Irish Beef Stew recipe link

So I’m trying this new thing in 2017 where I actually cook dinner for my family. And so far, it’s going pretty well (if I try not to think about the number of pizzas we’ve already consumed in spite of my resolutions 😆)

I decided a long time ago that the more children you add to your family, the less likely you are to serve a meal everyone will love, but hey – that doesn’t keep me from trying! And if 3 out of 4 picky kids like it? I call that a win. 🙌🏻

Irish Beef Stew (recipe from )

Irish Beef Stew (recipe from )

This is Irish Beef Stew from Lauren’s Latest (link to recipe below.) If you’re not familiar with her, go check her out! She’s amazing. I whipped up her stew over mashed potatoes and it was perfect for a chilly winter evening. 👌🏻 And despite having my pickiest eater cry his way through dinner, this recipe is going in the regular rotation. This is soul food for me, and my girls loved it.

Do you have a picky eater? What are your best meals for making everyone in your house happy? Comment below! 👇🏻


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2017 Goals


It’s January 25, 25 days into a new year. I know the “normal” way to do new year’s resolutions, at least for me, is to announce them on the 1st, fail by the 30th or so, and quit. 😏 So I call mine “2017 goals,” because it’s day 25 and I’m still progressing, and failing at them is a party of the process, as long as I get back to it. Quitting is not on the radar.

My goals for this year are pretty simple. I want to simplify my life, partly through KonMari, which I LOVE and have been at for over a month, and partly by letting go of the goal of supermom/superwoman and trying to Do All The Things. If you’ve read my blog posts in the past, it’s probably pretty evident that I am chronically stressed, I worry a lot, and I’m always discouraged with myself. I don’t want to live like that anymore. 😐

I also have a few regrets. I have some financial debts that hang over me every single day, so by 2018, Lord willing and providing, I’d like to have them all paid off. I need to let that guilt go. I’d also like to get my daily act together, whatever that takes, so my house isn’t overwhelming when I look around, and we have some sort of school routine that my kids and I expect each day.

And finally, which I just decided upon and it brought me here to my blog…I’d like to find a new social media presence. I love Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest, but lately, Facebook has been dragging me down. I feel so disappointed in humanity and I can’t even handle it anymore. 😞 I need a break. So far, Instagram is a safe space and Pinterest is mostly a search engine for me, so I’ll be hanging out there. But I think I’ll be posting on here instead of Facebook, for awhile. Maybe forever. Who knows. I just need…quiet…and Facebook feels so very, very noisy.

Can you relate?

That’s where my head is, on day 25 of 365. Moving towards peace and quiet, in a world running in the opposite direction. I’m not burying my head in the sand, because I feel that’s disobedient for light in a dark world. Just finding some rest. 🙂

Please feel free to comment, and let me know you’re here. ❤️

Aimee, Lexi and I at a Christmastime wedding

Aimee, Lexi and I at a Christmastime wedding

A surprising lesson about homeschooling

We finished up week two of our homeschool year yesterday. This is our 6th year homeschooling, and it’s been interesting to look at my “On This Day” section on Facebook and see so many years worth of back to school statuses. To say that the first few weeks can be a bit rough would be an understatement. 😏 I’ve also noticed that some years are better than others, and some kids “bounce back” much easier than others.

My son does not easily bounce back. 😐 And for the sake of being completely open and honest on this blog Continue reading →

Sermon reflections: The life of Joseph

This past Sunday, my pastor finished up a sermon series about the life of Joseph. As he has a knack for doing, he made Joseph’s story come alive, and for the first time for me, Joseph was more than a random bible character, who was gifted a beautiful coat and then had a bunch of unfortunate events happen because of it. He became real. He became someone I highly admire. Continue reading →

Welcome to my story

So, I wrote my “I see you” post at 1:30am, and this morning, after some sleep and some coffee, I reread it and picked it apart. Haha.

