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Truth for A Mama, From a Fellow Mama In The Trenches

Thoughts from a fellow Mom in the trenches

 

One of my hopes with starting this blog was to encourage other moms out there… I had dreams of encouraging and inspiring.. But, then, I found myself hesitating to speak on anything involving the heart of motherhood or family, because I’m here in the middle of it too. I stop myself from saying anything because, “who am I?” How could I help anyone when I’m neck-deep in the trenches.

Truth is

I don’t feel equipped or strong or wise and sometimes (most days) I don’ t feel right for the job in front me.

I see a friend struggling or she tells me she doesn’t know how to keep on going or what to do with a situation.. I want to tell her truth, I want to fill her with life-giving words. Truth is.. I do know the TRUTH!! And it IS exciting, thrilling, and absolutely life-giving!!!

Truth is

The Lord has not turned His face from us, He has appointed you and me to this far-reaching, Intensely important role of MOM!! And you know what? He knew exactly what He was doing. And He doesn’t just shove us into this and leave us  (like the hospital does when they send you home with a day old babe and say good luck)

Truth is

He really has equipped us with all that we need and His power is available to us. Hebrews 13:21 says that God will “Equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. ”  He is aware that it is daunting and that everyday we feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and unsure….

But that is exactly why he sent his bravest, toughest, soldiers for the job. He knows everyday is a battle, a battle for the hearts of our children, for their protection, their training.

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I know these things in my heart. but I still stop before saying them to my friends the majority of the time. I don’really believe them for myself or at least I temporarily forget them. I start to think things like “how dare I speak so boldly when I’m honestly cowering in front of my calling at this very moment.

Even now, you might be tempted to envision me sitting at beautiful desk, in a beautiful peaceful home writing all this to you. Maybe you see my kids playing so quietly with everything in it’s place. Truth is, I’m sitting in the dark, hiding in my room, typing this into my phone because it takes to long to locate my laptop. I can hear chaos in the living room, I left them with sheets and chairs to build forts and ran in here for just a break from the noise. My dishes are piled high in the sink, mostly because I tried to do way to much this morning and didn’t even finish the dishes from last night. I ruined an entire pot of yogurt that my husband was looking forward to and I’m leaving to attend an out of town conference tomorrow and the house is a complete mess. I haven’t packed or even figured out how to get the boys to sitters and all those details.

 

(updated to say: Turns out I can’t just copy and paste things from my phone notes on to here…. or I don’t know how to, so now you can picture me sitting with my laptop retyping this furiously, while my kids are eating way to many gold fish and watching tv so that I can finish this, before I lose my nerve to share it.)

So, Here’s the thing I’m trying to learn… I cannot wait for my life, and situation and calling to get figured out. My friends can’t wait around for me to perfect all this before helping them. If I do we all drown.

Instead, When a friend so bravely shares her struggles or concerns.  I can and should speak love, peace, and truth to her. In doing so, I’m not saying to her, ” see how I’ve figured this all out? ” But I can say I feel you, I hear you.. ” I can “preach” a little truth to myself in the process!

Christ’s truth for us is in fact true… Even when we forget it. Did you know that? He doesn’t change with the winds  (Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is (always) the same, yesterday, today, [yes} and forever (to the ages). )

 

He doesn’t rely on us for his identity or his power. BUT, He sure does long for us to rely on Him for ours!!!

 

Mommas in the trenches. Let’s do this hard thing! We aren’t alone in any stretch of the imagination.

 

YOU are loved, and Amazing, even (and maybe especially) when you don’t feel like it!!!!

 

~ In the trenches with you,
Deanna Grace

Know any Mamas in the trenches? Would you share this with them? Maybe add an encouraging “we can do this” word for her!

Hey even if all you can do is cry together.. it sure it better than crying alone! 🙂

 

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Mom and three boys

letters to my Sons…. #1

Letters to my Sons…  #1

Truth is you are usually too much for me…

Your high-octane energy, simply put, exhausts me.

Everyday, at some point in the day, I find myself shaking my head and wondering how I can keep going.

There are three of you after all. And you need so much, seemingly all of the time.loveandscribbles.cradle

Sometimes I just wish I understood you all just even a little bit.

For example: Why is everything better with a sound effect? Why does noise not bother you and in fact the louder the better seems to be your motto? Are bodily functions really that funny to you?

But, when I’m not frozen by my confusion I am overwhelmingly amazed by you!boymom adventures

All ready you have shown me more strength and courage than I think I’ve been able to muster up my entire life. Your boldness to embrace the unknown adventure which to you is in fact every day life. The curious way you are discovering every little thing around you in this great big world.

