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Why Must We Suffer?

Apr
2015
02

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I settle in to my rocker and thoughts swirl in my mind. Having just scanned through Facebook, I’m left stunned. I don’t know why today, any more than any other day, but I’m struck by the suffering in this world. Why must we all suffer so? My fat and healthy 3rd born nuzzles in closer. We’ve had a lazy morning, after a long spring rain last night. Playing blocks, rearranging momma’s cabinets for her, a breakfast of blueberries, eggs & coffee for momma. I get a roast seared and into the crockpot and little miss is demanding her nap. It was a long night of teething and waking and rocking. I sit in the dimness of her room as she nurses contentedly, thinking about loss. My tears land on her perfect round, white cheeks. Tears for a momma whose toddler passed in her arms, 2 years after suffering a cardiac arrest and living, just to die quietly and suddenly one morning.  Why must we suffer? A couple’s prayed-for baby boy is born with only the left side of his heart. What anguish? Friends in Texas walk in faith as their 4th child is born with the same condition that killed their 3rd sweet angel before his first birthday. Only a few weeks old and she needs a lung transplant. Why Lord? Our simple minds cannot connect these dots in reconciliation to our hearts. We cannot. Why do I sit here, blessed beyond comprehension, rocking peacefully as others are wretched with the ache of empty arms. Is it all for your glory God? For so long this concept has plagued me. How can such pain and suffering glorify You? Why is it that walking through the valley of the shadow of death is necessary to fear no evil? It struck me in the silence this morning. And maybe I’m a slow learner. But is this brokenness simply to draw for us a striking contrast to the wholeness and the perfection of Christ? And then, for Christ to point to the Heavens and say, “Look, I come from a place that is whole, that is perfect, that is peace beyond your understanding. My Father, the King, is the source of perfection, which you desperately long for and cannot find on this earth. He is the maker of that bundle in your arms, seemingly perfect to you, but a sinner in need of saving just the same. That sweet bundle is just a glimpse of the Father, of His perfection, of His love for you. You cannot understand it all, but that baby is just a hint, a glimpse. The feelings aroused in your heart at the warm scent of your beloved’s fuzzy head, it’s just a fraction of what the Father feels when you lift your voice to Him. He just wants you to nuzzle in, draw near to Him. He will call you to your true home with the ultimate comforter in the blinking of an eye.” I can’t lie, some days my human brain feels desperately discouraged by this reality. But it’s that very desperation that keeps me searching, longing pushing on in search of the Lord and the hope that only He can give me.

Mark 9

23) Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

24) “Lord I believe! Save me from my unbelief!”

My heart

Mar
2015
08

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Some days I’m so tired, I feel as though my body is walking about without a brain, and even more so with out a heart. It’s like the strain of sleeplessness steals your tenderness, your gentleness and gives you an edginess in return. I often wonder, where is the girl I used to be? I am I just a shadow of who I once was? Then as I pass through a room, I see a photo pop up on the screensaver that makes me stop. It’s my first born, now 7, with baby fat rolls, in just bloomers and a whisp of a pony tail, 17 months old. She’s squatting down to see new baby brother, just 5 days old in the photo, still so squinty & puffy from the transition of the quiet & warm of my womb to the harshness of the world. My eyes are wet and a lump rises. There’s my heart. They have it. Sometimes I forget. In the day to day of Brush your teeth, Why are your clothes still on the floor? Get your shoes on! Get off her. Stop touching him. That they have my heart.

You know when you’re young, and you fall in love, and you get your heart broken? You just know you’ll never be the same. You’ll never get that piece of you back. Lost love leaves a gaping hole in your heart. Then you find the one, you get married, you get pregnant and this love, this is different. Nothing prepares you for it. This love makes your heart grow, and expand, and it covers any gaps from any previous hurts and it even overflows so that when the little one is born you have an abundance. You have this abundance that pours forth. And you give it to them. You birth this child into the world with your blood, sweat and your tears and out of that hurt bursts forth the abundant joy. And you hold them in your arms, pouring your abundant love into them. And in no time, they are crawling around eating legos & old pretzels hidden under the table, running through your clean house with muddy shoes looking for a nerf gun, or trying on your shoes, wearing lipstick without asking and poking you in the rear telling you how giggly you are. Yep. They have my heart. I can’t lie, it gets harder with pieces of it running in different directions. But the miracle is, the Lord keeps giving me more and more. Each morning anew. Enough love to go around. 
Newborn Trip 17 mo Joss

 

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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

They are new every morning;

Great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentation 3:22-23

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Hey friends, you might have noticed a new tab on the blog. Yep, I added that for you! I am getting more and more questions about where I’ll be next and when. (Yay!) So I will keep you all posted on the new lil tab with a list of what shows are coming up soon. Here it is for your convenience…

