Monday, March 30, 2015

make me a channel of your peace

The closing song from yesterdays service at First Mennonite has been stuck in my head. That's not a bad thing. This hymn is based on a traditional prayer attributed to St Francis of Assisi. 

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your healing power
And where there is doubt true faith in you. 

Make me a channel of your peace;
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness-only light
And where there is sadness, ever joy.

O Spirit grant that I may never seek
So much to be consolded as to console  
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to all that we receive
And in dying that we're born to eternal life. 

If you would like to hear this song, listen to this video of Susan's lovely!

Friday, March 27, 2015

can't live with out em!

Beauty buys? That's something that I've never talked about here before. I'm not 100% sure that everyone out there wants my look. It's pretty laid back. But there are a few things that I've tried that I absolutely love and I don't mind sharing those finds with you my friends!!! 

#1 Coconut Oil-ok, I use this ALL. THE. TIME. I use it as a make up works really well to take off that pesky waterproof mascara! I use it as a moisturizer. I use it as face wash. I use it on my hair when it gets too dried out. I use it on my nails to moisturize. It is so fantastic! People, get out there and buy yourself a big ol' tub of coconut oil. You will not be disappointed. 

#2 ELF Lip Exfoliator- This stuff is the bomb. I used to get this dry flaky skin on my lips...I know, just what you wanted to read about...but this product has solved all my flaky lip problems. I might be addicted to it. For real! 

#3 Sally Hanson Insta Dri nail color. I don't paint my finger nails very often. I like the look, but the up keep is too much for this Mama. I'm always washing my hands or doing dishes or giving baths or doing something with water. And that leads to chipping polish. But I do paint my toe nails when it's sandal weather (which it hasn't been for a LONG time). This polish is quickly dry and comes in lots of colors. Also, the quick dry formula is great to use with the little ladies in my life. Georgia loves to have a manicure done....even an at home manicure. And it's against school policy to wear nail polish, so when she has a break, we paint nails often. And when she gets her nails painted, there are two more little ladies that like their nails painted too! I can use this without fear that they will get polish all over the house! And it's pretty that helps!

#4 Oil of Olay Wrinkle and Pore Vanisher- Friends, the struggle is real. I have a massive wrinkle on my forehead between my brows. I really don't have too many other least not ones that I'm too concerned with concealing. But the forehead wrinkle bothers me...more than it should! But you buy this wrinkle and pore vanisher from Olay and poof, the wrinkle is gone! It's pure magic. 

#5 Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Cream- This stuff makes my eyes look great. I love it! It helps with dark circles, bags and fine lines. More magic! But this one is pricey. I became hooked on it when I got a sample from Sephora. I don't use a lot of it and I use mostly drug store cosmetics, so I feel like can justify a little splurge. 

Those are my top 5 beauty products. They are things that I use most days. Some of them I use every day and some I don't. But they are things that you will always find in my make up bag. Do you use any of these products? What are a few of your can't live without beauty buys...I would love for you to share!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

open for service

you guys! i'm having a little bit of trouble here in indiana. you see, indiana just signed SB 101 into law. it's one of those things that i just can't believe is actually happening. for the past several days, i've just sat with my mouth gaping open as i've read about the bill and the opinions of those for and against it. and frankly, i just can't get on board with SB 101. indiana, you have made me embarrassed to be called a hooiser. 

SB 101 is the "religious freedom" bill. from my understanding, this bill will allow a business to refuse service to someone based on their religious beliefs and not have the fear of a law suit filed against them. the minority group that will see the biggest discrimination against this is the LGBTQ community. 

i know several frustrated hooisers right now. i have friends, both conservative and liberal, who think this bill is wrong. local businesses, like Eli Lilly are speaking up about their dislike of this bill. and on the national level, the NCAA says this law creates concern for future events held in indianapolis, Gen Con (this one would be a HUGE loss to the city) has threatened to move (they only bring $50 million to Indy every year...spare change). Disciples of Christ has said they will seek out a different city to hold their annual convention. even mayor Greg Ballard says, "We are a diverse city and I want everyone who visits and lives in Indy to feel comfortable here" what will have the biggest impact on our state....hitting us in the pocketbook. i'm not saying that individuals should put their the almighty dollar ahead of their beliefs. but as a state, our leaders need to think about the impact of these losses. 

