With Love, Jane

10.24

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It’s Throwback Thursday. And I’m seriously missing my hubby these days. He’s been so caught up in his work (blessed, I know!) that I’ve barely seen him in over three months. And although I know it’s for the greater good of our family, it doesn’t make the days easier, or shorter. Nope. They’re often long,…

10.23

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HAPPY HUMP DAY, PEEPS! And a happy hump day it’s been, indeed! Thanks to the 45,000 of you who make my blog what it is. Yeah, FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND. Say what? Yes, I’m blessed. And I thank each of you. Though I have to admit I still don’t get it. And because so many of you…

10.15

I often struggle with the direction of this little blog. And though it’s something that doesn’t seem to bother you, my loyal readers, it certainly wears on me. Something I confront quite regularly is whether to reveal certain aspects of my life online. I often keep the mantra “If I wouldn’t tell my mother/brother/best friends…

10.14

Happy Monday my loyal peeps. It’s been quite an exciting weekend for our little family. Friday kicked off the weekend with a 6 1/2 tot play date. And I can honestly say I’ll probably never recover. Whew. So many kiddos. So many little voices. But so very blessed my tot has found a few friends.…

10.9

It’s barely noon, but I’ve already… Swept. Mopped. Dusted. Vacuumed. Fed and watered the pets. Cleaned liquid toddler poo from the playroom, the landing, the staircase, the stair rail, the foyer, and the bathroom. (But praised his attempt to reach the bathroom) Re-mopped (naturally). Bathed/soaked one stinky tot (naturally). Washed dishes. Washed 3 loads of laundry. Played cars. Traced letters. Sorted shapes. Dressed, re-dressed, and dressed again one…

10.3

It’s Throwback Thursday…or so I’ve been told. Here’s a little something awesome circa 1991 (1st grade, maybe). It wasn’t long after this was taken that I was forced to wear spacers for my big ‘ol teeth. HA! Here’s to the 90′s, Super Nintendo, and Saved By The Bell. mmm Zack Morris! -Jane

10.1

The only lesson taught through death is that one should always remember to live. Dearest Granddaddy- May you rest in peace, and find solace in eternal sleep. -Jane  

8.23

I’m an old soul. I wear aprons, naturally. Born in a wrong era. Yep that’s me. I value family. I enjoy cooking, cleaning, and homemaking. I look at wifery as an art. One worth perfecting, and respecting. God and I are BFF’s, and not a day goes by that I don’t share His word with…

8.17

I’m falling in love, folks. With the tiny, quiet, wholesome town we’ve  moved to. I admit I had doubts…BIG doubts. But after just a month it feels like home. The people in this all American town feel like longtime neighbors, and we’ve been welcomed with open arms. Living in the capital meant at least a…

8.06

It’s been nearly three years since I started this little blog. And it’s success has been mind blowing. I’m blessed to know each of you (virtually) and have you check-in so often to catch the latest happenings of my little family. My greatest joy, outside of motherhood and wifery, has always been the kitchen. I’m…

8.05

I’m not a rule breaker. Never have been. In fact, I’m almost boring…almost. I won’t park in a fire lane, or take a handicap parking space. I don’t speed, turn without signalling, or forgo my seat belt. I say please and thank you- even at the drive-thru window. And before I had my tot I…

7.29

Thankfully things are starting to feel settled. It was everything I could do to keep my head above water last week. Between the boxes, the tot, and a tragic accident involving my first cousin, I was SWAMPED. But today, for the first time since moving, I felt “normal”. It was an average mommy and me…

7.23

SO much has happened over the last two weeks that I don’t know where to start. On the 7th we celebrated our son’s third birthday at the aquarium. To say it was a BIG HIT would be an understatement. He lost his marbles at least 30+ times. From petting snakes, turtles and alligators, to seeing…

6.06

One of the trickiest parts of parenthood is remembering not to loose yourself in your child. I’m completely, and unapologetically guilty of this. Being the neurotic planner I am, my future was well mapped out before my tot came along. I’d work in non-profit for a few years before becoming a successful and well recognized…

5.06

      Perfection. When my husband mocks me for “always playing by the rules” I’ll remind him of this photo. You’ll never find me parked in a fire lane. I’ll always say please and thank you- even at the drive-thru. I’ll avoid confrontation, and turn the other cheek regardless of how many tears I…

Cold Quinoa Salad

If you haven’t hopped on the Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa) bandwagon yet here’s your chance. I LOVE Quinoa. It’s similar to a grain. Kind of. Imagine if a grain of rice had a baby with a single couscous. That’s Quinoa. Each seed (yes, they’re tiny seeds) burst with a yummy toasted nut flavor when you bite down.…

Gluten Free Pork Fried Rice

Often times my recipes are made with “round 2″ ingredients. I let almost NOTHING go to waste in my kitchen. If it’s on its last leg it becomes a stew, a soup, or something I can freeze. Even fruit that’s seen better days can become a quick compote. Last night I whipped up a fancy…

4.07

What a busy weekend. We’ve had oodles of family time (though I’d argue not nearly enough), lots of yummy food and, drum rollllll….A TRIP TO THE ZOO! And rather than bore you with the details, here are a few pictures of all the fun we shared. Click here to open the gallery. Love. -Jane

4.05

Today this happened… …and it was hilarious in itself. But then, this happened… …and it wasn’t so funny anymore. See my fear wrinkles. But luckily this little guy… …was busy doing this THE ENTIRE TIME! FYI- that’s the same position he’s slept in since he was in my tummy. Too cute! And yes, we were…

4.02

Taking care of myself is something I’ve been meaning to get to for years. But it never fails that some how, some way my son and husband (and pets, and home, and etc. etc. etc) make their way to the head of the line. And though I don’t mind one bit, taking small steps to…