Thursday, February 21, 2013

Parties and joy.

This has been an amazing week so far.  It has been unusually busy, with every night filled to the brim and it's continuing for the next few days.  Normally that stresses me out but we have had all of our favorite people filling it, so really no stress at all!  (I hosted book club and a birthday party for my friend Kristin on Tuesday, and these photos are from that celebration preparation.)   I used my once a week "cheat day" for a glass of mimosa in case any of you are also doing the Forty days of Water with me.  I'm not going to use any other weekly cheats during Lent so I decided I could be flexible on the actual day, rather than making it Sundays only.  (Just so you know.  In case you were holding me accountable. Which you should be.)

Dark chocolate nibs topped with pink sea salt.  
*Melt a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, pipe into little swirly nibs on a non-stick surface or baking mat, and sprinkle with a bit of coarse, pink sea salt while still glossy.  Let cool.

Blood Orange Sorbet  
1/2 cup honey
1 mango, peeled and diced
2 cups frozen peaches, thawed (or 3 fresh peaches, peeled and diced)
2 cups blood orange juice
tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp finely chopped mint or thyme (both are good and I tried both ways.  Mint is my favorite and a classic.)
Optional ingredient- 1/2 cup champagne  
(Not gonna lie, this "optional ingredient" is yummy for book club and a great way to use up flat leftover champagne... just don't serve this version to kiddos.  I know you already knew that.  Just saying.)

*Place fruit into food processor and puree until smooth.  Combine juices of blood oranges and lemon and begin to press mixture through a sieve.  (This could take a bit of time but it's worth it.) Toss the pulpy residue and whisk in the honey and herbs until honey dissolves.  (Stir in champagne if desired.) Place ingredients into an ice cream mixer of your choice, and mix as directed. 



 While I am here I have to share a piece of my current heart's journey.  It's what I do.  We had some disappointing things happen earlier this week, but we looked at each other and made the decision to pull hard, in the same direction.  Tell me you know what I mean.  That moment when the whole house can crumble, or you can pull yourselves up by your collective boot straps and start moving in the same direction, together.  We made that choice.  This week has been all about choice.  Choosing our words, choosing to ignore our emotions, choosing our attitudes and choosing to worship, praise and thank God for it ALL and leading our babies along behind us because they are watching oh-so-closely.  

I literally wore this song out all week.  I probably played it a hundred times already!

I said to my man at one point, "I will do it differently!"  When frustration and disappointment hit, I have continually turned left on myself in the past and I refuse to keep hitting my head against the same wall expecting a new result.  Cray-zay!  I was talking to Adrain one minute and then I was declaring myself and taking a stand that mattered, the next minute.  I told God, "I will accept whatever You give us in every part of our life and I will let it. all. go. fully."  The weight lifted off my heart immediately.  Though I have said those words so many times (and meant them, make no mistake) this time felt completely different.  I literally said out loud, "I am placing my faith in You, not in what You give or take away."  I had to say it out loud.  I had to claim it and make it mine.  Tears fell.

We've been going through the most amazing series at church called "bent."   After all of this letting go stuff, I was catching up on a missed sermon and some words our pastor said resonated deeply.  He said, "There's nothing wrong with wanting to be released from a burden, but true faithfulness is defined by how we handle ourselves when the burden is still there." 

Oh my word.  When the burden is still there.  Does that hit home with anyone else?  

Later in the same sermon, he said, "Our faith is most deeply tested when we feel forgotten."  Adrain and I have been crawling side-by-side out of that hole of feeling forgotten while we deal with kid challenges, job worries, finances and all of those other daily demandsOur hearts know we aren't forgotten yet our circumstances often scream taunts for the opposite sideDo you ever feel that way?  

 We are taking a stand against those lies side by side.  Suddenly the "outcome" of our many prayers isn't quite so important.  We are still desperate for a few rescues, but nobody knows those details more intimately than the God who authors our story.  

So yet we will  trust HIM.   

We choose to trust steadfastly in the unwavering compassion of His Sovereignty.


  1. We are walking such a similar path in so many ways. I can't wait for our coffee date. LOVE the words of your pastor. Just what I needed today.

