Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Big Girl Haircut

We kissed Ruru's toddler mullet goodbye last night.





Mommy's clothes are getting quite snug...











She did so, so good.
As you can probably gather from the photos, she is rather proud.
It's a big sister haircut!


I love doing hair, and I love this sweet girl.
It was one of my favorite haircuts I've ever gotten to do.
My little, sweet, big girl.

p.s. Ruby's shirt is another KariBeth creation. That girl knows what she's doing!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Power of Your Mind

I'm reading Ina May's Guide To Childbirth and it is so encouraging.
It's a collection of birth stories written my the mothers themselves, and then the rest of the book is medical and natural information from the famous midwife herself.
I read this part and it hit me:


Let's say you want some  advice that might help you give birth, wherever that might be. My shortest answer: Let your monkey do it....Letting the primate in you do the work of labor is a short way of saying not to let your over-busy mind interfere with the ancient wisdom of your body. To give you an idea of what I mean, here are some things animals don't do in labor that many women do-and that interfere with labor:


-They don't think of technology as necessary to birth-giving.
-They don't obsess about their bodies being inadequate.
-They don't blame their condition on anyone else.
-They don't do math about their dilation to speculate how long their labor might take (It's taken me 8 hours to dilate to a 5. That means I have to go through 8 more hours of this before I'm at a 10 and can push.)
-Animals in labor get in whatever position feels best and opens the cervix, not the one they're told to assume.
-Animals aren't self-conscience about making noise, farting, or pooping during labor. All queens, duchesses, and movie stars poop-every day, if they're healthy.


from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

That last part cracked me up.
Anyway, it really spoke to me (along with lots of other parts of the book I don't have on here). I didn't see this in the book per se, but I  have gathered from life experience after life experience that your mind is the most powerful thing on this earth, really.

If you think about it, it's the only thing in existence that is stronger than God's own will. What if His will is that a young man would be successful and happy? But then Yahweh chose to give us a free will, with our own thoughts and our own actions, because He's a just God and He wants His children to CHOOSE Him.
 And that young man goes out and choice after choice...ruins his life? God gives him an opportunity to meet good friends...the young man chooses bad ones and gets into drugs. God gives him an opportunity for a good job...the young man is hung over and sleeps through his alarm for the interview.

Then people want to cry and blame God when He's like I'M DOING MY PART, you have responsibility, too!

So my point is this. Just how powerful is your mind?
If it can undo the plans the Creator of the Universe has for you...what else can it do?
How awesome would it be to take the amazing power behind it and use it for good? For Yahweh's plans for you?

AMAZING.

The things we could do.
The lives that would change.
The freedom we would have.

There would be no fear, no doubt, no negativity. 
Most EVERYTHING that is a hinderance to us begins in our minds.

I am going to be praying, sowing seed, and prophesying for a renewed mind. 
One that doesn't say "but..." and let's lies or negativity in.

One that says "yes!" and believes it when I'm told I can deliver my baby without great pain, and intervention, and horror stories. Or anything that's a little hard to believe because of years of doubt stored up all around me.

Because when your mind believes it, your body obeys and makes it happen.
No matter what it is.
For the good or for the bad.

May my mind be renewed to think like Christ, to respond like Christ, and to in turn act like Christ.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy, Colorful Little Messes

My baby girl painted this.
I would squirt a glob of paint on the paper and say "GO!" and she smeared and smiled and laughed.


Thank you for taking out every single book, darlin!



These were folded moments before Hurricane Toddler rushed through.


My new happy thing. Found this free printable online and then laminated it. That's right!
My momma got me a laminator for Christmas.
I am now always on the lookout for something lying around my house that I can laminate.


p.s. GIY is get it yourself.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Very Bad. Not Good. Sometimes Necessary.

For those of you that think I eat healthy all the time...
this post is for you.
I used to, before I got pregnant.
And I know. Being pregnant should mean you are even more aware of your diet and try to eat healthiER than normal, not get worse.
But those dadgum hormones.
They tell you every now and then

SUGAR. NOW.

Normally, I will eat a delicious Gala apple (seriously, grapes and apples and generally all fruit are like nature's candy. God's gift to us) or something that will satisfy.

