What I’m Into July 2014

Cooking – Chocolate zucchini cake, apricot jam, zucchini and tomato fry

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basically fry sliced zucchini in butter until softened with salt/pepper/herb du provence, add chopped tomatoes and simmer together for a few minutes. I like plenty of tomatoes for a saucy scramble, yum.  Good with garlic toast or with eggs for breakfast.

Best Reads – Families Where Grace is in Place, How We Love,  A Homemade Life, Pie It Forward, The Rain Stomper, Who’s Hiding?, A Roar of a Snore

Organization – Reduced available dishes in the kitchen for more efficient clean-up, shifted my sewing space to the living room for easier sewing during baby play, rearranged the master bedroom(long needed, pics soon)

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Constellations

In the quiet dawn before the day fully begins I am awake and taking mental pictures.  Wilona is in the middle of our big bed with her face and hands nuzzled up against my arm.  Ben and I are touching knees under her feet and his nose is just about in Wilona’s hair.  Ascher is on my other side, only half asleep, twiddling his toes under my side.  He always comes to our room when he wakes up in the morning, looking forward to having a snuggle in the last sleepy part of the morning.  This morning he toted in a teddy bear and a frisbee and he’s having trouble getting the frisbee to a good snuggling position(ever tried that?), or else I think he would have actually fallen asleep again.

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Sometimes I get up, after Ben is already away, and admire the gap that was my space between the babies.

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The constellation of a family feels complicated sometimes.  Parents orbit each other.  Tiny babies orbit mama.  Bigger kids make intricate orbits around mama and daddy and siblings.  Maybe parents orbit the kids too, I don’t know.  The whole system relies on the balance and gravity that God provides to keep in in top form but sometimes the system feels shaky as pulls adjust and balance changes.  I stress about dumb stuff(lookin’ at you, house cleaning).  They stay up too late.  No one communicates well.  Everyone always NEEDS me(cue dramatic huffy sigh).  A fast forward to nap time or gym time or give everything to Goodwill time or be anywhere but here time seems ideal.

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Happy Little Things

Just an assortment of things that are new or didn’t quite fit into another post…

Farthest back, we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and my 26th birthday and Valentines day.   My favorite part of that celebration week was going to Coldstone Creamery for ice cream and giving Ascher a spoon of his own to just dig into our creations at will.  His face just lit up so brightly and his delighted chuckle was so fun.  We could have gotten him his own little dish, but I think that sharing our bigger dishes was probably more fun for him.  I got the salted caramel ice cream with Twix broken into it and ohmygoodness, it was so good.  We left with a serving of ice cream left each, and Ascher got a second, tiny serving the next day, which he also greatly enjoyed.  I also got some beautiful celebration flowers from Ben.  :)

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’13 to ’14 – Duly Noted

Well, given that my single, solitary goal for 2013 was to write a blog post a week and I wrote 87 blog posts I’d say I nailed it.  I mean, according to last year’s New Years post that was my only *documented* goal.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I had any other really formal goals, or if I did I’ve conveniently forgotten them.  :)

Other things I did in 2013

  1. Celebrated my fourth anniversary of being a wife
  2. Celebrated my first anniversary of being a mama.
  3. My walking/running in our neighborhood April-October was mostly barefoot.
  4. Had a baby.
  5. Cleaned up and re-trashed my sewing room several times.
  6. Successfully participated in 31 Days.
  7. Started making homemade bread again.
  8. Found better arrangements for some parts of the house for cleaner, saner function.
  9. Participated in our local Thanksgiving morning race(first race post baby and second race ever!).
  10. Got better at keeping on top of chores.
  11. Started being careful about my grocery budget again.
  12. Ended the year happier and saner than I started it.

This year I’m going to aim a bit higher(higher than one goal, oh my, scary scary.  ;) ), but still keep it pretty simple.

2014 Goals

  1. Read the Bible in a year.
  2. Read 12 educational/informative books.
  3. Blog – 31 Days and at least 52 posts for the year.
  4. Write a list every week of the year. Yes, I’m behind already.

