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Monday, July 14, 2014

Eat the Rainbow

I have so many things on my to-do list, summer bucket list, fix-it list, read it list.  Oh my.  Every once in a while I step back far enough to complete something off one of my lists.

My kids are not the type to say ooh what other healthy food can I have today :) But they can be convinced to try new things, sometimes.  Things move the best when there is a little forethought.  Forethought for me usually should happen when it is A. quiet enough for me to think through something OR B. when the children are asleep, usually at night while prepping for the next day, which is a joke right now because by brain and body for that matter shut down about 8:01pm- no rational, productive thoughts happen for me.  Full conversations can be had with my husband that I have no recollection of.  I need to figure out how to actually go to bed soon after that because that would be a way more efficient use of time for me.

So in the quest to live a healthier life style we have started to purchase most of our produce from a local farm in Brenham.  Once a week we pick up a portion of veggies and fruit and I do my best to improvise meals with new to us, veggies.  I remembered years ago, I think, HEB came out with the food chart for kids but made it fun with eating colored food.  While I get that by eating one of each of these colors by no means translates to eating a balanced diet, it does encourage my kids to eat other foods and quickly becomes a game of "hurry, get me something green to eat so I can fill in the last circle!"  To that I say SCORE!

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Here is a circle chart in case anyone is confused as to what fits in which color category.   I did split up the yellow and orange category to try to squeeze one more piece of healthy into them.
I found it at Life Hacker.

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The next introduction to oil class is Tuesday, July 15th 7-9pm

Here is the link for more info.

Would love to see you there!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Praying for Goats

Is this our new home?
For as long as I can remember I have wanted a home that was the "party house" but maybe not in the way you think.  I have wanted the home that all the kids want to be.  The home where my kids would want to invite their friends.  The home that friends could come and fellowship.  The home where we could serve those who need it.  A home that is warm and fun but most of all loving.

Oh what a wonderful mother she will be!
Mr. Rule-follower in the

My dream has morphed over the years as our family has grown to 6!  I still look around sometimes and think...I have FOUR kids.  When did that happen?  I am an only child.  My childhood was great.  We were able to travel.  I was able to sign up and participate in any activity that my heart contended.   It was great but now I literally miss something I don't have.  I miss marriages and late night phone calls.  It's very odd and I wonder how I might be different if I had a sibling.  I of course would not be the same person I am today.  I have some amazing friends that truly step up into these shoes and am beyond thankful for that.  I wanted my kids to have siblings, memories of crazy fun days and adventures and vacations, a support system of best friends.
Sometimes love looks like this

Sometime love looks like this!
Now I'm not so naive to think that they will all be these truly bonded, all get along gang but we're doing everything in our power to build that bond now.  We are attempting to teach them how to serve others; to understand and learn to embrace the qualities of Christ that we should exude everyday.  My husband is probably the biggest cheerleader I have ever met.  He is full of encouragement and kind words  and love that I know have rubbed off on me and I'm beginning to see glimpses of it in my kids- that is when they're not at each others throats. Perhaps there are more friends to come because when God said Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit I believe this begins a home.  I believe that as Christians it is our one and only purpose on tell others about Jesus.  To truly see His Glory and love others. 

You never know what God has planned for our story.  We're just along for the ride.

So as our dream has changed over the years it now comes complete with chickens, goats, a huge vegetable garden, a pond that we could fish in everyday of the year and an abundance of love that anyone who needed some could come for visit!  This is what I'm praying for.  A home that we can serve our family, our friends, our kids friends, our church family and our community.  So now I wait, I pray, I seek Him, I attempt to listen through the busyness that surrounds me.  I just lean into Him.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Local Grocery Ad to Price Match

I recently had a "How to Price Match at Walmart" class and there are several stores that don't have their weekly ads online.  We do get some of the ads, sometimes.....I am finally getting to post them.  I don't have all the kinks worked out yet but I'll give it a try.

My personal Walmart's policy allows me to price match any store within a 30 mile radius.  In our 30 mile radius we have at least 14 stores that we can price match.

Brookshire Brothers
Sellers Brothers
Food Basket
El Ahorro
Mi Mercardito

Here are the 2 that I got in the mail this week.