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August 6, 2012

The Adventures of an Art Auction and a Pot Roast.

This past weekend was a weekend of firsts.

At work, we have an event/fundraiser called Art for Arthritis. It is really the emotional heartbeat of the year for the Arthritis Foundation because it involves kids that are affected by arthritis and other related rheumatoid diseases. We pair 15 children with 15 local artists for a chance to collaborate over the summer and create an “art masterpiece.” (For more information, go to www.artforarthritiskc.org) The live auction takes place on September 7th. I wanted to do something special for the kids who worked so hard on their work so I set up a gallery showcase for First Friday in Kansas City’s Crossroad’s District. Let’s just say, it was my first time hanging artwork. (BTW- Tyler was a HUGE help) It was hard and I doubted myself and my decision to even hold a preview party but I realized it had turned out okay when I saw the looks on all the kids faces. They felt so special and honored to have their work displayed in a gallery.

We also had our first house guest since moving in our new place! Tyler’s father came to stay with us for a few days and it was wonderful. I got lucky. I’m not just saying this, but I have pretty great in-laws. I decided to be ambitious and cook my very first pot roast for my father-in-law. I had no idea what I was doing but not to “toot my own horn” or anything, it turned out fabulous. See recipe below:

Needs: Crockpot, 1 medium rump roast, small package of baby carrots

Directions: Mix 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 1 package of Lipton’s dry onion soup mix, 2 packages of brown gravy mix, 2 cups of water. Place meat and carrots in the crock pot, pour in the mix (soon to be gravy) and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Here was the final result:

A perfect end to the weekend was watching the sun set with Tyler. We drove to the top of our parking garage and captured some pretty cool images of dusk. Yet just another reason for us to pause…take a breath…and realize just how cozy our life is becoming.

“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” -C.S Lewis


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