Thursday, July 3, 2014

Garden Love


We've tried to garden before. 

With only a couple handfuls of produce to show for our labor, I was hesitant to try again this year. I fantasized about gardening alongside my neighbor, whose endeavors seemed to thrive every year. 

And then I had a literal dream-come-true moment. My neighbor, after hearing about our inexperience, invited me to garden with her this year! I'd go over to her house a couple times a week to work with her, and when harvest time came, we'd share the bounty. 

It has been working out wonderfully for both of us. She enjoys the company, and I get a hands-on gardening education. Now that some of our crops are ready to harvest, I'm pretty sure it would be worth the work of trying again next year in my own yard. I LOVE getting to bring home a basket of freshly-picked produce that tastes so good my toddlers devour it. 


And every now and then, there are pretty flowers, too! 


What's growing in your garden?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy Summer!

Oh, my blog! How I've missed you!

How has half a year passed so swiftly?

Danson for Joy has been on my mind often, but I haven't been willing to put in the necessary time to keep posting. I've been so...lazy. I hate that word.

The summer is off to a sunny, busy start, and our once-blank calendar is rapidly filling up. Even on the busiest days, I'm making sure to take note of the precious moments...like my baby eating a strawberry in the yard.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Healing Salve

Just finished a fresh batch of salve! If you wanted to try this before, it is now available! 
Great to keep around the house, this salve is perfect to rub on scratches, bruises, bug bites, rashes and dry skin. I even use it for lip balm! All natural ingredients make it toxin-free and mild enough for children. 

This healing salve contains organic coconut oil infused with plantain leaf, calendula flowers, comfrey leaf, yarrow flower, rosemary leaf, echinacea root, and echinacea herb; beeswax; and grapefruit seed extract (preservative).

1 oz. tins - $6
4 oz. tins - $18

If you'd like your salve mailed to you, shipping is usually only a few dollars!

To place an order, either email me or leave a comment with instructions on how to contact you. 

Disclaimer: As much as I hope to make a business out of this someday soon, it is currently just a hobby. Selling a few tins here and there allows me to purchase the materials necessary to continue making salve. I am not a professional herbalist or medical adviser, and this salve should be used externally at your own discretion. I am not to be held responsible for any negative effects incurred from use. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ten Facts

I didn't plan to take a blog break over December, but it happened and I enjoyed it. I'm ready to get going again! 

Most of the blogs I truly enjoy are those that allow me to get to know the author. I really wanted to write a post that would give you a good glimpse of who I am, and thought long and hard about how to do that. A Facebook "game" came along that gave me the opportunity to write ten facts about Jonathan and me, and I realized that it would also accomplish what I wanted to convey here. You'll certainly know more about us after reading these ten facts, some of which are sweet and some of which are downright surprising.  

1. We "almost" met on two different occasions during our teen years (we both grew up in CA and my church was planted out of his church), but God didn't actually have us meet until we were twenty-one, on a street in Oklahoma City while we were attending Heartland Baptist Bible College.
2. When I was fifteen, a friend sent me a picture of her youth group. I remember noticing one handsome young man in the picture, and guess who it was? Jonathan! I'd had that picture of him
six years before I ever met him! I didn't put two and two together until after we were engaged.
3. Even though I was a freshman and Jonathan was a junior/senior, we had a class together. He would arrive early to practice the piano, and I would arrive early to listen to him, although I was studiously focused on my books.
He knew. (And I thought I was so subtle!)
4. The day we met, I called my parents and he wrote about me in his journal. To quote, I described him as "very nice" and he described me as "fascinating." I consider it love at first sight. 
5. Our relationship seemed to progress in eight-month increments. Eight months after we met, we officially started dating (we called it a betrothal). Eight months later, we were engaged, and eight months later we were married!
6. Over a year of our relationship was long-distance, while I finished college. I hadn't seen him for five months when I was home with my family over Christmas break. He showed up on our front step and proposed as soon as I opened the door. 
7.
We saved our first kiss for our wedding day (and holding hands, too). I always wanted to save my first kiss and everything else (even "I love you") for the man I married, and I'm so thankful he felt the same way. It was SO worth the wait!
8. We were expecting baby number two by our second anniversary, and hope to welcome several more children into our family.
9. We are surrendered to serve the Lord with our lives, whether he keeps us in Washington or calls us to be church-planters or missionaries.
10. Jonathan is the most wonderful man I've ever known, a dream-come-true of a husband and an ideal daddy. As much as he loves me, God has his heart completely and he is quick to follow His leading. I rejoice to know that this is what "happily ever after" is all about!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Turn Your Toddler's Art Into Fine Stationery


