Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Pros and Cons...

of having a salon in your home...

PRO: you can color your hair whenever you want

CON: you are limited to only one solid colors because you're doing it to yourself

PRO: your husband trims his own beard and sweeps up after himself and no scratchy beard hair in the bathroom

CON: you do sporadic, late-night colorings even if you have to be up early to run since you have a 5K coming up in a week and you are slightly out of shape from taking several weeks off due to the heat. 

PRO: you don't have to pay booth rent

CON: it becomes your toddler's favorite play place and bobbie pins and combs are strewn about all throughout the week.

PRO: I can stay home with my child and one day children

CON: No more cons. I just love it.

PRO: I love it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Have You Ever?

Fallen

asleep


while eating?


Ruby has.
And the best part is, that as I quietly slid the tray away from her to get her out and lay her in her bed, she, in her sleep, reached for a bite sized bit of scrambled eggs and ate it real quick. In her sleep.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspired In The Kitchen

Every time I hang out with my good friend Kari Beth, I am in awe of how much the girl cooks and bakes. She works and has a toddler, yet EVERY NIGHT there is a meal made and on the table. And I don't mean boxed dinners where you add a cup of water...an actual MEAL...with side items. (Side items are always so difficult for me to pull together, I don't know why)

I call her my kitchen hero. 
She told me about beans and cornbread and how it's perfect for when you are 
1. on a tight food budget
2. like simple, all natural, and healthy recipes. 

I fit both of those things! So I love this meal! And make it about once every two weeks!
(Sadly, Kevin does not like it...but he takes one for the family every now and then because me and Jamesie scarf it down)

It's hard to make food look good in pictures. How does Pioneer Woman do it?!


Just slosh together your beans and cornbread and drizzle honey all on it and you've got a protein-packed deeeeelicious pig-slop looking meal.

I LOVE when I find a meal she likes.


So no, please don't think that I'm such a bad cook that beans and cornbread was my big debut. I'm just saying, that's a recipe that KB gave me and I love. The point is that she inspired to me like cooking in the kitchen again and to find it a joy to provide food and nutrients for my family, not a "task".

Now...not everything this Momma makes has nutrients. Mostly, but not always.
These do not.
But the taste of them will make you forget the word nutrients all together.
One of my delights in life is the Dark Chocolate cookies from Subway. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm so sorry. 
I love them so much. And I'm not really a big Dark Chocolate type of person.
Anyways...KB inspired me to bake and I'd had this recipe for a while when my friend made these cookie and I couldn't believe it. The Subway cookies!





*Subway's has White Chocolate Chips but the recipe calls for semi-sweet and I already had those so I just used those, but it's up to you.

1 pkg Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 cup (I just eyeball depending how chippy I want it) semi-sweet choc. chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir with spoon until thoroughly blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by level measuring tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
3. Bake at 350 for 12 min (cookies will still look puffed) Remove to cooling racks.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Is Around The Corner!

At least I hope it is.
There is a huge consignment sale that comes to Northwest Arkansas twice a year with great selection and always very clean. I took full advantage of it this year and literally counted down the days till Aug 21 to go and get my big girl some fall and winter clothes. 

The Duggar Family motto is always: "Buy used and save the difference"
And I really like that motto. Some things you can find brand new in stores for the same price you saw it used, so you just kind of have to be patient. 

Which, to be honest, I would sometimes rather pay a few extra bucks to not have to deal with the store-to-store "hunt" here and there, return-this-because-I-found-it-cheaper-here charade. With a toddler to lug around it's just not worth all the work!


But when it's all in one place...that's what I'm talking about!


...not totally sure how she feels about this turtleneck collar...


Is there anything more fun than getting new clothes/shoes for your kiddos and dressing them up? I absolutely love it!

Now, if only I could get away with "needing fall/winter clothes" so I could shop for myself! Looks like it will have to be last year's humble wardrobe for Momma...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Date Night

To celebrate the end of one season and entering into a new one (Kevin's work situation), I arranged for us to have a date night at one of his favorite restaurants, a local place called Table Mesa.


When Ruby saw that a picture was being taken of her parents she was quite baffled why she wasn't asked to be in it so she quickly pumped her arms and waddled over to be a part of it all.


