Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hearts Cry

I am so frustrated. I live in a world that demands I support the evil actions of evil men with the money that God has provided for me. I KNOW that God will never leave me begging for bread. He has always provided and always will provide. However I have a righteousness indignation for the acts of enslavement and tyranny that are taking place against supposedly free people every single day. All of which I am forced to fund against my beliefs.

I am reminded of a story. A man is perusing a group of slaves, interested in purchasing, when he notices one slave with a demeanor unlike the rest. This slave, though toiling with his burden along with the others, appears to have a higher tilt to his head and a stronger lift of his shoulders. Though sweat covers his brow it is set firmly and determinedly and has no sign of the dejection and defeat that has etched its self on the faces of those around him. Though the whip traces its mark across his back he does not crumple beneath the pain but maintains his stature never stumbling under his burden. "That is the one I want." Says the man but he is quickly refused. " Then tell me." Asks the man. "What do you feed him? How do you care for him that he works as he does?" The owner looked on at the slave in question and answered. "We feed him the same and treat him the same. He is given the same amount of work as the others slaves. However back in his homeland he is the prince of his tribe. And no matter how we treat him and no matter the burden we give him he always remembers that he is the son of a king. And therefore he always carries himself as such."

Though I am pained at the wrong and evil things that surround me I absolutely cannot let them affect my demeanor. I am not a daughter of this world. If I was I would have every reason to be dejected under this terrible burden. No, not a daughter of this world, but rather a child of the King. I must always carry myself as such and remember that the indignation that torments me is simply my hearts cry for my true home.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Arias 1st birthday (Children's characters costume party!)

Good morning birthday girl!

Nothing buts smiles the day she turned one.

Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!

Here's pebbles and Pipi Longstockings at Arias "Children's characters and cartoons" costume party.

One of Arias favorites from the evening. A handy me down from her Alla (a.k.a Aubriella).

This Dolly is gonna get a lot of love in her life

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ode to my Garden

Prayer in a Garden

Today the world seemed cruel, but evening hours

Were filled with perfume from forgotten flowers.

I saw again familiar filigree

Of moonlight through my lacy Lilac tree;

I heard the robins stirring in their nest;

And saw the path that fairy feet had pressed;

Reflected stars were in my garden pool;

On my warm face the breeze was kind and cool.

The silence seemed to speak, my head was bowed,

Then ramblers that had grown into a cloud

Lifted my eyes that, tear-washed, now could see

The beauty that today was lost to me.

Dear god, who is so near to flowers, and birds,

Be nearer still, as I shall search for words

To thank Thee for the blessings night revealed,

Which through the day discouragement concealed.

-Eva Sparks Taylor

I find it sad that I am so ridiculously excited about watching the very natural, very common process of growing vegetables. There is a gaping void between the average person and their food and if I am going to be completely candid I will admit that I wasn't positive that those little seeds I put in the ground would ever be more then what they appeared. Now I have sunflowers that are taller then me, baby cucumber, watermelon scattered across my yard, tons of green tomatoes, and zucchini that are ready to pick and eat. I'm so excited that my black thumb has been overcome and I now get to enjoy the literal fruits of my labor.

Dedicated to Kimberly. I now understand your gardening joy :D

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Might I suggest... Lavender?

I know this is sad but I must admit that this post is yet another to be inspired by Gods little crawling creatures. In case you missed my previous bug post here is the link. Please annihilate responsibly.

Any way back to the post at hand. After moving into my beautiful new home I began to discover a rather large assortment of bug killers that had been left behind in a few of the cabinets. I then hurriedly referred to my bug blog for guidance and my eye instantly fell on the lavender section. I had recently been gifted a box of essential oils which contained lavender oil and I had already reaped the benefits of this remarkable little plant in other areas (wounds, bug bites, and stress relief). After a little research I became sold on the idea of creating a all purpose cleaner to drench my house in. Lavender is also a natural, non toxic antiseptic which is perfect for a home with a highly active little girl who plays "tea party" with any cup like object she can find.

After a little research I hit the kitchen and this is what I came up with. The measurement are not exact so feel free to tweak where you see fit.

1/4 cup baking soda

2 cups boiling water

1 1/2 cup vinegar

10-15 drops of Lavender oil

In a bowl combine the baking soda and hot water. Stir or whisk until the baking soda is dissolved. The baking soda should dissolve but if there is any left undissolved in the bottom its okay. Then very carefully and very slowly add the vinegar. If you remember, in your grade school science experiment, baking soda and vinegar when combined create a fascinating affect often used to simulate volcanic activity. So please be patient and and combine with care. When the mixture is cooled pour it into a large spray bottle and then add the lavender oil. Be sure to add the oil only after you have poured the mixture in the spray bottle. That way no precious oil is left behind in the mixing bowl. This can also all be done by combine everything in the spray bottle its self but I've found that it is sometimes hard to get all the baking soda dissolved this way.

And that's it! I seem to think this cleaner works very well but I admit I am not an authority on house hold cleaners. So please ladies give this a try and let me know your results. I suppose if nothing else your house will smell absolutely lovely and your family will be wonderfully calm. ;D

P.S. I found a very inexpensive lavender oil at Meijer and right now its on sale!

P.P.S Oh and by the way I have had zero bug problems. Whether it is due to my nifty spray or simply my initial overreaction I have yet to discover.:D

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Arias Dreaming Nook

In celebration of a moving to a new house I thought I would finally post Arias nursery remodel. I have to say I'm rather sad to be leaving this darling little room behind. I realize as I look through these pictures how many of the lovely touches in the room where gifts to Aria. She is certainly a loved little girl!

I had fun painting this accent wall while pregnant. Oh the crazy things we do while nesting!

Grammy made the beautiful stripped afghan. I've watched her make phenomenal baby blankets for years and I was so excited to receive one for my baby girl.

The lovely "aria" sign was made by my maid of honor Julia Clayville. She matched it perfectly to Arias crib set. Polka dots and all!

The chubby red headed doll is Fifi. She was my inseparable companion when I was a little girl. Mom and I bought her a pretty dress to wear when I "put her away" and it just happened to match Arias nursery. Almost 20 years later!

This beautiful tree was created by Tiffany Sinacola. She took it upon herself to create this for my baby shower and it was so lovely that I had to keep it for Arias forest inspired nursery.

It wouldn't be a room in my house without a little Asian inspiration. I made this crane mobile during those long months waiting for my darling Aria to arrive.

Grammy's impulse Ikea buy is a perfect addition. I'm pretty sure all babies need a big floppy elephant to guard their crib while they are away.