Close call…

September 19, 2018

Sitting here, in one of my favorite places, relaxing and reflecting on my day. I had a close call that really shook me up. While on my lunch break I was nearly in a car accident that would not have been good- 35 weeks pregnant or not.

It was not my fault; long story short an (oblivious) elderly man wearing the big cataract shades, who probably couldn’t see completely around a tree cutting truck on the corner, did not see me and left his stop sign as I was going through (without a stop sign). All I could think was ‘oh my word he’s going to hit me!’ Had I not pressed on the gas and veered to the far right and edge of the grass/street facing the wrong direction, he would have surly hit me in my driver’s side door.

Anyway it was scary and I was quite shaken but it didn’t take more than a second to thank God that I was completely ok.

The coolest part, or probably the only cool part about this story is that after I told my friend Rachel (and personal OB nurse 😉) what had happened she said for whatever reason she felt the need to pray protection over me and the baby this morning! 😇 So cool. I love God things…no such thing as coincidence! Thankful for praying friends and God’s protection today! ❤

My Saturday run, part 2…

August 25, 2018

I already posted about my run and how I’m so thankful I can stay active, but I didn’t really share what was on my heart during my beautiful early morning run today.

I only listen to music while running if it’s light out; I just don’t feel safe doing so in the dark. It seems like 80% of my runs are in the dark, early mornings, so it’s rare that I listen to music. When I do, my playlist is a mix of things, probably 70% Christian music.

Today, one of the first songs that came on was a favorite of mine…my all-time favorite this time last year. Tauren Well’s Hills and Valleys . If you’ve never heard it, I suggest you take a quick listen (and if you’ve never heard this acoustic version, it’s worth your time too)! Love this song.

But I realized while running this morning…as different words spoke to me…or maybe I should say as God opened my ears to different parts of the song and struck a cord in my heart differently from all the other times I listened to it, it took on a whole new meaning.

I’m not one to really replay songs while I run, I just let the random list play…but I must have listened to this song over and over for at least 2/3 of my run this morning.

Here are the lyrics and I’ve highlighted the words that kept jumping out at me, replaying in head, as if God was saying…let this sink in.

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowestplace
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away

No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In you I hope again!
No matter what I know
Know I’m safe inside Your hand

(Chorus)

Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!

Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there (to the one who set me there)
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

And I will choose to say “Blessed be Your name, yeah, yeah”

And I am not alone

Maybe this means nothing to you and that’s ok, God was speaking to my heart, not yours. But I hope you enjoyed the song!

I’m thankful anytime God speaks to my heart. I also feel a nudging to re-read Soul Care, which I’d highly recommend. (Link if interested.)

I’ve read it and ‘worked through junk in my soul’ once or twice before, but it’s funny how ‘new junk’ seems to acquire. (Just like all the junk I’ve been hoeing out of my house!) We all have our own junk, I guess it’s just a matter of how we deal with it. Some of my junk is really weighing me down and I know I’m not the light that God wants me to be when I’m being weighed down by ‘stuff.’

Ok I’ve shared a good song and a great book, food for thought, now I really do have to continue on with laundry and all that fun stuff! 😎 ✌

Stay active!

August 25, 2018

It was a beautiful morning for a run! I know I missed a beautiful sunrise because I saw it from the window while I was getting ready. It made me wish I had gotten my but out of bed 20 minutes earlier, but after a full week back to work, first week of school, I had no desire to get up before 6am. (I had two 4:30am mornings to get runs in before work, so 6 am was sleeping in!)

Because I’m a bit slower, I’ve only had time to do 3-3.5 miles the last couple weeks so I was thankful that I was able (capable and had time) to get 4 miles in today. And it felt good! If I could give one piece of advice, based on one thing I’ve taken away from this (third) pregnancy, is to stay active! If you’re able of course. I thank God every time I’m out running (or even mowing the lawn) that I’ve been able to remain active and healthy this pregnancy. I know some women are just not able to or are put on restrictions to maintain the health of the pregnancy, and I feel terrible for them…that would kill me!

This is the first pregnancy I’ve ran through and I’ve definitely seen the benefits. I mentioned last time the drastically awesome effect it had on my glucose scores and it’s also helped me maintain a healthy weight/not gain too much weight this pregnancy. I was actually a little paranoid before my appointment this past week as I hadn’t gained any weight in nearly 3 weeks. I was worried if I wasn’t gaining, maybe the baby wasn’t growing like it should. But a routine ultrasound confirmed baby is growing healthy and measuring right on target. So I’ll take it! August was a busy month of mowing, running, home projects, lots of activities, so I think all in all it contributed to my lack of weight gain; but baby is growing healthy.

