November 29, 2016

November Grattitude Photo Challenge :: day twenty two thru twenty nine

This month {and photo} challenge is almost over, Thanksgiving came and went... and we are still living in a middle place. And I am still choosing to see the blessings in the day to day, the small and the big... and hopefully remembering to praise Him daily. Out Loud!

day twenty two: a tradition

potato latkes

day twenty three: a detail

I tried to capture the detail in it's wings...

day twenty four: a distraction

Not all distractions are bad, but this one however was negative in cause... photo includes my whole food choices for fighting a severe cold in our family. Garlic, Onion, Ginger and Turmeric...

day twenty five: a life changing book


 A copied photo from a previous post, this book is worth reading again and again... it has changed my life drastically and would recommend it all!

day twenty six: a perspective

view of her shogi lined up

day twenty seven: a convenience

Okay - ten organic mango's for four dollars! Convenient and Frugal...

day twenty eight: a shelter & day twenty nine: an activity

He is my shelter... My Redeemer, Yeshua {Jesus}! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... and this is also my photo for an activity... drawing.

I hoped to have had more time in taking photo's... but right now, it is what it is. And I am okay with that... my last photo will on 'a middle place'... till then, thank you for stopping.

~ Blessings!

November 26, 2016

Sweet Potato Biscuits :: new traditions

I am interrupting the photo challenge to bring you a wonderful recipe that is new to our family... Sweet Potato Biscuits. This year, we were invited to share in a Thanksgiving Dinner with some new friends, and one of their traditions are these tasty little gems.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

5 cups flour
5 t baking powder
1 stick butter
3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato

Directions: blend the first three ingredients, in a large bowl, using a pastry blend. Then add the three cups of mashed, cooled, sweet potatoes and mix well with your hands. Shape into biscuits, about one inch think and place on baking sheet. With side touching.

Bake at 425 for 15 to 20 minutes, until done. Remove from baking sheet and serve slightly warm with lots of butter...

These will definitely be added to our family recipe binder!

~ Blessings!

November 20, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge :: Day sixteen thru twenty one

Thanksgiving is almost here. I can hardly believe how fast the seasons are passing by... how eager my heart is to get into a place that is not leveled by jacks & tires. How strong this desire is to make a home, and keep it. Yes, I am almost willing to say 'tiny houses are over rated' and so is living in a camper full time, but I won't stay there... gratitude is my focus right now.

Instead I will share the next challenge photos in my list:

day sixteen: an observation - snapping shots for the photo challenge, including the reflection of the side mirror.

day seventeen: a difficulty - Henry and the Great Society - finding the balance is often difficult, however I am grateful for the little reminders of why we have made the choices we have made... and the reasons we are planning the things we are planning. This book made tears arise...

day eighteen: something old - my purse. A resale find and worn to nubs. I am on the look out for a replacement, so grateful the bottom does not have holes.

day nineteen: a food - okay okay, personally - chocolate is not a 'food' and honestly neither is coffee. But it is a yummy treat for an afternoon Sabbath drive in the country.

day twenty: a time of day - a slight cheat, I took two shots at the same time... afternoon Sabbath drive in the country.

day twenty one: a physical feature - {grrr} I dislike taking photos of myself... so this one was hard. But it's my jaw/cheek... real life candid shot in the dark hall, while cooking lentil tacos.

~ Blessings!

November 16, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge :: day eleven thru fifteen

I have one photo collage to share, gratitude in snap shots... captured. This creation covers the next five days of topics... and because I am in the middle of living this challenge, I made it easy on myself.

day eleven: something natural ~ upper corner, my husband and I went on a much needed walk together and he pointed out this lovely fungus to me. I am still trying to identify it...

day twelve/thirteen: unanswered prayer/answered prayer ~ side, map... this shot was taken when we were in route to look a suitable place to live, which as of this posting - remains an unanswered prayer. It's also the shot I will use for my answered prayer. Because it means my husband was offered the position... something we have been waiting for... for two years.

day fourteen/fifteen: a blessing/a written word ~ simply stated, my family is a huge blessing and I enjoy letting them know... grateful to be a wife, and a mother... sharing little notes.

