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Encouragement For Your Parenting Journey

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 Big Foot. Loch Ness Monster. Yeti.The Perfect Parent.

All myths folks.

This parenting thing is a journey. We all grow and change. We learn about who we really are–all our flaws and imperfections. Also our gifts and strengths. We learn about our kids–their gifts, their differences, their otherness. It’s a blessing, every single day. In the middle of its realness and its chaos and the ups and downs, we become more and more who we are and who God made us to be.

Daja has been writing about parenting over at Modern Alternative Mama and Modern Alternative Pregnancy. Here are two posts you may have missed: Read More

First Child vs. Ninth Child

 Big Foot. Loch Ness Monster. Yeti.The Perfect Parent. All myths folks. This parenting thing is a journey. We all grow and change. We learn about who we really are–all our flaws and imperfections. Also our gifts and strengths. We learn about our kids–their gifts, their differences, their otherness. It’s a blessing, every single day. In […]

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Do you love a good birth story?

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Premature Rupture of Membranes: Complication or Variation of Normal?

I was 37 weeks along. It was the day after Thanksgiving. I was on a decent Netflix binge, laying there in bed, totally vegging out. Out of nowhere: POP! Trickle. GUSH! My water broke.  This wouldn’t have necessarily been a cause for concern, except that I had recently moved to rural Maine and my midwife and mother were to fly in from the West Coast for the birth. This turn of events was four days too early.

Contractions started mildly, more like Braxton-Hicks. Nevertheless, we got ready to catch this baby on our own.  Night turned to morning.  Morning turned to night. Night turned to morning.  Contractions would come-and-go. Sometimes strong. Sometimes so mild I could sleep through them.  This wasn’t what anyone would call “active labor.”

My mother and my midwife arrived and I was still  pregnant.  To make a long story short, our baby made his grand entrance 6 days after my water broke.

READ THE REST ON MODERN ALTERNATIVE PREGNANCY!

Premature Rupture of Membranes. It happens.

Read tips for staying healthy and safe if your water breaks and you don’t go into labor right away. What warning signs should you look for?  How did we finally get labor jumpstarted? And did we have our planned home birth? Read all the details on Modern Alternative Pregnancy!

Premature Rupture of Membranes: Complication or Variation of Normal?

I was 37 weeks along. It was the day after Thanksgiving. I was on a decent Netflix binge, laying there in bed, totally vegging out. Out of nowhere: POP! Trickle. GUSH! My water broke.  This wouldn’t have necessarily been a cause for concern, except that I had recently moved to rural Maine and my midwife […]

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Always Enough

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you are three people in a cabin or seven people in a two-bedroom apartment or twenty people in a ranch house–or anything in between, I think you will be inspired! We could all use a little more organization, a little more inspiration, a little more grace. Go check it out!

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We are first up to bat. I guess we qualify because there are, at last count, a multitude of people living in this three bedroom, one bathroom house. We don’t know everything and we certainly have our challenges and struggles. But, this is life! And it’s a beautiful journey of all of us reaching heaven together!

An excerpt from the guest post:

My husband and I have lived a lot of places since we’ve been married—tiny trailers, apartments, duplexes, small houses and big houses. Urban, rural, upscale and Third World countries. We have always lived by the motto that there is always enough. In God’s economy there is enough room at the table, enough food in the pantry, enough hours in the day, and enough love and affection to go around. Our motto has been tested. Oh, I assure you, it has! But, it has held up. There is always enough.  Where there is love, there is room for more. (READ THE REST ON ORDINARY LOVELY!)

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you […]

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Living in Peace With Nature (Thoughts for Earth Day from Israel, age 12)

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Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view of the earth from Saint Francis:

Saint Francis is the patron saint of the ecosystem. Why? Because he not only knew how important nature is but he knew how to co-abide with it.  Okay, here is a question for you: are you afraid of spiders? No? Maybe a little? Yes?  Crazy scared of them?  If your answer was anything but no than you’d definitely be scared of wolves! But when Francis heard about a wolf who was eating people and their livestock in the city of Gubbio, and while others ran, he hiked up the mountain to find the wolf! As soon as he saw the wolf he made the Sign of the Cross and commanded the wolf to come and lay at his feet! The wolf obeyed! Then Francis told the wolf that even though he did it out of hunger, eating people was still evil.  He led the wolf down into the city and told the amazed people that if they just fed the wolf  he would stop eating people and livestock.  What?! I know amazing right.

Francis knew that GOD doesn’t do things for no reason but that He always has a plan. Imagine if Francis had had the wolf killed? Would that have shown the citizens the power of GOD? No, it wouldn’t.  Only by understanding what the wolf needed, being at peace with the animal showed the citizens the power of GOD.

So this Earth Day take time to thank God for nature and think about how important and wondrous nature is.

(By Daja’s son Israel, age 12)

Family Time Ideas For Earth Day:

Movies to Watch:

Activities:

  • Pick up trash at the park or beach
  • Memorize the Prayer of St. Francis
  • Recycle
  • Work together in your garden
  • Visit a Farmer’s Market, Farm Stand or local farm
  • Make dinner from scratch as a family
  • Take the 30-Day Fast Food Free Challenge

Things To Read:

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Earth Day

Besides Earth Day, when do you ever think about the earth?  And maybe that’s just another weird thing that people do. Maybe the world’s not important, its not like we need it to survive or anything.   Saint Francis didn’t think so. He knew the importance of what God gave us, so here’s a view […]

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

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Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new favorite snack.  Another reader said that she just must have this recipe.  We are so happy when we can make your wishes come true.  Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! We know you will enjoy her recipe and joyful spirit. Make sure you check out her blog: Food Laughter Love!

Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

At our house we love snacks and, honestly, we would eat Tapas for dinner everyday if we could.

Several year ago I started making Fried (not really fried but baked) and Stuffed Rice Balls (Arancini di Riso) and we loved them, but then I realized I was allergic to rice… SAD DAY!  (Well, let me say this I can eat 1/4 cup without wanting to cry from stomach pain. So, it makes begin gluten free a little hard and generally I need to create my own flours.)  Since then I decided to play with quinoa and see if I could make something similar. These are simple to toss together and everyone generally loves them! They are the perfect place to toss in extra veggies or some extra fibrous seed (think flax, Chia Seeds, or sesame). You can make pizza bites with spaghetti sauce, buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese dip, spinach artichoke bites or even Southwest bites with an avocado creme! See the possibilities are endless!!!  For these I used Prosciutto and asparagus with a homemade hollandaise sauce. We might have fought over them.  I mean, I took them to a friend who was sick along with a salad and bone broth.

I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to hear what amazing bites you all make!

Quinoa Bites

• 2 c. cooked quinoa (I cook mine in low sodium chicken broth)

• 2 large eggs

• 2 tsp minced garlic

• 1 c. diced onion

• ½ c. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or any herbs you want)

• 1 tsp dried oregano

• ½ tsp dried thyme

• ½ tsp sage

• ½ tsp real salt

• ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

• 1/2 cup of meat of your choice (precooked)

• 1 c. shredded paramasan cheese or cheese of your choice

• ½ c. bread crumbs or flour – I used chia & flax meal seeds soaked in chicken broth (2 tbs )

•  sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together all ingredients, except for your sauce

3. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).  (Note: my were not in the muffin tin – but they do work better in a muffin tin.)

4. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Check at 20 minutes and bake longer as needed.  Let cool for 10 mins. Remove from pans.  Enjoy with dipping sauce.

Quinoa Bites

Hollandaise Sauce

Don’t be scared! Its super simple to make and you can brag that you have mastered the great Hollandaise sauce.

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon and lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1/8 tsp.  real salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches of freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 Tbs. (1 sticks) unsalted butter , melted

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, combine the egg yolks, lemon and lime juice and water and whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken, then continue whisking about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from over the pan as soon as the mixture thickens. Add the salt, cayenne pepper and white pepper.

Using a stick blender with the aerator attachment, blend the mixture while slowly pouring in the melted butter in a thin stream until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Cover and keep warm over very low heat, if it starts to warm up just add a small drizzle of warm water and whisk.

Will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Makes 2 cups.

Rebecca Smith of Food Laughter Love

About Rebecca Smith:

She is a creative soul, who loves to help others. She is a food lover and her ideal vacation would be an around the world trip, learning to about food from the locals. She loves people and helping them become who there where created to be. This includes coaching them on healthy foods and a toxic free life. On her healing journey she has learned that your heart and soul plays a major role in the body’s overall well-being.  She is pretty much head over heals in love with her husband, loves her adult step-daughters, and really enjoys taking their dogs Charlie and Coco for hikes. She totally geeks out over the science and chemistry of essential oils and herbs.  You can follow her at www.foodlaughterlove.comon Facebook at Food Laughter Love and on Instagram where she sometimes shares quick recipes at @rebstar.

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Quinoa Bites with Hollandaise Sauce

Today we have a guest post from our real-life friend, Rebecca. The three of us met years ago through our church. Now we live in different parts of the country, but stalk one another online for tasty foodie ideas and lots of laughs. Recently she left a comment on our FB page about her new […]

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The Provision Room is teaming up with Au Naturale!

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We told you that you needed more Provision Room in your life!  And now we have one more way you can get it!

For the month of February we are teaming up with Jenny at Au Naturale Nutrition for a little pinning party! (No, not pity party. PINNING PARTY! But you can still bring some wine if you want!)

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Au Naturale Nutrition

We told you that you needed more Provision Room in your life!  And now we have one more way you can get it! For the month of February we are teaming up with Jenny at Au Naturale Nutrition for a little pinning party! (No, not pity party. PINNING PARTY! But you can still bring some […]

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5 Ways One Daughter Keeps Her Love On

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Raising children into adulthood is a challenge, period.  Perhaps every generation before me has felt the same way, but I think it is harder now than it’s ever been.   Read More

5 Ways to KYLO

Raising children into adulthood is a challenge, period.  Perhaps every generation before me has felt the same way, but I think it is harder now than it’s ever been.  

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Preparing for My Coming of Age Party

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AlyssaAs part of our series on Parenting Our Children into Adulthood, Kristina’s youngest daughter, Alyssa (age 11,) is sharing how she is preparing for her coming of age party or bat-mitzvah.  In our families we celebrate the arrival of each of our children into the community of adulthood.  It is important for us to recognize their transition from child to adult and we do it with a formal celebration that includes an evening of blessings, scripture reading and of course, great food!  But before we get to the fun of the evening we have to prepare.  Preparations include Bible study, learning about the saints, and memorization of scripture.  For each child the process is slightly different, but the point is for a solid foundation of faith to be developed.

Alyssa ~ One of the reasons my mom and dad have me prepare is so that I know why I am having a bat-mitzvah, also so I learn more about God.

As part of my preparations I am studying catechism and learning about the saints.  I think it is important to learn about the saints so that I have a better understanding of them and because it is a lot better to look up to a saint then it is to look up to a singer or a movie star, like most girls my age.  I think it is amazing what the saints did for God!

My favorite saint is St. Therese.  She was a lot like me (I sometimes have a bad temper, too) and I love the Little Way that she taught about.  I have learned about her Little Way and how some things can be difficult, but if you look to God, you can trust it will be ok.

After studying St. Therese, I am also thinking about my choices.  I am choosing to study the Bible more and I’m trying to be a better person.

I’m thinking a lot more about my actions; am I getting angry?  Am I yelling?  Am I making snarky comments to my parents?  Am I really listening to God or am I just doing what my mind tells me?  Am I trying to get my own way?  Am I taking time to do my work?  Am I cheating in school?  Am I trying to get out of things?  I am asking myself these things and trying to fix what I am saying.  I’m trying to be patient with myself and learn from my mistakes.

I feel like I am a little sheep who is lost without God but when I trust God I feel like I have been found and I feel loved.   As I prepare for my bat-mitzvah, I’m finding I hear God more and it makes me love him more.

 

Alyssa

As part of our series on Parenting Our Children into Adulthood, Kristina’s youngest daughter, Alyssa (age 11,) is sharing how she is preparing for her coming of age party or bat-mitzvah.  In our families we celebrate the arrival of each of our children into the community of adulthood.  It is important for us to recognize […]

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In Defense of Emotional Eating

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“Our relationship with nourishment started in the womb where our needs were consistently met. We were neither hungry nor thirsty nor cold nor in want.  Our relationship with hunger arrived at the same time as our relationship with separation and need.  The need for nourishment and comfort was met the same way: breastfeeding.  A baby’s social interaction and psychological development cannot be separated from his food supply.  That right there is the foundation of each and every  individual’s relationship with food.”

In Defense of Emotional EatingWe are honored and excited to be guest posting today over at Nourished Kitchen!  We are talking about our emotional attachments to foods and why we believe that comfort foods are a good thing!  Come on over and get a little encouragement to eat for emotional reasons and to eat well!  For those of us who want our cake and to eat it, too, it’s the best news you’ll read all day! Read More

In Defense of Emotional Eating

“Our relationship with nourishment started in the womb where our needs were consistently met. We were neither hungry nor thirsty nor cold nor in want.  Our relationship with hunger arrived at the same time as our relationship with separation and need.  The need for nourishment and comfort was met the same way: breastfeeding.  A baby’s […]

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Prayer for the Week Oct 14 – Praying for Your Spouse

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A few weeks ago I came across a beautiful little blog that I just had to share with you!  I had been looking for hope chest party ideas for my daughter when I found Hope Chest Wives.  Although I didn’t find what I “thought” I was looking for, Holy Spirit sent me a gentle reminder of the importance of praying for my husband and our marriage.  Don’t you just love it when God does that!

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A few weeks ago I came across a beautiful little blog that I just had to share with you!  I had been looking for hope chest party ideas for my daughter when I found Hope Chest Wives.  Although I didn’t find what I “thought” I was looking for, Holy Spirit sent me a gentle reminder […]