Friday, November 18, 2011


This weekend we are preparing for our trip back to the south for Thanksgiving.  yahoo!! 15hrs in the car with 2 kids,  Lord help us! Fun memories will be made, that I'm sure of.  I can't wait to spend the time with my family and of course eat all the yummy food that will be made. But it also has me thinking of all the things that I am thankful for, and there are many.... but here are a few:

My family-God love em' they drive me crazy, but they make me laugh and smile like no one else
My Health
Our new church- so different, but so AWESOME!! I wish everyone could experience a church like ours. The kids LOVE it!! and as a mom that is trying to be intentional in teaching her kids about faith, that is AWESUMMMe.

The kids new school. Their teachers and their new friends.  God has once again gone above and beyond in answering every single one of my prayers concerning this.  Moving was hard. New school, new friends-hard. But for them fit right in like they grew up here, like they've been here their whole lives. That's God my friend. So very, very thankful for this one. It's more than I dared to hope for, or pray for. We are supposed to move again next year sometime, I hate it. But if God was faithful before then I know He will be again.

God works it all out, and in the midst of a crisis it's hard to see how anything will get worked out. In Romans 8:28 it reminds me that God works it all out for those that love Him. And He does. Every time.

I am thankful for the chance to be a stay at home mom. Most people don't understand it. Think I'm throwing away my life. But I know I am spending special time with my kids that I will beg back when they are older.

I am most thankful for a God that is real, that loves me no matter what I do or don't do, who thinks I'm beautiful no matter how ugly I think I am, and who sees me when I feel invisible to the world.

Happy Thanksgiving!! What are you most thankful for?  "The truly thankful person is a truly peaceful person." ~ Lysa Terkeurst

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's all Good

-These thoughts ramble around in my head, reminding myself I'm OK. I am good enough, just as good as they are. I am good enough, I am good enough.
If I keep repeating it, maybe my heart will finally believe it too.

Don't apologize for who you are
You are you; there can be only one.
No one smiles the way you do.
Walks the way you do.
Talks or Laughs the way you do
You are Special, Loved, Chosen, Pursued, Found, Forgiven, Redeemed, Accepted
You are Seen

We all fall short. You get knocked down. But don't stay down. Brush yourself off and get up. Keep moving forward. Learn from your past. Just don't quit.
"The One whom is in you is greater than the one in this world." 1John 4:4

"O Lord, You have searched me and You know me."  PS 139:1
You know me. Out of all of the millions of people on this earth You see me and Know me! Thank You God!!

Don't compare. Someone will always do something better or different. It doesn't mean you aren't just as good, just different. unique. That's how He made us.

Be who you are. Be different. That's what makes you, you. It's all good!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

HomeMade {whole wheat} Cinnamon Rolls

Oh Yeah, I got ambitious this week. The weather is turning colder, slight chance of snow flurries later tonight and for the Midwest, snow flurries is NOTHING! Makes me crave warm, comfort foods. And the South.  Since getting on the whole foods kick. I've learned to make our favorite foods from scratch! It's not nearly as daunting as you'd think. I was actually surprised by how easy it really is. And it tastes so much better too. Not to mention the health aspect of not eating all the chemically processed, high fructose corn syrupy, processed sugar stuff anymore. We feel better, look better, and no more sugar crashes. I shop differently and think about where my food is coming from more and take it into serious consideration before buying.  The Farmer's Market is our new place to go on Saturday mornings. The kids LOVE it!!

Anyway, way off topic, back to the cinnamon rolls. I use white whole wheat flour, store bought. I would love to grind my own flour, maybe one day.  The white whole wheat flour isn't as heavy as the whole wheat stuff and still just as healthy! :) When making the switch I knew I was going to have to do something, bc the ww stuff wasn't cutting it, it was just plain gross.  I came across this website, and it's a great resource for Whole Foods cooking. Love all her bread and muffin recipes. It's actually where I got the cinnamon roll recipe from. My kids love it, especially my son, who is a very picky eater.  It makes me feel good knowing that I am giving them healthy food that is helping their bodies to grow and think, instead of the other stuff. AND they LIKE it!!

See, this is him enjoying his homemade cinn roll for breakfast :)  Look at that bed head!

And this is my daughter, I got a half-smile, better than nothing :) She's picking it a part and eating it instead of just shoving the whole thing in her face like her brother. Hey, both methods work and get the same result.  Perfect for a cold almost winter, but feels like winter, morning.

Cooking is one of the things I always did, but now that we have moved 800 miles from everyone we know and love :) I've taken it a step further. What else am I going to do? I live out in the middle of a corn field in Iowa now. But I've realized I actually enjoy it, and I love the way the house smells after a day of baking. The kids and hubby aren't complaining.  We eat out a LOT less and really don't miss it.  I've even gotten the kids more involved. I want them to know their way around the kitchen as well, so they won't live off ramen noodles when they grow up!
 I guess country life is agreeing with us afterall..

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

How to Be Whole

My daughter, to know her is to love her. To raise her, is to pray you survive her ! :)   She was born in this world with an all-knowing, willful, spirit that is surpassed by none. I envy her boldness and take charge ways (sometimes). I am neither. But I want to mold and bend her without breaking her.  She loves freely, gives from her heart, and she loves her some Jesus!!  But she has one weakness, one that I can only identify bc I have it too; she's needy.

I'm needy in the way, that I look to people to fill the voids to try and make me feel better about myself. After I was married, I turned to food and became an emotional eater.  So you can imagine my lowest of low points are when I feel betrayed, hurt, or rejected by the people in my life.  And oh how it hurts when my pants grow smaller, bc I needed chocolate or an extra piece of pizza!

She is needy in the way, that she can't do anything alone; sleep, play, watch tv... you get the picture. Never has been. She never wanted me to leave her or put her down even as a toddler. She hung and clung to me like my little monkey.

I love her dearly, but I need my space sometimes. As she gets older it has gotten better, she will do more things by herself, but not for long.  I try to spend quality time with her, but she always wants more. I would never get anything done if I spent my days entertaining her (which is way I'm here, according to her :)).  Are most girls like this??  Maybe I just can't remember.  I worry bc as she gets older will she crave that kind of attention from boys too. Right now she loves having friends to hang out with and have sleepovers, but they can't fill her every need, just her social ones.

How can I to teach my daughter to be whole and look to God for all that she needs, when I don't always look to God for what I need?  I need to fix and work on me first, so that I can guide her with her decisions as she gets older.

Shortly thereafter I read a devotional on getting your needs met by God and God alone. Not through people, they will disappoint, not through talents, jobs, or anything else. Just God.  He won't disappoint, let us down, leave us, reject us, or ever judge or condemn us.I had heard it before, but wasn't sure how to move from believing it in my head to believing it in my heart.

 I want to stop looking to people for validation.

 I have recently started reading "A Confident Heart"by Renee Swope  and I LOVE IT!!!  Through the Bible and her book I've started filling the holes with Him. So hopefully I can teach my daughter that the only one that can truly, deeply, fully satisfy her is HIM.

How about you how do you look to God to fill your needs or in what areas do you need to start?


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