Saturday, February 20, 2021

Life is Hard but God is Good

 Hello out there!

As my last post was over a month ago, it is obvious I am mimicking nature and hibernating during the month-that-shall-not-be-named. I have used my morning time to dive deeper into bible studies, read some non-fiction books, and blow through some (lots of?) frivolous audio books. 

But I am here and counting down the days to daylight savings time, when the sun will bring me back to life. Last weekend I put my photos from my phone on the TV and our family spent over two hours laughing through old pictures, many of which highlighted swimming, outside time, and an abnormal amount of baby Mira booty. I realized that over the last month I have taken the same amount of pictures I normally take in a single summer week. All of that to say, that although I don't want to wish time away, I am embracing winter in a way that means I am not fighting the natural tendency to go to bed earlier and be a little more reclusive. 

(When it is negative degrees outside but you still want to play. )

However, reclusive is a relative term considering we have kids with activities and many things to celebrate. We are still so thankful the girls have the opportunity to go to in-person school. We happily drive to church every Sunday. Here is what we have been up to the past month, in bulleted form. 

- Ina wrapped up her basketball season. Watching her play basketball brought me so much joy. She made so many improvements from the beginning to the end of the season, and at times even from the beginning to the end of each game. I hope we can continue the fun next year.

- The Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. Oh, what fun it is to have a team you can be proud of and is fun to watch. Although it wasn't the outcome we hoped for, I can't complain for a second.

- We celebrated my sweet niece Delaney turning 2! The girls had so much fun doting on their cousin. Even Mira, who loves being the baby and often asks if she can get back in my belly, loved to play with "Baby Delaney."

- We celebrated Valentine's Day with homemade build your own heart shaped pizzas, candy-heart drinks, and a strobe light dance party.

Dan braved the snow and cold to pick up Indian take out the next day. Saag is my strongest love language. 

Other aspects of life are going well. Work is everything I hoped it would be as I am now 6 months into my new job and learning more and more everyday. Lexi keeps creating workouts I genuinely look forward to every morning (after a cup of coffee, an hour of reading, and a 30 minute walk). I keep finding new ways to stay motivated in the kitchen.

We have also had really hard moments. Fights. Frustration. Hopelessness. When I write about the good things I am not ignoring the bad. I just don't want to dwell in the bad. However, I also don't want to pretend that it doesn't exist. So, this is your monthly reminder that life is hard but God is good.

The only logical transition from that is to share a few recipes I have liked lately:

- Pickled watermelon radish. Absolutely delicious with Mexican beef

- Persian turkey meatballs (the recipe says to grill on sticks as kebobs, but I just roll into meatballs and bake) - I have to stop myself from making these every week so we don't get sick of them. 

- Dump ranch - I always have a jar of this in the fridge.

- Roasted whole cauliflower  - game changer

- Change your life chicken - while maybe not life changing, pretty dang good. 

I hope you have a great week (month?)! Talk to you soon! <3

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