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

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Advanced Poetry Class || While driving down I've been reviewing/previewing a new book I received for my Advanced Poetry class a year from now, and I think I've got a winner! 😁 I received a wonderful email from one of my Intro Poetry students this past week, and she was lamenting not having a class with me this semester, and thanking me for my love of poetry that has engulfed her and inspired her. Sigh, I miss that class, too. But, hearing what she's currently struggling with as a new poet has convinced me this book may be perfect for my advanced students. How awesome that it arrived the same day I got her email! It's got me inspired and I've not even finished it! Full of great prompts and fodder for poetry. #adjunctlife #adjunct #poetrylife

To the beach! || Still missing the teens, but got a message from each since we left them (I love you, I miss you), so my heart is steady. πŸ’—
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I've been thinking about the things they're learning, and how we can continue the conversation as a family, and support them in this transition towards young adulthood. And I keep thinking of my daughter, and the lessons Mama passed to me that I still live by.
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I had to wear ponytails until I was 16, I couldn't wear make-up until prom, and only at prom, I couldn't have boyfriends/date, but boys as friends was okay. 😏 I didn't have a curfew, I had to be home within the hour of school letting out, unless I was going to work. Mama was strict, brother was stricter, and stepdad was strictest. It was rough.
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These days I hear Mama constantly, "You are the prize...you don't need make-up, you're naturally beautiful, you'll thank me when you have an amazing husband." And she was right, my heart is the prize, I don't need make-up, and I do thank her. Don't get me wrong, I love the color pop of lipstick, but there is something raw and pure and honest about a woman's bare face. So full of beauty and worth. And I find myself grateful I never learned to apply makeup.
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I'm thinking of my sweet girl, & her closest friends, and all they are learning today. I'm praying for their hearts, that they'll know all the things Mama told me for all their life. I wish I could be there, telling them Mama's words, so instead I'm telling myself as we drive towards the sea. Knowing we model self worth and love to our daughters.
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β€’ You are the prize. β€’ You are so worthy. β€’ You are naturally beautiful. β€’ You're perfect as you are, pale pink lips, skinny legs, kinky curly hair and all. β€’ Your heart and mind is the biggest prize. β€’
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Wishing all you beautiful women a full heart of love. May you feel the weight of your worth, the prize of your heart, the gift of your mind, and the infinite beauty of your whole, fully gorgeous selves. .
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#datewithhubby #selflove #selfcare #usie #marriedlife #gratitude #grateful #naturalbeauty #naturalblackwomen #nomakeup #nofilter #bareface

Big Picture Weekend. || Teens just left for the weekend for camp. πŸ˜”πŸ˜žβ˜ΉοΈπŸ˜’πŸ˜₯ Already miss them and choking hard on the lump in my throat. (Crying a little, too.) Of course Ee is not emo, and talking about "it's only a day and half, woman." I'm all, 😭 "It's 2 nights, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts. That feels like forever!" Sigh. Tears aside, I'm so thrilled for them, and thankful for our church family and how they lead and love on our kids. They'll come back understanding God's design for love, a Biblical understanding of the birds and the bees, and a wealth of knowledge before they enter HS next year. Also a great chance to fellowship with their friends. Sending all of them in prayer and love. πŸ’—πŸ’•πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’•πŸ’— .
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#momlife #momofteens #lovethem #myheart #teenchristians #teenbelievers #christianteen #christianteens #ilovemychurch

2013 vs 2017 || There once was grass, a few orange trees, hard clay soil, and a few islands of herbs. Each year I pushed Ee to expand. 2013 we dug up all the grass with simple pick axes, didn't use any chemicals because I was adamant about feeding and working with the soil organically. It took us a month of weekends, but we did it and were rewarded with an amazing garden. Every year, I've expanded--adding more raised beds, adding fruit trees, permanente herbs, nurtured/encouraged volunteers, and learned a lot of lessons. For example, we need more shade, hence the new apricot we'll plant this season. And fennel's a tough bed mate, which is why she looks lonely in the raised bed in the bottom picture (there is squash out of the frame). Mostly, I've learned to just keep growing, keep trying, keep pushing the boundaries of what I grow and attempt to grow. Not all plants thrive, but each teach me valuable lessons that make me a better gardener for those that do thrive. I've been gardening for 18 years, this summer. 13 of those with focus, dedication, intention, and concentration on growing food. .
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#garden #gardening #gardeners #gardenbeforeandafter #organicgarden #organicgardening #mygarden #gardenlife #growyourown #growsomethinggreen #gardenchat #gardentalk #growyourownfood #homegrown #backyardgardener #gardenersofig #gardenersworld #gardenersofinstagram #gardenlife #gardengirl

