Thursday, September 27, 2012

trips to the library



We got this wonderfully wonderful jogging stroller and I am in love because there are fewer greater things than walking around town looking at all the activity and life around us as a threesome while Daddy's at work.

Ruby loooooves walks, and as it turns out - Nora's not hatin' them either. She just lays there on her back, focused on sleeping. And if I stop, she speaks up, and then is her quiet pleasant self once I get moving again.


We LOVE our local library and make a trip at least once a week. Ruby calls books "libraries" and I hope that never changes. I hope in college she is looking for used libraries stores. She holds the books open for me to read to her on the walk back home.

Well, it's actually happening! Thanks to my mother-in-law, the garage sale expert, we are having our sale tomorrow and Saturday morning. Hooray!


Does anybody have any experience with printing their blogs into books? Or any other bright ideas on how to put them in print?
It bothers me to no end that all these memories are being captured on something that I'm almost positive won't be around when my children are old enough to be wanting to see memories of their childhood. I must find a solution!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

nora 2 months

 Nora Truth, you are 2 months old and it's freaking me out.
Some things that moms/grown ups say can get kind of annoying because you hear it all the time.
Like "time is flying by"...
but then it happens to you and you start saying it right along with them.

-You are absolutely precious. Sooooo smiley. You smile all the time when we actually sit and take time to look you in the eye and talk to you. I actually really dislike the fact that second children get so much less attention and care. I guess the reason that the "you being 2 months old freaks me out" is because I feel like I never really get to just sit in the quietness and stare at you and be with you for more than minutes at a time. And all of the sudden...two months has passed and I'll never get them back.
But Daddy keeps reassuring me that that's okay, and that's how it is for every family and every second born. And you were perfectly placed as second born in this family for a reason.

-You've had a hard time pooping since you were born. With the help of several glycerin suppositories, we've emptied you out, but now Dr. Shipman has you on an herb (Nature's Sunshine Liquid LB) that's really been helping. We are getting you flowing on your own, sister.


-I can't believe how much you've grown in just four weeks. Which, I just realized...you're 8 weeks old here, not 2 months. You're still a week away from 2 months. Oh well, close enough.
You are as chubby as can be and I LOVE IT.

-You started cooing to us this week and it is music to my ears. Greatest sound on earth.

-I just started last night and today swaddling you up, then laying you down with the lights off, cool mist humidifier humming, fan on gently and sneaking out the door, leaving you there to fall asleep by yourself. And guess what? YOU DO! It's heaven!!!!!
I used to have to rock Ruby to sleep for forever and me and Kevin said "next child we will do this differently". And Yahweh gave us the coolest little girl next that goes to sleep on her own. Yes and amen, Nora girl. Yes and amen.

-You weigh 14 or 15 lbs. Holy moly.

-Your nicknames are:
Nor Nor Gabor
which turned to just Gabor
to Gaborsey
to Gorbonzo
Beach Body
Truthie

We often wonder if we've confused Ruby that we named her sister Nora yet never call you that.
But she goes right along with it and calls you Nor Nor all the time. Never Nora.

-Every night at 9:30 you are like OK! I'M TIRED. EVERYONE TO BED. You don't want to be laid down to sleep, you want the whole house shut down, and us cuddling next to you in bed. It's awesome.

-You wake up once or twice at night, usually 5 or 6 hours apart and sleep from 9:30pm to 8:30 or 9:30 am. You are an awesome sleeper!

-You nurse like a champ and looove to do so. (Remember, 15 lbs. at 8 wks)

-You are so laid back and sweet and happy. Not one to complain. You do always want to be with us. And as long as that is the case, you're happy. When everyone leaves the room you're like "uh....guys?" and make sure we take you in the room we're in.



Let's compare, shall we?



Oh honey, I adore you.
-Momma

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

good eats + purgefest 2012


Let's start this post off with something delicious - the meal above.
So easy, so yummy.

Brown rice
frozen bag of stir-fry mix
sauteed in sesame oil, butter, and bit of coconut oil
soy sauce
and honey

then drizzle on top this heavenly sauce that John made up while we were making this meal:
creamy natural peanut butter
ground ginger
soy sauce
honey

and oh virginia is this DELICIOUS.


somebody keeps getting cuter and cuter and winning me over.
babies are crazy, at least for me. Because there is a bond that happens when you have your baby, yes, but the truth is that you just don't know them very well yet. They are a new little person that I am getting to know and they are getting to know me!
So basically, the more I get to know Nora, the more I can tell she's a keeper.

PURGE-FEST!
Wednesday mornings Kevin is home and we've started a family tradition to make coffee and breakfast and sit out on the front porch and have it out there.
This morning during our coffee time we came up with a plan to strip this house of all of it's unnecessary items and have a garage sale.
I'm going to be honest...I *hope* that the garage sale thing happens, but I don't know if it really will.
It seems like a loooooot of work.
But just shut up and do it Jess, right?

 Anyways, I started with the kitchen and got paid for my work by cleaning out the junk drawer. booya!

My progress is rather slow. I have squirts of energy and then...it's over. Hence how I am blogging ABOUT cleaning rather than cleaning.
Yesterday I did this:
 and holy moly those yogi's aren't messing around.
My only very minimal experience with yoga prior to this was basically a spa treatment.
Not no mo. Now it's the real deal and I am definitely feelin' it. It was an hour and fifteen minutes for pete's sake! (who is pete?)
Anyway, today I am SO sore. But at least now my body looks like that lady's so it was worth it.
But really, who can purge while sore? Oh, tons of people? Ok. Just shut up and do it, Jessica!

Aaaaaand this is what Kevin was doing.
Pretending to be on Wonka Vision.


He had to crawl under our house's crawl space (which is a cold, dark, foot and half tall space, bless his soul) to fix a plumbing issue and a friend of ours that does home inspections gave him this suit for crawling under houses. Sooo funny. I would be delighted if I drove by someone's house and saw them walking around the yard in this thing.

Delighted.
I love Kevin, I would never do this.

Okay, I have to peel myself off of this thing and get to work.

Monday, September 17, 2012

sleepy sunday

sweet nora, buried under all the things her big sister thought necessary to lay on her baby nor nor to soothe her. and actually...it worked like a charm. go ruby!

The hum of dishwasher was present, the washing machine was spinning, the dryer was rumbling, it was that time of evening when it's cooler but the warmth of the sun is just barely out, making the perfect temperature. Windows open, rhythmic cars driving by.

And Ruby couldn't take it anymore.

While playing in the salon, keeping herself busy, she crashed.



You can't pass up a perfect sunday afternoon nap:)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

o.t.m.

That stands for One Tired Mother if you were wondering.
Because that's what I am!

I am so SO looking forward to getting Nora and Ruby on some sort of similar napping schedule. Because otherwise this two-kid gig is LITERALLY 24 hour shifts. If you have two, how old was baby when they got into a regular routine especially sleeping same time as the oldest one?

I don't sleep at night, like only a couple hours. Not because of Nora, but because of some weirdo adrenaline hormones I have going. Like...I'm exhausted, but I'm not sleeping. When, pray tell, does that end?!

Also- I am having the serious urge to purge. (except...no energy to actually do it) Get it all out of here. I'm already what some would consider a minimalist. And sometimes I'll read articles or stories about purging and they are talking about the most DUH concepts ever. I really don't have a hoarding problem whatsoever. BUT I am ready to go to the next step. After doing 6 loads of laundry Monday night I thought "this is ridiculous, way too many clothes, there's only 4 of us". That'll scare you into not having more kids, all that laundry.

Actually, now that I think about it, I'm totally a hoarder. It's just not in the main parts of the house. It's all back in the storage room. If we had a dollar for every time we said "put it in the back room" to a mystery item, we'd have around $567.00.

And all these seasoned mothers that say NAP WHEN YOUR KIDDOS NAP! are overlooking two problems:
-well it's nice that child one is sleeping, but child two is crying and very much needs me because she is wide awake.
-i can't sleep, remember?

Do I sound like I'm complaining? I'm really not. I'm just speaking factually.
I was praying today during my 43-second long shower that I still haven't combed my hair and have old mascara strewn all over my face from, for some supernatural energy from the HS. So, I'm on my way to getting closer to His presence and that's where I'll have the energy to do what I need to do.

I have my 6 week post-pardum check up today. Excited to see how much Gabor weighs. I'll get the go-ahead to work out and to be married ifyaknowwhatimean and then right after that a friend is coming over for dinner. Our hippie friend Brandon with dreadlocks and the best heart. I love him and learn a lot about kindness and gentleness from being around him.

You know what I'm learning in life that I just absolutely love and adore and want to jump and rejoice and Praise The Lord for?

To just let go.

It's so amazing. I used to add so much stress to myself and have so many impractical expectations. And He's teaching me what really matters and releasing me to just be myself and be confident in that and not have to BE anything for anybody. I love it so much. I love when God identifies you. It's my one thing in life that I cannot and will not go without. Him and the freedom He gives.

Life is so good, with sleep or without:)





Monday, September 10, 2012

john robertson real food class is starting up!

Hey everyone, as you know, last fall Kevin and I took a nutrition class that completely changed the way we view health and our bodies as a whole.

Go check out John's website and register for his next session of classes - Starting September 20th!



-He takes you to Walmart and Sams, because those are the most frequented stores in NWA, let's be honest. So he shows you how to eat holistically even at these common places.
-They give you folders loaded with information, recipes, nutritional facts, etc.
-Each class he has food demos and it's a very open discussion type setting where you are free to ask questions and learn. He's very passionate about you getting it and applying it.

The cool thing about John is that this is truly his passion. He will stay and talk to you and answer every single question you have, because it's life to him, and he is passionate about it.

Email him for any questions and be sure and check out simplrealfood.org!

p.s. I know it seems more economical to pay for one person and send the wife to the class and she can just teach the husband but I SWEAR to key to it is to take the class together. Or if you're single and a woman, take it with a best friend. If you have someone that you've learned all of this TOGETHER with then it helps it all become so much more real.
Kevin couldn't cook (or didn't really care to, actually!) before this class and now he LOVES food and creating new and fun things to eat, and even better...we love to do it together! Trust me, take the class with your love!







Friday, September 7, 2012

insta-friday

God bless you, Zack McKim. Our friend works at Starbucks and blesses us with coffee when he can.
He has no idea how thankful I am! Seriously, every night I look forward to my cup of coffee that's coming in the morning.

one of my favorite breakfasts
potty training at it's finest


this sweet girl. she sits here every afternoon waiting for daddy to come home from work.
exhausted and in love.
neck rolls=heaven.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

family sabbath

The Holy Spirit has been so strongly ministering to me lately. Not necessarily because He's speaking louder, but because I'm being quiet enough to listen.
Life can so quickly get so hectic. Honestly and realistically, it can. 
The days can feel like a blur and you got so much accomplished yet so much more needs to be done and you're needed in so many places and so many things need attention.

I can only run the rat race for only so long.
At some point my spirit inside of me gets starving and just screams out for my Father.
I long to slow down.
To be present. Not just around my girls all day doing all that needs ("needs") to be done around the house, but with my girls.

Kevin and I have a revelation about a sabbath. Not just Sunday, which seems to be the common understanding. What? I went to church and I didn't work today! I gave God a sabbath!
Well, I guess.
But really, what is a Sabbath?

For our family, it's setting aside a day (we chose Saturday but it can be any day you want, I believe) to say no to our huge list of to-dos, no to this party invite, or that ballgame invite, and to take time as a family, just the four of us, to press into Yahweh and seek His heart. 

