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Today...

Today means everything to me.  
Today is the very reason my faith carries me through this life.  
Today is unlike any other.  
Today is the day my heart finds peace. 
 Today is the day my sins are washed away.  
Today is the day I have hope for the future.  
Today is the day his grace is sufficient.  
Today is the day I have been set free.
  Today is the day He is Risen!



I hope you "know Him." 
I hope today is the day you have hope never failing.  

Happy Easter!  
xxLiz

Sister has Some Lungs

The picture below pretty much sums it up.  Baby G is a loud mouth.


Oh, yes... she looks so sweet and quiet in this picture, but don't turn your back for a second or else she'll start at it again.


"What's that, mom?  You don't like it when I wail like a screech owl?  Oh, bummer..."




"Wait, where did she go?  I only see feet.  This is not good... I must start screaming again if I want a speedy return!!!"


Just so you know... I love my little screech owl.  
Have a happy Easter!!!

xxLiz

Toddler Muffins {Recipe}

My kids love muffins.  I don't know what it is about them, but they down them like candy.
I have seen this recipe out and about on the web several times.  

These muffins are moist and full of lots of yummy goodness.

Next time, I would double my recipe and make more because they are getting gobbled up pretty quickly.

I did make some alterations to the recipe, so if you want to make it the original way- go for it!
I don't have a hard time getting my kids to eat fruits and veggies, but if you do, this is a great way to sneak some into their diet.  I processed the bananas, squash, and carrots in my food processor to make them pretty fluid as far as consistency.  Once they are cooled, I put them in a Ziploc and freeze them until needed.  

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, or to taste
2 large bananas, mashed (I used 3 bananas)
1 (4.5 ounce) jar baby food squash
2 carrots, grated
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used freshly milled wheat)
1/2 cup oat bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS:
1.Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Grease 24 mini muffin cups or 12 standard muffin cups.
2.In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, squash, carrots, and eggs. Stir in the flour, oat bran, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until just combined. Spoon the batter equally into the prepared muffin cups.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Store at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze.


Enjoy!

xxLiz

Pom Pom Garland {giveaway}

Be sure to hop on over to She {hearts} It and enter the pom pom garland giveaway from 


It is so cute and colorful... perfection!

xxLiz

My Former Self

I think a lot about who I was ten years ago.  I am so glad for the progression in my life.  The hard part is seeing glimpses of who I was, in who I am today.  
Selfishness... gossip... judgement... pride... and the list goes on.


 Working so hard to make progress, only to backslide and experience scars from my past is tough.  
I used to be a gossip.  Not a malicious gossip that spun rumors to hurt others (because there are "good" gossips, right? Uh... NO!), but a gossip none the less.  It was as if that was my way of communicating with people.  We would strike up a conversation about some random person and their life.  Heaven forbid we have fruitful discussion.  That's no fun at all...

I have moved on from that phase.  It creeps up on me though.  Innocent chatting commences and before I know it- bam!  I am deep in conversation about someone- delving into their personal life with someone completely unrelated.  Am I the only one that experiences this?  Such bondage.  I know it sounds silly, but for me it is just that- bondage.  

I, to this day, am so proud of my mom.  I cannot remember one time- not one- where she sat and gossiped about another person.  I know she did (because we all do... honestly, we all do, right?), but I never grew up hearing her speak unkindly about people.  For me, that is so inspiring.  It makes me so proud of her.  Thank you, mom, for being such a great example.  

I want to be a mommy that gushes about her kids and hubby without degrading someone else in the process.
God stretches me and molds me- moving me in a holy direction, and then I decide I want to mold myself and it never turns out very well.  It is a slow burn.  I begin slowing taking back the reigns, and before I know it I am deep in sin and guilt.  


It is so hard to escape.  Satan really likes me.  He loves using me to weave his web of sin.  
He is such a loser, by the way.

I pray that I have conversation that will glorify my Maker.  

xxLiz

Do you struggle with this?  I feel like a lot of ladies do.

Two of "Them"

There is really no point to these pictures, other than the fact that they are so cute.
They have two of my favorite people in them. 



Yep, we're teething here at our house.  We have our bottom teeth... now we're working on our top teeth.  
Pretty soon those "gummy" bites that she gives me aren't going to feel very good.

xxLiz

How Do I Compete?

I spend a great deal of time worrying.  You know... that thing the B-I-B-L-E (yes, that's the book for me)
tells us not to do.  Worry takes us no where, but takes up valuable time and energy that could be spent elsewhere.  

