Monday, May 30, 2011


mom was right.
the front porch is amazing on a hot afternoon.

and i was right
that i definitely haven't spent much time online lately.

but you better believe that life hasn't stopped running full speed.

and with quite possibly a quarter of my FLI class filtering back to the springs...
i don't know.
and sarah and missy and jeremiah talking about zambia
and kris and emily taking a little vaca to the beautiful middle east
and only 6 classes left before i am a college graduate
and so many wonderful living and working opportunities
and beautiful people
and encouraging words
and confirmation of God's sovereignty, goodness, and compassion
over and over
and friendships that i would never have thought possible
and people who have struggled, now making good decisions

LIFE and HOPE are abundant
because He offers the greatest measure of grace that i could ever receive
and like rod said
unless i remind myself and accept Him every day of my life
i will not understand
because He is everything.

in Him we live and move and have our being.

and sarah young's daily reminder has helped to set my perspective as well.
in His presence is fullness of joy.

health tip #4

house plants

houseplants can be very beneficial as they purify and renew our stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide that we exhale - replacing them with oxygen

NASA studied the effects of houseplants on indoor air and found these, among others, to be very beneficial:

chinese evergreens
aloe vera
spider plants
gerber daisies
common english ivy

Thursday, May 12, 2011


a simple little recipe from a great friend.
mix, ball, and eat. so good!

2c Old fashioned oats
3/4c Peanut butter
1/2c Honey or maple syrup
1/4c Carob chips or chocolate chips
2-3 T Wheat germ
2-3 T Finely shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 T Sunflower seeds hulled
2 T Flax seeds
1/4c Raisins or craisins (optional)

the kids call them bocce balls,
but you can call them whatever you'd like :)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

sunday nights

i don't like them
and i am trying to understand why this is.
sundays generally consist of a group of rowdy kids first thing in the morning
during the 9am service.
then i join in for the 1115am service
worshiping alongside a beautiful community of broken but rooted people.
then i head straight home to a crazy house full of 10 to 13+ people
food and kids and stories and laughing
cleaning and dancing and planning and resting
then everyone disappears and...
i think that i am an extrovert.
[and i am impatient for august 1st]

however, this is the sun that flows through the windows in the afternoon and evening and i don't complain about this.
this little farm is wonderful.
and by the way, to the left, next to the fence, is where the garden will be so soon.
i really am blessed.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

health tip #3b

other garden options

if you have limited space, try a raised bed

or you might prefer gardening pots

or even a topsy turvy tomato planter

there are plenty of options so excuses are at a minimum.
keep healthy, fresh foods around as much as possible!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

health tip #3a

plant a garden

planting a vegetable and fruit garden will promote good health and exercise.
by planting and tending to your garden you control what you eat as well as how it is grown plus - it just doesn’t getting any fresher than this!