That doesn't mean we spend all day in a prayer closet with our foreheads wrinkled because we're praying so hard and are all secretly miserable because we're doing something out of "have to" instead of "want to". That's the difference between being religious and being filled by the Spirit.




This past Saturday was so cool because we were fervently asking Yahweh exactly what a Sabbath is. The whole purpose of it is the same reason He requires the tithe: Give me 10% and I will bless the 90% left over above and beyond what you yourself could have done with the one 100%.
Give Me one day of the week to lay down what you think you have to get done, and use that day to honor Me and seek My heart and what I have for you, and I will bless the other six days and you'll have all the time you need to get done what you need to get done.




It can be whatever God tells you and your husband it is. It's just a day to spend time not being busy, to spend time as a family. Watching the big game together (although we personally don't really turn the TV on on our sabbath), going out on the boat, going shopping together, the library, backyard picnic, whatever. And taking time from that day to hear God's voice speak to your family and to worship Him.



Not only is it an awesome opportunity to really stop the hectic-ness of life and hear what our Father is saying, but it is such a fun, sweet time as a family.
Last week on our sabbath we went on a hike and it was so beautiful to be out in Yahweh's creation, praying and worshiping together out loud, talking about what we're hearing, watching our little toddler up the path in front of us squeal at squirrels and bugs, and our heavy little newborn, passed out on her daddy's chest in the carrier.







We are learning as we let the Holy Spirit prioritize our lives and we obey what He asks us to do, life just keeps getting better and better.


Monday, September 3, 2012

pumpkin muffins + how i bake

i am a terrible food photographer. that stuff on the left looks like, well, nevermind.


Kevin and I say so long as people keep bringing us meals and desserts for a week, we will keep having babies:)
One of our dear friends made us a bangin' meal the week Nora was born and for dessert, made us these muffins.

I am a serious fan of muffins. They are the perfect pair to a yummy cup of coffee in the morning, and a great little snack throughout the day. You can take them with you and they require a one-time baking ordeal with an 18-time enjoyment deal.
My kind of math.

Anyways, I thought I'd share the recipe and also how this momma bakes.
I rarely ever follow a recipe to a tee, because most recipes aren't the way we eat.
There are healthy and holistic substitutions for just about anything, and I like the fact that we aren't too limited, because you can substitute so many ingredients.

The recipe:
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins
1.5 C of flour (I use brown rice flour. Or I'd use oat flour - oats ground up in our blender to make flour. Or almond flour which is amazing in baked goods. Or, lastly I'd chose spelt. It still has gluten, but it's not been genetically modified. Basically, we just never ever bake with regular wheat flour.)
1 C of sugar (I use half cup maple syrup and half cup honey. Sugar is another ingredient that we never, ever bake with. Never. Honey has so many nutritional benefits and maple syrup is the same way. This also makes things so moist. And maple adds the best flavor to everything!)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder (I just make sure to use aluminum-free baking powder)
1 tsp. each - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin spice, cloves (all I had was cinnamon and pumpkin spice which IS allspice, nutmeg, and cinn so I just did a TBSP of cinn and pump spice)
1 tsp salt
1 ripe banana mashed
1 can pumpkin puree
1/3 C olive oil or applesauce (I didn't have applesauce, but that's a great substitute for oil in baking. I don't put olive oil in baked goods, so for this I used coconut oil. Adds another subtle but tasty flavor!)
1/3 C water (I used Holy Water from Jerusalem)
Kidding.

Preheat oven to 350.
mix dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside.
mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
mix wet and dry ingredients together until combined.
fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 mins.

*this isn't to say that we don't ever eat sugar, or even regular wheat when we're out or at other people's houses. But at home and as much as we can, we just stay away from gluten, sugar, and dairy in general. But please don't think we don't ever do anything bad like eat at Chik-fil-a because...we do*

These are the most moist muffins that will ever grace your tongue.
Perfect for fall!
And spring and summer and winter.

