Sunday, July 26, 2009


Just so you know, I'm not depressed or anything. I think I may have worried some of you. I'm actually good, but we all have bad days. I thought I would catch you up on some of our happenings.

Friday night, Dave and I watched "Paul Blart: Mall Cop." It was funny in our generation kind of way--like "Happy Gilmore" meets "Dumb and Dumber." We enjoyed our relaxing night together.

Saturday, we geared up to go to Little Rock for the day. I had a chance to see some of my good friends while I was there. I got to visit with Marla for a tiny bit. They were in for a whirlwind 48 hours, and Nate's parents' house was busy, but it was super good to see them. We realized we hadn't seen Nate in 3 years! It has been over a year since I last got to see Marla, and it was fun to see Shep and Owen.

Maryn decided to go down the slide into the pool WITHOUT floaties or a life jacket on, and she went under. Before I realized what was happening, Nate's brother's girlfriend jumped in the pool with all her clothes on and brought Maryn out of the water. Maryn was a little upset, but went right back to the pool (WITH a life jacket on). I couldn't thank Angie enough! Surprisingly, though, I was really calm and at peace. Thank you, Lord, that I didn't flip out. I think that actually helped Maryn get back in the pool. I'm glad she wasn't afraid to go back.

I also got to see my friend, Abby, and her two kids, Aden and Angel. It was so great! We met at a McDonald's b/c Abby was on her way home to Alabama. I was glad to see Angel while she is still a tiny baby! It's always good to see Abby. She is the oldest best friend I have. I still have my half of the necklace to prove it. :)

Another highlight of the day (besides Sam's Club and Target) was going to pick up my Basket-a-Month from the Central Arkansas Farmer's Market CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). You have to buy a three-month subscription for $180, but you get a basket each month of locally grown and produced foods. It is pricey, but I really love supporting local farmers and putting money into our communities here. I have never been in a position to do this before, and it is very exciting to be able to. It's also great b/c all the food is fresh and organic.

Here's a list of what was in my basket:
  • Sweet potatoes
  • 2 canteloupes
  • Watermelon
  • Okra
  • Tomatoes
  • Purple-Hulled Peas
  • Italian and Japanese Eggplants
  • Peaches
  • Spring Mix Salad
  • Free Range Eggs
  • 3% cow's milk
  • Homemade butter
  • Beefalo--(cross b/w a cow and a bison)
  • Colby Cheese
  • Tomato Infused Whole-Wheat noodles
  • Buttermilk

Super exciting, eh? I just need to find some good recipes and QUICK!!!

You don't get to pick what's in your basket; it is a surprise each time. I like that.

I have some spiritual posts forming in my mind. Be on the lookout for those. I'm sorry I haven't commented much lately. Our internet is REALLY annoying. I'm way behind on reading too. I get overwhelmed when it is actually working, b/c it doesn't seem like I have enough time to check everything. Be patient with me!!! xoXOxo


  1. Never heard of 3% milk. Whole is what, 3.7% (and what we drink around here).
    Sounds like a great basket!

  2. OH, Manda, how fun!! I have always wanted to do that basket. I used to watch people picking theirs up when the stand used to be at the River Market. I am so glad you're able to do that now. Now that you live in C-Town though, you'll probably get hooked up with lots of farm goodies. Shoot, someone may still barter corn for medical services! ;) I kid.

  3. love your stories.
    Transitions are adventures, too!!
    Love from the Shire.

  4. we loved Mall Cop - our kids still quote a few of their favorite lines around here.
    "peanut blart and jelly, what, what , what, what's up"

  5. Hey Amanda! I've tagged you for a "Queen of Awesome" award on my blog...cause I think you are one!
    Hope you have a great day!


  6. I enjoyed catching up with you. Sounds like you guys are doing pretty well. I hope Dave does well as "Doctor!" I know he must be excited and nervous. I will pray for you guys that God will lead you to the right church. It would be hard to not have that community of believers around. Especially as a SAHM. You need those other mommas to give you encouragement. I will be praying for ya'll about that. Enjoy your vegetables!! :)


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