This is a story about autoimmune issues in children, elimination diets, troubleshooting and beyond. Once upon a time, I was terrified of hand, foot, mouth. And then it came to my house. And it wasn't so bad. Really, it wasn't. But then it never left. The largest patches of sores were on the inside of V's elbows and they just never went
We have tried to limit the amount of processed foods our children eat for several years now. The hardest part has always been finding clean, healthy, whole food snacks for travel and on-the-go that won't spoil in the heat and taste delicious. We've come up with some favorite on-the-go healthy snacks. And since we're currently on the Autoimmune
If you or your spouse has returned to school after you've started a family, you know well the time and tears and frustrations it can bring with it. Husband graduated from nursing school in May 2018 and of course we wanted to honor his hard work and accomplishment with a nursing school graduation party. I was pregnant with Baby A for half of his
I'm a few weeks into my second time around with returning to work as a breastfeeding mama and again I felt the panic of "is my freezer milk stash enough for my baby?". Mamas, I'm sure many of you have struggled with this same fear. Waking up in the middle of the night to pump milk for your stash. Giving up post-nursing snuggles to pump instead.
A few months ago, I stumbled upon St. Josemaria's writings on humility, or the lack thereof. St. Josemaria was once a complete unknown to me, but there are a couple of beautiful novenas to him that brought a lot of peace, guidance and comfort to my family and since then I've been trying to learn more about him. "Allow me to remind you that among
This Easter I learned to internalize the idea that God provides. I'm a planner who likes to be in control by nature. That's just who I am. But I have been trying to become more laid-back as our children get older in a roll-with-the-punches, don't-freak-out-about-small-setbacks kind of way. The Friday before Easter I took our newest used
So one of my many Lenten goals this year revolves around meal planning. I used to be an avid meal planner and then, well, kids happened, and now I'm pretty much always just going with the flow. Which was fine except that it stressed me (and our budget) out. So this Lent I decided to dive back into meal planning and I'd love you to come with me.
Lent is such a beautiful liturgical season. Yeah, you read that right. Beautiful. Yes it's all about sacrifice. Yes it's not always fun. But sacrifice is beautiful. And we sacrifice willingly and regularly for those we love. So yeah, Lent is beautiful. Lent is unique in that we are preparing ourselves for the Ultimate Sacrifice that is Christ
There's no time in a woman's life when she is more concerned about what she is putting in (and keeping out) of her body than when she is pregnant or trying to become pregnant. For months we focus on upping the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat. Increase our protein intake and pay closer attention to food sourcing. We set a phone alarm to
Well this post is a great example of why I need this word. Expectations I've been writing this post in my head since before Christmas, but here we are, a month later, finally having a chance to get it all out. Normally I would be consumed with frustration. Why can't I find a few minutes to work on my blog, my creative outlet, my community? Why