Thursday, August 28, 2014

"My Little Window"

It has been SOOO long since I have last posted on my beloved blog here and I am praying that this continues to work for me computer-wise from this point forward!  (*Here's to keeping my fingers crossed.**)

In the meantime, I want to talk about something very special that is happening to me, right now.  I will call it, my "litte window".  If you haven't already been following my Facebook page I am sure that you were not made aware that we have sent our big girl to public school.  Yes, heart-wrenching for me.  Not for some, but definitely for ME.  I love, love, love and deeply enjoy homeschooling to the ength degree.  It has it's challenges, yes but I enjoy it DEEPLY.  (Perhaps, just part of how God has wired this heart if mine).  It doesn't make me any better than any other mom, it just makes me, ME.  Don't be threatened by that.  Now onto my little window..

As much as I am ready to "rip" my little girl right out if the public school (excuse my language, I'm getting a little passionate here..). The Lord just showed me something.

While us this litte gap or space, I'm calling it a "little window", my "litte window", I have something very precious upon me that I may never see or get to experience ever again.  Actually, this IS in fact very precious because even if I do get to experience ever again, the child may very well be older..  It's precious time with my Sophia.  One-on-one, me & you, Mommy & daughter, It's just us time with my middle girl.  When am I ever going to have this again, this quality-time?  It is so precious.  She is wanting to sing, "The wheels on the bus" songs & nursery rhymes and before the baby comes, I need to enjoy this.  It may not be long now.  I only have a few days (maybe even a week) until our next child arrives.

Lord, please help me to SAVOR and enjoy this beautifully sweet & precious time.

Enjoying every moment tonight & taking it all in-


-Chemeeka

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What two ladies are doing this Summer

I had the pleasure of both meeting and getting to know these two lovely ladies.  They invited me to a jewelry party a couple of months back & I was just intrigued by their story and wanted to share it here with you.  This is an interview from my friend, Kelly.  Read as she shares about her journey in blessing the Mercy House in Kenya along with her good friend (and mine) Christi Knight. Enjoy!
 
-xo Chemeeka
 
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(Also posted as, "What Two Ladies are Doing This Summer" on Bakiemesweet.blogspot.com) 

1) So how did you come to hear about the Mercy House of Kenya and how did the connection between you & Christi Knight form for MH?
There were brochures at the event about hosting a craft and jewelry party for The Mercy House. I remember thinking, "that's nice," but I would NEVER do anything like that on my own. After Maureen finished talking, Christi and I looked at each other, wide-eyed. We just couldn't believe all we had just heard. It was hard to process all at once. Christi read over the brochure in front of her, turned to me and asked, "Would you like to do this, together?" Without hesitation, I said yes. At that moment, I knew why God had brought us to this event.
Christi and I talked about how, as busy moms, we often feel like we're not contributing to the world as much as we'd like. Yes, we are investing in our families, and that is our number one priority after God, but we felt like there was more. There was more that we could do, and Mercy House gave us an outlet in which to do it. We may not be able to leave our little ones and go on a missions trip to a foreign country, but there are no lesser or greater service areas in God's eyes. He looks at the intentions and motivations of the heart.







2) What was it about MH that struck a cord within you that led you to becoming further involved with it? One of the big things that struck a cord in me about The Mercy House is that they are rescuing pregnant girls from the most deplorable of circumstances imaginable. I have never seen with my eyes anything close to the conditions Maureen described. They found one of the girls wringing out a dirty rag, trying to get just a few drops of water for her newborn to drink. Most have been raped, by family and/or people they don't know. Some of their families force them into prostitution in exchange for food. Most pregnant girls in Kenya try to abort their babies numerous times. They do not view their babies as a gift from God. They view them as just another mouth to feed. Most are exiled from their families when they find out they are pregnant. I could go on and on. The Mercy House is a picture of redemption in every way. It is beautiful.
 
3) Tell us a little bit more about what you know about the jewelry or the ladies at MH?
All of the jewelry and crafts are made by the girls themselves. In fact, most of the items come with a card that has the girl's name on it who made your item. I just think it is so neat that something as simple and fun as buying and wearing a beautiful necklace can help a woman on the other side of the world become self-sufficient.


4) What else would you like the readers to know about the jewelry at the Mercy House and how can we support it?
There are several different ways that you can learn more and keep up with The Mercy House.
 
mercyhousekenya.org
Follow The Mercy House on Facebook!
Founder Kristen Welch blogs at wearethatfamily.com and is on FB at We are THAT family.
 





Can One Necklace Really Make a Difference?


What can my $15 really do?
(To give you a frame of reference, the average wage for a Kenyan day job is $1)


$3 from each necklace is put into an account for each girl's future (to start her own business, attend college, etc.)


