Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tribe Life Tuesday: Expansive Thoughts and Narrow Paths

A weekly post from my childhood to grown-up friend Carrie ~ 
sharing her awesome life and her desire to have community while doing it!

Happy TribeLife Tuesday! 

I love meeting you here each week and sharing parts of my heart and life with you. You are amazing! 

Today’s post is an inside look into the current path I’m walking and I’m excited to have you along for the journey. 

Do you remember the last time you let yourself dive into a dream? 
Was it during childhood? You know the daydream that envelopes you while sitting at your desk, as the warm sun shined on you through the classroom windows.

Or is it the goal kind of dream that resides in your heart, electrifying you as it waits to make its entrance into the world? You know the one where you go, I wish my life looked like ______, or I cant wait til my life looks like ________. 

Well that’s what I want to share with you today. I am the girl who will tell you to go after your dreams 100% of the time. I believe that literally nothing can't be done; no dream is impossible. Size is irrelevant when it comes to dreaming and I’m a big fan of the “go big or go home” mentality. You see, there is something very real inside each of us that screams P U R P O S E. It’s an innate void that craves to filled by doing something meaningful. It’s the pedestal that you shine brightly on, it’s the "this is what I was made to do” pedestal where you feel nearly complete and the satisfaction is seemingly overwhelming. 

I find myself in that place when I travel, when I am with my tribe, and when I’m sharing my heart. 

So how does any of this have to do with expansive thoughts and narrow paths? 

Here it is: my thoughts are a current all their own. They swirl, they move back and forth, and their ebb and flow would probably scare anyone who dared to get inside my mind. But they are mine and it’s up to me to navigate these tumultuous thoughts well. 

My thoughts often expand and contract so rapidly that sometimes it seems chaotic. But when they meet the narrow, untrodden, dimly lit path, the swirling thoughts submit. What are they submitting to? To discipline, to consistency, to the unknown, to bravery. 

It’s on the narrow path where the big dreams take shape and are built on the firmest of foundations. Although the path can look and feel unsteady, don’t be deceived, it is secure. And that’s the funny thing about deception, you don’t know you’re being deceived. That’s why, even on the narrowest paths, with the swirling of many thoughts, you must make sure you are surrounded by your T R I B E! If nothing else, they are a safe place, sounding board, a protection. 

Open up and invite them in. 

Thank you so much for reading!

See you next week. 


When the girls get a hold of your camera!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Best mascara ever

I don't really wear much makeup, and I definitely don't care what kind I wear. But mascara is something that my blonde eyelashes don't leave home without.

My friend Michelle introduced me to this mascara. I love it. I put the white side on first, then the black. It is waterproof which is huge for me on farm but also washes right off in the shower!!!

I've actually gotten numerous compliments on my mascara recently .... so now I'm sold!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dollywood Returns

We are NOT Amusement Park people. But Isaac is obsessed with roller coasters. Like he will say something like this: "Why don't you like that coaster. It is a 2002 woodie. It was invented by this company. It was built by this company. It is the third fastest coaster in the USA. It has a mph of this amount." Seriously. The kid loves coasters.

Also, if you haven't been to Dollywood, I really recommend it. If you go like we do (when there aren't any crowds), it is truly enjoyable. We love getting Cinnamon Bread and listening to the Christian music. The plays are also great. It is truly just a super fun family time for our family. We only go when we walk on rides, and we just truly have a blast together. 

This time we decided to take Tymen (our Dutch wwoofer who has been with us so much, he is truly becoming a member of our family) and Duygu (our Turkish wwoofer who hadn't ever been to an amusement park before.)

Here are some pictures (in no particular order):

Tymen and Isaac on their first coaster of the day; Lightning Rod. (They ended up riding ten different times this day.) 

Getting ready to leave the station on Lightning Rod. (I often walked up with them and then just exited out before they made me ride!)

There was a new kids coaster. Hannah and Abigail rode it FIVE times. This was also the FIRST (and only) coaster Duygu rode. I rode it three times before the lady told me that I didn't need to ride with Hannah. She was tall enough. Oh gosh I wish I would have known that before I tried to squeeze my legs in that thing.

My girls. This is the only coaster Hannah rode all day. Abigail also rode Firechaser. She tried to ride the Thunderhead but got spooked at the last second.

Tijmen and John also did the kids coaster. They agreed -- to tight for grown-ups!

Duygu was a nice member of our team. She agreed to do the tea cups with the girls so that I didn't have to ride them. (I don't enjoy dizzy rides.)

Isaac and Tymen on the Tennessee Tornado. This was Tymen's least favorite.

Isaac on the swings in the "County Fair" section of the park.

Okay so every single time we go to Dollywood, I have to ride "The Scrambler." Hannah is too little to ride without a grown-up. I really, really dislike this ride. I have to really focus to not get sick. But my husband gets terribly motion sick so it has to be my job. (Duygu and Tymen weren't budging either.)

I love some of the pics that JB got of the kiddos riding. They love flying all over each other.

Sidge rode once with Abigail and once by himself.

On Dollywood's version of Dumbo.

Isaac finally got up the nerve to ride the "Skyrider." After he did it, Abigail agreed. She ran back and forth a half dozen times trying to decide if she would ride or not. And then once she got in, she had a lot of second thoughts.

On Starfall

On StarFall

Tomorrow I will share some of the pictures after dark!
And here's a video Tymen took of me on "The Scrambler":

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We Bought A Farm: Why yes ....

... there's an injured chicken living in my bathroom. Isn't there one in your's?

Review: POPCORNOPOLIS -- Yum! Yum! Yum!

I was recently given the amazing opportunity to review FOOD! Now I do a lot of reviews on books and homeschool products and art stuff and movies but to get something SWEET was practically a dream come true for this chocolate and sweet lover!

I received two bags EACH of the following delicious flavors from Popcornopolis. (Underneath each flavor I am listening people in our house who tried each of the flavors and which one was their favorite.) 
  • Chocolate Stripe
    • Abigail
    • Wendi's second favorite (tie)
    • Mary
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
    • Wendi
    • Isaac
    • Sidge
  • White Chocolate Macadamia
    • Didn't get any first place votes but everyone liked it!
  • Chocolate Candy Cane
    • Natalie
    • John
    • Wendi's second favorite (tie)
    • Hannah
  • White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice
    • Jacob
    • Tymen
    • John's second favorite
I think you can tell from the vote spread that all of these were absolutely delicious. My husband is a tough critic, and when I asked him his favorite he had a hard time deciding. "They were all really good," he said. He only voted when I pushed him harder. :)

Popcornopolis is simply delicious. Truly. I was blown away by how good these popcorns were. And here's the truth: I don't even like popcorn that much. It is never my go-to snack. But I couldn't help but dig into this stuff way more than I should! I really want to encourage you to consider this for any of your "hard to shop" for family members or for those who just love sweets. SERIOUSLY! I was under NO obligation to say that I liked this product. I could hate it and write a Blog post on that. But it would be impossible. This stuff was scarfed down in my house!!

There are actually over 20 recipes to choose from including flavors ranging from Nearly Naked to Red Velvet. They have tons of products like: gourmet gift baskets, party tins, and samplers. Even better, you can order for the holidays and receive FREE shipping! This company actually has their product available in over 12,000 locations including grocery stores and specialty retailers to theme parks and major sports arenas. 

However, the major reason that I love this popcorn is that it has:
  • NO TransFat
  • NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • PURE Coconut Oil
  • The GF (Gluten Free) Assurance
  • NO MSG
  • NO Added Preservatives
  • 100% American Grown Corn
  • The Pure Coconut Oil Label
  • A Kosher Label on a few of their popcorns!
You can actually use Popcornopolis for Fundraising and Corporate gifts, and they have a 100% Satisfaction-Guaranteed label. Please check them out as you start your Christmas shopping!