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April 24, 2019

What if (National Infertility Awareness Week 2019)

What if I would have gotten pregnant easily? What if I got to feel the miraculous feelings of growing a human life inside of me? What if I got to see what my DNA mixed with my husbands looked like in a little person that was made by us? What if I never become a mom at all? What if I didn’t know what the heartbreak of infertility felt like? What if I never ever get pregnant? What if I can’t get through this? What if I just became a mom when I wanted to? What if..?

Those are just a few of the big what ifs that floated around my head during the hardest part of our infertility journey and some still float around my head today. I’ve shared about our infertility journey openly for a few years now and I am thankful to say that I am in a place of peace with our story and the fact that we will likely not have biological children. But there is still this tiny piece of me that knows it is not impossible. What if it happened for us? What if despite all of the odds we were those people that miraculously got pregnant with the tiniest percent chance we’ve been given? Or what if this really is a closed door for us even though we do have that tiny little chance that it could happen? It is all so complicated emotionally.

We have a lot of things against us- PCOS, history of ovarian cancer, and some male factor infertility being the biggest known issues but even then there could still be more stuff we don’t know about. The days of actively trying to conceive were so stressful and emotional. I remember trying to take every supplement, oil, and superfood possible because it worked for my friend’s friend. The craziest I got was when I heard about fertility hypnosis so I laid in my bathtub in the dark and found a video on Youtube and wondered if I was crazy or if this was the piece of the puzzle I was missing to get pregnant. You can drive yourself mad trying to get pregnant when your body isn’t allowing it to happen easily.

What if I don’t get pregnant but it’s ok? What if I come to a place where I find peace in my life without getting pregnant? What if I can start to live my life without fixating and stressing on how and when I will get pregnant? What if I give up my control to the one who numbered the stars? What if I let go and let God be in control? What if I can find peace in my infertility? What if I can say enough is enough and I can breathe and go on with my life as I trust God will hold my heart no matter how confusing and unfair it all is? What if that is the thing that will lead me to the exact place I need to be?

And that is how I became a mom.

 

In Blog, Dinner, Food, Recipes, Vegetarian, Weekly meal plans on
April 3, 2019

Well Fed Weekly Meal Plan #6 : Easy Healthy Dinners

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and I’ve got a little skip back in my step as we emerge from a long and hard winter. Better weather yields for busier days and more places to go and things to do so I need some quick and easy meals. This week I have compiled some of our tried and true familia favorites. I hope you and your family love them as well.

Hey, stop. Before you go any further, if you haven’t read how I meal plan, you might want to check it out to understand this a little better. Cool, thanks.

Dinner 1 (M/TH): Minimalist Baker’s Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes  

Photo by Minimalist Baker

First of all Minimalist Baker is amazing. She always has the best, easiest, and healthiest recipes. So shout out to my girl. But this one is SUPER easy. She roasts her chick peas in spices and they get all crunchy and delicious and it’s totally amazing but if you don’t got time for that you can skip that part and just use regular chick peas. I put this together in the pinchiest of pinches: preheated the oven washed off some sweet potatoes, sliced them in half, coated them with olive oil, stuck them in the oven and let them do their thing while I got some Etsy orders done. The actual prep time for this meal is literally like 10-15 mins. Other than the sweet potatoes, drain some chick peas, whip up the sauce real quick, and get your toppings, and wham bam boom all done!

Dinner 2 (T/F): Pinch of Yum’s Firecracker Vegan Lettuce Wraps

Photo by Pinch of Yum

Ok yall. This is our new favorite dinner. Oh my gosh golly goodness it is SO good. Crispy fried up tofu, brown rice noodles, literally the most tasty peanut sauce I’ve ever had, all wrapped up in a nice crispy, crunchy lettuce leaf. If you do not like tofu or if it grosses you out, I beg you to try this recipe because I think it just might change your life. The most important thing you can do for tofu is fry it up for a good while, obviously don’t let it burn, but toss in some olive oil, tofu cubes, and give it a stir every few minutes until it has a crispy outside layer.

Dinner 3 (W/Sat): Apron String’s One Pot Tomato Basil Pasta

Photo by Apron Strings Blog

I’m all about a recipe that says “one pot” in the title. One pot means less dishes for me to do. This recipe literally calls for you to dump a ton of stuff in a pot, boil it, then drain it and serve. How can you not be down with this? It’s a nice fresh spring pasta dish.

Dinner 4 (Sun)Well Fed Familia Pressed pesto hummus and roasted vegetable wraps

This is yet another go to or us. When I am meal planning and I don’t literally want to use a single brain cell, I put this down for a couple of dinners. It is easy, healthy, versatile, colorful, warm, and even the meat eaters I’ve made this for love it too. There is no deprivation here, it is a filling meal between the thick and hearty hummus and all nutrient dense roasted veggies. If you really need to get this ish done and on the plate in no time just buy some good pre-made hummus and pesto.

I hope this helps give you some ideas for your weekly menu. Whether you use just one of these recipes or the whole meal plan, I wish you happy cooking and eating. As always, stay well fed my friends!