Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yarn Along :: December 28

The wrap is finished aside from a little fringe being added and doll number two is just about done. Finished up reading The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory. Love her writing.

Now just perusing the new knitting book my dear man gave me for Christmas, planning my reading list, and waiting on some patterns to arrive. So looking forward to creating and reading this coming year.

For more inspiration head to small things.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

I will be taking this week off from blogging as our family prepares for Christmas and works toward restoring some balance and rhythm to our days after a crazy month and a half. Have a blessed Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesdays Unwrapped

a day late due to revised plans :)

It's been a day of nothing going right. Well, if by right I mean the way I want. Yet, as I finally had five quiet minutes to myself I could hear God saying....give it to me, rest.

"I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you......" This day may not have been according to my (chaotic) plan, but I would much rather live in His peace.

For more gifts head to chatting at the sky.

Yarn Along :: December 14

While I wait on the pattern for the Mother Bear Project to arrive I am working on another little doll. It's simple and easy and I can knit without too much thought. (this lovely bug I can't shake has required meds that make me a bit loopy)

On the reading side I have taken a slight break from Grace for the Good Girl. Why the Nativity seemed to be a fitting distraction for the season. Also, I just finished Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. Great way to end the Wicked series.

Next week with it being term break I am hoping to get in lots of knitting and reading in all my "spare" time. :)

For more inspiration head over to small things.

Education Bits and Pieces

Our family homeschools for many reasons with one of the chief reasons being the state of our public school system in America. And I am not saying it's the teachers. There are so many rules and standards to meet along with too large class sizes, not enough supplies, lack of extras like music that it effects our children's education.

Lately there have been a couple of articles put out that convince me even further that homeschooling (for now) is the right choice.

Also, if you haven't checked it out yet you must watch Waiting for "Superman". It is a fantastic documentary on the state of our educational system.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: December 12

from almost two years ago :)

More of His poured out graces......

snow still holding off
shots made
finding unity once again
the car whole.....again (praying it stays that way)
an angry mob of smurfs
childhood memories
listening to little ones sing la-la-lalala
{lots} of extra sleep to fight off flu
twinkling tree lights
wrapping gifts
a new pack of toilet paper
talking with the landlord live in the moment
to cherish the sweet children
to speak with grace

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Weekend Links :: December 10

May you all have a lovely weekend.....

A Year of Graces :: A Holy Experience
lovely printable calendar to record God's blessings year round.

The Most Important Place to Be :: A Holy Experience
trying hard to live in the here and now.....great reminder. And really, just read everything Ann has written over the past week. Beautiful words that speak straight to the soul. Every time.

10 Free Gifts to Give and Receive :: Chatting at the Sky
definitely giving some of these this year.

The Messy Table :: Simple Mom
this ocd, recovering perfectionist mama is learning to embrace the mess and all that it symbolizes. great read!

A Carriage Ride with God :: In the Heart of my Home

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just this for today......

God appoints people who do point to a God who never disappoints. -Ann Voskamp

Not that I strive to be a disappointment, but oh, how I pray that my failings show God and His grace to those around me.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Yarn Along :: December 7

same as last week.....too many issues to have time for a new pic

Still plugging away at the wrap and Grace for the Good girl.....illness and other stresses have kept me from much knitting or reading. Really hoping for a peaceful week to remedy that.

I did find a few projects for my new stash of yarn. First up is a bear for the Mother Bear Project. Then a sweater for World Vision's Knit for Kids. These sweet little children need so much and I have so much extra that I feel compelled to share. Then hopefully a sweater for myself.....still looking at patterns for that one. And a hat for the hubby and little girl. In the midst of all this knitting I am hoping to finish Grace for the Good Girl, Simplicity Parenting, and Three Cups of Tea.

So, lots of knitting and reading on my plans for the week. Praying they are not derailed.

For more inspiration check out small things.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesdays Unwrapped

all that 's missing is the small man wreaking havoc :)

The clutter, piles, cramped spaces, and general mess that typically annoy me are evidence of a full, well lived life. Rather than complain that we don't have enough storage space or tell the kids to pickup for the umpteenth time I still myself and quiet my tongue. Instead, I enjoy the mess (knowing it won't be here forever) and enjoy the life I have in this moment.

head over to chatting at the sky for more unwrapping of gifts

Monday, December 5, 2011

Never Alone

Our life has been going full-tilt lately with numerous emergencies, illnesses, commitments, and about a thousand other things. In the midst of all of the crazy there has been no time for simple, intentional living. It's been chaos and busyness going from one mess to another. The peace we long for our family to have has been tossed aside this past month.

