13 people, a dog and a bird…

…just please, no one bring a cat.



ice storm 2009

I hope all of you who are affected by this storm are alright.  Hardly anyone has power, including us.  Thankfully, my father had invested in a generator which is keeping us warm and with limited power.  We are so thankful to God for keeping us safe thus far!  We hope and pray you all are staying safe and warm.


This has been quite an experience!  Outside, it sounded like a war zone last night with limbs and trees breaking and falling every 5-10 seconds or so, sounding like gunshots.  We wondered if there would be any trees left this morning!  At times it sounded as if they would fall right onto the house.  One tree did fall against the back corner of our house but I’m not sure it did much damage.  Another limb badly dented my parents’ car trunk lid. 




“19,600 out of 22,500 of Paducah Power’s customers remain without power. That is because 6 of their 9 substations are down.  They also have several of their transmission lines down. Bottom line, they cannot guarantee when they will able to get power restored.” (as of last night)



Here are a few pictures for those of you who don’t have the same views from your windows!

It's a ice jungle out there!

It's a ice jungle out there!

Thank you to our neighbors, Clark family, for helping to clear our roads and driveways!

Thank you to our neighbors, Clark family, for helping to clear our roads and driveways!



View from front porch

View from front porch








Other sideyard

Other sideyard


Kubotas and chainsaws...in high demand!

Kubotas and chainsaws...in high demand!


Clearing the roads

Clearing the roads

Autumn's red bug is a bright spot in the wintry white!

Autumn's red bug is a bright spot in the wintry white!

Layla and Abigail

Layla and Abigail


Abigail's tent...new and improved from last night 🙂


Abigail surviving the ice storm eating snow cream in her tentQ

Abigail surviving the ice storm eating snow cream in her tent


Uncle Mike showing Alexis the winter wonderland

Uncle Mike showing Alexis the winter wonderland

A bright and happy smile warming the cold day!

A bright and happy smile warming the cold day!

Surveying the icy world outside

Surveying the icy world outside



smoothie combinations

Here are some smoothie recipes I’ve tried and like.


2 pears

2 bananas

1 apple

2 stalks celery

handful of spinach + some baby greens I threw in, too

(turns out a nice deep green)



(This may be my favorite yet!)

1 mango

about 1 cup frozen raspberries (1/2 rather small bag of organic Cascadian Farms)

1 banana

several handfuls of baby greens (didn’t measure)

(Note: this turns out a little more brown but is delicious!)

This morning, I used 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 banana, and 1/2 head of romaine lettuce.  It tasted more “green” than some of the others but still pretty good.

Your body is jumping for joy with all the good nutrition it is receiving!

green smoothies

I am quite excited about what I feel is a step in the right direction toward a leap in myhealth!  I am SOOOOOOOOOO happy to know of a tasty way to incorporate greens into my diet with minimal effort.  Granted I’ve only tried a couple of combinations but I’m on my way to “market” as I write this to invest in my health in the form of a variety of leafy greens, fruit, and vegetables. 

It is my hope that others will get excited about improving their health.  I can’t help but feel that we are responsible for our own health problems when we consume so much unhealthy food.  I know there are many factors we cannot control in our environment but there are a lot of changes we can make in the right direction. 


We need to be strong and healthy with lots of mental clarity to work for the Lord, whether we are raising our families, serving as lay persons in the church, working on the mission field in a foreign country…our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and it only makes sense that we should keep it in good working condition.  God’s ways, even of eating, are always best and provide us with optimal health and strength to enjoy life and manifest Him to the world in a way that draws others to Him!

Here’s some information about green smoothies for those interested.

What are green smoothies?

A blended drink composed of approximately 60% fruit and 40% leafy greens. 

What are the benefits of drinking green smoothies?

 (The following is excerpted from a free download at http://greensmoothierevolution.com.)


“Green means alkaline, on a pH test strip. The bloodstream must stay alkaline or we die. That means, if we don’t ingest enough alkaline producing foods and liquids, our bones and organs willingly give up their alkaline elements to the blood, leaving the rest of our body acidic and disease prone. Acidity is the other end of the pH continuum. Every human disease is associated with acidity.





In 1939 Otto Warberg won the Nobel Prize for discovering that cancer cells cannot live in an alkaline environment. However, since consumption of meat, alcohol, cigarettes and many cooked foods is what creates acidic conditions in the body, becoming alkaline can cause great change.





Luckily, there IS an easy way to green-shift your pH: add green smoothies to your daily diet! This refreshing drink is easy to make and clean up, for it’s simply a blend of fruit, green leaves and water.





Green smoothies contain all the vitamins you expect from juice, as well as fiber, which cleanses the colon and causes digestive regularity. The chlorophyll in the greens oxygenates your blood and creates alkalinity throughout your system.





Living enzymes in all the raw ingredients give your body active energy. Fruit is the magic ingredient that tastes so delicious. The many varied amino acids in dark leafy greens balance the chemistry in the brain, which reduces cravings for unhealthy stimulants or depressants such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol and nicotine. Try this as an experiment: drink a quart of green smoothie a day and see what falls away!





