Friday, February 12, 2016

A Girl Worth Fighting For

Do you work hard at being a girl who is worth fighting for?  Maybe you're doing it wrong!  We shouldn't have to work for it!

Disney movies are my jam!  Anyone with me on that?  Not only am I a sucker for a love story (no matter how cheesy) but I also love musicals!  I think learning songs is one of my spiritual gifts and I always can belt out the perfect song for any occasion.  The past few days I've had the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Mulan stuck in my head.  I know it's a stupid song that's full of chauvinism and male supremacy but even stupid songs can get a girl thinking.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thoughts of a Mama Who's Baby is Weaned

How do you know when it's time to wean your baby?  The answer is absolutely not cut and dry!  This little man is officially weaned and his mama just wants to share her thoughts about the process.

Dearest Caleb,

It's still hard for me to wrap my head around it but, as of almost two weeks ago, you are officially weaned.  I look at you and see that you're such a big boy - drinking out of your sippy cup with ease - and I just have to spend a moment mourning the loss of my baby.  There are few things that are keeping you in the baby category these days and, for the most part, I view you as my little toddler.  I absolutely adore this stage you're in but I think back to all the memories that we made together our 14 and a half months of nursing.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Quick and Easy Pasta: Simmered in Tradition {Contest}

Looking to make a quick and easy pasta recipe?  Look no further!!!

I love traditions!  Seriously, you guys!  If you've read my blog for more than a hot second you'd know that about me.  It's awesome!  The thing about traditions, though, is that they can seem like such huge things and things that aren't done very often.  Birthday brunch is only done twice a year (unless we celebrate birthday brunch with friends and family too).  Christmas tree hunting happens once a year.  Anniversary pictures happen once a year...  The list goes on and on.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the more simple traditions in life.  What things does my family do that my little man will look back on as he gets older and remember fondly?  Am I viewing those as traditions that matter?  Can something as simple as pasta sauce be viewed as a tradition?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Careful the Things You Say, Children Will Listen

Are you careful about what you do and say in front of your children?  They ARE watching and listening!

Careful the things you say
Children will listen
Careful the things you do
Children will see and learn
Children may not obey, but children will listen
Children will look to you for which way to turn
To learn what to be
Careful before you say "Listen to me"
Children will listen
~ Into the Woods

Sometimes I find myself wondering if Caleb's picking up the lessons Nate and I are attempting to instill in his little life.  I wonder if the things we're doing matter or if the time we put into gently loving and correcting and redirecting and teaching him are just wasted.  Sometimes I wish I could know how my little guy is going to turn out.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Treat Your Husband Like Your Best Friend

Do you treat your husband as if he were your best friend?  I think love and kindness would be displayed so much better if we all did just that!

Who is the first person that pops into your mind when you are asked about your best friend?  Is it a girl you've known since elementary school?  Is it a friend you met in college?  Is it you sister, your mom, or your cousin?  While all these are great and wonderful answers to that question, the answer I will always give is my husband.  Yes, Nate is absolutely my best friend.

I know some people scoff at the idea that a married couple can (or even should) be one another's best friends and that breaks my heart.  I don't understand why being best friends with your spouse wouldn't be your #RelationshipGoal.  I think many marriages would be a lot healthier if the couple did view one another as best friends.