Friday, December 27, 2013

hello there!

It's been WAY too long.
Life has been so amazing and full and challenging and fun and exciting and funny and so much more.
I'll break the recents down:

-Nora is almost 17 months and just weaned a couple weeks ago! I'm so proud of her, she did so good. I led the weaning, and she followed very well. She has 6 front teeth, four molars, and cutting more teeth as we speak. She's a trooper!

-Ruby spends a lot of her time with a pen and paper, copying all the letters in her books. It's adorable and amazing.

-The girls are absolute best friends. We love to hear them laugh and hear Ruby mother Nora. "Nora, this or nothing. Which one? No ma'am! This or nothing."


-We are slowly growing out of our 2-bed-1-bath house but have no idea where to go next. We have looked at a thousand houses and all of them are dead-ends. So we wait on Yahweh's perfect timing for His blessing that'll sweep us off our feet.

-Randomly, I was changing Nora after a bath and the feeling of "I want to have another baby soon" waved over me. I quietly said it to Kevin that night and he said "that's so weird. I picked Nora up out of her crib today and thought 'time for a little baby again' since she seemed so big."
So, we'll see when. No time soon, but this is a big deal for me because I was terrified of having more after the pain of childbirth and the year of *bleep* I had with Nora as an infant! That year was the hardest I've lived so far, but one of the most valuable. I've learned SO MUCH since her birth. I love growing up. And nothing grows you up faster than surrendering yourself to the will of Yahweh.

-I want to get pregnant late summer/early fall but we'll see how that all actually pans out:)


- These children are our legacy. They have so many needs right now and that can get exhausting but the fruit of our labor will be invaluable. We love them so! They are more than worth it.


-Kevin and I are starting Crossfit this month for me and next for him. SO FUN! I've gotten to attend several classes with my sis-in-laws and I was hooked. Working out like that to me is like Ruby is at a playground. I love it! We are also experimenting with our diet and trying out Paleo, which is cutting out grains and sugars and dairy, and we have just thrived on it. Nutrition and fitness are things that are very important and interesting to me and I hope our children are soaking in our lifestyle of staying fit and healthy and creating fun, exciting meals and snacks full of nutrition and flavor.


-Kevin is the hardest working man I know. He has no spare time, it seems. He is really hoping and believing that he'll be able to find some and start writing an album, since this is one of his greatest desires right now. I really believe that since he puts his family first, that Yahweh will honor that and Kevin will be able to find time to write and the songs will come so quickly and easily and be a pure flow out of him.



-Everything is going really, really well. Can you believe Ruby is 4 in 2 months?????
RUBY! THE BABY THAT STARTED THIS BLOG! 4 YEARS OLD!
She absolutely amazes us. She is a question asker, that's for sure. And she likes to say something one thousand times, BUT she is a learner and an obeyer. If you take the time to sit and talk to her about not asking a thousand times - she works on it. And does amazing. She catches herself and says "woops, sorry!"  and tries to do better.
Nora is truly a delight. She will exhaust you and then make you smile from ear to ear just thinking of her. My mom says that her feisty/sweet personality is exactly how I was in the 80's. She likes to release anger/tension by throwing something, and then looking to her parents shamefully with a bit of a justification look on her face like "what? I'm mad." When we correct her, though, she responds pretty well to that. Sometimes it hurts her feelings, and sometimes she sweetly says "yet sir"

sisters! ruby and nora nov 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

wow - revelation

I have been wanting to get on here and share with whomever reads this, but also to keep a record of Yahweh's amazing ways.

I knew while we were in that hard season a little while back, that it was only an opportunity for us to respond right, and doing so would launch us further spiritually. And it most certainly has done just that.