Ee has jokes. || That one time, a few years ago I told him to peep my muscles, and he laughed while I strained to show what little I got. 😩
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I'm over lamenting these bird legs, skinny arms, and weak core. I'm over hiding how thin my legs are, or sighing silently when someone says I'm SO skinny. πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ My reply will soon be, "you forgot strong."
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I've out pushed Ee every day we've hit the weights. He's called me a beast, not because I'm lifting triple digits, or doing anything outwardly impressive, but because I hit all my reps and sets, and push my weight steadily.
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Sure, I'd love to see some gain in my quads, hams, glutes, and get more definition in my arms. But moreso, I want to feel strong, I want to nurture my strength, I want to truly be healthy. After a few months, my legs are conditioned, I no longer suffer from DOMS, and I can feel the strength and power in my legs. And, I surprised myself a few nights ago--I was able to lat pull slightly more than half my weight, and still hit full reps/sets. And do a few pull ups πŸ’ͺ🏾. I'm enjoying the feeling of gaining strength, and seeing my outer strength match my inner strength.
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It isn't all about numbers and looks, but heart. Start where you are. 🌻 [For the record, Ee lives in a glass house and shouldn't throw bricks. He's ridiculously thin, as in 13% BF with no exercise. 😳😑 I'm 23% with no exercise.] .
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#skinnyfat #skinnyfatgirl #fitjourney #smallbutmighty #marriedlife #fitnessjourney #myhusbandhasjokes #heskinnierthanme #whyhelaughing #hehasnobodyfat #imserious #weskinnyfat #skinnyfattofit #fbf #fbfriday

Sweet girl. || She tells me she was inspired by Frida, just as I was going to say it. This beautiful girl, inspires me to no end. Her beautiful spirit, graciousness, heart of gold, innocence, and creativity pales the brightest rays of the sun. Truly my sunshine. πŸ’›πŸŒžπŸŒ»πŸŒΌπŸŒŸβ˜€οΈ .
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#christiangirl #believer #mydaughter #daughter #daughterlove #myprincess #myheart #naturalbeauty #teenagegirl #teenagedaughter #momofteen #momlife #proudmom

Pre Workout Selfie. || Why, yes, my nails do match my jacket, because...yellow. πŸ’› Don't let my slight smile fool you, my abs are angry from last night's stupid ridiculous, over zealous, prove to Ee I'm a beast crunch with weights rep. Something like 200. Yeah, stupid. Let's see how stupid I act today. I can't lift as much as him, so I try to beat him with sets. Competitive. πŸ’…πŸΎ

Kale (+Cilantro & Mint) Harvest. || Sunday we pulled up all the winter plants to make room for our main season Spring/summer crop. As always, the broccoli bolted πŸ™„πŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈ, so I let it go to seed and will consider seed saving and trying to bred a broccoli that'll form a head of florets, the beets and turnips were teeny tiny, but the Kale, as usual, was a champion. I wanted to let it continue growing, but the truth is it's sweetest after frosts, so didn't make sense to let it linger. The great news? We have a ton of Kale! Yay! Because we worked until 9:30 pm I didn't have the energy to clean and store them, so I stuck them into this 5 gal. bucket, roots in tack, filled with cold water, and stashed it in the garage where it's cool and dark. Today they are still as fresh as when I pulled them from the ground--still crisp and the aphids are still moseying around. πŸ˜’ Thought I would be able to clean them on my lunch break, that's not going to happen, too many aphids, so changed the water, brought it inside where we'll hand wash each and every leaf by hand. Yay! I'm not sure how we'll store them. May dehydrate some for kale chips, freeze some for smoothies and casseroles, and save some for chicken salad sandwiches this week. Either way, it'll be good! .
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#harvest #homegrown #kale #kalelover #garden #gardeninglife #gardengrown #gardentotable #growsomethinggreen #growyourown #growfoodnotlawns #growfood #gardengirl #gardenlife #organicproduce #organicgardener #organicgardener

