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Song about a star

While reading a book with pictures of stars:

Mama: Do you know a song about a star, Z? (thinking of twinkle, twinkle, which he loves to sing)

Z: Song about a star, song about a star, song about a star. (over and over in sing-song voice)

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Help for Haiti: $200

We gave $200, from our emergency/savings fund, to Compassion’s efforts in Haiti. We think this wise financial stewardship, in the eternal sense. We hope to worship with those Haitians in heaven. Now, I’m off to link to this on other blogs, so others will give more of their own money.

Here are a few thoughts on giving while I’m at it:

Giving to the poor is an essential part of Christian morality. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I’m afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, and amusement, is up to the standard common of those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little.

If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things that we’d like to do but cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them. (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

 


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spud! deal

Here is a great way to get high quality food for less. Groupon’s Portland deal today is $50 worth of organic delivery from spud! for just $25.  This can be used anywhere spud! delivers. Go here to purchase.

(If you aren’t familiar with Groupon the basic premise is that a business offers a great deal and if enough people, a big enough ‘group’ of people, purchase the deal, it is ‘on’. Usually 50 or so people have to participate which never seems to be a problem.)

Here’s what I would buy with my credit, for a total of exactly $50:

Thundering Hooves Lamb, Stew Meat, 1lb  =7.99

Organic Noris Dairy Beef Patties, 3 lb x2     =28.78

Applegate Farms Organic Sliced Sunday Bacon, 8oz  =4.69

Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burgers, 10oz  =8.54


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Disappear. Reappear.

We’ve disappeared for a bit to give birth to a beautiful son, enjoy our family, and build in to our community.

In early September I gave birth to our second son, little Mac. He was a little slow to make an appearance, a full two weeks after his due date, but he was well worth the wait. Our boys are a continual source of joy, and we are so thankful for the privilege of parenting them. (Even if we have to say that a loud to remind ourselves sometimes. They are still children and we are still selfish.)

We’ve also been building relationships in our church community. Not always easy but we are thankful for the Lord’s grace in that process.

I look forward to sharing a little more often now, especially about our ongoing healing from depression and our adventures in the kitchen.


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Raw milk! And other blessings.

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We’ve been without a raw milk source for quite a while but today I picked up my first gallon from a local farmer. This milk was in the cow yesterday and today is in my fridge! The best part of this source is how affordable it is. The other options I found in the area were $7-10/gallon; this farmer charges only $5/gallon. That is less than pasturized organic milk. I’m so thankful for this delicious food at a price our family can afford.

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The other blessing this week was finding excellent deals on some items we needed. Because of a great sale at Fred Meyer last week I purchased multiple Seventh Generation products. I bought four bottles of dish soap at $1/each, two rolls paper towels (which we need for our birth kit) at $0.55/each, two boxes of tissue at $0.31/each and a box of trash bags for $0.79. I had some coupons printed from their website and found more at Fred Meyer near the product end cap. Also, today I was able to “purchase” four boxes of Hefty zip freezer bags for nothing! I’ve been wanting to stock up on these in order to preserve produce this summer and the Albertson’s nearest us had a coupon that paired with the store’s double coupon made them free! I was also able to get two big bags of organic overripe bananas (about 15lbs total) for $0.99. I am so thankful for these blessings as I had used much of our grocery budget on stocking purchases this month and wasn’t sure how I’d afford some necessities to finish out the month. I’m not sure how intricate a part God plays in my finding the right coupons or bruised bananas but I’m thankful that He has been so faithful to provide for our family, whether it be a $3200 medical bill or free freezer bags.

(These little shopping trips were not in line with our ideal of two to three shopping trips a month but I’m happy to make the exception for such deals.)


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How does our garden grow?

Our garden is growing! Finally, after a few months of worrying over our ‘babies’, we are seeing some progress! We tried to start everything from seed this year but unfortunately not everything took. This last week we purchased lettuce and celery starts at the farmers’ market near us to supplement our tomatoes, snap peas, pole beans, cucumbers, carrots and other vegetables.  Here are a few pics of the progress; forgive the poor photography skills!

snap peas

snap peas...along with all the volunteer tomato starts from last year's fallen comrades.

carrots, some celery

carrots, some celery

our little cilantro starts

our little cilantro starts

our strawberries finally giving a good harvest (we hope!)

our strawberries finally giving a good harvest (we hope!)

There are more but many, like the lettuce and pole beans, are not ready for their photo op yet.

On to the beautiful things that come up without any effort on our part!

Ready to erupt Callas with lots of volunteer violas

Ready to erupt Callas with lots of volunteer violas

Peony

Peony

our beautiful pink dogwood blossoms

our beautiful pink dogwood blossoms

The rosemary bush could use a trim!

The rosemary bush could use a trim!

And lastly, my frugal porch decor. I spent $14 on annuals this week at Fred Meyer and still have half a flat of petunias to use up. I made three hanging baskets (using baskets and soil I already had) and filled four or five pots as well as a planter in the front flower bed.

a little color for the porch!

a little color for the porch!

a friendly basket near our front door

a friendly basket near our front door