Guest Post

I’m excited to share with you today a post I wrote on simplicity for a fellow blogger!  Check it out here!  I want to thank The Reinvented Lass for thinking of the gentle home and allowing me to write it!  Her blog is funny and honest and I encourage you to check it out!

And check out the second part here!

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Christmas 2011

Our Christmas nativity scene

reaching...

got it!

Our Christmas table

Shh! Marlee's present (don't tell!) Two plush cubes I made with fun things to feel like beads, ribbons and lace

Merry Christmas to all!

baking bread

Today I did something I have always wanted to do.  Today I have made bread absolutely from scratch.  I made the dough, kneaded it, let it rise, shaped and baked it and do you know what?  It came out perfectly!  Oh, if I could only hand you a warm piece from my computer I would, and if you have not had the ridiculous pleasure of making your own bread from scratch then turn off your computer, dear reader, and get to the kitchen.  I promise you will be simply giddy in a couple hours time!

 

“Dinner Rolls” recipe from 2005 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook

 

simple moments

This past week has been slightly crazy.  A few of our major appliances decided to stop working, all within days, sometimes hours of each other.  Last weekend it was the washing machine and dryer.  These last couple of days it was my husband’s phone, our back doors and our AC!  Luckily, we were able to fix them all without too much cost to us (thanks also to my parents-in-law!)  Despite all the hub bub around the house lately- like staring at a big blue tarp instead of our back doors, repair men coming over, laundry backing up for a couple of days, and late night trips to my husband’s parent’s house because it’s just too hot- there have been some nice simple quiet moments.  Here are just a few…

tummy time!

our morning glory

our stray cat is warming up to us

Marlee's view

Now where'd that sock go...

healing for winter hands

For some reason, winter in southeast Texas always takes me by surprise.  What, winter means its cold outside?? I didn’t sign up for this!  Here we are used to hot hot weather and 150% humidity, burning our skin on the leather seats of our cars and days where it is actually too hot to swim in a pool.  But those days are not here yet, and this “arctic blast” as everyone is calling it, is taking its toll.

People up north would think we are nuts.  It’s like we literally don’t know what to do in cold weather.  The rolling black outs have not helped either.  Stores and street lights were shut down, and people are talking about getting off of work early because there might be a possible chance of some sleet or (gasp!) maybe snow.  While I am nestled snugly in my house with no real need to be outside in the cold weather, my skin is somehow still reaping the effects of this very dry cold spell.  Lotions and creams do pretty much zip when it comes to this kind of dry skin weather, so I made up an extremely easy remedy that really helps.

All you’ll need is about 1 Tablespoon of olive oil (any kind, even almond oil) and about 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar.

Mix together to form a kind of paste.  Wet your hands slightly and take any jewelry off.  Coat hands and gently massage working the scrub and oil especially over fingers and knuckles.  The oil is a perfect moisturizer and the brown sugar is a great scrub to get off any dead skin cells (plus it just smells yummy!)  Rinse under warm (NOT HOT) water until all is off, but don’t use soap and don’t try to get all the oil off either.

Yay! You’re done, and for me this helped so much.  The oil really sinks in and acts like a moisturizer but I followed up with a very thick cream or emollient on my hands afterwards.

So while this cold weather might last a couple more days, at least your hands will never know it!

pictures of stillness

the sun over the hill

Missy enjoying the park

a little snail

making his way to my door

soft pink flowers

Learning how to be still I am amazed that I could have thought God was anywhere but directly with me.  Searching for God in all my own understanding I could not find Him, but when I stopped and rested I found Him waiting for me right exactly where I was.

“God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.  Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath and all things…so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”

Acts 17: 24-25, 27

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