“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008


Found out yesterday that Rachel my little sis is PREGO and yes just like the pasta sauce "it's in there" we all saw the ultrasound! Seems kind of weird for her to be pregnant but then again I'm sure everyone thought that about me. We are all excited about the new niece/nephew and cousin and we are wishing them the BIGGEST CONGRATS!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Top Ten

Top 10 Things
Not to Say
to a Leprechaun

10. Hello little man.

9. The bartender just announced last call.

8. You should eat only organic cabbage.

7. Where do you buy your shoes?

6. What's with all the green?

5. Are you the Lucky Charms cereal guy?

4.You're even shorter in person.

3. Is that a shamrock in your pocket?

2. You're from Ireland? Do you know a guy named John Fitzpatrick?

1. How much is a pot of gold worth after taxes?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

On the Table

Menu for week of March 10

Monday- Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry with basmati rice
Tuesday- Veal Scalloppini with mushrooms and artichokes, orzo with brown butter and parsley
Wednesday-Individual Meatloaves with scalloped potatoes and green beans
Thursday-Pork Noodle bowl *Cooks Illustrated test recipe I am a part of the test group
Friday- Calzones

Monday, March 10, 2008

City Chicks update 1

Sad new for this update we lost one chick, Caleb and Ella left the door of the cage open and we had one very adventurous chick that got out and I guess went through the fence and Jack got it. It was a lesson in death for Caleb and Ella, we buried it near the cage...a sad day but Caleb will not forget to close the gate. The other chicks however are doing great and getting big quick.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

When Mother Nature has mood swings

Last Saturday was warm and sunny in fact we ate outside and it was in the 70's today however we woke up to a wintry wonderland! Over night it had snowed and everything had gotten a good dusting.

This time the kids were not so quick to run outside to play they remembered it is cold, wet and oh yes COLD! It is always so pretty to wake up to perfect untouched snow, not a sight we see to often.

And although I like it I really hope this is the last snow of the year...my soul longs for Spring!

What is a Princess

A princess is always dressed for the occasion...a day at the park requires a matching hat and purse
She is always ready to smile for the camera!

A princess cares for both man (Caleb) and animal (Jack)

She is always ready for a party

Of course a princess has a beautiful gown in which to twirl.

Being a princess is exhausting work...sweet dreams little Princess

Saturday, March 1, 2008

City Chicks

We have an addition to the Loudon family, well actually 6..... little chicks! After many years of wanting and one failed attempt Dan has finally gotten his chickens...well chicks we'll see if we end up with 6 chickens.
After talking about it for the past few weeks I was glad to finally get them so I could stop hearing the question from Caleb "mom are we getting the chicks today?"

They are Barred Rocks

A boy proud of his flock!
We call her peeper 1...yes they are all hers.

Now is that the look of a chicken farmer or what?

Do notice the obsessing dog off to the left suddenly Jack's life has new meaning

It was big excitement to drive out to the "country" to find a feed store that sells chicks. If you are in the market I will let you know from Birmingham you head out to Wilsonville.

Stay tuned for regular chicken up dates but for now that is all from this City Chicken update