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Sunday Coffee Date

Good morning and welcome to the first Sunday of 2021. I thought it would be fun to go on a little (virtual) coffee date with you and just share what’s on my mind this morning.

–> If we were having coffee right now… I’d be sipping a blonde roast with cream. In fact, that was what I was sipping when I began this post. My sweet husband ran to Starbucks and got it for me! What is your drink of choice?

Starbucks holiday cup 2020

–> If we were having coffee right now… I’d tell you that Sadie had a scary high fever last night. We gave her Tylenol and she still felt warm an hour or two later, so I took her temperature on her forehead and it was 105 😳

Thankfully my sister (a registered nurse!) told me to take her temperature in her ear and it was between 102 and 103 in her ear. Still high, but much less scary than 105. I am so thankful for my caring sister who took the time to call us, give advice, and say she was praying for Sader Tot ❤

What we’ve been doing to treat her:

  • Rotating Tylenol + Ibuprofen when she has a fever
  • Using this chest rub to help with stuffiness 
  • Diffusing and applying essential oils
  • Giving her elderberry gummies
  • Offering her food and fluids as much as possible
  • Giving her homeopathic cough and cold medicine
  • Snuggling and watching movies together 🙂

Thankfully Jimmy is still holding strong with no signs of sickness! Do you have any remedies for the common cold?

–> If we were having coffee right now… I would mention that Niva is blowing her coat again. 

Guy holding Siberian husky like a baby

Huskies shed their undercoats twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Niva was kind of late and blew her coat in July to cool off, so it makes sense that she’s just now shedding her summer coat to make way for her winter coat.

Our poor couches… and black clothing, haha. I wore a black t-shirt yesterday and by the end of the day it was covered in a combination of Sadie’s dried snot and Niva’s fur. Keepin’ it real over here 🤪 Needless to say, an undercoat rake has been helping a lot with the fur situation!

–> If we were having coffee right now… I would ask about your favorite natural products. I mentioned that I was trying to switch to non-toxic options for our cleaning supplies/medicine/etc. and now I’m adding makeup to the list. Sadie got into my eyeshadow, put it all over her face, and promptly got a rash that has lasted a few days.

I ordered this eyeshadow to replace it, and I’m now working on slowly replacing everything. Send recommendations my way, please!

–> If we were having coffee right now... I’d offer you a bar of chocolate. I found these for $1 each at the grocery store yesterday!

Lilys chocolate

I’m thinking I need to do some baking with these if I don’t eat them before I get a chance to look up some recipes, lol.

–> If we were having coffee right now… I would tell you what I read about in my morning devotional this morning.

I’m studying the book of Hebrews with a study guide and the author was discussing Hebrews 3:2 and how Moses and Jesus were both faithful to their calling and said “We are never called to be successful, but we are called to be faithful.” I just loved that and thought it was worth sharing. 

–> If we were having coffee right now… I would admit that I’m counting down the months until I can garden again. At the same time, I’m enjoying this season. I love cozy evenings on the couch with Sadie, Jimmy, Niva, and Malcolm. I love looking at the forecast to see if we’re going to get snow. Not much beats a warm bowl of soup, either! 

If we were having coffee right now, what would you want to talk about?

Four Thoughts

Hey hey and happy Wednesday! Sadie is currently taking a nap and I have a pile of laundry sitting next to me, but I’d much rather blog. So here I am 🙂

Just sharing a few thoughts and snapshots from the past week or so!

1. Sarris Candy

Sarris Candy Canonsburg, PASarris Candy Chocolates

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but Jimmy and I live pretty close to a famous candy store called Sarris Candies. It’s fairly well known in America and I don’t know what it is, but their chocolate is some of the best I’ve ever had–it’s so smooth and creamy.

We decided to get out last night and take Sadie on her first trip to Sarris! The store has tons of candy, stuffed animals, and holiday displays. It’s safe to say that Sadie enjoyed all there was to see and mom and dad got stocked up on chocolate!

2. Bowling

Guys bowling with baby girlSisters hugging

Jimmy, Sadie, and I went bowling with our church over the weekend. I actually bowled better than I thought I would (I got a strike and a few spares!) and had fun catching up with family and friends. There’s just nothing like having fun with our church family!

3. Meal Prep

SandwichesEgg and hash brown casserole

Another thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned here on the blog is how I do meal prep for Jimmy’s breakfast and lunches! Basically, I have a rotation of breakfast recipes I make and freeze for him. I also make a week or two of sandwiches in advance and freeze them.

I used to make his lunches each night and he would have a bagel for breakfast, but we started getting a bit more streamlined around the time Sadie arrived and it has been making our lives so much easier! Would anyone be interested in a full post on my method and the recipes we like to use?!

4. Making friends with problems

I was recently reading a devotion about treating persistent problems as something God can fit into a pattern for good (Romans 8:28) if we love, trust, and walk with Him through them.

Basically, problems can become a stumbling block and cause self pity, or we can see them as something that is transforming us into the person God wants us to be. The key is that we get to choose to make friends with difficulty and even learn to thank God for it or react with anger and distrust. It really resonated with me so I thought I’d share!

Well, I better get going because Sadie just woke up! Looks like the laundry will have to wait until later 😉