One day, out of nowhere, I realized I had an outstanding amount of patience and love with Ruby and Nora. I had kept the house clean regularly, groceries were bought, and I was consistently happy. Then, I realized it had been going on for days...and I felt like "what the heck is happening?! Normally my responsibilities are swallowing me, I feel overwhelmed and somewhat defeated and pretty irritable when it all hits at once. But now? I'm LOVING every day. I see the mess in my house and car, but I really don't mind! It means we have little life around here that are learning and exploring and that's not only fine...that's WONDERFUL!" I had been struggling with feeling like the girls were in charge and I was their lowly servant, obeying their their every desire, but the tables had turned. I was lovingly in control, and it was working. I was firm, and they respected that and responded well to it. I have been loving every aspect of Motherhood.

I was feeling a little "uh...what the heck. This is too good to be true" (hate to admit that! but it was just so out-of-nowhere!) So when Kevin got home I walked outside by myself for a few minutes and started to pray and ask Yahweh what exactly this newness was. And He showed me almost immediately.

Blessing does not always look like money, although it's easy to think that way in our culture. It does not always mean stuff, or nothing ever going bad.
To us, the greatest blessings are the spiritual downloads to our character that change our lives forever.
To go from struggling in my flesh all the time to suddenly...not. To be given the love that exists way past little frustrations. To have the patience that spans further than any of my responsibilities. It's amazing! I can't explain how free I feel!

Yahweh showed me that the rough season was allowed so that we could qualify to enter into this place I'm in now. So that He could set me free in so many areas that I cried out to be changed in. It amazes me, His timing of things. We ask, and He listens, but He waits for the perfect timing to let us "get" it.

When you go through a hard, difficult, and very challenging time, and if you have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, then I hope you remember my story.
Know that you are being qualified for greatness.
Know that it is worth it.
Obedience ALWAYS brings blessing. Saying "I don't know what's happening, Father, but I trust you." gives Him full reign to blow your mind and set you free in places you didn't even know you were tied up.



Thank you Yahweh, for not causing these things to happen, but for allowing us to go through them because you saw we were mature enough to trust You in it, and we were ready to be taken to a new, larger place of freedom and peace and PURPOSE!!
Amen.

Monday, September 2, 2013

teaching me to walk

We are in a season of challenge and growth.

-A month or so ago, there was a storm that caused surges in the electricity near our house and blew out our oven and dishwasher and TV and baby monitors and sound machines and CD player and my hair clippers and trimmers and a few other things. A few things have been replaced but we've been without an oven and dishwasher for what seems like seven years now. (The TV was one in our bedroom and that's not the end of the world, so we're just probably not going to replace that).
I really miss baking and I'm growing very weary of sauteed meals, since only our stove top works.

-Kevin's car had issues and had to go into the shop.

-A lot of really hard family stuff has come up.

-Nora has been going through a wake-up-all-night phase.

-I bought a brand new pair of shoes and we lost them.

-We had saved up and worked hard to regain a very small savings that now all has to go to fixing the oven only. The rest we just need to wait on.

-In the last two weeks, I had hardly anybody scheduled on my books, obviously affecting my income.

-During a big rain, we woke up to water on the kitchen floor and a piece of our ceiling sheet rock hanging down, revealing spots of mold.

-Our drains started not draining. After Kevin crawling under the house and checking some things out, we found that we have to dig up and replace the main pipe of plumbing from our house out to the city street.

It seems the normal response is to give up and cry. To say SCREW THIS! and have an attitude of doubt and negativity and even a little "What the heck, God?!"
But what good does that do? What would the last 7 years of us walking with Holy Spirit have been for?
Praising the Father isn't just for when things are going well and everything's fun. Because I'm learning sometimes LIFE IS JUST HARD! The key is - how are we responding to it? Whose strength are we tapping into to get through it? Because we will get through it. Every hard thing that comes our way is a chance to respond right, Kevin and I to grow closer and stronger, and to press deeper into our spiritual maturity by knowing Yahweh deeper. And in that place, He teaches us what to do in these hard times.

A wise friend of mine described it like this and I just adore the analogy:
When you're teaching your baby to walk, you step back, hold your arms out and make her come to you.
Did you step away from her because you don't love her? Because you're leaving her out in the open so she can be harmed or in danger?
Of course not! You stepped back so that, as long as she keeps her eyes on you, she knows to press in and walk towards you. You take another step back and she takes another step towards you.

