All’s quiet in our house for a few minutes, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to say hello! It’s becoming a more rare occurrence for me to spend my time on the computer, but I have been loving the many benefits that have come my way, in spending more time at home with Sofia. I thought I’d share a few of the joys and challenges with you today, that I’ve been experiencing:
1. I love, love, love that I am able to spend time home with Sofia – I get to see her smiling face all day, hear her little sounds, watch her explore and experience new things each day, and play and read with her
2. I have been trying a lot of new things to cook – and have really been loving it! I got a great new cookbook from my mom, “Deceptively Delicious,” and it has some really tasty recipes in it, and they all incorporate different fruit or vegetable purees…ie. chocolate cake with cauliflower…yum. :)
3. To help with the purees and cooking, and baby food later on, I got a food processor the other day…wow…I never knew how great these things really are! I’ve been really entertained…and Brett’s been enjoying my hummus too!
4. Sofi and I have been enjoying some great walks through our neighborhood. My personal favorite is to head up, up, up the hill – winding our way through the area nearby to see what we find. Last time, we had a pretty good view of the city from how high we’d climbed!
A few challenges…
1. I’m still realizing that I can’t do it all by myself. This one’s especially hard for me to accept, as I find myself asking Brett to help with more and more around the house.
2. I’m not used to being on call. If Sofia wants something, I have to drop what I’m doing immediately. Basically, my time is not my own – nor will it be for a very long time! I’ve never known how precious a minute, or five can really be — until now.
3. I’m still adjusting to being away from work, and the interactions with friends and refugees there. Most days at home are just fine, but others get kinda long.
4. I have a tendency when I’m tired, which is almost all the time now, to be a little short, and have greatly less patience than when I’m fully rested. So, I need to continue to ask for a little more grace from Brett to make it through the day.
I’m sure that those of you who’ve had babies can relate wholeheartedly to what I’ve mentioned. It’s a great place to be. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

4 thoughts on “A Brand New Day

  1. Kristin – it’s so great to read your thoughts and to know how life as a mom is working out for you. Please know that I’m praying for you and that I think of you often. I’m so proud of the hard work you are putting into being a wife, mother, missionary, and friend. Lots of love to you!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I am watching ‘Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown’ and she is in Santorini, so I couldn’t help but think of you and wishing that I was in Greece right now instead of looking out my window at snow. Lots of snow.
    I still haven’t figured everything out for my trip yet, but I am still trying to figure out a way to come see you! I love you, and love that you are enjoying the challenges and joys of being a mom.

  3. Kristin

    I am so glad you posted and I’m commenting to tell you that I ABSOLUTELY 150% relate with EVERYTHING you said. Especially the time is not your own thing. I get it!

  4. We will continue to pray for these specific requests. I totally understand. I will tell you that it gets easier the older they get. They become more and more independent (sometimes too quickly). Thanks for the updates.

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