June 29, 2015

on words + house cleaning.

I really think I talk to much. This has been on my mind a bit the past few days. It's ironic, because there's not really that much to talk about. My life is pretty bland- most days are identical, honestly. Perhaps that's part of the problem. I spend so much time cooped up at home with two kids, and then when you get me out in public with adults, my mouth opens up and I am entirely powerless to shut it again.

I think I do this online, too. For real, who even reads every word of every blog post in their feeds anymore? Not I. There's just too much information out there, too many awesome ideas, too much clatter on the virtual airwaves. It's entirely impossible to soak up everything there is to been seen/read/pinned/tweeted/grammed. But, Lord, don't we try?! I know I do. But still, when I sit down to write a blog post, I feel like I have to get in all the words I can. It's a disease, really.

Eventually, my brain spins out of control and sparks start shooting out of my ears, and I suddenly feel like I have nothing to say at all. Ok, perhaps I only imagine the ear sparks. But you get the idea, I hope! The point is, sometimes I feel really embarrassed about the words that come pouring out of my mouth/fingers. Why can't I just edit myself better than this, already? It's truly not necessary to put all of yourself out there for the world to see.

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This week, my focus is turned a little more inward. I'm going to really put some effort into learning to listen more than I speak. I'm going to attempt to set my physical house in order, too, because I'm sort of embarrassed by how lazy I've been lately and we're going to have out-of-town company later this week. Read: I've got some mega-housecleaning on my plate. I also have a tower of books that need to be read and sent back to the library soon!

Well, on that note, it's Monday again and I'm headed off into the week ahead. So now let me put my listening ears to practice! It's your turn- what are planning for this week? Is there anything that's been on your mind lately? How was your weekend?

June 24, 2015

imagining a boho luxe master bedroom.

Can I let you in on a little secret? I've never actually decorated our master bedroom. We've been living in this house for eight years, and our bedroom has never seen a paintbrush in that time. And it could really use some attention!

I know we're not the only ones in the world living with a less than wonderful master bedroom- I think a lot of people put off fixing their sleeping quarters because it's not a public space. No one's hanging out in here- so why bother making it beautiful?

We so rarely have money in our budget for special things, when we do have a little extra to spend on home improvements, it's easy to rationalize that other spaces are a higher priority. Therefore, our bedroom has become a landing zone for the items that we no longer want displayed in the living area but haven't quite had the heart to part with altogether. It's a crazy mess!

I think it's time to pour some imagination into our master bedroom, don't you think? Eric has been forewarned- the next windfall that comes our way will be allocated to this project. First of all, the walls need a fresh coat of paint- I'm thinking something light and airy. We'll also need to install some new baseboards and trim out the doors. I also want to try a new furniture arrangement.

Our mattress lives on the floor these days (a dear friend generously gave us her king-sized mattress a few months back, after she and her husband decided to upgrade. Our old bed was a queen, so the frame went to go live in storage)- so a proper bed is in order! I've been scouring Craigslist, but I haven't found anything to suit my fancy yet. I think a four-poster bed would be amazing! Our bedroom has higher ceilings, so it would work.

I'm dreaming up a bohemian luxe retreat, with rich color, aged bronze accessories, cozy velvet pillows and layers of global pattern and earthy details. I'm far from committing to a design just yet, but here are some pretty possibilities:

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June 22, 2015

what speech therapy taught me about parenting.

Our toddler has been receiving speech therapy for the past few months. You'd think this might be about language training for our little one, but in truth it's been more of a learning experience for me as his mother! Speech therapy has actually boosted my confidence as a parent and helped me grow closer to both of the kids.

By the time Hawk was 18 months old, I could tell that his ability to use language was not developing normally. Don't get me wrong- this kid is bright. He's been above in beyond in nearly every milestone he's passed in the past 21+ months. He was walking at 8 months, for goodness' sake! And more recently, he's begun expressing interest in sitting on the potty. He's not even two yet!

Hawk has no problem understanding what we're saying to him. The issue is his ability to form the correct sounds with his mouth to imitate words. Sometimes, this can be pretty comical as he talks to us in his own language- quite confidently, even! It's hard not to burst out laughing when a stream of burble comes out of his mouth while he holds his elbows akimbo and cocks his head defiantly to the side as if to say, Come on, mom- you know exactly what I'm trying to say here. 