That's our relationship with Yahweh. He hasn't left us. He's not mad at us, nor are we being punished for doing something wrong. He's ready to take us deeper. So He's stepped back. And in that space from where we currently are to where we need to be by taking the step towards Him is painful because for that moment in time, we're not in His arms. We're with Him, and He's right there - but there's a gap between us for the purpose of learning. So it's our job to recognize that He's stepped back because He wants us to learn to walk in an even deeper revelation of Him, and to step forward. To be with Him.

And what's so, so sweet about this picture is that when you're baby takes several steps towards you, you decide to pick her up at the last step, however many steps it's been, and throw her in the air with happiness and rejoicing and there is kissing and clapping and great blessing because you are so proud of her for doing something hard and not giving up and trusting you.

I know our season of rejoicing is coming soon. And I know Yahweh is and will be proud of us for keeping our eyes on him and taking step after step.

Thank you for stepping back, Father.

Monday, August 19, 2013

nora's backyard birthday bash


We had so, so, SO much fun celebrating Nora's first birthday. Kevin and I had talked and daydreamed about a backyard evening party with strung lights and tiki torches and blankets laid out and all the people we love eating and laughing and hanging out in the same spot and that's exactly how it turned out.


These outfits! My sister Shannon sewed them from old t-shirts of Kevin's and her husband Danny's. They are so stinkin cute and oozing with love and personal touches!


 The reading tent was a big hit!
We had big poster painting and bubbles, too, but I didn't get pictures because I was enjoying the party too much!



All of our family and friends pitched in so much. Thank you to EVERYONE! I didn't make any of this food. They just asked what I needed/wanted and they did it. We have the best friends and family.





ONE YEAR OLD!!!




Nanny and PJ, the great-grandmas!

Angela and River, Nora's cousin that was born a few days before her!




I just love this picture. Because it shows what our lives look like right now. A lot of work. Going and working hard and taking care of little ones and all that we've been give to be responsible over. Sometimes we just say "Team Kiehn" to one another with a smile because we are busting it and cleaning up and packing bags and feeding mouths and changing diapers and giving baths and just pass each other during it all. We really are a team. It's a busy and hectic and tiring season but it's also flippin FUN. So much sweetness and joy that totally outweighs the difficulties.
 
Aunt Molly whoopin' everyone in charades

Aunt Lori's legs really deserve an entire post of their own, but I figured I'd at least feature them on here...




This was the vision we'd had all along, watching a movie on a projector in our back yard. It was perfect! Soooo, so fun. Kevin put together a "first-year" video of Nora with pictures and videos to music and we all watched it. It was just wonderful. (Afterwards we watched Little Rascals :) )

John is always popular with the kids
 

Nora, you are amazing. You are spirited, spunky, hilarious, smart, and sweet. You have been a huge and necessary addition to this family. Just you being you has allowed us and caused us to grow in leaps and bounds.
We love you forever and ever, our little Nora Pie!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

nora ONE YEAR


 One year ago, on July 31, 2012, our lives changed forever!
I have learned so, so much this year, and I know I will only keep learning and changing.
Thank you for choosing us, Father, to steward over this amazing daughter of yours.  
We love her so.




my response to those teeth: "hahahahahahahahahahaha"



a special thank you to big sister Ruby for helping me make Nora happy during photo shoots. And for just being the best big sister ever.

*More Nora celebration to come!



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

florida 2013!












It goes without saying - we had so much fun.
We don't take for granted that we get to have a family vacation each year, and that we get to spend it with people we LOVE in such a beautiful place. Yahweh loves to bless His sons and daughters!

Monday, July 8, 2013

our health conscious- brag fest


This little thing...she is amazing, I tell you. She blows me away with what she comprehends at age 3.
I forget sometimes that she's only three because she is really quite smart.

She knows good and well what we believe, nutritionally. And what's better - she knows why we believe so.

