Monthly Archives: January 2011

Consume Less – you won’t die

How are you WORD-women doing?

my hope for you today is that out of a changed heart the mouth will beautifully speak words of life to all who are around you…xoxo

My friend Tara at Between You and Me shared her word for 2011 – HOPE.

Do you have your word for 2011 yet?  If not – I encourage you to find one…at the end of this year it will be SO STIRRING to look back and see what a difference a word has made in our lives.

Have nothing in your

house that you do not

know to be useful, or

believe to be beautiful…

William Morris

Week 1

This week we will be taking small steps towards Consuming Less.  The first step for me has been awareness..  Then after we are aware of something… we are often able to take little steps to be a part of the SOLUTION and not the problem.

My nature is to do everything … all at once…and I want to do it right.  He is teaching me that starting small and doing those things faithfully will lead into more but FIRST we are starting SMALL…heading out in a POSITIVE direction.

I don’t want to get into all the in depth reasons why our family is choosing to begin taking responsibility for our actions concerning our ” going green ”  That is not the reason for this blog.  I am going to just share a real life story of a common grass roots family. We are going to make small & lasting lifestyle changes that will impact our today’s and our tomorrows.  Starting with…

Our Word of the Month is

Consume less

Purging and giving – going through every nook and cranny of our house STUFF this week.
Consume less food by not eating out for a whole month, choose to eat local ( which is hard here in MO right now…farmers markets mostly closed ) and choose min. processed foods..saves packaging.  It means I have to learn to COOK all over again…I didn’t realize how much eating out keeps you from REAL COOKING!

UNPLUGGING by canceling cable tomorrow.  We are keeping Netflix which will save us a little over 100 a month.  We have started watching documentaries…I’m hooked on those.  You learn so much.  I am also going to get some puzzles.  { Not sure how I am going to buy those ” used”}  Reading more…spending more time doing things with each other.  Today we are going ice skating!  This is the hot button here.  I’m not sure how we will come to an agreement but I will let you know.  I’m not a TV person AT ALL but I do have the laptop quite a bit!  We will work on this one but cable will be going bye bye..hopefully for good;)

We are committing to buying used goods whenever possible now. I’ve already been doing this in small ways with furniture.  Now I am going to kick it up a notch.  I am sure over time I am going to have some interesting stories to tell.

What are my kids are saying?

” I’m excited to do something new, and i think that this would be a fun journey for me! I also think its a good learning process for me and I’m really excited to see how it goes! i hope my mom and family show you that it is possible to live without T.V and JUNK FOOD for a whole THIRTY Days! So lets ROCK this:)!!!!! ”
This is Grace by the way!
Dakota – He said, “what’s in it for me”?  He’s not getting it YET…Lol…he’s 16:)   In time…In time.  It is embarrassing that he feels that way.  It is so selfish.  Wonder if the majority of teenagers feel that way?  Not really – I shyly admit I feel that way about many is human.  I am human…God is not and I remember that I a work in progress and so is Dakota..:)

UPCOMING Naked Moments

( for the meaning of naked see here )

January 5 – guest post from Jen at Finding Heaven LinkUp party Don’t forget to come and visit Jen this Wednesday for WORD-women Wednesdays and link up something you would like to share with all of us WORD-women!

TODAY - No Impact Project has begun…click here to find out more info.  It is never to late to jump in.

January 12 – Tara from Between You and Me will be guest posting for WORD-women Wednesday & LinkUp party.  Come  share your story of an area you have cleaned out….



My 1st FAVORITE CD of 2011

I just have to share as of now my favorite artist of 2011.. Kerrie Roberts!!  I know a little early in the year to be saying THAT..but her heart just matches mine right now and I LOVE every single song….  You wanna raise your BPM when running??  Listen to Outcast!  It is one of my faves on my running play list.  Click watch?v=OLu5bOihzvo to hear it.

T’s favorite Links:

One of my fav’s right now is the letters going back and forth between Holley and Ann.  If you have some quiet time just sit and open your heart to be stirred will you?  CLICK here or here.

Have you checked out Jones Design Co.lately?  I have always loved her home and today’s post was on each room.  Lovely design inspiration don’t ya think:)?

Mom’s Toolbox…FULL of ” tools ” for growing in our relationship to Christ.  She is doing a read the bible in 90 day challenge right now.  She gives you the 3 month guide here.  Maybe watch less TV and read more?  just a thought;)xo

Under the Sycamore has a helpful post on external flashes.  I could really use an external flash but her post was very helpful!

Had to share this picture from Cowboy Phraseology that just came as I was finishing this post!  Dan came home!  The picture says it all doesn’t it?

