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Monday, October 31, 2011

Helmet of Salvation.

Eph 6:10 (NIV) ...Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.




Monday, October 24, 2011

Capturing personality through the lens.

I love capturing the personality of my children through the lens.  Ryden is very good at expressing his emotions with body gestures and facial expressions, we definitely don't ever have to guess how he is feeling.  This little man loves to make believe and has an amazing imagination.  Violet is a free happy spirit who likes to explore whenever possible.  Please excuse the messy hair and dirty faces as this wasn't a planned photo shoot just real life moments.















Love Apryle

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Postman Outfit.

As I got dressed this morning and looked into the mirror the word mailman popped in my head.  Delivering mail was the job my Dad worked for the past 30 years.  It was a good living and my Dad faithfully worked hard to provide and care for his family.  The grey shirt and navy blue skirt took me back to my childhood as I remember my Dad wearing this very similar uniform 6 days a week.  Today I have a happy heart as I am reminded of my Fathers love and hard work he put in to care for his wife and 3 daughters. Love you Dad!

Have a great weekend friends

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The favorite parts of my Thursday.


Most people would consider not having a vehicle or television complete torture.  I must admit the first week I experienced this it was indeed a little rough but now adjustments have taken place and I have really begun to appreciate the beauty behind it.  Instead of dwelling on not being able to hop in the car and drive to star-bucks, the thrift store, or on a play-date we have started our own routine at home... without Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Ryden has started preschool at home and is loving it.  Violet gets a restful morning nap while Ryden does school.  Housework it tended and laundry keeps moving instead of piling up.  Crafts keep our little hands busy and hearts happy.  Walks to the park get us outside to soak up the fresh air while providing us with our daily dose of Vitamin D.  Pages on books are being read as I sip on my homemade espresso coffee.  I have to share a little secret with you though I am kind of a big dork.  When I do get Starbucks I save my coffee cup and drink my homemade white mocha out of it, for some reason it just tastes better to me.  Weird I am I know, but these are the things that get us through our day and I am more than blessed to stay home sharing these precious moments with my little children.  

Sharing a vehicle and not having a TV has brought our family closer in a sense.  Our schedules and errands are now formed around each others agenda.   It has been challenging but really taught us how to give and take in order to meet the others needs.  Watching our favorite fall shows have been replaced with reading the bible together, doing homework, playing, or just talking about our day.  We do still have our apple addictions though so those of you who are reading this thinking WOW I will admit we still have our fall backs; apple technology of all sorts.  With all of that said I will now go on to show you some of the simple highlights to my Thursday.


These are the eyes I look into during our serious talks.  You know the make believe bear hunt talks.





Pushing my little love in the swing.


Crafting.


Napping



Homemade white mocha in Starbucks cup hehe.  This book is very encouraging.  I plan on passing it along to any fellow mother friends who would like to read it.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mason Jar Tumbler Giveaway!


Accessories just make us ladies feel a little more girly and always add the perfect touch to a plain outfit!  I'm personally in love with the new Poppy and Pearl Co.on etsy.  This is her site www.etsy.com/shop/PoppyandPearlCo  The owner is a sweetheart and has unique visions for her jewelry and other goods.  If you are into supporting upcycled, repurposed, vintage, homemade pretty things this is the place for you.  There is a giveaway going on at mountainhomequilts.blogspot.com for one of the genius Mason Jar Tumblers created at Poppy and Pearl Co.  Head on over to Mountain Home Quilts to enter the giveaway.  

 
This is a vintage lace, one of a kind cuff designed by Poppy and Pearl Co.

Doily ring.  Adds the perfect touch to this fall outfit.



Monday, October 10, 2011

Amateur Photo Shoot.

Trying to figure out this sweet camera of ours without a manuel.  We purchased our Nikon D40 on craigslist for a smoking price but unfortunately it did not come with the manuel, this is a slight problem for a beginner. Thank goodness for the internet and all of the kind photographers who give step by step instructions and tips on their blogs.  There is still much to be figured out but by doing this I sure have captured many precious moments, that's the point of this thing right.  This evening we took a drive to find an empty field and I got to play with the camera while my husband got to drive his truck on a dirt road.  It was a win win compromise.
























Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pottery barn meets thrift store.

Our drinking glasses are currently the Kerr mason jars but honestly I originally wanted the ones from Pottery Barn.  I couldn't bring myself to spend the money on them and boy am I glad I didn't splurge on those pretty glasses.  While thrift store browsing the other day I scored five very similar ones for only $1.57.  This thriftiness just keeps getting better and better.  

