more than surviving.

My 2 year old is currently belting out his rendition of ‘Come Thou Fount’ as he sings himself to sleep. Rogue bits of dried up Play-Doh stare up at me from the living room rug under my tired feet. And are those bell pepper seeds on the rug? Weird. Oh, I just heard the squawk of my 4 month old who I thought was peacefully asleep for the next 5-6 hours. I’ll be right back.

(1 week later…) This is my life right now. At any given time, my mind is typically reeling a mile a minute, trying to keep track of playdates and appointments and when does the baby need to nap and did I remind the toddler to go use the potty if he needs to and I better put dinner on the stove and empty the clothes that have been in the dryer for three days. I feel really exhausted just reading that. Continue reading

life lately.

Well, hi there. It’s been way too long since I’ve written on here anything of significance – sorry. There just aren’t enough hours in the day right now to do ‘extra’ things and something has to give, so blogging always ends up at the bottom of the list.

Anyhow, I haven’t done one of these photo posts in a long time so I grabbed some from my phone and instagram to share on here. Continue reading

Spiritual Parenting in the First Five Years {book review}

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All the great physical challenges of new parenthood are ultimately lost or won on the spiritual plane. All the plans and potential for new life lie in the new heart that God made through you. After all, the spiritual quality of life determines the quality of a life.

Being a parent has humbled and tested me more than any other job I’ve ever had. Not only are the hours infinitely longer (i.e. never ending) but there is also so much more pressure because you are entrusted with actual people to nurture and raise up. It’s definitely one of the greatest responsibilities I’ve had in the past two years and in my life.  Continue reading

Black Bean Summer Salad

It’s been way too long since I’ve shared a recipe around here. The original post is actually 3 years old (say what?!) but it’s too good not to share again.

This black bean salad would go perfect with any BBQ plans you might have for this holiday weekend. One bonus is that it doesn’t need to stay refrigerated, so you can leave it out for a while if you need to.

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