Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Be mindful in everything you do. We all would love to do this right? I did just that as I cleaned my outdated upstairs bathroom. I prepared my cleaning solution, water, vinegar, drop of all natural dish soap and a drop of essential oil. Went up a went to work on my beautiful home. Things I took for granted, I have a home to clean. I have running water. I have a husband that works hard outside the home so I don't have too. We don't think of our lives like this everyday. This mindful thinking helped me to be more mindful of what our Lord wants us to be.
I song comes to mind, "If we are the body" by Casting Crowns. "If we are the body, why aren't these arms reaching, hands healing, why aren't these words teaching..., we need to be the body of Christ, in our words and actions. In everything. Jesus said(Matthew 25:42-45_For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. he replied I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the these, you do not do for me.
What I am trying to get at is my mindfulness made me think of how fortunate I am in my life and how I need to be the body of Christ in my life. The Lord made us stewards of the earth, to take care of it and to care for the people on it. Be mindful and your life will be lifted in everything you do.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Thoughts of an old friend dying of cancer today stirs my brain today. You don't have to dig deep to find that nutrition is the heart of our vitality. Being that said I strive everyday to feed my family and myself a healthy balanced diet. Today this is my breakfast, quinoa with blueberries, applesauce and some walnuts to garnish. No added junk!! For those that don't know about quinoa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa) it is a wonderful asset to any one's diet. Considered a whole protein(like Meat!!!!) if you want to be a vegan you can get all the protein you need from this grain that originated in South America. This is also a really awesome breakfast for those of you that have a gluten allergy as it is virtually gluten free. The reason I say this is because when processed it may contain traces of gluten for those who have a severe allergy. You can get it at most supermarkets and my favorite place to go Village Market (http://villagemarketfdl.com/ ). They have it in the bulk bin, way cheaper that way.
People need to realize we do have alternatives to meat and potatoes and we all need to break free of the typical American diet consumed with meat, corn, dairy, sugar, and wheat. The old rules of a proper diet is dead wrong. We need to eat more vegies and fruits and grains. We need to eat more whole foods. Our bodies work better when we fuel it with wonderful things.
I can always tell how I feel in the morning after having excess. My fingers are swellen, I am groggy and lethargic. I frankly have a food hangover! You really are what you eat!
Monday, March 11, 2013
I didn't log in last week, wow a stay-at-home mom busy, no way! We bought an almost new(2012) Dodge caravan, very nice but virtually the same van as we had but newer, nicer less miles you know!! Anyway, this is our only as Christian my hubby rides his bike to work, that's right, in Wisconsin winters he rides to work. I do drive him occasionally when the weather is not favorable for riding but he really likes it AND he wanted a Les Paul more. You know priorities. Anyone that don't know what a Les Paul is, its a guitar!
Anyway I have been really biting at the bit to ride my own bike. I am not that daring to ride in winter. It rained last night so I am hoping spring is just around the corner, but alas I should know better, I do live in Wisconsin! So my munchkins are little yet, 4 and 7 and riding a 4 year old on a typical toddler bike seat is no longer an options soooo, see the above, We are building a rickshaw bike for the littles!!
Last fall we bought a adult tricycle and we are hoping it looks like the one above. It would be plenty of room for my little man and woman to ride! I told the hubby this is top on my list.(honeydoo) It is just not a good idea for my Tristan to ride his own bike on busy Fond du Lac streets and Ivy is still too young for the tag-a-long bike. Tristan still has a problem at times,on the tag-a-log so this is our best bet. I will post a picture when we are done!
We are moving right along with our 4/1 Earth at church. I have to get together all the books, DVD, documentaries and magazines that reference being ecoconscience by Thursday when we have our next meeting. I am in charge of of 2 movie nights. I will let my local friends know when we will be having it and I am doing a presentation on natural cleaning products. I got Christian in on the act. A few year back I asked for a rain barrel for my birthday. I never ask for normal stuff!! He did such a beautiful job I volunteered him to do a presentation on it, and you know what? He actually don't mine. I guess I am rubbing off on him!