Spring greens & purples || I used to think I only searched for yellows, the waving broccoli petal flags, the calendula and pericon flowers, the yellow orange squash stars. But the purples of spring and winter, too, woos me every time. I started noticing them with Chive blossoms, a delicate lavender I fell hard for. But then the lavender buds, showed me such pretty hues, I begun to hunt for purple. And then broccoli showed me what purple and green could do. I fell hard. Now, come spring, I look for lavenders and they are everywhere--mustard greens, artichokes, kale, meyer lemon blossoms. I garden for so many reasons, and one of them is for lessons in seeing color, and learning to love the spectrum. Another is gratitude. Can't wait to eat the few 'chokes we've got (2 full sized and one baby). .
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Mini (volunteer) celery forest, next to mint forest, next to baby plantain forest. (All unplanned and completely volunteer) Gardening outside of the lines. ☺️ We can never control the will of nature, so learn to let her lead. .
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The squash and corn beds. || If I could tell my younger gardening self anything it would be the following: Ki, I know you have these culinary dreams with fennel. Sure, you've seen it on pizza on Pinterest, and all these appetizing dishes that got you inspired. Your a little timid to buy it, so you're thinking, grow it, and warm yourself up. I get you, but babygirl, consider what the old gardening heads say. It doesn't get along with anyone, and you know companion gardening is the truth. You've seen it with basil and tomatoes, squash and corn, so why wouldn't you trust the gospel of fennel? Yes, you're just setting the pot there in a corner while you figure out its home, but we both know you'll forget it, and it'll grow into the rich soil you've dedicated your life to building. So move it. Please. Pretty please. πŸ™πŸΎ Fine, but know that nothing, nothing, nothing will grow in this Bermuda triangle of 2 ft. due to your hard headed nature. Yes, she's beautiful and the lady beetles love to hang in her hair. And yes, the yellow flowers are gorgeous, too. I've seen the pictures. But listen, well, nevermind. Learn the hard way, but at least make a pizza with fennel one of these days. 😏
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Friends don't let friends plant fennel in main beds. Plant responsibly my friends, be careful with this one. She's a hard garden mate. (She's the beautiful green bush pictured lower right.) The more I igg her, the bigger she grows, for my attention. She's even given me volunteers 15 feet away. Just crazy with her love. Send fennel recipes, or please come harvest some. I have Fennel growing like crazy infatuated love. 😍 .
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207 🌱 plants planted, 40+ to go & 2 trees. || Yesterday, after church, we made a quick pit stop at Costco (πŸ€” is that possible on Sundays?) then had lunch, and quickly dashed to the garden. By this time it was 3 pm and we knew we had hours of work to get done. Racing against the setting sun is never a sure bet, as we quickly found she's ever more focused and faster than the two of us. By sunset Ee dug the industrial light out of the garage, brought me a sweater and more water, and we continued on, in the dark, with ATCQ on repeat, planting beds. So many plants went in during the dark I couldn't be sure of my spacing, or any of my handiwork. This morning I see all is well. There was kale, mint, and cilantro to harvest, and still a good flat+ of melons, cucumbers, and herbs to plant. I've run out of room, and haven't the slightest where the cucks and melons will go, but the herbs have homes, thankfully. Our garden is surely tomato, pepper, and squash heavy. I've easily got roughly 100 tomato plants of every variety you can think, and about 50 squash plants. But, we also managed to get quite a lot of eggplant, peppers, and corn tucked into the main beds. We have herbs galore in the ground, and are slowly, steadily increasing our biodiversity with fruit trees (dragon fruit, grapes, peach-3 varieties, apricot 2 varieties, meyer lemons, limes -kaffir and Mexican, figs-Black Mission & Kadota, Elderberry- 3 varieties, and Avocado- Reed & Fuerte), purposeful flowers (goldenrod, sunflowers, calendula, geranium, nasturtium, curry, lavender, yarrow), and even a green tea plant. I say all that to say, the greatest riches in the garden is patience, hard work, and biodiversity. Grow it all, work harder than you think you can, and be patient. You'll have great and rough years, but with persistence it'll all come together. The past few years have been rough with the historic drought, but this year it feels my garden has leapfrogged forward and is teaming with life. That tells me even in the rough years, I was progressing forward. So it is, also with life. We can't always see the growth we're in the midst of, but surely, surely, God has a plan. Just follow.

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