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Books and Baking

Books and baking. I’m pretty sure that could have been the name of this blog 😉

I feel like it has been a while since I last posted, but it has only been a few days that have felt like weeks due to a not-so-fun sleep regression and toddler separation anxiety. God is teaching me so much as I parent Sadie and something I’m learning lately is to let go of expectations.

Toddler sitting in window with husky

There are a million things I’d like to do, but the most important thing is that I serve God and my family. I’m right where He has me and that’s what matters.

Some days I just won’t get my real estate work done, or the laundry folded, or even get to shower. Some days the only accomplishment I have achieved is getting my toddler to take a stroller nap.

Toddler sleeping in Graco stroller

I’m realizing that’s okay. This is such a short, precious season of my life with a little one who is so dependent on me. I’m blessed to be with her each and every day and I pray I can always be present and show her the love God has shown me ❤

Parenting a child can feel so all-consuming at times. It’s the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I constantly feel God refining my character and pushing me to seek Him in every moment.

Onto the baking and books. We had a church fellowship planned for Sunday night and I made blueberry muffins with a cinnamon crumble topping!

Blueberry muffins with cinnamon crumble topping

Church ended up being cancelled due to a power outage, so we enjoyed the muffins after dinner. We’ve had some windy days here lately.

Jimmy had another long day at work in West Virginia yesterday. He left our house at 5:45 am and got home at 9:45 pm. Sadie and I whipped up brown sugar pumpkin spice cookie dough while he was away and we baked it tonight for us to all celebrate an evening together 🙂

Brown sugar pumpkin spice cookies

Sorry about the poor lighting… daylight savings life, lol.

Let’s talk books! Here’s what I’m reading at the moment:

Books I’m eying up next:

Books Sadie has loving:

Are you reading any good books?

What’s the last thing you baked?

What’s the weather like where you live?

Castaway

See that face? That’s the face of a girl with no more cast and a new dress form the thrift store. A sleeveless dress that I actually got to wear in November because it was close to 80 degrees today!

Loft dress

Cue the happy dance! I went to my follow-up appointment with an orthopedic doctor for my hand and he said he thinks my bone is just severely bruised.

He said I could have my hand in a splint or just have it bare as long as I take it easy. So, I’m a castaway! That thing went straight in the garbage 😉 I’m definitely still in some pain, but so excited to be free!

Sadie says hello!

Toddler in skirtall

She was enjoying being barefoot when I took this picture. The poor girl has been having a tough week so far. She has been fussy and clingy I can’t figure out if she’s getting her two-year molars, has an ear infection, or is just feeling off. Poor gal. 

Is anyone else getting super excited for Thanksgiving? Now that we’re in the double digits of November I’m in Thanksgiving mode! We’re going to have a family Thanksgiving night with just Jimmy, Sadie, and I the week before the actual holiday and I can’t wait. 

Are there any recipes that you make for Thanksgiving or fall in general? I’d love to hear about them! 

Here are a few of my favorites: