Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Three years living in Japan and I finally did it

Everyone said I would. I didn't give in. BUT this week - I did.....

I got tired of rice and small potatoes....and I bought the FROZEN baked potatoes. They are cheaper than potatoes in Japan and they are BIG....I did it. I caved...and it was heavenly having a baked potato with the salmon.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


  • Ephesians and Revelation 1 - good stuff. 
  • Regional emails and skype. 
  • Preparing for local final board meeting tomorrow (party). 
  • Organized PWOC corner and finally got rid of this. 

  • Got 5 boxes for the thrift store - went through my room. 
  • Grilled veggie dogs and salmon. 
  • Made Monster cookies for board tomorrow. 
  • Continued to plan WILD Japan. 
  • Decided not to buy plane tickets for Misawa - Tokyo. It will be much easier to just take the train on that leg and then fly internationally. 
  • Couldn't sleep last night until 5:30 a.m. - really, really trying to be faithful on these meds and hoping we can adjust well in a few weeks. MUST remember to make the appointment now. LOL 

Choosing Joy!

©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Garden 2012

Finally! It's been so cold and rainy that we are behind - but yesterday we planted. Unfortunately, not being a real gardener and not reading Japanese, we couldn't find the herbs we wanted.....but we'll try again soon for the herbs. 

Zander's watermelon (not a chance)

Stacia's flowers

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Zander's New Passion

The bare-feet COULD explain the monster blisters  - you think? He skinned up his knees today - but still loves it.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Installation 2012

By faith, we set 5 June as the installation service and end of year potluck for our local PWOC. We had no applicants for next year's board.  By 5 June we had three - Lisa, Susan and Robin. Lisa has agreed to be the interim President through the summer (I had asked her to shadow me many moons ago - but evidently God meant for me to be President this year).  This means my year as local president is winding down. I will  mentor Lisa - in my role as Regional President...and wearing one hat should be nice (well, except that I'm still wearing 7 regional hats at this point ::snort::). 

We never DID get a photo of the FULL BOARD IN ONE I'll post several.....

This gal has a special part in my OLD heart (shoot they all do). 

Muriel's smile has set the tone every week this year

This has been the DREAM team..... I have loved working with this group of ladies. We've truly come to love each other - deeply. Many are leaving and it's about to kill me - but I'm trying, trying, TRYING not to go there. 

2011/12 Exec Board
New Exec Board  - they are going to ROCK! 
One thing we did was do a group study of the book, "Leading Women who Wound." We all agree this set us up well....when conflict did start to arise we were all on the same sheet as to how it would be handled. We had our armor up and were prepared.

We were often  on the same sheet - but when we weren't respect and love were shown in the discussions to reach consensus.

As a leader, I always have a few aims for my team. I want all to reach the finish line, I want all to be challenged to move beyond their current comfort level in leadership, I want it to be a GOOD experience and for them to feel positive and stronger, more ready to take on new areas of leadership. I really think that happened this year.

I believe our ladies felt the love we had for each other and it spilled over to the general tone of the group. We saw God move us from 30 at the start of the year to topping 80 at the end (our highest week)....and that is GOD - ALL GOD.
Totally love Lisa and her heart to step out of her comfort zone!

We enjoyed excellent studies...we ended the year with TEN  facilitators leading studies. Women who had never led stepped up and led well....we started a book club, prayer walks, exercise class and MOCA (Moms of College Age prayer group) - all with women willing to lead them. No one completely burned out - though there surely were moments of stress. We welcomed two new babies to our board members...and nine to the PWOC. I'm excited to see where God takes this group in the next year.

These photos made me tear up....
Asia (Lisa's gal) Kimmie and Christy (can't figure out how to keep them here!)

Lisa, Kristin and Cassie....Kristin will be soooo missed

Kristin put on an AMAZING salad spread for us. We have made it a practice this year to MUG those who are pcsing...look at all the cups we need to fill with words of affirmation before next Tuesday.

We had small scroll dolls out for all to sign by way of thank you for the full board......

I cannot share how AMAZING it has to been to be a part of this team this year. It's the way Christian leadership is meant to be. I'm honored God allowed me to lead this team....

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Monster Cookies (Pioneer Woman)

Shhh....I'm making a big cookie for each of my 12 board members  (and I make the unlucky 13) for tomorrow's party. My family says they're awesome even with my healthy ingredients. I hope so. LOL 

You really NEED to go see the way cool photos that Ree has posted with this recipe

Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Minutes Servings 36 (made 30 with the big PC scoop for me)

2 sticks (1/2 Pound) Butter (salted) Softened
½ cups White Sugar
1-½ cup Brown Sugar, Packed (or combine rapadura for both sugars)
2 whole Large Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour (Soft white)
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1-½ cup Oats (either Quick Or Regular)
½ cups M & M's (more To Taste)
½ cups Pecans, Chopped (more To Taste)
¾ cups Chocolate Chips (milk Or Semi-sweet)
½ cups Peanut Butter Chips
2-¼ cups Rice Krispies
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter with sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add to mixing bowl and mix till combined. After that, add in remaining ingredients in whatever quantity you prefer. Add more nuts if you’d like, or more M & M’s, more peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.

Add Rice Crispies at the very end, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix!

Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, then allow to cool on a rack.

Serve with glasses of cold milk.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...