Thanks & MPM

I want to start by thanking all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement. I just never dreamed that this blog would be a place i would turn for either of those things but i am so incredibly grateful for the friendships i have made here! I continue to swing between peace, shock, and heartbreak but more and more i am at peace. It still hurts and there are times when i will hear a song or a memory will unexpectedly come up in my mind and i cry but they are tears of joy mixed with heartache. Joy for Erika. For the blessing she was to me. For the fact that she will never feel any of this hurt or pain again. For the lessons i have taken away from this......this has changed me in ways i can't even explain. I can't think of a time when i have ever felt closer to God and i am soaking up his whispers of comfort and unexplainable peace. I don't understand why, but for the first time in my life i can honestly say that i am at peace with not understanding why! And only by the grace of my Father above can i say that! I will be meeting with the other girls from my bible study group tomorrow morning to pray and remember and then on Friday we will celebrate Erika's life at her memorial service. Please continue to pray for Rob and the boys and for all of their family as they continue to grieve. At times there is no greater gift than prayer and i whole heartedly believe this is one of those times!

And now....the menu plan for the week. Things are a little crazy this week but i'm lost without a plan and so here it is!

Monday ~ Order Pizza (and it was fabulous!) ;)

Tuesday ~ Spaghetti, Garlic Bread and Green Salad

Wednesday ~ Cornbread Casserole* (that i am making for a couple in our small group who had a baby boy last week! We will just be eating something quick because we have to drop the meal off and get to awana where Brayden has an awards ceremony this week!)

Thursday ~ Crispy Ranch Chicken* w/ Garlic Muffins* and Broccoli (this one didn't happen last week!)

Friday ~ I am making Cornflake Cheesy Potatoes* for the memorial service meal and i am making cucumber dip and something sweet (not sure what yet...any suggestions??) for a pampered chef party that i am having that night! John and the boys are on their own! =)

Saturday ~ Breakfast for Dinner ~ Bacon, Eggs, Biscuits and Fruit

Sunday ~ Easy Chicken Parmesan*

* these are recipes that i have linked to in previous menu plan posts but i'm too lazy to link to them again right now!

So there you have it! I know this is a boring menu with no links but if i find time later this week i will post the recipe for the cucumber dip cause it is fabulous! I pray you all have a fantastic week and don't forget to check out all the menu planning action over at orgjunkie.com!


April said...

Still surrounding you in prayer! Isn't it amazing how God seems to know exactly what our hearts need in order for healing to begin? So glad that you've felt His presence in a big way!

Erin said...

SO happy to hear you are feeling His peace! Keep putting one foot in front of the other and relying on Him. I love how you said you are at peace with not understanding WHY? It took me a long time to get to that place!

love you, XOXOX

Anonymous said...

Glad that you are doing better! I think it's too hard to try and understand why these things happen. You are doing the right thing by trusting in God. He knows what He's doing!

This weeks meal sounds wonderful!

a boy a girl and a pug said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet friend. Praying that you continue to feel God's peace!