The Comparison Game

The Comparison Game

The other day I was at my wit’s end with Olivia and her napping (or rather, lack thereof) and I looked at Luke in desperation. “How do they do it?” I cried. “How do all these moms make it look so easy?” He laughed, of course, and reminded me people probably say that about us. (How do they do it? Their daughter is 5 months old and they travel with her!)  Continue reading “The Comparison Game”

Three Wonderful Years 

Three Wonderful Years 

Today Luke and I celebrate three wonderful years of marriage! I am so thankful for this man who truly does strive to love me as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5) and challenges me to be more like our Lord.  While our marriage isn’t perfect (How can it be when two sinners say, “I do”?), I am incredibly blessed by his heart, friendship, and partnership and this amazing life we share together. Continue reading “Three Wonderful Years “

Thai Noodle Soup

Thai Noodle Soup

Did you know the average family eats the same 7 to 10 meals for dinner? Think about it. You can probably list off the key dishes you ate for dinner as a child. Of course there were always the special meals that appeared on the table here and there, but in general you probably have around 7 to 10 on your list. And who can blame our parents? It’s not as if they had Pinterest, AllRecipes.com, or my all-time-favorite, Plan To Eat, as resources. Continue reading “Thai Noodle Soup”

Shut the Front Door!

Shut the Front Door!

We’ve lived in Boise for two and half months. Time has flown by. It’s still hard for me to wrap my head around the idea of having a daughter. In some ways it seems as if she has been with us forever. There are so many things I like about living on the mainland: winter apparel (boots!), a four bedroom house that costs me just a little more than the studio I had in Hawaii, more options for travel, and being near family. But I will admit, last week I was feeling a little down. You see, today is my birthday and I’m very far away from the people I would normally celebrate with. While I try to always look on the positive side, my heart was heavy. Little did I know, my husband had quite the surprise for me.  Continue reading “Shut the Front Door!”

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made 

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made 

All throughout my pregnancy Luke and I would pray Psalm 139:13-16 and Psalm 22:9-10 over Baby T. We thanked God in advance for a little girl who was fearfully and wonderfully made. I fought against fear and worry and trusted that the child He blessed us with would be perfectly crafted by our Creator and He would prepare Luke and me for whatever that looked like. Continue reading “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made “

Strawberry Pistachio Dip (with a Dairy-Free Alternative)

If you are looking for the world’s easiest appetizer for a potluck, this is it. All you need in a tub of Cool Whip, one package of Jello Pistachio Pudding and a container or two of strawberries. My friend Tiffany introduced me to this amazing and incredibly easy appetizer and I cannot count the number of times I’ve made it. Not only does it take all of five minutes to whip together (pun intended) but it’s also a crowd-pleaser every time. The only problem is my  poor dairy-allergic husband can’t enjoy it.  Continue reading “Strawberry Pistachio Dip (with a Dairy-Free Alternative)”

Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

You can’t really have a baby shower without games but trying to come up with creative ideas can leave you frustrated. Hopefully these ideas will make planning a little easier. I typically suggest two individual, sit down games and one active or group game that gets people moving and interacting. And don’t forget the prizes! Choose items that are the guest of honor’s favorite things (i.e.: candies, colors, etc.) or grab things that fit the theme. Give the games an extra touch by making sure any printed materials match the theme as well. Happy planning! (And if you need other ideas, feel free to comment! I have more.) Continue reading “Baby Shower Games”