Friday, October 17, 2014

What 36 hours with your daughter looks like....

I recently got the opportunity to hitch a ride to Houston with a friend who was going for a check up at MDAnderson.  Even though I would only get just over 24 hours with Alyssa, I JUMPED at the chance!!

Here is what you cram into 36 hours (besides lots of hugs!)....

First, there is a lot of snuggling and "please play with my hair, mom".  Then she will fall asleep on your lap and you won't mind one bit.  :)


 The next day you will make a trip to Trader Joe's (since your state is lame and doesn't have one) and you will stock up on food to take home and also food to make freezer meals for your girl!


Then the cooking will begin and you will laugh and joke and remake old old photos because your mom found some wax lips in a candy store and you want to humor her....



You will end up making/freezing 4 meat loafs, 5 containers of lentil soup and chili.


When the cooking is done, you will sit down and enjoy a cup of pumpkin spice chai latte (amazing!) you found at Trader Joe's and have a conversation about life and what God is doing.
 

Later, you will make another run to Trader Joe's because some of the things you bought were just too delicious to not get more of.......or maybe because you are just obsessed with Trader Joe's.


Of course, you will end the evening watching movies and playing cards!
I whooped her by the way!


The next morning you will enjoy a quiet morning and a cup of coffee and try not to think about having to say goodbye in a few short hours.
 

Then you will head to meet your friend and have just a bit more fun while you wait for her to get there (a good cover to keep you from crying)
 

And finally...
You will have to say goodbye. :(

But you will be so thankful for that 36 hours that will now carry you until the next time you get to see her.....and you will feel very blessed.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gotta love a good report!

The end of last spring, at my yearly check up, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol.

My doctor suggested I go on a statin and come back in 4 months for a recheck.  I didn't really say anything to her, but as I walked out I had already decided I wouldn't fill the prescription....you see my dad has had some side effects from statins and I was not ready to go there.  

I decided to try a more natural route first.  And I decided not to tell the doctor....that the labs in 4 months would tell me if I needed to reconsider.

 I already eat a fairly good diet but watched it a little closer and we exercise regularly.  So, I decided to see if any of my essential oils could help.  After some research, I found that Lemongrass is said to help lower cholesterol so I added it to my daily routine.  I first started applying it topically each day to my wrists.  Then in August,  I also added one shot of YL's ningxia red supplement and I changed to putting 2 drops of lemongrass in the shot of ningxa each morning. 






Well, it took me 6 months to get back to the doctor, but I got the results of my lab work yesterday and was thrilled with the results!!! 


My before/after numbers....total 240/223, HDL 46/63, LDL 143/122.... pretty impressive!! 

 I love my essential oils!!

If you want to know more about Essential Oils and how they can help you on your journey to good health, email me or go here!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

It's a good morning!

I'll be honest.....

I had a bit of a melt down with God last night.

His silence this week has been a bit deafening and I found myself giving in to fear.  I felt myself focusing on the mountain in front of me instead of Him.

As I cried out to Him, He lovingly reminded me He has not gone anywhere.  And as I listened to this song (over and over), I felt my peace returning and my vision refocusing.



I got up this morning and in my quiet time with Him, my devotions just reiterated what He has been telling my heart...
Trust me enough to let things happen without striving to predict or control them....Jesus Calling

Has God trusted you with His silence--a silence that has great meaning?  God's silences are actually His answers....Oswald Chambers

Are you mourning before God because you have not had an audible response? When you cannot hear God, you will find that He has trusted you in the most intimate way possible--with absolute silence, not a silence of despair, but one of pleasure, because He saw that you could withstand an even bigger revelation.  If God has given you a silence, then praise Him--He is bringing you into the mainstream of His purposes...Oswald Chambers

Our task is to faithfully perform the role He assigns us.  Follow your Lord and trust Him alone.....Blackaby

So this morning.....

I have a new song playing...


Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's fall around here....

As much as I hate to admit it....

It's fall.

If you know me at all, you know I love summer and it is so depressing for me to admit it is over.  Closing the pool is a sad, sad day!!

So this week, I decided to embrace fall.

My neighbor has been very generous in sharing their butternut squash (which I love) from their garden and so I have been experimenting with it this week...

 I used my spriralizer to make butternut squash spaghetti and made this recipe for dinner.  This is something I will make A LOT! So delicious!  I added a little white wine to the kale for some added flavor.

But even more delicious was this roasted butternut squash hummus I made tonight!!  
Get the recipe here
 oh my word......SO good!!!


Then today I decided to "fall up" my front door.  I saw this cute pumpkin wreath on pinterest and decided to try to make it.  Yay for a pinterest WIN!!




ok, maybe I can enjoy fall just a little!! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Current::October

I really am trying to get myself back into blogging.
However, there is a lot of heavy stuff going on in my life right now.
So, I decided to copy one of my favorite things to read on my friend Meredith's blog....
....her Currents.

I love reading her list each month.
Something on there always makes me smile.

So here are my currents for October:

Current Read: I am sad to say that I'm not reading anything right now. I haven't been making time to read and that's just wrong. I miss it.

Current Playlist: Bethel Music, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, David Crowder Band. Ecclectic, as usual.

Current Color(s): Gray, orange, red. Not together.
Current Food: I kind of threw some ingredients together for lunch the other day and it was so good that it's now become my favorite go-to lunch.
It's artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers (from a jar), kalamata olives, cucumbers, and feta over a bowl of quinoa. I don't even add any seasoning because it's flavorful enough without it.

Current Favorite Favorite: Fall candles, our DVR, NFL Sunday Ticket (got it free for the season when we switched to DirectTV last spring), and a super amazing beauty product that deserves a post of it's very own. Stay tuned for that last one...

Current Addiction: SPellegrino sparkling water. And season one of The Black List on Netflix.
Current Wish List: I really want a black/white or navy/white gingham shirt. Anyone know where I should look? I saw some online for $88 and that's a whole lot more than I will spend.

Current Need: I really need to buy a new planner. Mine ends in December and I already have 2015 dates I need to get on the calendar.
Current Triumph: I feel like I'm finally finding a good rhythm in regard to my priorities and my time management and that feels like a triumph!
Current Annoyance: We woke up on Saturday to electricity in only half of our house. Turns out that one of two wires from the power box to our house has deteriorated to the point that it's only functioning at about 30%. An electrician came out Saturday and moved some of our circuits onto the one fully-functioning line until the other could be replaced. My oven, washer, dryer, bedroom/bathroom lights were unable to be re-circuited due to their voltage size so we've been doing what I call "suburban camping". Cooking in a crock-pot. Doing laundry at the laundromat. Wearing a headlamp to the bathroom. Yeah, seriously. And showering in the dark. Fun times. They came and mapped out all the power lines yesterday so they could dig up/replace the old line today. Hopefully this suburban camping life ends soon, which is good because I'm running out of crock-pot ideas and clean underwear.

Current Blessing(s): The (minor) inconveniences we've been living with the past few days make me realize these are first world problems and we are incredibly blessed to have things like heat and unspoiled food and a working coffee-maker and internet. And funds to pay for the repairs. And so so so much more.
Current Outfit: Well, currently I'm still wearing my workout clothes from this morning but I'm going to shower soon and get dressed for the day. I'm thinking jeans and a lightweight cardigan. I think our temps are 60s/70s today--perfect! 
Current Excitement: I am very excited about Trader Joe's opening on Friday in Colorado Springs! It's been a long wait for TJs to arrive in my neck of the woods. I have a list going...AND I have a balance on a TJs gift card. Pretty sure I've never been this excited about grocery shopping before.
Current Project(s): My plate is pretty free of projects right now and I am more than okay with that!

Current plans for the day: Shower. Errands. Lunch with my "church girls" to catch up and do some brainstorming. Carpool. Dinner. And hopefully some Black List before bed. That is if my bedroom has electricity by tonight. Fingers crossed! 
- See more at: http://www.lifeat7000feet.com/2014/10/currently-october.html#sthash.WuMiKT7m.dpuf
 Current Read:  I just finished Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.  EVERYone needs to read this book.  It impacted me in obvious ways but also in some unexpected ways too. And now I am on to An Invisible Thread the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler.  This book had me hooked in the first chapter!!!  And the Bible as I am doing a precept study of Daniel right now.

