For this Sponsorship Saturday post I am excited to share that in June we were blessed by the opportunity to take a trip to the Grand Canyon. What started out as a plan to take another trip with my youngest daughter while her older teen sisters were away, turned into an exciting opportunity to wait and take all the girls to Grand Canyon. I was so excited about this trip, as I’ve wanted to see the Grand Canyon for as long as I can remember. Life has not ever had me anywhere near that part of the United States, until now. After playing with google maps for several days, I decided that “now is the time.”
Sometime back this audio was shared with me, by some dear friends. I’ve been re-listening from time to time, as there are layers of applications in my life to consider.
Whether you are red, yellow, black, normal or blue, you struggle with some part of your identity. Right now I am in the throws of raising and walking along teen age daughters and all the questions that go with growing up from girl to woman.
There are racial tensions erupting all over our country. Suicides and murders. Exploitation of girls and of boys.
Because we fail to see the value of each and every human life.
I hope the following encourages you today, to remember where your identity, where each person’s identity, comes from.
“But this is not just a normal problem, many people, normal and abnormal alike fail to see the beauty in their own identities.
I’m happy how I am, not full of pride, but proud to know I’m made in the image of God, and God is far from normal.
So if every person is crafted after Him, there is no typical human, no normal ethnic group, no matter who you are, red, yellow, black, normal or blue, there’s something Divine about you.
I guess you can’t know this if you don’t know the God you reflect. You’ll go your whole life thinking you’re normal or worthless, never seeing which of God’s many attributes are present in you.”
Quick snacks are a must all the time with growing children, but add the warmer weather and those kids get even hungrier. And a house full of teens doing bigger and more things… even more so!
Spring has sprung, and the temperature is rising to lovely 60+ sunny degrees most days. A little higher, a little lower, it doesn’t matter. The kids are out the door running, bike riding, heading to the park. And all that fresh air and activity? Makes them hungry. I’ve been pulling out my hair just a little with all the “what’s for…” “when’s dinner” questions. Noon to 6 is a long stretch once the kids head outside so I began thinking about heartier snacks and healthy lunch fillers.
We often have home made pizza for lunch or dinner. Recently I doubled the dough recipe and ended up with enough pizza for dinner, with dough left over. Dividing the dough into 3 portions I rolled them out and made 3 personal size pizzas. These pizzas were then loaded with pepperoni and cheese.
After cooling, each pizza was wrapped in parchment paper and slid into a quart sized ziplock bag. The next day when people wandered into the kitchen looking for something to snack on, I pointed them to the fridge in search of those bags. The pizzas were gone in a snap, but they were a hit! One or two heated the pizzas, the other ate it cold. So I do plan to take a few hours in the next week to make up a double batch of dough and turn all of it into mini pizzas. Usually I put things like this into the freezer, but I really doubt that is needed or helpful in this season. The turn over rate in our fridge is pretty high!
This is the recipe I currently use for pizza dough. Normally we have bowls of chopped bell peppers, black olives and green onions, as well as pepperoni, turkey or ham to use for toppings. For sauce I often use Classico marinara sauce, a jar goes a long way in pizza making! This sauce is often on sale and when it is I stock up.
I’m looking for more fresh ideas for hearty quick snacks and simple, healthy, filling lunches. The house is now full of strong, active teens and while they don’t eat a lot at one time, they do wander into the kitchen OFTEN looking for something to eat. Surely I’ll get back into the groove, but for now, I need some ideas!
What ideas do you have for simple, healthy and filling snacks for these warm weather days?
This week was crazy upsidedown busy, (so true that a sick kiddo, 1.5 hour unplanned dr visit, and a long dentist appt can upset the balance in a week) but I still made time for some sewing at my newest sewing area. Hubby graciously gave me this area while working on the last bit of the basement remodel.
I don’t usually bring my computer down while I sew, but I was running videos to build up my swagbuck bank some more. Most days I try to get the daily meter goal, then consider the swagbuck task complete. That day I squeaked them out while sewing.
The table looks cluttered in this photo, but I was in the midst of pinning and also dashing off to do a school pick up. This is just what it all looked like when I returned. See that soft stack of flannel on the shelf? Toddler winter pjs are in the plans!
The next time I left the sewing area, it looked like this, two projects nearly completed. The tote bag came together on Sunday evening, the dress another afternoon, well the main seam and pinning the hem. I just need to actually sew the hem and attach the ribbon shoulder straps, and the dress will be ready for my youngest sweetie.
Now to top it off, this evening, after dinner we are all heading to the sewing area, to tackle more projects (finish dresses) and fill eggs for the littlest sweetie in the bunch.
Did you claim any fringe hours this week? Feel free to share in the comments!
Linking with Jessica over at the mom creative.
March 2015 in review, aka What I’m Into March 2015 Edition
What a glorious month! As I look over my notes for this post, I am enjoying the memories! March is a transition month, winter to spring, 3rd quarter to 4th quarter of the school year.
