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Hi friends! Today I want to spend some time talking about our sweet pooch Bauer. Bauer has been around for about seven years and he is as much a part of our family as our children are. It’s been a lot of fun experiencing all of these new seasons and stages with Bauer by our side and it’s been such a fun treat seeing Bauer and our kids develop a great relationships. It may sound strange for people who are not dog owners, but after you’ve had your doggie for such a long time, you can’t really remember what life was like before them. Grace learned to say his name when she was one, Haddon thinks Bauer is his and only his, and Emory has shared all of her food with him since day one! The kids have a great relationship with him, and today I wanted to share with you five tips on how to create an environment for your kids and your dogs to be the best of friends (below).
We are picking up our #steadymotherhood series with the amazing and incredibly talented Ruth Chou Simons!
First off, I can’t tell you how excited I am that I get the chance to have such an inspiring woman on this blog, to interview her and have her share her wisdom with us newbie moms. She’s the #momgoals of all #momgoals. Ruth is an artist, author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She has six “man cubs,” is madly in love with her husband and she just released her first book GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart.
Ruth was kind enough to share some of her steady motherhood wisdom with us and I know you are going to love her!
How long have you been a stay at home mom and to how many kids?
I have 6 sons ranging in age from 4 to 15 years. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my firstborn was a toddler. I’ve served alongside my husband Troy during his decade as a pastor, his season of headmastering a school, and now, continue as a work-at-home mom, running our family business and online ministry together while we tag-team the boys’ education.
If you could describe your parenting style in one word, what would it be?
Honest is the first word that comes to mind. I want my children to be honest and vulnerable, but at the same time, what I want to see in them must be demonstrated in myself. I’ve learned that honesty and transparency about our brokenness and need for a Savior is one of the greatest things I can share with my boys.
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If you could offer some advise to a brand new stay at home mom, what would it be?
For the brand new stay at home mom, I would offer this advice- Staying home with your children may not be something that comes naturally or is easy; however, when it doesn’t come naturally, it comes by grace. The love of motherhood, of teaching my children, of purposefully crafting a memorable meal, of creatively reflecting beauty in my home, of doing the same thing day after day after day…those things do not come to me naturally. They are the result of pruning and cultivation. Be patient with yourself; your children are a work in progress…but so are you.
What’s your one tip for getting your day started on the right foot?
Don’t neglect spending time with the Lord. Try using a reading plan, an audio Bible, or find an accountability partner. Our family tries to gather in the living room as the day begins for quiet times (alone), but together. It really does help keep us accountable to one another in persevering in the Word.
Do you have any book/movies/pod-cast/IG feeds recommendations to help us on our journey?
There are a number of women who are on Instagram that are incredibly encouraging. Well Watered Women is a like-minded sister company to GraceLaced. They are intentional and encouraging when it comes to motherhood online. Deeply Rooted ministry and magazine is a periodical that is also very uplifting to me. I highly recommend the At Home 6 podcast as well as their blog. I recently did a podcast interview with Risen Motherhood. The podcast and my particular episode with them addresses the little years and how to steward well a season that may not be your time to shine in other endeavors.
If you had one whole day all to yourself what would it look like?
If I had a day to myself, I would deep clean my house first (sanity!) then pull out a giant blank canvas and paint all day…just for me, and just for fun. We all need to make more time to be creative for the sake of process instead of production.
What do you enjoy most about being a stay at home mom?
I love being able to, at the ready: train, speak, and observe what is actually going on with my kids. I love that if they have a need or express concern for something, I am always available to provide immediate encouragement or challenge. The home is the messiest context in which we can live out the gospel with our children. That may discourage us sometimes, but it should also bring us hope, because being home (even for those who cannot be home full-time) allows opportunities to invest in each others’ lives in the most vulnerable and impacting ways.
Ruth Simons is an artist, writer, and speaker, who shares her journey and how God’s grace intersects daily life at her blog + shoppe at GraceLaced.com. She’s an unlikely mom to six young boys and wife to Troy, with whom she leads GraceLaced’s small but mighty team. Get a glimpse and behind the scenes of her heart, art, and home on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. She has pursued her calling based on one overwhelming desire: to reflect the majesty of the Creator. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in New Mexico and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.
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Once in a while, Alex and I have the rare opportunity to get out and spend some time hanging out without any interruptions. It’s not often that we get to do that so when we do, we make sure that it includes all of the things that we are passionate about. We head outdoors to enjoy nature, bring delicious snacks that are fun and easy to eat, and make sure we bring along a really good bottle of wine.
Last week, Alex and I spent some time at our local park and shared a picnic. We packed our favorite preciutto wrapped asparagus in hollandaise sauce (recipe below) and the perfect bottle of Dreaming Tree Crush and Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir . The evening was cool and perfect for a picnic by the trees. We had a great time hitting the reset button on life and chatting away about our thoughts, dreams and aspirations.
We particularly enjoy the Dreaming Tree brand, because not only are their wines incredible, but they also have a social conscience, which comes through in their commitment to protect and restore tree and forresty areas across the country and around the globe! They have sustainable winemaking practices and they have donated over $1M to environmental programs that protects trees across the country.
A wine that cares… how cool is that!? We picked up The Dreaming Tree wines at our local grocery store, however you can also find them at your drugstore or supercenter store. You can also head over to their website, and locate their wines there.
So, here’s to picnics by the trees, to wines that give back to our environment and to date nights!
If you’re looking for a perfect fun appetizer to take to your next get together, here’s a good one…
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus with hollandaise drizzle with
The Dreaming Tree
One bunch of asparagus
Salt and pepper
About six slices of prosciutto
4 egg yolks
1 tbs of lemon juice
1/4 cup of melted butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Rinse the asparagus and trim off the ends.
Open one slice of prosciutto and place 2-3 asparagus in the middle of the prosciutto and roll to wrap the asparagus
Place the asparagus in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper
Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until the prosciutto is crispy)
For the hollandaise
Set a small pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil
Place the four egg yolks in a cleanheat proof mixing bowl add the salt pepper and lemon juice
With a wide metal whisk, whisk the egg yolks for about five minutes
Bring the mixture over the boiling water creating a double boiler and continue to whisk
Meanwhile, slowly add in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the mixture has emulsified and it becomes thick.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper and store in an airtight container or drizzle over the dish
Since I took this dish to-go, I placed the asparagus in an airtight container and then “dipped” them into the hollandaise sauce.
Tomorrow is the first day of fall friends! Can you believe this year is almost over? I feel like we were just welcoming spring. Apparently Fall is when the midwest SHINES and we’re already getting such a beautiful glimpse of the midwest fall. The weather is getting a little cooler and the leaves are changing. It really is something beautiful friends.
This is our first “real” fall. We moved to Nebraska in December of last year and completely missed the season. Florida fall is just as hot as summer and honestly not nearly as glamorous. We’re excited about our first real fall season and the kids and I are already chipping away at our fall bucket list.
We all took turns in writing down what we wanted to do and see this season, and are not only sharing it with you, but we’ve made a FREE PRINTABLE so you can enjoy fall to the fullest along side of us!