Wednesday, February 22, 2017

For everything a season

My uncle recently passed away.  I spent a lot of time at the hospital in the days leading up to it with family and as we left the hospital room when everything was over and walked down the hallway, I was reminded of how there truly is a season for everything.  

Here we were walking down the hallway crying.  We had just said goodbye to a loved one.  But, as I watched other people going by with their day, I remembered that on that same day, even in the same moment when we were overcome by sadness and grief that there were still others that we in the same hospital that we welcoming new life and celebrating healing and wellness.  Sadness and joy.  Mourning and celebration.  All happening simultaneously right before me.  

And isn't this how life is?  This dance that just keeps right on going between all these things.  Sadness and joy, death and life, weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing.  All of it.  Together. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

What's on our plate: Weekly Meal Plan [3]

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Hubs has off of work today, we we are pumped to have an extra day at home with him!  This weekend was packed full - we traveled to my hometown on Saturday for my Uncle's funeral, which was sad but also really nice to see so many of my relatives in one place. 

The weather was perfect the whole weekend though - 70s and sunny.  Unseasonably warm for February, but my favorite, so I didn't complain one little bit.  We played outside as much as we could, I got fun new pillows for our front porch bench, and we got some work done around the house.  It's good to start the week feeling prepared. 

I thought that I would change things up a little with these meal plan posts after realizing that I've titled all of them "What's on our plate", and use these posts for a little bit of a life update and looking forward to the week.  I'll be sharing some of what's on our plates for the week not just as it relates to food - although because we work hard to meal plan consistently, it will always include food.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day Recap 2017

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Valentine's Day yesterday.  We had a great time over here; we didn't do anything fancy, but we did spend the whole day indulging in little treats that we all love!

Little and I started our day at the library for some storytime followed by a quick trip to our favorite donut place for some sweet treats.  (He knows how to say donut now and may or may not have been asking for them all week.)

Lucky for me (perhaps a little Valentine's gift), Little took a wonderful, easy two hour nap once we got home and had a late lunch of heart shaped quesadillas.  I was way too excited about these, but he loved them.  I just used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the tortilla shells before cooking.  So easy and sweet.   

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope that you feel loved today and that you choose to share love with those around you. 

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I think it is because there are so many things that I love - family, friends, chocolate, and the list could go on.  We're keeping things simple around here today, although if you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not see a little heart shaped quesadilla that Little is having for lunch.  I can't even tell you how much I've been looking forward to that.  :)

Also, we gave those cookies out to our neighbors.  It was a fun way to treat our neighbors and it was totally unexpected.  

Do you enjoy Valentine's Day?  Tell me about your plans in the comments!

Monday, February 13, 2017

What's on our plate: Weekly meal plan [2]

Forgive the tardiness of this post, friends.  This weekend was a little roller coaster for our family and I'm catching up this week.  My uncle is in the hospital and so we were there quite a bit and traveled to visit my in-laws for family birthday celebrations.  The celebrations were fun, but the hospital wasn't.  I spent lots of time in a car, my first night away from my Little, and managed to get a whopping three hours of sleep on Sunday morning before heading back down to rejoin my in-laws.  My uncle is still in the hospital currently on comfort care only and it is just really sad.  

I don't have a ton to say about it on the blog because so much of the hard things about this deal with family and I want to be respectful and sure not to broadcast everyone else's stories here.  But, it is hard and sad and exhausting.  We would love your prayers for peace and comfort and rest during this time. 

That said, we are still cooking around here and taking time to meal plan is a part of my regular routine anyway so I want to be sure to share it with you all.  (These lists are not only a way to tell what we're eating for dinner, but also a reminder to me of all the things I need to take photos of to share with you so you can throw these easy meals together for your family also.)  I want to encourage you that meal planning doesn't have to be so difficult.