Other times, he uses gestures similar to sign language to communicate what he's trying to say. For example, he might point to the cabinet and cup his hands together to indicate he wants a bowl.

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Our pediatrician referred us to Early Intervention for evaluation, and the testing showed exactly what I thought. Hawk is a perfectly normal child with an extraordinary mastery of his body and fine motor movements, but limited ability to communicate verbally. So, for the past three months,we've been welcoming a few different speech therapy professionals into our home for continued evaluation and treatment. It's hard sometimes to describe exactly what we "do" during his speech therapy appointments, but I've learned so much from our therapists that I'm so grateful for the experience.

Often, we're just sitting on the floor playing with various toys and talking with Hawk about them. He gets really into the playing, and then he'll invent ways to entertain us. He's such a little comic! At some point each time, you can almost see the imaginary key in his brain click and the door opens and new words or phrases begin to tumble out.

This day in particular, I was elated when Hawk pointed to a picture of balloons painted on the side of a set of nesting blocks and said, "BOON!" Then he pointed to a picture of a duck and said, "DUCK! QUACK!" We're getting there! I would have danced a jig if I didn't think it would have made me look like a total idiot.

The one thing I've really learned through this experience is that it doesn't take anything elaborate to teach your kids certain skills. Most of the time, all they really want or need is some one-on-one attention to give them a nudge in the right direction. A little bit of patience goes a long way, too!

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I've put away most of our noise-making toys, keeping out only the toys that leave room for the kids' imagination. We keep a basket of books next to the sofa in the den- I always suggest we sit together and read before switching the TV on. We've made an effort to spruce up our outdoor spaces to encourage more outside play.

I try to involve the kids in my daily chores, encouraging them to help with whatever I'm doing (even if the "help" isn't so much making progress toward the goal of finishing the task, it's giving the kids an opportunity to learn important life skills through imitation). These things are simple- nothing elaborate or costly or time-consuming. I hope my kids will get something more valuable from their childhood than any material things could offer!

People often remind me that one day, I'm going to lament the fact I ever wished Hawk would learn how to talk. There's going to come a day that he's going to run off at the mouth and I'll think, Would you just shut up, already?! Or one day he'll sass me with the same mouth that used to nurse at my breast, and I'll have to remind myself that this phase, too, shall pass.

One day I'll barely even remember the frustration of dealing with yet another tantrum resulting from his inability to express his needs in words, and a new annoyance will fill the place of this one. And in that day, like this one, perhaps the best therapy of all will be a little bit of patience and whole lot of compassion.

June 19, 2015

give me jesus.

If I could describe my recent spiritual condition to you in one word, I'd say "parched". Does that surprise you? It's easy to look at other people's lives and think they've got it all together, but let me take any illusions you might have about my life and dispel them right now.

I'm far from together. In fact, broken into pieces is much more like it.

Sometimes, life needs has to be taken apart so it can be put back together right again. Lately, God has been disassembling every bit of me. I look forward tothe moment when He starts to put the pieces back together, and I have confidence He'll use his Spirit-glue to make me stronger than I was before.

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Mornings are my one opportunity to catch a breath and recuperate from this crazy life and the soul weariness that comes along with it. In the quiet before the rest of the family begins to stir, I try to find a few moments to hear the Fixer working away in my heart. I need His Words, His scripture, like oil to lubricate the rusty parts inside me.

Sometimes it's hard to absorb any inspiration at all when feeling this empty. How does one jumpstart a new spiritual season? Even though I'm not sure how to address that question right now, I do know one thing. A few moments in quiet worship each morning always lead to better days. When the first actions of the morning are ordered around your heart's desire, you'll draw nearer to the goal. Even if the movement is imperceptible at first, over time you'll grow by leaps and bounds.

Even if the best I can offer God this morning is a few moments with the praise and worship station on my Pandora app, open Bible in front of me (as if by just holding it in my lap the words might fly up off the page and pour into my soul), coffee in hand and a seeking heart turned toward Him- I trust He is working on me still. He will begin to fill me again soon.

