From Outside The Frame

by adustyframe ~ February 28th, 2015

outside frame It’s been awhile huh? I don’t spend much time on Pinterest and I read blogs pretty quickly these days so I don’t find as many cool links but that’s ok!


Here’s what I have sitting around to share with you. Interesting facts about the winter Laura wrote about in The Long Winter.

Arm knitting tutorial have any of you tried this? I’m not sure I love it but I have one scarf idea I’d like to try. I think the loops are way too big to be durable for very long but I’m sure it has some good uses.


38 ways to revel in snail mail 


The Keeper Of The Prison

by adustyframe ~ February 23rd, 2015

Yesterday, in Sunday School, we watched a video series. I’ve really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I enjoyed the speaker and how he related to us.

The session yesterday dealt with Joseph and the speaker shared this verse.

Genesis 39:21

But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Then he said something like, “Wait a minute! If God is with you, you don’t know anything about the keeper of the prison.” He was being funny and everyone in the audience on the video laughed as did the people in our class.

What he said wasn’t wrong. He wasn’t making light of anything and we all know that Joseph was completely innocent. However, for some reason it made me tear up.

God can be with you even if you’re in prison because you’re totally at fault. God can show you mercy in prison and the keeper of the prison may respond favorably to you even if you’re there because you deserve to be.

Thinking about this again today, I just think it goes to show that there is still a wound. It’s still tender. I don’t know if it will always be tender. I don’t know if giggling about prison will always make me tear up.

I don’t know.

But I am so thankful that God shows mercy to those who may know the keeper of the prison even when they don’t want to know him! (or her).




by adustyframe ~ February 16th, 2015

Tonight, I was patting baby to sleep and I decided to pray while he was deciding he wanted to stay awake for a long time.

I was thinking of all the things going on in  the world. Horrible things. Evil things. Heartbreaking things.

I thought about things in the US that could very personally affect us and all citizens.

I thought of sad horrible stories friends have shared with me.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by everything. It’s easy to be scared. It’s easy to be angry.

I know that I do not function well when I let fear and worry overwhelm me.

While I patted baby, I thought what do I need Lord? What do I need to pray for?

Then one of my favorite verses came to mind.

Isaiah 26:3, 4

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

Trust in the Lord forever,
For in the Lord,  Jehovah is everlasting strength.


Til the Storm Passes By

by adustyframe ~ February 14th, 2015

YouTube Preview ImageI saw on Facebook this week that Mosie Lister died. One of the songs he wrote that I love is Til the Storm Passes By.


You can find the lyrics and Mosie Lister’s story here.




Childhood Flashback

by adustyframe ~ February 12th, 2015

I was making these no bake energy bites for a treat. I did forget to add the flax!

I licked the spoon before dropping it into the sink. I thought it was only peanut butter on the spoon but there was a little bit of honey.

I instantly remembered our favorite sandwiches that mom made us for lunch.

Open faced peanut butter with honey drizzled on top with colorful sprinkles. Yeah artificial color and probably too much honey…..BUT that bite I licked off the spoon was so yummy.

It’s fun to remember cool things from when I was a kid. It reminds me to make cool memories and make fun treats for my kids too–even with colored sprinkles!


Do you have any food favorites that bring back childhood memories?

And more importantly do you lick the bowl (or spoons!?)

Check out my Pinterest board of childhood memories.



Who You Are

by adustyframe ~ February 7th, 2015
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All she wanted
was a baby to hold.
She’s still waiting
at forty-one years old.
Her life feels like a tragedy,
And it’s driving her down to her knees.
She says…

I don’t know,
I don’t know what You’re doing,
But I know Who You are.

It was after midnight
When he answered the phone.
The doctor said his daughter
Was never coming home.
Sometimes life doesn’t make any sense;
Full of war and pain and accidents.
He’s praying…

I don’t know,
I don’t know what you’re doing,
But I know Who You are.

You have a father’s heart
And a love that’s wild.
And you know what it’s like to lose;
Yeah, you know what it’s like –
What it’s like to lose a child.

Sometimes I don’t know,
I don’t know what You’re doing.
I don’t know,
I don’t know
Sometimes I don’t know,
I don’t know what You’re doing,
But I know Who You are.

I heard this song on the radio the other day and thought what a great message and a great principle to hold onto. Our story and our life was often an  “I don’t know what you’re doing but I know who You are.”
God is good even when we don’t know what He’s doing. Hold on to who you know He is.

Toddler Food Ideas

by adustyframe ~ February 5th, 2015

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I’m no toddler feeding expert, but I read when James was a baby that children pick up their picky habits between year 1 and 2. So with James, I worked very hard to help him learn to eat all kinds of good food when he was 1. I’m doing the same with Nathan.

This doesn’t mean he willingly chows down everything but he’s a pretty good eater.

Here are some of my ideas~

1. Offer things multiple times~just because a child refuses once doesn’t mean they won’t eat it another time. When I’m offering a food that he hasn’t eaten or tried, I just set it on his plate. I don’t make him eat it. Sometimes just having it present often makes it familiar and then they may try it.

2. Find a divided plate and put things in each section. Bonus points if it’s a cute plate that interests the baby.  Sometimes for a treat, I put the muffin tin on his tray and just put bits of things in the different sections. He gets really excited about this. I haven’t done it for awhile–need to try it again.

3. Make the food look appetizing~consider different colors and textures. Offer a brightly colored fruit or veggie to make the plate or tray look nice.  I’m not talking about cutting radish roses or anything.

4. Offer new tastes all the time~I offer baby new things on a fairly regular basis. I don’t want him to get stuck in a rut of just a few foods he will eat–even if they are good for him foods.

5. If you don’t want your toddler eating chicken nuggets and French fries a great idea is to never offer them chicken nuggets and French fries. I’m a firm believer in not letting baby get a taste for junk food. Offer them good healthy food and they will learn to eat it. I hear people complaining that a toddler will only eat hot dogs. I always wonder who offered the baby hot dogs in the first place. They can’t serve themselves. It’s up to us to offer them lots of good and different things to try all the time.

6. Sprinkle things with cinnamon or nutmeg or garlic powder~make things taste yummy. Nathan asks for “cinnun” if I forget to sprinkle it on his yogurt.

7. Offer healthy dips for veggies or other things you offer baby~hummus and yogurt are good ideas. I haven’t tried salsa or a healthy ranch but those are options too.

8. Try freezing things~Nathan loves frozen fruit cut into bite size pieces. I imagine they seem a bit like a popsicle. **make sure to cut in very small pieces to avoid a choking hazard**

9. Try shredding things~I was making something with zucchini the other day and as I shredded it, I popped a spoonful onto his plate. He ate it all up. I think perhaps offering things in a different form makes them seem new.

10. Try rolling things~I’ve been rolling a piece of turkey lunch meat around a small pickle slice and baby gobbles them right down. Make roll ups with tortillas too.

11. Pretend their meal is yours and I guarantee they’ll be begging to eat it! Ha right?

12. Make use of the smoothie~I’ve mentioned this before. Baby loves smoothies. I use kefir, berries, bananas, and sometimes add a half an avocado or chunk of sweet potatoes or some cooked carrots. Baby will never know the difference and they get lots of good nutrients in their body.

13. Don’t sweeten things for baby~ a sweet tooth happens naturally. It doesn’t need any encouragement. I serve plain yogurt with unsweetened applesauce or mashed bananas stirred in. We buy all-fruit jam for baby. I don’t offer him sweet treats very often.

14. Offer lots of water to drink~don’t start on the juice roller coaster. Offer water in their cup or milk if you choose. Get fruits in them in smoothies or chunks of fruit on their plate.

I try to pin fun healthy kid food ideas on my Pinterest board. Check it out if you’re looking for some good ideas.  I’ll try to remember to post some of his meal ideas one of these days!

If you have any ideas, tips, or Pinterest boards for toddler food ideas please share!


Pin It Lizzie

Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Challenge

by adustyframe ~ February 2nd, 2015



Barbara is hosting a Laura Ingalls Wilder reading challenge on her blog. February is the month Laura was born and the month she died so it’s a good month to read about Laura.

I’m planning (hoping) to read the newly released Pioneer Girl for the challenge.

If you’re interested or just want to follow along, check out Barbara’s post.  I had some trouble with the graphic. I think you’re supposed to be able to click on the picture to go to Barbara’s post but it didn’t work when I put it in the post–so just click on the link!


18 months

by adustyframe ~ February 1st, 2015



I often get a huge smile and thank God for letting us have this baby. It’s hard to believe he’s been here for 18 months already. 18 months of smiles, snuggles, and sheer joy!

Thank you, God. He’s a very precious blessing to all of us. (big boy is too!!)



by adustyframe ~ January 29th, 2015

Waiting….so much of our story revolved around waiting.

Waiting for God to do a miracle in our marriage.

Waiting for a change in my heart.

Waiting for my husband to serve his time.

Waiting til he could be home.

Waiting for him to find someone willing to hire him.

Waiting as we put the pieces of our lives back together.

Waiting for a baby.

Today, I was cleaning in the basement and found a bag of letters he received while he was incarcerated. It’s stuff I haven’t sorted through since the day he brought it home in a black garbage bag. Every envelope with his # on it. Every slip of paper reminding me over and over what we lived through.

When I saw this prompt today, I thought, “Wow….I can talk about waiting.”

But the thing that’s so difficult to understand WHILE you’re waiting and so easy to see afterwards is that God is there in every moment. He’s near to the brokenhearted. He’s building the life story He chooses us to have. He was carrying us the entire time. Protecting us, providing for us, keeping us together.

God is good. He’s good in the hard times and He’s good in the happy times.

Thank you, Lord, for being real to me and letting me know you’ve always been there–even when we were waiting.


**This is my 1st Five Minute Friday….like I said, when I saw the prompt I knew I had something to say about this topic. Check out this post for more participants.

I’ve written a few other posts about waiting too if you want to check them out.