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21 Feb

I’ve been MIA from blogging. Focusing on my family and our health. I cannot wait until spring. Seriously. Michigan winters are getting old with 2 little ones. My husband closed one store and they’re moving the other store to a better location. Crazy. Busy. Times.
Hope you’re doing well.
Don’t miss out on Made and Made by Rae’s Celebrate The Boy this month. Hop on over to either blog and check it out!
See you in March!

Peaceful snowfall

4 Feb

The last few days my kids and I have just been sitting in the window.  Staring.  Not saying a word.  Taking in the beauty of the moment.

What beauty have you been taking in?  Take a moment.

Something to think about….

25 Jan

I have a confession to make….I’m a worrier.  I really wasn’t much of one before I had kids.  Now, it’s full-blown worrying.

What if something happens to me when I’m alone with the kids!  How do I know that my husband’s business is going to be ok in this economy.  What if this fever in my toddler is something more.  Do we have enough in our savings account?  What if my brain tumor comes back?  Is that why I’m getting headaches again?  Did my eyes just cross again?!  (Watch my story here)

These anxious thoughts can take over my most precious moments with my kids and family.  Why?

I struggle with letting go of things and realizing that I’m not in control.  God is.  I need to just trust in Him.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

The verse doesn’t say ‘whatever is false, whatever is wrong, whatever is evil and scary and full of anxiety, think about such things’ ~ sounds crazy, huh!?  If I admit (and some of you too!) this is really what can happen on a daily basis.

So, let’s work on: 2 Corinithians 10:5

5 I destroy every claim and every reason that keeps people from knowing God. I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ.

If I don’t start every day with God, laying my worries, anxiety, frustrations at His feet, it’s a day that can unwind into chaos in my mind.  I also find that journaling – writing things down – helps me to sort through my thoughts.  It sounds silly when you write them down sometimes.

Do you struggle with anxiety?  What do you do?


Mommy Meals

24 Jan

A friend of mine is expecting her second girl this March.  Aside from sewing a blanket from my hoarded Amy Butler “Love” stash, I wanted to help organize meals.  A lovely friend of mine did that for me when I was expecting my son this summer and it was brilliant!


It’s a way for you to organize and help friends sign up for meals (new parents, surgery, etc.).  There’s a calendar, easy ways to get the word out and it’s FREE!

My friend can login and see who is bringing what.  I just set it up last night with the following notes that people see when they go to sign up:


(my name and email)


(Mommy’s name and email)

Drop off meals here:

address & a link to a map!

Preferred drop off time:

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Special instructions:

Drop off the meal in the “magic cooler” left at the front door. If the cooler’s not there, that means that they’re up for you to say hi for 5 minutes! If it’s there it may mean that baby is needing some extra attention and they can’t make it to the door. Please mark any dishes with your name or use foil to avoid confusion – you know “mommy brain” =)If you’d like to drop off a freezer meal ahead of time, please sign up for a date and then just drop it off earlier than that date. That way we know how many meals are coming! If you’re having issues signing up online, email (me) your name, phone, dinner and the date you’d like. I’ll sign you up.

Number of people eating:

Adults: 2   Kids: 1

Favorite meals:


Meal dislikes:

Not the biggest fans of onions and peppers & no seafood for Kate =)

Allergies or dietary restrictions:


Love it!  My friend is happy and now we’re just waiting for baby girl to enter the world!

Do you have any favorite recipes you like to make for new moms?  Any to share with me?  I’m thinking that I may help some people (myself included) with some new meal ideas.