Resting in God, just rolling with life has not been something I have done. Instead anxiety, stress, control, and anger have consumed me and made an already frustrating time even harder. There has been no peace.

The breaking point came last week as our car sat smoking outside the main gate. Why could our life not be easy? What was God hoping to accomplish by giving me so much more than I can handle?

And that's when His voice was heard. "Give it to me." That's it.

This pressure and stress was not from Him. My need for a carefully ordered, controlled life had made me try to carry all of the burdens on my own and try to fix them under my own strength. And no matter how hard I try I can't "fix" our life right now. So, it was decision and trust in Him or me. I chose Him.

With that sweet release of just letting God be God again there was peace. Life is still crazy and there are still serious issues to be dealt with this next week, but God is good. He will carry me and my burdens. I need not go alone. Ever.

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: December 5

Sometimes I'm on the mountain holding on to Your hand
Sometimes I'm in the middle holding the best I can
Sometimes I'm in the valley and I let go long ago
When my hand is weak and tired
Your hand still has a hold

Even in the midst of walking through the valley He is still there giving good gifts.....

chapstick and kleenex
cheesy lasagna
entering the season of Christ's birth
dead car....again
safely getting out of dead car
venting anxiety to far off family
a night with my man
releasing all anxiety and stress to Him
resting in God
night with the girls
froggy potty
wrapping gifts with my little girl

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Weekend Links :: December 3

May you all have a joyful weekend with your loved ones.....

Love comes down

a lovely way to use up some of my yarn stash

Friday, December 2, 2011


Five Minute Friday :: Tired

Readjusting to life with Daddy in our midst. Two, almost three, weeks of illness preventing normal life from occurring. Holidays. Family back home needing help and being unable to provide. No car for a month as it is repaired. The newly fixed car dying a horrible death at the gate. Being given the bill by the polizei for cleanup of the road due to said horrible death. Basketball season beginning.

The stress has mounted this past month. Sleep has been stolen by moments of worry. Tiredness, exhaustion have crept in. Giving up and falling into sleep so I can forget all that has happened sounds so lovely. However, life keeps moving. Step by step I continue to journey on this path God has laid out.

And I give it all to Him. Too broken and tired to continue on alone I give Him all the burdens and feel the release. The rest may not be the way I want, but it has come.

More five minutes at gypsy mama.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lists are my friend. Checking off to-dos makes me happy. Organization, schedules, carefully made plans are how I live my life. There are times when those ocd, perfectionist tendencies get in the way though.

Like when I make God another to-do. Or follow my plan rather than His because it feels safer. Or I think I am know better than He does what I need in my life.

That's when life smacks me upside the head and I have to cling desperately to Him, His plan, His purpose. So, I am learning that it is better to not plan. To prepare to meet God, to commune with Him I must let go.....of order, plans, perfection, to-dos, lists, schedules.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

In the letting go I am free of distraction, made ready to embrace what He has for me in the moment. His plans are good.

Yarn Along :: November 30

Not too much knitting or reading around here. Our little family has been battling the plague for the past couple weeks and it has made it so we don't do much other than cuddle, sleep, and watch movies.

However, my birthday gift arrived and now I need some ideas as to what to do with all this lovely yarn. There are some plans for a sweater.....if I work up the courage.....and a pillow for my sweet girl, but other than that I would love some ideas.

for more knitting and reading inspiration check out small things.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesdays Unwrapped

The daily tasks of, cleaning, laundry, teaching, mothering, being a wife.....they distract, lead to busyness, rushing, losing sight of what matters.

Fog rolling in, blanketing the countryside, bringing early darkness forces me to pause, to create a spot of light. And in the lighting of the candle the reason why I live this life comes racing back to me.

Christ. Pure and simple.

I want to live my life fully enjoying all that He has graciously given me. Being so crazed that I miss all that He has for me in the moment just isn't working.

And so I slow, I enjoy the quietness and time at home the crazy thick fog provides.

