We’re moving!

As of May 15th, the Blacksten’s are no longer residents of Tennessee. Well, kinda…

We’ve packed all of our things and the majority of our boxes have already make the trek back to my hometown and are sitting in storage until we are able to move into our home in Hydro, Oklahoma.

That’s right folks, Hydro, Oklahoma! It is a small farm town in western Oklahoma. If you walk about 3 blocks in any direction from our future house it’s wheat fields for as far as you can see. Brandon will be the senior pastor at Hydro United Methodist Church and I am currently looking for a youth ministry in a Methodist church in the surrounding area. We love Nashville but we’re excited to be back home.

Brandon has moved back to Oklahoma permanently but I am still in Nashville to finish out my last few weeks of work at First Pres. I could have moved back with him but I would have missed out on the mission trips I’ve been helping plan for our students this whole year. I miss seeing Brandon everyday but am excited about my upcoming trips. Alaska next week with 50 of our graduating seniors, back to Nashville for ONE DAY and then off to New Orleans with 100+ 9th-12th graders. About 2 or 3 days after I return from New Orleans I’ll make my final journey back to Oklahoma and meet Brandon at our new home in Hydro.

So, we’re kinda residents in Oklahoma but not fully there yet.

Happy Homecoming,



53. Taco Soup

We tried a new soup!

Once a month at the 5:30 we have soup night and back in November my coworker, Linda, made taco soup. It was delicious so I got the recipe from her and we tried our hand at it!

The Ingredients

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cans rotel
  • 2 cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 cans pinto beans (drained)
  • 2 cans black beans (drained)
  • 2 cans whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 2 cans water
  • 2 pks taco seasoning
  • 2 pks hidden valley ranch dressing

Brown the meat with an onion then drain the fat. In a big pot or slow cooker add all ingredients together, stir, and simmer for an hour (or longer if needed).

Chef Brandon

I’m not a huge fan of beans so we just did one can of each.

Adding all the beans and corn!

It was a great meal that made PLENTY of leftovers.

Taco Soup!

Fiesta in a bowl,