We accepted her intervention.


Then she really worked it. Hugging out necks, going from parent to parent...just living it up.


Is it obvious we only have one child?
Is it obvious she gets all our attention?
Is it obvious we are absolutely wild about her?!



We had a great night of awesome conversation and romance. I love that when we are on dates Kevin always opens my car door. I love that we are so blessed to have so many people in our lives that can and want to watch our daughter.

I want to encourage you: put your husband first! Make date nights a priority! It's certainly not practical, and may not be perfectly scheduled regularly, but the point is that you take time away as grown ups to look your spouse in the eyes and say "I love you".  You come home crazy about each other and feeling refreshed. HOORAY FOR DATE NIGHTS!

{p.s. We saw Zoo Keeper....hilarious. I can't say it enough: We. Love. Kevin. James.}


{p.p.s Go check out Always Training Trio for their awesome giveaway! Love this blog. I really hope I win. I've never won anything, I don't think:(! }

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Potty Training Postponed


Last week looked like this. 


I was ecstatic and so proud of my little girl. She kept coming up to us patting her diaper and saying "pah" for potty so we slowly introduced her to her potty chair, etc.

After going potty a few times in her chair I thought "oh my goodness...I think she's ready to try." So I got princess panties at Walmart and the next day we dedicated to potty training.

She did not potty in the potty one time.
But she did on the wood floor and in her panties every time.


And now? She stiffens her body and yells if we try to put her on the potty chair.


She hates it.
Such a bummer.
I just hope that didn't all set us back very much.
I'm hiding the potty chair now and back to changing lots of diapers and hoping she'll forget about it and it will be cool when I bring it back out one day.


*sigh*...for now, I'll just look at these adorable pictures believing that one day SOON it will happen again. And it will click.

And my diaper changing days will be over for at least a little while.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

An Evening at the Lake

Ruby's first lake experience!
My Nanny and Papa rented a boat on Lake Loch Lomond last weekend and we enjoyed a warm, breezy boat ride and dip in the lake.


Uncle Baylor

My SIL Molly, my brother Brady, and my Momma


Nanny and Ruby

My Aunt Carmen

Captain Papa and First Mate Ruby

So, SO thankful to live near family!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Smoothie Queens

WE 



LOVE


SMOOTHIES!!


For all of you asking about the recipes to soap...there are tons of different ones. A lady at our little gathering did all the measuring/cooking so I don't know her amounts she used. When I made my own at home I used this recipe. If you want to use it on your cloth diapers, just eliminate the essential oils.

Homemade Dishwashing Soap:
Equal parts Borax and Washing Soda (both in laundry aisle at Walmart)
Mix together and put where you normally put your detergent
Fill the Rinse Aid with vinegar.
Voila!
Just keep a gallon size Ziploc bag, or an old plastic container of the pre-mixed Borax and Washing Soda to make it easier each time you do dishes.

I made the BEST all purpose cleaner I have ever used from that same website I linked for the laundry soap. I absolutely LOVE it. I want to clean everything in my house with it.

Happy Homemaking!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Homemade Detergents

The other day a few of us Mommas from church got together to make Homemade Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, and Dishwasher Detergent. No chemicals. All natural. And very, VERY cheap.
{Like $2.00 a year.}
It doesn't get much better than that, folks.
Cheaper AND better. A winning combo!

 Ruby with the twins, Aidan and Adar. They are a month and a half older than the Rubinator.


 Luca Joy...9 months and one day younger than the Rubinator.

While the soap "cooked", we tidied up...

Napped...


and talked girl talk and built one another up...


End result!
It's Borax, Fels Naptha soap, and Washing soda. You can add essential oils (I do for our clothes laundry, but omit it for cloth diaper laundry because oils will cake onto the cloth and make it not as absorbent) for scent if you'd like.

The dish soap is just Castile soap with a little bit of water to dilute it. Mine's Dr. Bronner's Lavender MMMM:) With a bit of Tea Tree oil because TTO is antifungal and antibacterial.


You let it sit overnight and then add warm water to the rest of the container and shake it up and you're done! Suuuper cheap!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Our Next Season Of Life

This has been in the talks for quite some time and now, it's official.

Kevin is leaving UPS to do ministry full-time!