My two-year-old is an artist. She follows in her mama's footsteps, and in her daddy's, too (though few people know of Jonathan's artistic talent). Rather than only giving her typical coloring books, we gave her a spiral bound notebook to go crazy with her brightly colored crayons. As I flipped through the pages exclaiming over her beautiful artwork, I had the urge to share the cheerful scribbles with others who love her.

Tearing out a page and popping it in an envelope would have been easy enough, but I wanted it to feel more special and intentional. That's when the idea struck! I would turn her crayon masterpieces into fine stationery!

I selected some of her more colorful pages, and cropped the art to about 4" x 5 1/4", just the right size to mount on the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. 

The cards were easy to make by cutting a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock in half, and then folding each piece in half. 

My adhesive of choice a was a simple glue stick, and then I chose a crayon in a complimentary color to draw a border around the edge. 

On the back, I noted in pen that the artwork was by my daughter, age two, 2013...you know, for posterity. ;)

I'm eager to get these little beauties in the mail on their way to grandparents and friends. While it may not be fine stationery, it is certainly FUN stationery!



What art projects have you been working on lately?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Delicious Homemade Mayonnaise


I was desperate. I needed mayonnaise for a recipe within the hour, and unthinkably, we had run out! I called my neighbor to ask if she could spare some. She said she didn't have any, but suggested looking up a recipe to make it myself.
I have never bought mayonnaise since. Though I grew up as a die-hard Best Foods fan, I'm completely happy with my homemade mayonnaise - even more so since our family has begun getting away from processed foods. And my husband would brag about this stuff all day to whoever will listen. *smile*
I've altered the original recipe enough that I realized it could actually now be considered my own. So without the worry of plagiarism, I'd like to share this recipe with you!

Mayonnaise Recipe

2 Egg Yolks
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Mustard (Try different kinds to get the taste you like.)
1 Tablespoon Water
2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons Vinegar (Again, try different kinds! We've only used varieties of white vinegar so far.)
1 Teaspoon Honey 
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
Pepper to Taste
2 Cups Oil (Light Olive, Avocado, Vegetable; You can use Olive Oil, as well, but the flavor is stronger.)

Fit a food processor with the steel blade, and blend all ingredients except the oil. Most processors' feed tubes have small holes in them, so check to make sure yours does. Then fill the feed tube with the oil so that it drips slowly into the bowl, smoothly combining with the egg mixture. Once it has begun to emulsify, the oil can be poured in slowly. You should end up with a silky mayonnaise that's just begging to be tasted! 

The flavor is unique, and can be altered by which ingredients you choose, so have fun coming up with a taste that suits your family. We love the gourmet quality of this delicious mayonnaise, and now that I'm experienced, it only takes me five or ten minutes to whip it up. This makes about 2 1/2 cups, so if you have a large family, you might consider making a couple batches at a time. 

Enjoy!

Have you ever tried your hand at making your own condiments?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two Verses

Last night before I went to sleep, I read several Psalms in the Bible. Two verses in particular made me smile, and I'd love to share them.

The first verse would be perfect in a bedroom as framed art. I hope to do that eventually, because reading it puts me at ease.

I will both
lay me down in peace,
and
sleep:
for thou, LORD, only
makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8



The second verse made me think of this blog! I'm sure you'll see why~

But let all those that put their trust in thee
rejoice:
let them ever
shout for joy,
because thou defendest them:
let them also that love thy name
be joyful
in thee.
Psalm 5:11



Hope you have a restful and joyful weekend!