Wednesday, December 29, 2010
(this one was our christmas card)
JAson's little sister, Mary Beth, took these photos to help us with our Christmas card this year! Isn't she talented? Check out her tumblr at www.marybethsudan.tumblr.com thank you mary b!!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I also wanted to post a little picture of our little, midget Christmas tree. this will be our first christmas in the Marable's back house and space is limited. But even though we don't have much space, we didn't want to completely nix the Christmas tree this year, so here is our little guy (see below). He only cost $20 from home depot. He was kind of deformed, so we trimmed him up a bit, although he still has quite the awkward shape. we like him that way though. anyways, I'm hoping that this year I can shop for some Christmas ornaments after Christmas because there are always really good sales and our ornaments are lacking. what is everyone's favorite store to shop for Christmas ornaments...just looking for suggestions.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
so there i was....and once the judge read the indictment, i had to ask myself, can i do this? can i be fair and impartial based on the evidence presented? what a responsibility and weighty role to take on. what if the defendant isn't guilty and we give him 40 years or even worse- life? what if he is truly guilty, but there isn't enough evidence to prove it?? what about justice then? these were all questions i was asking myself while sitting in that terribly hard wooden bench in the 1st criminal district room. but deep down, i did feel that i could do this task through God's wisdom and i felt that if i was selected, it was simply God's sovereignty that i be put on that panel. soo are you wondering what happened??
so last monday, after much prayer, i returned to frank crowley to report to the jury room to begin the trial. of course, i hit traffic and was the last juror there, but it didn't matter...everyone was waiting for the trial to begin and it was a busy day in the court room. about 45 minutes later the judge came in and told us that the defendant and the state had come to an agreement and that the defendant plead out. yep....no trial and no jury needed. so he goes on to tell us that he got 31 years in prison for this brutal stabbing. the judge explained that this often happens once the jury is selected because it puts the pressure on the defendant and his attorney and forces them to come to an agreement that may be a better punishment than what a jury would give. so i guess they felt that 31 years in prison was a fair and just punishment for the crime. it's possible we could have given him more...but i guess we'll never know. do you think 31 years in prison is a fair punishment? how do you determine how many years is appropriate for a murder?? ...(you can read the details of the crime at the link below...it's a really sad story).
so that was my jury duty experience. i will say that i learned a lot about how the justice system works. and it really hit me that average joe people serve as jurors, then given the evidence and the rule of law....they decide the fate and punishment of others (you could argue that the individual committing the crime decided their fate, but you get what i'm saying...). it's really a crazy idea, but it also makes sense. it made me thankful to be a part of a justice system where the people actually have a say. i know there are lots of flaws to it, but i do think having a jury is a legitimate set up and i am glad i was able to serve in the way that i did. plus, i made a whopping $46 for my day and a half served....extra spending money for clothes thanks to Dallas county. anyways, thanks for reading.... and here is the article below if you want to read it.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
in other news....we are getting ready to leave for Waco to go to the A&M v. Baylor football game! this morning I was taking a shower and mentally preparing for the game (I know, I sound like a freak)....it's an important one. I hope we win!!!!!
SIC EM BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Go back 15 years or so with me.......as kids in the Sudan family whenever your birthday came around, not only did you get shotgun in the car all day but you got to pick any restaurant of your choice for lunch and dinner. Wendy's for lunch, Panchos Mexican Buffet for dinner. Those were my choices.
The other day I actually had cash in my wallet (usually we use the card) and I told Alex that I wanted to treat myself with a special lunch after I had finished working for the day (I do home inspections for vacant homes in the DFW area). I had been talking about it for awhile and had not gone since I was a kid, so around 2:00 p.m today I pulled into the Panchos Mexican Buffet parking lot in Euless, TX got out of my car and walked up to the buffet line, ordered enchiladas, flautas, and tacos, sat down at the table in front of the flag (mexican flag that you raise when you need service) and had a delicious lunch. After living in Dallas, I have become a Tex-Mex snob with the likes of Chuy's and Glorias, and to tell you the truth if felt great going back to my roots and eating at Panchos. And I am serious when I say, it really was a great meal.