I'm praying for God's living water to come down and saturate me once more, this weekend and beyond. I pray the same for each of you. Happy Friday, my friends!

(♪ Give me Jesus )

June 17, 2015

a nature inspired bedrooms for boys.

When it comes to the topic of redecorating his bedroom, Seth is one tough customer. Bless that boy, he's just not a big fan of change. Were it not for the dingy-looking walls and that hideous "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" Fathead sticker collection his grandparents gave him for Christmas two years ago- I might not feel the need to push the issue.

But I'm pushing the issue.

It's time for a change, and I think I've finally got his (reluctant) attention. My boy is going to be in grade school before we know it. And it won't be too long before it's time to move Hawk in there with him, so "Seth's room" will eventually become "the boys' room". Slow down, time! It's time to makeover the big boy room.

Seth has really taken a shine to fishing with his daddy of late. I think he'd rather be exploring the woods than anything else, with the exception of reading! We need to arrange a better system for storing toys (including a more judicious eye for which toys remain accessible at all times). I've finally seen him get excited about changing his room decor up, as long as he can have some things to remind him of fishing and exploring, and a nifty place to store his favorite reads.

Here's some inspiration rooms I've been sharing with Seth as we discuss the upcoming changes:

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I was surprised to find that he picked some of the vintage details in these pictures as his favorite things- the golden eagle plaque (I think my in-laws may have one just like it in storage!) and the vintage animal poster, a painted animal figure and sports pennants. Two of these rooms feature Spiderman posters- can you spot them? We're loving all things comic books, so that's a detail we'll have to include.

Do a quick search on Pinterest for "boys bedroom ideas"- you'll be surprised how little there is to find. Too many are short on personality and long on narrow themes. Which is great if your kid is a sold-out soccer fan or die-hard skateboarder/surfer/lacrosse player or is dying to live in a room that looks identical the the inside of a pirate ship.

I love the quirkiness of these rooms! I'm drawing inspiration from eclectic, nature-inspired rooms for this project. My boy has a revolving door of interests and colorful taste. He needs a space with room to accommodate a wild, always-roaming imagination.

And no offense, Jake of Neverland- it's time for you to head on the the second star on the right, then straight on 'til morning. #wink

June 15, 2015

don't tell anyone it's (reduced fat) peach cobbler.

Now, let's talk peaches. Mmmmmm, yessssss! Those fuzzy little orbs of heavenly fruit. Peaches are in season again and that can only mean one thing. We shall eat cobbler!

My mother-in-law taught me how to make peach cobbler when Eric and I were dating. Her recipe is something like this: "Take a vat of melted butter and mix it with a heap of white flour. Pour in a tub of white sugar and top with canned peaches. Bake, serve, and watch your muffin top grow like magic! Say hello to your new friend, diabetes!"

I thought maybe this year, I'd try to lighten up the cobbler's reputation a bit. Let me just say, I took this peach cobbler to my in-law's house a few weeks ago and Eric's mom proclaimed- best cobbler, ever! Here's my recipe:

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Ingredients:

4-5 ripe peaches
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup 1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup apple sauce
3/4 cup nonfat milk
     + 2 tsp white sugar
     1 tsp cinnamon

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Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Wash, then slice about 4 medium-sized peaches.

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Combine your dry ingredients- white whole wheat flour, sugar and brown sugar, baking powder- in a large mixing bowl.

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Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in your microwave and pour into flour mixture.

Add applesauce and milk, then blend the ingredients together.

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Coat cast iron skillet or baking pan with cooking spray.

Pour the batter into your pan.

Press sliced peaches into the batter.

Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then sift over the top of your prepared cobbler.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Serve with vanilla bean ice cream, of course!

You could make this cobbler with any fruit- pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, you name it. I just happen to love peaches best!

What is your favorite summer fruit?

June 12, 2015

hello, summer tunics and tops!

I'm a huge fan of the oversized top trend. Finally, I feel like my little mama paunch has been vindicated! No more sucking it in. No more self-conscious arranging of myself when I sit in the grass at the park to cover my belly. I am free! Free to sit how I feel best! Free to hold my posture any way I choose!

You little skinny-Minnies may not have this problem, but I don't hate. You look cute in your little crop tops and fitted tanks. Good for you! Now I can look cute and on-trend, too. For as long as this trend lasts.... (Oh, God, please let it last forever!)

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June 10, 2015

play-doh smash: kindergarten color theory.

This activity was inspired by this post by Allison over at No Time for Flash Cards. As soon as I saw it, I knew we'd have to try something similar ASAP. Seth loves to paint with me, but he's always squirting out a little of every color and then mixing them a l l l l  t o g e t h e r ..... which is fine. I'm all about free play and experimentation in art. BUT. Try as I might, I haven't been able to get across to him that he's going to get the same poopy-baby-diaper color every single time if he doesn't exercise some moderation in his mixing choices.

The kid desperately needed a lesson in beginning color theory.

At the same time, I've been teaching him about science, and how to properly conduct a science experiment. With that in mind, I came up with this idea as an extension of Allison's color mixing activity.

Isn't is beautiful how art and science can relate?

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I started by cutting three strips of white paper. On each strip, I drew three circles, in the form of a math equation, like this: O + O = O. I colored the first two circles in each equation with two of the primary colors and left the third circle blank. Then, I drew a line under the third circle.

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On another sheet of white paper, I drew six circles in two rows of three each. On the top row, I colored each of the three circles one of the primary colors. On the bottom row, I used the secondary colors. Then I wrote the names of each color under the corresponding circle.

I filled a dish with 1-inch balls of primary colored Play-Doh, grabbed a handful of crayons and a pencil- and we were ready to begin!

We started by discussing the difference between primary colors and secondary colors. Primary colors exist on their own, without mixing two other colors. Secondary colors are created by mixing two of the primary colors together. Seth already knew that red, blue and yellow are called "primary colors", but he couldn't explain why.

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(NOTE: I love that Seth was wearing his Batman cape when we did this activity. Our library's summer reading program has a superhero theme this year, and they are giving away these paper masks with the registration kits. Seth was inspired to wear his reversible superhero cape around the house for several days in a row last week, and he named himself "SuperBat". Love that kid's imagination!)

Since we were treating this activity like a science experiment, I asked Seth to make a hypothesis- a guess about which color pairs would create each of the secondary colors. We recorded each of his guesses on the reverse side of each the equation strips before beginning the experiment.

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Now, the fun part! He began the experiment by squishing two primary colored Play-Doh balls together. He smooshed. He smashed. He twisted and bashed...

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He was excited to see the new, secondary color begin to form! His hypothesis about blue + yellow was purple, so he was surprised when green began to form.

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We saved orange for last, because I knew his hypothesis was correct and it would be a nice reward to see that he'd guessed one of them correctly. By this time, he'd decided smashing the Play-Doh against the window was fun. He squealed with delight when the color orange started forming! "Yay, Mommy! I got one of them right!"

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I asked Seth to record the correct answers on the front side of each of the equation strips.

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For the toddler set, the final product is a fun way to practice color matching. I just realized this week that Hawk is able to identify and match colors now! It never occurred to me that a child under two might be capable of identifying colors, probably because Seth was late to the game in that arena. My littlest is developing slower than average in his ability to verbalize his thoughts (Seth, on the other hand, has never been at a loss for words... #wink), but he blows me away with the ability to understand and follow directions like this!

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For the final part of our color activity, I asked Seth to write the name of each of the secondary colors under the corresponding circle on the equation strips. He copied the spelling of each color off the color key I had made. I added this element to the activity to sneak in a little handwriting practice.

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I adore that he left the second "p" off the word "purple". I try not to point little failures like this out to Seth right now. I think it's developmentally appropriate for a five-year-old to miss a letter or two when copying a word, and I want to be very careful to spend more time praising his successes instead of correcting the things he's done wrong. "It doesn't have to be perfect," is the mantra I repeat every day, both to myself and to him. Believe me, this is hard for both of us to grasp!

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Now that we've done the Plah-Doh color mixing activity, I think that Seth will have more fun with our free painting projects. I can't guarantee that we won't still end up with brown gloopy messes from time to time, but I hope having a foundational understanding of color theory will encourage him to exercise a little more self-control with his color mixing choices!

