My Gift...

I was given a gift this week.

Alone time.

My boys (4 of them, mind you) are staying with my wonderful parents while I do my thing here. I desperately anticipate times like these because when does a mom of 4 kids generally get time to herself? Rarely, if ever, in my case.

My thoughts raced of what grand things I would accomplish with all my free time. Run to the library, sit on the couches and read the current magazines. Clean our storage room in the basement. Make a Target run to buy things we really don't need. Blog. Create magical moments of cleaning in every square inch of my home.

 But as I awoke to the stillness and complete calm of my home this morning... things were weird. My world was flipped upside down...  No pitter-patters. No pantry door slamming like it does every single morning. No loud cartoons playing on this lazy, summer morning. No toddler whose way too old crying out for his "ba-ba".




And oddly my excitement for this day of having alone time turned into a sense of bewilderment and dare I say, some bits of sadness?

My life is my boys. Almost everything I plan, work and sweat for revolve around those four precious lives that God has given to me. I realize how even when I am rolling my eyes in exhaustion from cleaning yet another dish they put upon the counter or as I pull a muscle reaching for a stinky sock under a dusty bed, they are my life right now. So while they are off enjoying hot tub swims, countless snacks and thoughtful attention from their grandparents, I have suddenly found a strange emptiness without all the madness.

My bit of advice when you too get the chance to be alone without your kids? Enjoy those sacred  moments of peace. Treat yourself to something really good and savor every single second you get to renew yourself. But don't assume it's the one thing you need to help you be a better mom. And don't believe that it will be the answer to all of your stress or problems. Because it's not.

I have suddenly realized that the crazy aspects of my life as a mother that I sometimes want to escape from are really the things that keep me motivated, focused and strong. I also have learned that only Christ can fill and sustain me when the things in life make me want to roll my eyes, my brow to sweat and my feet to ache from exhaustion. Don't look for answers anywhere in this world to calm your anxieties and settle your spirit... they will only be momentary, false and never fulfilling. Jesus calls to us and says,
"Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest."
So for now, I will do my best to enjoy these quiet moments alone. Fold some laundry and dust some shelves. Love on my man. And find true rest.


Herbs-from-my-garden Quiche

The latest news with Wholesome Bits is that I am now officially gluten-free. Why you ask? Well, it all comes down to... do I want to deal with some annoying issues for the rest of my life or "man up" with my motivation and enjoy life a bit more? I finally decided the later.

And boy am I glad! I have a little community on Instagram that I am loving and feeling so welcomed since I decided to go GF. We are posting pics and giving wisdom and safe places to eat. Ohhh, I love you guys!

So for you that follow my blog regularly I guess we might be taking a different route in our food/meal journey... I will most likely be posting more GF recipes, but remember you can adjust as needed unless of course, you want to join in. I will definitely be posting more about my decision to go GF at some point and let you in on THE number one reason why I did. 

So here is one of the first meals I made once I made my official decision. I just grabbed a bunch of herbs from my garden and threw them in and voila! Hope you enjoy...

Herbs-from-my-garden Quiche 

6-7 (farm fresh, of course) eggs (you can do all whole eggs or some just egg whites depending on your preference)
1 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
3/4 cup of milk or milk substitute
small handful of fresh herbs (rosemary, dill, basil, parsley), finely chopped
3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
salt & pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees.

2. Coat a round quiche dish or pie pan (about 8 or 9" in diameter) with cooking spray... make sure to coat the sides as well.

3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and milk together until incorporate well.

4. In a another bowl, toss together the spinach, herbs, cheese, and salt and pepper. Spoon into the bottom of the prepared dish.

5. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the herb mixture. Then I just like to pat everything down making sure the spinach and cheese are coated with the egg... just my little OCD thing :)

6. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until it is almost set in the middle. Let cool for about 7 minutes.