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Mandee Marlane Rohn

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January 2016

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

It was one of those prayers that I began praying as a newly baptized disciple of Jesus back in the Summer of 2006.  “God please save my parents, please allow them to become disciples, and receive their salvation in the waters of baptism….”

My parents lived near Eugene, Oregon at the time I started praying this for them, and so my prayers really didn’t seem all that “impossible” back then. My Dad even began studying the scriptures, and making notable changes in his life. However in 2006 he made the decision that he just wasn’t ready to make Jesus the Lord of his life, and him and my Mom moved to Northern Idaho much closer to many of our family members, and much much further from any of the churches that I knew were preaching biblical discipleship,  and baptism.

…….My prayers for them began to feel “impossible” at times….

My parents did however put great effort into finding biblical teaching in Idaho, and they met some amazing people along the way. People whom I know planted great seeds of faith in their hearts.

However my Dad always felt something was missing.

Over a span of 9 years my parents longed for the zeal, and love of the sold-out movement, and they would visit our fellowship every once in awhile over the years.

And after every visit they seemed to fall more and more in love.

They fell more in love with God,  with the disciples, the way of life that is so radically different then that of the world, and more in love with His Kingdom.

God is so faithful,  and he has shown me time and time again that HE has the power to make anything that seems impossible, a reality!

I will never give up on praying for my family, as we have many many more in our family who need a biblical relationship with God 🙂

Thank you to all the Eugene Disciples who influenced and inspired my family from 2006-2007. Thank you also to all the disciples who gave all our their hearts to make Coltin and I’s wedding so special back in 2010, my parents saw a great glimpse of God’s love that day. Im so grateful for my husband, and all the disciples here in Boston as they have prayed earnestly, and faithfully instructed my Dad & Mom in the ways of the Lord.

~Please enjoy these videos of my Parents Baptisms~

April Shanks is Baptized January 3rd 2016

Mark Shanks is Baptized January 6th 2016 

~a few photos~

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My Parents as Disciples

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Ted Karonis- The Midnight Baptizer! 
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after midnight still fellowshipping 
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United in Christ

A new spin on a southern classic: Creamed Spinach

I had dinner guest on the way, and sadly nothing great planned to feed them. Unless of course I could call the semi-thawed pork chops that  sat in my kitchen sink, plans.  I also had very little idea of what to serve along side them. (I know, I know this is a grim beginning to a blog post, but it looks up I promise.)

I opened my freezer, and found over three pounds of spinach tucked away that I had seemingly  forgotten about. Frozen vegetables are a staple in my kitchen because of their convenience and taste.

Needless to say, the oversized bag of spinach was a beautiful sight!


I love creamed spinach, but oddly enough I have never made it. So I searched for a simple recipe online, and found one that looked good, and that I already had all the ingredients for.

So the cooking began….

First: Thaw the spinach: 


(I love this spinach, it comes in awesome little cubes)


After thawing is complete, place in heated skillet with olive oil until some of the water evaporates.

Season.

Then mix in the cream cheese until melted…

I eagerly unwrapped my cream cheese, and was instantly disgusted when I saw that it had been overtaken by mold!

So I grabbed a sharp knife, and scrapped off as much of the mold as possible.

Ok… ok…I’m totally kidding! I quickly threw the nasty cream cheese into the trash, and the scramble that led to the birth of a new recipe began….

Searching the fridge for something that resembles cream cheese is quite the adventure!

Yogurt? Hmm…probably not gonna work

Sesame oil?? Come on Mandee, what are you gonna do with that?

Then I saw it!! muenster cheese, and whole milk. Not quite what I had in mind, but can you ever go wrong with muenster and milk?


Then my excitement kicked in 🙂

I grabbed parmesan cheese, and generously applied a think layer atop the melting meunster.

Then added about half cup of milk, and stirred well!

And there you go, I now have my own unique rendition of creamed spinach!

I hope you enjoy this creamed spinach as much as I did! Nothing quite like a new spin, on a southern classic.