Current Playlist:  Rend Collective, Jason Gray, Pentatonix, Tenth Avenue North

Current Food:
Current Food: Steve and I have been eating Vegan since the beginning of September. It's not a permanent change, but something we needed to do.  I am actually enjoying it!!  And loving the new recipes I am coming up with.  We took at week break last week....and honestly, I couldn't wait to get back to it.  I recently got one of these....
It allows me to make "pasta" out of zucchini or butternut squash, etc......SO GOOD!!!

Current Favorite: my DVR, my Fallish essential oils like cinnamon bark and orange

Current Addiction: Coconut oil.  I use it on my face as a cleanser/moisturizer (my skin has never looked better!!), I use it as a lotion and I use it on my hair.  I also cook with it.  Tonight I made popcorn and poured melted coconut oil over it with salt....seriously better than butter!!!

Current Wishlist:  A phone call we are hoping to get.  To see my children...I am really missing all of them lately.  

Current Need:  A calendar.  I have some things I need to keep up with that just don't work in my phone. 

Current Triumph:  Made it back to the gym tonight after a long hiatus.  It actually felt really good.

Current Annoyance: my bicep tendonitis.  It has gotten progressively worse lately and I am noticing a loss in range of motion.  My lemongrass helps temporarily but the tendon is so inflamed this time it needs something else....like an injection.  :/   So here is something about me...I HATE needles.  And I am willing to try most anything to avoid the injection.  Our last resort is a round of oral steroids......which is my next annoyance....side effects.  Hot flashes and headaches.  ugh.  Maybe the injection wouldn't be so bad.  prayers are appreciated!

Current Blessing:  Last Wednesday we were flying home from Illinois and we had to fly through Chicago.  The airport was still a huge mess from the fire in the control tower and our first flight to Chicago was 2 hours late.  But that was ok because the flight we were catching was also 2+ hours late.  So as Steve and I walked through the crazy crowded terminal to get some dinner....we ran into a friend of ours from Ethiopia!!!!  He is head of the ministry Steve and I went over to help with last October.  He had just flown in from Ethiopia on his way to Kentucky.  Seriously, what are the chances?!!  I am still smiling from that God appointed encounter!!

Current Outfit:  Work out clothes.  :)  See current triumph!

Current Excitement:  Seeing God work in our circumstances.  I know that is vague but maybe I'll get to share more soon.

Current Project:  Painting my master bath.   It has the original wallpaper on it and it is not coming off!!  So we will be painting over it...ugh.  I have a love/hate relationship with painting.

So those are my currents for this month.  Now I am off to shower and snuggle down to read my book!!





Current Read:
Current Read:
Current Read: I am sad to say that I'm not reading anything right now. I haven't been making time to read and that's just wrong. I miss it.

Current Playlist: Bethel Music, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, David Crowder Band. Ecclectic, as usual.

Current Color(s): Gray, orange, red. Not together.
Current Food: I kind of threw some ingredients together for lunch the other day and it was so good that it's now become my favorite go-to lunch.
It's artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers (from a jar), kalamata olives, cucumbers, and feta over a bowl of quinoa. I don't even add any seasoning because it's flavorful enough without it.

Current Favorite Favorite: Fall candles, our DVR, NFL Sunday Ticket (got it free for the season when we switched to DirectTV last spring), and a super amazing beauty product that deserves a post of it's very own. Stay tuned for that last one...

Current Addiction: SPellegrino sparkling water. And season one of The Black List on Netflix.
Current Wish List: I really want a black/white or navy/white gingham shirt. Anyone know where I should look? I saw some online for $88 and that's a whole lot more than I will spend.

