Birthday Boy: 1 Year

First birthdays are never remembered by the child but are a remembrance for the parents, and mostly for the mom. ☺️ Seth is one year old as of last week and although the year went by incredibly fast, Don and I both feel like Seth has always been with us. We felt that way since the day we brought him home from the hospital – it felt so natural to have him in our family.

For his present from us, he received two cars and some bubbles from the Dollar Store. His reaction was so sweet. He delightedly gasped in surprise as he held up the cars. I’m so glad I was able to capture it. He is a happy, simple, little boy, and Donnie and I thank the Lord every day for such a wonderful son.

Chicken Soup and Rosemary Artisan Bread


My husband loves chicken soup but he doesn’t like the floating vegetables and will always eat around them. This recipe lets me serve him soup how he likes it without losing any delicious flavor!

I’ve served this soup alongside potatoes and green beans, or Crusty Artisan Bread with a bit of rosemary worked into the dough. It’s tasty and filling! And I usually have leftover chicken to add to taco or pizza night.

Chicken Soup

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Difficulty: easy
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(2) tablespoons olive oil
(1) medium onion, chopped
(3) large carrots, chopped
(2) cloves garlic, chopped
(1) teaspoon of paprika (or to taste)
(1) teaspoon salt
(1) teaspoon garlic salt
(1/2) teaspoon pepper
(1) box chicken stock
(1) tablespoon vegetable / chicken base


1. Rub whole chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika.
2. Roast chicken in dutch oven, covered, at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
3. Set aside chicken and sauté 1 medium onion, 3 carrots, 2 garlic cloves, and celery (optional) in the dutch oven. Add a little chicken stock if too dry.
4. When vegetables are tender, blend until puréed. Return to dutch oven and add one box of chicken stock and 1 tablespoon of vegetable or chicken base. Add pieces of cooked chicken and if desired, more carrots and string beans (optional). Place in oven at 200 for several hours or simmer on stove until ready to serve.




Two Nights with Cousins

Seth spent the weekend with Aunt Beth, Uncle Duncan, and his cousins, and did he ever have fun. At 11 months old he’ll take all the action he can get, and he was surrounded by it. He had four energetic cousins to try to keep up with and had the best time!

Donnie and I enjoyed our anniversary weekend, but at the end of it all, we were both excited to go pick up our little boy. We sure love his toothy smile and cheery face!