Monday, October 28, 2013

Seeing the Unseen

We live at the base of the beautiful Mt. Shasta.

We moved here about three months ago.  Almost every day since we unloaded the truck I stand at my kitchen window and marvel at the mountain.  It draws me into worship.  It causes me to pause and ponder His greatness. It makes me smile when I don't feel like smiling and its beauty is a comfort to me. It does this because it reminds me of the God I serve. It it my clear and ever present picture of Him.

This morning as I stood at my kitchen window, this is what I saw...

I could not see the mountain.
And yet, I marveled, worshiped, pondered and smiled anyway.

Because the mountain is still there, even if I can't see it.

It made me think of God and the way He is our source. When we "see" Him on a daily basis life is good.  What happens when life clouds over who He is in our lives? Do we forget? Do we scowl and grumble and question Him?

I say no.

He's still there.
Even if we can't see Him.

Hebrews 11:11-12 (CEB)
"Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see. The elders of the past were approved because they showed faith. By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence  from the invisible."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Promise Fufilled

Now that we live here in Weed, I have to adjust my mindset toward meal planning. I've blogged previously about many different methods, but now that my closest "big store" is over an hour away, I've got to go back to my once a month shopping! One BIG shopping trip and then a few trips to the local market to add a bit of fresh stuff to our weekly meals. A far cry different from what I was doing before.
When I posted on Facebook that I was meal planning for the entire month I had many requests for my meal list as well as a request for the grocery list as well! To honor the promise I made I will list out for you our September month of meals!
Each week for breakfast we make it easy and have the same thing every Monday-Friday. So this month our breakfasts are:
Monday: Eggs & toast
Tuesday: Granola and fruit
Wednesday: Breakfast cookies & smoothie
Thursday: Bran muffins & fruit
Friday: Oatmeal
On Saturday/Sunday:I switch it up some and vary between pancakes, french toast or breakfast sandwiches

I do the same thing for lunches.
Monday: Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat Crepes
Tuesday: Peanut Butter on Toast
Wednesday: Rice (either with beans or fried rice)
Thursday: Bean Burritos
Friday: Sack lunch for school, (The only day I make my kids eat a sandwich!)
Saturday: We often eat leftovers or have a picnic as we have three soccer games each Saturday
Sunday: Crock pot meal, This month they include: Chicken, Pork Loin, Pot Roast, Chicken

And now, dinners! This month I planned by theme as I often do.
Monday (Mexican): Burritos, Burrito Bowls, Tostadas, Veggie Fajitas, Beans and Rice
Tuesday (Asian): Lettuce Wraps, Pulled Pork with Asian slaw, Chicken Curry & Rice, Rice Noodles
Wednesday (Italian, mostly): Pasta with Mizithra Cheese, Breakfast, Fish & Rice, Pasta with Mizithra
Friday: Family Pizza night! (Most of the time we make our own, but sometimes we get a Papa Murphy's!)
Saturday: This month our Saturdays are a bit crazy with soccer schedules, so my Mom is graciously fixing dinner on two of the four Saturdays. One was my son's birthday dinner which he chose Breakfast Sandwiches and the other we are getting ribs from a local BBQ place. (I'll fix the side dishes here at home)
Sunday: Popcorn and snacks

I've tried to include as many links to recipes as I can in the list above, but feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have about the menu!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


We now live in Weed, California...It's a long story.

A story that has taken about eight years to unfold and has lead us to right here.
When Abraham was called by God he was not told where his final destination would be. I'm sure if God had told him he might have had a reaction similar to that of being told he was going to have a child in his old age; laughter. But sometimes, like Abraham, being called lends itself to a certain veil, a blindfold if you will. God will reveal the destination, but not until you are ready to see. He simply says "Go", and you go. You trust, knowing that He wouldn't send you without a plan, His plan.
That, my friends, is how we came to be here.  We were at a place of wandering, knowing God had called us but not knowing where or to what.  I must admit, it's an awkward place to be with people asking you where, why, how and when and only having the answer; "God knows"!
His timing however is perfect, and His plan impeccable.
The right ministry, the right home, the right school, the right time... the right support and encouragement. It all fell into place like a perfectly planned puzzle. He's amazing that way.
Today I sit at my desk at the foot of Mt. Shastina.  The cool breeze blows the trees and a smell of fresh baked zucchini muffins fills our home.  I have peace.  It has not been easy; transition is always hard. Equipping is part of calling and I feel confident in the fact that God has brought us here and He will also sustain us.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Being a Woman

Today my sister posted to Facebook a clip from an email she received from her husband.  I'll call him Joe.