Current Need: I really need to buy a new planner. Mine ends in December and I already have 2015 dates I need to get on the calendar.
Current Triumph: I feel like I'm finally finding a good rhythm in regard to my priorities and my time management and that feels like a triumph!
Current Annoyance: We woke up on Saturday to electricity in only half of our house. Turns out that one of two wires from the power box to our house has deteriorated to the point that it's only functioning at about 30%. An electrician came out Saturday and moved some of our circuits onto the one fully-functioning line until the other could be replaced. My oven, washer, dryer, bedroom/bathroom lights were unable to be re-circuited due to their voltage size so we've been doing what I call "suburban camping". Cooking in a crock-pot. Doing laundry at the laundromat. Wearing a headlamp to the bathroom. Yeah, seriously. And showering in the dark. Fun times. They came and mapped out all the power lines yesterday so they could dig up/replace the old line today. Hopefully this suburban camping life ends soon, which is good because I'm running out of crock-pot ideas and clean underwear.

Current Blessing(s): The (minor) inconveniences we've been living with the past few days make me realize these are first world problems and we are incredibly blessed to have things like heat and unspoiled food and a working coffee-maker and internet. And funds to pay for the repairs. And so so so much more.
Current Outfit: Well, currently I'm still wearing my workout clothes from this morning but I'm going to shower soon and get dressed for the day. I'm thinking jeans and a lightweight cardigan. I think our temps are 60s/70s today--perfect! 
Current Excitement: I am very excited about Trader Joe's opening on Friday in Colorado Springs! It's been a long wait for TJs to arrive in my neck of the woods. I have a list going...AND I have a balance on a TJs gift card. Pretty sure I've never been this excited about grocery shopping before.
Current Project(s): My plate is pretty free of projects right now and I am more than okay with that!

Current plans for the day: Shower. Errands. Lunch with my "church girls" to catch up and do some brainstorming. Carpool. Dinner. And hopefully some Black List before bed. That is if my bedroom has electricity by tonight. Fingers crossed!
- See more at: http://www.lifeat7000feet.com/2014/10/currently-october.html#sthash.WuMiKT7m.dpuf
Current Read: I am sad to say that I'm not reading anything right now. I haven't been making time to read and that's just wrong. I miss it.

Current Playlist: Bethel Music, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, David Crowder Band. Ecclectic, as usual.

Current Color(s): Gray, orange, red. Not together.
Current Food: I kind of threw some ingredients together for lunch the other day and it was so good that it's now become my favorite go-to lunch.
It's artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers (from a jar), kalamata olives, cucumbers, and feta over a bowl of quinoa. I don't even add any seasoning because it's flavorful enough without it.

Current Favorite Favorite: Fall candles, our DVR, NFL Sunday Ticket (got it free for the season when we switched to DirectTV last spring), and a super amazing beauty product that deserves a post of it's very own. Stay tuned for that last one...

Current Addiction: SPellegrino sparkling water. And season one of The Black List on Netflix.
Current Wish List: I really want a black/white or navy/white gingham shirt. Anyone know where I should look? I saw some online for $88 and that's a whole lot more than I will spend.

Current Need: I really need to buy a new planner. Mine ends in December and I already have 2015 dates I need to get on the calendar.
Current Triumph: I feel like I'm finally finding a good rhythm in regard to my priorities and my time management and that feels like a triumph!
Current Annoyance: We woke up on Saturday to electricity in only half of our house. Turns out that one of two wires from the power box to our house has deteriorated to the point that it's only functioning at about 30%. An electrician came out Saturday and moved some of our circuits onto the one fully-functioning line until the other could be replaced. My oven, washer, dryer, bedroom/bathroom lights were unable to be re-circuited due to their voltage size so we've been doing what I call "suburban camping". Cooking in a crock-pot. Doing laundry at the laundromat. Wearing a headlamp to the bathroom. Yeah, seriously. And showering in the dark. Fun times. They came and mapped out all the power lines yesterday so they could dig up/replace the old line today. Hopefully this suburban camping life ends soon, which is good because I'm running out of crock-pot ideas and clean underwear.