See more tuesdays unwrapped over at chatting at the sky.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: November 28

Even in the midst of trials He makes it all work for our benefit....even if we don't see it. His gifts are always good.

diagnosis of bronchitis rather than pneumonia
suppositories for small ones (you don't want to know)
thawing the turkey in the sink
last minute Thanksgiving at home
spending time curled on the couch with sick little ones
creamy hot chocolate
twinkling lights
no snow.....yet
making do with what we have
massive stash of yarn
God's message to rest (even if it came via serious lack of sleep and now illness)
my sweet hubby caring for me and the sick kiddos

To Give or Not to Give

America is a massive consumer culture and that is never more apparent than at Christmas. We buy, buy, buy and then the gifts end up broken, unused, or returned. The focus is shifted from Christ, from love to consuming, selfishness.

Now, I am not saying don't buy any gifts or only give handmade. In our family we choose to give only three gifts (as many as Jesus received from the wisemen) that allow for creativity, open-ended play, family togetherness. Aside from satisfying everyone's gift desires we also try to buy from companies that benefit others like Give Jewelry or World Vision's gift catalog. Then as we give gifts to others we are helping those who have so little. It's a small way to live out our beliefs at Christmas.

So, maybe before you begin your shopping (or finish it) this cyber Monday check out Advent Conspiracy. The premise is simple....worship fully, spend less, give more, love all. Christmas can still be all that you want while still honoring the one who's birth we are celebrating.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

When We Stand Together

It's amazing the things society can do when it stands together. Powerful song.

Weekend Links :: November 27

No links this weekend (our family has been battling the plague), just some food for thought.....

As you pull out those Thanksgiving leftovers, there is so much more to be thankful for than just the perfect turkey sandwich.

Let's start with sweet potatoes! Besides being delicious, the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes that were on most American tables this Thanksgiving are rich in vitamin A and play an important role in protecting our eyesight.

Sadly for the 127 million pre-school children and 7 million pregnant women who are vitamin A deficient, not everyone is so lucky. In Africa most sweet potatoes are the white variety lacking almost all beta-carotene that the orange sweet potatoes contain and therefore fail to be a source of vitamin A.

In the U.S. it is easy to forget how serious vitamin A deficiency can be. Each year, it is estimated that 670,000 children will die from vitamin A deficiency and 350,000 will go blind. Almost all of these children are in Africa and Southeast Asia.

Approximately 60 children per hour go blind because of vitamin A deficiency. That means in the time it took to defrost and cook the average 15-pound turkey 4,560 children went blind from vitamin A deficiency.

Learn more about how we can protect the sight and health of children and pregnant women all around the world. Head to Million Moms Challenge.

(information taken from email received from million moms challenge.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Yarn Along :: November 23

Well, between two sick little boys and planning lessons I was able to almost finish the doll and added about 12 rows to the wrap. A few chapters were read of Grace for the Good Girl. Hopefully once everyone is healthy there will be a lot more time for knitting and reading.

For more knitting and reading inspiration head over to smallthings.


The monks have got a good thing going with the silence. In the silence they can hear God. They can commune with Him without all the distractions of this world.

So, I learn from these monks at the abbey. I wake in the still hours of the morning. I quiet my thoughts, my heart. All the to-dos and plans for the day are forgotten for a while. I make myself still.

Shivering, yawning I come before Him and pour out my heart. I sit and listen for Him.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: November 21

From Noah's Ark in Koln....seeing the Sacrifice reflected

And the counting continues.......

willing driver
convicting reads
truth spoken
unexpected gifts
chatting late into the night
his arms
free magazines
quiet talks with Madison
tree of thanks
great, rare beer
date night
overflowing freezer and pantry
Christmas gifts ordered (well, 90%)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Links :: November 19

Most days, the showing up is what I struggle with, but progress is being made.

Say "Yes" to the Best :: Money Saving Mom
Loving this whole series on discipline. Definitely needed around here lately.

A Good Plan for the Day :: A Holy Experience
Quiet moments are few and far between here lately. Trying hard to be more intentional in creating those moments to enjoy each other and God's peace.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Five Minute Friday :: Grow

Change and I are not friends. The unexpected makes me cringe. New places and situations tend to cause anxiety.

God apparently thought that I needed to get over those feelings. In the last (almost) two years there has been a new little man, Daddy went to Korea for a year....alone....two months after Tim was born, we left family, friends, home and moved to Germany, he left....again......twice (and we've been here only 7 months), the car died and is not exactly a cheap fix.

It's been a learning experience. And as much as I have fought against all the change and chaos thrown my way it's made me stronger. All the things God knew would grow me have done that. I am a better woman, a stronger woman than two years ago. And daily I thank God for it.

