A Story Worth Telling

A story worth telling

A lot has happened since my last blog post and I figured it was about time I put it into writing.  I have a feeling that the story I am about to tell is going to be one of my favorites.  Actually, I’m sure of it.  I am telling this story for me, for you, but most of all, for my son.  I don’t ever want to forget the details because, after all, they are what make the story. Continue reading

Dream Chaser

dream-chaser

For as long as I can remember, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I had a brief stint where my aspirations included being a professional cheerleader, a waitress and a flight attendant.  All of those phases passed quickly.  As I prepared to enter college I realized that not knowing what I wanted to do was a bit of a problem.  I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer in the Army and joined ROTC.  About halfway through my freshman year of college, that phase passed, too.  It may or may not have been directly related to the revelation that military officers can’t date enlisted soldiers.  I mean where’s the fun in that?  (Kidding. Kidding.)  Continue reading

Joy Bringer

joy-bringer

As I continue my quest to find joy among the chaos, I realize that sometimes finding that joy is difficult.  When you’re forced out of your home due to a fire.  When you get a not-so-great report from the doctor.  When your business isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like.  When your child  waits for you halfway across the world.  When the streets are filled with litter.  When someone else ate the last cookie.  I mean it’s *hard* to find joy in those circumstances, right? Continue reading

Hi, I’m New

hi-im-new

Have you ever wished that you could be a turtle?  I know.  It’s not a typical choice.  Most people would want to be something way cooler, like one of the big cats, but hear me out.  A turtle can go back in its shell when its scared or just cannot deal for one more second.  Granted there is the whole moving slower than molasses in January thing and the danger of being hit by a car.  So maybe a turtle isn’t the best choice. Continue reading

Crazy

Walk on the wild side

We are a family with wild ideas (or perhaps I’m the one with the wild ideas and the rest of the crew just goes along with it.  No need to split hairs.).  One of these ideas is to see all 50 states with our kids before they graduate high school.  I would like to tell you that this idea came solely out of our desire to show our kids the United States and let them experience all this country has to offer.  That certainly is part of it but then there’s also the fact that we really want to see all 50 states, too! Continue reading

A thank you letter

Thank you letter

So, I bailed.  I haven’t written since September and that’s because life got crazy and hard and it became something that I struggled to wrap my mind around.  However, as I watched a friend launch her new blog yesterday, I took a minute to revisit mine.  Its certainly nothing special but as I re-read my posts, it was like giving myself a pep talk.  One that was much needed.  So here I am again but before I move forward, I have to take a step back. Continue reading

You are.

you are

Four.  That’s the number of months left before we send our precious daughter to kindergarten.  Now, its important that I be forthcoming with you.  In years past I’ve seen all of the “first day of kindergarten” posts filled with sweet words and pictures.   I enjoyed the pictures and then thought, “I just don’t see myself being that sentimental when my time comes to send my oldest off to school”.  I lied.  To myself.  I am here to tell you that I am totally going to be that parent.  Its inevitable. Continue reading

He always shows up

For who He isI am a planner.  I like to be in control.  I like to know what the next step is and I like those steps to be neatly outlined on a to do list–please and thank you.

When God called us to adopt, we had absolutely no idea where to start or what the whole process would entail.  We spent hours upon hours researching different adoption routes–from domestic to international adoption.  I had spreadsheets filled with fees and requirements and other pertinent information.  I had notes all over the place and printouts to be reviewed.  We were overwhelmed.  At one point it became so overwhelming that the simplest option seemed to be just to throw in the towel and say “we tried”.  However, God didn’t call us to just try so we did the only thing we could think of–we prayed.  We prayed and God led us to Africa.  We prayed and God helped us to find the right agency for us.  We prayed and God helped us get the funds we needed to submit all of our paperwork.  We prayed and God gave us peace.  I learned a lot about who was really in control during those first few months of our adoption process and this is a lesson that I continue to learn as we are in this season of waiting.

These last few weeks, things have gotten a little hectic in my world.  There is a lot of uncertainty, a lot of waiting and those things don’t sit well with someone who needs a plan.  I’ve let that uncertainty turn to worry.  The kind of worry that leaves your stomach feeling uneasy–you know the feeling?   I’ve been turning to scripture to help me in this time of waiting and that certainly has helped to ease my mind but today has been the day where God has decided to show up and remind me that He was here all along.   Within a matter of a few hours, three different things that I was worrying about were resolved.  I could not believe it….but I should have.

Today I’m grateful.  Not because I have all of the answers but because HE does.  My worry will be replaced with gratitude–not because of my situation and not because of what He has done for me but simply because of who He is.

Happy Saturday, friends.  Choose gratitude today.  Your day will be a whole lot brighter.

Make It Monday: SLEEPY CREAM and HONEY WHEAT BREAD

The very first recipe I made after digging into my essential oils was the infamous sleepy cream.  This cream was basically being called the savior of sanity for parents so I knew I had to give it a try.  Before trying the sleepy cream, our bedtime routine would last about an hour (on a good night).  We would tuck our blessings in and then they would pop back out of bed only to repeat the process a few times.  It was tiring.  For everyone.  So, what did I have to lose?

I made up my first batch and that night I applied it to the feet of both of my blessings.  To my surprise, no one came out of their room after the first “tuck”.  Could this be true?!  Well, I’m happy to report that this wasn’t just a one time occurrence.  After months of using this cream, a “bad” night for us involves one of our two blessings coming out one time.  That’s it.  I’m in love.

To sweeten the deal even more, this stuff works on adults, too.  My husband often wakes up several times during the night so he decided to try the sleepy cream.  Sure enough, he slept the entire night and woke up well rested.

Sleepy cream for the win (and for everyone in our house)!

Sleepy Cream- for FB


Speaking of recipes that are a “win” in our house, I need to share this one with you: Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread from 100 Days of Real Food.  When we decided to clean up our eating, one of the first things this carb loving girl was in search of was a good bread recipe. I can’t tell you how many recipes I tried before I found this gem.  The 100 Days website, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is such a great resource for people wanting to move to a clean eating lifestyle.  Unlike many other websites that I found, this one actually makes clean eating sound manageable.  A huge plus for this busy mom of two.  So, without further delay, my all-time favorite clean eating bread recipe (adapted from 100 Days for those of us without a bread maker).

BreadINGREDIENTS:
4 1/4 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c warm water
2 1/2 tbsp yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 c honey

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to your lowest temperature and turn off as soon as it preheats.
  • Add your yeast, olive oil and honey to your warm water and let sit for approximately 8 minutes to allow the yeast time to rise.
  • Meanwhile, add your flour and salt to your mixing bowl equipped with the dough hook.  (This can also be done in a food processor if you don’t have a mixer with a dough hook)
  • When yeast has risen, add to the flour and salt mixture and mix on the lowest setting for 1 minute.  Then for 2 more minutes on the medium setting.
  • Transfer dough to a large glass bowl that has been greased with olive oil and top with plastic wrap.  Put into the oven (which should be warm- not on) for 45 minutes to allow to rise.
  • Transfer dough to a greased loaf pan, cover in plastic wrap and return to the oven to rise for another 45 minutes. * Remove plastic wrap, preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake the bread for approximately 25 minutes (including preheat time).
  • Enjoy!  (You’ll want a slice while its warm.  Trust me.)

Please note that my bread doesn’t seem to rise just by setting it on the counter, hence why I put it in the oven which has been warmed.  If your bread rises on the counter, you can skip the first step and just let it do its thing on your counter.

Happy Monday!