Monday, September 30, 2013


I think I bake more than average. The rate in which I empty a bottle of vanilla testifies to this.

I didn't expect to keep baking after I married my gluten- free man, but I didn't know that gluten-free baking was possible and can yield enjoyable results.
And then we went dairy -free, and yet another adjustment to my cooking methods was needed. Being dairy-free is a little more painful than being gluten- free. The other night we managed to create a mock pasta alfredo. And I was elated. Shell pasta goes so nicely with cream sauce.

Perusing the internet this morning for a recipe that suited my fancy, I stumbled across these Spiced Carrot Muffins. I used maple syrup for the sugar, halved the recipe, and used GF flour (of course), and they were DELISH.
Like really.
Like maybe I'll make these again for Emery's birthday. They don't even taste healthy! Bonus!

You should make some too.

In other news, we bought Honda van the other day. It's a joy to have. But it's very hard for me to want to stay home and save money now that we have a second vehicle that I can jump in and go buy stuff!
Do you remember that Rich Mullins song? "The STUFF of earth competes for the allegiance, I owe only to the giver of all good things."

Happy Monday little bloggity. Happy October Tomorrow!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Of a Morning

The birds are singing this morning and the sun is just rising beyond the trees.
It seems like the birds were quiet all summer, and now that fall is upon us, they've tuned their voices once more.
I like a quiet morning, alone with the tea kettle warming while the rest of the family sleeps.

It's a rare situation and doesn't last long. "I found you," says Hattie, still rubbing the sleep from her eyes.

And the tenor changes. I'm no longer just a girl in the quiet, but a mama in the morning routine.

Being a mama is the joy of my life, but it's pleasant to sometimes be just a girl. To relish the quiet, before a busy day starts racing along.


By the way, we took Adele to her six-month check up yesterday and found her to be throughly growing. :) She's in the 75th percentile for length and head circumference, and 50th for weight.

Those percentiles are a little funny. If you say without much thinking, you might say that Adele is 75% longer than all the other babies - and of course, that wouldn't be true at all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A yesterday

Gorgeous. Day.
We don't get many of those around here.

As we were walking into church, I declared that I voted for outside worship......but you know, we went inside anyway.

The park later that afternoon had about 3 million people at the playground, and I found that I clearly don't let Adele have any fun for I always just hold her and people-watch while Hattie plays. Her peers were riding the swings and the little cars on springs, oh well, my baby's too little for all that yet.
I'm not anxious to rush her baby days. She'll get to play on the play ground for many years to come, but for  only a short while can I hold her and hold her, so I will.

We walked and saw some knights sword fighting. I didn't see anyone with turkey legs, but it seems like there should have been some turkey legs in that group.

There are some hard things afoot in our family. Situations that remind you of your mortality. Pray for us if you think of it.

But we also had a new niece born yesterday. Baby Lucy. Life is so precious.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pause to think. Pause to thank.

I read a few blogs. Less than half a dozen. Three of the bloggers I don't know at all, except for what they blog, of course.
And in the last month, I've found myself praying for these ladies because they're confused and I want God to reveal himself to them. In the midst of praying for them, it feels a little odd because I don't know them and sometimes all I can remember is their blog titles instead of their names......but I know God knows who I mean.

The confusion and/or lack of appreciation for God's design and His word makes me tremendously sad.
 I want to shout out about the God of the Bible, but I'm timid and fearful, and I take it to God; He'll do the work anyway, if it's in His will.

But it also makes me SO SO SO thankful that I know who I am in Christ. I don't wonder. I know that no matter how far short I fall, God gave his only Son for ME, and he forgives me and gives grace to try again (and again and again).
I don't have to perfect because I serve a perfect God.

Thank you, Lord.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Park

We went to the park on Saturday. It was so lovely and fall-like. I got sunburnt without thinking for an instant about over-exposure.
I sat on a bench with Adele while Hattie and Emery played. An expectant woman sat down beside me. I asked when she was due, and before I knew it, we were knee deep in conversation about - what else? - babies.
She had a happy smile and a ready laugh.
We talked on and on about potty training, child birth, and many things in between. I knew her children's names and she knew mine, and yet when we got up to leave, I realized I had never asked her what her own name was. Funny how that happens.
We laughed like old friends and never even knew each others' names.

Friday, September 13, 2013

I always do this

I stated in the last post that I wasn't quite ready to embrace fall's approach....well, I guess I got over it since then because I started thinking about:
  • Molasses cookies
  • shopping at Michael's
  • changing out the wardrobes
  • and pumpkins
In my defense, I have not yet succumbed to wanting to make every pumpkin flavored thing in the world. Give me another week, and we'll see how I'm doing on that one. 
I also started dreaming about winter gardening, which probably I should have been thinking of in August if I wanted to plant seeds, but oh well. 

So, I've got my gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free molasses cookie in hand, and I'm ready to take the plunge into Autumn.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

--all the cool moms blog one handed...right?--

I loved being at the beach.
Our first night we went out the beach and beheld a double rainbow, dolphins, and the sunset. Ahhh.

we got up extra early a few days to beat the heat of the sun on the beach. it was so nice, and gorgeous.

and we had our anniversary and went on a DATE! so far, our track record seems to be that if having one date per year....and we were siked (uh, and a little nervous - I'd never left Adele before). We had a nice dinner, and the girls did great, but it took adele a while to forgive me for leaving. Understandable.

we had to come home, of course, and try to adjust back to real life. I'm still working on it.

I've still been trying to keep Hattie off of dairy, and it seems to definitely be helping. I'd like to stay we're make progress by leaps and bounds in the potty training, but we're not. We're trying, though.
When we first started potty training, I thought I could get us through the transition without buying pull-ups, and for several weeks, that was true. But after things went down hill, I had to get over my pride and buy some ---and Oh, how much easier! The stars that fade when wet proved to be a helpful incentive for Hattie, too.

Adele's cutting a tooth. I wonder what kind of difference those amber necklaces would make. We've had a rough few nights.

On the way home from Florida, we came through love-bugs so thick that we had to stop and wash the windshield just to be able to see. They're kind of ick.

They say fall is coming. I'm not sure if I believe it. Last year, probably because I was pregnant, I had our pumpkins on the mantle by early September.....but this year, I haven't been ready yet. Of course, we did need to get our summer vacation out of the way before I could begin to think about the change of seasons, but I think I'll be waiting for the official equinox and maybe even a change in the weather before I get too gung-ho about decorating for fall. Are you already indulging in pumpkin spice lattes?

Remembering the families of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. It's hard to believe it's been 12 years.

And happiest of birthdays to our friend Gabby, who is going to get married a move away...I guess we'll forgive her.