On Valentines Day in Japan, the girls give their guys chocolate. The kind of chocolate they give them depends on how much they like the guy – there’s “obligation chocolate” and then there’s the really nice stuff, or even better, homemade. So I made Ezra some truffles. 😉
favorite recipes// white chicken enchilada casserole // grain free puff pancake // dark chocolate earl grey truffles (tea needs a longer steep) // whole wheat blueberry scones // creamy ham and sweet potato soup // re-make: spinach egg artichoke casserole // buckwheat (or just plain wheat) pancakes with blue cheese and green onion //
best of online// when motherhood breaks you // 8 simple words for when someone is grieving // raising my Ebenezer (so good as we look ahead to things changing with #2) // flirting with the idol of safety // escaping ISIS // eBook publisher can’t afford traditional publishing // some thoughts on Trump // masterly inactivity in homeschooling // Not ready // Why the Hashtag #foodporn needs to stop // This article is good, and I don’t know how I feel about Jesus in pictures, but I love this picture // developing our second bests // Six Truths for Dating Someone with a Sexual History // How Music Elevates Story in Lord of the Rings // Florence Foster Jenkins //How Caring for Children Changes the World // Milestones not in baby books // Your name in Gallifreyan // Hidden Miracles of the Natural World // various videos from Facebook I can’t link to: Bernie Sanders “conducting,” a reminder to keep round batteries away from kids, and for younger, gassy babies, don’t lift their legs for a diaper change but roll them side to side.
reading of late// The Shadowfields // Twelve Ordinary Men (MacArthur) // The Book on Leadership (MacArthur) //
S is really starting to talk more! She says things very seriously all the time, but her vocabulary is growing beyond mama, baby, yay, and wow – she says hi to everyone, says shoe, dog, papa/man (seems to be the same word for both), and chocho (Japanese for butterfly). She will also make elephant, monkey, dog, cow (boo), crow, and owl noises. She knows the ultrasound photo on the fridge is baby and that baby and my tummy have something to do with each other, but I don’t know if she really understands or just knows that’s what we call it.
Akachan appears to be growing well! I feel great and am so excited. I know it’s still early, but I may have felt the baby moving.
writing// Emirates + lots and lots of editing!