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I'm the not so simple housewife. I cook, I clean, I serve, I decorate, I teach, I bake, I shop, I dress-up...I feel like I do it all! I love the Lord and He is the reason and purpose behind all I do. I believe that everything we do should be service as unto the Lord and so as a housewife that is my ultimate goal. My life isn't so simple, but I love it!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Because Eating at Home is Worthy

There is something intimate about sharing a meal.  I've always valued sitting down at the table with loved ones. I want our table to be the gathering place that unites us with one another as we break bread. 

A few months back, Josh and I decided we needed a meal makeover. Coming off of having a new born, we had made some lousy meal choices due to pure convenience. A frozen meal was better than no meal and so we ate.  It wasn't the nutrient rich, nourishing fuel our bodies needed and craved and thus we realized we needed to make a change.

Enter in Paleo eating. Josh and I have witnessed how my mom and sister have changed their lifestyle for the better through eating paleo for the past year.  We decided to try it.  We found that the result of our change in diet, we felt better physically.  Paleo meals eliminate all processed food. Everything is fresh. All ingredients are natural.  There is a noticeable difference in the way you feel.

A few months in we have found that eating a strict paleo diet is difficult. It's time consuming, expensive, and makes meals with friends challenging. So we've transitioned to what I call eating clean-a modified paleo if you will. When we can we eat fresh, natural ingredients without preservatives. We skip on the processed items and take the time to make homemade food. 
We have  found that our fridge needs to be stocked with good choices. Meals need to be planned to prevent laziness and convince from luring us away from the commitment we've made.  When groceries are bought in advance, it permits us to make the choice to make dinner at home a regular reality.

We have decided that eating at home is a value. So valuable that we are willing to make lifestyle changes. We are now making dinner at home a priority. We are making meal times an event-we want stories to be shared, food to be savored, and God to be glorified as we fellowship with one another. A good meal is worthy to be enjoyed and savored with those we love.

With that said, my fridge is loaded.  I'm ready for the week.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Living in the Moment

In the middle of the chaos of reality, it's challenging to take in the joy of the little moments. Today I got home with all the intentions to cross laundry off of my to-do list. The last load was tossed into the dryer as Josiah started to melt down.

My little boy needed to be held. He wanted to snuggle. I got him to sleep, but every time I put him down he awoke screaming. 

Surrounded by laundry, we laid down on the couch together and napped. What a perfect moment. 

The laundry will get done. These sweet snuggles won't always be available, so while I can, I'm living in the moment with my boy!







Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Picture of Grace



I've been showered with flowers this week. It's a simple gesture. Yet it has a lasting impact. Every time I walk by, my flowers greet me and it brings a smile to my face. 

It's kind of like grace.  At the moment it's received it brings you joy. But every time you walk by and are reminded of where that grace was poured out, your joy increases. 
It is a gift that keeps on giving: grace. 
Thank you Jesus for lavishly pouring out your joy-producing grace in our lives.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

If Everyday was my Birthday...


Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. 26. It was a perfect and lovely day, as every birthday is. I was able to savor each moment.

I just love my birthday! It's one day of the year when everything is well in the world. You are showered with love and sweet gifts from those you love. You get to make the call as to what the day entails. You set the pace of the day. Everyone gives you their best all day. It's a beautiful thing. I feel like I'm on cloud nine every year.

With that said, I wish everyday could be my birthday. So I must now ask, "why can't I live each day as though it were my birthday?" 
The cynical part of me wants to answer that it's impossible and reality won't allow everyday to be so picture perfect. But Christ has given us new life in Him, so it is therefore possible! We, as believers, are a new creation and are daily being sanctified to look more like Christ. If I daily live life as it were my birthday I might live more in the fullness of Christ as I've been called to do. 

I'd feel the sweet love of those around me and I'd offer it to others as well. I'd look for and notice the sweet gifts of daily life like the smiles on my boy's darling face and the freshly blossoming flowers in my garden. I'd make a call that with whatever I had to accomplish for the day that I'd choose to be joyful and set a pace that allowed me to abide in Christ throughout.  I'd choose to give everyone my best and perhaps  they'd return the favor. 

Maybe it's a stretch to say that living in the birthday mindset would make me a better follower of Christ, but I think there might be something to it. I think it might align my soul to that of God's. I think it might change the way I go about my day. And I think it might slow me down enough to savor each moment and appreciate the new life I have in Christ. Now that would be a reason to celebrate!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Negativity. The Cost of Truth?



My entire pregnancy people kept giving me advice.  Things to cherish before they are gone and things to anticipate--essentially, things to freak a pregnant lady out.


I remember engaging in several conversations and praying to be gracious as it is difficult to hear the many words of wisdom and experience flow from a negative bent.  People mean well.  But I couldn't help but feel like what everyone really wanted to say was, "your life is great now, but you have to kiss it goodbye.  But don't worry, you'll be just fine. We've all been there."

It made me want to prove people wrong.  I know that children are a gift from the Lord.  It is a privilege to raise a child.  A charge to steward their upbringing well.  And a blessing that is not bestowed upon everyone.  So even if it is difficult we must not see it as the end of the good life.  I decided I wasn't going to be the product of such negativity.

They are right though.  It is challenging.  Life with a newborn is difficult.  Sleep goes by the wayside.  Your patience for anyone other than your child starts to give way.  You are stretched to your limits and then some.  The task is monotonous and isolating.
My question now is knowing that this is true, how do we speak of this change in life without pouring on the negativity?  
The truth is that my life was great before Josiah entered my life.  I have, in fact, had to say farewell to some parts of my everyday life.  But it is more than just fine to be a mama-it is wonderful!  Yes I've bid adieu to some parts of my life, but I've been able to say hello to so much more.  The change is tremendous, but it is glorious.  It points you to God in ways I've never experienced.  
So how do I speak honorably about the early stages of parenthood?

For now I know I can say:
This is what I was created for.
To love unconditionally.
To sacrifice greatly.
To put others before myself.
To lean hard into the grace made available only by the cross.
This is the life of a mother, but it is also how I'm called to live as a believer.
Yes it is trying, but it is lovely.  God's grace is sufficient for me.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

PRESENTation

It's all in the presentation!


Craft paper
Lacey ribbon 
Lavender from my garden