Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Reads and Audio Books

Finding the time to read this month seemed to be more challenging, but when I look at the stack of books on my nightstand, I realized that I took on more books than usual.  Also, the Lord peeled back another layer or two from my sin soaked heart and I spent some time delving into the issues exposed by His gentle scalpel.  That lead to rabbit tail reading that isn't yet completed.

On the other hand the opportunities to listen to more audio books increased and that was spiritually encouraging and literary enjoyable.  Slowly, the 2012 booklist goal is decreasing, and the list of books read is increasing, very exciting!

The books that I read this month are:

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.C., & Zoe Francois
This book has set on my shelf for some time, as I felt very intimidated by the whole idea of making bread without my trusty breadmachine (also named Zoe).  Reading this book and trying out the process is one of my goals for 2012. 

As I read the book this month and took a few notes, I realized that the recipe might not work for us, as we mill grain for flour, rather than using all purpose flour.  Our library has a few copies of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, so I picked one up and well, exciting stuff happened!  I plan to share more in the near future as I am hoping to post about the process of making the bread soon.

Entre Nous, A Womans Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier ~ This book started out as a fun, light read at bedtime.  I enjoyed the first few chapters, and smiled often as I thought about a dear friend who is an American French Girl, or a French American, hmm, I don't know.  Anyway, she is a wonderful lady who has a sweet, different perspective on many things.  But then the book took a turn and the following chapters just were not enjoyable to me, so I gave myself the permission that I have to struggle hard for (with myself).  The book is on it's way back to the library, unfinished.

A Life that Says Welcome by Karen Ehnman.  This book has sat on my shelf for a few years.  It is one that Builder pulled out of the stack and suggested that I add to this year's reading goal.  It has been a very good, encouraging read. 

Beyond the Bedroom, Healing for Adult Children of Sex Addicts by Douglas Weiss.  Ph.D.  This book is written for the adult children of sex addicts.  Pretty heavy topic for this blog that is dedicated to sharing joy and hope.  But the heavy stuff of life is real, and in need of Joy and Hope.

In the last few weeks I read a blog post where a woman shared that during her journey to freedom she was told, "the coping devices one uses as a child, to protect and survive, become a straightjacket on the grown up child."  I wish I could remember where I read this and could link it for credit, but I haven't been able to find it again.

These words took me around a new bend on this journey of healing and transformation and I found this book helpful in unstrapping the straight jacket of my childhood coping devices.

Family Feasts for $75 A Week by Mary Ostyn
Midway through this book I thought to myself, one should read at least one cookbook a year.  There are many little tips shared in the book that I found helpful.  In particular was Mary Ostyn's breakdown on how to compile a price book.  Having heard of pricebooks in passing over the past few years, I had not figured out how to put one together, and wondered if they are really all that useful.  There are a few recent receipts in my wallet, waiting to be recorded in a spiral notebook, I am interested in testing out the use of a pricebook.

As is expected, we tried a couple of the recipes this past month.  My first attempt to make homemade pizza rolls this year was not altogether a flop, but I wasn't thrilled about the results.  The "Easy Pizza Rolls" recipe on page 91 has caught my attention and has been enthusiastically enjoyed by my family.

We will also try the recipe on page 97 for "Refried Beans", hoping for results that will replace the $1.25 per can beans at the grocery store.

Just a Minute by Dr Wess Stafford.  This book has been a powerful encouragement to me.  Reminding me, as did A Life that Says Welcome, the importance of seeing people, hearing them and speaking life into them.  To take those moments to bless, encourage, sharpen character.

Audio books that have enriched my life this month:

Luther, In His Own Words by Martin Luther, read by David Cochran Heath. This audio recording included
The Small Catechism
95 Theses

On Faith and Coming to Christ
On Confession and the Lord's Supper
Of the Office of Preaching
Excerpt from Luther's Tower Experience
The Last Written Words of Luther.

I sincerely appreciated the opportunity to hear this recording. David Cochran Heath read this material beautifully, making these sermons, words of wisdom gentle to listen to.

The sermons on confession and on communion were of specific interest to me, giving me further insight into the condition of the Faith & the knowledge, more the lack of knowledge of God's word, by the people during the time leading up to the Reformation. It was also very spiritually nourishing to hear strong doctrinal teaching on subjects that are common to Christians, but that I don't recall ever really being exposed to more complete or thorough teaching.