August 31st, Sweet William Market @ 7601 E. 29th Ave, Denver, CO

September 21-22, Firefly Handmade Market, on 29th St, Boulder, CO

September 28th, Sweet William Market @ 7601 E. 29th Ave, Denver, CO

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Today’s topic is so utterly important to the health of your succulents that I can’t even stress it enough! Sunlight effects color, watering frequency and mostly the succulence of your succulents. Yup, you heard me right! I was rotating and pruning my big barn wood planter yesterday and noticed such a drastic difference in one side of my aeonium, that faces out the south facing window, and the other side that faces inward to the living room, I couldn’t help but snap a few pics to illustrate this post. Please excuse my dusty aeonium. My kitty likes to sit on the edge of the planter and gaze at the mountain views. Who can blame her, right? But she leaves behind a layer of dust & kitty fuzz. Ick. When I bought this aeonium it was green, but it has darkened into a gorgeous maroon…

Notice the deep purple of each petal...

Notice the deep purple of each petal…

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This head is green over all with just a touch of purple around the edges.

This rosette is green over all with just a touch of purple around the edges.

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If you look into the head from the side you can see the inner most of each petal is still green, where it doesn't get much sun exposure.

If you look into the rosette from the side you can see the inner-most of each petal is still green, where it doesn’t get much sun exposure.

So this is an aeonium “zwartkop” which really respond to the sunlight with a darkening in the petals. If you succulents are in a south facing window the are getting the most possible indoor light and will need the most water (relative to other spots in the house-don’t drown it!) in this spot. Less light=less water frequency. So a planter in an east or west facing window you could water half as often. And something in a north facing window even less. I don’t specify exact intervals because it varies so much by location, altitude and humidity. Use my handy watering trick and you will be able to learn what is a healthy watering schedule for your succulents.

If your succulents are looking droopy, they probably need to be cheered up with a sunnier spot. Here is a great website on succs that I follow…Succulents and Sunshine.

Almost the weekend…woot woot! Hang in there!

Happy Reading

Jul
2013
23

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I’m so excited! Today the kids and I ventured down into Denver to face the heat and get poor Amigo dog fixed (is that TMI?) and ran by Paulino’s Garden Center. If you haven’t been to Paulino’s and you are a lover of plants and water, you must go! The have water features that make you feel like you aren’t in the desert, the friendliest cheerio eating Koi in all of Denver and succulents and cacti to melt a heart of stone. And most importantly I found moss on sale there for $1.88 a bag! Steal! A dusky black, purple, which I know I’ll need for something crazy one day and red-my fave! So anyways, strolling through that place is inspiring, and could get expensive if you lack restraint. I found a book on succulents that I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on…”Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates” by Leo J. Chance. So I one-click-shoppinged that baby straight to my door from Amazon! (if you don’t know what that is, you should!) I am so excited to read about the plants I love and the details that are specific to my area. It’s a guessing game sometimes until I settle on what works, for one plant. I will be sure to fill you in once I get started on it…in the meantime the link is in my sidebar if you want to take a look. It’s a good deal on Amazon.

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So a happy day was had by all, accept poor Amigo, who never knew what hit him! Hope you had a sweet Monday as well.

Night friends!

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Or in our case, smudgy finger painted memories…sob, sob! So my kindergarten girl is moving on to the real deal and my lil todder man is racing his way into his last year of preschool.  So to capture the memories (and the unbearable stacks of art & homework sheets) we make a binder for each school year. The kids get to go through, picking the ones they want to keep and hole punching them as they go. We keep the class work on which they first wrote their names, cute little stories, drawings, nameplate from their desks, all the fun visuals to remind them of their first few years. They love it! A few clear sheets protectors are a cheap and easy way to add photos from the years performances, holiday parties and field days-if you’re better than me at getting real pics printed! A friend told me she would make a page with the first day of school pic and answers to questions like, What are you most excited about? What’s your favorite color, food, animal, etc,  And then another for the last day of school. I love this idea! But of course have not gotten to that yet. At least I got the binder done and the stacks out of the way.

First day of kindergarten...seems so long ago!

First day of kindergarten…seems so long ago!

KG bInder

KG bInder

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Treasured schoolwork

Treasured schoolwork

Blog Blocked

Apr
2013
18

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Well I’ve been blog blocked. That’s kinda like being cock blocked, if you know what I mean. (Forgive my tackiness!) Someone who will remain unnamed has absconded with my real camera, leaving me with the point and shoot, which I’m not above using by any means. The problem here is that my computer doesn’t fit the memory card type that the dino cam uses, I can’t find the cord that goes with it because it hadn’t been used in ages. I have pics I need loaded to make posts and today was going to be my blog work day. Pooh!  This person who will remain nameless must be punished! Just letting you know why I’m some what absent from the blog at the moment. I will make a post about my new lil love though!!! Stay tuned!

