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Kiandra 🌻 Jimenez  Christian. Wife. Mama. Poet. Adjunct. New Weaver/Spinner. Gardener. Loves: yellow, poetry, joy, prayer & nature.

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Hanging with Sis @_boriqueen and the kids acting like a bunch of Picassos. Just what my heart needed. Just missed @rhyanyasmeen_ but soon she'll be home! πŸ’—

I've been trying to break up with Insta for a few weeks now. πŸ˜” I'm just not sure about sm, anymore. This summer has been draining, and there has been no rest for my beautiful little family. Me and E are tired of being so busy, of doing so much, of not having time we don't owe anyone anything. No calls, no texts, no appearances, no work, etc. I've been ditching my phone come 5 pm Friday, and retrieving it on Monday mornings. There's the occasional FB post, or mindless scrolling, but even that feels too much some days.
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We/I am taking some time to be selfish. I hate that word, because it's less about being selfish and more about self care. More about us and family time. We are deeply burned out.
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I'm not sure what the new season ahead has for me/us. There is so much change and growth on the horizon. If I don't breathe now, I'll suffocate further. I took a stress test last Friday and I scored 96/100. Wow. Just wow.
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Making time to breathe a little, quilt (!!) a little, spin/weave a little, bake a little, cuddle with E a lot, dream with my family a lot, and prepare for the season coming.
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As I feel moved, I'll share. But those of you who have the digits, feel free to text. But be warned, I unplug daily, I have no notifications or sound on my phone, so if I'm slow to respond, it's not you, it's me. I'm either working or caring for myself and/or family. πŸ’—βœŒπŸΎπŸ’—
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#unplugging #space #metime #selfcare #familycare

This morning my Father spoke to me through sunflowers. 🌻 He knows my name. 😌
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My heart has been so restless and tired, so He called me out, sent a hummingbird to swoop over me (without fail every time I pray in my garden a hummingbird comes, believing I'm a 🌲), a heavy cloud to remind me He guides & protects me (Exodus 13:21), and flowers to remind me- I'm Always His business (Mat. 6:28) Always His business. Always surrounded by His abundance and love.
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"See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith?" -Mat. 6:28-30 βœ¨πŸ™ŒπŸΎβœ¨ Every single time. πŸ‘πŸΎThat part.
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I've seen the spender of plants, so intricately beautiful I find myself nearly weeping into their soil, for I know their lives are short, their beauty fleeting (like us). And then God comes through, "Will I not do much more for you? Do you not see the same intricate beauty of you, your life as I've designed? Whom do you trust, your hands or my will/design for your life? If you trust me to produce the most beautiful earth, fill it with such deep beauty, why not see yourself as the same design, and give your life to me?"
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That part. God continues to humble me, continues to work on me, continues to refine me, continues to prune me, continues to keep me. Sometimes I look within, seeing who I've become and think, "Harpo, who dis here woman?" And then God answers. πŸ™πŸΎ .
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My heart is now grateful, joyful, and encouraged. Not my own, but His. .
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#beliver #christianlife #christian #womanofgod #butgod #jesuscalling #godscreation #godsplan #godinmygarden #godspeed #godsplanisbetterthanmine

Family game night: "The Chameleon" || We had fun playing this new game. It was surely much more challenging then we expected, in a good way. As a writer, I loved the challenge of finding new words to explain things. A lot like writing a poem. Of course, one round in we became extremely suspicious of each other, giving each other the side eye, and erupting in laughter at word choices. Of course, Mommy is the only one to never be the chameleon. This is surely a board game going into our rotation! Fast, easy to learn, challenging, fun, and hilarious. We love our board games, and family nights! This would be a great party game among friends, too!
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Game stats: 3-8 players, ages 14+, 15 + minutes to play. (Fyi, Mike Mike is only 12 and played very well.)
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#familytime #familygamenight #familygame #thechameleon #lovemyfamily #nerdyfamily #weloveboardgames #boardgameaddict #boardgames #boardgamereview @bigpotatogames

Sunflowers, come through. || I feel like sitting in the soil, watching the bees work, dreaming about E, and writing him poems. Something beautiful about sun & artichoke flowers. Something about the tender skin of tomatoes sun scolding. The afro'ed mound of goldenrod. Some poem about the season, about the rosemary, the basil, the praying mantis and dragon flies. But work says work, so work. We'll pick tomatoes tomorrow, and I'll continue to pray for poems. This is the year of tomatoes, sunflowers, figs, ants, and wealth. The year I continually shed skin until I'm raw dreams. Hungry.

