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I'm the not so simple housewife. I cook, I clean, I serve, I decorate, I teach, I bake, I shop, I dress-up...I feel like I do it all! I love the Lord and He is the reason and purpose behind all I do. I believe that everything we do should be service as unto the Lord and so as a housewife that is my ultimate goal. My life isn't so simple, but I love it!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Partnership in Parenthood

Our marriage has taken on a new component: parenthood. 


As Josh and I have embarked on this new journey together we've encountered so many emotions with one another-joy, happiness, excitement, uncertainty, and frustration just to name a few.  No one tells you how wonderful and how trying it can be for your relationship. 

On one hand I am watching my husband transform before my eyes into a father, a wonderfully loving and caring father. On the other hand I see someone who I rely on for support, help, and relief.  It is hard not to put my expectations on him.  He does things differently than I do and I've wanted to step in to help him instead of letting him figure it out on his own. In the beginning this was really a struggle.  With Josh back at work, I was spending significantly more time caring for Josiah and was able to determine early on what 'worked.'  It was therefore hard to not step in and say, "Josh you aren't doing it right...this is what you should do." I am so glad that more times than not, I refrained from stepping in.  Josh has a wonderful way with Josiah.  Our boy loves his daddy and Josh has owned caring for him.  He has figured it out.  It may have taken a little longer and self-restraint on my part, but the payoff is great.  How much more rewarding it has been for me as a wife and mother to see Josh be an amazing father who knows his son. 

As we add parenthood into the ways we engage one another, we have new opportunities to extend love and grace to each other.  My prayer is that we would take these opportunities seriously and not miss them as missing them can (and has) lead to bitterness or anger.  Through God's grace we can become more unified and deeper committed to loving one another. 

The love Josh has for Josiah has grown my love for my husband. I always knew Josh would be an outstanding father, but to see it unfold is beautiful.  My heart has grown.  It is abundantly full. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

All Things New


Six and a half weeks ago my life changed forever. Josiah Raylan was born on the 5th of February at 4:49 pm weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces, 19 inches long. I'm a mama now, a mom to the most beautiful little boy.


Life is different now. It will never be what it once was and that is good! I am reminded that God is making all things new. He is making me new as I take on a new role as a mom. It has changed who I am in all parts of my life, each role I've played over the years is colored now by a new lens. There is a freshness in my role as a wife, as a friend, as a daughter, as a   sister, and as a woman of God.

I've encountered God as I've never before. The depth of his love as a father to me takes on new meaning these days. The richness of His grace as I struggle to embrace the constant demands of motherhood as a sleep deprived woman.  The beauty of His presence in the first moments and days of Josiah's sweet life. The goodness of His perfect gift to Josh and me.  I'm in awe. 

Although I've had fleeting desires to take a moment to be selfish, my life is now devoted to this sweet little boy. He is my joy and I am blessed to be his mother. This calling in my life is one I don't take lightly. God has entrusted Josiah into my care and my prayer is that Josh and I will steward him well and raise him to be a godly young man. My life will never be the same, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
It is well with my soul!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Homemade Squash Pasta


A simple, healthy meal becomes an instant favorite in my home.  Today Josh and I made a squash pasta in a matter of minutes! 

Here's the scoop:
Use a potato peeler to make thick noodles out of a fresh squash-think fettuccine. Mix them into a bowl. Season with olive oil and a pinch of salt. This mixture simulates cooking the "noodles." On the stove heat up pasta sauce. Pour the warm sauce over the noodles, greet with Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

*note: one squash per person allows for a meal size serving

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Settled

Life moves so quickly at times.
A few weeks pass by in an instant.

Moving puts life on fast-forward.  Unpacking and organizing can become all consuming.
But finally I've been able to decorate and make our house a home. Fall has made it's way in.


I am settled.  This now our home.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fresh Starts: a Favorite Friday

Fresh supplies and fresh starts! School is back in session. There is something beautiful about brand new school year.



This past Monday school started up again. I'm loving my class! Third grade is a blast!  What a great decision it was to make the transition from 6th, 7th, and 8th to 3rd.

Getting a new classroom and a new home in order is quite a tall order, but I'm up to the challenge.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It's a....

BOY!

I can't believe I'm going to be a mom to a little man! 


I'm excited to let this sink in!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

No-Sew Apron

I've always wanted to make my very own apron (other than the one I made in home-ec circa 7th grade), but I just haven't given it a try. Sometimes my sewing machine scares me.  So I bypassed the sewing machine and grabbed my scissors and got to work.


I've had this dress that was perfect for my little project. I cut off the top of the dress. 


Then simply cut along the two side seams to remove the back of the skirt. Keeping the seams in tact makes this a no-sew project.


I love the final product! Perfect for my new kitchen!