Archive for March, 2012

Hug Award

Ok, wow, just wow.  I have to say I’m very humbled and super grateful.  Blogging for me has become an outlet, I don’t belong to social media sites (well I used to but I don’t anymore) so blogging has become my way of sharing something with the world.  I do hope that people get something out of my blog, I hope that God can work through me with my blog.  Today I got a big surprise though.  Debra, who co-writes a blog with her friend, found me because of our shared love for mushrooms.  She has graciously nominated me for this really sweet award, the hug award.  It is slightly ironic because I actually end most of my emails with, “hugs!”  No matter what, I’m honored.  To be honest I’ve written blogs before but it wasn’t until I got on wordpress that people actually started “following” my blog.  I guess it’s nice that people want to hear what you have to say sometimes, I say that in a humble way.

There are guidelines to the hug award and you can read them here.  But here are a few things they mention on the blog:

The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant desire for the world, for which they:  Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness

The HUG Award© recognizes and honors those who help keep hope alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and economic recession.  They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),  by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc.

After being nominated I am supposed to nominate someone else.  Honestly it was the easiest choice for me.  I have been following the blog of a wonderful woman who shares the same love of nutrition and natural lifestyle as I do.  She home schools her children (LOVE that!) and teaches them about real nutrition and life.  She is on the path to raising the most amazing next generation!  So my nomination goes to Live. Grow. Nourish. Create.

I hope you stop by and check out her blog and enjoy it as much as I do.  It is nice to recognize others.  I think this is a really beautiful thing to pass on, especially to other bloggers, we do seem to get to know one another this way.  I’m grateful to Debra for the acknowledgment and I’m grateful to pass that same acknowledgement on.  A hug is such a beautiful thing.

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I absolutely love Oregon!  It is (although I’m pretty bias) one of God‘s most beautiful and amazing places.  The winter can be a bit, depressing, especially for those who are not used to rain 24/7.  Rain, however, keeps Oregon green and lush and beautiful.  People who are not from here comment a lot on the size of our trees, the moss that grows on them and the lush forests.  After a particularly long winter I am starting to see signs of life and spring again.  It does remind me that our God lives and no matter how dark it is before the dawn, the sun rises and life begins new in Spring.

My drive to work today was particularly wonderful, the cherry blossoms that grow along the freeway through downtown Portland are in bloom.  I saw daffodils bright and yellow, happily standing above the ground.  Color is starting to come back, although it’s almost always green here, it is nice to see other colors.  I even saw a beautiful rhododendron blooming in pink.  Spring also brings some fun new things for Hubby and I.

If I haven’t talked about it before,  Hubby really has a passion for growing food.  We got married in 2009 and were living in Portland off a very busy road, where city buses were constantly passing our apartment.  Our landlord was not the most… uh.. pleasant man, he would not allow for gardens.  Unless the garden was in containers and you removed everything at the end of the growing season, you couldn’t have one.  Not to mention that the sun exposure wasn’t great either.  So we never had one there.  We eat organic as much as possible and were spending a fortune at New Season’s.  So we moved to the country.  We got amazing Christian landlords (totally God’s hand).  See Hubby had just seen a movie called Faith Like Potatoes.  It is based on a true story about a farmer in Africa and his struggles, he comes to know God and then grows potatoes.  The thing about potatoes is you don’t know what kind of crop you will have until you dig them out, so you must have “faith like potatoes” that God is going to give you a bountiful harvest.  Hubby was completely inspired!  When we met with our new landlord, Hubby asked the wife if he could plant potatoes and her response was “it’s your yard.”  He has been passionate about growing food ever since.  That same year, God provided him with FREE seed potatoes from our favorite feed and seed (Linnton Feed & Seed in Portland).  In fact, they didn’t even know they had any more seed potatoes and everyone said it was too late in the year to plant them, but Hubby didn’t listen.  He knew what God wanted him to do.  Then he was in the store-room of the feed and seed looking for something while the staff was busy (we have a great relationship with them) and back in a corner was a pallet of seed potatoes!  He went and asked and they said they didn’t even know they were there, but they were his if he wanted them.  Wow!  Long story short, this has become hubby’s passion.  He has started a mini food share program.  One year he went to people’s homes that wanted a garden but didn’t want to do the work themselves, he planted the gardens, got a majority of the food and the home owner got what they wanted as well.  Last year he found a person with a large plot of land and mostly did gardening there.  This year however, we finally have our own home and a half-acre to boot!  He is still going to use that large plot of land but also our own this year.  Another blessing is a local seed company, Territorial Seed, donated to him almost $200 in free seeds!

Yesterday we got a freak snow storm.  Woke up with an inch or two (yes that is a lot of snow for us) and as I walked out to open the chicken coop, I saw a tree with leaves opening up, covered in snow.  Luckily, it all melted pretty quickly.  I am excited to see what our new yard will look like in bloom.  We moved into our house in November and we don’t know what all the trees are in our yard yet, and we get to see flowers bloom for the first time!  The other beautiful thing is we get to have a permanent place to plant our growing plant collection.  We have had pots and carried them with us as we moved, but now our rosemary, goji berries, thyme, sage and horseradish will have a permanent home.  What a HUGE blessing!

