40 Years

by Heather on June 21, 2010

Happy 40th Anniversary to my parents (yesterday!!!)

40 years?! AMAZINGMy sister and I have the best parents in the world, and I know that it’s safe to say that we are both SO PROUD of them in every way.  We are so thankful to have such a loving example of an amazing and God-centered marriage…our parents, although not perfect, have modeled a wonderful relationship and encouraged us to not accept anything less than a partner who loves us just the way we are and pushes us to be the people we can become.  Mom, Dad, I love you so much and hope you guys had an amazing anniversary!  Get ready for a yummy dinner when y’all come up in a few weeks :)

Speaking of fighting for a great marriage, Nate and I had the privilege to meet with 2 awesome couples yesterday to talk about their upcoming and potentially upcoming marriages.  I have to say that marriage in an of itself is a truly amazing thing to me…yes, I enjoy WEDDINGS, but a MARRIAGE?  That takes work, dedication, loyalty, love, fun, and the ability to die to self and put the other person before you.  If anyone has any questions regarding marriage or anything, please feel free to email me anytime.  I can’t promise I’ll know all the answers, and I’m not certified by an association or man-made entity, but I do promise to encourage you to do the right thing in all of your relationships :)  I’m not sure why I threw that out there, but maybe there’s someone who needed it today!

Breakfast yesterday was awesome…a chocolate peanut butter GM in a jar (CPBGMIAJ?)

At church I got to serve with the kiddos, which is always fun, although it does wear me out :)  I DID get to hold a 2-week-old baby though which was AWESOME…definitely didn’t help the baby fever go away!  Lunch was a turkey-cheddar sandwich at Quizno’s with honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, and banana peppers.  I ate the whole thing even though I only wanted and needed half, but can’t change that now…I can only change what I eat tomorrow for lunch!

I got to talk to my parents for about an hour or so, took the dogs to the dog park, and started cooking Father’s Day dinner for Nate (because, yes, we celebrate Mother’s & Father’s Day because of our dogs :))  We started off with Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms:

  • 14 medium baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cheese (I used cheddar)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350.  Wipe mushrooms, cut off the hard stem at the bottom and discard.  Then remove the rest of the stems, chop finely, and set aside.  Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray and place mushroom caps upside down in the dish.  In a saucepan heat 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and saute the chopped mushroom stems for about 3 minutes.  Add the spinach, and cook til all leaves are wilted.  Remove from heat and add Worchestershire sauce, cheese, and breadcrumbs.  If mixture is too crumbly add about 1 Tbsp water.  Stir until combined, then spoon into mushroom caps.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and serve!

We also had a 5-oz steak with gorgonzola cream sauce, mashed potatoes, and roasted asparagus:

I wouldn’t be lying if I said I licked my plate clean…just sayin’ 😉  We had our friends Josh & Ashley over for dessert (pizookie anyone?!) and some Mexican Train dominoes…so fun!  Like I said, I love talking relationships, and this couple is definitely in an amazing one!  Just another reason why I’m passionate about marriage and passionate about love.

CONFESSION:  I love Phil Collins.


I challenge you to find a Phil Collins song that isn’t amazing…actually, I take that back.  I don’t want to send anyone on an impossible mission!  In college my roommate Kristin made me a T-shirt that said, “I {heart} Phil Collins” and it just about made my year 😉  She had one that said, “I {heart} John Denver” too!  We are old souls :)

Do you have a top-secret favorite artist?  Who is it and why?! It cracks me up because, even though I don’t always mention it, I can pick out Phil Collins songs playing in the background ANYWHERE!  Elevator, airport, women’s restaurant restroom…you name it :)  And I adore it!  “You’ll be in my heart…”!

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