I was so worried that I was going to gain a bunch of weight this pregnancy (I was a whale with #2) and not be able to lose it now that I’m at the ‘advanced maternal age’ of 35. 🙄 (I feel old everytime I go to the doctor.) Anyway I share this with you, in case you are in the same boat or curious about staying active in your pregnancy! Always check with your doctor first though! You also shouldn’t start anything new at this point; my body was very used to running so it was approved by my doctor to continue as tolerated.

Well, on to piles of laundry and more home projects that need done before the baby comes. 😉 I miss my free time all week to get this stuff done! Back to the real world, I know! Enjoy your day…

Promised recipe and running update…

August 15, 2018

Well I’ve been baking/cooking and still running, I just haven’t made time to blog about it! Sorry!

I’m still running, more so a run/walk now, as my pelvis gets achy and feels like I’m supporting a bowling ball. (In case you wondered what it felt like running 30 weeks pregnant! 😉) I’m thankful I’ve stayed so active this pregnancy.

I’m also thankful to have passed my glucose test a couple weeks ago. I barely passed with my last pregnancy so I felt kind of doomed this time, assuming my summer ice cream cones were numbered. When in fact my numbers were the best they’ve ever been! I was thrilled! And the doctor confirmed that yes, it is probably very much related to the fact that I am running through this pregnancy. Yay! We definitely celebrated with an ice cream cone. 😁🍦

I’ve also been content with my weight gain this pregnancy. Being my third I was so worried I was going to gain even more weight and at the age of 35, would have a harder time losing it. So far running and staying active have helped and I am so thankful for the ability to continue running and being active; bedrest or restrictions would killlllll me. So praise for that!

Not a great picture but saw these babies bedded down in a yard in town on one of my early runs last week:

And I didn’t get a picture of my fluffy black and white friends I ran into on my early run on Monday this week. You all know how much I hate skunks!? Ran into a pair of them, with one of them running directly AT me! You want to see this fat girl run…it was definitely the fastest (block) I’ve ran in a while! 😂

Last but not least, I promised to share another squash recipe with you. One of my favorite summer side dishes and thankfully even the kids love it too!

Calabacitas
Serves 4
(Slight alterations from Cook’s Country’s original recipe)
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 onion
1 yellow Hungarian pepper & 1 small jalopeno pepper (both stemmed, seeded, and diced)
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt & pepper
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash, both cut into small 1/2″ pieces
3 ears fresh corn cut from cob
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 oz feta cheese

Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion, peppers, garlic, salt & pepper and cook until vegetables are softened (about 5 min).
Stir in zucchini and squash and cook until tender (approximately another 6-10 min).
Stir in corn and cream, let simmer without stirring until the liquid evaporates and vegetables are slightly browned. (Approximately 7-10 min)
Season with salt and pepper to desired taste and sprinkle with feta cheese before serving.

The original recipe called for a few things that weren’t available in our small town grocery store so I used what I had/wanted and like how it turned out! But if you wish, you could make with a poblano pepper in place of the jalopeno/Hungarian peppers I used. And it also called for cotija cheese, which is similar to feta anyway. The original recipe also stated you could serve with lime wedges if you wish, but I never have.

This really is not a difficult dish and so very yummy and fresh! Enjoy!

Taking my basketball for a run…

July 22, 2018

Almost 27 weeks, 6 months pregnant, taking my basketball for a run this morning! 😜🏀

I don’t like the whole belly pic stuff but once in a while…and don’t mind the mess of shoes in our tiny entryway (hashtag real-life). 😛

Anyway it was a great morning for a run, 58* and a break in the rain. If you trusted the weather man one would have stayed in bed, as there was green all around us..but I was able to squeeze a whole hour in without any rain drops! It felt great!

And added bonus, huge festival in our town this weekend so there were lots of random port-a-potties around town (lol). 😂 Hey you can’t relate or appreciate it until you run with a cantaloupe size baby sitting on your bladder!

Off to get ready for church, enjoy your Sunday!

Zucchini season…

July 20, 2018

If you have an abundance of zucchini and you are running out of ideas of things to make with it, don’t give it away just yet! This recipe was a huge hit with my family last night; even the kids asked for seconds! My daughter asked why I’ve never made it before?!

The original recipe I saw floating around the internet called for spinach and artichoke filling. I’m not a huge fan so I concocted a broccoli and cheese filling. How can you go wrong with broccoli, cheese, and bacon!?

Bacon Wrapped Zucchini Boats
3 medium zucchini
8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
I box chopped broccoli, thawed/drained
1 1/2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
12 slices of bacon

Cut zucchini each in half, and remove middle/seeds, scooping them out with a spoon to create a ‘boat’. Place in greased pan.
In a large bowl combine all other ingredients, except bacon. Mix until combined.
Spoon mixture into prepared zucchini halves.
Wrap each filled zucchini half with two slices of bacon.
Bake at 350* for 40 minutes, or u til zucchini is tender. Then broil for an additional 3-5 minutes, if needed for additional desired doneness of bacon and to add desired color to topping.

