WHOLE30 update

Today is officially day 9 of my first go at the WHOLE30. I decided to try out the WHOLE30 as an attempt to eat healthier. And surprisingly it has felt easier than I thought it would be, albeit it is only day 9 of 30.

So far the hardest part has been guarding myself so I don't accidentally snack on something that is non-compliant while making Miss Rosie's meals. (Today I *literally* licked my finger-o-jam after making her a PB&J and immediately spit it out in the sink. I think she was very confused).

That's not to say that it hasn't been a cake-walk. I miss my chocolate and ice cream and chips and salsa. I even miss the occasional cream in my coffee, or at least having the option. But overall, it hasn't been that bad.

And already 9 days in theres a few things I've begun to notice:

  • No headaches. For a long time I've woken up to headaches in the morning. Not every morning, but more mornings than not. I've always attributed it to a lack of water, so I usually start the day by drinking a glass of water. Yet, since beginning the WHOLE30 I haven't woken up with a headache once. That's awesome!
  • WAAAAY more energy! Like for reals. Remember when I used to have a blog and I was really crafty and blogged like a million times a week? That was because I had a lot of ENERGY. That was pre-children, obviously. Since beginning the WHOLE30 I have had much more energy. I am not super tired at night when I go to bed, and I wake up pretty lively in the morning earlier than I had been waking up. Score!
  • Those crazy cravings. I also have realized a little more about my cravings. My cravings for something sweet peaks in the afternoon (around the girls' rest times) and after dinner. And now that I know this I have realized that on most days pre-WHOLE30 I allowed myself to eat sweets at least twice a day, during those craving times. Something to change going forward.

I've also learned a few things (and bought a few things). I learned how to make Spaghetti Squash and Shepherd's Pie. I've perfected the "perfect seared chicken breast" and I've already finished one bottle of extra-virgin olive oil. I had to buy a zester (how did I get by on 8.5 years of marriage without a zester?) and a second potato peeler (where, oh where, did the first one go?). And I finally tried coconut milk! (It's just okay).

It's been a good experience so far. I love that I am doing something that requires discipline in the area of eating. I love that I'm learning more about food in general. And I'm eager to see how my body will feel in 12 days. I'm especially eager to see how my body will react when reintroducing foods. 

So, wish me luck! I can't wait to update when I finish. If you interested in learning more about the WHOLE30 you can find the book HERE or in your public library!

FREE lifetime National Park All Access Pass to individuals with a disability

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. One of my goals in this precious life is to make a hell of a lemonade! 🍋 

One of the perks of having a child with a disability is a FREE lifetime Access Pass to all of the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands. Because of this, we have decided to “make lemonade” and begin our adventure of visiting as many National Parks as we can as a family with #littlelindiefernas our guide .

With that in mind, we need your suggestions! We want to travel to our first National Park as a family this spring, probably April. We want something that’s drive-able, warm (enough) and family (especially baby) friendly. Give us your best suggestions! .

P.S. if you have a child with a disability and are interested in getting your own all access pass for them (ahem, for your family 😉), you can easily get yours at nps.gov. We applied for ours less than two weeks ago and got it in the mail today!

To claim your All Access Pass go HERE.

eating update

Eating has always been a challenge for this girl. Since about a month into her life Lindie has received the bulk of her nutrition via a g-tube. It’s so easy for me as her Mama to get down, to compare her story to others, to wonder what I am doing so wrong that she won’t just *eat.* .

And then I have to remember that it’s not really about me and that Lindie Fern is her own woman (well, baby girl actually 😉). I will faithfully challenge her do more (therapy, different feeding tactics, new flavors, encouragement, etc) but at the end of the day I must remember that Lindie will do what Lindie will do when Lindie wants to do it. Plain and simple. 

Over the weekend she decided show me exactly this when she downed a whole jar of baby food in one setting. (This is a BIG deal for Lindie girl). And not only that- she was actually engaged, opening her mouth, putting her tongue down and excited to eat. (This has taken months to get here)! Praise. The. Lord!

My prayer for her is that she gets better and better with eating solids so that we can transition away from the g-tube and to eating “normal” foods. Here’s to hoping I have enough breastmilk to last in the meantime!

10 months old

Extraordinary. Extra-perfect. 💗.

Yesterday #littlelindiefern was officially #10monthsold. How. in. the. world. is she already 10 months old?! Crazy .

At 10 months Lindie Fern is over 14 pounds (round it up to 15 if you count the blessed helmet). She belly laughs & smiles a ton. She loves to sit upright while assisted & grab our faces. She does great with rolling over & is decent with tummy time. (I think she will be a pro at tummy time in a few weeks when the helmet comes off). .

At 10 months she’s back to napping three times a day (as opposed to her two naps a day last month) & sleeps happily through the night. She’s about to outgrow her rock-n-play & will move into the crib soon .

There are so many things about Lindie that I love & want to remember in this phase. I love her obsession with her maraca. (Like seriously loves it, wants it all. the. time). I love the way she pulls my hand close to her chest when she wants to snuggle & how she plays with my hair. I also love her reaction when Dada gets home from work (body spasms & big smiles) & how she rests her head on his shoulder for a hug .

I absolutely love Lindie Fern & am truly thankful for her everyday. She is extraordinary & has so much in store for her beautiful life. I’m so lucky I get to be a part of it. 

new years res

This year I want to spend more time with Jesus, eat healthier and go on a family vacation. Oh, and maybe take more bathroom selfies because #thislighting


2017 was a helluva year. But I think someday I may look back and see it as the best year of my life. The most changed year of my life. Lindie’s little life brought us to our knees this year more than ever before. It exposed our brokenness more than ever before. It allowed us to be served by others more than ever before, and it reminded us how much we need Jesus (as much as we always have, but) more than ever before. No matter how many children we are gifted- we will love them fully and unconditionally. And yet there is something about Lindie Fern that has left us changed people. My hope is that at the end of our days we will look back and see that through it all our family was changed into more Christ-centered people with a heart for inclusiveness that leaves it’s mark .
Cheers to the new year. To letting go of control. To seeking joy in the everyday and to trusting the Lord to use us to advance his gospel in whatever way He chooses .
Yay 2018! So thankful for my partner in crime in all of this: @chrisisswift 😘😘😘 

DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH // more alike than different

Since yesterday I ended the month posting about Halloween, I thought I would wrap up Down syndrome awareness month with one more post on the first of November. And it's kind of fitting really because Down syndrome awareness doesn't really stop on the 31st of October, especially now in our home. We plan to make it a life-long endeavor.

The day Lindie was born God rocked our world. Since then, he has taught us to trust him, to let go of control and to savor each day as it unfolds. In some ways, Lindie is different than you in me in that she has a little bit more DNA in each of those cells and that she may require more doctors appointments and therapy visits.

But it most ways she is really just alike you and me. She is just as much a person as the rest of us. She giggles sweetly, smiles brightly and loves fully. I am excited to see her grow more into her personality. I can't wait to know her favorite color, her first word and the things that make her heart burst.

Really we're #morealikethandifferent.


Even though I don't plan to blog daily going forward, I do plan on blogging regularly- still sharing our family moments and important thoughts in our journey. I hope you still join us as I do!

Happy November 1st! We're starting the Christmas tunes in this hiz-ouse!
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