March 4, 2014

To Work or Not to Work? Let the Cards Fall

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Imagine this.  Someone hands you piece of paper and on that paper you get to write down almost anywhere in the world you’d like to live.  It’s called a dream list.  Doesn’t it sound, well, dreamy?  If you’re not familiar with the military, it probably does, if you are, then probably not.

A dream list is what Uncle Sam gives military members to fill out when they get close to PCSing (permanent change of station) or moving.  For dentists, this list is huge.  We had to put 20 bases on our dream list.  That’s 20 places in the world we’d like to move to.  It’s not easy.  Sure, there are 20 places we’d be okay moving to, but excited about, “dreamed” about?  I’m not so sure.

We toiled over this for 2 days.  We used blogs, Trip Advisor, Wikipedia…anything that could give us a better glimpse of where we might be moving to next.

Knowing that our stay in Vegas would be a very short one, I’d already imagined getting this dream list before we moved here.  I just assumed that I would take this year off and then when the list came down we would fill it with places that had news stations, preferably in small to medium size markets. We would stack the deck.

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In life, that’s all we can really do, isn’t it?  We try to hedge our bets.  We get a 4 year degree with the hope that it will land us a higher paying job, we eat healthy foods to prevent disease, we move to high cost areas so our kids will hopefully get a better education.  Even though we can and should prepare for the future, the future sometimes has a different plan.

For the first time in my life (and probably Andy’s, too) we decided to simply roll the dice.  No stacking, no hedging, no doubling-down, we just put down cities where we we’d like to go.

When we got the list, instead of thinking where I could continue my career as a TV News Personality, I just kept thinking where I’d like our next family adventure to be.  Things are becoming clearer since I last wrote about being a stay at home mom.  I feel more complete than I ever have before.  I’m not tied down to contacts and deadlines and managing two iPhones at night.  Instead it’s changing diapers, doing laundry, making Andy lunches (which I’ve actually come to enjoy).  These things may sounds tedious and boring, but taking care of my family has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

So, even though I’ve prepped for my future career, life seems to be taking a different turn.  Go figure, right?  I’m not saying “no” to news or work outside the home just yet; I’m just saying I love my life right now.  If the right opportunity presents itself at our next assignment, fantastic.  If not, maybe even better.

For now, our fate rests in a guy named Fred’s hands.  I’d like to think God has a hand in it too. He has been with us in every other big moment in our lives. So, we’re tossing all our cards to Him, let them fall where they may.

And Fred, if you’re reading this, please don’t let our card fall on Alaska.

Read more articles about the decision to stay at home over career here and here.

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March 3, 2014

Sweet Crunchy Pork Chops Dinner Recipe

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I recently spent a week and a half at my parent’s house in Florida.  Miss Vi and I had an amazing time. We shopped, we went to the beach and most importantly we got to spend time with Jo Mama and Arnie Pop (they picked out those grandparent names believe it or not!) Andy got to fly down for the weekend where we attended a black tie wedding on the beach, fabulous!

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While we were there Jo Mama taught me some new recipes. I absolutely loved this one. These are crunchy, honey and brown sugar glazed pork chops.  She found a recipe this adapted recipe on Facebook, but there’s no link saying where the recipe came from.  She served these pork chops with fried potatoes and garlic broccoli.  I think it would also be great with veggie fried rice.  This is a great family dinner that I hope you enjoy!

Sweet Crunchy Pork Chops:

Serves 4

Prep: 20

Total: 45

Ingredients:

4 pork chops

1 egg

2 Tablespoons water

1 cup flour

1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt

Canola or vegetable oil for frying

Glaze:

1 cup Honey

¼ cup Brown Sugar

¼  cup Soy Sauce

2-3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped

2 Tablespoons butter

Directions:

Pre Heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the egg and 2 Tablespoons of water together in a bowl.

 Mix the flour and salt together in a separate bowl. 
Dip the chops in the flour, then over into the egg.

Then back over into the flour mixture, again, making sure they’re completely coated. When chops are coated, place them in a skillet with a good dose of hot oil. Cook chops for about 6 minutes on each side over medium heat. Remove from the pan and place in a baking dish.

In a small pot, cook the garlic in the 2 Tablespoons of butter.

Add the honey, brown sugar and soy sauce. Bring all ingredients to a boil then reduce to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour 1/2 of the glaze over the pork chops. Flip them over and pour the other 1/2 over the other side. Bake pork chops for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Click here for fried sweet and regular potato recipe.

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February 27, 2014

“My Bad Church Experience” Featured on She Is More

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I told you about my bad church experience as a kid and how I found my way back to faith, a few weeks ago.  I was so surprised by the response that I got.  I expected to be bashed a bit, but instead I got emails and Facebook messages and comments here on my blog about how many of you had similar experiences and how this post has inspired you to investigate your own faith.

I’m so excited to tell you “My Bad Church Experience” has been featured on Kristen Dalton’s (former Miss USA) website She Is More.  I prayed that my story would help at least one person out there and by Kristen graciously accepting my submission to her site, I hope that it could reach hundreds, maybe even thousands.

Thank you for your support, and please go check it out on She Is More.

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