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(Yes, thrifted, not thrifty…I think it’s a better description of the projects I spotlight here on Thursdays. Sorry to switch it up on you, if you don’t like change!)

This week my mantra is waste not, want not. So in keeping with that I decided to finally use what I refer to as “my scraps.” For some this would mean fabric, but around here it means left over plant odds and ends. I never throw away a succulent leaf, or stem that breaks off or half of a plant that I don’t use in a planting. I keep a little pot tray with some soil that I just tuck these scraps into to keep them happy and alive. Then, when I need one little filler or I have enough scraps, I use them, at no extra cost-which I love!

So these little pots were $0.99 each, on half-off day, for a whopping total of $1.50(ish)! And with the use of scraps, this trio cost me next to nothing.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil.

Mobile planting set up: Yellow bucket is hydropon, metal bucket is succulent soil and a cork square that I use to protect my kitchen surfaces.

This is what I focus on  when I'm playing in the dirt.

This is what I focus on when I’m playing in the dirt.

My thrifted jars and my odds and ends...

My thrifted jars and my scraps…

New homes for everyone!

New homes for everyone!

A sick zebra aloe I'm trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

A sick zebra aloe I’m trying to revive and a straggler from a past planting that died out.

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Gorgeous! I cannot identify this juicy little guy, so comment if you know what it is!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

Happy little trio, total cost with soil and fixings approx. $3.00!

In being mindful and taking the extra minute to save things I might usually pitch in a hurry, I’m able to make my supplies go so much further. Remember, waste not want not!

Tips: To water these little guys, move very slowly and use a turkey baster to control the water flow. It will take a little less than one turkey baster full (yes that’s the technical unit) of water per jar in Colorado and even less in more humid climates. It’s always better to under water succulents, than to over water them. Remember they are dessert plants and nearly indestructible so don’t be scared! Succs love bright light, preferably South facing windows. Less light, such as a west, east or north facing window means even less water. 

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So this is so easy, that I feel goofy posting it. But I LOVE my chalkboard. We had a big party back in the fall and everyone brought soups, chilis, bread, dessert. It was such a great time; the fire outside, everybody mingling, so much hot, tasty food and the music and clanking of horseshoes lasted into the hours of the night. So that morning I whipped up the chalkboard to prop up outside so people wouldn’t miss our drive way. We live way out in the evergreens as they say. Well that’s what I say anyway. We do live in Evergreen. Anyways, here it is in it’s simplicity!

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Paint 2-3 coats of chalk board paint on the board.

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We fitted this one to fit nice and snug, but you could just as easily just nail the trim boards on the front and it would look fine.

We fitted this one to be nice and snug, but you could just as easily nail the trim boards on the front and it would look fine.

quite a snug fit!

quite a snug fit!

tah dah!

tah dah!

 

“A Celebration”

Mar
2013
11

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Friday Lil Miss asked me if we could celebrate. “Celebrate what?” I asked her…to which she replied “I don’t know-anything!” So we commenced to plan a celebration of the time change, which of course the littles don’t understand at all. It consisted of a meal, cake & “special drinks” (all thrown together from what I had in the pantry and freezer). So Lil Miss made a cake, all by herself and was so thrilled about it. We ate dinner, discussed what we were most excited about this spring and then indulged in the “spring cake.” The conversation was priceless: Lil Miss is excited about St. Patrick’s Day, so we can have another celebration, of course! Lil Man was under the weather, refusing to eat dinner and begging for cake and our lil dinner guest said he was most excited about the coming warm weather. We are Texans in the mountains after all!

I was so pleased that the fam was so pumped about our celebration, and it made the time change seem even more special than just the additional hour of sweet daylight itself. Once the cake was made, the details just started to fall together. A few extra minutes of effort went along way to make everyone feel the joy of the changing seasons, despite the snow outside!

Pink Lemonade with Berries

Pink Lemonade with Berries (from the freezer)

 

Scrapbook paper makes the setting special, easy & quick to clean up! And Lil Miss set the table all herself.

Scrapbook paper makes the setting special, easy & quick to clean up! And Lil Miss set the table all herself.

Party Time!

Of course the cute table didn’t last for long, in the presence of lil men…Party Time!

 

Lil Miss and her spring cake

Lil Miss and her spring cake

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Not quite spring time yet, but we can hope!