We walked into Sam's Club on a Saturday and a woman was passing out suckers to all the kids walking in. We walked past and she handed one to Ruby and Ruby held her hands up, scrunched her nose and said "no, thank you". I was SO FLIPPIN proud of her. I couldn't believe that she made that decision all by herself! So I promptly walked her over to the berry section and she got a whole little carton of organic red raspberries. Because what we teach her is that life isn't NO TREATS it's about choosing the RIGHT kind of treat. She said no to a nutritionally-void sucker and yes to yummy fresh berries, all on her own. (Actually, she said no to the sucker even before she knew berries were an option)


this was only maybe a month ago and she already looks so much older than this
Last night, we worked on getting the house back to normal post-vacation and Kevin went out to do yard-work. It had been a good, long day of work and to celebrate we thought we'd go get some ice cream/frozen yogurt at Braum's. Honestly, not that enjoyable for me but Kev likes it every now and then and we wanted to do something as a family.
We walked in to tell Ruby, thinking her eyes would light up with excitement.
"Ruby, GUESS WHAT? We are all going to get in the car and go get ICE CREAM!"
"Is it healthy? Will it hurt my stomach?" (one time she ate ice cream and got siiiiick)

*crickets*
Me and Kev look at each other. And with our eyes said crap - she's right.
We aren't going to lie and say "this time it's healthy" or some other lousy/lazy excuse. She wants the truth and we are truthful people.

"You're right, Ruby. It's not. There's lots and lots of sugar and other yucky stuff in there. Let's make healthy milkshakes here!" (cocoa powder, bananas, peanut butter, and a bit of honey with a handful of ice...amazing) And we had apples and our favorite pb/honey mixture along with it.
Our sweet tooth was satisfied.
It was free.
No gas was used up.
We felt amazing afterwards.
Because of our 3 year old.

And then? We went on a family run. And we laughed that had we gone to Braum's we'd have spent money, rode around in a car, eaten crap and felt like crap and then come home. And now, we were out running thanks to our daughter's correction.

Ruby, girl, you're cool as grits.


Friday, December 27, 2013

hello there!

It's been WAY too long.
Life has been so amazing and full and challenging and fun and exciting and funny and so much more.
I'll break the recents down:

-Nora is almost 17 months and just weaned a couple weeks ago! I'm so proud of her, she did so good. I led the weaning, and she followed very well. She has 6 front teeth, four molars, and cutting more teeth as we speak. She's a trooper!

-Ruby spends a lot of her time with a pen and paper, copying all the letters in her books. It's adorable and amazing.

-The girls are absolute best friends. We love to hear them laugh and hear Ruby mother Nora. "Nora, this or nothing. Which one? No ma'am! This or nothing."


-We are slowly growing out of our 2-bed-1-bath house but have no idea where to go next. We have looked at a thousand houses and all of them are dead-ends. So we wait on Yahweh's perfect timing for His blessing that'll sweep us off our feet.

-Randomly, I was changing Nora after a bath and the feeling of "I want to have another baby soon" waved over me. I quietly said it to Kevin that night and he said "that's so weird. I picked Nora up out of her crib today and thought 'time for a little baby again' since she seemed so big."
So, we'll see when. No time soon, but this is a big deal for me because I was terrified of having more after the pain of childbirth and the year of *bleep* I had with Nora as an infant! That year was the hardest I've lived so far, but one of the most valuable. I've learned SO MUCH since her birth. I love growing up. And nothing grows you up faster than surrendering yourself to the will of Yahweh.

-I want to get pregnant late summer/early fall but we'll see how that all actually pans out:)


- These children are our legacy. They have so many needs right now and that can get exhausting but the fruit of our labor will be invaluable. We love them so! They are more than worth it.


-Kevin and I are starting Crossfit this month for me and next for him. SO FUN! I've gotten to attend several classes with my sis-in-laws and I was hooked. Working out like that to me is like Ruby is at a playground. I love it! We are also experimenting with our diet and trying out Paleo, which is cutting out grains and sugars and dairy, and we have just thrived on it. Nutrition and fitness are things that are very important and interesting to me and I hope our children are soaking in our lifestyle of staying fit and healthy and creating fun, exciting meals and snacks full of nutrition and flavor.


-Kevin is the hardest working man I know. He has no spare time, it seems. He is really hoping and believing that he'll be able to find some and start writing an album, since this is one of his greatest desires right now. I really believe that since he puts his family first, that Yahweh will honor that and Kevin will be able to find time to write and the songs will come so quickly and easily and be a pure flow out of him.



-Everything is going really, really well. Can you believe Ruby is 4 in 2 months?????
RUBY! THE BABY THAT STARTED THIS BLOG! 4 YEARS OLD!
She absolutely amazes us. She is a question asker, that's for sure. And she likes to say something one thousand times, BUT she is a learner and an obeyer. If you take the time to sit and talk to her about not asking a thousand times - she works on it. And does amazing. She catches herself and says "woops, sorry!"  and tries to do better.
Nora is truly a delight. She will exhaust you and then make you smile from ear to ear just thinking of her. My mom says that her feisty/sweet personality is exactly how I was in the 80's. She likes to release anger/tension by throwing something, and then looking to her parents shamefully with a bit of a justification look on her face like "what? I'm mad." When we correct her, though, she responds pretty well to that. Sometimes it hurts her feelings, and sometimes she sweetly says "yet sir"

sisters! ruby and nora nov 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

wow - revelation

I have been wanting to get on here and share with whomever reads this, but also to keep a record of Yahweh's amazing ways.

I knew while we were in that hard season a little while back, that it was only an opportunity for us to respond right, and doing so would launch us further spiritually. And it most certainly has done just that.

One day, out of nowhere, I realized I had an outstanding amount of patience and love with Ruby and Nora. I had kept the house clean regularly, groceries were bought, and I was consistently happy. Then, I realized it had been going on for days...and I felt like "what the heck is happening?! Normally my responsibilities are swallowing me, I feel overwhelmed and somewhat defeated and pretty irritable when it all hits at once. But now? I'm LOVING every day. I see the mess in my house and car, but I really don't mind! It means we have little life around here that are learning and exploring and that's not only fine...that's WONDERFUL!" I had been struggling with feeling like the girls were in charge and I was their lowly servant, obeying their their every desire, but the tables had turned. I was lovingly in control, and it was working. I was firm, and they respected that and responded well to it. I have been loving every aspect of Motherhood.

I was feeling a little "uh...what the heck. This is too good to be true" (hate to admit that! but it was just so out-of-nowhere!) So when Kevin got home I walked outside by myself for a few minutes and started to pray and ask Yahweh what exactly this newness was. And He showed me almost immediately.

Blessing does not always look like money, although it's easy to think that way in our culture. It does not always mean stuff, or nothing ever going bad.
To us, the greatest blessings are the spiritual downloads to our character that change our lives forever.
To go from struggling in my flesh all the time to suddenly...not. To be given the love that exists way past little frustrations. To have the patience that spans further than any of my responsibilities. It's amazing! I can't explain how free I feel!

Yahweh showed me that the rough season was allowed so that we could qualify to enter into this place I'm in now. So that He could set me free in so many areas that I cried out to be changed in. It amazes me, His timing of things. We ask, and He listens, but He waits for the perfect timing to let us "get" it.

When you go through a hard, difficult, and very challenging time, and if you have a relationship with the Holy Spirit, then I hope you remember my story.
Know that you are being qualified for greatness.
Know that it is worth it.
Obedience ALWAYS brings blessing. Saying "I don't know what's happening, Father, but I trust you." gives Him full reign to blow your mind and set you free in places you didn't even know you were tied up.



Thank you Yahweh, for not causing these things to happen, but for allowing us to go through them because you saw we were mature enough to trust You in it, and we were ready to be taken to a new, larger place of freedom and peace and PURPOSE!!
Amen.

Monday, September 2, 2013

teaching me to walk

We are in a season of challenge and growth.

