Sunday, January 11, 2015

Love Is In The Pause

This is more of a devotional type post than I usually share...And it is a bit of a personal stretch for me to do so as I tend to be very private about these things. But Love is worth sharing...And I share this in Love.

"Love is in the pause"
That phrase is some thing God has been speaking to me for the past several months.

I have been really wanting to change how I respond to the ones I love the most. Kids can be so frustrating and caring for them can feel so draining. There really is no "give and take" it often feels like "take and take some more!" and I am often exasperated and at the end of my rope in dealing with the relentlessness of it all.

A few months ago (maybe even last summer) I asked God how the heck I was supposed to love them better when I was so frustrated? How in the world could I change my responses? When I am in the middle of an exasperated moment and I just want to ...fill in the blank inappropriate reaction here... What am I supposed to DO?

I can't fabricate gentleness. I can't muscle through when I feel all that angry energy in every fiber of my being. I can't get space. I can't do any thing. I feel paralyzed!

He said, "Love is in the pause, Hannah Joy. Love is in the pause."

The pause as you inhale ready to roar with frustration. The pause before you say some thing you'll regret.

Right now I am reading through the Devotional by Heidi and Rolland Baker "Reckless Devotion 365 Days Into the Heart of Radical Love"  it's really just a daily short story about loving and serving others, definitely inspiring and I highly recommend it! Today's reading really stood out to me...
As we cooperate with the Holy Spirit inside us, we will notice His influence flowing out of us into the ordinary situations of life. His love is expressed in the routine, unremarkable moments- not just on special occasions. And as we share His love with others, day by day, we are healed, changed, transformed grown. (p. 11)
 I sat there thinking, HOW? And Jesus said, "Love is in the Pause."

And Hebrews 4 passed through my heart.

Hebrews 4 is all about REST. And while some mention of sabbath rest is made, I don't think that's what the author was really getting at.

"Enter the rest."
It is talking about openness with Holy Spirit.

Love is in the pause. Enter the rest isn't about striving, muscling through, scrounging up false enthusiasm or spirituality.  It is the PAUSE. Where you turn the eyes of your heart away from your frustration and turn it to Jesus, LOVE. Love is in the pause and Grace is in the rest. Stopping all the "shoulds" and momentum, and meeting with Love.

When you rest and pause God's word (and His Word is Jesus and Jesus is LOVE) can pierce the division of soul and spirit, joint and marrow, thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12-13) and you can meet with Love. Love, Who experienced it all, and sympathizes in your struggle. Who intercedes from the throne of Grace. (Hebrews 4:15-16)

Love is in the pause.

Stop looking at your exhuastion, frustrations, fear, and worries.

Rest. Turn away and meet Love in the pause.

Inhale Holy Spirit.
Exhale His Love.

He is able to richly provide what you need...All in one deep breath.

Love is in the pause.

Grace is in the rest.

Hebrews 4.

That little phrase has been very helpful to me over the last several months, it certainly hasn't solved or stopped all my temper tantrums, big feelings, or bad moments. But it has curbed many...It is changing me slowly as I allow LOVE to move and do what it does best: change and fill.

Love is in the Pause, what chain reaction can practicing 1 small pause a day bring to life?

This week I want to pause more than once a day...

Week 1 Wrap Up!

Well we didn't fully stick to the check list. I woke up on Tuesday with a pinched nerve in my neck and I am still stiff and sore 5 days later. Frustrating but we still did pretty well!

We completed every thing in our week 1 goals (except for daily spelling) and I am calling THAT a huge success!

We also stuck to our Menu failry strictly and we had more than enough food left by Grocery shopping day! It also took out a lot of the stress between Hubby Joy and myself. He does about 50% of the cooking and 85% of the baking and trying to figure out when and how is 90% of the battle, this was so much less stressful! He looks at the chart, he does what it says...Every body is fed!

Que Hallelujah Chorus!

Between the extra meetings he had going on this week in the evenings, and the girls dance classes the other two evenings, my homeschooling and working full time (I mean, an extra toddler isn't that big of a deal, but it's still having to be up and have some what of my act together before 7:30 a.m. every day!) Well this Menu is a new favorite!

