dearpomegranates I really love finding a way to transform an ordinary item destined for the trash or recycle bin into something else that's creative and practical. Here's to a second life from a @vitacocokids 6 pack beverage box to a wolf face small yarn dispenser. (#makeyourownyarnbox 🏼 I would love to see yours if anyone is so inclined to make one!) 1d

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dearpomegranates Nehemiah 9:31--Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
Holding on to this everyday. #thebreadandrepose
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dearpomegranates Late morning. @woolful and @trinityportland podcasts. Chunky baby legs. Train and car playing three year old. Unmade bed. Stick weaving. Inspiration, encouragement, edification. 7d

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dearpomegranates Westley was just about a month old when I finally had a Friday date with my girl. We sat at a tea and boba shop and with much excitement, she opened up her favorite book and began to read to me the first book of Percy Jackson. I saw her eagerness to include me in something she was so fond of. We laughed at funny parts together, talked about the characters and we allowed ourselves to be silly and fun. Together. She finished the first chapter and told me how I would love the title of the second chapter. And I did. We said how we want to keep doing this. Just her and I (and Wes because he nurses) at a cafe, reading her book out loud and having a yummy drink. When @oregonmama asked me to share a #fromthecuttingroomfloor picture, I saw a few I wanted to post but then I saw this. I kept it in my photos as a reminder of the wonderful time we had together and the promise to keep doing it. Yesterday was a real rough day family wise. Like super crappy. It was the worse of all of us. Looking at this picture reminds me of who we are, who we can be and to focus on the good, the beautiful, the love we have and how these things need to be nurtured and intentionally brought out in one another. And how I desperately just need another date with my ever growing so fast girl. Because she needs it. Because I need it. 🏻🏼 1w
  •   chantal_wiebe I love your heart. 1w
  •   carmenrose27 Beautiful..... 1w
  •   kinderfarmhomeschool Hugs to you friend! 1w
  •   oregonmama Awww. Super sweet. I hope today goes much, much better friend. 1w
  •   cottonpicker58 Nice post! 1w
  •   davirebecca I have a crush on Percy 1w
  •   littleyellowflower "who we are, who we can be" I have to seek vision for that regularly, to keep the vision, the why and the good and the hope that won't disappoint blessings to you and your family. You're a good mama! 1w
  •   maandpamodern Redemption is beautiful. I pray God continues to remind you of the way He gives it to us do freely, even in the form of pictures on our phone. 5d

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dearpomegranates A bit of yarn love here. I purchased this beautiful garnet organic merino along with a saffron some time ago. It's 198 yards. Wondering what I should make out of it. Any one skein/ball ideas? I'm thinking bandana or headband but wanted to hear other suggestions as well. 26-30 stitches = 4 inches, 2-3 U.S. 1w

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dearpomegranates But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them. -Nehemiah 9:17b

Because I'm already wanting to lose it as a mother. Because I'm weak, worn, weary. So finally, I turn to His word and encouragement. Reading through Nehemiah on the @shereadstruth app and here it is, plain and clear. God's goodness. Our wickedness. Because I grieve the Father too. And yet He forgives me, is gracious and merciful to me and is slow to be angered by me. That's humbling in ways I can't even say. I am far from ever being like the Father, but if I can hold on to this truth for me, for my children, how amazing would that all be. For all of us. Forgive me Father, for my own wickedness. Let me too, abound in steadfast love and not forsake my own. As You do for me. #thebreadandrepose
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dearpomegranates Five months today. Seems like such a small amount of time when you think about it. Some how it also feels like you have always been here. You have always belonged to us #westleyandmonroe 2w

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dearpomegranates I'm thankful @kirstenrickert shared @twolittlecs' water treatment she does with her children. We've done it twice so far (mid-morning) and I think it's going to be a keeper. My 11 year old loves it and it's an amazing way to keep the avenues of physical touch going even as children get older. My three year old likes being able to help with water by filling up the bowl and stirring the water after the oil is in with his finger. We've used Fir Needle essential oil in the water to apply on their faces, hands and feet with their own washcloth. After I apply a lavender eucalyptus infused oil I made (we call it Rabbit Tobacco blend and it has no essential oils in it) onto their hands and feet (and arms and legs if I have enough). I need to get lavender oil again so we can do this in the evening. I also want to make another infused oil for the children. If your interested in reading/knowing more about this, look up the feature on @kirstenrickert's blog titled Nurturing Water Treatment For Children With Meg Chittenden. 🌲 2w

