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Sunday, March 31, 2013

7: An Experiment Mutiny Against Excess

Recently I had a friend talk on her blog about reading the book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. Can I just tell you that this book is scary and exhilarating all at the same time? It is asking me to take a month a piece to radically reduce. The different things I will work on are food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. The first month is food. She asks that you live for the month only 7 foods (healthy foods). She has done some research to come up with her 7 and I have decided to follow her model. The seven foods are:

1. Chicken
2. Eggs
3. Spinach
4. Avocados
5. Whole Wheat Bread/Tortillas
6. Sweet Potatoes
7. Apples

I know this is going to get old, eating the same food for every meal. I know I will have to get creative. We can only use olive oil, salt, and pepper to cook. Whoa! But here I am, taking the plunge. This is not to diet, nor to be healthy (though it is healthy), this is to take a step into simplification. Have you ever really thought about how much your life revolves around food? Do you have any "comfort" foods? Do you owe yourself a treat when you succeed at something or when you have a low day? Well I said yes to all those questions. So April 1st is my first day of 7 and I sit at the precipice thinking..."what have I done?" ha. I feel like some months will be easier, but this one is tough. Hurts my insides tough. So tonight we made a special last meal for me before the month begins (keep in mind we're about to make s'mores too):

Peanut Butter and Syrup Pancakes with Sparkling Cider

Powdered Sugar Pancakes and Sparkling Cider
Pray for me please.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Monday 7

7 starts Monday and I am absolutely terrified. Trying to convince the husband to do it with me has not been successful thus far. We will see.

Feeling really fat today thanks to the fact that pre-pregnancy I enjoyed wearing the occasional form fitting clothes. Turns out that running a half marathon does not guarantee a tone torso.

Sometimes you just need a good cry.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Without wax

I am currently reading in Philippians. I made a commitment to go through all of Paul's Epistles and this is where I am. But I have been trying a new thing, well a new couple of things. Here is my process: read the passage, journal/pray, read commentary (sometimes translate), journal more. While sometimes the commentary makes my quiet time feel too intellectual and not enough heart engaged (such that I put it away for the day), sometimes it is gives some beautiful insight! I want to share some of that insight with you to do (credit to the book pictured above - Thanks, Dad, for the loan).

In Philippians 1:9-11 it says (ESV), "And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." The KJV, however, says "that we may be sincere and without offense". So I want to look at the word "sincere". Apparently it comes from the ancient "sin cere" which means "without wax" in Latin or "sun tested" in its Greek form. 
So the cheapest pottery is thick and easy to make, it is everywhere in archaeological finds. But, the cheapest pottery is thin. It is quite hard to make, and it often cracks when it is fired. So many times dishonest artisans would put a hard wax in the cracks that is not discernible to the naked eye, especially once it is glazed or painted. But, if the pottery is held up to the light, the cracks are darker than the rest of the pottery and openly discernible. So, fine artisans would mark their finest things "without wax" or "sun tested" so that people would know they were pure or sincere. 

I want to be sun tested. I want to be without wax. We try to cover up our flaws, our sins from an all-knowing God (which is inherently ridiculous). We try and make the world think that we have it all together and have it all figured out. We do not! Let us be sun tested instead! Let us be refined and formed by The Potter (God), that we may be fine pottery. Let us be those that are in pursuit of perfection and honest about where we fall short. Let us be remade daily after God's own desire. Amen!

To God be the glory, great things He hath done
So loved He, the world, that He gave us His Son

Friday, March 22, 2013


Here is my confession: I follow too many blogs.

I really do. And I have such good intentions to read them all. And most of them say really awesome things. But there are just too many to keep up with. If I can find a way to send your blog update to my email, the odds that I will read your blog greatly increases. The rest of you... beware. 
I used to keep up with them really well, but for about... a year (I think you can guess what happened a year ago by my last post)... life has just been a little more busy. So, I am sitting here right now when I should be reading the world's worst book my ethics textbook, reading blogs and writing to you out there. How many of you read these things any way? Just asking. 

Sometimes though, don't you just need a break? Don't you have this long list of things to do, but really (and I mean really) you just need to do nothing? Don't you need to go running, to return some foam board, to get a new sippy cup, to read some textbooks, to do dishes, to change the laundry, to clean the house, to spray some weeds, to knock down a wasp nest....? Or is it just me. Well, maybe that exact list is just me. I think we are just too busy. I want to be relaxed. I won't lie to you and say that I want to be a complete free spirit, because if you've ever met me you know that too much free time is where my spirit goes to die. I need some semblance of a routine and schedule. I need some things to do, to get out of the house a little bit. But I don't want to be busy any more. I have spent a lot of my life riding the busy coaster. It's kind of weird because I thrive on pressure and having too little time to get things done. The semester I took 12 hours of class - B average, the semester I took 19 hours of class, worked 30 hours a week, and got 12 hours a week in the practice room - 4.0. I enjoy the rush, the pressure, the chaos, the structure, the structure, the structure of being busy. But God has called me to stop, to slow down, to quiet my heart. God has showed me that in the busy I have left Him out of the equation. There is not time to spend an hour journaling and praying when your life is jam packed with 80,000 things. Nap time should not always be when I cram all the work I would normally do in 24 hours into 2 hours. I cannot multi-task my child. 

Now there will be days (and even weeks) of busy. There will be days when RB has to sit in the shopping cart more than she would prefer, there will be days when she must play alone while I change out the laundry. This will happen. Guaranteed. However, I do not have to give in to the notion that my every day must look like this. 

And don't we pass this on to our children? Don't we enroll them in after school activities, and sports, and art class, and kumon or something to take up every night? Don't we schedule their summers full of camps and splash pads and events to pass the time? Don't we teach them that "chillin" is unproductive and, therefore, useless? I am all for camp, splash pads, museums, art class, sports, etc, but let's take some time off too. Let's have a night or two a week that is not scheduled. Let's have family time at home. Let's watch a movie, let's wrestle in the living room, let's make a fort to read books in. Let's run through sprinklers in the backyard. Let's slow down. Let's talk to each other. Let's write letters. 

Let's be different.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First Birthday!

Happy 1st Birthday! 

Fun facts for month twelve:
Weight: 17lbs 5oz
Height: 26 3/4in (looks like I can't measure?)
Eating: Nurses once a day (working on weaning), she loves to eat solids and drink from her sippy cup
Sleeping: 2 Naps during the day
Diaper: Size 3 diapers
Clothing: She wears such a wide range of clothes right now! As low as 6 months and as high as 12-18 months (jeans, they are rolled at the bottom, but fit at the waist)
What's new for month twelve:

  • She can say "ball"
  • She still loves to read, especially the peekaboo book
  • Black beans! I bought some kiwi for her to try this week. Get excited!
  • She got a monster truck for her birthday that she loves, haha
  • If you ask her for a kiss, she will either give you an Eskimo kiss or touch foreheads. 
  • She has decided she likes her push toy again
  • She loves goldfish, but just sucks on them until they disintegrate 
  • Get read for some cake pictures below, she loved that chocolate cake - her parents' daughter
  • She eats, eats, and eats.
  • She loves to turn the stereo off and on over and over again
  • She loves to throw things off the table
  • She thinks puzzle pieces are so funny
  • She can walk with only one hand held, but it isn't her favorite
  • We have gotten a referral to a nephrologist so we are praying for answers there, but they have told us they can't see us until August. Feeling a little bit disappointed about that.
  • She is a climber. She likes to use me as her personal jungle gym, but really anything will suffice. 
  • She loves any food that comes off my plate (or her Daddy's plate), but is becoming a more opinionated eater. 
  • She is developing more of a personality which I just love
  • Happy Birthday, Baby Girl! (Her actual birthday and party were on March 16th - last Saturday, sorry this is late)
Birthday party pictures!!

Excited about my party tomorrow!

First Birthday Present!

Party Favors!

Love my family - wishing we could add the Lewis family, and Uncle Tony, Aunt Joye Lynn, and the Cousins to this photo!

Four Generations

This phase just cracks me up!

Her favorite head piece haha
 We got so many presents and felt just incredibly blessed by everyone. There were just too many pictures to post! These are just some of the best ones!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Questions on Ephesians

Well it has been another week where I did not "muse" on Monday, but it's Spring Break so you will just have to forgive me. I have also been busy party planning for a certain little girl of whom I am quite fond.

I am currently reading through Paul's letters in the Bible one at a time and am in Ephesians. I honestly want to know some of your thoughts on a couple of things. I would like to hear from the Body of Christ about how they interpret and apply some of these principles.

First, Honor your Father and Mother. Now that is also in Exodus (10 Commandments), but it's found in Ephesians 6 as well. I have talked in Seminary classes before about how, once married, you are not longer responsible to obedience with your parents (leave and cleave). However, you should still honor them. As an adult, what does that look like? What does that exactly mean? I definitely want to honor my parents, but I would like to hear some ideas. I have heard that it is synonymous with "respect", but I am not sure I agree.

Second, Wives Submit to Your Husbands. Now there is also a section on the husband's responsibility here, but I am a woman so let's just deal with what is especially applicable. What does that look like to you? How do you submit, in what do you submit? I know it says to submit in everything, but what does that really look like? I have seen women who I thought did not submit at all and then the other extreme where they lost themselves in their submission, becoming mere automatons. I would like some feedback on how this can work in a healthy relationship. The husb and I are working on this for sure, but I want to hear what it looks like in your relationships as well.

I want to hear how God is working in you!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday Musings

Monday Musings!

This is the haircut air dry, I haven't styled it yet - sorry!

Today was such a good day! I spent a lot of last week stressed and the end of last week in awe of God which was great. I was worried that I would not be able to get my Greek homework done, my Greek paper, and all the Spark material done in time for their respective deadlines, but God continued to multiply my time such that I got it all done. I am majorly exhausted now, but so happy that God is at work. So today, though I should have started this week's homework, I took the day to rest. I think RB could feel that too and spent most of the day in a good mood, resting (napping) multiple times today. 

We are getting so excited to head and see my best-friend and sister! I literally cannot wait and am already in list mode for the flight. Any tips on how to keep a little one occupied in an airplane? Calling all moms! I have heard of people who brings treats for those around them as a prequel "I'm sorry" haha. Worth it? 

I am fully recovered from the Half Marathon and have started running again! Hoping to run another one in the fall. 

I got my haircut! Over 12 inches are on their way to Locks of Love. Please don't hear me saying, "look at me I am awesome" here. I feel blessed that there is something helpful I can do that is so simple. I am not awesome at hair growth, God did that. So at least I can use it. It feels so awesome to have it all gone! It feels amazing. 

Only a couple weeks until RB's birthday! Whooooop!