June 25, 2013

Final Stretch

We are nearing the end of Crosbi's cast wearing days. When the doctor said three weeks, it didn't sound so bad, but then we got into it and having a toddler with a cast is not easy. We're definitely ready for her to be able to get in water without tying plastic bags around her arm. And while we're excited for days spent at the pool, we're more ready for the ease of everyday activities like bath time.

Crosbi has been such a trooper and has handled her broken wrist like a champ. She has never complained about her cast. She'll occasionally say "off" and tug at her arm, but she's never gotten upset. I can't wait to celebrate the day the cast comes off. Until then, I want to remember this short season in her life. I know she'll tell her friends all about how she broke her arm when she was a baby. I'm sure she won't remember it, but it will still be a good story to tell. And what's a story without pictures? I have to snap them while I can. Crosbi's cast comes off next Monday. We can't wait. 

One more week and our summer really begins!


June 17, 2013

Spinach Berry Smoothie

Last Monday we sat in the hospital while Crosbi got her first cast put on. Would you believe me if I said we spent Friday in the hospital too? For me, not my girl. Thankfully. When it rains it pours and we're ready for sunny skies. With all of the challenges we've faced this month, it has been such a season of spiritual growth. As we've faced our struggles, I've heard a soft whisper reminding me that Crosbi is watching. She is seeing first hand what it means to surrender and let God take control. Never would I ask for hard times, but struggles can be beautiful teaching moments if we let them.

Since I don't have more hospital photos to share (I didn't look nearly as cute as Crosbi did), I thought I would share a few from a couple weeks ago. Crosbi got to attend her first VBS. We woke up early, made a healthy breakfast and enjoyed our morning together before going to church. I made my own version of a spinach-berry smoothie. I didn't have a recipe for the things I had on hand, so I just made it up as I went along.

I added the following ingredients: spinach, frozen berries, milk, plain greek yogurt, honey.

If I had to do it over again, I would have used vanilla yogurt or vanilla almond milk to make it just a bit sweeter. You could also add some flax or chia seeds too.

Blend and enjoy!

June 11, 2013


If you happen to follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know it has been a tough week in our house. This past Saturday while climbing and jumping on the couch, Crosbi took a dive over the back and landed on her left arm. She's teething and had been a little grumpy to begin with, so we weren't too concerned about her injury. We put her to bed and decided to keep an eye on it the next day.

The next morning Crosbi woke up in a fairly good mood, but wasn't putting any weight on her arm and was barely using her hand. From her mood alone we agreed it probably wasn't a major issue, and continued to watch her. By Monday she was using her arm even less, going out of her way to use her right hand for everything. Todd and I both knew it wasn't just a sprain or a bruise. I took Crosbi to urgent care on Monday afternoon where it was confirmed that she had broken her wrist in two places. I felt so awful for not taking her in sooner.

My girl is such a trooper. So much braver than me. I would have cried and complained the whole time, but she only got upset during her X-rays and just sat back and watched as her little hot pink cast was put on. I officially took my name off the Mom of the Year ballot. Having a toddler is tough! I love that she's fearless. I don't want her to be a constant worrier like me, but c'mon kid! I've never even had a sprain, so the experience was all new to me. 

I've posted many times that having Crosbi has made me brave, but a toddler with a cast wouldn't have been my first choice in toughening up. I have a feeling I'm in for a wild ride with my girl. I just hope it doesn't include too many trips to the ER. Sheesh!

June 4, 2013

Quack Quack

I so badly wanted to title this post "Ducks" since my post before was titled "Chickens," but I just couldn't get myself to do it. Two posts in a row about poultry? I might lose some readers.

But this post actually is about ducks. Or more specifically, about a few famous people who have made killing ducks their claim to fame.

I had the privilege of helping some friends out at the first annual K-Love Fan Awards. I had a great time, caught up with old friends and artists that are close to my heart, and worked my tail off. Plus I met the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. I would call that a gold star weekend.

I'm very thankful that although my new and most important calling is to be mom, God still gives me tastes of my old life and the career I was so passionate about. I don't take that for granted.

Now to go grab my Duck Commander duck call from my toddler's mouth. She loves that thing!