Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dear Monday – what are you into this month?

What I am into this month – February 2011

On my nightstand

I am reading Redeeming Love and Your Secret Name…simultaneously:)  I just got Ann Voscamp’s book A Thousand Gifts…can’t seem to find the courage to read it just yet….I just finished Beth Moore’s So Long Insecurity.  I have posted here, here & here on other books I’ve read.

Book of the Bible

Isaiah is my book right now….so much God is speaking to me here.

Want to read

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon

T.V. Show worth watching

I am not much fun in this dept:(  I am not much of a tv watcher.  Since we have Netflix –  I LOVE documentaries…at the first of the year we watched the No Impact Project and China’s Lost Girls with Lisa Leng.  Also like…Food Matters.  I tend to lean toward things that are truth and making a difference…that gets me stoked!

crazy… but I like George Lopez, Frasier and I like Hot in Cleveland…

I enjoy cupcake wars…generally like FOOD Network.

Movie I’ve seen ( in or out of theater)

I just watched The Duchess…I don’t know how old it is.  It was on Netflix.  It was heartwrenching.  I prefer fairytale movies where there is a happy ending:)  As we speak just watched Sweet Home Alabama…happy ending..

In my Ears

I am still LOVING Kerrie Roberts new CD.  I also listened to a song that I heard on Andreas blog The Organic Bird called Crows & Locusts by Brooke Fraser that I really like.  Dream by Priscilla Ahn… I am really liking and wanting to know more of singers like Priscilla Ahn and Brooke Fraser.  I like that sound.

Items of note

Looking forward to lanching a new idea on Valentines Day.  I will be sending out an email and asking for your help so be watching your inbox…super SUPER excited

What I’m looking forward to next month

more consistentcy…make days more routine for the kids…and myself.  Sitting still…by pursuing what HE is telling me to do

Two newest blog reads

Ordinary Courage

The bottom line is that ordinary courage is about telling your story with all of your heart. My blog is a space for my story.
Brene Brown

Madeline Bea Life Set to Words

Check this out…my friend ChaCha just opened her Etsy shop here…look what she is making!  Adorable right?

In my kitchen

I shared here on Friday about our mission to find a balanced way to eat that is both economical and whole foods…less boxed processed junk.


NOW then.  Your turn!  What are YOU into this month?  Fill up the comment space or borrow this for inspiration on your own blog.

Inspired by Megan over @ SortaCruncy

and some weekend birthday pictures ….sushi & Orange Leaf frozen yogurt


Happy Birthday Nikki

I don’t think my heart can pen the words that i want you to hear

words that are meant for you heart and not your head…

you have walked miles in my shoes … you have chosen respect and honor

you…the first child knitted especially for me…i think back 25

years today..a different time … a different place

looking into your clear blue eyes all swollen from your journey

your eyes looked to me for love and my heart was wrung out trying to

give it to you…

I named you your given name…i know this about you though…you have a

Secret name…a name He has given you and I pray you find it and live it

for you see I carried you into this life and He will carry you from now on

and He has plans for you that are beyond your wildest dreams…for you see

you are

beautiful…inside and out ( i am not saying that cause I’m your momma!)

I pray you go to those places hidden…listen for the whispering of YOUR journey

life is so much more than doing and getting

you were given for a purpose…to be the absolute best that God made

He wants you to know your purpose

I will support and encourage you in any way I can…from the moment I felt you move inside me

I longed for all your dreams to come true...I craved your happiness

You are right there at the beginning of the rest of your life

everything that is past is for your learning and purpose

offer it all up to Him and with open arms and freedom go forward

the prayers that have been whispered over you for years are sent out into eternity

and will not come back void

my girl…my first…given to me in my younger age:)  given to each other on this earth for a short time

but to spend all of eternity together…that is precious:)  we have that gift with each other you know?


we have the same Father

the sacred gift I give you today is spirit…believe truth…not lies

believe His love for you and live in that love every single day…there is so much more in life than

all of this…search for it with ALL your heart…and don’t settle

I love you this day…our birthday…I did have you 100% drug free;)

