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Laugh It Off

I wanted to make lunch special for Sadie yesterday. I decided we would eat outside and made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the crusts taken off. Fancy, I know 😉

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with crusts taken off

I set up her booster seat and gave her the sandwich. She took a bite and wanted a drink, so I ran inside to get her a cup of water. When I went inside, Niva stole the sandwich right off of Sadie’s plate.

I gave Sadie her drink and took Niva inside. While I took her inside, Sadie purposefully poured the water all over herself. So, that was our lunch experience yesterday, lol. If I’ve learned anything as a parent, it’s that laughter is so important.

Another laughable moment? Sadie slept in yesterday morning, so I vacuumed our basement stairs for the first time in months. Later on, Malcolm knocked a glass container of dog treats down the stairs. Glass and treats everywhere. So, the stairs were cleaned twice in one day. Laugh it off 🙂

Toddler sitting in chair with yellow dress on and bowl in lap to help with cooking and baking

Truth be told, yesterday was a great day.

Sadie and I did some cooking and baking together. We made double chocolate cookies and cooled them in our bedroom with the door shut to keep them safe from a certain someone, as usual.

Double chocolate cookies

I harvested a few green peppers and jalapeños from our garden and made stuffed peppers.

I usually use this recipe, but decided I was feeling spicy, so I added red pepper flakes, hot jalapeño and habanero jack cheese, and of course fresh jalapeños!

Stuffed peppers

In the evening, my mom helped me teach the toddler class at church and I got to laugh some more. She has two pairs of the same flip flops and left for church in a rush.

She accidentally wore two left-footed flip flops!

Two left feet

When was the last time you had to laugh something off?

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?