But once in a blue moon Swedish Fish swim into my brain. 
And they don't leave until I eat a few.
And honestly, thinking about them now is disgusting.
But you never know when, or how far apart, that intense sugar craving hits.


I refuse to buy a baggie of candy because then it is just lying around and you keep thinking "just one more" as your teeth start to rot and your stomach aches in pain.
Plus, I want a little of this and a little of that.

Enter: YumYos.

I went the other night and got this:


and paid for it by the ounce.

After defeated-feelingly scarfing down a few chewy, sugary, gummies on the drive home, I got home and set it on the salon desk.

I told Kevin to please hide this cup somewhere in this house and be creative and it has to be HARD to find.
Because if I want sugar bad enough...I'll find it.
And if I don't? I'll be better off.

So yes...sometimes I eat crap.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lately...

-We had our first midwife appointment yesterday. My heart leapt with joy as I saw this striking, wise woman with beautiful long, grey hair get out of her car, and grab her bags and stethoscope and supplies. She comes to our house (a 30 min drive for her!) for each appointment. I am so excited that from now on my prenatal visits include me laying on my own couch while she measures and checks and listens, and Ruby plays with her dolls by our side.
After talking to Elizabeth, I am even more excited than ever to birth this baby and to do it at home. She was talking about thinking of who I will want at the birth, and that got me thinking. She was also telling Kevin how she'd love for him to be at as many appointments as possible because she has a lot she wants to teach him as well as me. And that, unless it's necessary she do it, Kevin will be the one catching the baby and holding it first and handing it to me to nurse for the first time.

Be still my soul.

But...that is all 27 weeks away.

So until I get closer, I will focus on having a healthy and beautiful pregnancy.

-I have missed coffee so, so much. I roll my eyes with jealousy when I see people talking about delicious coffee and cream, holding big, steaming mugs. Jerks.
I will admit...I had a cup of half caff the other morning (best morning of my life) and I was in the best mood and got soooo much done that day. Isn't that stupid? Why can't I have that kind of "energy" naturally?!

-Ruby is putting sentences together. "Where'd Mommy go?" "It's in the car" "I see a moo!" (Chik-fil-a cow at one of Kevin's 5K's the other day)
And lately...when I'm feeling my very yuckiest and am curled up...she comes up to me, pets my face, or rubs my back, looks me in the eyes and says "Sorry, Mommy" over and over.
The sweetest moments of my life are happening right now.

-Kevin figured out a new system to our budgeting/finances and we are so excited. It's cool, because the Holy Spirit has shown me specifically the past few days to be interceding fervently for Kevin. And it's like this morning something just clicked and is going to really help us with stretching and making our humble income work. We can do it. God is so faithful to show us as long as we are willing to listen!

-I am starting to go back into the loving Clarence area of my life. I'm hesitant...but he is just so cute.

-The whole no-energy, exhausted-when-I-lift-an-arm-up phase is really starting to get old. I am asking for revelation on the balance of it all. Yes, I am pregnant, and I have a slew of foreign hormones going on. But does it really have to wipe me out entirely and make me useless? I need the balance. I want to feel vibrant again!

-Do you ever feel like "I don't really like our house, we need to start looking for another one"? I go through that every now and then, but then, at the end of the day, I look at our house and am just so, so thankful. We love it. It's perfect for us. It's small and sweet. And we love it.

-Kevin wrote the most amazing song about being in the presence of Yahweh the other day. It's so powerful. He wrote it because on the drive to work the other day, Holy Spirit told him something and he was just like "ok, cool" and went on. And then something clicked in him and he was like "ok...that's something that I do not need to take for granted. The Creator of the Universe speaks to me." So he wrote it about how amazing it is that we get to know and talk to and be spoken to by God almighty. The chorus is:

Speak, my King, I am listening
Whatever Your heart beats for, I long to be
Quiet, my soul
Don't you understand?
You're in the presence of
the Great I Am.


I love it.
Humbling and empowering.

-I am going to get off of this thing and get some grocery shopping done.
I had a few sips of Kevin's coffee this morning...

Hope you have the best weekend of your life.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Break Out Of It, Mommas

I started off this post (basically) whining about how much of a challenge having an almost 2 year old has been lately. Line after line about meltdowns, spankings, stubbornness, and the word "no" said back to me 100,000 times a day by my toddler.

During my typing, I didn't feel much of a peace and right then, Ruby pottied on the floor and started crying because it got on her socks. (We're trying out the very very beginning stages of potty training). While the all-too-familiar-recently cries/screams came from my daughter, I picked her up, grabbed a diaper, cleaned her up, then cleaned up the mess. Thank you, Yahweh, for wood floors.


And then in my pregnant, irritable, frustrated state, as my mind was swarming with all the times when Ruby was so little and just sweet and never did anything I didn't like...the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and said "I gave her you as her Mother. Pray for her. Take some authority that I gave you as her Momma."

And like *that*...I straightened up. Stopped the quick, frustrated way I was handling things, and spoke over Ruby.

Sweetie, you are an obedient and gentle girl.
You are not led by your emotions.
I prophecy an acceleration of maturity in you that you learn at a very young age to handle when you get upset or angry so that you can respond right.
You are a sweet girl.

That changed the mood, it eliminated all the negative spirits that would love to take residence in this house and in my mothering and drive a wedge between me and my purpose.
By choosing to not talk about how bad a situation is, and choosing to speak God's truth into the situation...I changed everything! He changed everything through me.


This is a lesson I never want to forget.
When something tries to arise between me and my husband...I'm going to go straight to the Spirit and speak the truth.
To protect him, when I think things are not fair...I will intercede and pray for him. Not talk about it and feed the problem and help things grow in my mind.
When I have wrong and random thoughts that could be harmful to myself or a loved one...I will speak the truth in Spirit.

They were talking in church last night about negative thoughts...

(RUBY! For the love! Would you please just STOP being so whiny?! You need a spanking...Grrrrrrrr!!!)
(Why did so and so not look at me when she said that? Is she serious? She's mad at me? If anything I should be mad at her)
(I can't believe my husband just did that. Is he even THINKING of me?!)


and thinking of those thoughts as pieces of string.
One piece of string wrapped around you is no problem to break out of.
But what if that string was wrapped around you 50 or 60 times? A LOT harder...but maybe possible.
What if it was wrapped thousands and thousands of times around and around you?
You'd be a prisoner to something that started out so small and could have been dealt with right away with a lot less effort, but instead, you let it go. You even dwelled on it and let it wrap around and around.

Breaking out of that first little string, or choosing to stop speaking or thinking negatively and then actively speaking the truth in opposition to the negative lie, empowers the angelic to get to work on your behalf and change things for the positive.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for trusting us with such huge things, and giving us the answer to all things. You.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

elle + ollie handmades

My extremely talented friend Kari Beth has opened an Etsy shop and it's something you all should know about!
She makes the cutest onesies, dresses, appliques, etc. and makes them so detailed and unique! 
I love them! 
There is just something sweet about having a few pieces in your kiddo's closet that was made with love just for them.





She made Ruby this onesie dress and we LOVE it. It's so girly and sweet!


(This was like 7:00am on a Sunday morning and she had just woken up)




Kari has tons of different fabrics, and she puts so much TLC into everything! That's what I love about all her stuff in her shop...


Some of elle + ollie's other little treasures: 





She does personal orders as well, so you can email her (kbhigh2u at gmail dot com) or contact her through her blog.

The best part? (I am a total cheapskate if I say this is the best part...) but her prices are AWESOME! Totally reasonable! She doesn't charge like she's some annoying snobby boutique. I love that!


Go check out her shop or contact her for those perfect little burp cloths, taggies, onesies, cute toddler and baby clothes, sibling shirts, etc. She can do it all, trust me!



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recipes!

Kevin, the hot chef that lives with me, invented something wonderful the other day. It makes my little pregnant soul dance with happiness. I love it.

It's a spinach, peanut butter, ice, cocoa powder, banana, honey, vanilla extract, chia seed smoothie. It's peanut buttery-chocolate goodness. You can't taste the spinach at all. (That's why spinach is so popularly added to smoothies, because it adds tons of nutrients but has a very mild taste).






Yes, it looks like pond water afterwards, but do not judge a smoothie by it's color. Taste and see that it is good.

Or if you don't believe me, ask Ruby.