I celebrate YOU…you are beautifully and wonderfully made…

into eternity~


nikkslopez:  happythings:  flowby: sab-rina: forevermore: simply-living: lovebot: (via overflowing)

Photo Credits - dress design & decor & jeannebaj


Food & Family Fridays

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our Goals – bits & pieces

Fridays will be Food Dabbling day.  I will share foot/health related blogs I find helpful in rebuilding family health. I will hare stories about our journey toward living more simply … on a budget.  My recipes and fitness with a focus on FIT not crazy skinny to look like ” all the TV women”.  This is such a big part of my life right now that I have to give one day to it.

Our month is up and in an effort to continue pursuing a balanced. affordable. whole.  REAL food diet for our family we are dabbling in vegan-ism ..or more plant based diet these next two weeks.

Last month we agreed to consume less stuffto not eat out…to cook more whole REAL food…eat less prepackaged foods…drink more water…and my 30 day no sugar challenge.


Here is what we’ve learned so far:

We will keep not eating out.  We feel better when we don’t. We all have agreed we feel healthier, more alert, more active and lighter when we don’t eat out as often.  This one sticks. We will be cooking most of our meals.  I’m not sure it is cheaper though.  Unfortunately -you can eat fake food at Taco Bell for 5.0o for a whole bag of eeww!

We are being forced to choose cheap fake food to feed our families over more expensive food that is REAL! We are having to give up some things in order to buy better groceries.

When we do eat out we pretty much all agree to eat Chipotle, Chik-fila, Olive Garden…salads:) or Chinese ( not the deep fried stuff )

We will continue learning to cook real food.

We downgraded to the most basic cable….about 15 channels…and yes the kids are still alive:)  It is a start!

I will not deny myself sugar again … why?  I ate way more when I started than I would have just eating my snack size ziploc of chocolate chips!  I am choosing balance.  It works better…for me:)

I’m dabbling because I am trying to find a happy balance of healthy eating. I really believe we have to teach our kids what that is.  Educate them and ourselves about what we are putting in our bodies. We can’t believe everything the media is telling us.  We have to take responsibility for what is happening to our food system.  Our children are going to suffer the consequences of our selfishness. I want to give them that skill to be able to understand that what they put in their bodies is to fuel it for life…for living.

I want them to understand the difference between fit and healthy and skinny and sick.  Especially for my daughter.  For myself.

Here is my favorite blog this week.  Love & Olive Oil is a beautiful blog.  Beautiful Food. Eye candy food!  Especially love their sweets! Worth a few minutes of your time to go peruse.

Love and Olive Oil - All good things are made in the kitchen.

Cookie Dough Cream Pie

{Cookie Dough Cream Pie}

{Rainbow Cake}

Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes

{Cinnamon Chocolate Churro Cupcakes}

I have to keep our menus really simple and cost effective. and rotating.  I’m working on those to share soon

A reminder to me this weekend to make time for EACH OTHER!

Make Lasting MEMORIES with you family!

What am I doing this weekend you ask?

Celebrating my oldest daughter ( Grace is hooked to her hip:)– she turns 25!  Pictures on Monday:)

Unplug the Xbox and step away from the remote control. It’s time to embrace old-fashioned family bonding with a modern twist.

Sharing this with Michelle @ Lost in the Prairies

Happy Friday:)


a victim…me?

When I was little, Dibby told me a story about her cousin who had a dog – just a mutt – and the dog was pregnant. I don’t know how long dogs are pregnant, but she was due to have her puppies in about a week. She was out in the yard one day and got in the way of the lawnmower and her two back legs got cut off. They rushed her to the vet who said, “I can sew her up, or you can put her to sleep if you want. But the puppies are OK – she’ll be able to deliver the puppies. Dibby’s cousin said, “keep her alive.” So the vet sewed up her backside and over the next week that dog learned how to walk. She didn’t spend any time worrying; she just learned to walk by taking two steps in the front and flipping up her backside and then taking two more steps and flipping up her backside again. She gave birth to six little puppies, all in perfect health. She nursed them and then weaned them. And when they learned to walk, they all walked like her.

