Books I Read in January and Whether You Should Read Them

January was a great month for reading. One of my goals for this year, is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I am proud to say that I read four books in January, putting me right on track! Reading was one of the best parts of January. I have been in a reading slump ever since I graduated college two…

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Why We Are Doing the Whole 30 (Sigh)

Confession time: I don’t want to do the Whole 30. I love pouring cream in my iced coffee in the morning: watching the rich cream drizzle down over the ice cubes, and mix in with the coffee. I love slathering a hot piece of homemade bread with butter and honey in the afternoon. I love sautéing garlic, green onions, carrots,…

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21 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Every year I try to find a gift that is extra-special for my husband for Valentine’s Day The very first year we were dating, I bought him a bunch of gifts, including a big ol’ chocolate bar with bacon in it. He bit into it, and I noted the pained expression on his face as he tried to eat it….

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My First Five Months of Motherhood

We’re five months into this motherhood gig, and I’m slowly rebuilding. Those early days of motherhood are so blurry—when I look back I just see a hurting woman, staring down at her wise-eyed baby boy, in a dark apartment. The days ran together: August became September and September became the first snow fall. I remember long nights sitting in my overstuffed…

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What was it like to be Homeschooled?

“You’re homeschooled, right?” The public schooler asked me. “Sooooo, does that mean you get to stay in your pajamas all day?” “Yep!” Twelve-year-old me replied mischievously “I just stay in my pajamas, eat chocolates and relax on the coach all day long.” “Whoa”. the public schooler said, his eyes glistening with longing, “I wish I was homeschooled too“. Teasing public…

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Savory Chicken and Dumplings That’ll Cure What Ails Ya

“Hon, I have a question…” My hubby and I were eating supper that night, and in-between bites he turned to me, his brow knit in concern. I leaned in, wondering what was wrong, and gave him all my attention. “Why is it” he asked, “that you’ve never told me that you knew how to make this until now?” He looked…

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This Week’s Meal Plan and the Tortilla that Changed Everything

Meal planning is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy meal planning. It is time-consuming, tedious, and stressful.  I have tried many different methods to try to make it a less odious experience. At first, I just tried winging it every week. I figured that I had the creativity to come up with meals on the spot! Well, I might have had…

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Our Experience with Christian Healthcare Ministries’ Maternity Program

The cost for my prenatal care, C-section, and six week follow up ended up being $20,000. Well, $21, 331.93, to be exact. Back when I was struggling with baby fever, I remember trying to decide if I should raise our insurance to fully cover all things maternity. My insurance level, at the time, would have covered just the delivery–no prenatal…

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Gideon: 5 Month Update

Gideon is 5 months old! I tell him all the time–“you are the cutest baby, ever!” and, in this mama’s eyes, he is! He is so sweet, and funny these days. I love that he has started flailing his little arms and legs. He gets so excited that he windmills his arms, and you can hear them go “plop, plop,…

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First Grocery Shopping Trip with Baby

Things are beginning to click in this new mom life. Last week, I left Gideon home with his Papa, and I went grocery shopping alone. As I puttered through the aisles, listening to my podcast, nonchalantly tossing cans of coconut milk and heads of lettuce into my shopping cart, I paused, smiled, and said to myself: “You’ve come far, Bethany…

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