Friday, July 25, 2014

Chacos wearing rules...

Mr. Gnome and I were wondering if there is an age limit on the wearing of Chacos? Or possibly if there is a rule about your feet being too white to wear them. I hope not because these cuties were not cheap. :)
They are so comfy I may never take them off again. Please let me know if I might possibly be too old because of course I don't want to embarrass my children. Oh wait- no, that does not bother me. 
Have a fun day. Get out there people. 
The sun is shining and summer fun is calling. 

Water Kefir...

If you have a gluten problem or stomach issues of any kind you should make your own Water Kefir. It has improved our health significantly in the past few months. If you take an oral pro-biotic that is great but this fermented probiotic really is better. Keeping your gut healthy is one of the major keys to keeping your whole body healthy. Mix some up and enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions. 

What is the advantage of taking Kefir instead of a probiotic supplement?
Fermented products such as kefir are considered functional foods 
because they offer enzymes, pre-digested nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, 
minerals, calories/energy and billions of probiotics. Probiotic pill supplements 
contain just one or a select variety of bacteria, and usually that's it. It's always 
better to eat something in its whole form when possible, because each part
 makes the other more digestible. This is why companies are now adding 
fiber back into cereals and fruit juices, and citric acid into calcium - 
you often need all the parts to assimilate nutrients correctly.

Why is kefir good for your health?
It is loaded with valuable enzymes, easily digestible sugars, beneficial acids, 
vitamins and minerals. Water kefir is also generally suitable for some diabetics 
(though personal discretion is advised). It also is a nice option if you are trying 
to avoid the caffeine present in kombucha, but still seeking a probiotic drink. 
Water kefir supplies your body with billions of healthy bacteria and yeast strains. 
Some store-bought probiotic foods or supplements can help, but they are 
not as potent, and do not contain the beneficial yeasts usually (just bacteria). 
Within your body there are already billions of bacteria and yeast. Your internal 
microflora support proper digestion, synthesis of vitamins and minerals, 
and your immune system by warding off foreign and harmful bacteria, 
yeast and viruses. It has thus long been known to promote and aid in digestion 
and overall health. Some studies show it may be anti-mutagenic and help 
manage free radicals in the body. Folic acid (and B vitamins) increases as 
the length of the ferment increases. Some people let the strained kefir sit on 
the counter or the fridge another day to increase the folic acid and B vitamin 
content before drinking (this will increase the acidity too). Kefir may also help 
reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. As with most things we've personally 
found, food and health is too difficult to reduce to facts and statistics. 
While kefir is not a magic bullet for health (what is) we believe kefir has a 
myriad of possible health benefits, and those will be individual for everyone. 
Some feel it helps them digest better, others get colds and viruses less often, 
some get more energy, and some people feel nothing much in particular, 
but enjoy the taste and value of it over store-bought yogurt, kombucha or kefir.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friends. Freedom. Fearless Squirrels...

"If you live to be a hundred, 
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."

"Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my new favorite day."

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you."
Winnie the Pooh
There are those friends (sisters) in life that no matter how long it has been since you have been together that the moment you catch her smile and glance you are instantly slipping back into that comfortable, beautiful friendship.  My friend Lisa above is one of my closest heart friends in the story of my life,(everyone has a story).  Her son married a lovely young girl last Saturday in Ft. Worth. It was a happy celebration and we were able to see so many people that we love so dearly. Terri and Sheri are two more precious friends that I really miss from deep down in my heart.  
Isn't it awesome that God provides sisters that are real and down to earth and concerned most of all about Jesus and furthering the Kingdom of God?! How blessed we are when we have relationships like that even though we may not be living in the same place physically. I know that they are out there and that they will always be there for me. No matter what. (Not necessarily in the physical sense, but spiritually and after all, that matters the most.)  
Beautiful. So- the quaint, sweet Winnie the Pooh quotes above really are how I feel. 
Just call me Pooh Bear. 

Call us crazy but we just sold our house and are moving.
We. Are. So. Excited.
We realized that we could pay off some debt if we sold and hatched a scheme to buy a significantly cheaper house and to have much lower PAYMENT, and so...we did. God seems to be blessing it all and so in a few weeks we will live in this lovely 57 year old grandmothery house across town. Yes, it is in a more diverse (we are glad) part of town and yes probably, well certainly more risky crime wise, but we are thinking that we want things for us to look a little different. It's not for everyone but this idea IS for us.  Goodbye trying to keep up with the Jones's (whoever they may be and not that we ever could) and goodbye to the American dream that says you have to keep pursuing more and more expensive things. We are done. We would rather bank some cash to travel to see our son and daughter in law in Arizona or Sid's sister in Seattle or his brother in Colorado Springs. (Did I say we LOVE to travel?) Or save to have more to help people in need or to pay those college bills. Eeeek!! Anyway, we are over the top excited. 
Come on over in a month or so for a cup of coffee! 
 I LOVE the old built in cabinetry...
Would you look at that lovely bookcase! What a fun room this will be...
Yes, I will miss our kitchen and our red pendant lights and red island...(very sad face)...
But- I am very infatuated with these limy/whatever green this is cabinets and the light that flows into this kitchen...
Well- enough of that house stuff for now.
Just a little update on how hot it is here.
Our squirrel that eats most of my bird seed is so hot he just layed on the concrete and stared at me hoping that I would not try to chase him off. Well- begging me not to make him move. Cooling his belly.
I have to admit he is pretty cute.
I think I have posted this scripture before but here it is again- twice won't hurt. 
It is that GOOD!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Red River Encampment and the Rest of June...

