Friday, November 08, 2013

I'm Still Here

It's been a year and a half since my last post, however I have thought about posting many times.  That counts, right?

I am going to make myself sit down and update this weekend.  Stay tuned...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cars = Danger for the Ott Family

Why you ask?  While I was leaving the library today, my car door swung open and hit another car.  It left a nice green dent and long line down the door because the car was just far enough away that it caught the entire length of the edge of my door.

As I was leaving my information on the other car, Donny called to let me know he had just been involved in a wreck.  Thankfully it was nothing serious (a lady backed into him at Walgreens), but it took an hour for the police to get there.

Moral of this story:  Donny and I don't need to drive for awhile.  If only that were possible...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some Reflection and Good News!

Tuesday of last week I ended up in the ER per my doctor's orders.  I'll spare you the details, but it was traumatic at the time.  As I was waiting to be seen, I told Donny I wasn't sure I wanted kids.  My body was out of control.  My hormones were out of control and that night I was an emotional wreck.  I ended up being on bed rest almost all of Spring Break.  That being said, I couldn't help but think about the fact that God's timing is perfect and He has blessed us through all of this.

A couple of things stood out to me over the last two weeks.  We were on Spring Break (perfect time for bed rest). We were supposed to go out of town on Wednesday (this all happened on Tuesday). While I was doubting whether or not I wanted children a week ago, I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and renewed.  Numerous friends and family contacted us and shared their stories of loss and of hope.  He knows what He's doing.

As for the good news...I had a post-op appointment today and the doctor said everything is back to normal and we can start trying to conceive again.  God is so good!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Now that I'm not working as much as I was before, I have been experimenting with different recipes.  I found this one on Pinterest and it was a definite hit in our house.

Angel Chicken

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 pounds, thawed)
1 8-oz. pkg. fresh button mushrooms, quartered
1 6-oz. pkg. fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 0.7-oz. pkg. Italian dry salad dressing mix
1 10-3/4-oz. can condensed golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 of an 8-oz. tub cream cheese spread with chives and onion
Hot cooked rice or angel hair pasta

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add Italian dressing packet.
3. Stir in soup, wine and cream cheese until it combines and melts.
4. Cut up mushrooms.
5. Place mushrooms in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
6. Top with chicken.
7. Pour sauce on top.
8. Cook on low for 5 hours.
9. Serve over angel hair pasta.

I altered the recipe a little bit.  Our grocery store didn't have shiitake mushrooms so I used two packages of button mushrooms instead.  I also didn't cut them up.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Anyone Out There? looks like I went on a 6 month hiatus from my blog.  I have to admit, Facebook has made me a little lazy.  Sometimes it's just easier to share what's going on in a couple of sentences, rather than in a couple of paragraphs.  My goal is to post at least once a week starting today.  I feel as if that is reasonable.  We'll see how long that lasts though.

After seeing that several of my friends were giving Facebook up for Lent, I decided to do the same.  I had become addicted. I didn't post often, but I loved to keep up with everyone else's lives.  It's actually been a lot easier than I thought to give it up.  I do feel like I'm missing out on a lot of things, but it's forced me to communicate more through the phone and by text.

Donny and I have had a roller coaster of emotions over the last few months.  In January we found out we were pregnant for the first time.  We were ecstatic!  At first, we decided we weren't going to tell anyone besides our family and close friends.  That didn't last long.  We just couldn't help sharing the good news.  Unfortunately, however, we lost the baby at 11 weeks.  We were devastated at first, but we have hope because we know God has a bigger plan than our own.  We want nothing more than to be parents and will definitely try again.  In the meantime, we would appreciate your prayers for healing and for hope.
In the midst of all of that, Donny was still in the basketball playoffs.  They lost in the Regional Tournament to last year's State Champions, Flower Mound Marcus.  I missed a lot of his games this year because I was working at another job after school.  I am no longer working there, especially since we're trying to start a family.

Other than that, we have really gotten plugged in to McKinney Memorial Bible Church here in Fort Worth.  I am a sub for Preschool Sunday School and am hoping to start working with the children's program on Wednesday nights.  We are hoping to get even more involved as time goes on.

I'm not sure if anyone is even reading this anymore. If you are, please leave me a comment, even if I don't know you.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Southern Living's Extra-Cheesy (Crock-Pot) Macaroni and Cheese

According to Donny, this is the best macaroni and cheese he has ever eaten.  Enjoy!

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 (8oz) package shredded Italian three-cheese blend
1 (8oz) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces small shell pasta (about 2 1/4 cups), uncooked

1. Combine cheeses in a bowl; set aside.

2. Whisk together eggs and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in pasta and 3 cups cheese mixture. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 3-quart slow cooker; sprinkle with 3/4 cup cheese mixture.

3. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours. Sprinkle servings evenly with remaining cheese mixture.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Friday was a rough day for me.  I was worn down, my students weren't performing to the levels that I know they are capable of, and it seemed like everyone at Lowe's had a problem or complaint that night.  When I left the store at 10:30, knowing that I had to be back on Saturday at 9, I sat in my car for a minute to simply take a breath.  I felt as if I had been going non-stop for weeks.  I had an e-mail notification and decided to check it before I headed home.  Much to my surprise, I had my first student e-mail that was not regarding a homework assignment.  See below:

Subject:  :)  Hi Mrs. Ott

Hi Mrs. Ott :) It's me _____ from your ____ and ____ block :)
I just wanted to say that you're a very good math teacher :)
I've learned a lot lately and it's a bit hard but I think I got it.
Thank you for everything :)

_________ _________ :)

I'll admit it; it brought tears to my eyes and still does. It is nice to know that my hard work is paying off; that I'm making a difference in someone's life.  Little did that student know, but they were also making a difference in my life...just like the 101 other students I see each day.  I am richly blessed! 

Friday wasn't so rough after all...