Thursday, May 31, 2012

Of Clusters and Moves

Just a little update from life, apart from babies.  Though, i do love them and they are a very integral part of living here, there is much else that goes on.  Mostly, just common place, regular ol', garden variety living. So, here's sharing some of that "mundane" living with you (actually it's quite exciting to me - because Jesus, well, He prepares it for me each day!)

1. Granola with clusters.  For those of you who love granola, we all know everyone has a preference.  Some like the big clusters of oats, while some prefer individual little toasted oats covered in sugary goodness.  I am a cluster fan.  However, in making my own, it has been an almost life long pursuit to create such clustery goodness in my own kitchen.  The result has been many recipes and "tips and tricks" over the years.  Finally one who had the key to such joys...

Can you see it?  Clusters!  The secret?  Well, it wouldn't be a secret if you knew.  Just kidding!  There are two important components: No.1 there should be a mix of oats, regular and quick cooking.  The ratio of quick cooking to regular should be such that there are more quick cooking to regular.  Got it?  
No.2 Heat up the syrup (whether you are making a syrup or using pre-made) to boiling. No.3 when stirring while cooking, gently fold.  This stirring should not break up the clusters.

Mmmm.  So good.  (Thanks to my friend Krys for the secret!!)

2. "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.  So, i'm not really very far into the book (still need to finish the first chapter), but based on the forward and the preface, this is a GREAT book and well worth the time to read it.  It could also be easily used in a group setting.  

Thus far a favorite challenge from the book (summarized), "How do you interpret James 1:27?" It's real practical, real practical.

Sorry it's sideways...  

3. We moved!  Actually twice.  The house myself and the other volunteers have been in for the past 9 months is no longer our residence.  While those were conveniently close to the clinic, it is absolutely fantastic to be home, like away, when we are home.  Ahhh.  It's about a 20 minute walk (or 12-15 minute walk if really walking fast) or one jeepney ride.

The second move?  Two of the girls and myself are house sitting for a family who are home on furlough at the moment.  We will be here from just a month.  It is even further away from the clinic, but it's lovely to have some rest...of course, we spend a little more time in transit and do not really have the option to walk...that would take a good hour or more!  It is great thought and the neighborhood is pretty quiet.

That's our kitchen, no pics from the outside, but ya, that's the kitchen!

So, that's it.  Just a little catch up.  

Catch #30

Happy Birthday Princess Mae!  Born on May 23, 2012 at 5:30 am.  

May the Lord keep you and shine His face upon you Princess Mae and guide you through your life that you might know Him.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Catch #29

This was the only labor on night shift.  She was great.  This labor was the second in a row of having a cervical lip throughout labor, which greatly prolonged labor.  She changed positions frequently to try and alleviate the pressure from the lip.  Finally we did have to give some extra support.  About an hour and a half later her precious baby was born.

Congratulations to this proud Sibay family!!
5/16/12 @ 2:48am

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Catch #28

Happy Birthday to Dhainney Rujane!!
5/13/12 at 8:53am 
2900 g (6lbs. 6oz.), 55cm long

Happy Mother's day to Rujane!  Proud momma of two and wife of one. :)  Blessings!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

3000g (6lbs. 10lz.)
5.8.12 at 2:24am

Congratulations to his mother Dina for her precious little boy!  

If you remember them pray for them!  She is no longer with the baby's father, but now will join the many young, single mothers.  She lives with her older sister and although she will continue to nurture this baby needs to know the goodness of GOD for her.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Shout Out!

Just wanted to alert you to a new little spot on the side bar.  Remember a post a while back about "Outland Adventure"?  Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of the founders hands, Outland has had to shut it doors.  However, there is another aspect to it and that is a consultation business started by a friend of the McNeils.  So, do check out the side bar and link!  Thanks for looking.