It's a very long story, but I'll sum it up this way:
-He was in a band, all he ever wanted to do.

-Holy Spirit called him away from that, to come home off the road and submit to authority and work a crappy factory job. AKA a huuuuuge slice of humble pie after people screaming for you and singing your lyrics while you are on stage having the time of your life.

-Kevin died to music, period. He said with clean hands "if you never want me to pick up a mic again, Father, then that's fine. I want whatever you have for me."

-Still at UPS, still not liking it. Still learning to be faithful to something you totally do not like but know has it's purpose.

-Meantime at church, he is asked to move from playing guitar to helping lead singing.

-Then, after some time, the praise and worship leader started doing women's ministry full-time, and Kevin was given the leadership position.

-Still at UPS.

-Along with praise and worship leader, he is also the church cleaner. More humble pie. It's all about sonship. I will have to write a post on sonship. It's such a powerful thing.

-Slowly, over the last 4 years of leaving the band, Yahweh has put on our hearts the call to ministry.
-I fought it at first because I didn't want to be a pastor's or apostle's or evangelist's or prophets wife! (Eph. 4:11)

-I, like Kevin, submitted myself and said "ok Yahweh, you have NEVER steered us wrong. If you are calling us into ministry, then I receive it because I want all that you have for me." And I changed my attitude and got on board.

-We have been doing the pastoring the praise and worship team, Kev leading Sundays and Wednesdays, mixing all the audio for the websites, recording Worship albums, scrubbing toilets and doing whatever he's told, etc. AND working at UPS. For years we have been asking Yahweh "is it time to leave UPS yet?" and for years He said "not now" and about a month ago when we asked He said "now".


So here's the cool part:

There is no pay increase here.
There is a hefty decrease.
We are losing all of our full-coverage insurance.

And we couldn't be more full of faith or sure about it all. It's crazy. I've never experienced faith like this. It's the difference between a knowing and a hoping.
I think a lot of Christians throw something out there and with good hearts really "hope" God backs them up. But it just doesn't work like that.

But when HE says it first and ordains it and says "now this is what I have for you"...THAT'S when you know you are in a safe place. The right place. Everything we need will be provided for because He's called us to this place. And my God doesn't leave you high and dry.

SO REJOICE WITH US AS WE ENTER INTO THIS NEW SEASON OF LIFE!


I can't wait to wake up next to my husband every morning! (He's normally gone by 5:00am)
We have all theses wonderful dreams of waking up and having coffee and breakfast together and him getting to see me and our kids every morning for the rest of our lives! We've been talking about it for years and it's here. It's finally here! HALLELU-YAH!





Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for this.


When I didn't think it was possible, I found that I love her even more. It just keeps coming, my love for this child. This big girl toddler stage is so fun and so awesome. I thoroughly enjoy hanging out with her, talking to her, playing with her, teaching her. It's so fun.

You are so cool, Ruby girl.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Fever Continues

Last night after my run I was sprawled out on the floor cooling off and I guess a gas bubble? moved in my stomach and it felt EXACTLY like when your baby moves inside your womb.

Such a tease.

I shouted to Kevin I was so excited it was happening and he just shook his head and smiled and was like "even your body wants a baby". Yes! (No, I am not pregnant. Just had my period. TMI? Sorry...)

Yesterday me and Ruby were playing in her room and I said "Ruby do you want a baby brother or sister?" and she just looked at me and didn't say much. I asked again and she nodded yes. I said "when do you want one?" and I swear she said while playing...."ten months"...

Yaaaay! I believe her :)

It's so weird, because I want to be pregnant. I want another baby. But not really bad enough to actually jump off the edge and actually do it. Ya know? That's why surprise pregnancies are so cool because you can't really argue with it. You just receive it and hold on for the ride.

So we are not "trying" to get pregnant, but I am at the edge of my seat listening for the go ahead from my heavenly Father to say "yes...now is the time." Because I only want it to be in HIS timing. That's where the blessing comes and when we will have all the grace we need to have 2 little ones running around.






Saturday, August 6, 2011

Camp Insideout 2011

We're back! Our church's youth camp was this weekend in the Oklahoma 110 degree weather. Crazy! It really wasn't too bad.

