Married life has been such a great blessing. (no little stevens or little shylenes on the way yet, but YeS we do wish to have children sometime in the future). We thank the Lord for guiding our relationship and allowing us to work together as a team, have open communication, and strenthen & support each other.
For those in current & future relationships please consider this quote:
"Let those who are contemplating marriage weigh every sentiment and watch every development of chracter in the one with whom they think to unite their life destiny. Let every step toward a marriage allieance be characerized by modesty, simplicty, sincerity, and an earnest purpose to please and honor God. Marriage affects the afterlife both in this world and in the world to come. A sincere Christian will amke no plans that God cannot approve.
The Ministry of Healing 359
of husband and wife are a foretaste of heaven.
God has ordained that there should be perfect love and perfect harmony
between those who enter into the marriage relation.
Let bride and bridegroom in the presence of the heavenly universe
pledge themselves to love on another as God has ordained they should.--
In Heavenly Places 202
MIP mission trip - www.pi06.blogspot.com
Love having our parents visit: Our lovely parents have visted/slept over a few times since moving into the condo. We miss them terribly and wish we can see them more often - so it's a nice treat to drive out there or have them come over. It's nice that during these holidays we can spend quality time with them. Love you dear parents of ours! Oh and through Shy's parents we got to eat mangosteen here in the US! - but they were frozen... Steve says that it's about 50% of the taste, but at least now Shy's actually tried it. We're hoping we can it though in the Philippines where everyone says it tastes so heavenly! =)
Friends coming over: We've enjoyed having our family and friends come and visit us - either for ministry meetings, prayer, Bible studies, or just to hang out. Of course we always feed everyone!!
Ecuadorian food: Steve had made really good food that his dad used to make when Steve was growing up. This is the first time he's tried it since becoming vegan. We made potato pancakes (mashed potatoes filled with vegan mozarella cheese, then fried), lentils (with blended up yummy veges as the sauce), papas con salsa (potato chunks with a savory peanut sauce. Sorry no pics for now, but it was so yummy!
Vegan Cheesecake Recipe
1 ½ whole containers of Tofutti “Better Than Cream Cheese”
(low on fat compared to regular cream cheese)
⅓ c. – evaporated cane juice sugar
Egg Replacer – equivalent of 2 eggs (follow directions on box)
1 ½ tsp – lemon juice
½ tsp – pure vanilla extract (non alcohol)
1 ¼ c. graham cracker crumbs
⅓ c. margarine = melted
(Earth Balance is non-hydrogenated and does not contain whey or casein which are milk proteins)
Mix all crust ingredients and form into the bottom of an 8 inch pie pan
Bake for 2 minutes and let cool
Mix all “cheese” cake ingredients and pour into crust
Reduce heat to 275ºF
Bake for 20-25 minutes
Any variety of fruits (strawberries, kiwis, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, etc…)
- blend a few strawberries and pour over "cheese" cake
- top with favorite fruits
- sprinkle some evaporated cane juice sugar (as desired)
The ingredients can be bought at Trader Joes (i.e. tofutti cream cheese, evaporated cane juice sugar, vanilla extract (non alcohol) and
Guitar & piano: We invested in a new guitar & piano (although we are using Andrew's Taylor also). We want to practice these instruments especially in preparation for future little Stevens & little Shylenes!
Devotions: Proverbs & Psalms
My First Vision
I feel very lonely here, for I've seen a better land.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
Then would I fly away, and be at rest.