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Onward!

Onward!

All Night, All Day

Putting Ascher down for his nap has been easy lately.  We go to his room, close the darkening shades and turn on his music(Praise Baby).  Then I settle him into his little bed with his kitty and, now that it’s cooler, a little quilt.  Usually he’s asleep in three or four songs.

Today we got him settled in and I was rocking Wilona nearby and we listened to a couple songs together.  I was singing along, off and on, and when we got to Agnus Dei I heard Ascher chime in with his sweet little voice.

“Hah-way-oo-yah,  Hah-way-oo-yah,  Hah-way-oooo-yah.”  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  He kept singing it at all the right spots with just the same feeling as the singer.  “Hah-way-oo-yah, Hah-way-oo-yah, Hah-way-oooo-yah. ”  

Utterly precious.

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I say it for me.

Every night before he goes to bed I tell Ascher “Jesus is watching over you.”  I hope that he’ll soon gain an understanding of what I’m talking about, but for now it’s more a reminder for me.  Jesus is watching over my babies every second of every day.  Even when I’m struck with random worries of tornadoes and housebreakers and floods and angry dogs and illness and car crashes, they’re in good hands.  My worrying isn’t going to make them a scrap safer.  So I say it for me.  Jesus is watching over them.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:37-39

Hah-way-oo-yah.

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Pumpkin on My Mind(or Life, Parenthetically)

I lovelovelove how productivity has this tendency to snowball!  Over the course of the day(in and around keeping babies happy and fed and napped, of course!) I sewed a new cloth pumpkin, straightened the living room, washed, folded, and put away several loads of laundry, baked a loaf of bread, broke down and roasted a pumpkin, then made pumpkin soup(YUM!) and puree for the freezer, had a lovely visit with a sister(Ben and I have 11!) who helped with pumpkin peeling and snuggled Wilona while I kept cooking(Thank you Beth, for the help!).  Then I took Ascher for a bedtime run.  I have since been enjoying chocolate milk, roasting pumpkin seeds, and perusing many beautiful pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.

Pretty much my house smells incredible and looks reasonably tidy and I feel motivated and happy and the babies are happy and fat and I’m totally on a pre-holiday buzz(Black Friday ads are coming out!).  It was a good day for feeding my storehouse of “yes I can” moments for rallying on those days when life with littles is harder to manage.

Shameless bragging, I suppose, but there it is, I was just a domestic goddess today.  ;)  Check back tomorrow to see me in my pjs all day doing nothing but feeding people, haha.  :)

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Timeless

Ben pointed out the other day that sometimes feeling like there’s nothing to write(or talk) about must mean that life is ticking along just as it ought to.  No hair raising adventures.  No disasters.  No winning the lottery.

We’re just happy and well and… living.

I go back and forth with myself sometimes, trying to figure out if it’s fair to call my life normal or ordinary.  It doesn’t seem like a fair approximation of all the little odds and ends of treasures that come from being part of a family and raising little people.  But the general scheme of our days is the same.  The actions required to keep the people aligned and happy are similar from day to day.  Most days even my “exciting” things don’t sound terribly grand.  Today, for example.

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I hemmed some new fall napkins today.

I went for a walk/run in a light rain.

I made a big pot of soup, undercooked the beans for the first serving and then burned the bottom layer when I put it back on the stove to finish cooking.

The fridge is really dripping into the underpan(?) tonight and I’m hoping it’s not a bad thing.

When people ask what I’ve been up to I always have this feeling that they’re looking for something different than all of that.  I rummage for something big or exciting or unusual or funny and than draw a total blank.  Stuff like that is the max excitement level in my life.  Outside of endlessly talking about my babies that is.  :)

My family is gorgeous.  My babies are smart and beautiful.  We’re well taken care of.  We’ve got lots of love and support.  We live, play, work, read, eat, sleep, laugh, and enjoy.  But life is normal.  It’s ticking along like it should.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.