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The Eye of the Storm

Wow another week has flown by!  It has been filled with many exciting things and fun finds (see links below)!

Tornadoes and Yoga

I was at yoga on Sunday night enjoying the weekly class I go to when our family schedule perfectly aligns and the teacher brought up tornadoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does that have to do with yoga?  Well, we were nearing the end of class in Savasana (Corpse Pose), relaxing when she used a great analogy of tornadoes.  The world around you is the tornado.  There is chaos, excitement, conflict, busyness and massive amounts of energy both good and bad.  You can be in the world, in the chaos, in the conflict and in the busyness or you can be the CALM eye of the storm.  This calm eye of the storm is where I want to be…not reacting to what goes on around me but rather being peaceful and observing and then responding.  I have thought of this concept several times since class.  I can surely apply it to being a mom with my girls.  The chaos that sometimes comes with having three little ones is like a tornado…I can be in the tornado as meltdowns and tantrums happen or I can be the calm eye.  This, I think will help to dissipate the clamor.

I read this on a blog while looking for a good tornado picture…

Don’t dwell on the choking dust… Rise above the storm and see for yourself its wild beauty. Yield, wait and watch.

Stand back and look at all things as gifts.  Even the tornadoes!  I would rather have the tornadoes as learning experiences for the girls and I than to not have the opportunity for us to grow.

Ephesians 5:20 …always giving thanks…

1 Thessalonians 5:18 …give thanks in all circumstances…

 

Scarf

My brother got his scarf and he loves it.  So glad I was able to finish it up before Spring arrived!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have a great week and may it be filled with many blessings!

Marisa

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Plans & Passions

Hello!  Happy Monday!  Hope your week has started off great.  I am getting ready for a busy week of things around the house…painting bedrooms, nursery furniture being delivered and catching up on a project for my husband.

Plans

As I ordered the blue paint for our little guy’s walls today I caught myself still in amazement that we are having our 4th child after thinking we could not have any babies and it is in fact a boy after three little ladies.  How great and sometimes unexpected the Lord’s plans are for our lives.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

May we trust in His plans for our lives…even if they are not what we have planned!

Passions

Besides enjoying crafts a true to my heart passion is health.  My background in Kinesiology and Personal Training  has taken a back seat to being a mommy but they are never too far forgotten.  I enjoy finding new workouts to try, cooking up new healthy recipes and learning ways to live a more healthful lifestyle.  Being pregnant right now lifting weights is not feeling the best for me, so I have been doing a lot more yoga and I love it.  The stretching, breathing and meditation is exactly what my body needs!

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Here are a few workouts I found recently, some are real basic and others are a challenge…either way enjoy!

Mood Boosting Yoga

Pilates Reformer Workout

Quick Start Guides – for Running, Walking, Weight Training, Cardio, Yoga, and Pilates.  This is a great starting point for any one of these activities.

Just a side note…the scarf is complete!  I love the colors!  Mailing it out tomorrow to my brother…can’t post any pictures until he sees it first since it is his gift.  Once he opens up the package I will post the pictures!

A couple of links…

Enjoy your week and many blessings to you!

Marisa

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Just A Minute, Sewing and Links

Hello!  Wow I can’t believe it is Friday…the week has flown by!

I saw this video and thought it was wonderful and encouraging for parents.  I may have to add this book to my book list, Just A Minute by Wess Stafford.

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Sewing:

My first two sewing projects are complete and I realize I really enjoy sewing!  I took a break from sewing this week to finish up the scarf I am knitting for my brother and to catch up on some stuff around here.  I can’t wait to get my new machine (since I have been borrowing one) this weekend and start my third project.  Below are the first two projects I have done and links to where I found them.  Enjoy!

Microwavable Rice Heating Pad from Sew4Home

Sew4Home gives step by step instructions on how to sew this craft.  It really was pretty simple and adding lavender essential oil to the rice makes it smell wonderful!  This was a good first project to tackle, not too difficult and pretty quick to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished product with the rice and essential oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to give as a gift!  These are great presents and there are so many fun fabrics to pick from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Swaddle from Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Since I am expecting a boy after three girls we can no longer recycle the pink.  So, I decided to make something for our little guy as we await his arrival.  The pattern was included with the book and the step by step instructions were great for me, as a beginner.  There were a lot more steps to this one than my first project, but they were relatively easy to follow.

Preparing to cut the material from the pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cut pieces…the main portion and the swaddle ties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The swaddle ties sewn together and the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Material for the next swaddles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next Post:

  • The finished product for the scarf I am knitting.
  • iPhone/iPad Apps that I love…plus I have recommendations from four others that all have very different careers and tastes so the list is pretty all-encompassing.

Have a great weekend…may you be blessed and refreshed!

Marisa

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Love is…

Hello!

I have been meaning to get on here so many times since my last post but every spare moment when the kids are napping during the day or sleeping at night I have turned to the sewing machine!  I absolutely love it and have my first two projects completed.  More details and pics in the next post!  I made a deal with myself this week I would blog more and finish the scarf for my brother…but oh I can’t wait to get back to the sewing!

