Wednesday, March 4, 2015

potholes

Bourke's Luck Potholes

bridge over canyon

potholes

the view

bourke's luck potholes

don't go beyond

talking

band shot?

We really do live in a beautiful country. Despite that, I've always found it extremely difficult to associate potholes with a thing of beauty. I grew up in a town where there might have been more potholes than people. But, alas! The Bourke's Luck Potholes are amazingly beautiful. I love that we have such scenic loveliness all over our neck of the woods. Join me over at Petit Elefant where I talk about the lovely things you can look forward to at this hotspot.

Monday, March 2, 2015

love feast 2014

love feast table

This post is, like, so last year. It actually is. But remember that two or three month hiatus when I wasn't around? Life still went on. Things still happened, and now you get to hear about them. :)

love feast menu

We had our second annual Love Feast last November. I love this tradition! Our leadership team here in S. Africa serves a meal to all of our staff and then afterwards we get to enjoy all the talent that our crew possesses. It's fabulous.

the guests

We hosted it in my backyard. Our numbers were small at that time of year, so it was a perfect, intimate spot AND no one saw our decorating until they arrived.

The tables were simple...white tablecloths, white taper candles, and pink bougainvillea (that stuff is everywhere here, but it's perfect for our parties). I loved the dessert...a selection of truffles! So fun!

macbeth dancing2

dancing

80's dancing

Then we get to the talent portion. Sorry, friends, but these photos will now be out there. Michael Jackson dancing, cultural dancing, 80's dancing? What? You guys were the ones wearing those ridiculous outfits clothes. I only documented it.

cool guys

I stepped waaaay out of my comfort zone when our team that works with training here in SA did a mash up. The grand finale? Me, lip syncing DJ Khaled's All I Do Is Win. No one got a photo with my camera so there's proof here, but I swear I did it.

Here's to celebrating life with a few laughs and looking ridiculous!

Friday, February 27, 2015

price family in action :: kenya

friends

the joshuas

Still reflecting on our Kenya trip and thankful that we got to as a family. These are the moments that I'm amazed by God's goodness, that we get the privilege to go and love on kids all over the world. As a Mama, I can't tell you how great it is to see your kids loving like Jesus would.

free ride

Gathering A Crowd

This trip was hard. The first week and a half we lived in an abandoned hotel in a slum. I'm not even lying. We walked about an hour every morning for a day of serving, loving, and giving and then walked an hour home after all that. Not once did they complain about all the walking or the different food they were eating. They were rockstars.

Thumbs Up

Rockstar
see the rockstar?

The Kenyan kids loved them! I think the whole slum knew their names, and I'm pretty sure we could have married Joshua off if we wanted to. It's not often that a blond haired, blue eyed boy comes around.

Beautiful

hand clap game

Jeremy just returned from Kenya yesterday. He was back in that same slum and all those kids wanted to know were where Joshua and Emma Grace were. Apparently coming back without them was a stupid idea.

me and the kids

we're cool

It probably was, because they're rockstars. :)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

tree branch shoe rack

close up shoe rack

I am in a de-clutter, organize my house mode. This is where my family needs to watch out, because chances are, I will 1. throw something away, 2. move something resulting in someone asking me where said thing is, and 3. make to-do lists, lots and lots of to-do lists. I currently have a list for each room in my house and what needs to be done in it. I get like this every once in a while, and my family exercises their patience while I get it out of my system.

This past weekend Joshua and I embarked on a little project. He desperately needed a shoe rack for all his shoes. We got some ideas from Pinterest, but I told him it had to be made entirely out of stuff we had at home, no rands could be spent. I like the challenge of that, and honestly, find such satisfaction in it.

shoe rack

I LOVE the results of our shoe rack! We found two planks of wood that were the perfect size and cut ten tree branches to hang the shoes on. We let those dry out for a few days. We mixed a 1/4 cup water and 1 cup of white paint in a yogurt container and shook each tree branch in it to cover it in white paint.

I didn't take photos of the process. Ain't nobody got time for that when you're on a creative mission, guys. Sorry. I just get so involved that I don't think about documenting it!

rack of shoes

After the paint dried, we drilled each tree branch to the wood plank. We drilled holes in the branches before the paint wash, but they weren't big enough, so I had to drill a bigger hole resulting in paint coming off a bit. I'm ok with that. I call imperfections like that character spots. It works and Joshua was totally fine with that.

We had a bit of a challenge screwing these into the wall. I hate concrete walls for this very reason. They are hard to drill into! Jeremy has been out of town (he gets back today!) so I was determined that we could do this. At one point, Joshua said, "Shouldn't we just wait until Dad gets back?" The lion came out and I said, "No, we can do this!" And we did. And it looks great. Sometimes I stand at the bottom of the stairs and just look up at it. Not really. Well, maybe.

Inspiration for this project (including step-by-steps that I didn't provide) found here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

isle of swords {giveaway}

Isle_of_Swords

I love being able to read books before Joshua, 1. So I can parent check it before I put it into his hands, and 2. It gives us something to discuss after he's finished the book. I haven't read a Wayne Thomas Batson that wasn't suitable for my almost 13-year-old son, so in this case, I was going for number two.

I didn't know if I would like Isle of Swords, because I've never really read any pirate books. I also wondered how in the world he would tie in some spiritual truths into a pirate book, but alas, mateys, he did! This tale will take you on an adventure with Declan Ross, captain, and his daughter, Anne. Captain Ross wants out of the pirate business, but that's not an easy task. He's in search of a treasure, but the map is physically attached to a Mr. Padre Dominguez. AND of course, he encounters the mean pirate, Bartholomew Thorne, along the way along with British troops who aren't too fond of pirates on the high seas. It's a story that will keep you on your toes and leave you talking only in pirate lingo. (Your kids will love that.)

There's also lessons in identity and choosing to do what's right in the middle of difficult circumstances. I really enjoyed this book, and I think the adventure loving pre-teen boy in your life will, too!

Giveaway

I have one copy of Isle of Swords up for giveaway courtesy of Tommy Nelson. Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. Enter through Rafflecopter below!

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of Isle of Swords from Tommy Nelson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

kenya :: beautiful mary

group of kids

beautiful kenya girl

eating lunch

beautiful kenya child

feeding program

sweet mary

I have loads of photos from our trip to Kenya. Between that and stumbling to find the words to express what it was like to travel as a family to this beautiful East African nation, I just haven't posted anything. Well, today is a start. These are a few photos to whet your appetite. I'll be posting more in the coming days.

I wish you all could meet my friend, Mary. Aren't her bags just lovely? It's hard to know the full impact this trip had on my kids, but I'm pretty sure Mary's story and actions affected them more than I can know. Click over to Petit Elefant to read about this woman's beautiful heart. It literally brings me to tears thinking about it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

a valentine's party

Valentine's Table

Last week my special events team and I put on a Valentine's Party. It was meant to be simple, but I've realized that I have a hard time doing simple. I get ideas, and ideas, and more ideas, and of course, once I see something I like, I just can't not do it. Anyone else like that?

BoxOfChocolates

The tables really were simple but quite beautiful, I do believe. White tablecloths, white taper candles, and bougainvillea adorned each table. The place settings were my favorite. What do you think of when you think of Valentine's Day? Love? Flowers? Chocolate? All of the above, right? Each plate was adorned with a box of homemade chocolates for everyone to take home! I used the Mixed Nut Dark Chocolate Truffle recipe from Sweet Confections. Ah-mazing. These are gluten free and sugar free, so they fit my diet! It's hot here in SA right now, so it was quite the challenge to keep these babies from melting. In this case, it was totally appropriate to consume dessert before dinner!

FORTUNE

We also topped each box of chocolate with a paper love fortune cookie. I love giving away things at these parties, and these were going to serve as tickets to a very special drawing! I love having surprises up my sleeve.

We used this paper folding tutorial to make the fortunes. I typed out 50 love quotes to insert inside. Throughout the night, we drew fortunes and whoever had that one in their cookie won an original piece of art {thanks to the talented Phoebe} that was centered around the theme of love!

Art

I didn't get photos of the food, but the menu consisted of a garden salad, French bread, grilled chicken, and rosemary oven roasted potatoes which we served family style. We skewered strawberries, brownies, and marshmallows for dessert and served it with a side of ice cream.

LipSinging

I do believe our 48 guests had a good time which is always the goal. In our line of work, you have to have moments like these that are light where you can kick back, relax your shoulders a bit, and just laugh. There was even some impromptu lip singing that broke out and of course, a dance party, because every party needs to end with dancing, right?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

a year of change

LOVE my free shoes from @newbalance! Thank you! #evoconf

How many of you get words for the year? I love being able to look back on the year and see just how the word I got seemed to fit. God is good like that. The word for me this year is CHANGE. It's scary and good all at the same time. I feel like I've only done a few things, but man, they have made SUCH a difference. Here's where change is coming, or has already come, for me in 2015.

Food


January 1st I completely eliminated white flour and refined sugar. I thought I was going to shrivel up and waste away without eating bread and dessert, but you know what? It hasn't been that bad. It's actually forced me to find recipes that are gluten free and sugar free.

Since I had such a hard time managing stress last year, I started doing some research. Did you know that when you don't handle stress well your adrenal glands go into overdrive and throw your body totally out of whack? One of the things that happens is that your body can't process carbohydrates. I don't know if my adrenal glands are overworked, but I do know that eliminating just these two things from my diet has helped me tremendously. I feel better. I have more energy. No complaints here.

Exercise


I won't lie. I don't like exercising. I never have. My kids laughed when I said I was going to buy workout clothes. They didn't know what in the world I was going to do with them. Despite their teasing, I've felt challenged to be proactive about incorporating exercise into my routine. Jeremy and I joined a gym, and my goal has been to go at least three times a week. So far so good. I may not like exercise, but I like its effects. More energy, sleep better at night, and a little trimming of fat going on. What's not to like about that? I've also noticed an incredible difference in my balance issues that I occasionally suffer from due to Meniere's Disease. Seems like a win win all the way around.

Essential Oils


I'm not going to harp too much here, because I know these seem to be the current fad. (Don't worry. I'm not a distributor, so I won't be pushing them because of that.) I love the naturalness of essential oils and can't believe the great results I get from them. I do an adrenal gland massage mixture at night...massage oil, nutmeg, clove, and rosemary. I also love how my kids turn to oils with an ailment rather than a chemical. Double yea! My two favorite lately have been Lemon and Peace & Calming. The Lemon oil recently turned my white tablecloths back to their original color after a Valentine's Party that left them filthy, and Peace & Calming is helping me have an awesome night's sleep, so helpful since Jeremy is currently out of town.

Reading


I used to be a reader, but I've become less and less of one as the years have gone by. The end of last year I looked at my bedside table to discover FOUR half read books! That is so not me. I finish a book cover-to-cover even if I don't like it. My goal is to read at least one book a month. It's good for my brain and it helps me slow down and sit and relax. Have you read any good books I should put on my reading list?

Those are the changes I'm currently making. It feels so good to be making steps toward change! What about you? Any changes for 2015?

Monday, February 16, 2015

cape town

Sunset #selfie.

Last October Jeremy and I went to Cape Town. The first few days was work related, but the last few were a delayed anniversary celebration. I love visiting Cape Town. It's so different from where we live but so beautiful in its own way.

12 Apostles

We stayed in Camps Bay which I highly recommend. It's close to the city but not directly in it. It's right by the 12 Apostles which you can pretty much see from anywhere in Camps Bay. The beaches are also amazing.

the beach camps bay

View of Signal Hill from the V&A Waterfront

signal hill

We hit a new spot this time, again, not far from Camps Bay. I think Signal Hill is my new favorite place! The views of the sun setting over the city are just stunning. If you're ever planning a trip to Cape Town, please visit my post on things to do in Cape Town over at Petit Elefant. If you're not, check it out anyway!

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