This post is literally inspired by the soup I just made and ate. It was SO good. But first, I’ll back up!
I need to blog more. I honestly get so many ideas for posts through the day and start writing them in my head but something stops me. Self-doubt maybe? Thinking “who’s gonna care what I have to say anyways?” … and then the obvious time factor. I have to carve away time to sit down and get the words down. Call it a New Years Resolution, I’ll call it just a goal – I’m gonna get the words out more.

So today, being Friday, I thought I’d share some of my favourite things right now!

*** This soup. My sister in law gave me this Forest Feast Gatherings cookbook for Christmas. Not only is it absolutely GORGEOUS to look at, but now it holds the best sweet potato soup I’ve ever had. I pre-made that for New Years Eve tomorrow night and of course had to sample a bowl. I’ll get a better photo tomorrow but for now here’s my insta-story photo. It was gone just mere moments later, so there was no other photo of it! šŸ˜‰ I love that this book has ideas for gathering, how to set up, decor, etc. It’s become my inspiration for Silas’s first birthday party (yes, I’m already thinking that far ahead…)

Sweet potatoes, curry spices, onions, topped with greek yogurt, pomegranate seeds and scallions. I seriously can’t wait to have this again tomorrow. I think I’ll be making this again regularly – it would probably freeze really well too!!

Another favourite thing right now:

*** Sleeping in. Jason’s off work right now and I’ve become addicted to lingering in my warm blankets as long as Silas lets me. And sometimes I can get a little more time still by snuggling him with me. There’s just something so peaceful about dozing with a baby tucked securely in my arms. We’ve mastered the art of nursing while laying down, and I treasure those moments. Both for nostalgia and the sweetness of a few extra moments of sleep, because sleep is treasured around here!

*** Snapchat filters with my kids. Oh my goodness people. Tears of laughter when we bust this out. Where else can you go from being an old woman to the cutest little reindeer? It’s so silly, but so much fun.

Last favourite for today:

*** This holiday break with my family. Sometimes GodĀ reminds you of the important things in such strange ways. It’s so easy to get caught up in Insta-lives and what other peoples’ lives look like, how much “better” their lives may appearĀ but it’s not real. This little family of mine right in front of me is beautiful. God has given us much and we are so very very blessed. I’ve taken a few moments to just stop and reflect not only on these little blessings but all that we’ve been given this year. I love New Years. I love reflecting on the year that has passed, the moments of utter and complete joy right down to the moments of grief and despair. Every single moment from our years that we are given on this earth in this life shapes us into the humans we are today. Into the people we are to become. We can take those moments and glorify God in them. Because good and bad, God is in control of them all. He isĀ bigger. And it’s my prayer that I remember THIS in all the moments – good and bad – in 2017.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings”

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