Change is a part of life. Things are always changing, which can be really hard for some people to cope with, so instead of saying change my descriptor here today will be: evolve. Which in fact actually suits my needs better then the previous word that starts with a “c”. Because what I’m talking about did not start as one thing and then completely shift 180º to become something else entirely. It instead began as something and then added another idea or thing,  and then another, and another.  Continuously adding more but always building upon what was previously there.

Why so vague and random? What the heck am I even talking about?   
Excellent questions!

Well, it all began when I was a little girl,  (now is as good a time as any for a story right?). I loved pioneers. Not only is it a rich part of my religious heritage, but it is a part of my ancestral heritage as well.  All of my ancestors crossed the plains and even greater distances such as the Atlantic Ocean. I was obsessed with them. I also was very interested in emergency preparedness and would devour any disaster preparedness pamphlets I would get my hands on.  (Just to be clear I did not eat them.)

Then several years later my interest in food and cooking developed, blossomed and was put to good use feeding my husband and I. I started this blog to share delicious recipes with family and friends and to keep them in a “safe” place.

Then I got pregnant. I began to read and read. And not my usual fiction books (though I still do read those), but non-fiction. The first book that really opened my eyes to something new that I had never considered before, was “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.” I had never really thought about if I was going to nurse my children or not before, but I learned about the benefits as well as some of the difficulties that come with this once “almost lost art” and decided this was the way for me. Then I decided I wanted a natural birth, which I will someday soon share the story of little man’s birth.
Then we self-diagnosed ourselves as all having a dairy allergy and our diets evolved. And really from that point things began evolving very fast, so fast indeed that I can not remember exactly what and when everything happened.  Suffice it to say our world view is not the same as it was a year and a half ago.  We are still learning, reading, and growing but at this point we are adopting a whole foods life style; we are trying to adopt and support sustainable farming and practices; we are working on reducing, reusing, and recycling; and are trying to use more natural, environmentally, and humanly safe products. Over the next little bit I will delve a little deeper into each topic and share with you why we are evolving our views and understanding and how we are doing so.
As I said before we are building on the foundations that we already have and using them to mold our future. I am still the same person, I just have deeper cares, wants and wishes. I told you being a mom changed me, but hopefully for the better. And hopefully I am evolving into someone who is worthwhile in ALL that they do.

Stay tuned to see just what exactly is different.

From my Family, to Yours…

Have you ever evolved like this before?

I’m still here! A Christmas Countdown Wrap-Up

I want you to know that even though I did not post the final days in my Countdown to Christmas, I was soaking up the Thanksgiving by actually living it! We decided last-minute that we were going to go home for Christmas, which included a ton of packing and traveling, and very packed days of visiting family and friends, and skyping with my Brother on Christmas Day. I wanted to share with you my last days of the countdown though, so you can see that I truly was living the Thanksgiving mode!

Day 4: I was so thankful for my brother. One of my best friends and the sweetest guy! It was his opinion that mattered most to me, when deciding if my hubby was the one, to be with me forever. And now I am so excited that he is an uncle to my son, and will get to meet him soon, though he saw him real-time on Christmas Day when we skyped.

Day 3: I am so thankful for the little man in my life that I get to call my son. He is such an amazing sweet spirit, and SUCH a good son. I swear I want to have about 10 kids because he is so good. And I love being his mommy. I love the look that he gives me. I can tell that he knows I’m his mommy and he loves being with me. I think it comes in part from our relationship that we have been building with nursing, all day everyday. Though hard at first, I love it, and I know that he doesn’t want it any other way, (he hates bottles). I love him more than anything!

Day 2: That is besides his father. I love my husband so much. He is my rock. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is a great supporter of his family and my best friend. I am so excited that I get to spend the rest of forever with him, and that we get to have a family together. We may have a rough couple of years ahead, where we sacrifice a lot, but that will only build character, and make our family that much more well off in the future. I’m so glad that he chose me.

Day 1: I am so thankful for my savior, and that the Christmas Season celebrates his birth. As December began I watched a church movie entitled Joy to the World. It celebrates the birth of the christ child with music and re-enactment video clips. This season I noticed that I appreciated Mary that much more. Her entire pregnancy experience, her love for her son, and the beauty that a perfect newborn baby can bring into your life. As you can tell I am still relishing in that experience myself and my son is almost 2 months old! I am so thankful for my saviour and for all that he has done for me and mankind. I will forever love the statement, “And man shall live forevermore, because of Christmas Day!”

I am so sad that the Christmas Season is done and that it went by so very fast, but I most definitely excited for 2013 and all the promise and beauty we have to look forward to.

From my Family to yours…


Day 5: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for my parents. I never knew how much they loved me, how much they have done for me, nor how much they were willing to do ANYTHING for me, that is, until I became a parent. It was such a revelation! How much I wanted to have everything perfect for his life, how often I dream of his future and see all that he can be. I wrote a letter to my parents, trying to express all of my love, my sorrow for the grief I have caused them, and how much more I appreciate all they have done for me! I miss them all the time and can not wait to see to them this Saturday, when we go to Washington for Christmas.


Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 7: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for all of our true friends! We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives! They have helped when we have needed it, and been there through the high and low, the thick and thin. They look out for us, want the best for us, and help us to be the best we can be! There are too many wonderful people to name, let alone to thank, but you know who you are. I want you to know that you are appreciated, loved, and thought of often! Again thank you so much, we love you!

Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 8: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for the season of Christmas and the beautiful spirit that accompanies it. It truly is a time of thanks, joy, and giving. It is such a warm and loving spirit that attends to this season, I just love it! It is a time to be with family, eating good food, and having a great time. I wish that the beautiful spirit that lingers during this season, could be present all year-long, but then I guess it just wouldn’t be as special. I am however, so grateful that we do have it for as long as we do! My hubby and I have been eagerly anticipating Christmas this year, knowing that we would be greatly blessed with a special little spirit joining our family. It has been that much sweeter!

Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 9: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for Freedom, the country that we live in, and those who have given up so much so that we can enjoy this freedom.  Though I do not agree with the outcome of the last Presidential election, I am grateful for the right to vote, because it means that we get to choose our leaders, and also it means they can not stay in power, they will be replaced by others whom we choose. I am thankful for this and all other rights that we hold in this wonderful country.

I am also very thankful for our servicemen and women and all that they and their families sacrifice, all year-long, but most especially during the holidays, to keep our country and our freedoms guarded and safe.

Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 10: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for our Health.  It truly is a priceless gift, that we often don’t recognize that we even have until it is gone. Some of our extended family is having some issues with their health and it just makes us more aware of how blessed we are, though I am glad to report that they are making a full fast recovery. So I am thankful this holiday season that we have a healthy growing little boy, and that we are each healthy and strong.

Heres hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…