The New Norm

Now that Mi Amor is starting school up again, he’s gone from 7a.m. to 10p.m….what does this mean? Besides pouting that my best friend in the whole world won’t be home, I’ve decided to turn it into the day where the most preparation commences. Whether its homemade waffles to freeze and pop into the toaster on fast mornings, or some spiced zucchini bread for a treat, or prepping meals for the next few days…its my official “I will always make something” day.

Right now, I’m consuming the imperfect scraps of waffle that stuck to the pan…topped with strawberry jam, it pairs up for a good second dinner..the first was the greek food I made yesterday; grape leaves stuffed with lemon rice and seasoned generously with fennel, basil, spinach, zucchini, and some garlic salt. mmm!

Zucchini chips are being made in my dehydrator, and the fan is blowing to cool me off as I heat up our home even more with the oven and waffle iron, because apparently the intense humidity and eighty degree weather doesn’t do enough…

Mi Amor surprised me with a book yesterday–he truly loves me. Its called “Holistic Herbal”. It is complete with pictures and the means to make infusions, decoctions, balms, salves, ointments..etc…
I’m excited to make a second salve outta my calendula that I picked from the little trip to my co-worker’s back yard.

I biked to the store after work today and decided to stop at a little herbal shoppe called “Elder & Sage” which I official am going to stop at regularly. They have great spices and I love the owners. I am convinced that I will somehow end up with an herbal education in my lifetime. I like my self teaching for now, tis quite enjoyable.

I think one of the next things I will seek out is how to make my own cheese…since I meant to do that earlier this year and couldn’t find rennet tablets..I shall try again!

I’m making a mess currently, so I’m going to finish up these waffles while jammin’ to my music and then vacuum so that there is no evidence that I was a messy kitchen wife tonight.

{p.s. don’t leave a pile of waffles and jam sitting next to you if you’re having a munchie day…its just a combination for a sore tummy…}



A Trek Through Nature

While my skin has been my extreme motivation for going healthy in a lot of aspects in my life, I still truly enjoy nature. Today, I had the fantastic opportunity to use the car while Mi Amor was at work. I have a three day weekend, you see…and I was invited to go to a co-worker’s house (they are married pharmacists) and go pick an abundance of lavender that he didn’t want to go to waste. I COMPLETELY exploded inside when he approached me with his invitation and I of course remained calm externally and obliged happily. Then, after he left the room I clicked my heels in excitement.

Driving was weird-for starters. Biking to work has me feeling all “GO GREEN”…well, after my drive I’m feeling “GO GOD” because we are so blessed with our car that enables us to get to places.

My adventure began with a tour of the yard, which was incredible to actually see what they talked about work! I started my escapade with two baskets and a knife, what I ended up with, two hours later, was this:
Lavender on stems, lavender flowers, lavender leaves, oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, lemon balm, basil, marigolds, grape leaves, potatoes, and a dozen free-range eggs.
Wowzah, I have awesome co-workers.

I sang and prayed and thought all the while.
I sang some worship songs while just asking God to heal my skin through the lavender oils rubbing off on me. I thought about how uncle Mike said, “…plants are to be shared, they are not ours to begin with”, which left me inspired.
I had brought a little basket of goodies for my hosts, which included a bag of my chocolate mint, a jar of my homemade Calendula salve with lavender oil, and a cute package of organic carob no-bakes, which I made yesterday after work.
SO, I was thankful that I brought a goodie basket for them after all they allowed me to pick.

Nature is incredible, I could’ve sat there and gardened all day…I felt like my mama, wanting to just be outside until the sun went down.

Here’s some snapshots of my little field trip.
Oh and guess what? Mi Amor and I are headed home to visit with his family this weekend (while my parents are in Panama) and tonight..ohhhh tonight…we’re getting our wedding tattoos! WOOHOO!!!

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We get to be “The Married Friends” now.

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When I get our wedding pictures, I’ll write a post about that most spectacular day, but for now, I’ll just be posting through life’s marvelosities.

After much bike riding and adventuring we’ve got back into the hang-out mode with friends. We love our friends. How wonderful it is to be “the married friends”. Mi Amor set up this get together with my girls from Poppins and one of his childhood buddies. It was a great pizza night and like most everything he does, it makes me love life more.

Can I just say that we have FANTASTIC friends? Seriously. I sit here listening to music and watching my husband (HEEHEE, I love being able to refer to him like that) create art in the living room. (which by the way, I’ll post pictures of our new home..which needs a name…eventually.)

It refreshes me to be blogging right now. I miss it.

God has been so good to me, I praise Him every day for His goodness. Mi Amor has inspired me to do so, just because he is who he is and I love worshipping God with him. Like my blog says on the right side of the page, my purpose is to worship my Creator, despite the hardships that invade. It still is my purpose, even as a married woman…even MORE so as a married woman. I feel like as a child, you have that imagination and inhibited soul that allows you to see God so perfectly, even if you don’t know it. Then you get a little older, and your parents help you understand the respectful position that God has over us and the way that He disciplines and cares for us. You get older and the deep friendships that you create help you appreciate God’s blessings; as they are one of them. The friendships become so entwined that nothing can separate your hearts, and in those growing years, you begin to press on and discover more about your Creator with this person, seeing the world through another’s eyes. Sometimes, this person may be a friend forever, like Rizo is to me or maybe this being is your future husband, like Mi Amor. Either way, I’ve experienced God in ‘baby steps’ over the course of my life…and now I’m married and it blows my mind how much I am loved…and then I’m hit with that crazy moment where I realize, “If Mi Amor loves me this much, how much MORE must my Creator love me…wow, that’s insane”. Yes, yes it is. Marriage has hit me like every other stage in my life {except way more intensely jubilant} where I learn more about God through the experience..

Yeah, I knew that marrying Mi Amor was gonna be awesome, but I didn’t expect it to be THIS awesome!!!

Continually praying for His guidance and peace.