Quote of the Day

Always go forward along the path of obedience as far as you know it until I intervene,
even if it seems to be leading you where you fear I could never mean you to go.

- Chief Shepherd, Hinds Feet on High Places

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Munshowers go to Washington.

Besides all that I got to sit on Aunt Jenn's couch and drink lots of coffee in Kristen's kitchen.  Summers off to a good start. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

The bathroom remodel gets off on the wrong foot. To say the least.

This is what happens when home improvement goes very wrong very quickly. And when I can't locate the shut off valve for the house. And when I finally locate it but can't turn it. 
So I'm not a superstitious person but as it turned out today, a broken mirror is bad luck. If I didn't laugh I would have cried. So I laughed at the 4" deep standing water in my daughters bathroom that quickly flowed its way into Ethan's bathroom, both of the kids bedrooms and the hallway.  I did well with the easy breazy smile until the restoration folks gave me the low down on how much damage was done. My bathroom remodel just got exponentially more expensive. 
And gave me several loads of laundry to do, as if I hadn't enjoyed my last 8 loads for the week. I'll try to laugh that off aswell. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Schools Out!

Nothin says summer like a day at the beach. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The 2015 Annual Report

I am indeed one year older as of this past Saturday and I hope to make a convincing argument that I am wiser as well…but I will let you decide that for yourself.

Some interesting events this year brought to light some pretty unappealing qualities of me that God and I are working on.  One of these I discovered while preparing to go on retreat with Riley.  Our topic was influence: how God desires to influence us, how others and media influence us and how we influence others…and what we should do with that power.  I was shocked to discover that the manipulative controlling game played by one of the characters in a novel I read in high school had found its way into my marriage.  Just in case you are wondering – “manipulative controlling game” should never be associated with marriage.  Ever.   Marriage is hard enough without someone putting that kind of mess in the middle of it.  I was that someone, but I am working on changing that.

I also learned a lot on our epic trip up the east coast with my folks this summer.  Helping my mom care for my dad while on vacation this summer was challenging because he is an independent, intelligent adult (who is great company, a fabulous card player, incredibly wise, gracious, fun and generous I might add) who can do everything without assistance.  Except when he can’t.  I have friends who have cared for and are caring for aging parents who shared this conundrum with me frequently, but the truth is, until I was in the situation where I needed to give help that preserves dignity and independence with love and respect to a parent, I had no idea what they were really talking about.  And even after I lived through a small taste of what it is like, I have a hard time describing the experience and the way it has changed me.

I read Hinds Feet on High Places for the first time this year.  I know it will be a book I read periodically on my journey along with other classics like, In the Shadow of the Almighty and pretty much anything by C.S. Lewis.  My new mentor, Donna, and I are writing a Bible study based on the book, hopefully for the women’s group we attend together.  Here is where I frequently learn my hardest lessons: wrestling out the meaning and application for others through Bible study, open-ended questions and introspection.  I should know by now that God uses these times to challenge and grow me in unpredictable ways, but it always comes as a surprise.  “Surprise!  You are still trying to earn my favor by your performance, Kim.”  My worth and value is not based on my productivity or performance or what I can do for God (as if he needed anything from me).  My worth and value is based on two truths that will never change:  God created me and he loves me.  Period.  He proved his love and my worth through his saving work on the cross.  He delights in me and is actively working to bring about his best, the best in my life.  That’s a truth worth reading over several times.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

And another, “Surprise!  When you say I can change you completely you really mean I can only change certain parts of you.”  But what if what God changes a part of me I like?  What if I can no longer hang on the pettiness that I use to justify my behavior and bad attitude?  What if…what if I am really, completely changed?  What then?

And those are just the major lessons from the first two chapters.  I have 18 more to go.

So I suppose I could sum up this year with two words: Still Growing.  (Or Becoming Kim…reads the same either way.) I suppose those are the two words I hope to sum up  the remainder of my life – even though some days those words exhaust me.  Other days they excite or convict or cause me to ponder…what will I be when the Master is finished?  I don’t know for certain, but I can trust the hands perfecting me.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

3 Days and Counting

My kids have been counting down the days until summer break for a month. I think they were my muse for this bit of chalk art. The first of its kind in my new home. Sad but true. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

After Much Proding

Some of my blog reading public wanted to know when I would post something new. Being tired of my radish greens, they longed for something different. Bama suggested I snap a photo and put that up (at least!). 
I don't know if I have ever raved about the nobility of fresh English muffins here or not, but I should have. Such and oversight should not be overlooked. (What would Princess Charlotte think?) Fresh English muffins come very close to making me bear the consequences and eat gluten. A glutinous amount of gluten. That is probably why I haven't made theses in almost a year. 
That is a crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside muffin of cranny-filled joy. And I haven't even mentioned the sweet spreads that would melt into each and every crevasse. 
I need to go and eat a carrot. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Radish Greens Soup

I fell in love with watermelon radishes a few months back when my local market had them on sale. They are beautiful and mild and crunchy!  Especially good as a delivery mechanism for tasty treats like hummus, smoked fish dip and guacamole, I also discovered they are AMAZING roasted!  Don’t knock it till you try it…really.  Ethan inhaled them, Riley gave a nod and I ordered more the following market day.

If you want to roast radishes, here is the recipe I used:http://foodandstyle.com/slow-roasted-radish-roots-with-fennel/

But that isn’t what I wanted to really share with you.  Since I am always looking for a way to use the whole vegetable that gets delivered, greens and all, I researched radish greens to see what can be done with them and if they were edible.  They are!  So I made soup.


I found this recipe at epicurious.com.  Click here for the recipe. It reminded me of potato leek soup with a peppery finish.  Instead of stirring in milk after I pureed the soup, I drizzled some heavy cream on top because I thought it would be pretty…and you can’t go wrong with heavy cream.  Since it was family dinner night and I was using Grandma’s china, I added a slice of watermelon radish for froufrou color.