and social media is blazing about this bill. there are all sorts of people talking about indiana. they are saying how they won't do business in indiana any longer. and while i feel like this bill is wrong, refusing to do business here hurts those of us who live and work in indiana...those of us who call indiana our home. and while some feel SB101 is the right thing to do, there are several who don't agree with SB101. we make our livelihood here. we raise our families here. everyone is assuming that all businesses are going to discriminate

there is a grassroots movement to buy stickers to put in your storefront saying that you will do business with everyone. Instead, why don't we make those who are willing to admit that they will discriminate put a sticker up for everyone to see? admit it to the world that you are willing to turn someone away. i would be curious to see how many would be willing to do that. 

Christ taught us to love one another, John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." I choose love....above everything else.  So, that being said, I proudly say, I am open for service for everyone. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

book #9 still alice

i just finished this minutes ago. and i had to talk about it with someone and dear readers, that's you!

alice is a harvard professor. she's married with children. she's only 50, she's got so many years ahead of her. after a series of forgetfulness she seeks out some medical advice. after meeting with a specialist, alice is diagnosed with early on set alzheimer's disease. the rest of the book tells of the life she now had to minute knowing exactly what is happening to her and the next minute not even knowing her own daughter. 

this book was so frightening to read. it's frightening because its happens. alzheimer's disease happens, even to those who we think are too young for the disease. and to know that there is no cure....not even a real fighting chance is devastating. the scariest part for me would be after the diagnosis...when things are still relatively clear, but knowing what is going to happen to you. and with early onset, knowing that your mind will disappear much faster than the rest of your body. 

i can't wait to see the movie. julianne moore plays alice and won an oscar for it. i love her in everything, so that makes me want to see the movie even more. 

i think that this book just took the top spot in my reads for 2015. we will see if anything can knock still alice off the #1 spot. but, no matter what, read this book. it's so worth your time. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Purple Peaches: jack and family-newborn and family photo session-indianapolis area family and newborn photographer

back in august, my friend libby surprised me by telling me at her daughter's 1 year photo session that she also wanted to do a baby announcement.....

she's pretty pumped about being a big sister!!!

well, in february ellie's little brother, jack, arrived right on time....really, on his due date exactly! he's destined to be punctual!

here are a few of my favorites from jack's newborn session. he's a sweetie and makes awesome faces while he sleeps! 

why hello there bright eyes!

we were able to do all of these photos in my home...we have great lighting here! i should use the space more often when i photograph my girls :)

someone is in love with his mama!!

so cute, i can't take it!

this little guy isn't adored at all, is he?

little miss e needed to get in on the action too!

so those are jack's newborn photos....we are going to try again to get some of e&j together, so stay tuned to check those out :)

remember to like Purple Peaches Photography on facebook! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We Love Aldi!

So, a while back, we decided we needed to trim our grocery bill. At that point we usually bought groceries through our Green Bean delivery and Target. 

Green Bean Delivery is a service that provides produce, meat and other groceries....mostly organic and some local...and delivers them to your door. Every week you were supposed to update your order so you could get the produce you wanted instead of what they just put in your bin. Well I would forget to update the bin ALL THE TIME. And in the winter, we got lots of Kale (which I know people LOVE and it's so good for you, but we just don't like it...none of us). Anyway, I figured that there just had to be a better/cheaper way for us to do this. 

For most of our other groceries, we went to Target. Target is our big box store of choice. So, since we were there at least once per week anyway, it just made sense to get groceries there as well. But the issue is sometimes, they are a little bit more expensive than some other grocery stores. Ugh! 

So I started thinking about going to Aldi. I read so many things from other blogs about how great Aldi is, I wanted to try it out for myself. And now, I'm a Aldi convert. We ended up stopping our Green Bean Delivery because I can buy so much organic produce at Aldi. And while I do still do grocery shopping at Target, I usually only get the things that I can't get at Aldi (or stuff that I didn't like from Aldi). 

