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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Leftover turkey and trimmings???? What to do?

Have you ever wondered what to do with your turkey and trimmings leftovers after Thanksgiving or Christmas? I have a great solution! I guess I shouldn't say it is mine, I stole it from my mother-in-law one year when all of us got together and we had leftovers. What else is there to do, but make a casserole?
Now, for those of you very sectional eaters out there, you may be thinking "casserole, NO WAY!" I can understand. My hubby likes his foods separated and eats them one at a time. I hear your scoffs and reservations. However, I have to say-it is JUST wonderful. Here is the way I did it today:
I didn't have a lot of leftover dressing, so I started with the turkey on the bottom-enough to cover the whole bottom of your pan. I used a 9X13 pan, but you can use whatever size you want, depending on how many leftovers there are. After the turkey, I put dressing, then corn, a think layer of gravy, then mashed potatoes,then ended with gravy. I covered it with foil and put it in the freezer for a day when I didn't want to cook! You can do this casserole to whatever taste you like-whatever layers you like-although I always end with potatoes and gravy. Depending on how many leftovers you have-you can always give it to friends or your fav single friend who would probably really enjoy it.
Hope you try it!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Quick, Inexpensive Christmas Gifts...Cocoa Jars

3 cups powdered milk

1/3 cup sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

For peppermint hot cocoa, add in 1/3 cup crushed candy canes. For salted double chocolate cocoa add in ½ teaspoon sea salt and 1/3 cup chocolate morsels.

The recipe can easily be cut in half for smaller jars or doubled for larger jars.

Attach with directions: “Mix the ingredients in the jar together, then stir ¼ cup mix into 1 cup hot water or milk. Top with whipped cream.”

Then you just hope that your friends invite you over for hot cocoa.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Water Fights and Life Lessons

A couple of days ago, Simeon and I were 'washing' dishes in the kitchen. Simeon LOVES water and loves playing in it which helps me (Kim) with getting the dishes done. Anyway, during our 'washing' Simeon started flinging water (not unusual). I said in response to this "Simeon, this isn't the place for that." (Calmly of course)...
As I heard the words come out of my mouth, I thought to myself, "This sounds like an adult talking and scolding". What better place to fling water than in our house, in our kitchen? So, instead of doing the good adult thing and continuing the wash dishes, I proceeded to fling water back at Simeon. His face was priceless! He just looked at me with big eyes and then started laughing and flinging more water. After a few minutes, we were both soaked as well as the kitchen, but it was SO much fun and I wouldn't trade the sweet sounds of laughter for anything-not even a dry kitchen.
My life lesson for today:
Don't be too busy, or too 'adult-like' to take advantage of fun kid-like opportunities that your kids will remember.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tragedy hits Ecuador

We just thought we would update you on what has been going on here in Ecuador the last couple of weeks. Here is a quick update...

On Thursday, August 4th, a tragedy struck the Ecuadorian Mission Field. A young man, by the name of Joshua Kim, of 21 years of age who was here visiting the Amazon region of Ecuador with his Presbyterian church from Orlando, FL, was swept away by a river that he and the team were swimming in to cool off from a hard day’s work. The place where they were swimming was a very popular among locals as there were people swimming there before and after they were.

Though I (Joel) wasn’t a part of the team in the Amazon, I knew I really wanted to help. So, I left early on the morning of August 5th to go over to the Amazon region of the country to be there with the team. The team ended up needing to return to Quito to fly out the next day though the pastor of the group stayed to continue the search for their lost friend. In addition to this, Joshua’s father and brother (who had been to Ecuador twice himself) and the senior pastor of the church flew in later that night. I took this group (the father, brother and both pastors) back to the Amazon region to continue the search for Joshua. Unfortunately, after five days of searching they left Ecuador without finding him. The good news is that on Friday, August 12th, Joshua’s body was found and is currently being delivered back to Quito so that he can be sent home to Florida.

Never in my life when I decided to be a missionary did I think that I would be involved in something like this. What I can attest is this: Jesus Christ is alive and at work here in Ecuador! I have never meet a group quite like the four I met from Orlando, FL. It is obvious to me that the Holy Spirit has been guiding them and has been with them every step of the way. Their response to this tragedy was inspiring! They were touched by those Ecuadorian officials, church members and missionaries that were helping them search for Joshua. His brother, Joseph, testified that when he first learned the news of what had happened that he was shocked, horrified and sad about it, but that as he has been here in Ecuador, he has only been encouraged to continue the ministry that his brother had started. He had a whole new respect for his older brother and wanted others to know about him and his life through the blessings of ministry. Joshua’s father, Mr. Kim, amazingly testified very similarly. He said that he felt that his son passed away so that he would come to see Ecuador and the ministry that both of his sons had started there. He felt that it was taking so long to find Joshua because God wanted him to see more of Ecuador and the ministry that his sons had been involved in. He thought God was encouraging him to continue on the ministry and do more ministry in Ecuador, not just their family but the whole church.