Yum:)



Ingredients: 

  • 10 0z frozen spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning salt
  • Garlic
  • 6 slices meunster cheese
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Directions: 

  • Thaw spinach in microwave (2-3 minutes)
  • Add spinach to hot skillet that already has olive oil in it
  • Wait for most of the water to evaporate
  • Season to taste
  • Turn temp down to simmer
  • Add muenster cheese, Parmesan, garlic and milk
  • Simmer and stir until everything is melted, and well mixed
  • Remove from heat
  • Enjoy:)

Our Very Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas

 

It was an absolute blessing having my younger brother Nick, and my five-year old nephew Daimeyn fly over from way out west, and join us for our (week early) Christmas celebration. It’s been a while since so many of my family members have been together under the same roof for holiday festivities. This indeed was a very warmly welcomed visit!  It was also of great encouragement to have some of our very best friends invite us over for Christmas dinner, and create some memories to be remembered for a lifetime. I wanted to share some pictures of our time together, and of course a few photos of Coltin & I’s daughters Hailee and Trina all dressed up for Christmas Day! An additional blessing was seeing the many wonderful gifts that the disciples contributed to our Mercy Worldwide Toy Drive! Hailee and Trina had the privilege of learning the gift of giving as they accompanied Sheila and Coltin to distribute the gifts to the less fortunate.

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Trina Elise: 1 yr
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Our Precious Girls
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My baby & I
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Rohn Family 2015
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Smile Trina!
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She looks like her daddy
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Cute even with her eyes closed
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Hailee 4yrs, Trina 1 yrs
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Oh hi Santa!
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Christmas Dress
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Nick (my Brother) setting the table for our Christmas Dinner
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Yum!
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I love him
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Professional Present Opener-Daimeyn age 5
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Dad’s ready to eat!
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Rydstedts and Rohns Christmas Day
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Jenny & I
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Rudolph, is that you??
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Precious Moments
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Cousins
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Little Buddy
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Loves her new dolly
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Family is a gift
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Uncle Nick
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Sheila teaching the children about MERCY (Mercy Worldwide is the benevolent arm of the International Christian Churches) as the girls handed out gifts to less fortunate children. I’m so grateful for the amazing hearts of all the disciples that donated gifts!
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Hailee learning what Christmas is all about
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“It is more blessed to give then to receive” Acts 20:35
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Thanks to the many generous donations of gifts from the disciples! Coltin, Sheila, Hailee and Trina had the opportunity to be real life santa clauses! Better yet they were given the opportunity to be like Jesus!

I hope you and your loved ones also had a very Merry Christmas!

Love, Mandee M. Rohn

Homemade Medicinal Rotisserie Chicken Soup

Homemade Medicinal Rotisserie Chicken Soup

When the wind is so cold, it finds its way through countless layers of clothing to chill your skin, and the days are darker then they were in weeks past, we know that winter has made it arrival. The Boston winter we have had this year pales in comparison to the bitterly cold winters we have had in recent years. Usually this time of year feet of snow surround us, a snow shovel becomes a close companion, and there is nothing quite as sweet as an aromatic cup of piping hot coffee to snuggle up with.

Though very cold at times, many are hoping we get off easy this year.

In addition to the piercing cold temperatures, one of the least favored attributes of this beautiful, and yet at times painful season is the ever so dreaded flu.   Unfortunately it arrived at my house on Thursday, cozied on up to incubate, and has seemingly surfaced in three of the members of our household. So when it’s Sunday evening, and your loved ones just don’t feel well, what is a Mom to do? Make homemade chicken soup of course!

With that said I would like to share this simple and savory recipe with you, in hopes it brings comfort & healing into your home if the flu just so happens to drop in uninvited to say, “hello!”

 

 

Recipe:

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken (pre-cooked)
  • 5 Stocks Celery
  • 1 Onion (improve the working of Vitamin C in the body)
  • 5 Carrots (not baby carrots)
  • 3-4 Cubes Chicken Stock
  • Tablespoon of minced garlic (Natural antibiotic)
  • Few dashes of Turmeric (Natural and safe anti-inflammatory)
  • Few sprigs of Thyme
  • And a half a fresh lemon sliced (natural blood purifier, & immune system strengthener)
  • Salt & Pepper for taste
  • 5-6 cups water
  • Tablespoon of olive oil

Directions:

  • Pour the broth from the Chicken into a large soup pan, add 3 cups of water, chicken stock, thyme, garlic, celery, onion, and carrot into the pan and boil until carrots are soft
  • While boiling pull small pieces of meat off of the whole chicken
  • Add lemon slices and, turmeric and continue to boil for 5-10 min
  • Add remaining water, and pulled chicken then return to boil
  • Slightly cool and serve
  • Please enjoy and share!

 

Love, Mandee

 

 

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