...................................................................

Up next we have one of my all-time favorite meals, ever, period.
Kari Beth had us over last year and made this and ever since then I've been in love.
Fortunately for me, she's cool and gave me the recipe and site she found it. Love that girl.

Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Green Chilies Enchiladas...
Delicious!


Anything that calls for cilantro, I answer YES! before I can even think straight.
I absolutely love cilantro.


If you're local, Allen's grocery store is the only place we have found these awesome Ezekiel tortillas.





The recipe calls for salsa verde, but we only had regular red salsa. It was juuuust fine, but I think the salsa verde adds a really good, specific flavor to the dish.


Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Green Chile Enchiladas
Serves six
What You Need 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (2 cups diced)
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 cup diced green chilies (canned)
1 medium red onion
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
About 2 cups salsa verde (or homemade tomatillo salsa)
8 oz. Colby jack cheese, shredded
10 flour tortillas
Salt and pepper
Sour cream, and fresh cilantro, to garnish
What To Do
1  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2  Cook the sweet potato*: Peel and dice the sweet potato. Place in a pot and cover with water; add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, around 12 to 15 minutes.
3  Prepare the filling: Finely chop the red onion. Drain and rinse the black beans. (If using cilantro to garnish, you could chop it at this time as well.)
4  Assemble the filling: In a large bowl, combine the cooked sweet potatoblack beansred onion, dicedgreen chilies, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon chili powder. Mix to combine, and add a bit ofsalt and pepper.
5  Assemble the enchiladas:
–Warm the tortillas for a minute in the microwave, or in a pan for a few seconds per side.
–In a large baking dish, spread 1 cup of the salsa verde.
–Fill each tortilla with a scoop of the filling, add a handful of cheese, and roll it up.
–Place the enchilada seam-side down in the baking dish.
–Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
–When all enchiladas are in the dish, top with the remaining cup of salsa verde and the remainingcheese.
6  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
7  Serve, garnished with sour cream (mixed with a tiny bit of water to loosen it) and chopped cilantro.
Note: As a time saver, you could cook the sweet potato beforehand, and even prepare the entire filling in advance.
Recipe from ACOUPLECOOKS.COM

Hope you make at least one of these things and think of us while you eat it:)



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ruby Sings For You

I'm sure you've gathered from all the posts of my daughter a bit of her personality. But there is nothing like Ruby in Real Life. This is after a long day of walking and going non-stop, so you can tell she is a bit tired...but still going.





Sing to me, baby!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm Back Baby!

Or, at least...closer than I've been in a while.
I am feeling SOOOO much better. I can actually eat healthy foods now and it not make me sick to think of (with some exceptions. Brown rice, I loathe your smell with every part of me)

It feels so good to be eating well again. I feel so much better (duh) and am just so happy I can nourish my baby and my body again. I had a few week period where I was not doing so hot and I wish more than anything I didn't have that period, but you know what? You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. I am so hard on myself and expect perfection, because I am God's and He's perfect so it just makes sense that I should do the very best, all the time. 
But it's a process, and I'm learning. So here's to more grace on myself.
And looky here now, that yuck part is over and I'm back to healthier, happier self! 
Just...a much more tired version of her:)


These overnight oats are delicious and a great way to get some raw food into your diet!
Oats, plain organic yogurt, milk, honey, vanilla extract, blueberries, and chia seeds. Let it sit overnight in your fridge and it's ready and waiting for ya in the mornings. Delicious paired with a hot tea or coffee, or you can heat it up a bit to take the chill out.

I am actually meal-planning, and organizing and thinking ahead more than "get through this hour..." and that's so exciting to me!


Other exciting news:
I ran 1 mile the other day! Mostly downhill, but who's counting? It felt AMAZING. Just have to get myself out there and I can do it.

We got to meet and see our baby! Had our first ultrasound (we're doing a homebirth with a midwife, but my OB/GYN has actually become a friend of ours since I cut his hair and he did an ultrasound for us. Love that man) Anyway...it was the cutest little baby I've ever seen in my life. Moving it's legs for us already...at 11 weeks. I love you, Baby Kiehn.
Oh the heartbeat was in the 160's. Ruby's was in the 180's. This is so totally a boy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Big Girl Haircut

We kissed Ruru's toddler mullet goodbye last night.





