Borrowed & Blue & Thankful Too

With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, Lisa & I wanted to express some thoughts of gratitude. Our blog was established with the purpose of encouraging young wives in their marriages. So, we thought it would be appropriate to share some things that the two of us have become thankful for in our own. Our first ever co-authored post!

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We hope that by reading what we’re thankful for in our marriages it will inspire you to reflect on your own. There’s always something to be thankful for! And always a ‘someone’ to be thankful to! We’re thankful to God for these undeserving gifts he has given to us through our husbands, Matt and Steve.

Upside Down Caramel Apple Pecan Pie

A few years out of high school, one of my best friends since 6th grade, Liz, decided to make an experimental football helmet cake for her Super Bowl Party. One thing led to another, and now she owns her own bakery in Arkansas where we grew up! I’m just thankful that she shares her recipes. You should be too, because she has so kindly allowed me to share them on The Helpmates!


This is my first post with one of her recipes, but definitely not my first time making something of her’s. About every other week you’ll find me frantically texting her for one recipe or another. Good thing for me she has them all memorized so she’s pretty quick on the response time.

Gluten Free Apple Turnovers

gluten free apple turnovers

Lisa’s been a little preoccupied lately…moving to Louisville and all!! Matt and I are enjoying having the Kieklaks stay with us while they’re waiting for their house to be ready. So much so that Lisa and I both forgot to let our lovely readers know about her latest guest post. I guess we were too busy enjoying the fact that we finally live in the same city again!

Fancy Krampy Pants

The last two Saturdays Matt & I had the privilege to attend the Special Olympics Gala & the Cedar Lake Gala through my job. I work for a dental clinic that provides care exclusively for adults with intellectual disabilities. So we partner with organizations like Special Olympics and Cedar Lake a lot.

Everyone has heard of Special Olympics, but probably not Cedar Lake. It’s a local, privately-owned facility that many of our patients call home. They provide top-notch care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, striving to give them a full life with abundant possibilities!

Remembering a Veteran

November 11th, Veterans Day. Formerly Armistice Day, but now a national holiday remembering all Veterans and not just those who fought in WWI.

Every Veterans Day my mind is focused on my favorite veteran of all, my Granddaddy Bill. This will be the 3rd Veterans Day we’ve celebrated since his passing.


Some of my favorite memories with him are the ones where I somehow snuck my way into the living room to watch a baseball game with him. Watching turned into talking and talking always turned into storytelling. He was the best storyteller I’ve ever known.

Gramman’s Chocolate Pie

My grandmother, ‘Gramman’, has been cooking for her family since she was 11 years old. Needless to say, she’s pretty good at it! I’ve tried to jot down as many recipes as I can from her. The problem is…measurements for her are ‘a dash of this’, ‘a pinch of that’, or my all-time favorite, ‘until it feels right’. What does that even mean?!

The more I develop my own cooking skills, the more I realize I’m more like Gramman in this respect than I originally thought. But my version might be ‘until it tastes right’. I definitely like to sample as I go!

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This is the first recipe Gramman ever taught me, her famous chocolate pie. The original recipe calls for meringue on top, which is how I will make it today. However, Matt & I both prefer cool whip. I’ve been a little turned off by meringue ever since my Granddaddy Bill told me it was cow slobber.

Moving Advice: Encouragement As You Settle In

I’m one of the few people in the world that loves to move. I wouldn’t be so foolish to say that it’s an easy task, but an overall enjoyable one for me. There’s just something about exploring a brand new city – making new friends, trying new restaurants, learning the ways of the locals, etc. I get excited just thinking about it! I realize I’m probably in the minority here, and moving is a very real trial for most people. Even for someone who loves change like I do, moving doesn’t come without heartache.

Lisa recently announced that they will be moving to Louisville next week! I couldn’t be more excited to have one of my very best friends in the same city again! Just think….we can finally blog together sitting across the table at a coffee shop. Not that I haven’t loved all the late night phone sessions where Lisa is teaching me how to get the computer to do what I want it to do. But there’s just something about that face to face communion with a deep friend.