Thanks for the delicious recipe that will be a regular in our house, Rebecca!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

trips to the library



We got this wonderfully wonderful jogging stroller and I am in love because there are fewer greater things than walking around town looking at all the activity and life around us as a threesome while Daddy's at work.

Ruby loooooves walks, and as it turns out - Nora's not hatin' them either. She just lays there on her back, focused on sleeping. And if I stop, she speaks up, and then is her quiet pleasant self once I get moving again.


We LOVE our local library and make a trip at least once a week. Ruby calls books "libraries" and I hope that never changes. I hope in college she is looking for used libraries stores. She holds the books open for me to read to her on the walk back home.

Well, it's actually happening! Thanks to my mother-in-law, the garage sale expert, we are having our sale tomorrow and Saturday morning. Hooray!


Does anybody have any experience with printing their blogs into books? Or any other bright ideas on how to put them in print?
It bothers me to no end that all these memories are being captured on something that I'm almost positive won't be around when my children are old enough to be wanting to see memories of their childhood. I must find a solution!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

nora 2 months

 Nora Truth, you are 2 months old and it's freaking me out.
Some things that moms/grown ups say can get kind of annoying because you hear it all the time.
Like "time is flying by"...
but then it happens to you and you start saying it right along with them.

-You are absolutely precious. Sooooo smiley. You smile all the time when we actually sit and take time to look you in the eye and talk to you. I actually really dislike the fact that second children get so much less attention and care. I guess the reason that the "you being 2 months old freaks me out" is because I feel like I never really get to just sit in the quietness and stare at you and be with you for more than minutes at a time. And all of the sudden...two months has passed and I'll never get them back.
But Daddy keeps reassuring me that that's okay, and that's how it is for every family and every second born. And you were perfectly placed as second born in this family for a reason.

-You've had a hard time pooping since you were born. With the help of several glycerin suppositories, we've emptied you out, but now Dr. Shipman has you on an herb (Nature's Sunshine Liquid LB) that's really been helping. We are getting you flowing on your own, sister.


-I can't believe how much you've grown in just four weeks. Which, I just realized...you're 8 weeks old here, not 2 months. You're still a week away from 2 months. Oh well, close enough.
You are as chubby as can be and I LOVE IT.

-You started cooing to us this week and it is music to my ears. Greatest sound on earth.

-I just started last night and today swaddling you up, then laying you down with the lights off, cool mist humidifier humming, fan on gently and sneaking out the door, leaving you there to fall asleep by yourself. And guess what? YOU DO! It's heaven!!!!!
I used to have to rock Ruby to sleep for forever and me and Kevin said "next child we will do this differently". And Yahweh gave us the coolest little girl next that goes to sleep on her own. Yes and amen, Nora girl. Yes and amen.

-You weigh 14 or 15 lbs. Holy moly.

-Your nicknames are:
Nor Nor Gabor
which turned to just Gabor
to Gaborsey
to Gorbonzo
Beach Body
Truthie

We often wonder if we've confused Ruby that we named her sister Nora yet never call you that.
But she goes right along with it and calls you Nor Nor all the time. Never Nora.

-Every night at 9:30 you are like OK! I'M TIRED. EVERYONE TO BED. You don't want to be laid down to sleep, you want the whole house shut down, and us cuddling next to you in bed. It's awesome.

-You wake up once or twice at night, usually 5 or 6 hours apart and sleep from 9:30pm to 8:30 or 9:30 am. You are an awesome sleeper!

-You nurse like a champ and looove to do so. (Remember, 15 lbs. at 8 wks)

-You are so laid back and sweet and happy. Not one to complain. You do always want to be with us. And as long as that is the case, you're happy. When everyone leaves the room you're like "uh....guys?" and make sure we take you in the room we're in.



Let's compare, shall we?



Oh honey, I adore you.
-Momma

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

good eats + purgefest 2012


Let's start this post off with something delicious - the meal above.
So easy, so yummy.

