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My Girl

Sometimes I try to get into her mind and figure out what she is thinking.
Her world is so free. 
Picking flowers and walking barefoot through grass completely thrill her.
When she looks at me with those big eyes I melt.
She is so beautiful.
She lights up my life.
Does everyone feel this overwhelmed by motherhood?
Like it takes their breath away in the best way.
Being her momma is one of my greatest joys on this earth.
So grateful that God entrusted me with her sweet soul.



In the Kitchen: Curried Lentil Soup

You guys, I am a sucker for curry, so it should come as no surprise that this recipe for curried lentil soup was made two weeks in a row in my house.  It was the perfect blend of spicy and creamy!  We added way more kale than the recipe calls for (at least double) since it can handle it, and it sincerely warmed my heart.  If you are into the idea, give it a try.  Super easy and flavorful!  You won't regret it :)

Ingredients
1 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil) 1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced 2 tbsp tomato paste (or ketchup) 2 tbsp curry powder ½ tsp hot red pepper flakes 4 cups vegetable broth 1 400ml can coconut milk 1 400g can diced tomatoes 1.5 cups dry red lentils 2-3 handfuls of chopped kale or spinach salt and pepper, to taste Garnish: chopped cilantro (fresh coriander) and/or vegan sour cream
Directions
In a stockpot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat and stir-fry the onion, garlic and ginger until the onion is translucent, a coupl…

Constantly Processing

Does anyone else feel like their mind is constantly spinning, processing, and attempting to improve?  I am gonna give you a glimpse of what is going on in my brain lately...
As I near the end of this second pregnancy and pass through another birthday, I can't help but ponder every little thing I do.  Is it worth my time and energy?  Should I be investing in anything I am not?  What am a doing that I should drop?  What am I not doing that I should add on?
I want to get back to being creative, but my minimalist mindset feels like creating for the sake of creating is wasteful (even though I know it is not)... I want to teach my kids to be creative for no reason so why do I struggle with it so much myself?
I have been pondering if "routine" is really best for us/me.  I think it has benefits for sure, but I am just feeling like everyday of my life can feel like ground hog day if I get too set in my routine.  Don't you think it is best to change it up a bit?  But the fami…

At the Library - February 2019 Reading

I am happy to report that I completed 5 books this month!  Really loving this pace and working on a couple more as we speak.  My brief reviews are below, and yes, we are still on track with our Bible reading :)

Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain is a household favorite of ours.  Crude, dry, sarcastic and really compassionate.  He saw the world in a really unique and his writing style, while slightly offensive, is also very captivating.  This book was the first I have read of his, and I already have another in my line up.  If you have ever worked in the restaurant industry, I'd highly recommend it.  It captures the essence of so much and it made me laugh out loud multiple times.  Five stars to be sure. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - This was a recommendation of an old friend and I liked it, but I didn't love it, but I recently realized it was the first in a series, so perhaps I need to read the next couple books.  I also listened to the audio book, and I…