Saturday, September 17, 2016

Love & The Outcome- The God I Know...

LOVE these words and video. Enjoy!

If It Was All About Religion 
What To Do, What To Say, What To Wear On A Sunday 
All About Perfection 
Black And White, Wrong Or Right, Never Grey 
Well I'd Never Make It 
I'd Never Be Good Enough 
I Tried To Walk The Line, Pray That I'd Find 
Somethin' That I Knew Was Real 
Began To Realize, The Harder I Tried 
The Colder I'd Start To Feel 
Until The Moment 
The Second I Met Your Love 

And Then I Threw My Hands Up 
Worries Down 
I Remember When He Showed Me How 
To Break Up With My Doubt 
Once I was lost but now I'm found 
No Strings Attached When He Saved My Soul 
I Want You To Know The God I Know 
You Gotta Know 
Oh, The God I Know 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Water Kefir Goodness...

Good morning! I just finished a good batch of Water Kefir and thought I would share the love! You can buy Water Kefir grains at most health food stores in the fridge section. Follow the directions on how to hydrate your grains. It is easy!
Recipe is at the bottom of this blog post:
It takes about 3 days to make a batch of water kefir. Once you have the recipe down it is a no brainer and easy. Start with a large glass jar and spring water...

 Keep your kefir in the fridge in between batches.
Stir the sugar into the spring water and stir until the water looks clear using only a wooden spoon.
Add kefir grains to the sugar water...
Then add organic raisins...(amounts are below in the recipe)
Cover with a coffee filter or cheese cloth with rubber band to seal and sit on cabinet for 48 hours. It will start to look cloudy. That is how it is supposed to look...
Now, for the next 48 hours, enjoy life!! Watch the sun set. 
(We are watching closely for the first signs of Autumn!)
Strain the water kefir through a plastic strainer.  
                                                        The raisins will float out first. 
 Then the kefir...
Put the kefir/water back into the jar and add what ever kind of juice you want to add to the large jar. We used pineapple this week. (Grape is our favorite!) You can also just add a few pieces of ginger or nothing at all. By the way, your kefir grains are alive and will grow. They should slowly multiply and then you can share them with friends. :)
Put the lid on the jar and let this sit on the counter top for 24 hours.
 Bottle up your water kefir, refrigerate and then enjoy!

 Water Kefir

14 cups Spring Water
1 Cup white Sugar
2/3 Cup Kefir grains
20 raisins or 2 unsulphered apricots
32 oz. organic juice or 4 pieces of peeled ginger

Dissolve sugar in the water. (always stirring with a wooden spoon. Never use metal around the kefir grains.) Add grains and dried fruit. Cover the grains and fruit mixture with muslin cloth or cheese cloth or a coffee filter and set at room temperature for 48 hours.  Strain grains and fruit. (Store grains for later/next batch use.) 

Mix kefir water and juice (or you can just use the kefir water alone) – funnel kefir water into glass bottles, tightly cap.  Set at room temperature for 24-32 hours. Store in refrigerator after last fermentation. 

*To store grains in between making water kefir: in a quart jar fill half way with spring water and add 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir until the water is clear. Add the kefir grains and cover with muslin or a coffee filter and rubber band and store in fridge.

*AGAIN- do not use metal spoons or anything metal with the kefir grains.

These grains if used at least once every two weeks to a month will last for years. 
Happy Water Kefir making!

Benefits of drinking water kefir and using it on your skin
Drinking Water Kefir can help you to achieve your optimal health, strengthen your immune system, and help to prevent diseases of all kinds. Most importantly, it restores good digestion - the key to health and longevity. When your body is out of balance, unfriendly opportunistic bacteria and yeasts can take over - producing irritable and bad digestion, food allergies, headaches, flu, skin rashes, and other more serious disorders. Water kefir is something you and your family can drink and use on your skin every day.
   Inhibits the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeasts, and helps beneficial probiotic microorganisms to colonise and thrive in your digestive tract, and throughout the test of the body (skin, eyes, bladder, vagina, nose, throat, etc).
   Contributes to a healthy immune system.
   Reduces inflammation.
   Helps with the digestion of food and micronutrients. The KEY for health and longevity is good digestion, and a balance of good bacteria are the essential starting point.
   Heals, or reduces the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome IBS) including bloating, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, low energy, muscle aches and pains.
   Heals intestinal dysbiosis and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth).
   Increased energy and overall feeling of good health.
   Can stop unhealthy food cravings, especially for sugars and sweet foods.
   Skin complexion and overall condition improves. Brown liver spots / age spots can fade, as can skin tags, moles, warts etc. It can ease or cure many skin conditions, such as psoriasiseczema and acne.
   Hair and nails look healthier, and are strengthened and improved.
   Liver cleansing, as in traditional Chinese medicine, thus easing aches and joint pains, and benefiting the eyes.
   Glandular ( endocrine) system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries) benefits. Women have healthier periods, some women have periods start again after early menopause.

