Sunday, February 28, 2010

Scary Quake

What an awful day yesterday! I woke up and turned my iMac on to see if Pablo was up yet. He usually likes to sleep in but it about 10:30 his time and I thought he might be up. I opened up my internet and the first thing I see is EARTHQUAKE. SANTIAGO. 8.8 I panicked. Big time! But at that very second Pablo popped up and I knew that if he was online that he was safe. He told me that the quake had woken him up, shook his house, knocked down a few glasses and after he saw sparks in the street, the power went out. I know that he was very protected because not all people have that mild of a story to tell. His neighbors had a lot of damage done to their home and many others.

Yesterday morning after I calmed down and knew that my husband was okay I went to a stake Relief Society Conference. The first counselor in the IF Temple Presidency and his wife spoke to us about the blessings of the temple. I have really tried to increase my temple attendance since being separated from Pablo and it was really helped. The one thing that really stood out in my mind that President Mead said was about sealings. He said that there are a lot of things that are uncertain in this life. Will you make it to the Celestial Kingdom? You can try and do your best but it is uncertain. But if you ask, will I be with my husband and family forever? You know the answer is yes if you have been sealed.

I am so grateful that even though my husband is far away from me right now, we will be together forever. And I know that I can say YES when asked if I will be with him forever. I am so grateful that he is safe and sound and that my Heavenly Father is watching over him while we are apart.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Love, Luv, LOOOOVE!

Happy Valentine's Day! Keeping up with my tradition, I'm going to post 100 things that I love! Try this for yourself and post it on your blog too!

1.) Pablo (that's a given!)
2.) Chocolate
3.) Sunny days
4.) Good books
5.) Plaza de Armas in Santiago
6.) My nephews
7.) Free samples
8.) Ward Choir practice
9.) Tulips
10.) Popcorn
11.) Alfajores
12.) Running into someone you haven't seen in a long time
13.) Pablo Neruda
15.) Dashboard Confessional
16.) Friends
17.) Teaching primary
18.) Traveling
19.) P & P (book and movie)
20.) Photoshop
21.) Gilmore Girls
22.) Scentsy
23.) Milky Way
24.) Hanging out with my sister
25.) Text messages
26.) Clearance clothes
27.) the Temple
28.) Pedicures
29.) Old Navy socks
30.) my iMac
31.) Birthdays (mine or yours)
32.) my cute little Passat
33.) Talks with my Mom
34.) Centennial Grain LLC
35.) Mowing the lawn
36.) Summer nights
37.) gmail chat
38.) Completos
39.) Skype
40.) The Farming Game
41.) My siblings (and their spouses!)
42.) Lomito al pobre
43.) Being married
44.) The 4th of July
45.) All of you who are reading this!
46.) Weddings ( I always cry.)
47.) Cards in the mail
48.) Dove Promises
49.) Family Home Evening
50.) Pablo's artwork
51.) Flip flops
52.) West Yellowstone
53.) Dutch Oven cooking
54.) Batter fried Zucchini
55.) Being in Kindergarten
56.) BOM
57.) Speaking Spanish
58.) My wedding dress
59.) Cumbia
60.) Root beer
61.) Juanes
62.) books by Jerry Spinelli
63.) SkippyJon Jones
64.) Nicole Miller lip gloss
65.) Purses
66.) Pablo's eyes
67.) Pearls
68.) Visiting Lancaster, PA
69.) GAP outlets
70.) Apple cider
71.) Cardigans
72.) Jack Black
73.) fonts San Serif
74.) The Office
75.) Movies that make you cry
76.) Sleeping in
77.) Buffalo wings
78.) Arrested Development
79.) Catching snow flakes
80.) Reading blogs
81.) Making lists (ha ha!)
82.) Passing tests
83.) New toothbrushes
84.) Date night with Pablo
85.) Facebook
86.) Rocketdog shoes
87.) Coke Zero Vanilla
88.) Melaleuca chapstick
89.) Ellen Degeneres
90.) Casate Conmigo
91.) Baked potatoes
92.) Going to the movies
93.) Camping
94.) Cooking new recipes
95.) Ratatouille
96.) Christmas
97.) Cafe Motion
99.) Earrings
100.) Little Women

Monday, February 1, 2010

Soups on!

My friend Drew so nicely reminded me that my blog has been LAME lately...thanks Drew! So, for lack of better posting material, try a new recipe! I actually got this out of American Profile and it was YUM! Try it and let me know what you think!

Cheesy Chicken Chowder

2 (14 oz) cans reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups diced, peeled potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I used sharp!)
2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken

Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan and reduce heat. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, salt and pepper (and other seasonings as you wish). Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour and mix well. Gradually stir in milk and cook on low heat until slightly thickened. Stir in cheese and cook until melted (just a few minutes) Add cheese mixture to broth and add chicken. Cook and stir over low heat until heat and enjoy!