What my trip to Ireland taught me about status anxiety

No, I did not go to Ireland-yet.  But the author of the blog post I am referencing did.  And he took away a very fresh perspective that should be considered by Americans. I LOVE this blog article (click link below)!


What my trip to Ireland taught me about status anxiety.’

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Honey Dripping Down Sweetness From Above

Spent some time looking at my past posts tonight.  I especially liked the post titled Cell Phone Cameras.

The picture of the bee on cacti in that post reminded me of my recent bee photograph.

These images together inspired the following Haiku poem.

Honeybee on dandilion

My Divine Nectar

Honey dripping down,

Sweetness from the Lord above,

My Divine Nectar.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Art


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When Breastfeeding IS All About Me

I have shared an article from momaste before. Her articles on motherhood have been an inspiration.

Tonight she published an article about the ending of a special connection.

The time when a child starts to wean.

Check out her article by clicking the link below:

When Breastfeeding IS All About Me.



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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Health, Motherhood


Why We Don’t Keep Secrets In Our House {Child Abuse Prevention}

This is an important reminder. We have very open communication with our children about proper conduct and our bodies. Please take time to read the post and talk with the children in your life.


Why We Don’t Keep Secrets In Our House {Child Abuse Prevention}.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Ministry, Motherhood


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Seven Reasons (E-Books) to Try This Today!

Last week I mentioned a great bundle of e-books coming out.

Well TODAY is the day!  Woo-hew!

Let me tell you why I am excited.

I am a big DO-IT-YOURSELF(ER).

I love the thrill of providing for my family in new ways.  Most of all, I like using what is in my environment and staying away from harmful, toxic substances.  I tend to make all of my own health items; body soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and face wash.  I use coconut oil for absolutely everything!  It is the main ingredient in all of my personal care products. I cook my organic eggs in coconut oil in the morning for the whole family. I also drink a cup of hot lemon juice with coconut oil, chia seeds and honey every morning to detox and hydrate.  You can click on each of those products to order the same products I use, directly from Amazon. Yes, they are affiliate links and help to pay for my blogging activities.  So  please support my blog by using these links for the products you want to try. But I digress!

Back to The Ultimate DIY Bundle!  There are seven reasons (e-books) why I want this bundle.  Actually there are over 70 reasons I want this bundle, but I will tell you about seven e-books I really want for my home collection. Let me tell you a little about them:


1. A Beginner’s guide to Homemade Personal Care Products by Shaina Olmanson.

Even though I already make all my own products, I LOVE to tweak the recipes.  I am always looking for a more effective ingredient that will be gentle on my skin and teeth.  Plus I am still looking for a homemade shampoo.  I have only had disasters in the realm of shampoo. Please don’t bring up the NO-POO method.  It was the greasiest month of hair disaster I have ever had.  Period. But I am still hopeful.


2. Natural Beauty Guide by Wellness Mama.

I LOVE the Wellness Mama’s blog.  I have been following her for awhile now and I absolutely value her articles. Connect with Wellness Mama on FB! The best part about buying these bundles is I get to support other bloggers while checking out subjects I want to know more about.


3. Clean and Simple by Stephanie Langford.

I want to use cleaning practices that are good for the environment, my family, and pets.  I typically use vinegar for most of my cleaning needs.  But I am always looking for better methods and ideas.


4. DIY Herbs at Home by Karon Grieve.

I love gardening and reaping the fruits (or herbs) of my labor!  It is really frustrating to me when I spend a whole season growing herbs only to loose them when trying to preserve them.  Any help in this area is greatly welcome.  I so need this book!


5. 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations by Jami Boys.

Who doesn’t love going to the thrift store?  Better yet, who doesn’t love transforming that thrift store find into something so chic that everyone wants one?  Enough said!


6. Make It! Hardware Store Decor by Curbly.

This one is a guilty pleasure for me AND my husband. We both LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hardware stores. Spending a day or two in a favorite hardware store dreaming about updates to our home is a guilty pleasure. Anything that supports that endeavor is a must have in my collection!


