#biblejournaling

I can’t draw. I wish I could but I’m just not an artist. But nonetheless, I am completely, totally, maniacally in a crazied frenzy over bible journaling.  
Heard of it? It’s more than just taking notes in your bible (although that alone is fantastic, don’t get me wrong). 
It’s all about using pens, paint, stickers, colored pencils, stamps, etc to doodle, draw, and letter in your bible as you study God’s word. I’ve JUST started it, and I can already tell you that it’s been amazing. As I write, draw (ok, chicken scratch), and doodle bible verses, the verse goes around and around in my head. The time isn’t about creating, it’s about studying the word, soaking it in, planting it in my mind. It’s totally addicting. I spend nap times doing it and totally lose all track of time. 
If you need some real life LEGIT examples of what artists are doing, just search #biblejournaling or on Instagram. Or check out Illustrated Faith on Instagram/FB. She’s fantastic. 
I’m in a “growth” phase of life spiritually right now. I cannot get enough bible study/prayer/journaling time. So for that reason especially, Bible journaling just fits for me in this phase of life right now; so I’m just going for it. My drawings aren’t spectacular and my lettering stinks; I don’t have super cool art supplies or even a journaling bible. I’m coloring up my 15 year old NLT hardback study bible that’s been taped together. But you don’t need anything other than a bible and a pencil, really. It isn’t about the “how” of doing it… it’s about bringing God’s word to life in your heart, spending time in his word. It’s making me think, ponder, examine, and question my words and actions every day. I’m digging it.  

   
   

Oh, snow

The old wives tale says that however tall these wild flowers grow is an indication of how many inches of snow we’ll get in the upcoming winter. 

  
Let us hope and pray not. 

This one is much more my speed:

  

The Book Addiction

I was talking books with a friend this morning and shared with her that I fully recognize my #1 weakness in life: books. It doesn’t matter how much I scrimp and save on our family budget…I always, always, always manage to find the resources and justification for more books. I may or may not have five more on their way to me as we speak.  Gah.  Darn christianbook.com and their “slightly imperfect book” sales THAT I CAN’T RESIST. God has been prompting me to work on my self-control lately, but that’s definitely a topic for another day.  For now, it’s all about books.

Here’s what I’m delving into this week. 

  • Fierce Beauty, by Kim Meeder
  • Longing for Paris, by Sarah Mae
  • Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

Almost finished with the top two, and just started the bottom one.  My journal is filling up quickly with notes and passages.  I like that. 

So on this cloudy, drizzly Monday, I’m putting my feet up during nap time, ignoring the mess around me, diffusing some vetiver/lemon EO in the diffuser, and reading. God bless lazy Mondays.

What’s on your book shelf?

  

Corn Fed at the Cozy House

It’s been a while since I’ve had the heart to blog. But I’ve felt the nudge to get back at it. To be real and open and have fun with blogging…it’s something I am finally ready to jump in to again. So here we go!

‘Tis sweet corn season at the cozy house, which means it’s time to stock the freezer full of corn. “Putting up corn” means a long, hot, rewarding evening, because it’s exhausting but it always feels so good to see those bags stacked in rows in the deep freeze.  

  
We freeze corn rather than canning it. Mainly because I am too chicken to try pressure canning. Oh, and too cheap to buy a pressure canner. Ahem. 

This corn freezing is a highly scientific process. Ok, not really. And it’s actually pretty fast. Hubby and I got done in about 2.5 hours, start to finish. First you shuck the corn: remove the husks and silks. (And watch for those mealy worm bugs that show up occasionally. So gross. I totally hand of any wormy corn to the hubby so he can deal with it. Yuck.)

Bonus points for husking the corn near your cows. They’ll thank you for the treat. 

  
We do the majority of the process outside, as to not heat up our entire cozy house. It’s hot enough in August, and even with central air the kitchen gets hot quick. So my brilliant husband has perfected this outdoor system. Allow me to walk you through it.  

First, the corn goes into a pot of boiling water. Hubby hooks up a small propane burner on our (needs to be repainted) back porch and we use the canner as a big cooking pot. We cook in batches of about 15 ears at a time. Cook the ears at a rolling boil for 5 minutes. (From the time they go in to the time they come out, it’s about 10 minutes.)