Forgotten God by Francis Chan, read by the author

This book encouraged me tremendously.  Opening my thoughts to the whole idea of a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit as an equally vital part of my life as the Father and the Son Jesus Christ.  It has been something I pondered in the past, how exactly does the Spirit fit into my prayer life, my times of worship ~ He seemed less tangible than the Father and the Son.

It is exciting to continue to think on, and I am looking in Scripture for the fulfillment of my desire to know the Triune God more and to better yield to direction in my life.

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis,
Read by Chrissi Hart for her Readings from Under the Grapevine podcast.
The Chronicles of Narnia are published by Harper Trophy, A Division of Harper Collins, New York, New York.

If you are looking for an audio recording of the Chronicles of Narnia, I encourage you to click the link above.  Dr Chrissi Hart's reading of these rich books is simply lovely.

there are links in this post that are my sister's referral links

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Petal Rose!

Happy 11th Birthday to our Sweet Petal Rose. What a joy to see the beauty and strength of the LORD shine in your lovely eyes and pretty smile, and to watch as the LOVE of the LORD is poured out through your hands. 

Shine Sweet Girl, you are God's girl, Momma and Daddy's delight and a best friend to your sisters, a kind and joyful friend and a tremendous gift to this world.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Art of Deep Seeing

The art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible.  And it is the Art of gratitude that makes joy possible.  Isn't joy the art of GOD?
~Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts

The times when busyness over takes, schedule busting sickness settles in for a few days or weeks, it is then I find comfort in the still voice that tells me to look deeper and see the good that HE is doing.  How wonderous it is, to stop and ponder this, "what am I Lord that You are mindful of me?  That You still speak, and call, and draw me close?"

Counting is like following the long rivers, rushing wide and rapids foaming in places, slowing down to a trickle in others, while even at times it seems the river bed is dry.  But no, look closer, life is flourishing even there.

gifts to #810
Fruit smoothie in the morning
Philippians 4:4-7
The free cards that arrived from dayspring, making acknowledging birthdays a little easier
The community unites to prayer and provide meals
Inexpensive pet food, gives boost to our budget
Movie get away with Beloved
Sunday afternoon nap
Bird song at the ranch
Summer plans beginning
Last summer’s squash still moving from storage to table
Found an author hubby enjoys reading

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Recycle Bank

About once every two weeks or so, I log on to Recycle Bank to earn points by learning about companies that are implemently greener practices and also to learn about ways I can continue to be a better steward of the environment.

In exchange for the points one can print coupons, get magazine subscriptions or gift cards.

Just another way to stretch our dollars and increase a little in knowledge.

note:the links above are my referral links.

Friday, February 24, 2012

This Moment ~ Fever and Cough and Breathing Treatments

{this moment} - Tucked in here most Fridays, photos from an ordinary, or not so ordinary, moment from the week. A moment I want to linger on, press into, and offer thanks for..

This week was a quieter, slower week as 2 of our sweet ladies were hit again with the fever and cough producing virus.  For the first time in two years we broke out the nebulizer and albuteral for a breathing treatment.  Ick.  But I am thankful, so thankful, for all that we need; peaceful home, medical care, motrin, warm tea and plenty of soft cheek strokes.

Quiet activity continued, with plenty of stories and a few dvds mixed in.

linking with Soulemama
Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Just a Minute ~ Touching the Life of a Child

Just a Minute, is a new book by Dr. Wess Stafford. In this book he shares stories that back his belief that every time a child crosses paths with us there is the potential for a divine appointment, the opportunity to impact that life in a life giving, or life snuffing way.

As I have read through this book, I have been inspired to give more thought to the life giving words that can be shared more often, on a daily basis. One day, as I was reading, I had to put the book down and immediately write a letter to our sponsor daughter, Lesbia, to spend those next moments encouraging her.  Another time I had to put the book aside to look at my daughter  while she talked to me, to let her know that she is heard.   Because, as Dr Stafford is urging the reader to understand, those moments are extremely important. 

And as it does so often happen, reading this book has me on the lookout for others, who take just a minute.   Recently at the dojo, the black belt instructor had to step away from the class.  Our 10 year old Petal Rose (higher ranking belt than the rest of us) was asked by Kyoshi to take the class through a kata.  That in itself could have been a terrible thing, she is a soft spoken, reserved young lady.   
It was the way in which he called her out, communicating with his tone and few words how confident he was in her ability to lead this part of the class.  And then, the beauty of the next moment.  It was time to do the kata again, and the instructors were back in place, Kyoshi asked Petal Rose to lead it again, because she had done it very well.

