Monday, February 28, 2011

Oh for the Love of Spinach

Here's something you might not know about us Deckers...we LOVE food. Oh we love it deeply we do! The kitchen is by far the most used room in our little apartment. We spend a good amount of waking hours dreaming about delicious concoctions, some more healthy than others. So while food grabs our attention I hope this little recipe gets yours!

Cocoa Banana Spinach Smoothie

Step 1: Star with some dang good organic spinach like the kind from Costco!

Step 2: Dump about 1/2 cup of organic PLAIN yogurt right on top of those leafy greens

Step 3: Add a decent amount of almond milk 1/2 cup or so?
Step 4: Throw a real ripe banana into the mix along with a heaping pile of organic cocoa powder

Step 5: Blend it up in a dandy blender until you get something that look like this

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Work with me here people, I know it's not gorgeous but be brave! It tastes spectacular and your body will thank you later for all that Vitamin A, floic acids, antioxidants and fiber. Take Ryan's word for it, you cannot taste the spinach at all. Fa rillz.

Um. Or you could get a husband who likes meat and make a bacon breakfast sandwich and do your best to redeem it with the greens.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mugabe & The White African

Have you watched this documentary?



I just watched this amazing true documentary about one justice seeking family fighting back against the political and social unrest in Zimbabwe at the hands of a racist dictator, Robert Mugabe. What a wimp I am on a Friday afternoon, crying and watching this film but it gripped my heart tightly for Africa. Zimbabwe's government is filled with racism, hatred, violence, and forgiveness. One family devoted fully and passionately to Christ, decide to be completely obedient to God in challenging an oppresive dictator by standing for justice, social liberty, and simply doing what is right. They face unbelievable adversity but amazingly they forgive and love and trust God in one of the darkest countries in the world.

I just got rocked in learning about forgiveness and obeying God when it is more difficult that can be imagined. He is faithful.

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Psalm 64:1


{Watch the whole movie on Netflix or stream it for free at a site like Megavideo.com}

Friday, February 25, 2011

Snowshoeing Adventures

Mountains.

Snow.

Adventure.

Three of our absolute favorite things!! And we are JOY FILLED at the BEAUTY FILLED Colorado mountains that we get to play in.


{Ryan Cody Stacey}
{Carly Ryan Cody}
{The proud driver inside our "new" 92' 4Runner}

We definitely recommend the hike we took on Waldorf Trail in Georgetown, CO. Fairly easy hike in, beautiful scenery, and just the right distance away from the noise of the city! Wonderous!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

January/February Whereabouts

We're back in the blogging world! We get free (read: sketchy) Internet at our house that we pick up randomly if we're lucky so when it's out, so are we. So enjoy this Decker update!

Ryan is busy at work but loving what he is blessed to be doing! He does an amazing job balancing work, being a husband, and loving on people all week. Right now Healing Waters has him working on designing a new bottle washing system; the designs are incredible and take hours of preparations. On top of that he is also getting ready to send out water quality test kits to partners in El Salvador. Work is nice but it's the weekend that we dig! Our goal is to spend every weekend out in the mountains hiking or snowshoeing and especially we try to get Ry on that swanky new bike of his!
{What a swoony husband I have!!}

I have been busy with school and wishing for graduation to show up. Being a student is time consuming but I still have hours free each week that would jive well with a part-time job...So I start work at a yoga studio Friday! For now I will be doing administrative work. Bonus: free yoga (score!) and a discount on yoga teacher certification!! We are praying right now about pursuing my yoga teacher certification but in a way that emphasizes the incredible physical/wellness aspect of yoga and not some crazy stuff like connecting to the Earth or bowing down to the sun. Overall we are busy, blessed and glad that the Lord brought us to Lakewood.

Enjoy these photos with more to come in the next few days!

Our first snow after months of hot, dry desert! Beautiful! What a view eh?

Carly's 22nd Birthday Celebration

The generous Nelson Parent's who took us to Rodizio Grill to celebrate!

The Careys playing 'Wise or Otherwise" with us after a home-cooked dinner
{Tamara hard at work}
{Chris deep in thought}
{Ryan thinking so hard}

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 28:7

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Highlight of College

There are few things that I am REALLY loving about 2nd semester senior year other than the fact that graduation is just on the horizon. However I did happen to love last week but for a slightly odd reason. My faith got bashed...and hard! My feisty 70-something year old professor is opinionated about anything and everything. Especially Christians. The truth is this guy is very smart and very little slips by him. Unfortunately he is convinced of a few things about Christians and most of those things are four letter words that probably shouldn't be typed here. Ha!

