This lovely lady came into town last night

Her name is Erin.  We lived together during college & she is one of the biggest reasons that I survived nursing school!  Erin is one of the most amazing people I know.  She is in school getting her MSN (Master’s in Nursing) at UTA – though she lives in Oklahoma!  Erin balances being a wife, mommy, student…who commutes a LONG way to class, & nurse with such grace.  Jesus is very evident in her life!  She is such a blessing!!

Erin & her hubs Ben have a PRECIOUS little boy named Andrew, who just turned one.  Hudson & I get to play with him while his Momma goes to class today!!

We have had SUCH a fun morning!

They are both worn out & napping at the moment … sweet boys.

I’m going to go finish my coffee before they wake up!

Until next time.

Much love.



{Recipe} Thanksgiving Ham

I made the ham for Thanksgiving this year.

It was SUPER easy.

Lots of people asked for the recipe.  I think it is fun to cook meals that inspire a “wow” when tasted and an even bigger “WOW” when they hear how easy the meal was to make.  This ham is one such meal. So, here is the recipe::

(i would post a picture but it was all eaten up before i thought about it. trust me. its yum)

1 (8-9lb.) bone-in picnic ham*

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup orange juice

Place 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar in the slow cooker (CrockPot).  Add water & orange juice.  Rub remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar on ham.  Place flat side down in the CrockPot and cook on LOW for 8(ish) hours.


Isn’t that easy?!  After 8 hours the ham falls right off the bone.  Yum!!

* side note:  I assume you could use any sort of smoked ham – bone-in or boneless. i used my big 7 qt CrockPot.  however, if you aren’t cooking for a huge crowd and/or have a smaller CrockPot, just get a smaller ham – but watch the cooking time!

** also: the water/orange juice probably isn’t needed however, i cooked this overnight and didn’t want to wake up to burned brown sugar.  the ham makes a lot of juice, so i bet it would be okay on its own.  though i did like the extra flavor of the orange juice, subtle but tasty!

*** adapted from this recipe


I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.”  Psalm 69:30

Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His deeds in songs of joy.”  Psalm 107:22

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near.” Psalm 75:1

“Never let us neglect thanksgiving…As the smiling flowers gratefully reflect in their lovely colours the various constituents of the solar ray, so should gratitude spring up in our hearts after the smiles of God’s providence….We should praise God again and again. Stinted gratitude is ingratitude. For infinite goodness there should be measureless thanks. Faith promises redoubled praise for greatly needed and signal deliverances. For that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. God is at hand to answer and do wonders—adore we then the present Deity. We sing not of a hidden God, who sleeps and leaves the church to her fate, but of one who ever in our darkest days is most near, a very present help in trouble. “Near is his name.” Glory be unto the Lord, whose perpetual deeds of grace and majesty are the sure tokens of his being with us always, even unto the ends of the world.” Charles Spurgoen, Treasury of David

We had a great Thanksgiving!  Obviously it was our first as a family of three … and it was so fun! We had brunch in the morning at my parents & dinner at Jordan’s.  It is so wonderful to have both of our families so close!  They are a joy.  Hudson has such wonderful grandparents AND great-grandparents!  Not to mention everyone else! What a neat blessing to get to see so many generations in one room!

Here are a few photos of our little turkey … for whom we are so very thankful.

How fun would it be if his eyes stay that blue!?

It was a long day = a little stressful.

Watching the Cowboys.  I know … he looks just like his daddy.  I love it!

Happy to be home, in his jammies, & headed for bed.

Advent has begun!  We’ve got our Christmas decor up!  I love love love this time of year.  More on that later … Until then.

Much love.

So it begins.

It is official.  The Stone family is blogging!  I know, I know we are so behind the times.  Oh well.  Better late than never I suppose!

Perhaps you are thinking: “So why start a blog now?  Oh yeah … you had a kid.  Everyone who has a kid has to have a blog.  Its like required for being a Momma.  One of those forms you sign before the let you push the baby out: ‘Yes. I will start a blog‘”

No silly.  Not really.

So why a blog then?

I am beginning to see that family blogs are like modern-day time capsules, all ready to have stories & memories & pictures tucked away inside.  They allow grown children to someday see an inside perspective of how their Momma & Daddy thought, spoke, lived.

That is very cool.  Not because WE are cool, but because we belong to an amazing God who refuses to leave us as we are – yucky, sinful,  & messy – but He is constantly in the process of changing us to look like His Son Jesus.  I want our children to see that process, to learn from – and hopefully be encouraged by our journey – for His glory.

Blogs can also help us remember the real details of our life, the important & the mundane.  The Lord tells His people over & over to REMEMBER what He has done.  For His glory.  RememberRemember. Remember.  Those are just a few times.  There are a whole bunch more!!  Go read your Bible & see!

Also, blogs can help friends stay in touch even when you live far apart.  If you are my friend and you don’t live near me then I praise the Lord for your steadfastness.  Because I stink at staying in touch!!  I like to sit down, face-to-face.  Have you over for a cup of coffee & chat,  heart-to-heart.  Phones. Letters. Emails.  I am horrible.  All my long distance friends are nodding their heads.  I am hoping this will help.

I DO hope a couple of you will read our little blog 🙂  Even if you don’t I’m going to try to be faithful to do it.

I also promise to post pictures (of Hudson).  Because what is a blog without pictures, right?!  And he is the one you are in it to see right? I thought so.  Alright, until next time!

Much love.