Pandemic Reflections: At the Heart of Family

This space serves as a reflection of my life lived as an everyday wife + mom at home. I’ve been married to Jason for the last 13 years and we have a “spunky + creative” 6-year old daughter named Jordyn. It’s my prayer that others will join me on the “ride” of  work/life balance, embracing the seemingly little things, and keeping the important things first during this worldwide pandemic. Stay tuned for regular updates of photos and videos.

July 6, 2020 – The former math teacher in me just can’t help it😊. #SummerEnrichment #SoonToBeFirstGrader
July 5, 2020 – #ButterflyReflections: Don’t be afraid to fly… (Shortly after I recorded this, she took off flying!! 😊) #FlyDarling
July 2, 2020 – We took a break after our chores for today. I through a frozen pizza in the oven for lunch and served it with watermelon slices. We were happy campers 😊. Being home during COVID-19 produces more laundry, dirty dishes, and things to tidy up as some have realized. Jason worked in the yard. I assigned Jordyn some quick and age-appropriate tasks to do. I actually prefer to clean “alone” at night. But I realize I just can’t do it all and have to share some of the work with my family.
July 1, 2020 – All stocked for July for local New Jersey distribution🌷. Reach out to for more details.
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July 1, 2020 – Happy #July1st ❤️ — As “imperfect” as this world is, THANK YOU for taking the time to contribute positively with your time, gifts, and prayers…
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June 30, 2020 – These moments make my heart smile – another lost tooth… “Smile not because life is perfect, but because GOD and His ways are…” #Smile 😊
June 30, 2020 – June #ExerciseAtHome Results: 137 biked MILES — I skipped an entire week (June 7th – 13th). With all that’s going on in the world, I simply wasn’t motivated. Picked it back up the next week, and by God’s grace, I biked 27 more miles than last month… Now if I could only give up cookies🙄❤️🍪
June 29, 2020 – #ChildrenOfGod
June 27, 2020 – At the end of the day, just a few things truly matter. Live, love, laugh — realizing that “success” is centered in God’s will – no matter what “comfort zone” it costs us. #Reflections
June 27, 2020 – Appreciating the moments… #HappyBirthday Jason…
June 26, 2020 – Here’s another quick + easy lunch on the grill. I tossed a 1 pound bag of jumbo shrimp (purchased from Target) with a little olive oil, fresh lemon juice, a bit of chopped garlic, dash of salt, and sprinkle of pepper. I placed shrimp directly on the grill since they were quite large and wouldn’t fall easily into the charcoal below them. I brushed the shrimp with the marinade throughout the short cooking time of about 12 to 15 minutes. I turned them over with tongs half way through, being very careful to not drop them between the grill sections (I did lose a couple😊). They were cooked just right (without any dryness) until pink. The grilled shrimp were cut into bite sized pieces and added to two bags of prepared Caesar chopped salad kits (dressing + croutons + parm cheese included) from Target. I drizzled a bit of EVOO and fresh squeezed lemon juice into salad mixture before combining everything together. Salad is just a suggestion. You could serve them with anything you want – pasta, rice, broccoli, etc. #Quick #Easy #Delicious #Lunch #Target #BetterThanTakeOut
June 26, 2020 – “Artwork by Jordyn: Summer Day on a Boat” – The arrival of summer this year is more meaningful to me with everything going on in our nation and world. God is yet faithful and His Word concerning creation does not fail. #Change #Seasons
June 25, 2020 – Quick summertime “outdoor” lunch consisted of grilled Beef Hot Sausages + Turkey Kielbasa Sausages with lots of spicy mustard! I also grilled onion slices to top them. #delicious
June 24, 2020 — We all could use a little “calm” in our lives…
June 22, 2020 – As we celebrate Father’s Day 2020, I couldn’t help but think about the reality of “spiritual adoption.” How beautiful the FATHER’S love is as those in Christ have a newfound identity as children who are unconditionally and passionately received as heirs.
June 20, 2020 — I made a quick baked Mac + Cheese to be paired with a simple Kale Salad + Vinaigrette (lemon juice, extra virgin oil, chopped garlic, salt/pepper). It matters more than ever to put the “love” in what we do. Check out the video HERE.
#Juneteenth – Today marks a very special day for the freedom of African American slaves in 1865. Freedom was and is still the goal for many who continue to be unjustly treated. #BlackLivesMatter #Faith #Family #MattersOfTheHeart #GodWeNeedYou
June 19, 2020 – Exactly six years ago, we were visiting Florida. Jordyn was just shy of being six months old. We look forward to traveling again!❤️
June 16, 2020 – Teaching her that life is “NOT a fairytale” isn’t always easy because I sometimes want to “protect” her from things I or her grandparents/great grandparents faced. But injustice, racism, and inequality do exist and this is WRONG. #BlackLivesMatter
June 6, 2020 – We brought out the sprinklers in the 90 degree weather😃. #Hot + #Humid