 I always bring my camera to events but I always forget to take pictures, and when I do, they are sporadic. But some pictures are better than no pictures!




 Staying hydrated!

 These are the Salt boys. This is one of our favorite family's on earth. Wish I got a good picture of the parents, too. They are REAL cowboys from Oklahoma and drive 2 hours every Sunday to go to our church. They are the most giving and hilarious people we have EVER met. Remember the post about our crib and new glider chair when I was pregnant? That's the Salt family. They gave us both.

We had a hoedown night at camp where everyone line dances, so that's why everyone's dressed up in their western clothes. Cowgirl Ruby with her pigtails!

 Believe it or not...Kevin does not own many Western articles of clothing. So this was the best he could come up with. Ha!

Oh yeah, I might as well write about the arranged marriage we have with Garrett Salt and Ruby Kiehn. See the littlest boy on the left? The blonde one (he and the other little guy are twins) Yes, that is Ruby's future husband. One Sunday I was teasing them and I said "which one of you boys are gonna marry my daughter?" and they got all embarrassed and tucked their head into their momma.

Then on the drive home out of nowhere Garrett says "ok...I guess I'll marry Ruby". Like he'll be a man up and just do it. Ruby looooves all three of those boys because they are straight up gentlemen like their dad.
They treat her like gold and she knows it and she loves it.

Of course, it's not really an arranged marriage. I can't imagine someone marrying our daughter. Whoever he is, he better be perfect!



Ruby is such a ministry daughter. LOVES people. Will go to anybody and everybody. Sometimes she'll wave and say "bye!" to me when I hand her to someone. Like "go ahead, get out of here Momma, I'm fine!" I looooove that. Hope all of our kids are like that.

Anyways, it was fun but we are SO glad to be back home. I'm such a homebody! Doing laundry today and hopefully making it over to Cook's Natural Foods to get Chia Seeds. Have you heard of those? LOOK UP THE BENEFITS! A total superfood!



After eating like crap for a whole week at camp (seriously...blech) I am ready to nourish our bodies again! We'll declare in faith that Ruby's appetite wasn't ruined by all the processed, dyed junk and sugars she ate this week:/

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Pros and Cons...

of having a salon in your home...

PRO: you can color your hair whenever you want

CON: you are limited to only one solid colors because you're doing it to yourself

PRO: your husband trims his own beard and sweeps up after himself and no scratchy beard hair in the bathroom

CON: you do sporadic, late-night colorings even if you have to be up early to run since you have a 5K coming up in a week and you are slightly out of shape from taking several weeks off due to the heat. 

PRO: you don't have to pay booth rent

CON: it becomes your toddler's favorite play place and bobbie pins and combs are strewn about all throughout the week.

PRO: I can stay home with my child and one day children

CON: No more cons. I just love it.

PRO: I love it.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Have You Ever?

Fallen

asleep


while eating?


Ruby has.
And the best part is, that as I quietly slid the tray away from her to get her out and lay her in her bed, she, in her sleep, reached for a bite sized bit of scrambled eggs and ate it real quick. In her sleep.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspired In The Kitchen

Every time I hang out with my good friend Kari Beth, I am in awe of how much the girl cooks and bakes. She works and has a toddler, yet EVERY NIGHT there is a meal made and on the table. And I don't mean boxed dinners where you add a cup of water...an actual MEAL...with side items. (Side items are always so difficult for me to pull together, I don't know why)

I call her my kitchen hero. 
She told me about beans and cornbread and how it's perfect for when you are 
1. on a tight food budget
2. like simple, all natural, and healthy recipes. 

I fit both of those things! So I love this meal! And make it about once every two weeks!
(Sadly, Kevin does not like it...but he takes one for the family every now and then because me and Jamesie scarf it down)

It's hard to make food look good in pictures. How does Pioneer Woman do it?!


Just slosh together your beans and cornbread and drizzle honey all on it and you've got a protein-packed deeeeelicious pig-slop looking meal.

I LOVE when I find a meal she likes.


So no, please don't think that I'm such a bad cook that beans and cornbread was my big debut. I'm just saying, that's a recipe that KB gave me and I love. The point is that she inspired to me like cooking in the kitchen again and to find it a joy to provide food and nutrients for my family, not a "task".

