Archive for March, 2009

Is that Rainn??

Don’t you think Jon looks just like Rainn Wilson….well, maybe not just like him…but he reminds me of him with his new glasses and hair-do…




Well, I changed my blog format for one reason…I REALLY wanted a cool “pregnancy ticker” (it’s to the right of my page…just scroll down).  All the other formats cut the ticker off so you can’t see it all…this is one of the only ones that gives you more room on the right side so you can see the entire ticker!

Mom & dad got us a “congrats” cake last night with little baby decorations on it…it’s a cappuccino cake.  I thought I’d put a couple pics up.  I hope to update this more now that Little Baby Billings is on the way 🙂



Pregnancy Test(s)



Yes, I took two just to make sure I was def. pregnant!  The first one was a $Store test which I know is accurate but you just know the feeling you get that you should just check for sure with a “real” one…at least that’s what I convinced myself of…

Someone’s Preggo!!!

The reason for this blog has finally arrived!!  I am writing this blog 2 days after I took a pregnancy test which loudly read “POSITIVE”!

Only a few people know that Jon & I had decided to start a family (at least I think only a few knew).  Well, today is the day…actually Tuesday was the day…actually around 3 weeks ago was the day technically.  It took me 4-5 days to decide to check and see if I was cause I was tired of getting negatives, lol.

My due date is November 26th!!!  My friend Jean has the same due date!!! We’re VERY, VERY excited!!  According to my calculations I’ve just entered my 6th week (or if you go by months, I’m just over a month)!

We told my parents the day we found out.  I’ve been thinking, and thinking about how to tell them and my plans can be quite elaborate…then Jon came up with such a simple, cute idea and it went over REALLY well.  They were ESTATIC!  You have to understand my dad…he’s been wanting, and bugging for a grandchild forever…and since then he has become a giddy child himself over the news.

We were going to drive down to tell Tim & Darlene but Jon’s work schedule didn’t really work out and I just got too impatient and really wanted to tell them…so we called them tonight…it was so fun to hear their excitement!  Afterwards we called Leanne & Seth, my grandparents & Uncle Mike’s family!

I have only a few symptoms and they’re really not that bad…but I feel pregnant!  I love it!  I tell Jon 2-3 times a day (sometimes more) “I’m pregnant!”  He’s really excited too!!

Well, I’ll end this long post with one word to describe how I feel,  YAY!!!!!!

Creamy Pasta

I like magazines…

I really like food magazines…

My favorite food magazine by far is a free one I get every quarter of the year by Kraft called What’s Cooking.  I use to get them come when I lived in Fredericton but when I moved I could NOT get the website to understand that I had a new address.  Well finally I got my “What’s Cooking” today in the mail for the first time since almost 2 years ago!  It’s free so if any of you Canadian’s would like to get it just go to and there should be a place there to sign up for it.

Most food magazines have gone all “healthy”…you know, all those recipes where half of the ingredients are NOT in your pantry, and chances are you didn’t even know that it existed.  Seriously, I’ve never seen that “veggie” in MY grocery store.  Well, that’s what I like about this magazine…the food looks sooooo good, and realistic and (mostly) healthier and oh my gosh, I have ALL of those ingredients!  I just want to eat the pages…especially the desserts!

Well, today I got my magazine and it had a recipe in there that I had all the ingredients for and it looked really delicious.  So I changed my lonely supper plans (Jon’s at work) and wallah, it’s in the oven as I write this and may I add it looks just as good as the magazine shows it to.  It looks so good that I thought I would share it with you all!  Well, looks like their website is down…but don’t fear…I will type it out here…and add a picture later!

Creamy Pasta

1 1/2 cups multi-grain rotini pasta, uncooked (I used a different kind of pasta that I had)

1 small bunch broccoli, cut into florets (3 cups)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small bite-size pieces

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup Kraft Philly Cream Cheese

3/4 cup Kraft Mozzarella Cheese

2 Tbsp Kraft Parmesan Grated Cheese


Heat oven to 375.  Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, adding broccoli the last 3 min.

Meanwhile, heat skillet on medium-high heat and add chicken.  Cook chicken 3 min. or until no longer pink, stirring freq.

Stir in broth and let simmer 3 min. or until chicken is done

Add cream cheese; cook and stir on low heat 1 min. or until melted.  Add 1/2 cup mozza cheese

Drain pasta and broccoli and add to chicken mixture.  Mix lightly.

Spoon into 8 inch square pan and cover

Bake 15 min. Sprinkle with remaining mozza and Parmesan cheese.  Bake 3 min. uncovered, or until melted.

Let stand 5 min.

Mine is coming out of the oven as I write this…ENJOY!!!

You are LATE!

I realized something the other day:

It is harder to get people to show up to church on time today than in yesteryears because our generation does not CARE that they are late.

Of course it’s important to always start on time in respect for those that do show up on time for things and to show that we don’t wait around for those that can’t seem to make it there until 15-20 minutes past the hour.  The idea is that people will realize they are missing out on something when they show up late which I believe was a motivation back in my parents and their parents generation…you didn’t want to miss something so you were always on time (or in my parents case, early).  But today people just don’t care that they miss anything, and they don’t care that they are late.

So, my question as a worship leader who starts worship on time every Sunday even when there is only 1/4 of our people there, is how do we get our generation to care?  Or is that something only God can do?

Or should I just do this…