023Petal Rose's face grew a bit redder, but her shoulders rose a little higher, her back straighter, and her voice was a little stronger.

This momma's heart sung with joy, to know others can see the strength, ability and beauty in that quiet young lady. It is a blessing to see others sow encouragement into the hearts of my children. As I write these words, another thought enters my mind.

Watching others encourage my children blessed me with hope. As parents we are not in this alone. And when we pray for our sponsor children, and write to them, and tell them that they are beautiful and intelligent and loved, I realize, we are partnering with their families, communicating the same hope.

Hope, a powerful gift that can be given in Just a Minute.

Joy Unfolding

Joy is God
and God is joy.

Joy doesn’t negate all other emotions;
joy transcends all other emotions.

to #798
Healthy children
Gracious Kyoshi
Cloud striped moon in the early morning
Blue light through the pinion branches
A time call to a friend
And a verse from friend for me to meditate on
Artisan bread
My medical alert bracelet has been returned!
Warm tea
Gift found behind a door ~ a warm hat for our windy walk
  Chocolate kisses and sweet daughters
Ballet Magnificat ~ Roaring Lambs, preserving salt in the world of dance, offering it back to the Creator of Dance.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


017 Valentine making by the light of the cross, for that is where LOVE is found.

Expecting perfection

Desiring a  culture of love in our home

Something I want, and want to give to my children.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Berry Orange Oatmeal Bread

Recently Mary Oysten from Owlhaven posted a recipe to make bread from leftover oatmeal.  One morning this past week we had leftover Blueberry Orange Oatmeal and I decided to give her recipe a try.  I did have to make some adjustments.  My recipe is at the bottom of this post... but there is a link above to access the original recipe at Owlhaven.

My family is thrilled with this bread, it is moist, but slices beautifully. We enjoyed one loaf the day I made it, some with butter, some without.  It was great either way.  And it will be perfect for peanut butter sandwiches later in the week.

Berry Orange Oatmeal Bread
Makes 2 loaves

 1 cup cooked oatmeal, cooled to lukewarm
 2 tsp yeast
 1 T coconut sugar
 2  cups hot tap water (about 110-115 degrees)(used 3/4c orange juice and added water to get 2 cups)
 2 teaspoons salt
 6-7 cups fresh ground red wheat (or unbleached all-purpose flour)

Let oatmeal cool to lukewarm. Meanwhile, stir the yeast and sugar into the warm water until dissolved, and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast has created a bubbly foam on top of the water. Add the warm liquid, salt, brown sugar, and yeast mixture to the oats and stir well. Then stir in 6 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.
Turn out on a floured board. Knead until the dough feels smooth, pliable and elastic. You may need to add up to one cup more flour if necessary to get the right feel. Shape the dough into a ball, put into a well-buttered bowl, and turn to coat on all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Punch the dough down. Knead for 2 or 3 minutes and shape into two loaves. Thoroughly butter two 8 x 4 x 2-inch pans (bread pans). Place the dough in the pans, cover, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in bulk.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, place the bread in the center of the lowest rack, and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, until the loaves sound hollow when tapped on top and bottom with the knuckles. Remove the loaves to a rack to cool. If you want a very soft top crust, brush the loaves with melted butter when you bring them out of the oven.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sketch Tuesday ~Something You Find in New York



To see the slideshow of all this week's great sketches, go here. And if you want to join us next week, for  sketching, go here to learn the details.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Swiftly Flows the River of Grace

There are those weeks where life sweeps like a swift river, and although it is mostly good, the time to think & write just gets swept into cleaning the broken glass, enjoying the extra hours of fellowship gifted by traveling husbands, kneading the daily bread and wiping tears over lessons in schooling that might not really matter, or do they?  That's a question often in my head.  But still we count, because God is good and has gifted so generous and abundantly.

counting to 764
A goal reached!  15 push ups daily!
A promise made, and the faith to trust and believe
Strong hymns floating up the stairs
 A sweet sempi
Pretty paper waiting to become valentines
Soup in mugs
Artisan bread that is good!
  A quiet productive day
 Laughter over conversation hearts
A surprise today…someone else’s handwriting in my gratitude journal
 Laughter heard today…much more laughter over those conversation hearts
Another surprise…finding out that my sister was blessed by words I spoke, and has shared them with others, who were also blessed.
 The hug when I feel like I’ve failed our children

God is so good.  All the time.  Every time.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Measurements Help ~ Mr Gallon

This is the most popular page on my blog!  It cracks me up that everyday that I take a look, my stats list Mr Gallon as the most viewed page by far.