Gilda Radner

I went to bed last night angrier than all get out… shoving it down further with a pb&j sandwich at 10:00 pm.  Sixteen…full of hurt, betrayal and anger..holed himself up in his dark room with the dark songs feeding the everybody else’s fault and our family is so messed up and they don’t want to go through it all over again… mindset.

The words that could slice through came out almost…his attitude provoked the anger out.
” I can’t stand….” and I wanted to say you

I walked out carrying that you and went right into my place of emptying and I started talking to You..a reminder went to me about everything remember? When that anger comes… bring it Here…talked more …slept.

Between being gently shaken and dozing I muttered a good morning and gave Him a hug…the fog still thick the words came again.  4:45 on the phone caught my eye…I finally understood…He wanted me out of bed.

I talked specifically beginning with things that had made me angry with him…then I asked it…the question…WHY am I so angry at them sometimes? In the midst of what at is going on now why this? Have you ever known God to put the focus right back on you when you think it is something else? There was a history to these questions..this wasn’t over last night..this was chronic disease I’d had for 24 years.

Beth Moore said, ” God willed – no matter how difficult – to make sure my two precious pups would not grow up to walk like their mother the victim. Or like her mother the victim.

Me? a victim? that seemed so wrong and yet the piece fit perfectly

passtheparcel:  i think i’ll wear my hair like this tomorrow (via obliteratedheart)

There the truth coursed through my body signaling the timing of God’s grace.  Father gives grace for truth doesn’t He…truth.  Grace for Truth.

I see myself in them…I’m angry at myself for being/staying trapped!  when I hear it in rubs up against it..

His word was a gem…meant to be placed in the foundation of my new heart house…my new house…the one that I belong.

I wanted you to know why you are so angry at your children

They’ve learned to walk like you.  You are angry because somewhere inside you know where this is headed for them.  You see their future…different but the same.

Now you are ready to SEE and to allow me to do something impossible in you and your children’s lives.

I grew up watching the women in my family being victims…to insecurity.

I was a victim as a child. Trapped.  I wasn’t given a choice.  I moved into adulthood with this mindset attracting relationships that kept me off balance and emotionally drained..controlled to my very core.

Remember at the end of the year when I said here I forgot something and I was going back to get it?

Now I know what I’m supposed to go back for.  ME. I’m going back to bring that little girl out of captivity. I feel almost as though God is rending my heart and coming down with the missing pieces I’ve been agonizing over for years

I’ve lived trapped because I believed the lie I was.

I’ve taught my children how to live trapped.

I’m going back for her.  I’m ready…He is with me with every step I take. I’m going back to the day I was born.  Why?  I was once asked the question, ” when was a time in your life when you were the happiest…and I couldn’t really pinpoint a time when I didn’t have this heaviness pushing down on me.  The day I was born…or during the nine months.  It is there.  He wants to show me so He can be there and heal it.

I don’t believe He shows us anything unless we are ready to be healed of it. I’ve said it much lately…no matter how hard fear falls like rain I KNOW God is moving…and I choose to trust.  I’m writhing…sweat glistening on my heart…each day brings a new obstacle. His water washes over me.

Part One

Have you lived trapped?

Sharing my heart @ Mama’s Heart over at Erin’s today would you please join us?

It’s Grace

Photo Credit - Obliterated Heart


Word Women Wednesday & Link Up

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them. ~Henri Nouwen

She’s passion, she’s broken, she bleeds words, she is a warrior and intercessor, she is His child, a wife and a mama and I am SO blessed to  have her in my life…meet Abby @ Fan the Flame. She is allowing her life – her families life…to be written by Him…living in the words He breathes over her…she embodies them and breathes them out … altering the space around…meet Abby at the intersection of fear vs. faith.

Who Does This?!…The Unraveling of Missionary Clothes

“26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,

29 so that no one may boast before him.