June 8, 2015

june bookshelf.

A lot of books pass through this home. I'm pretty sure (between me and my oldest son) we read more than the average family. Sometimes, I have to force myself to slow down and enjoy the process rather than rushing though to move on to the next book! I just want to consume as many as I possibly can.

I'm pretty bad about keeping more than one book going at one time, and eventually forgetting one for a long period of time. Or, I'll go to the library with the intention of getting one book in particular, but I come home with an armload. I'm trying to get better about that- all in the name of making a more simple life, you know.

I logged on to Goodreads the other day to update my status on a book I'd just returned to the library, and I realized there's a book on my "reading" shelf that I haven't touched in a while. It's an e-book, and I haven't even turned on my Kindle lately. I guess it's out of sight, out of mind! I'd ordered a paperback copy of the Husband's Secret a few weeks ago, and it had been staring at me from the shelf where I'd stashed it, so naturally I'd already dove into it without thinking of the other book I haven't finished. Oh, well...

So, here's what I've been reading lately:

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PAST: Design Mom by Gabrielle Stanley Blair
PRESENT: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
WITH THE KIDS: Home by Carson Ellis
FUTURE: Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman

Do you prefer e-books over "real" books? Why or why not?

June 5, 2015

gratitude | v. 09

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
  • I feel like blogging again, ya'll! I can't even begin to explain the overwhelm that took over me a few months back. I'd sit in front of the screen and draw a total blank. But God's been nudging me lately, letting me know I'd get my creative bone back one day soon. Last week, I had a day of crazy brainstorming and came up with enough material to cover 3+ months on my editorial calendar! Now, I'm going to try and be disciplined about it so I don't get burned out, but just so you know- I'm not at a loss for ideas over here.
  • Looking up old songs my daddy used to listen to on YouTube just for the nostalgia of it.
  • Our local library system and the inter-library loan. We've been totally abusing the privilege lately! You can request almost any book from 40 libraries in the Birmingham metro area and have them delivered to the branch closest to you.
  • Speaking of books, we started listening to an audiobook here or there, and now Seth is obsessed. He'd rather listen to an audiobook than watch a movie. That's my boy!
  • Hawk doesn't say much- a boy of few words. But when new ones arrive, it's like watching someone see for the first time! Then, it's the same thing on repeat. Recently, all he wants to say is "dada's keys". Give him a bowl full of key rings, and he's occupied for at least thirty minutes.
  • We planted a small garden, and the sunflowers and string beans have started to sprout. Also accounted for? Blueberries and strawberries. Wish my thumbs some luck! Going for the green ones here.
  • A basket of plump, locally grown peaches.
  • A husband that senses my nerves are thin and volunteers to take the kids to the zoo for the afternoon.
  • Just got this cookbook in the mail the other day. I'll certainly be adding some of the recipes to my meal plan!


What Classic song takes you back to your childhood more than any other?

June 3, 2015

baby steps: setting goals for home improvement.

When I'm faced with a big project, I often start by throwing myself into planning overload. I love to have every detail planned meticulously in advance. When we first bought this house, I approached all our home improvement needs the same way.

I bought a notebook and began to list every single project I deemed necessary to make this house a home. Dreams of renovation danced through my head at night. No room stood untouched by my imagination. Replace window trim in the living room. Remove carpet: install hardwood. New windows! Reframe screen porch. New roof over carport. Tile bathroom.

Eight years later, the only one of those projects that's been done is the carport. In a fit of discouragement one day, I threw out that notebook, along with all my material lists and price estimates and dreams of ever fixing up our house. I gave up on the belief I could ever have a home that made me happy.

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I realize now part of my problem was just that- expecting this dusty old cottage to make me happy. I hung my peace of mind on whether or not our house fit "my style" or if the roof was less than fifteen years old (this year, it's now a ripe old seventeen years old...). I didn't think I could be truly happy in an imperfect house.

Over the last year, I've undergone a soul transformation in the area of how I regard my home. I've begun to thank God for every part of it- rotten doors and windows, screens flapping in the wind, crumbling front steps, tacky wallboard in the bathroom, cracked pedestal sink, wonky floors and all. Once I began to accept it for what it is- a shelter, a depository of memories for my children, a comfortable place to welcome friends and family- years of pent up anxiety started to flow out of me, replaced by peace beyond understanding.

