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Daddy’s Not Home

 

From the very beginning of becoming parents, both my husband and I decided that we need to invest the appropriate amount of time on our children. This would be the pinnacle of their childhood memories. We decided that money and things were not important and they were not essential for our family. But spending time together and showing our kids the value of that was going to be the foundation of our family. With time, we have seen this really transform as we have more responsibilities, and time seems to be fleeting.

My husband beginning his own company 2 years ago was a great blessing for our family. The downside to having your own business is investing much of your personal time to creating the business you want. It’s not your 9-5 that you check in and out of whenever you like. It has really been a 24/7 effort. As Mark’s business grows, we have seen our free time diminish. Although, we are thrilled to have the business, it seems like we allow the time to slip away and our kids grow like sprouts each day.
This morning my husband expressed some guilt about not spending enough time with the kids, especially Jonah. It’s such a double edged sword, on one hand, I have been blessed with the ability to stay home with the kids and from the other we have lost a little piece of our dad. I am sure that many families face this same issues, as they send off their daddy’s every morning to provide and care for our families.
First, as Wives and Mamas, we must be grateful for men that truly strive to provide for our families. Men who are not lazy. They do what they need to, sacrificially and are not self seeking. When I see my husband leaving at 5:30am and come home at 8pm, my heart is filled with so much gratefulness to God for giving Mark strength, wisdom and courage each day.

Second, throughout our day at home, I am reminding our children of dad, who they may not see very much, but is a quintessential part of our living. Whether it is the food that we eat, the gas and car we drive in, or the water filling our bath, I remind them that none of this would be possible without our dad. Each minute dad is away from us, he is providing all the necessities of life by Gods Abounding Grace. Dad has not abandoned us in anyway, that his love shows through his actions.

Third, we try to be intentional with our time. When  Mark does get home earlier, we have a no phone zone until the kids go to sleep.  It’s really easy for him to go directly to his computer and answer pressing work issues, it’s important to keep in mind that an hour will not do him any harm. Saturday and Sunday mornings,Mark takes Jonah on a bike ride or to the park or just for breakfast together. This is definitely the highlight of the weekend. As a wife, we must be reminding our husbands to  be intentional with their time.

Life is crazy, and never the way you expect it to be.  God has given us children for a limited amount of time to lead them and guide them. It is about the moments that we use to fulfill that purpose.  As parents, prioritizing family while balancing life. As a wife-mother, supporting your husband through all the hard decisions that we face. There is no Demanding, nagging or guilt, but giving thanks for the day which is provided for you. Doing everything that is possible to make your husbands life easier, so that he can come home and focus on these little blessings from God. Our husbands go out every day, showing an awesome example of sacrifice and selflessness, so we too should never be prideful and self seeking.

I’ll close this post with a scripture from my favorite Proverb.

Proverbs 31: 27-30

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Christmas Family Photos

The Christmas season is Not only my most favorite time of year, but it is the busiest. Between closing up the books for my husbands business to deocrating the house and buying Christmas presents, there are not many moments to spare. Most days I am running a marathon.

This year, I met a fabulous  photographer, Brittany Ting, by chance and was able to get our Christmas card photos done before December even started. The actual cards I ordered on Cyber Monday from Shutterfly!

Although children are so adorable, snapping photos of them is no easy task. Brittany did a fabulous job. Each photo was better then the next.  I wanted to share this shoot with all of you!

Fall Recipes You’ll Love So Matcha

Everyone is obsessed with Matcha now a days. Heres a cool recipe for the fall that you can incorporate your favorite ingredient in an unconventional way. Perfect for a family treat, birthday party or play day! Thanks Terra’s Kitchen!

 

Terra’s Kitchen

YouTube Video: Link

Servings: Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients:

12 store bought plain cake donuts
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Matcha powder
Edible petals/flowers (violas, lilac, blueberry, carnation, nasturtium, marigold, bachelor button, chive)*
White sugar pearls
Sprinkles
Chocolate dipped pretzels
Edible Gold (if you want to be super fancy)

Instructions:

Make the glaze:

Add the powdered sugar to a medium mixing bowl.
Whisk in the milk and extract until smooth.
Divide the glaze between 3 bowls. Leave 1/3 of the glaze white.
Mix in just enough Matcha powder to the second bowl to make a pale green glaze.
Mix in enough Matcha powder to the third bowl to make a darker green glaze.
Cover the pale green and dark green glazes with plastic wrap (pushing against the glaze to keep from crusting over).

Dip and decorate the donuts:

Working with one color of glaze at a time (white first) dip 4 of the donuts into the glaze and rest on a drying rack.
Working while the glaze is still wet, decorate each donut with the flowers*, sprinkles, chocolate dipped pretzels and edible gold.
Repeat the process with the remaining two colors of glaze

STK LA Introduces Chicken 

From LA to NYC, who doesn’t love STK. It’s a classic you know will be the perfect fit for any occasion. STK has just introduced a delicious new Chicken dish to their menu called Mary’s Free Range Chicken with Organic Farro, Baby Summer Squash and Grilled Lemon Jus. 

Just in case your not in the mood for going out, we were able to snag the recipe for this fresh summer dish. I love trying new recipes and this is a combination of everything my family needs on a daily basis.


Mary’s Free Range ChickenOrganic Farro/ Baby Summer Squash/ Grilled Lemon Jus

 

For the chicken:

1 ea whole organic free range chicken

1 ea garlic clove

1 ea thyme sprig

3 tsp kosher salt

1 ea lemon (sliced)

 

For the farro:

1 c farro

1 ea shallot

1 sprig thyme

1 bay leaf

1 ea clove garlic

 

Baby patty pan squash:

2 c of mix baby squash

1/2 ways shallot (diced)

1 ea garlic clove (chopped)

2 tsp Olive Oil

1/2 ea lemon

¼ c mint leaves

 

For the grilled lemon jus:

2 ea lemon (grilled)

2 c chicken stock

1 ea bay leaf

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp peppercorn

1 ea garlic clove

2 tsp unsalted butter

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Chicken:

Place Chicken in a roasting pan, with a food processor pulse/mix salt and garlic and herbs. Season chicken generously inside and out. Stuff the cavity with sliced lemons and more thyme. Tie the legs together with kitchen string.

Roast uncovered for 1hr and 15min in the preheated oven. Minimum internal temperature 175F. let rest for 15 min before cutting.

Jus:

In a sauce pot sauté garlic and spices with butter add stock and reduce to ½, add grilled or roasted lemons and reduce for 10 more min, set aside.

Farro:

In a sauce pot cook farro (rinsed) to brand specifications with the added aromatics.

Veggies:

While roasting, quarter summer baby squash, toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Set Aside.

 

To serve, sauté summer squash to desire tenderness, add farro, season to taste and fold in mint to finish. Slice the chicken onto a plate on top of summer squash and farro, finish with jus and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Baby Spitsin: Number 2

Mark, Jonah and I are over the moon to be announcing the coming of our second blessing from above! It is such a priveledge to be able to carry this child inside my body for 40 weeks. Feeling the growth and change in my personal life as I understand another being is also rapidly growing inside me. Something that is hard to understand until your belly begins to expand!

Today will mark my 26 weeks of pregnancy and the day I am ready to make this public announcement. 

The news of this pregnancy came right before my mother was diagnosed with cancer and at the time I felt that it was so inappropriate to be sharing joy when I was experiencing an overwhelming wave of grief. Mark and I were waiting and ready for another child to come and feel regretful to say that in our human understanding we thought it was a “bad” time.  

Over the last 6 months I have been learning to deal with joy and grief simultaneously. We have no control over many circumstances but with humility and gratitude we can accept everything that comes our way. 

I have included some photos from our recent shoot with Olesja Shevchuk, an amazing friend  from Australia who was able to capture our family so well. Taking photos with toddlers is way harder then it looks! Jonah is actually really happy about the coming addition, expressing it with extreme attachment to me. 

Christmas Card Photo Session

Tis the season.. to be sending out your Christmas Cards. While there are a plethora of Pintrest Ideas and other Instagram inspirations, you may be left wondering what is the direction you want, the color scheme, location. There are so many details to go over with only days left to send them out in time for your family and friends intercontinentally. This was our first year doing Christmas cards.  It was a little bit stressful looking for the right layout and making sure that these photos were going to be a good representation of our family.  Here are a few tips that we found helpful to avoid the last minute rush:

  1. Location- We picked our home to be the backdrop of our photos.  It was most important for our friends and family to see us in our natural environment. Your decor will also assist in setting a personal theme.  It is also much easier to control a toddler in a familiar environment.
  2. Theme- We wanted to be caught in action doing the things that we love to do best. Whether you love Playing, baking, building, show the people you care about what matters most to you.  For us, we love being together and creating things as a family. This last year has been a year of building and rebuilding for us.  We were happy that the photos captured our love.
  3. Color Scheme-You don’t have to make this into a Vogue shoot and fork out tons of cash to make this look good. I am confident that everyone has something in their closet that is flattering both on them and together with the rest of your family.  We went with something easy, Red with Jonah being our main contrast.

We were so happy to get these cards done and out.  We hope that everyone finds this little project as fun as we did.  Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and get creative!

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