Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day...

american flag
original photo found here

Memorial Day...I always think of get togethers and BBQ's.  But it's actually so much more.  I think this is the perfect time for a little history lesson! :)  We all know that Memorial Day is a day to honor men and women who have died while in military service but did you know...
  • the first Memorial Day was observed in Waterloo, NY May 5, 1866.
  • Memorial Day was first enacted to honor the union soldiers of the Civil War but was expanded to other wars after World War I.
  • Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day.
  • The name "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882 and was declared the official name by law in 1967.
Our home school studies have reminded me of the sacrifice the first Americans made so we could enjoy freedom like we do today.  So, on this day of fun, fellowship, and great food, let's take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedom...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Smoothie Season

smoothie berries

It's warm in these parts, and warm weather in the Price household means smoothies.  Lots and lots of smoothies.  Now I don't have any secret ingredients or anything, and smoothies aren't hard to make.  In fact, you probably have a great way that you make them.  But it is recipe Sunday, and smoothies have been a plenty around here.  So here goes my non-secret recipe!

in the blender

1 banana
about 4 ice cubes
generous portion of plain yogurt
as many berries (and by berries I mean strawberries, blackberries, blueberries...) as you like
dash of milk (to thin it out a little)
smidgen of honey or agave nectar

smoothie

Throw it all in the blender and turn it on!  Serve to anxiously awaiting family and enjoy!  By the way, I'm a measurer.  I don't think that's a word, but what I mean is I always measure when cooking.  I'm that kind of cook, but when it comes to smoothies, well, no measuring necessary!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Poor Girl

It's a cruel, cruel mommy who takes her daughter's picture when she's woken up.

sleepyhead

Maybe even crueler to put it on her blog. :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Picture Story From My Youngest Man

A while back, a lovely friend passed along a great idea.  So I acted on it the other day, gave Joshua my point and shoot, and encouraged him to go write a story through pictures.   He shares my love for photography, so I like to encourage him in it as much as I can.  Who doesn't want their child to share some of their passions?  So the story goes...

joshua

Joshua is walking...

and more walking...

...and walking...

and walking...

...and walking.

walking...

He opens the door of the car and gets in.

inside of the car

We drive to S-O-N-I-C.

sonic
The end.

the end

I had to smile as he narrated the pictures.  Being away from home can make you miss a lot of things.  Sonic being one of them!  (Only for the slushes and limeades...we don't necessarily miss their food!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jars

I've become a jar person.  I love them.  Every time we finish the peanut butter and jam, I get so excited!  A new jar!  I wash it out, let it dry, and find something to fill it with!  It's so simple, but it really makes me smile!  Jars of all shapes and sizes to hold random things!

beautiful jars

jars of stuff

The latest and greatest wildflower bouquet picked by a little girl who loves to create an atmosphere through color!

wildflowers

A jar to start another ivy plant, because you just can't have too many plants!

ivy plant

And jars to hold prizes when home schooling studies need some extra incentive.

jar of prizes

And let's not forget jars that can bring you back to childhood days of late summer nights, catching all the fireflies you can to fill your glass jar to overflowing.  I was recently lost in the magic of being a child again as our family caught fireflies as the sun set over the day.  Spotting the glow, running to retrieve it, slipping it into that special jar, it just felt so good and freeing.  We eventually let those bugs go, but the magic of childhood days remains until the next time I find myself running through the field to grasp the glow.

fireflies

fireflies

Here's encouraging you to find opportunities to return to the magic of those childhood days...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Writing Opportunity...

A very wonderful and unique opportunity has come my way in the past couple of weeks and I'm so very excited about it.  Let me try to tell you about it in as few words as possible so not to drown you in the details.  When we lived in Connecticut, we met some great neighbors, Jake and Erica.  I believe the story started when they passed by our house while taking their dog for a walk.  Conversation started and so did a friendship.  We all moved away about the same time, but we've tried to keep up with each other here and there.  Erica works for a site called Today's Mama, a fun place to connect with other moms, read articles, and even participate in giveaways!  About a year and a half ago, Erica got my blog featured on their site!  Thus began my interest in Today's Mama.

writing

A couple of weeks ago, Erica emailed me and asked me if I would consider writing for Today's Mama.  I was thrilled to say the least but cautious at the same time.  Does this impede on the guidelines of my sabbatical?  Will this be restful or stressful?  Lots of questions swirled in my head.  I sought the Lord to find the answers.  After prayer and conversations with Jeremy, it felt like it was indeed an opportunity I was to pursue.  Why, you might ask?  I wouldn't say I'm a natural writer but I do enjoy it.  Lately I've felt like I need to carve out time in my week specifically to write.  I like to think of myself as the ultimate multi-tasker, but it's becoming increasing difficult to do that in the midst of the needs of my kids.  So my conclusion is to come away and carve out time for writing inspiration.

coffee

All that to say, I feel like this opportunity fits right in with what God is speaking to me about writing.  I'm not necessarily striving to have a huge following of people reading my words, but I do long for people to feel refreshed and inspired after leaving my site.  One reader recently wrote, "Every time I visit your blog I leave happy..."  It made my day, because that's exactly what I want!

