Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting My Florida On.

soon we will be New Yorkers again. i am so excited, but still so sad. i don't want to leave my awesome family. but i can't wait to return to endless saturday mornings where i wake up in my husbands arms. and new york. oh new york. my heart has ached being away from you for so long. i can't wait to skip along your streets again soon!

we have a week left to get all the Florida we can in us. when my dad was here we went to the most florida- ish place we could get a hold of.... Gatorland! here are the hilarious pictures from our trip to the gator capital of the USA! see that picture of my feet and my dad's? he lent me his socks because my feet started to hurt. it was Father's Day Weekend, and isn't that what celebrating father's is all about!? heehee:)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Herbivore Birthday Party.

dune and lars turn two next month, but since we will be leaving my family and our friends, and we will probably be rolling into New York somewhere right around their birthday, i wanted to throw them an early birthday party... the party i didn't get to throw them last year. (if you remember, on their birthday i was getting Chemo.) boo. 

we had a great day celebrating their little lives and the amazing miracle they both are. dino love+ veg heads= herbivore birthday. :) 

their party:

i made the paper decorations hanging from the ceiling. 
the wooden dinos are from JoAnne Fabrics. 
purple plates from Party Store.
checkered fabric borrowed from my mom.
plastic dinos with plants from Etsy.
other dinos borrowed from dune and lars.
i made hummus, mixed berries, black beans and rice, and my sister made the guacamole.
for dune and lars cupcakes i made vegan vanilla agave with orange butter cream icing. 
heart sandwiches had hazelnut spread with ricemellow. 
dune and lars mustache t's are from Etsy, and the batman t's are from Old Navy. 
handmade sign that says "Happy Birthday Dune and Lars" made with love by me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Name Change.

lots of change. i am so happy and so excited. if i were to give you all the reasons why i am, reading them all might take up the majority of your night. i haven't stumbled upon some secret, or easy fix to all my problems. in fact, i would say i live a more complicated and demanding life than perhaps i ever have before. but i have discovered that with hard work comes the ultimate freedom. almost a year ago i had a conversation with God that went a little something like this, "take. me. deeper." it was a simple request. not such a simple response. and for the first time in my life i was really meaning what i was asking. i wanted to go deeper. in everything i thought i knew about Christ, i wanted my life to wake up and really know Him. with the revealing of Himself to me, and personal aspects of my own life came great responsibility. this wasn't a "i'll get to You when i get to You" kind of relationship i was after. i'd done that. that didn't work out for me. i had to swallow the biggest, most difficult realization of my life... and that is that God had allowed everything that was happening to me, well, to happen to me. what kind of God is that? it's a God that gives and takes. it's a God that loves like a force beyond recognition. it's a God who intervenes and cheers for my marriage. it's a God who loves beyond the limit i set Him to. it's a God that teaches some really hard lessons, but can deliver big hope. it's a God i so proudly worship. 

life is changing. God is doing something big here. He's been working on me for 28 years now, and he spent the last year refining me. i am looking forward to moving back to New York and put into action what God has been calling me to do. Serve God. Serve People. Love God. Love People. 

we are to be salt and light. "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:15

this blog evolves like we do. this blog is meant to be a reflection and journal of our lives. i pray you are touched and encouraged by what you read here. 

i pray that Salt and Light will be used as a place of truth and hope and love in our lives and yours now more than ever. 

"God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it." C.S. Lewis

Thursday, June 16, 2011


dune, you are an amazing gift to me. i always wonder, were you the surprise or was it your brother? i mean, if it had to only be one of you, which one of you was planned? i'm so happy that God saw me fit to be your mother. before you were in my belly, God knew and knows the plans for your life. i am honored to coach you through it, guide you, and be there as sound advice. you are turning two in a month. Two! i'm still in a bit of shock that i have a boy, let alone two, even more that i have two that are turning two! your life is a miracle and witness to the love and grace of God. there is no way i ever did anything to deserve you, but i try everyday to live up to the title that encourages me to be equip to raise you. you are the funniest baby i have ever met, seen, or heard of. i hold out hope that out of you and your brother and sister, that you will be the one that gets my sense of humor when everyone else is embarrassed by me. i dream of little winks and understandings between us that no one else gets. humor- our little language that God designed to bring us closer. i can't wait to see you develop your God given talents and gifts and use them to help and encourage others through their lives. i pray boldly over you, that you have a heart after God, that you always seek Him first, and that you always listen to that still, small voice inside of you that helps you know better. dune, your name is my favorite word. i just love saying it. dune. dune. dune. i love you.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday Tips, on Wed.

graycen spent last weekend with aunt dani and uncle bryan, so it was me and my boys. while gray was getting spoiled, we were having fun too! we went to the farmer's market and did some thrifting:)

stress. yuck. more on that in a bit.

when i hear people say to me, "i could neeeever go vegan" i read it all over them. they fear that vegan = perfecting. who would want to try anything where you had eat perfectly, allowing no grace? i wouldn't. i couldn't! i fail too often because i am too busy, too many things getting in the way, too human! Kathy Freston, author of "Veganist" describes a veganist to be two things. 1. someone who looks closely at all the implications of their food choices and chooses to lean into a plant- based diet; 2. Progress, not perfection. 
and i couldn't agree more. i follow these simple rules for my life. i choose to eat a plant based diet to achieve health for myself and give my kids a chance other than if they were on the standard American diet. i choose to buy organic, local, produce and limit the amount of processing as possible to send the message that i do not agree with how they target children and adults into buying into an idea that is false, mostly full of sugar, food coloring, cartoon characters, etc. i prepare vegan foods at home but if something is beyond my control than i choose not to stress about it. i prepare ahead of time and plan to the best of my ability, but if we happen to be somewhere where bagels are offered i wouldn't tell my children they couldn't have it. i believe that treats are good for the soul, as long as they are occasional and kind. -no killing involved-. 

stressing about changing your diet or an approach to change your life or the lives of our kids is dangerous. it would be just as detrimental to be eating greens all day and to be freaking out about every source of where it came from. or monitoring your children so closely that they begin to view food as dangerous, and not enjoyable. an alkaline body (lots of greens) will help keep you disease free, and an acidic environment (standard American diet) can wreak havoc on your body. an acidic environment can also come from a lack of exercise, anger, cigarettes, alcohol; not just food. emotional stress releases acid- forming hormones that can take over your system such as cortisol and adrenaline. so stress= toxins. no bueno.

so it's about a balance, not a sprint to the end. it's learning moment by moment, choice by choice, and in the end feeling relaxed and free by taking on something that makes you feel awesome. the best part about a plant based diet is how good you feel. so ditch the stress, and feel, look, and eat better. start today. 

watch this. 

                                                and see that with hard work, it pays off:)

"I will make you strong and will help you. I will support you with my right hand that saves you." - Isaiah 41:10 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Les Petits Olseaux (little birds)

i love my little birds. i love them so much.

 we hope you have a wonderful, happy weekend. :)

"I long to dwell in Your tent forever and take refuge in Your wings." Psalm 61:4
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