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So many days I have thought about jumping on here and then the day gets away from me.  Then, after putting the kids to bed I fall into bed if I haven’t already fallen asleep in one their beds!

We have moved to another state, away from family and friends and it has been a transition.  With two and a half months gone by we are settled in, had lots of company from home and are enjoying the last weeks of summer!

A few things to share after a long break:

Books I have enjoyed-

Karma Gone Bad by Jenny Feldon is a quick read filled with wit and honesty!












Am I Messing Up My Kids by Lysa TerKeurst is filled with stories, wisdom and scripture.












Blog posts I have enjoyed-

Life Lessons and Empty Bobbins…this was a great post and I love how sewing was used for a life lesson!

A post on Running and God from I Take Joy.

Yoga…it has helped me stay grounded!

good morning yoga











A little encouragement to start off your week!

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Have a happy week!

xo Marisa



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Pass them on…

Three quick things!  One, a video worth every second spent watching.  Two, a wonderful blog post on applying His word to running.  Three, a great read on marriage and who it is truly for.

Loved this video…send it to all the moms in your life…a great dose of encouragement for all moms in the trenches of motherhood.

Here’s a great blog post combining running and His Word!

A post entitled Marriage Isn’t For You.  Insightful and very well put!

Enjoy the links today and have a great rest of the week!

xo Marisa




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What’s For Dinner?

Super busy and trying to get a lot done in a little bit of time?  That’s us too!  So, I have been trying to figure out healthy, quick meals that I can make at home for my family.  I have been using the crock-pot a lot lately and trying to find some new dishes that my family likes.  I want to share a couple recipes each week that have worked for us.  I have some picky eaters so, I sometimes make little changes to the recipes, but for the most part they will eat some part of what I make.

Earlier this week I made this recipe.  My husband said pot roast sounded good for a meal this week when I asked him for ideas.  I found this at the store, bought the meat, some potatoes and carrots along with an onion and that’s it.  I put it all in the crock pot for 8 hours and dinner was served.  My girls and I are not really meat eaters but the house smelled so good and my husband thought it was very tasty!  The ingredients were pretty clean with no corn syrup or hydrogenated yuck.












Another quick recipe I make weekly is put a pound of chicken in the crock pot top it with salsa and a little bit of water and let it simmer for 6-8 hours.  You can then use this for just about anything.  My girls love it plain, sometimes we make nachos out of it and once I made a yummy, healthy chicken salad the next day.  This dish is usually sugar free, gluten free and soy free.  Check your salsa to be sure because that’s where those things would be hiding out. Sometimes I use regular salsa and sometimes salsa verde.  In the batch below I used salsa verde.  After it was cooked I just shredded it with a fork.












Next What’s For Dinner post will have Pasta Bake and Lemon Chicken!





Fall Kids Books and Quilting

Each night we read for about 20 minutes, it’s Vivian’s homework and I look forward to that time each night.  In the beginning I was reading to Vivian and now she is reading to me.  This has to be in the top five of the list “cool things to watch your kid learn”.  I decided I did not want to read the same princess book every night so I go to the library once a week with the little ones while she is at school.  I load up with some books and then use those when we do our nightly homework.  We have found a few really great books for the fall…here they are:

Apples to Oregon












Thank You, Sarah












Leaves Fall Down









Millie Waits for the Mail (not a Fall book but still pretty cute)












Material, thread, scissors, a ruler, a seam ripper, a rotary cutter and a book from Audible.com…right now these are some of my favorite things after my little ones are in bed.  RisaAnn Designs started a weekly Wednesday post on quilting.  Check out this past Wednesdays post here.

Have a great week!

xo Marisa


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Fall so far…

We are loving fall!  The cooler temps, wearing sweaters and lighting fall candles has us happy!

This is our favorite scent so far.











This from Glorious Grace is good!

Ephesians 4:2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.


This post spoke to my heart.  Didn’t realize I sigh during the day until after I read this and took the time to notice.  Enjoy this post filled with wisdom by Tracie!


Not sure if you can even call this apple crisp but it’s still yummy and perfect for this time of year. Also, perfect if you are not a big baker like me and have minimal time.  Take one apple, slice it up on a plate, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and toss in the microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Let sit for a couple minutes and then enjoy!  Super quick, I don’t have to turn the oven on and healthy too!  I would have attached a picture but I already ate the one I just made!









