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How to Do Real Food in a Tiny Kitchen

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There's no way I can do all that stuff she does in her kitchen - it's massive and mine's so tiny!  Ever thought something like this while reading a blog or listening to a friend yak on about how she's fermenting this or that? If your kitchen is super tiny and you wonder how on earth you could ever take some of those Baby Steps you've been wanting to in such a limited space, I think you'll be encouraged below! A Peak Inside Tiny Kitchens A bunch of natural living bloggers and I have teamed up to show you what our teeny-tiny kitchens look like and how we manage to prepare real food with little counter space, storage space, etc. In other words, we're the "real life" ladies with … [Read more...]

Another First – Staying with Papa and Yaya

David and I haven't been away from the babies in 539 days...or since they were born. (We did take a very short overnight, two weeks after they were born and still in the NICU for a quick breather. But I was hooked up to my friend, the Pump, every two hours so you can imagine how crazy that was!) I haven't been away from them for more than four hours. Ever. I have been entangled by three babies 24/7 for 18 months solid. Because of our breastfeeding schedule (which I l.o.v.e.), nobody has taken one or two and left me with "the baby." I've eaten, slept, dreamed and breathed baby x 3 for the past year and a half. And I have loved it. Of course there are times I've been touched out (every day!) … [Read more...]

Our New Wheels – Radio Flyer Triple Play Wagon

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It's here! It's here! It's here! Our new Radio Flyer Triple Play Wagon arrived the other day and I could hardly wait to get the babies in it! (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, read about my stroller addiction here.) And it really is fantastic! I love that the babies are engaged with what we're doing now. In the strollers they tend to sit back and zone out (which is not always a bad thing =). But in this they sit up, look around, laugh, play, hit and fight (of course!) and point and chatter. I also love that we fit on the sidewalk now! I never would have imagined that'd be a plus for kids' wheels but it is! I don't have to watch for traffic; though when crossing the street they … [Read more...]

How Many Times…How Many Tears?

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I started this post more than six months ago and just never felt it was the right time to share. Today, it is... This song came on the radio the other night as I was driving alone (yes, alone!). As it began to play, especially through the chorus, I could hardly continue driving. It struck a chord so deep within me. How many tears will I cry before he sees?   I have experienced very few tragedies in my lifetime, for which I am VERY grateful. But there have been moments where the breath has been knocked out of me. And I've gone through seasons where I feel like every time I try to surface for air, I'm pushed back under. Moments of utter sadness and alone-ness. The deep … [Read more...]

“The Least of These”

Jesus calls us to care for those in our community and the world abroad in whatever ways we can (Matthew 25:31-46). Some are called to go and do. Some are called to prayerfully or financially support those who go and do. Some are called to rescue. Some are called to heal. Some are called to preach the Gospel. And some are called to adopt. David and I feel we fall in this last category, especially. Before we had even met one another, we each had a burden to add to whatever family God gave us by adoption. For as long as I can remember, I've felt called to rescue a little girl from China. (For months into my pregnancy with the trio I felt a stronger connection to our little girl who most likely … [Read more...]

Harlem Shake…Exodus Style

This made me laugh so hard. I love that they can have fun like this. http://vimeo.com/60183766 Yes, that was my husband. And yes, this means I am Cat Woman. For those of you who thought so, you were right. I was waiting till now to tell you. Ha! Happy Friday, y'all! … [Read more...]

Car Seat Dilemma

As always, the recommendations for car-seat safety continue to change. (How many of us rode on baskets on the floor of the car as babies because there were no laws or recommendations? =) The current law is that car-seats must be rear-facing till one year and 20 lbs. Once the child has reached both of these, they can forward-face. Sooooooooo nice. Do you know how much easier it would be to deal with three babies in a row if they were forward-facing??? But. The recommendation now is to rear-face till two years! That seems such a long way off. And then, to go even further, most of Europe recommends rear-facing till four years or even longer! Say whaaaaaaaa? The whole reason I bought our van was … [Read more...]

The Odd One Out

Or should I say odd ones out? Yes, it's true. My babies, at 16 months old, are bald as cueballs. Well, Emma has quite a bit of hair, Noah has a wispy mullet and Makenna has a faux-hawk. But, really? They're bald. I had waywayway more hair by this age and I just assumed they'd be driving me crazy with hair in their eyes and running their fingers through it at dinner time. Nope. Not an issue. In fact, a quick wipe with a washcloth cleans their hair right up! I've been coaxing the girls to grow hair by showing them all their pretty bows, promising to learn how to do some fun braids...to no avail. :sigh: Maybe one day soon. In the meantime, maybe I'll try this product to help them: [hulu … [Read more...]

Freak of Nature?

This...is just so true. It really is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?client=mv-google&gl=US&hl=en&v=tT-lgB_HGEE&nomobile=1 I am asked nearly every.single.question every single time we go out. It's exhausting and I know people are just excited to see something they may never have seen before. It just makes it uber tough to go out and get anything done. Recently in Panera, a lady called very loudly back to her table of ladies, "Didja see these?" :sigh: But, today I'm choosing to laugh. =) I do love seeing the double-takes people give us. And I love catching people in the act of staring - when we walk past, sometimes I'll just turn around quickly and find them staring. Haha! … [Read more...]

Genetic Roulette – are you playing?

While this blog is often a forum for my love for my littles, it's also a vehicle to share things about which I am very passionate. Some of these topics include marriage, fighting pornography, ending abortion...and getting back to the basics. Yep. Getting back to the basics. It is my desire to (continue to) take my family to a more natural way of living. Over the past few years, I have learned a lot. I've learned so much about what's in many of the foods we eat, the products we use, the things we buy. I've realized I was being a poor steward of the body God has given me. One of my favorite phrases is "if you know better, do better." So, that's what I'm doing. Slowly, but surely, I'm changing … [Read more...]