Pottery Barn drinking glasses 6 for $24.00

Thrift store drinking glasses 5 for $1.57.
One is not photographed its currently being used.

I also scored this beauty for .79 cents.
 It was made in 1915.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Soaked Pumpkin Bread


The leaves are changing and the air is cool which means it's time to start baking with pumpkin right.  Fall is a fun time to bake and while I bake the kids do a little crafting to keep themselves occupied.  I found this amazing soaked pumpkin bread recipe on www.gnowfglins.com and the craft idea at http://www.katiesnestingspot.com/ .   I slightly changed a few things in the recipe to work with what I had on hand and it still turned out delicious. I was thankful the recipe made two loafs since the first one was gone in about 15 minutes.  You wont be disappointed with this recipe I promise.

Soaked Pumpkin Bread
2-2/3 cups of flour. I used 2 cups whole wheat and 2/3 white flour.
1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons of any of the following:  kefir, yogurt, raw apple cider, lemon juice.   Really what ever kind of cultured product you have.  I used 1/2 cup of my sourdough starter.
1/2 cup softened butter or coconut oil
3/4 cup of rapadura.  I used organic sugar since that's what I had.
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Mix flour, pumpkin, water, and sourdough starter  then cover tightly and let sit for at least 7 hours.  Next mix the remaining ingredients and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  After everything is mixed and combined divide batter into two greased bread pans and cook for 30 - 45 minutes.  Make sure you let it cool for a little bit and then enjoy.  We topped ours with some cultured butter while the bread was still warm.  Yummy!

Love Apryle

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

He doesn't always want us to be comfortable.


 Sometimes we have to trust that God puts us in certain situations for a reason and he doesn't always want us to be comfortable in those situations.  Tonight was one of those nights from the moment we parked the truck.  It took us a few minutes to un load the kids while my husband and I sat there looking at each other as we hesitated to get out.  Directly behind us there was a man obviously on drugs getting in and out of his car, protestors on the corner wearing scary masks, homeless sleeping on benches, and many other things I was not use to being around.  The reason we were there was to be a part of a outreach group called "pizza and prayer;" a time to feed the homeless, pray for them and talk to them about God.  This all sounds so easy until we had to push our children into the crowded park and a feeling of fear overcomes my spirit while all I can notice is the darkness.  I was uncomfortable and scared,  everything in me wanted to turn around and head straight for the truck.  Jesus Jesus Jesus that is all I could chant over and over in my head trying to give myself some sort of comfort.  I know he wanted me to be there, I know he calls his servants to love the poor and homeless, I know he wants us to share his love with the unsaved so what was I so worried about?  Why was I letting to spirit of fear stand between me and God?  Maybe because I had my kids with me; I really don't know but what I do know is he wants us to be his light especially in the darkness.

This evening was a little different form the usual pizza and prayer because tonight they were having a prophetic wedding in the park.  Everyone who was there was invited to witness and be a part of the celebration,  we were not aware of this until we got there.   We made our way through the crowd and noticed all the outreach team setting up tables, chairs, and everything that normally is set up for a wedding ceremony.  This is comforting I thought to myself, I love doing set up for weddings but have never been part of a prophetic wedding in an environment like this.  It was easy to jump in and help in a way we were so familiar with.  As the set up was completed the line for the pizza grew longer and longer maybe 100-200 people.  Before the people were served the lady in charge took the stage and wanted to bless the food and share God's word.  She explained how the wedding that was about to take place had an open invitation for anyone who wanted to witness and be part of the celebration.  She explained how Jesus has given everyone an open invitation to a wedding in which He is the groom and we are all the bride.  Jesus wants us to except the invitation to the wedding but also by accepting we need to except him into our lives.  The same way we rsvp to a wedding, by accepting Jesus we are rsvp'ing in the Lambs Book of Life.  Once we have done this we will be accepted to join in all of the wedding events such as the feast with the Father and all of our fellow believers.   The reason this is so relevant is that Jesus not only loves us all as Father but also as a loving husband who watches out for us and cares for us in a deep loving way.  I thought it was an amazing way to share the love of Jesus not only to the homeless but to all of us.  Her words touched me and I know they touched Ryden as well when he looked over at me and said "Mommy why did Jesus die on the cross?" He asks this question often and it gives me a happy heart to know he is recognizing what Jesus did for us.

I may not be 100% comfortable taking my children into certain environments but God's light and love shines if we have faith in HIM and are obedient to his word.  I think we may visit an elderly home or orphanage next though just to switch it up a little :)

Blessings Apryle