Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Banned Foods

Ten foods banned in other countries...but we eat all the time.
Check the list for yourself. contemplate what you think about each of them.
We get sicker and fatter all the time, and our food sources keep getting farther and farther from true food.
Is there a link between these factors?

Yes. I think there is.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


My husband teaches voice at our son's school. It's a flexible school combining home study with some core classroom time and enrichment classes. It's the best combination for us.
Our son has been involved in the drama productions, and we have slowly gotten more and more involved as time went on.
This spring we are doing Into The Woods. I will assist in vocal training, assist the director and take on costume and prop master. Which I love.

My son auditioned, and found himself in the role of the Baker. This is exciting.

We are editing, for those that have seen the show, so that it is more appropriate for middle and high school, but we are not cutting the message to be careful of what you wish for.

It seems a huge undertaking. I look at the amazing costuming of those before us, hoping we can pull off some brilliance of our own.

It is nice to be involved with such things again.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Little Break

Through Christmas miracles and family love this happened last week:
My family is amazing.
We ate healthy wonderful food that we brought into the parks. My niece and nephew in law to be have annual passes so they  navigated us to get the best full day possible.

It was worth the overnight drive home to get my daughter to work the next morning.

I just want to add that the Cars land car ride is amazing. Super fun.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Best Intentions

I had the best intentions to write more this year, to find my voice again, to really jump back in and fill pages with something that maybe, just maybe someone else would enjoy reading. Perhaps help a person or two, perhaps make someone laugh, or even just nod in agreement.

And then life got back into full swing.

It wasn't just writing that shoved aside, it's everything.

sssshhhhh   I still have Christmas decorations up....yep, I do.
The wrapping paper station got all put away, but only because I was forced to clean that area so my daughter could temporarily (6 months) move back in. So my house has her stuff scattered about, Christmas still up, and life's general messes all over, because I simply haven't been home to tend to it.

I feel like all I have mostly done in this house for the last week is sleep here, and not even well on the night's my poor husband was up coughing and hacking.

I am not complaining. We live an interesting life.
We are always striving to do what we are called to do, and that simply equats to some busy times.

Sadly this was a lot of unpaid busy time.

So on top of everything else I am now looking at our finances and wondering what's next?

Ever feel like that? Just wondering what's next? Sometimes I know it is when the burdens are too heavy, and we question what's next like we couldn't take on another thing. Sometimes it is good stuff, and sometimes, like now for us, we just wonder where, what and when. Our where? currently isn't a big where, we know we are supposed to be here. We would also like to stay put for another 3.5 years so Spencer can graduate from his current school, if his current school stays a valuable and viable option.

As for other best intentions, I have gained weight. Yep, gained. My body is working super strongly against me and the weight is a result. Poor choices? Sure. Not working out? Yep. But the cravings and the caloric math don't make sense. SO I am re-joining the bandwagon again. I KNOW THAT I KNOW THAT I KNOW Isagenix works. I just need to get back on the products and stay within the guidelines of healthy eating. My body and my wardrobe will thank me.

So there is a little recap.
See you tomorrow.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

cream puff

Last night's celebration included a strange re-enactment of Alyssa and Dustin's marriage ceremony. This was mostly because a contract was signed in middle school. I don't know what the trade was for, but in the deal Jenelle was promised the opportunity to sing "Wind Beneath My Wings" at Alyssa's wedding. SO They grabbed flowers, Jenelle did her best Maid Of Honor walk down the "isle' of our living room and vows were roughly re-spoken. We took silly photos and then, as I served mini cream puffs Jenelle started singing the promised song.
Somewhere in the middle she didn't remember the words, so while she was waiting out the return to the chorus she suddenly realized that she indeed had a cream puff in her hand, she nearly forgot. She looked at the mic, looked and the cream puff, and chose, ...the cream puff.

It was perfect.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

We Survived.

Today we are celebrating.
The actual birthday isn't today, but we are celebrating that we all made it. They are turning 24. Glory Hallelujah.
It's amazing how they are 24, yet I am still so young. must be new math.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Is It Real Food?


Love this article from Keeper Of the Home.
She has done a beautiful job with links and back up information.
Take a moment, and take to heart what she what you can to fix your family's food, but keep the joy. I am paraphrasing. She says it better.
You don't have to be perfect.
Don't stress out about it.
Make informed choices.

Our food is barely real food anymore, and our health reflects that.
Make some baby steps.
This article is a good place to start.

And her book sounds amazing!

Monday, January 6, 2014

God's Word

Nothing is more powerful than the word of God.
Read it outloud and see what happens.

Did you see these yesterday on A Holy Experience?
Beautiful printables regarding His word.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Welcome 2014

2014 is the year of positive.

We aren't going to dwell on what we don't have, or how hard it might be to get to where we feel we should be (or are called to be). We are focusing on what is good, what is possible and trying to dream big.

We know not what the future holds, but w know who holds it. If He called us to do something, then it will surely be possible.

Words for 2014:

Always driven by love.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Free Books

Kindle edition Beth Moore books are free on Amazon right now.
Obviously not all her titles, but a lot of them just the same. I was shocked at how many were currently being offered.

In other news my husband is still sick, my phone battery looks like it is going to explode and the weather is beautiful, but very dry.
Praying for health, quick mail, and RAIN.
Yeah. I said it, I am praying for rain and snow.
We need it, we had drought conditions last year, and two years in a row would be bad. So bring it on. Rain and snow, come this way. May the snow pack be dense and deep this year. Come water our land Lord.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Okay blog land...I want to find good crockpot recipes, or quick family dinners that don't involve tomatoes or chili peppers of any kind. Or potatoes.

Everything seems to be full of them.
Allergies suck, and I need healthy food ideas.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Christmas was great, seeing my family was great, my husband got really sick and some of my plans were changed, but it all ended up okay. We spent the last few days of 2013 and the first f 2014 on the shore of Lake Tahoe worshipping or Heavenly Father and learning about hIm. It was spectacular.
Aaron is still fighting some virus, but does see improvement. Today was the first day in a long time that didn't have plans or agendas or work involved. It was a day of rest.

While looking around I spotted this.

Truth about the radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean and our coast line from the earthquake in Japan in 2011, and the nuclear meltdown that occurred.

I really don't know what to do with this information.
I thought it best to share at this point.