March 2016 Update

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!

We are now residents of Clarksville TN.  I’ll have to give you a tour soon.  My parents visited from South Carolina and were our first overnight guests.

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Sorry this isn’t a video update, my ipod touch died the night we moved:(

Here’s a photo of my parents visit and Jess and me and Karl.

– Jim and Jess (and Karl)

 

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Jennifer SimpsonMarch 21, 2016 - 6:31 am

Yay yay I’ve been wanting for this !!!! And I’ll be waiting even more patiently for more pics and video !!! Congrats love u both bunches

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 7:24 am

How wonderful. God is so good!

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 7:44 am

How wonderful. God is so good!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 8:01 am

you all look so wonderful!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 9:40 am

you all look so wonderful!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 10:33 am

you all look so wonderful!

JuliaMarch 21, 2016 - 12:27 pm

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH CONGRATS!!! This is exciting news! I have to say, I think I keep falling for the this-may-be-the-BIG-BABY news email updates. lol miss you guys!

Jennifer SimpsonMarch 21, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Yay yay I’ve been wanting for this !!!! And I’ll be waiting even more patiently for more pics and video !!! Congrats love u both bunches

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 5:24 pm

How wonderful. God is so good!

Cheryl BakerMarch 21, 2016 - 5:44 pm

It was exciting to see your home and share the joy with you both. Sorry Karl you too!!!!!! Again congrats and God Bless :) Love you both ♡

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 6:01 pm

you all look so wonderful!

Judie McBrideMarch 21, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Rejoice!! Congratulations and continued blessings! Love the picture!!

Joan NewhallMarch 21, 2016 - 8:33 pm

Congratulations. Can’t wait for the tour. Love you both. ( don’t know Karl but hugs to him too.)

Gail D GrundstromMarch 23, 2016 - 7:51 am

you all look so wonderful!

Linky Wednesday 02.17.16

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My friend Nate has been making videos about his time in Korea. I loved how this video took a normal every day occurrence and visually told a beautiful story.

Nate is using this sony point and shoot camera and imovie.  I wish I had some video skills.

 

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I had the privilege of leading Kaylia’s local outreach to Waikiki every week. Now she is in Greece with a team working with Syrian refugees. Check out this informative blog post about what they are doing on the ground. –> answers to your questions http://bit.ly/1Sy7V4C

 

This pretty much sums up the Missionary lifestyle that Jess and I have led.  –> The Little Blue Suitcase: Obedience is Easy, but Uprooting is Not http://bit.ly/1PQvhNb

 

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The rebranding process is going amazingly.  Working with Bryan from www.swissco.us is a JOY and I highly recommend their team.  Click on the link above to see the progress of the site, and comment and tell us what you think of the new logo.

Here’s a tip when hiring a web designer: Hire someone that has a real eye for design. they will be able to tell you if you are communicating visually what you really want to be communicating.

 

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The Bakers Update! – February 2016

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You won’t believe what we announce at 1:36:)

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:43 am

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:45 am

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:10 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:22 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:57 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 2:20 pm

Loved the update love and miss u both

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

JuliaFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:27 am

Gaaaahhhhh, I totally thought it was a baby announcement. Anyways, love you guys and hope to see you in the summer!!!

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:05 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

SueFebruary 11, 2016 - 2:17 pm

Awww!!! (Actually I thought you were gonna tell us Jess was expecting!). Carl is adorable! Love you and miss you

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:49 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:49 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:50 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:50 am

He’s so fluffy!

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 8:43 pm

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 9:10 pm

Loved the update love and miss u both

Stefanie WeissFebruary 11, 2016 - 9:57 pm

I love the puppy! enjoy this special time when he is a baby. It’s a great time. Did i told you that I gave my puppy a hawaiian name? Neyla is now 4 year so old, but still my Baby; -).

Blake WillseyFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:46 am

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Joan NewhallFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:54 am

Karl is beautiful! Looks like a lot of grooming ahead.

Erin KleopaFebruary 12, 2016 - 4:01 am

He is going to be a BIIIIIIG DOOOOOOOGGG!!!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 8:05 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:34 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:37 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 5:40 am

He’s so fluffy!

Jessica OliviaFebruary 13, 2016 - 1:34 pm

Carl is adorable!!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 15, 2016 - 7:21 am

He’s so fluffy!

Linky Wednesday 02.10.16

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Our friend Jeanette talked about this video last time we saw them in Louisville.  Really really crazy.

As you probably know I’m pretty big on safety.

You do have a fire escape plan, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in the house right?  And you’ve used a fire extinguisher before as well?  If not now might be a really good time to get some of those things in order.

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I picked up these two books at Costco.  I remember my friend Joanna posting an instragram pic of the book before she moved to Korea and said it was really helping.  And our house mate Corrin said she’s reading it right now to.  I really do want to be tidy, a good clean environment is peaceful and productive.

 

 

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How to Connect with Your Audience – Holistic Honey

I’m working on applying the 80/20 rule that Samantha talks about in this post.  Great content.

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Cultivating Friendship With God

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I was hanging out with Jimmie Turner the other day and he told me about impromptu phone recording of a Bethel Church staff meeting.  Jimmie talked about how full of honor the meeting was and how good it was to see what happens behind the scenes.

Bill Johnson the senior pastor was asked this question, “Being younger than you, if you were us, in that desire to be friends with the Lord what would you advise us to do now”

Bill quietly responded: “Grow in your affection for Him and stop evaluating yourself, (laughter) just get over yourself.  Just the affection is the adoration it’s the willingness to spend time without asking for anything.”

A follow up question was asked  “Why is getting over yourself connected with friendship with the Lord.”

“If you’re constantly evaluating yourself you’ll never feel qualified for that friendship cause you’ll live with this awareness of what doesn’t work what’s not right.  You just always disqualify.  When there is constant evaluation of how I’m doing somehow I’m going to disqualify myself… you end up disqualifying yourself for the significance He has for you, it just comes down to being impressed with His significance over your own insignificance.  One has to stand up stronger than the other and it makes up for what you feel you lack.  I live with an awareness of what I lack I don’t known if you ever escape that but grace means He more than makes up for that lack.”

I needed to hear that segment of the interview.  I need to be reminded that friendship with God is a real thing.  I need to go spend some time adoring Him before I turn this blog post into a list of things I should be doing.

When was the last time you spent time with God and didn’t ask for anything?  Let us know in the comments.

Jennifernjimmie TurnerFebruary 8, 2016 - 5:55 am

So good. Sooooo good.

Jennifernjimmie TurnerFebruary 8, 2016 - 6:05 am

So good. Sooooo good.

Linky Wednesday 02.03.16

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They literally called me “indoor boy” in my boy scout troop.  But look at me now… when I’m not outdoors camping I’m watching videos of other people camping… and I’m indoors… DANG IT!

Anyway, survival lilly has a fun educational channel and made this cool “survival shelter”  aka epic tree house on the ground… ground house… anyway, just watch the video and enjoy.

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My miracle computer lives on.  If you haven’t heard the miracle computer story take a second and click that link its the craziest step of faith I’ve ever taken.

I’m not sure if I blogged about it, but someone recently gave me a 13″ macbook pro.  So I sent my old miracle computer to a friend and bought them a solid state hard drive to speed things up a bit.  Solid state hard drives are seriously a must upgrade if you don’t have one.  Tangible difference in speed and not to pricy.

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Take The First Step – Christy Wright on Dave Ramsey’s Blog

So simple, yet so necessary to remember and implement, worth the quick read.

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Linky Wednesday 01.27.16

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I found this drummer recently and she’s amazing.  I originally saw her drum lesson on quintuplets and the first 2 minutes of her playing blew my mind.  I love the musicality of her drumming.  A lot of people have chops and play super fast and it sounds like noise, there is a real musical aspect to her drumming.

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We survived the snowpocolypse!  We stayed indoors the whole time.  Our grass that we haven’t cut in a while still showed through the snow so it was no big deal.  We went to wal mart the night before it was going to snow, not thinking and it was a MAD HOUSE.  After living in Hawaii I try and make sure we have enough of all of the essentials in the house and so we didn’t need to run out and buy more toilet paper or anything like that.  Jess and I kept asking ourselves what we needed and we couldn’t think of anything.

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I had no clue that by moving the mainland I was going to have to buy so much winter gear.  I think when I lived on the mainland before I was younger and had to prove that I was tough or something and bare the cold.  Not anymore!  Hawaii thinned out my blood.  I bought my first pair of wool socks and they are AMAZING.  So soft and warm and breathable.  I tried synthetic winter socks once when I was a kid and didn’t like them because my feet go to hot and sweaty.

71% Merino wool socks 

I also needed something to keep my head warm so I bought this “toque” as the Canadians call it.  I bought one with a brim because my face is to round to wear a beanie.

 

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Taylor Swift’s Acoustic Version Of Blank Space

Taylor’s legit. I remember my dad saying that a good song should be just as good stripped down to an acoustic guitar and vocals than it is full band. And she does it. I’m so impressed with her as a musician and a business woman. Her voice is SPOT ON.

These icons in whatever field they are in, super star athletes, jeopardy stars, have natural talent but then have put hours and hours and hours into perfecting their trade.

Is everyone capable of reaching this level of talent/success if they put the time in?

When I see excellence it does two things. It inspires me and then instantly discourages me. Am I willing to put in the hard work to be that good at anything. And what should I be putting that effort into?

Hesitation is sticky. “A car is easier to steer once it’s in motion.” Maybe it requires throwing yourself fully into something and let God do the steering.

I’ve dabbled in a lot. And I see all of those things as tools in my tool belt. Different gifts come out at different times. Maybe I need to dust off my guitar and start running some scales, or bust out the drum pad and work on my paradiddles.

This question goes through my mind often:  Am I pursuing the right things?  Am I putting my energy and hard work where it needs to be going?  Am I putting in the hard work?  Or is fear of putting my hard work into the wrong thing my excuse so that I never have to work hard.

As I thought about this blog post before scheduling it, I remembered making a phone call one evening on a cool summer night from a porch in Ohio.  I was talking to my friend Jeff and he shared a quote that is appropriate here.

“God’s not looking for perfection, just faithfulness.”

Thoughts?  Share them in the comments.

Linky Wednesday 01.06.15

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Happy New Year everyone.  I was recently interviewed for the Engaging Missions podcast you can check out that interview by clicking on the link below.

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I bought Jess a diffuser for Christmas and we have been diffusing On Guard which smells amazing.  Orange and clove is what I smell and it’s suppose to help your immune system.  A great natural alternative to the cancer causing glade plug ins.  Do you diffuse?  What’s your favorite oil to diffuse?  Let us know in the comments.

 

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So I found out I’ve been violating Amazon’s terms and conditions previously and want to make things right and clear things up.

  1.  It’s against amazon’s terms and conditions for me to give you a direct link.  You have to come to this site and then get to amazon.
  2. Book marking the amazon direct link will only work for 30 days because of cookies.  So you’ve got to come back here and click on it again, better to… ah, never mind I’m not allowed to ask you to bookmark anything.
  3. I also can’t ask you to “help us out” by using our amazon link because that provides “incentive.”

So uh… we’re amazon affiliates.  There’s also a link over there –>

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HermioneJanuary 6, 2016 - 3:53 pm

I have that same diffuser! My favorite scent to diffuse right now is a blend called peace, I especially like diffusing it at the end of the day when I need a little bit of calm while I am cooking dinner. Amazon is particular about their affiliate program, whenever I link to anything from a blog post, I have to put a disclaimer at the bottom of my post.

Jim BakerJanuary 27, 2016 - 5:27 am

what brand oil is peace?

Cooking Day

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I made homemade breakfast sausage:)

Happy New Year blog friends!

What are you most looking forward to in 2016?

I’m looking forward to being more consistent this year. Small actions done consistently and repeatedly have big outcomes.

I saw a weight loss video of a guy that lost 300 lbs in 15 months from doing yoga every day. It was the small action done consistently over 15 months that gave him that big outcome.

I’ve been able to lose weight, but never keep it off, it always seems to come back. Why? Because of my lack of consistency. So I’m trying to find a lifestyle change that works.

I’m honestly motivated by overall health. Getting older is a reality and I want to be able to be the most active and alert as I continue into the last 2/3 of my life.  “Looking good” will just be a added benefit.