Now...not everything this Momma makes has nutrients. Mostly, but not always.
These do not.
But the taste of them will make you forget the word nutrients all together.
One of my delights in life is the Dark Chocolate cookies from Subway. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm so sorry. 
I love them so much. And I'm not really a big Dark Chocolate type of person.
Anyways...KB inspired me to bake and I'd had this recipe for a while when my friend made these cookie and I couldn't believe it. The Subway cookies!





*Subway's has White Chocolate Chips but the recipe calls for semi-sweet and I already had those so I just used those, but it's up to you.

1 pkg Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
2 large eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 cup (I just eyeball depending how chippy I want it) semi-sweet choc. chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir with spoon until thoroughly blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by level measuring tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
3. Bake at 350 for 12 min (cookies will still look puffed) Remove to cooling racks.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Is Around The Corner!

At least I hope it is.
There is a huge consignment sale that comes to Northwest Arkansas twice a year with great selection and always very clean. I took full advantage of it this year and literally counted down the days till Aug 21 to go and get my big girl some fall and winter clothes. 

The Duggar Family motto is always: "Buy used and save the difference"
And I really like that motto. Some things you can find brand new in stores for the same price you saw it used, so you just kind of have to be patient. 

Which, to be honest, I would sometimes rather pay a few extra bucks to not have to deal with the store-to-store "hunt" here and there, return-this-because-I-found-it-cheaper-here charade. With a toddler to lug around it's just not worth all the work!


But when it's all in one place...that's what I'm talking about!


...not totally sure how she feels about this turtleneck collar...


Is there anything more fun than getting new clothes/shoes for your kiddos and dressing them up? I absolutely love it!

Now, if only I could get away with "needing fall/winter clothes" so I could shop for myself! Looks like it will have to be last year's humble wardrobe for Momma...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Date Night

To celebrate the end of one season and entering into a new one (Kevin's work situation), I arranged for us to have a date night at one of his favorite restaurants, a local place called Table Mesa.


When Ruby saw that a picture was being taken of her parents she was quite baffled why she wasn't asked to be in it so she quickly pumped her arms and waddled over to be a part of it all.


We accepted her intervention.


Then she really worked it. Hugging out necks, going from parent to parent...just living it up.


Is it obvious we only have one child?
Is it obvious she gets all our attention?
Is it obvious we are absolutely wild about her?!



We had a great night of awesome conversation and romance. I love that when we are on dates Kevin always opens my car door. I love that we are so blessed to have so many people in our lives that can and want to watch our daughter.

I want to encourage you: put your husband first! Make date nights a priority! It's certainly not practical, and may not be perfectly scheduled regularly, but the point is that you take time away as grown ups to look your spouse in the eyes and say "I love you".  You come home crazy about each other and feeling refreshed. HOORAY FOR DATE NIGHTS!

{p.s. We saw Zoo Keeper....hilarious. I can't say it enough: We. Love. Kevin. James.}


{p.p.s Go check out Always Training Trio for their awesome giveaway! Love this blog. I really hope I win. I've never won anything, I don't think:(! }

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Potty Training Postponed


Last week looked like this. 


I was ecstatic and so proud of my little girl. She kept coming up to us patting her diaper and saying "pah" for potty so we slowly introduced her to her potty chair, etc.

After going potty a few times in her chair I thought "oh my goodness...I think she's ready to try." So I got princess panties at Walmart and the next day we dedicated to potty training.

She did not potty in the potty one time.
But she did on the wood floor and in her panties every time.


And now? She stiffens her body and yells if we try to put her on the potty chair.


She hates it.
Such a bummer.
I just hope that didn't all set us back very much.
I'm hiding the potty chair now and back to changing lots of diapers and hoping she'll forget about it and it will be cool when I bring it back out one day.


*sigh*...for now, I'll just look at these adorable pictures believing that one day SOON it will happen again. And it will click.

And my diaper changing days will be over for at least a little while.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

An Evening at the Lake

Ruby's first lake experience!
My Nanny and Papa rented a boat on Lake Loch Lomond last weekend and we enjoyed a warm, breezy boat ride and dip in the lake.