  
Then, plunge the ears into cold water. We let them sit in the cold water for about 10 minutes. So basically, it’s about a 10 minute cycle; every 10 minutes we’re cooking and cooling a new batch.  (This is hubby’s high-tech corn cooling set up.)🙂

  
I scored the outdoor duties, which as you can see, is very taxing. Having to relax on the porch as I watched water boil and corn cool was not a bad way to spend an evening.

  
The ears go inside to hubby after cooling. After trying different methods of removing corn from the cob (electric knife and two various corn cutters), this is our preferred tool. But everyone’s got a different opinion as to which method is best.

  

I also freeze whole cobs, just for some variety.  For whole cobs, after boiling/cooling I just wrap individual ears in heavy duty foil and freeze in ziplock bags.  Bag it, freeze it, enjoy it all year long.  

We started with 5 five-gallon buckets of corn, which ended up yielding 21 quart bags and 42 single ears.  So it’s great have corn stocked in the freezer for the year.  Now we wait for the tomatoes in the garden to ripen….bring on the canned spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, and chili!  I can’t wait to get our pantry shelves restocked. It’s a little pitiful in there.😉

School Work

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. I have no excuses. So, let’s just jump back in, shall we?

We’ve been doing some Montessori-inspired school work around here lately. I have to say, I am loving it. I’m super new and somewhat clueless with the whole Montessori thing, but it’s basically child-led learning. I think. Giving them space and resources to do things independently whenever possible. I love this quote by Maria Montessori: “Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Love that.

And there are no crafts involved. I’m so not that mom who enjoys with crafting with toddlers. Oy.

We’ve been at this a few weeks now. I’ve purchased a few things for the kids’ “work,” but mostly I’ve made things and scrounged around the house to find things to make do with. Montessori has a practical life aspect, and we’d already been doing some of that at home: letting the kids sweep, wipe up spills, water plants, set/clear the table, etc. but there’s so much more to Montessori. We’re at the tip of the Montessori iceberg and I’m loving it. Already I’ve noticed Riley is more focused, independent, and purposeful when he does his work. It’s sinking in! So cool.

So I made these color sorting mat kits for a craft show last year. I had one left over, so I dug it out for Abby to do today. She did great with it; she’s known her colors for a long time, so I figured it’d be easy work for her. The thing that cracked me up was seeing what the items on the mat looked like when she was done:

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She completely organized every item on every color square the exact same way. She’s so type A and I’m so not. She absolutely does not get her little detail-oriented personality from me. I love seeing her blossom into this little person that God designed intricately. I showed Jon the picture and he said proudly, “She gets that from me.”

Hopefully my disorganization doesn’t eventually drive them both bananas. I guess they can commiserate together. I’m holding out hope that Riley will be on my team.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD. Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Israel, you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the LORD our God. His justice is seen throughout the land. Remember his covenant forever— the commitment he made to a thousand generations. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭8-15‬ NLT)

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A Typical Night at the Cozy House

Abby wants a “root beard float.”

Jon is asked to fix something. On tonight’s list: the Kitchen Aid mixer, which was acting completely out of character while making a routine batch of pizza dough. Sigh.

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Did you ever think the inside of a Kitchen Aid would be so gunky? I didn’t. Yuckeroo. Just as I was allowing myself to dream of purchasing a Bosch mixer, he declared the KA completely operational. Bummer.

TV viewing includes an assortment of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Planes Fire and Rescue, and a Pumpkin Chunkin competition.

I’m doing a little browsing on eBay. ‘Tis the season. But only browsing because of a self-imposed spending freeze…at which I’m slightly failing, but that’s a story for another day.

Riley is running around full speed ahead…in his big boy undies and my muck boots. Hooray for potty training efforts and no more huge loads of diaper laundry! Hopefully.

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We’ve stayed home all.week.long, due to the potty training. It’s been strangely wonderful. I was dreading the thought of being stuck at home and not running to town at least once a day, and of being confined to our house without interaction to the outside world. Really, it’s been pretty fabulous. News flash: it’s harder to leave home with multiple kids daily than it is to just stay home. The moral of this story is, it’s a heck of a lot easier to enjoy your life at home if you actually stay home once in a while.

Cheers to that!!