$2 pays for three nutritious, healthy meals for each day per pregnant girl, nursing mother


$3 pays for intense, one-on-one counseling and therapy sessions per girl

$1 per day, per girl pays for clean water


$2 per day, per girl pays for good prenatal, medical care


$4 per girl, per day pays rent for two weeks


Your purchase matters.



Thursday, July 4, 2013

DIY {Fabric} Yarn 4th of July Wreath

It's the 4th of July and we need us a wreath, y'all!  It seems like the perfect occasion to make us a little wreath....well, ANY occassion is fit enough for me to make a wreath.  (Sometimes, I am just looking for an excuse to have to make a wreath, lol.)  So, let's get started:)  This wreath is super easy and honestly, I first saw it here on Pinterest.  And just knew that I had to make one!:)
 
For my door, I used the following
 
Supplies:
* spool of deep red yarn
* spool of rich navy blue yarn
*spool of ivory colored yarn
* 18 inch foam wreath base
* 12 inches of burlap or ribbon for hanging
 
*packet of white foam stars (mine came in a three pack of silver, gold and white & for this project I just use the white. 
 
I chose a premium brand of yarns.  There were were some that were of a thicker band but I wanted my yarn to almost look "silky".  So I made sure that the yarn that I chose was thin, deep and rich in color and even had a little shine to it.  (You'll see when we get to the end...) 
 
Okay so first I watched a YouTube video on this and I was so glad I did because I noticed a couple of things:
 
(1) If you're doing a yarn wreath, you must, absolutely MUST use a foam wreath base.  No a wire wreath base, or a twig wreath base. Absolutely not.  With wrapping a yarn, no other base, (except one that is COMPLETELY smooth, like a foam base will do!)
 
Second, when you're wrapping a yarn wreath DO NOT unravel your spool of yarn.  Keep it rolled and wrapped up & only pull out enough of the yarn for that cycle it around the wreath. 
 
Watch this video to see what I mean.
 
 
 
Next after I got this rotation going I went around and around.  Now, you see that we are trying to make this wreath in the similitude of the American flag.  So you want to have the blue cover the top left quadrant, just like it does on the actual flag.  And then on the bottom left quardrant and all of the right side of the (top and bottom quadrants) we're going to make our "stripes".  If you watched the video, you saw that you tie your yarn at the beginning point before you begin wrapping.
 
As you go, these little knots will be at the beginning and the end of all of your white and red sections.  Turn your wreath over before you at the hanging ribbon and stars and cut off any loose ends, above the knot.  If you cut "below" the knot, your yarn is likely to unravel, so don't do it;)
After you're done cutting off any of the loose ends, you're good to go with applying your stars. 
These stars have a sticky back and so you just peel off that sticky back and take your time pressing them all around the navy blue part of the base.  You're making up your stars section because you already have your stripes done.  (*Back note: Use your discretion as to how thick you want each section of white (or ivory) and deep red to be.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just rhythmic:)
 
And there you have your wreath!  Happy Independence Day!
 
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So what are you doing for this 4th of July?  Does your family have any special
"crafty" family traditions?  Making this wreath could be your first:)
 
 
 
Happy Crafting Y'all!
 
xo -Bakie
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

God Met Me.....In Math (of All Places!)

Math.  math.  Really, God.met.me.in.math!  Who would have known?!  I never expected to find Him there.... To experience God at the point of the words, "Math Error" is just beyond me, but....He was there.  In fact, He was (and is) everywhere.

Since high school, I have never been a person that has been good at math.  In fact, I was "labeled as" just one of those kids in the class that just wasn't going to get it.  YOU know who those kids are...and I was one of them.  So walking into a homeschooling conference for three days and opening the booklet to find out that we would be talking about math, I looked at it knowing that I would be mentally left behind.  I expected nothing more than to struggle the next few days and hopefully make some friendships.  (You can always use those and that was my model all through high school).  And so here we go...
 
Day 1: Math problems. 
We were given a math sheet, after doing some together, with the speaker, we broke into groups.  It's time to do your math.  I got about halfway through the sheet and my brain just.shut.down.  "I cannot do this.  I know that I cannot do this...who am I fooling?  No one."  Well at that point, I'd figure that I'd just try...it can't be that hard..but it was.  For me at least.
 
 
Day 2: Math problems, but this time, Video of Math discussion before math problems
(Now, let me add that there "was" a video regarding a math discussion on day 1, I just didn't see it.  Meaning, that I was not in the room when they played the video from day 1).  So on this video, they're discussing maths and some of the things in math, which are not absolutes.  Things in which when you enter their computations into your scientific calculator, the response that you're getting is "MATH ERROR".  Those two words right there..."MATH ERROR" rocked.my.world.  But wait, I am getting ahead of myself.
 