Enjoy!

Slow but sure…

July 17, 2018

I’m getting slower and slower …but I’m trying to listen to my body and do what I can. I had a pretty good run on Saturday, I felt good.

But to be honest, by time I spent the day cleaning and getting ready for a birthday party after my run, I felt I had over done it. Plus it was hot…and I was whooped.

But I’m not ready to give up running yet. My goal is the end of the summer, approximately 30 weeks I guess.

I’m 26 weeks today and it was a slow one with the kids. My two kids, on bikes, and there were times I had to wait for them! Whiney today, let me tell ya! But we at least got 3.5 miles in.

A slow 3.5 miles in…but hey at least I’m still plugging away!

Running buddies…

July 11, 2018

I have a hard time making myself get up at 4:20am to run before my husband leaves for work, when I do not need to be up that early. So I run in the morning after my kids get up and coax them along on their bikes. They don’t always want to go but I’m thankful that they do (with minimal whining). 😛 (Funny they whine a lot less when my friend Whitney comes with us! 😉)

Today we hit up this trail, even though I’m not a fan of trail running, I needed the shade! Gotta do what you can to get a run in. It was definitely on the slower side today and had to cut it half a mile short because my little dude biffed it with his bike at the end of the trail, but we all survived!

Many have asked how long I plan to run into this pregnancy and since this is the first pregnancy I’ve ran this far into, I’m not really sure. Just playing it by ear depending on how I feel. So far things are going fine so my goal is to run at least until the end of August (7 months one week approximately). Time will tell!

To everything there is a season…

July 8, 2018

Normally going into a blog post I have an idea what I want to say…not 100% the case today.

As I was running on 4th of July this past week, it was a good run, best pace I’ve had in a while (remember I need walk breaks, I’m 5 1/2 months Prego) less aches and pains; but I ran through the park where we had Simon’s first birthday party and as his 6th birthday is approaching this week, it made me think of the different seasons of life.

I hate change. I hate my kids out growing clothes and new milestones and grade levels, and even birthdays. I always say I wish I could just freeze time. It’s hard to think that they’ll (my kids) never be this little again. With pregnancy hormones, just thinking about stuff like this lately has me in tears. Oy.

But as I ran on the 4th, I was reminded of what a former co-worker and special friend (who still holds a special place in my heart) used to always tell me, ‘there’s a season for everything and there are always things to enjoy in each season.’ She is right…but it doesn’t make change any easier for me.

But it’s inevitable…not just with our kids growing up but life in general, as I was reminded today. People come and go in your life, sometimes employment changes, and pastors change… unfortunately. We were so saddened to hear the news in church today that our pastor and family, who we so very much love and appreciate, have been called to another church. ….I understand, I get it, it’s God’s calling and what they should do, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

My husband and I are very grateful for all the changes, improvements, and growth they’ve guided our church through. I’m sure the majority would agree and I hope they know the impact they’ve made on each and every one of us. My husband and I renewed our vows last summer after going through a lot of growing together and strengthening our relationships with God and each other; Pastor Joe (and Michelle) were a huge part of this.

Still processing it…but understand, and know that God has plans for us and our church. Praying the next pastor will be just as honest, relatable, and diligent in spending time with God, bringing his word to us and helping/challenging us to grow the way Pastor Joe did.

But I’m still allowed to feel it stinks at the moment!

Back in the kitchen…

June 25, 2018

May was a busy month and I honestly don’t think I’ve baked more than chocolate chip cookies in what seems like forever! Well, I got my fill this weekend! We celebrated my grandma’s birthday on Friday afternoon and a late Father’s day cookout Friday night, for which I made desserts for both.

I made a light summery, new strawberry dessert for my grandma. It was delicious but I can’t take credit for the recipe. You can find it here: No-bake Strawberry Lasagna, the only thing I did different, I omitted the white chocolate shavings on top (not a huge fan of white chocolate and it definitely didn’t need it).

My father-in-law loves chocolate so for our father’s day cookout I made a triple chocolate cake with homemade fudge sauce. Yum! The fudge sauce would be yummy on ice cream or peanut butter pie too! The cake recipe is super easy, since it’s just a doctor’s up cake mix; but your guests don’t have to know that. 😉 The fudge sauce is very rich, you may also choose to just serve cake topped with cool whip.

Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake
Chocolate cake mix
1 box (regular .3oz size) instant chocolate pudding
2 cups sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 cups semisweet chips

Mix all ingredients and bake in a greased Bundt pan at 350* for 50 min to 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with fudge sauce if desired.

Fudge Sauce:
On stove top combine 1/2 cup light corn syrup and 6 oz semisweet chips. Bring to boil.
Remove from heat and whisk in 3/4 cup heavy cream.
Cool and refrigerate leftovers.

*For the cake I used sugar free pudding and light sour cream and was equally delicious!