I do hope you will visit me over at Today's Mama.  I'll be writing for the DFW Mama network under the Creative Home category.  If you've followed my creative journey at all, you will understand my excitement about this!  Because my content on Today's Mama must be original, you will find completely different posts over there from my content here at I Believe In Love.  I will put links on the side so you can see my current posts.  Thank YOU for being a part of this process.  Without such great readers, I don't know if I would have pushed myself in the writing and blogging aspect of my life!    


If you would like to receive the Today's Mama newsletter straight to your inbox, visit here.  To visit my first post at Today's Mama, visit here.  And check out the current giveaway for a super cool Madsen bike!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bursts Of Color

lemon on table 

purple flowers

fabric

plant

painted toes

indian paintbrushes

Color. It's all around us.  Bursts of it, sometimes in the most unexpected places.  When I look around at the color around me, when I stop to notice it and really look at it, I am always amazed.  I mean, we serve such a creative God.  Instead of painting the world in black and white, He gave us color to enjoy.  One of the many things we can so easily take for granted.  Here's encouraging you to pause and savor the color around you today.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way ~ things I had no words for.  Georgia O'Keefe

Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekending

Coffee brought to me in bed.  What a treat!
coffee

A wonderful brunch...
brunch

Made by two very handsome Price men.
cooking men

Simple crafting for the babes (pillows for their little cherished ones).
knitted pillows

A new project on the needles.
knitting project

Snaggletooth lost another one!
lost tooth

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  
Anyone have any suggestions for battling springtime allergies?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Homemade Ice Cream

vanilla ice cream

I can't take credit for this recipe, but it was so fun and easy that I had to post!  Do you love ice cream?  Do you wish you could make it homemade but don't have an ice cream maker?  Then, read on!  This is for you!  This recipe was in my homeschooling material this past week and the kids had so much fun making it (not as much fun as they had eating it!)  Here's what we did...

Get a small ziploc bag (sandwich size) and put 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, and 1 tablespoon sugar in it.  Close it, getting as much air out as possible.

Fill a large ziploc (gallon size) with 10-12 large ice cubes (I think I actually used a little more) and 1/2 cup salt.  Just regular salt will do.

Put the small ziploc inside the large one.  Wrap it in a dish towel and let the kids knead it for about 5 minutes.  We let ours sit a little big after that (until after lunch was eaten!) and then scooped it into bowls.  It was a perfect single serving amount!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Papaya And Africa

papaya

Lately I've really been missing Africa, so when I saw a papaya in the store, I bought it.  I didn't eat papaya much before moving to Africa, but I love it!  Unfortunately, eating papaya in Africa has ruined me because this one tasted awful.  There's lots of fruits that are just better in Africa and papaya is one of them.  While I'm here in the states, I'll be enjoying those delicious berries and watermelon!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ramblings And A Giveaway Winner

I imagine random.org had quite a workout last night!  I read that the final count of giveaway hosts was well over 400!  That's amazing.  And I will confess that I entered A LOT of those!   I'm a little crazy and my brain is still spinning.  I just love giveaways and I especially love it when I win something!  Without further ado the winner of the Handmade Texas Giveaway is...

random # generator

The Herd said...


How cute!! I would love to be entered, of course!!

I so enjoyed this giveaway.  I visited some great blogs and met some great crafters!  And I was so overwhelmed that this generated 151 comments!  I think that's more than the combined total of all my other posts! 

So I titled this post Ramblings And A Giveaway Winner so excuse me while I ramble.  I try not to do this too often, but I'm in the mood.  One thing I love about blogging is connections that happen, sometimes in the most random ways.  I had one person enter my giveaway and mention that the Ten Thousand Homes T-shirt Emma Grace was wearing in my Field Trip post, intrigued her because she had just found TTH on the internet!  Now isn't that something?  What a cool connecting point! 

Deep from the heart of Texas, thanks for entering my giveaway y'all!  Feel free to come back anytime!

happy in the bluebonnets

Until tomorrow, I'm crossing my fingers that perhaps the number generator will randomly pick me to win something!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Reading...Try Dying


try dying

My brain is on overload from all the giveaway blogs I've been visiting the past few days!  Today is the last day for my giveaway and all the other giveaways for Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew.  So since my brain is on overload, a light book review is in order for today!  I just finished reading Try Dying by James Scott Bell.  One of those whodunnit books where you think how many things can happen to this poor guy?  Seriously, it starts out with his fiancee dying in a tragic accident (don't worry I'm not giving anything away).  I did like the book although I have to say, I don't know whether it's the season I'm in or what, but at times, it seemed there were too many characters for my brain to keep track of.  The plus side, though, was the short chapters.  Short chapters are perfect for a mom who sometimes only gets snippets of time here and there!

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