Adella Grace’s Baptism at Bainbridge FUMC

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Adella Grace was baptized into the Methodist Church on Sunday, and I also transferred my membership from the church I grew up in.  Wheat and I, along with many of our family and friends and our Church family, vowed to raise her to walk in the faith and to do everything in our power to uphold her faith as she grows.  She is such a blessed, fortunate baby girl, and it was a beautiful day spent with family and friends who are family.  We are so grateful for it all, and most especially, for her and the sacrament of infant baptism.

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

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I think Doc surprised her messing with her bonnet! 

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Love my girls! And my niece Elah loves her “Gray Gray.” We wondered what she would call Adella Grace… we didn’t expect Gray Gray, but it’s awfully cute! 

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This one kills me every time I look at it.  My two favorite little girls love each other so much already!

Adella Grace’s dress and bonnet were hand crocheted by her Pops’ (my father-in-law Bruce’s) first cousin years ago in anticipation of a little girl to wear it.  They sent it to us a few weeks after Adella Grace arrived, and on Sunday it looked like it had been made especially for her.  It couldn’t have been more perfect or more beautiful (in so many ways).

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We returned home to have lunch with our families, which was perfect. And I didn’t make a THING!  Which was unlike me, and also amazing.

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Seeing my home filled with so many I love so much, and who love Adella Grace so much, fills me with SUCH joy.  We are so very, very blessed, and I’m so grateful to have shared the day with each one of these people.  We love you all!

AG's Baptism | oysters and pearls

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Easy and Healthy Weeknight Meal: Eggplant Mini Pizzas

When a busy week has you all….

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but you’re trying to maintain that girlish figure, I now have the easiest “recipe” for eggplant of all time for you.  On top of being quick and easy, they’re healthy, gluten free, and mini!  What doesn’t taste better when it’s mini?

As often as possible, I sign up for a CSA box from Hopkins Farms Farm to Table.  It never seems to fail that I end up letting the eggplant go bad because I have no idea what to cook with it.  It doesn’t help matters that, although I like eggplant, my husband does not.  I now have a remedy for this situation: eggplant mini pizzas!  They are beyond quick and easy, they’re perfect for a quick but healthy week night meal (for me, when Wheat is out of town or at a meeting), and they would be really great for kids making their own pizzas.  Plus, it ends the question of “what the heck do I do with these eggplants?”

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Please excuse the poor, poor photography.  Such is my life these days… aka quick and easy eggplant mini pizzas on the couch while making funny faces at the baby next to me.  I’ll take it over pretty pictures any day! :)

The “recipe” is simple:

Eggplant Mini Pizzas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Slice an eggplant into 1/2 inch rounds.  Top with tomato sauce of choice, shredded mozzarella, and mini pepperonis (or any other desired tiny toppings).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool and eat!

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As with most of life these days, I chronicled these over on Snapchat a few nights ago.  Follow me there @nataliekirbo for a dose of our reality.  Because the reality is, I have little time for blogging but I can usually find time to snap it. ;)

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Pearls of Wisdom: You’re doing a good job.

I mentally drafted this post off and on for the past few days, but when I sat down to actually write it, I scrapped all the things I’d been thinking about writing.  Because a deeply personal post would have been about me, not about you, and I want this to be about you.

My parents always taught me that the best gift to give is the one you’d like to receive.  So today, I’m telling you what we all so earnestly need to hear some days: You are doing a good job.

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If you’re a new mom and no one (most especially that brand new, non-verbal baby) is telling you, YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by your personal life, your job and your many commitments… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe your family is going through a rough patch, or the bills are piling up, and you never feel like you can get enough done in the day… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you feel guilty for working and leaving your babies with someone else… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you are raising pre-teens or teenagers and you are wondering where those sweet little babies went… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Life is really hard some times, even sometimes in the midst of your happiest days and seasons.  Whatever it is that is weighing heavily on your heart today, I just want you to know that you are trying your hardest; YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Know someone who might need to hear this?  Tell them. Chances are you are right, and they need to hear it more than you could imagine.

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