Pardon Our Dust…

(A Photo Update)

Life is in transition. Our internet has been sketchy and time has been crunched. Here is a little peek into our very wonderfully full life.

Major painting and flooring project underway


Fresh coat of paint  

Forman at work  

Sleeping in the mess  

A little peek at our NEW school tool 🙂  

“Take a picture if I do something cool.”  

The New Big Boy


My Girl 


Without Want

It was a few weeks ago that I was talking to God about some different areas in our life. As I paused in thought I remembered the phrase, “I shall not want”. 

It is in the first line of the 23rd Psalm. A pretty common verse, yet, in that moment it became a promise I could believe.

It was really an amazing moment.


So often though I look at the snapshots of my life and feel uncertain.

I feel uncertain of what is right,  of what I can expect, and of the future.


      I forget the ridiculous blessings, gifts, miracles. I forget who God is.

       I forget to bring the groceries bills, the sickness, the tiredness, the bad attitudes, the relationships, the uncertainty and ALL the stuff that life is made of before the One who I know as faithful, as loving, and as pursuing friend. 

                  When I forget, I choose the only thing that looks certain, fear.

I shall not want. 

It is a promise based on who Jesus is- 

My shepherd.

I can be certain.

I shall not want for time. I shall not want for energy. I shall not want for strength. I shall not want for material goods. I shall not want for joy.

“The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.”

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Feed on His faithfulness”  (ISV)

“I would have lost heart unless I believed to see His goodness in the Land of the living.”

 I feel like a child who has picked up a very common stone. These are common truths. Yet, these words have become treasured promises I mean to keep.


May this be a day beyond what you can imagine.

Good morning, Lisa D.

Plantain (or Banana) Pancakes (Paleo, Grain and Dairy free)



Must try this.

Seriously. This is fantastic. My daughter wanted pancakes for her birthday.  I did not have any of so I was trying to come up with a grain free option. This is the result. We made them first with under ripe bananas and then with over ripe (yellow/brown) plantains. Both excellent.

This is a three ingredient recipe. I know -incredible. A triple batch feeds our family of 8. Pull out the blender and let’s get it made.

3 eggs

1 plantain or 1 1/2 bananas

1 tbs coconut flour

Blend. Make pancakes. You can grease the pan with whatever you have on hand. On our griddle it did not need anything…although the hubby does like a bit of  butter on his cakes :).

Top with maple syrup, dried fruit, or yogurt and nuts!

Done. Easy peasy, super fluffy, I don’t think anyone would guess these are without wheat…  


Philippians 4:6

I love mud. I love it outside, in the sun, with a hose near by and the ambient temperature high enough to balance out the cold of icy well water. Yes, I love mud. 

I do not love mud in my house, on the floors, under my nails, or filling my washer. In the spring we live in the balance, the balance of glorious mud and silent tub scrubbing. 

Life is mud. Life is glorious and messy. It is delightful and a full of trials. In the midst of it all we live. I am learning I can live FULLY ALIVE, without anxiety. It is hard for me to not be anxious when playing with mud leaves stacks of laundry, dirty floors, and grimy tubs. It is in those moments I choose to carry the same joy and excitement to the reaponsibilies that follow the mess or I carry something else. I can enjoying the sun and the silent scrubbing. I can be anxious for nothing. It is a beautiful thing.


              Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NKJV)

All the Difference (a picture story)


Happy Easter!


This is such an amazing day. May your celebration be filled with joy and love. May the amazing news that Jesus Lives, touch every part of your heart. Love you all, Lisa D.

Getting To Know You



Daily Inspiration: New Season



Daily Inspirations: Thoughts from The Secret Garden


~What she discovered in her garden was something more than flowers. It was healing, life and love. It seemed to bloom with the roses. I think in finding the secret garden she found a hidden inheritance waiting to come alive.~

Daily Inspiration: Even the Bravest Hearts

Sometimes it is good to remember. As I dust off the encouragement a of last year take a deep breath in and relish these moment of  spring.
(Repost) This is a season where everything is growing and changing and coming to life right before our very eyes. We can not see it. There are few buds edging with green.  I can not see the crocuses through the snow. Yet, they are growing.

 The sap runs, the breeze blows and on it I hear the distant cries of scouting robins, blue birds, and sparrows in search of their new home. Inside the house life is changing, shifting, growing. We are preparing, cleaning, removing and reorganizing. 

In the house it is spring too.

In the this transitioning place I am tempted to grow restless for warmer days, wider spaces, and lighter loads. Those are all good things. They are coming and they are here.  And still we are in transition. We are in the place that hints at what is and what is not yet.

I know that God is very, very near. Even if if can not see Him. He is very, very near.

So once again, Happy Spring and Happy Changes. 


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