Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dear Zucchini Pallet Garden

Dear Zucchini Pallet Garden,
I didn't know how this would all work out. It was a last minute thing, free pallets, the need for more garden space and composted wood chips to use, instead of good soil. We went for it though and hey, I really like you so far.

Now we're nearing August and you are like a jungle...a big, thick viney jungle of miscellaneous zucchini, pumpkins, spaghetti squash and butternut squash. When I go hunting around to see what's ready for dinner, it's like the best kind of treasure hunt.

Tonight we had one of my all time summer favorites, Zucchini Pizza Slices. I blogged the recipe last year HERE and it never disappoints. If you're up to your ears in zucchini, maybe this will help you out.

What have you been eating from your garden lately?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Just Because

For every moment that I feel like I should be all caught up on baby books and have perfectly organized photo albums on our shelves....
For every moment that I feel like my words aren't enough or that my photos should be better....
For every moment that I wonder if my life is enough to share in this space....

I remember that EVERY life is worth sharing and I remember why I started this little blog in the first place. 

To document our simple and sweet life. This life with these wonderful gifts. 
If you want to write, take photos and keep track of your memories, can I just encourage you to not let perfectionism stand in your way? Live beautifully and then share it, imperfectly- because none of us are perfect.

Today something happened. 
A complete stranger walked up to me and handed me two quilts. Just like that. She smiled at me and right there in the middle of a tiny little fair, asked me if I wanted these quilts that she sewed. She was short, with gray hair and glasses and she told me that she makes these quilts to give away as baby blankets. Apparently she saw that we have a few small children on our hands.... Um yeah, people tend to notice.

I almost cried, you guys. I mean, who does that? In the news and on Facebook and in conversations, we always hear about the bad stuff. The people we need to watch out for, the scary things. And then we go to a tiny little fair, where we pet ducks, hold rabbits and fall in love with baby pigs and as we walk to buy corn dogs and greasy fair fries, a sweet old lady comes up to us and gives us two quilts that she sewed with love. Just because.
 Her kindness makes me want to be extra kind, just because.

A few moments from our weekend.
The newest member of our dress up clan. 

Friday night, Paisley and I had a date at the Farmer's Market. It had been a long day and I'd planned on going alone, just for a quick bouquet of flowers, after Daddy got home, but when I started to head out, she asked if she could come. Reluctantly, I said yes and I'm so glad I did. Walking with her around the Farmer's Market was way better than walking around by myself. I thought I needed time alone---what I really needed was a date with her.
Flowers from the market will be our new thing.

Today we went to the tiny little fair and enjoyed every smell, snort, moo, neigh, tractor sound, greasy fry and friend that we saw. The kids entered a few little things and were super excited when we went into the exhibit hall today and saw ribbons on their entries.

The rabbits get me every year. I think we need one...hello husband? Hear that?

Hoping you had a great weekend,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dear Jumping Boy

Dear Jumping Boy,
This afternoon, life slowed down for a few moments while I stood and cheered for you, while you jumped off anything that looked high and exciting. After a week that felt overwhelming full, this quieted my heart. The way you just go for it is such a thrill for me to watch. It doesn't scare me, because I see you learning how to make good choices and learning to be brave.

You know that your Mama tends to get easily overwhelmed and watching you today reminded me that when I'm doing what I know God intended me to do, (like being still for a moment and cheering for you), I find that calmness that's sometimes so hard for me to find. This summer has felt crazier that I intended and being outside with you today was a huge moment of peace. Thank you for helping your Mama find a moment of quiet, when things felt like they were piling on too fast.

Thank you for wanting to jump off high things and for being a crazy boy. Thank you for wanting to run, climb and be adventurous. Thank you for asking me to watch and for teaching me daily what it's like to raise a boy. I'm so completely crazy about all of this. Keep jumping, keep asking me to watch and keep on going for it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This Big Brave Thing// All Mom Does

Awhile back, I did a few guest posts for our local radio station's blog, "All Mom Does". Recently, they opened up the opportunity to expand their team and I applied. The application process was fun and a bit nerve wrecking. At one point, I was scheduled to have a phone interview with Sarah Taylor, who you've probably heard of if you're local. She was scheduled to call me at 2pm and you should have seen me preparing the kids for that phone call.

"Listen guys, the radio station is going to be calling Mommy. I'm going to put a TV show on for you and no matter what, you can't come talk to me. Mommy really wants this and I just can't be interrupted this time. I'll have snacks out and you can have those while you watch your show. Basically, if it's not a HUGE emergency, you NEED to let me have this phone call." 

They were like, "The radio station is going to call you? How does that work? You want this? What does that mean?" And after the 50th question, they started singing the Spirit 105.3 jingle and they seemed to catch on....sort of. At 1:50pm, I set out granola bars, flipped on Sprout and then retreated to our room with a notebook and pen, and a pounding heart.

I had my phone call, without any interruptions (nice job, kids!) and Sarah was fantastic. Actually, anyone involved there is fantastic, I'm already sure of it. After the phone interview and a few more things, I got the call yesterday from the sweetest gal, Rebecca and she invited me to be part of the team!

I feel like being part this team is exactly what I need right now on so many  levels. I've been really craving something that would push me outside of my comfort zone and help me be inspired to write more bravely. I feel like God wants to stretch me and I'm ready for that.

And the fit couldn't be any better......
When I was 18, I started listening to Spirit 105.3 while getting ready for work in the morning and now the kids and I listen to it in the car. I'm so excited to be part of what they're doing.

On a weekly basis, I'll be writing for All Mom Does and from time to time, I'll be participating in other events that they have going on. Sometimes you know when something is just meant for this moment and although this is a bit scary, all of this is the perfect fit for where our family is at right now.

So, here's my question for you.... Is there anything that I haven't written about that you'd like to hear about? Anything...you name it. Please share with me the things that YOU would want to read about. I'm welcoming any and all ideas and if you'd rather email them to me, that's fine. My email address is up there under "contact". 

A few photos from our life lately.

Dill against the chicken coop- just 'cuz it's pretty.
 Sunsets and campfires at the MOPS planning retreat.
 Early morning book hugger.
 Golf balls and eggs.
DQ dates turn everything around when it's hot outside and we're grumpy.
 Little artist getting her paintings ready for the fair.
 On the way to the MOPS retreat. Old barns make me slow down and take pictures. I just can't help it.
 Corn that's starting to look like.....well, corn! Thank you, sunshine!
 ♥ Angela


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