So, You Think You’re Poor…

So, You Think You’re Poor…

Follow that link to a calculator.. its amazing how rich we are compared to lots of others.. its mostly mind-blowing how luxurious of a life we live here in the U.S..

Money is a hard topic..

Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”


That’s definitely true; those who have money have more of a reason to be greedy and proud and selfish….they will also have a harder time choosing who is their god and who is their master…

We are God’s managers, not owners… The owner hires someone to oversee their property, whatever it may be. The manager takes care of and works with something that is not theirs, but is given the honor of being trusted with it.

This question was brought up to us this past week… How do you act with your money, more of an owner or a manager?
Isn’t it crazy that we give 10% back to the Lord what is already His?…we just pretend we own it. Psh, yeah you ‘worked’ for that pay check, but God asks our first fruits. Even Cain in the Bible gave offering to God, but Able (Cain’s bro) gave his very best crops. Which do you think the Lord found most pleasing? {{Cain ended up killing his brother out of jealousy… obviously our heart has a lot to do with giving}}

I recently found this quote sums up my thoughts and view on the subject of savings;
“Many of us are quick to think the only way to become financially secure is to accumulate enough wealth to somehow become immune to all the possible trials that life may throw our way.”

This is my recent burden—trusting in the security of our savings account rather than the security of our Father.

How ironic is it that the slogan “IN GOD WE TRUST” is on our money.. and yet the LOVE of money is the root of evil. Whenever you hold that bill in your hand and you see those four words, think about how much you’re trusting your Creator to provide for you.

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the LORD Almighty.” —Malachi 3:9-12

What do you think? Test God—give Him your best this week or next week when you get your pay check. Set aside that money and give it to Him first before budgeting in your other 90%…

I need to work on my heart and my view of what a savings account is, even though we give money—our hearts have EVERYTHING to do with how pleasing it is to Him.

—guess we’ve got some work to do…


Steep On It


Homemade Chai Tea

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) of water
  • 8 bags of black tea (I used English Breakfast)
  • 1/2 cup of honey//sugar//agave//stevia
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 16 whole cardamom seeds
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 slices fresh ginger

Combine all ingredients in crockpot on High for 2 or 2 1/2 hours
Strain mixture and refrigerate up to 3 days or use right away hot.
To serve: take tea and mix with almond milk right before drinking.

Today was a day to make cards and water herbs, drink chai and go on a long walk around our town. Rizo and I hit up the Art Museum and thought about the potential of this summer.

This recipe is from a book my old roomie gave me for my birthday last year. As I was making it, I was thinking back on how I’ve had AMAZING memories these last two years in Grand Rapids and yet how they have been the fastest years of my life.
Got me thinking more about the comparison of my life and this chai…
The longer the tea steeps, the stronger it gets…
At various points throughout the steeping process it tastes good, sometimes things need to get added and changed and altered though…
There’s not really a “Best Point”, its more like a “Variety of Marvelous Flavors”

Then life was awesome, now life is awesome, and next year it’ll be awesome.
There’s just different kinds of awesome..
We all have our variations of ‘chai’ that we like; we all have different points where we love where we are at.

While I’m complaining about my digestive tract and not being able to eat some of my favorite recipes, someone else down the street is praying they could have anything to eat.

Our circumstances are all different. Your passions are not my passions, our environments are different and our preferences of toilet paper vary.

So, for me, my awesome point in life right now is that I’m discovering my purpose; what God is leading me into.

What is your ‘chai tea’ these days—what’s made you stronger and what are you enjoying right now? Take time to steep on it.

The Morning Mango


The morning sun illuminates my breakfast while I write letters today.
{{kefir (half almond milk kefir half cows milk kefir) mango with the healthy skins on and two gluten free homemade muffins gifted from a friend back home}}

We have had a WHIRLWIND of a week.
I know our life is crazy blessed when we have so many gatherings and fun times throughout the week that we can’t even give highlights..

Yesterday though, was marvelous and I’ll choose that as our highlight.