Although a slow down on the crazy would be nice. :)

check our more fiveminutes at GypsyMama

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yarn Along :: November 16

No pics of my battery dead. Another thing that got sidelined lately. :)

Well, the knitting and reading has been slow going with homecomings, illness, head injuries, and crazy schedules. But, the doll is almost done. The, that has kind of stalled due to the lack of time to work. I am hoping to get in some dedicated knitting time this weekend though during soccer. Plus, if I get all my projects finished then I will be able to create new pretty things when my giant box of yarn arrives from knitpicks. Yay!

As for the books, I am still plugging away at Grace for the Good Girl and Simplicity Parenting. Reading them right before bed has not worked out. I am so tired I can't keep my eyes open. So along with the knitting getting done by this weekend I am hoping to plow through the books too.

We'll see how my ambitious goals turn out.

For more knitting and reading inspiration head to small things.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: November 14

Crazy week full of unplanned illnesses and injuries but through it all seeing God's goodness. Even in the midst of crazy God still gives good gifts.

respiratory illnesses
a doctor who spoke English
cancelled dinner plans.....twice
gift cards to buy a stash of yarn
steady hum of the humidifier
smell of vicks
red cheeks from chilly autumn air
break from all things technology related
sleepless nights
clean sheets.....multiple times :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Living in the Interruptions

This past week has been filled with appointments, illness, head injuries, and myriad other events beyond my control that threw my carefully ordered plans into chaos. Plans were cancelled, extra laundry had to be done, little ones had to learn hard lessons. Yet, in the midst of all the craziness our family spent much needed time together. We talked, laughed, rested. We got to just expectations, no agenda.

What I thought were huge interruptions to our life were actually a blessing. It allowed me to set aside the dailyness, the routine, the to-do's of life that I impose to fully enjoy my family and re-energize myself. It is yet another evidence of God's grace freely given to me as I learn to be wife, mama, woman who lives to please Him.

Some rhythm to daily life is good, but I think I am going to cherish the interruptions a bit more from now on.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: November 7

Gratitude is the open door to abundance.

More of His amazing graces......

calls with my sister
another year of life
my love returning home
smiling faces
big Daddy hugs on little ones
good food
times of fellowship
choosing to spoil ourselves (which never happens)
investing in family

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Weekend Links :: November 5

Just a few links this weekend as we enjoy adjusting to life with Daddy again. :)

Powerful Words :: Raising Homemakers

Imperfection :: Simple Mom

Truth About What I Don't Do :: Simple Organic
these last two posts were really a message i needed to hear. after a crazy full couple of months and trying too hard to do it all i am slowly remembering that we want to live a simple, intentional life. i do not have to do everything. :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Remember

Remembering the tears as we had to say goodbye.

Remembering the sleepless nights filled with worry.

Remembering why the leaving must happen, why good men must go to war.

Remembering all the small moments missed, all the times thoughts wanted to be shared and couldn't.

Remembering the smiles and shouts of joy as he
walked through the door last night.

Daddy is home.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


(Note: there is an actual music video for this song, but I can't link to it from Germany due to certain music rights and whatnot. Check it out if you have the time.)

Even though we live on a small military income, even though I am "just" a stay at home mama I can still make a difference....even if it's a small one. All God asks is for us to love others in whatever way we are able. So, I refuse to not do my part. I choose to be the hands and feet of God.

Yarn Along :: November 2

same as pic from last week. not much has changed. :)

Still plugging away at the wrap and my current reads, Grace for the Good Girl and Simplicity Parenting. There is so much good stuff in them that I have been taking my time to really process all the information. For more great reads and knitting head over to small things.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: October 31

And the counting goes on.......

one working car (it may not be pretty, but it runs)
money in savings
leaf piles

safe journeys to qatar
fully stocked freezer and pantry
baby teeth
toothless smiles

birthday shopping
kind friends
"new" crayons

leaves turning golden

beautiful sunsets

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Links

What Choosing Peace Does NOT Mean :: Steady Mom
so very needed after the chaos of the past couple weeks

revisiting this post as we move into cold and flu season

tons of this to use in the coming weeks, yum!

Change the World {Day 26}: See :: Chatting at the Sky
open your eyes to the world. change the world.

A Blogger's Prayer :: A Holy Experience
yes Lord!

