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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Only Joy!


 I have been reading a fabulous book this last weekend (actually listening to it..lol) and it has had me reflect just as during lent what are the things that are most important to me...what gives me great joy???

Writing does!
This blog does!
Teaching my daughter does!
Being a wife to my wonderful husband does!
Keeping things simple does!
Sharing and connecting to others does!

But Facebook not so much....I have found over the last couple of weeks that I look forward when I write but I don't when I go to FB....but I realized it was because I don't want it on my phone....I want to be able to really walk away from social media and technology when I am with my family.  When I am living life.  For me if all the different apps are on my phone accessible I feel like I am being irresponsible with not checking or utilizing all my mind thinks I should be doing.

A really fun movie:  MOMS NIGHT OUT....Like the mom in this movie,I find myself getting too intense and overwhelmed with things.  And therefore, I am not showing and being that example to my daughter that I desire to be....which is to only do things that create joy in my life!

Thus, I have decided since Facebook doesn't bring me joy like it does so many, I am not going to feel guilty that I don't want to go to it all the time.  I am not going to feel guilty if I don't check it but on the weekends...or that I only post something that I want to share but don't scroll down to see everyone else's happenings!

After all JOY and peace in life is much more important to me, and I hope all of you, than being "connected" in all the different social medias!

Have a glorious evening....glorious week!
Many blessings and hugs,
~Kelly :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Who are you?!

PROVERBS 31:10
WHO CAN FIND A VIRTUOUS AND CAPABLE (WOMAN)?
SHE IS WORTH MORE THAN PRECIOUS RUBIES.


I recently re-watched a fun movie "THE RUN AWAY BRIDE".  Within the movie there is a part where Julia Roberts, the main character, is asked if she even knows what kind of eggs she likes.  Apparently she had always said her favorite way to have eggs was the way the current boyfriend liked his eggs cooked: scrambled, fried, omelet, Benedict...etc.....

This woman was always running from herself.  She changed for every man in her life.  Thus, never truly appreciating and understanding the beautiful woman God created her to be.

It doesn't matter our age...we all go through seasons where we may need to be reminded to...
 stop - breath - reflect...who are we really ?!  
What is God asking us to do?

This is important for us as adult women to do because it helps us then be able to model good habits, morals, practices to our daughters.

It is further important for our daughters to continually armor themselves with great bible verses that speak to them and empower them about being a woman.  The more they immerse themselves in this truth the more they are going to be able to stand strong and resist the losing of themselves among their friends, their peers, and those they date.

My daughter knows she is a fried egg white kind of girl.  I want her to not only stand true to herself but I want her to not be afraid to say it loudly, strongly, firmly!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

hugs, prayers, and lots of blessings,
~Kelly ;)



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Made to Crave

Genesis 25:29-34(NIV)

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[a])
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

"Made to Crave" is a fantastic book that speaks to the heart of a woman.  The author walks us through how we as women have specific struggles, going back to Eve!

What is especially awesome is...
 she co-wrote a teen version of this book.

I started reading this book with my dynamic daughter because I wanted her to know and feel empowered by being aware of how tricky the devil can be with creating "cravings" for other distractions to lure us away from Gods beautiful, perfect plan for us.

The  authors beautifully explain how our cravings for stuff, food, comparing, shopping, wrong kind of love can lead us to poor choices...choices that don't put GOD first!

The bible story of Esau above is an excellent example of how we can get distracted for our immediate desire, want...and not keep our eye on the prize.  Where our  daughters are concerned the prize is them staying strong and keeping their virtue intact in a world full of constant contradictory messages of instant gratification!

Teach your daughter to have a game plan when faced with a situation that goes against her teachings, against her faith, against her virtue.  Teach her to write out her plans, rehearse them in her head, have an accountability friend, one just as committed to living a virtuous life as she is.  And empower her with amazing books that reference God's word like this one, MADE TO CRAVE, in order to constantly strengthen her armor!


ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

Hugs, prayers, blessings...
~Kelly :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: The Princess and the Three Knights

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4, 7

LOVE IS PATIENT, 
LOVE IS KIND.
IT DOES NOT ENVY,
 IT DOES NOT BOAST, 
IT IS NOT PROUD.
IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, 
ALWAYS TRUSTS, 
ALWAYS HOPES, 
ALWAYS PERSEVERES.



