Showing posts from July, 2008

A Repost....An Experiment

The response to my post today brought with it feedback that surprised me. I have received SOOOOOO many private emails regarding this post and the aspect of Christians gossiping about other Christians in an ugly way, a way that destroys, hurts and reminds me of the say, "Christians are the only people that shoot their wounded." All this has prompted me to re-post something I wrote last year after doing an experiment.This past Thursday I did an experiment. A simple thing, just wearing a t shirt. Black shirt, white letters, no picture. It reads, WWBD on the top line and under that it says, "What Would Buddha Do ? " Simple enough to understand. Checking my actions against the teachings of Buddha. Same concept as WWJD that was so marketable a few years ago.What transpired by wearing this shirt left me speechless.I kept thinking about the words of Christ written in Red and how he said we should treat people, including enemies. I believe the word he used was LOVE.In my …

How Honest Can You Be About Yourself

Recently, someone said to me, "oh the mennonites don't talk bad about you near as much as they used to." I thought about that a bit then felt a tinge of anger, hurt and resentment, the kind that makes the hair on your neck stand up in indignation. Thoughts like, "just what are they still saying about me?" "How dare they, they claim to be such good Christians and gossip like that" and on and on. Then in a moments time I had complete peace....SO WHAT ! It didn't matter to me. What they said simply didn't matter. What they were saying wasn't going to push me into playing a role I didn't want to play any more. I walked away from the thought of trying to change to please them, a group of people that I no longer can relate to. But, and there always seems to be a but when it comes to these self realization type moments, here I am writing about it. Getting the last word in, if you please. Making certain I tell you WHO it was that has been talk…

A Taste of Mindfulness

'Poem', by Jon Kabat-Zinn,
A Taste of Mindfulness
"Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely,
of being in your body so completely,
of being in your life so completely,
that what you knew and what you didn't know,
that what had been and what was yet to come,
and the way things are right now,
no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord,
a moment of complete presence beyond striving,
beyond mere acceptance,
beyond the desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead,
a moment of pure being,
no longer in time,
a moment of pure seeing,
pure feeling,
a moment in which life simply is,
and that is-ness grabs you by all your senses,
all your memories, by your very genes,
by your loves,
and welcomes you home,
that is a taste of mindfulness."

Healthy Breakfast Biscuits

This recipe comes from the Weimar Institute NEWSTART Lifestyle Cookbook, as much as we love biscuits in this family I had to give them a try.
They are really good....
Breakfast Biscuits 1/4 cup water 1 Tablespoon apple juice 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast 2/3 cup clean, raw cashews 2/3 cup water 1 cup barley or oat flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat 1/4 cup water and apple juice to 115 degrees F. Pour into a bowl, then sprinkle yeast over the mixture. Process cashews and 2/3 cup water in a blender until very smooth. Add to yeast mixture. Stir in remaining ingredients and knead lightly. If dough is a little soft, add more flour. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and cut into rounds. Let rise for 20 minutes. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Yields 20 23/4 inch biscuits.
per biscuit: 67 calories; 2.2 g protein (12%) 10.3 g carbohydrates (58%); 2.3 g fat (29%); 55 mg sodium; 7 mg calcium; 0 mg cholesterol a little note here. the picture is o…

Maybe some rain ?

There are storms in the area and we are all hoping and praying for some cooling rain...however, we would like to skip any hail and high winds !

Mei-Ling Update

Mei-Ling was such a brave baby today. She went through two tests today and although she cried pretty hard through them both, she was such a good baby. The tech that did the tests was fantastic ! Next week Melanie and Casi will get the results from the Doctor, we are all praying for a good report.
Mei-Ling was all smiles within an hour of the tests, being as sweet as usual. What a blessing this baby is to our family and surely she teaches us all about patience and about enduring difficulties with a sweet disposition.
Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes for her today.

