Recently I’ve been fighting the common parenting voice of doubt. Am I really doing all I can for my kids? Are they all feeling loved in each of their own unique ways? Am I parenting ok? Are they feeling supported and cherished? And, amongst all the questions I have swirling in my mind, the most common one is, ‘does my middle child feel neglected?’. Do they feel like I spend more time with their other siblings and only give them the left overs? You know-…Continue Reading “Parenting Doubts”

    Insane beauty. In the midst of our neighborhood maze I found this gem this morning. I was taking my morning walk with the neighborhood, before it got hot outside, and discovered a beautiful little lane/large sidewalk that has a whole line of beautiful bright flowers. They instantly made me smile and I wondered if I stole some if a neighbor would yell at me. How’s this for a beautiful restful place?! Elijah was napping in the stroller so I sat there for a…Continue Reading “Flower Lane”

  In May, when I attended Polish Language Lessons, we went out -as part of a class assignment- on a scavenger hunt. Best lesson ever. We were to only use Polish and find the answers to specific questions pertaining to places. One particular place was a small free museum exhibiting a famous Polish poet. I have plans to do a whole post just on the place but it’s awesome and peaceful. (why are museums so relaxing?) All that to say- they have a killer gift…Continue Reading “Our new Krakow painting”

    It’s strawberry season here in Krakow! You can find baskets heaping with these bright red berries all over town. They’re super sweet and not expensive- a win win. I bought a basket, brought it home and ended up staring at it not sure what to make. There’s the obvious chocolate dipped ones which of course we made, but what else can I make with them? So…I decided that I’ll make a compilation of strawberry recipes for myself, and you reader, to refer to….Continue Reading “Strawberries with Ice Cream”

  Beautiful colors right?! The flavor was just as vibrant- you need to make this! And with a 20 min cooking time and with three ingredient it’s just as easy as it is tasty. Have I convinced you? 😉 OK, first you need a good cut of salmon. Our family is from the Pacific Northwest so we are used to high quality salmon. When we moved here to Krakow I wasn’t sure if there was good salmon or how to find it. Turns out we…Continue Reading “Crusted Parmesan Salmon”

  Travis has been gone for about a week and I’ve found myself hunkering down and staying home with the kiddos. And because I’m an analytic person and I had more time to think, I started to ask myself why I didn’t make fun plans during the days. There’s the easy answers of laziness or the fact I’m an introvert and alone time makes my heart sing. But I had the feeling I hadn’t dug deep enough. So I took some time and came to…Continue Reading “Intentional Living”

I’ve found that if I have pretty things around me then it’s not so easy for me to fall into a negative attitude. There have been days where I feel like penning my own, ‘Not so good very bad day’ book’, and the odd thing is typing that feels like, ‘well, duh. Of course it would help.’ But I’ve found changing one’s attitude is so hard to do! Discovering this small and easy idea has really helped with not only my attitude but also with…Continue Reading “Surround yourself with Beauty”

We live in a small neighborhood about 20 min outside Krakow and there are red poppies everywhere. It was such a wonderful surprise after moving here to see them popping up almost every where. They are the most delicate and vibrant flower, making me smile every time I see them.  

  I was looking through Pinterest and saw some meal ideas for making ahead and I looked in my fridge to see what I cold make in bulk to eat and freeze. And came up with this. No surprise it’s Mexican. My favorite. 🙂 I can see different variations depending on what’s in the kitchen but this batch is made of: 1/2 Red Bell Pepper 1/2 Green Bell Pepper 1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper 2 Sm. Yellow Onions 5 coves of Garlic (Yes, I love garlic)…Continue Reading “Messy Chicken”

This post is more for myself to look back in 6 months. Hopefully by then progress will have happened to make read this, smile and thank God I’ve grown. I was sitting on the tram today coming back from a doctors appointment for my middle child. The tram was packed with college students heading my same way to the satellite University campus that’s right by us. A pair of girlfriends caught my eye standing off to my left. They were looking at people, whispering then…Continue Reading “Rejection on a tram”