Fall Fresh

I new season always seems to bring me a renewed outlook on life. Spring I get motivated to work out and spend more time outside as winter left me cozy in my scarfs but cooped up inside. Summer always leads me to make bucket lists and adventure plans with my family where Fall leads me to take a whole new outlook on my spiritual life. I don’t know why this is? Maybe its because in my childhood each fall School would start all over again and my day to day took more of a routine compared to the free spirit of summer. Youth group at my church would start with a big Kick off event and my pastors sermons would reboot to a more organized sermon mini series that would always seem to remind us to dedicate our days to spending time with God.

Fall Fresh is how I think of it. A new beginning. As the trees shed their leaves that they have been working hard to grow since spring and are now preparing for the winter, I feel i am doing the same. I am motivated to take what I have learned in the past year and actually start applying it to my every day. The courage I have gathered and stored up is ready to be launched.

My life is becoming more organized (out of necessity) and I am feeling more in control. In control! Some times that seems like a joke. How can a mom of two toddlers who also looks after other children (most of the time my house is full of 4 under 3!) every feel control. Well that is a whole other post in its self. The point of this post is that Fall for me is a new beginning when every thing else seems to be ending. I see it as a new start. A time to refocus. Those friendships that I have neglected, that bathroom that needs a good scrub, that to do list that needs to be re-examined. Re-focus. Re-commit. Do not let 2014 be a waste.

I challenge you to take a look at what you will have done in 2014. How is it any different from 2013? How are you different? Who have you inspired? Who have you helped? who have you loved? What new things have people found out about you?

Fall Fresh! This year is not over. Go meet your neighbor before their door closes for the winter. Make someone some cookies before they start a new year resolution to never eat sugar again. Invite a mom over who has little ones and make them all lunch before life gets to crazy and she is back at work or her kids are all signed up for 16 activities all day long. Take time. Read your bible. Pray. Take your dog for a walk. Learn to cook. start a blog. Maybe just read a book that doesnt start with “this ball is red!”.

-Lion

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

I had a few ingredients in my fridge that needed to be used. I am trying to eat less dairy and wheat products so I needed to be a little creative with my ingredients and couldn’t just throw some cheese on it or add some noodles, Like I used to do.

I had :

  • garlic (3 cloves)
  • pears (2)
  • carrots(3)
  • butternut squash (1)
  • ginger (1tbs fresh grated)
  • potatoes (8 new baby ones)
  • bacon (6 strips)
  • spinach (2 handfulls)
  • red peppers (1)
  • onion (1)

So what did I do?

I pealed and cut the garlic, ginger, carrots, butternut squash, potatoes, and onion into bite size pieces and put it all in a pot. I filled it with water so that the veggies were just covered then I put it on the stove and brought the water to a boil.

Meanwhile, I cut the bacon (with scissors) and put it in a frying pan. when it was starting to get crispy i turned the temperature down and added the red pepper to it cut into small pieces. when the bacon was crispy drained the fat and then added the two handfuls of spinach. I mixed it until the spinach was wilted and cooked. then I put it aside.

By this time the veggies were soft and the water was about half the amount as it was when I started. I turned off the heat and set it aside to cool a bit. As I was waiting i got out my blender and set it up. I then poured the cooled veggies and liquid into the blender and blended up that bad boy.

It took me two batches to get it all blended smoothly. I poured the finished product back into the original pot and turned the heat back on low.

It was ready to serve!

I spooned some into bowls and topped it with the bacon/red pepper/spinach mixture and served it to my sweet family!

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A day in the life…

I have had a busy week, and to kind of top it off, i won’t have a day off till Monday. Which is fine! I am just not used to being this busy yet.
Anyways, this morning was a bit hectic, getting our owlet to daycare and than driving our fabulous student to school. This was followed by me going to a good friends house to clean.
I get to my friends house and start cleaning the Kitchen, singing away and than make myself a tassimo coffee. When she is around I usually drink a coffee with her either before or in the middle of cleaning.
Still working away I grab some cream and sugar stir it in, get distracted by something and than decide to just sit down and plan out my day so I have enough time to meet with people and go to the memorial, when should I pick up owlet so he isn’t at daycare all day etc, etc.
meanwhile I have had a few funky sips of coffee, I don’t think much of it and keep going on in my morning decisions, I look and realize the cream was all separated in my coffee, I go to the fridge and realize the cream was 4 days expired….

This is how I will start my work morning.

– Owl

Attempting to be in two places at once

So far I have been loving my job as an interim youth pastor, besides not knowing the end date. My son has been doing awesome, he practically jumps out of my arms when arriving at daycare, naps well, eats well, plays well. I pick him up he is ready to have some quiet playtime without having other kids steal from him, than he eats and goes to bed. Last week I dropped him off with the feeling he was a little off (he is 1 so i assumed his molars were bothering him). By the afternoon I had gotten multiple texts saying the day was off, not sleeping, or drinking his bottle, and only wanted to be help but was whining a lot. During all of this, i am prepping for the fall kick-off which is in 2 weeks, as well as staff training day, getting t-shirts ready and making sure I am booking all major events. Not to mention adding extra events for those who are not going back to school because of the strike. I pick him up only to rush home so i can have a semi-decently cleaned house for a guest that was arriving at 5:30. 

Our owlet wasn’t eating, playing or anything other than whining and wanting to be held. He is very independent, so this was quite the switch. I finally get him to fall asleep as we talk and hang out with our guest. around 9pm our son wakes up and is crying basically until the next morning. fever, crying, not eating. Take him to the doctors and they barely look in his mouth. STREP THROAT on a little baby! no wonder why it was been super ridiculous. meanwhile i need to take the next two days off work because he is contagious and can’t go to daycare. WHAT DO I DO! my job is still going, i am missing meetings, important conversations with leaders, and because my son isnt napping more than 20 minutes, i am cramming work things in those precious moments. 

I had to be in two places at once. I don’t know how I did it. Probably because of the lack of sleep, I managed to finishe emails, half prep for training day, get what was most needed done while caring for a strep ridden baby. Those 2 days and nights were the worst. that was when i wished i didn’t have a job with a ton of responsibility. Because when i take a day off, i don’t get to take away all the things i am responsible for, I just shove them over to another day that will make it an extra long one. 

That all being said. I LOVE my job! and I LOVE my son, I am so thankful everyday that i get to live out my Ministry and be a Mom to a (usually) happy, lovable, independent boy.

 

So this post is to all those working moms, you are awesome! people might say you are copping out for not taking care of your baby all the time (some mom’s) but really you are bringing home the bacon, being a super mom and enjoying all the moments you have in both categories.

good luck!

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-Owl