Monday, April 20, 2015

Thankful For Health

Today I...

Ate salmon cakes and grits for breakfast,
Lifted weights,
Ate a peanut butter sandwich and banana for lunch,
Browsed the computer,
Cleaned the house,
and napped.
Why am I sharing such useless, normal, day to day activities? One word...
My dear friends, Justin and I are recovering from 4 days of...
Debilitating body aches,
Eye Pain,
Dripping in sweat but freezing,
Hacking our lungs out,
Total loss of appetite,
and a headache.
Oh. We've drank more elderberry syrup, Echinacea tea, and bone broth than we ever care to drink again.
So, today I am more thankful than ever to be able to accomplish these normal, and seemingly mundane tasks. In fact, I am even more thankful for overall good health that the LORD has blessed us with.

What are you thankful for this Monday?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An Anniversary, Grassfed Beef, and Herbs

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe
How have you dear folks been of late? I pray that your days have been full of warming spring days, plenty of time soaking in some much needed Vitamin D while admiring the beauty of blooming flowers and budding leaves. :)
Life has been very well here in NC. There has not been anything too out of the ordinary. Just daily life, continuing it's ebb and flow. And this shy country gal, holding on and enjoying the blessings GOD has bestowed.
Like cooking breakfast for supper...

Celebrating our second wedding anniversary with a beach visit...


And stopping by our church on the way back, to continue last years tradition of recreating our first kiss.

I got to spend a day shopping with my mom...

And just about did a victory dance upon finding local grass fed beef at a local farmers market, for an AMAZING price. No joke, I had to use every bit of self control I have to keep from skipping and squealing... :D
Herbs were another purchase from the farmers market.

What a blessing it is, for it to FINALLY be warm enough to plant...

and spruce up the front porch.


We adopted five little Dominique chicks! :D
1 day old

2 weeks old
And words cannot express the excitement of owning chickens again!

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder
What sweet, simple things of everyday life are you enjoying this spring?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dying To Wear This Shirt

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb
Oh, and what a blessing that is! Finally I am able to put the boots and jeans in the closet, and drag out the flip flops, flowy skirts, and capris. :D
I've been particularly stir crazy, dying to wear this shirt over the winter...
I found it hiding in the aisles of a local Goodwill in January...
As soon as I saw it, the colors just screamed spring and a pair of white capris...

A dart was added under each arm hole, as they were a tad on the large side...

 And she then fit perfectly...

And let me tell you, it was TORTURE seeing it sitting there every time I went to my closet on those bitterly cold days...
But it was well worth the wait and excitement to pull it out on that first 70 degree day. Perfect for creating all kinds of giddy and feminine feelings...

Oh, and dropping in for a surprise visit at work with this sweet thang...

Do you have a favorite outfit you are wearing to pieces this spring?
Have a wonderfully blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Tid Bit of Life

Well hello there friends and family!
From these two pics, you can gather the reason for silence of late...

Oh, and there is more. But I'll have to share all that another time.

With gorgeous spring days, come great busyness. And deadlifts are calling my name...
As well as my five little peeps. :D
Have a wonderfully blessed, and warm spring day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 23, 2015

By HIS Grace, I Am Enough


There seems to be a common topic going around the blogosphere of late. The topic of feeling as if you are not enough, coming to the point where you realize on your own you are not enough, and discovering that by GOD's grace, and in HIS eyes, you are enough for HIM.

I am not going lie. The feeling of not being enough, whether it be for GOD, my husband, peers, it's plagued me my ENTIRE life.

I'm shy, and introverted. Always have been.

As a child and then a teenager, that caused me to be a target of emotionally, gut wrenching, verbal bullying.

No matter how hard I tried, I was never fully accepted for who I was. And the older I got, the searing pain and fear of rejection, caused me to retreat ever deeper into my shell.

But, praise GOD! HE has healed those injuries.

Unfortunately though, that sort of pain has left some pretty deep scars. And to this very day, I struggle with opening up with others, trusting them, and sharing the person GOD created me to be.

At times I have found myself longing to be accepted so much, that I will not express who GOD has created me to be. Who HE is training for a special purpose in life, that only HE knows about.

I lose my voice. I restrict showing how HIS spirit is working. And that stifles that great work.

That great work of being fearfully and wonderfully made in HIS eyes. The one whom HE has made me to be.

The 24 year old, sinner, that is oh so thankful to be saved by grace.

The one who fails her LORD and Savior miserably on a daily basis, and is blown away by HIS never ending mercy and forgiveness.

The one that has undergone so many trials, and by HIS grace alone, has for the most part become reliant on HIM alone.

The young woman that loves hunting, and getting her jeep muddy.

The girl that has a passion for weight lifting, running, herbal healing and eating healthy, but ain't gonna hesitate scarfing down chocolate cheesecake.

The worrier, the bossiest ever, laugh way too loud at ridiculous things, and cry at the drop of a hat kind of person.