I have pondered many times when my dynamic daughter is of the age to "date" what type of boy would I want her to date?  What is even my definition of dating?  What is even the purpose of dating?  Do I want her to date?  What are my expectations?  And how will my husband be able to survive the "dating" years...lol!

I look back at my years of dating.  And I now understand with great respect the impact that dating can have on our soul.  I can reflect on if I had to do it all over....I don't think I would have wanted to date exclusively with anyone.  I don't even know if I would have wanted to have kissed anyone before my wonderful hubby.  I am not saying that is the course of action everyone should take...I am just saying after all I have learned about God's beautiful design for us with our sexuality...I don't think I would want to risk even one kiss to someone else!

But that is the beauty of hind-sight, growth, wisdom....it doesn't excuse us from mistakes, from paths that we should have steered away from...instead it allows us to reflect, seek God for forgiveness, and truly learn from them....thus giving us the opportunity to choose the simpler yet narrower path!

It brings me back to when my daughter is at that "magical" age of "dating"....

I really would rather her not want to date....
BUT....I am hoping that all the tools I have been teaching her about her sexuality...God's beautiful design for us....and open communication....she will come to the conclusion at a younger age than I did....
....THAT DATING EXCLUSIVELY IS TOO INTIMATE...unless a person is really seeking to find their soul mate.....they really shouldn't play with fire! Again this is my opinion...my path....my beliefs!   I just know how beautiful and amazing love is when we seek it with God's plan rather than our physical desires.

So....if and when my daughter chooses to date I pray she is able to see the wisdom of this beautiful story about THE PRINCESS AND THE THREE KNIGHTS by Karen Kingsbury.

Three knights have to prove to the king they are worthy of the princesses hand in marriage.

They are given several tests, challenges, obstacles.

What I love about this story book is how it teaches little girls that our "knight" isn't always the boldest, the strongest, the handsomest....but our true knight is the most VIRTUOUS...CHIVALROUS!

When a man puts our needs ahead of his wants, desires....THAT IS A MAN!!!

It is NEVER too late nor is your little girl ever too old to read this story and have the message strongly ring in her heart what the bible verse above teaches about TRUE LOVE!!!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

Hugs, prayers, blessings...
~Kelly :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Breakfast Pizza!



GENESIS 1:27,31...
GOD CREATED PEOPLE IN HIS OWN IMAGE; GOD PATTERNED THEM AFTER HIMSELF; MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM...THEN GOD LOOKED OVER ALL HE HAD MADE, AND HE WAS THAT IT WAS EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY.

"A healthy self-image is seeing yourself as God sees you - no more and no less."
 - Josh McDowell

I have a very picky eater!  But as I have posted before, I refuse to create food as a battlefield!  Thus, I choose to find ways to nurture our relationship, nurture our health, and respect each other!

My amazing warrior girl LOVES pizza and muffins!

I have been on a quest for the last year to create whole, real food, nutritious baked goods and pizza that she really enjoys and doesn't ask for the bakery or takeout!

Today I share with you a yummy Breakfast Pizza that became a huge hit for her.  It was a wonderful Friday dinner for us since we have committed as a family to abstain from meat on Friday's as our way of reflecting and remembering the amazing sacrifice Christ made for us.

BREAKFAST PIZZA

I used a small cast iron skillet for this one. 
 I think it was the little 5 inch one!? 
 I whisked up 3 eggs
 with about 1/4 cup of bone broth,
 1/4 cup of coconut milk, 
1 tsp of garlic powder.  
I put a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan on medium heat. 
 Pour the eggs into the pan. 
Once I saw it getting firmer around the edges and the bottom...
I then transferred the whole pan into the oven at 350 degrees...
 for about 5-10 minutes.  
Basically until I saw it getting firmer. 
Before it browned I pulled it out.  
That is when I put the organic pizza sauce, or one I have made from tomato paste and seasonings, 
sprinkled with cheese, 
put back into the oven until the cheese has melted to satisfaction.

And there you go...add whatever toppings you want!  
For me I put olives, mushrooms, spinach, peppers....lots of yummy-ness!

How does this nurture my daughters soul?  
She sees me wanting to  create things  she enjoys eating and is still nutritious for her.  Because I know the more balanced I can help her keep her hormones, the easier this roller coaster of pre-teen and womanhood will be!  (Check out Dr. Sara Gottfried's HORMONE RESET DIET, to learn more about how we as women can understand our hormones better, thus being able to help our daughters understand the hormones in their bodies!)

Thus, this meal will give her great protein to satisfy and keep her insulin balanced.  All the different healthy fats in it will create a satiety to help think clearer.  And the whole experience is enjoyable!

Blessings, prayers, and hugs always,
~Kelly :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: "Soul Surfer"

FEAR NOT!!!

Check out this link in ALL scriptures relating in not fearing!

My favorite one I lean on a regular basis is:

Psalm 56:3
WHEN I AM AFRAID,
 I PUT MY TRUST 
IN YOU!!!


In the movie "Soul Surfer"...I remember the conversation the parents had in the car after they got home form the hospital...

The dad ponders...what now?  The mom reminds him, just like when they brought home their first baby, they knew nothing, so they took it one day at a time, and they learned together.

I think the largest challenge with raising a daughter, a child, is to not give into fear.  Don't fear the unknown.  Instead embrace it.  Feed your mind with as much great material but when your daughter throws you a curve ball don't run from it.  Face it had on...even ponder if it's something that needs work on within your own self; and be honest with her always!  Don't' avoid the tough questions.  If you show her you're human and vulnerable, she will come to you even more.

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

Hugs, prayers, blessings...
~Kelly :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Parenting on Purpose

PROVERBS 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


This podcast/website is a powerful 15 minutes to gain confidence and encouragement in raising kiddos.

What is even more exciting is that there is a week long, 5 episodes, that are dedicated specifically to raising daughters.

Here is a summary of the 5, 15 minute, segments:

1.  The difference from raising boys.
2.  Modesty
3.  The power of words.
4.  The role of Dads
5.  The gift of Time.

There is truly nothing more I need to say with this posting.  These podcasts will truly speak for themselves.  Strengthen your armor this week by listening to one a day as you are driving to work, going for a walk, or relaxing in a bath!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

Many blessings, hugs, and prayers always...
~Kelly :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Brain Gut

Proverbs 31: 10, 22, 25, 30


"Who shall find a valiant woman?
Far and from the uttermost coasts is the price of her...
She hath made for herself clothing of tapestry: fine linen, and purple is her covering....
Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day....
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

I  remember the first time I ever truly felt uncomfortable around a man/boy... I realized we (men and women) are different and view life different.

I was 10 years old.  I was at a friends house.  A bunch of us were getting ready to go swimming in the back yard "pool".   Many of us had bathing suits that needed assistance and help with ties, straps, etc.  This young lady had an older brother who was a teen, who was more than willing to help all of us girls.  I recall as he was tying my straps in the back getting this "icky" feeling down the spine of my back.  I remember thinking, "it shouldn't be taking so long to tie a loop".

Moms:  pay attention to those feelings....don't dismiss your "gut" feeling when someone looks at you...looks at your daughter....in anyway other than true pureness.  In Asian culture the gut is considered the second brain.

It is so easy to dismiss it as "well it's the times we live in"....but that's not good enough for me!

 I refuse to allow "the times" to numb my daughter from right and wrong...

I refuse to not armor her to understand when you get the prickly, gut feeling, go with it....even if it means going against the grain.

I refuse to not teach her to understand we as women do have a responsibility to understand men and women think differently and it IS our responsibility as women to be sensitive to not cause the occasion of sinful thoughts into a man/boy.  BUT on the same note we DO NOT ALLOW a man/boy rob us of our dignity and our innocence.  

This is why I loved reading Dressing with Dignity!  It gave me me so much to read and understand about:

* The forces behind the 20th century revolution in women's fashion
* Amazing statements from Popes.
* How to choose modest, yet fun attire.
* How to talk to your teen about the beauty of our femininity.
* How to inspire men to step up and be that knight in shining armor.

***If you want to learn more about gut brain and Dressing with Dignity...make sure and click the links above....

And if you want to read more on what I wrote about this book from a previous post check out:

FASHION ON FRIDAY

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

hugs, prayers, and lots of blessings,
~Kelly ;)


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dynamic Daughters: Fuel

JOHN 15:12

"Love each other as I have loved you."

I have learned to not fight with my dynamic daughter about food.

I refuse to have it come between us.  I don't always like some of the choices she makes about her nutrition...BUT....here is a huge BUT...I want her to have a healthy relationship with food!

I don't want her to view food as good versus bad, thus interpreting it as moral: good versus evil.  FOOD IS NOT MORAL.  It can nurture you, it can nourish you, it can be a cause of celebration....but it is not EVIL!!!

Too many young girls who are displeased with their bodies, their life, their emotions of a situation....use food as a control.  They figure I am going to eat this because I feel (fill in what ever emotion here: angry, sad, bored....).....or they use food to punish themselves.

So to ensure food doesn't become a battle ground at our home I make sure that I have things available always that are enjoyable to my budding beauty!

She really doesn't like mixed dishes, where lots of things are mixed together...she is not into lots of different flavors combining....so I provide easy fun stuff that is still nutritious.

Like this plate for example it is full of great protein, fruit, a healthy starch, and nuts for fat...and some organic granola bits.  She will eat on something like this all day long!

What does this have to do with raising a dynamic daughter?

She is developing: hormonal, mentally, spiritually...

The more balanced her hormones are, the better she will be able to think out her decisions, and the clearer she will see the lies of the devil when he tries to convince her she is not worthy, she is not beautiful, she is not......

When she is caring for her body...she is caring for her mind....and caring for her spirit.

BUT...this all must be nurtured in her with love.....because if I don't nurture it with love....and only drill the facts about nutrition and what it does to our bodies then she will be just as vulnerable to the controlling of food through excess or denial.  Thus food becomes the enemy...evil...AND IT IS NOT MORAL!!!

***Remember to check out the above links to continue to read and learn more on how to empower your warrior in the making!

ARMOR YOUR DYNAMIC DAUGHTER WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE....TO FEED HER MIND, BODY, AND SOUL....TO BECOME THE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMAN....SHE IS DESTINED TO BE!

hugs, prayers, and lots of blessings,
~Kelly ;)

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Beginnings...A Journey for the Mind Body and Soul of Daughters!

Easter Season is full of beautiful new beginnings...our amazing Lord has risen!

I hope you enjoy this journey on Raising Dynamic Daughters into Wonderful Warrior Women.

We are going to create a new ripple of resurrecting what our true femininity is all about for our daughters.  We are going to resurrect the beauty and design God had/has in store for us as women and for our daughters!!!

I am no expert...I am just a mom of a daughter...desiring to make a change for her, for you, for all women and girls. Everything I will be sharing for the next 50 days is stuff I have learned...read...felt inspired by to raise a daughter with love and confidence!

What you will have to look forward to:

1. A scripture to feed our spirit, our soul, to nurture our faith hope and love of raising daughters....to empower ourselves as women. 

2.  I will share with you something I have read, watched, or listened to that has helped me with this journey...sometimes with a personal reflection entwined.

3.  How we can nurture our daughters through: healthy choices about food, exercise, world influences...anything that can be related to our physical body.

Each day will have at least one of the above. With the design and intent to nurture:

Scripture for our soul.
Learning for our mind.
Practices/recipes for our body.

I know the saying is: MIND, BODY, SOUL....but my thoughts are when we focus 1st on the soul through God's word it creates a desire to obtain the knowledge to feed the mind, which then instills the discipline to care for my body, to do God's work which all brings us back to our soul...making us stronger to be the warrior woman for our amazing God.  That gives me FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE.

Many blessings, hugs, and prayers...
~Kelly :)

PS....I hope to post something inspiriting, informative, and/or helpful each day...but keep in mind....just as I need to remind myself as well....my first and foremost responsibility is to God..then hubby...then child...then education...then blog :).....AND LIFE HAPPENS SOMETIMES :)....

PPS....any recipes I post between now and Pentecost will be creations that my Dynamic Daughter really likes....so there won't be a great deal of my salad creations (yet) but some really fun ways of "sneaking" some powerful foods into your daughters diet to help her keep 'balanced' with her developing body and mind!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

HE HAS RISEN...ALLELUIA...AND HE WILL HELP US...

RAISE DYNAMIC DAUGHTERS...TO BE WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMEN!!!

As I reflect upon my last 40 days of lent I unplugged from facebook, pintrest, limited my email time so much that toward the end  of these 40 days I have just deleted many folders knowing that if I  needed the info it will be out there.

I started out my journey with the desire to strip away from distractions.  Distractions from being the best student of my Heavenly Father...distractions from being an attentive wife...distractions from being a present mom...distractions from being a well prepared teacher to my daughter and to others around me.

I let many on facebook know I would come back with my blog and facebook with 50 days of recipes entwining our mind, body, soul connection.  What I hadn't accounted for was the impact being unplugged would make on my life.