Brown rice
frozen bag of stir-fry mix
sauteed in sesame oil, butter, and bit of coconut oil
soy sauce
and honey

then drizzle on top this heavenly sauce that John made up while we were making this meal:
creamy natural peanut butter
ground ginger
soy sauce
honey

and oh virginia is this DELICIOUS.


somebody keeps getting cuter and cuter and winning me over.
babies are crazy, at least for me. Because there is a bond that happens when you have your baby, yes, but the truth is that you just don't know them very well yet. They are a new little person that I am getting to know and they are getting to know me!
So basically, the more I get to know Nora, the more I can tell she's a keeper.

PURGE-FEST!
Wednesday mornings Kevin is home and we've started a family tradition to make coffee and breakfast and sit out on the front porch and have it out there.
This morning during our coffee time we came up with a plan to strip this house of all of it's unnecessary items and have a garage sale.
I'm going to be honest...I *hope* that the garage sale thing happens, but I don't know if it really will.
It seems like a loooooot of work.
But just shut up and do it Jess, right?

 Anyways, I started with the kitchen and got paid for my work by cleaning out the junk drawer. booya!

My progress is rather slow. I have squirts of energy and then...it's over. Hence how I am blogging ABOUT cleaning rather than cleaning.
Yesterday I did this:
 and holy moly those yogi's aren't messing around.
My only very minimal experience with yoga prior to this was basically a spa treatment.
Not no mo. Now it's the real deal and I am definitely feelin' it. It was an hour and fifteen minutes for pete's sake! (who is pete?)
Anyway, today I am SO sore. But at least now my body looks like that lady's so it was worth it.
But really, who can purge while sore? Oh, tons of people? Ok. Just shut up and do it, Jessica!

Aaaaaand this is what Kevin was doing.
Pretending to be on Wonka Vision.


He had to crawl under our house's crawl space (which is a cold, dark, foot and half tall space, bless his soul) to fix a plumbing issue and a friend of ours that does home inspections gave him this suit for crawling under houses. Sooo funny. I would be delighted if I drove by someone's house and saw them walking around the yard in this thing.

Delighted.
I love Kevin, I would never do this.

Okay, I have to peel myself off of this thing and get to work.

Monday, September 17, 2012

sleepy sunday

sweet nora, buried under all the things her big sister thought necessary to lay on her baby nor nor to soothe her. and actually...it worked like a charm. go ruby!

The hum of dishwasher was present, the washing machine was spinning, the dryer was rumbling, it was that time of evening when it's cooler but the warmth of the sun is just barely out, making the perfect temperature. Windows open, rhythmic cars driving by.

And Ruby couldn't take it anymore.

While playing in the salon, keeping herself busy, she crashed.



You can't pass up a perfect sunday afternoon nap:)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

o.t.m.

That stands for One Tired Mother if you were wondering.
Because that's what I am!

I am so SO looking forward to getting Nora and Ruby on some sort of similar napping schedule. Because otherwise this two-kid gig is LITERALLY 24 hour shifts. If you have two, how old was baby when they got into a regular routine especially sleeping same time as the oldest one?

I don't sleep at night, like only a couple hours. Not because of Nora, but because of some weirdo adrenaline hormones I have going. Like...I'm exhausted, but I'm not sleeping. When, pray tell, does that end?!

Also- I am having the serious urge to purge. (except...no energy to actually do it) Get it all out of here. I'm already what some would consider a minimalist. And sometimes I'll read articles or stories about purging and they are talking about the most DUH concepts ever. I really don't have a hoarding problem whatsoever. BUT I am ready to go to the next step. After doing 6 loads of laundry Monday night I thought "this is ridiculous, way too many clothes, there's only 4 of us". That'll scare you into not having more kids, all that laundry.

Actually, now that I think about it, I'm totally a hoarder. It's just not in the main parts of the house. It's all back in the storage room. If we had a dollar for every time we said "put it in the back room" to a mystery item, we'd have around $567.00.

And all these seasoned mothers that say NAP WHEN YOUR KIDDOS NAP! are overlooking two problems:
-well it's nice that child one is sleeping, but child two is crying and very much needs me because she is wide awake.
-i can't sleep, remember?

Do I sound like I'm complaining? I'm really not. I'm just speaking factually.
I was praying today during my 43-second long shower that I still haven't combed my hair and have old mascara strewn all over my face from, for some supernatural energy from the HS. So, I'm on my way to getting closer to His presence and that's where I'll have the energy to do what I need to do.

I have my 6 week post-pardum check up today. Excited to see how much Gabor weighs. I'll get the go-ahead to work out and to be married ifyaknowwhatimean and then right after that a friend is coming over for dinner. Our hippie friend Brandon with dreadlocks and the best heart. I love him and learn a lot about kindness and gentleness from being around him.

You know what I'm learning in life that I just absolutely love and adore and want to jump and rejoice and Praise The Lord for?

To just let go.

It's so amazing. I used to add so much stress to myself and have so many impractical expectations. And He's teaching me what really matters and releasing me to just be myself and be confident in that and not have to BE anything for anybody. I love it so much. I love when God identifies you. It's my one thing in life that I cannot and will not go without. Him and the freedom He gives.

Life is so good, with sleep or without:)





Monday, September 10, 2012

john robertson real food class is starting up!

Hey everyone, as you know, last fall Kevin and I took a nutrition class that completely changed the way we view health and our bodies as a whole.

Go check out John's website and register for his next session of classes - Starting September 20th!



-He takes you to Walmart and Sams, because those are the most frequented stores in NWA, let's be honest. So he shows you how to eat holistically even at these common places.
-They give you folders loaded with information, recipes, nutritional facts, etc.
-Each class he has food demos and it's a very open discussion type setting where you are free to ask questions and learn. He's very passionate about you getting it and applying it.

The cool thing about John is that this is truly his passion. He will stay and talk to you and answer every single question you have, because it's life to him, and he is passionate about it.

Email him for any questions and be sure and check out simplrealfood.org!

p.s. I know it seems more economical to pay for one person and send the wife to the class and she can just teach the husband but I SWEAR to key to it is to take the class together. Or if you're single and a woman, take it with a best friend. If you have someone that you've learned all of this TOGETHER with then it helps it all become so much more real.
Kevin couldn't cook (or didn't really care to, actually!) before this class and now he LOVES food and creating new and fun things to eat, and even better...we love to do it together! Trust me, take the class with your love!







Friday, September 7, 2012

insta-friday

God bless you, Zack McKim. Our friend works at Starbucks and blesses us with coffee when he can.
He has no idea how thankful I am! Seriously, every night I look forward to my cup of coffee that's coming in the morning.

one of my favorite breakfasts
potty training at it's finest


this sweet girl. she sits here every afternoon waiting for daddy to come home from work.
exhausted and in love.
neck rolls=heaven.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

family sabbath

The Holy Spirit has been so strongly ministering to me lately. Not necessarily because He's speaking louder, but because I'm being quiet enough to listen.
Life can so quickly get so hectic. Honestly and realistically, it can. 
The days can feel like a blur and you got so much accomplished yet so much more needs to be done and you're needed in so many places and so many things need attention.

I can only run the rat race for only so long.
At some point my spirit inside of me gets starving and just screams out for my Father.
I long to slow down.
To be present. Not just around my girls all day doing all that needs ("needs") to be done around the house, but with my girls.

Kevin and I have a revelation about a sabbath. Not just Sunday, which seems to be the common understanding. What? I went to church and I didn't work today! I gave God a sabbath!
Well, I guess.
But really, what is a Sabbath?

For our family, it's setting aside a day (we chose Saturday but it can be any day you want, I believe) to say no to our huge list of to-dos, no to this party invite, or that ballgame invite, and to take time as a family, just the four of us, to press into Yahweh and seek His heart. 