Just got this email from Joe. Lol!
"I had a horrible and very long nightmare that I was pregnant. The fertilized egg traveled into me, which the doctor told me can happen on rare cases. They would need to cut the baby out of me when it was viable. Since my body wasn’t designed for it I was in constant pain and weak from the lack of blood since the baby didn’t get a placenta and whatnot. 
You couldn’t have been happier “Get a taste of what it’s like! Hahahahaha!” and most of the women I met in my dream felt the same.
It wasn’t very nice of you you know."

I laughed because honestly, it's hysterical. However I've been thinking on it and the fact that a lot of women have the attitude portrayed above.  It's true that carrying a child for 40 weeks and going through labor and deliver is a very difficult process.  There were times during my pregnancies that I wondered why God designed it the way He did, but never once did I wish that it were different.  Not once did I say to my husband, "You did this to me" or "You could never endure the pain that I went through", or "Why can't YOU have the baby?" I guess in my mind, it's pointless.  Why should they have to endure it?  It's not their burden to bear. It's mine, and every woman's.
I'm so glad I'm a woman and all that involves.  My second child just turned seven yesterday and in keeping with tradition we sat on the couch looking through her birth album together. It brought about a lot more questions this year.  Questions about how a baby grows inside of a Mama. Questions about labor and delivery and the way God designed our bodies.  Questions from a little girl to her Mama about the beauty of the female anatomy and the reason it does what it does.  It was a truly beautiful conversation. Her wisdom regarding our role in this world is precious. She spoke in stride about the father's role and how it was so important for the Daddy to be there to take care of the baby.  Not once did she question the "fairness" of the scene depicted before her of her Mama clearly working through a contraction and her Dad watching on in awe.

 I hope it stays that way.
 I pray she embraces her womanhood and the joy that we get in bearing such a beautiful burden.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Finding the Beauty

It's a bad day. I woke up with a headache that had plagued me for over 12 hours and others in my home were cranky as well. My middle child creates a battle out of every school assignment she has, and thus it takes us much longer than it should. My list of things to do is extremely long.  We have company coming tonight and I have NO idea what I'm going to make.  Our fridge is very empty which means I'm going grocery shopping today or tonight after they leave.  I have to meal plan and make my list, but keep getting pulled away by the kids or my own distractions.  It's just one of those days.
And though I've not finished reading Ann's book 1,000 Gifts, I know what it's about.  It's about what we in our home call the attitude of gratitude.  So right now, before I tackle that "to do" list... I'll add to the list I've been silently keeping.  Of things I'm grateful for, that make me smile, and that bring beauty into my day.

An eager invitation to play Barbies
A child that lovingly and willingly helps with chores
Roses from the back yard
Sweet scrawny arms that circle my neck and smell of sunscreen
A home to clean
Friends to fellowship with
Food to eat
Healthy options available to us
A blue kitchen sink (silly I know, but it is a source of joy for me!)
A blog where I can share my feelings
A God who always provides
A book idea in my heart and on my mind

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"That your joy may be complete..."

I've written many times giving the details on our journey towards debt freedom, and the post that I wrote last November was one that brought much joy to our family and to many others as they celebrated with us.
Well, I would be wrong to not share with you that our joy has been made complete.
Our goal was to save up the cash to take our kids to Disneyland.  We were able to do so and spent a wonderfully full four days at the "Happiest Place on Earth"! (Though my six year old when hearing me refer to it as such scoffed and said, "No, Heaven is!" Blessed child.  She brings perspective to my world view!)
So please, share in our joy?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guest Speaking

As you know, I LOVE all things kitchen! So it was my true joy to be able to share with our MOPS group all about meal planning last week. If you haven't checked out my posts about meal planning you can click here or on the link the the right called "Formica Countertops"!

Here's the lovely article they wrote about our time together on Tuesday Mornings.