4 Nights

It’s a little crazy to me that we’ll be moving out of our first family home in just 5 days…that’s 4 nights folks. At that point, we’ll move into temporary housing until the big move itself.

But…

4 nights in the house that was our first ever major purchase, that taught us that working hard does pay off and that gave us something to strive for together.

4 nights in the house that became a source of protection, regardless of what was happening outside of its walls.

4 nights in the place where we learned to pray together and to count our blessings.

4 nights in the house that we brought our children home to, that they took their first steps in and that has been filled with a whole lot of laughter and fun ever since.

4 nights in the house where we spent nights awake wondering what our kids would be like, feeling them kick and staying up with them while they learned to sleep.

4 nights in the house where we spent evenings outside, enjoying the peace and quiet and forgetting about the craziness that surrounded us.

4 nights in the place where we learned to be a family and about what love really means.

Sometimes these thoughts are hard to handle! At the same, I am grateful for these memories and looking forward to what’s to come. Just something that’s part of the moving process!

4 nights. The countdown is on!

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Mountaintops

chimney rock Something I’ve come to notice, especially recently, is that life is full of highs and lows. What’s amazing to me is that sometimes those can happen at the same time!

A little under 2 weeks ago, John and I sold our home in Pennsylvania. All of a sudden, our upcoming family move became very real. This past weekend, we flew down to North Carolina to find our new home! Within 48 hours, we had explored 10 homes, made an offer and had that offer accepted. In the hustle and bustle, we met with our (amazing!) Realtor and lender multiple times to set up inspections, fill out paperwork, and work through logistics: put simply, it was crazy!

At the same time, we also got to spend our first ever 5 days alone since having kids. We tried fantastic restaurants and, quite literally, climbed mountaintops – that’s Chimney Rock in the picture (which, by the way was a massive accomplishment for me. I am terrified of heights and experiencing that one with John was wonderful!). It was exhilarating. We were also given the opportunity to attend the church we will be a part of come January and to have some times of fellowship with new friends. What a rush!

It was absolutely a mountaintop week. The crazy part is that during all of this, there were also times that felt very low. When our offer was accepted on our new home, we celebrated. Then tears came quickly as we realized that all of this is really happening. Spending times with friends we became so excited to think about the adventures that have yet to come, then were heartbroken at the thought of being separated from our family and friends back home. What a contradiction!

I think that what I’ve learned through this past year is that mountaintops are there for a reason. They’re there to give us energy and to prepare us for what’s ahead. They’re also there to serve as reminders that really great things are happening; sometimes we just have to look for them and allow ourselves to be open.

Sometimes though, I think we tend to focus on the shadows and the valleys…to become so focused on the negativity that’s around us that we forget about the highs, and we forget to make room for new heights. It’s not a good place to be.

For me, I’m choosing to focus on the mountaintops, to be grateful for each and every one of them and to look for new heights pushing forward. What’s your choice today?

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Turkey Barbecue Wontons with a Greek Yogurt Relish

Ready for something great? We were looking for something a little different and ended with this: Turkey Barbecue Wontons with a Greek Yogurt Relish! They were great, the flavors balanced out well and I was able to hide some veggies in the mix. Give them a try on your own!

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Turkey Barbecue Wontons with a Greek Yogurt Relish

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of wonton wrappers OR 1 recipe of gluten free wonton wrappers…click here for the ones I use!
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, minced
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup ketchup (store bought OR homemade..click here for the one I use!)
  • 1 TB Worcestershire  sauce (be sure there’s no wheat if you’re going gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 TB mustard (divided)
  • 1 TB brown sugar
  • 1 TB white vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt – plain
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

Directions

  • Brown the turkey breast, onions and corn until the turkey is cooked through. Drain any excess liquid.
  • Over medium-high heat, add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 1 Tb of mustard, brown sugar and vinegar. Simmer until bubbly and until the flavors have a chance to blend.
  • Remove from heat (it’s really that easy!).
  • Fill each wonton wrapper with your desired amount of barbecue and a sprinkle of cheese (optional). Wrap  and seal each wrapper.
  • In a preheated oven (400 degrees), bake the wontons for 10 minutes, or until the wrappers are a golden brown. Remove when complete.
  • In the meantime, combine the greek yogurt, relish and remaining 1/2 TB mustard in a small bowl, no need to heat, the wontons will be hot on their own.
  • Top each wonton with the greek yogurt relish and serve immediately!