Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Talented Artist Friends

My friend Laurin is an awesome artist. She's especially great at portraits. 

As of right now, she's drawing custom kid/baby portraits for just $25! 

She's so talented!

Check out here work here!

Or here

Hope you like her work as much as I do. :o)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Old New Old

So I thought I was going to start a whole new blog and discard the old one.... but I think I've changed my mind.

I decided to just merge the two blogs together and keep the first blog's name: Wonderwheat. I chose to do this because wonderwheat is also the name of my email address and the name of my etsy shop. Well, technically my etsy shop is WonderWheatcraft..... but close enough.

Continuity and all that.

I haven't posted in quite a while and the last few times that I did post were well..... more or less depressing. Sorry about that. I was going through a weird negatively emotional time that was, funnily enough, followed quickly by a very surprising and relieving emotional time.

To be less vague and to update anyone who doesn't know yet..... I'm pregnant!

Which is wonderful and amazing since I was actually beginning to question my ability to get pregnant.

God answered my prayer. "For this child I prayed..." 1 Sam. 1:27

I'm 13 weeks along as of today. So far, it feels like it's going by really slowly, but I'm sure that soon the whole thing will feel like it's flying by too fast. That's how time seems to work, isn't it? When you're really excited about something and you feel like you can't wait till it happens, time slows down and takes a leisurely stroll while you're crawling out of your skin with anticipation and wishing it would get a move on. However, when you're dreading something or are less prepared than you'd like to be, time seems to be completely unobliging and sneaks out of nowhere and jumps right in your face. How rude.

Anyway, more updates on the whole baby thing, and life in general, later.

God bless!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Life is not fair.

Life is not fair.
Life is not fair.

Life. Is. Not. Fair.

But God is good.

I just have to remember that.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

You Don't Have To Move That Mountain by Nickel Creek

You don't have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don't have to move that stumblin' block
Just show me the way around it

We must climb a great high mountain
To reach God's gracious kingdom
In His words you'll find the strength
If you will just believe them

You don't have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don't have to move that stumblin' block
Just show me the way around it

Well, the way is filled with pitfalls
And sometimes we may falter
You can have His grace, my friend
On your knees down at the altar

You don't have to move that mountain
Just help me Lord to climb it
You don't have to move that stumblin' block
Just show me the way around it

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed
by the mountains
and the stumbling blocks.
So overwhelmed.
So overwhelmed that I feel like
sitting down
in the middle of the road
and just crying.
I worry.
I worry way too much.
I worry about job stuff, money,
the future, my health,
almost everything.
I know I shouldn't.
I just can't help it sometimes.
I wish I could.

Worrying cannot change anything.
God doesn't want us to worry.
He tells us not to worry.
I can worry all I want but it won't change anything.

So why can't I stop?
I want to trust God.
I want to have complete faith.
I want to let go
and let God.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Sometimes a song can express exactly what I'm feeling and needing to say,
but don't know how to.
Sometimes when I don't even realize that I need to say it.

Every now and then, I can have something that's been weighing on my heart
for the past few months
or the past few hours
that I'll know I need to take to God
and I just won't know how to.

I have trouble letting go of things.
I am able to say
"God I can't handle this.
Please, help me.
Take this from me.
You're so much more capable than me."
But I'm not always able
to actually let go.
I want to.

I've often prayed for the desire to want to let go.
Because you need that before you gain the actual ability, right?

But, sometimes, I'll have this
weighing on me so heavily
or maybe I'll push it to the back of my mind
and try to deny that it's weighing on me
and then
I'll hear a song

it could be a song that I've heard countless times
or one that's brand new to me
and my heart
will just break.
It'll bring tears to my eyes.

I love
finding songs that speak the words
that I can't find to say
no matter how desperately I want to say them.

Eden by Phil Wickham
is one of those songs for me.

The first time I heard it, I was sort of mesmerized.
I got chills.
By the end I was smiling and crying at the same time.
I wanted to hear it again
And again.
And again.
It's beautiful
and it describes the way I feel about God
in a way that I never could find words for.

I still get chills
and sometimes a little teary
I hear it.

I hope you like it, too.

Do you have a song that speaks to you
like this one does to me?

