Random Reflections at Forty One / or what I want to be when I grow up!

Sitting on my bed, in my comfy clothes... the lap top open, screen ready. Here I am thinking or more accurately drifting over the day's events. The weeks events. This past years events... and I am left sober and joyful.  

Praise be to God!

Today I awoke, over tired from two late nights of working on my class paper, to a cool bedroom and the loud hum of the fan in the window. And the smell of coffee awaiting me... it's 7 am, I skipped my 6:30 alarm... I need to make breakfast for my family. Eggs and Sprouted Toast.

A perfect morning.

But you don't know what a day will bring. Or a year. Or a life time.

Today I heard about another soul denouncing their Savior... and it never gets any easier to hear. Today my daughter and her friend had a serious conversation with a hardened atheist, and my friend's air siren app for Israel went off more times than my heart could bear without tears.

This past week my dishwasher motor went out and it created a very large stink in the house. I think I used it once in the last month... I can wash dishes faster than it can. My niece was released from the hospital after a serious injury to the head and I watched the storms roll in over the high school track while I walked and talked with Yah.

This year I lost my great uncle Charlie - he lived a long wonderful life. My aunt was hit by a car, had both legs/ankles broken, but she is home and doing well. We took a family vacation to Family Week, ordered chickens and built a new coop. My brother was married and I turn forty one on Friday.

Yes, He has shown Himself faithful in all things, even when we are not...

I can't believe I am forty one! I don't feel forty one... I feel like I am just starting to get a grip on the real of life. Like it's just now making sense. I gaze over my life and I am so thankful that He didn't leave me there... that He didn't leave me broken and without hope. He gave me an identity, a purpose and a reason to get up every day. He took me... in my broken and lost place and put me on solid ground. And it's not just something I believe for my emotional and mental well being. He changed me and every thing about me... and I am so grateful. I know it has nothing to do with me and who I am... but that it has everything to do with Him and who He is.

So now that I am forty one, and enjoying the place where I am in life... I think I know what I want to be when I grow up, or at the very least I know clearly what I would like to do with the rest of my days... should I be given them. *Not in order of importance.

  • Photograph chickens - I really enjoy doing this... in fact just this morning I sat for an hour in the chicken pen and I think I took about fifty shots. Seriously thinking of becoming a professional chicken photographer.
  • Live Off Grid - um. Yes. This might actually out rank chicken photography and I might add that I would love to give it a whirl in a Yurt. 
  • Finish my Master Herbalist schooling, start creating and selling my products and help my husband focus on his dream of becoming a naturopathic doctor.
  • Grow food and sell it at Farmer's Markets... create a raw milk share and help others receive whole food.
  • Make all my clothes, by sewing and knitting... okay the vast majority of them anyway.
  • See my children get married to GOD fearing spouses and for them to raise a generation who is willing to stand in the gates for YHVH.
  • Finish my tattoo removal... it looks like I need one more treatment, and loose about forty pounds.
  • Learn to play my guitar, so that Amazing Grace sounds like Amazing Grace and memorize more Scripture... in Hebrew.
  • Go to Israel... at least once... set my foot in the Vineyards... to walk where those of the Bible walked.

Yes, I think that just about covers it. At least from this moment, on this day...

May Abba grant me days and may my hands be open and ready to receive whatever He brings my way. May I hear Him always, walking humbly and in love. May I be quick to seek forgiveness when I fall and to trust in Yeshua and all that He has done.

~ Shalom & Blessings!

{Family Herbalist } a quick update - thru unit twenty one

Two months down, yikes! Time flies. Herbal Classifications and Materia Medica were my primary focus over these last two months, covering over a hundred herbs with their composition, description, plant action, uses or indications, contraindications, side effects, interactions and dosages... oh and method of administration. Thankfully I do not have to have them all completely memorized, just yet.

One of the things that I learned through these chapters, was the importance of knowing the herbs by their botanical name. A variety of herbs have multiple common names, but when it comes to herbal remedies it is extremely important to use the botanical name... this helps to insure the correct plant for the concern, and limits confusion. Confusion can lead to wrong dosage, and quite possibly personal harm.

The unit projects included multiple case studies with informal diagnose and treatment protocols, in depth body system studies, and two page papers of an herb of choice. I also made flash cards to help keep my herbs and their botanical names fresh in my mind, however my husband receives (too) much joy in helping me with this part... as he is often sneaking up on me with a surprise herb question.

Here's a few examples:

  • Calendula - Calendula officinalis 
  • Butcher's Broom - Rusci aculeati 
  • Birch - Betula pendula
  • Dill Seed - Anethum graveolens
  • Dong Quai ("tang kwai") - Angelica sinensis
  • Licorice Root - Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • Senna Leaf - Cassia angustifolia 

Now to me, some of them make complete sense and others... not so much. But I am finding that I just knew I had my daughter learn some sort of Latin for a reason... it was so I could borrow all her lessons to learn how to speak botanical-neese.

Truly... I am loving it!

As I run, I will leave you {for now} with an up close photo of an Iris that bloomed in my daughters garden this Spring, it was so beautiful, and the fragrance was similar to banana coconut cream pie... well that is what it reminded me of anyway. It was given to her my our next door neighbor, and this was her first bloom from it.

And a plug in for the Grow Your Own Food Summit, I am so looking forward to this online summit because I love growing my own food. I am certain there will be plenty of meat to chew on through the week and there maybe be some bones to spit out as well. But I know I could {should} learn more about raising good, real food right here in urbanville, so I will glean what I need and leave what don't. Also did I mention it's free?

"For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;"  ~ Hebrews 6:7
  So tell me what is your favorite 'food' to grow?

 ~ Blessings!

Article Share: Cultivating a Biblical Vision for Agriculture by Noah Sanders
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*Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Family Herbalist by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested.