2.20.2015

Lately~

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Lately

it's been like 9 degrees here this week. 
and when I say I have the 'winter blues', i'm literally telling you I am the color blue.
because i'm freaking frozen.

we are observing Lent. 
and reading through this book together.  
phil and i are giving up sweets to make more room for prayer/reflection.
yup.
we eat enough sweets that removing them will actually make more time in our day.
also, more room in our waistbands.  

we ate dinner at 10pm tonight.
that's awful.
but true.

phil helps me out with homeschooling once in a while.  
this week, for a Bible lesson, he watched Gladiator with Philly.  
and yesterday, I came home to the three of them watching a 30 for 30 on Steve Bartman.
which was a lesson on 'seeing the bigger picture' and compassion...
i'll let you make the educated guess on who's the fun parent.  

did i mention i'm frozen?
because i am.

i'm working on illustrating a book.
i know.
i'm super excited.  
and nervous.
and a little freaking out.
but half way through the process~ 
can't wait to share it with you soon!

currently reading this book, still reading this book
and looking forward to this book next.
who else reads more than one book at a time??

Darwin likes to read with me.
he is our baby.
and i think we might be irreversibly spoiling him rotten.
we actually want another one so we don't all fight over who gets to hold him next.
i am voting on naming Darwin's future brother Ken Ham.  
Phil wants 'Maximus.'
maybe we just need three cats, who knows.  

i totally did not post a Valentine's special in my shop~
usually i try to do something nice on each holiday...
but this one slipped by.  
(i'm not the romantic in our house either:)
i'll make it up to you later this weekend.
right here on me blog.  
(think freebie.)

okay.
one husband is asleep and immovable on the couch.
and two little dweebs snuck over into my bed, i think...
and i'm fading because it is almost 2am.
but i blogged! 
horray:).
i'm off to kiss my hubby and snuggle my big babies.
feel free to share what you've been up to lately!

xx










1.28.2015

Book Review, Tables in the Wilderness

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I've read two books in 2015. 
(SiDE NOTe: I'm almost done a re-read of Walking on Water-- because it just needs to be read every.single.year. and am half way through this book, which the author calls a "commitment"... a rather apt description.)

The Bible Tells Me So, by Pete Enns. 
I thought about doing a book review for that one because I doubt I will read a better book all year.
(Which kind of sucks because I read it completely on January 5th... which leaves me 360 days of knowing I already read the book to "beat" for 2015.)  I chose not to because...well, just read it, okay?  It will be a hard pill to swallow for many.  I almost choked like every other page.  But it is honest and difficult and challenging in the best ways.  Peter Enns jumped to the top of my Theologians I'd Love to Have a Beer With list.  

Oh...the questions I'd ask. 

The second book I finished is Tables in the Wilderness by Preston Yancey.  It is a memoir of a journey through "God Found, Lost, and Found Again," as the book jacket put it. 

It is inviting and beautiful, through and through.  
He writes things like

God is unchanging, but we're standing on the image we see.   
One day we wake up and find that God has shifted the image.  
Everything looks different.  
The world looks different.  
The world seems new.  
The trick is learning how to recognize that all the old colors are still there.  
It's just the patterns that have changed.  

Somewhere this past year I read the quote, "If your theology never changes, maybe there is something wrong with your theology."  And it has stuck with me; daily creeping into those places that had become really.very.totally secure~ places that probably looked more like walls built by an indifferent acceptance of everything I'd been taught in my very-Christian life for years and years and years.  

The point of the quote is NOT that God changes.
But that I often have Him pegged. 
Understood.
Figured out.  
Completely.  
How foolish I was to live like that for so long. 

In the places of growth there is always some discomfort and pain~ and this is the part of the book that deeply resonated with my own experience.  The silence of God.  The long days of knowing God is there (intellectually) but not being able to know His presence or closeness.

Wilderness.  

Yancey graciously guides readers to see through his own wilderness journey that there is a table there.  
A table spread for the wilderness wanderer.  
The silence is an opportunity to hear.  
And this place is inhabited by God.

I've already passed mine along to Phil. 
He pretty much knew he had to read it when I spent 23 of 24 hours one day on the couch telling everyone to "shhh."  It's just a beautiful, encouraging reminder that the wilderness is a dwelling place~ 

A hearing place.
And there are tables spread for us all.

