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Back on Journey

Hello again! It’s hard to believe how fast the last year has gone. And just because the blog has been silent, it doesn’t mean the journey ended. Our journey has changed directions a bit, however. Since the last post, Bryan and I have welcomed a new baby into our family! Kyle was born late February, and life during pregnancy and this new stage of parenthood has been a bit crazy–to say the least–but a wonderful, exciting kind of crazy. Kyle is absolutely beautiful and one of the sweetest kids we’ve met (we might be a little biased). 🙂 But we’re truly enjoying this new part of our journey. Pregnancy and childbirth has actually drawn us together as a couple–and family–more than we could have imagined or hoped for!quietlife

Bryan’s still in culinary school (only six and a half classes left), while working as a cook. I’m back at Frontline as their Development Coordinator and learning to juggle home life, mom life, work life, and childcare. We still love creating meals together and look forward to sharing those with you again.

We are also in the middle of negotiating the sale of our first family home and will be in a “house-sitting” transition for the next little bit while we look for the next property that we can call “home.”

If there’s one thing this new journey of parenthood and house hunting has taught us, it’s the value of leading a “peaceful and quiet life” (I Tim. 2:2). We’ve slowed down a bit, gotten to bed a little earlier (despite waking up multiple times throughout the night–especially early on), made family time more of a priority, and are enjoying family walks on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and around Furman Lake. It’s a simple life, but one full of joy in Jesus and grace towards one another (hopefully).

So, thank you for your patience, and stay tuned as we pick up on the next step in this journey of seeing and savoring Jesus as a family of three.

A Welcome Home Basket

Recently, we had some friends from church that had an out of town funeral and would be home for about half a week before heading out for a scheduled family vacation. The traveling was exhausting, not to mention emotional, and the last thing we wanted them to have to do between the funeral trip and getting ready for a much needed vacation was to have to go grocery shopping. So, we put together a quick basket for a few days of fast meals. They really enjoyed it! And it was a lot of fun putting it together. The fruit and vegetables were from our Milk & Honey Organics basket for that week.

What’s in the Box:

  • Loaf of English Muffin Bread (from Publix)
  • Florida’s Natural Orange Juice
  • Organic Milk
  • All-Natural Sliced Cheese
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Jar of Homemade Potato Corn Chowder (enough for 2)
  • All-Natural Sliced Turkey
  • Container of Homemade Guacamole
  • Homemade Cheese Quesadillas (wrapped in foil for a fast reheat)
  • Organic Onion
  • All-Natural Sour Cream
  • Organic Yogurt Cups
  • Organic Broccoli Head
  • Organic French Roast Whole Bean Coffee
  • 1 dozen Eggs
  • Organic Apples and Plums

Ideas for Meals:

  • Quesadillas + Guac + Sour Cream + Onion + Salad
  • Soup + Sandwich
  • Sandwich + Salad
  • Eggs + Toast + Juice
  • Yogurt + Fruit
  • Sandwich + Broccoli
  • Coffee + Milk (not a meal, but very important!)
I’m posting this as much for myself as for you all. I want to remember what we put in the basket, so we can do this again, maybe for a new mom, a sick friend or a special break for someone. It’s a great way to get your children involved in serving others too. Be creative and see how many variations you can create in one small box on a budget. This whole box cost us just less than $30.