So, what are some of my favorite things to buy at Aldi you ask??? 

Salsa...not the jarred stuff, the fresh stuff from the refrigerator's the best I've ever had! It's AWESOME!

Organic Milk...I save about $2 off of every 1/2 gallon by buying it from Aldi. 

Organic bananas
Organic carrots
Whole Pineapples
Cheese....shredded, block,'s all good
Organic Apple Juice
Penguin crackers (Aldi brand Goldfish crackers)
Ice Cream
Frozen Pretzels
Pizza...not frozen but in the deli's only $4.99 for a HUGE cheese pizza! And it's good!
Orange Juice
Chips...kettle cooked or tortilla, both are good
maple syrup
peanut butter crackers
green peppers
cookie dough (in fall they had a pumpkin cookie dough with white chocolate chips, they were awesome. I even bought some and stuck them in the freezer!)
12 grain bread

Those are just the things that I can remember. Sometimes with the produce you have to watch to make sure it's fresh. I've had some zucchini go bad within a day of buying it. But most of the time, I haven't had a problem. 

There were some things that I just didn't like....apples and grapes...they just didn't taste right. I'm not sure what it was. I don't buy meat there because I like to know where my meat comes from. We get most of ours local at Tyner Pond Family Farm. They deliver it to our house for free. Check them out!!! 

And, even though I've added another grocery store to my shopping routine, it doesn't take that much more time to hit both stores. The Aldi is across the street from Super Target! Nolan said that our Target credit card has been down the past few months, so something must be working. We should really track how much we are spending on groceries. Anyway, try Aldi out and see if you save any cold hard cash. Every little bit helps! Oh if you do go to Aldi make sure you have cash or a debit card...they don't take credit cards or checks, make sure to have a quarter for the shopping cart (don't worry, you get it back when you return your cart) and bring your own bags because they don't supply them. 

Happy shopping friends!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

book #8 the invention of wings

book #8 for 2015 is checked off the list and it was a good one. a REALLY good one! 

the invention of wings is a novel that tells the fictional story of abolitionist sarah grimke, her sister nina and a salve named handful. handful is given to sarah when she is a young teen as a birthday gift by sarah's mother. the book goes into detail about sarah's life and her struggle with her own views and beliefs about slavery that go against everything her family has taught her. sarah's younger sister shares sarah's same beliefs and the two of them make a life for themselves. 
handful is the daughter of another one of the family slaves. handful's mother teaches her about how her grandmother used to be free, like a black bird. handful has several tragic events happen throughout her life, but she perseveres and becomes and stronger for her trials. 
when handful is given to sarah, a remarkable relationship forms between them. it is actually a friendship between slave and master...although sarah never wanted a slave at least she could save handful from some of the other things that went on throughout the house. when handful was with sarah, she didn't have to fear the missus (sarah's mother). sarah taught handful to read, which was against the law. 
handful's mother, charlotte, made sarah promise to one day set handful becomes a promise that aches at sarah's soul. she tries many times, but fails. 
i won't give away the'll have to read it to find out if sarah keeps her promise to charlotte. 

this was an easy read and i fell in love with the characters. i've read one other sue monk kidd book, the secret of bees. i loved that book as well. 

i can't even imagine what it would be like to be sarah grimke. to be a woman, speaking out against slavery in the south in the early 1800s and even further from my imagination is what it was like to be a slave. it's so far removed from what my life is like that i can't even fathom it. how could people think slavery was OK. not even OK, but a duty as a white person to help control the black population. the thought of it makes my stomach turn. the thought of work houses and the evils that went on make me ill. many of the slave owners would not treat their animals the same way they would treat another human. 

take some time to read this ponder at what life was like back then. would you have been brave like sarah and nina? would you stand up for your beliefs about slavery? i would like to think that i would. i would like to think that i would be that brave and courageous. but then i think about all that sarah had to endure because of her beliefs, and it makes me wonder if I could be that brave.