So, I have thoroughly cleaned my kitchen. I have a large kitchen so there are still a few cupboards I need to do but the bulk of them (which are also the worst of them) are all set to go....and now I will proudly reveal to you my clean kitchen!
I have a couple recipes that are my favorites for using the mini loaf pan for. Over the next couple weeks I will share them with you. They are recipes that freeze well without changing texture too much and taste fresh when thawed. And of course they are absolutely delicious. They include Banana Bread, Frugal Carrot Cake, Orange Pound Cake and Brownies, just to name a few...so be sure to check back!
A few practical thoughts:
In any case this momma is Tired with a capital T. John just went to bed so hopefully he will sleep well tonight. He had a late night out with Aunty Sandy, Lucas and I - we went shopping at Reitmans and what fun we had trying on all sorts of clothing that weren't really what we would usually wear. I ended up with traditional 'jenn-wear' of jean skirt and button-down blouse (I know I am predictable and maybe in a rut?!) but Sandy sure found some 'hot mama' tops so we need some warmer weather so she can debut in her new outfits. Did I mention I won a Reitman's umbrella in a "You can Quote Me" contest? Reitmans has quite a few contests a year - sign up here for their newsletters! I'll try to post a picture of me and my fabulous umbrella tomorrow.
John had his 6 month doctor visit the other day. He's a whopping 20 lbs already. Big Boy! Chloe was 19.5 at a year! Speaking of Chloe, she had her two year visit and she is 27.5 lbs. There is only 7.5 lbs between the two of them! Crazy how different children can be. I am so amazed that I have such adorable children!!
Picture Explanations: The top is Toby pushing Lucas in Chloe's Doll Stroller! (under our careful supervision and it really was only for the the photo!) The second picture is my adorable John - he's always so happy. The third is little Chloe-Homemaker. She loves to help and thinks that scrubbing toilets is a real treat (don't anyone tell her different!) The picture is blurry because it is from our old camera as it was the closest one when I was looking for a camera fast. The last picture is John who worked diligently to roll himself over to the table where Chloe and Jaiden were eating lunch. Determined little fellow!
Well I am glad that my tiring Tuesday is over with. I am looking forward to a Wonderful Wednesday tomorrow.
This is me when I was expecting our daughter Chloe (Dec 2006).
This is Chloe and John a couple weeks ago. There is only 7lbs (and 18 months) between them!
This is Chloe waiting for her guests (cousins) to arrive for her Birthday Party.
I'm a flawed and forgiven princess; a daughter of the King of kings. I'm a stay-at-home mommy seeking to love my husband, raise my littles, live a simpler, more abundant life and in all things honor HIM!
What is a Beautiful Calling?
When I chose the name for my blog, I was mostly thinking of my calling to be wife, mother and keeper of my home. Upon further reflection though, Beautiful Calling has another application. Any woman, of any age in any season, who is in the Will of God is fulfilling her Beautiful Calling.
A Little About Me:
A Little About My Blog:
I was domestically challenged when I first got married in 2005! This is a bit of an understatement :)
Since then, with the Lord's help, my desire is to answer my beautiful calling - which is not all about housework! I am learning to be the helper my husband needs; an example and a teacher to my children so that they will come to know, love and serve God. I want to Wait on the Lord with my life! With His help, I want to be keeper of my home and to be a good steward of the time, talents and resources that the Lord has entrusted me with.
This blog is an honest record of my successes, failures and lessons learned (and learning!) I pray that here you will find something helpful, encouraging or motivating! Read more here at Why Blog?
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Great Online Shops:
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Vicky, of Ottawa Cloth Diapers, is super knowledgeable and friendly. She can help with all your cloth diapering dilemmas. The store is chock full of fabulous essentials and not so essentials! Her shipping is also very reasonable. If you are on a budget, she has a gently used and sale section. My Favorite Products? Jamtots wet bag, BumGenius 3.0, Monkeydoodlez wipes cubes.