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It’s a good day to be happy

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Yesterday I had a full five minutes to myself in the car. Not enough time for the full emotional breakdown I felt lay right under the surface. In that brief five minute span I poured out my soul to Jesus. When I got home I went and sat on our well and the tears just flowed. Unfortunately, I was urgently called in to deal with a pressing matter. My husband asked me what was wrong. “I just need 10 minutes to myself so I can have the meltdown I deserve!”

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It's a good day to be happy

Yesterday I had a full five minutes to myself in the car. Not enough time for the full emotional breakdown I felt lay right under the surface. In that brief five minute span I poured out my soul to Jesus. When I got home I went and sat on our well and the tears just […]

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Keep the THANKS in Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is just days away!  Your kids probably have the week off from school.  And this week is probably going to be full. Grocery shopping, menu planning, welcoming family or traveling to family, baking, cleaning, and on and on.  In all the craziness, it is really easy to lose the euphoria we hope accompanies giving thanks!  We challenge you to intentionality.  (Do we sound like a broken record?  Again with the “intentional” this and “intentional” that!  We’re OK with that.)  Being mindful and fully aware this week is crucial to the enjoyment and blessing that comes with giving thanks!  It is not about having a perfectly clean home.  It’s not about the turkey coming out like the Food Network version.  It’s not about pies to make people swoon.  Take your inner Martha Stewart and ban her until the dust of Thanksgiving has cleared.

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Thanks in Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just days away!  Your kids probably have the week off from school.  And this week is probably going to be full. Grocery shopping, menu planning, welcoming family or traveling to family, baking, cleaning, and on and on.  In all the craziness, it is really easy to lose the euphoria we hope accompanies giving […]

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Avocado Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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I made these last night for Girls Night Out. My oh my! Were they ever delicious! I think they will get e repeat performance on Thanksgiving! I mean what could be better when everyone is sitting around, watching the game (I’m assuming there will be a game on somewhere at some point…..I’m not wrong am I?) than creamy avocado slices, with a crispy outer layer, and dipped in a not-too-spicy kimchi dip? Now that is something for which to be thankful!

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Avo Fries

I made these last night for Girls Night Out. My oh my! Were they ever delicious! I think they will get e repeat performance on Thanksgiving! I mean what could be better when everyone is sitting around, watching the game (I’m assuming there will be a game on somewhere at some point…..I’m not wrong am […]

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Everything you need for Thanksgiving, except the turkey

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Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS!

Everything you need for Thanksgiving

Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own spirit!  ENJOY: Read More

Everything you need for Thanksgiving

Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS! Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own […]

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Thanksgiving Menu!

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Daja: Of all the things for which I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, my daughter tops the list!  She is growing into such a competent and lovely young woman.  I am so blessed.  I am a busy person–husband, eight kids, homeschooling, business, preparing to move to farm, and on and on.  So, I delegated planning the Thanksgiving Menu, making the shopping lists and creating this graphic to my daughter.  She’s 13.  Call me proud.  I’m happily working myself out of a job! Read More

Thanksgiving 2014

Daja: Of all the things for which I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, my daughter tops the list!  She is growing into such a competent and lovely young woman.  I am so blessed.  I am a busy person–husband, eight kids, homeschooling, business, preparing to move to farm, and on and on.  So, I delegated planning […]

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Prayer for the week of November 17 — Nothing Refused

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For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.  I Timothy 4:4

There are a lot of things that aren’t my cup of tea.  Stuffing, cantaloupe, green bean casserole. Oh and sore throats, mean people, and thorns in my flesh.

We don’t always get to choose what cup of tea we are served up.  Sometimes life just happens despite our best efforts to live in heaven-on-earth.  Last week I locked myself out of my car. Along with my phone. At the gas pump. Yeah.

In that moment we are served up that cup, though, we get to choose. Will this be received with thanksgiving? Will I turn everything back to the Lord in praise? Will I meet Jesus in the middle of this?

Nothing is to be refused if received with thanksgiving.