When the first light brightened the dark
Before the breaking of the human heart
There was You and there was me
Innocence was all I knew
'Cause all I had to know was You
We were running underneath the trees

I wanna see you face to face
Where being in your arms is the permanent state
I want it like it was back then
I wanna be in Eden

I remember how'd You call my name
And I would meet You at the garden gate
How the glory of Your love would shine
And I remember when the stars were young
You breathed life into my lungs
Oh I never felt so alive

I wanna see you face to face
Where being in your arms is the permanent state
I want it like it was back then
I wanna be in Eden

To be naked and unashamed
In a sweet downpour of innocent rain
I want it like it was back then
I wanna be in Eden

Where my eyes can see the colors of glory
My hands can reach the heaven before me
Oh, my God I wanna be there with You
Where our hearts will beat with joy together
And love will reign forever and ever
Oh my God I wanna be there with You

I wanna see you face to face
Where being in your arms is the permanent state
I want it like it was back then
I wanna be in Eden

To be naked and unashamed
In a sweet downpour of innocent rain
I want it like it was back then
I wanna be in Eden

Friday, May 28, 2010

Making Changes

I have struggled for a very long time with consistent personal Bible study.
In an effort to to become more consistent I am retiring this blog (at least for a while) and starting a new one to aid me in my personal study and perhaps help others with theirs.
If you currently follow me here, please follow me there.
I assure you that I will post much more frequently and about things of more more depth.
Please pray for me and encourage me.
I promise to do the same for you.
God bless!

.... For such a time as this

Esther was a young girl - probably in her mid to late teens - when she was chosen to replace Queen Vashti in King Ahasuerus's court.

She was beautiful, smart, and got along with everyone.

But she was a Jew in a Persian's royal court.

She was afraid to reveal her background for fear that she and her family would die all the quicker when irresponsible King Ahasuerus was manipulated into agreeing to kill all the Jews in the kingdom because of one man's bruised ego.

Then Esther's uncle Mordecai told her "Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
(Esther 4:13-14)

Uncle Mordecai is saying, "Wake up girl!"
Don't you think that God put you where you are for a reason?
You can save your people.
You can save us.
God is on your side.
But the longer you wait, the more you tell God, "I don't believe you can do it."
Trust Him.
Believe in Him.
Look where He's placed you.
This is not a coincidence.
God doesn't do coincidences.
He believes in you.

I honestly believe that God works everything together for good
and places us where we are for very specific reasons.
For such a time as this.
It's not His fault if we refuse to open our eyes and realize what's staring us in the face.

If you've never studied the book of Esther, please do it.
Especially if you're a woman.
Young or not so young.
Especially if you're not too sure of what's going on in your life right now.
Or if you think you have it all together and life is just peachy.

What opportunity has God placed at your feet that you might be overlooking?
Where has He placed you for such a time as this?

Please read the book of Esther to see how Esther trusts God and how He delivers the Jewish people through her faith and bravery.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Only the Best of Etsy Sample Packages GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

Only the Best of Etsy Sample Packages GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

This looks really exciting! And who doesn't love a giveaway? Plus getting pretty packages in the mail is always fun! Even better, all the items in this giveaway are from Esty sellers. Handmade is the best way to be.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LOST! (spoiler alert!)


Yes, I am one of THOSE people.

The ones who are completely, wholeheartedly, unashamedly addicted to the tv show LOST and get into deeeeeep theoretical discussions/ arguments about what exactly is going on on The Island.

Well, tonight was the mind-bending premiere of the sixth and final season of this wonderfully cerebral series and during the commercials, Husband and I got into one of those aforementioned somewhat heated discussions while trying to analyze what we just saw that caused our brains to melt right there inside our heads.

Like I said. We're THOSE people. Its ok if you don't get it. To each his own.

Anyway, I'm a visual learner and I'm an artist, so, as an attempt to put things in perspective, I whipped out a pen and some paper and started doodling.

I drew up a somewhat comical summary illustrating what has happened in LOST from the very first episode until this monumental first episode of season 6.

And, of course, I just had to share it.

However... I must warn you first...

If you haven't caught up, or have never watched this show, and especially if you hate spoilers.... STOP READING NOW!

I'm serious. I'm a hardcore spoiler hater and I don't want to be the hypocritical person who ruins something for someone else, because I know I'd hate to have it done to me.