Joshua Tico Kim will be remember for his dedication to ministry in the church and his love for others. He was always giving of himself. In addition to this, he was a talented musician, singer and composer. He was soon going to be moving to Boston, MA to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. From everything that I have learned about Joshua I wish I had had the opportunity to meet and to get to know him.

Though the story of the family and close friends is inspiring for us all, I know there will be difficult days ahead with the reality of no longer having Joshua present with them. Please pray for them that God can provide that comfort that is needed in their loss.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Simeon at the beach

We had the great opportunity to go the SAME beach last week. After 4 days of not wanting to go in the water, Simeon found out he actually really liked it!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


I urge you to live a life worth of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. -Ephesians 4:1-3

Last Sunday this is the text our pastor preached about. It struck me in my ongoing journey to reconcile my anger that these verses appear to be the epitome of salvation, grace and right living in Christ. THIS is how I want to live my life, THIS is the example I want to set for Simeon. Not a heart of anger, not a life of impatience, but a gentle and humble spirit, patient and as the MESSAGE Biblical translation says to be
..."steadily pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love"

In researching this passage a little more, I have a learned a couple of things. To live a life "worthy of the calling you have received" is referring to the gift of grace we have been given through salvation. Paul is reminding me (us) that if God's love is so amazing, his grace abounding, then we should as believers, live accordingly. EVERY believer, not just pastors and people in full time ministry, but EVERY believer. To add to this, the explanation of LIVING THIS LIFE OF CHRIST is mirrored in the attributes of humility, gentleness, patience, tolerant love, and peacekeeping. From the NIV Application Commentary regarding verse 2:
"Attention goes first to the ego and then to loving relations. An understanding of God’s work is always an attack on the ego, not to obliterate or humiliate the self, but to bring it into relation with God and to redirect its interests. In losing life we find it."

The word translated “be completely humble” focuses on one’s thinking; it means “lowliness of mind” as opposed to haughtiness

“Gentleness” Paul uses both these words for gentleness to describe his own demeanor — a gentleness he says is characteristic of Christ.

“Patience” (makrothymia) is the exercise of a largeness of soul that can endure annoyances and difficulties over a period of time

The NIV’s “bearing with one another in love” sounds archaic and loses the force of the text. A more appropriate translation is “putting up with each other in love.” The Christian life is a life of putting up with other people, and this tolerance finds its ability and motivation in love (cf. Gal. 6:2). “Love” and “putting up with each other” are intertwined and mutually explanatory. Both are ways of valuing the other person.

“Love” (agape) enjoys the other person, but it does not exist for enjoyment. It is not a feeling or emotion, but an act of the will. It exists only in relation to specific people, and it is always costly. The focus on love is an extension of the emphasis on love in 3:17 – 19. That is, the love experienced in Christ must be extended to others. The noun agape was rarely used outside Jewish sources and the Christian writings. A few secular occurrences are now known, but clearly Christians injected the word with new content to talk about love in relation to God — first love from God, then also love for God and for other people because of God. This love does not have its origin in human motivation; it is a choice made because of the love of God.

The focus on ONE ANOTHER is significant. Living a Christ-centered life is about bearing with one another-particularly other Christians. Christianity is a God-directed, Christ-defined, other-oriented religion. Only with such direction away from self do we find ourselves.

In my search for a deeper understanding of Christ, my life, my attitude and my anger can not help but be changed. If I am truly, TRULY seeking HIS face, I will find Christ's. I pray this for you in this day and in your life as you deal with your children, spouses, co-workers, and fellow Christians.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Visit from Mom and Dad Carter

Grandma and Grandpa Carter came to visit last week. We visited a lot of sites around Ecuador. Here are some of the sites around Ecuador that we visited.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32

If you had told me a few years ago that I had a problem with anger, I probably would have laughed and said “yeah right”! But I have realized over the past couple of years that I DO indeed have a problem with anger. You might be asking yourself how this is possible. I have a loving, amazing husband, a wonderful son and I am doing what the Lord has called me to do WHERE He has called me to do it (as I understand and hear Him right now in my life). You would be right, I am truly blessed and I would be the first one to admit that. However, I think being human and our sinful nature doesn’t have anything to do with what our life looks like. God blesses us even when we don’t deserve it, that’s what GRACE is all about-but that is for a different post entirely. I am human and just like everyone else I struggle with sin on a daily basis.

For those of you who know me, you know I am a fairly open person. I wear my emotions on my sleeve (anger, happiness, joy, pain). When I started talking with Joel about how to deal with my temper especially, we talked about different things to do. One of my suggestions was to blog about it. However, it’s a different sort of blog. It is personal and that is not always easy. However, I really think this is something I am supposed to do. Not sure why and I am sure it will not be an easy thing to do at times, but I want to be vulnerable and I want to change, that is the bottom line.

SO, the 1st blog is about WHY I am doing this. I realized like I said that I had a problem with my anger a few years ago, but for the last year, it has been very noticeable. I realized that I did not want Simeon growing up with a mom that has a bad temper and I especially didn’t want him growing up learning that behavior. There are so many other things I want to give him, but I don’t want to give him the legacy of anger.

I look at my husband and feel he is such an example to me of someone who is constantly trying to be like Christ. I realize that is what I want to be like. Now, honestly, this is not easy. It is not easy to realize that you are lacking in certain areas of your life. In fact, there are times that I have been jealous of Joel because he is patient, kind and very tender-hearted and understanding to the needs of others. I am not like that in most situations. I am very blessed to have a husband that I can learn from. Now, he would be the 1st to say he is not perfect, but in this area, like I said, I am glad I am able to learn from him. He suggested reading through Philippians and Ephesians. I really appreciate the above verse from Ephesians. I like that it describes the ‘bad’ characteristics and then the ‘good’ characteristics and then talks about how God forgave us and that is what we should do for others. Basically we should have the attitude of Christ. I am far away from that, but I am striving for it.

I ask that if you read this blog regularly, that as you do, you would pray for me. It is not an easy endeavor to change an engrained part of who you are. Pray for change, for a likeness to Christ and an attitude of tenderness.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

Simeon's gift to us on his FIRST Birthday-His FIRST steps

On his 1st Birthday, Simeon decided to take his first steps. After everyone left and it was just our fam. It was very cute and you can hear our excitement!


Simeon celebrated his FIRST birthday on March 5th! We had people over to celebrate and had a little party. It was a lot of fun and Simeon got his very own cupcake! Hope you enjoy the pics!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Some pictures from Christmas 2010

Simeon loved having an actual bath to take a bath in and rubber duckies at both grandma and grandpa's house!

The Delp nieces + an O'Dell. Sporting the Liga jersey we got her for Christmas!

Grandma Delp and Simeon

The O'Dell nieces with Simeon

Zach, Mo, Simeon, Joel and I the night we got back to the States. Zach and Mo got engaged a couple weeks after this picture! YEAH!

December 2010/January 2011

The biggest thing that happened for us in December was we went back to the States for Christmas! It was great to be with both sides of the family and for Simeon to do a lot of FIRSTS! First snow, 1st Christmas, New year's etc.

However, the day after Christmas, Joel's dad had chest pain and we went to the hospital. He was admitted and eventually scheduled for a heart cath a week or so later. The cath showed major blockages, especially in his left main artery. The cath wad one on a Friday, and the following Monday he had open heart surgery. It ended up being triple bypass. Because of these circumstances and those that followed we extended our stay twice and ended up being in the States till the middle of January. Although these were not easy times, God knew what He was doing and we were so thankful that we were in the States to be with Joel's family and help how we could.

Although there were many issues following surgery, especially with medications, now, Joel's dad is doing much, MUCH better. He says he is feeling close to being back to himself again. Now we are just hoping things move along with recovery so he can have hip replacement in May.

Thank you, THANK YOU to those that prayed for Earl and Joel's family during this time. The prayers were felt and answered! Praise be to God!


Many apologies for the amount of time it has been since I have posted. There are no excuses, I have just been neglected this blog to keep up with our other blog: I have looked at other blogs that I once followed and realize that there have not been posts for 6 months, a year or more. Although it would be easy for me to pack it in with the blog, I feel for some people this is one connection to us that if we didn't have, they might not know what is going on with us. Now, maybe that is just an excuse, not sure, but if for no other reason, when I do post to this blog, sometimes I just need a place to put personal blogging, not just ministry blogging. I do feel like there is a difference between ministry blogging and personal blogging. I suppose that is for another blog post. Anyway, I am not going to do a poll asking if I should keep this going. Even if only a couple people read this blog, that is OK, I'm OK with that. SO, all that said, to follow are pictures, videos, etc to catch people up on life since December.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simeon's 1st snow

Here is Simeon's 1st snow at Kim's parents. He wasn't quite sure what to think...