Peek Into Our Week: A visit from my parents, Trim Healthy Mama, swim meets, a parenting lesson I’ve been learning, and GO ROYALS! :)

Has it really been over three weeks since I did a Peek Into Week post?? I always have every intention to do one of these posts each week. And then, well, life happens… :)

Peek Into Our Week

Home Ec class one day: prepping food together for some new friends we had over for dinner! So fun to work together like this! And yes, I’m not sure exactly what kind of hairstyle Kaitlynn is sporting! :)

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I made some Homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. This has been a family favorite recipe for years. I love that you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it in balls. Then just pull out a few — or a dozen! — and have fresh baked cookies whenever you’d like!

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We took our kids to the Compassion Experience that was set up here for a few days. Walking through it and seeing the poverty that kids around the world experience reminded us a lot of our time in the Dominican Republic.

We so appreciate the work Compassion is doing around the world to release children from poverty. Our whole family has been blessed by the opportunity to sponsor two girls, correspond with them, and learn more about where they live and the struggles they face.

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So grateful for this energetic, analytic, detail-oriented boy of mine. He keeps me on my toes, keeps us in line (he always has a running mental list of what we need to buy at the grocery store!), and amazes us with his math skills (he taught himself subtraction and skip-counting earlier this year, he just learned three-digit addition and carrying by sitting in on Kaitlynn’s 3rd grade school lessons, and now he’s asking if we can teach him multiplication and division!)

I hope he never outgrows his need for mama snuggles… The highlight of the end of every day for me!

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Guess who flew to TN for my birthday?? Yes, my mom and dad!! They did a bunch of house projects for us — like switching around bedrooms in order to make office space for me in this house — and also babysat our kids so Jesse and I could go on a date.

My mom and I had a date one of the afternoons. We enjoyed yummy salads and heart-to-heart conversations outside on the porch at Frothy Monkey — one of our favorite places in downtown Franklin.

Peek Into Week

It was fun to be quoted in the October issue of Southwest Air magazine!

Someone asked me a few days ago, “Where do you see yourself in two years from now?” My response: “God’s plans for my life have been so crazily beyond what I could have ever dreamed that I’m just trusting Him for light for the next step. I’ll take that next step and then trust Him for light for the next.”

Whether today’s “next thing” is cleaning a toilet, doing a national media interview, folding laundry, speaking to a large audience, hanging out with my family, or writing a book… I just want to be faithful and continually seek the Lord’s guidance and direction to do what He calls me to.

Peek Into Week

I “Trim Healthy Mama-fied” the Blueberry Crisp from Bread & Wine and it is SO good! Get the recipe here.

I cannot believe how much I love this way of eating… I never thought that sweet-tooth, carb-loving me would survive without sugar and lots of carbs. But I’m not just surviving; I’m thriving — and it’s been five months now, so I think we might be able to officially declare it a lifestyle change??

Laundry Parties

The kids have been taking a lot more initiative around the house recently and are SUCH big helps!

We’ve been having Laundry Parties at night. We have so much fun and get so much done when we all work together. And when Mom’s excited about it, the attitude is usually contagious! :)

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I’m so proud of my girl for punching fear in the face and swimming in her first swim meet! She was so nervous about it, but she went out there, smiled, held her head up high, and swam in three different races.

She inspires me to be brave and courageous even when I feel timid and scared.

Peek Into Week

We are loving this new book from Lysa TerKeurst! It’s such a beautiful story with so much depth and meaning. I wanted to just read it over and over as I needed to hear the simple, but profound message.

Are you struggling, overwhelmed, or discouraged right now? Remember this: your Heavenly Father sees, He hears, and He is watching over you… It will be okay.

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Grandma sent new colored pencils and crayons in the mail recently, so this has been a scene we’ve seen a lot at our house. I love that my kids all still enjoy hanging out together and doing simple things like this. It warms my mama heart.

{And lest you think our home is all roses and rainbows, in full disclosure, there was an argument and crying almost as soon as I snapped this serene-looking photo!}

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Coloring is so cathartic, even at age 33! I need to do this more often as my kids were like, “Mom, we love to see you coloring.” :)

Peek Into Week

You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl. :)

I’m so proud of my boys in blue and that they made it to the World Series and are 1-1!!! We loved Wednesday night’s game especially. Halfway through the game, Silas (a DIE HARD Royals fan and Mr. baseball stat encyclopedia) said, “They are on fire in Kansas City tonight!”

#GoRoyals

Peek Into Week

A few days after her first swim meet, Kathrynne had her second swim meet.

Her coach put her in six different events and she was a nervous wreck after the first heat. But she took deep breaths, toweled off, and jumped in and swam again. And again.

By event #3, her whole demeanor had changed and she just totally starting attacking the water with fierce intensity. My heart was just about ready to burst!

I’m loving seeing my kids blossom and overcome fear like this. Also, I love how this is such a family affair and how engaged Jesse is in helping Kathrynne excel (see him giving her a pep talk and walking her through her next event above.)

Peek Into Week

Oh me, oh my! I Trim-Healthy-Mamafied a Starbucks Hot Cocoa recipe!!!! And it’s delicious and good for you, too! You better believe I did a happy dance!

Recipe is here, in case you want to join me in drinking this deliciousness!

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This is what’s been stirring in my heart recently and I have a full post coming on it soon. One child in particular has really been going through a tough time and I’ve been frustrated and at my wit’s end over this child.

Last week, God really convicted me to do something to show love to this child every time I was tempted to lash out in frustration. Well, guess what? This week there has been remarkable difference in this child’s demeanor and behavior. Love works!

So that’s what’s been happening around our house. What has been happening at YOUR house? Anything exciting or hard or interesting? Tell us about it in the comments.

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How I Saved Today: Making Starbucks Hot Cocoa at home!

Go Royals!

You can take the girl out of Kansas but you can’t take the Kansas out of the girl. Representing our Kansas City Royals in the new shirt Jesse bought me and cheering them on as they head to the World Series!!

So, I’ve been a little quiet here the past two days.

Tuesday we had some big meetings here in Nashville with a team of people to discuss some future projects we’re working on (I’m just about ready to burst with excitement — more details coming soon!) and then we went over to hang out with some friends and watch the Royals game.

Our Nashville friends are {mostly} all rooting with us for our boys from Kansas City with us and we keep getting multiple generous offers to please come hang out while the games are on so that we can watch the games on real cable TV instead of our creative non-cable solution. :)

Wednesday morning, I got up in the wee hours of the morning to finish two business projects that were due yesterday. And well, by the time they were done, I was so tired, that I went back to bed at 8 a.m. and slept for a few hours. I guess my body was behind on sleep!

At any rate, it was so nice because we stayed home all day long yesterday. I never even made it out of my yoga pants. And a quiet day at home was just what my soul needed.

The highlight of yesterday was definitely the Royals winning and making it to the WORLD SERIES! If you know my husband, you know what a HUGE deal this is. I’m just so happy for him… this has been a dream of his since he was a little boy and he never believed it would actually happen. And it HAS!

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

Today, I finally got around to making the Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa that reader, Amber, shared with me a few days ago. She’d left a comment saying that they had made it and loved it… so naturally, because I love all things Starbucks, I asked her if she’d share the recipe. She graciously emailed it to me along with details.

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

I took the recipe and Trim Healthy Mama-fied it. So here’s the original recipe + my tweaks:

Starbucks Inspired Hot Cocoa

We all agreed that this was very yummy! And it is definitely something I’ll be making again. It was so easy to make and such a fun treat — and much less expensive than Starbucks!

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How We Saved Today: Watching baseball games without cable!

How We Saved Today

We are staunch Kansas City Royals fans… and have been for years. So we are thrilled that they have made it this far into the post-season!

There’s only one problem: the post season games aren’t on non-cable TV. So we’ve had to get creative. :)

Jesse purchased a subscription to MLB.com at the beginning of baseball season, so he was able to hook the video feed from that up to our TV. Then, he was able to get the audio feed from cable TV through MLB.com, too. The video and audio feed don’t match, but between the two of them, it’s almost like watching it live on cable.

It’s so fun to come up with creative solutions like this. Okay, so it’s not quite as great as watching the actual TV coverage — especially because the camera angles aren’t as great — but it works and it’s a lot less expensive than paying a cable bill every month. :)

This has nothing to do with saving money, but this was our excitement for the day…

How I Saved Today

We noticed our ceiling was all bubbled up and wet last night. We weren’t sure what was going on, but we discontinued using the bathroom/shower/tub right above that spot and called our landlords.

They sent a handyman out to investigate today. He checked our shower, our tub, and cut into the ceiling to see what was going on up there.

He ruled out some possibilities, but we still aren’t sure what’s up as nothing was conclusive. However, we’re watching it carefully and hoping to get to the bottom of things soon.

How I Saved Today

We’ve had so many interesting house issues recently: earwig infestations, drainage issues, pipe issues, caulking issues, refrigerator issues, and now this leak. Between all of this, it’s almost becoming abnormal to not have some repair person working at our house on any given day!

We’re so grateful for our kind and gracious landlords. They are certainly getting their money’s worth on the home warranty they purchased for this rental house. Yikes!

We feel so badly that we keep having to call them with another issue. And yet, we know it’s better to take care of things right away than to let them fester or grow worse.

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