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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Happy Birthday Lindsay! April 10, 2012

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:15 pm

Saturday was Lindsay’s 12th birthday!  I cannot believe that twelve years ago, Brad and I were camped out in a teeny tiny hospital room watching the Masters on t.v.  in Norfolk, VA, waiting for this little baby to make her entrance into the world!  Little did we know how much she would impact our lives!  She’s grown to be a wonderful, beautiful young lady who loves the Lord…what more could a mom ask for?!  Thank you, Jesus!

Birthdays around here mean sugar for breakfast because the Birthday Girl or Boy gets to choose the menu!  We had doughnuts for breakfast and cake and ice cream for lunch!  Not too healthy, but that’s just the way it happened.

Lindsay had a small party with her girlfriends Saturday morning.  We tie dyed tee-shirts using Sharpies and rubbing alcohol.  We found this wonderful idea on Pinterest and tried it out before Christmas.  It worked so well, we thought it would make for a fun birthday party.  I made a tie dyed birthday cake and we decorated the house with pink streamers and tie dyed balloons.  The girls had a ball!

Lindsay’s best friend Claire was able to come spend the weekend with us, and nothing could have made her birthday any happier!  Those girls have known each other since Lindsay was six months old and Claire ten months old!  Even distance has not been able to blow out the flame of their special friendship.

Saturday afternoon found us at the mall along with everyone else who had waited to the last minute to finish their Easter shopping!  Our mission at the mall was to have Lindsay’s ears pierced.  After waiting patiently for several years, finally at age 12, her daddy and I allowed her to have it done.  We told her that anything you want so badly is worth the wait.  It grows your character (self-control).  Besides, I didn’t want my little girl growing up as fast as our culture makes them.  She has the rest of her life to wear earrings!

We went to Claire’s to have the piercing done, and Lindsay was a little nervous.  I told her it would sting.  I’m not one to sugar-coat pain!  She was brave, and with Claire by her side, she endured the process.  The manager of the store told Lindsay, “Don’t worry, you are in good hands.  I do this all the time.”  And a fantastic job she did!  Lindsay chose studs in her birth stone (diamond, but these are cubic zirconia).  Afterwards, Lindsay kept saying, “I can’t believe my ears are pierced!”  She is thrilled, and she is being very diligent about keeping them clean.  For her birthday, she received 15 pairs of earrings, and in 2 months she will be wearing them all!

 What a joy and privilege to be a mother!  I am so thankful for our three children with whose lives God has entrusted to Brad and me!

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“Mommy, Look!” April 7, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:38 pm

On this beautiful spring afternoon, Brad decided to remove the training wheels from Luke’s little bike and see what Luke could do.  Amazingly, Luke took off without much hesitancy or trouble!  In a few minutes’ time, he was riding around like he’d been doing it for weeks, as long as he was going straight!   His trouble spots are turning and getting started.  However, he’s got stopping down…just fall off!

I am so proud of Luke!  And he’s pretty proud of himself!  As I sat watching from the porch, he called out, “Look, Mommy!”  My last “baby” to learn to ride his bike without training wheels!  Where has the time gone?

I heard him say to Brad, “I think I’ve had enough practice for today.”  He fell off his bike, ran up the driveway, picked up his training wheels and said, “These can go in the trash.”

 

Cupcakes and Peas, an April Fool’s Dinner April 3, 2012

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:05 pm

When my children were itty bitty, I came across an idea for an April Fool’s Dinner from Family Fun magazine.  Well, this year I finally got around to trying it out.  Since April 1st was on a Sunday, it was a little more of a challenge for me because of our evening church schedule.  And also, since I do not normally cook on Sundays, I feared my kids would be suspicious of any kind of “formal” dinner.  Typically, we eat eggs and toast or popcorn on Sunday nights!  Yes, that’s really true!

I left church to go home and had about 30 minutes before Brad would arrive home with Lindsay and Logan.  Luke had come home with me and while he watched “Go, Diego, Go!,” I cooked up my April Fool’s tricks.

I served Cupcakes and Peas.  However, my cupcakes were actually meatloaf topped with colored mashed potatoes baked in tin muffin cups.  The peas were real because I could not find a “Peas and Carrots” candy mix in my limited time of looking.

By the time I had the cupcakes safely baking in the oven, Brad and the kids walked in the door.  I announced that I was cooking dinner and as it finished up, the kids could take their showers.  That gave me time to whip up the “frosting.”

Logan came to the table looking a little surprised that his mama would serve cupcakes for dinner, but he was all in!  Luke was thrilled!  I don’t think I fooled Lindsay for a minute, but maybe for a second I did!  Lindsay ate her cupcake first while the boys ate their peas.  She didn’t say a word until Logan asked what they tasted like.  She replied, “Meatloaf!”  Confused, Logan took a bite of his and the truth was out!  I had really pulled one over on him!

Then I sent them upstairs, telling them I had something else to serve.  I plopped vanilla ice cream with caramel topping on plates and served with forks.  It was supposed to be mashed potatoes with gravy, but I told Brad they would never fall for it.  Those kids KNOW their ice cream!

Sure enough, they came to the table and immediately recognized their “mashed potatoes and gravy” as dessert!  They were very happy and we all had lots of laughs over that dinner!

The meatloaf was really delicious, so I’ve posted the recipe below.  Even my Lindsay, who does not care for mashed potatoes, ate them on top of this meatloaf!  That is saying something!

 

April Fool’s Meatloaf Recipe

Filed under: Recipes Worth Sharing — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:51 pm

This recipe is what I made for our April Fool’s Dinner.  I convinced my little ones I was serving cupcakes for dinner.  Little did they know, it was really mashed potato-covered meatloaf cupcakes!  The recipe comes from FamilyFun.com.  The meatloaf is really good, and when I make it again (for a normal dinner), I will double this recipe and put it into a loaf pan, cooking it a little longer.

Meat Loaf

1 lb. lean ground beef

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

3 TBSP ketchup

1 egg

1/2 tsp celery salt

1/4 tsp pepper

POTATO FROSTING

3 cups mashed potatoes

Food coloring

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.  In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined.  Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about 3/4 full).  Place the filled muffin tins on a cookie sheet and bake the cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until cooked.  Divide the mashed potatoes among three small bowls and stir a few drops of food coloring into each batch to create blue, yellow, and pink pastel frostings.  Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake.

So, try this recipe next April Fool’s and see if you can pull it off!  If you can’t wait that long, try it for dinner tonight.  You won’t be disappointed!