We have a website!

I’m super excited! Still no baby, but… The website is finally finished and we are ready to launch!  There are several elements that are still being worked on, but the majority of it is put together and we will be blogging at our new bloggy home from here on out.  Check it out and let me know what you think!


ALERT for Missouri Friends!

I wanted to give everyone in Missouri a heads up that we are back in town this week unexpectedly.  Jake’s grandpa passed away on Sunday, so we are here for the funeral and decided to stay until after Christmas.  We’d definitely also love to see anyone in town who is interested, so if you are one of those people you can give Jake or I a call or email or message me on Facebook.  We are going to make seeing people a priority while we are here, so please don’t hesitate.  It won’t inconvenience us at all; it’s one of the main reasons we will be sticking around.  Have a Merry Christmas!

A Brief Statement

We move the day after tomorrow.  My allergies are being as wacky as my emotions, must be all the dust we are kicking up while we sort through eight and a half years of accumulated stuff.  I know I promised an update soon, but I’m not really sure what to say right now.  My brain is about as foggy and dazed as ever, and I know that I have some readers who are really close to our current situation and some who aren’t at all; it’s difficult to balance tender issues and a broad audience.  So perhaps I should speak just briefly to both groups.

First, to those of you who are distanced from our “in person” life, who aren’t part of our congregation or fellow LCMS pastors families, and who are truly on the outside looking in…

You all have been so kind and encouraging.  It was certainly uplifting to receive your words in the midst of such a tumultuous time and while very painful and difficult decisions were being made.  At the same time, I also worried how others who are closer to us felt reading such overwhelming positivity about a decision that has undoubtedly been hurtful to them.

As much as we cherish your love and support,  I would ask that right now, if you feel led to pray or encourage anyone, you would send those thoughts and prayers to our beloved congregation and those who have been negatively affected by our need to leave the ministry.  Our family is in a crazy whirlwind of chaos in pretty much every area of our lives right now.  But we have also had time to prepare ourselves for the added burden we would be taking on.  Those we are leaving haven’t had any time to process what’s happening, and they are much more in need of your love and prayers right now.

We aren’t leaving because of anything that anyone here has done.  We love our congregation dearly (and those of you who have been reading for any length of time know that I just don’t say things.  We really do feel that way.)  I have lived in this parsonage now longer than I have lived anywhere else, and I have become more attached to this church family than any other I’ve been a part of.  This group of people is the only congregation Jake has ever been a spiritual father to, and that’s a bond not easily broken.

This congregation is amazing; they’re good people, and they take care of their pastors better than most churches care to do.  They don’t deserve to be left in the lurch like this, and if it were just based on those factors, there’s no way we could possibly leave them.  Please remember them in your prayers and think of them when you leave us public comments about our departure.  It’s not that we are ungrateful for your support, but I just ask that you keep everyone’s feelings in mind during what is a painful transition for everyone involved.

To those of you who are closer in proximity to us and our situation here, please know that we have been praying and crying over this resignation for months.  Not for ourselves, but because we knew we were about to do something that was going to hurt the people we loved.  We looked for so long for a way to resolve our inner struggle that didn’t bring others pain or grief.  And after a long time of praying and seeking counsel from those who were older and wiser and had more experience, it became obvious that we had no other options available.

I know that some of you were offended by my last post.  For that I am sorry, but like everything else in the midst of this resignation, I tried to write that post in the best possible way, and there simply is no getting around the hard parts.  We meticulously thought out every step of this resignation to ease the burden on our congregation and those around us, and despite our best efforts there are still quite a few who believe we didn’t do it the right or best way.  It is probably impossible to leave in a way that’s right for everyone.

And to all those who feel that way, you are quite correct.  We didn’t.  We could have done better.  But please know that any extra grief or distress that was unnecessarily caused we are deeply sorry for, and in no way did we ever intend to create a greater hardship.  Nor were we negligent or self-serving.  We truly tried to make choices that would bring the greatest benefit and the least strain to everyone in our congregation.

All of you will be in our prayers, and know that there will be many more tears on our end as we grieve the loss of this relationship that is unique to a pastor’s family and their church.  We are not simply moving on with our lives and forgetting these last four years.  Being a pastor is much more than just a job, and the gravity of that reality is not lost on us.  This decision was not made lightly, rashly or flippantly.  You all mean more to us than you know.

