Thursday, June 21, 2012

thankful thursday

297. sunny skies
298. hot days
299. cool showers
300. maya lily
301. waking up to a foot rub
302. steak
303. waterfront photos
304. having the ability to walk until my feet hurt
305. sunblock
306. unexpected gifts for others
307. honeymoons
308. paying cash instead of credit cards
309. clean sheets
310. an extra day off
311. patience
312. hope
313. love
314. fresh zucchini
315. mardi gras masks
316. sleeping in our own bed again
317.a CSA
318. fresh basil when mine's dying
319. music
320. clean dishes before 6am
321. quiet time
322. a purpose
323. heart homework
324. fresh starts

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

romans 1513

how strange.
to pray for someone you've never even met.
it's different when praying for a people group.
the lost in china.
or india.
or africa.
or my backyard.
although faceless, they have an image to me.

but this one is faceless.
with no image.
no name.
no race.
no identity.

and still.
we pray.

for salvation and for a rescue and for curiosity and for love and for two stories to somehow, in god's perfect way, be melding into one. one story that is so braided together you can't tell where each separate one began, only that they were supposed to be one story the whole time.

praying romans 15:13 today
may the god of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

the original food diet

let me start by saying i'm not the one who coined that ( ^ ) phrase.
and b) this isn't a food blog. recipes pertaining to this series will be found at my other blog.
now that we're all on the same page, let's talk.

i've been following mandy for some time now. she recently started participating in what she terms as the original food diet. you can go to her blog for a lot more information than i can share in this short space. it basically comes down to this:
if it comes from the ground you can eat it.
no meat
no dairy
no animal products
no processed foods

so i've liked this idea for some time, but knew that throwing out the possibility to husband would be met with a hearty laughter as he asks me if i'm kidding. so i did what any reasonable woman would do. i threw out all the unhealthy food and just made him participate anyway.

i'm kidding.

i prayed about it. i prayed that if this is something we should do as a family, that god would put it on his heart and he would initiate it.
and he did.
he sat me down one evening and explained that, for health reasons, he really felt that he should do this. and he listed out the foods he'd be eating and what he wouldn't let himself have. and he ended with:
"and i can't ask for you to do this too, but i do ask for your support."

lemme tell you. i bout jumped out of my skin. i was so happy to hear this! so we talked and made the guidelines (really, it's him making the guidelines. it's a little stricter. for example, no almond milk unless i make it myself), and we set a date. we decided that since we had plans on father's day, we would start the day after. so we spend the two weeks before it eating responsibly but cleaning out the things we couldn't eat on this new... thing.
i still hate to call it a DIET.
then, the saturday before, we did the big clean. we cleared the cabinets of food that we won't be eating, and donated it to a friend. i went shopping and bought things like red lentils, brown basmati rice, quinoa, carrots, peppers, acorn squash.

sunday was spent with a friend making quinoa for lunches, homemade hummus, and spaghetti squash. i love the idea of preparing sunday for the week's lunches. i even have a board just for ideas for this. and if you scoot over there, you'll see that the title is "the 40 days"-- meaning that, yes, there's an end in sight. i'm okay with this being a lifestyle change, and maybe it will be, but for now, we needed to see that this won't last forever. we'll be going through the end of july... and hopefully resetting our bodies in the process so that we don't crave things that are "bad" for us.

a neat little side effect is the lack of trash in just a few days. i buy things in bulk mostly, and then store them in mason jars. all fruit and vegetable waste goes in the freezer to return to our CSA so they can use it for compost. and if i can just give a quick report, one day in? i have already lost so much bloat. yay for water weight loss!! but really. even husband commented on how much better he felt as he was waking up this morning-- that is, until he took his multivitamin on an empty stomach... but that's another story.

Monday, June 4, 2012

adoption is {not} plan b

the process of even get to the point of knowing we'll be adopting has been exhausting. it was a road filled with tears, hormonal mood swings, and disappointments. i had known for a long time that having my own children was unlikely, so i've been open to adopt for quite some time-- knowing that was probably the only way that i would ever have my own children. chris had not. once he met me (and fell head over heels for my beautiful self), he was also on board with adoption.

then we had a meeting with one of my doctors who told me, of course i could get pregnant! of course i could have a baby! other patients of his had TWO babies!

so, we tried.
we tried.

we know all things are possible through god, but we are also aware that his plan for our life may have been adoption all along. that he had put it in my heart that i was to adopt from a very early age to remove that control from me, to make it easy for me to accept when the time came for me to face this truth.

and the TRUTH? it was easy to face that truth. it was open and honest and freeing.


god's plan-- the very best plan, if you ask me-- is for adoption. from before he formed the earth, he spoke of adoption.
...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. in love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through jesus christ, according to the purpose of his will...
ephesians 1:4-5

adoption may be our sequentially second choice, but it is not our second option. it is not our plan b. after all, how could it be my plan b, if it's so perfect in god's eyes?