Friday, January 31, 2014


The snow is now melting and it is supposed to be in the 60's this weekend.

The south never holds on to the snow for very long.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Friday, January 24, 2014


I am joining with a group of bloggers today for 5 minutes of writing. no editing.

The prompt - 'visit'.

This past week I went to visit a sick neighbor of mine.

What was meant to be a few minute visit turned into 2 hours.

She was in bed surrounded by her books and photos. It was so cozy.

She pulled me in with her kind words, rich stories, and deep heart felt encouragement.

She was like a magnet that drew me close and then sent me out feeling more like she had visited with me....rather than the other way around.

I am glad to know her and I hope she feels better soon.

Read posts from the other writers this week here.

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Good Finds on Pinterest

I pin so many things, but how many of them do I REALLY get back to and use?  Well, here are a couple of pins that I have tried and loved.....I hope you enjoy them too. {Sources in the caption}

[1] Storing your asparagus.

No more gooey asparagus tops :) and it lasts all week.

{Always Order Dessert}

[2] Washi Tape in your calendar.

My brain exists in my planner :) and I love Washi tape - so this is a match made in heaven for me.

{Take Two They're Small}

[3] Closet Inventory.

I have never really thought much about my wardrobe - now that I am in my thirties, I have started to really figure out the clothes that I like and don't. This has helped me avoid spur of the moment purchases that I end up not wearing and really plan toward the the items I need and want.

{ms. giggles}
Have you found things on Pinterest that you love and use?

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter Reading List 2014

Hello, all you avid readers. I have composed a Winter Reading List :) for you to reference if you need book ideas.

Disclaimer :) I have not read all of the books on this list, I am highlighting them as potential reads. So if you read one that is not your favorite, please keep this in mind - they are 'suggestions' made to me by some of my good friends and Mama Bee No E readers.

Couple of things...

  • they are not listed in any particular order 
  • thanks to Beth, Emily, Anne Marie, Elin, and my Mom for the suggestions. 
  • the links lead to where I pulled the cover images....this may or not be the best place to purchase - personally, I check them out from the library :) 
  • if you have a title to suggest, please leave a comment below (or on Facebook) and I will add the cover to the next reading list. 
  • Here is a link to my Pinterest Books Board, if pinning is what you do :)
  • Happy reading!

Maze Runner was also suggested, I did not post the cover here because it was included in the previous list.

Click here for the Summer Reading 2013 list.

- brook.

Monday, January 13, 2014


degrees Farenheit, feels like 2 degrees, with a Lo of 8 degrees. That was the temperature in my neck of the woods at 7:45 pm on 1/6/2014.

I have never in my 33 years experienced temperatures like I went outside to feel it. I had been in the house with my two toddlers all day and I wanted to feel it for just a minute.

The air was sharp and clear. Breath taking - literally and figuratively. I stood in my front yard where just a few months earlier my boys were soaking wet in their bathing suits. It was hard to believe this was the same place. The sky was so black and the moon was a crescent sliver of light (I tried to get a photo but the wind cut across my camera and made my eyes water so I could not keep the camera in focus).

This experience made me think of the Aurora Borealis...because where you can see these beautiful lights it is this cold, probably colder and it made me want to be there. Below is a shot of them from Finland.

{Visit Finland}

This shot is from Iceland.

{Kristjan Unnar Kristjansson}

Here is a view of them from space.

{Nasa IMAGE Satellite}

To think that something so beautiful comes from the collision of particles is absolutely amazing to me.

The infinite detail in God's creation is mind blowing.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
The earth was without form, and void;
and darkness was on the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
Genesis 1:1-3

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is one of the items on my 'Bucket List', which I don't really have written down anywhere. So I guess this is the official start of my documented list :)

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Resolutions

Hello there. We are now 6 days into 2014, already six! Time can slip by so quickly. That is why I like reflecting, when I reflect, time seems to 'stick'.

So here goes with the results of my reflection.....a set of New Year's [Resolutions], goals, achievements, insert the word that makes you feel most comfortable.

This year I aim to....

Try Something New

1. Slow Cooked Beef Stew Over Rice. I got a jam up rice cooker for Christmas this year and the first thing I thought to make was Beef Stew (except I don't know how to make it, so this year, I will learn)

2. A Jesse Tree. This year Josh and I started to introduce our two boys to the story of Jesus' birth with a Little People Nativity that my Dad gave them. In future years, I want to do more with them during the season of Advent. I talked to Josh about this and he agreed to help me design and make the ornaments (that we will hopefully be sharing here on the blog) that depict the stories in the Bible leading up to Jesus' birth.

Do Some Things Better

1. Take Better Care of Myself. This resolution includes - drink more water, go to bed by 10:30, wash my face every night (I know!.....this is bad, that is why I need to do better :), and finally workout at least 3 times a week.

2. Send Birthday Cards. I have wanted to be better at this for years, but have never put a plan in action. This year, I have them all laid out on my calendar with reminders and such. I already have January's complete and ready to go in the we shall see if I can keep this up until December. If you would like a birthday card, please email me, mamabeenoe[at]gmail[dot]com, with your date and address and I will send you one :)

Keep On

1. Blogging. I am coming up on my one year blogging anniversary and don't plan to stop any time soon. I really enjoy writing and interacting with will keep blogging :)

What are some of your New Year's Resolutions?

Thanks for reading.

- brook.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Not Working Out - That is What I Have Been Doing....

Hello, all you Mama Bee No E workout buddies, Happy New Year!

I have been avoiding this post :(

but I need to write it, even thought i don't want to, because a big part of this blog is my Restoration Journey.....all of it, the success and the failure.

Hopefully you have been doing more working out than I have these past 3 months, because I have worked out almost NONE :)

Over the summer I did quite a bit of working out [1] because I had a family beach vacation coming up in September and [2] the weather was so nice and mild, it just motivated me to be active.

I took a weekly Hip Hop Dance Class with a group of moms at a local church and I also starting attending a Fit Moms play group in addition to the strength training I was doing a couple of times a week. Both I loved and both I now greatly miss because they came to an end.

Family vacation came in September, we had a great time and I felt great in my bathing suit. Vacation went..... and then three months......and I still haven't worked out :) Have you ever done this? 'Taken a Break from working out' and then never returned?

Well, that is me. Working out is one of those things that if I take a 'break'....I lose my discipline all together and there I go off the cliff.

I am restarting my Restoration journey or refreshing or continuing (I don't know what this should be called) but I am not giving in to what I 'want' to do.

Here is why.

I am starting to feel physically old and weak again.

My back aches when I get out of bed in the morning.

And sometimes, when I reach in an awkward way to pick something up (like behind the couch), one of my shoulders gets a charley horse so bad my eyes water. Am I the only person this happens to? Cause MAN! it hurts so bad.

Also, I don't fit into my clothes as well as I would like and well....that just makes me feel bad about myself.

I have a couple of new changes to my workout routine that I will share in the days to come. And I am 'mildly' considering some diet changes as well (I am hesitant to do this - I will explain later, but I think a little change in this area will do me good as well).

Who is where I am? Anyone?
Or, if you have started something new with your workouts, I would love to know details.
OR! if you have had great success these last three months I would love to hear about that too.

I have missed you, workout buddies. Your feedback and comments are always so motivating to me :)

thanks for reading.

- brook.

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