on real friends, in real life {inRL2012}

During the childrens sermon, in my white patent leather Mary Janes, I solemnly listened as the pastor spoke. ‘Friends’, he said, ‘are from the Lord. Today, just ask someone to be your friend. It’s that easy!’ And everyone knows that if a...

Garlic-Angel Hair Pasta & Shrimp

When I was featured on the Gooseberry Patch blog almost two years ago, they asked me what my 30 minute go-to meal was. My answer was shrimp scampi! Now I am an early bird reviewer, and we still have scampi a few times a month. It’s so yummy and simple, we love...

Colorful Couscous Salad

There’s nothing better than down home, country style comfort food. That’s exactly what Gooseberry Patch excels at providing us – tried and true family recipes for delicious meals and sides, sweet treats and beverages. The new Meals in Minutes: 10th Anniversary Edition...

why I’m counting

I have a tendency toward melancholy. Staying indoors, overcast days, mid-winter bare trees, being quiet… I don’t mind these things. They make me cozy and calm. Because I know this about myself, when I was pregnant I asked my husband to keep an eye on me...

Vegetables and Other Good Things

Years ago, my husband and I both quit our jobs and moved to live and work at a Bible camp on the prairie of North Dakota. In the end, we knew it wasn’t a good fit for us, and we left and returned to the Twin Cities in MN. While there were lots of things that I...

on being a parent

I have been a mama to my sweet Samuel for 7 weeks and 2 days (plus there were those 40 weeks of pregnancy…) In that blink of an eye time, I feel like I’ve learned more than I have throughout my whole entire life, and like I’ve learned nothing, all at...

a birth story {part 3}

**if you missed them, here are parts 1 and part 2** After Sam was here and we snuggled and cried and rejoiced, and the nurses said he was perfect and healthy, the mama repair began. I hadn’t had any pain meds during labor and delivery, so when the doctor said I...

a birth story {part 2}

**part one of the story can be found here** There was a lot of groaning and grunting as I fought pushing. The last centimeter of cervix just refused to efface. My nurse called the doctor, and I knew we were close. I don’t remember the doctor arriving, or the...

a birth story {part 1}

On December 14th, I had been having cramping all day that came with the contractions (I thought they were the same Braxton Hicks I’d had since October). I just felt ‘off’. About 2:30 I called Husby and asked him to come home from work to just be with...

introducing baby r.

Samuel RobertDecember 15, 20112:47am8lbs, 2oz22in long Love of my life. -anna{girlwithblog} anna {girl with blog} ———- www.twitter.com/anna_r www.facebook.com/girlwithblog...

40+ week update & nursery tour!

Hi friends! No sweet babe yet… at our doc appt yesterday I was 3cm dilated – good progress over the last week! So we scheduled a ‘just-in-case’ induction for next Tuesday morning. So baby’s birthday will be December 20th or before!! Just...

39 weeks!

Still here. Almost 40 weeks along (39 weeks 5 days today). Hoping this update doesn’t sound whiny, but simply truthful. It’s just not comfortable being this pregnant, which is a good thing – if it were nice and cozy, there would be no drive to get...
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