How to make a green smoothie:


Use about 60% fruit to 40% greens, plus just enough water to run the blender and create the thickness you like best. If greens have woody stems, remove them. Chop all ingredients in pieces small enough for your blender to handle. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice bridges the bitterness in greens with the sweetness of fruit. Fresh ginger root (one inch, minced and blended) can also spice up the flavor of any kale or spinach smoothie.





Here are some tried-and-true combinations. The fruits in parentheses are optional. I’ve suggested banana to sweeten every smoothie, but you could also use pear, apple or mango. Experiment and find your favorites


  • Any variety of Kale, Apple OR Mango OR Pear, Banana (strawberries or raspberries or kiwi)


  • Spinach, Apple OR Peach OR Mango, Lemon, Banana (strawberries or cherries or black mission figs)

  •  Collards, Blueberries OR Peaches, Pear, Banana


  • Arugula OR Celery OR Swiss Chard, Orange, Banana (strawberries, peaches)


  • Romaine OR Clover Sprouts, Apple OR Pear, Strawberries, Banana


  • Parsley OR Cilantro, Mango, Banana (strawberries, pineapple)


  • Beet greens, Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Banana

(The above was taken from http://greensmoothierevolution.com’s free download)




It is important to vary the greens you use every other day or so, because greens have alkaloids, which are fine in small quantities, but slightly toxic if you eat the same green day after day.  Some plants These “toxins” were evidently placed there by God to prevent foraging animals (or humans for that matter) from eating too many of a plant’s leaves at one time – since the plant needs some leaves remaining, with which to manufacutre chlorophyll.  I find it very interesting how God provided a natural way to preserve plant life. 




Here are some resources that give more information about green smoothies.

Disclaimer:  I do not necessarily agree with all the ideas presented in any of the websites I share.  For instance, I’ve noticed The Green Smoothie Revolution’s website references evolutionary processes as explanations for things such as toxins in leafy greens.  It makes perfectly good sense that, as I mentioned above, God is the Origin of all things in the natural world, not plants “deciding” to do certain things. 🙂  Unfortunately because eating raw and healthy is no longer the norm fo r society, those who do eat this way often are seen as radical and some REALLY ARE radical in a negative sense, and delve into the New Age beliefs. 

http://www.greensmoothierevolution.com/ode.htm                                      (Specifics about GS and recipes)

http://greensmoothierevolution.com/                                                                     (home page for Raw Family’s green smoothie information…has story of Clent Manech, who…”lost 180 pounds, became free of diabetes symptoms, returned to normal blood pressure, naturally shrunk the hanging skin without surgery, and climbed to the top of Mount Whitney – the tallest mountain in the U.S. at 14,497 feet – all in only 8 months! ” .  He largely credits green smoothies as a component of his success.

http://greensmoothierevolution.com/blog/ (very interesting blog about GS)

http://eatsprouts.com/blend/green.html (more detailed info about GS)

fresh new starts

There is something inspiring and delightfully wonderful about a “beginning“.  Whether it’s the brand new beginning of a natural life (birth of a baby), the “regeneration” of a soul in Christ (becoming a new creature), the beginning of a new home in the earth when two persons unite in holy matrimony, the first day of a new year (I much prefer God’s new year’s beginning with spring rather than in winter!), the first hour of a new day, or something as simple as a fresh new journal complete with a new writing utensil.  There are a number of other “beginnings” you might add to your list.  They are promising and hold untold possibilities. 

I am so thankful for beginnings and for new beginnings.  Everyday is the first day of the rest of your life so you can always have a fresh start.  God even promises that Hi s mercies are new every morning…great is His faithfulness!

So on this first day of the rest of my life on the first day of the year, I am trying to make a fresh new start by eating healthier.  I made green smoothies this morning for the first time.  It’s a great way to get your greens!  I tried the following recipe (doubled) from the Hallelujah Acres newsletter.

Green Smoothie

1 cup strawberries (I used frozen)

2 small bananas

2 cups distilled water

2 TBSP. B-Flax (powdered supplement)

2 handfuls of chopped kale

After taste testing, I added the rest of the (small) bag of frozen strawberries, another banana, a Granny Smith apple and a little more kale.  I think it was some better with a little more sweet stuff. 

It was quite satisfying and although green, was sweet enough to drink, and very healthy!  I so appreciate when those components are all present in a dish!


Carrot-Bean Pate

Tonight I put the following in the food processor:

  • 1 can organic kidney beans (rinsed),
  • 2 organic carrots,
  • several red onion rings (probably the equivalent of 1 or 2 slices),
  • and a slice of tomato. 

After processing at highest speed I added some marjoram and granulated garlic to taste.  I tried it in the form of:

  1. a frilly taco (inside a kale leaf),
  2. heated in coconut oil and placed on Ezekiel Bread with my alternative to Miracle Whip spread (Vegenaise, vinegar, agave nectar, and mustard powder mixed together),
  3. and just plain, eaten with a spoon.

It was really tasty and had nice texture!

I am so thankful for God’s ultimate way to health and His incredible variety of delicious foods!


(Composed Jan. 1 – published Jan. 2)