One thing I worry about, is how I compete.
How do I compete with this world?
How do I compete as a woman with all that the world tells me is important?
How do I, if I am influenced by society as an adult, teach my kids to successfully defend themselves against it?  I know that I may be looked at as "extreme."  I know many will think I'm blowing this whole situation out of proportion.  But, I don't want to be one of those lonely Christians who thinks they are trodding the straight and narrow, when all along they were riding the fence.

Does that make sense?

I want to be completely and fully consumed by my Lord. 
I stink miserably at this task, but that is my whole-hearted desire.  

I read this article from We Are That Family.
It is worth a read, if you have time.  It's not just for moms of girls- even though it reads as if it is.  It is also for those who have boys and are worried about the way Satan uses society to lead them astray.

I guess my worry is, how do I compete with a seemingly cunning world, when I stink so bad at this whole "straight and narrow" thing myself?  I stumble daily- umm... I'm giving myself way too much credit.  I stumble all day long!  

I want to raise my kids to defeat this world.  I want them to bring so much glory to God that Satan shields himself from the light they exude for the Lord.  Such a lofty goal- so hard to accomplish.  I waste so much time with my worry- that I will never be able to complete my goal.  I can't stomach the thought of one of my kids not making it to Glory.  

Prayer. Prayer. Prayer. 
My only trump card is unceasing, unfailing prayer.  

xxLiz

Does this world scare you the way it scares me?

InstaFriday

Instagram has been slow this week for me.  I have been so busy and haven't had the time to take pics.  Here are a few...

PomPom garland I am reviewing for She {hearts} It.  Can't wait for the review and the GIVEAWAY!!!

Family photo on Liam's 3rd b-day!

Guinnyth sporting her Juniper Wilde headband- such a cutie, if I do say so myself.

G sporting her Pailsey-or-Polkadots headwrap.  Perfect for any little baby, or little girl.  It is completely adjustable and comfy!

Throwback Thursday of my little guy... so chubby and cute!

Have a happy weekend!

xxLiz

Pinterest Pinspiration

I could devour a load of Reese's chocolate & peanut butter Easter eggs.  They are so much better than the cups, don't you think?  And, I love the cups!  So, you know I totally dig the eggs if I can say that they are far superior to the cups.  Okay, now on to the eye candy.

Homemade peanut butter & chocolate Easter eggs!  
Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs.

This nursery is everything I love.  Simple... soft, fun hues... diverse... just look at that quilt- love!
Sweet

Guinnyth will be one before I know it.  I am already preparing myself.  I think this would be an adorable backdrop for a party! 
ooh fun for a party backdrop!!!

Arrows are so in right now.  I love this printable.
Sarah Dawn Designs: Valentines Day Printable

There ya have it!  A few of my favorite pins as of late.  Follow along, if you'd like. 

xxliz

The Now

So many thoughts are whirring around in my head.  I read a post the other day from a mother who had to send her baby off to be with Jesus.  As tears rolled down my face, I think about what kind of mom I am... in this moment, what kind of mom am I? 
I would probably be considered one of those "paranoid" moms who keeps her little chicks right next to her- holding hands at all times.  Actually, I am not considered that mom- I AM that mom.


"Liz, you have to let go.  Don't hold on to them so tight," people tell me.  I get it. Really, I do.  But, I never want to be the mom who has to thank God for those too few moments with her child.  What mom dreams about that?  None- not one. 
 I hold my kids tight.  I don't make any apologies for that.  I won't even apologize to them when they get older (they might have a "mommy complex" later in life).  I keep them close because my heart can't stand the thought that I gave away one minute with them.  


I don't stay-at-home with them because that is what I was told to do.  I stay with them because God has put a burning desire in my heart to shelter, lead, love, and minister to them.  I have a lifetime ahead of me to look back and scrutinize how I could have done it better, or different.  But, right now, I only have these now moments.  When I look ahead and dream of how things will one day be, I really am playing the lottery.  


My babes aren't promised to me for a lifetime.  They are only promised to me for the moment. 
 I ponder on that as I am overwhelmed and on the verge of tears.  I remember that as I am wondering how I am going to love these babies through all my scars and faults.  I dwell on that as I am exhausted from nights of little sleep and a house full of fannies that need to be cleaned.  


With all the thoughts whirring in my head, I keep settling on the mom who buried her baby.
What would she tell me to spend my time doing?  
What wisdom would she give me about days to come?
I am sure there are days when she lives in the past- celebrating and soaking up those too few moments with her little one.
  I am sure she looks to the future- imagining what her precious blessing would have been.  Whose eyes she would've had.  What her grandchildren would have been like.  But, she doesn't get that future.  
It is only the now...

xxLiz


Paisley or Polkadot {New Inventory}

Check out my latest listings in my SHOP!

