Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Saturday, December 3, 2016

More Than You Think I Am






Lyrics for "More Than You Think I am" by Danny Gokey

You always think I'm somewhere on a mountain top
But never think behind bars
You'd be amazed the places that I'd go to be with you
Where you are
So forget what you've heard
What you think that you know
There's a lot about me
That's never been told
 
I'm more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I'm more than you think I am
More than you think I am
 
Rumor has it there's a gavel in my hand
I'm only here to condemn
But let me tell you secrets you would've never known
I think of you as my best friend
So much has been said
Even doubted my name
But I'm showing you now
Who I really am
 
I'm more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I'm more than you think I am
More than you think I am
 
Let me open your eyes to see the heart of me, differently
Come closer than you've ever been
Let me in like never before
Bring me every broken part
The wounds and scars of who you are
And hide in me and you will see
I'm more than you dreamed
More than you understand
Your days and your times
Were destined for our dance
I catch all your tears
Burn your name on my heart
Be still and trust my plan
I'm more than you think I am
I'm more than you think I am
More than you think I am
More than you think I am
I'm more than you think I am
 
 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Half Way Point One Step at a Time

Well I had planned on doing my 50 by 50 up date on Nov 30th but obviously I forgot -so today is as good as any day, so here I am.

In July I set a goal - to lose 50 pounds by the time I turned 50 years old. Well one week ago today I turned one year closer to 50 years old. And thankfully I was able to also lose some weight that week - which brings the grand total to this point to 25 pounds lost! I am at my Half Way Point!!! Happy Dance!!!  I am so very thankful for the progress that I have had - God has been there every step of the way. Helping me to make better choices of how to take care of me. Bring great resources to me to give me more wisdom to know the best choices of how to take care of myself. There are many choices that we come across each day that will determine to a great degree how we feel.

Don't ever feel that you are too old to make changes or that it is too late for you to see any benefits for making better choices. By implementing healthier choices we can change our health for the good.

Anyway so I continue on -moving towards better health.  Each choice that comes my way is a decision for health or the dreaded opposite of health. Join me in trying to make better and better choices. You will be glad you did! I know I am.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kale

Kale


Many people talk about how bad kale is and how it's so hard to fix it and it taste good. Well I lucked out. I bought a large pound bag of kale from HEB and on the back it had a recipe for Healthy Kale. So that is what I tried. And guess what? I loved it! I loved it so much I do this about one a week. I make the following recipe and I eat on it for several days that week---till it is gone.

The great thing is that Kale is VERY good for you and a wonderful addition to anyone's diet. If you have not given Kale a chance before - I hope you will now. And even if you have tried it before - give it another chance- this recipe really is good.

Healthy Kale


1 3/4 c. chicken broth (I use McKay's Chicken Seasoning)
1 1/2 c. water
3 T. EVOO - that is Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper (I don't always use this much - maybe half this)

1/2 tsp. sugar
1 - 1 pound package of Kale

Add the first 5 ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil. Then add the sugar and kale. Cover pot with lid and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes or until desired tenderness.

Drain excess water and serve hot.

Trust me - this is very good! I love it! Just one more way to bring more health to your life. :O)

I noticed what looks like a great recipe from Mother Earth Living for Onion and Kale Pizza.
I am hoping to try this soon! If you have tried it please let me know what you thought of it! :O)

Monday, November 28, 2016

My New Favorite Bread Recipe

Flaxseed Bread

 
2 T. active dry yeast
1 T. honey
 
3 1/4 c. warm water
1 T. sea salt
1 c. flaxseeds, ground
1 c. gluten flour
6 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. turbinado sugar
1/4 c. canola oil
 
Soften yeast and honey in warm water. Ground flaxseeds in the blender. Combine whole-wheat flour, gluten flour, gluten flour, ground flaxseeds, sea salt, and turbinado sugar in a large bowl. When yeast mixture rises, add oil. Stir in dry mixture. Knead until smooth about 10 minutes. Divide into 2 portions. Shape each into loaves. Let rise until double. Bake at 350* for 35 minutes. Delicious!
 
Ok - so I do a little bit different with this recipe. At this time I do not have any turbinado sugar - so I use brown sugar. And actually I usually only use 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar. The recipe in the book says that you will divide this dough into 3-4 loaves - well I changed that to 2 because if you divided it into 3-4 they would be little loaves- you choose what you want to do. This is really the best bread that I have tasted! I love the fact that it is high in omega-3 and in fiber!

 
This is the cookbook that this recipe came from. I have typed out the original recipe at the top - and in my writing have told of changes that I have made. I hope you will try this and will enjoy it as much as I have! :O)
 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Come to the Garden....series

 

Come to the Garden

An Invitation to Serenity

by JoAnna O'Keefe
 
 
 

Lord, I feel fragmented
Like a broken pot of clay.
I've lost my focus;
I've lost my way.
 
