Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easy, homemade hardwood cleaner.

Today was cleaning and laundry day in this home. 

Just when I thought I was "on a roll", I discovered I ran out of hardwood cleaner. 

Hello, Pinterest. 

1/4 cup of white vinegar + 1/2 tsp of olive oil

Let me tell ya, it was amazing! It was easy, cheap, and natural. I discovered the vinegar acts as a disinfectant and it gets those dust particles, while the olive oil acts as a moisturizer. I suppose I could have added lemon juice or an essential oil, but I didn't have any. I thought I would share that! It has forever changed my cleaning gameplan! ;-) I'll have to research the "recipe" for a bigger batch!

I am a happy homemaker. 

                        Love, Gabby

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

She said YES!

It was probably an ordinary day for her. Cleaning, possibly cooking some food, and preparing for the day ahead. The usual. Or very possibly making plans for a wedding feast.

Then, an angel of God appeared to her and told her she would be with child, a son, and His name would be Jesus. He would be called the Son of the Most High and His kingdom would have no end.

Wait, what?! Repeat! How can this be? I have not given any man my body’s purity!

I can just imagine the surprised expression on her face.

What is most fascinating about this story is that as the angel explained to her how the Holy Spirit would work in her womb, she didn't even think about it twice and she said yes.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. Luke 1: 38

You see, Mary didn't question her Lord. She didn't question the power of the Holy Spirit. She didn't tell the angel to please appear to her family, friends and acquaintances, because it would be embarrassing, for her as unmarried lady, to tell everyone she was pregnant. How would she tell Joseph? I mean, come on, she was a very young girl, unmarried, and pregnant…this meant she could be stoned to death by the community. She also didn't question as to how, when and where her child would save the world.

She was free to choose. She said yes and watched her Lord’s salvation plan unfold.

Today, Catholics (and possibly other Christian denominations) observe the Annunciation, when Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her the Savior was coming. Why today? Well, today marks nine full months until Christmas (Note: This doesn't mean that it happened exactly today, or that Jesus was born exactly on December 25th)! Whatever the denomination, every Christian reading this Biblical story should learn something from her yes, her fiat (“Let there be…”, “…be it unto me”, “Let it be…”).

Are you saying yes to God, even when He doesn't tell you His plan? Are you wholly surrendered to your Savior? Do you trust the power of the Holy Spirit in that nothing is really impossible to/with God? Do you even realize the reality of the decision to say yes to Him?

Maybe you want to be baptized into the Christian faith, but you don't know how your family/friends would take it. Maybe He is calling you to religious life. Maybe He is calling you into marriage. Maybe it’s motherhood. Maybe He is calling you to spread the Good News in a remote village, or with your neighbor. Maybe He is asking of you to sit and wait.

Whatever it is, are you saying yes to Him?


Friday, March 20, 2015

Space and astronaut living: A visit to the science museum.

When I was young, I wanted to become an astronaut. I had the books, the telescope and I even promised my Dad that if I went to the Moon, I would "write" our last name on it so it could never be erased. Going to NASA was my childhood dream (one day...). The idea of living in the ISS (International Space Station) blew my mind. #Spacegeek , I know.

I also wanted to become a nun, a doctor or a nurse, but we all know what career won. Ok, going off topic now.

When the space exhibit came to our local science museum, I had.to.go.

Well, I took my niece (and my camera) with me and had a really fun day! Here come the pictures...

Astronaut C and Astronaut Auntie Gabby reporting from Mars.

Part of a suit.

Space helmet.

Neil Armstrong's gloves.

"Floating" like the astronauts.

Inside the ISS. ;-) As you stood between the rails, the walls rotated around you, making you feel you were "floating" (no gravity). My niece and I did not fully expect the feeling! She was scared when the walls started moving. ;-) 

"Is this how astronauts go potty?" Yeap.

They also had the small (very small) version of the ISS, where children could pretend play.

I think I could be an astronaut nurse and work here!

One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was learning about the food.
Here, she is asking if she can take one for lunch at school. :-)

We also made a rocket and launched it!

There was also an area where children could "imagine" living in outer space and how it could be. It definitely had me thinking, too. 

My favorite was MARSnet Radio. See how they had power and oxygen delivered (not wearing space suits)? My second favorite was definitely MetroMars (bus service).

And this, is what happens when air pressure drops (or there is no pressure, as in outer space).

Our visit was so fun...I may even go again with Greg! I hope you enjoyed seeing it. ;-) 

And now, some questions that were actually asked in the exhibit...

Would you volunteer to go on the Mars One mission? What do you think about starting a [human] colony in Mars?

Have a happy weekend!


Monday, March 2, 2015

12 months of dates gift: Date #6 (February)

[If you happen to be a new follower (and therefore my new best friend), these series of posts tell of the year-long wedding gift that Greg and I gave to my sister, Diana and her husband, Keith back in August 2nd. Enjoy!]

Can you believe we are in March already? I swear New Year’s Day was like…last week or something? ;-) Perhaps Minnesota weather should get with the program and NOT send us a pile of snow tomorrow, as predicted.

Here is Date #6 (half a year!!!).

The folder and instructions.

For Feb-ru-a-ry (always gotta say it like this to spell it right, just like Wed-nes-day), we planned a laid-back, romantic date. We were sure they would love it. Cookie cutters last for years, so I am pretty sure there are going to be more dates like this one. And, plus, who doesn’t like cookies?
We also reminded them of True Love Himself and what true love looks like. Sometimes I need that reminder myself.

Do you have any special plans for this week? If you have any prayer requests, please let me know. I hope you have a happy week!
I love you, Lord.