I have been reading and learning things in a such a way that the realization came to me about how my truest passion is not just about our nutritional needs: how they effect our mind, body and soul...but if I were to dedicate only 2 hours a week to my blog after I have taken care of all my other responsibilities of woman for God, wife, mother, teacher....

What would I truly want to share on my blog...what is near and dear to my heart right now?!

Daughters...
Women...
Mothers...
Girls...

I want every daughter to feel dynamic!
I want every woman to know she is wonderful and she IS a warrior!
I want girls to not feel ashamed of their bodies.
I desire for women to truly love themselves.
I want girls to not compare themselves.
I desire for women to understand their hormones are effected by what they eat, but also by what they think.

I hope to empower moms to be excellent examples for their daughters to break the cycle of:

self hate
lack of compassion to self and others
comparing

...to be aware of all the crud their daughters are up against:

media obsession with thigh gap
eating disorders
mental disorders

...and to empower yourself as a mom so you can make a difference in your daughters life and choices with her:

sexuality
health
spirituality

Thus, my journey from Easter to Mothers day to Pentecost to.... has turned now a different path...not just Kelly's desires and wants but truly God's will and His path by using me to share all I have learned, experienced (good and bad) over my precious amazing life of 41 years.

Journey with me for 50 days as we dare to raise our daughters to understand their faith...
their hopes...
their love...

and how their, our experiences are connected to our...
mind...
body...
soul...
into their...our journey of womanhood.

***Tomorrow I will have a summary...the outline of  what I hope to share with you over the next couple monts of Raising Dynamic Daughters into Wonderful Warrior Women!  View it as a spring cleaning of sorts...a preparation and celebration of Motherhood for Mother's day....and the patience and perseverance of Mary and the Apostles as they waited for Pentecost...the Holy Spirit to come down upon us to guide us...direct us...lead us here on earth!


Blessings, hugs...and so many prayers to all...
~Kelly :)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Holy Thursday: Reflecting on Lent

I have discovered some amazing thoughts, reflections, and inspirations during my Lenten journey this year.

One of the many things I have realized is I don't need to have a polished, edit perfect, picture perfect blog in order to share my life...my love...all I have learned...with all of you!  I don't have to create all sorts fancy aspects...not every post needs to have a link...

What I need to do is WRITE, SPEAK, AND SHARE from my HEART!!!

...to spread the GOOD NEWS in a way I know how ...and to do what comes naturally to me!

So if a person is looking for something fancy...polished...refined...this is not the blog for you...

Because I am a simple...bohemian type...re-purposed kind of gal who does everything with the gifts I do have...and the gifts I do have, I give them my fullest attention...I truly use them!  

I don't pretend I am anything but the wonderful warrior woman God created me to be...

So...you may not get polish...but you will get real...you will get me...you will get love...laughter..LIFE...and lots of fun!!!

AND....you are going to find out what I have been working on the last several months and especially during lent...tomorrow...or Saturday...or Sunday...you'll just have to keep checking to find out! :)......

Til then...hugs...prayers...blessings...
~Kelly ;)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 1st: Healing is No Joke...Just Joy!

Today I re-enter into the social media world for a brief moment.  I choose to blog today because four years ago I wondered why I had to lay on a hospital bed to be wheeled away for my D&C from my miscarriage.

I had been able to experience the joys, fears, delights of my precious Sam for 12 short weeks, yet all the joy, all the lessons, all the amazing things that have taken place because of that loss, that experience, of that deep sorrow in my life...

Well...I am a better, stronger, richer, deeper person...woman...wife...mom...servant to God because of that pain..that sorrow!

I can't be angry with God because ALL of my life's experiences even those that caused me hurt, pain, sorrow or even harm....have all lead me to...love, redemption, peace, joy, gratitude, faith, hope, commitment, endurance...and so many more.

Take today's date as an example:

APRIL FOOLS DAY...

Each year it has fallen on a day within lent.  This year it is in Holy Week.  I will enter the next three days with great appreciation, healing, hope, love, deep understanding of being a mom! One year it was Palm Sunday.  Another year it was the Easter weekend the year we were asked to be god-parents to some dear friends children.  Wow...that was a powerful year!

I feel so blessed to know my God so loved me that he gave us his only son!  Now that is somehtng to live for!!!

Join me here for the next three days to prepare and celebrate the Triduum...to reflect on His mercy....His Joys and Sorrows....

Blessings, hugs, and lots of prayers always,
~Kelly :)