I decided to quit worrying about the big picture and focus on little steps I can take right now. I can't make $20,000 appear in our bank account to cover the roof, windows, and new HVAC unit that might seem like immediate needs to anyone else. But I can grab a can of paint and some sandpaper and give our front porch a little facelift. Sure, it might take me a month to do what someone else could finish in one afternoon- you try painting a front porch when your toddler is trying to dash out into the street! But it will get done. Eventually.

Baby steps. Right?

About a year ago, I called in a real estate professional for advice. I had the itch to move then- maybe I thought I could find happiness elsewhere? The advice we received was less than encouraging. We bought in 2007, before the real estate market crash. While we're not underwater on our mortgage- we have very little equity, and so much would need to be done to repair things around here before closing that it'd be like paying someone to buy our house if we actually sold the property.

So our options are either: move elsewhere and use this home as a rental property, or stay. We chose to stay.

I'm starting a new home improvement plan this summer, but it's tempered by a healthy dose of realism. This house won't be "Pinterest-worthy" anytime soon, but it will be just right for us, just the way it is!

  • We might not be able to remodel our kitchen- but maybe I can hang a new light fixture in the adjacent dining room to replace the outdated model I got on clearance at Lowe's seven years ago? 
  • We can't replace all the windows in the house- but what if we committed to save money this year so we can tackle the ones on either side of the fireplace because they are in the worst shape? 
  • We don't have enough money to fix the roof, but thank God it doesn't leak! Let's get an estimate for a new roof and circle the quote we receive with prayer and trust that our Father will provide when we need it.
  • Rebuilding the screen porch is out of the budget and low on the list of priorities. Maybe if we clean it up really good and actually start to use it for al fresco dinners and morning coffee and Bible study time, we can learn to be grateful for it instead of worried about the way it looks.
  • The master bedroom has never been painted, as long as we've lived here. Let's make it happen this year!

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9-10 NIV)

What are some baby steps you can take this year to make your house more like home?

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p.s. | I stumbled on an article that relates exactly to what I'm thinking after finishing this post and thought it was so, so relevant. Enjoy! XO.

June 1, 2015

simple meal plan | v. 01

Undoubtedly, grocery shopping is the one thing that really tends to complicate my life. I dread the trip to the supermarket more that just about any other chore. For one thing, I'm never guaranteed a day during the week when someone else can watch after the kids. Eric usually works on Saturdays, and Sundays are a day busy with church and family, so weekday grocery runs are the norm for our family. I usually wind up dragging both kids along for the ride, and none of us are very happy about the whole situation!

Fortunately, I've devised a pretty workable system to relieve (not eliminate, mind you!) the stress of the market trip. Maybe one day I'll share all my secrets in one post, but for today I'm just focusing on one aspect of my method: the monthly meal plan! I know you guys must know what a meal plan is, right!? Grocery shopping without a meal plan is insanely stressful. So why live without one?

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I haven't been extraordinarily organized with my meal planning in recent months, but this summer I'd like to get back on track! I've written out a meal plan for the month of June, and since I know it'll really help us out as we plan our grocery shopping, I thought it might be helpful for you as well. How would you like to peek into our pantry and see what's going on?

For the first week of June, our plan looks like this:

Monday

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Pancakes + Fruit
  • Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwiches + apple slices
  • Dinner: Meatloaf + mashed potatoes + roasted green beans

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs + Toast
  • Lunch: Deli meat sandwiches + side salad
  • Dinner: Turkey Alfredo Pasta + steamed broccoli

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Carrot and Raisin muffins
  • Lunch:  Grilled cheese sandwiches + apple slices
  • Dinner: Fish sticks + roasted sweet potatoes + steamed kale

Friday

  • Breakfast: Carrot and Raisin muffins
  • Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches + steamed greens
  • Dinner: Garlic and Herb Chicken + lima beans + black-eyed peas

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Sausage + Toast + fruit
  • Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches + steamed greens
  • Dinner: "Leftover Potluck" + Perfect Lemon Bars

Sunday

What does your meal plan look like this week?

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