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Cats, Kittens, Sunrise and Mei-Ling

Mei-Ling has her rather invasive test done this morning at the Children's hospital. Its a painful event. My heart aches for her when she has this test done. She cries so hard, that hurting sort of cry that breaks your heart. We had some rain early this morning, just enough to make it humid. The clouds made for a pretty sunrise and the cats and kittens were waiting for me this morning. Anxious for their food ! One good thing, today we may just be able to have lunch at our favorite restaurant.....Spiral Diner , (check out their menu) It is the most wonderful Vegan Restaurant around these parts.

Tonights Sunset

Tonight's sunset left me in silent wonder

Peace Within

None of us can force peace upon another person, the sheer fact of using any force makes it not a peaceful act. We can however find peace within our own hearts and minds and scatter seeds of peace all around us. In our homes, seek peace and show peace to our loved ones. Bring our children up with peaceful hearts. Perhaps, peace within comes from a lack of being attached to things, to objects and from refraining from holding on so tight to our own self interests that a territorially nature arises within us. I don't have the answers, just the questions. I am walking this path of life just like everyone else. One step at a time, gleaning from life's happenings any bit of wisdom I can find. Watching others, seeing whats working and knowing what is not.
Always, in each step I take, the goal ahead remains the same, to be at peace within.

Let there be many windows to your soul,
That all the glory of the universe
May beautify it. Not the narrow pane
Of one poor creed can catch the r…

A Rich Man's Hospitality

A Rich Man's Hospitality
Sometimes a Story says it all, this is one of those stories.
A Rich Man's Hospitality As told by Yanki Tauber ------------------------ For many years the two saintly brothers, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk and Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli, wandered the back roads of Galicia. Disguised as simple beggars, they journeyed from town to town and from village to village, refining their souls with the travails of exile and inspiring their brethren with words of wisdom and encouragement.Late one evening, the brothers arrived in the town of Lodmir. Seeing a lighted window in a large, well-appointed home, they knocked on the door and asked for a place to stay the night. "I don't run a hotel," was the irate response of its large, well-appointed resident. "There's a poorhouse near the synagogue for wandering beggars. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding accommodations there."The heavy door all but slammed in their faces, and Rabbi Elimel…

105 in the shade

Yup, that's what the thermometer reads on our back porch. Its not in the direct sun either. A cooker of a summer day. All went well with Mei-Lings check up today. The Doctor was pleased with her progress. Lets hope and pray the next Doctors visit this week has the same kind of good results.

Monday Morning Joys

Sleep did its job last night and I woke refreshed and ready to get busy. Yesterday it was 105 degrees out, that is hot. Today promises to be just as hot. Mei-Ling has a Doctors appointment this afternoon and no one is looking forward to heading off to the city where it is even hotter. The baby has a nephrostogram scheduled for Wednesday and we all would appreciate prayers for this little one. This test is not pleasant in any way shape or form.
I tried to get the goats to feed on the stanchions this morning in the new barn...they showed their stubbornness and they won. Still I enjoyed having my new feed room all set up and organized. Pepper had fun in her pool this morning, within seconds it looked like a mud bath, thanks to all her running in the dirt and then jumping in the pool. There is not a cloud in the sky this morning, just a few faint vapor trails from jets heading somewhere. Looking at those trails in the sky made me feel grateful to be home where I love to be the most. The eas…

Sunday Evening

Early morning chores, working together most of the day beside Emery, as he put up a half wall and gate in the milking barn. There was a gentle cooling breeze all morning long, then the heat arrived with a vengeance, forcing us to take time off and be inside a bit. We would so love to have a day of doing nothing, a real day of rest but since Emery works 6 days a week, Sunday is his only day to get things done around the place.
By 9 pm we were finished with the work. A long COOL shower felt so good. Candles burned in the window, music played softly. The perfect end to what seemed like a very long hot day.
We had easy meals, tuna sandwiches for lunch, cereal for breakfast, watermelon for a treat and Taco Bell for our evening meal. No stressing out over what to eat, there was too much work today to obsess over it.
Sleep will come easy tonight, that kind of sleep that restores you to full energy.

