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On Eating Frogs

The most productive thing I've accomplished today was cleaning the shelves of my refrigerator. Some of you may chide me for being ultra-productive because you haven't done that in awhile. Well, let me put your kidding to rest and inform you that the only reason I cleaned my fridge shelves today was because a long forgotten jar of pepperoncini peppers toppled over and singed all of our nose hairs when I went to grab coffee creamer this morning.

I didn't sleep well last night and was incredibly delighted when I woke up and checked the calendar. The only thing I had committed to doing today was changing my Brita filter. (This was before I went to grab my coffee creamer)

On a day like  all I want to do is drink coffee and muster up all my nonchalance as my children destroy the house.

There are a plethora of tasks I need to be doing, but it's hard to find the motivation some days. I'm reminded of a Mark Twain quote that says, "Eat a live frog first thing in the mornin…
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Shall We Dine?

I don't know about you, but I actually enjoy cooking. However, I am not a seeker of complicated, overly technical, time consuming recipes. I want something kid friendly, for-the-most-part healthy, quick, and with a reasonable amount of ingredients that I most likely have on hand. I've been meal planning our weekly menu for years and shopping accordingly. Along came HEB curb-side and answered all the prayers I didn't even know to pray. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow that I can count on two hands the number of times my actual flesh and bones have stepped foot into a grocery store with my two kids in at least two years!

Anyway. Here is one of my favorite go-to winter recipes. I make this at LEAST twice a month. It's great for getting rid of the odds and ends stray veggies at the end of the week. I've also been known to make this stew in the summer because I live my life in the fast lane.

*It does require a bit of simmer time, so keep that in mind.

Here it is,…

Just Being Here With You

It is officially creeping into the end-sh of January, and I am getting into the final leg of my social media fast. While I have many friends who are embarking on new fitness goals or body cleanses, I decided to take a different path by cutting my invisible ties with the interwebs re: social media (Facebook and IG to be specific). So, I wanted to write a little synopsis on how its been so far.

Admittedly, my social media checking had really gotten out of control. Any spare second I had would be spent scrolling...often feeling disappointed that not much had transpired on my news feed between now and the six minutes it had been since the last scroll sesh. At red lights, during snack time with my kids, and,yes, even in the restroom. Throughout the day you’d find me, my chin shifted down and eyes locked on the the screen.

I began to really dive into what compelled me to be so available to these pseudo outlets, yet so absent in the everyday real joys and frustrations that were right in front …

Is Waiting an Action Verb?

I have been working at this forearm handstand pose for ages. Let me tell you, I have fallen on my face so, so many times. In my defeat,  I finally took the time to learn how to strengthen the other parts of my body (core, shoulders, back) needed to conquer this challenging pose.

Life Lesson:

The end game isn’t always what it’s all about. It is SO about the process, compadres. If I had nailed this pose right away,  I would  most certainly lack the strength, discipline, and patience that it took for me to get where I ultimately needed and wanted to be.

Refinement, my friends is painful, yet holy. Falling on my face is painful, yet…umm…painful.

All jokes aside, this is such a tender reminder that God sees the whole picture when we only see a part.

When we spend time doubting and groaning because we can't "get it," I believe God is lovingly looking at us with His unending grace and urging our hearts to just rest in His sovereignty.

I need this truth. It is my anchor.

I titled my bl…

On Fear & Faith

My baby turned two yesterday, y'all. I didn't even take to the internets to mourn because I was still processing. And now he is two years and one day old. He's practically three. It's all moving too fast!

Okay, enough hyperbole.

I spent all day yesterday remembering the day he was born. The anticipation, the joy, the preparation, the gratitude....and the fear.

the fear.

I flinch when I look back to two years ago and remember the fear. The feelings flood back so quickly, it takes my breath away.

This was the first time I held you.

I cannot look at this picture without tears. I remember looking at him and thinking how perfect and precious he was. I remember awkwardly introducing myself as "mommy" even though the words felt foreign and uncomfortable.

The JOY thick in the atmosphere, as well as the paralyzing fear creeping into the spaces left unguarded in my mind.

I hate (and I don't use that word often) that fear robbed me of experiencing the fullness of j…

Heart Grown

We are officially done with our required home visits for the Home Study! This is a huge milestone in the process because it's really the last official "action item" on our part before we become an actively waiting family. Our file will be presented to a committee sometime in the next week or so, and then our Life Book (A photo book that we put together with pictures and descriptions of who we are as a family so birth parents will have a chance to get an idea of what their child's life will look like if they choose us as the adopting family.) will be presented to birth parents that are creating an adoption placement plan for their child.

The Chosen Marathon is coming up in just a few short weeks, and we have such an AMAZING group of people who are coming to run, walk, and support! I always feel the tears coming anytime I reflect on our community of family, friends, and prayer warriors. This year's race will be unforgettable.

**It is not too late to get your Team …

A bit of an update

Our Baby Steps shirt fundraiser was a total success! We exceeded our goal by more than ten shirts! (We ordered a limited number of additional shirts, so please send me an email or FB message if you're still interested and I can check for your size.)

They should be ready in about a week, and we'll ship them out immediately afterwards!

We are officially on the docket for our home visits. This is the last step before we are officially a "waiting family".

The last time we were at this stage I was obsessive about everything being spotless and orderly. Well, these days that's nearly impossible with my adorable and charming little mess maker running around. I don't have time to stress about it like I did before, and I'm okay with that. I know they are not judging my parenting ability by the organization of my broom closet.

I really believe that God has been drawing me out into a space of total and complete authenticity in every circumstance. I want to be the best…