Kids in the Sink

Faith Friday + Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

on August 10, 2012

Lately, we have been alluding to a lot of changes going on around here. You might have noticed that our posts haven’t been as frequent or predictable, and that’s because we have had some things going on that have and still do require lots of prayer.

The Kids in the Sink are splitting up, folks. But not to worry, we have prayed and talked, and the blog will still go on! So really, we’re only kind of splitting up. Like we will only see each other a normal amount of time instead of all day, every day. Here’s the deal.

My (Heather) husband graduated from the police academy in 2010 and after being unable to find a job in the year given after graduation, his certification ran out. We have struggled a lot financially since then and at the beginning of this year, we felt God calling David to try again. It was a giant leap of faith because we would have no income and be relying on the little bit we had saved from taxes to pay bills and take care of our kids. We were blessed to be able to move in with my mom and this past May, my husband graduated from the police academy again, this time at the top of his class. He started getting interviews right away. We prayed that the Lord’s will would be done in where he got a job and although we felt sure he would have a job here in our town, that’s not what happened. This week, he signed his final offer for a job as a police officer in Wendell, NC, an hour and a half away from Melissa. We are excited and scared all at once, but we are trusting in the Lord and His provision for our family.

I have never lived anywhere other than the town we are in now, and my husband has been here since he was 2, so the idea of moving our whole life to a VERY small town with people we don’t know is a bit overwhelming. And by a bit, I mean very. There will be bank changes and new pediatricians to find and talk of life insurance and other grown up things like that. And sometimes, I don’t feel much like a grown up. A Roth IRwhat?

There have been times over the past 2 years that I have felt crushed by fear and anxiety. When I found out I was pregnant with Ella, I was living with my mother and my husband was working a minimum wage job just to afford diapers. But the Lord truly does work all things for good for those that love Him (Romans 8:28) and He provided for us every step of the way. We are trying to maintain that same faith and expectation on this new journey that the Lord is taking us on.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, and love, and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

So fear not, dear readers, because the Lord is with us. He will never lead us down a path for any reason other than His glory. Sometimes, that path isn’t the one we would choose, but it is always the one that is best for us.

Recap: the Lord is with you, and we aren’t going anywhere either. We may just have fewer posts, but the Kids are staying in the Sink! We will just be in separate sinks some of the time. We thank you for your love and support of our blog and our families! God bless!


Cookies and Cream Ice Cream


5 egg yolks
¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
1¼ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
About 15-20 cookies, broken and crumbled, depending on how you like them in your ice cream


  1. Whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining sugar, heavy cream, milk, and salt over medium heat until it simmers.  Once it’s begun to simmer, pour mixture over egg yolks slowly, whisking constantly.  Then scrape all contents back into the saucepan.
  3. Stir the mixture constantly with a rubber spatula until it slightly thickens and coats the spatula. Remove from heat once it’s thickened and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture into a cool bowl and place it in an ice bath until it’s at room temperature.  Place in the refrigerator to chill for 2-12 hours.
  5. Church the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manual’s directions.  Our machine calls to put the mix-ins in the last 5 minutes of churning so we did that with some of the cookies. With the remaining cookies (because we used so many), we poured half of the finished ice cream into a container and then put a layer of cookies, then topped with the remaining ice cream and let it freeze a few more hours.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker


2 responses to “Faith Friday + Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

  1. Cara says:

    Oh my goodness, I just happened upon your blog this morning (Hello, Oatmeal Cream Pies!) and after reading a few of your amazing recipes, couldn’t stop until I read backwards through your whole blog. 4 hours later (with breakfast, dishes, and major furniture-moving thrown in) I discovered that you are moving apart and these pages of awesomeness will be fewer and farther between.
    So, I want to say thank you, Melissa and Heather, for not only the recipes that will feed my family and friends for the next few months but the words of wisdom and honest testimony that run throughout. You have given me much to think about and much more to pray about and I feel closer to the Lord just for having read your posts. So thank you and God bless both of you.
    P.S. Heather, my husband has served over 20 years in the Army and I have been where you are in trying to overanalyze, overanticipate, and overprepare for the inevitable changes that come with such a life. But about 5 years ago I realized that even when things didn’t go the way we planned or wanted, everything came out right in the end. Most times, more than right. I realized that God may not have answered the prayer we were asking for, but it was because he had in mind something much better for our family. He has protected us and watched over us and blessed us in so many more ways than I can even imagine. I am sure that he has amazing things in store for your family and that this move, while scary, will lead to wonderful things for you all.

    • Thank you so much! We’re so happy and amazed to hear that someone spent FOUR hours on our blog. It’s so humbling to know that you cared enough to read each of our posts and were interested enough to continue! It is such a blessing to see how God is using our blog to feed others (haha, no pun intended) and trust us, He is using it to reveal things to us too all the time. Thank you so very much for your kind words and support and we hope you’ll continue to read and give feedback!

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