Have a wonderfully blessed weekend friends.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Forced Simple Living

One of our cars, the one I drive, has decided it needs both a new transmission and radiator. When we lived in the states this wouldn't be as big of an issue as it is here in Germany. See, our extended warranty is only good in the states (gotta love fine print) so we are having to pay 4500 euro out of our savings. That equates to about 6400 US. So yeah, our family is going to have to live extra simple these next few months to not completely deplete our savings.

It won't be easy, especially since our family has all our birthdays and major holidays within a 2 1/2 months span of time. But at the same time I think it will be a fun adventure. As Americans we are used to getting everything we want when we want it. Most of the world doesn't live that way. They have very little and make it work. Now, we will have to learn to make do with what we have and be content with it. This forced simplicity will hopefully bring these lessons home for our kids (and us.)

Some serious changes will have to occur, like not eating out, but making sure our family is secure financially is far more important than not getting to eat at Christoph's or the donner kebab place. But in the end the lessons we will learn during this time will help us and our children to make better decisions about money and not be so tied to material wealth. (Oh, and don't buy ford)

This is linked up with five minute friday over at Gypsy Mama where it's all about relevant. And right now for my life this is what's relevant.

Unprocessed Challenge: Weeks Three and Four

Well, the last couple weeks were more difficult for us to eat completely unprocessed. We had two soccer end of season parties to attend along with a busier than normal schedule. Aside from those few times though we did well.

Taking part in the unprocessed challenge this month has taught me a few lessons. First, cooking from scratch doesn't take too much extra time. We eat pretty much homemade most of the time, but not having the option of going out really made me work at cooking at home and reminded me that a extra five minutes won't kill me.

Second, cooking double (or more) batches saves time and sanity. With three little ones, a busy schedule, and hubby deployed I need to streamline life as much as possible. If I make a double batch then on those nights I really don't want to cook we have an easy meal that is so much healthier than a tv dinner.

Third, eating unprocessed for an entire month really helped boost my energy and health. Not having all the junk in my system honestly gave me more energy and has helped me not get sick when every other person we know has been hit with the first cold of winter. Maybe it was cutting out all the high fructose syrup or preservatives I don't know.

Fourth, it ended up saving us money. Most of the time people think that processed food is cheaper, but with rising food costs companies are lowering the amount of food in a product and increasing the price. It ended up being more cost effective to just buy the basic ingredients and make it myself.

I really enjoyed this challenge and I think I am going to try to continue on with it. Really, with the news we got today we kind of have to, but that is another post.

For some more encouragement check out eating rules. There is a wealth of information there and I love the three simple rules he eats by.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Yarn Along :: October 26

Our schedule was crazy this past week, but I managed to plug away at both my knitting and reading goals.

Still working on the dolls (need to get some filler material to stuff them with. That would be so much easier if there were a Joann's or something here. Guess I will have to do some exploring to find a craft store here in Germany. Fun.) and the wrap. The yarn for the wrap is so incredibly soft....there are times I get a tad distracted by the softness. Can't wait until it's done so I can wrap myself up in the coziness.

As for the books, The Tehran initiative was finished within a couple days of checking it out. Great read and a nice break from all the non-fiction I've been plowing through. Partway through both Simplicity Parenting and Grace for the Good Girl. Both of these are wonderful books and I am getting so much out of them.

After these are finished I think I am going back to my one book, one project rule. It allows me to focus so much better and retain more of what I am reading or learning. Well, the small man is still sleeping so I am off to hopefully get a couple more rows done on my wrap.

God Shaped Hole

"There's a God-shaped hole in all of us, it's a void only You can fill."

Fill the void with you Lord. Deepen my faith and let it spill over into all parts of my life.....home, family, friends, strangers. Only You will do.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Get Dressed Challenge

As a stay at home mama stuck with freezing cold weather for the next few months it is difficult to get dressed in much more than cozy sweats every day. It doesn't help that the hubby is deployed so I don't really have the motivation to look nice every day. But I want to set an example for my sweet girl and dress in a way I know pleases my honey.

So, I was super excited when I saw that Sarah Mae was hosting the Get Dressed Challenge. Each day there are motivotionals to encourage you along the way. I so need those. This will definitely be a challenge for me, but if I can pull it off it will be a good change. (Plus, this way I can get used to not just throwing on jeans and a hoodie and putting my hair in a knot. By the time my honey gets home I will be looking fabulous.)

Now I am off to get caught up on the motivotionals since I am a few days behind. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Counting God's Unending Gifts :: October 24

Oh, how God blesses us in all things, big or small; at all times, good and bad.

roasting chicken
handling wool with no reaction....Yay!
receding fevers
rubbing noses
excitement over Buzz
sleepy tea
"talking" to my honey
pumpkin patch
amazing soccer games
more pumpkins
Madison dancing
lost baby teeth
toothless grins
gifts in the mail

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Links

Well, we had a busy week here with not too much time for perusing the internet. So, I thought I would share a couple blogs that I love.

Emily from Chatting at the Sky is so inspiring to me. Her words move, convict, propel me to action. If you haven't yet, check out her series on 31 days to change the world. Also, her book, Grace for the Good Girl is a fabulous read.

When I stumbled across Grace Full Mama this week it made my day. I was so excited to see that Joy is blogging again. She is so honest and her words speak straight into this mama's heart.

In the Heart of My Home is another one where the words just resonate with me. A couple recent posts that were messages I needed to hear....Make Time for Solitude and Small Steps Together: Patience.

These women motivate me to live a life that glorifies God, to focus on my home and family, to be content with what I have and where I am at this moment.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Moving to a new country. A husband who is gone more often than not....with limited communication. Homeschooling three little ones. Dealing with the delays of baby boy. Two cars....both broken. Dishwasher....also broken. Not being able to help family in need since they live a world away. Struggling to find community and purpose.


In it all Christ has been present. He has been good. Even in the midst of all the chaos He has provided for, nourished, carried me. Choosing to focus on the good, on His hidden purpose has changed my view on all the disappointment and pain. Digging deep into His Words and pouring my soul out in prayer has brought me closer to my Jesus than I ever was living my happy little life in America.

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'"
Lamentations 3:22-24

Waiting, trusting, holding fast in my faith to see what is next on this journey.

Yarn Along :: October 19

Reading and knitting make me oh so happy.

Busy week, but attempting to accomplish some big goals. Trying to finish the knit doll and The Tehran Initiative. Then working on my wrap and Simplicity Parenting and Grace for the Good Girl on my Kindle. For now, off to work on grades. :)

For more reading and knitting inspiration head over to small things.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Waiting on Christ......seeking out His blessings in the good and bad.

Counting God's Unending Gifts

Even in the midst of trials and heartache Christ is good. He only gives good things, only grace.

Still counting blessing after blessing....

breathing, living sister
ripped off license plate
forgiving people
reminders of the importance of relationship
at least it's not WW2 (hubby deployed in a no comm area, but he is safe)
comfort food
crumbs on the floor
laundry undone
cheering in the cold

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Unprocessed Challenge: Week Two

This week was a little harder for us in eating unprocessed. Life intervened and so there were a few slips. But I would rather feed my kids a cheeseburger than risk a meltdown in the middle of running a zillion errands. And the chocolate cupcake decorating session with my littles was one I wasn't going to pass up.

So, other than those two times we are doing incredibly well at eating at home and not filling ourselves full of junk. It's given me more energy and it's been so fun to check out some of the recipes that others are making. And the money we save by making it and eating at home is great.

For some more inspiration on your unprocessed, whole foods journey check out these great reads....

So glad my kids will eat anything and love to be around me in the kitchen. Really, I need to embrace that more.

Zombies make everything more interesting. :)

Really need to get back on track with meal planning. I don't think my kids will want pasta.....again.
(all posts from eatingrules)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weekend Links

It was a rough week for our little family (again....that seems to be the theme lately) and there was not much time spent online as I dealt with stress, sadness, and a whole host of other emotions. Most of my time was spent in prayer or taking care of the home and kids. But, a few thoughts inspired me this week and I hope they do you as well. Have a lovely weekend.

Style Guide: Comfortably Dressy :: small notebook
Love the ideas and simplicity of Rachel's wardrobe.

Finding Beauty in the Crags :: Money Saving Mom
Lovely reminder to continue hoping.

If My House is Messy..... :: Heart of the Matter
So what I needed to hear this week.

Beautiful truth.

Yarn Along :: October 12

so excited!

All of my lovely new needles and yarn arrived yesterday in the mail. So excited to start playing around. Still a bit nervous about attempting my wrap (with the dreaded increases) but after some practice and video watching I think I will be good to go.

Finished reading Rest and am now on to The Hole in Our Gospel. Rich Stearns makes a great argument that as Christ-followers we are not fully living out the entire Gospel as Christ wanted. Reading this has made contemplate making a few sweaters to send to those who need them. Because really, I have enough sweaters. :)

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