So, I issue the challenge.....whenever you see a Panchos on the side of the road, stop in and raise the flag.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
don't mind that authentic ethiopian spear in the background....where do you store something like that!?
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
What greater joy to a father
That a son should heed his instruction
What greater joy to a son
Than to receive praise from his father
Dad, when finding the best words to write to or encourage you, its simple I look to Proverbs. For what does Solomon say time and time again, “Hear, my son, your fathers instruction. And be attentive, that you may gain insight.” Prov. 4:1 For, my boast about you, is in your wisdom, your insight.
So, where do I go? Where should I search?
Dad would you show me
Do I run or do I fall prostrate at His feet?
Lead, I will follow
Dad, I have followed your lead. You have spoken of a God and have lived for a God that has consumed your heart; that has transformed your life. “ I have taught you the way of wisdom. I have led you in the paths of uprightness. When you walk, your step will not be hampered. And if you run, you will not stumble.” Prov. 4:11-12
Can I trust Him? Is He worth it?
He is worthy, Holy, the Giver of life, Sovereign King of the nations
Dad, you have placed your trust in Him. It is evident that Christ is everything to you. Your life is marked by the Gospel. It is evident, it truly is. You have led and we have followed in your footsteps. He has become treasured in your children’s eyes. And He will be treasured in your grandchildren’s eyes. It is evident that He is worthy to follow. “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Prov. 4:23-25
Happy Birthday Dad, 55 years have passed, so much life still to be lived. You are leaving a legacy; the work is not yet finished. I am proud to call you my father and honored to be your brother. My hope is that you will prayerfully examine this next season of life and be led to sprint after Christ, that you would find Him even more precious and worthy.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
to be continued....
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Congratulations Alex Melinda Sudan! You are now a graduate of the UTA Masters Social Work Program! Way to go. One of Alex's sweet statements she says frequently is "Jas, aren't you proud of me?".......YOU BET I AM, I am so proud of you! Alex has worked so hard the past 2 years traveling to Arlington for class, taking many tests, writing extremely long papers, completing a couple internships, and dominating a licensing exam.
Before I met Alex, I really don't think I ever gave a second thought to social work agencies, due to my own selfishness and ignorance. Now, I realize the importance and necessity of them. It has been really fun to watch Alex develop such a heart for those that are seen as social outcasts, physically or verbally abused, mentally unstable, etc. It takes unique men and women to work in this sector of society, and I am very thankful for them.
Once again CONGRATULATIONS Alex! You are going to make an incredible social worker.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Healthy Morning Muffins
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 C. raisins
3 tbsp. EVOO
1 lg. egg
1/3 C. skim milk
4 medium carrots
1 medium ripe banana
1.) preheat oven to 400 degrees. coat a 12 cup muffin pan with spray. in a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until there are no lumps. Stir in oats and raisins. Add oil, egg, milk, carrots, and banana and stir until blended.
2.) fill each muffin cup with 1/4 c. batter. bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 23 to 25 mins. serve muffin warm or at room temperature (to store, keep in air tight container, up to 3 days).
they are really good warm with butter on them...perhaps with some eggs and a good ol cup of joe in the morning.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
also, i have to give a shout out to the j bird--i am so grateful to have gone through this program with the hubs supporting me...without his hard work and dedication i would not have been able to finish the MSSW program in two years. i love you, jas! im looking forward to working so that you can pursue your fire fighting goals more aggressively!
Friday, April 16, 2010
so the moral of the story is...go on a date! the end!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Adapted from a recipe by Mrs. L.H. Wiggins (originally printed in “Southern Living,” Feb. 1978)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups chopped pecans, divided
2 chopped bananas
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans, or spray them with a nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add eggs, oil and vanilla; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
3. Stir in pineapple, 1 cup chopped pecans and bananas.
4. Spoon batter into prepared cake pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool immediately. When the cakes are completely cooled, spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with 1 cup chopped pecans.
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter; cream until smooth. Add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.