Mama & Papa, Mom & Dad & Brothers, Gram & Gramp K, Hoeve Fam, Gram & Gramp T, and Us… One big gathering, a whole lotta food.
Everybody brought marvelous, delicious treats and sides and wow were we ever blessed with the most gorgeous of days–75 and pure sun.
Grilled burgers from the happy cow of our friend back on the east side,
cooked ham,
there was pasta salad, roasted beet & quinoa salad (topped with oranges), cauliflower mash, buffalo cauliflower, fruit and veggies, kale pesto, jello delight (fruit and nuts mixed in), and for dessert: decadent brownies, cinnamon rolls, baget (dutch treat), and rum cake.
Drink up some pomegranate, pineapple punch and sit in the sun  with your family!

Counting my blessings this morning as I am faced with reality once again; the love that has been wrapped around Mi Amor and I is so unique and such an undeserved gift.

Ginger Much?

I’m sure being a ginger is awesome, but I love the plant.
Shakespear once wrote, “An I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread”

 Early references from the Vadstena Abbey show how the Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion in 1444.

Ginger is one of my favorite spices.

Ginger is native to Asia although native to North America, ‘wild ginger’ known as asarum canadense is much stronger and can be toxic of used in large amounts. True ginger is ‘zingiber officinale’.
Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation in joins and cartilage tissue, repairing all the while. It improves ciruclation in the pelvis and Rosemary Gladstar’s “Medicinal Herbs” says that numerous studies confirm that ginger lowers triglycerides linked to diabetes and heart disease. Several clinical studies find ginger MORE effective than OTC meds for nausea, motion sickness and seasickness. It is a GREAT alternative to antinausea drugs for chemotherapy, because it has no side effects.
Because it is antiseptic, its great for gastrointestinal infections. Because it has a ‘warming’ sensation its great for decongestion  and sore throats.

And its DELIGHTFUL to taste.

You ask, “Why is it that it can help heal so many different kinds of ailments?”
Its because our Good God created heterogenous plants. This means that they are diverse in their effects (Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils 2012 edition, pg. 11)

It upsets me that western medicine studied these plants, extracted the part that they liked and chemically altered this living organism into a pill which has a commercial using thousands of dollars in seconds just to tell you the long list of side effects.

Ginger Syrup as from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

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Equal parts gingerroot and local honey (I used 1/3 cup)
Cut gingerroot into tiny cubes and heat in pan for a few minutes until it smells lovely, then add your honey and spread out the gingerroot evenly in pan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until honey tastes delightfully spiced. Refrigerate for several weeks.

Great in tea or straight for stomach issues, sore throat, or inflammation (as for arthritis)

Dreaming For Life

I had this dream, that for the biggest art competition in the world (ArtPrize) I entered a piece that compared herbs to the top ten most prescribed drugs and how much better it is for us to go to the earth for help. 

..i didin’t win.. but when Mi Amor and I biked to breakfast on Sunday I told him about it, he encouraged me to do the art piece anyway. 

So, I’ve begun my research. The top 10 most prescribed drugs are for: 
1. Hypothyroid
2. High cholesterol
3. Proton-pump inhibitors
4. Antidepressant
5. Asthma
6. Asthma again
7. Anti-hypertensive
8. Attention Deficit Disorder
9. Anti-epileptic
10. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 

—-p.s…. this is gonna teach me a lot in life.. prepping me for my studies beginning in August through Trinity School of Natural Health. 
Enjoying another day of celebrating life together
{{wolfgangs breakfast,
bike riding around town,
tea and drawing on the patio,
farmers market to get mint and basil for the mini greenhouse,
an art show and a band concert to top the weekend off}}

What adventures will you create?




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Dusting Corners

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The latest in our home: great food and organization.

I took some boxes out of the recyclables at work and covered them with fabric to create lovely frugal storage.

This post is short because I want to get back to our awesome life–being with Mi Amor is a huge blessing and a real treasure. We’re discovering stuff from the corners of our home that just got shoved here when we moved in a rush.