~ Blessings!

P.S. The reason I decided to make it easy on myself is because we are in the middle of helping a family with their bulk food store, getting established in a new state and dealing with what I suspect is a case of atypical "walking" pneumonia. I hope to share somethings that I have learned and tried after we get a little more settled.

November 10, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge :: day six thru ten

Its interesting to see how fast a life can change... or when {Providence} brings your life full circle. In healing patterns and growth ~ I mean. We have been in Kentucky for only three days and a lot has happened. And nothing has happened... as if nothing ever really happens.

day six: a need

praise music and the WORD

day seven: a surprise

That there is my dad, my biological father, he and my mom divorced when I was young. I can count on one hand the number times I have seen him since that divorce. {Minus two} Until last year... in less than a year he has had two heart surgeries, and we are talking... he made my family hamburgers before we left. It sure is interesting how {Providence} brings healing patterns.

day eight: something big

I really dislike big city driving, but if I am required to drive it... I prefer driving them in the evening. This here is Louisville... in a blur. And we are almost there...

day nine: something small

can you seen the web between the saw teeth?

day ten: an ability

Capturing my current knitting project, because sadly I have not touched it in a quite a few weeks. So this may encourage me to pick it up again... even if its only for a few rows. Wash clothes for the camper... or maybe our next 'living' space. {?}

~ Blessings!

November 5, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge :: day four & five

Have you ever been in the midst of something so unplanned... that a response of I don't know was the best you could offer them. I have... and in some ways I still am. If some one asked me 'what do you plan to do'... two years ago when my husband left for Israel... or 'how are you going live'...  when my husband went seven months with no job or 'where are you going to live'... when we faced semi displacement a little over a month ago... my response was I don't know... but I know who does and it will work out.

Please don't take this as I never lack faith or struggle with periods of doubt, are you kidding... I am human. And I have had some messy melt downs... true story. But I am a daughter of the star breather. {STAR BREATHER} A redeemed child of the Most High and He knows every hair on my head... every thought or intent, every fear or insecurity and every dream and hope. And He chose to die for me anyway... how do you capture that?

day four: something beautiful

day five: a luxury

How do I capture the gratitude of my soul, for a love like that. Of all the ways He has provided for every need... and yes, sometimes want. How do I say thank you Yeshua... enough? With enough gratitude contained in the words... I just don't know.

~ Blessings!

November 3, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge :: day two & three

As you can see... I have a new blog template. YAY! Please bare with me as I work out my kinks and have a moment to take a better side bar shot. In the mean time here's two days of photo challenge participation...

day two: a gift

Fermented Lavender & Hibiscus Kombucha... need I say more. :) {thank you husband}

day three: a friend

Her name is Jennifer... and the first two words that come to mind when I think of her are Southern and Laughter. She introduced me to creek stompin', and chicken & waffles. And though I have not known her for years and years, some times it sure feels like it. I had to request a selfie from her for the photo challenge as we are some miles apart... but not for long! :)

~ Blessings!

November 1, 2016

November Gratitude Photo Challenge: day one

Better late than never - they say. I say I need this right now... something to focus on, okay one more way to capture the gratitude, to focus on the gratitude. One more way to praise my Redeemer... one more way to capture this beautiful, crazy grace needed, truth loving life of mine. So I am participating in the November Gratitude Photo Challenge, inspired by Middle Places - but with a little personal tweaking.

And yes, I am a year late... and I am okay with that:

Day 1: a person you see daily

 Summertown - 2015

October - 2016

October - 2016 "being funny"

Today - 2016

And even though I see her every day, there was a time when... now I am just Grateful. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... the Holy One, Yeshua {Jesus} continue to be an ever present reality in your life. May you walk in blessings, in spirit and in truth... and may what 'the canker worm' has stolen be restored and you live this life abundantly for Him. You are a special treasure... 

Love ~ Mum

P.S. thank you for letting me take your photos on the fly, with my camera phone and not the 'good' camera. :) Real life y'all!