52 Lists :: the People you Most want to be Like

The action for this list shares: the world is filled with noteworthy people to look up to. Which person do you most want to emulate in your own life... I ask - but what if the individuals I most want to be like are no longer with us, but rather written in the Word of God...

I know, it sounds like I should say these things... but honestly, I have enough worldly influence within me, so those people that I want to most be like are:

~ the Hebrew Midwives - they feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt commanded
~ the Lady with the issue of blood - came trembling to declared in the presence of all
~ Elizabeth - walking in all the commandments of the Lord
~ Mary - sat at the feet of Yeshua
~ Yael - strength with softness
~ Hannah - may I give back, set apart - what Yah has given me
~ Lydia - an open heart to pay attention to His Word
~ the wise woman - the book of proverbs is filled with womanly wisdom
~ the Woman with the alabaster flask - may I always remember the price paid for me

Just to name a few...

the Photo: 

 magnolia trees outside our window

~ Blessings!

My frugal Pantry addition for the Apartment & News

I will save the news for last, sharing quickly my recent addition to the kitchen. We really needed a pantry, and it wasn't going to work to put it in the hall closet. With one metal shelving unit and a heavy duty curtain from the thrift store, a little raiding of the sewing box... and here we have it.

The frugal pantry addition:

When the pantry is not in use, the curtains are closed - concealing the items behind. As you can see the pantry is yet not full, however it will be when the time is right. I would like to add some baskets and pretty organizers to each shelf... again - when the time is right.

The curtains tie on for the reason of easy removal, and the sides of the shelving unit are also covered. This was done using matching pillow cases, which fit just right... to shade the incoming sun rays.

Now for the news:

First ~ By the Eastern Gate will be getting a new and updated look {coming soon} as well as some blog clean up. In a soon to be determined time, this will give way to my new Esty shop... and some upcoming herbal projects.

Second ~ we have finally reach the place in our journey where we have prior authorization for the purchase of a home. Repeat... we have the green light to purchase a home-stead! I don't even know what say at this point except "Thank you ~ Abba!"

Have a great day!

Finding my Blogging feet :: or the Purpose of this

When I first started blogging - I posted about our families homeschooling adventures... documenting a lifestyle of learning. Then it came time for me to shut the blog down, and I was {am} so thankful that I had the fore thought to print the pages before hand.

We still look at them from time to time, reminiscing.

Actually, this is my fourth blog, and from this view... it will be my last. This is home, at least my online home. But finding my blogging feet with a title of By the Eastern Gate has been a challenge, because this blog doesn't really fit a particular mold. And it is okay...

There isn't a handful of topics or a particular audience I am writing for... because By the Eastern Gate is more a place of being... than a place of doing. In the sense of the over all theme being stated. It is a mindful place, a healing place... a place my heart resides.

However, in the book of Proverbs, it states where there is no vision the people perish. We know that having a direction, a goal or a purpose is a good thing, so of late I have been pondering those concepts for this blog.

My main goal for By the Eastern Gate, is to document life. This life God gave us... to create a record for my family and give a testimony of the workings of Yeshua {Jesus} in our every day life. I hope to one day print my postings for a family keep sake...

My second goal is to encourage others - to simply, cultivate their life...

Things can be complicated, and I think - we can make them even more complicated. We add pressure upon ourselves, on each other, and on our children. We carry around false ideas about who we are, where we should be going and what we should be doing. We complicate health, living, education, even our physical appearance... Ha! - we even complicate the Word of God. I know I have...

But here, I hope you will find a seat on the porch and embrace a moment. Take time to watch the chickens peck... and pick dandelions. Take time to taste, smell and breathe life...  to cultivate your home, play in the rain, learn a new skill... to create, or to seek solace and of course - to plant. 

Yes, here you will find posts about agrarian living, faith and the collecting of hope. You will find snap shots of small things and writings about natural living, gardening and keeping a home. There are even a few posts about coffee... so you see, simply - cultivating life.

Blogging purpose defined and it is as clear as... mud.

~ Blessings!

52 Lists :: the Things that Motivate you

When I think of Motivation, I now think of my daughter's Aussie... the very essence of motivation. But he will not be making the list - this go around.