Granite Countertops....Radon Danger

When we were looking up information on safe counter tops for our kitchen, we were uncomfortable with the particle board laminate because of the dangers in the glue. I researched granite and found all sorts of information about radon found in them and just this week, more information has come out about it. Here is one article that speaks about information from a professor at Rice University.
Naturally the companies that sell the product are going to say its just fine. Sorta like plastic baby bottles and disposable diapers !
Just because something is "natural" doesn't always mean it's safe !

As the day is done...

Our life is a busy one. Emery worked, and I had plenty to do. The feed store, chores, garden work, some sewing, cooking, and then some special chores with the goats. I wormed them, and then decided to give them both a bath. They were getting kind of dirty and when I would pet them, their hair felt dirty. Most goats simply hate water, but Cinnamon and Clove just stood there and let me hose them down, shampoo them and clean every inch of them. After their bath, they both took long drinks from the hose. Tomorrow I will trim their hooves and give them a good brushing. Then they should be set for a while.
Its dark out now, but Emery is still working on the milking barn. We are putting up a wall so that the feed can be kept in one section without worry of the goats getting into it, while the other half of the barn will house the milking stand. A fine hook hangs from the beam to hold the lantern for early winter darkness. Once we decided for sure that we were going to keep the goats, despite…

A Little Girls Wardrobe

Shopping at the yard sale today was certainly very fruitful for a wee little girl. Now, freshly washed and drying in the afternoon summer sun, its a joyful sight indeed.
100% Blessing, to find so many needed items for fall and winter. God is indeed good ! We fully believe in recycling : )


Some ladies shop for clothes and shoes and then others like me, shop at feed stores and find things like new feed pails, de-wormers and fly traps to get excited about.
Today was spruce up the barn shopping day. I needed a new barrel to keep the goat chow in and a 5 gallon lidded pail to keep the goat minerals in. I needed things like vaccinations, de-wormer, needles, syringes, and shampoo and a new brush for the goats too. And while there I did fall prey to "want" and purchased a bag of "goat treats". Never saw those before but could almost justify that a treat of that sort could be considered a need when trimming hooves etc.
On the way home I stopped in to visit Emery at work and discovered some of the ladies from the church were having a yard sale. I found all kinds of wonderful baby clothes for Mei-Ling this winter. I know what style Melanie likes for Mei-Ling and she tells me what she likes, which makes shopping very easy plus she doesn't mind second hand i…


This morning as I was thinking about my life, about my day, about my children, about the love Emery and I share and about the power of gratitude, it occurred to me that within this great movement to show our gratitude's these days, often times something is missing in it for me.
Even in my own postings of what I am grateful for, I often times forget to acknowledge to whom I owe all this gratitude to. Lots of talk these days about being grateful which I think is a good thing, we need to see the blessings in our lives, but some of the talk sorta leaves you grateful for lots of things in your life but leaves you blank on who you are thankful to. Maybe that is due in part to word usage, using the word, grateful instead of blessed. Instead of just counting the blessing or gratitude's, it works better for me to first thank the one that bestowed the blessing !

Miss Elizabeth Discovers the Rocking Chair

After Dinner last night, Steven, Priscilla and Elizabeth came back to the house to visit with
everyone. Elizabeth discovered the fun of rocking in the little rocking chair. Just too cute not to capture on film. Next month she will be a year old, time sure flies !

The Beauty of Simplicity

What surrounds me each day, gives me such peace. Chickens drinking the cats water, a kitten stopping to pose for a picture, flowers, garden blessings, clothes flapping in the breeze, clouds profoundly beautiful and so much more. A goat face. The sound of summer insects singing in the heat of the day. A bird song. A pause to hear silence. No rushing around, no heading off here and there. Contentment at home. These are pictures from yesterday.

Dinner At Napoli

Our favorite Italian Restaurant made accommodations for all of us last night. 14 of us ! The babies sat in high chairs next to their mommies but hidden from the camera in the photos. Both were good as gold. Anytime we are all together, there is lots of laughter, lively conversation and best of all, lots of love. Friends, Nick and Matt joined in with the merriment

Feeling Obligated To Do Good, Or From A Joyful Heart?