Now on to Love…  I wanted to share a scripture that keeps playing over in my head.  I have had it on my mind to use on the here and while it has been in my head I keep forgetting to look up the exact scripture reference.  This past week I found part of the scripture on a Valentine card my daughter received at a party and this morning I was reading on the treadmill and the scripture was in the devotional.  The exact scripture reference was listed so I got out my bible this afternoon and looked it up.   I thought since it has been on my mind and I read it this morning that was a nudge from God to get me on here and type this out…and very timely for Valentine’s Day!

The cute Valentine my daughter got this past week…I put it on our fridge knowing that it had been in my mind for a while and for some reason it made it into her stash from the party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have this cross in our kitchen and I love the scripture on it.  It has moved with us from Michigan, to Arizona, to Colorado, Florida and now back to Michigan.  We got it around the time we were married and I can’t remember if we got it as a gift or if it was something I just purchased, but anyway I love it.  This past week the true meaning of its words resonated with me.  The NIV version on the cross is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 and below is the NLT version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 NLT

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.  Love does not demand its own way.  Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.  It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  There are three things that will endure – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.

Love is patient and kind…even when the kids are screaming and the man of the house forgot to take out the garbage.

Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude…even when you think someone has it better than you or the lady cuts you off while you are driving.

Love is not irritable and keeps no record of when it has been wronged…even when you are tired, and you think you have the short end of the deal.

Love is never glad when there is injustice…even if you think they deserved it.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance…even when you feel like life is falling apart and you don’t know how it could get better.

Love is all these things and when really thought about I can apply it to my life everyday in most moments.  This scripture when applied to my life as a wife, mom, daughter, sister, and friend reminds me how “to be”.  In busy days of life tiredness, impatience, condemnation, envy, and a bunch of other ickyness can creep in and before I know it I am being everything but what is listed above.  In all things I need to be patient and kind.  Patient with my little ones and my husband, not demanding my own way, not being irritable no matter how tired I am, and not keeping a record of how much I have done.   Never giving up on my relationships with my kids, my husband, my family and my friends.  Never losing faith, always being hopeful and enduring every circumstance knowing the good Lord will bring me through this wonderful journey called life victoriously.  I need to remember in every moment of every day what Love truly is.

So, with all the chocolate, balloons and flowers that will be given tomorrow I pray that all will remember what Love is…

Before I go a few links that are so good!

Post by Lysa TerKeurst author and extraordinary wife and mother.  She writes about how to pray for your husband.  This post is so good!

Preschool Pack by Living Life Intentionally.  My daughter is having a great time using these and they are fun to print now that we have a color printer!

A blog I found about homeschooling from The Homeschool Classroom.  There is an abundance of great information on here!

Next post a sewing update and more!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Marisa

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John 17, Crafts and Links

Hello! 

Wow it’s been a whirlwind few days.  Feels good to be on the computer typing out a post and slowing down for a bit.

John 17

I came across a really neat scripture this morning that I have not read before.  I pondered it for a few hours and it came up in my mind throughout the day, so thought I would share.  It is from John 17:20.  In John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for His disciples.  In John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers.  I did not know this was in the bible before today.  I know he loves us and forgives us and all that stuff but I never have read before that he prayed for us.

In John 17:20 Jesus says:

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.  NLT

My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.  NIV

NIV Faith in Action Study Bible Commentary for John 17:20-26

Jesus now prayed for his future followers – people he hadn’t yet met, men and women across ages.  He prayed for their unity – not based simply on common beliefs or behaviors, but rather a unity found by participating in the very life of God.  Because Jesus would be in them through the Spirit, they would become participants in the oneness of the Father, Son and Spirit.  That radically different kind of unity would cause the world to believe.

Also in this commentary:

In his longest prayer, Jesus asked God to glorify him in his final days and to bless his followers.

NIV Bible Commentary by John H. Sailhamer

As Jesus was now about to leave his disciples, he prays for their protection in the world (17:6-12) and their continued joy and sanctification (vv. 13-19).  And Jesus looked beyond these disciples to their disciples and prayed on their behalf (vv. 20-22).  His central concern was that these future generations of disciples would continue in unity and love for one another (v. 23).

So very neat to know that before Jesus left this world he prayed for us!  We are all united and we are all disciples.  I think of my kids and how I influence them and how they look to my husband and I for guidance, love, and just about everything else right now.  It brings to my mind a question…What kind of disciple am I being for them?  I am called to be a disciple and I wonder what example I am showing and what I am teaching?  Makes me think…

 

