2023 Year In Review
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by Natalie
1w ago
  2023 was an amazing year in the end. An ER visit, panic attacks, and prescription meds still loom as one of the big grey clouds that hung over a good part of the year so I want to be transparent about that. However, I am so thankful to report that I experienced healing and freedom from that. I still don’t even have a diagnosis, but I am thankful that whatever was causing shaking, anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpitations from April to August is gone now. Praise God! When I look past that and really explore all that happened I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Let’s take  a look shall ..read more
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Z’s Sweet 16
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by Natalie
1w ago
First of all, how is it that I have a 16 year old. I could be getting really sappy and emotional about that, but I will wait until at least 17  for that blog post, 18 if we’re lucky. For now let’s just talk about the party. 16 is a big one. One of the biggest milestone birthdays of all actually and we knew he wasn’t get a car so I wanted to do something else significant. We decided that even though we had just thrown a launch party for my book and it was a huge undertaking we still needed to do something equally as big for Z, so we threw him a surprise party. It was…well, let’s just say t ..read more
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The Lego Table
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by Natalie
3w ago
I am a sentimental person. I can’t help but get a little teary eyed when my children outgrow things that they cherished or we had really sweet memories attached to. Maybe you are the same way. I came across a kids John Deere hard hat that I know doesn’t get played with anymore, but my father-in-law who passed away was a big John Deere tractor guy and I just wasn’t ready to donate it. Other than a few really special keepsakes I will let things go when the time is right. I am not emotional about every little thing. I can toss or donate items enthusiastically when I know it’s a cheap plastic thi ..read more
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Frugal Family Ham
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by Natalie
3w ago
First the recipe and then I’ll share how I make this extremely cost effective! Instant ham broccoli cheddar soup (inspired by Panera- YUM) All of my photos of the soup are terrible and do not look appetizing so here is one from The Chunky Chef whose soup recipe inspired mine. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter Divided 1 cup chopped onions 2-3 garlic cloves Minced 3 cups stock (I’ve used chicken or my own home made ham broth) salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 4 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets (with stems) You can use frozen if you w ..read more
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Inspiring Mom Ashley Roche
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by Natalie
1M ago
This month’s Inspiring Mom is Ashley Roche. Just a heads up, there are some delicate topics included in this story. During the interview, I wanted to make sure Ashley didn’t feel pressured to share anything she wasn’t comfortable with. For Ashley though she just wants to get the full story out to give God the glory and possibly help others. She told me that if she could even help one person by sharing what God has done for her it would be worth it. I had tears listening to her story and writing it. When Ashley came to my house for the interview I opened the door to a beautiful, healthy, smili ..read more
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Double Recipe Chicken Pot Pie
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by Natalie
1M ago
I am not a food blogger and don’t have a “jump to recipe” button so I’ll post the recipe first! Ingredients 2 boxes of pie crust (I just get the generic or whatever is on sale) 1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 tbs) 1 cup of chopped onion 2/3 cup of flour 1 tsp of salt 1/2 tsp of pepper 1/2 tsp of paprika 1 tsp of garlic powder 3.5 cups of chicken broth (28 fluid ounces) 1 cup of milk (or cream) 5 cups of shredded chicken 4 cups of frozen mixed vegetables thawed First preheat oven two 425 and prepare pie crusts as directed in two 9 inch glass pie pans. Next in a stock pot melt butter over medium heat ..read more
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40 Day Sugar Fast Starting January 2nd 2024
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by Natalie
1M ago
I am super pumped (and nervous, I’m not going to lie) about participating and hosting “The 40 Day Sugar Fast Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation”. The book that we will be basing this off of is by Wendy Speake and you can get at Hobby Lobby, Amazon, or many other book stores. I have had some questions come up about the fast. I may not be an expert, but I have done it multiple times before and am ready to start this year off right. So here is a little quick Q&A to give you an idea of what this is all about. When does the fast begin?  Tuesday January 2nd! My Facebook ev ..read more
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The Launch Party
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by Natalie
5M ago
For those who have read “Hope at the Threshold” or follow Messy Mom you know I love parties and party planning. My book included details about my anniversary party/vow renewal from 2010, the Green Eggs and Ham party from 2012, the super hero party and One Happy camper in 2013, the Fun to Bee one theme party from 2016, and SJ’s butterfly birthday and  graduation party in 2018. So getting to throw another party, this time for the book, was a dream come true. The week of the book launch party I sent an invite to my friend in Texas. I had zero expectations for her to come, I was just wantin ..read more
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Hope at the Threshold
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by Natalie
6M ago
This is it! The moment that millions of little moments have led up to. My memoir, Hope at the Threshold is now available online for preorder and will officially launch this Saturday August 26th! Hope at the Threshold is the story of how God brought us through the valley of welfare, hearing loss, marriage struggles, unstable housing, and so much more. It’s a pretty short book—only 21 chapters— so it takes about 5 hours to read depending on your pace. I would recommend having a box of tissues nearby for some parts, but don’t worry it’s actually a happy book with a redemptive ending. If you woul ..read more
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We Have SO Much to Catch Up On
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by Natalie
8M ago
Back in February I announced that my website would be under construction and I expected it to be back up and running a week later. Then my van broke down and it was a huge ordeal that included J taking time off work to fix it. Believe it or not this happened twice. The second time wasn’t even related to the first one and this was our NICE vehicle–the one we still make payments on. Ugh!!! On top of that I had some health issues that I still don’t have answers to. I have previously shared about my anemia, but this appears to be something different. I keep having shaking spells for no reason. Whe ..read more
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