Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thank You God, for Mommy

We've been reading to Timothy since before he was born. In the months he spent inside me, many chapters of Scripture along with Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You and other childhood classics were read to our unborn baby.

Now that he's on the outside, we still read to our boy, despite the fact that he is "too young." To that end, I'm always on the hunt for quality kids books. Classics, to be sure, but also new ones hitting the shelves. When I saw Thomas Nelson offering Thank You God, for Mommy, I snatched it up. In its charming pages are shown a young panda bear and his mother, doing a variety of things like swinging, praying and even spilling honey ("She's oh so patient when my uh-ohs become big messes"). Throughout each page, the little one is thanking God for his Mommy because "she helps me try again," "cares for big and small" and "turns frowns upside down." It focuses on the little activities mommies do that we want our kids to remember. As a new mom, I found the book incredibly sweet.

On a side note, although my child is entirely human, I think the panda has an expression that kind of matches his. In other words, the illustrations are adorable.

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed are my own.

Gifts 53-62

53 oven omelette and popovers for dinner

54 a finally sleeping baby

55 scaling Mt. Laundry

56 knowing that a plethora of family will arrive in just a few days

57 pictures of my nieces

58 new tubes of Burt's Bees

59 the nebulizer that helps my baby breathe

60 six hour stretches of sleep

61 Chris' wisdom in knowing when not to buy a car

62 selling the dirtbike

Monday, March 28, 2011

1000 Gifts 38-52

38 the fact that we both survived his first vaccinations

39 sunshine after days of rain

40 rain that reminds me of the PNW

41 up to 11 lbs 1 oz in one week

42 Timmy and I not getting sick after Chris

43 Snapfish sales on prints

44 Chris taking Timmy downstairs on weekend mornings so I can rest

45 my parents and mother in law telling me I can never send too many photos of Timothy

46 bad days not being so bad when Chris is home

47 scrapbookin in the scrapbook my dad gave Timmy

48 a full picture frame

49 Timmy falling asleep quickly during the night

50 homemade chocolate milk

51 nail polish

52 looking forward to brinner

Saturday, March 26, 2011

1000 Gifts 31-37

31 singing hymns to my baby, which I realized during the early weeks of sleep loss and frustration was more a balm for my soul than his

32 leftover soup in the crockpot meaning I didn't have to cook

33 catching up on laundry

34 hair ribbons

35 looking cute when I'm not planning to leave the house

36 getting Girl Scout cookies just a few days before they stop selling them

37 baby monitors

Friday, March 25, 2011

1000 Gifts 24-30

24 learning to bake at 4000 feet after living half my life at 30 feet above sea level

25 holding him

26 health insurance

27 9 lbs 11 oz--proof he's thriving while being exclusively nursed

28 rocking my baby in the same chair my parents rocked me in

29 how my husband locks the door each morning when he leaves, showing his protection

30 mentally adding to this list while rocking my baby at 2 am

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why I'm Counting

Last night, as I went into Timmy's room for the second time in an hour, I was exhausted and not too thrilled to be awake. After giving him his pacifier (again) and sitting down in the rocking chair to comfort him, it hit me.

This is why I'm counting my gifts.

For the times I'm too tired to think as I stumble into his room for the umpteenth time at night.  For when I'll be cleaning up puke at 3 a.m.  When I have to remind my precious boy again why the dog can't sit at the table.

For the times I lose my focus, that's why I count.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1000 Gifts 14-23

14 playing a million games of Ticket to Ride

15 a two year old who wants to look at Timmy

16 hearing that my 1 year old niece thinks her family is made up solely of her baby cousins

17 looking forward to a visit from family

18 handwritten letters

19 Timmy's sock monkey, made with love by a dear college friend

20 pictures for the scrapbook my Dad bought Timmy

21 snow on the first day of spring

22 a good book to read while nursing

23 the Nalgene I've had for nearly 8 years

Monday, March 21, 2011

Counting the Gifts

In junior high, I kept a gratitude journal, recording 5 things I was thankful for every night before going to sleep. Eventually, I stopped as it became more of a journal of what I did that not, and was something I just did out of habit.

Fast forward to 2011 in the blogging world when some friends (like Gretchen and Anna), prompted by Ann Voskamp, have started listing 1000 simple gifts they find in the mundane. I thought it was a cool idea, but had no ambition of doing it myself. However, now I find myself crossing the starting line of motherhood. I know that finding joy in the midst of sick kids, toddlerhood, sleepless nights and difficult days will be challenging. What better time to start counting the gifts of God than as I start the hardest yet most rewarding journey of my life?

1 my husband being on the mend after spending all weekend with a nasty stomach bug

2 going to bed with a clean kitchen

3 nurses who care

4 clean sheets & a freshly made bed

5 a baby who sleeps in his crib

6 a mom at church with a (clean!) spare pacifier

7 baby smiles

8 burps that finally come out, explaining the fussiness

9 digital cameras

10 Internet, texting and picture mail, making us feel not so far away from family

11 pictures of my new niece

12 long talks with my sister-in-law, who's also a new mommy

13 "late" night talks with my husband

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

(Note: I'm trying my best not to turn this into a total mom blog, but I am a (new) mom and thus it consumes a large part of my life.)

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,

While I was pregnant, a lot of people asked if I preferred that Higbaby be a boy or girl. I can honestly say that I didn't favor one gender over the other. Certainly, I'd like some boys and some girls, God willing, but for our first, I just wanted a healthy baby. As I was utterly convinced the entire pregnancy that we'd have a boy, I wasn't too surprised when Chris announce "it's a boy!" just over 7 weeks ago.

As Timothy's growing, my excitement over having a little boy as increased, too (and trust me, I was already excited). Our wonderful church had a baby shower for us a few Saturdays ago, and I loved all the clothes with dinosaurs, monkeys and tigers. I'm excited for the day we're driving down the road and I hear "Mommy, there's a train!" and for all his grilled cheese sandwiches to turn into guns.

So when I'm sacrificing another glass jar for his worm collection or wishing that he'd stop hammering with his tools, I'll stop and thank God for the privilege of my little boy, frogs, snails and puppy dog tails included. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (Or: A Husband's Favorite)

It's simple, has no redeeming nutritional value and made for one very happy husband (though I certainly enjoyed it too) on Pi Day.

Without further ado, I present Double Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (courtesy of--where else--AllRecipes), blogged as per Chris' request.

  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 2 (3.9 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 4 peanut butter cups, cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I forgot to buy these)


  1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and peanut butter until smooth. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping. Spread mixture on bottom of pie crust.
  2. In a second bowl, stir pudding mix with 2 cups milk until thick. Immediately stir in remaining whipped topping. Spread mixture over peanut butter layer.
  3. Scatter peanut butter cups over top of pie. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  4. Serve to your overjoyed husband.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Curried Coconut Chicken (SO GOOD!)

This was dinner last night and oh was SO ridiculously good, if I may say so myself.  Here's the recipe so you can all make your family and friends happy, too.

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed, diced tomatoes (I didn't have any, so I just added extra tomato sauce)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

I also added a bag of mixed veggies and a few tablespoons of Trader Joe's Red Thai Curry Sauce.  Next time I will add the diced tomatoes.  Really need to keep some around as a rule since they go in everything.

  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and curry powder in a large skillet over medium-high heat for two minutes. Stir in onions and garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Add chicken, tossing lightly to coat with curry oil. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and juices run clear.
  3. Pour coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar into the pan, and stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice and enjoy!