I think what I’m mostly trying to say is that after 2 weeks of trying to figure out my niche in the blog world, I’ve come to the conclusion that Continue reading →

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I see you

I’ve been doing a lot of work on this site this week, trying to revamp it and turn it into something I’ve dreamed of it being for a long time now. I’ve been blogging on and off for 7 years or so, always under the same title, “heart of a country girl.” The name is twofold…I’m a pure country/farm girl at heart, even if I live in the Detroit suburbs, and because, as an introvert, my blog has always been a place to share what’s deep in my heart. Introverts think and process all the time, sometimes too much, and verbalizing those thoughts can be so difficult. Writing is a tool to let those thoughts reach the surface, to be shared with those around us. It feels beautiful to me.

In working on this blog so much this week, and pouring over blogs and posts and Pinterest pins and Instagram accounts and so much stuff, I knew I fell into the mommy blog category. I mean, I’m a mom…and I blog. Simple, right? But it doesn’t feel that simple.

I learned, from a random site I found on google, that there are over 4 million mom blogs. 4 million!! All these women, posting recipes and outfit ideas and decorating tips. Meal plans, chore charts, and housekeeping routines. And that’s great. I love reading their stuff!! But do I fall in that category? This blog, that I’ve come to love over the past several years? No. I don’t think I do. And although I had a ton of fun writing my two homeschool posts and learning how to write in Amazon links, that’s not where my heart is. That’s not all this is, to me.

I’m a mom. An average mom. A real mom. My house is a regular house, probably way too small for us. It doesn’t have a “theme.” My minivan is always a mess, even though I left the toddler phase awhile ago and my big kids and I should know better. 😏 I put off dishes until the morning and then get super mad at myself when the morning comes. I learned 8 years into motherhood how amazing coffee is and it’s been fueling me ever since. I will probably always leave laundry in baskets until my kids yell at me, and I shut my bedroom door when company comes and cringe when my kids open it at the wrong second. I’m divorced, and remarried. I’m learning that “not being friends with your teen” can be super hard. I’ve watched my babies turn into toddlers, then preschoolers, and now I watch as they turn into adolescents and I keep finding gray hairs on my head. I’m convinced they’re related!

I’m real. And I have so much more to share than recipes and chore charts. I’m sure those things may make an appearance, but they’re not the core of this website. The core…the thing I want to say to you right now, dear reader…is that being “normal” is perfect. Being imperfect is beautiful. You are beautiful. You are perfect. You are exactly who your husband and your kids need. You’re irreplaceable to them. Especially to your children. God placed you with them on purpose, and them with you. Destiny.

When I write here, on this blog, I am writing to you. I’m reminding you of your worth, and your importance. Let’s be honest…sometimes we feel overworked and underappreciated, amiright?? We’re in this together, figuring it out, sharing our lives. Our imperfections. This blog is my story, but yours is just as important.

The thing I’ve read over and over, reading blog advice, is “what do you want to say?” That’s what your blog should say.

This is what I want to say…there are far more “regular” moms for every glamorous internet mom. Social media is sucking our joy out of our role as a wife and mother, and leaving us feeling inadequate and incapable. This era of parenting is hard. We’re in uncharted territory. But I see you. I am you. I’m not glamorous or beautiful or put together all the time. My nail polish is chipping and my floor needs swept and my 7 year old still sneaks into my bed at night. Heck, my 9 year old spent half the night with me last night, too. But I’m trying. You are trying. I know you are. You’re doing your best. And you want to be seen.

I see you. And I’m talking to you. And I’m proud of you.

That is what I want to say.

And if I hear from you, even better. 💕  (follow up thoughts here, after getting some sleep and thinking on it a bit more)





This post linked up at Pam’s Party and Practical Tips #226

Moving forward

I’m sitting in my kitchen, in that quiet stillness after the kids are in bed, the kitchen is cleaned up, and there’s nothing to do but relax before bed.  I decided to do some writing, but before I began, I figured I would read some of my previous few posts (you can find them at the bottom of this post, or by clicking here and here.)

Wow.  Reading it Continue reading →