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yareah - full moon and a loving God

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Yareah - hebrew for moon.

There’s a full moon tonight. I’ve spent some time at the office reading the Bible with a sleeping baby next to me, writing a list of prayers all while the air diffuser has been brewing a comforting synergy of essential oils.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the moon. It has always felt a little like magic to me. An astrological body that has been used as a light source during harvests, a celestial body that orbits our earth and affects our waters. I will never forget when my Astronomy teacher in secondary school told us about the full moon making kids crazier. I always kept my eyes open for extra wilderness during full moons. I have to admit, I still do.

Tonight, for many, this is a night of worshipping the moon. I however adore this creation but leave it be a reminder of the God I believe created it for us.

Here are some beautiful scripture including the moon to meditate on tonight. So tomorrow, “when you look up to see the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars - all the heavenly array”, perhaps you’ll feel the comfort of the working and loving hand behind the creation, too.

Psalm 74:16, A psalm of Asaph.
Both day and night belong to you; you made the light* and the sun.
*or Moon; Hebrew reads light.

Psalm 148:3
Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all stars of light.

Genesis 1:14-18
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.

1 Corinthians 15:40-41
There are also bodies in the heavens and bodies on the earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the glory of the earthly bodies.The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. Andeeven the stars differ from each other in their glory.

Psalms 8:3-5, A psalm of David which he sang to the Lord.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you set in place - what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

xo

happy weekend

The usual suspects exploring our home for the weekend.

The usual suspects exploring our home for the weekend.

We packed our bags and left for the High Coast! This weekend I’m turning 25 and we’re also celebrating our engagement anniversary which means this weekend is going to be really lovely. Anniversaries spent with two babies is a lot different than celebrating as a couple and I’m embracing & loving the change of scenery. I cannot imaginine a better way to begin my 25th year than with my person + our babies.

Now here are some links for your weekend reading!

What the screen time experts do with their own kids (NPR)

Collaboration kills creativity according to science (Inc.)

Why silence is vital for our brains (Uplift)

Buy a cat, stay up late, don’t drink (The Guardian)

Puerto Ricans have been hit by a hurricane, corruption and a leader's crude insults - they're fighting back (CNN)

This tasty looking Daal recipe | Butternut hummus with feta and pomegranate

What are your weekend plans?

summer reads

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I know by now that writing a long list of books to read during the summer and thinking I will actually check them all off is a little ambitious considering I have two babies under two (and we actually want to do stuff together this summer caramba!), but born a list maker, the thought of reading new books makes me excited. So a couple of weeks ago I wrote myself a list of books I want to read, gently noting that I will never read the whole of these books but rather parts of their content, and left it at that. Aspirations paired with flexibility, and grace.

And the list is following:

The Forty Rules of Love
The Raw Food Detox Diet
Rumi: The Book of Love
The Alchemist
The Desire Map
The Forgotten Feminine
Finding Your Own North Star
Women, Food and God
Eat, Pray and Love
The Night Circus
The Power of a Praying Wife
Bébé Day By Day
The Five Love Languages
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
Moominpappa at Sea

xo

happy weekend

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We’re down to 5 1/2 hours of daylight and I’m doing my best to adjust to the sun setting at 14.00 already. I’m finding little things that make adapting to this dark and cold season a little easier and today that means celebrating December 1st with a saffron cake and some extra baby cuddles. I’m so excited to finally go all in for Christmas.


Now here are some interesting links for the weekend!

Is it time for us to re-think how we give gifts? (Becoming Minimalist)

Learn your loved one’s love language right in time for Christmas (The Five Love Languages)

5-minute caffeine-free chai mix (Minimalist Baker)

Adaptogens might be the coolest thing I’ve read about in a while (Free People)

How saffron is an effective antidepressant (University Health News)

This Saffron milk recipe | This Pumpin Pie Coffee Cake | Creamy Green Beans With Parmesan and Toasted Almond

happy weekend

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I just had the realization that if I allow myself to begin my Christmas celebrations before Thanksgiving, I’ll have a whole three months of Christmas (ask any Puerto Rican and they’ll agree with me that December AND January are Christmas months). This gives me an extra month of watching Christmas movies and eating everything saffron which is just what I need in my life!

This weekend I’m making saffron latte, beating a bad cold, looking into some fun autumn DIY and celebrating our two year anniversary. A really good weekend despite the cold if you ask me!



Here are a few links for the weekend!

Season 3 of Riverdale is out. (Netflix)

An old favorite, what it looks like when men are allowed to take 480 days of paternity leave. (Buzzfeed)

The Simple Money Magazine no.1 free issue! (No Sidebar)

This morning porridge recipe. (Design Love Fest)

Saffron for emotional health. (Psychology Today)

Affirmations for anger management (Motivation Ping)

An article on the recipe for postnatal peace (Natural Parent Magazine)

xo.