  • Words of Affirmation 
  • Acts of Service
  • Truth - that which is written in the Bible, God's Word
  • Praise Music - hebraic, and blue grass are some of my favorites
  • Creation - being outside
  • Hope - Not deferred 
  • Thunder storms and rainy days
  • Chilly Fall mornings, spark my creativity 
  • Organic, whole foods and coffee
  • A clean bedroom, with air dried linens
  • Farmer's Markets
  • A good, spirit feeding, biblical discipleship book
  • Hearing please and thank you
  • Evenings... or days without screens 
  • Goals reached

Each week, in the 52 Lists book, there is an action... this weeks action was to practice turning one of your motivators into a daily habit that will push you to take action and make your accomplishments happen.

the Photo: the girl is motivated - I am so happy we found a very passionate, Christian instructor... who knows how and what to teach within Karate. All in light of the Bible, including many principles written in the Torah.

 ~ Blessings!

Tell Me of Basil :: Notebook Pages/Resources for a Unit Study

I have to tell you, homeschooling my daughter was something I absolutely loved... confession: I really miss it. Being a former Recreation Director by profession, hands on learning was a no-thinker for me. If it involved doing something, I was all about it and note-booking added a lovely element to our learning. These note book pages, some of which I still have today, helped document precious life moments...

The ever changing - learning at home and my warm fuzzy for the note booking method, inspired me to create these computer generated and hand drawn note book pages. This is the first set in our Tell Me of : Herbal Narratives - A Primer for Children Series, a project I have been thinking about for some time.

Because everyone learns and teaches differently, these pages are simple and completely created by human hands. Human hands {mine} using minimal computer assistance and human hands {again mine} attempting to illustrate botanicals for children to color or trace. Please be kind. I am not an artist by profession, that would be my mama, and this is a learning experience for me too... but if you can use them, feel free.

The pages above are before I finished them in google.doc.s - but you get the idea. :)

My daughter was but "knee high to a grass hopper" when she could identify and say the botanical names of many herbs in our garden. I share this because I believe that children will learn what they are immersed in and it is never too early to start with proper herbal identification. Around here, we have a rule regarding foraging and herbs... if you can not properly identify it, you can not use it on your own.

Enough of me... below you will find the link to the pages I created and some resources for learning all about basil. This list is not long, as it's only meant to spark interest... please enjoy.
Note-booking Pages: - HERE - this was the first time I have done something like this, and I hope to grow with this endeavor. My hand draw's will need improvement... to everything a season.

Recipes to Try:

~ Basil Salt from The Rising Spoon - I really want to make this!
~ Basil Pesto - serve over pasta or fresh homemade bread
~ Basil Herb Oil - Preserving Your Harvest

Resources to Use:

~ Basil Mini Profile - Vintage Remedies
~ How to Grow Fresh Basil - Herbal Academy
~ Medicinal Herbs - A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar
~ Basil; Or, Honesty and Industry - A Lamplighter Book
~ All About Basil - Botanical Interests
~ Basil: An Herb Lover's Guide by Thomas DeBaggio

* Please use the Scriptures as your guide regarding resources & have a great day!

Shared With: The Art of Home-Making Mondays # 156

In this Day - I rejoice

Today I'm: enjoying Shabbat, even though I was awaken by a phone call at five a.m. Nothing too serious, except that I am one of those people that once I am forced awake... going back to sleep is very challenging. Almost impossible...

looking out my window… the rain is due, again today. Though there was a slight break from the day before. Twenty four hours of straight rain, coming down light... but steady. Some flooding has been normal around here...

with gratitude and thanksgiving... thankful for the blessing of a second vehicle, it is not Cletus, but it is a truck with a lot in common. A truck named - Leroy... a black 4x4 Ford 150. This will help our family transport two of our three people, to work in opposite directions. Yes, I am truly grateful.

we are celebrating and enjoying... right now we are celebrating the journey from Pesach to Shavuot, by counting the days. Each night my husband shares a chapter of Sayings of the Fathers - A Messianic Perspective on Pirkei Avot by William Mark Huey and we count the day, by placing the number on the wall. On day 50 – we will 'remember' Shavuot as YHVH tells us to.

from the pages I am reading... I have a reading list a mile long, books for edification, books for my homemaking and homesteading passions and books for my new {Yah willing} educational endeavor. Yes, after careful consideration and conversation, we have decided that I should work towards becoming a labor doula.

