This Abundant Life

This Abundant Life
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hello Again...and Have Some Soup

Well, It's been three months since my last blog post. I figure, now's as good a time as any to get going again. I do so enjoy the Blog world, but lately my focus has been very single-minded.

I'm now 15 weeks pregnant and I've been very sick for the last 8 weeks of my life, with all-day, intense nausea. But yesterday I made soup...and it was wonderful!

Now, I've read many blog posts that start out by saying how difficult it's been for some woman in her first trimester of pregnancy, and yet she has managed to continue nourishing her family well, hosted a fundraiser for over-seas missionaries and just happened to have a little time and energy left over to knit new Christmas stockings for all 5 of her children. Believe me, I'm no stranger to the temptation to feel inadequate. But, lest my nourishing soup story and pictures of my darling children tempt you in the same way...let me tell you a little about how it's really been going around here....

I've spent most days sitting on the couch...sitting, not laying, because that would just make the nausea worse. I can't even count the number of hours of television my toddlers have watched and the extent of my care for them has been diaper changes and some food...when absolutely necessary. I've been eating all the food that is easy and quick and full of unhealthy ingredients and simple carbohydrates...not because it makes me feel good, but because it requires less of me.

The Pastor's wife had to take over leading my bible study and I have basically been ignoring even my closest friends just so I don't have to have much conversation with anyone and, last week, my husband took it upon himself to scrub the toilets because he just couldn't take it anymore. And, if you know my husband, you know how bad things must have been for it to have come to that!

But, this day, I went to the store...I purchased real food and I made soup! I've been craving Paradise Bakery's broccoli cheese soup every day, so when Sarah from The Littlest Foodie shared a recipe from the Mangio de Sola blog I knew I had to try it! It really hit the spot and it's so good for my body (and my baby) to be eating this kind of nourishing meal. Take a look here if you want to try it out!

And, here's a few pics of my babies...because they are just so dang cute!


The Richardson's said...

It makes me so happy that you enjoyed the soup! I post those things never thinking that anyone reads my silly little blog.

I was so excited to find that recipe on Pinterest because I love broccoli cheese soup too.

I am so sorry you are feeling so sick. I did not accomplish anything when I was sick with Lucas. Matthew watched so much tv, I did not clean anything for months and cooking was non existent because even walking into a grocery store made me sick. I hope it goes away soon for you.

and congrats again on your pregnancy! What a wonderful blessing.

Anonymous said...

That soup looks amazing and seasonally magnificent! I may have to make some for myself :)

Also, your kids are SOOOOOO adorable. I hope you're feeling better and that the baby enjoyed the soup.

The Shellenberger's said...

Congrats on another little blessing! And yes that soup looks delicious!

Lindsay said...

Anyone who doesn't function that way when they are pregnant with little kids is not human!!! Hang in there!

mandy said...

i miss you. i love you. and you make me LAUGH!!!