Friday, August 30, 2013

Picking Blueberries with Pop

Summer Blueberry Picking

I mentioned briefly in my July monthly recap that for the first time, I went blueberry picking with Pop (Josh's Dad). For years, I have reaped the benefits of Pop's picking, but have never took the time to help. I will help him from now on.....because it is a big job and it was wonderful.

Every tedious, careful pick of a blueberry was mind clearing. The fellowship with Pop was renewing. The bug spray, sweat, and bugs were worth it.

We started out in the morning around 8:30....9:00 to beat the heat. The established blueberry bushes stood quietly in their pasture. It is hard to tell, but they stand about 8 feet tall.

Large Blueberry Bushes

This was the first pick of the season, so there were ripe berries along with many that were not ready.

Ripe and Unripe Blueberries

As we picked, we collected the blueberries in repurposed milk jugs tethered to our waist. It took time, but we filled them up many times over.

Gathering blueberries in a jug

On this day, we collected 4 1/2 gallons in about 2 hours time.


Next the berries went in for cleaning and culling.

washing blueberries

A little thief was under our feet with a mouth full the whole time :)

culling blueberries

Unfortunately, because of the rainy summer, we were only able to pick one other time. The remainder of the crop was ruined by the excessive moisture. But that is okay, Pop will prune them and we will be back at it next summer.

And Ruth said....“Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.”. . . So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters.

As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz.

So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women..."

“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”

As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.”

So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening.

Ruth 2

This post is part of my Diary.

Thanks for reading.

 - brook.

Monday, August 26, 2013

For I am Yours.....and You are mine.

Human relationships can be so sticky. They often seem to be a pull and a push at the same time. They can feel like deep water.

This past Sunday I heard a man say - 

"You don't know the Lord is healer until you need healing......
You don't know He is provider, until You need to be provided for." 


His grace abounds in deepest waters.

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

-Hillsong UNITED

This post is part of my Diary.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Summer Haze

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks to the blog....until just a couple of days ago.

If you have noticed, my heart thanks you for following Mama Bee No E with such care. If you haven't noticed, I don't blame fact, I have forgotten about this little blog...totally.

So, I guess I am supposed to post the obligatory "I am so sorry that I haven't been posting, life has been crazy...." or "I have been so bad about posting, my goal is to post something every...[insert time frame here]."

But the thing is, I am not sorry about NOT posting. I do not want to post something...

.....purely for the sake of meeting a self imposed blogging schedule

.....or out of fear that you will forget about Mama Bee No E.

If I am going to stick with this blogging thing, which I want to because it is a fun creative outlet for me, it has to be guilt free and because I actually have something I want to share.

And that is all I wanted to share........for today :)

I love you, Mama Bee No E readers.....all thirty something of you :)

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Favorite Finds [French Press Mornings - Encouraging Wednesdays]

Hello, friends. I hope this post finds you well. I have been soaking up the last days of this rainy summer :) That pun was totally intended ;)

I have for you my latest 'Favorite Find' - Beautiful....Free.....Scripture Printables from French Press Mornings. I find the need to constantly renew my mind with the Lord's Word and these lovely things allow me to do that while also decorating my kitchen.

Below are a couple of my favorites. Click here to see the full collection. Larger prints can be purchased from Jenny's Etsy Shop.

I hope you are encouraged by my latest Favorite Find.

Other Favorite Finds

A Beautiful Mess Photo App

Mr. Printables

Thanks for reading.
- brook.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Datura inoxia...

....also known as the 'thorn-apple' or 'moon flower'. A gift from my lovely sister-in-law, this interesting specimen has kept me intrigued for the last few weeks.

I have been uninspired to take many photos lately....not sure why. And so, I missed 10.ten.tenth again :(  but felt like I wanted to post a beautiful photo here you go.

Datura inoxia

- brook.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Low Maintenance Beauty [Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss]

I love a shiny natural colored lip, but I hate traditional lipgloss because it is so sticky.

Being a devoted fan of bareMinerals makeup, I tried their new Marvelous Moxie lipgloss line a couple of months ago. It is amazing. It goes on smooth and stays smooth AND it has a hint of peppermint (which makes me love it more).

They have 12 shades - the natural 'Trail Blazer' is my favorite because it lets my natural lip color show through. I bought my first tube in December of 2012 for $18 and I still have about 1/3 of it left (using it daily).

I hope that you are having a good summer and finding some useful new products in this series.....

Monday, August 5, 2013

DIY [Stationary] - A Shower Gift For a New Mama

I love the opportunity to shower a new mama with gifts, especially when it is her first. I remember how wonderful it felt to be so supported during those exciting months leading up to the big day.