Good morning on this hot, glorious (steamy and humid) summer day!
We are trying with all of our hearts to find the thankful in everything. There is so much to be thankful for if you just look at all things with the glass half full attitude. Working on it. Only through His eyes there is grace, mercy, blessings and thankfulness.
I thought you might like to see how these lovely flowers are singing joy this morning...

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    but the word of our God endures forever.
June was a blast!!
We were blessed (not Sid- he had to hoo.) to be able to be at the Red River Encampment again this summer. It was been a beautiful part of our spiritual story for the past 24 years.  What a blessing it has been in building knowledge and heart for God and in meeting and having sweet Christian friendships.
My quiet and tranquil perch up in the trees at our condo. Cool breezes and birds singing. I can still hear it.
 No words for this beauty...
As beautiful as the picture is above, this one below is more so. My sweet strong mama drinking coffee and reading the Bible early in the morning. These times are precious. The sun and the son shines on...
The scenery on the road to Red River from Camp Blue Haven through Mora. One of the loveliest roads in our country. 
 Precious times with this sister.

And this brother...
My other sister and brother in the McCoy family were only there for a few hours.
Missed taking a photo with them. :(

Shifting forward to the end of June...
We made a quick trip to see Garner State Park.
What a wonderful park. The cool  err... cold Frio river flows through this magical place.

So- now that we are all settling into a hot, wonderful summer-
I pray blessings on each day and moment for all of us!
A powerful scripture that we used with our campers this summer...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Musings- Missing our Children, Waves and Being Silly...

I miss these two. 
Oh, but look at them in their cool Advocare t-shirts!
Look out Arizona! These two are going Advocare crazy!
All thoughts below are very random postings of  pics from here and there of journeys traveled in the past few weeks. June was a busy month for us. It seems we had nearly all of our summer plans packed into one month. Believe me it is difficult for my kind husband that actually only takes off one week in June, but we manage to keep his weekends busy too.  

We took a quick trip to Corpus after we were home for a week from New Mexico for camp and the Red River Encampment. We just walked on the sea-weedy beach and slept late and ate sea food.  A good time was had by both of us. Thankful.

Since I told you about missing our two "kids" above I must tell you that I miss this young gentle giant more than words can tell.  He is doing a super job at camp this summer. So proud of him. He is having fun too.
 He is a character...
We had fun in June at camp too. Oh- yes I told you about that. :)
1st session CBH goes by too fast.
Not enough time to be silly (looking at these pictures you are thinking, "There was plenty of time to be silly!") and to talk about God.
Once again- thankful. Thankful.

This is the scripture that really resonated with me this summer at camp. 
I praise God for the blessing of being His child and knowing the truth about Jesus and for the voice and heart to share Him with other people.
Let us never stop...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Utopia, Texas ('s a secret)...

There is a well kept secret gem of a sweet place on the Sabinal river here in Texas. This little town is called Utopia, Texas. Not much here except a few buildings on the main street with a cafe and grocery store and oh- a golf course. Of course. :) There was a super little movie shot here a few years back called 7 Days In Utopia.  Yep- this is the place. 

We stayed at a quaint lodge on the Sabinal river outside of Utopia called Utopia on the River.
I just love B and B's and lodges where the owners take time to visit and know your name and tell you all about the area and places to eat and things to do. We found our favorite thing to do in little Utopia.
We spent some time floating on this peaceful river (right behind the lodge) and listening to the birds sing as the wind danced through the trees.  The water is so clear and cold and perfect.  This was one of those times in life when you look at the one you love and say something like," This might be one of the coolest things we have ever done." That float and quiet peace was almost magical and a little enchanting.  
The owners fed deer every evening at 7:30. 
Those guys and gals are serious about their corn.

This cool place even has a swimming pool and hot tub. Nice but not as nice as the river.
Another fantastic thing about the property is that they have these record large Cypress trees in the back yard by the river. What majestic trees.
Inside the lodge on Wed. morning before breakfast. Pretty place.
The sweet little cafe in town. Lots of local interesting people. Good food too.

So- there is your short and sweet tour of Utopia, Texas.
You should go and visit. You would love it.
I will leave you with some important words-
Yes- for your life and for mine...