Anyways, what happens when all of math is not easily explainable and you find yourself in a corner, trying to figure out why anything to the zero power equals one, but yet, 0 (zero) to the zero power does not equal one...
 
MATH ERROR.
MATH ERROR.
GOD ERROR.
 
GOD.
 
You cannot place God in a box.  You can't mark His end and you can't mark His beginning.  All things were created by Him.  When we break out our God-calculators, and we see that the King of all the Universe will come in the flesh and be born in a manger and as the scripture says, that "he would have no comeliness that we should look at him.." (Isaiah 53:2) the Pharisee's calculators came up as "GOD ERROR".  Something was not right, and did not add up with this picture.  But yet, it was right.
 
I am convinced...you cannot put math in a box.  In like manner, you cannot put God in a box at all.  There are not some people that were made for math and some that were not.  You have to APPROACH math, because YOU cannot contain it.  Get rid of the box!  You have to approach math.
You have to approach God.
 
And so on Day 3:
I had gotten rid of my box that said that I was a failure at math.  I was no longer in-the-box.  I was outside of the box and able to approach math, with God because he is for me and He said that I could "come bodly before the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need"
(Hebrews 4:16)The father took my hand & we went math-ing.  And I conquered it.  
 
I will never be alone in math again.  Never. ever.  Why?   Because....
 
 
I got this!
 
Blessings on your day!
xo Chemeeka  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Braised Red Cabbage & Lamb Chops

We already deep into the heart of fall & so, if you haven't already, it's time to start bringing out those rustic fall flavors.  I am starting with a nice head of red cabbage.  (Have you ever had braised red cabbage with goat cheese at a restaurant?  Well that's what we're going for here:-)  You'll want to take a fresh head of red cabbage and slice it thin.  In a medium saucepan, sautee up half of a thinly sliced
 
yellow onion, and then add in your cabbage.  I like to braise mine in about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of chicken stock.  (A chicken bouillon cube dissolved into a cup of warm water will do just fine if you don't have actual stock on hand).  Braising simply means a "wet-heat" method of cooking.  Whether it's meat or vegetables, you usually start off your braising with a little bit of oil (olive or vegetable), aromatics (your onion, your garlics), and then you add a little liquid ( a stock, either a vegetable stock or a meat stock) to cook your meats or veggies.
 

Now since, I've got errands to run before dinner is going to be served, I want everything to be nice & warm the moment that we walk in, so I am moving this cabbage to simmer over in my crockpot :-).  Add 1/2 cup of chicken stock to keep the flavor in.  Next up...our lamb chops.  If you do these right, there is not a lot to add as lamb has great flavor.  I simply sprinkle my chops with a tablespoon of kosher salt, and some fresh cracked pepper.
 
Then I sear them in a fry pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat, 3-4 minutes on each side.  And then a move them into a baking pan in the oven with 1/2 cup of water and half a tablespoon of beef bouillon base added to the liquid, sprinkle with a little rosemary & you're done.  Cover it with foil and place it on the center rack of your oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
 

 The perfect meal for gearing up for the Holidays:-)
 
Bon Appetit Everyone!
 
xo Chemeeka
 
 
 
 
 



Saturday, October 13, 2012

Parties that I LLLLOOOVVVE!

Okay, can I just tell you that I LLLLOOOVEEE a good party, done right?  I do, I do, I really do.  This one on Pinterest just totally caught my eye!  I wasn't even looking for parties.... (I told myself, "okay, no looking at parties, and great party set-ups, just look for tablescape ideas for fall...") and sure enough this one popped up.  Oh, I'm in love!  I mean...I love these parties.  Can I say that again?  I llllllooovvveeeee these parties.  Ah, that feels better! 

I really can't get enough.  So now let's break it down:

Contents of a great table layout:
*Symmetry
*Palette of colors
*Layers of symmetry and palette of colors
*Different heights (as you can see you have the silverware, the plates, then
the glasses and the different heights of the paper box candles, and then again, the nice different color
pom poms hanging from the top.

Once you have the color scheme, your eyes are basically dancing all over the place because you just don't want to see the delicious treats but you want to see the decor, the detail and the dimensions.  That's what really makes a party "pop", in my opinion ;-).  Here's the pin on that one if you'd like to follow it :-)

Let's look at some more parties that I love:

This one's from Amanda at Amanda's Parties to Go and she has totally rocked herself out on this one!  If you take a look at her shop on Etsy,  you can see that she makes the printables for these sweet little bashes!  You go Amanda. Your work is AMAZING!!
 
Next up is this absolutely SWWEET party that I found here at One Charming Party by Brittany.
Okay, love it, love it!  Absolutely adorable.  This party rocks!
 
I hope that I inspired you to make the most out of your parties and to go that extra mile, to make your celebration extra special!  Email me at lovefarmcake and hotmail dot com for more ideas.
 
 
Happy Celebrating!