Thursday, February 14, 2013


I think the time has come to say farewell.

Loaves Abound! has been good to me, it has been a place to journal my reflections, adventures, and even served as a final in one of my classes whilst in graduate school. Now many of the pictures I've used are missing, much time has lapsed, but what is more profound is that I am not the woman I was when I started this blog. She no longer exists. My identify has forever been changed with the birth of my daughter, yet I do not mourn that woman, for I know a deeper and more profound love than I could have ever imagined.

I am starting on a new journey and do not find that Loaves Abound! fits my needs anymore. I need a new space and a fresh start, so I am beginning over at Joy-full With Less. It has nothing on it yet, but it will soon, and not too often but often enough I will share about our family, our faith, and our journey the life more joyfully together. I hope to see you there, but before I can begin, however, I feel like I need to close this chapter and say good-bye.

I hope you keep baking bread and continue discovering the spiritual truths about your food, as that is something that I continue to do everyday.
Thank you for following and supporting me here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

They grow so fast...

I am writing this post because of a little positive peer pressure and a desire for pictures from my dear friend and college roommate Megs... but I have to be honest, I just haven't felt like blogging. I just have a little one to spend time with and play with, and I don't have the desire to blog every day like I used to. Plus I get really frustrated that I can't just sit down and blog... I am almost always interrupted, (Yep, was just now) but I sure do love snuggling with the interrupter.

I used to LOVE taking pictures and writing, and I did it pretty consistently for a year, but I think perhaps that phase has passed. I'll still do posts every now and again to share a bit of our lives, and while I know I would love to have a record of Linnea's first years in my blog, I don't want to miss precious moments while sitting on the computer and writing either...

Some new mommy updates: 

I'm back at work, missing Linnea like crazy but really liking the work I'm doing with the Minnesota GreenCorps. It's nice to finally be challenged and to be using my degree, though it is a bit overwhelming sometimes to get going in the mornings and fitting pumping sessions into my days. So worth it though.

Breastfeeding is going very well now after our initial struggles, and I am surprised at how much I love doing it. I am proud of myself for sticking with it because I know I'm giving Linnea such a gift of health. Who doesn't love something that's free and the perfect food for a baby?

We also LOVE our cloth diapers and find them much more convenient that disposables - as in we NEVER have to run to the store to pick up diapers and wipes, we just have to run downstairs and get them out of the dryer. Linnea has never had diaper rash since we started on them (only in the disposables from the first two weeks) and I can't say enough how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Cloth is the way to go - better for the planet and your budget.

We also LOVE babywearing, and find it super convenient and cozy. I have yet to use a stroller and have no regrets, though I am going to keep myself open to liking a stroller once she is heavier. For now, my 13 pound love bug is content (as am I) being wrapped up in a carrier. One of my goals is to do a carrier review post at some point, because I love different carriers for different reasons. Someday. No promises. (See the pictures below...) PS Babywearing is not a new fad, it is how people have been carrying their babies for age, and as Ross said it's probably just as old as fire, if not older. (Papoose anyone?)

We also finally found a church community we like and decided to join Pilgrim Lutheran in St Paul and we are going to baptize Linnea at the end of the month. It feels so nice to finally be part of a faith community again, though we miss CTS a TON! It was definitely something that I dearly missed in our transition and move to Minnesota.

One more piece of advice: If you are thinking about getting pregnant in the next two years, find your daycare tomorrow and make a deposit. UGH. Vent vent vent vent vent... at any rate...

Here's a little more of what we've been up to:

Loving Bath time! But HATES getting out. 

Said goodbye to summer... 

First ever canning experience! Homemade marinara sauce with Jenna! 

And welcomed in Fall:

Linnea's first Pumpkin Patch - Loving the BabyHawk

And first corn maze... while visiting Pine Tree Apple Orchard. That warm day ended with a picnic on the shores of White Bear Lake with Blake and Jenna and apples, cheese and homemade sourdough bread. Blake's, not mine, but wonderful. 

Then 3 month photos! (I'll share 2 month when I get them from the Grandpaparazzi

Mommy's a Broncos fan... 

But Daddy likes the Packers. 

Can you believe she was this small?!?!?! Less than a week old...

Until next time... !que le vaya bien!