A Letter to my Son's First grade Teacher.

May 25, 2016



His last day of school is tomorrow and I wish I could express the magnitude of thanks to this precious woman for loving my boy all year. We just finished his last night of first grade homework and talked about tomorrow being his last day. His voice trembled as he told me his heart was going to hurt to say goodbye to this chapter. He told me he'd keep his teacher in his heart forever like he does his kindergarten teacher. 

Before I had kiddos, I was a teacher- but even then I am not sure I grasped the magnitude of my place there. It wasn't until now, as a mama sending my most precious possession off into someone elses care everyday that I realized my forever gratitude for her role in his life. 

This year was a huge year for us. 

The first year where Aiden went every day to school ...LOTS of firsts, lots of growing pains, lots of changing. I cried every day the first two weeks of school....and so did he. 

But then something beautiful began to happen..... we began to stretch a little bit. Not too much but just enough to let those big beautiful wings span out. 

Since the moment Aiden and I's eyes met I have struggled with sharing this child! The moment they took him out of my arms and whisked him away to the NICU, the way my heart broke to miss even a moment with him. Each milestone I catch myself prying open my fingers, struggling with my heart and my fears and knowing what is best for him. 



 To his precious teacher, 

Thank you. 
Thank you for loving my boy this year. Thank you for helping me share him, thank you for rejoicing in the sweet moments along side me. Thank you for letting me worry and talk through all my thoughts. And for the countless emails, even the silly ones where I am worried- making sure he did okay his first time at hot lunch and for embracing him when he was sad. 

Thank you for recognizing in Aiden the things that I love so much about him, for noticing the same things and celebrating his sweet spirit. Thank you for not trying to change that about him...but for showing him independence and growth while still so very much still letting him be who he is and who God created him to be. 

Thank you for being there when I wasn't. For making his tears go away and for making him laugh when he was miles away from me. Thank you for holding our hands as we walked through our growing pains. Thank you for being tender with our tender boy. Thank you for knowing when he needed to be pushed and for knowing when he needed extra love. 

Thank you for being tender and gracious with him. For giving him a love of learning. Thank you for teaching this sweet boy how to read and for celebrating his small and big victories. Thank you for always letting him get in front of the class and share his fun stories and propping up his confidence day after day.  For giving him an experience that was so positive that he has tears when he thinks about the school year ending and a new chapter beginning. 



Thank you for teaching him this year, for helping him thrive. Thank you for showing him Jesus day after day. Thank you that when he came home Easter weekend, he shared about the tears that fell in class as you read the story of Jesus...and for the moments you would kneel and pray with him. These are priceless moments forever imprinted in his heart. Thank you for shaping him at school the same way we shape him at home. 

Thank you so much from the very bottom of my heart for pouring your heart and soul this year into a little person that means everything to me. There is no greater gift that I could share and you loved him well. 

Forever you have blessed our life and become a part of our story. 

I read a quote once that said if you share your gift with others, you are returning it to Him. Thank you so much for using your gift and blessing our family. 

We are forever and ever thankful. 

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COCONUT KEY LIME TARTS

May 24, 2016

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Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

I had a huge bag of limes from Costco sitting in the fridge and I knew that I wanted to try something out of the ordinary. Typically, I make my husband's favorite guacamole and then we crawl into bed with a bag of chips and our favorite Netflix show - my favorite in-home date ever!
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Wanting some fresh inspiration for the summer, I bought Gwyneth Paltrow's new cookbook, It's All Easy, and spent an afternoon in Barnes and Noble devouring the gorgeous photos and ear-marking the recipes I wanted to try immediately. These Key Lime Tarts were on the list. I love attempting anything gluten-free and keep saying, "One of these days I will cut it out completely and see if it makes any changes." But until then, I tinker around with almond flour and enjoy the nutty/grainy flavors and imagine a world without inflammation.
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I found the tarts difficult to pop out of their tins without freezing them first, so I mention that in the directions below. I also wanted my filling to have a bit more oomph; consequently whipping up some heavy cream and folding it into the lime mixture. I love the slightly almond color of the filling and the juxtaposition of the textures. Gwyneth, can't wait to try more.
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//COCONUT KEY LIME TARTS 
 Makes: 16, 2.5 inch tarts 

  Crust: 

 2 cups natural almond meal or flour 
 6 tablespoons coconut oil 
 6 tablespoons brown rice 
syrup (or maple syrup if you can't get the lid open on your brown rice syrup like me) 
 A pinch of salt  

  Filling: 

 1 (13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk, left in the fridge overnight) 
 Zest of 5 key limes or 1 regular lime, plus extra for garnish 
 Juice of 3 key limes, or 1 regular lime 
 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 

 To make the crust, place all the crust ingredients in a medium bowl and use your hands to mix thoroughly, making sure there are no lumps of coconut oil left. Divide the mixture into 16 (about 1 tablespoon each) balls if using a standard muffin tin or 24 (about 1 teaspoon each) balls if using a mini-muffin tin. Place one ball of dough in each well of the muffin tin. Wet your fingers with water and press the dough up the sides to make little tart shells. Place the tart shells in the freezer to set while you make the filling. To make the filling, scoop out the solid portion of the coconut milk (leaving it in the fridge overnight allows the fat to separate from the liquid) and place it in a large bowl. Use a fork to break it up into an almost smooth consistency, then add the lime zest, lime juice, and coconut sugar. Whisk until the mixture is super smooth and has the consistency of lightly whipped cream. Meanwhile, mix the heavy whipping cream in a separate chilled bowl until fluffy. Fold the whipped cream into the lime mixture until well incorporated. Fill each tart shell with the coconut filling, garnish with extra lime zest, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. When ready to eat, use a butter knife to loosen the tarts from the pan, then pop them out. Eat immediately or store in the fridge so they keep their shape. 


 Slightly adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Easy.

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May 23, 2016



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Aiden & Golf.

May 22, 2016



My dad started this spring taking Aiden to golf every Friday and I have been meaning to share a few of these photos to always have as a memory- isn't this the sweetest?! 

I can't explain what it does as a parent to have people pour into your children....to love them, support them, take the time to love them well and truly know them- I am not sure there is any greater gift! 



Not only is Aiden having a blast golfing every week but also just getting one on one time with my dad. It's sweet hearing him tell stories or my dad tell me things about Aiden.....such a precious time that I know Aiden will hold in his heart for the rest of his life! 



I love this boy so much I can hardly stand it ;)

25 weeks.

May 20, 2016



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Daniel Wellington.

May 18, 2016



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*post sponsored by Daniel Wellington, all thoughts and opinions are my own