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On Nature, Gifts and Gratitude #PowerofthePeanut

Did you hear what Mr. Peanut said? “Harnessing the power of the peanut is about accepting the gifts that nature gives us.”  Continue reading


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Happy Father’s Day!

I spend so much time thinking about motherhood and trying to be the most conscious, balanced, and present mother I can be to my son, that I sometimes forget that parenthood isn’t all about me. There is another realm of parenting out there with its own intricacies and nuances that make it quite different than my role, and very, very special.

Fatherhood! :D

I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’ve married a man that is a fantastic, engaged father, and I have a pretty top-notch dad of my own. They’re pretty great guys to have in my life, especially considering I’m raising a son who will likely be a father himself someday. Given the role models he has, I’m pretty confident that he’ll grow up knowing what a truly loving daddy is, and that just tickles me to no end.

So, I guess that’s what Father’s Day is all about, right? Telling these men that mean the world to me that I love them, I respect them, I value them, and I hope my son grows up to be like them. I really hope they already know, but I’ll tell them again today anyway.

My message to my husband? Thank you. Thank you for knowing that we were too young at 17 and 21, and for letting me go, even when I didn’t want you to. To college, to learn, to grow, to figure out who I was, and what I wanted. And now, almost 20 years to the day after you broke my heart (oh, the fragile heart of a 17 year old! :roll: ) I also thank you for getting smart and knowing when we ran back into each other that the time was right for us, for our family. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for the single most important thing in the world – our baby boy. I love you, and I can’t wait to see you turn into an even more incredible daddy as the years go by!

The day my husband became a daddy. You should have seen the bruises he had after my labor!

My message to my dad? Also a thank you. For more than I could ever write in a simple blog post. Thank you for being a dad that has never wavered throughout my entire life, a dad that has taught me so much and been there without fail every single time I’ve needed you, a dad that showed me that you don’t call off work and that the moulding should always line up straight. ;) And now, for spending so much time with my son. Your influence will undoubtedly make him a better man. Your support (especially at times like I wrote about here) means the world to me, and you couldn’t be more of a superhero if you had an actual cape and funny tights. :lol:

The proud grandpa. Sorry I made you wait so long, Dad!


Happy Father’s Day to the best two daddies a girl could imagine. I love you guys!


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A Post-Christmas Post: Feeling Thankful

It’s OVER! :D

Okay, so I’m just kidding….sort of. As much as I like to complain about Christmas, I will confess that I did have some fun this year.

Little Man is nearly 14 months old this time around, and it only took a few minutes for him to catch on to the fact that there were TOYS underneath all that pretty wrapping! 8O

I saw just a bit of that wonder everyone talks about with kids and Christmas, and I know that it’s only going to get better each year.

I’ve been putting off writing a more formal “holiday” post because, well, it’s just really hard to put into words how I’m feeling this year. I got to spend the day with my whole family, which doesn’t happen very often (my brother is working on his doctoral dissertation at Ohio State and doesn’t get home much) and we enjoyed a day full of thoughtful gifts, good food, and fewer worries about the cost of it all than we’ve had in recent years. I look at my son, playing happily with his new toys, and I realize that I’m actually able to care for him, and give him what he needs. I’m parenting and providing, and I’m doing OK.

He’s a happy little boy, with a roof over his head and a mommy and daddy that dote on him. He’s got lots of grandparents, so he’s not hurting for attention there either. As much as I complain about our house, it is a warm place for him to sleep and play and live, and there is good, healthy food on the table every day. For that, I feel enormously lucky.

I know many moms who were not able to spend the holidays with their little ones this year. One mom in particular has been in my thoughts nearly nonstop for 2 weeks now, and I’ve been deeply affected by reading her posts and wishing so badly that there was some way to help her. Each night, I hold my son and nurse him as he snuggles in tightly against my body, and I am grateful enough to make tears roll down my face. Again, I feel enormously lucky.

I write a lot on this blog about the choices I make regarding the foods we eat, the toys we buy, the products we use. But right now, in reflecting on the holiday season, I’d like to just put it out there that I feel so, so fortunate to even have those choices to make.

We are far from wealthy, and we live on a tight budget, but we have jobs to go to every day. We also have our health, and we have each other. When it comes down to it, what else is there, really?

There are so many children out there who did not wake up to a tree surrounded by presents this year, and many who did not get the chance to spend their day with loved ones. A heartbreakingly large number of people did not get to plan and cook a holiday meal, let alone have the option of making healthier choices, and only wish they had the worry of trying to avoid too many Christmas cookies.

In the next week or so, I’ll be addressing some goals and resolutions for the upcoming new year, and I’m so excited for all the opportunity I anticipate in the coming months. But for now, I’m just going to enjoy the last of the far-too-indulgent homemade goodies, take the time to sit and watch my toddler cook play food and shake his new tambourine, and make a slightly early but very heartfelt resolution to never take any of it for granted.

We hope those of you who celebrate Christmas had a very, very happy holiday, surrounded by lots of love! As our Christmas card read this year, BIG SMILES FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!



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