Grateful

I have loved reading people’s 28 days of thankfulness on Facebook, blogs, or other forms of social media. Although we should be equally as grateful for these things everyday, our fallen selves seem to forget that. We get caught up in the hurriedness of life and are consumed with selfish thoughts rather than filling our minds of the blessings that Christ has given us. I’ve found that as I’ve made this list and taken time to dwell on my blessings and Christ’s love for me, that I can’t help but to have an outflow of love and kindness on others. When I am in my self-consumed bubble (which I am far too often), it never fails that I’ll get annoyed with the people of Walmart or traffic or some other insignificant thing. But when I strive to fill my heart and mind of things above, I realize I have no idea what this person meandering slowly down the aisles of Walmart is going through. It’s ridiculously judgmental of me to get huffy; and it sure isn’t an example of Christ love if I give them dagger eyes when for taking up the whole aisle. I fail at this daily, but this leads me to the number one things I’m thankful for:

  1. God’s grace, unconditional love, and constant pursuit of my heart when I am so lacking.
  2. Sam. wedding-664
  3. My mom. It’s so fun becoming an adult where your mom becomes more than just your parent, but also your best friend.wedding-154
  4. My dad. He gives me such wisdom and encouragement! I love him so!rehersal-138
  5. My sister. She always makes me laugh and tells it to me straight.wedding-131
  6. Wonderful in-laws. I always hear horror stories about in-laws. I am so thankful for Mark and Sheila for raising the man that I love and for loving me as their own. My bro-in-laws aren’t too shabby either :).rehersal-65
  7. New friends.Image 8
  8. Old friends.wedding-123
  9. July 20, 2013 and celebrating with all our loved ones! It was the best/most fun/hottest (temperature wise, not attractiveness wise) day ever! wedding-683
  10. Graduating. graduation
  11. Passing my boards.Image 9
  12. Time for rest.
  13. A new job.
  14. Travel.DSC_0577 DSC_0488
  15. Hope Church.
  16. My grandmommy and the fact that she lives in Tupelo!Image 4
  17. An occupation where I am able to continue to learn and I will never know everything.
  18. My patients who give me their sweet elderly wisdom daily.
  19. My hot pack and a husband who will rub my back after a long day’s work.
  20. Taco Tuesdays. Tuesdays seriously make the week because Mexican food is just that good.
  21. Weekends! I never looked so forward to sleeping in as I do now that I’m a working woman.
  22. A king size bed. Splurging on our bed has been the best things for us abnormally tall folk.
  23. Adventure.DSC_0010
  24. Auburn football y’all. Can’t wait for Saturday!!
  25. Friend Reunions! Can’t wait for the next one!Image 71003163_10101498752250341_1876323573_n
  26. All the celebrations over the past year.893987_10101281953272231_1714370949_o 1074100_10101477774415091_2016064431_o  1006019_10200919555243839_1924616194_n
  27. A husband who takes care of me when I’m sick. I’ve been sick all week and Sam has not allowed me to leave the couch when I get home from work.
  28. First holidays as a newlywed! We decorated the tree yesterday and it was so fun!Image

Happy happy Thanksgiving!!

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Renewed Peace + Veggie Pizza

The biggest test of my life is in 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS. I’ve had trouble going to sleep the past couple of nights because I feel like a giant animal of stress and anxiety is sitting on my chest. How little faith I have! Yesterday morning this is what I woke up to:Sunset

I am continually reminded of the peace and comfort that can come only from my Sustainer, my Redeemer, my Comforter, my Savior. I learn more from the great Physician and the ultimate Teacher than I can learn in a lifetime of pouring over Board exam books. He calms my racing heart and butterfly filled stomach with just a prayer. Today, I am full of the peace that my identity and meaning come not from a grade on a test, but from my Savior Jesus Christ.

Thanks for reading about my anxious heart, and I hope that y’all open your hearts to be filled with the peace of Christ daily. Now, y’all know pizza is our jam.  Sam is always a little hesitant about anything that does not involve meat. Despite the lack of meat, this pizza (and Sam agreed) ROCKED.VP pizza pie

Onions are not my fav, so I rarely order a veggie pizza out since 99% of the time restaurants include onions. This pizza is onion-free, colorful, and has banana peppers-what’s not to love? Here’s what we threw on our pizza. Veggies

The sauce on this pizza is so fresh! We use it on all of our homemade pizzas. Every time we make pizza (which is kinda a lot), Sam comments on how yummy the sauce is. Be warned: the sauce is pretty thin, but that’s the kinda pizza I like. I despise Papa John’s because of their thick, gloopy sauce.VP slicesVP veggie pizza

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Recipe for Veggie Pizza:

What you need:

Sauce:

adapted from here.

  • 3 tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 pinches of Salt
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Few drops red wine vinegar
  • Few drops balsamic vinegar

Toppings:*

  • about 4-5 oz of mozzarella cheese (or more if that’s how you roll)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno sliced (I would remove seeds to cut spiciness-my tongue was agree with me for about an hour after we ate)
  • 1/2 tomato thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup banana peppers
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced**
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • I head of broccoli

*Add and subtract whatever veggies you like or have on hand

**I do not like raw mushrooms that much, so I sautéed ours. Feel free to skip step 5 if you like raw shrooms.

What to do:

  1. Make your dough! See recipe here.
  2. Preheat over to 475 degrees.
  3. Throw all your sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until pureed.
  4. Pour sauce over flattened pizza dough leaving a small margin at the edges.
  5. Drizzle olive oil into a pan and heat over medium-high heat. Once hot, add your mushrooms and sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until soft.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over sauce. Add all of your toppings!
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bubbles and the crust is slightly browned.