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Multitude Mondays #3

Multitude Mondays are basically posts (on Mondays of course) that lists the things I am thankful for.


17. Milk. RAW milk. We’ve been getting raw milk from a local farmer for almost 3 years now and we love it. We’ve visited the farm several times and love our little Mennonite family. We also get delicious cream, Kefir and eggs from them and it’s such a blessing to have a great local source for this nutritious nectar of life. It’s seriously like freakin’ melted ice cream.

18. A feverish baby. You read that right. Although I would never want my little ones to have a dangerously high fever, I don’t mind the low-middle ones when they come along. It tells me that their bodies are building up their immune systems just as intended. In the most recent case, Liv was feverish for a few days but we’re pretty positive it was teething (even though there were no other symptoms) as she now has two bottom teeth that have popped through.


19. Homemade Mac & Cheese – I’m still working on getting the right cheese ratio but something about knowing all the real food (and almost all local) ingredients that are in it makes it taste even better. Recipe from GNOWFGLINS

20. That God is the God of Past, Present and Future – I stress easily. I hate it…and then I stress about stressing. (I’m working on it) But the Lord is so sweet to remind me that He has tomorrow covered. All the things on my to-do list are finite but He is the Alpha Omega.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. -Ps: 27:14

It is a challenge every day, every moment to just let go and trust Him. The things I want to do are good things – be a better homemaker, maintaining a small sewing business, etc. – but if they are pursued on my own, then it’s all in vain. I pray I can remember this more often. Last year when I was first pregnant with Liv, I was beside myself with fear of the birth. Right after we found out, we attended church and the sermon was about how God is already ahead of you. He was already by my side at the birth and it gave me such peace through the rest of the pregnancy and He was, without a doubt, at her birth. It’s laughable how quickly I forget His promises but I am so thankful for His continuing grace.


Until next time,



Reason #276 Why We Love Our Neighborhood

We’ve lived in the Oak Cliff area for over a year now and love it just as much as we did day one. It’s like a separate small town just 5 minutes from the big city. When you enter North Oak Cliff, it’s like you’re driving into a totally different place from the city. With huge Oak trees everywhere, curvy hills (yes, hills!), and adorable, well-preserved old homes lining the street, how could you not. The quaint Bishop Arts District is a 3-minute drive away with delicious one-of-a-kind restaurants and locally-owned shops for our enjoyment. And I can’t leave out the fabulous Urban Acres where we get our bi-monthly organic produce, pastured meats, and more.

One of my favorite things about living in Oak Cliff is our neighborhood “mom’s club” called RECPTA. It is a group for North Oak Cliff parents of young children and has been a great way to meet others as well as keep up-to-date on things going on the internet and even offers a mini-neighborhood-only-craigslist type of forum. I haven’t even really been able to get as involved as I’d like with having had Jack last summer and, with Liv due next month, I’m sure it’ll still be a little longer but I look forward to meeting more fellow moms and helping more in the community. All this to say…they hosted a fun Popsicle party last week and we made sure to stop by even if only for a little bit. Jack got to meet a few ‘friends’ as mommy did the same. Hopefully we will get to meet even more playmates in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the pics!

Boy Math: Water + Dirt = Mud

I offered Jack a popsicle but he declined so I ate 2 for the both, er, three of us. Oops.

We had lots of fun…thanks RECPTA!

Finally, some food!

Well, we hit the one year mark a couple weeks ago and just as I’d hoped he’s finally interested in food. Jack, not Jon. Jon has no problem being interested in food as we all know from his fabulous cooking. But, yes, Jack is finally really interested in what we’re eating and how he can get a piece of it. He’s still not really swallowing all of the food he’s given…I’d say probably half of what goes in gets spit back out BUT it’s progress!!! We’re trying to create more of a rhythm to the day – more on that in a bit – and so he sits with us at breakfast and dinner and we’re going to start ‘snack time’ after nap time. Here’s some cutie patootie snap shots of the cutie patootie.

And then it’s clean-up time of course:
How’s Liv, you ask? She’s doing good. Measuring right on track and kicking up a storm. Staying head down though just like we like. :) Someone (who has obviously never been pregnant) asked me the other day, “Wow, how is she going to grow any bigger in there…there’s just no more room!” You have no idea, lady…no idea. This ain’t even big yet. :sigh: ;-)
Much love!
J + B + j + bl (baby liv)

Wordless Wednesday (sort of)


2010 Wrap-up -> 2011 Ramp-up

My heart is ravisht with delight,

when thee I think upon;

All grief and sorrow takes the flight,

and speedily is gone;

The bright resemblance of thy face,

so fills this, heart of mine;

that force nor fate can me displease,

for Old long syne.

-Robert Burns

What an amazing year 2010 has been for us…Jon’s business grew a ton, moved to a great neighborhood, and of course sweet Jack was welcomed into the world and our hearts. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with Bre’s family and am now in California with Jon’s family for a nice, restful time before we really kick 2011 into gear. Here’s some pictures of Jack’s first Christmas.

You can pretty much see the contagious excitement of Christmas registering on his face in these next 3 photos:

What's everybody starin' at me for?

Ohhh, I think I'm starting to get it.

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