Here is week 2...

MENU
Week TWO


Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Breakfast
Quiche
PB Toast and fruit
Quiche and fruit
Pancakes leftover
PB Toast and Fruit
*Rice Pudding cereal and eggs
Toast and snackies
Lunch
Leftover Soup *COOK UP BEEF!!!!
Bake Bread
Leftovers sandwiches or baked potatoes




PB and Honey sandwiches
French fries
carrots




Sandwiches or toast
French Fries
Leftovers
snackies
Dinner
Rice and beans
*Chicken Fajittas on rice
BAKE QUICHE
Pancakes DOUBLE Up for breakfast!
Sloppy Joes on baked potatoes
or french fries
Bake BREAD!
Chinese Chicken with Broccoli
Double the rice for breakfast


*Taco Bake
on rice!
Scrambled eggs and baked potatoes or rice and beans
BAKE QUICHE
Snack
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
smoothies, veggies, hummus, bananas, apples, peanutbutter, dried fruit
*Monday: in morning Chop up green pepper, yellow pepper (leave ¼ of each for Friday), 1 large onion and put in bottom of croc Cover with boneless chicken thighs and cover with 1tsp cumin and 1tsp chili powder and 1 tsp salt. Cover and cook all day
*Thursday Dinner: Put 1-2# Broccoli in bottom of croc pot cover with boneless chicken thighs Drizzle 1/4c of Coconut amino and 1tsp of salt over top. Cook on low all day
*Friday: 1# ground beef, 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp chilli powder 3 cans beans, 1 can diced tomatoes, a pprox 1 cup chopped pepper. Cook on low all day
*Rice pudding: coconut milk, cinnamon, a bit of maple syrup mixed over night-old rice and heated up. Yummo!

 
The only thing I am planning on changing is cooking up all the beef on Sunday...That is going to require a bit more planning on my part, but our organic grass fed beef does NOT do well in the fridge all week...It was beginning to turn by Thursday and we can't afford to waste expensive meat (thankfully it was fine, but it was definitely tasting old)!


So here we go...Week 2!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Menu Planning...Week 1!

Along with wanting to do a better job with keeping up with school I also want to really stick to a Menu Plan and limit grocery trips to once a week. I created a 3 week Menu cycle and 3 weekly Grocery Lists...
We start tomorrow...I am posting this in the hopes that putting it out there will hold me to some sort of accoutability...Or perhaps I will slink away in shame. :D


Here goes...

 
MENU
WEEK ONE


Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Breakfast
toast and eggs
(fruit)
Quiche
*START DINNER
PB toast or eggs
**START DINNER
PANCAKES
PB toast
(fruit)
Eggs and Fruit
Pancakes, waffles, or rice pudding
Lunch
BAKE BREAD
COOK UP BEEF!
Snackies
PB and Honey
French Fries and fruit
Rice
and
beans or sloppy joes on bake potatoes.








Sandwiches
French Fries


carrots
hummus
apples and PB
Dinner
Pasta and meat sauce
Chinese Ginger Chicken over rice
Leftovers!
PANCAKES



(extra batch for breakfast)
Chilli
BAKE BREAD!!
Leftovers!!!
Garlic Chicken with potatoes
Rice and beans


French toast casserole for tomorrow?
CHICKEN SOUP with KALE
Snack
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies

*Monday: Throw chopped carrots and cabbage in bottom of croc pot, cover with boneless chicken thighs, 1/4C Coconut aminos, 1T ginger. Set on low for day. Serve over rice.
**Wednesday,: Throw can of Tomato sauce, 1# ground beef, 1T of Chili powder, and 4 cans beans in croc pot in the a.m.!
Thursday CHICKEN IN CROC POT in the a.m.!!!!!! Chop 2 cloves garlic stick in side chicken, drizzle olive oil and rosemary (1/2tsp) over top. Cook on low for the day! Cube 5 potatoes and set around chicken. Salt!
*Saturday: Leftover chicken, 1 pack boneless thighs, cover well with water, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 bay leaf. All in crocpot by 10. cook on low until 4. strain and separate meat and bones, shred with fork. Put back in croc pot and add several cups of kale and at least 1T salt let cook until 5 or 6.

