By: Jennifer Murray

Easy Texas Caviar Dip

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We just returned from a wonderful trip to Texas a few weeks ago, and we’re still missing the food, so here’s a little Cowboy Hat Tip to Texas with this Easy Texas Caviar Recipe!

Don’t you LOVE a good pitch-in? We had a School Picnic on Friday night, and there wasn’t enough room on my plate for all the goodness. As I packed up my empty bowl and headed home I ran into quite a few who enjoyed this recipe, so I thought I would share it with Y’all too!

This was my first time making Texas Caviar (Costco makes a great store-bought version), but this was easy enough to make time and time again!

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How about YOU? Have you tried Texas Caviar? What’s your favorite Texas food? 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Fast Fridays: Beginnings

Fast Fridays

HELLO!!!! I took a nice break from blogging over the summer and enjoyed time with the Dudes while they were home. We had such a GREAT summer. The best one on record! It wasn’t just an “everything appears awesome” on Facebook summer, it was a genuinely wonderful time for our family.

I have a lot to catch you up on, but sometimes that all seems overwhelming and I don’t know where to start, so I don’t. Do you ever do that? Maybe it’s cleaning the house, or starting a project…SO I decided  instead of ignoring y’all and this space that I love, I would start something new and not so heavy.

I’m calling it Fast Fridays. A quick post I hope to do on most Fridays with some of the highlights of the week, things I’m loving, and a little of what’s on my heart. 

It’s a fresh start and a new beginning {WHICH I LOVE}!!!!

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This week has been full of new beginnings with the starting of the school year.

As much as I hated to end our summer of awesome, it’s great to get back into a routine. Their School Supply drop off night was a hilariously happy reunion of group hugs and excitement about full-out recess soccer competition. It’s so great to send them somewhere they LOVE and that fits our family so well. And yes, they’re all in the same classroom again this year.  Shockingly it was per their last year’s teacher’s request, which made it super easy for us, since it was already our preference. It may not work for all multiples families, but it works really well for us for now. One teacher = same homework, one teacher to meet with for parent-teacher conferences, not splitting myself up for classroom parties/field trips/etc. BOOM!

Another FRESH beginning is you might notice that 4tunate is now ad-free.

There’s still an Amazon Affiliate side widgit, but it’s decluttered and ready for a face-lift. With Young Living supplying such a nice chunk of income, ads just didn’t seem necessary here.  I’m not saying “No, No, Never, Never, No, Never, No”, but for now it’s a much needed cleaner look. We’ll be updating the look even more this Fall, which I’m super excited about!

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Another thing I love about fresh beginnings? Routine!

I function so much better on a routine. I get better sleep, meal plan, exercise, get more work responsibilities accomplished, keep up with the house better, and even find some time to read when I’m in a routine. It helps that I have some hours of QUIET in there to help me plan and stay the course.

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It’s funny how a schedule can actually FREE up my time, and allow for some extras like baking this yummy homemade bread recipe I found, and catching up on some of the books I’m reading:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah {Just finished and LOVED}

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell {Reading this with one of my business groups and highlighting pretty much every page!}

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung {Brad and I are reading this one together and highly recommend other couples reading it! It’s already impacting our family-life.}

So how about YOU? Do you thrive on routine? Do you enjoy fresh starts? What “Beginnings” are you starting?

 

 

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a tiny affiliate commission – so THANK YOU. Know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to your lives, because I genuinely care about you!

 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Because a A Life is a Life No Matter How Small…

Today marks what would have been #5′s first birthday. A day that could have been filled with messy cake hands, squeals of delight, playing with boxes, and a crowded room singing “Happy Birthday”.

But it was not to be.

Brad and I talked a little about it today for the first time in a while. Our hearts have mended, but the scar remains.

We talked about how good of big brothers these boys could have been and how we still miss that life that we were given for such a short while.

It simply just isn’t something you get over or learn to forget. In fact, I don’t want to. I’m glad that it still hurts. I’m thankful for the pain. I’m thankful that tears still come to my eyes quickly when I think about it.

Because that shows that their precious life mattered. 

I know my tears are not isolated.  There are so so many of us who have had to say goodbye before we’ve said hello.  These babies were made for heaven. Their lives spared the decay of this world – rescued from pain, hurt, sorrow, greed, envy, deceit, corruption, and evil.

Yet we mourn and we wish it didn’t have to be so, because sometimes the days seem long that we have to wait to be reunited. And sometimes the questions swallow up our spirit. And sometimes grief comes uninvited.

But even this shows proof of your existence.  A small life that impacted us forever and never forgotten. 

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