My daughters all head back to schooling yesterday, in one form or another, after a gloriously sunny spring break. The heading back to schooling has me excited, because summer is so very close! Just eight more weeks til we break for summer, wowee!
And, on another note, this month also meant a huge step towards the final part of our big remodel. The basement bathroom is dry walled, painted, and all the tile is laid and grouted!
The common area at the bottom of the stairs is also completed, and so very beautiful. My husband does good work. We head into April with only needing to finish the shower/bathtub surround, installing the towel bars, tp holder, medicine cabinet and mirror.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be handing my 3 youngest a little money and dropping them off at the store of their choice, to purchase the shower curtain, rugs & matching towels/washcloths. They are pretty excited, and I am hopeful that they can make a decision together, peacefully and remain friends afterwards! Hopefully I’ll remember to snap a couple of pictures for next month!
Now, for the month in review:
Read and Reading:
Magna Charta by James Daugherty (audiobook), Made for Heaven by C.S. Lewis, I Dared to Call Him Father, Families Where Grace is in Place, Gathering Blue
This was a lot of inspirational reading, plenty to think on, and plenty to act on. One of my favorite passages from all of the words is this:
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously–no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner–no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object present to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat–the glorifier and the glorified, Godly Himself, is truly hidden.” C.S. Lewis, Made for Heaven and Why on Earth it Matters.
Currently reading: On my old ipod I have Sense and Sensibility to listen to while driving. I am so very blessed to be on the launch team for For the Love (advance copy by Jen Hatmaker). Thankfully I have til August to decide what I’m going to share and to get it all written. To follow up Magna Carta I am reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine. To follow up Families Where Grace is in Place, I have picked Peacemaking for Families back up. Hope Rising by Scott C. Todd is in my day bag for April reading as well.
(I completed _5_ books this month, a good reading month!)
Music: While working at the Rock and Worship Road Show during spring break, we heard Jon Guerra and his wife for the first time. Their music been being played on Pandora! Since we were actually working at the event, we missed Group 1 Crew and Jamie Grace because we were in event training. That said we did enjoy hearing Shaun Groves speak (each of us was a little disappointed that he didn’t sing), Tdashi, Matt Mahr, Crowder and Mercy Me. It was a great night of music and advocating for children!
Movies: The Dropbox came back through our city for a second round and we were able to slip out on a Monday night to see it. I am thankful we were able to see the movie, but I have to say the bit of conversation (in the film) afterwards seemed awkward.
Things I Loved in March:
In the Blogosphere:
*Her hurt is different than mine, but really, it is the same. We are the same. Both just as in need of a Savior as the other.
What is too hard today, friends? What is too messy? It is hard to believe sometimes but we can know that God is good in that place. We’ve tasted and known His goodness, even in the impossibly hard places. Romans 2 says, “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.” http://katiedavis.amazima.org/
*Searching for Truth, this poem.
* At least three times a day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer. – Dr. Lee Jampolsky found on this post
At a loss for words when writing thank you notes to teachers? Ideas here
On The Blog:
That’s it, March 2015 in Review. To join in the conversation & celebration of all that a month can hold, visit Leigh Kramer!
“Beauty is on the inside.” We know it’s true . . . yet sometimes it seems tough to fully believe it. What would your world be like if you truly felt beautiful and lived every day full of that confidence and joy?
Fashion journalist Lauren Scruggs knows how it feels to search for beauty. She grew up knowing of God’s love, but never fully understood what that love meant, or how it extended to the deepest parts of her soul—until a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of both her left eye and hand. In her darkest hours, everything Lauren believed was tested. Yet it was there that God showed her where real beauty comes from: the unfailing love of the Creator. God’s love is what truly makes us lovely.
Using stories from Lauren’s accident, recovery, and experiences in the fashion world, Your Beautiful Heart explores issues that teen girls face every day: body image, self-worth, peer pressure, and much more. Whether you read the book on your own or with a group of friends, Lauren’s personal message of love, faith, and value will show you what it means to be a girl who radiates with true beauty.
I requested this book as a review item from the Tyndale Blogger Network, because I am always on the look out for books that help me speak truth to my daughters and the young women I encounter. At first I found the book a little wordy, I am not one to paraphrase stories, nor Bible passages. But as I read on, I found the devotions and questions to be excellent. I appreciate the maturity in the writing, but also that this book relates to even my youngest (12 years old) daughter. I have enjoyed sharing a few devotions from Your Beautiful Heart with my daughters during our morning time together and am pleased that I have seen it picked up and read from time to time.
As I have prepared to write this review I spent some time looking around for more information on Lauren. Here is a link to her online magazine, LoLo Magazine. Her first book, Still Lolo, was available from our local library, so my daughters and I are reading it together after dinner each night. I am so thankful for young people who share their experiences, their stories and offer them up to encourage and inspire others!
Have you heard the story of Lauren Scruggs? How has her story inspired or encouraged you?