My Little Health Nut

I have finally found my crunchy buddy.  She is sweet. And adorable.  And little.  And she is a huge health nut!


This is the kind of picture Mommy takes when you refuse to smile for me. One day you’ll figure it out. ;)

Kyrie is starting to eat solids pretty regularly now (yes just starting).  Before she would nibble a little here and there but she wasn’t consuming much of anything.  She ate more for curiosity than for hunger and more for fun than necessity.  My babies nurse a lot.  For a long time… for those of you who haven’t figured that out already 😉

In any case, she was very grumpy after missing lunch today until I found her some food.  Yay for new milestones! And now that she is eating at pretty much every meal, I am quite pleased with the choices she has begun making at the table.  And also a little shocked.  She loves cucumbers, apples, bananas, green beans, blueberries, broccoli, celery and just about any kind of meat.  She is also a huge fan of cheese and split pea soup.  This month has been a wee bit stressful, so I haven’t been encouraging her good habits at all… I have been more of an appeasing parent.  If the baby’s crying, offer a cookie.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

Well, apparently not, because usually she will refuse the cookie.  Or she will accept it and just hold it for a while until something better comes along – a nice juicy carrot for example.  She isn’t much interested in bread or cereal, with the one exception of rice krispies, but the cocoa puffs were totally a no go…  And she will steal vegetables from any adult who is eating anything resembling a salad.

I’m a little confused, because despite my attempts at endearing my children toward healthy choices at this age, I have mostly failed in doing that until they were a bit older.  And yet here comes along Kyrie, for whom I had not tried at all, and she has just decided for herself that she would rather eat the veggies than most anything else.  Perhaps I have finally found a little health nut to join me on my crusade!

If nothing else she is motivation for me.  I want her to keep loving those foods, and it helps me stay on track with eating well knowing that if she sees me with those things, she’ll continue wanting them too.  Today is Day 6 for me of another Whole30 round.  I did the Whole30 three years ago and had great results.  And even though I have an autoimmune condition now and the dietary recommendations for autoimmunity are generally much stricter than a basic Whole30, I knew I needed to start somewhere.  And this month I certainly didn’t have the time to do anything stricter than this.

I’ve been a little surprised at how much it’s helping anyway, even though I haven’t taken out the typical autoimmune culprits (like nightshades, nuts or citrus) or my own food sensitivities like bananas, eggs and avocado.  I already can see the inflammation going down, my face is less puffy and my clothes are fitting better.  I have not had a migraine since I started, which is an awesome improvement, because I wasn’t going more than a day or two without one for the last few months.  I think that’s in part due to my increase in appetite, since my migraines were caused by not eating often enough.  But I have a much healthier appetite now, which is hugely helpful.

I have only had a couple headaches and dips in mood, but they didn’t last very long and were quite manageable.  So overall I’m feeling very optimistic and hopeful.  And I’m just praying that my lab work coming up confirms what I’m feeling! Tomorrow we start therapy again, woohoo!  And I will have some exciting (well exciting to me anyway haha) updates on both of the kiddos to share.

Happy Birthday Solnyshka!

Somebody’s turning twelve today!!  Where does the time go?!




Some things change and some things stay the same.  Her smile hasn’t changed one bit.

I hope your birthday is as bright as your smile sweet girl!

You are my Solnyshka,
My only Solnyshka.
You make me happy
When skies are grey!

You’ll never know dear,
How much I love you.
Please don’t take 
My Solnyshka away!


I’m Back!

After quite the hiatus I am back and ready to start blogging once more!  I am very excited about my new blog and can’t wait to start rebuilding my readership community.  I am planning on blogging about all the usual stuff, natural living, Christian living, motherhood and all the fun little odds and ends in between.  Please connect with us!  I now have a Facebook page where you can get all our new posts, join in fun discussion, learn about any giveaways that come up and request topics for me to cover on the blog!

I am also on Twitter and Pinterest (still learning how to navigate those) or you can just email me using the little envelope button on the top right hand of the screen.  Looking forward to getting reacquainted with my internet community and “meeting” lots more of you!  I am still working on transferring all of my old posts over to this site, so I will let you know as those trickle in.

My husband is finishing up his last year at the seminary in the next two weeks, at which point we will start our move and he will be ordained and installed (God willing).  So many new changes and exciting things happening.  I can’t wait to blog about all of them!  While you’re waiting for more feel free to check out a few posts that I have already moved over:

Our Bible Memory Program

Facebook Fast: Day 1

Love Does Not Rejoice…

Bear with me…

As I work on designing my new blog and transferring a few years of posts.  Blessings!

