Weekend Links

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Happy weekend to you all! I haven’t shared any links and good reads in the past few weeks, so I am so happy to be able to do that again! Summer is quickly winding down in the Central Valley. It has been so wonderful to reconnect with some friends, family and my church. It still seems a bit surreal that I will not be returning to Mexico in a couple weeks. This dorm mama’s heart is missing my girls so much. I’m already dreaming of the letters I am going to send and the Skype dates we are going to have to have. It’s scary and exciting to see where this new journey God has placed me on is going to go!

I was looking through some photos from earlier this summer that I wanted to share with you. Two of my dear girls Leticia and Isabel are from the Otomi tribe in Querétaro, Mexico. I had the joy of having them live with me these past two years. Isabel recently turned 15 and I was invited to go to her Quincencerra.

It was such an experience getting to travel further into Mexico and visit them in their village. Life is so different there than it is in Northern Baja. It flows at a much simpler pace. We helped plan the festivities, decorate and spend time with many different people in the village. It was humbling to be shown such kindness, to be welcomed into their homes and see a bit of life there. I loved the mixture of languages that flew around me, Spanish , Mexican Sign Language, English, Otomi and American Sign Language. All five languages expressed the same joy for life and love for our Savior.

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Weekend Links

An Open Letter to Foster/Adpotive Parents @ The Humbled Homemaker

6 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Major Life Changes @ Red and Honey

Simplest Dark Chocolate Mousse @ Emily Gardener

Get Outside @ Rachel Zupke

Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Links

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Happy weekend to you all! For those who live in the US I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day! I am so happy to be back sharing my favorite links and deals with you again!

Links

How we took our family of six around the world for a year @ Keeper of the Home

How to Marry a Gilbert Blythe @ Carrots for Michaelmas

5 Reasons to Let Your Children Go Barefoot @ Red and Honey

Reusable Burlap Wreath, 4 Ways @ Mason Jar Values

Chicken Stock in the Crock Pot @ The Realistic Mama

Deals

Bulk Herb Store

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Save 10% off $50 or more (including Berkey filters)

 

New Beginnings

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Hello friends! What a journey I have been on the past month.  It’s been month of non-stop busyness. I can’t remember when I have had so much fun or been so drained at the same time. It’s been an emotional roller coaster that is starting to ease up a bit.

I have gone from sunny Baja to the almost tropical southern Mexico back to Baja, to San Diego, back to Baja and up to Northern California where I now sit.

This past month has involved a trip to the beach with 9 girls, packing up said 9 girls to go visit their family’s, many tearful goodbyes, a graduation, a Quinceanera, a visit to the Otomi people, two weddings, a trip south to visit my girls and “grand-babies”, many lasts, more packing, more tearful goodbyes, a move over 500 miles north to another country, unpacking and an emotional break down. Exhausted? Me too….

Honestly I am still sorting through emotions as well as things. After living as a dorm mama for almost ten years in Mexico, the US seems empty. Over time this will seem like home again. I can’t help but to miss my girls and my little house even if my kitchen, bedroom and living room were altogether. I have had to remind myself to give myself (and others) a little lot of grace. Such as skipping church yesterday to have coffee with a friend. Honestly after just getting back around midnight Thursday morning I just couldn’t handle seeing that many people and re-explaining why I came back to the US.

Starting tomorrow I will start updating the site with new recipes, herbal remedies, guest posts, Simple Meals Friday and Weekend Links. Thank you for letting me rest. Thank you even more to those who have waited for me to come back and left sweet comments and prayers.

In honor of my return State Side I thought you might appreciate somethings that I have to remind myself of while I experience new beginnings.

Notes to Self When Reentering the US

  • Do not walk away from a toilet that you just peed in! Most people, don’t let their pee mellow in the States. 😉
  • If you aren’t using Family Cloth, don’t throw your toilet paper away, these are surprises that some people don’t like to find.
  • Do not talk in Spanish to random people in the store, they will look at you odd. You might be able to get away with this at Mexican grocery store but then again most people there know English MUCH better than you know Spanish.
  • Do not greet people with a kiss on the check especially men, they won’t get it.
  • It’s not normal to burn garbage, YIPEEE!!!
  • It’s pretty amazing to wash your cloths in hot water.
  • It’s not so cool to walk around with greasy hair.
  • Same goes for cloths, this one is a tough one for me I feel SO out-of-place with cloths right now (I didn’t realize how worn out many of my cloths are.)
  • Costco, 5 minutes away is AMAZING!!!
  • Raw milk straight from the farm is not so easy to find. The store-bought brands are SO expensive!
  • Houses without children are plain boring and WAY too quiet, it’s nice at first but then….
  • Recollecting and growing your cultures (AKA sourdough, kombucha and yogurt) is a must for gut health and mental sanity.

I’m sure there are many more things that I could add but that’s it for now. Blessings to you today!

 

Crossroads {The Times Are Changing}

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For the next few weeks there will be no posting on here on Nourishing Simplicity. I am saying goodbye to my amazing hijas and preparing for a move to the States. The blog will be taking a rest while I transition into a new life. I will be sharing some older post on the facebook page so be sure to stay connected over there. When I come back the end of June I have some very exciting things to share with you! I will leave you with a portion of a newsletter that went out to those who partnered with me in my ministry over the years.

There is a crossroad is everyone’s life. At some point or another God brings us to a place in life where he is asking us to go a new direction. This spring God has brought me to my own crossroad. He has told me that I need to leave Mexico; a place and people who I have come to love dearly. Really Mexico is more of my home than the States is.

When I first headed to Mexico at the age of 19 as a recent high school graduate in 2004 I never thought that I would still see myself here in 2014, yet here I am. It’s interesting and beautiful how God’s plans are not our own isn’t it?

Throughout my junior and senior years of high school while praying about and preparing to come to Mexico, one verse always stuck out in my mind.

Proverbs 16:9

In his heart a man plans his course but the LORD determines his steps.

Did you know that in the Old Testament the use of “LORD” shows God relationship to us as a covenant maker and keeper? How awesome is that? It is one of my favorite ways to picture God as; he is our covenant maker and keeper. He IS trustworthy, he WILL do what he says.

So here I am trusting to see what our covenant maker and keeper has planned next. I have loved my time in Mexico serving at Rancho Sordo Mudo. I have learned so much and experienced so much joy! I love the people of Mexico, the culture and more simple way of life. My girls bring me so much joy, blessing and heartache like all children do. At times I am still in awe that God allowed me, a simple young woman from the States to have part in raising almost 40 girls over the last ten years.

The Deaf and Spanish speaking people are still very close to my heart. While I maybe returning to the States for a time, my passion to minister to these groups of people has not left me. One day I hope to be ministering amongst them again whether in the States or elsewhere. The Deaf especially are a virtually unreached people group. Yes in the US, Canada and Europe there are churches and ministries but still so few know Christ. In other countries like Mexico that relationship with Christ is almost nonexistent, they are blessed if they have a sign language. Many Deaf still don’t know the sign language of their country.

What is next? For a period of time God is calling me to rest and take a step back. I will be taking a sabbatical until the first of January 2015.

sab•bat•i•cal, adj.

1. of or appropriate to the Sabbath. 2. pertaining to a sabbatical year.

3. bringing a period of rest.
4. any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, esp. for rest or study.

I will spend the first part of my time resting and reconnecting with friends, family, supporters and my church. The second half of my time will be a time of learning. I will be returning to Ensenada for two weeks to be trained as a doula and childbirth instructor at the local YWAM base. I will also be spending a few weeks in Honduras with some dear missionary friends (aka Mare Beard of Just Making Noise) helping them prepare their ministry in a new location. I also hope to attend one or two retreats.

In December I will be searching for nanny jobs with the intent to work as a full time nanny starting in January. I will continue to be prayerful about what God has next and will give you all a definite decision by the spring or summer of next year. God may call me elsewhere or he may tell me to establish a life in the States. Either way I am at peace.

So dear readers, an incredible amount of change is happening in my life. I look forward to when we meet again!

Blessings,

Katie Mae

 
 

A Day in the Life: I’m Just a Dorm Mama Living in Mexico

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Real daily life. It’s full of the good, the bad and the ugly; the joys and pains of being human. I thought it might be fun to show you what life looks like for this natural living real foodie. 

Keep in mind that I am a dorm mama who lives on a school campus in Mexico. My house is a one room dorm. 🙂

6:00: I’m already up late since my goal is to wake up my 5:30. That dang Daylight Savings, I like rising with the sun not pitch black. I decide to pray for a few minutes in bed…

6:10-6:30: I wake up from a startled and brief sleep. I stumble out of bed, turn on my calming play track and click the on switch for my electric kettle. I go back over and make the bed and turn on a small dim light. I get dressed and quickly check facebook and my email.

6:30-6:55: It’s time to wake the girls up. I flash the lights a couple times and go make myself an Americano. What can I say  my espresso percolator is my new found love. I solve a couple early morning squabbles and start some broth to boiling for soup while the girls change their clothes and tidy up the house.

6:55: We all pray. A couple of girls are still grouchy. Hopefully, they will be in better moods after spending some quiet time with Jesus.

7:00-7:20: The girls grab their things for school while I finish up my soup and pour it in a jar to take it to the dining hall.

7:30-8:00: Breakfast in the dining hall

8:00-8:35: The kids play outside while the staff have Bible Study

8:35-9:00: Taught Bible Class for our level 2 class. I love it when they actually remember what they are taught!

9:00-10:30:  I finally get around to folding the laundry that has been sitting in the laundry basket/hanging on the line since yesterday and briefly check facebook and email on my phone. I washed the dishes. I chat with my assistant who is on her day off for a bit.

10:30-11:15: I make myself another Americano. I check facebook and start working on a post. The girls come in around 11 for a bathroom break and we chat for a bit. Then I walk across campus to get the meat out of our shared freezer.

11:15- 12:30: I get back to work and finish my now cold coffee and wash a few more dishes.

12:30-1:15: I fix a lunch of pasta, with cilantro pasta and ground beef and chat with a friend about vaccinations a bit

1:15-2:00: Lunch in the dining hall with the kids

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2:15-3:15: The girls work on homework/rest/play outside. The spelling bee is coming up so there is lots of studying going on. My 13 year old tries to convince me that 3 chickens can lay 10 eggs in one day, um….no they can’t…..

3:15-4:45: We do outside chores, weeding the garden, more dishes, clean the chicken coop.

4:45: We clean up and get ready to make dinner for the whole school.

5:00-7:30: It’s leftover night Mexico style. We reheat, rice, mole, pozole  and cut up WAY too much papaya. Once dinner is over the kids and staff head out back while three of the girls and I stay behind to clean up the kitchen. Everyone works together well and have amazing attitudes.

7:30-9:15: We head to the dorm, a couple of the girls shower while everyone else starts to get ready for bed. At 8 I have the girls sit down for I can read a book to them. Craziness ensues and everyone but me refuses to pay attention and beg for a movie.This dorm mama lost her cool and gave couple girls early bed. We finally get started on a story once they decide to pay attention again. By the time we finish it’s past the youngest bed time. I pray with her and have everyone else tidy up to get ready for bed too. The oldest decides she is tried sends herself to bed early.

9:15-11:00: I start cleaning up my kitchen area to find my third Americano of the day cold and half finished from hours ago. I get the bright idea that it is the perfect time make a candle out of my new soy wax. I finish my cold coffee (yes at 10:00 at night.) Candle making isn’t going so well so I clean up a bit and leave the rest for the morning. I finally decide it’s time for a cup of tea. Good night.

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