Well, my ‘studio’ is now the ‘game room’.  I knew this day was coming, but I held out hope maybe my crafty room would stay crafty. We’ve contemplated getting a ping pong table for a while. We tried the ping pong attachment that can fit on any table; it only confirmed we would really use a full size table. So, I compromised. They got their table and I get to paint it to make it not so navy and not so ESPN. The first day we have spray-painting weather, this table is getting an Ashley facelift. I am sure that makes no sense to so many, but it makes complete sense around here.

Honestly, as much as I make jokes about the new table – I think we all win with it. I’m fairly certain there will be years of the best memories made around this new table.

1.15pingpong-011.15pingpong-021.15pingpong-031.15pingpong-04I was playing with my six year old, who is far better than I am, and it made me think of an old photo. In 2009, I watched him so desperately want to be big enough to play with his brothers and dad. He held a paddle up to the table, unable to actually see the top of the table. It is one of my all-time favorite photographs. Looking across the table at him today, I remembered….1.15pingpong-051.15pingpong-06So, I guess I already have great memories around a ping pong table. Time to make more…but I am totally painting it.

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  • Suzanne - My parents have a ping pong table in their basement and my kids LOVE it. We wake up in the morning to that sound, the kids have tournaments throughout our stay and at least once a day, you hear someone say “Hey, how about a little pingin’ and a pongin’ . Pop, you up for it? (My dad) Come on Lady (my mom), let’s have a quick round.” I am sure my parents did not realize the joy this table would bring…..or maybe they did….but we all love it.

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - So the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos totally made this post! Adorable shots of your little one! And, yes, I am rooting for a warm spray painting kind of a day just to see what you’ll do with that table! I’m sure it will be all kinds of awesome!

  • AmyK - OH, that picture! The days are long, but the years are short.

  • Lisa K - I can’t wait to see the ping pong table “Ashley-fied”. :)

  • Amanda - so fun!!! And I can’t wait to see its makeover!!!

  • jodi @ back40life - the making of memories…such a beautiful thing! God is so good – love seeing Him work through your family!

  • Jill - We had a ping pong table when I was growing up, it was great fun. It was also nice and big so that when I wanted to cut out a dress or other sewing project, I had plenty of room to spread out. It could be a great addition to your craft room!

  • Bek Ryder - ohhhhh my gosh that is the cutest photo ever! so cute. <3

  • Natalie - oh my goodness- i’ve been following you so long I REMEMBER that picture! precious!

  • Jillian - This is the sweetest picture!

  • Meg - My grandparents had a ping pong table and to this day whenever all my cousins and I get together we talk about the fun we had around that ping pong table. It was the source of entertainment at my grandparents house and it was the kids table during big family meals.

  • Diana - That old picture is precious!! What fun you’ll have!

  • Itzi - I am sure you will make the best memories around that table. Best of luck!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness! I was sure that you’d never loose it to the boys – oh well :) I know it will be a blast! I’ll always think of it as your craft studio! LOL.

  • Dawn - Those old photos!!! He is so tiny and sweet!! Love how memories come back like that and amazing that you have it captured then and now! And I am also glad I am not the only one waiting for the first day of spray painting weather ;)

  • kimberly oyler - you are a good mom. can’t wait to come visit again so the boys can totally cream me.

  • Jolene - Love the picture of your son when he was small! Truly, time goes so fast!

  • Haley - That picture of him when he is younger is so adorable! I can’t wait to see the ashley makeover. Fabric wrapped?

  • Trish - I don’t even know him but that is just precious and that chubby little baby arm is too much. LOL! Enjoy your new project:)

  • Emily Adams - How adorable is that photo of him from 2009?! Here’s to many years of ping pong memories!

My dad should open a restaurant, so should my sister.

Come to think of it – they should do that together. In all their spare time.

Truly though, my dad and sister are creative chefs. Don’t worry my mom is not offended by this post – cooking isn’t her favorite, her talents span a million other things. I’m not a talented or creative chef, but I can follow a recipe.

I enjoy cooking – more now than when my kids were younger. I definitely enjoy it more now that our daily pace is a slower (homeschooling) and the kids can easily help out.