Mommy's clothes are getting quite snug...











She did so, so good.
As you can probably gather from the photos, she is rather proud.
It's a big sister haircut!


I love doing hair, and I love this sweet girl.
It was one of my favorite haircuts I've ever gotten to do.
My little, sweet, big girl.

p.s. Ruby's shirt is another KariBeth creation. That girl knows what she's doing!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Power of Your Mind

I'm reading Ina May's Guide To Childbirth and it is so encouraging.
It's a collection of birth stories written my the mothers themselves, and then the rest of the book is medical and natural information from the famous midwife herself.
I read this part and it hit me:


Let's say you want some  advice that might help you give birth, wherever that might be. My shortest answer: Let your monkey do it....Letting the primate in you do the work of labor is a short way of saying not to let your over-busy mind interfere with the ancient wisdom of your body. To give you an idea of what I mean, here are some things animals don't do in labor that many women do-and that interfere with labor:


-They don't think of technology as necessary to birth-giving.
-They don't obsess about their bodies being inadequate.
-They don't blame their condition on anyone else.
-They don't do math about their dilation to speculate how long their labor might take (It's taken me 8 hours to dilate to a 5. That means I have to go through 8 more hours of this before I'm at a 10 and can push.)
-Animals in labor get in whatever position feels best and opens the cervix, not the one they're told to assume.
-Animals aren't self-conscience about making noise, farting, or pooping during labor. All queens, duchesses, and movie stars poop-every day, if they're healthy.


from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

That last part cracked me up.
Anyway, it really spoke to me (along with lots of other parts of the book I don't have on here). I didn't see this in the book per se, but I  have gathered from life experience after life experience that your mind is the most powerful thing on this earth, really.

If you think about it, it's the only thing in existence that is stronger than God's own will. What if His will is that a young man would be successful and happy? But then Yahweh chose to give us a free will, with our own thoughts and our own actions, because He's a just God and He wants His children to CHOOSE Him.
 And that young man goes out and choice after choice...ruins his life? God gives him an opportunity to meet good friends...the young man chooses bad ones and gets into drugs. God gives him an opportunity for a good job...the young man is hung over and sleeps through his alarm for the interview.

Then people want to cry and blame God when He's like I'M DOING MY PART, you have responsibility, too!

So my point is this. Just how powerful is your mind?
If it can undo the plans the Creator of the Universe has for you...what else can it do?
How awesome would it be to take the amazing power behind it and use it for good? For Yahweh's plans for you?

AMAZING.

The things we could do.
The lives that would change.
The freedom we would have.

There would be no fear, no doubt, no negativity. 
Most EVERYTHING that is a hinderance to us begins in our minds.

I am going to be praying, sowing seed, and prophesying for a renewed mind. 
One that doesn't say "but..." and let's lies or negativity in.

One that says "yes!" and believes it when I'm told I can deliver my baby without great pain, and intervention, and horror stories. Or anything that's a little hard to believe because of years of doubt stored up all around me.

Because when your mind believes it, your body obeys and makes it happen.
No matter what it is.
For the good or for the bad.

May my mind be renewed to think like Christ, to respond like Christ, and to in turn act like Christ.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy, Colorful Little Messes

My baby girl painted this.
I would squirt a glob of paint on the paper and say "GO!" and she smeared and smiled and laughed.


Thank you for taking out every single book, darlin!



These were folded moments before Hurricane Toddler rushed through.


My new happy thing. Found this free printable online and then laminated it. That's right!
My momma got me a laminator for Christmas.
I am now always on the lookout for something lying around my house that I can laminate.


p.s. GIY is get it yourself.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Very Bad. Not Good. Sometimes Necessary.

For those of you that think I eat healthy all the time...
this post is for you.
I used to, before I got pregnant.
And I know. Being pregnant should mean you are even more aware of your diet and try to eat healthiER than normal, not get worse.
But those dadgum hormones.
They tell you every now and then

SUGAR. NOW.

Normally, I will eat a delicious Gala apple (seriously, grapes and apples and generally all fruit are like nature's candy. God's gift to us) or something that will satisfy.

But once in a blue moon Swedish Fish swim into my brain. 
And they don't leave until I eat a few.
And honestly, thinking about them now is disgusting.
But you never know when, or how far apart, that intense sugar craving hits.


I refuse to buy a baggie of candy because then it is just lying around and you keep thinking "just one more" as your teeth start to rot and your stomach aches in pain.
Plus, I want a little of this and a little of that.

Enter: YumYos.

I went the other night and got this:


and paid for it by the ounce.

After defeated-feelingly scarfing down a few chewy, sugary, gummies on the drive home, I got home and set it on the salon desk.

I told Kevin to please hide this cup somewhere in this house and be creative and it has to be HARD to find.
Because if I want sugar bad enough...I'll find it.
And if I don't? I'll be better off.

So yes...sometimes I eat crap.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lately...

-We had our first midwife appointment yesterday. My heart leapt with joy as I saw this striking, wise woman with beautiful long, grey hair get out of her car, and grab her bags and stethoscope and supplies. She comes to our house (a 30 min drive for her!) for each appointment. I am so excited that from now on my prenatal visits include me laying on my own couch while she measures and checks and listens, and Ruby plays with her dolls by our side.
After talking to Elizabeth, I am even more excited than ever to birth this baby and to do it at home. She was talking about thinking of who I will want at the birth, and that got me thinking. She was also telling Kevin how she'd love for him to be at as many appointments as possible because she has a lot she wants to teach him as well as me. And that, unless it's necessary she do it, Kevin will be the one catching the baby and holding it first and handing it to me to nurse for the first time.

Be still my soul.

But...that is all 27 weeks away.

So until I get closer, I will focus on having a healthy and beautiful pregnancy.

-I have missed coffee so, so much. I roll my eyes with jealousy when I see people talking about delicious coffee and cream, holding big, steaming mugs. Jerks.
I will admit...I had a cup of half caff the other morning (best morning of my life) and I was in the best mood and got soooo much done that day. Isn't that stupid? Why can't I have that kind of "energy" naturally?!

-Ruby is putting sentences together. "Where'd Mommy go?" "It's in the car" "I see a moo!" (Chik-fil-a cow at one of Kevin's 5K's the other day)
And lately...when I'm feeling my very yuckiest and am curled up...she comes up to me, pets my face, or rubs my back, looks me in the eyes and says "Sorry, Mommy" over and over.
The sweetest moments of my life are happening right now.

-Kevin figured out a new system to our budgeting/finances and we are so excited. It's cool, because the Holy Spirit has shown me specifically the past few days to be interceding fervently for Kevin. And it's like this morning something just clicked and is going to really help us with stretching and making our humble income work. We can do it. God is so faithful to show us as long as we are willing to listen!

-I am starting to go back into the loving Clarence area of my life. I'm hesitant...but he is just so cute.

-The whole no-energy, exhausted-when-I-lift-an-arm-up phase is really starting to get old. I am asking for revelation on the balance of it all. Yes, I am pregnant, and I have a slew of foreign hormones going on. But does it really have to wipe me out entirely and make me useless? I need the balance. I want to feel vibrant again!

-Do you ever feel like "I don't really like our house, we need to start looking for another one"? I go through that every now and then, but then, at the end of the day, I look at our house and am just so, so thankful. We love it. It's perfect for us. It's small and sweet. And we love it.

-Kevin wrote the most amazing song about being in the presence of Yahweh the other day. It's so powerful. He wrote it because on the drive to work the other day, Holy Spirit told him something and he was just like "ok, cool" and went on. And then something clicked in him and he was like "ok...that's something that I do not need to take for granted. The Creator of the Universe speaks to me." So he wrote it about how amazing it is that we get to know and talk to and be spoken to by God almighty. The chorus is:

Speak, my King, I am listening
Whatever Your heart beats for, I long to be
Quiet, my soul
Don't you understand?
You're in the presence of
the Great I Am.


I love it.
Humbling and empowering.

-I am going to get off of this thing and get some grocery shopping done.
I had a few sips of Kevin's coffee this morning...

Hope you have the best weekend of your life.



Thursday, January 19, 2012

Break Out Of It, Mommas

I started off this post (basically) whining about how much of a challenge having an almost 2 year old has been lately. Line after line about meltdowns, spankings, stubbornness, and the word "no" said back to me 100,000 times a day by my toddler.