We may not get to choose which cross is offered us.  But, we do get to choose if we bear it up for the cause of Christ. Be it a temptation, a trial or a persecution, God gives us the choice  as to how it is received and whether it is fully consumed.

When St. Therese was a child her older sister decided to pass along her dolls and doll trimmings to the younger sisters.  St. Therese records it like this:

A day came when Leonie, thinking she was too old now to play with dolls, came along to us with a basket full of dresses and pretty little bits of stuff for making others, with her own doll lying on the top. “Here you are, darlings,” she said, “choose which of these you’d like; they’re all for you.” Celine put her hand in and brought out a little ball of silken braid which had taken her fancy.  I thought for a moment, and then said, as I held out my hand: “I choose the whole lot!” Then, without further ceremony, I took over the basket. Everybody said I was quite within my rights, and Celine never dreamt of making any protest. …

Only a childish trait, perhaps, but in a sense it’s been the key to my whole life. Later on, when the idea of religious perfection came within my horizon, I realised [sic] at once that there was no reaching sanctity unless you were prepared to suffer a great deal, to be always on the look-out for something higher still, and to forget yourself.  There were plenty of degrees in spiritual advancement, and every soul was free to answer our Lord’s invitation by doing a little for him, or by doing a lot for him; in fact, he gave it a choice between various kinds of self-sacrifice he wanted it to offer. And then, as in babyhood, I found myself crying out: “My God, I choose the whole lot. No point in becoming a Saint by halves.  I’m not afraid of suffering for your sake; the only thing I’m afraid of is clinging to my own will. Take it, I want the whole lot, everything whatsoever that is your will for me.”

The end of the year always seems to get crazy busy.  And with that often comes crazy stress.  Crazy financial concerns. Health challenges. A thousand tiny things and some big heavy things, too.  Ask the Lord for what you need: the grace to choose all.  The grace to say, “Lord I am willing to offer everything thing to you in praise.”

I Choose All

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18

I Choose All

For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.  I Timothy 4:4 There are a lot of things that aren’t my cup of tea.  Stuffing, cantaloupe, green bean casserole. Oh and sore throats, mean people, and thorns in my flesh. We don’t always get to choose what cup […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Hash

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Don’t let the word hash be tainted by images of mystery meat and potatoes from a can.  Oh no!  Clear your mind.

To make a great hash, you need some protein (chicken, turkey, duck, sausage, beef, etc.), usually some starch (potato, corn, etc.), some fat (bacon grease, butter, duck fat, etc.).  Fry it up together in a pan.  You can top it with some shredded or grated cheese and perhaps an egg.  So delicious.

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Thanksgiving Hash

Don’t let the word hash be tainted by images of mystery meat and potatoes from a can.  Oh no!  Clear your mind. To make a great hash, you need some protein (chicken, turkey, duck, sausage, beef, etc.), usually some starch (potato, corn, etc.), some fat (bacon grease, butter, duck fat, etc.).  Fry it up together […]

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Pumpkin Smoothie

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We love smoothies around here.  The kids love them because they are sweet and fun.  I love them because they’re super easy and I can make them half-asleep.  Plus, there’s not a lot of clean-up.  With a big family, that’s always a huge plus.

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Pumpkin Smoothie

We love smoothies around here.  The kids love them because they are sweet and fun.  I love them because they’re super easy and I can make them half-asleep.  Plus, there’s not a lot of clean-up.  With a big family, that’s always a huge plus.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Thanksgiving Panini

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Got leftovers?  GOOD!  We adore Thanksgiving leftovers.  They are the basis of some of the most fun food evah!  Here’s a favorite post Thanksgiving meal: The Panini!

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Thanksgiving Panini

Got leftovers?  GOOD!  We adore Thanksgiving leftovers.  They are the basis of some of the most fun food evah!  Here’s a favorite post Thanksgiving meal: The Panini!

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Thanksgiving…… before the pilgrims!

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A Thanksgiving thought from Meg, Daja’s daughter:

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When You Have A Foodie Mom

A Thanksgiving thought from Meg, Daja’s daughter: