Happy 2019! I can’t believe it’s already been awhile since I’ve written on here. Okay. More than awhile. 2018 was a year full of blessings: One where I truly enjoyed summer for the first time since having children. One where I gained time with my dad after we almost lost him to septic shock in September (Praise God for his healing hand!). And, one where I’ve seen firsthand the Church’s love in action through its uncommon community.
However, this past year was also really hard. One where I’ve been continually at the end of myself needing Christ’s strength to carry on in motherhood, in my marriage, and in the everyday mundane. I guess, I know, that’s a good place to be, but often it doesn’t make it any less gut-wrenching. The dreary days of Winter also dampen my spirit, like I know it does for many of you. The days are cold and the nights seem unending. With the changing of the calendar, I usually get excited about all the goals I hope to accomplish, but this year I’ve been a little apprehensive about my big dreams as I know how fickle my heart can be. One second, the world is my oyster; the next, I just want to curl up on the couch and avoid the world.
But there’s hope for my fickle, unsettled heart. There’s hope for yours, too.
It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and written on the blog (surprise, surprise!), but since my husband is out for the night, I thought I would give a little update on what life looks like right now. This year we had the option to send my son off to junior kindergarten, but we felt he wasn’t ready to be in full days of school just yet. Plus, as I’ve met more and more lovely homeschool families, I’ve begun to research and pray about it myself. My husband and I aren’t sure what next year looks like just yet, so for now I’m fully embracing new rhythms as a mostly stay-at-home mom (still doing some dietitian work). One of these rhythms my son and I began in August is morning time.
A while back I shared on Instagram that I've decided to become a gardener. (Basically get a little more involved in yard work than just mowing.) My hope was to plant a few flowers and start a small vegetable garden. Well, once my husband caught wind, his wheels started turning, too. So what started as a small venture into gardening. . . is now a full-blown backyard construction site. And not just our yard, the neighbour's, too. Three full dump trucks of soil removed and a couple more loads of rocks tampered down. . . and we've got ourselves the beginnings of some patios!
Somewhere between the typical nausea and exhaustion of pregnancy followed by the sleepless nights as a second-time mom, cooking went from being a favourite hobby to a dreaded chore last year. With that meant countless breakfast-for-dinners, Thai and Greek takeout nights, and hubby-stepping-up-in-the-kitchen meals during what felt like a one-year hiatus from the kitchen.
Then Fall came. The postpartum fog lifted along with my girl sleeping at more predictable times, and I started cooking from scratch and experimenting with new recipes once more. And I actually enjoyed it! I finally got out of my “just surviving” funk and into “thriving!” Hallelujah!
The best part? My sweet three-year-old starting paying me the cutest little compliments at dinner time...
Hi guys! Last week I launched my third year blogging at Beyond the Dinner Table with a post on four things to consider before quitting sugar or starting another restrictive diet. I felt refreshed after writing it as I’ve personally spent the last year reanalyzing the way I (and our culture) look at health and nutrition. The thought of NOT dieting and NOT eliminating some kind of “unhealthy” food is hard for most of us because society idolizes those who control their body through diets and weight loss... and shames those who don’t.
However, nutrition is so much more than counting macronutrients, eating superfoods, and burning calories. (And, it definitely isn’t about a perfect number on the scale.) Good nutrition stems from a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. And, ultimately I believe that these healthy relationships begin with where we find our identity (...but please note this is based on my religious beliefs).
So that being said, if you’re like me and have done away with restrictive diets to focus on having healthy relationships with God, others, and yourself in 2018, here are some suggestions of what to do instead! After all, you’ll likely have a bunch more time and energy!
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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