 Has helped many who suffer from sleep disorders and insomniadepression, ADHD and autism.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Happy Saturday...

Loading up on good organic veggies and eggs today. 
I call this the Texas scramble and if 
God ever leads me to run a B and B this will be on the menu. YUM!
Incredible daily bible reading adventure scripture for today...
I hope that your Saturday is filled with lots of wonderful snuggles with those that you love.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Secret Garden...

This precious one is occupying some of our time these days.
We are loving every minute with her.
How we cherish every day that we see this smile and hear her laughter.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hang In There...

Hey Mom and Dad, do you feel like you are just hanging on for dear life?
The first day of school a little rough? It is tough getting back on schedule and for sure tough to leave a little one in the care of a teacher for the first time.  
Praying for all of you.   
Breathe.  God loves your sweet child even more than you do. 
Amazing and comforting.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Memory Coffee Mug Rack...

Good morning! I finally got around to a little craft project that I have been wanting to work on. As you can see below our house is not in style right now and possibly will never be. I think the going look to decorate with is all white and crisp and well...white everything. Not happening.  I. LOVE. COLOR. It makes me cheerful and I LOVE cheerful. :)  So, I guess we have more of a coffee shop, country, garage sale, eclectic, lived in look in our home. 

This window was one found at a work site that our youngest gentle giant was cleaning up last year. He knows to keep such great nuggets of beauty for his mama. Thanks boy!  So, I just wire brushed the paint off, drilled holes and added World Market pulls to hang the mugs on. Waa laa. 

These mugs hanging have such sentimental meaning to me. I am going to love seeing them and remembering great times and great people. All are special in this pic below but especially the little peace mug. My mother in law gave me a set of the fruits of the Spirit mugs a long time ago. This is one of them. Beautiful. The green one is close to my heart also. This was one of a set that hung above the sink in our house where I grew up. We each had our own color cup. Lots of love in those little mugs.The Indian Lodge mug is from the Davis Mountain State Park. Numerous spring break trips with our boys were spent in that area and in Big Bend National Park camping and enjoying life together.
If you are still reading I am sure that you are a mug collector also. Thank you. The Java Jack's mug is from our favorite coffee shop in Nacogdoches, Tx. Many a good cup of coffee was shared there with friends.  The Yosemite mug is precious because it takes me back to summer after summer of going and singing at the Yosemite Family Encampment growing up. One of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Blue Haven mug is probably the most important. Our lives and the lives of our children have been molded and touched for good by God having been associated with this camp that feels like a little taste of what heaven will be like. The last is the Aggie Mom mug. What more is there to say? The best university of ANY in the country.
This last one is a random little mug someone gave us when we were first married. It has seen lots of water under the bridge. Oh, if this mug could talk.
 The daily Bible reading adventure was rich today!
Have a great Friday and weekend!
Let's spend our time today praising Him and looking for ways to glorify Him.
Let's ASK Him how He can use us!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tall View Media- Our Gentle Giants...

 These sweet and silly little boys have grown up-

They are men that love to see the beauty of people and places and capture it on photos and video.
They practiced on their old folks (us) ;) a week or so ago.
 It was fun and goofy and I am really proud of them.

Our gentle giants have their own part time business. They are still working on the name. I think it will be Tall View Media.  Check it out if you need any kind of photography or video services:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Real Olympics...

Good morning!!
I love watching the Olympics. I have REALLY loved watching it this summer because several of the people we love the most were THERE enjoying seeing it in person. Our sweethearts are now back on US soil having had a great time with family and seeing spectacular things. (The women's overall gymnastics final included.) Wow!

When I was reading my daily bible a few days ago I came across this passage below. So interesting to me in light of watching the Olympics right now. How we live our lives on earth is the real Olympics and we are striving for our crown that will last forever.  Praying that we run the race by the Spirit of God and that we do all to glorify Him in our competing, training and living!

Here is the word origin for the word Olympic.

c.1600, "of or in reference to Mount Olymposalso to Olympia (khora)town or district in Elis in ancient Greece, where athletic contests in honor of Olympian Zeus were held 776 B.C.E. and every four years thereafter;from Greek Olympikosfrom Olymposof unknown origin. The modernOlympic Games are a revival, begun in 1896.

Look at these beautiful girls. What fun they had.
We are ready for hugs from both.