Brave Adventure

Brave Adventure

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What I'm Loving About Wednesday

Here is what I'm loving about Wednesday...

So cute


Actually I am having a rougher day today. I have had some frustrations, mishaps, less naps than needed (or than the babe needed), so my loves today are extra necessary.

I am loving my sister who let me rant to her today when I was at the end of my rope

LL, my awesome sister


I am loving my husband who sympathized with me by text

So much love right here


I am loving the Naturallyestes Peas & Carrots Etsy store (even though she's on vacation)

This is just one of many super cute headbands and accessories


I am loving running and how good it has made me feel about myself these days! I am loving that I am going to lose this baby weight and be a hot mommy!

Exercises to tighten skin after weight loss or pregnancy.
This is not actually me

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday.

Romans 8

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.


I feel like so often this is true for me. I am just praying rambling. You know? There is so much on my mind that I literally cannot form coherent thoughts to pray. I am worried, I am nervous, I am anxious, I am excited, I am ready, I am hesitant, I am rejoicing, I am scared. Whatever! All of it! One time I read a statistic that said women think approximately 311 words per minute. I told Cal and he said he thinks that I probably think more per minute to make up for the other women who think slowly. I sometimes feel like I am thinking 311 words per second. Does that make sense? While the husb cannot typically think of more than exactly 1 thing at a time, I have so many things going on in my head that when he asks me what I am thinking I say, "nothing" because I cannot form the words. Or sometimes, when he's totally not expecting it (and neither am I), I will quite literally tell him everything I am thinking no matter how random. It's a scary place, my brain. It's sort of like dumping out the trash truck after it's gone through multiple neighbors - odd, eclectic, and having little connection to each other. So I am thankful for the Spirit who lives in me and can sort out my crazy brain in order to help me pray to the Lord, even when what I am feeling is just a groaning... too deep for words. 

Amen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Just in case you wondered: Egg Whites

Hello All!

I have had many people ask me questions about how I know when egg whites are at "stiff peaks" or "soft peaks". Also many people have made small mistakes that sink their egg white battleship. Remember that the look of stiff and soft peaks also applies when whipping cream (but not all the other precautions)!

Here is a great article with a picture slideshow attached about egg white beating!

http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_detail/scs/10056?slde=lghtbx

For those of you who won't go, here are the tips (you'll have to use the link to get the pictures though):




Technique: Beating Egg Whites

A cheat sheet for perfect egg foam

If you want to make a cheese soufflé, meringues or an angel food cake (and trust us, you do), you first have to master the technique for properly beaten egg whites.
There are as many tricks as there are chefs, but here are the five worth committing to memory:
• Use room-temperature egg whites, which beat up faster and with more volume than when cold.
• Fat is the enemy. Even the tiniest bit of yolk can sabotage your perfect foam. Separate the whites and yolks carefully, and beat the whites in a clean, dry stainless steel or copper bowl. (Copper makes for an exceptionally fluffy foam.)
• If you’re beating egg whites by hand, use a large balloon whisk and prepare to feel the burn. Once you start whisking, continue until the foam is stable at the soft or stiff peak stage (for a visual, check out our slide show). If you are using an electric mixer, pay attention: Whites can go from just right to overwhipped and grainy in the time it takes to send a text message.
• Add insurance. To stabilize the foam, add a small amount of cream of tartar, an acid salt. If you’re making a sweet preparation you’ll need to add sugar, but add it in two stages: a bit at the beginning and the majority at the end. The reason for this is that sugar inhibits foam formation, so adding it all at the beginning would be detrimental. Confectionary (powdered) or superfine sugar is our choice as it dissolves easily.
• Know when to stop beating. You want to hit the sweet spot between underwhipped, which results in an unstable foam that weeps and collapses, and over-whipped, which also results in an unstable foam that--you guessed it--weeps and collapses. Here’s what perfectly beaten egg whites look like. Now, start whipping!

What I'm Loving about Wednesday!

What I'm Loving about Wednesday


These are a few things that I'm loving about today!


I am loving that my baby girl is growing up and is just as cute as ever! I am loving getting the opportunity to play with her every day and how God has given me unconditional love for her.

I am loving that today begins a new year of Student Ministry with our teacher's meeting and that this weekend is Promotion Sunday!






I am loving that I have gotten the opportunity to join the N-List (naturallyestes.blogspot.com) and sell my scarves! I am also excited to start shipping my mason jar cakes!


The Healthy Refrigerator...What good ideas!!!

I am loving my new dedication to more healthy eating and healthy living. I am hoping to become healthy and fit! I have been praying that God would help me to take care of the body that I've been given, but do so without becoming obsessed with being "thin" or having a body that is not my own (let's just face reality that I'm not built to wear a size 0 or be 5ft 7in).



I'm excited to be training with my friend Raquel for a half marathon! We'll see if I can actually make it that far, but the motivation to exercise is just as good.

I'm loving the cute tutorial that I found for making a mobile for the Babe, the fact that the pinwheels are huge and not on purpose haha.

And of course I am loving my wonderful family, especially my husband. I know they nor I am perfect, but God has put us together with such clear intention.




I'm linking up today with This Kind of Love!



Friday, August 17, 2012

5 Months!

Happy 5 Months of Life Baby Girl!