During my typing, I didn't feel much of a peace and right then, Ruby pottied on the floor and started crying because it got on her socks. (We're trying out the very very beginning stages of potty training). While the all-too-familiar-recently cries/screams came from my daughter, I picked her up, grabbed a diaper, cleaned her up, then cleaned up the mess. Thank you, Yahweh, for wood floors.


And then in my pregnant, irritable, frustrated state, as my mind was swarming with all the times when Ruby was so little and just sweet and never did anything I didn't like...the Holy Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and said "I gave her you as her Mother. Pray for her. Take some authority that I gave you as her Momma."

And like *that*...I straightened up. Stopped the quick, frustrated way I was handling things, and spoke over Ruby.

Sweetie, you are an obedient and gentle girl.
You are not led by your emotions.
I prophecy an acceleration of maturity in you that you learn at a very young age to handle when you get upset or angry so that you can respond right.
You are a sweet girl.

That changed the mood, it eliminated all the negative spirits that would love to take residence in this house and in my mothering and drive a wedge between me and my purpose.
By choosing to not talk about how bad a situation is, and choosing to speak God's truth into the situation...I changed everything! He changed everything through me.


This is a lesson I never want to forget.
When something tries to arise between me and my husband...I'm going to go straight to the Spirit and speak the truth.
To protect him, when I think things are not fair...I will intercede and pray for him. Not talk about it and feed the problem and help things grow in my mind.
When I have wrong and random thoughts that could be harmful to myself or a loved one...I will speak the truth in Spirit.

They were talking in church last night about negative thoughts...

(RUBY! For the love! Would you please just STOP being so whiny?! You need a spanking...Grrrrrrrr!!!)
(Why did so and so not look at me when she said that? Is she serious? She's mad at me? If anything I should be mad at her)
(I can't believe my husband just did that. Is he even THINKING of me?!)


and thinking of those thoughts as pieces of string.
One piece of string wrapped around you is no problem to break out of.
But what if that string was wrapped around you 50 or 60 times? A LOT harder...but maybe possible.
What if it was wrapped thousands and thousands of times around and around you?
You'd be a prisoner to something that started out so small and could have been dealt with right away with a lot less effort, but instead, you let it go. You even dwelled on it and let it wrap around and around.

Breaking out of that first little string, or choosing to stop speaking or thinking negatively and then actively speaking the truth in opposition to the negative lie, empowers the angelic to get to work on your behalf and change things for the positive.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for trusting us with such huge things, and giving us the answer to all things. You.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

elle + ollie handmades

My extremely talented friend Kari Beth has opened an Etsy shop and it's something you all should know about!
She makes the cutest onesies, dresses, appliques, etc. and makes them so detailed and unique! 
I love them! 
There is just something sweet about having a few pieces in your kiddo's closet that was made with love just for them.





She made Ruby this onesie dress and we LOVE it. It's so girly and sweet!


(This was like 7:00am on a Sunday morning and she had just woken up)




Kari has tons of different fabrics, and she puts so much TLC into everything! That's what I love about all her stuff in her shop...


Some of elle + ollie's other little treasures: 





She does personal orders as well, so you can email her (kbhigh2u at gmail dot com) or contact her through her blog.

The best part? (I am a total cheapskate if I say this is the best part...) but her prices are AWESOME! Totally reasonable! She doesn't charge like she's some annoying snobby boutique. I love that!


Go check out her shop or contact her for those perfect little burp cloths, taggies, onesies, cute toddler and baby clothes, sibling shirts, etc. She can do it all, trust me!



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recipes!

Kevin, the hot chef that lives with me, invented something wonderful the other day. It makes my little pregnant soul dance with happiness. I love it.

It's a spinach, peanut butter, ice, cocoa powder, banana, honey, vanilla extract, chia seed smoothie. It's peanut buttery-chocolate goodness. You can't taste the spinach at all. (That's why spinach is so popularly added to smoothies, because it adds tons of nutrients but has a very mild taste).






Yes, it looks like pond water afterwards, but do not judge a smoothie by it's color. Taste and see that it is good.

