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Reunited + Things That May Surprise You

Our little family was reunited on Saturday evening after Jimmy’s trip

Family laying on porch swing

My sister and brother-in-law dropped him off, so we hung out with them for a bit. Sadie and Caroline snuggled under a blanket at it was the sweetest thing.

I just adore watching their relationship develop as they grow ❤

Toddler snuggling under blanket

That evening, I crashed. The 3:30 am wakeup finally got to me and I fell asleep outside while reading this book after Sadie went to bed. 

It has been so nice to have Jimmy back at home! He wasn’t even gone for a week, but I missed sharing smiles with him during everyday moments of joy with Sadie, rolling our eyes together at the antics of the pets, and having coffee with each other in the morning. Marriage is such a huge blessing. 

We spent Saturday catching up around the house and just hanging out. It was a sweet weekend 🙂

Onto things that may surprise you. Or maybe they won’t. 

I heard a great sermon about how it’s important to examine why we believe what we believe. With things that are faith-related, is what we believe based off of a religious group, a religious leader, a book, what your parents believe, a tradition, or something else? 

I can remember when I first realized that my faith in God was my own faith in God, if that makes sense. My parents raised my siblings and I in a non-denominational christian church and we were required to attend church if we lived under their roof. What was being taught at our church lined up with the Bible and it really clicked into place for me when I was in high school. The Bible, which is God’s Word, is what I base my life and beliefs on. 

This kind of got me thinking about things that are practiced in some religions that claim to follow the Bible, but the practices don’t line up with scripture. I will never claim to be an expert on the Bible, but you won’t find these things in God’s Word:

  • Infant baptism
  • Lent and Ash Wednesday
  • The Sinner’s Prayer
  • Baptism that involves sprinkling of water
  • Confessing sins to a pope
  • Salvation through belief in Jesus only

Were you surprised by any of these things?

What’s your favorite part about being reunited with a loved one?

Six Thoughts on Saturday: A Diagnosis, Books, and Newborn Snuggles

Hello and happy Saturday! What do you have going on today? We’re going to be working on our back patio renovation project with my sister and brother-in-law. Can’t wait to see them!

I’ve got six things on my mind today.

1. Affordable Books. Our library is still closed due to COVID and we’ve been re-reading all our books, going to our neighborhood Little Free Library, and “splurging” on books under $4.

Mouse Paint book by Ellen Still Walsh to teach colors to children

Three we’ve recently been into around the Zottola household are Mouse Paint, Biscuit Loves the Park, and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller. Mouse Paint has been perfect for teaching Sadie colors and it’s adorable. What are you currently reading?

2. Gardening. Our sad little cucumber plants gave us another cucumber! Oh, and we’ve been harvesting lots of squash and a few cherry tomatoes.

Squash, cucumber, and tomatoes from vegetable garden

3. Park Days. We attended our church’s weekly Youth Summer Days at a local park on Friday and had a blast with our church family. I brought Niva along and she soaked up all the attention she could get from the kids.

Toddler and Siberian Husky at park

4. Meeting Isaiah. Our friends from church had their second baby on Monday and brought him to the Youth Summer Days on Friday. I soaked in all the newborn snuggles I could get with sweet Isaiah ❤

I totally forgot just how tiny newborns are. It’s wild! I loved studying his little toes, feet, fingers, and eyes when he opened them up for a second!

Newborn baby

5. Cousin Sleepover. My sister offered to take Sadie home with her after the Youth Summer Days so her daughter and Sadie could have a little impromptu cousin sleepover! I didn’t have anything packed, but it was no biggie because Sadie and Caroline are so close in age that they can share clothes and diapers. I absolutely love being in the same stage of life as my sister!

The girls fell asleep on the drive home and Hannah sent me this snapshot once she arrived at her house and it melted my heart.

Toddlers sleeping in carseats

6. Sadie’s Eye. About a month ago, I noticed Sadie’s left eye looked glazed over and teary all the time. It didn’t seem like a big deal because it wasn’t bothering her, but it just didn’t seem right. I called our ophthalmologist and brought her in on Thursday to have it looked at.

I feel like I could write a whole post on getting a toddler to cooperate during an eye exam (LOL), but I digress. She was diagnosed with a nasolacrimal duct obstruction. We have to massage her eye each day and try to put antibiotic drops in her eye to prevent infection. If that doesn’t get rid of the obstruction, we’ll have to do something a bit more invasive, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

In the meantime, does anyone have tips for putting eyedrops in a toddler’s eye?!