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Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (book review)

From the inside flap:

This is what I want you to do: tell someone you love them, and that dinner's at six.

Bread & Wine is a collection of stories about life around the table--about family, friend- ships, and the meals that bring us together. It's about Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Mango Chicken Curry and Blueberry Crisp. It's about the ways God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us. It's about recipes, entertaining ideas, and meals to share with friends and family, made by hand and with love.

Many of the most sacred moments in my life, the ones in which I feel God's presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place around the table. Something extraordinary happens when we slow down, open our homes, look into one another's faces, and listen to one another's stories around the table.

This is my love letter to life around the table.

My review:

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla! To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy and paste the starters and link up to Carla so she and others can visit you and see what you've been up to!
 What are you.....
Reading? What a Son Needs From His Mom by Cheri Fuller Watching?  Right now the kids are watching "Team Umizoomi" on the DVR. I have been watching episodes of "19 Kids and Counting" that I have on the DVR. Listening to?  Rebecca is talking. Benjamin is banging toys. Jacob is eating a snack. The TV is on. The dryer is going. Bill is talking to Rebecca. Cooking/Baking?  I haven't done much cooking per se. I made pumpkin muffins today.
Happy you accomplished this week?   I got to work. I did some work at home. Looking forward to next week? One week closer to summer break.   Thankful for today? For my husband and kids.   
Bonus question:
What is your preferred method for contacting someone? (email, t…

Kroger Spring Dinners (Review)

A couple of weeks ago for dinner our family had the opportunity to try some new to us food, thanks to being a bzzagent.
We were given the opportunity to try Kroger Moist and Tender pork tenderloin, Kroger Crescent rolls, and Kroger Macaroni and Cheese. We were also able to try Kroger cake mix and frosting, which I used for Benjamin’s birthday cake.
First our family had a nice family sit down dinner that consisted of the pork, crescent rolls and macaroni and cheese.

With the Pork tenderloin, I actually was able to make a few meals. The first meal that I made I cut the tenderloin into chops and baked it in the oven. My hubby and I agreed that the pork was very lean and very moist. (I was also able to freeze some of the chops for a future meal. I also used about ½ of the tenderloin and made bbq pulled pork in the crockpot last week that turned out amazingly tender and yummy!)

I have bought and prepared Kroger Crescent Rolls in the past. My children love the rolls! They are nice and f…

Johnsonville Sausage Company= GREAT customer service!

I will admit it. I like to get stuff in the mail. I sign up for free samples that I know that the family will use. Sometimes I get them, sometimes I don't. I also have been known to sign up to host parties where you get a chance to try new products and share them with your friends.

A couple months ago, I saw an opportunity to sign up to host a Johnsonville Cajun party. I signed up and didn't think anything about it. I apparently got an email saying that I was selected to receive a package, but I never did so I thought there was an error. Not a big deal.

Fast forward to today:

UPS knocks on the door with a package for me that contained this:

In it was a letter from Johnsonville, saying that they were sorry for the confusion and that THEIR system generated acceptance emails to an additional 10,000 participants than the 1,000 that was supposed to be registered. However, they were able to get kits that were almost identical to the first 1,000 sent to all those who received the…

Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons (book review)

From the back cover:


At first glance, Rebekah Lyon’s life path seemed straightforward: walk the aisle, take the short road to motherhood, and build a family on a suburban cul-de-sac in the South.

But life looked radically different when her family relocated to the heart of New York City. She was forced to navigate a new normal with three kids, two toy poodles, and a minivan. Blindsided by crippling despair, Rebekah wrestled with bigger questions woman often ask: Why am I here? Does my life matter?

In a Western culture driven by performance and Pinterest fantasies, her story echoes the rise of loneliness, depression, and anxiety that women are facing at all-time highs. Why are expectations and lifestyles breaking us down in unprecedented ways?

In this beautifully moving memoir of vulnerability, courage, and ultimately transformation, Rebekah shares her journey in the unknown- a thrilling, terrifying freefall that eventually led to …

Busy, busy weekend

This weekend was BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!

On Saturday Rebecca had another soccer game. It was COLD and SNOWING throughout most of her game. The wind was super duper cold. She had fun that is what matters! Her team won again. I really do like her soccer coach for this session of soccer….he is the soccer coach at one of the our areas university and he does a GREAT job with the kids, teaching them fundamentals and encouraging them. Rebecca loves soccer!

After soccer, we came home for lunch and Bill had to leave for work. I cleaned a bit, did some laundry and figured out my grocery list.

Saturday night, Rebecca’s school was hosting a father/ daughter dance so I had to send my hubby and Rebecca to that. It was so cute seeing them together.

Hubby said that the majority of the time Rebecca and most of the other girls just wanted to play with the balloons! LOL Sunday morning, my hubby participated and ran in his first official race. He ran in a 4 mile race and did the run in 45 minutes 13 secon…

Things on my mind....