I have been tossing this on during that lunchtime hour when my three year olds seem to be melting with each whine and moan.  It just sets some peacefulness into the room.  My favorites right now are Bedtime Routine 2 and 3.

Have a great day!

xo Marisa

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This is part of Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday.  I have read them each Friday for over a year and decided to type one up this week…here goes!









She has taught me what it means to love with all your heart and how unconditional love works.  She amazes me, teaches me, makes me laugh and gives me grace.  She is an answer to my many prayers for a child and she made me a mom!  I try to get in all the hugs and cuddles I can because I know one day they won’t be so easy to get.  My girl turning 6 in 15 days…she told me yesterday to just start calling her “birthday girl”!  The weeks are starting to go by faster and I miss her lots as full day school has begun.  I catch myself worrying if I am teaching her what she needs to know for when she is out in the world without mom.  Then I remember that He has her covered and He will guide her!  My first one is making her way and spreading her wings!

























Thanks for stopping by!

xo Marisa

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Weekend Links

A couple of fun last minute activities with the kids, a crazy virus that brought us to the ER with our little guy, and organizing the closets…just some of the things filling our days as we bid summer good-bye!

A trip up north with cousins!

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Finishing up our bucket list for the summer!  So glad we did this…on days when I did not have anything planned this gave us ideas and added excitement for the kids.













Face painting!  A friend and her artsy daughter brought this over a couple of weeks ago and the girls loved it and begged me to buy some.  I picked it up at the store and it was a hit!













DOTS!!!  They love using these, it is a great change-up from markers and crayons!  Just a note: they are not washable so the girls have colorful hands after.












I have come across some great links this week so here they are!

We send our oldest to Kindergarten on Tuesday!!!

Here she is at open house!












Enjoy the long weekend and thinking of you as the school year gets underway!

xo Marisa

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Last days of summer…

We are enjoying the last days of summer before school begins.  Vivian is off to Kindergarten while Sylvie and Amelia start preschool.  They are all excited, nervous and ready…so am I!  We have had a wonderful summer filled with playdates, trips up north and great times outside and to the park.  I think we are all ready for what is next!












Just a few links today of things that are interesting, good reads and things that may help out as school begins.

The current book I am reading that I cannot put down is: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of Mary Dodd by Jim Fergus.  A friend recommended it to me and I was hesitant because it is pretty long…but so glad I started it because it is a great read!









A couple pictures from the end of summer!

Three pirates and a man overboard…don’t mind the laundry in the chair that needs to be folded!












Daddy took his girls on a date while I had a date with Axel.













Enjoy the rest of summer!



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Gracewear Collection

Check out this new purpose filled jewelry from Gracewear Collection!  My favorites are the Long Linked Necklace, the Cuff Bracelet and the Banded Ring.  Tracie has a post all about it here!


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We are back…

So yeah, it’s summer and we have been busy…fun busy, crazy busy and hectic busy.  Some days have been fabulous!  Some days have been awful and some days have been messy.  But, we pull it back together and start new each morning.

Psalm 23:3 NLT

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Girls Enjoying a Walk Together







Oops!  Trying to multi-task and put formula in the coffee filter.







He loves to swing!












Lots has happened in terms of milestones for our house.  Sylvie and Amelia turned three and are potty trained.  Axel is one (blog post on his party to come hopefully soon)!  Vivian is finishing her last summer before real school…Kindergarten this fall and learning to ride her bike without training wheels!  We have been up north, used our share of chalk outside and enjoyed the sprinkler.  Summer is going way to fast as we check off items on our Summer bucket list!

Our trip up north!





































Sprinklers, Puddles and Chalk





















She traced everyone’s body except Axel, she said he doesn’t sit still enough.  Then she gave us clothes and faces!












He was not into the cake but his sisters and friends loved it!









Three years old, I can’t believe it!












Amelia had her tonsils and adenoids out…it went well and Big Sis was there to make sure AJ had enough popsicles.












Lots of smoothies being made…recipes to come!












I Mustache You a Question!  One of my favorite pics!  Way to go Daddy on getting the fun mustache’s!












Great Links This Week!

  • Great post from Sally on ideas for little kids when you are on the go!
  • An encouraging word from Kat for Moms!
  • LOVE these pictures from Pioneer Woman!  Sylvie was just telling daddy yesterday that she wants a horse that she can ride on…I think she will enjoy looking at these.
  • Fun summer calendar from Melissa and Doug

Have a Blessed Day!

More to come soon, I promise!

xo Marisa


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