Beth received a set of makeup bags from two of her friends (sisters), and a gift card to Reitman's (a ladies' clothing store with enough decent clothes to make it worth shopping there!) from her brother and her other friends. Wes and I gave her a new Bible, one of the small ones that snaps closed. She saw one that Sam had when he was home for Christmas and just loved it, and I told Wes that we should get her that for her birthday. We found one for a really good price at the Preacher's Delight Conference in Tacoma earlier this month, so we snapped it up.
Beth asked for Hearty Pasta Tomato Soup, and I made rolls to go with it. The soup is a crock-pot meal, and the dough for the rolls was prepared in my bread machine, so it was an easy meal to prepare, perfect for when you're having guests. I actually modified that recipe a little to suit my family's tastes; I left out the zucchini, mushrooms, and green pepper, and added a can of red kidney beans and a little more tortellini. There was just enough left over for one bowl, so I guess it turned out ok . . . or else everyone was starving! ;) Beth also asked for Apple Crisp for dessert, so we had a large pan of that with vanilla ice cream on top. With 12 people here, that was also demolished in short order!
After we ate, all 8 of those kids went outside and
So it's been a good day, with a nice evening of fellowship at the end. Now I'm off to bed. We have a couple of normal (?) days before we pick up our evangelist in Seattle on Friday evening. I better make the most of them!