The wife who feels as if she loves her husband too much at times, and desperately longs to be a mother.

And how wrong it is to hide whom GOD created, and is creating me to be.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

By GOD's saving grace, I am enough.

By that grace, and HIS never ending strength, I will overcome the fear of not being enough, and the sin of hiding who HE has created me to be.

Is the LORD teaching you that you are enough for HIM? Have you ever had to overcome the pain and fear of rejection? What encouragement did the LORD bring into your life?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. The post by Arabah Joy, titled "Dear Underdog, How to Be On Top" heavily inspired these thoughts. As well as...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Bought Some Ice Cream

Justin decided to rake the leaves off of our roof Saturday. Guess what he found at the back?
A hole in the roof.
I thought I was being my usual clumsy self, and spilling water on the floor, while drinking a glass at our kitchen sink for the past few days. Guess what?
I looked under the sink today and found the pipes leaking.
I called Justin at work to inform him of the situation. Guess what?
I shamefully got irritated, and short with him while he so patiently asked questions on where the pipes were leaking.
I cooled down, drank a cup of coffee, took a walk outside, and called my hubby back to ask for forgiveness. Guess what?
He forgave me.
I thought about crying about the two situations at hand. But decided on another idea. Wanna guess what?
I hopped in the Jeep, rode to the grocery store, and bought some ice cream.
My GOD is great. And despite problems that arise in life, life is good.
I am alive, I am healthy, I am married to the man of my dreams, and that Southwestern Black Bean and Quinoa casserole in the oven smells AMAZING right now.
Yeah, my house might be falling apart (exaggeration). And we might being staying up late tonight trying to help put it back together.
But there is some ice cream in the freezer, and after the work is done, me and the hubby are going to sit down and enjoy a big 'ol bowl of it. :D
And by GOD's grace, I choose to smile at that rainbow in my life.
What are you choosing to smile about today?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Seeing Children As A Blessing

With Justin's Niece, On Our Wedding Day

I wrote a post a month or so back, talking about how the LORD has been working on my heart, in becoming content if HE never allows me to become a mother.

I’ll admit, I am kind of surprised at the fact I have been so disappointed at not becoming pregnant quickly. Justin has been pretty surprised too.

Up until last year, I can’t say that becoming a mother has been one of my greatest desires.

I’ve never been a “children” kind of person.

Getting down on a child’s level has never been easy for me.

My mom has always called me her “old soul”. I’ve always had a serious disposition, and tend to behave much older than I am. Being silly, and “childlike”, can be foreign to me.

My patience runs very thin too. Teaching a K-3 class, I am around children a lot. I’ve experienced firsthand how much training is required, to help them overcome their natural tendencies to be disobedient and selfish. That has made me shamefully afraid I will not be able to handle behavior issues well with my own children, and become tired of them quickly.

But the LORD has been working on my heart. And by HIS grace, I finally see children as a great blessing. And the most important work.

Yes, they require A LOT of work. But GOD’s word says they are one of HIS greatest blessings. I mean, where else in life can you have the possibility of directly influencing GOD’s kingdom, than with raising children that will prayerfully live lives to serve HIM?

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5
I guess, knowing that children are a great blessing is what makes it so hard for me to give up that desire of wanting them. 

But GOD can use me in other ways. HE knows what is best for my life.

I will trust HIM.

And I truly feel at peace, knowing HE knows best. :)

What is the LORD teaching you in your life?

Have a wonderfully blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

So, I have not been feeling the best in the world today. Those lovely female hormones that like to visit each month have wreaked havoc on my emotions. Not to mention my appetite.
My body is telling me that I could currently survive on peanut butter, chocolate, and coffee. Contrary to what my chocolate, peanut butter, coffee loathing hubby thinks, I say in a perfect world, we should all be able to thrive on those foods. . ;)
But, we can enjoy those delectable treats every now and then. And I found one way to do so today, without completely destroying my healthy eating habits. Here's a recipe for "Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies".
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup raw cane sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat with mixer for 3-4 minutes. Spoon onto cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes, at 350 degrees. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to cooling rack.
Refrain from gorging on them right before dinner. :P


In a perfect world, what foods would you thrive one?

Have a wonderfully blessed day! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Simple Pleasures Today

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Farm Journalist: Writings from the Ozarks   
It was a cloudy and rainy day in my neck of the woods. The day was spent indoors, enjoying some simple pleasures of life.
Like watching the finches at the feeder...

 Drinking coffee, and working on a gift for a friends upcoming wedding shower...
Kicking another weight training session out...
Watching 45 minutes of this favorite on my lunch break...
Having the house all spic and span, and then trying to find a way to float over the carpet so the vacuum lines stay...
Coming up with a new outfit combo that was warm and comfy...
Baking banana, avocado bread on national "Banana Bread Day"...
And enjoying leftovers for dinner with this hot thing...

Thank-you LORD, for your many blessings on me!

What simple pleasures did you enjoy today?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thank for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015