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Sunday, November 30, 2008

MORE SMOOTHIE GOODNESS

My heart skipped a beat when Zarian said, "Thanks for the candy in the cup, Mama."
All that sweetness and no sugar added :)

You all know that we have been on a Smoothie Kick since last April. Every Day. Green Smoothies. Well, I created one tonight that my would have put Willie Wonka to shame and no chocolate was involved, just the yummy candy taste to get a sweet yummy thank you from my sweet yummy boys...

1 Handful of organic Spinach
4 bananas
4 Organic Medjool Dates (don't forget to take the pit out please!)
1 tablespoon of Flax seeds
1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
1 cup of water
Put water in first and Blend up each ingredient before adding the next ingredient...then serve with a smile (and a pale yellow mustache)
You can omit the seeds if you like (I never pass up an opportunity to sneak them in there)
Also, if it's not sweet enough, you can add more fruit-try maybe some strawberries or kiwi or other sweet fruits...yummy!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Midwifery book review and radical Christian book review

I have recently read 2 fabulous books-I have to share...

book 1:

The Blue Cotton Gown by Patsy Harman

This book is a must read-very intriguing, riveting & wonderfully written. It is a Narrative Non-fiction book about a midwife in WV and her life-her story. It reminds us that sometimes stories just need to be told. She meets and cares for pregnant (and sometimes non-pregnant) women in an OBGYN office and has to shoulder the pain and stories of their lives, unfolding into her world as the patient unfolds her Blue Cotton Gown.

You know, I read somewhere that hair dressers make us feel so comfortable while they are massaging our scalps, running warm water over our heads, giving us the attention that we usually don't pay to ourselves, that we just open up and spill our lives into that 2 hour pampering session with a stranger.

I imagine that Mrs Harman must have that same charm with the warmth of the atmosphere of her office, or the caring look in her eyes, before she even starts talking about the upcoming exam. How wonderful to be able to go to a loving practitioner in one of the most uncomfortable or vulnerable times of our lives.

I trust that these women and their stories are sacred to the author and she tells them in such a raw sweetness and reveals her life's work. How amazing to feel that you are accomplishing what your spirit was intended to do...helping others.

I have also read somewhere in the bloggy world that one Dr. revealed that if the patient does not cooperate, he tells her he will be right back because he knows once she puts on that cotton gown, her defensiveness goes down and her vulnerability goes up. That is such a strong, sad thing to hear from a medical practitioner.

On the flip side, the world is a better place because of this author/midwife's ability to understand this vulnerability and use her kindness and understanding to gain better emotional and physical health for her patients and friends.


book 2:

-UNDER THE OVERPASS by Mike Yankoski (thanks to Ronda from LOVE IS KIND for letting me borrow this)

This is a true story of a young Christian that wants to do more than give a homeless man some change for the day-he wants to see what it is really like being homeless and fully rely on God through faith.

He sets out with a bag and a friend and a guitar to sing for his supper. He spends 5 months on the streets as a traveler in a foreign land and returned a new man. He is cold, sweltering hot, eats out of dumpsters, forms relationships with drug abusers and alcoholics and war veterens-all of whom are homeless. He sees up close and personal what 3 million of our brothers and sisters live like in America.

It makes you reevaluate your life. Am I doing enough? Am I listening to the Lord and His will? Why do I have 10 coats in my closet?

On page 46 he writes "If we are the body of Christ-and Christ came not for the healthy but the sick-we need to be fully present in the places where people are most broken. And it has to be more than just a financial presence. That helps, of course. But too often money is insulation-it conveniently keeps us from ever having to come face-to-face with a man or woman whose life is in tatters."

WOW-THOSE WORDS STRUCK ME - probably where they should...in the heart.

ANYWAY, please take the opportunity to check these books out of your local library and enjoy reading about the love and life of others that can be looked up to and learned from.

PEACE!!

sad news, 1000 gifts - list of thankfulness

I have a list going of 1000+ things to be thankful for (inspired by HOLY EXPERIENCE) and I have been slacking. I could put *friends* on here about a 1,000 times alone because they are so special.

My sister just passed away on Wednesday and I received a call last night that a dear friend of mine passed away yesterday. so...friends-I am thankful for you. I want to thank my friends and extended families for their prayers and well-wishes

Leaves-the amazing power to turn from green to red to yellow to orange to brown. Reminds me of life, life force, power of the Creator

Acorns-seeds thrown from trees to replenish our greedy forest raping with more trees

Clouds-sometimes, as I stare at the sky in the evening, moon starting peeking through, the sky looks as if it could be gray with white clouds or white with gray clouds-astonishing

Curls and dread locks, how they whisper tales of baking soda and vinegar, sand, dirt and debris of boys who would rather be playing than grooming their hair.

88.3-My favorite radio station-if only I could make more time to listen

Oreganol P-73 and Oregaspray from North American Herb and Spice-Herbs from the Lord that have saved our lives many times - from the Bible-Leviticus "I give you grass for the cattle and herbs for the service of man"

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I am no longer able to post pictures. I am totally sad and frusterated. Any help will be gratefully accepted. I push the "load image" button and it DOES NOTHING!!!HELP!!!