Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Pumpkin Pie Shake


A yummy drink just in time for Autumn!

Trim Healthy Mama
Pumpkin Pie Shake
10 ice cubes
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup water
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
pinch cloves
pinch salt
pinch gluccie
1 t Sweet Blend
(If desired you can add 3 Tbsp heavy cream, but this will make it an [S=Satisfying], without it is an [E=Energizing]
Put everything in blender, blend for a minute, let sit for a minute, then blend again until it's the consistency you like. Top with Reddi Whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Eli plays Football

My son... my son is playing FOOTBALL. 

Football in this family is pretty important.
 It's a game that teaches a boy to be a man. That's what my husband says. 

It teaches teamwork and discipline. 
To keep on pushing... even when it hurts.

A brotherly chat... be still this Moma's heart! 

It's learning to come out of your comfort zone and working to depend on others as well as learning to do your part for the betterment of the team. 
We love football and are THRILLED to be watching our son play. 
He has grown up so much already since his first practice. After his last practice he was told he was the most improved on the team for the week. He was beaming with confidence. 
What a great game. 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Homeschool 2014/2015

As I embark on our 12th year of homeschooling, I am blown away. 
It is rather emotional for me this year, my kids are big
They are growing up so rapidly, that I am very aware that they are moments from being grown. 
I question myself constantly...
Am I doing enough?
Are they learning to be strong in the faith?
Are they going to be ready for the world?
Thankfully, The Lord is good to calm my doubts and my fears.

He quietens my heart and I feel His words whisper to my fretting spirit, Philippians 1:6
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." 

It is no small task to teach, train, and attempt to raise children. All we can do is pray and devote ourselves and our children to the Lord and claim His power to work through us.
I am wanting to savor these moments. To enjoy each day with these precious beings that The Lord has placed in my care.  What a privilege to be Moma, Teacher, and Friend.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Listening

 I believe with my whole heart, that God desires to speak to us.
Sometimes though... we clog our ears. Maybe intentionally, maybe not.
Our ears may become clogged by things or stuff. Stuff that we want. Stuff that we think we need. Stuff that may be primarily good, but if it comes in-between us and our relationship with the Lord, it's not good any longer.
So no matter how much we say, "Oh, we want to hear from God!" Until that heart is in the right place where you are willing to let go of  stuff,  it may be the 'cotton in your ears'.
Maybe we say, "Oh, I want God's will or I want to hear God" but you rarely open His word. Or you read a quick verse and call it good? The Bible says daily, we are to take up our cross. Daily, we are to put on the WHOLE armor of God. Not just the breastplate. Because when going to battle, the breastplate is good, but you have no shield! And a shield is good, but what about your sword?? And so on...

 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.  Stand, therefore,
and your feet sandaled with readiness with truth like a belt around your waist,righteousness like armor on your chest, for the gospel of peace.  In every situation take the shield of faith,  and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,  which is God’s word.



 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:9-18


I say all this on personal experience. I have been the one saying for a long time, I want to hear from God... and I did and DO, but I clogged my own ears.
                                    With stuff.
                                          Desires for my life.
                                                     Dreams of things.

I think as parents we have to look at our lives right now. If our children are with us at home... then THAT is our job. THAT is our mission. They are the greatest mission we can invest in. If I am neglecting their upbringing... what a fool I am.
                                           Nothing in this world!
                                                                     NOTHING!!!
No matter how much money or luxury items or ME time or hobbies or jobs can compare to the brief amount of time God has given us with our kids and in that time we are to point their hearts to our Great GOD!
He gave them to us. Teach em! Train em! Help guard their hearts! Don't let them out to be devoured up by the wolves and say, "Well, I hope you learned your lesson!" There is a time to let go... don't do it prematurely.
If they are young, please take that time with them to Walk beside them. To show them. To work with them. To play with them. To speak words of encouragement and affirmation to them.

 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

Keep them close. If you see a rebellious spirit, help them learn to fight that early on. Don't just allow it to grow inside them. Help them see that The Lord is our help and strength, again... another reason to put on the FULL armor of God!

I say all these things because they are things the Lord is dealing with me and speaking to unclogged ears finally. I am so grateful for the awakening He has given me and the time He is allowing me to go forward and cherish every single moment with my precious children!
No matter what their age, let's make it count!!!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Homemade Fruit and Yogurt Push up Pops

One thing we have learned on our food journey is that my daughter reacts to dyes. In the summer and even in late spring here in the south, it gets HOT! Mega hot and humid! Nothing cools you off like a good ole popsicle... so instead of buying ones that have dangerous ingredients and dyes. I decided to come up with our own.

I bought these nifty little tubes from Amazon. They work wonderfully. They are super easy to clean and they are easy to 'push-up' the pop!
You can use your own combination of flavors, but for this batch we had some beautiful strawberries, some fresh mango and I just finished a batch of homemade yogurt.
No real strict measurements, but this is what I used... change it up however you like!

1 cup mango
1 cup strawberries (plus juice if any)
1 cup yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
Blend til smooth and fill up your popsicle molds.


Yum, YUM!
Summer is going to be a whole lot sweeter!