Weekend Wrap Up ~ Blame it on the books…

Hello Lovelies!

This weekend has been CRAZY fun and busy! Friday night I headed to our local Co-Op for craft night. It has been so much fun hanging out with fellow crafters. I finally found some new friends :) I enjoy munching on goodies and chatting with other crafty ladies.

I took some yarn with me and about ten patterns. Have I mentioned that I really hate patterns? I much prefer freestyle crocheting. After three attempts at following the pattern, I gave up and just went for it.

I think my slouchy beanie turned out okay :)

Saturday morning I headed back to the Co-Op for my first Intro to Beekeeping class. Yes! You read that right..I have a slight obsession with honey bees :) I’ve always been curious about honey bees. I blame it on my childhood obsession with Winnie the Pooh and the fact that I could eat honey all day everyday.

I recently read a series of books, The Bella Vista Chronicles by Susan Wiggs, about a female beekeeper/chef. If you haven’t read them, I encourage you to! It’s a fabulous series about family, love and healing. It follows stolen artwork and the journey of the underground Polish resistance during the Nazi regime. It was a fascinating read! I couldn’t put it down. As an art lover, bee enthusiast, sister, and history lover it hit every interest I have. Included in each book are fabulous recipes featuring honey!

 

Our class was taught by a local beekeeper. He’s been keeping bees for over 20 years and I am excited to learn more! Our class will take about 8 months, but at the end I’ll be a South Carolina certified Beekeeper!

Why am I so interested in bees (aside from the previously stated reasons)? Without the mighty little honey bee, we would live in a world without fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds.

Nearly one-third of the world’s crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination, but over the last decade the cute little honey bee has been dying at unprecedented rate in both the United States and abroad. EEEKKKK! So I’m going to help with that :)

But where are you going to keep bees, you ask. Well..I thought about that. Some will be going on the farm. Did you know that adding beehives to your farm can help increase your production yield? Last year, a cotton farmer rented bees from Mr. Phillip and his yield increased 11%! Craziness!!

But after going through our first class and talking with Mr. Phillip, I realized my backyard is perfect! There’s all the foods and resources bees need hanging out back there. I’ve got oak trees, blueberry bushes, asters, milkweed, a swimming pool (they get thirsty), an apple tree and more! Boom Sauce! (I’m beyond excited about this in case that isn’t translating through!)

I met a new friend at Bible Study last week. She texted yesterday and we met up at church to sit together. It’s so nice to have a familiar face to sit with :)

Now I’m settling in to finish up some homework. This semester and I just aren’t gelling very well. So I’m doing a little bit of homework and then crocheting a little…it’s like rewarding yourself for surviving in my opinion..

Here’s what I whipped up tonight during homework breaks..

XoXo,

One Soon-to-Be Beekeeping Lemon

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High Five for Friday!

Hey Lovelies :)

It’s Friday! Finally…whew this week has been crazy :) Taking a break to tell you five things I’m giving a high five this week!

 

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Grad school is going well! I was really worried about that this semester :) But so far Lemon is hanging in there, and confident about the material.

 

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Flowers :) I’ve got the most beautiful vase of roses from a very special guy hanging out on my kitchen counter :)

 

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My Bible study girls :) We’re working our way through Keep It Shut, and y’all..it’s been a slap to my face, a step on my toes. I’ve begun to realize how much my mouth says…

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My puppy barked this week! That was a huge moment for us :) After 30 days of silence, I think she is finally feeling safe enough to use her voice.

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Matthew (aka the prince in my previous post) asked me if we could be “official”. I’m going to enjoy being his girlfriend…(can I have a mini girl moment and give a high pitch squeal?) I’m very excited to be dating such an amazing guy!

 

That’s my High Five for Friday! What’s been good in your life this week? I’d love to know :)

 

XoXo,

One Fabulous Lemon

From the Archives of Whistlin’ Moose..

I’ve been reading over my private blog from several years ago and I’m just amazed at some of the things I have so quickly forgotten! So from the 2009 archives :)

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Hurray Hurray!

It is such an exciting time in my life right now:) If feel like jumping up and down and shouting Hurray Hurray!! God has been showing me an awful lot these past few weeks and for that I am grateful.

Tuesday night at BCM, we read Hebrews chapter 11, which to me is the Hall of Faith. It’s a tribute to the runners who ran the race and finished well. But something interesting came to mind as I was reading through it. One comment that was made about the people a for mentioned was “screwups”. However, to me, I see ordinary people who accomplished God sized things.