Church and grocery shopping done well before noon, on a Sunday. Who are we? || On another note, I told E, we are done for the summer! We need to rest. This has so not been a restful or renewing summer for us. Trying to embrace the season, but I keep telling God I'm weary. We decided we're "taking a month off," though we're not sure what that means. πŸ˜• || On a second note: Decided for this 4th loc journey to embrace the frizz like I did in the 2nd. Sticking closer to traditionals, few (if any products), watering them daily, re-twisting infrequently, adorning them, and just letting them live. I want my locs like my life, natural, unbothered, full, and alive. So far I'm using natural aloe gel, castor and jojoba oil, essential oils, and water. Got a shell 🐚 dangling, too. 😌☺️
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Ready for a Sabbath day of rest! Blessed Sunday beautiful people. πŸ’—
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#sunday #sundaymorning #locs #locjourney #babylocs #embracethefrizz #frizzylocs #loclove #naturalblackgirl #marriedlife #marriedwithchildren #lovehimsomuch #blaxican

Traveling = Reading (at least until Mama Tucy and Auntie Patty get in the car--then it's another kind of learning) || I am a product of the warmth of other suns on my grandmothers, grandfathers, great-granddaddy, and Big Mama's backs. .
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#knowyourworth #knowledgeofself #knowyourhistory #knowyourself #knowyourpower #bgm #amreading #currentread #reading #blackgirlmagic #blackwriters #blackwriter

My son is #blackboymagic || See previous post. But, yeah, he fixed it. By himself. He rocks. And when we went to high five, he forgot I was his little mama, and slapped the mess out of my hands. It was hard, but I didn't flinch. He's now breathing again, and outside helping Papi with garden chores. πŸ€“ I said, "See, I told you can do anything." πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
And all that heavy breathing, him exhaling after holding his breath the past 30 minutes. Let's not talk about the way he's been stalking the mailman, waiting for his part. πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈ

Oops. || Someone (him) broke his device. Instead of telling me, he did his research, figured out what's wrong, took his own money (which he's been saving like a madman for a Switch), to buy a replacement screen. $30 to a 12 year old is expensive. 😩 But, he'd rather not hear Mama's mouth, I'm guessing, and man'ed up to fix his problem. πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’ͺ🏾 Raising a man, not a boy!
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The bright spot, he told me while I was helping him deconstruct his Nintendo 2DS? He now knows how it works inside and out. My reply? Maybe you'll be an engineer and not a architect. ☺️ Nope, he said. Architect, or maybe City Planner.
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4.0, Jr. National Honor Society, going into High School at 12, and a cool, kind heart, with a dry, wry sense of humor. What could be better? A deep love of Hip Hop. πŸ™πŸΎ I adore him 🀴🏽and his seester πŸ‘ΈπŸ½. My little prince and princess. ☺️
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#ilovemyson #ilovemykids #mysonrocks #coolkid #blaxican #momofteens #momofteenson #mamalife #myblessing #futurearchitect

Huge Mistake. || Guess who just ruined 30 lbs of tomatoes? I was moving so fast I started to cook our tomato harvest in my big copper (unlined) jam pot. Yeah, copper poisoning. I didn't cook it, but I stored the purΓ©e in the pot as I was crushing the tomatoes in my tomato press, about an hour. I didn't catch it until I snapped this picture, rushed to get the sauce out, and of course, the pot was shinning, meaning the metal already leached into the sauce. I'm heart broken right about now, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. If you know anything about me, you know that I am a *stickler* about food safety, especially when it comes to my family and others. I even have my food handlers certificate, just for my own education. I know, a bit much. But this is an area I don't play.
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E says, "we'll be blessed with another harvest, better safe than sorry." I pray he's right, I'm downright disgusted right now. But I have faith we will gather another harvest, perhaps not enough to can, but enough to enjoy. πŸ˜”
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When it all comes down to it, I'm thankful for the lesson learned without making us or others sick. I need to slow down, I need to slow down, I need to slow down. God, I'm listening.
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Tough lesson of the day. Today has just been a sad day, time to pray for a peaceful heart, and go hide while E pours all that amazing sauce down the drain. I can't watch.
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#canning #harvest #painfullifelessons #mistakeshappen #mistakesarelessons #ineedatimeout

lb. 4 lb. || We've been blessed with lbs. on top of lbs. of tomatoes. So grateful I bought a tomato press 3 years ago, because this is a lot of work! Especially without my better half, add to that 100+ degree weather, no a/c, and canning...I need all the help and prayers I can get. All day work. I'm planning to can up most of this as tomato sauce/paste (unflavored so it'll be a blank canvas), and put a good portion into the dehydrator (sun dried tomatoes, tomato powder, etc.). A lot of work ahead, but I'm grateful for the abundance and fruit God has given us! Fyi: E weighed this week's harvest and we have about 30 lbs. This isn't including what we've already harvested, been eating, and what's still green on the vine. The season is truly just beginning, we pray.
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#harvest #gardenlife #gardengirl #gardenersofinstagram #gardenersofig #tomatoes #tomatoharvest #gardentotable #growfoodnotlawns #growsomethinggreen #growfood

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