Monthly Archives: November 2017

Podcast Playlist #1

Hello Friends!

Today, I wanted to share with you all a few of the podcasts that I’ve enjoyed recently. These podcasts help take some of the monotony away from daily chores. It’s a nice change of pace. 🙂

1) The Mystery of the Devil’s Footprint- Stuff you Missed in History Class

This episode was really interesting and kinda comical at times. I love learning about mysterious phenomenon that can’t be explained. There was a ton of speculation of the Devil’s foot prints even a suggestion of kangaroo prints!!?

2) How to Discern God’s Will and Stick with it- The God Centered Mom’s Podcast

This episode really touched my heart. Tricia Goyer shared about her experiences with adoption, listening to God and discerning His path for you, and many more challenging topics. It helped me to reflect on my heart for adoption and to consider adopting siblings, which I hadn’t considered before.

3) Be the Change- Hidden Brain

I really enjoyed this episode! A couple shares their story of giving birth to their first daughter and how they decided to fight back against stereotypical gender roles and characteristics. It was a refreshing listen and I’m still thinking about it and considering what steps we might take as a family to ensure that Declan respects women and realizes that women have just as much to bring to the table (if not more! ;))

4)  7 Stranger Things That Make You Smarter- The Model Health Show

This was a really interesting episode. Shawn shares great tips to strengthen your brain. There are some really surprising information here.

5) Don’t Suffer From Your Depression in Silence- Ted Talks Daily

This episode was very powerful. Nikki Webber Allen shared her battle with depression and how the suicide of a family member caused her to pause and reflect on discussing and educating others on mental health.

6) How to Seek Truth in the Era of Fake News- Ted Talks Daily

Christiane Amanpour shares on how to navigate through fake news, objectivity in journalism, and a few life lessons along the way.

7) Vegetarian and Vegan Youtube Channels- Vegetarian Zen

I seriously love this podcast. It’s been a safe place for me to learn more about a plant based diet. They also have an awesome FB group “Peas and Carrots.” 🙂

8) Freedom from Anxiety-The God Centered Mom Podcast

This episode was like a healing balm for my soul. I loved Ashley’s story and the tips that she shared here.  I look forward to learning more about her story and checking out her book. 🙂  (It also paired very well with our two part series on anxiety and depression. )

Do you listen to podcasts? If you could recommend a podcast to a friend, who has never listened to a podcast before, what would you want them to hear first?  Since this is a holiday week, I’ll be back with my regular posts next week. If you celebrate or not, my hope is that you enjoy time with loved ones this long weekend and safe travels!

<3 Anna

Halloween 2017

Hello Friends!

As many of you know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Unfortunately, this year was a bust for me. I spent most of the month of October with a awful chest cold that wouldn’t go around. I still have a cough that is slowly trickling away. :/ So I missed out on our annual pumpkin patch visit, we all missed the Spooktacular event on the square because D had such a nasty cough and the weather was iffy, and by the end of the month, I was still coughing until I woke myself up. John took D around the neighborhood for Trick or Treating and I stayed behind and gave out candy.

Here’s a few pics from the various activities:

Our little ghost

D got tired of the ghost costume so he made a costume change and wore his shark costume from last year.

Last minute “mombie”

I love this selfie of my boys at the pumpkin patch.

I hope your Halloween was better than ours, but to be honest it wasn’t so bad. Sometimes it’s nice to just let all the plans go and rest. Sometimes it’s necessary. <3 How was your Halloween? Did you have many trick or treaters?

<3 Anna


Declan’s 5th Birthday!

Hello Friends!

This post has been a long time coming! D turned 5 years old on September 22. We had a small party for him at Hickory Dickory Dock. (Think Chuck E. Cheese, but much better activity wise!) It was a fun day and D had a blast sharing it with some of our favorite people.

My sweet boy,

We are so thankful for the wonderful person you are. You have a beautiful heart for others. You love to make others smile and laugh. (You love coming up with new jokes to share with us.) I hope that the world doesn’t break your spirit and instead, you shine a beautiful light to give hope to all those around you. You are our greatest joy here on earth.

We love you this much!

Mommy and Daddy


Keeping Things Simple.

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday! I hope you all are doing well today. It’s been another long week here, so I’m so grateful for the weekend. We are participating in a fun Tinkergarten class on Sunday, specifically for Fall Back so I look forward to sharing that with you all in an upcoming post!

Today, I wanted to share with you all a big theme that our family is currently working on: Simplicity. It’s crazy to even imagine a simple life in this fast paced world we live in, but I think that’s why it’s even more elusive! It’s a huge comfort to realize that you don’t have to live this way. You are in charge of your own life and you can say “no.” You don’t have to agree to every project that falls into your lap. A few examples of simplifying: Declan is only allowed 2 extracurriculars. This is because he deserves to have a regular childhood too. Over scheduling has been proven to be detrimental to a child’s well being and we definitely don’t want to hinder D in anyway! Another example, we are not big on over scheduling. If we have an activity to do on Saturday, chances are we won’t schedule anything outside of the home other than said activity. Yes, we may miss out on activities because of that, but I refuse to live with a yolo mindset when it comes to scheduling activities. We don’t have to be all things to all people.

Another area, that we are very interested in simplifying is our household. We have greatly reduced our stuff thanks to The Minimalists. (Check out their podcast! It’s great!) I have two dates per month for Goodwill runs and this has helped with the steady flow of getting things out of our house. We also are much more considerate of purchases now that we are trying to minimize. Anything that is brought in is under a more careful scrutiny. This whole experience has helped us to truly evaluate what we actually want out of life and spoiler alert, it’s NOT more stuff! In addition to this, I’ve started a November cleaning challenge because this is not my forte. I’m very excited about the changes we are making. It has been proven to be very fruitful so far!

What is your definition of a simple life? Do you have any examples of how your and/or your family are working towards this goal?

<3 Anna