I have dealt with depression and anxiety issues most of my life. I wasn't officially diagnosed until about 2004 with depression, but looking back I have suffered from it most of my life, going back to probably elementary school. I have been on and off medication through the years. Most recently I was on medication before I got pregnant with Benjamin and through my pregnancy with him. Then I weaned myself off of it...I was in a better place....

But as I should know depression and anxiety don't go away. They may lay dormant for a while before they rear their ugly heads again.

And it seems that I am in the midst of that. I have been so anxious these last few days. There are so many things that seem to be in turmoil in my own personal life right now.

Hubby is anxious as well...due to financial worries, and that I am not happy, he is lonely, works too many hours for peanuts (he is salaried and he works anywhere from 50-80 hours a week), he doesn't get to see me very often or …

I am here....

Sorry I haven't posted in almost a week.

I am here.

Just have a lot on my mind right now.....

I caved last night....

The last 2 days it has been over 80 degrees where I live.

2 weeks ago there was snow on the ground. There is a chance of snow showers tomorrow night.

Yep, that would be Ohio weather.

At 5pm last night it was 78 degrees in the house and humid. Normally I would just put a fan in front of the window and call it a day. HOWEVER....

....last night I was dealing with a puking baby who only wanted Mommy, a 3 year old little boy with a fever, no energy and didn't want to eat or drink, a daughter who had gotten in trouble at school and was in a "mood", and a hubby whom we believe has some sort of food poisoning that left him unable to basically move without feeling the need to throw up. AND I WAS HOT.

I caved.

I turned on our a/c.

I know I should have just dealt with it.

But last night I needed 1 thing to go right and I needed to be comfortable.

Benjamin's 1st birthday party!

On Sunday, we hosted a small first birthday party for Benjamin. We invited the grandparents, aunts and uncles and Ben's Godparents and their children. It was a simple, sweet, perfect party.

It was a great day. The weather was great and everyone had a great time.

How do you celebrate your children's birthdays?

Spring Soccer began today....

It is that time of year again....I become a "Soccer Mom" for the next 2 months.

YMCA Spring Soccer for Rebecca officially began this morning.

First she had to have her team picture taken.

Then they got to practice and play their first game as the "White Polar Bears." 

The temperature was COLD and WINDY but the sun was shining and it was good.

Jacob was cold and hungry, so we had to break out the goldfish snacks before the game even began.

Benjamin did not like the sun or the wind being in his face. So we moved to the other side of the field where the wind was coming from behind and put a blanket over his stroller like a tent and he was a much happier camper.

Rebecca was chosen as the player to start the game by kicking the ball. :)

Rebecca had a lot of fun and it is so neat watching her growing up and experiencing new things.

The "White Polar Bears" won the game and I had a happy, but tired little girl on my hands.

Do your children play sports?

Invisible: A Novel by Ginny L Yttrup (Review)

From the back cover: Ellyn DeMoss-- chef, cafe owner, and lover of butter-- is hiding behind her extra weight. But what is she hiding? While Ellyn sees the good in others, she has only condemnation for herself. So when a handsome widower claims he’s attracted to Ellyn, she’s certain there’s something wrong with him. Sabina Jackson -- tall, slender, and exotic -- left her husband, young adult daughters, and a thriving counseling practice to spend a year in Northern California where she says she’s come to heal. But it seems to Ellyn that Sabina’s doing more hiding than healing. What’s she hiding from? Is it God?
 Twila Boaz has come out of hiding and is working to gain back the pounds she lost when her only goal was to disappear. When her eating disorder is triggered again, though she longs to hide, she instead follows God and fights for her own survival. But will she succeed?
 As these women’s lives intertwine, their eyes open to the glory within each of them as they begin to r…

Happy birthday Benjamin!

It is so hard to believe that it has been one year since we added another piece to our family puzzle!

A year ago today we welcomed into the world Benjamin Brian, who was born via c-section in the morning.

The year has gone by so quickly!

In the past year, Benjamin has had all of his first holidays.

He has started eating solid foods.

He has learned to crawl "army style."

He has become a very vocal little boy.

He loves to be held by me and Bill and seems most content when we are both at home.

He is a content little man, smiling even when he isn't feeling very good.

He is a true blessing!

Happy 1st birthday Baby Benjamin!

We had a happy Easter!

This weekend was busy but a good busy.

Saturday, I spent the day doing some spring cleaning upstairs, opening windows and airing out the house, shopping for work, and just getting some things done.

Sunday morning the kids enjoyed their Easter baskets before we headed off to mass.

After mass, we came home and found that that sneaky Easter bunny had left some eggs to find in the house that contained puzzle pieces, giving us something to do while we waited to go to my parent's house for dinner.

At my parent's house, we met up with my brother, his wife and their 3 kids and we had a fun afternoon full of an Easter egg hunt and yummy food!

Overall, it was a very blessed weekend.

I hope that you had a great weekend as well!