Last warning. Stop now, go and watch the show, then come back. Or not. Its your choice. Consider yourself fairly warned.

For all of you who have seen the show, are caught up, and happen to be as obsessed as I am... I hope you find this enjoyable. Or at least entertaining.

Go ahead and click on it. You know you want to inspect it further. Let me know what you think.

Anyone else as intrigued as I am?
P.S. - I have no idea why this stuff is blue and highlighted. There's no link. I don't know how to make it go away. My bad.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Why is asking other people for help so hard sometimes? Is it pride or fear? Anyone else feel this way?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cowl and Knitted Necklace

Yay, for posting new items on Etsy!

Thanks to my friend Laura for introducing me to Etsy about a year ago. Be sure to check out her super crafty blog as well as her awesome creations in her Etsy shop.

I just finished working on a pretty blue cowl and a green and blue knitted and crocheted fiber art necklace (my new favorite item in my shop). Even though the worst of winter seems to be past, the cowl is light enough to be worn into late spring. And the necklace would be great with both casual and dressy outfits.

I'll hopefully have some new items for Valentine's Day soon!

Friday, January 22, 2010


I'm one of those people who likes to smell coffee but doesn't really enjoy drinking it. Husband, however, has coffee flowing through his veins. So when we started dating, Husband encouraged me to try some different kinds of coffee to see if he could spread his disease to me. It didn't work exactly as he planned. I still don't like black coffee. However, I do like coffee flavored things and some types of coffee with flavor shots and stuff in them. Husband calls it "yuppie coffee". I call it tasty.

Husband is a coffee snob and likes to buy really good coffee and grind it at home and use the french press. He almost never drinks the entire press himself so whenever he has some left over I steal it and experiment.

Tonight Husband made some Starbucks Christmas Blend and I took about about 3/4 of a mug and added about 2 tbs of Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix (a Christmas present from a little girl at the preschool I work at!) and a little milk. YUM!

Anyone else like to doctor their coffee like me? Any good ideas?

My Studio A.K.A. The Dining Table

I'm really trying to make a conscious effort to produce more items to post on Etsy and sometimes when I'm crafting I have a tendency to sort of take over certain areas of our apartment. Like the kitchen table.

I guess it's good that we don't often eat at the table...

Friday, January 15, 2010


I have been in a real chili/stew mood lately. I love how versatile chili and stew are. You just find a lot of beans and veggies that you love, get some beef or ground turkey if you're a meat lover and throw it all in a pot. Yum! I really enjoy trying new variations and the cold damp weather lately is perfect for this kind of meal. My initial intention this week was to make chili but since I've never actually made "traditional" chili, it didn't really end up as what most people might call chili. But who cares what you call it as long as it tastes good, right? I've made two different kinds this week and while they were both really good the second one was way, way tastier!! Also, Husband approved. He's actually a better cook than I am and a bit of a food snob, so his approval was much appreciated!

The first one was pretty simple:

1 cup lentils
1 lb ground beef
1 can black beans
1 thick slice white onion diced
1 thick slice purple onion diced
3 or 4 stalks of celery minced (optional)
Use whatever spices you like to taste. I used:
black pepper

The second chili stew (which I'm enjoying leftovers of right now!) is a bit more involved but still supper easy to make!

1 cup lentils
1 lb ground beef
1 can black beans (I didn't drain these because I like the liquid that they're in)
1 can pinto beans (drained)
1 can dark red kidney beans (drained)
1 can chick peas (drained) (optional)
1 can cream style corn
1 small can original Rotel
about 1/3 of a green pepper diced
Again use whatever spices you like to taste. For this one I wanted it a bit spicier so I used:
black pepper
red pepper
red curry powder

For both stews, start with a large pot and bring the lentils to a boil in about 2 and 1/2 cups of water. Once it starts to boil lower the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 15-18 minutes. While that's simmering, brown the ground beef in a frying pan and drain off the fat/grease. Once the lentils are done, add everything else into the pot and continue to simmer, stirring every so often until its all nice and hot. I added about 1 and 1/2 cups of water but feel free to add more if you like it more soupy.
Husband and I like to crunch up whole wheat saltines into our stew as well. Mmmmm....

Anyone else love chili/stew a much as Husband and I do?