And the shopping list...
 
WEEK ONE
GROCERY LIST
Natures Market
1 jars of tomato sauce
GF pasta (1)
 Ketchup
1 jar chopped tomatoes from basement
unsweetened coconut milk (SO delicious brand)


Dairy
(5) 18 pack eggs
 hummus
Meat
3# beef
2 packs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 whole chicken
Household
check dishwasher

toilet paper
paper plates
dish soap
hand soap
Produce 
Carrots
apples
bananas
potatoes
baby kale
FROZEN FOODS
2 bags of frozen french fries (cascadia farms ORGANIC)

check frozen fruit (smoothies)
DRY GOODS
(check)MOLASSAS
CANNED PUMPKIN
peanutbutter
6 cans of beans
rice 
applesauce
coffee
10# rice 
NOTES/OTHER....

 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Daily Goals Check Lists

 I plan on putting these in a page protector or laminating them and hanging them on the wall...Each week the girls can use a dry erase marker to check off their school each day and we'll wipe it clean at the end of the week. I am hopeful it will help us all see what we're actually accomplishing and either step it up or regroup and plan differently for the next week.

RJ Daily Goals
Monday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Handwriting Lesson Day 1
(10 minutes)


Math You see Video Lesson/Review
(20 Minutes)


Easy Peasy Language Arts
(25 minutes)
Tuesday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Handwriting Lesson Day 2
(10 minutes)


Math You see Review Lesson
(20 Minutes)


Easy Peasy History
(25 minutes)

Wednesday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Handwriting Lesson Day 3
(10 minutes)


Math You see Video Lesson
(20 Minutes)


Easy Peasy Science
(25 minutes)

Thursday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Handwriting Lesson Day 4
(10 minutes)


Math You see Review Lesson
20 Minutes)


Easy Peasy Bible
(25 minutes)
Friday: HANDWRITING Day 5!!!


AJ Daily Goals
Monday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Giggle Bunny Or Endless Alphabet
(10 minutes)


Math You see Video Lesson
(20 Minutes)


Reading with Mommy*
(20 minutes)
Tuesday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Fine Motor Work
(5 minutes)


School Activity with Mommy
(15 Minutes)


Reading with Mommy
(5 minutes)

Wednesday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Handwriting Art
(10 minutes)


School Activity with Mommy
(10 Minutes)


Reading with Mommy
(15 minutes)

Thursday


Spelling You See Lesson
(10 minutes)


Fine Motor Project
(10 minutes)


School Activities
(20 Minutes)


Reading With Mommy
(15 minutes)
Friday: FREE PLAY DAY, create!

 * literally Mommy reading to AJ, middle child needs some special cozy time enjoying books together. 

Diviing Back into School! Weeks 1-4

I am trying to get super organized as we dive into this next Semester. Things got a little hairy there around October-November and then the Holidays hit and ...Well it all kind of fell apart. We didn't stay on track, we didn't get the focused "we're learning about this stuff together" angle I wanted. I definitely prefer to lean unschooling, but I feel like I need loose goals and fun easy activities to do with the kids or the days just float on past.

This is my grand plan for this next Semester...

This plan is mostly for my Kindergartener and the (soon to be) 3 year olds. On top of these the older two will have daily check lists of things they'll need to accomplish every day before they can move onto non-educational (ie, video games on the fire TV stick or Transformers/Non-PBS related TV).

I've decided to post all this on my personal blog to kind of keep track and hold myself accountable. I am hoping to do a little weekly recap to share what we did and what we didn't and to tweak my plans a bit. 