Uncle Baylor

My SIL Molly, my brother Brady, and my Momma


Nanny and Ruby

My Aunt Carmen

Captain Papa and First Mate Ruby

So, SO thankful to live near family!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Smoothie Queens

WE 



LOVE


SMOOTHIES!!


For all of you asking about the recipes to soap...there are tons of different ones. A lady at our little gathering did all the measuring/cooking so I don't know her amounts she used. When I made my own at home I used this recipe. If you want to use it on your cloth diapers, just eliminate the essential oils.

Homemade Dishwashing Soap:
Equal parts Borax and Washing Soda (both in laundry aisle at Walmart)
Mix together and put where you normally put your detergent
Fill the Rinse Aid with vinegar.
Voila!
Just keep a gallon size Ziploc bag, or an old plastic container of the pre-mixed Borax and Washing Soda to make it easier each time you do dishes.

I made the BEST all purpose cleaner I have ever used from that same website I linked for the laundry soap. I absolutely LOVE it. I want to clean everything in my house with it.

Happy Homemaking!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Homemade Detergents

The other day a few of us Mommas from church got together to make Homemade Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, and Dishwasher Detergent. No chemicals. All natural. And very, VERY cheap.
{Like $2.00 a year.}
It doesn't get much better than that, folks.
Cheaper AND better. A winning combo!

 Ruby with the twins, Aidan and Adar. They are a month and a half older than the Rubinator.


 Luca Joy...9 months and one day younger than the Rubinator.

While the soap "cooked", we tidied up...

Napped...


and talked girl talk and built one another up...


End result!
It's Borax, Fels Naptha soap, and Washing soda. You can add essential oils (I do for our clothes laundry, but omit it for cloth diaper laundry because oils will cake onto the cloth and make it not as absorbent) for scent if you'd like.

The dish soap is just Castile soap with a little bit of water to dilute it. Mine's Dr. Bronner's Lavender MMMM:) With a bit of Tea Tree oil because TTO is antifungal and antibacterial.


You let it sit overnight and then add warm water to the rest of the container and shake it up and you're done! Suuuper cheap!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Our Next Season Of Life

This has been in the talks for quite some time and now, it's official.

Kevin is leaving UPS to do ministry full-time!


It's a very long story, but I'll sum it up this way:
-He was in a band, all he ever wanted to do.

-Holy Spirit called him away from that, to come home off the road and submit to authority and work a crappy factory job. AKA a huuuuuge slice of humble pie after people screaming for you and singing your lyrics while you are on stage having the time of your life.

-Kevin died to music, period. He said with clean hands "if you never want me to pick up a mic again, Father, then that's fine. I want whatever you have for me."

-Still at UPS, still not liking it. Still learning to be faithful to something you totally do not like but know has it's purpose.

-Meantime at church, he is asked to move from playing guitar to helping lead singing.

-Then, after some time, the praise and worship leader started doing women's ministry full-time, and Kevin was given the leadership position.

-Still at UPS.

-Along with praise and worship leader, he is also the church cleaner. More humble pie. It's all about sonship. I will have to write a post on sonship. It's such a powerful thing.

-Slowly, over the last 4 years of leaving the band, Yahweh has put on our hearts the call to ministry.
-I fought it at first because I didn't want to be a pastor's or apostle's or evangelist's or prophets wife! (Eph. 4:11)

-I, like Kevin, submitted myself and said "ok Yahweh, you have NEVER steered us wrong. If you are calling us into ministry, then I receive it because I want all that you have for me." And I changed my attitude and got on board.

-We have been doing the pastoring the praise and worship team, Kev leading Sundays and Wednesdays, mixing all the audio for the websites, recording Worship albums, scrubbing toilets and doing whatever he's told, etc. AND working at UPS. For years we have been asking Yahweh "is it time to leave UPS yet?" and for years He said "not now" and about a month ago when we asked He said "now".


So here's the cool part:

There is no pay increase here.
There is a hefty decrease.
We are losing all of our full-coverage insurance.

And we couldn't be more full of faith or sure about it all. It's crazy. I've never experienced faith like this. It's the difference between a knowing and a hoping.
I think a lot of Christians throw something out there and with good hearts really "hope" God backs them up. But it just doesn't work like that.

But when HE says it first and ordains it and says "now this is what I have for you"...THAT'S when you know you are in a safe place. The right place. Everything we need will be provided for because He's called us to this place. And my God doesn't leave you high and dry.