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

~I Corinthians 1:26-31

We are THOSE missionaries.  The ones that have all of the answers and are FULL OF FAITH and fearlessly wield machetes if called to tribes in jungles and…

Well, I’m sure you know better and I share with you to say that it’s a messy journey just like yours.  He holds us and gives us (especially ME) unending Grace as we walk this unknown path in preparation for a move to Budapest, Hungary to minister to high school students long-term.

Here’s a peek into one of those times when all of the pretense unravels and it gets REAL.

Once upon a December evening, I was heard talking exactly like this with to my husband:

“I am not going to make it moving overseas.

I am a SPAZ…A MAJOR SPAZ…JUST ASK MY TWIN…she’s dealt with it the longest…

I am not brave like the other ‘missionary moms’ that I know and love who fearlessly conquer foreign roads, doctors, schools, languages (I’m good with those, but this is one of the hardest in the world!)

I don’t remember how to drive in the snow…it doesn’t snow in Florida where I’ve lived for 2.5 years! (as if it’s an eternity)

I will need to be a rock for my kids, but all they will have is a blubbering fool!!

I mean, Who does this??!!

Who leaves friends that seem picked from Heaven for you…that have become your children’s and your family…literally growing up together??!!  Who does this??!!

I. want. to. stay.  I want to do the rational. conventional. comfortable.  Really, really I do.  Please pick me for this.

High school kids are really needy here, too, Lord, please let me stay.

I love my friends, house, life…I love it all.

Honestly, Who Does This??!!

This makes no ‘sense’…It’s the stuff of lunatics and the lost-a-few-marbles’ folks.

What are we thinking???!!  Who Does This??!!

I want to stop feeling transient.  I have two little kids, don’t I deserve the right to nest a home?  Can’t I be reading blogs with ‘fun project’ tips and be turning trash into treasure?! (I do think these are wonderful, by the way!) Not the ones that keep me dealing with my fears, struggles, wanderings (my trash) and having. to. trust. Him. to make it treasure.

Please, Lord, take me out of this rising, roller coaster, I want OFF…I am sea sick from the wind and the waves…Lord, please!  Can’t I just stay. comfortable??!!

Seriously, Who Does this??!!”

Sometimes the human flesh needs to voice itself in the midst of closest community and co-journeyer, husband…to see it’s. all. true.

I am the one who wants to stay comfortable. Don’t. Rock. This. Boat!!!  I am the one who KNOWS she isn’t strong enough for any of this.  I am the one who can get afraid of the littlest things and lacks the metal to endure change…I am the one who would be most likely to stay. safe. comfortable.

But, I am the one He has called.  I’ve learned to say ‘Yes’ to Him.  Though, often, I find myself taking steps I never could imagine in the days where fear and comfort hold the upper hand.

These moments of flesh realizations spur frantic outbursts where I don’t want any of it.  ‘No Lord. No stepping forward.  Continuing in faith.  Please, not me.  Someone else.  I don’t want to do the crazy thing…Not me.’

Some of the wisest words that I have ever received came when I looked at the ‘mountain’ of support WE. NEEDED. TO. RAISE. for our year internship in Hungary and said to the Director of the ministry there “I CAN’T DO THIS…NO.”

And he very calmly continued, “Well, if it was something you thought you could do, where would you need God?”

It was as if the holy hush of the Spirit descended upon me and I was quieted and knew.  This, then, is the thing I must do, because I will need God.  And if I am always strong and confident and comfortable, how am I ever going to need God?

Who Does This??!!!  I do.  Because He. Is. And. Does. It. All.

Does your faith journey ever look like this?  If so, what  or who has the final say?  Fear?  Or Faith?  You? or Him?

Please share your story today of fear vs. faith.  You or HIM?  It can be a new post or an old one. Have you ever been at this intersection before?  Please link your direct URL to the exact post.  If you would be so kind to put the Word women button or a direct link back here in your post so we can share stories…would you?  Please visit others and encourage them on their journey of faith.



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