So I know this hasn't been the easiest 5 months of life on you, but trust me we will both figure this out slowly but surely. You are so precious to me even when I'm frustrated. I can't wait to see your personality come out more and more each day as I get to know the woman God is creating in you. You will always be beautiful to me no matter what. You are incredibly smart even at this young age. You impress me with all the things you try to accomplish each day (and with the amount of food you can knock out in a sitting haha). I feel so blessed to be your mommy! I know that we will not have a perfect relationship always and that no matter what I do it is highly unlikely we will look anything like the Gilmore duo, but know I will always be here for you. I will mess up and I will apologize. So will you! Let's just agree in advance to be a household of grace and forgiveness on both sides. I hope that you know from a young age that you are deeply loved, deeply cared for, and deeply prayed over. 

Happy Month Day!




Fun facts for month five:
Weight: 11 lbs .6 oz (although it's been weeks since her last weigh in)
Height: 26 in
Eating: Every two to three hours during the day
Sleeping: Two or three naps a day and sleeping all night!!
Diaper: Size 1-2
Clothing: Some 0-3 month and some 3-6 month (she is so skinny she can wear NB pants, but they are definitely capris now haha)


 
What's new for month five:
  • She is a rolling machine! She will only roll back to front these days (which is ironic because she used to only roll front to back), but does it continually. 
  • She is chewing on anything and everything she can get her hands on. Her favorites include: Mommy/Daddy's hands/knuckles, the back of spoons or forks, baby spoons, my face, her seahorse rattle, and straws. She loves to attempt to put things quite large into her mouth too which is hilarious.
  • She is reaching! She contorts her little body in all different ways attempting to reach her toys/books.
  • She loves to read and turn the pages of books. 
  • She loves to kick things really fast
  • She is trying (when on her tummy) to tuck her legs under her and push out! 
  • She loves peek-a-boo, flying baby, and pulling herself into the seated position on mommy's thumbs
  • She can almost pick herself all the way into seated by herself, she is just short of that
  • She loves to stand (with help)!! If you try to sit her up, she will plant her feet and push off to make herself stand.
  • She still won't laugh yet, but she does throw her head back and open her mouth really wide when she thinks things are funny (no sound). If she reeeaaally likes it, she will add a squeal. 
  • She is getting very talkative
  • I think she knows her name because she will turn to me when I call her name, but not always when I'm just talking to her. (We were a little worried about this because we don't often call her by her name, we tend to use nicknames)
  • She loves music, messing with Mommy's keyboard, and making funny sounds with her lips
  • She can sleep through anything (all God's work)
  • She loves grabbing those connected rings on her carseat and her ball with all the holes in it
  • She loves her "Jenny" (a blanket with a giraffe body on it that we named Jenny) and "Jerry" (her giraffe that is also a sound machine)
  • Her favorite blanket is pink, has little birds on it and has her name embroidered around the edges (thank you Monica Moore!) 
  • She sucks on her middle three fingers to put herself to sleep or comfort herself or just for fun. She will chew on her thumb, but never suck on it. 
  • She loves other people, but only one or two at a time. She hates crowds.
  • She views her clothes as just a portable blanket to chew on and suck on

Enjoy!




Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What I Believe

What I Believe

  • I believe that God is in control
  • I believe God has a purpose even in the most dire, most painful circumstances
  • I believe that God will take care of my baby as long as I follow His command to do my best to take care of her. 
  • I believe God has a purpose in my frustration
  • I believe God sees all those who are hurting, those little children waiting for their forever families, those mommies who are crying out for their children who are prodigal/sick/dying or even for their perfectly fine children, those mommies that are sitting on their knees in prayer for their families
  • I believe in love, true, long-term, forever, "I choose you even when I don't like you" kind of love
  • I believe in healthy conflict
  • I believe in healthy tears
  • I believe in healing, that though the world is just insanely broken that God will ultimately heal His Creation, that God is slowly bringing about healing in His own people in the mean time, that God is capable of physical healing even in the present age though we are often too cynical to even ask for it much less believe it will happen
  • I believe in belief, that there are things worth putting my faith in, that are unchanging
  • I believe in taking a few moments every now and then to be serious and evaluate your blessings, who you are in light of who God is, and so much more
Love,
Claire

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Mind is a Scary Place

My mind is a scary place and today you will be privy to it. But there will be a reward at the end!

I spent years in useless discomfort. Seriously.
I was told from a very young age (I cannot remember who told me first) that if I crossed my legs I would get spider veins. Now at the time I had no idea what spider veins were, but the tone of these words indicated to me that they were bad. Very bad. So I have trained myself to cross my legs at the ankle or not cross at all. I have spent years of skirt/dress wearing in discomfort because I yearned to cross my legs like a regular human. No one told me the simple truth: If you have children (and I mean have as in birth), you will have spider veins. I was shaving my legs recently and realized that I have spider veins. All this time! I'm not bitter that I have spider veins, I'm bitter that I have missed out on crossing my legs all this time. You can rest assured that I will be crossing my legs in the future.

So I have a friend who one time asked me if I intentionally wash my feet in the shower (you'd have to understand the friend to understand why this isn't weird). I'd never really thought about it, but I do wash my feet because it just seems a natural side effect of washing in general. So now every time I wash my feet I think of them. It's odd.

Here is some love for you: