Hadlee Jo (Happy Father’s Day/Week)

hadlee and Joe (heart to heart)

If you don’t want to read the whole post here is a quick link to a post I did a couple years ago on how we celebrate Father’s Day the whole week leading up to it. It makes Father’s Day so much more special and gives my kids a chance to really think about all the amazing reasons they love their Dad and to show him in sweet little ways throughout the week.

This sweet little girl (she’s 2 now) is named after her daddy and he’s the best man I know. My sweet friend Jessica who is an amazing photographer caught this shot shortly after Hadlee was born. I am sure these two were speaking spirit to spirit and this just melted me after I saw it. About a month before Hadlee Jo was born we had a different middle name picked out for her and one quiet Sunday afternoon (which is unusual at our house I’ll be honest) I was sitting in my rocking chair just thinking about this sweet baby girl of mine that I couldn’t wait to meet and I had the impression come to me name her “Hadlee Jo” after her daddy. I had never ever thought of the name Jo as a middle name for one of our girls but this struck me in a profound way. I told Joe about the sweet experience, he was so touched but not convinced we should name her after him. I continued to stand by that impression and when she was born he said “you choose”, so I chose Hadlee Jo. So fitting being the sixth girl this man is the father of. He is the man of my dreams and the best daddy in the world. My girls are so blessed to have him, they’ve all told me they wish he was theirs and I don’t blame them. I hope someday they get someone just as amazing as him. Hadlee and Joe have an amazing connection and someday it will be extremely important that she bear his name, but for now they just speak spirit to spirit and have the sweetest little bond you ever did see.

I am so grateful for all the amazing Daddy’s out there, you’ll never know the difference you make in the lives of your kids and your wives. A good Dad who does all he can for his kids and wife is rare to come by these days and so needed, so hang in there on the hard days because it’s worth it and we appreciate all you do.

Here’s an early Happy Father’s Day to all the the amazing Dads out there including my husband and my own dad. And again here’s a link to a post I did a couple years ago on how we celebrate Father’s Day and how we celebrate the whole week leading up to Father’s Day.

What are your Father’s day traditions? I’d love to hear them.

Black Bean and Quinoa Enchilada Bake (delicious meatless meal)

I am not a food blogger but I make a lot of food (I cook most everything from scratch) and I try a lot of recipes so when I find ones I love I am going to post my own picture that I take of the meal here on my blog and then instead of retyping up the recipe i’ll just give you the link to where I got it from, that way I can give credit to the blogger who posted it and I don’t have to change the recipe because, well, let’s be honest if it’s already amazing why would I change it. I have my own favorite recipes up my sleeve too and when I post one of those I’ll just add the recipe right here on my blog.

As far as this Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake goes, let me just say it’s amazing, so delicious. My family all LOVES it. Here is the link for the recipe and for sure don’t go off my picture (I am working on my photography skills) the pictures on the blog (two peas and their pod) are way better than mine so go to their blog to see the real deal. For sure serve it with tortilla chips and I also pulled back on the chili powder and only added about 1/2 tablespoon. Other than that I made it just like the recipe reads and it was amazing. I love that it is meatless and so so healthy. I haven’t tried it but I know this meal would freeze super well so give that a try when you need a good freezer meal. When my sister in law Pam ranted and raved about how good this recipe was and how much everyone in her family loved it, I knew I had to try it. It really is so so yummy, It won’t disappoint.



You guys, (if there is even anyone who still reads my blog) I am sorry I have been so absent. My only really good excuse is the 8 little people that are mine, this picture pretty much sums up what I do all day so it makes sense why I have little spare time plus that cute little 2 year old who is swinging in the picture pretty much makes me follow her around every second of every day for fear of what she might do if my eyes can’t see her. She really is cute and worth it but it allows for little spare time around here.  I do want to change things though and post a little more often. I hope a few of you are in this for the long haul with me while I figure the whole blogging thing out and get better at it. I really do love writing and sharing and talking with you and even though I’ve been a sporadic poster, I still get people asking me about things I’ve posted about or things they’d love for me to share so if you hang in here with me I have some fun things in store and I am so excited to share them with you! I am hoping to start a you tube channel where I can share some workout videos and every day life stuff, my kids want to share some things too (lets be honest it might be a while till I do that, but I am optimistic it will happen sometime in the next 10 years:). I have lots of posts in my head about healthy (clean) eating, kids stuff, things I love, exercise, summer activities, favorite recipes, etc. you know everything. So please excuse my absence this last long while as I try and get back at this… My goal is to post once a week so hold me accountable to it even if I just post a short one. Leave me a comment if you are still around and reading this every once in a while. I can’t wait to start sharing again!