The strength you find inside of yourself to notice when you just need a cuddle from me in the midst of your conquering. HINT: I’ll take those cuddles anytime you need! I need them too! letters to my sonsAlready, inside your small bodies is an enormous heart and a tenacious spirit.

God has created you with a warrior bravery and it’s incredible.

So, I guess at the end of the day, what I’m trying to say is.. Thanks!

Thanks for letting me learn right along side you! Thanks for protecting me from the bad guys and keeping me on my toes.

I promise to keep praying us through this whole journey and even when I’m frustrated and confused I’m loving every bit of you!

I’m so glad I get to be

Your Mama

art for homeschooling

Homeschool Art Fun: an addition to our day

Today I wanted to share with you all a fun addition to our day for our homeschooling schedule.
If you are like me then this end of winter almost spring time is a hard season to keep our momentum for school work going… so we have been needing to shake things up a bit!

Enter a Youtube channel we quickly fell in love with! SideNote: We are very careful with our use of Youtube with the kids, in fact at this point this new channel is the only one the kids are allowed to watch right now, because it is way to easy to stumble upon unhealthy things on youtube! But, with some wisdom and a lot of parental control Youtube can be a great resource!

Our charter school teacher told us about this channel.

It’s called Art for Kids Hub!

 

You guys, this family has a lot of fun on this website/channel!!! It’s a Dad who has a blast teaching his kids art! On the website you’ll find drawing, painting, sculpting, origami, cutout projects. And if this is something your little artist really gets into you can buy a membership for lessons that seem even more detailed and learning based then the videos we’ve already watched.

 

So far William has only followed some of the drawing videos.. “mr hubs” draws an object or character one step at a time and one of his kids follows along. It’s easy to following along too! And they just have so much fun together, I’ve found myself stopping to watch and laugh along with them!

 

AND so important for this momma… most of the lesson require NO PREP and are self-contained, so you can watch them in any order… or like William has been doing, search for ones that interests your little artist most!

Here’s their website: https://www.artforkidshub.com/

And we are discovering our little guy is a budding little artist!!!

 

check out some of his first drawings!

 

here’s a list of awesome art supplies to get you started!

 

 

And don’t forget to subscribe to our new friends channel for lots of artistic fun!

 

Do you feel like your momentum is lacking this time of year? I know I’m having to get pretty creative to keep us going these days… hope this helps you as much as it has us!

 

Here’s another fun art activity we did with a salad spinner!

Crafty Art for Homeschooling

Freezer cooking with Once A Month Meals deal

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Most everyone knows how much I love my Once A Month Meals membership! And how much it has changed the way I prep food for our family!

Once A Month Meals is having a sale on their memberships for Cyber Monday!!

Today ONLY!!

You can get a whole year membership for 40% OFF!  And guess what? Even if you have tried them before, maybe you tested it out on a one month membership… You can get a year membership at the SALE price!!!

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Only a few hours left to Save $70. 00!

*Making a whole year of membership only $8.33 a month!!!! (if you aren’t ready to jump in for a year.. you can still try it for on a month to month membership for $10 a month.)

You’ll have access to tons of tips and tricks for Freezer cooking. Choose from thousands of menus and recipes that can be customized to fit your family.

Select any type of prep, cooking, and serving. (our favorite are the Instant Pot meals that are ready straight from the freezer on busy nights)  choose from Oven, Stove, Easy assembly, Grill, Crock pot, Instant pot.. and more.  You can search for specific Dietary needs like allergen, Dairy free, Gluten free, real food, Paleo and vegetarian.

They have Recipes for Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, side dishes, snacks and Dessert! All to be prepped and frozen for when you need them!!

Did you get a new Instant Pot this week?

Or did your grocery store have a crazy deal on Chicken breast this month?? Now you have a ton and don’t know what to fix? You can select a menu to utilize that deal even more!

There are so many reasons why I love Once A Month Meals. We have been using them for about 9 months already and really enjoy the resources they provide.

If you want to read some of our reviews of Once A Month Meals here’s a couple of things to read:

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What are essential oils?

So, what ARE essential oils?

Essential oils are the living fluid (sometimes we call it the “life-blood”)  inside the plant that acts as their immune system. These plant fluids are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. They are necessary for the plant to live and contain vibrational energy that helps to give them therapeutic properties. When these fluids are distilled and extracted using a highly regulated, low-heat, slow-steam process and then used topically, aromatically or internally, they can help bring that vibrational energetic level that is lacking in our bodies back into balance. Essential oils are composed of microscopic molecules that are able to penetrate into the DNA/cellular level of every cell in our body (even crossing the blood-brain barrier) and can help to support our body’s natural healing systems.

