An ordinary life?

Tonight we went to Rick & Katie’s as we normally do now on Sunday evenings. It was good. We sang a song that we’ve been listening to and learning all week and it was neat to watch as the boys sang loudly with all they had-

“We won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary, we won’t be satisfied at all”! “Open up the sky, fall down like rain. We don’t want blessings, we want You! Open up the sky, fall down like fire, we don’t want anything but You”!

David mentioned a quote from CS Lewis that says, “Forgive us for being so ordinary, when we claim to know such an extraordinary God”.

It just reminded me tonight that even in the everyday ordinary things, this really is an extraordinary life we get to live!! I don’t think we should just brush people off like- “You’re just young and full of zeal”. I hope I never settle down and settle for anything just ordinary. I hope I never settle for just the one talent He gave me. I want to invest that talent and go after more, more of God. I want to have Him, new everyday! Not stale from yesterday. 🙂

Anyway, this is my last post for a week or so. I’m going to TN for the girl’s passages and to see the stars out in the wide open sky again! Here’s a couple pictures just for fun…

Another budding artist! Beware the walls and floors in our house and woe to him who leaves any writing device within grasp of River's small hands!

River got the tax return this year 🙂

His favorite place in the whole house is sitting on dad's lap while he works. No matter how hard I try, he somehow always bangs on the door till dad lets him in

Fun day at the park!

I serve an extraordinary God and am married to an extraordinary man! Not sure how I'll survive a week without him. 😦

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River’s Birthday!

Now that it’s been a month since his one year old birthday celebration I thought I should post a couple pictures! We finally figured it out with our fourth child. I think I might have spent $11 on his birthday. 🙂 That really was only because I had to help the boys get him something. They all wanted to buy him something! So, he got and thoroughly enjoyed a bag of balloons, about 6 different balls of all sorts of random sizes, a ship bath toy, a couple stuffed animals and a push around/ride on toy all for $11! Thank heaven for Thrift shopping! Very nice though, he liked and still plays with everything he got. I like gifts that get used!

Why did you light my pie on fire?!

How come I had to wait a whole year to taste this stuff called Ice cream?!

I love you! And I love walking!

I know, I know! Don't tell me how to do it Tristan! Three brothers! They always act like I don't know anything!

Eating healthy

I finally did it! Two weeks ago I started David on a cleanse diet. He’s asked me for this for awhile and I actually got to do it. I’ve done small ones for him before but not very thorough. It’s definantly harder doing a Special eating plan while living with a couple other families (keeping food seperate, preparing a completely different dinner for him etc….).

He didn’t have any dairy, meat or wheat, coffee or alcoholic beverages for two weeks He could have all the veggies and fruit he wanted. Also, he could have quinoa, brown rice and millet, nuts, almond butter, rice cakes (plain of course), hummus, seeds, rice milk, juice and…. I can’t think of anything else right now. 🙂 Oh, seasonings can only be- veggie salt, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and his hot sauce of course. He said he missed dairy the most. Really though he did very well with it. I made him a deal that I would go through the extra work to prepare his foods if he would exercise 30 min every day. If he stoped, I’ll stop. He did a really good job with it. It worked out to be a pretty gentle but good cleanse.

Now hopefully, I can get him to stick with eating a little better and keeping up with the exercise! That will be the trick!

The boys and I did a 2 week sugar fast (we didn’t do the cleanse) while he did his cleanse. They did very well and not having anything sweet in the house helped me! I just ate a mango or a grapefruit or a couple peanut butter balls or drank hot tea if I really craved sugar at night and I tried to substitute protein for sugar during the day. It wasn’t  bad at all really and the boys were fun to watch as they graciously declined sugar several times when offered during the fast. 🙂

Right now we are on our last stretch of a two week fast from movies, the boys playing on the computer, or David and I spending extra unnecessary time on the computer. The boys did really good with this one also, but are looking forward to Friday movie night with dad at the end of this week!

Here is a sample of what David’s food plan was for a day…

Upon rising:

half a lemon squeezed in a glass of warm water

1 Tblsp ground flax seed in a glass of orange juice

Breakfast:

1 Avacado – stuffed with chopped onion, mushrooms, zuchinni and tomatoes.

Some days I do a smoothie for him with raspberries, banana and ground almonds blended with rice milk

Lunch:

Steamed brocolli with sesame seeds on top.

Cooked Sweet potato

Dinner:

Large salad with lettece, spinach, spring mix, onions, peppers, avocados, carrots, asparagus, snow peas, raisins and sunflower seeds topped with a dressing made from olive oil, lime juice, grated garlic and ginger and veggie salt.

Or:

Veggie, lentil hot pot

Or:

Brown rice casserole

Snacks:

Apples with almond butter

veggie sticks with hummus

Rice cake with almond butter

Rice and veggie salad

Veggie juice

Nuts

Or, leftover dinner

Here is the recipe for our family dinner favorite so far, (that is, except for Tristan who literally couldn’t keep it down:)).

Veggie Lentil Hot Pot:              Serves: 8

6 cups raw veggies ( I used: potatoes, acorn squash, sweet potatoes and green beans)

1 diced onion

2 tomatoes

1c red lentils

2 1/2 c veggie broth

1T olive oil

1 T cumin

1 tsp corriander

1 tsp tumeric

1 tsp fresh garlic

1tsp chili pwd

1 tsp ginger

Saute the onion and garlic and add all other ingredients. Simmer covered, stirring often for 25 min or until veggies and lentils are done.

Yummy on a cold evening!

Neighbor Steve

We have the best neighbors!!!! Next door to us live an older couple named Steve and Sarah. 30 years they have lived in this neighborhood.They own several houses on this street and rent them out. We say Steve reminds us of a mixture of Ernest (in Ernest goes to jail) and Barney Fife! He is simply a riot and always keeps us laughing! Tristan even called him Ernest one day but fortunately for us, Steve is a little hard of hearing and didn’t hear him.

Steve loves, I mean Loves to garden and can  jam and jellies. Our landlord said we could plant a small veggie garden in the back corner of our yard. Well, the day we told Steve we were allowed, he promptly came over, put a post hole digger in David’s hands and said, ‘Let’s get started! It’s going to rain tomorrow”. So, Steve and David dug holes for some plants. Steve brought over some of his compost and between the two guys the corner garden was begun.

Steve brings us a jar of homemade marmalade once a week. He also gets produce from a friend of his around the corner who gets some senior discount bulk goods. So, he is constantly supplying us with all sorts of food. You can’t starve with Steve around. Last week we got potatoes and acorn squash. This week it was 2 – 1/2 gallons of vanilla ice cream and a 5 gallon bucket of grapefruit with promises of tangerines tomorrow! Steve Loves milk, so we send him a gallon when we can’t keep up with the amount of milk we have in the fridge. We also save all our empty gallon jugs for him. He paints them black, fills them with water and puts them in his green house to keep it warm at night.

Sarah, his wife is really sweet and was a little shy at first. Now that I think about it, she’s not really shy. She just seems that way compared to Steve! She sews purses and she loaned me one of her sewing machines (mine is broke right now) so I can finish a few projects I’m working on. She brings me coupons and tells me about all the library book sales and other sales that are happening.

I asked Steve yesterday for some more compost for a lilac plant David bought me. He immedently brought over a wheel barrel and shovel and planted it for me. He loves to talk (sometimes not very clean) and is very much a doer.

It has helped me watching Steve and Sarah. They really watch out for and take care of their neighbors. I don’t do half as good of a job as they do and watching them prods me to reach out more to those on our street.

Ernest, I mean Steve and David working in the corner garden!