    Hugs to you Sweet Friend!


  2. You are awesome! Seriously, I just love the way you are so honest with the hurts and struggles, but you choose to refuse to let the enemy win. Praying for your strength and encouragement as you continue on. Especially blessed by your description of you and your husband fighting through this together... those are the best moments of marriage- in retrospect. NOT fun in the moment, but looking back, on the occassions when we chose to fight together instead of fight one another, that is when I felt God the most, and adored my husband the best:-)

  3. what beautiful words from a beautiful heart.
    i just love this...cling to HIM.

    ps. i really, REALLY want to come to one of your parties!

  4. "There's nothing wrong with wanting to be released from a burden, but true faithfulness is defined by how we handle ourselves when the burden is still there." ~ This. This is what my heart needed to hear today. I need to pick myself up with my bootstraps and lay it ALL at the foot of His cross and just let it go and trust. Trust that He knows what he is doing, and that this will at work out in the end. Thank you for posting today in the middle of your busy week. You must've known that I needed to hear what you needed to say!

    1. I'd say GOD knew... anything good that comes from my typing fingers came from Him... to Him be all the glory. :) We're all in this thing together aren't we girl? Wish it was easier sometimes. Blessings to you!!

  5. Feeling very forgotten this week, but God's Word through your post shows me I'm not. Thanks for sharing Sasha :)

    1. Oh sweet Cristi, I KNOW you are not forgotten. Not one bit. Stake your claim girl.

  6. The comment we "have been crawling side-by-side" I can so relate to. My husband and I have felt attack by the enemy from every direction lately and have been clinging to His victory. Continued blessings and peace on this path.

  7. beautiful words again my friend! i'm so sorry to hear you had some disappointments earlier this week. i wish i was next door so i could just hang out & be a shoulder for you to lean on...i can be a good listener. especially if you were to slide me over a blood orange mimosa?!

  8. this is dead on - true faithfulness is just that. day by day, choosing to trust and obey, no matter what those days bring! oh, and such a lovely party, indeed!!

  9. dude, the worst part about all this drama for me is i CAN"T even have a drink about it!! i mean, really...the timing of all this!

    i love that quote about the burdens and being in he middle of them. so so timely. i realized yesterday when i got crappy news how i immediately started ragging on my kids. THAT's where the lessons we handle the hard news. i kinda failed. but i have hope for tomorrow. you do too.


  10. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul. I can't think of anyone who doesn't have a burden and if we didn't we wouldn't need Him. He says to lay your burden down and that's what you awesome! Have a fabulous weekend!

  11. I'm so glad you took the time to share your blessed me immensely. What a good reminder to stay the course (challenging, but so important.) I am praying for you, sweet Sasha...

  12. Beautifully put! To stay the course *in* the burden...that's faithfulness. I needed this today. Thanks for opening up (again) your lovely heart to us all. I am inspired to do better today because of you and the reminder that He is faithful! I'd also do well to make some of those chocolate yummies and have a splash o' bubbly! A girl can dream...

  13. Sasha- your posts never cease to encourage and challenge me- in part because my husband and I seem to be in similar situations and and the never ending journey of learning to trust that God is in control. Thank you for the reminder that He knows it all and we must be faithful even when the burden remains. Yet we will praise Him! Prayers for you and your sweet family as you wait on the Lord. :)

  14. this is exactly what I've prayed for you, friend.
    ...when the burden is still there.

    You are SO is so easy to feel forgotten in these circumstances...praying you to cling to the word like never before.
    ....praying God's truth over you and Adrain. You have not been forgotten. He has you in the palm of his hand. I'm praying his spirit speaks that into the deepest parts of your heart.

  15. You.are.amazing. Amen! And girly, I sure know what you are going through with job worries and finances. My teaching job is not secure for next year and on top of this, we have been struggling financially in this economy for a few years. To the point we have considered moving in with my mother-in-law. Eek! We are praying we can keep our house because we like the town we live in. Yet I know others have burdens much deeper than my family's troubles.

  16. You make life fun!!! I know not everyday is filled with parties etc but you have a way of inspiring me to celebrate the everyday :)