Just the few feet into the list...

of sowing and reaping... the balcony garden is on hold, well - actually - its waiting for me... between the weeks of rain, and the squirrel battles... lets just say the balcony garden is slow going. I didn't think squirrels would dig up pea plants to eat the seed. Honestly, I have never had that happen to me in all my years of gardening. Along with my – I just can't seem to get it together... so yes, the balcony is a seedling mess.

thus creating, a cultivation of soul... I began knitting a hat for myself, one with cables... this pattern has been on my “I want to knit” list for about three years, and I am so happy to have started this project. My goal is to knit a complete set before winter kicks in – a hat, sweater and new cowl.

from the hearth... raw milk and sourdough. The raw milk is from our cow share... and the sourdough is being raised for our bucket bread. Seventy two hour fermented... easy peasy bread. Perfect for a snack food for my husband, who a few years ago started on a journey towards better health. He now has loose size thirty fours and burns through food like crazy...

adding to the apothecary... not much new really, just solar infusion for my herb oils and the workings of some notebook pages I am developing. I promise to share them with you as soon as I get them finished...

building community and sustainability... building community is so important, and for a myriad of reasons. I need to remember that it takes time to build relationships and resources... it takes involvement and putting myself out there, just a little. It takes effort and lots of give, with a little take. God did not create man to be an island unto himself... this I know. {smile}

~ Blessings!

52 Lists :: the Difficult moments that Shaped you for the Better

List the difficult moments in your past that have shaped you for the better...

~ Being the oldest, I remember when we were homeless, and my mama took us 'camping' for a very long time... I still remember my little brother sleeping between my other brother and I to stay warm. I also remember the snow that was on the ground, and in all honesty... how mama made that 'hard' time feel like fun. For the better: who knew that would effect my views of living outside, of facing a challenge head on, without falling apart... I often reserved that part for later, after the fact or stuffed it. (by the way - stuffing it... is not healthy - I am learning that now too)

~ Transitioning from a full time career woman to home maker, and home educator... looking back I wish we would have made that transition sooner, but I have full confidence in God's perfect timing. Of all the jobs I have ever had, this area of my life requires more patience and skills than anything I have ever learned in college or on the job. For the better: I am learning {and have learned} many skills I would not have learned otherwise, I have learned to let some things go, and how to pray like a warrior... but - the list could be endless.

~ Four major moves, in three years... if I am transparent, I think we are still trying to recover... recover to what I am not sure. However, as a family we would like to stop and breathe, but we also know this is not our 'forever' place. For the better: we don't own a lot of things, we can be ready to go in a flash and I have become skilled in knowing what to hang on to, and what you can easily replace. In truth, many things can be held lightly... except God/Yeshua and family.

~ When my husband went six months without work... for the better: we learned to trust in the Body of Messiah, in the Provision of the Almighty, to rest - knowing He sees and hears. To humble ourselves, and we learned how our family, even with our personal struggles, can buckle down and "cow girl up" when duty calls.

~ Living in a camper, using composting toilets and utilizing an outdoor kitchen through the Tennessee seasons... I still think the tornado's were scheduled around the dinner making hour. For the better: remember how I said hold things lightly, dinner can sometimes be one of those things. If I had to do it again, and I would... I know what would be a must and what would be a luxury or a preference. :)

~ My daughters three hip surgeries, in two years... the effects of the medication, later - I found out many things that were attributed to the side effects of heavy narcotic and pain med use post surgical. The side effect issues of these drugs on children, is serious and little is done to prepare the family.

For the better: I now pray for mercy, grace and forgiveness for all the things I didn't know, for the things people said and did, for those things that were done in ignorance. Or intentional. To let go of false accusations, responsibility, and how to ask better questions. To allow grace for my mistakes, wrong actions and responses... we are all human, in great need of Redemption.

There are many other difficult moments I could list, those life valley's that have shaped the person I am now, but really those valley's point to My Redemption Story. The amazing reality of the Almighty Creator... and the love He poured out for me, on the cross. He has worked all things for my good... He knows my beginning and my end, and I pray my redemptive life brings Him glory.

the Photo: a bucket of balcony pea's... and a little spinach. There is a rosemary in there too... hmm, who planted all that in one little bucket. {?}

~ Blessings!