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dearpomegranates Gathering dandelions to dry and be used to make an infused oil. It's nice to 'forage' for it, even if it is just in the front yard ;) 2w

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dearpomegranates Anchor of my soul, You sustain
When I'm in the storm, You remain
Good to me... Evil intentions will not disturb God's purposes or interfere so
Who shall I fear if my Anchor is secure?
Learning to consider it pure joy when I'm facing tribulations
Praising God instead of complaining or getting overtaken with bitterness... It reminds me how desperate I am in
This desert land, thirsty for your mercy and plan while you
Give me the strength to stand. You're my greatest pleasure
Yeah, no matter the weather I face, Lord you never forsake
My fragile life is safe under your sovereign grace... And even though its obvious when my outlooks
Ominous you've bound my heart and my conscience and gave me
A constant calmness. So when the pain comes like rain from
The parts of life that maintains its strain I can put my
Trust in the hands that sustain. It's profound that with
All these sinking ships around me, He surrounds me and he
Anchors me with his grace abounding. // Anchor, @beautifuleulogy with @joshgarrels
Leaning into this truth today. My heart wants to not trust in His grace but my soul knows I need to feed on His truth. To survive. To live. And I must turn my complaints and bitterness away and seek thankfulness and joy. It's so tough when it feels so deeply rooted but the truth is, He remains good to me. Always.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 Living Bible
8 I think you ought to know, dear brothers, about the hard time we went through in Asia. We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it. 9 We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.

#thebreadandrepose
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dearpomegranates Saturday evening surviving the heat with Wayward Pines on Hulu, sweet greens blended drink with my man and this cutie hamming it up while the other two are out. • #widn as asked by the inspiring @lucadele how about you @missusking @twolittlecs @mama_jbird? 2w

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dearpomegranates I remember when I use to buy and make tinctures. I need to start again. #wellhomemaderemedies 2w

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dearpomegranates Oh Autumn. I know you're not here yet, but you're my favorite. 3w

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dearpomegranates Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..
--John Steinbeck
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dearpomegranates My friend @ekwetzel is magical. Her heart radiates with love and wonder and with pen and paintbrush in hand, she creates whimsical art. Her newest endeavor is painting custom #animalpersonalityportrait and you don't want to miss this. Go to her profile to read and see more of this magic she creates 3w

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dearpomegranates Because it's #nationalsmoresday. And I like my marshmallows burnt. Like really. With dark chocolate. Salted even better. Oh s'mores. Anything that reminds me of campfire and woods is basically one of my favorite things ever. Plus it has chocolate 3w

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dearpomegranates Starting a reading adventure with a new to me used book and a friend to share along in the journey. Good things are afoot. 3w

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dearpomegranates Oldest and littlest 3w

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dearpomegranates Today's my mom's birthday. I baked her a Shoofly cake with a pecan crumble topped with fresh blueberries and a few mint leaves for prettiness. I took this photo before Finn realized he had a moment alone to slide a chair over and eat all the berries! After the shock, we all laughed a little and thankfully we had some berries left over. My dad went to get ice cream and we gathered round the cake, lit the candles, sang happy birthday to my mom and Finn helped blow out the candles with her. 3w
  •   dearpomegranates @gretchen.leah ha ha! My daughter almost had a heart attack over it. I thought he had damaged the cake but no. He just picked them off one by one, nice and neat. 3w
  •   jennifernaraki Gorgeous. 3w
  •   evred7 Aww, give your mom a birthday hug from Nio and I. 3w
  •   homeschool47 If he's gonna be a stinker at least he's a cutie! Happy birthday to your mom! Today is my Maddie's birthday too! 3w
  •   kinderfarmhomeschool Looks amazing! 3w
  •   delladphoto give your mom a big birthday hug for me and lots of love i 3w
  •   growingwildthings Haha! One of my boys did that once too! Ate all the frosting of his {&his borother's} cake... Sounds like a wonderful day though... ♡ 3w
  •   yvettedaiker Tell your mama happy birthday for me! 3w

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dearpomegranates We love overcast summer days 3w

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