I also remember trying to send out thank you's for every generous gift amongst the intense schedule of work, doctors appointments...and oh, and all that resting you are supposed to be doing :)

So, along with the fun part of the gift, I like to give a more 'practical' part too. Stationary. Already ready. Stamps included.

Here is a 'boy themed' set I made recently.

Cut your card stock to fit whatever envelopes you have laying around. I always seem to have some left over with stationary sets I use.

This Martha Stewart Train Edger Punch worked wonderfully (thank you, Nao, for this shower gift :). The graphic on top helps you to line up your paper to make a continuous die cut.

Don't forget the postage :) She will love you for this part the most.

You may also enjoy.....

DIY [Stationary] - Thank You From A Toddler

'Please Knock' Sign

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

July 2013

Yes, it is time for my monthly reflection post. I can't believe it is August 2013 already. This past month was a dreamy sort of month - as July often is for me...

....except this time instead of fireworks and hot temperatures - it has been rainy.

Lots of Rain

This months brought me blooms. These are from seeds I planted. I have never done this before and was pretty pleased....even though I only had a handful of flowers, it was a big deal for this girl - who normally has a black thumb :)

Zinnia in Bloom

Mini Sunflowers in Bloom

I picked back up with the boy's baby books. That meant taking hand and foot prints of [B]. Since he turned one this month, his fat foot wouldn't fit on the ink pad :)...even so, I think they turned out great.

Baby Foot Print

My Aunt Bev, who I haven't seen since my wedding 10 years ago, came to visit. It was wonderful to see her. With her she brought our family's genealogy, along with copies of everything for me. I loved hearing stories of her journey filling in our family tree. Below is a picture (circa 1900) of my Great, Great, Great Grandfather and Grandmother with their kids.

Blood Line

I know it is really faded, but I love it. I love that I have to look in close to see all the detail. It makes me think about what they must have gone through to have this photo taken and how I take photographs for granted. I will treasure it forever.

Also, for the first time....I picked blueberries with Pop (my father-in-law). It was such a lovely experience. I will be writing more about that time of gathering soon.

Blueberry Picking

Best of all, July brought my second baby's first birthday and........he started walking:)

That is it for my wonderful July 2013.

Thanks to those of you who participated in Memory of the Month for June. I enjoyed reading your memories.

Do you have a special memory from this past month?

Post a memory you had from this past July in the comment section below. It could be anything big or small. Feel free to include a picture by clicking the.....
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I look forward to reading about a memory of yours from this past month :)

This post is part of my Diary.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

# Two Turns 1 - A Backyard Summer Fun Bash

We celebrated fat baby's first birthday this past weekend. It was a wonderful, wet, sandy and good-eats time with family and friends.

We hosted a Backyard Summer Fun Bash in hopes that the weather would be nice for a couple of hours :) It hasn't felt very much like summer around our parts because it is has been rainy, rainy, rainy. So, I was hoping that this party would give everyone a little taste for summer before we dip back into the fall.

The overall theme was 'Summer Fun', but somehow I leaned more in the direction of fish with everything :) It turned out so cute and I think everyone had a great time, I know [B] did :)

Backyard Summer Fun Bash Birthday Party Food

There was water, sand and more water. We had ages 1-7 years and everyone found some fun amongst the water table, sand table, and fishing pond. The whole bunch was soaked and sandy before it was all said and done - mission accomplished! :)

Backyard Summer Fun Bash Birthday Party Activities

There was also lots of eating.....even while taking a dip in the pool :)

Backyard Summer Fun Bash Birthday Party Eating

We had Fishin' Pole Cookies, Fish and Chips Snack, Watermelon, Pretzels, and Swimin' Fish/Caught Fish Cupcakes :) I told you....I went crazy with fish for some reason :)

Backyard Summer Fun Bash Birthday Party Food

The Fishin' Pole Cookies were definitely the party food favorite.

Fishin' Pole Cookies

I took Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Break and Bake - smooshed them together, rolled them out, and cut them with a fish cookie cutter from Joann Fabrics.

For the glaze - mix 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Divide the glaze into four equal parts and die with food coloring. Add additional powered sugar to thicken for piping.

Piping Hint: We used washed Tylenol syringes to pipe on designs. It was kind of annoying to keep refilling them, but they worked so well - I will use this method again for sure.

The Fish and Chips Snack is equal parts: Cheddar Goldfish, Fritos, Veggie Sticks, and Oyster Crackers.

All in all it was a very relaxed, good time - AND the weather was quite pleasant :)

Happy First Birthday, [B]!

Inspiration for the party came from Parents Magazine Ultimate Birthday Party Planner.

This post is part of my Diary.

You may also enjoy....Little #1 Turns 2 - A Lorax Themed Birthday Party

- brook.