Sarah was barren. She was not just married and barren, she was old, married and barren. I can understand why she would have laughed when they said she was going to have a baby. She was probably thinking..Lord, I just looked in the mirror this morning and I think I’m past that part of my life. But God blessed her with a baby:)

People thought Noah was a psycho. Who else builds a boat when there hasn’t been any rain in a 120 years? Rahab was just your average “working girl” but she hid the spies at great peril to her own life. God used her and her family. God would do some amazing things in her life. So many times we read the story about the 2 spies but that’s it, we stop there. When really, we should delve deeper. There is a threefold reference to Rahab in the New Testament. It reveals how she became a faithful follower of the Lord. She had been taken from the harlot’s life and placed among the saints in the genealogy of the Savior (Matthew 1:5 where Rachab [kjv] and Rahab [asv], are to be identified as the same person). Her remarkable faith was a sanctifying faith leading her to a pure life and honorable career. As the result of her marriage to Salmon, one of the two spies whom she had saved, who “paid back the life he owed her by a love that was honorable and true,” Rahab became an ancestress in the royal line from which Jesus came as the Saviour of lost souls. “Poor Rahab, the muddy, the defiled, became the fountainhead of the River of the Water of Life which floweth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Her name became sanctified and ennobled, and is worthy of inclusion among many saints. How’s that for God using a “screwup”?

God always uses ordinary people to accomplish God sized things. Samson was blind. David was on the run as a fugitive. Enoch went for a walk and never made it home. Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, and David all subdued kingdoms because of their faith and not because of their strength.

God showed me was how important faith is and how unimportant excuses are. So what is faith? I did some research and this is what I found out. The Greek word for faith is πιστις (pistis-4102). It comes from πειθω (peitho-3982), which means to persuade. In this context, faith is the absolute conviction that a thing is true.

God also told me I have no room for excuses. Moses made excuses, but the funny thing is God used his weakness and made him bold. Bold enough to speak up to Pharaoh. I saw that excuses are really a sin. Because if I make an excuse I’m giving God a reason why something won’t work and that is not having faith that God is big enough to handle it when He is.

So no excuses:) Can’t believe I leave for Nova Scotia in less than 3 weeks!

Stay Tuned!

Kat

Becoming a Titus woman..

IMG_1205I LOOOOOVE first Tuesday :) Because first Tuesday means that at 7pm beautiful ladies converge upon Rebecca’s house for Bible study. There is something about snuggling into the couch with 10 other girls…women rather..my age and getting into the word. I know I don’t talk a lot about my faith on my blog, and forgive me, because I feel that I’m doing you an injustice by not talking about it. It’s a crucial part of my being, who I am, who I want to be.

The past few months we’ve been studying the book of Titus, specifically chapter 2. I never knew that so much wonderful info could be hiding in those three little chapters Paul wrote to Titus while he was at Crete.

We’ve been talking about the roles of the older and younger women in the church. I’ve always wondered why the older women aren’t more involved with the younger. I love them! They are a wealth of information and wisdom. My heart longs to sit under their teaching, but never do they seem interested in teaching a younger woman. I’ve resolved that even though I am young, I am still “older” than the youth and it’s my responsibility to pour myself into them. Being in a season of singleness is wonderful! I have so many opportunities to do things I won’t be able to do when I move into the role of wife and keeper of my home. But more on that later!

Last night we were a little on the small side, but that just makes it more intimate in my opinion. It’s beautiful to see the barriers and walls come down as we share our hearts with each other..barefoot and crisscrossed in the living room. We dug right back in where we had left off last night.

What is the role of “older” women in the church? We are to be teachers of good things. Good things..what does that mean? Things that are virtuous, moral, admirable. We are to be sober-minded, we are to love our husbands and we are to love our children. With the exception of Rebecca, we are all single. You might say, well as a single girl, how does this apply to me?  A LOT! We are to be sober-minded, because let’s face it..you can’t make proper judgements or decisions when you aren’t sober-minded.

Be Discreet ~ As we continued on through Titus chapter 2, we talked about being discreet. To be a woman of discretion, one must demonstrate good judgement. As a single woman, I need to demonstrate good judgement in my speech, my actions, my desires and my impulses. This one hit close to home for me. I’ve been battling lately against the desires of my heart and the desires of my flesh. I long to be married, I long to be held and loved by my husband. We talked about our relationships with the opposite sex, and I thought to myself..if my husband reviewed my actions of the last 3 months would he be pleased with my actions or disappointed? I’m sad to say I think he would be hurt. I am to be refined, tactful, modest, have foresight and not be unrefined, brash, boisterous, immodest, tactless, lacking foresight, reckless and self-indulgent.

Be Chaste ~ As we broached this topic, I expected to see some discomfort in the room. I love that these girls don’t try to justify sexual purity. I love that Grant and Rebecca & Ryan and Jen draw a hard-line on this one. Ryan has continually challenged us in Sunday School..both the career and college class to set our generation apart. The world screams at us constantly. Think about it..when is the last time you watched something on TV that didn’t involve sexual intercourse? He had us list our “favorite” TV shows and then we examined them. The top five: How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Southern Charm and Game of Thrones. I began to think..how many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy have I poured into my brain? If you want me to be completely honest, I haven’t missed an episode since the season 1 premier. Knowing this, I can tell you that there is nothing wholesome or godly about that show. It is loaded with casual sex, lewd behavior and marital infidelity. Game of Thrones? The first 3 episodes contain blatant sexual scenes. I was really convicted last night about my chastity. A chaste woman places a high priority on holy living because her heart longs to bring honor to God. I wept last night on the way home because I knew that this was something I greatly need to work on. I am to be pure, unpolluted and virtuous. I cannot be unpolluted if I’m pouring hours of ungodly tv shows into my brain or reading “romance” novels with impurity in them. I prayed for my husband. As much as I know that the world is bombarding me with sexual temptation..I know that for a man visual imagery is a road that is slippery. I thought about the billboards I’ve seen around town, about the magazine covers in the checkout line and about the TV shows that are popular..all of them contain immodestly dressed women. How I hope he has such godly men as Grant and Ryan in his life molding him into a warrior and husband to be for me.

