Because it's Monday, because I have a 4 day work week followed by a 4 day weekend, because I am spending 2 of those days this weekend in Tennessee, and because God has given me a thankful heart, I am thinking of what I am thankful for today.

- Refreshing rain
- Fresh flowers
- The promise of spring
- Our sweet baby growing
- Talking with my husband
- Precious teachings from God during hard times
- Baby clothes
- The trip I get to take this weekend to see family and friends
- Our warm, comfortable home


the old way

I was reading this book- the one I posted about in my last post- which was set back in a simpler time. They lived in cabins and rode in wagons and grew all their own food and had to have a cow to have to luxury of milk. And I couldn't help but think just how completely different this way of life was from ours now. Everything is different, and I can't imagine what those people would think if they were to step into our lives today.

So I started thinking, finding myself wanting that. Wanting that simpler life. I want to work hard and know how I've spent my days laboring away. I want to get my hands in the dirt and grow my own food and have cattle and watch my husband take care of our land. This isn't the first time I've felt like this, and it passed before and I'm sure it will pass again. My mom grew up on a farm; her dad was a farmer. My Papaw was a good farmer, and my Mamaw could grow tomatoes like nobody's business! My mom knows what this way of life is like and the hard labor that it takes. I do not. I probably more dream about the good times and not necessarily the true realities of it. My mom inherited quite a bit of land when my Mamaw passed away last summer. Land is so valuable! I can't help but think, what could we do with that land? Could we possibly do it? Could we live that life? I've found myself day dreaming a lot this week. Maybe I should be able to keep a plant alive first...


my obsessions.

Besides this amazing man

I'm currently obsessed with


seriously cannot put it down!

Happy Friday!


lessons learned.

Today was such a grown-up day for me. Lots of chores and duties to do and I learned that I just have to do them. Even though life might be hard right now and I may be struggling but I have to do all of these things anyway. So when I stumbled upon this awesome John Piper article about this very topic I felt like it was written just for me.

Lessons learned today:
- you have to go to work even when it snows and it takes you 2 hours to get there
- even though a 2 hour commute seems like a really big deal to me, no one else really cares that much
- if you sell your SUV with a snow feature, it will snow the very next morning!
- being humbled is a good thing
- i stink at the being humbled process & there is a lot of it going on in my life
- my struggles are not so bad
- the MVA is still really gross
- the bank closes at 5 pm, exactly.
- even when salesmen at the car dealership seem ridiculous, uncaring and cold-hearted, they can care... maybe even if just a little
- dog bones are expensive
- why we don't buy food at CVS
- the importance of checking the date on food before planning it for dinner, looking forward to it, and cooking it!
- my baby has a lot of personality, already. he's such an allstar!

Our little Lady (I miss these days!)



I love a good nap! Not in the same way that my sister does. She lives off of naps, of course, I should also mention that she has narcolepsy. So that makes a lot of sense. Me on the other hand, I don't nap very often. I don't need to. But I have found that naps are crucial during pregnancy, and I will take them any time I can get them! Last night I came home from work, took a nap, got up fed the dogs dinner and had a piece of cake, and then went back to bed. It was glorious. Productive? No. Except that I felt awesome and finally rested for once in the last 6 months! I think that's good enough to count.


f & v in the winter

I don't know about you but for me eating fruits and vegetables in the summer is so easy! Eating fruits and vegetables in the winter is so hard. I feel like I only eat the same vegetables over and over, and they're not fresh and it's not the same. Could I complain a little more? So fact of the matter is I have to think about it more and plan for it more. If I don't want to be eating carrots with my dinner every night then I had better be prepared. I've found that for me the best best is to fix dishes with veggies mixed in. That always works well but even more so in the winter. I generally try to do my weekly meal plan and will try to think of some dishes ahead of time that I can use frozen or canned vegetables in. But if I'm at the store and there are vegetables on sale I always give myself the option to switch things up. And I do! Quite often.

So what are we having this weekend? (Can you tell I'm excited for the weekend, I'm pretty much already counting it as here! That's because my weekend starts tomorrow evening when I get off of work! I'm off on Friday and it's supposed to be 65 degrees and I'm spending the weekend with my husband and puppies-- couldn't be better!)
- Petros! Petros is a restaurant in my hometown (maybe in other areas in the South, but I'm not sure) that is amazing! We have Petros at football and basketball games. I grew up on Petros, and I couldn't love them more. Now we have Petros night at our house and it's a special night.
I have 2 versions of chili that I make, depending on the circumstances, weekly menu, and my mood. One is a regular ground beef chili with beans and tomato chunks. The other is a vegetable chili, and I replace the meat with tri-colored bell peppers! I love it! This happened by mistake one day last year when I was making chili and after I had already started it, I realized I didn't have beef, but I did have peppers and thought my chili was already messed up so why not try this. It turned out awesome! I love it! The peppers add such good flavor and have such good flavor from the chili! I'm a huge fan!
- And if the beautiful weather holds true, I plan on getting the hubby to fire up the grill! It may be early in the year yet, but if it's in the 60s that screams perfect weather to me!


So happy Wednesday to you all! May your weekend come quickly!


happy valentines day

... from the Morgans!

Wishing lots of love and joy to you on this day.


still here.

We are still here. Eating, sleeping, not sleeping, cleaning, planning, preparing. Please keep reading. We're around.

Isn't this guy adorable? He always reminds me when it's time for dinner. He's also my alarm clock in the morning. Such a dependable guy.