TwitterFacebookPinterestEmail kids & crazy sex{ Link Love }

**FYI – we have switched to WordPress.did it not ever do that.please pardon all of the changes that will be going on in the next few weeks as we get settled in our new home.humbly grateful to ALL of you.xoxo

Hello  word-women - are you surviving post 2010 festivities?  I am…loving the new yearish feeling.  I pray for you today that you know you are not alone and that our Father is right there with you even if you don’t sense His presence and He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Today I’m sharing 4 LIFE area blogs I follow

cooking-money-home decor-and health

Home Decor

Cowboy Up! Katie at Cowboy Phraseology is sweet as pie is what you walk away with…you could eat her up just looking at her.  Her hair is to die for…lol!  We met over the paint color Behr’s Cloud Burst……….I wanted to give you an update on her.  Her hubby just came home from Iraq { after 7 months } and their third child was born almost 4 months ago  {I think } .  Go give her a visit.  I think you will appreciate her simple decorating on a budget while taking care of 3 little kiddos single handed.

What did you think of Miss Katie:)…told ya?



I sorta fell “surfing”  into Cooking with my Kid. I had been feverishly glued to the screen looking for minimally processed /whole food ...THAT KIDS WILL EAT… and they are HARD to find!! I am making my grocery list for next weeks menu and since we are not eating out for one whole month-trying to eat local ( although our farmers market is dead right now..only flown in produce…sucks) and minimally processed as possible. I will be trying these recipes.  GO visit this easy and clean blog…

IF YOU know of any good recipe blogs that are healthy can you share them?  I really am looking for a few!

is your mouth watering yet?  thought so…isn’t her family just adorable?



a NEW favorite blog I found

The Ultimate Money Blog

In a nutshell…her blog is about

Here at the Ultimate Money Blog, you’ll find a vast variety of tips on saving money, living green, getting out of debt, and living simpler.  I’m really passionate about helping others, and I try to share as many tips as I possibly can!



SEX you say?  I know…but it drew me in and I was hooked.  Her way of dealing with her cancer and her healthy lifestyle…I’m a new follower.  Seriously…I wanna live a crazy sexy life…;)

Go visit Kris @ My Crazy Sexy Life will you?

I think she is on the cover of this month’s vegetarian magazine too!

Her post on December 31 was about vision boards and since I am working on mine as we speak…I will be posting soon.

Well – I’ll close for now.  Enjoy the rest of your day and as Kris Carr would say

peace & veggies!

UPCOMING Naked Moments…

January 2…

Today NO IMPACT project begins for us.  What are you girls doing to help our habitat? or the place in which your families live:)?

January 5..

My new friend from Finding Heaven will be guest posting for us.  Click here to read the guidelines.  A linky will also be open for youto share ways you’ve overcome areas of captivity in your life.  I am also working on a WORD-women Wednesday button for you to share.

until we meet again

living fearlessly



what’s this about jumping naked?

Hello Word – women. Welcome to 2011- my hope for you today is you be FILLED FULL with His today with your soul naked, bare, risking, transparent and vulnerable.  Scary right?  maybe that is why my word for 2011 found me.

words I chose were release / letting go .  Either word seemed expected even appropriate.

What I FELT the second it found me was like a woman knowing the right wedding dress, buying a house and it being the right one, when your first see your baby born

that depth of knowing and it stirred me deep to tears.

I believe it was hand-picked for me this year.  In this months issue of Whole Living to be exact

Here is what it said…..

{ make this your year of…} living fearlessly

and it went on to say…..don’t let anything stop you from taking the plunge

and I/we jumped naked off the cliff.

nothing left from the last year, no baggage, arms high up in the air and laughing on the way down…expectant!  totally bare and vulnerable to the Spirits stirrings.

While all us grown ups know there is but brief moments of this state of being…after all there are giants we will face in the coming year.  That being said – I have my word.  I have THE WORD. FEARLESSLY- to remind me everytime a giant rears its ugly head.  All it takes is a rock and a slingshot right?:)  To confront the fear giant and ask –why I am afraid of you?.  Then - examine that giant more closely.  I think of Holly’s post here. I open the door anyway acknowledging the fact that I am afraid but it doesn’t stop me from LIVING and BEING and CHANGING and GROWING anymore!

What word found you?  Do you have a word for this year?

When you think of naked jumping what do you think of?  (trying not to make it something it’s not…lol)

” the world is round and the place which may seem like the end

may also be only the beginning.”

Ivy Baker Priest

Here I am.and there are others.and we jumped…naked from the cliff of 2011.  and what a year it will be to look back on

Fearlessly trusting….T

a special thanks to Amy{ aka A } for helping me find my signature…lol  It stuck!

to peruse further

Jenny Rain

Grit and Glory

Ann at A Holy Experience

Heart to Heart with Holley


UPCOMING Naked moments:)

Jen fromFinding Heaven will be our guest poster for the day…I can hardly wait.  I LOVE her post she wrote yesterday hereAND

we will have a Linkup that day for anyone just itching to be naked in this blogland:)  See here for more info.

NO IMPACT CHALLENGE begins tomorrow January 2, 2011….just a teensy bit nervous about it. Posting on the ” guidelines ” tomorrow