March 31, 2017

52 Lists :: List your Best qualities

Yikes, why is always so difficult? Okay, my best qualities - according to... me:

~ I am not one to give up easily, diligent
~ Strong self discipline, dependable, loyal
~ Enjoys being outdoors
~ I have a strong desire to do the right thing
~ Enjoys laughter, singing and people
~ Flexible in some ways, and... {not so much in others}
~ I enjoy planning, throwing an event, decorating - prefer to be behind the scenes
~ Prefers organization, but has no problem with the spontaneous
~ I don't mind hard work, getting dirty or using my hands
~ I put my heart into {almost} everything
~ Love's life! Even the hard parts...

the Photo: I stopped by the local box store just to look around, and oh my gardening fingers  I caught sight of this lovely clemantis. So I snapped a picture and... left without it.

 ~ Blessings & Happy Prep Day

March 30, 2017

Born Again :: a letter to My Redeemer

 O Beloved of my soul - My Redeemer,

It has been eleven years, since I have said yes to you... I remember that day, even now. So vivid and raw in my memory, in reality. Hearing your Words with every fiber of my being, and sitting there wondering 'How am I to trust this?”. I have wandered so far, and for so long... Can you really take this beaten down and busted, hard and hurting woman and create in her something resembling beautiful.

Something new.

Three times I heard you, and the third I accepted. Yes, I remember that day, even now. March – twenty sixth – two thousand and six. Six years married, twice before, sick in body and in soul... lost, rejected and in full adultery of mind and heart. Three times I heard you, and the third I said yes. You said to me “Come to Me, {all} you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” {Matthew 11:28}

You gave me promises, hope and a new heart, a purpose and an identity, you reminded me that “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wings over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into covenant with you and you became Mine.” {Ezekiel 16:8}

In that moment, when I said 'I do', I became Yours.

Bought by the star breather... Yeshua {Jesus the Christ}

Before You washed my filthy garments, before You restored this chaotic inside life with Your law... before You taught me how to walk, stepping intentional. Before you trained my mouth, renewed my mind, and educated me in idol destruction. Yes - in that moment, a circumcised heart, blood redeemed.

Over the years, You have shown me time and time again, that You can be trusted. Yes, Faithful and Everlasting...when we moved fifteen hundred miles from the land of my fathers... and knew no one. When it was time for me to return to the home, to learn how to be a mother. How to teach my child... yes, You were right there.

When our daughter broke her hip. Through each surgery... three in all. When the car broke down, and we could not afford a transmission, not one more bill. We were strapped and buried. You were there...

When the Valley of Darkness threatened our family, and You restored it. When the vision of serving in Israel, was planted... You provided. When we faced {and lived through} six months of unemployment, three seasons of relocation and family displacement. You were there... in the granting of my husbands job - returned, providing a hovel nest. You have been there, Present.

In the big and in the small.

You have been there for every tear stained pillow night, for every hour that I have agreed with the weighted blows of doubt. Every time I have entertained the lies of whispering in my ear, or failed to exercise self control. For every fear based action of my heart, every mental argument of justification for a flesh reason. Every season of regret, guilt of the years wasted or mistakes made, for every battle against the strongholds. Those that were won and those that were lost... this time around.

You have been there... willing to wash me clean, again.

You are Sovereign. You are Truth. I will continue to cling to the promise, that You, who started this work in me... will finish it. I will choose to love you, to serve you, and to walk in your ways... for you are a God of the living.

For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before {my} God in the land of the living. ~ Psalm 56:13 ~

~ Love, Born Again!

March 24, 2017

52 Lists :: rejuvenate Your space

List the ways you can rejuvenate your space – it is a short list this week, because I am actually in the process of the majority of this list. :)

Organize your closet (in progress)
Finish decorating the master bedroom, adding warming elements
Create a prayer corner for my morning time with Yah
Remove clutter, continue to work through our remaining packed items
Mend, repair or replace any needed items, make notes
Review my current home keeping systems, keep & update what is working, and eliminate what is not
Dust, sweep, wash surfaces
Add more plants...

the Photo: I found the perfect addition for our Master Bedroom...

~ Blessings & happy prep day!