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Leave a comment with a book recommendation.
One person will be gifted Yancey's book~ 
(I'll be sure to send a new copy and not my scribbled/underlined/ruined-margins one:)

12.31.2014

New Year.

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2015 is just a couple hours away for us.
2014 was a huge learning year for me, personally.  
Looking back, there is growth and a lot of soul shifting.
Turmoil.  Redemption.  Grace.  Humility.
I am thankful for journeys that have winding roads and tangent paths~
Travels in heart and faith that really never end, but just curve generously around new bends.
In new directions. 

We do revolutions instead of resolutions. 
Since we've been away this week, I haven't spent much time thinking about mine for the new year.
I'm mostly just excited for the places 2015 will take us.
What shape it will give to our hopes and dreams as we move through it.  
Maybe that is my revolution~ 
To enjoy the journey in the moment.  
Putting less energy into expectations.
Spending my time in awe of the daily gifts;
And looking eagerly around each new turn.

Happy 2015, friends~
Hoping your year is full of goodness.

12.27.2014

2014 Favorites List

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Cannot believe we are standing at the edge of another year gone by~ 
Here are some favorites from 2014...

Favorite Movies: 
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
(explains the life-size gorilla pictured above.)
Maleficent (close second)

Favorite Books:
(I'm a total geek, and I don't enjoy fiction.)

Favorite Shows:
The Walking Dead
Blacklist

Favorite Apps:
VSCOcam
Pocket
Chatbooks

Favorite Songs:
Stay and Wait, Hillsong United
Overcome the Grave, Tori Harris
This I Believe, Hillsong United

Favorite New Hobby:
Flower arranging.  Because in a different life, I live above and work in a hipster flower shop:).

Favorite Homeschooling Nugget:
Reading at Starbucks over lattes.  We believe it is important to not only raise Christ-loving, knowledge-filled, and generous-hearted children; but to instill that Starbucks snob virtue in them, too.  

Favorite Dream:
Living on mission.  And in community.  
Building deep friendships with others.

Favorite Trip:

Favorite Project:
Converting our master bedroom into a family room.  Phil even made me Pinterest pallet-couches for seating.  I love our new room.  

Favorite Pastime:
Chilling at home with my little crew.

Favorite Verse:
Galatians 5:1a
"For freedom Christ has set us free;..."

Looking forward to 2015 and all the beauty that it unfolds!
Feel free to share some of your favorites from the past year in the comments...



12.24.2014

King of Heaven

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"In our silence
Heaven whispered out
In our darkness
Glory pierced the night
We were broken
But now we're lifted up
King of heaven
God is here with us"

~Merry Christmas, friends~

12.11.2014

Put a Stamp On It.

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I see lots of people on Facebook post stacks of colored images waiting to be put onto cards.
Here is a way to get those beauties used up during the holidays. 
Stick 'em on your gifts:).

I used everything from scraps.  
And a colored stamp that had been hanging out on my desk for a few weeks now. 
It is made even more perfect by the fact that my niece looks exactly like the angel:). 
Plus, is there anything better than combining animal print and halos?  Hello?!

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Happy gift wrapping~ 
I am exactly one present ahead of the game:).

12.06.2014

Easy DIY Ornament~

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Each Christmas, I need to figure out those gifts for friends/family that are small, affordable, and preferably handmade.  I'd love to give out plates of cookies...but that would just be mean.  Cookies and I do not get along.  The bar is pretty low~ I shoot for 'almost edible'... Which doesn't make them especially coveted gifts:). 

This Christmas, we decided on ornaments.  For our small family gifts, we used a cute photo from earlier this year of the kids.    Added a little sparkly snow.  A hook.  And for just a couple dollars, have a sweet ornament to give out. 

For friends, if you don't want to add a photo of your kids or family, you could print out a favorite quote, Bible verse, or even use a colored digital scene instead.  

Supplies you'll need:

large clear (plastic) ball ornament
hooks
iridescent/ sparkly snow
optional ribbon or snowflake to tie onto the top of the ornament
photo/ paper insert

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Our ornament has a circumference of 12".  The photo inside measures 2.9" x 8"... just for reference.  

When you add the photo/ insert, roll it up gently and then push it into the opening at the top.  It will unravel inside.  You may need to help it a bit with a pencil, but it is pretty easy.  


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Happy Christmas crafting!

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