7. Scripture Memory Cards by Melissa Beaver.

I saved this one for last.  I am always looking for more ways to get scripture into our home.  Beautiful memory cards to use with my children and to be a daily reminder for me is invaluable!

There you have it.  My seven reasons to own The DIY Ultimate Bundle.  

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days – from 9am EST on Monday, March 31 until 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 69 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Art, General, Reviews


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What Are My Actionable Steps?

Incredible Sunset In Mexico 2013

A blogger friend of mine, Zachary of Quick Me Ups, recently posted an article that really spoke to me. It was called Dream Big then Make it Happen.  He spoke about a common problem that I had been contemplating for some time.  The problem of living life without following your dreams.  As I have been following my dreams in the entrepreneurial world, I would insert creative passion.

“Today’s message is to allow yourself to Dream, and then to take actionable steps to achieve this dream.” -Zachary Reid

This resonated with me. It is so easy as a working mom to get caught up in the daily grind. Take for example, I love to cook. It is my main creative outlet these days. But I have been so busy starting an online business to support our income needs that I have not cooked for at least a week. Now don”t worry! I am eating great meals. My husband is an awesome chef. The kids and I are not lacking in that area. But I do notice a difference in my outlook when I am not being creative on a daily basis.

Another area I would like to be more creative is with physical, artistic endeavors. I miss sewing, painting, more serious photography, sculpture, and making music. Before becoming a Business Manager, Wife, and Mother I spent most of my free time doing these things. I do not regret who I am now or the things that take my time. I love spending my after work time with my children. I also love that my work time for The MNV Journey involves taking my children into parks and wildlife refuges! It is amazing and I get to spend lots of time with the boys. I wouldn’t change that!

Thomas Elihu Taking Actionable Steps

Thomas Elihu Taking Actionable Steps

But I have made a decision to get more creative in 2015. What are my actionable steps? I have committed to carving out time for me. Just a few minutes here and there, hopefully daily.That is why I am excited to sign up for a FREE Creativity E-Course. It is taking me through four easy steps to become more creative in 2015. I just got the first e-mail and it had some thought provoking questions. I am looking forward to the next lesson. If you”re interested in getting this FREE course, then click this affiliate link.

It is a free course, but I will receive credit as the person who sent you to the course. If you decide to buy any products I will get a small kickback. Enough to keep me in tea for my late night blogging. Hey,that is one area where I have stayed creative! I do still write and ghostwrite some really neat articles. I love to write and my blogs are a fun way to be creative. You can check out my other blog here. I am also starting a sister blog to this one. It will be up soon and I will share the link then.

Oh yeah, if you are already a creative type and like to buy DIY books, there is an Ultimate-Bundle of DIY e-books coming out in a few days.  It will be on sale for three days only! I really want to get this bundle because of seven specific titles that I will share in another post.  But the bundle has over 69 books and some really cool bonus gifts, like a free class from Craftsy!  Check out the affiliate link below for more information.

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So what creative endeavor do you want to pursue?

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Art, Motherhood


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Choosing a theme for the New Year’s focus.

Over the years I have stopped making resolutions for the New Year. Making a decision that is typically idealistic and unstructured tends to fail. These failures only serve to undermine one’s sense of self-esteem. So I stopped doing this ritual.

Recently, I read articles about people picking one word to describe how they wish to be in the New Year. The word describes an attribute, how one wishes to be seen, or a characteristic they wish to develop. This makes a lot of sense to me. Instead of making lists of things I may never complete, I now have one word to focus on for the year. I have chosen the word flexible for 2015.

This probably seems a strange pick for someone like me. I spent all of New Year’s Day making schedules. I created a new daily schedule for the family. Work time slots, home school time slots, daily activities, etc. Then I created the January 2015 meal plan complete with shopping lists. After that I planned the outline calendar for January’s home school curriculum. Then I choose all the videos for home school for Jan 2nd and made a playlist on YouTube.

