52 Lists :: the things you Should be proud of

This was hard for me, because when I read 'be proud of' my mind struggles with the definition. 

But I will do my best to write my list...

- holding a dying person's hand
- giving birth
- loving someone who hurts me
- forgiving a father who was not there (who after thirty + years is semi back in my life)
- being able to stand {by the grace of Yah} in the midst of a storm
- supplying every, daily care need to someone who cannot remember my name
- being able to pray for those who have rejected me

Those are the things I have am most proud of... then there are:

- fifteen years of caring as a C.N.A
- working at & obtaining my certification as a Recreation Director
- becoming the Volunteer Coordinator of a rural hospital
- working full time as a single mom
- completion of the Advanced Botanical Medicine course from Vintage Remedies
- writing for The Biblical Herbal
- home educating my daughter from sixth grade through high school
- being a Wife
- being a Mother
- keeping a Home

the Photo:

My book arrived, which means I will start using the book for my lists. Instead of the lists I found online. Although either will be good for me to complete...

What about you? What are the things you are proud of?

~ Blessings!

A Circumcision

We had the privilege of opening up our home for what is often referred to as a {brit milah}. Their son being circumcised on the eighth day as commanded by God. The family met the {mohel} here in our home, with the actual circumcision taking place in the bedroom. I have never attended a brit milah before, beings that both of my sons were circumcised in a hospital setting.

The mohel took the parents into the bedroom alone. There he talked with them about the procedure, the after care and asked various questions. Then he asked all the men into the room. The child's father; his brother, the child's grandfather and my husband... then proceeded with the circumcision. 

Apparently it is custom to not have women in the room during the actual 'doing of'...

The little guy did great, and didn't cry half as much as I remember my sons crying. My husband agreed the words “circumcision of the heart” will never have the same meaning again. He now has a detailed visual and an experience he will always remember...

~ Blessings!

52 Lists :: the Words that Touch your Soul

In service to my blog goals and personal growth I am going to be working [posting] through 52 Lists, but with a twist. Being a list person as well and having a heart for documenting life... even the hard parts. I felt like this would be something good to do, so I will add to my sharing a photo too.

Week 1: list the words that touch your soul:

~ Crucifixion
~ Redemption
~ Forgiveness
~ Echad
~ Holiness
~ Righteousness
~ Marriage
~ Womb
~ Infant
~ Salvation
~ Obedience
~ I Love you - will you marry me. He asked me three times - before I said yes
~ Steadfast
~ Faith
~ Purity
~ Chivalry
~ Honor
~ Family
~ Integrity
~ Weeping
~ Mountains
~ Home
~ Brotherhood
~ Sin
~ Mercy
~ Try
~ Begin
~ Again

 Photo: I'm currently reading, applying and praying my way through this book...

It's been good to read and to walk through, bringing about some ground in my life that still needs to sifted. God is good, and I am thankful He brings what we need - when we need it.

Five easy Ways to Preserve the Taste of Lime

We were blessed with a case of organic limes for mere dollars, truly a gift. Wanting to be a diligent steward with the blessing, my job was to find ways to preserve these little green gems. Leaving very little to waste... and here is what I came up with. Remember to always start with clean, quality fruit.

Lime Zest – easily obtained by removing the {organic} 'green' from the lime. I have stored this two ways, first by placing the zest into ice cube trays and adding a titch of water to freeze in the freezer. Second, we dried the zest in the oven, on low heat. Once the zest is completely dried, place it in a glass jar with a tight lid. This is then stored in the fridge until needed. Although I am sure you can store it in the cupboard right next to the other herbs and spices without much of a problem.

Salted Limes, Fermented – slice off the ends, just the tips mind you. Then quarter and dip each 'raw' side in kosher salt and pack into your fermenting jar. Pack them tight. Fill your jar to the rim, and then add fermenting weights to hold the limes under the brine. Place in a cupboard and test them, by taste, after eight weeks...

I have been peeking at mine every now and then just to see how they are doing. After eight weeks, or longer if needed for proper fermenting, move your salt limes to the refrigerator. This is my first time making these, so we will see how they turn out.

Canned Lime Juice – simply juice your limes, heat the juice over low heat to nice and hot, not a boil. Then run your normal canning procedures and hot water bath process your full jars for fifteen minutes.

Dried Lime Peel – dry your lime peels in the oven or food dehydrator, they are dry when easily broken with a snap sound. Store them in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid, in a cupboard. These peels can then be used in home-made teas, bath products or even ground fine to be used in baking. 

The last one, isn't really a way to preserve the taste of lime in the actual tasting sense. It's more in the preserving lime in the beauty of a lime sense. This is done by making lime infused vinegar for house hold cleaning... I will be adding thyme essential to mine. Calling it Lime Thyme cleaner!

So - what would you do with a case of limes?

~ Blessings

Shared With: Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth: The Art of Home-making Mondays # 145

Frankincense & Myrrh Foot Rub Recipe

I have been playing in the kitchen again.

With my camera and my creativity, thus making a personalized batch Frankincense & Myrrh foot rub.

The Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup of shea butter
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T olive oil {or almond}
  • 1 T {about an ounce} beeswax, grated
  • 15 drops of Frankincense essential oil
  • 10 drops of Myrrh essential oil

Directions: melt the beeswax and shea butter over low heat, add the coconut & olive oil. Blend well. When completely melted, remove from heat source and add the essential oils. Blend again. Pour into a small jar or metal tin. Let cool & enjoy!

~ Blessings!

The Freshening of Mama's Wool Blankets

Mama has been keeping her eyes open for wool blankets for years, and her diligence has paid off. My collecting of wool blankets started after I spent my first winter in Wyoming. When the reality of what twenty three degrees felt like couldn't be ignored. That winter I sent a plea to mama - please be on the look out for wool blankets! They will come in handy and I think I am going to need them...

Over the years my collection has grown to six. Six wool blankets, in various size and colors... all found from my mama's searching. Without a fee, except the time she spent looking. 

Each with a story, just like mama...

These blankets hold special value in my heart and will always have a home in my living space no matter how big or how small. Like my comforter, made by mama's hands, out of her denim shirts and up cycled fabrics.

“The term wool can mean the fibrous covering of a sheep in general, but it also refers to a specific type of fiber found in a sheep's fleece.” pg. 9 – the Fleece and Fiber Source Book, Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius

Learning to be a good steward of the blessings that God has given to us requires diligence. So I am gleaning how to care for these special treasures, in hopes to one day pass them on to my children.

For the freshening of my wool blankets: I simply air them in the shade, draped over multiple supports to protect against them loosing their shape. Airing your blankets can also help reduce odors and minimize possible laundering needs. 

I will lightly brush away or softly beat off any particles or pet hair that may be clinging to them, and spot clean if needed. With cold water and very little - to no friction. Honestly, I have not needed to do anything beyond my normal routine since I have had them in my possession.

When they are not in use, I store them out of direct sunlight, secured against moths or other wool invaders. Sunlight can also cause yellowing in wool, another reason I am careful. However, we do use them every fall and winter, and a couple of my wool blankets make the cut for Sukkot camping.

~ Blessings!

Shared With: Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth/The Art of Home-Making Mondays # 143