My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things

This post was originally meant to go live almost two months ago. 

It’s been a long while since I was able to spend much time in front of my laptop and add my noise to the blogosphere. I’ve missed you all, and sharing my favourite things.

I’ve been in a season on intentional and unintentional breaks. Life is full of the unexpected, isn’t it?

Those of you that follow me on Facebook or Instagram (I’m loving it over there!) may know that my brother is seriously ill. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain-stem tumor in the fall. We have been on a wild journey ever since.

There have been multiple ICU stays, nights of sleeping in the same clothes, and lots of take-out, and meals brought to us by many friends. There have been countless prayers, tears, and amazing people.

In April, early on the morning of the 30th, we almost lost him. Respiratory failure has to be one of the scariest things to watch. Yet God is gracious and isn’t done with my brother yet. The paramedics got there just in time and after almost three weeks in the ICU, my brother came home again.

Sadly on the 29th of May (the day post was written) once again he went into respiratory failure and was rushed to the ER in the nick of time. After almost six weeks in the ICU, he was transferred to a facility for patients on ventilators. At this time we don’t see any hope of him returning home.

Things still look bleak yet God is still faithful. 

We have been so amazingly blessed by ICU staff that have become like family, friends showering us with meals, prayers, gas cards, and countless prayers.

Amazingly in the midst of our chaos our Heavenly Papa has given me a greater peace and joy than I have known since I returned from Mexico. Transitioning from the mission field to life in the States is not easy. Someday I may be able to share more about that. (Update, God continues to give me that peace and daily little things in life bring an unshakable joy.)

Other exciting things like my little sister getting married (I was the photographer), my dear childhood best friend giving birth to a precious girl on my birthday, my sister’s wedding reception, family visiting, and a trip to Mexico have filled the last few months as well.

Wedding MFT

This is a long way of saying life happens. Life is full of the unexpected. My plan is to be on here more in the coming months but we shall see. When I started this post back in May I didn’t expect things to take the turn that they did.

Until then curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some things I have been savoring the past few weeks and just waiting to share with you!

Favourite Reads

5 Old-Fashioned Habits that are Due for a Comeback @ Richly Rooted

How to Decide Whether to Keep or Declutter Something @ Early Bird

Capsule Wardrobe: What it is, why you’ll love you’ll love it, and how to get one @ Red and Honey

Favourite Eats and Recipes

Nick’s Taco Blog

If You Aren’t Already, Start Saving Your Bacon Grease @ The Nourishing Gourmet

How to Make Thai Curries @ Rachel Cooks Thai

Favourite Books

Sweet on You by Chautona Havig

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider

 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

Thai Chicken Fried Rice-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Savory grains of rice are mixed with fresh summer vegetables, tender chicken, and spicy basil. Thai chicken fried rice is the perfect dish to enjoy anytime, especially in the summer when gardens are bursting with zucchini, bell peppers, string beans, and basil, all of which make up this dish. I am a huge rice fan. Part of […]

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Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad -www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Pasta covered with fresh pesto, and mixed with summer veggies make this dish a must have at your next BBQ this summer. Until a couple years ago, I was not a pasta salad fan. I stayed as far from it as I could. Gloppy mayo and bottled dressings never enticed me to try more than […]

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Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps

Herbal Bath Soak for Cramps-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

You bend over writhing in pain. It’s that time of month again, one that women all over the world have been familiar with since they were teens or younger. There is hardly a woman or girl out there that does not experience cramps when she is on her period. Do you pop a pill, wither […]

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Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla. Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my […]

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