Pretty amazing, right?

BUT – be warned! Not all essential oils are created equal. Many of us started out by using health food store essential oils thinking that there wasn’t any difference. Oils found at the health food store are usually aromatic-grade oils meant for smelling, not for topical use and definitely not for internal use. Many store bought oils contain additives or synthetics or may have been distilled in a way that doesn’t guarantee a high quality of therapeutic constituents. That’s why it is so important to know where your oils come from, how they are distilled and how they are processed. You definitely get what you pay for. Truly pure & natural quality essential oils do cost more. Cheaper essential oil products that are legally labeled as “100% Pure” are actually only required to have 5% of the essential oil present in their product. When you consider that it takes 22 pounds of rose petals to make a 5mL bottle of Rose oil, you can start to understand why the real thing costs more.

This is why I personally use Young Living Essential Oils. They have a Seed to Seal guarantee that ensures that from the dirt (no pesticide residue) to the seed (no GMOs) to the harvest time and procedure (sometimes in the daytime, sometimes at night, sometimes by hand/tool/machine) to the distillation process (slow steam, low heat, one distillation, medical grade stainless steel machinery) to the multitude of testing to ensure only the highest quality and purity to the bottling of the product – everything is overseen and quality is ensured. NO other essential oil company owns their own farms or partners with farms that are willing to live up to Young Living’s high standards. Owning farms all over the world gives Young Living the ability to truly know what the product is that they’re selling – and that my friends, is what made me fall in love with these oils.  

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Instant Pot Sausage and Ravioli






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Cook Time 6 minutes (plus time to come to pressure)

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  1. saute the sausage in the instant pot until brown.

  2. add the rest of the ingredients to the sausage.
    close lid, set valve to seal.
    select manual (high pressure) for 6 minutes

  3. ( This recipe does take a little while to come to pressure… i would say it was probably close to 20 minutes)


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Home Made Chewy Granola Bars

Home Made Chewy Granola Bars

When looking for a granola bar recipe I knew I needed it to be incredibly easy since I’ll have to make it often, also I needed it to be something that the boys can still grab on their own while I’m either still in bed or getting ready for the day or whatever!

 


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These Granola Bars can be individually wrapped and stored in the fridge.

We used peanut butter instead of almond butter, mostly because I had peanut butter.  But ether works great in these.

This recipe does have honey in it. At this point, I think I’m ok with local honey for the boys, in moderation. I did add a little less than the recipe calls for, mostly because I’m trying to change the boys expectations of things being so sweet!

And for the next batch I think I’ll double the recipe and use a sheet pan instead of an 8 x 8. I don’t think the boys would mind them being thinner (the first batch came out really thick)  and my oldest wished they were shaped like the store kind  (more rectangular) ?

Anyways, after getting over the shape of them, the boys loved them!

I forgot to take a picture and the first batch is already gone!!!

But we just made the second batch so here’s some pics of the process!

 

Chewy Granola bars home made

 

home made chewy granola bars

 

This time we used sunflower seeds instead of almonds (because that’s what we had).

 

 

Now that they are thinner.. I did notice they crumbled pretty easily.. so I want to figure out a way to bind them a little better.. next batch! ?

 

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An alternative to those sugar and preservative filled bars my boys live.
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  1. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add more honey if needed.
  2. Line your pan with parchment paper. You can use an 8x8 pan or a sheet tray with an edge if you want thinner ones. Another option is to just roll them in balls.
  3. Place in freezer until solid, about an hour. Once frozen cut into bars. wrap each one with parchment paper to keep from sticking together. Store in the fridge or the freezer.
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  • Update: We have made these a lot! The best thing about them is you can change this recipe around in lots of ways.. just use whatever you have in the kitchen today! And as for shape, we’ve tried thicker, thinner, we even rolled them in granola balls (big hit around here) they are all great!

 

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home made granola bars

Chewy Granola Bars

I’m always on the look out for healthy easy snacks for my boys. And these Chewy Granola Bars are a favorite!!

They don’t take long to mix together. Have delicious and nutritious ingredients, So you don’t have to feel guilty feeding them to your kids when they are hungry.. which in our case.. is all. the. time. seriously!

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Chewy Granola Bars
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  1. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add more honey if needed.
  2. Line your pan with parchment paper. You can use an 8x8 pan or a sheet tray with an edge if you want thinner ones. Another option is to just roll them in balls.
  3. Place in freezer until solid, about an hour. Once frozen cut into bars. wrap each one with parchment paper to keep from sticking together. Store in the fridge or the freezer.
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Frozen Pineapple Whip

Frozen Pineapple Whip





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Frozen Pineapple Whip

Refreshing, naturally sweet, creamy like pineapple ice cream

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10-24 hours

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  • 1 Fresh Pineapple peeled, cored, cut into chunks and frozen (6.5-7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew.. really whatever you have (more may be needed to reach desired consistancy)
  • 1-3 TBsp Honey (optional)

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10-24 hours

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  • 1 Fresh Pineapple peeled, cored, cut into chunks and frozen (6.5-7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew.. really whatever you have (more may be needed to reach desired consistancy)
  • 1-3 TBsp Honey (optional)

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  1. peel, core, and cut pineapple. lay pieces out on parchment paper on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Place in freezer until frozen completely. (any where from 10-24 hours)

  2. Place frozen pineapple chunks in the food processor and blend with the milk. scrape down the sides and add more milk if it isn't creamy enough.

    Taste and add honey if the Pineapple isn't sweet enough on it's own!

    Enjoy!

  3. Serve and enjoy right away!


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Frozen Pineapple Whip -- my kids call it Pineapple ice cream! 🙂 


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Apple hill california instant pot applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce, Easy and Delicious!

Applesauce in the Instant Pot!

Applesauce could not be easier using the Instant Pot and it is soooo delicious!


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First off we are blessed to live close to a lot of great Apple Orchards. The Apple Hill Growers are an annual family outing for us. And we always bring home our favorites, This year we grabbed Apple pie (to be baked later), Apple Cider, and a box of apples!

I started by peeling all of the apples.

If you don’t mind the skin you should totally skip this step!! This step was definitely the most work, but since my little guy will be eating it I decided it was necessary!

Then just a quick ruff chop and throw them in the pot! chopped apples

I had a lemon so I squeezed some juice to preserve color and brighten flavors..(this is especially helpful if you have to stop in the midst of making this, to attend to two hyper boys and a fussy babe)

Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

and your favorite seasonings.

Applesauce is awesome because you can really add any flavors, seasonings you want to.

Want to pack in as much health benefits as possible? Here’s some easy ideas.

Butter (healthy fats)

Pink Salt ( trace minerals)

Cinnamon

cloves

nutmeg

Local Honey (great for seasonal allergies) ** Not appropriate for little guys under a year though.

instant pot seasoned applesauce

place lid on and seal.

Set on Manual for 3 minutes!   The Pot will come to pressure then cook for 3 minutes. Let it natural release completely. Turn off the pot, so it doesn’t stay on keep warm.  (depending on how many apples you do at a time, this will take about 15-20 minutes) Walk away and let it cool off.

Then my other favorite kitchen appliance comes in super handy. If you have an immersion blender you can blend the apples up right in the pot!

immersion blender in the instant pot

They aren’t very expensive so grab one on amazon before you make your first batch of applesauce.

You can store your applesauce however you want. Usually I put some in a mason jar for my bigger guys. home made applesauce

And my awesome squeeze station pouches for the baby ( I freeze most of these)

And there’s always the old standby ice-cube trays for the freezer, This is perfect for applesauce because I love to add applesauce to baby’s meal if what I have fresh for him needs a little more! 🙂

Either way, it is yummy and just wonderful! I have discovered I enjoy applesauce best when it’s still warm so don’t forget to pour yourself a nice helping while you put the rest away! 🙂

Happy Instant Pot to you all!

Deanna Grace

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Applesauce in the Instant Pot
My favorite fall home made snack or side! Applesauce is just a cozy delicious treat and it's easier than ever in the Instant Pot.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Course Instant Pot
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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  1. Peal apples (if desired) and chop.
  2. Place apples, water, and seasoning in the Instant pot.
  3. Seal lid and set on Manual (High Pressure) 3 minutes. And that's it!
  4. Once it's done cooking, turn the IP off and let it natural realease until the pin drops and you can open the lid. ( Or whenever you get back to it. )
  5. Blend until as smooth as you like it. The immersion blender is awesome for this. But if you don't have one you can transfer the apples to a blender and blend that way. Be careful if the apples are still hot.
  6. You can add so many things to applesauce. try: Nutmeg or cloves Butter (for healthy fats) Local Honey (great for seasonal allergies) Not appropriate for babies less than a year though. a pinch of Pink Salt ( for minerals)
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Applesauce in the instant pot ~ Loveandscribbles.com

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