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“The grass withers, the flower fades

when the breath of the Lord blows on it;

surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”

from Isaiah 40, ESV

Just some verses from Isaiah 40 that I am enjoying this week. We are in the midst of moving locally, so I will not be posting for a week or two. But, I will be back after that!
Right now, I am resting in the knowledge that God is in control of situations we cannot control. He knows the perfect timing of all. Even if it isn’t what I think it should be! He will give us strength to make it through. Packing a house of 5, while 8 months pregnant and moving is exhausting. But He promises to give strength and gently lead those with young. I can rest in His arms and take it one day at a time. And yes, I took a little break yesterday and let the kids run in the dandelion field. Yes, they are just dandelions, but they looked so pretty.
(my 3 year old loves bringing me flowers!)

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There’s a baby wrap giveaway going on over at Modest Mom
Looks like it would be a fun wrap to try- this is a style I use often with newborns to about 6-8 months.

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“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:37-39

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>Giveaway!

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Giveaway is now closed!
And the winner is:
KIM!
Congrats, email me if you haven’t already and I will get you the book out shortly!
For everyone else: be sure and check out Keeper of the Home’s blog, read some past posts and watch for new ones if this is a topic that interests you!

Doesn’t this sound like a wonderful book?
It is.
I already got to read it. Lucky me!
I actually got to read a copy before it was published and give some feedback. It was a wonderful read. Easy, but full of great information.
I really enjoyed her chapter on couponing, it was a great balance between being frugal and making the most of the coupons available while at the same time remembering that it isn’t a good deal if it’s just junk you don’t want to feed your family anyway and a nice way to find balance in couponing and buying “real food”!
I found as well, even as a pretty new gal to the whole real food idea, that there were things I could say “hey, I’m doing that! Must be doing something right”, as well as “oh, what a great idea, I can do this” – like her baking day ideas. Plus there were some things in there that I said, “Oh, I can’t do this yet” BUT it gave me some things to think over and start mulling over in my brain on how I could do that someday and give me some things to grow into. (Like gardening- I don’t garden at all right now, probably can’t this year due to housing situation and a move and a baby in July! But next year…… )
So, I would highly recommend this book for anyone, in any stage of their “real food journey” – I think you will be able to take something valuable away and glean some wonderful insights from some others who are further along.
The only downside for me was the fact that it’s a e-book. And the only way I have to read it is in the office on my computer, unless I wanted to have the 250 pages printed. Which, honestly, I might do at some point. It would be worth it to me, just might get a little expensive. But not terrible, I think it would cost less then $10 to take and have printed at my local printing store.
I am more of a reader learner anyway- I don’t do great with videos or audio – let me read it! But, it’s hard to read with 3 little ones and you can’t carry the book to where they are playing. I ended up reading it during naps and enjoying the peace and quiet. But, it’s worth it. It was a little more work for me, but I really enjoyed the book.
Stephanie did a great job at putting her thoughts and ideas into a very easy to read format and while not getting too “wordy” explained things well. There is also a wonderful resource of other books, websites and resources to pursue finding options for you locally and on your own.
So – you think you would like a copy too?
Leave a comment on this post and I will be giving away one free copy of the E-book to someone at the end of this week! Please be sure to leave me your contact email too!

For extra entries – follow Keeper of the Home on FACEBOOK or TWITTER or SUBSCRIBE to her blog!
You can also post about the giveaway on your blog and link back here for another entry.
Leave me a separate comment below for each you have done!

Want to read more? Here are some link’s to Stephanie’s blog, “Keeper of the Home”
she’s been sharing excerpts from the book on posts HERE and HERE

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“The most important thing you can do with your life is invest it in your children”
“We mothers have the opportunity to influence eternity by building a spiritual legacy in the lives of our children.”
“I realize that those foundational years in the life of a child – those same years when I sometimes thought I was accomplishing nothing – have a lasting effect on almost every aspect of the rest of that child’s life.”

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Sweet and Sour Chicken
This is an excellent leave all day in the crockpot meal!

I have sort of based this recipe on THIS one and THIS one. If you want to make it with tofu GO HERE and follow some of the hints she has on making it. Otherwise, just slice or cut up whatever meat you like and go for it.
1 pound chicken, beef or whatever
(I usually use uncooked and let it cook all day, you can use already cooked, it won’t take as long – cook till veggies are done!)
4-6 cups veggies, chopped or small slices
Bell peppers, carrots, broccoli are good choices, but be creative
1 onion, chopped

In a saucepan, mix:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup turbinado sugar or sweetener of choice
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2-3 TB flour, cornstarch or arrowroot powder, dissolved in 1/2 cup water
Mix everything together and bring to a boil, should thicken slightly

Combine with meat and veggies throughly and place in crockpot. Or do as I do, and don’t dirty something else, stir well once it’s all in the crockpot!
Cook on low 8-10 hours or until meat and veggies are done.

Serve over rice and enjoy!

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>This is an excerpt from the May/June 2010 Thriving Family magazine published by Focus on the Family. The article is titled “Mommy-Tasking” by Carol Barnier. It’s a pretty good perspective for us multi-tasking mamas!

“………Multi-tasking is not something mothers need to learn. We clean the house and whip dinner and taxi the kids and trim their hair while we extract a splinter, explain a metaphor, sew a costume, teach kids to chew with their mouths closed, remove lipstick from the couch cushion and use a toilet plunger…….. What we moms need, what our minds miss most and what our hearts intensely seek is the seemingly lost ability to monotask. We long for a quiet moment on a porch swing to laugh with a child, a change to linger over dinner with our husband and the satisfaction of allowing a burgeoning idea to playfully work its way through our brain……. the world of motherhood is one of perpetual motions….. But multi-tasking isn’t just a solution for improved productivity; a value statement that say more is always better and quiet times are unproductive times. I suspect that God couldn’t agree less. The Bible doesn’t say, “He leadeth me in the path of astounding productivity and dizzying accomplishment whereby He is exceedingly impressed”. No, God wants us to lie down in green pastures, and He wants to lead us beside still waters to restore our souls………..”
Are you so busy that you miss a quiet moment with a child?
Can you take 15 minutes during naps today and just enjoy reading through the Psalms and not work your grocery list or listen to music at the same time?
Take a moment from your day and look around you-
Enjoy it.
Treasure this moment…
In all the chaos and clutter…
In the midst of kids and a husband…
and dinner on the stove…
Say “thanks Lord” for all you have given me.

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