I feel renewed today, can you tell?  🙂  For the first time we have a place to call home on this earth, that we can enjoy and grow beautiful food given to us by our Creator.  I look forward to writing more as the growing season gets into full swing and post photos of our garden and beautiful bounty.  I’m thankful to the Lord for Spring, a renewal time where we can remember that we serve a living God, who loved us so much not only died for us, but gave us living food to nourish our bodies.  Praise God!

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Comfort is Given

Recently there has been issues in my life.  Emotional hurts and pain.  Last night was a very emotional night, I won’t go into too much detail but I will say that I am struggling with the definition of a Godly wife.  I grew up with a single Mom who had to be both Mom and Dad, there were no defining lines as to what role belonged to who.  Mom did it all.  Now that I am in my own marriage (3 years on 2/21) I am finding it hard to figure out these lines.  I do know what God says, but I was not prepared for it, I tend to fight it.  So there has been pain I have inflicted on my Husband, and it comes from both sides at times,  it seems to be human nature (no more likely SINFUL nature) when backed into a corner to fight your way out of it.

Last night some unresolved pain came to a head on a very nice evening.  I struggled to figure out why it was all happening.   I have been really working on myself to fix what is broken in me, to let my pride go and become the wife that God calls me to be.  Humility is not a strong suit for me.  I have come to the realization that I have to constantly be focused on this part of my life to change it, because when I get lax then things don’t go well.  I have to be constantly on guard.  Truly God said this would happen, when Eve sinned she was told that her husband would “rule over” her.  Sheesh I’m sure that felt great.  But that is the hierarchy that God set up, because Eve was so easily deceived, God knew that he must give the man the ultimate rule.  I think because woman are so sensitive we are easily swayed in one way or the other.  We don’t think as logically sometimes as men do.  The Bible clearly says that Adam was not deceived 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Adam ate basically to save his wife, he knew very well that he was disobeying God when he did it, Eve however didn’t.

I have some books on being a Godly wife and I have been daily reading and daily reading my Bible.  I need a prospective from other Godly wives, the book I’m reading now The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace starts out like this: “Submissive!? Me, be a submissive wife?” With an angry yell, I picked up the Bible and threw it directly at my long-time friend.  Ed and his wife Jackie had been witnessing to my husband Sanford and me for weeks.  Ed has just shown me 1 Peter 3:5 which says “For in this way in former times the holy woman, also who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands.”  He didn’t have to wait long for my response.  Of all the things I wanted to be in my life, submissive as not one of them.”  I couldn’t put that first chapter down.  I had and have felt that way SO many times in my own life.  Turns out that she was a feminist and it was only through God’s grace that she was able to see the biblical view of marriage.  She strongly suggests reading through John, which I have been doing.

Last night though, I needed a word directly from God.  I was broken hearted, I was crying, I wasn’t understanding.  I cried out to God to please help.  In tears I opened my Bible and what I read was this “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made unto God.  And the peace, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard and seen in me do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philipians 4:4-9  Like a frying pan over the head!  It was what I needed, I needed that peace that passeth all understanding!  And like a wonderful gift it came.  I stood there in my room, bawling (the dogs didn’t know what to do!) and I spoke this out loud, I gave these verses power because I spoke them.  I tell you what, the devil HATES when we speak scripture to him.  Look what Jesus did when he was in the wilderness being tempted, he quoted scripture to him and the devil left him.

I have decided to memorize these verses.  When I am in need of strength and peace I can recite them whenever I need them.  But God’s peace was given to me last night.  Whenever I cry out to him, he ALWAYS does this for me, ALWAYS!  He gives comfort to us when we ask him, his word says he will.  No matter what the situation, no matter if we are at fault or not, God is not a God of hate and anger.  God is a God of love and forgiveness.  He wants us to turn to him when we are going through hard times because those are the times we grow the most.  I think I’ve quoted this song before but I can’t help but think of the song Fall Apart by Josh Wilson “Why in the world did I think I could Only get to know you when my life was good When everything just falls in place The easiest thing is to give You praise Now it all seems upside down ‘Cause my whole world is caving in But I feel You now more than I did then How can I come to the end of me And somehow still have all I need God, I want to know You more Maybe this is how it starts I find You when I fall apart.”  If life was perfect all the time, how would we appreciate those times?  God seems closest to me when I am hurting and desperately NEED him.  He wants us to need him, he is our comforter.

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I LOVE naturalnews.com!  Seriously when something happens to me and I’m researching treatments and such, this is my go to site.  I have to share with you an amazing new study about menstrual cramps and vitamin D I just read.   I actually suffer very greatly from horrid cramps, some of it is related to PCOS but I’ve always had this issue. (Sorry to the men who read my blog, but if you have a wife or might one day this might be a great thing to remember.)  So what this study did was give an ULTRA high dose of vitamin D3 five days before their expected period.  They gave 300,000 IU’s!!  I take 5,000 a day, because well I live in rainy Oregon and most of us here are vitamin D deficient.

The results were pretty astounding, after two months the pain reduced 4% and the most noticeable group were those that had the most severe pain.  There is really amazing hope in this for us woman who unfortunately have to deal with this monthly.  I’m actually overjoyed to read this article!  The unfortunate part of PCOS however is the infrequency of periods so knowing exactly when to start (5 days before) is a bit tricky, but I am going to give this a try.  I will be back to post my results after giving it a fair shot.



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