Have you ever met this guy?  We discovered him 2 or 3 years ago when Mae was deep in the learning to exchange cups for pints for quarts for gallons in all those challenging math word problems.  Now it is Petal Rose's turn and since I am printing Mr Gallon for her notebook, I thought I'd share him here,

You'll need to scroll pretty far down the page to find him :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wandering Around this Icy Morning...

for the Hard Times

and the song I sing...even on the good days,  (please scroll to the bottom of the page to quiet the player or click to listen at youtube)

My sin,  not in part
but the WHOLE
is nailed to the CROSS
and i bear it NO MORE


It is Well, It is Well with my Soul.

and this..."The only true disability in life is a bad attitude."

Friday, February 10, 2012

Giveaway Winners ~ Free Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent Coupons

The Purex UltraPacks Laundry Detergent free product coupons are AubreyLaine(entry #10)  and Jay(entry #2)

please email me at byquietwaters at gmail dot com with your mailing address, put Blog Giveway in the subject line (to keep it out of the spam folder) and I will pop these right into the mail!


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Cat Love ~ February 10, 2012

{this moment} - Tucked in here most Fridays, photos from an ordinary, or not so ordinary, moment from the week. A moment I want to linger on, press into, and offer thanks for..

Leaving my retreat center (bedroom & master bathroom), ready for the day I went into Mae's room to encourage her to rise and shine.  This is what I found,

Now who would jump right out of bed with that warm bundle of fur resting so sweetly on one's back?

Entering the living room to get my camera for the above photo I found Petal Rose snuggled on the sofa with Madeline snuggled tight on her belly, nose to nose they were. When I pointed the camera, Madeline quickly jumped down and ran off. This is a photo I took a few evenings ago during our bedtime read aloud. She's afraid of the black box and runs off before most photos.

Sometimes I get grumpy at these animals, their messes, their demands (black cat up there is very vocal), and forget the joy and comfort they offer.  I am thankful for the warm snuggles they give my daughters, for the opportunity to love and care for the needs of another life that pets give children.  I am thankful for the added color these cats add to the landscape of our lives.

linking with SouleMama and Amy's Finer Things and joining Laura for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wednesday Words

I don't know who to give credit to for this, but it is true and the message should be passed on.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Giveaway ~ Purex Laundry Detergent Coupons

Awhile back I blogged about the new Purex Ultra Packs Laundry Detergent that we recieved to test out and review.  If you would like to read the review, you can click here

We've been pretty happy with the product, especially while we are teaching our two youngest daughters to do the laundry. These Ultra Packs make adding laundry detergent to the machine easy and mess free!  As busy as our household is in this season, I am thankful for this little gift in the laundry room.

We have 2 coupons for FREE Purex UltraPacks detergent that we like to give away this week, 1 each to 2 different visitors.  

If you would like to win one of these coupons, please share with me a tip you have in teaching kids to do their laundry, or other household tasks.

The drawing will be held on Friday February 10 and announced here on the blog.   Drawing winners will need to email us with mailing information.

I'm excited to share these coupons with you!

More than can be counted

Petal Rose with Kyoshi Haynes, Mrs. Nance her first Karate instructor and Sensie Nester

The practice of counting gifts has many benefits, one of which is, there is more grace given by our Heavenly Father daily, than we can count.

In the course of a week we celebrated achievements of all the students at our dojo's winter award ceremony, recieved new belt ranks in our classes and enjoyed International Tutu Day, which was celebrated by ballerinas in tutus of all colors and styles. 

We discovered numerous very worn out spots in ballet slippers just a few days before, and were able to purchase new slippers just in time for this fun day.

But these delights, although they kept us busy going from here to there, to there throughout the week, are just a small fraction of the beauty and grace gifts given.

counting to #743
Grace when I overslept
Encouragement when I feel time slipping away
 Lavender facial steam with Petal Rose
  Finishing a great story
 Varying blues in the sky
  A bottom of the freezer meal that was yummy and satisfying
  Painful natural consequences
Grace in the kitchen ~ a quiet helper in the kitchen as we listen to a story
Grace in the weather ~ another sunny warm day, good for walking 
 Grace that might never have been ~ the joy in our home
 Truth revealed. 
 Giving hands
Chicken soup