just love

The world we live in has me so scared for my children. No, I don't leave our house in fear of what may happen. It is the thought of what this dark world will look like when our kids are grown ups and probably raising their own families that terrifies me. I can't imagine it getting any worse...but it does.

The attack in Orlando has rocked me. I could not believe it when I read what had happened. Then I saw their faces. I read little parts about their lives. They became real people and not just a number. It breaks my heart.

We live in a dark and fallen world. A world full of evil and hate. I know I can't personally change the world but I can certainly try....and I will start with my children.

If there is one thing I want my kids to do in life, it is love.
Love like Jesus loves; that kind of love has no boundaries. 
Show compassion.
I don't care what color they are, who they love, what their beliefs are. I want my children to show them love. It is what we are called to do.

Maybe, just maybe, this generation of kids will grow up to be world-changers. Love always wins; it already has.


menu monday

Monday: Chicken and veggie stir fry -- I use the Veri Veri teriyaki and it is so good!

Tuesday: Blueberry pancake casserole with fruit salad

Wednesday: Dinner at church for our Summer Launch

Thursday: Chicken Tostadas

Friday: we will be at Touch-a-Truck!

Saturday: Crockpot Greek Chicken Gyros


one whole year

Last February we started on a crazy journey of selling the house we built as newlyweds in hopes of finding something with much more outdoor space for our kids.
It was the most chaotic 2 months of my entire life. Keeping our house "show ready" with 3 small kids & 3 shedding dogs was exhausting. Hunting down the perfect house for us was beyond frustrating. BUT? I would do it all again in a heartbeat!
Looking back on everything that happened a year ago, it is so clear that God's hand was all over this entire process.  We found the exact size home we wanted with a beautiful yard & it wasn't snatched up before it hit the market. Our first contract fell through on our old house, but then a sweet family gave us an offer soon after. That family? Well, their son was in Griffin's class & now he is in my class at preschool! I just don't think that is a coincidence. God has connected our families & I think it is just so neat!
This house already holds so many memories & we have loved it so much. It has felt like home since day 1. Our kids will grow up here & that is so special to me. 
I hope this stoop holds lots more sibling pictures!


menu monday

I have been trying really hard to plan ahead for my lunches during the week. If I don't have anything set aside for my lunch, I always just end up eating junk.  I need easy & fast things for home and work, so I finally decided to give the mason jar salad a try! I'm sure you have probably seen these all over the internet. I was always a little unsure if they actually lasted.

I made the Skinnytaste Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette.

They were so good & lasted until Friday without getting soggy! The prep was a little intense. I tried to do it when my kids were awake and it took way too long. Lesson learned! I made these again for this week but can't wait to try other recipes!

Tuesday: Tacos
PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A copycat recipe that you can easily make in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too!
Thursday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Friday: Cheeseburgers & baked beans
Saturday: Hot dogs & S'mores over the fire pit. Can you tell the kids picked this meal?!


So What! Wednesday (on a Thursday)

I am SO GLAD that my fellow blogger friend is back to doing her So What! Wednesday posts. It's been a couple years since I did a So What! post but I think I will bring it back...for this week at least;) I can't guarantee anything since I feel like I barely have time to sleep!
This week I am saying SO WHAT if...

...it is actually Thursday now? I did start this post on Wednesday night, so that counts for something, right?!
...I can ONLY listen to rap while I work out? I have tried to watch Full House on the elliptical. I have tried to listen to Luke Bryan. I have even tried to listen to Justin! But, alas, my favorite gym Pandora station is 2000s  hip hop. Old habits die hard.
...my house is never clean? I have just come to the realization that my house will be clean in about 16 years. 
...I get busted all the time for throwing away kid art? All. the. time. I promise I do keep some, but I can't ALL THE THINGS.
...a combination of Trump and Target bathroom issues have led to me unfollowing have of my facebook feed? My brain just doesn't have it in me.
...I over-document my kids? I just love their guts and want to remember these stages!
...I have to drink water ALL DAY LONG in order to not want a Diet Coke? Giving it up has been easier than I expected, but I am literally chugging water all day.
...all I wear 80% of the time is work out clothes?
Whew. That felt good. Happy hump day. friends!


menu monday

Monday: we never got around to these Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas last week so I am making them tonight!
Tuesday: Baked Chicken Chimichangas -- these are so good!
Thursday: Grilled ranch chicken, mashed potatoes, & green beans
Friday: Cheeseburgers & baked potato salad (Thanks, Publix!)


jam packed weekend fun

Our weekends have been so busy (in a fun way!) since baseball season started again. We always have games on Saturday mornings for Grayson & now Ben is helping coach our friends 7 year old team. Grayson gets to practice and hang out with the bigger boys & he thinks that is the greatest thing ever!
I feel like I live for the weekends & I love soaking up our family time. This weekend was so different. It was busy & fun and I am wishing we had just one more day to enjoy it!
We started our Saturday off at the ball field to watch Grayson. My friend, Laura, gave us this wagon and I am obsessed. These two loved it! We were there for over 2 hours & the littles were troopers. Grayson got some great hits with his new "big kid" bat & Cheney and Griffin ran around playing with friends. Being a baseball sibling isn't always so bad!
This weekend was also Franklin's Main Street Festival.  We made Cheney skip her nap so we could go downtown and walk around.
This little girl loves to walk everywhere now. She thinks she is way too big to be carried around. We hear "no walk!" all the time!
We walked around and ended up mostly just hanging out in the kids area. The boys played in the bounce houses and Cheney played in a ball pit. I hosed her down with sanitizer afterwards. (kidding. kind of) But, the very best part of their day came when Griffin and Cheney rode on the ponies! Griffin has always wanted to do pony rides, but he gets nervous at the last minute. Cheney lives for horses. She is downright obsessed. She immediately starts yelling "NEIGH!" when we see them. They both decided to ride & Griffy was so proud of himself for actually doing it!
Look at those faces! PURE JOY. I am pretty sure they will both be getting a pony for their 4th and 2nd birthdays. How can I say no to those faces?! ha!
We spent the majority of our time outside this weekend which is just how we like it. We played, planted some veggies, did yard work, & ended with ice cream for dinner tonight.
I love my little family. We can't wait for summer!