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Friday, July 31, 2015

awaken and try :: five minute friday and tuesday @ ten

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It's 5:30 AM.
I awaken to the feeling of a hand on the small of my back.
The alarm is screaming.  It's time to wake up and face the day.
I've had a busy week.  Canning pickles and relish.  Freezing green beans... plus, so much more busy activity.  I'm tired.  Is it really time to get up?

Once downstairs...I can see the humidity for the day has already settled in, across the fields.  It's raring to go!  Full-bore.  And, I'm not.
I pack my hubby's lunch and wish him well - off to a day of work he goes.  I step outdoors and assess my 'gardens' and I see the weeds sure do love this oppression.  Hmmm.  Interesting.

I think back to the hand at the small of my back.  Though gentle and assuring - it never quite reached it's way into my heart.  It seems as if my heart is shrouded by a thick blanket of mundane and ordinary.  Heavy and thick.  That can't-breathe kind of feeling.  Weeds?!

I try.
I wish it to go away.  I pray it to go and settle elsewhere.
Maybe it will.
Tomorrow is another day.

Lamentation chapter 3 reminds me
The mercies of the Lord are new every morning.

Although, I can wallow in my feelings... and they're not always upbeat.
I must remember this.
It is because of God's great love that I am not consumed (or overwhelmed) by trial.
His mercies are new.

Lord, awaken me to know this.  To understand.
However only little I can try.  Amen!

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This post has been linked with this week's Five Minute Friday, and the word prompt: try.  As well as, with Tuesday @ Ten , and the word prompt: awaken.

Thank you for reading!!

May you have a blessed and wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

rethink it and go for it anyway

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The story behind the photo...

It was one of those moments... outdoors with the camera... and the sun was shining bright behind me. VERY bright.  I noticed two moths flying around the garden area and of course the beetles, they're everywhere.  Too many.

I love playing with the macro settings on this camera, yet I couldn't see a thing -due to the sun-glare in my frame, from over my shoulder. This was going to be, pretty much, a shot in the dark.  :) Thought maybe I could get something for this week's challenge  But, you know... every time I came near, these moths would fly off.  Basically, becoming impatient and discouraged... I nearly gave up.

Instead.

I opted to try; to just position the camera toward what and where I thought these two moths had finally settled down (perhaps having a conversation?) and yes, I had thought of this quote-prompt, for this week.  Wondering, how could I make this work.
"Oh what if I fall?"
"Oh but my darling, what if you fly?"
                  - Erin Hanson
Lo and behold, in the frame - there sat a beetle!  Giving his bit of sage advice and encouragement to the moth as it appears she is about to go off the edge in a full-fledged fail ... or flight? Her beetle-bud encourages... and cheers her on!!

Perfect!!

I guess you could say the quote was true for me - too!  Reminiscent in the fact that I questioned myself..."what if I fall. What if I fail?"  - No... the reality was..."What if you actually get a decent shot? - even if it was in the dark!!"  The challenge was to rethink this whole thing and go for it anyway.  You'll never know - unless you try.

This is true for many areas in life - outside of photography skills... for sure!!  And, if you're not sure you believe me - go ahead and hop on over to Kaitlin's blog.  Her post today - hits home.  Hard.  Basically, saying the same thing as I on this very topic.  However, her words are epic and her photo is simply beautiful.   Encouraging all the way.

*** linking with this week's quote prompt for Homemaker Design's - Whimsy Wednesday Weekly Challenge

Monday, July 27, 2015

Deep Breathe

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It is often life's smallest pleasures and gentlest joys
that make the biggest and most lasting difference.
~ unknown

I love how the weekends roll into a slow and steady stop and it's time to settle in from the day...to start a new week!

Pictures can only tell so much.  And, there is no way to capture - truly - all of its goodness.

Like... I missed photos of working together in the garden, up at my aunt's place - gathering harvest, picnicking at the park and swimming at its pool.  Sleeping in our new tent -in the backyard.
Homemade waffles and ice cream for Sunday dinner.  And, working together to help Grandma Susie unload her car from her recent trip to NY, via the use of our big red wagon.  Welcome home, Grandma!!
Another favorite moment is hearing the request for family devotions, by the kiddos (making sure it happens); sitting around God's Word and talking through the devotional (using Keys for Kids) - relating it the sermon from earlier in the day.

All of this... could have been included here.

The bonds of family-ties are ever growing, deepening; maturing, and it's been fun (wonderful) to find the rhythm that make it flow so well.

A deep-breathe sort of moment.
God is so good!  I give Him all the praise.

Home to me is laughter...
Kisses on my cheek when they're least expected;
Glances filled with gladness;
The happiness in knowing
I'm a portion of
My family's fulfillment.
Home to me... is love!
~ June Brown Harris
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Now.. this morning... I'm off to tackling green beans and the abundance of cucumbers (turning into our favorite pickle relish, as well as, old-fashioned bread and butter pickles)

Happy Monday!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Baked Oatmeal - a healthier version

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Our family loves Baked Oatmeal.  In fact.  I make it nearly every Sunday morning - for breakfast.  And, it's great warmed up as leftovers a couple of days later.  My kids will pretty near fight over who will get the leftovers, if they're aren't enough for everyone to have a small bowl.  It's that good!
So, obviously I've talked about this before.  And, have even shared the recipe before.  See this link!
3 cups quick oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted (1/2 c. canola oil can be used, instead)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
**chopped nuts are optional

Mix all ingredients together and pour into an 8"x 8" baking dish.  Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.
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So - how did I make this recipe any healthier?  Here is what I did.

I exchanged the butter for coconut oil.  BINGO!! Which.. I know... is probably something I should do more of and like as in - yesterday!!  I hear all the time about coconut oil (In everything. For everything.) and yet... this was my first time of trying it out on my family.  Honest confession.
I also added 2 tsp. ground flaxseed (could use - way more - per preference)
and, I definitely added the chopped nuts.

Half of my family likes blueberries with their oatmeal.  So - I just added a few frozen berries to one side of the dish - and everyone was kept happy.  :)

Now.. I'm sure I'm not the only one who makes their baked oatmeal this *new* way. So, that said... I would be interested in hearing of other ways you take this original recipe and kick it up a notch.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Whimsy Wednesday Weekly Challenge

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In loving support of my friend, Kaitlin, and her pose of a weekly challenge.  I present... my take on this particular challenge.
The prompt for this week came from Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

You know.  So many times. Life is really out of our control.  We can try to manage it all on our own. But, ultimately... He{God!}really is at the center of it all.  We'll have our highs and our lows; our up's and downs.
Yet, somehow this escapes our minds... in the immediate moments, doesn't it?  We forget that we are not the ones who make things happen.

I appreciate this reminder in Scripture.  The reminder of who we are.  Who we need to rely on. And the what that will happen when we do.


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I know Kaitlin would appreciate to see and have more participation...in this challenge.
Please check out her blog for details...

Pass the word along.  Maybe you know of someone else - who would also be interested in joining along!  The more the merrier...I would say.
(Can you tell I'm just trying to help my friend?)

Oh.. and she has a really great post prompt for next week.  Kaitlin sure knows how to stretch... the creative abilities. :)  WOW!!

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