This morning as I was washing the floors and dusting the furniture, I was thinking about the difference between being made to feel obligated to do good and willingly doing good from a place in our hearts that springs forth with real joy.
I have sat in many a church service where you are made to feel quilted into giving or volunteering for some job that needs to be done. The joy isn't there, and at times you actually resent being asked, cornered. It doesn't have to be in a church setting, it can be anywhere, even something like helping a family member move furniture or help do a big job. Then there are times we find such joy, feel the blessing and peace that comes from helping. What makes the difference ? Is it the need, is it the results we see or is it simply the state of our hearts ? I suspect it is the latter. Even when we feel pressured to do good, the feeling of pressure might just be our own self . I did a little search to see just what the word "joyful" would …

Spinning New Wool

Last night, as the sky grew dim, and the conversation slowed, I took out my spinning wheel to try the gray Shetland wool that arrived in the mail yesterday. What a dream to spin ! Sarah was amazed to see the spinning wheel in action and how relaxing it is to turn the fiber into yarn. I love to see a child discover the beauty of things done the old fashioned way. It would be nice to spend the entire morning spinning, but much to do.....Saturday maybe there will be some time. Today, I will just have to dream of what I plan to do with this wonderful soft wool, perhaps a new shawl, maybe a sweater.

Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning-wheel complete.
Thy holy Word my distaff make for me;
Make mine affections Thy swift flyers neat;
And make my soul Thy holy spool to be; My conversation make to by Thy reel, And reel the yarn thereon spun of Thy wheel.
Make me Thy loom, then; knit therein this twine;
And make Thy Holy Spirit, Lord, wind quills. Then weave the web Thyself. The yarn i…

Fun Evening

Last night everyone was here for supper. Steven, Priscilla, Elizabeth, Melanie, Casi, Mei-Ling, Jan, Michael, Sarah, Cody, Emery and I. I was thankful that we have a big table ! More room to grow too, since we have one more leaf that can be added to the table.
There was chicken Alfredo, fire roasted eggplant, zucchini and peppers, Italian soda's, wine and of course dessert. Chocolate almond cake with Ricotta icing, served with Amaretto Gelato. The house was hot from having the stove and oven going so much of the afternoon, so we grabbed our espresso and headed into the living room as soon as the meal was over. Melanie had one root canal finished yesterday and another one started, so her mouth was sore, they left shortly after dessert and Steven has been heading to work at 5 a.m. so they left early too. The babies were so cute in their high chairs during the meal, making all the normal noise babies are meant to make. Playing peek a boo and "singing". It was just another fu…

"The Quest"

The Quest
~Herald G. Phelps~
Sometimes we wonder
Where happiness lies.
Is it found on the ocean
Beneath the blue skies...
Or is it, I ask you,
In travel and fame...
In love everlasting,
Or in a great name ?
We search for it,
Yearn for it
Year after year,
And come back to find it
Awaiting us here...
In the warm clasp of friendship,
The light of a smile...
The cheer of a comrade
Which brightens each mile.
Though riches may lure us,
And travel may call...
In the light of our fireside
We're finding it all.

The Joy of the Morning

The morning light filtered through the bedroom curtains, telling me it was way past time to be so snuggled in bed. I heard Emery walking through the house, getting his own breakfast. I felt a bit of guilt, yet that comfort, that cozy, sleepy, not willing to get up feeling held me. I yawned and stretched like a cat napping on the hearth, but still I was not willing to give up my spot. Maybe it was all that swimming I did last night, or maybe it is just the summer heat, whatever it was or is, it has left me feeling plain old lazy feeling.
I finally did manage to make my feet hit the floor and then I was off. Watched the weather channel while I put my socks and shoes on to see where the hurricane is this morning. Did some dishes, and headed out the back door to do chores. The goats were wanting their breakfast, the cats were following me single file to their dishes, all 5 of them. Pepper could hardly contain her excitement of seeing me with food in my hand for her. The chickens, well the…