SO REJOICE WITH US AS WE ENTER INTO THIS NEW SEASON OF LIFE!


I can't wait to wake up next to my husband every morning! (He's normally gone by 5:00am)
We have all theses wonderful dreams of waking up and having coffee and breakfast together and him getting to see me and our kids every morning for the rest of our lives! We've been talking about it for years and it's here. It's finally here! HALLELU-YAH!





Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for this.


When I didn't think it was possible, I found that I love her even more. It just keeps coming, my love for this child. This big girl toddler stage is so fun and so awesome. I thoroughly enjoy hanging out with her, talking to her, playing with her, teaching her. It's so fun.

You are so cool, Ruby girl.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Fever Continues

Last night after my run I was sprawled out on the floor cooling off and I guess a gas bubble? moved in my stomach and it felt EXACTLY like when your baby moves inside your womb.

Such a tease.

I shouted to Kevin I was so excited it was happening and he just shook his head and smiled and was like "even your body wants a baby". Yes! (No, I am not pregnant. Just had my period. TMI? Sorry...)

Yesterday me and Ruby were playing in her room and I said "Ruby do you want a baby brother or sister?" and she just looked at me and didn't say much. I asked again and she nodded yes. I said "when do you want one?" and I swear she said while playing...."ten months"...

Yaaaay! I believe her :)

It's so weird, because I want to be pregnant. I want another baby. But not really bad enough to actually jump off the edge and actually do it. Ya know? That's why surprise pregnancies are so cool because you can't really argue with it. You just receive it and hold on for the ride.

So we are not "trying" to get pregnant, but I am at the edge of my seat listening for the go ahead from my heavenly Father to say "yes...now is the time." Because I only want it to be in HIS timing. That's where the blessing comes and when we will have all the grace we need to have 2 little ones running around.






Saturday, August 6, 2011

Camp Insideout 2011

We're back! Our church's youth camp was this weekend in the Oklahoma 110 degree weather. Crazy! It really wasn't too bad.

 I always bring my camera to events but I always forget to take pictures, and when I do, they are sporadic. But some pictures are better than no pictures!




 Staying hydrated!

 These are the Salt boys. This is one of our favorite family's on earth. Wish I got a good picture of the parents, too. They are REAL cowboys from Oklahoma and drive 2 hours every Sunday to go to our church. They are the most giving and hilarious people we have EVER met. Remember the post about our crib and new glider chair when I was pregnant? That's the Salt family. They gave us both.

We had a hoedown night at camp where everyone line dances, so that's why everyone's dressed up in their western clothes. Cowgirl Ruby with her pigtails!

 Believe it or not...Kevin does not own many Western articles of clothing. So this was the best he could come up with. Ha!

Oh yeah, I might as well write about the arranged marriage we have with Garrett Salt and Ruby Kiehn. See the littlest boy on the left? The blonde one (he and the other little guy are twins) Yes, that is Ruby's future husband. One Sunday I was teasing them and I said "which one of you boys are gonna marry my daughter?" and they got all embarrassed and tucked their head into their momma.

Then on the drive home out of nowhere Garrett says "ok...I guess I'll marry Ruby". Like he'll be a man up and just do it. Ruby looooves all three of those boys because they are straight up gentlemen like their dad.
They treat her like gold and she knows it and she loves it.

Of course, it's not really an arranged marriage. I can't imagine someone marrying our daughter. Whoever he is, he better be perfect!



Ruby is such a ministry daughter. LOVES people. Will go to anybody and everybody. Sometimes she'll wave and say "bye!" to me when I hand her to someone. Like "go ahead, get out of here Momma, I'm fine!" I looooove that. Hope all of our kids are like that.

Anyways, it was fun but we are SO glad to be back home. I'm such a homebody! Doing laundry today and hopefully making it over to Cook's Natural Foods to get Chia Seeds. Have you heard of those? LOOK UP THE BENEFITS! A total superfood!



After eating like crap for a whole week at camp (seriously...blech) I am ready to nourish our bodies again! We'll declare in faith that Ruby's appetite wasn't ruined by all the processed, dyed junk and sugars she ate this week:/

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!