Baby, Blog, Spirit fruit

I missed my son’s first steps. It hurts, but I’ll be OK

I missed my son’s first steps. Its the sacrifice of a working mother, providing for your family and fulfilling your personal calling, all while knowing that you might not get to witness every “first” of your baby. And first steps – that’s a big one. At least everyone has been making it feel that way.… Read More I missed my son’s first steps. It hurts, but I’ll be OK

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Wild One: A 1st birthday celebration for our party animal

One. We were warned that it will go fast. No joke. Baby’s don’t keep. But they always stay your babies, no matter how much they eat, or how fast they grow up. What they don’t say… is how stinkin’ fun it will be, that their joy is contagious, and your cheeks will hurt from smiling… Read More Wild One: A 1st birthday celebration for our party animal

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I found my purpose through a podcast, Instagram and Nutella

“Finding my purpose” is something I assume we all search for, and it’s been a popular topic of discussion in our house. It seems like an endless pursuit, probably because we’re always growing and changing. That one “purpose” after all may not be static. I read recently that our purpose in life is to love… Read More I found my purpose through a podcast, Instagram and Nutella

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Recipe Roundup: Spinach Casserole – Lean, Mean, and Green

We’re on day three of enjoying this cheesy spinach casserole that I adapted from my beast of a cookbook, Passionate Vegetarian. It’s been great paired with pork loin that I cooked in the slow cooker with a marinade of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, mustard, onion flakes, and garlic powder. The texture of this casserole… Read More Recipe Roundup: Spinach Casserole – Lean, Mean, and Green

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Recipe Roundup: Any Veggie Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast. Casserole. Veggies. Cheese. Are you a breakfast eater yet? You’ve heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You know you’re supposed to “eat your veggies.” So, let’s just make it easy and combine the two! But don’t forget to top it with cheese. This recipe is adapted from the Little… Read More Recipe Roundup: Any Veggie Breakfast Casserole

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Recipe Roundup: Pink meatloaf and colorful casseroles. #allthecolors

This week’s menu entails all the colors: pink meatloaf with roasted potatoes and salad, veggie loaded breakfast casserole, and¬†slow cooker pork loin with spinach¬†casserole. Eating colorful food is fun, interesting, and more nutritious. Nutrients (called phytonutrients) provide the pigmentation for fruits and vegetables, so the richer the color, the more nutrients! I was inspired to… Read More Recipe Roundup: Pink meatloaf and colorful casseroles. #allthecolors

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Our differences tell the story… but aren’t the story

What do you see when you look at this picture? Do you look at it and draw comparisons about our feet? Do you chastise me for having a bunion, veins, and wrinkles? Do you belittle me for not having the feet of a toddler? I’m going to guess probably not. That sounds pretty ridiculous right?… Read More Our differences tell the story… but aren’t the story

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Grocery shopping old-school: Back to the basics for baby

Yesterday I went old-school grocery shopping – AKA, I shopped at the store. Wal-Mart online grocery shopping started just about the same time that I had our little Penguin, and it was a life saver. I no longer had to walk Bryan through the grocery store throughout seven phone calls explaining where everything was and… Read More Grocery shopping old-school: Back to the basics for baby

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A spoon, Sadie Robertson, and spiritual growth

Tonight I realized that my one-year-old has a new trick: eating with a spoon. He’s been practicing this for a while, but tonight I realized just how much he has mastered the act. I loaded up the spoon with yogurt, set it on his high chair tray, and seconds later he had the scoop of… Read More A spoon, Sadie Robertson, and spiritual growth

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Self-care chronicles: Guarding my mat like my baby’s nap

I will do anything to help our little Penguin get his rest. All of our activities and errands get planned around nap time. The bark collars we bought specifically for this purpose go on the dogs, the TV is turned low, the thermostat is set, the camera is on, the sound machine is playing, and… Read More Self-care chronicles: Guarding my mat like my baby’s nap