Thankful Thursday: My Hero

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I donated blood today. I rolled up my sleeves and saved someone’s life. That makes me a hero, right?

Sort of. The real hero today is my husband.

I would not have been able to go to the United Blood Services Blood Mobile and donate without my wonderful husband’s help. He came home from work today on his lunch break and stayed to take care of our six children so I could leave for an hour.

A man who helps with infant twins, a toddler and homeschooling teens? That’s a real hero.

He also mops. And helps with laundry. He’s the man.


What’s not to love about a guy like this? He works hard to support his family. He faithfully serves in our church. He leads our family with grace and love.

This Thursday I’m thankful for my husband. He’s a wonderful dad, a super husband, and my best friend.

Yes, Breastfeeding Moms Can Give Blood

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Can breastfeeding moms donate blood?


I’m currently breastfeeding twins and today I happily trekked over to the United Blood Services Blood Mobile to donate.

I'm just happy to get to sit down without someone climbing all over me

I’m just happy to get to sit down without someone climbing all over me

When I was breastfeeding baby number four, I rolled up my sleeves and donated blood. Breastfeeding moms can donate blood without worry about their milk supply being affected. Before you roll up your sleeve to do your part, there are a few things to consider:

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Giving away my crown


“but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.” – 1 Corinthians 11:15

I’ve always wanted long, wavy, luxurious hair. In my late teens and early twenties I experimented with various hair color options, cuts and styles ranging from medium length to super short. In the back of my mind, I still held on to that desire to have my long, healthy locks blowing in the breeze, like some heroic beauty from days long ago.

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Breastfeeding Undercover: My Reasons for Keeping it on the DL


I’ve breastfed six children over the last 14 years. I remember the first time I ever tried to breastfeed in public. I jammed myself into the corner of a McDonald’s restaurant, trying to keep my back turned while fumbling with a blanket and blushing profusely. I was so embarrassed to do something so natural. But I was also defiant. I was tired of leaning against a bathroom wall, balancing a hungry baby and trying not to make eye contact with the women washing their hands. My baby shouldn’t have to eat in the bathroom, I reasoned. So I took a stand that day and chose to breastfeed in public.

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Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins Made With Cake Mix


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I make a lot of muffins. We take breakfast items to share with our Sunday School groups at our church. Muffins are a quick and easy item to whip up for a crowd. Cake mix makes it all the more easy to bake up something yummy to share. Whenever cake mixes are on sale at our local grocery store, I like to buy at least 10 boxes to use for cookies, muffins, and banana bread.

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Cake Mix Muffins: Apple Cinnamon


I love using cake mix for baking. It’s an easy time-saver to have all the flour, sugar and leavening agents in one box. When cake mixes are on sale, I snatch up a bunch to use for cookies, banana bread, and muffins.

Recently I discovered Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips thanks to a friend on Instagram. If she wasn’t a total stranger who lived far away, I would hug her. These things are amazing.

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Mexican Lasagna and Terrible Food Photography


Have you seen really good food photography that makes you want to take a bite out of your monitor? You know, the up-close, detailed pictures that elevate food to an art form. Classy images of beautifully-plated meals are posed perfectly to inspire you to create your own culinary masterpieces. I love those pictures.

These are not those kind of pictures.

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