In 2012, I learned:
-A little bit more about the woman I was made to be, the man I was called to love and the children I've been blessed with & How it's only the beginning!
-How important God's word is in my daily life, especially when I am crazy busy.
-How dead set Satan is in stealing my joy.
-How God is working to restore Creation, even though it may not seem like it.
-How God will send small things to let you know he cares, even in the trials. But you have to slow down and recognize them.
-How planning meals is more important than actually knowing how to cook well. And even a simple meal at home can be a million times better than anything from a restaurant.
-How stretching a dime into a dollar is the same as God providing a dollar!
-How sometimes people need grace and sometimes they need a swift kick in the pants..and I will spend the rest of my life trying to decipher the difference.
Also thought I would share my favorite books, movies, blogs and apps from this year.
Books I Loved:
The Diet Cure by Julia Ross-A great look at the history of dieting and the danger it incurs the the body. It also gives the best advice I've ever heard on knowing what your body "should" look like.
The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean- An amazing book showing the many ways a magnesium deficiency can affect you and how to cure it.
The Schwarzbein Principle by Diana Schwarzbein- This book re-defined the food pyramid into the food cube, focusing on what food does in your body not just what "food group" it falls into. It is by far the best book I've ever read on knowing what should be on my plate meal-to-meal.
As Silver Refined by Kay Aurthur- An amazing switch of perspective on trials and disappointments in life as His (God's) Appointments to learn and grow. The book includes a 13-week study at the end to dig deeper into each chapter and memory work to help solidify the message in your heart.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- I read this novel with a group of friends, it was seriously the longest book I have ever read voluntarily, and getting past all of the Russian names was hard, but it did give me a sense of accomplishment and I enjoyed the stories and have often reflected on the often quoted first line, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" and how much it applies to the lessons I've had to learn this year.
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder- I read this book with my children out loud this year. I especially enjoyed the long descriptions of the winter preparations necessary to survive on the prairie It gave me a respect for myself this summer as I was canning 80 lbs of tomatoes in one week!
Farmeggedon- A look the USDA's war against small-local farmers.
Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead- An inspiring story of how anyone can turn their health around.
The Lorax- If it is Dr. Seuss I am in!! This was this year's Wall-E. A reminder to children and parents alike that what we do matters, and we must not go on consuming without considering what we are giving, to the earth, to each other, to the next generation!
Blogs I Found or Visited Regularly:
The Nourished Kitchen- I love the detail Jenny puts into her recipes and her photography is great. If you are looking for Real Food meal plans with all of the details included, she is your lady. My favorite recipe I tried this year was Home-cured Corn beef.
Once A Month Mom- A great website dedicated to freezer cooking. So inspiring and helpful!
Mommypotamus-Heather has so many great ideas and concoctions for homemade beauty products, this year I want to buy her book!
Honey Bear Lane- This is the best DIY/Sewing Website I have found! Heidi is full of inspiration and tutorials. This coming year I hope I am brave enough to slip cover my couch with her help!
Clove Lane- I love this blog, it is an ever-present reminder to live simply the best life you can. When I get in the hum-drum of homemaking or frustrated with my tiny house I read Sarah's articles under House Love. To get motivated I love her ideas on Organization, and to relax in who I am called to be I love the simple ways she shares about enjoying her children.
Apps I Love:
You Version- A Bible Resource with every version you could imagine. Great for trying to find a verse that comes to mind.
1,000 Gifts- An app based on Ann Voskamps book 1,000 Gifts. The goal is to record 1,000 blessings in a year. You can add pictures and text.
Woman Log- An app to record your monthly cycles. I have finally been able to identify moods that go along with my monthly cycle.
I'm looking forward to 2013 for so many reasons. I am thankful for this year of lessons, struggles, and simple buttery beauty!! I am working on my resolutions and hope to share them with you soon.
Love and Butter,
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