December 12, 2014

On my heart

It's so cliche, but this time with little ones really does fly past.

I have such an urgent desire to abandon everything else and just be with my babies. I'm going to blink one more time and they'll be grown and gone. These moments with them are so precious to me.

 I need more breaks, of course, and could use more frequent showers, but it's a privilege to be here with them, at the start of their lives. 

Each one is so precious to God, and His plan for each so significant, that I'm breathless with the knowledge that He's entrusted this part of their stories to me. Happy Friday, sweet friends! 

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November 9, 2014

Currently {November 9}

Thinking about...

A busy start to our week! We just got back into town from a trip to see my parents, and Eliannah started throwing up the very second we pulled into the driveway. Bless her sweet little heart. We have a doctor's appointment for the littlest one, an empty fridge, and a busy work schedule for both of us this week, too. Whew. Let's go Monday!


David's new 10-12 hour nights. This sweet, precious boy is sleeping through the night! Now, my challenge is getting myself to bed at a reasonable hour :).

Thankful For...

Seeing my dad! It's been two months since the last time I saw him, and two months since his cancer diagnosis. I was a little worried how the kids would take Poppy's new bald head and the mask he had  to wear with us there, but they didn't miss a beat.


How to help my preschooler! At three and a half, L is capable of and getting into EVERYTHING. With multiple little ones, I'm starting to feel like a seasoned mother of infants and toddlers, but lately I've been feeling like we're moving into a new whole new phase of parenting with him.


Eliannah gets a good night's rest and feels better in the morning.

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October 30, 2014

Bless a New Mom

There are not enough happy words to describe how wonderful it is when friends bring you food. Especially when you have a new baby in the house. And two other very small children. Can I get an amen?

From experience, though, I know finding healthy, hearty meals that are easy to prepare and easy to double for your own family can be difficult. Here are six dishes I've made before and love. Most of these recipes are actually ones I've used to take meals to our own friends...enjoy!

1. Emeril's Favorite Tortilla Soup. This recipe is deceptively simple but packed with flavor. Skip the DIY tortilla strips and Chipotle Crema, and just use sour cream and store-bought tortilla strips.

2. Blueberry Pecan Coconut Breakfast Cookies. My friend Lindsey brought these after David was born, and I might have devoured half the batch in one afternoon. All by myself. And then hid the rest from my husband. She brought these in addition to a meal, which I loved, because healthy snacks are always hard to come by, and nursing moms are usually HUNGRY!

3. The Pioneer Woman's Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Salad Wrap (or Salad). So delicious. And great for if you're dropping off lunch to your friend, or you can't drop off a hot meal at dinner time and need to bring something earlier to stick in your friend's fridge.

4. Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole. Delicious, hearty, and no refined sugar. Mix it up for your friend, drop it off with her dinner, and let her throw it in the oven in the morning. She will thank you.

5. Creamy Chicken & Rice. This has all the creaminess and comfort of a chicken and rice casserole, but it comes together in a snap, doubles easily, and has no canned cream of anything.

6.  Crockpot Balsamic Beef Roast. Hands down one of my favorite meals EVER.

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