CRAFTS

So, I love crafty things.  I always have, I just am not super creative.  Give me a pattern and I am set, but wing it and I am lost.  I am the same way in the kitchen…I need a recipe to work from or it will be a disaster!  I love to knit I have been doing it for about 5 years now and I so enjoy it.  I currently am making a scarf for my brother…it is taking me longer than expected (his birthday was in December!) but it’s coming along.  I will post pics of the finished product but here is one to show the status now.  It is a design from Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn*Knit 40 Fabulous Designs.  It uses Noro yarn in Silk Garden and Yoro.  This is the third one I have made and each time I have picked a different color scheme.  I just love Noro yarn it is so pretty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am getting into sewing…I figure if I am going to learn something new I need to do it before our baby boy arrives because then I will have no time to learn anything for a while with 4 little ones!  I have researched sewing machines, read about how to sew on one, and bought all my goodies at the fabric store.  I am currently borrowing my cousin’s machine until I decide if it’s something I will enjoy.  After one time using the machine I have decided and I love it!  I tried it out for the first time last night and it was fun.  Now to find a good deal on a great machine!  My poor husband was the only one around to view all my stitches.  After every practice row I had to get up and show him what I had done.  I have the material for my first two projects and I have a folder on my computer with a bunch of “one day I will do this” projects.  Here are a few pics and links from my practicing last night and of the projects I want to do.

The machine I am borrowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first stitches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first project link can be found at  Sew4Home.  It is a great website and the projects on their site are step-by-step.  This seems pretty straight forward just sewing straight lines.  Will see how it turns out!

 

My second project is from a great book I found on sewing.  Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects.  I thought making something for the new baby would be fun and this seems pretty easy to try out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other projects I have found that look fun to try:

Knitting:

Lattice Cowl from Learn-to-Knit with Katie at Etsy.

Mallory Cowl for little ones from www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Sewing:

Autumn Tunic Tutorial from www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Scrapbusters: Key Fobs from Sew4Home.

 

LINKS

Great book on praying for your husband: Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.  I particularly love her Power of a Praying Wife Book of Prayers because it is small, compact and lists out all of the prayers from her book.  I bought this right around the time my husband and I got married and I have used this over the years.  She also has a lot of other wonderful books to choose from.

 

Brain Pickings will keep your mind moving.  As stated on their site: Brain Pickings is your LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, you-name-itology.  I thought it sounded fun and informative…not your basic read but keeps your mind going with good info.

 

Prudent Baby is a fun site I started reading and it is filled with a lot of fun crafts.  Check out this one for Valentine’s Day!

 

MOB Society – For Moms of Boys, By Moms of Boys.  This came through on an email and I  thought since I am having a boy it would be fun to read their postings.

 

Have a great rest of your week and enjoy!

Marisa

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Oatmeal, Parenting and Links

Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I awoke to a house filled with the scent of cinnamon and breakfast already made.  That’s a good start to the day!  I just love this oatmeal.  It is so yummy and perfect for a cold morning.  I have been playing around with this recipe for a couple of weeks and here it is:

1 cup Steel Cut Oats

2 cups Water

2 cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)

1/2 cup Raisins

2 teaspoons Vanilla

Cinnamon to taste

Lightly coat the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.  Toss the ingredients into the Crock Pot and stir.  Cover and cook for 8-10 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the morning scoop out your serving, top with any fruit, nuts or yogurt.  If I need added sweetness I put a few drops of liquid Stevia on top and stir it in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I use yogurt on my oatmeal I use Coconut Milk yogurt.  So yummy and then I don’t have to add any Stevia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If there is any oatmeal left, make sure it has cooled and then put it in the fridge.

**I use a large Crock Pot but you can use a smaller Crock Pot just know the ratio for the oats to liquid.  If you use 1/2 cup oats you would only need 2 cups of liquid.  The first time I made it I used 2 cups of oats and 8 cups of liquid but realized that made so much and we could not eat it all before it was no longer good.

 

My Newest Revelation in Parenting

My sweet 4 year-old is a great kid, yet we have our moments.  She loves to negotiate everything, whine if she is not getting her way and full-out sob if she hears no when she wants to hear yes.  I felt frustrated and left wondering what I could do better as a mom.  When I feel I am lacking in something I set out to do research.  So I began reading books, blogs, and articles about parenting and child behaviors.  I came across a great book that I am currently reading that has changed our days in some amazing ways.  Loving Our Kids On Purpose by Danny Silk is a wonderful book about having loving connections with your kids, teaching them to make good choices, and practicing self-control all while having peace in the home.  I have started to implement some of the ideas he gives in the book and they are working wonders.  The fits, crying, and whining have slowed down a lot and there is more peace in our day.  One of the main things I am doing is not reacting to her actions.  I cannot control my child just like I cannot control what the guy in the next car at the stop light is doing.  I can guide her and love her and respond to her, but not react.  She has enough emotion in the situation that bringing my emotion into it will only make the matter worse.  I can let her know when she is done with her fit, whining or crying I am here for her and I will respond to what she needs or is asking.  Also, I have been giving her two choices…both being acceptable choices.  I am empowering her to make good choices and she feels confident that she can choose.  It is interesting to watch the dynamic change and to see the days calmer and to not get worked up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links

A great read on marriage I found from Elizabeth Koss: I Still Think Children Are Good For a Marriage

A tasty Valentine’s Day Treat from 100 Days of Real Food

A great site for quilting I found as I contemplate wanting to learn how to sew on a machine Handmade by Alissa

Have a day filled with blessings!

Marisa

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