January 13, 2011
January 10, 2011
January 5, 2011
for a twelve-year old's efforts in study
watching the growth in our young adult daughter
being graced with her little guy's focused, yet sweet, personality.
In all this, Lord...I feebly attempt to give you praise. Though a woman of words, combining 26 letters to share my heart with you often fails to express my gratitude.
January 2, 2011
I'm not one for resolutions and such, but I am goal oriented and a lover of lists. So, it's exciting to be participating in a new venture!
Listing out THREE goals to meet every 30 days. Each month, choosing three attainable goals and getting them done. Yes, I like that.
:: get back on track with green smoothies daily (holiday feasting caused this to fall by the wayside; that's okay, but time to regroup!)
:: use the time budget I created with Tell Your Time (the goal is to be consistent, not perfect. we will have days where flexibility is required)
:: list my 'to sell' items in the basement on craigslist (if I do not sell them in January, then I will give them away)
December 30, 2010
~ naturally there were many options of international food, Peruvian and Cuban were our cuisines of choice.
A relaxing set of days!
December 21, 2010
There are some who are cynical about this season,
pointing fingers and questioning the generosity of others :: wondering if it's temporary or if after the tinsel a giving spirit will continue.
Yes, it's true. Some may forget and in the next 11 months choose to withhold funds, time, or focus from those in need.
I am more encouraged however by those who have chosen to participate now and for whom this is a lifestyle. Stories of how families and individuals are reaching out have so blessed me in the last few weeks!
Some are making commitments of finances, supporting with currency.
Others I see volunteering and stretching their time budget further.
Still others are carving out space in their hearts and homes for hospitality, renewed to give afresh in this way.
All distrubuting kindness, hope, love and encouragement to another. And I pause to praise. Truly this is how our Lord intended it to be?
In the rest of this week...
...and in the weeks beyond, be encouraged. Watch for displays of giving, and rejoice!
December 17, 2010
While we base our educational studies from home, our children are involved in various activities or classes during the week. We decided this year to make a brown sugar body scrub as gifts, seeing that most of these teachers are women! A quick & easy (and delicious smelling) project.
The cast of characters:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup fine sea salt
1/2 to 1 ounce oil (sunflower, almond are good choices)
1/2 TBsp kaolin or white china clay (we ordered ours from Mountain Rose Herbs)
1/2 TBsp honey
2 drops of essential oil (we used lavender)
December 15, 2010
I really do not enjoy baking cookies.
Yes, yes, I find the art of cooking in general to be a solace; and muffins, breads and the like are at the top of my baking list. But cookies? Not so much. Only if I'm truly inspired.
With the holidays of course comes the expectation that whipping up these delectable treats takes priority on the to-do list. There are plans next week for gingerbread cookies as this endevour succeeded last year.
But until then, I've discovered an idea to keep my children happy (taming the Mom, when are we going to bake cookies!? question) and to keep me sane and happy as well. Which is on the top of the priority list around here. Want to know my secret?
To be more precise :: make 'cookies' out of pie crust.
Bake at 425 degrees for 12-14 minutes and...
...voila! Cookies! (sort of).
We eat these with ice cream or sherbert, but think of the possibilities!
- top a pie crust cookie with fruit salad and drizzle with maple syrup
- drizzle with melted white, dark or milk chocolate
- add warm pie filling on top and add whipped cream
Yum! Best of all, my children are satisfied until our real cookie baking session! Yes.
December 13, 2010
As usual, there’s a need for me to prioritize the many ideas I had for crafts & projects this Christmas! Naturally, the ratio of little ones to Mama definitely determines what those projects will be. Ahem. Additionally this year, our geography curriculum calls for many cultural celebrations of the Christmas season.
We have lots of plans, but they are not too complicated (at least I hope not)!
Cranberry and popcorn garlands were simple enough. I heard that day-old popcorn works better than freshly popped (which we used) as it’s a little stiffer. We also chose dental floss as a stronger & easier to work with alternative to thread. For younger children, a tapestry needle is bigger and more blunt…and hopefully lessens the chance of pricking fingers!
An easy project and treat for the birds!
December 10, 2010
“What we are in fact celebrating is the awe-inspiring humility of God,
and no amount of familiarity with the trappings of Christmas should ever blind us
to it’s quiet but explosive significance…”
Today, choose beyond the glitter of the temporary
to view the eternal.
Emmanuel, God with us,