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My Doctor Hugged Me Today

Hi all :)
Its been quite some time since I wrote anything on here, I hope everyone is good!

Since I posted on here last my life has changed quite a bit, I had a little baby girl!
I think my last post was all about my first trimester in my pregnancy and after that I didn’t post about my second or third trimesters haha, but I made it and I had a healthy baby! Its been 6 weeks since Juniper Rose was born and today I had my 6 week check-up which is something that I have been absolutely dreading since the day that I had her. With my appointment today, I was thinking that I wanted to write a bit about how St. Vincent Carmel Hospital and the doctor who delivered Junie was just absolutely more than I could have ever hoped for and more – which has made my experience all the better. So this is my little plug to anyone who is having a baby soon or is thinking about it later, if you are in Indianapolis, you should go to St. Vincent Carmel for your delivery –  hands down, no questions asked.

So! …

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

What is wrong with me?

This question for me – this is where it all starts friends. Because you know why you ask yourself, “What is wrong with me?” most of the time? It’s because you see someone else “succeeding” at something that you believe you “failed” at.
The reason I put quotations around succeeding and failed is because I am just wondering what those words really even mean.
I’m struggling.
Why is that so hard to say out loud? Is it offensive to anyone – no.
What does it feel like to say those words – shameful.
I find freedom and wholeness in being honest, just because of how dishonesty used to play such a large role in my life. I am almost eager to be vulnerable and share what is on my heart or going on in my life because I want others to feel the freedom I felt when I started telling the truth about myself, my thoughts, my life.

So it doesn’t make much sense to me when I feel shame from admitting that I’m struggling with something – and I’m wondering if its because I know somet…

New Growth is Blooming

I think we all know the overwhelming feeling you get when you stand outside and admire the beauty of nature. Its that feeling where you instantly want to stay in that place you’re standing forever, having that feeling that you’re a part of something more, there is something more in this world and you want to be a part of it.
I love that feeling.
I love being outside, breathing in fresh air, looking at all of the flowers to pick, watching the leaves fall, admiring new flowers in bloom. Its just seems magical to think of it all, to watch the seasons change, see nature bloom and then die a little in winter just to become fully alive again and remind you that something special occurs in those cold months.

During work this week I was outside, it was super cold and I was really missing the warm weather the day before. It was just beginning to snow and it was so pretty – when its snowing really slowly and the flakes are so big and wet, when you’re looking at it through a window it almost lo…

Vegan Never Tasted So Good

Okay no joke, this is my absolute new favorite dessert ever.

And guess what, yes, its
yes, vegan.

Trust me, its is absolutely delicious, don’t you worry.
I made this for the first time at a little getaway with some really special friends of mine, and then again just recently made is as my husbands birthday cake, and now I’m going to make it again because I’m bored and I’m craving it like a crazy woman.
Now, this is a slab pie. Never heard of one? Me neither until I made this. Lets learn together.
A slab pie is just a shallower version of a regular pie made in a 9×13 sheet pan. So why make a pie this way? Well its just fun, okay? Also some people get really stressed out when they make pies because cutting into one and taking the first slice can sometimes be detrimental. So this just calms the nerves and takes the stress away. Slab pie people, the world greatest invention.

Also I want to note that this definitely does not have to be vegan. If you don’t have the resources to get …

Gettin' My Ricotta On

Ya’ll this dessert is amazing.

I saw this recipe and it looked absolutely delicious, but when I looked at the ingredients, it just seemed wayyy too risky and weird.
But I guess risky and weird is my thing because.. I went for it.

This cake tastes like summer, it is melt-in-your-mouth, lemony, moist but crumbly, filling, and all too beautiful goodness. Also for those of you who love all things gluten free, this is a great recipe for you to try!

Hope you enjoy 
LEMON ALMOND RICOTTA CAKE -1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened -2 cups powdered sugar -2 vanilla beans – if you don’t have vanilla bean you can substitute 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract -zest from 2 lemons -4 eggs (separated and at room temperature) -2 1/2 cups almond meal -10 1/2 ounces of ricotta Okay! So these instructions can seem a bit tricky, but this prep time takes about 20-30 minutes, so don’t worry, you can do it! Freeze your beaters and a mixing bowl (separate from your electr…

Inviting God In

There is something so special about hearing something in church that just penetrates deep into your soul.

Today that happened.

I was so excited this morning to go to church. Every third week is a time called “A space for women,” where any woman can meet downstairs with others and share about life, read a devotion or Scripture together and share on that in some way.
Today the woman who set up this group meeting wrote a little devotion about what she has been feeling God say to her, and that phase was, “Don’t Waste.”

Her message was to not waste the moments that we tend to feel useless, because God wants to be invited in to them. I want to share with you a little bit of what she wrote –
“Every feeling, experience, hurt, struggle, disappointment, frustration, worry, is an opportunity, and invitation to God; inviting Him right into the middle of it. These places are often the dark places of our souls, and yet the very places into which God desires to bring His loving light. He wants to e…

Resolutions? Yes, I'll Take 10...or 20

I am a list maker.
I thrive off of the organization and completion of writing a list and then fulfilling it.
I have several calendars, a big dry erase one on our wall, and I need to make sure that I have everything written down for the month and it needs to be exact or else everything is incomplete.
If I only need 3 things at the grocery store I still need my list.
I just have to write things down and make lists all of the time or else it’s as if those things don’t even exist – I’ll just totally forget about it. The moment someone tells me to do something I have to write it down. And if you know me I’m sure you’re thinking, “Well she’s had like 10 head injuries so she just can’t remember anything.” You are correct….I’m just not going to fully believe that my short term memory has decreased to this point yet. 

So I’m sure you can tell that I have written a New Years Resolution list.
I have really been hearing some negative comments about New Years Resolutions lately – and I get it.