potatoes too!

Notes: I don’t think my roast was as big as called for, but I used the same amount of sauce and would do it that way every time. The sauce was sooooo good!! I could have had just that and been happy. I didn’t have any beef so I just used vegetable broth, tasted just as good. Also, I didn’t use a slow cooker, I was a little short on time, so I stuck it in the oven at 300 for about 30-40 minutes: note again that my roast was smaller.