military, Motherhood, Uncategorized

At Home in the Military

Oftentimes in the military you hear folks refer to “home” as a state. California, North Carolina, Texas, etc. Home is where you were raised, where you came from before the military. Most of the time it’s the place you go back to every chance you get. Since marrying a soldier I have always felt a little odd referring to our home state as our home although that’s the normal thing to do. My husband and I were both raised in NC. Both of our families are still there. We think of it as home. Yet, I still feel strange calling it that. It doesn’t feel right. Since we’ve been married “home” for us has already been in 4 different buildings and two different states. We get to move around a lot and make new homes all of the time. We’ve lived in an apartment, a big house, a town house and even our friends’ house! That’s Army life. I want to think of our home as the place we are now. Not where we were or where we may end up in our future. Home is our family. It is wherever we are together. When my husband is deployed, he cannot wait to come home. I cannot wait for him to come home. That is wherever we are together again.

 

Here is a little look into our current home. This is the home where I found out I was pregnant with our sweet Benjamin who is now born. However in these photos I was over 20 weeks along with him. We were gearing up for another baby and another deployment. Our friends from Bible Study own a photography business Our Mighty Song Photography. You can see their beautiful work on their website: https://www.ourmightysong.com/  Lynnea does REALLY beautiful photojournalistic style of photography. We were so pleased she came to our house to take these for us. Now we will always be able to see the memories of this little townhouse and this season of life that we were in. Daddy gets off work, Ayelee is over the moon excited that he’s arrived. We love to do everything together with our kiddos. Eat, play and say goodnight. Here is a typical evening in the Griffin home!

 

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The above photo is a more accurate picture of life right now. Except I’m not always smiling. Sometimes I’m pulling my hair out! But that’s what you do in your own home. You are able to cry and laugh at yourself and miss the ones you love. I sure do miss my sweet soldier. His little girl does too. We cannot wait for daddy to be able to tuck his sweet Ayelee in bed again. View More: http://ourmightysong.pass.us/cateandgabe

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Homeschool, In the Kitchen: Recipes and More, Motherhood, The Creative Home, Uncategorized

Strawberries & Weeds

 

We were out playing in the backyard by the slide and these purple little flowers caught Ayelee’s attention. I love how simple a child’s delight can be. I wondered when was the last time I ever picked wildflowers?

We played out in the sun until Ayelee started to almost turn pink and then we went inside for some refreshing strawberries and “Gentle Sweet.” Gentle Sweet is a stevia and xylitol mix that I buy from http://www.trimhealthymama.com. It tastes just like powdered sugar (to me it tastes better!) and I know it’s having zero impact on Ayelee’s blood sugar levels or her teeth. I highly recommend Gentle Sweet. It is also a wonderful sugar substitute for baking.

 

Ayelee kept giggling as she ate. She couldn’t help but show her enthusiasm for the delicious snack. I’ve had so much on my mind lately and I need to slow down. I think about Ayelee’s joy in finding the purple flowers or relishing the sweet and juicy strawberries one bite at a time and I wonder…the extent of her joys are in these purple flowers or our hugs or our story-time. Her biggest worry right now is that mommy will tell her “No more strawberries.” She doesn’t know what trials look like yet. She doesn’t know there is even greater joy around the corner and with greater joy comes greater heartache. My husband Gabe is currently serving overseas. She is probably confused that her daddy is still “on an airplane” but she is shielded from the reality of his situation. She is just so trusting. In that moment, I wanted to be as amused and excited about purple flowers as much as Ayelee. I thanked God for his goodness and His glory displayed in all things. In Gabe being overseas and in His hands. In purple flowers and in Ayelee’s innocence. Even in the refining moment of being humbled by a child.

 

Ben Ben wasn’t as excited about strawberries as we were :p Pictured above is this sweet little aloe plant that I found at Aldi. I love Aloe Vera plants for their healing powers. Growing up my mom always kept a huge Aloe plant in the house and used it on our cuts. Now I like to use it not only for cuts but for my skin! Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. It also reduces stretch marks so it is a great moisturizer during and after pregnancy. If you aren’t about plants then I highly recommend this pure, non-GMO, food grade aloe vera gel for your skin and hair…
Organic Aloe Vera Gel Great for Face, Hair, Sunburn, Acne, Razor Bumps, Psoriasis, Eczema – 12 oz.