So, so happy to have fresh mangoes!! YUM. Plus some chia seeds, flax seeds and berries means daily smoothies coming up for the fam ☀️🍊🍓What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
I've committed to myself to start writing a few times each week again. And to get up at 5:30 am (totally not a morning person so this is harder than a marathon for this wimp 😆). Today I wrote about gospel training and why it's good for us. We all draw to self-improvement mantras cuz we really want to believe we're all that...but the gospel of Jesus is where life is really at. Link in profile.
She leaned over in church last week, Hey, mom. When I'm a mom, can you be my friend? This is gonna be fun 😍💛💚❤️😂
. Future gardens from all this rain . Future flowers from present pain . 💛 (Jon Foreman)
Ditching our stashes of dirty cleaners is so easy and so smart. I don't have time for complicated, and chances are you don't either, which is why I love the Thieves Starter Kit (and you will too!) . It's everything you need to make your home happy and healthy (natural, plant based) in ONE box. 📦 They also throw in a few personal products like the toothpaste, mouthwash and hand sanitizer. Plus two of my favorite oil blends Thieves and Stress Away. . You don't have to join anything or commit to buying more. The only bad thing is, you won't need to make weekly Target runs for cleaners, but there's always the kid's section... . ALSO, I found some super cute cleaning *accessories* that I'll send when you get your kit. It will make you feel excited to clean for at least 5 minutes. 😆
Apparently my kids still haven't figured out this house is not a democracy. They are even recruiting the nurses to vote and Calvin is apparently emphatically in favor of the Wirefox Terrier (per Evie's interpretation). Also, very clever to have the voting assume dog ownership as a possibility. This is a good time to discuss totalitarian regimes, no?
I pulled back the curtains and was greeted with an entrance to Narnia. So, so beautiful. What a gift the changing seasons are, so much spontaneity and expression. If ever we think of God as boring or lifeless, we must have our ears plugged and eyes closed.
I'm reading a book that steps on my toes so hard I've almost set it aside. It's The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosario Butterfield. Here's one of the many *painful* gems in the book: Radically ordinary hospitality leaves us with plenty to share because we intentionally live below our means. We soberly know that God calls us to bear heavy and hard crosses, self-denials that feel like death. We trust God's power more than we trust our limitations. You know those books that demand a life response but you really don't want to give one because you know the cost? This book is that. (Also, Sophie's cake was out of the park, so I've officially recruited her for all things baked ever again in the house 😆)
They tell you wait til the teen years with an eye roll but honestly, nobody ever told me that teen years mean LEMON BLACKBERRY CAKE. If it turns out I may have to forgive her for dragging me all over Meijer for ingredients. And also, if you are visiting our church tomorrow, look us up!! We are the host family and cake is on the menu. 😄#teenchef
Sisters are alright. Especially when they give you complimentary leg and foot massages. 💙💚
The windows are open, the sun is out and I won't believe you if you say it's not spring! Especially with my favorite combination filling the air (lemon, lavender, peppermint) and my favorite little Russian painting cheering from the shelves. 💛💚🌿
Vintage treasures. When I was a kid, my mom bought me this coloring book called Bride and Groom. I never colored in it - instead I read the words and stared at all the clothes and hairstyles. It was one of my favorite things and my sister and I would share it back and forth (with promises on our life not to wrinkle it or horrors, actually color in it). We'd have endless conversations about which bridesmaid we'd want, which hairstyle, and which mother in law seemed nicer (ya know, the important things). My kids just discovered it in my keepsake box (I have a real knack for only keeping the essentials) and determined it is high time to be colored in. 30 years later. I just can't make myself watch. 😍😂💚❤️💙 @klmesch