I love meat. So going vegetarian isn’t sustainable for me. Jess did Whole 30 for a while and it cured her sciatica because it takes away the inflammation in your body. It’s focus is on whole and natural foods. Clean meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts. On this plan you can eat all the meat and potatoes and vegetables and nuts you want, which sounds sustainable to me.

I’ve made a couple of amendments, I’m allowing oats, because I make my meatloaf with oats, I guess I could use potato. And I’m allowing butter. (Not margarine) You’re allowed ghee on whole 30 which is butter without the milk fat, but thats one extra step that might make me throw the towel in. I don’t want to heat up my butter and scrape off the milk fat.

I’ve realized that sometimes the difference between success and failure for me can be one tiny little step. If I can remove as many steps as possible between me and my goal I’m more poised for success.

So reducing steps between me and eating healthy means… take a day each week and cook up a bunch of food. So that if I’m having a bad day I’ve got something to easily heat up instead of prepping and cooking.  Thats one less step between me and a healthier option instead of one more step between me and the mcdonalds drive through.

So Sunday we went to kroger, costco and whole foods and did all of our shopping.  I took Monday to make a few things.

Here’s what I made.

I LOVE breakfast meat.  But I wanted to make my own so I knew what was in it.  I had helped Jess’ step dad make korv, which is a Swedish sausage, over the Christmas break so I thought I’d try my hand at making my own breakfast sausage.  I bought ground pork at whole foods and added some minced garlic, salt and pepper and sage.  Sage is what gives breakfast sausage it’s breakfast sausage flavor.  I mixed it up and made a small patty, it didn’t really taste like much, so I went back and added a ton more sage and that did the trick.

Next I made up a batch of kimchi.  Kimchi is a great way for me to eat more vegetables.  Plus it’s a fermented food which is suppose to have all kinds of health benefits, plus its all vegetables but it’s spicy, it’s a great addition to any meal that adds a satisfying CRUNCH.  Here’s the recipe I follow loosely.

I also made up a meatloaf, I don’t follow a recipe.  Pound of ground beef, some oats, whatever onion I had left chopped up, some salsa, minced garlic (I added way to much) some fish sauce (probably will omit this and the garlic next time) and then topped it with tomato paste.  An amazing topping is ketchup and maple syrup but I’m trying to avoid sugar so boring ol tomato paste it was.

I also threw a giant baked potato in the oven, but didn’t end up eating it.

I need to cook up some turkey burgers and some chicken breasts so they are ready to go.  Jess hardboiled a bunch of eggs.  I’ve got some brussel sprouts and asparagus in the fridge too as vegetables.  I’m having meatloaf and a potato and brussel sprouts for dinner when I get home tonight from Clarksville:)

Here’s to hoping having an intentional food buying and prepping day helps me be consistent with eating cleaner.

Do you have any tips to eating clean consistently?  Share with us in the comments.

Cheryl BakerJanuary 5, 2016 - 11:42 am

This is a great start. Keep it up I will be praying for you. :)

Cheryl BakerJanuary 5, 2016 - 9:42 pm

This is a great start. Keep it up I will be praying for you. :)

HermioneJanuary 6, 2016 - 7:12 am

I love breakfast sausage, I am going to have to try making some. If you are wanting to buy ghee, any Indian grocery would have it, Trader Joe’s also carries it. As far as clean eating/health tips, I try to start every morning with a big glass of water (adding lemon juice is even more beneficial!) before I eat anything or even have coffee. Your body gets dehydrated at night, think of all those hours without drinking anything. And a big, big, big thing for me is don’t keep things in the house that I know I shouldn’t eat. This way, if I really want something, I have to make it and I have to ask myself “do I want to eat (fill in the blank) badly enough where I will take the time to make it and clean it up?” That trick works pretty well. Michael Pollan has a great video about foods we “should” and “should’nt” eat.

Jim BakerJanuary 6, 2016 - 9:27 am

thanks mom

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and thanks hermione, let me know how your sausage turns out. i just used ground pork and it gets a little dry, i might ask for a different cut of pork ground up next time.

we stay pretty hydrated, i start most days with water. but yes, hydration is key.

i liked his quote in the video “eat what you want, just cook it yourself.”

thanks for commenting