I will be using some TV shows as part of our curriculum and many youtube videos. As well as some Five In A Row resources. I have many many FIAR books and 2 of the teachers books, I'll let the kid of the week pick one of the FIAR options and we'll read that book and incorporate some of it into the rest of the week depending on their interest.   Honestly this looks super (maybe?) complicated but really it's about 15 mintus of focused activities and 25 minutes of watching a show while we work on a craft (it makes it easier when I'm fielding 4 peoples requests it makes people a bit more patient...and reinforces what we're learning about that day. 
 
School
Winter 2015
Weeks 1-4
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Book and Letter Day! Number and Color Day! Art and Music Day! ANIMAL Day! Whatever Day!
*Week 1*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Letter H


Watch “Letter H” video
Hillary the Hippo
Day 48 *EPH


*Book: Katie and the Big Snow
*Week 1*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Number 6!
ORANGE
Play counting game, and build 6 with blocks!


Simon Says 6!


ORANGE!!!
SQUARE
*Week 1*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Creative Galaxy episode


Episode 4


Build some strecthy bracelets with charms
*Week 1*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hippopotamus!


Color Hilary the Hippo!


Wild Kratts S. 5
Episode 2!
*Week 1*
~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sticker play!


Cosmic Kids yoga!


Model Magic!


Painting
*Week 2*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Letter I


Day Day 52 EPH


*Book AJ picks!
*Week 2*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Number 7
GREEN
Can we find 7 things that begin with /i/?


GREEN TRIANGLE
*Week 2*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Creative Galaxy


Episode 3
Action Painting


(paint!)
*Week 2*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
IGUANA!!!!


Color Izzy the iguana


Wild Kratts Season 3 Episode 9
*Week 2*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sticker Scenes




Cosmic Kids


Model Magic


Painting
*Week 3*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Letter J!
EPH Day62


*M picks the book
*Week 3*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Number 8
WHITE


Build 8 shaped Snowman craft


WHITE CIRCLE
*Week 3*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Netflix Episode
Art Program
*Week 3*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JAGUAR!


Wild Kratts


Season 5 episode 9 Shadow black Jaguar
*Week 3*
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sticker Scenes


Cosmic Kids


Model Magic


Painting
Week 4
LETTER K!
EPH Day 66


*PJ picks the book!
Week 4
The Number 9!
YELLOW
RECTANGLE


Decorate a 9 with Yellow pipe cleaners


Review Units House
Week 4
Creative Galaxy


Episode 10
Week 4
KOALA!


Wild Kratts
Season 3 Episode2


Look up in Animal Encyclopedia
Week 4
Sticker Scenes


Cosmic Kids


Model Magic


Painting












Notes




*Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool

 Here's to a healthy and productive quarter! I have 19 weeks planned out and if we stick to it pretty closely we'll be done with the school year by Mid may!! Here we go!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Coconut Spice Sconelettes

Like their name? Me too! They are subtle and kind of like super easy, no brain 3-bite cinnamon scones. Perfect with afternoon tea.

They don't look like much, I am tired...but I am saving all my recipes here before I forget...life gets busy and kids seem to eat my recipe papers or they wander off...
It makes about 16
Ingredients
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/4c arrow root starch
2T coconut flour
1/4 cup molasses 
2T Maple syrup
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger

Mix it all together and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (or until edges are golden brown). 

*Tip if batter seems a little runny ass 1tsp of  coconut flour and stir well and let it sit for a minute or two.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Too Sweet for Sugar Cocoa Chewy Drop Cookies

Due to candida over growth issues, and our desire to nourish our bodies, we don't "do" sugar. Finding ways to have treats with our dietary constrictions and long term health goals, well it is always an adventure! These cookies are sweetened with ripe bananas and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, chewey and filling - perfect rainy day treat.

We use toddler spoons for our cooking experiments!

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
 2 Tablespoons oil (melted, I used palm shortening melted)
2T cocoa powder
2/3 C arrow root starch
1/3 C coconut flour
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1T maple syrup

Directions
Whip bananas, almond extract, oil, and eggs in food processor or blender
In a mixing bowl combine coconut and dry ingredients

Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well 
Spoon by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet ***lined with parchment paper*** and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cookie is firm to a tap and sides look slightly crisp.