thanks-living and thanks-giving in idaho

{the sunrise from this morning}

Giving thanks isn’t just something we should save for a November craft. It should be the way we live.

It’s been four months since I’ve been in Idaho, that time it changed my life (here). And I’m a different person because of it. I realize that even when our lives get so complicated and messy and it’s just too hard to breathe anymore, there’s always somewhere to go.

And that’s when you saddle your horse and ride with the wind to a place where you can be alone with the Lord and His Creation. Could it get any better than that?

So, for Thanksgiving, I went back to Idaho. To learn tons. To love more. To live simply.

{this is Baby Powder. and, yes, that is mayonnaise in the background} πŸ™‚

{bundling up for thanksgiving day. it was cold outside!}

First, we filled our stomachs with savory turkey, and juicy ham, and casseroles, and fresh-as-a-daisy salads, and then we went and did some shooting.

{warming my feet as i wait for my turn}

{me shooting}

I hit my card three times: once on both sides of the head, and then I nipped it on the right side (can you see it?).

Β So what was your Thanksgiving like? What do you usually do?

beautifully unashamed

The only true beauty comes from Christ alone. So what does it mean to be beautifully unashamed?

This is a video I found on one of my favorite blogs, Grace Full Mama. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! πŸ™‚

Can’t see the video? Click here to watch.

β€œLet your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:6

β€œβ€¦always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15

β€œSo that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like starts in the universe.” Philippians 2:15

β€œThose who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5

β€œWhat if the true motive of my life and my heart were to make God known for a few years on this earth?” –Jennie Allen, Anything

sassy water

{via pinterest}

Have you ever heard of sassy water? You should! It’s very good for you, and pretty easy to make. It comes with a lot of benefits, including detoxing, weight-loss, helping with constipation and bloating, and as well as your over-all health. It’s sort of a homemade vitamin water, because it’s just full of the natural vitamins and minerals that seep from the lemons and cucumber and all that healthy stuff.Β  I love it because it actually tastes good and is a nice, refreshing drink when you want something besides plain ol’ water!

So here’s the recipe…

    Sassy Water ❀

~ cucumber

~ mint leaves (about 12)

~ lemon

~ a wee bit of ginger root (1 tsp, grated)

~ and lots’o water (2 qts)

1) Fill up a large container of water.

2) Cut up the cucumber and lemon into slices.

3) Throw it into the big container full of water, along with the mint leaves and ginger

4) Let sit overnight in the fridge so it can soak into the water.

5) Pour over ice and enjoy! πŸ˜€

veterans day parade

{sitting on the sidewalk, guarding my mom’s purse}

For veteran’s day my mom and I went to our local parade. It was wonderful, to say the least. Except for the fact that it was cold and windy and that it was raining like heck (you see the rain drops on the purse? that was when it just started to rain). But then, eventually, it stopped raining, and we only felt that our fingers and toesies would freeze to death.

Our veterans fought so that we might be free. So that we might beΒ free. They fought so we don’t have to. Their strength and their sacrifice are the reason why America is the land of the free and home of the brave. They gave up the small daily comforts that we have, and sometimes even their lives, for the sake of our families, our homes, and our country. Pericles once said, “What [they] leave behind isn’t what is written in stone monuments, but what [they] have woven into the lives of others.” We need to remember and appreciate all that they have done for us. Freedom isn’t free.

I took pictures of the sidewalk and the leaves and, yes, lo and behold, my pants (don’t ask why) as we waited for the parade to start.

There were leaves EVERYWHERE and tons of people too. Almost all of the women that you saw were either holding a baby or holding a camera.

And, unfortunately, this is all the pictures I took, because either I was clapping or waving or jumping up and down when I saw my friend in the parade.

I think I scared her. Or embarrassed her. Or, rather, I think I embarrassed everyone who saw me.

And then later I ran in the middle of the road like a maniac to get a piece of candy.

Oh, and then, guess what? The candy was all crumbled and nasty from people and horses stepping all over it.

The embarrassment never ends.

But the day got even better.

A lot of people in the parade who were passing out candy weren’t sure if they should give any to me because they couldn’t tell if I was a grown-up or a kid.

Awkwardness. So I only got two pieces of candy and that was from my poor, frightened friend.

But later we went to lunch at the awesomest Greek restaurant in town, and I ordered a lamb salad. Yum!

And then, to cope with my awkward woes of the day, my mom and I split a snickers bar. That made me feel better.

So what did you do for Veteran’s Day?