-A month or so ago, there was a storm that caused surges in the electricity near our house and blew out our oven and dishwasher and TV and baby monitors and sound machines and CD player and my hair clippers and trimmers and a few other things. A few things have been replaced but we've been without an oven and dishwasher for what seems like seven years now. (The TV was one in our bedroom and that's not the end of the world, so we're just probably not going to replace that).
I really miss baking and I'm growing very weary of sauteed meals, since only our stove top works.

-Kevin's car had issues and had to go into the shop.

-A lot of really hard family stuff has come up.

-Nora has been going through a wake-up-all-night phase.

-I bought a brand new pair of shoes and we lost them.

-We had saved up and worked hard to regain a very small savings that now all has to go to fixing the oven only. The rest we just need to wait on.

-In the last two weeks, I had hardly anybody scheduled on my books, obviously affecting my income.

-During a big rain, we woke up to water on the kitchen floor and a piece of our ceiling sheet rock hanging down, revealing spots of mold.

-Our drains started not draining. After Kevin crawling under the house and checking some things out, we found that we have to dig up and replace the main pipe of plumbing from our house out to the city street.

It seems the normal response is to give up and cry. To say SCREW THIS! and have an attitude of doubt and negativity and even a little "What the heck, God?!"
But what good does that do? What would the last 7 years of us walking with Holy Spirit have been for?
Praising the Father isn't just for when things are going well and everything's fun. Because I'm learning sometimes LIFE IS JUST HARD! The key is - how are we responding to it? Whose strength are we tapping into to get through it? Because we will get through it. Every hard thing that comes our way is a chance to respond right, Kevin and I to grow closer and stronger, and to press deeper into our spiritual maturity by knowing Yahweh deeper. And in that place, He teaches us what to do in these hard times.

A wise friend of mine described it like this and I just adore the analogy:
When you're teaching your baby to walk, you step back, hold your arms out and make her come to you.
Did you step away from her because you don't love her? Because you're leaving her out in the open so she can be harmed or in danger?
Of course not! You stepped back so that, as long as she keeps her eyes on you, she knows to press in and walk towards you. You take another step back and she takes another step towards you.

That's our relationship with Yahweh. He hasn't left us. He's not mad at us, nor are we being punished for doing something wrong. He's ready to take us deeper. So He's stepped back. And in that space from where we currently are to where we need to be by taking the step towards Him is painful because for that moment in time, we're not in His arms. We're with Him, and He's right there - but there's a gap between us for the purpose of learning. So it's our job to recognize that He's stepped back because He wants us to learn to walk in an even deeper revelation of Him, and to step forward. To be with Him.

And what's so, so sweet about this picture is that when you're baby takes several steps towards you, you decide to pick her up at the last step, however many steps it's been, and throw her in the air with happiness and rejoicing and there is kissing and clapping and great blessing because you are so proud of her for doing something hard and not giving up and trusting you.

I know our season of rejoicing is coming soon. And I know Yahweh is and will be proud of us for keeping our eyes on him and taking step after step.

Thank you for stepping back, Father.

Monday, August 19, 2013

nora's backyard birthday bash


We had so, so, SO much fun celebrating Nora's first birthday. Kevin and I had talked and daydreamed about a backyard evening party with strung lights and tiki torches and blankets laid out and all the people we love eating and laughing and hanging out in the same spot and that's exactly how it turned out.


These outfits! My sister Shannon sewed them from old t-shirts of Kevin's and her husband Danny's. They are so stinkin cute and oozing with love and personal touches!


 The reading tent was a big hit!
We had big poster painting and bubbles, too, but I didn't get pictures because I was enjoying the party too much!



All of our family and friends pitched in so much. Thank you to EVERYONE! I didn't make any of this food. They just asked what I needed/wanted and they did it. We have the best friends and family.





ONE YEAR OLD!!!




Nanny and PJ, the great-grandmas!

Angela and River, Nora's cousin that was born a few days before her!