I've poured myself out.
I'm drained. I'm dry;
I sense a discontent
I can't identify.
I feel rootless
 
Like rolling tumbleweed,
Moving, moving, moving,
Dizzy, from the speed.
 
I feel like quitting.
I feel self-doubt.
I'm tired, Lord.
I'm worn out.
 
How can I integrate
My scattered thoughts,
My dreams?
How can I find balance,
Freedom from extremes?
 
How can I slow down?
How can I release?
There are so many pressures.
How can I find peace?
 
Quiet, quiet, quiet,
my child, be still.
Listen to your feelings.
Discipline your will.
 
Come to the Garden,
The secret place we share.
My essence is in the Garden;
Come to Me in Prayer.
 
Transcend worldly cares.
Seek the Kingdom first.
Peace lies within;
It is for Me you thirst.
 
Accept your limitations;
Embrace humility.
Here lies the path to wisdom
And to maturity.

Come to the Garden,
The soul's sweet bouquet.
The flowers of tomorrow
Are in the seeds of today.
 
Together we will weed.
Together we will sow.
Together we will water.
Together, you will grow.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Some Progress in My Sewing Room

Today I wanted to show you a little of what I am getting done in my sewing room lately. For many, many months I had these blocks sitting up on my design board. I just could not get the lay out right. I would change one thing and then another. Then I would just let it be and look at it ever so often trying to figure out what I needed to do. Well last week I decided to just move forward. I had tried many different combinations and if I had not found something that I thought would work the best then maybe I just needed to move forward...so I did. And I got the sashing sewn on and the blocks together.
 
 Here is the fabric that I have chosen for my border. I had picked out an even prettier border- but when I realized I would not only have to buy a lot more fabric, but I would also have many cut up roosters - I had to go pick out different fabric and this is what I found. I think it will be very nice.
I still need to get the border cut into strips and sew them together and then onto the quilt. And then I will have another quilt ready to quilt.
 
I do have a quilt that I have ready to quilt. I even bought the backing fabric. I have it cut out and will be ironing it and the quilt top and then putting them together to get ready to quilt. I am hoping to have some time next week.  We will see.
 
 I have a Christmas project that I would love to try out and hoping that I am able to do a good job because I think it is a great idea. I will share with you all if I am able to get to this project.
 
Hope you all are having a great day! :O)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

So last week I went to see my oncologist for my six month check up. I finally got my blood results back. I was a bit shocked and disappointed to see that my CA125 number had risen. It was only by a little over two points- but it is the rising of that number that is not good. I put a call into my oncology nurse and got a call back today saying that yes it had risen but I was till in the normal range so not to worry about it. I kind of knew that, but it is just not something you want to see. I had thought with me making better choices and all that the number could have come down even more than it did last time. Apparently the number does fluctuates some so it is normal. I just have to prepare myself before each visit not to panic or stress out if it has went up a bit.

I think I have already shared this but just in case I did not - I was happy to find out that I weighed in one pound less than the first visit that I had with the oncologist. Yay!! I still have a ways to go to get to my goal of losing 50 by 50 but I am almost to the halfway point. Praising God for that for sure! It is a real struggle for me to lose weight.
Although the scales have not moved a whole lot this month - I have had improvements in the way of how clothes fit that has helped encourage me along the path of weight loss.

So this cute top is one example of that. I bought it the end of October at a Goodwill Midnight Maddness sale. I paid $2.50 for this cute top. It was a bit too snug to wear. Well I wore it Sunday and loved it!!
These cute bling jeans are another item that I was able to wear on Sunday. My mother bought these cute jeans for me for my birthday last year- well they had been a bit snug and I thought that I would be able to lose weight and wear them last winter- I was not. It was very disappointed. Well when I got them out Saturday night and tried them one - they fit!!! Yay!
 
So although I haven't seen a major lose on the scales - I am making strides in the right direction still - by the clothes I can now wear. It is nice to get these small reminders that I am making progress. And I can't wait till I can come back on here and tell you about things fitting me that used to not fit. :O)
 
Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving - This year my birthday will fall on Thanksgiving - not my favorite thing but I deal with it anyway.
I am looking forward to Friday because the Goodwill's in our area are having a 1/2 price sale on Black Friday - and my sister and I are planning to go shopping. It is fun to shop for the new wardrobe that I am working towards getting into. I have already found a few really cute pieces.
 
Like these:


 
Ok - I better close. Have a great rest of the week! :O)
 
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Strength to Bear Whatever

 The Fruit of the Spirit ~ It's What You Are That Counts
by Richard W. Offill



"The joy that God's people experience throughout the centuries didn't make the pain or the suffering and hardship go away. But because joy is the result of faith and hope, it gave them strength to bear whatever happened to them."