Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Giddy Up, Eunice" by Sophie Hudson



I love that moment when you start to read a book and you suddenly feel like you and the author should be friends. Not the kind of friends on Facebook, where you just click "like" (or the new emotion buttons), but the kind of friendship where you meet for coffee and talk. Sophie had my full attention with the reference of watching Alias. Oh! How I miss Sydney Bristow and that show! In addition, we are both in the Eunice phase of life. Not sure what I mean? Read the book. I would hate to spoil that piece of this puzzle for you.

I have always loved hearing stories from women older than myself. I am amazed by their adventures and the knowledge they have gained from truly living life. I remember a few of these conversations, when I was a child in day care eating lunch with the Director, planting the seeds for me to desire adoption as a parent. (Side note: I was by far the oldest child in day care and just could not take a nap).

In high school, I had different pockets of friends. I would have said that I probably had more friends that were guys versus girls. I hated the drama that comes along with that developmental phase and the female population. It was not pretty, and I just didn't feel comfortable. It took me awhile to get out of my comfort zone and start to trust. I have to admit that it wasn't until I was in my 30's that I really felt the need for more friends that were my age. Now that I am starting the 40's journey, I crave my time with girlfriends. I have two amazing soul sisters, that I rely on to help me get through the bumps in parenting two children adopted from the foster care system. I have MANY friends, that I love to support, encourage, and meet for a coffee or meal to let them know I am on their team. Prior to reading this hysterical book, I would have said that I think I do a pretty good job of having multi-generational friends. However, I have marinated on the whole friend analysis, and I have found that I should be helping build relationships with young women. I need to encourage the next movers and shakers that are about to launch. I am not quite sure where to start that journey, but I know it's where I need to grow. I am so thankful for "Giddy Up, Eunice" and the epiphany it has provided me.

If you are interested in reading a book that will make you laugh and desire friends of all ages, please consider ordering "Giddy Up, Eunice". There are a lot of pre-order specials going on now until June 6th. To find out more, visit: www.giddyupeunice.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wiping Away the Cobwebs... The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh

I can't believe that it has been about 2 years since I last posted. What a party that was for my husband! Hahaha. To sum it up, my life has gone cuckoo for cocoa puffs over the past couple of years. However, that is another story and another post. Within this past year, I have been given the opportunity to participate in multiple launch teams for some amazing authors. I have shared my love for their books all over Facebook, Twitter, and in most conversations with my close friends and family. I really wanted to step back into the blog world and share my review and thoughts from these books. It has been such an honor, and it has helped this stay-at-home-mom find some sanity and grace!


This quote right here should be titled "Heather Parker 2015-2016". Do you find yourself being the main one to hold down the fort and get things done? That is me, and I have had a rude awakening call about who really is in control. For some reason I keep needing to have this lesson in life. I hear you God. Got it.

One of my loves about "The Longing in Me" by Sheila Walsh is simply the titles of the chapters. I can't imagine anyone picking up this book and thinking one of the chapters is not calling his/her name.

~The Longing to be Chosen
~The Longing to be Protected
~The Longing for What Used to Be (mmhmmm)
~The Longing for Control (yep...Heather please review again)
~The Longing for Your Rights
~The Longing for That One Thing You Think You Need to Be Happy
~The Longing to Make Everything Right (Heather??)
~The Longing for What Would Glorify God
~The Longing to Share the Grace and Mercy We've Received from God
~The Longing for God Alone



If you are interested in ordering this book, it is now available: at Amazon

In addition to the book, is a Study Guide series: Amazon

For more information, visit: www.thelonginginme.com 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Celebrating Ben's 40th- Beer Bash & Hockey

I think it's been a couple of years since I have blogged last. Life has been a little busy. I wanted to share some of my favorite things from my husband's 40th birthday party, which I threw for him yesterday. I make that point, b/c if he had thrown the party it would be pretty basic.

Many of the ideas I found I gathered from Pinterest in bits and pieces. I thought I would share my version of a Beer Bash. One table had Ben's beer pints collected from Bennigan's Copper Clover Beerfest (not that he remembers) filled with wheat stalks.


The centerpiece to the island had disco-like balls, which were Styrofoam balls covered in glitter and then beer caps. I copied this idea from a picture on Pinterest. I ended up having to order caps from Etsy, b/c this was a last minute project. I also had to ask Ben to buy and drink some beer with green caps b/c we didn't have enough. I think that was his favorite trip to the grocery store. His best friend made a generous donation of red and blue caps. That's what friends are for...right?