Or if you don't believe me, ask Ruby.


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Up next we have one of my all-time favorite meals, ever, period.
Kari Beth had us over last year and made this and ever since then I've been in love.
Fortunately for me, she's cool and gave me the recipe and site she found it. Love that girl.

Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Green Chilies Enchiladas...
Delicious!


Anything that calls for cilantro, I answer YES! before I can even think straight.
I absolutely love cilantro.


If you're local, Allen's grocery store is the only place we have found these awesome Ezekiel tortillas.





The recipe calls for salsa verde, but we only had regular red salsa. It was juuuust fine, but I think the salsa verde adds a really good, specific flavor to the dish.


Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Green Chile Enchiladas
Serves six
What You Need 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (2 cups diced)
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 cup diced green chilies (canned)
1 medium red onion
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
About 2 cups salsa verde (or homemade tomatillo salsa)
8 oz. Colby jack cheese, shredded
10 flour tortillas
Salt and pepper
Sour cream, and fresh cilantro, to garnish
What To Do
1  Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2  Cook the sweet potato*: Peel and dice the sweet potato. Place in a pot and cover with water; add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, around 12 to 15 minutes.
3  Prepare the filling: Finely chop the red onion. Drain and rinse the black beans. (If using cilantro to garnish, you could chop it at this time as well.)
4  Assemble the filling: In a large bowl, combine the cooked sweet potatoblack beansred onion, dicedgreen chilies, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon chili powder. Mix to combine, and add a bit ofsalt and pepper.
5  Assemble the enchiladas:
–Warm the tortillas for a minute in the microwave, or in a pan for a few seconds per side.
–In a large baking dish, spread 1 cup of the salsa verde.
–Fill each tortilla with a scoop of the filling, add a handful of cheese, and roll it up.
–Place the enchilada seam-side down in the baking dish.
–Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
–When all enchiladas are in the dish, top with the remaining cup of salsa verde and the remainingcheese.
6  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
7  Serve, garnished with sour cream (mixed with a tiny bit of water to loosen it) and chopped cilantro.
Note: As a time saver, you could cook the sweet potato beforehand, and even prepare the entire filling in advance.
Recipe from ACOUPLECOOKS.COM

Hope you make at least one of these things and think of us while you eat it:)



Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ruby Sings For You

I'm sure you've gathered from all the posts of my daughter a bit of her personality. But there is nothing like Ruby in Real Life. This is after a long day of walking and going non-stop, so you can tell she is a bit tired...but still going.





Sing to me, baby!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm Back Baby!

Or, at least...closer than I've been in a while.
I am feeling SOOOO much better. I can actually eat healthy foods now and it not make me sick to think of (with some exceptions. Brown rice, I loathe your smell with every part of me)

It feels so good to be eating well again. I feel so much better (duh) and am just so happy I can nourish my baby and my body again. I had a few week period where I was not doing so hot and I wish more than anything I didn't have that period, but you know what? You gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. I am so hard on myself and expect perfection, because I am God's and He's perfect so it just makes sense that I should do the very best, all the time. 
But it's a process, and I'm learning. So here's to more grace on myself.
And looky here now, that yuck part is over and I'm back to healthier, happier self! 
Just...a much more tired version of her:)


These overnight oats are delicious and a great way to get some raw food into your diet!
Oats, plain organic yogurt, milk, honey, vanilla extract, blueberries, and chia seeds. Let it sit overnight in your fridge and it's ready and waiting for ya in the mornings. Delicious paired with a hot tea or coffee, or you can heat it up a bit to take the chill out.

I am actually meal-planning, and organizing and thinking ahead more than "get through this hour..." and that's so exciting to me!


Other exciting news:
I ran 1 mile the other day! Mostly downhill, but who's counting? It felt AMAZING. Just have to get myself out there and I can do it.

We got to meet and see our baby! Had our first ultrasound (we're doing a homebirth with a midwife, but my OB/GYN has actually become a friend of ours since I cut his hair and he did an ultrasound for us. Love that man) Anyway...it was the cutest little baby I've ever seen in my life. Moving it's legs for us already...at 11 weeks. I love you, Baby Kiehn.
Oh the heartbeat was in the 160's. Ruby's was in the 180's. This is so totally a boy.