Yet my word is flexible. Paradox? Not really. These schedules are a way to check in with myself and my family. It helps to make sure we are getting our needs met. Remembering to be flexible means that although the schedule is written down things do happen. I have to be prepared to change at any moment.

So how did the first day of my schedule work out?  My youngest son wanted his nap an hour earlier than scheduled. While I was nursing him to sleep my husband started cooking. Yeah! 

An Early Nap

Only he made zucchini stacked enchiladas when home-made pizza was the planned meal! I started to get upset about the timing and the changed menu. Then I spoke my word out loud: flexible!  My husband helped out in the kitchen. His meal smells awesome and I didn’t have to cook. This allowed me to keep working while the boys took a nap. Flexible. It can be nice. Unscheduled surprises can help me in the long run if I am open to them and keep positive.

Zucchini Stuffed Enchilladas

Zucchini Stuffed Enchiladas

As the week progressed there were many unscheduled surprises. Editing a colleague’s letter and calls from a client in Europe took over my scheduled planning and free time. Instead of feeling overwhelmed I spoke the word flexible many times. A sense of relief and peace greeted me. Because I have a schedule I am able to adjust to the occasional surprises while still working towards completing goals.

Do you have a theme word for the New Year? What about a new or revised schedule? Please share your comments below!

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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in organization


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Absoluterhema’s Heart Value Review of 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 360 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Poppyseed perfection is teasing me!



My husband gave me a compliment today. He said he didn’t know he had an European bakery in his home. He then told me that I could sell my new creation for big money!

Very high compliments for my husband. He is a cafe/bakery connisuer. He liked the coffee treat, fresh bread, and what I now call Poppyseed perfection. A good day for baking.

At first I wasn’t convinced they were that good. I liked them. They were very tasty warm. For me the test would be after they sat out for the day. Would they have that wonderful texture when cool? Would the flavors work or contrast too much?

Well, tonight after everyone was in bed I gave them the final test. One bite and I whispered wow. These were outstanding! My husband is right. They would sell even as second day fare. They are that good.

I couldn’t help myself. I had to have a second one. After all, I am sure there won’t be any left by the time I get up in the morning!

Then I realized it was that serious. I took another roll out for photographs as they probably will be gone by the time I get up.

It was all the will power I had to walk away from that third roll. Poppyseed perfection was teasing me with the crunch of the seeds under a flakey olive oil crust. Topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and Red Sea salt- perfection in every bite!

Oh how I want another bite!
I think I need to go to bed before the temptation is too strong!

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in General


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Looking Back Over the Last Year.

October 7, 2014

1 Year Anniversary October 7, 2014

Recently I found the trophy section on WordPress.  Turns out I have been blogging for a little over a year now.  This fact sent me into a spiral of contemplating the last year, my children’s quality of life, and my childhood. It also meant beginning to get in contact with those whom I have lost contact.  Some of you may be reading this now.  Some of you may have gotten personal messages from me on FB or in e-mail.  Perhaps an invitation to connect on LinkedIn. All of you matter to me.

What I have realized since beginning this journey into the past is that I would not change a moment.  Yes, there has been heartache.  Yes, there have been trials.  My life has taken turns and directions I never would have thought possible.

Most importantly, there has been love.

The love of a God who is greater than I.  A God who is forgiving when I recognize my faults and am willing to change.

Thomas and Satish October 2014

Thomas and Satish
October 2014

The love of a husband who is Christ-like.  A man I prayed for.  A man who far exceeds what I thought I needed.

Satish and Thomas Elihu greet me after being gone for an hour!

Satish and Thomas Elihu greet me after being gone for an hour!

The love of two beautiful boys.  They are so like their father; intelligent beyond comprehension, compassionate, and  full of life.





The love of my beloved pets.

The love of my family and friends.

The love of those I am privileged to minister to and with.

Thank you for being a part of my journey the last year.  I hope you continue to walk along side me.

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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in General


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