Organizing the Baby’s room!

Organization is my obsession. Coincidentally, its also an important part of peace in a home. It keeps your life moving smoothly, everything looking nice, and lifts up your mood! Baby rooms are difficult because there are so many little things, and, at least in our house, a lot of people going in and out and accessing them.

Like most closets, her closet is organized into pants, shirts, and complete outfits and I have a bucket on the floor for shoes. She likes to play with her shoes, and its easier than trying to place them all in rows over and over!

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The other side of the closet has boxes for organization; the one on the floor has blankets, the top of the stack is various baby gear (slings, pieces to big toys I’m not using, supplies for traveling, etc) and the bottom box is stuff she has yet to grow into. The clothes hanging are also clothes that are still too big, while she has a bucket at the top of the closet for things that she has outgrown. (Get it out of the closet before someone tries to put her in it again!)

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I had several sun hats from summer, so I hung them on hooks behind her door 🙂

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I am most proud of the dresser. This is a regular dresser, but her grandpa built her a changing table to fit on top of it. I turned this top drawer into diaper supply storage; diapers, wipes, Desitin, lotion, and hair bows, and other baby toiletries.

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Above her dresser, I have the sweetest Christmas gift I have ever been given. Jonathan put together poem/photo frame, with my favorite baby poem;

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow/For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow/So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep/I’m rocking my baby. and babies don’t keep.

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When I was expecting Rose, I enlisted my cousin Dani to help me paint a mural. I recently added the swings (pooh and friends were given to her by my uncle Ted) And, of course, an old rocking chair that is surprisingly comfortable!

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I keep a Sentsy in her room at all times. Nurseries smell funny so often, and I hate having any type of flame in that room, so this is a very safe, effective way of smell control. I also like having a plant in her room. Feng Shui, and all. Those items beside a book from Dani, and a cross stitch from her Aunt Hillary.

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Hanging on the side of her crib, is the quilt I made her from 1960’s pooh fabric (inspiration for the tree) and hanging above is the quilt my grandma made her. The round cross stitch hung over my crib, and the mobiles are both old favorites of her aunts and uncles. In her crib is the little pink bear the loves. Jonathan won it  for her at the state fair.

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I really, really love this room. So much love went into creating it; so many memories of my childhood are recorded in various items, so much love went into preparing it for her… Just walking into it is like walking into a warm hug. I dream of her growing up in this room, surrounded by the demonstrations of love of her friends and family, and it brings tears to my eyes.

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Tortilla Soup

Hey peeps! I’m a little late getting this post out, but better late than never, right?

Part of living at peace, is to live at peace with the people around us, and our environment. Part of this environment is the animal kingdom. I’m not saying we all have to be vegan! But I to strive to avoid meat that was not raised and processed in a humane way. This means we have to purchase more expensive meat, and to balance that, much of our diet is vegetarian. The boys were more excited about this new recipe than I had anticipated!

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I made lots extra, and froze it in ziplocks. This makes for super easy and very yummy dinners later!

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The recipe;

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

1½ t. cumin
1 t. chili powder
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. salt
1 T. olive oil
1 c. diced onion
½ c. diced red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (10 Oz. Can) Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
32 oz. (4 c.) low sodium vegetable stock
3 T. tomato paste
4 cups hot water
2 cans (15 Oz. Can) black beans, drained and rinsed
½ c. frozen corn
3 T. cornmeal

garnish ideas
sour cream/greek yogurt
tortilla chips
diced red onion
grated monterey jack or cheddar
cilantro

Heat olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the spice mix. Stir to combine.

Pour in tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, water, and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered.

Mix cornmeal with a small amount of water. Pour into the soup, then simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more if needed—add more chili powder if it needs more spice, and be sure not to undersalt. Add the frozen corn. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Ladle into bowls, then top with whatever garnishes you like!

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Heaven

This evening was beautiful. 70 degrees, blue skies, and only a little breeze (unheard of in Oklahoma!) Rose was really messy after dinner, and went straight to the tub. When she got out- all clean, sweet smelling, in fuzzy, footie PJ’s- Jonathan was heading outside with his guitar. We followed. I sat in the yard, trying desperately to push tonight’s and tomorrow’s to do list out of my head and enjoy the moment. Then it hit me; I can kill two birds with one stone! I can blog about this!!! So I cherished every second, and still got something knocked off my list. Not exactly pure zen, but better than a year ago.

Rose sat next to Jonathan on the top step, alternately pulling the leaves off my slowly closing morning glories and strumming on the guitar. Then she got bored and began heading down the stairs head first. She only fell once. It’s ok though, I caught her. I was paying very close attention, I had to…you know, for the blog. We walked around the yard, up and down the stairs while Jonathan practiced his Woody Guthrie songs. She is walking now, so she would hold my hand, then break free to walk towards her Daddy. After a hug, she would crawl back to me.

I picked a flower for her. She loved it, but she isn’t very gentle and she crushed it. At one point I tapped the step next to me and called her to sit down. She crawled over beside me and tapped the same place. So cute. I hope that we have a lot more of these moments as she gets older; watching the sun set, listening to her daddy sing her favorite songs, and playing in the grass. This is what heaven will be like.

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Must…Have…Herbs…

I grew a bunch of herbs this summer; parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and basil. A few weeks into spring I ended up with some chives I wasn’t going to use up, so I planted them too. Oklahoma gets pretty hot, and the cilantro and rosemary were scorched.  There was a small memorial service, with only me and my 10 month daughter attending. My husband and housemate don’t do funerals for bugs and plants.

But now it is fall! I’m wearing fuzzy socks and drinking hot chocolate, planning holiday get-togethers and pulling soup recipes out. I am also worrying about how I will survive the winter now that I am addicted to fresh herbs. Then I had an idea; I will dig them all up and put them in pots on my windowsill! So here goes! They are in a west facing window in my kitchen. I had to split several plants, and everything I read said Basil is nearly impossible to grow inside. Maybe I am foolhardy, but I’m going for it. Must…have…herbs….photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5

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October 17, 2013 · 4:17 pm

Beginings

As a preteen, I heard a preacher talking about the importance of having a peaceful, restful home. As I grew up, that idea developed. I wanted a home where anyone and everyone felt free to come and relax. Where family, or old and new friends, felt welcomed, safe, and accepted. Most importantly, I wanted to create a space that emanated peace. A place to relax, drop your burdens, drink some English tea, and be a little closer to Eden for having done so.

I had no earthly idea how to do this. I had seen some spectacular murals on Pintrest, and I was sure a mural would help me reach my goal. So it began. Lyrics were carefully chosen to be neither triggering, nor meaningless; to be distinctly Christian, yet accepting; to both comfort the hurting, and smile with the cheerful. Feng Shui taught me that blue was a good color for a living room, and the sky blue background begged for clouds. So there it was. “Aslan” by Kendall Payne,  stenciled on a large, empty wall, and I loved it. It was relaxing, welcoming, uncluttered. I told my husband it looked like something I would see in a monastery!

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That was a good idea actually- I mean, there is a lot to learn from monks! In fact, there is a lot to learn specifically about bringing peace, hospitality, relaxation, and calm to the home and to life! And living in a city, raising children, and working in entertainment make each of these things even more valuable to me and my family. So this is my journey towards making home a haven of peace and rest in a hectic, stressed out world.

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