March 17, 2017

52 Lists :: your Current and Future goals & dreams

List your current and future goals & dreams - sharing a few: 

  • continue to pay off our remaining debt
  • take my herbal education to the next level
  • buy a home with some land
  • own chickens, milk goats, and raise a garden
  • support my husband when he begins his education in Naturopathy 
  • one day hold grand babies
  • knit - I have a list
  • help my daughter reach her education goals
  • build relationships
  • learn to play my guitar
  • live to be a hundred and travel

the Photo:

 ~ happy Prep day!

March 15, 2017

Matcha Affogato :: two ways

Oh green, beautiful green, how tasty you can be. Matcha that is...

Last week I had the privilege of making my family a little treat called an 'affogato'. My husband and daughter both delight in Matcha, or anything Green Tea tasting.  Oh green, beautiful green, how tasty can you be with vanilla ice cream...

"The word affogato means 'drowned' or 'smothered' in Italian, which neatly sums up the appearance of this dessert-come-drink, as the ice cream slowly sinks beneath a blanket of espresso and its own melted mass..." ~ Tristan Stephenson, The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee 

Matcha Affogato - # 1

Simply warm sugar free vanilla almond milk, and add the matcha powder, stir. Then pour your warm green over the vanilla ice cream and enjoy...

Matcha Affogato - #2

2 teaspoons matcha powder * I used three and afterwards thought maybe I should have used less.
1/4 cup cream
1/2 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons gentle sweet
1/4 teaspoon glucomannan {optional}
1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Warm the milk and cream, add remaining ingredients and whiz with a stick blender. This will thicken slightly, if you add glucomannan. Then pour over vanilla halo top ice cream... now, I just created this off the top of my head, so please tweak it as needed. Hind sight, I would leave out the cream and just use the remaining ingredients.

The family liked it, which is the important part... right?

~ Blessings!

P.S. dear Tristan, we now have a coffee bean grinder... green tea and espresso smoothies for lunch!

March 10, 2017

52 Lists :: the Things you Treasure

List the things you treasure most: a treasure is something very much valued, something of worth or of great quantity...

treasures are like blessings, when you start listing them... it can be hard to stop:

~ The perfect lamb -Yeshua and the power of Redemption
~ my family, though small in number – they are priceless
~ the way my husband opens the car door for me
~ flannel sheets and linen duvet covers
~ Truth, honesty and being real – even in the hard parts
~ the smell of a baby's hair
~ the pleasantry sounds of chickens as they peck
~ the low moo of a mama cow
~ hot coffee on cold mornings
~ rocking chairs on porches
~ sleeping skirts made of flannel and of course Shabbat
~ mud puddles and thunderstorms
~ gospel songs with 'heart' and 'soul'
~ messages that mean something of eternal value
~ sunflowers in full bloom
~ the smell of a fresh cut grass, sunrises and sunsets
~ piles of yarn, just waiting for creativity... and knitted things there of
~ fresh bread from the oven, topped with raw butter
~ long aprons, flip flops and cabins
~ maples in fall, traditions, audio books for long car trips and quite knitting nights
~ L.I.F.E – Life is a treasure, a gift given...

the Photo:

He is the greatest momo on the planet! :) Handsome too... just thought I would share his cuteness with you all. Hard to believe he is two already.

~ Blessings! 

March 8, 2017

O Israel ~ Remember :: a tzitzit's rest

I am not sure what to call it really? A tzittzit keeper, hanger, holder... or visual rememberizer. Nah. But when my husband asked what are you making? I didn't have an answer, a name for it even then. I simply replied, you will see and gave him a smile. That same little smile I gave him right before I took out an excess wall with a sledge hammer. 

Okay. Maybe not that smile... but a smile none the less.

“Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner."
 ~ Numbers 15:38 ~

“You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself."
~ Deuteronomy 22:12 ~

"And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment..." ~ Matthew 9:20 ~

Since I do not have a name for it, I just had to share with you the pictures. The last photo also includes artwork from a dear friend's husband. His work is amazing, Praise Be to Yah!  

~ Have a great day!

Gleanings: The Law of the Fringes and You - Natan Lawrence & Lesson 20 - Torah Class

P.S. Originally I was going to make my own little beg style hanger, but after all the math was done it was cheaper to use my JoAnn Fabric's coupon and buy this one. Then I did my best to font it up a bit!

March 7, 2017

A Minimalist Kitchen - In Progress :: Baking & Spice Cabinet

I really like opening up a freshly organized baking & spice cabinet and resting my eyes upon the jar contents. All those pretty labels make my heart smile and often sparks some domestic creativity. An organized and well labeled pantry also allows me to know what we have on hand, what we need and how much space is still available for use.

My current stand by labeling system has been the simple print and peel type, or the ever quick sharpie. However, I am in the process of creating and designing new labels that better suit our family needs, and of course adding a personal feminine flare.

Beings we just moved into our apartment a little under three months ago, we are still in the building a pantry stage. Which is perfect for keeping our cupboards in order and for allowing us to be deliberate about what we put in them. Starting over can be quite therapeutic some times...

A personal note on minimalism: honestly I am not a fan of ism's, unless the said ism lines up with the whole Bible. With that being said, minimalism can be defined as living intentionally, without excess clutter of space and mind, being an attitude, a way of living, a reaction against noise, disorder and that which is vulgar. Removing distractions, doing less, having less, spending less, and for the most part I am all for those things... under the context of Scripture of course.

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” 
~ 1 Timothy 6:7 ~

“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys 
and where thieves do not break in and steal."
~ Matt. 6:20 ~

So what is in there? The baking & spice cabinet includes your basic spices, Trim Healthy Mama ingredients such as; on plan sweetener, oat fiber, gelatin, whey and cocoa powder. Homemade vanilla extract and nutritional yeast. We also have - oats, farina, quinoa, brown rice, red and green lentils. Pinto, black and red beans... yes, a pantry in progress for sure!

~ Blessings!

March 3, 2017

52 Lists :: list your Favorite quotes

Here is my list sharing for this week, a few of my favorite quotes...

  • ~ If you look at the world you will be distressed, if you look within you will be depressed, if you look to God you will be at rest. - Corrie ten Boom
  • ~ Worship isn't an event to attend and watch. It's a lifestyle to be lived. - unknown
  • ~ Something is wrong if our lives make sense to unbelievers – Francis Chan
  • ~ Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between what is right and almost right. - C.H. Spurgeon
  • ~ I'm not interested whether you have stood with the great. I'm interested in whether you have sat with the broken. - unknown
  • ~ The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it. - George Orwell

When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading financial statements? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now? - Max Lucado

  • ~ Yarn: an item which the word 'enough' does not apply... - unknown

the Photo: it is actually a photo of a photo...

Jackson Hole, Wyoming. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen with my own eyes. I could live right there in that valley for all my days. This picture does not do the beauty of this place justice. 

To ponder upon, my husband and I would like to retire there or move back out west one day. The West will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you Yah, for painting such a lovely place. 

- happy Prep Day and Shalom!

March 1, 2017

A Minimalist Kitchen - In Progress :: The Coffee Corner

I {really} wanted a coffee station for our little home, but I just could not seem to make the space for a sizable station, so instead I made a coffee corner... which fits nicely into my goals of remaining somewhat of a minimalist.

Around here we use the pour over method most of the time. It is quick and effective at delivering a nice cup of coffee... and that my friends can be paramount to a sunshiny day.

“The way in which coffee grounds are wetted and agitated is of particular importance to filter brewing.” - Tristan Stephenson

Our Coffee Corner is located near the stove, where I heat our Berkey water to just before boil. We use a small 'set a part' cabinet for all of our teas and paper filters. Our cloth filters are stored flat in a drawer near by, with a hook for drying after use, above the sink. 

“Just as a carrot or a cucumber deteriorates from the moment it is picked, the quality of a coffee bean diminishes from the time it was roasted. Knowing when your coffee was roasted is fundamental to understanding how fresh it is, so avoid buying bags.” - Tristan Stephenson

Currently, we need to purchase a coffee grinder, sorry Tristan... I must - at this time purchase bags. My ground coffee is stored in a mason jar, in the fridge. Again, very close by... {think apartment sized kitchen}.

Anyway, there are a few little touches I would like add to the corner, but for the most part it is finished and highly function-able.

~ Blessings!

Shared With: The Art of Home-Making Monday's - #146