Perfect for Easter and Spring!  Snatch them up now!!!







They are perfect for baby or for a young girl (ella is 5 and it fits perfectly)!

message me for inquiries
thequickjourney{at}yahoo{dot}com

xxLiz
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Hop On Over

She {hearts} It is featuring the awesome Avocado & Black Bean Salad that I was raving about last week.
Make sure you head over there and check it out!!!

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It is so delicious, cheap, and quick to make!  Literally, it will take you minutes to whip up!

xxLiz

And, she sleeps...

What mom doesn't love a sleeping baby?  I want so badly to pick her up and rock her, but that would just mean that I would be holding a cranky baby that just got woke up by her mother.  So, I leave her be, but take a few pics to commemorate the moment.


I love seeing God's workmanship.  He is such a careful and perfect Creator. 

Hands on Learning {Homeschool}

We are nearing the end of our first official year of homeschooling.  Things have gone great and I am so happy that we went with our hearts and kept Ella at home this year.  
One thing that did make schooling a little more difficult was finding activities for Liam to do so he felt included, but didn't bother us the entire time.  

Most of the time, he would work on counting pages and color, but when he got tired of that, I needed something to occupy him.

I have loved these Build-and-Play toys.  I found a car in the dollar bins at Target a year ago, but recently saw a submarine, helicopter, and race car in a toy magazine during Christmas time (thanks, mom!). 



Heart-to-Heart {Words of Wisdom}

What do you do when you need to know what you are supposed to do with a certain area in your life?
How do you discover the right road to take?


I have found a great deal of wisdom in a bible study Mark and I are a part of.  We meet with some awesome couples and learn about how to make wise decisions- I need some serious help in this area, yes!?!

Mark and I have had several decisions to make in the last few years- jobs, moves, homeschooling, etc.
We love to sit and talk in the evenings once the kids are in bed, even after all these years together (14 years total).  When we have a life changing decision, we talk to one another and pray.


InstaFriday

We went to the mall last weekend for some family time.  It might be germ infested (I try not to think about it), but it is free and the kids love it.  

This is my attempt at a faux hawk.  I know it's not for everyone, but I like to be a little edgy from time-to-time, and I wasn't afraid to try it. This is my, I don't know how I feel about it... what do you think, face.

All I can say is, if you like avocado and black beans- you would have devoured this salad. 
Recipe coming soon...

Have a great weekend! 

xxLiz

linking to liferearranged

The Quick Journey {Now a .Com}

In case you hadn't noticed...

is now a dot.com!

It has its own domain and is official.  
It's pretty exciting... I'm sure you are jumping for joy. ;)

You will be redirected to my new domain if you still use my blogspot domain, but I would suggest switching to thequickjourney.com

so you don't get left out!

xxLiz

Blog Madness...

I am joining over at Living in Yellow and sharing a few of my favorite blogs right now.
I live in a small town... that means I don't get out much. 
The blog world is my escape.  I stay home with my kiddos (love it!)... that means I get to play littlest pet shop instead of chat over a cup of joe.  

Blog-land is the place I go to connect and find inspiration.  
Inspiration for everyday madness... cleaning my home... being a better wife and mommy... staying healthy, etc.

I wanted to share a little bit of blog-spiration with y'all so you can make some connections as well.

My favorite eat your heart out blog:
100 Days of Real Food:  I love the easy nudging I get when I go there- telling me to make better choices.  

My favorite wear it like you mean it blog:
Cara Loren:  Where do I start??? She oozes with cuteness and I love her fashion sense- totally cool and not at all forced.

My favorite man your pictures say a thousand words blog:
Under the Sycamore: Total inspiration put on film (or a digital memory card).

My favorite I think we would be great friends blog:
The Vanilla Tulip:  I feel like we have so much in common- we should grab a cup of coffee.

My favorite get up and get dressed blog:
The Pleated Poppy: Get up- Get dressed. 'nuf said!

I have so many more that I LOVE, but that's all for now.
What is your top blog that you love to visit?

xxLiz



Guinnyth {more 6 month pictures}

Wordless Wednesday...













Slip-Sliding Away

Oh, what fun it is to ride in an... "orange and blue plastic sled."
We had several inches of snow these last few weeks and although it tends to blow off of our one good sledding hill, we still went out and had some fun.  

Liam still isn't quite sure he likes the whole sledding scenario   He's even our dare-devil, but I guess he rather be strapped into a rollercoaster than sitting freely on a sled.