I just love this picture. Because it shows what our lives look like right now. A lot of work. Going and working hard and taking care of little ones and all that we've been give to be responsible over. Sometimes we just say "Team Kiehn" to one another with a smile because we are busting it and cleaning up and packing bags and feeding mouths and changing diapers and giving baths and just pass each other during it all. We really are a team. It's a busy and hectic and tiring season but it's also flippin FUN. So much sweetness and joy that totally outweighs the difficulties.
 
Aunt Molly whoopin' everyone in charades

Aunt Lori's legs really deserve an entire post of their own, but I figured I'd at least feature them on here...




This was the vision we'd had all along, watching a movie on a projector in our back yard. It was perfect! Soooo, so fun. Kevin put together a "first-year" video of Nora with pictures and videos to music and we all watched it. It was just wonderful. (Afterwards we watched Little Rascals :) )

John is always popular with the kids
 

Nora, you are amazing. You are spirited, spunky, hilarious, smart, and sweet. You have been a huge and necessary addition to this family. Just you being you has allowed us and caused us to grow in leaps and bounds.
We love you forever and ever, our little Nora Pie!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

nora ONE YEAR


 One year ago, on July 31, 2012, our lives changed forever!
I have learned so, so much this year, and I know I will only keep learning and changing.
Thank you for choosing us, Father, to steward over this amazing daughter of yours.  
We love her so.




my response to those teeth: "hahahahahahahahahahaha"



a special thank you to big sister Ruby for helping me make Nora happy during photo shoots. And for just being the best big sister ever.

*More Nora celebration to come!



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

florida 2013!












It goes without saying - we had so much fun.
We don't take for granted that we get to have a family vacation each year, and that we get to spend it with people we LOVE in such a beautiful place. Yahweh loves to bless His sons and daughters!

Monday, July 8, 2013

our health conscious- brag fest


This little thing...she is amazing, I tell you. She blows me away with what she comprehends at age 3.
I forget sometimes that she's only three because she is really quite smart.

She knows good and well what we believe, nutritionally. And what's better - she knows why we believe so.

We walked into Sam's Club on a Saturday and a woman was passing out suckers to all the kids walking in. We walked past and she handed one to Ruby and Ruby held her hands up, scrunched her nose and said "no, thank you". I was SO FLIPPIN proud of her. I couldn't believe that she made that decision all by herself! So I promptly walked her over to the berry section and she got a whole little carton of organic red raspberries. Because what we teach her is that life isn't NO TREATS it's about choosing the RIGHT kind of treat. She said no to a nutritionally-void sucker and yes to yummy fresh berries, all on her own. (Actually, she said no to the sucker even before she knew berries were an option)


this was only maybe a month ago and she already looks so much older than this
Last night, we worked on getting the house back to normal post-vacation and Kevin went out to do yard-work. It had been a good, long day of work and to celebrate we thought we'd go get some ice cream/frozen yogurt at Braum's. Honestly, not that enjoyable for me but Kev likes it every now and then and we wanted to do something as a family.
We walked in to tell Ruby, thinking her eyes would light up with excitement.
"Ruby, GUESS WHAT? We are all going to get in the car and go get ICE CREAM!"
"Is it healthy? Will it hurt my stomach?" (one time she ate ice cream and got siiiiick)

*crickets*
Me and Kev look at each other. And with our eyes said crap - she's right.
We aren't going to lie and say "this time it's healthy" or some other lousy/lazy excuse. She wants the truth and we are truthful people.

"You're right, Ruby. It's not. There's lots and lots of sugar and other yucky stuff in there. Let's make healthy milkshakes here!" (cocoa powder, bananas, peanut butter, and a bit of honey with a handful of ice...amazing) And we had apples and our favorite pb/honey mixture along with it.
Our sweet tooth was satisfied.
It was free.
No gas was used up.
We felt amazing afterwards.
Because of our 3 year old.

And then? We went on a family run. And we laughed that had we gone to Braum's we'd have spent money, rode around in a car, eaten crap and felt like crap and then come home. And now, we were out running thanks to our daughter's correction.

Ruby, girl, you're cool as grits.