That doesn't mean we spend all day in a prayer closet with our foreheads wrinkled because we're praying so hard and are all secretly miserable because we're doing something out of "have to" instead of "want to". That's the difference between being religious and being filled by the Spirit.




This past Saturday was so cool because we were fervently asking Yahweh exactly what a Sabbath is. The whole purpose of it is the same reason He requires the tithe: Give me 10% and I will bless the 90% left over above and beyond what you yourself could have done with the one 100%.
Give Me one day of the week to lay down what you think you have to get done, and use that day to honor Me and seek My heart and what I have for you, and I will bless the other six days and you'll have all the time you need to get done what you need to get done.




It can be whatever God tells you and your husband it is. It's just a day to spend time not being busy, to spend time as a family. Watching the big game together (although we personally don't really turn the TV on on our sabbath), going out on the boat, going shopping together, the library, backyard picnic, whatever. And taking time from that day to hear God's voice speak to your family and to worship Him.



Not only is it an awesome opportunity to really stop the hectic-ness of life and hear what our Father is saying, but it is such a fun, sweet time as a family.
Last week on our sabbath we went on a hike and it was so beautiful to be out in Yahweh's creation, praying and worshiping together out loud, talking about what we're hearing, watching our little toddler up the path in front of us squeal at squirrels and bugs, and our heavy little newborn, passed out on her daddy's chest in the carrier.







We are learning as we let the Holy Spirit prioritize our lives and we obey what He asks us to do, life just keeps getting better and better.


Monday, September 3, 2012

pumpkin muffins + how i bake

i am a terrible food photographer. that stuff on the left looks like, well, nevermind.


Kevin and I say so long as people keep bringing us meals and desserts for a week, we will keep having babies:)
One of our dear friends made us a bangin' meal the week Nora was born and for dessert, made us these muffins.

I am a serious fan of muffins. They are the perfect pair to a yummy cup of coffee in the morning, and a great little snack throughout the day. You can take them with you and they require a one-time baking ordeal with an 18-time enjoyment deal.
My kind of math.

Anyways, I thought I'd share the recipe and also how this momma bakes.
I rarely ever follow a recipe to a tee, because most recipes aren't the way we eat.
There are healthy and holistic substitutions for just about anything, and I like the fact that we aren't too limited, because you can substitute so many ingredients.

The recipe:
Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins
1.5 C of flour (I use brown rice flour. Or I'd use oat flour - oats ground up in our blender to make flour. Or almond flour which is amazing in baked goods. Or, lastly I'd chose spelt. It still has gluten, but it's not been genetically modified. Basically, we just never ever bake with regular wheat flour.)
1 C of sugar (I use half cup maple syrup and half cup honey. Sugar is another ingredient that we never, ever bake with. Never. Honey has so many nutritional benefits and maple syrup is the same way. This also makes things so moist. And maple adds the best flavor to everything!)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder (I just make sure to use aluminum-free baking powder)
1 tsp. each - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin spice, cloves (all I had was cinnamon and pumpkin spice which IS allspice, nutmeg, and cinn so I just did a TBSP of cinn and pump spice)
1 tsp salt
1 ripe banana mashed
1 can pumpkin puree
1/3 C olive oil or applesauce (I didn't have applesauce, but that's a great substitute for oil in baking. I don't put olive oil in baked goods, so for this I used coconut oil. Adds another subtle but tasty flavor!)
1/3 C water (I used Holy Water from Jerusalem)
Kidding.

Preheat oven to 350.
mix dry ingredients in large bowl and set aside.
mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
mix wet and dry ingredients together until combined.
fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 mins.

*this isn't to say that we don't ever eat sugar, or even regular wheat when we're out or at other people's houses. But at home and as much as we can, we just stay away from gluten, sugar, and dairy in general. But please don't think we don't ever do anything bad like eat at Chik-fil-a because...we do*

These are the most moist muffins that will ever grace your tongue.
Perfect for fall!
And spring and summer and winter.

Thanks for the delicious recipe that will be a regular in our house, Rebecca!