In the spirit of doing what I say I’m going to do…

So, at the beginning of the year I posted all of my resolutions and promised that I’d keep you updated on the progress.  Umm… sorry about that.  So, in the spirit of doing what I say I’m going to do – here’s an update!
  1. Post a Series on Headcoverings… Haha… haha… ha. Ahem.  I have been working on this just about as often as I’ve been working on my other blog posts… if that tells you anything…  Although, I did read a wonderful blog post on the topic recently which I would highly recommend: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/headcoverings.aspx  There, now you have something thoughtful to read while I drag my feet.  I do feel better, thank you for asking :)
  2. Clean the Kitchen and do the laundry – Every Day… Actually, progress in this resolution is the reason why I’m blogging today!  I finally got myself into a routine after the craziness of March.  I have a loose schedule I have been working from this week and it’s going very well!  Today is the second day in the row I’ve done EVERYTHING I planned to do – and I have some free time left over to blog!  Routines are a beautiful thing…  And, in case you were wondering, yes I did fold the laundry before I sat down to type :)
  3. Do Homeschool with Evangeline… Yeah, that went out the window for a few months.  Hopefully she’s not too terribly behind her peers now 😉  I have missed it though, and I am so glad we are restarting it now.  She turned two on the 31st (my baby is growing up!! And yes I still need to post about that!!) so we are starting a new school routine for her that’s a little more advanced.  I can’t wait to share with you!  We are only doing a few things at the moment – not the full-blown school day.  I knew I needed to start slow in order to make it successful.  So I picked out the things that were most important to me, and we’ve been doing very well with those!  I will put it on my list of things to blog about soon.
  4. Have a Baby… Steadily making good progress here!  Baby is very healthy, kicking lots and had a strong heartbeat at our midwife appointment last week.  My placenta is also very healthy and very loud!  We changed my due date from July 25th to July 20th because I am measuring about 3.5 weeks ahead.  We only moved it up one week, but my midwife said not to be surprised if I go one or two weeks earlier than that!
  5. Drink More Water… We haven’t been doing as well in this area as I would like.  Fortunately, my heartburn has forced me to be drinking lime water throughout the day – so I have been very hydrated the last few days.  I was eating tums like candy, and then my midwife told me since your body doesn’t actually absorb the calcium from tums (I know, what’s the point, right?!) it all goes into the placenta which deadens and calcifies parts of it.  Hmm… not good… no more tums for me.  Bring on the lime water!
  6. Eat Healthier… Although I haven’t kept you updated, we were doing great on our healthier grains resolution.  Until a couple weeks ago, and then we lost our resolve.  But we are back on the wagon again, mostly, and officially free of improperly prepared grains in our home.  It’s a real challenge making everything from scratch, but so worth it!  I wrote up a weekly and monthly “chore” list for cooking and baking so that we won’t run out of food.  Now that we’re in a more regular routine it actually hasn’t been too overwhelming!  This is something else on my blogging list; I need to update you on all the new recipes and ways of eating we’re trying out!
  7. Memorize Scripture… Thankfully, this is one resolution that we are still keeping!  I’ll admit, we got out of the routine the last couple of months and had a few days of really cramming to get in our memory work – but we’re doing it!  We have Matthew 3, 1 Corinthians 1 and 1 Corinthians 5 memorized and we will be starting on Matthew 4 for April!  I will have to write on our memory program so you all know how we’re doing it!  We have already seen benefits of memorizing Scripture together, and we are very much enjoying it.  Evie loves it too!  She will regularly ask for “bible zerses”, which means she wants to recite the passages with us!  She actually does try and say them with us, her favorite phrase is “grace to you and peace”.  Super cute…  And often times at night she will crawl into daddy’s arms and ask him to say bible verses.  For no other reason – it’s worth it.
  8. Add More Resolutions… Haha… yeah… we’ll work on that later.  Although we really should start packing….

Just so you know…

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry for the delay in posting.  Jake’s grandmother fell asleep in the Lord last Sunday morning.  We travelled to Missouri this week for the funeral and returned on Thursday.  I have been trying to catch up on everything at the house so I haven’t had time to post yet.  I think I will finally get my post up tomorrow so please bear with me.  Thank you all for reading and for your patience.

Love in Christ,

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