So anywho...last Wednesday he got into a rant about Christians, their blind faith and then threw a few Bible verses around used entirely out of context. I'm getting pretty pissed also when I realize how off this guy is. The main verses he pulled out were Exodus 9:12 and Ezekiel 4:12. If you don't know them the first one might indicate to you (out of context) that God plays favorites, bullies Egyptians and hardens Pharaoh's heart so he can puppeteer him around. The second verse (again out of context) might lead you to believe that God commanded a willing follower of him to consume human excrement. Gag!!

I'm not a scholar and don't claim to be but I wanted to share the email I wrote him, followed up by some sweet hang out time during his office hours. Hopefully it might serve as an encouragement to someone who feels like they need to "prove" their faith to another or anyone doubting some hard verses. We are called to be able to give answers to those who seek and be a light in the darkness. I can't think of many places more dark than a liberal college campus, but what an honor to defend the gospel there and see the Lord show up!


Hello Professor!

I wanted to write you a quick email to give you my own thoughts in response to a few of your remarks last Wednesday.

You briefly mentioned an Old Testament reference; I think you were referring to Exodus 9:12 though there are a few other verses that make mention of the Lord hardening Pharaoh's heart. There are a few preceding verses that say Pharaoh hardened his own heart and already had an intent and will to hold the Israelis captive (Exodus 8:15 for example). In light of this I just wanted to point out that the Hebrew word "Chazaq" used in these verses translates in English to mean to embolden or encourage so he had stubborn courage to stand even in the face of frightening miracles. He simply became stiff-necked and stubborn as was the general direction of his heart intent. Basically God emboldened what was already in Pharaoh's heart and simply helped him to accomplish what he was already determined in his own will to do.

Source: http://biblocality.com/forums/showthread.php?2747-The-Pharaoh

Also I wanted to point out that there is a lot of controversy over the verse you pointed out about Ezekiel being commanded to eat his own feces. Ezekiel 4:12 is the exact reference. The NIV, and many other versions, translates the verse as:
"Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel."
Using human feces as fuel for the fire is very different than being commanded to consume human excrement. Certainly translations and scholarly opinions differ but I wanted to give you another way to look at that verse.

I want you to know as a Christian I was not offended by anything that you said but rather grateful for your challenge to know my faith more deeply and be able to offer up explanations beyond blind faith. I look forward to more of your classes and hopefully seeing you in person during your office hours.

Respectfully,
Carly Decker


But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.
Luke 21:14

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Budgeting Redemption!



So Ry and I have been doing our VERY best (we swear!) with budgeting this month. Admittedly there are random costs that creep up when you move back into the country and we didn't do quite as terrible as we predicted with budgeting...but we spent WAY over on groceries and "entertainment" and our car decided to break a wheel bearing. Ack!

Ok that is our confession. Since we did write a past blog post about wanting to spend the money we've been trusted with wisely, we better be willing to talk about it. But this post is NOT a pity party. It's about a VERY VERY amazing tool that we found (that I, Carly, am obsessed with).

Ever heard of Coupon Mom? Before you discredit the company for being on Oprah just know that we saved about $50 last month with these coupons alone. For instance, I just printed out coupons for hummus, ziploc bags, cream cheese, organic bread, organic granola, organic canned tomatoes, Aveeno lotion, and coconut milk (don't judge). They also have TONS of coupons for stuff that we just don't eat very often like Pillsbury products, candy, cereal, lunch meat, and household cleaning products. Good deal eh?

Anyway I recommend this to anyone and everyone, especially newly married/newly back in the country people who have had a Saudi Arabian sugar daddy for the last year. So here's what you do...

1) Go to couponmom.com
2) Fill out the information box that says "Join Free Today"
3) Read the tutorial called "Learn to Coupon" in the top blue tabs
4) Hook your printer up, select the coupons you want and print.

I have never gotten spam so they don't share your email, they will never ask for a credit card and basically you just save tons of money. Just wanted to share this encouraging tool with you all-it has been a good way for us to be more intentional with what we buy, apply coupons only on things we would buy anyway and cut expenses so we can save or give money away!

Hope this helps! Although we didn't entirely crash and burn this month we could have done better and we will remember it as a good lesson for February and to share with other couples who get discouraged.

He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.

Luke 16:10

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