Current Blessing(s): The (minor) inconveniences we've been living with the past few days make me realize these are first world problems and we are incredibly blessed to have things like heat and unspoiled food and a working coffee-maker and internet. And funds to pay for the repairs. And so so so much more.
Current Outfit: Well, currently I'm still wearing my workout clothes from this morning but I'm going to shower soon and get dressed for the day. I'm thinking jeans and a lightweight cardigan. I think our temps are 60s/70s today--perfect! 
Current Excitement: I am very excited about Trader Joe's opening on Friday in Colorado Springs! It's been a long wait for TJs to arrive in my neck of the woods. I have a list going...AND I have a balance on a TJs gift card. Pretty sure I've never been this excited about grocery shopping before.
Current Project(s): My plate is pretty free of projects right now and I am more than okay with that!

Current plans for the day: Shower. Errands. Lunch with my "church girls" to catch up and do some brainstorming. Carpool. Dinner. And hopefully some Black List before bed. That is if my bedroom has electricity by tonight. Fingers crossed! 
- See more at: http://www.lifeat7000feet.com/2014/10/currently-october.html#sthash.WuMiKT7m.dpuf
Current Read: I am sad to say that I'm not reading anything right now. I haven't been making time to read and that's just wrong. I miss it.

Current Playlist: Bethel Music, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, David Crowder Band. Ecclectic, as usual.

Current Color(s): Gray, orange, red. Not together.
Current Food: I kind of threw some ingredients together for lunch the other day and it was so good that it's now become my favorite go-to lunch.
It's artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers (from a jar), kalamata olives, cucumbers, and feta over a bowl of quinoa. I don't even add any seasoning because it's flavorful enough without it.

Current Favorite Favorite: Fall candles, our DVR, NFL Sunday Ticket (got it free for the season when we switched to DirectTV last spring), and a super amazing beauty product that deserves a post of it's very own. Stay tuned for that last one...

Current Addiction: SPellegrino sparkling water. And season one of The Black List on Netflix.
Current Wish List: I really want a black/white or navy/white gingham shirt. Anyone know where I should look? I saw some online for $88 and that's a whole lot more than I will spend.

Current Need: I really need to buy a new planner. Mine ends in December and I already have 2015 dates I need to get on the calendar.
Current Triumph: I feel like I'm finally finding a good rhythm in regard to my priorities and my time management and that feels like a triumph!
Current Annoyance: We woke up on Saturday to electricity in only half of our house. Turns out that one of two wires from the power box to our house has deteriorated to the point that it's only functioning at about 30%. An electrician came out Saturday and moved some of our circuits onto the one fully-functioning line until the other could be replaced. My oven, washer, dryer, bedroom/bathroom lights were unable to be re-circuited due to their voltage size so we've been doing what I call "suburban camping". Cooking in a crock-pot. Doing laundry at the laundromat. Wearing a headlamp to the bathroom. Yeah, seriously. And showering in the dark. Fun times. They came and mapped out all the power lines yesterday so they could dig up/replace the old line today. Hopefully this suburban camping life ends soon, which is good because I'm running out of crock-pot ideas and clean underwear.

Current Blessing(s): The (minor) inconveniences we've been living with the past few days make me realize these are first world problems and we are incredibly blessed to have things like heat and unspoiled food and a working coffee-maker and internet. And funds to pay for the repairs. And so so so much more.
Current Outfit: Well, currently I'm still wearing my workout clothes from this morning but I'm going to shower soon and get dressed for the day. I'm thinking jeans and a lightweight cardigan. I think our temps are 60s/70s today--perfect! 
Current Excitement: I am very excited about Trader Joe's opening on Friday in Colorado Springs! It's been a long wait for TJs to arrive in my neck of the woods. I have a list going...AND I have a balance on a TJs gift card. Pretty sure I've never been this excited about grocery shopping before.
Current Project(s): My plate is pretty free of projects right now and I am more than okay with that!

Current plans for the day: Shower. Errands. Lunch with my "church girls" to catch up and do some brainstorming. Carpool. Dinner. And hopefully some Black List before bed. That is if my bedroom has electricity by tonight. Fingers crossed! 
- See more at: http://www.lifeat7000feet.com/2014/10/currently-october.html#sthash.WuMiKT7m.dpuf

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Lighthouse

This song is my new favorite..
 and speaks what is in my heart today...


Saturday, September 27, 2014

It Is Well...

I heard this song for the first time today on a friend's blog and it spoke so loudly to my heart.  I had to share.....