June 5, 2020 – A fierce storm left us (and many others) without power for about 32 hours. Without electricity, salvaging food in the fridge was tough but I was able to put together a salad with kale, tomatoes, onions, canned artichoke hearts, and canned cannellini beans after many peanut butter sandwiches 😊. The brine from the artichokes served as a make shift vinaigrette. We ended up grilling fish and corn on the cob for dinner outdoors – all were items from the freezer that needed to be cooked right away.
May 30, 2020 — Jason is so good at finding semi-secluded spots to enjoy the warm weather and nature 😊. We desperately needed the time away from home and normal routines. I’m falling more and more in love with the gift of “today”.
May 28, 2020 — Tonight was the last night of the spring women’s life group at my church and I was reminded of what truly matters on this journey of faith. And now I’m “winding down” by myself with this “cup of goodness” and a movie. There’s so much chaos in the world and I’m praying with the millions of others who feel the brunt of unrest in a world that feels anything but “justice oriented.” Check out my latest video— HERE.
May 24, 2020 — We had a “sweet tooth” so Jordyn and I baked a chocolate cake! My favorite recipe that I’ve been using for years is:
May 19, 2020 — Jason is getting a little exercise on a stationary bike… I’m right behind him…🙃🙃
May 18, 2020 — Jordyn is attending virtual dance class. They will be performing for a virtual recital in August. She began the classes at the end of February 2020 and abruptly had to stop due to COVID-19. Some days are hard for her as just about EVERYTHING is done online – school, meetings, church, etc. I share her sentiment 🌷. But we continue as the kids, I believe, are also learning to finish what they start — when it is possible.
May 16, 2020 — Busy day making deliveries… Now time to rest… Do you have a copy? –
May 15, 2020 — Today marked one year since Jason’s dad died. We had his mom over for a BBQ and some leisure time in the sun. Despite all, there was plenty of laughter and good food of course!
May 10, 2020 — Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, aunts, god moms, mentors, foster parents, etc.! Have you checked out my latest reflection on grieving the loss of my own mother? CLICK HERE
May 1, 2020 — Today was the day! I officially announced – my latest devotional just for mothers. It has been a journey, but it has been worth it! I’m so excited!
April 25, 2020 — Jordyn, Jason, and I spent some time crafting outdoors. The weather in New Jersey has been so unpredictable, so we could appreciate the 65 degree weather. Finding activities to do as a family can be tough, especially with the quarantine restrictions. We’re trying to be creative as possible.
April 18, 2020 — Homemade chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven are a great compliment to the rainy weather + cooler temperatures today. Note: Cookies = Happy Husband + Kid 😊
April 13, 2020 – #Homeschool is on spring break this week, but we’ll take a few minutes a day to review sight words and read. #KindergartenLife
April 13, 2020 — Jason and I watched #InvisibleMan last night. It portrayed the impact of control as it relates to domestic violence in such a profound way. #AbuseIsNotOkay
April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday was filled with family breakfast, online church, backyard egg hunt, and dinner.
April 9, 2020 – Today I ponder Psalm 77 in light of the tragedies + and recent deaths of those connected to my loved ones. My heart is a bit heavy at the moment, but HIS WORD is hope. Read/Listen to the latest on the blog about lamenting, grief, and God’s desire to act – CLICK HERE.
April 7, 2020 — Just a couple more days until Spring Break! Are there any other homeschooling parents just as happy as I am? LOL. I’ll use this time to modify usual routines. I hope to engage Jordyn in outdoor science projects, ballet practice, fun cooking activities, and free reading. Shout out to the educators everywhere who are adapting lesson plans to help us parents teach our children at home!
April 4, 2020 — I mentioned before that I had upped my sandwich game for easy + quick lunch meals at home! Usually, I do minimum cooking on the weekends with take-out as the option. However, we haven’t been too keen on ordering in since our state’s lock down. This is my version of “cheese steak sandwiches”. I used thinly sliced steak sautéed with onions + mushrooms, Worcester sauce, salt, pepper, and smallest amount of EVOO. I topped fresh rolls with meat mixture and sprinkled a bit of shredded cheddar cheese. I then placed the sandwiches in a 350 degree oven so that the bread could toast and the cheese could melt for about 7 minutes. I finally topped them with chopped kale leaves, tomatoes, and mild peppers. My husband and daughter loved them! #Success
April 4, 2020 — My view this morning… Despite all, things continue to bloom… #SpringTime
March 31, 2020 — Jordyn, my six year old daughter (right) video chatting with friends (left) in Kentucky. All are being homeschooled right now, with Jordyn a most recent partaker of this since her public school closed weeks ago.
March 30, 2020 – We spent some time in a remote area. The fresh air and change of scenery was much needed.
March 20, 2020 — Getting out of the house a bit for a picnic + stroll. Very few people were at the park as we were mindful of appropriate safety practices. Since our state has “shut down” – I’ve upped my sandwich game for easy lunches we can enjoy. LOL. #TunaSalad #FreshAir #Laughter

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