03Mar

Pinterest Cooking Sleepover Recipes

Posted by in autism, Children's Ministry, Christian Girls, Church, cooking, Disabilities, Food, Girls Ministry, Homeschooling, Karla Akins, Ministry, Pastor's Wives, Recipe Blog Hop, recipes, Self-image, Strong Girls, Uncategorized, Youth | 0 comments

This is a recipe blog hop! Go here to get the button and join us each week: The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop. Then add your recipe post to mine with the linky codes at the end of this post. Whether you’re a paleo, vegetarian, southern cook, or baker, you’re welcome to join me and post a weekly recipe! Pinterest Cooking Sleepover Recipes   It’s been a long cold winter in NE Indiana. The kind of winter that calls for lots of comfort food. (Thank goodness for baggy sweaters!) Last Friday I invited all the girls at our church, ages K-12...

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17Feb

Autism grows up

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I knew it would happen. The twins would grow up and enter this new territory of girls and dating. I have no idea if we’re doing it right or not. The boys turned 20 last week. One of them has had a steady girlfriend for several months now. Just to remind new readers of the background — the boys live with the diagnoses of autism, cognitive and speech impairments, and more. I’m not worried about where the relationship with this lovely girl and my son is going. She is a sweet young woman who has known the twins since they were...

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16Feb

Karla’s Famous Chili Recipe

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This is a recipe blog hop! Go here to get the button and join us each week: The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop. Then add your recipe post to mine with the linky codes at the end of this post. Whether you’re a paleo, vegetarian, southern cook, or baker, you’re welcome to join me and post a weekly recipe! Karla’s Famous Chili My chili recipe has won first place the church chili cook-off for four years straight and one year before that. (The other year I didn’t enter–but my husband did and won! I gave him tips.) The twins...

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29Jan

Questions: God’s not surprised

Posted by in A to Z Blog Hop, A to Z Meme, Karla Akins, Musings, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter Q   When I get to heaven, I have a lot of questions for God. Some questions are a little humorous: What were you thinking when you...

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26Jan

Taking care of Mama Ellen

Posted by in Confessions, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized | 5 comments

I’m ashamed to admit it, but my gift is not in nursing. In fact, my husband says that if he ever gets a bad disease, he’s definitely not counting on me to help him through it. And he’s right not to. I’m a lousy nurse. I have a suspicion as to why I lack the ability to nurse others. I won’t go into those here because to discuss them would require divulging secrets about other people, and I’m not into that. And it’s not that I’m not empathetic. I am, perhaps too empathetic. I can’t stand to...

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22Jan

One of my favorite historical fiction authors, Susan F. Craft, releases new book: Laurel

Posted by in 1800s, book reviews, books, Historical, historical fiction, history, Karla Akins, Romance, Susan F. Craft, Uncategorized, writing | 5 comments

I’m so excited about Susan F. Craft’s new book, Laurel. I love Susan’s writing so much I read this compelling story in one sitting! I couldn’t put it down. The book is about a young couple whose daughter is kidnapped by slave runners in the backwoods of South Carolina. The couple hunts for their daughter in the wilderness and finally track her to the shores of the Atlantic at Charleston. While in Charleston, the mother, Lilyan, is recognized as a former patriot who murdered a British officer  (I won’t say why,...

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22Jan

Tickled pink!

Posted by in A to Z Blog Hop, A to Z Meme, Confessions, Karla Akins, Life, Uncategorized, writing | 9 comments

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter P! God is so cool. The other day I was sitting in my office in my HUGE office chair. I’d bought it because it was sturdier than...

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15Jan

L, M, N, are probably not going to get me noticed in search engines. O Well.

Posted by in A to Z Blog Hop, A to Z Meme, Confessions, Dieting, Food, Health, Karla Akins, Life, Movies, Musings, Time Management, Uncategorized | 8 comments

When my computer crashed, I missed the weeks of L, M, N in our A to Z blog hop. Horrors! And now it’s already time for the letter O! So here goes. L is for lazy. I had a very lazy Christmas holiday. I slept tons. I mean, I never knew it was humanly possible to sleep as much as I did and still be alive and breathing. If there’s such a thing as Christmas Coma, I invented it. I was utterly and completely exhausted. For this reason, I’m sure God had a plan for my computer crashing and burning. And I’m grateful. My life is...

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13Jan

I’m baaaaack!

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My hard drive crashed and burned the last week in December and I’ve been without my computer until today. Talk about withdrawal! Those of you who blog and write, know what I mean. Thankfully, I backed up all my works in progress via Carbonite. Now I wait a few more days while it works to restore all my files. We interrupt this message for an unscheduled announcement: Note: I wrote the above last week–when I thought I was back in business with my computer. Turns out that now my computer cord is fried. I ordered one, not realizing...

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30Dec

The perfect holiday breakfast dish: Karla’s French Toast Egg Nog Casserole

Posted by in Christmas, Food, Holidays, Karla Akins, Life, New Year, Recipe Blog Hop, recipes, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This is a recipe blog hop! Go here to get the button and join us each week: The Most Delicious Recipe Blog Hop. Then add your recipe post to mine with the linky codes at the end of this post. Whether you’re a paleo, vegetarian, southern cook, or baker, you’re welcome to join me and post a weekly recipe! Karla’s French Toast Egg Nog Casserole When I got the idea for this recipe, I was extremely excited to try it. I’m happy to report that it tasted just as delicious as I imagined. And it’s so easy. You mix it the night before...

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