1.15cooking-011.15cooking-02We eat 3 meals at home basically 7 days a week. Restaurants are a bit expensive for a family of 7 – 3 of which are growing boys that eat more than adult men! I do a lot of cooking and really don’t like to use anything processed. I am constantly looking to learn new tricks, favorite recipes and such of other moms that are doing a lot of home cooking. So, I thought I’d share something we’ve been doing for about a year now.

I know a lot of families like to meal plan far in advance, but that just doesn’t fit for us. I like to plan weekly and I really like trying new recipes. I also want my kids to learn to really cook before they move out one day. As a result, we have a long list of family favorites, but I also enlist one kid a week to pick a new meal and help cook it. I have a bunch of cookbooks that they can choose from – Pioneer Woman’s cookbook doesn’t quite fit with the rest, but…I like butter. And she’s a fellow Okie.

1.15cooking-03This week my 6 year old picked out Shaved Asparagus Pizza from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. The picture made it look delicious – YAY for great photography!1.15cooking-041.15cooking-051.15cooking-07He helped make everything. We sat down at the dinner table. Before he even took a bite he said, “This is so good!”1.15cooking-08I probably wouldn’t have picked asparagus pizza on my own.

I’m going to get details wrong here, but just go with it. About 8+ years ago I saw an episode of Oprah that featured a mom and her chef sons. All the boys were phenomenal cooks. The mom told Oprah about how she taught them to cook at an early age. Each week a different son was in charge of a meal. Eventually the boys started doing the meal planning and shopping – always learning more and trying new things in an effort to out-do each other. Basically, they competed to create the best meals and the mom got to eat all those delicious meals.

She was a genius.

I’m working towards that….one asparagus pizza at a time.

***What are your favorite tips, tricks and recipes regarding home cooking with and for kids?

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  • Jen L. - Our new favorite family recipe is this one from Against All Grain. We’ve made it several times and it has always come out delicious for our family. It’s one of those recipes where you don’t have to alter a thing. We purchase our pork tenderloins at Trader Joe’s. They are so economical there for that cut of meat. We also double the recipe for our family of three and have just a touch leftover.

    http://againstallgrain.com/2014/05/09/paleo-glazed-pork-tenderloin/

    I also am a big fan of starting kids of with a crinkle cutter (instead of a knife) until they get the hang of it. Then, transitioning into a real knife and teaching how to properly hold it, curl the fingers of your other hand under, etc.

    Fun post, Ashley.

    Jen

  • Jacqueline - Mexican pizza – a tortilla with guacamole, then chicken (stretches the meat a long way), beans, cheese, corn, tomatoes, whatever. A drizzle of sour cream to top it off. use different size tortillas for smaller/bigger kids.

  • danielle - Thanks for the encouragment. I do good for a short time and then fall off the wagon. I really want my boys to help cook but it can be hard sometimes. Especially since I ruin recipes if I have any distractions. It is a lot easier for me to just have them go at it and ask me questions instead but that really limits what they can make. I am going to give it another go though!

  • Meredith N. - I love this idea of having the kids choose a recipe to be in charge of. Kids should definitely be in the kitchen from a young age. I also know too many men my age who don’t know how to cook. I think it’s great that your boys especially are learning!

  • Diana - SK’s asparagus pizza is sooo good! Love the idea of cultivating youn cooks. It surely helps them to be more adventurous eaters as well.

  • Debbie - Yes! Teach them to cook while they are young and they will treasure the memories and have a great skill!

  • Maureen - Hi Ashley! I have to put a “plug” in for a college friend of mine. Her website has tons of healthy recipes and her cookbook has been on the best seller list. Great tips for eating non-processed foods. She is Lisa Leake athttp://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

  • Lakmali - Cool idea!!!!!!!!

  • Tiffany - I’m a vague planner, ie. M:soup, T:tacos, W: hot sandwiches, etc. This way we can mix it up, but it’s also routinish. It worked really great in the Summer/Fall but I haven’t been able to perfect it this Winter, but I haven’t given up. This went over suprisingly well this week. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-corn-chowder/detail.aspx

  • molly - this is great! we have had our girls in the kitchen baking and cooking as much as they have wanted to be in there. we have always thought it was important to let them help and get comfortable in the kitchen. i love your idea of letting them pick and plan a meal. my big girls (10 & 7) would be all about this. i am going to have to do that. thanks for sharing!

  • Jody - I think u rock. Thanks for this idea. LOVE it. Starting it this weekend w my four boys!!

  • Kari - Your story about the chef sons reminded me of Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn, which is easily the prettiest cookbook I own. She said something similar about her boys–makes me wonder if they’re the same mom.

  • Big D & Me - I have the kids cook during the summer when our pace is a lot slower. Each week each child (3 kids total) chooses a meal for the family to cook – main w/sides – and they are in charge of making sure everything is on the grocery list for that week. Then when it’s their turn to cook dinner with me they help with everything. They don’t choose difficult items yet but they have made their own meatballs, mac n cheese, and calzones

    - http://www.bigdandme.com/2013/07/what-my-boys-are-cooking/

    Have a great weekend – Jennifer

  • Christin - Love this post! Love the schedule of how to get the kids in the kitchen. I’ll be starting that this week! I live in Tulsa and have 3 boys. I was just wondering where you shop or how you keep the grocery bill down? Thank you!

  • Melissa - I too only plan a week at a time and love trying new things. We have themed nights at our house to help with the planning…http://www.uniquelyhis-blog.com/?p=375

  • alix - I can’t keep my now 3 year old out of the kitchen. It has been his passion for about a year now. Let me tell you cooking every meal with a two year old is not easy. Especially when he thinks he is in charge. But we have done it. He is pretty good little sous chef now and I enjoy his help in the kitchen. For chirstmas we got a bunch of recipe cards with picture instructions on them. He brings me a card and then pretty much does all the work. Those were a fun find.
    Cooking with my 6 year old has also help my picky eater. When he decides then he wants to eat it.

  • Erica - This is a great post! I love getting the kids in the kitchen early. My kiddo is just about to turn one but I already like to keep him on my hip in the kitchen (as I safely can). He is super curious! Another inspiring blogger for getting the kids in the kitchen is Aimee from simplebites.net.

  • Diana - I LOVE that getting your kids to love and take enough pride in their cooking that they compete to make the best meals! That is awesome. Our son isn’t even 2 so we are a ways off from getting him to cook for us but something to remember!

  • Erin - After struggling with meals – not a huge fan of cooking – I finally found an inexpensive meal plan that works so well for us. Every week, I’m emailed a list of 5 dinner recipes (main meal with sides) and the coordinating grocery list. I tend to make some minor adjustments, but having the meals chosen for me and organized for shopping is amazing! All I have to worry about is following the recipes and making the meals each night. We are eating things I never would have tried on my own. I’ve been doing it for 6 months now and have only had 1 or 2 meals we didn’t like. The website for the plan we use is nomoretogo.com, but I purchased it through amazon local. I cannot say enough wonderful things about it!

  • Michelle Naomi - We don’t have kids but we try to cook and eat at home 6 nights a week with breakfast and lunch almost always at home. That asparagus pizza is one of my favorite recipes from Smitten Kitchen. I do remember my mom always encouraging us to help out in the kitchen from a young age and I think that’s part of the reason I love to cook oh so much.

  • Katrina - I couldn’t agree more with starting the kids out in the kitchen! When my big boys were in middle school they would each make dinner once a week. At first I would be there helping and giving instructions. After a couple months they were able to take over and I was just on hand to answer a question or keep them moving things along on time. I am really glad we did this with them then, because since they have started high school, they just don’t have the extra time to do this nowadays.
    My littler guys love to mix batter for pancakes or muffins too. Wonderful life skill to teach the kiddos! Good job Mama!

  • Jen - You are simply amazing : )

    nuff said!

    Hugs…

  • Cris - You are doing a great job. I’ve been a homeschooling mom for 25 years. :) Just an idea……… for the next step have your older ones figure out how much the total cost of the meal is and cost per serving. If anyone goes to the grocery with you have them do some head math as you go. I love real life education!

  • Candy - So wonderful! My husband has allowed our daughter much more creativity in the kitchen, as I have always been more on the cautious side. They once did a mock “Bobby Flay Throw Down” with Grilled Cheese- starting at the grocery store to pick their own ingredients- so fun. Our go-to is usually some type of pita pizza… they make the sauce and have a variety of toppings, but the main ingredient, they will say, is Love. :)

  • Eva - I think it’s great your kids are already helping with dinner. Mine are still mostly sideline observers for dinner. I guess that’s because making sandwiches for lunch and quick breads for baking eliminate the need for using the cooktop or oven. Looks like I just need to set aside any irrational fears there, like when my son suggested using the oven mitt to give the pasta a stir because of the steam being too hot. Now, why didn’t I think of that? lol Anyway, thanks for the motivation to get them on the dinner prep rotation now. ;)

  • jesse - I am fairly new to this beautiful blog so maybe I have missed a post. But do all your children eat what you cook? I find there is always half that complain and are displeased…is there a trick to deal with that? I love the idea of having them pick a recipe though. That is good. Thank you.

  • kelly - Love this! We menu plan a week at a time and get our three young boys (3, 5 & 7) involved in the choosing of meals and the cooking! We started a recipe blog about 5 years ago to document our meals and serve as inspiration. Our kids most favorite dinner by far is potato kale soup! http://wholesomedinnertonight.blogspot.com/2012/09/potato-kale-soup-gluten-free.html Taco night is a simple one that gets everyone involved. My 7 year old browns the meat and cooks the tortillas, my 5 year old makes fresh guacamole and my 3 year old chops lettuce with his kid-friendly Little Chef knife. My husband and his three brothers are amazing cooks and it’s our goal to instill a love of quality food and cooking in our boys. Thanks for sharing!!

  • amber - Oh man, that mom was a genius…or really, really lucky!! Also. I love PW. Her stuff is usually really easy & so yummy. I should look into your healthier options up there…I love butter too much these days. Lol!! Thanks for giving me the hope of enjoying cooking one day…right now, I’d rather just feed everyone frozen pizza everyday to skip out on the craziness that surrounds cooking! Ha!

  • Emily - We have SO MANY COOKBOOKS – I let the boys flip through and pick things that look good and then they help measure and stir, etc. (my oldest is a bit younger than Firecracker).

    If you’re wanting to encourage some creativity – pick up a copy of the Flavor Bible. It’s purely reference – a fairly comprehensive pairings of what flavors match up. I’m not describing it well, but it’s one of the first cookbooks I always make a point of checking when I’ve got an ingredient I’m not sure what to do with.

    Also – while I’m recommending books – Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton is hilarious. And his recipe for bibimbap is divine.

    Happy Cooking!

  • lindsey - We eat this recipe about twice a week lately: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/05/chicken-tomato-sauce-chickpeas-kale.html

    It’s great! and really easy to substitute different meat options or different types of canned tomatoes (crushed, whole, diced, we’ve used them all and they are all good). We have also used pork chops, chicken thighs, sausage or a combo and great northern beans instead of chick peas. And I generally only use onions instead of the shallots because we never have them. I don’t care for the bread crumbs so we skip that part all together.

    AND I like the kale cooked more so I let it simmer for a bit.

    I think it would be a good kind recipe, lots of opening and dumping cans. And you could cut the kale with scissors or have them tear it to bits.

  • christina larsen - I love to cook and we hardly ever go out to eat. I have tons of recipe books that I love to read like novels. I always tweak the recipes in some way or another. I also have a huge 4″ binder that holds recipes that we use more frequently or are print outs of recipes from online that I want to try. I usually ask the kids weekly what they want on the menu. I have tried to have the kids plan and prepare, but at the time I tried…they were busy, and it was inconsistent. Maybe I need to reinstate that plan.

  • MC - We love the books by Jennifer Low. She doesn’t use the stove top or sharp knives, so they are really good to use with young kids. (And the photographs in the books are very pretty).

  • Ashley - LOVE LOVE LOVE this post Ashley!!! My goal too is to have all of my kids cooking by the time they leave my house. My mom raised all five of us this way and I love that my two very masculine brothers know how to make a delicious meal complete with dessert:) I’m like you, we meal plan once a week. I haven’t tried a few of the cookbooks that you recommended…adding them to my list. LOVE gwyneth’s!!!
    I know in the past you haven’t written anything about your homeschool curriculum of choice. But would LOVE to pick your brain on what y’all are using. We ventured out to public school this year and it has been good. But the schedule and how much time is wasted is killing me! So back to homeschooling we go next year…for the long haul:) Hope y’all have had a great weekend!

  • Gail - When I was growing up, my mom would have my sisters and my favourite recipes write out our favourite tried and true recipes on recipe cards or in a recipe book. I still use some of these classics and it reminds me of making the recipe initially 40 yrs ago!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness – this is brilliant. I so need to start this asap!! :)

  • Jennifer - Love this idea and am planning to be more diligent in get my kids involved with the planning and prepping/cooking of our meals. But I have to ask, how was the pizza? It seems like such a unique combination, something I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to try, but my husband loves asparagus so I’m curious was it something you’d make again?

  • Julie B - My favorite tip is first teach them to stir. My kids can stir like nobody’s business! They all learned what not to touch and how to hold the handle and such. Teaching them to follow the directions in the recipe and making sure we have all of the ingredients first is such a great life lesson! My daughters and I watch Martha Bakes, we ooohhh and aahhhh together. My oldest girl is just getting started on her very own food blog because she loves it so much. I think never being afraid to try something new and involving them all the time is really the key!

  • Michelle H. - ~. TIP ~ whenever a recipe calls for shredded chicken, your KitchenAid mixer with the paddle atrachment is perfect! After cooking the chicken breasts & letting them rest, I put them in the mixing bowl and start out on low ~ or 1 ~ i then increase the speed & shred until the chicken is shredded to my liking. ;-) No sharp utensils involved. ;-)

  • AshleyAnn - Jennifer – we all really liked it and will definitely be making it again!

  • Meredith - Ashley,
    I save your site for when I have a good chunk of time, or when I’m feeling a bit blue and need a pick me up. Your energy, passion, kindness and authenticity always makes me feel lighter — and you always remind me of what is important in our everyday lives (family, health, love….).

    So, thank you.

    But also, I wanted to comment on your picture of cookbooks because I am friends with Melissa Joulwan, the author or WELL FED. I thought you’d like to know that she is an amazing woman — creative and all around awesome. I’m going to let her know you have her cookbook on hand!

    I wish you all the best. We are in the midst of a snowstorm here in NYC. My 7 year old boy is so excited because school has been cancelled tomorrow!

    Warmly,
    Meredith

  • Tracy R. - Hi Ashley! I loved that you visited cooking in the home. We too, rarely eat out and we prepare all our meals. I feel like I spend 80% of my life in the kitchen. So any fresh ideas are welcome. I loved seeing your library of cookbooks! I am excited to explore them. And, we love asparagus! I am def going to try the pizza. One tip I found that is helpful is if I am in the kitchen dedicated to cooking, I usually try to multi task. For instance, cook something on the stovetop, put something quick and easy thing into the crockpot and MAYBE bake something simple or put something in the dehydrator. It is nice if I am in the kitchen to use more than one appliance and keep going! Then maybe I will be able to catch a break from the kitchen! My girls really like to make homemade spice mixes and homemade salad dressings and it really gets them comfortable with measurement. For example, we make our own seasoned salt. taco seasoning and ranch powder. They think the homemade spice mixes and dressing taste better than store bought/premade versions so they are quick to help!

  • Melissa Joulwan - Your blog post was forwarded to me by a friend who’s a fan of yours… I’m delighted to see my cookbook Well Fed in that stack, and with such good company, too! I hope you enjoy the recipes in Well Fed. They’re what I feed our little family (just my husband and me) every day. Happy cooking to you and your wee ones!

  • Traci - That mom from Oprah needs a blog!

    Have you read the “Dinner: A Love Story” blog and cookbook? It’s very inspiring for family meals and lots of great recipes.

  • melissa pearce - I hestitate to involve the kids in the kitchen thus far, despite the fact that they want to, because of the time it adds (hashtag bad mom) but I still have younger kids, so what ages did you start to involve them more?
    Also, EVERY.SINGLE.ONE of those cookbooks intrigues me- which one would you say you use the most for your crew?

  • AshleyAnn - Melissa – right now I am using Smitten Kitchen the most for recipes the whole crew likes

A book and food – two things that cause my oldest to enter his own world, not to be distracted by anyone or anything. I love his hunger to learn, but his physical hunger is taking a toll on the grocery bill!  On this particular morning, I found him eating his second breakfast in a t-shirt he stole from my closet. Watching him, it was a little bewildering that he was so big. And can EAT SO MUCH. Most days I don’t find myself wanting to freeze time. I love the different growing up stages and truly look forward to what is ahead. However, there are other days it does feel like this growing up business is happening too fast.

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One day at a time.

My sister surprised me yesterday with a print that she collaborated on with Cole Franke. Those 5 simple words are such a great reminder to me on difficult days, but also just for life in general. This parenting, homeschooling, working, life – one day at a time.

1.15oneday-041.15oneday-05Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus

And tomorrow may never be mine

Lord, help me today, show me the way

One day at a time

~ Christy Lane, One Day At A Time

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  • JoniBug - I love it! One day at a time. Where can we purchase one?

  • heather - This post and the one a few months ago about your oldest at breakfast time bring an instant tear to my eye. It’s so beautiful the way you capture things with your camera and your words. Mine too are growing too fast, though I love every stage. Thank you for starting every day with something beautiful.

  • Kathy - I so enjoy reading your blog! Today’s caught my eye in a special way because we have 3 sons and a daughter, older than your children, and our youngest son who is 13 is going through a growth spurt, eating an unbelievable amount of food! When our oldest son started this phase, I found a great book that has helped me, especially since I grew up with sisters and had no idea how growing boys could eat/needed to eat. HOW TO FEED A TEENAGE BOY Recipes and Strategies by Georgia Orcutt This resource has proved helpful to me and may be of use to you, too, as you begin to enter these
    amazing years with your sons. :)

  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Can I have those kitchen table chairs, pleeeeeease??? Love the print too!

  • AshleyAnn - JoniBug – click on either of their names above and it links to their shops

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks Kathy!

  • AshleyAnn - Amy – I’m keeping them….Merry Christmas to me from my parents :)

  • Jaime - I spy new chairs! Very cute!

  • Susie - That’s my boy too- I gave up on packing a lunch for school- it’s cheaper for him to eat lunch there than to buy enough to pack! He will eat anything though- so that’s good! Not at all fussy.

  • danielle - I am enjoying the different stages as well. Beautiful.

  • Jenny B. - I love your chairs too! :) Can you share where they came from? I’ve found similar ones, but not with the wooden seat. The print is beautiful. I had to go read the description on Lesley’s site to figure out if the flowers were actually on there or if they were part of the print. :)

  • christina larsen - I can totally relate to the eating a bunch. My 13 yr old is constantly hungry. My grocery bill is in trouble.

  • Kristin Cioffi - Wait until your oldest starts sprouting hair everywhere! =) J is 12 now & every morning I could swear he’s grown another few inches taller – He’s already at least 2 inches above me. It’s truly amazing how it all happens so quickly.

  • Julie B - Last night at Target I had to buy my oldest jeans from the mens department :(. I love that he is a tall kid, but it makes me feel so old!!

  • rhonda - That print is fantastic! I love it!! And the sentiment behind it.
    My oldest is 12 now and over 5 feet tall…. is really strange to realize your children are getting to be REAL people.

  • Diana - So important to remember. I can get through pretty much anything, one day at a time.

  • amber - Oh man, such a great reminder. One day. This day, is what matters. Now to remember that…

  • heather McDonald - Thank you! Thank you! Love this reminder and the quote at the end. A reminder for us all.

  • gina - What a sweet sister you have! And 2nd breakfast + a book sound kind of dreamy (and Hobbit-ish). My oldest is growing quickly, too. (I have to admit it might be kind of fun when we can share shoes. But kid please, SLOW DOWN!)

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love that print!! I just ordered it to go above the bench in the kitchen.

  • Rochelle - So beautiful!

  • Nancy - Would also love to know where those cute chairs are from :)

  • PegMc - Hello, may I ask where those stools that your son is sitting on are from? They look like they fold? Love your blog!

  • Karina Westrate - I love that reminder of taking it one day at a time! I have not visited your blog in so long and what a beautiful family you have! I too have three boys and Lord willing we will adopt in the future. I too am adopted and have seen God work through adoption in a lot of ways! Anyways, beautiful and thank you for the great reminder! Blessings

  • Brittney - I absolutely adore your blog and your pictures and your family and your life. Thanks for sharing. I just wanted to pop by quick and let you know I’m stalking you, in the most uncreepy way possible. :)

  • Andrea - This morning I woke early, made myself a coffee and got comfy, just to catch up on all the stories I had missed from your page. I was not disappointed. You inspire me to want to be more, do more, love more but to also realise that actually, the here and now is perfect. Thank you for sharing yourself and your family, I am sure that everyone who comes across you is touched in some small way. Hugs from Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Carrie Rowe - So. Dang. Good. Thanks for sharing!!!