My Prayer This Week

Jesus cast a look on me,
Give me sweet simplicity
Make me poor and keep me low,
Seeking only Thee to know

All that feeds my busy pride,
Cast it evermore aside
Bid my will to Thine submit,
Lay me humbly at Thy feet

Make me like a little child,
Of my strength and wisdom spoiled
Seeing only in Thy light,
Walking only in Thy might

Leaning on Thy loving breast,
Where a weary soul can rest
Feeling well the peace of God,
Flowing from His precious blood

In this posture let me live,
And hosannas daily give
In this temper let me die,
And hosannas ever cry!


Turkey Black Bean Chili

I made this chili last week and several people have been interested in the recipe, so I thought I would post it here!  Kelley introduced me to this chili recipe and it is delicious! Its kind of a combo of soup and chili in consistency.  Fall is here which makes me excited for fall/winter foods!

Turkey Black Bean Chili
total time: 30(ish) minutes
serving size: 6-8

  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 (15 oz) cans of black beans
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth
Saute the chopped onion and ground turkey with the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat, stirring often, 8-10 minutes, until the turkey crumbles and is no longer pink. Stir in chili powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper; saute 1 minute.  Drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans, but do not drain the 3rd.  Stir in drained and undrained beans, tomatoes, and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Delicious with freshly grated cheese and fritos! 

This is a busy week for us in the English family - Jesse has a ton of design work and a 3d model to complete along with a final and a 20 page paper.  I have my comps, which I must pass to graduate.  Eeek.

Also, my sister sent me this rug and I LOVE IT.  This might be the inspiration for the baby's room! We go to the doctor this WEDNESDAY and will get to have another ultrasound.  Very excited! Maybe it will give us the inspiration to finish the week strong.  I hope everyone has a great week!


20 weeks

Quick update for all of my readers: We have made it to 20 weeks! I can't believe that I am 5 months pregnant.  When did this happen? Baby English is the length of a banana this week.  My belly is definitely growing as proof.  I can officially say that I am showing and that people notice (and will usually say something to me about it) and I love it!  People placing their hands on my bump has started and I really don't mind at all.  My mom did this every chance she could this past weekend.

I am loving being pregnant and I am so thankful that I have felt well pretty much the entire 20 weeks (minus about 4-5 days).  I have been feeling the baby move, mostly at night, which is so exciting! I am so looking forward to our next doctor's appointment on October 19 and I can't wait to find out the gender of Baby E on November 5!  Yes, this is about a month later, as we could find out this week, but I am excited to share the news with our family and friends. I am definitely in need of more maternity clothes, so Kelley and I are hitting up some stores this weekend.  It's fun to have a reason to buy new clothes!  For now, my favorite maternity item has been my BeBand.  I got mine at target and love it.  It has been such a saver to allow me to wear my regular pants, even though they won't zip... oh and I kissed buttoning them goodbye a while ago.

So, there you have it!  Baby English the banana and Momma AC the growing belly.  I hope everyone has a great week!