Be Keepers at Home :) This has been a revelation for me. Our society today seems to be solely focused on the “career” woman. But the more I read and study, the more I am discerning that being a “career” woman isn’t what God had in mind. Being a keeper of a home isn’t meant to strip me of my dreams or aspirations, make me a maid or knitter..it’s God’s design for the home to run smoothly and efficiently. (This is not to say that a man can’t run a home efficiently because I know they can!) Men can do it..but it’s something women do immensely better. Think about it..God made guys to think about one thing at a time. They weren’t created to multitask. WE THRIVE on it :) As a single girl how does this apply to me? I don’t have a husband or a child..oh but it applies so much! You have to begin with the end in mind! I may be single now, but I plan to have a husband and if God wills children someday. As a single woman, I can do things to ensure that my husband and I have a smooth start. I can learn to clean a house quickly, prepare meals and live on a budget. Because otherwise, you will struggle. My cousin recently got married and his wife cannot cook at all. She has no concept of living on a budget as she spends her money as quickly as she made it. They have struggled greatly this first month of being married. I do not long for that. In preparing for marriage, I should be wise with my finances not accruing a lot of debt. I shouldn’t pursue a degree that will require long hours and ladder climbing. Because debt takes time to pay off, working long hours damages your marriage and ladder climbing means choosing whether you are going to be submissive to your husband or your boss.

We’ve been talking a lot about being “submissive” to your husband. This has always been a hard concept for me..in my mind I equate it with weakness. But it’s not being weak at all. It’s being so strong. Rebecca has been an amazing model of this in my life. Being submissive doesn’t mean that I don’t get a say or an opinion. It simply means that although my husband and I discuss things..ultimately the decision is his to make and I respect the choice he makes. Will I always agree? Probably not..but how can I learn this if I’m not married? God gave me two amazing “keepers” until my husband arrives..my parents. I can practice my submissiveness to my parents. I can tell you that at 26 it is becoming more and more difficult. We also talked about being submissive to your boss at work. I realized that I need to be more submissive. While I may know that an idea may not work or look like it should, I need to be respectful of my boss and the decisions he makes.

Being a keeper of a home is one of the greatest jobs a woman can ever have. It’s hard work, but so fulfilling. It requires the ability to multitask, manage, submit, get dirty..and the list goes on :) It’s a job that requires you to completely give of yourself if you want to do a good job. All of these things are necessary to maintain the order and tranquility of your home in order for it to truly be a “home”.

As I prepare to have my own home in a few weeks..I pondered on the meaning of “home”. Home is a place where I can come to rest, rejuvenate, acquire necessary skills and resources to be effective in the world. The same should be true for my family. Our home should be a place of refuge for my husband..a place he can come after working all day and be received with love and respect. As the “keeper” of my home, it is my job to guard it. When my children come, it will be my job to make sure they are supervised. I am to keep watch over them until the time arrives for them to marry. When children are supervised, they are more productive and protected :) Until then, I desire to keep my home pure and holy. It is my home and I must guard what comes in. I want to be a woman of good repute in my neighborhood.

Whew..this sounds like a lot of work. It is! But don’t worry my dears :) It’s the best work we’ll ever do. We talked about seasons in life. I’m moving into a new season in my life. Each season contains different responsibilities and opportunities. We shared how as single women, we are able to minister to the married women with children. One thing Rebecca shared that really touched me was this..Don’t rush through the season! How many times am I guilty of wishing this “season” in my life would pass? I resolved to enjoy my life. So I’m single..big whoop :) I’m a soccer coaching, swimming teaching, preschool loving, amazing girl who gets to pour and pour into these young little minds who will one day (hopefully!) be sitting in my living room being poured into as Rebecca pours into me.

By manifesting these qualities, we will earn the respect of outsiders and bring glory and honor to God.

This is the moment I hate…the moment I know our time together has come to an end..these girls are becoming my dear friends. It’s been really hard to find friends who share my beliefs. Girls who are modest in their appearance and not using their bodies to lure men into their beds. It’s refreshing..I can’t tell you how refreshing.

To my husband, darling, I’m praying for you. You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. I have a feeling you’re near..but God’s telling me you’re not quite ready for me yet. Know that I love you so much. I can’t wait to pour this love I’ve been saving up into you. I’ve been praying for our home and life together. It’s going to be a beautiful day my love when I vow to love you for the rest of my life.

Until then, be strong.

XoX0,

One Ever Changing Lemon