We used some pints collected from our trips, that involved a meal and beer from a micro-brewery, to hold the plastic ware.


I found someone on Etsy that makes these cute "Hoppy Birthday" banners. There is a 40th banner sign and a beer bottle to either side of it that says "Ben's bar". She also makes the beer labels, which I added to tin cans. She personalizes the types of beer based on your request. Ben chose: Craft Beer, Amber, I.P.A., Diet Beer (being silly), Lone Star, and Stout. Our children have a small trash can, which held a puzzle at one time, and we used that for the caps.


The beer tables were decorated with construction paper from Home Depot (painting aisle).


The menu consisted of: Beer Cheese & Bacon dip, Jalapeño sliders, Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese, Pulled Pork Sliders, and Cole Slaw.



The food was amazing, and we finished the meal with a vanilla cake made by Cake Bliss.


The party was a smash, and we ended our evening with a hockey game! So thankful for all that helped make this evening fun and tasty.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cousins' Craft Night

It has been awhile since we have been able to have our Cousins' Craft Night. My sweet cousin gave birth to one of the cutest babies I have ever seen. If you have seen my pictures on my blog, I would be referring to Baby Carter (insert sigh). 

In the past we all did the same project, but this time we all did a project of our own. My cousin had purchased this huge box of corks off Ebay, so there was a really nice variety to choose from to adhere to my wooden letter. I purchased my letter "P" from Hobby Lobby and painted it black before I began. So, this is what I started with (and a hot glue gun):


This project is quick and easy. The most involved part of the project is choosing the corks you want. I started at the bottom and then worked my way up before finishing the decorative part of the letter at the top left. I then hot glued from the bottom of the curve up and around. 




This took approximately one hour. So easy and so fun, and the best part is sitting around and laughing with your cousins during the process. Add to that... going out for dinner and drinks after your finished your project puts the icing on the cake~





Saturday, May 5, 2012

It may not be pretty, but it sure was yummy!

If you haven't heard of Pinterest yet, you might be living in a cave. I remember my friend, Wednesday, telling me to join and warning me that it is addicting. Well, she was right! At first I didn't get it. An online pin board? It didn't sound like something I really needed. Then I started thinking back to websites where I liked a certain photo and I wished I could find it again. That's when it hit me. I really did need the new addiction of Pinterest. For me it started with photography, and then it grew....and grew. I have found some great recipes on there as well. Which leads me to this beauty cake.

My son helped me bake this cake, and if you have ever made a dessert with a child you know that it needs to be ready ASAP. This cake has a lot of steps to it, which made it even more of an exercise of patience for Max. We rushed the cooling time a little and that probably had an impact on how this cake looks. My husband asked me what happened to it. Hee, Hee.

Here is the link to the recipe:

Now for a great laugh, compare their cake to our cake:

We did make some changes to the recipe by:
-using non fat items when available
-finely crushed Oreos thanks to my little helper
-melted icing out of a container due to the nastiness that occurred to the chocolate when melted with butter.

The Parker family would like to endorse this recipe by giving it ratings of (scale 1-10):
Ben= 10
Max= 5,000
Annie= 15,000 (she's a little competitive)

Enjoy~

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby Carter

Thought I would share my favorite photos of sweet baby Carter!

 
 The great thing about this picture (besides his sweet smile) is that the scale belonged to the family's grocery store. 




 The tie was worn by dad at the wedding, and the blue fabric was mom's petticoat from the wedding. Love the special memories to this photo. 







What a blessing to have the opportunity to take this sweet baby's photos! So glad he is a part of our family!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Heart Faces Challenge- Hugs & Kisses

This is my beautiful daughter, Annie, and her favorite doll, Elizabeth. There are a couple of special things about Elizabeth:
1. Nanny and Boompa gave Annie this doll.
2. She is an American Girl doll, and she is brown like my daughter
3. She lives in the closet in a doll chest most of the year b/c Annie's neurotic mother is trying to keep her hair pretty. She does get to play with her from time to time. And, I have heard the American Girl doll store has a beauty salon. So, I am working through my neuroses...almost. The first step is to admit it, right???


Photo Challenge Submission

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge www.iheartfaces.com