Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's in a name?

Today, I'm joining in with Andrea at Momfessionals and sharing "What's in a Name". My three little ones certainly have some thought behind their names, although oddly enough, each of their middle names hold the deepest meaning for us (I'm not sharing middle names for privacy) so without further adieu:

In 2009 we welcomed sweet little:
Known As: Izze, Bella, Mishka, B

I was just so darn sure she was a boy, that we didn't even have a girl name picked out. She was "David", end of story. Then, at 32 weeks, we confirmed that she was, in fact, a girl, and the debate began! She was Savannah for quite some time, Analeigh for a few weeks, even Capri (my favorite vacation spot)! Then when my baby shower rolled around I decided I better have a firm grasp on a name (lots of monogrammed gifts) so we sat down and really tried to nail it down. We were both SO back and forth that we settled in the middle and chose our favorite movie (NOT TWILIGHT) - "Bella" - SUCH a good movie - and we never looked back! My mom suggested we go for more than just "Bella" so we looked up some variations and chose "Isabella" for it's hebrew meaning - "devoted to God", which gave us back our "David" feeling. For the first year, since my husband had just returned from Russia, he called her "Mishka" which means "little bear" in Russian. She responded better to that than to Isabella, and I almost regretted not choosing that as her name, although I didn't even know the word "Mishka" existed until he started calling her that! Best part of her name - (one) I had no idea that the Twilight series existed, so I walked around telling people that she was named after our favorite movie for months with no clue what people were assuming, and (two) everytime someone mentioned "Izze" during my pregnancy I was quick to shut it down...guess what her nickname of choice is? Hehe! Love my "Izze" girl!

In 2011, along came little brother
Known as: Jess, J, JPS3 (I'll explain)
Oh, sweet wild Jesse. His name was much more simple than his big sister's! We had tossed around a couple of names. Number one on my list was always "Asher" for a boy, starting when I was a middle school girl with big plans for a big family, lol! We always said "when we have our Asher" and "If God ever gives us an Asher", but then all of a sudden, when I was pregnant, we both just knew that wasn't the name. It left us both a little lost because we had only ever considered ONE boy name, and we "retire" the other name we considered for their sibling, in this case that meant no "David". We did, however, have a plan had he been a girl - "Charlotte". I loved the name "Charlie" and so did my husband. One night I had a dream that I was at dinner with Jesus and he kept referring to my grown child as Jesse. I saw him, full young adult HIM. I was sitting in the middle, "Jesse" was next to me, and Jesus was next to him. It was just a simple, peaceful meal, no major events, I don't even remember if there was anything else that happened. All I remember was that he called him Jesse. I had a miscarriage a couple month's prior to finding out I was pregnant with Jesse, and I remember one of my friends telling me that she knew that God was telling her that He would give me that baby back, that same baby. The dream was almost as if Jesus was saying, lets share one more meal, because NOW it is time for me to give you to your mama! I woke up with such a strong feeling, called my husband, and said "We are supposed to name him Jesse" - and he said he had that same solid feeling about it, so we did. My grandfather's name was Jesse, and he was a wonderful husband, father, and man of integrity, so it was an all around no brainer - his name would be Jesse. 

And the JPS3 thing? When he asks how to write his name, we apparently say "J-E-S-S-E" too fast for him to process, and since he is currently three years old, his brain hears "J-P-S-3". No clue when he'll grow out of it. But when he gets super wild and crazy we call it his "JPS3" mode. Haha!

Last but not least, in 2013, along came
Known as nothing other than Eli! Haha
His was another last minute decision. We didn't even want to know the gender but it was impossible to avoid at our ultrasound. We both wanted a "J" name to match his dad and his brother, I wanted "Judah" and my husband wanted "Josiah". We are usually agreeable, but we both couldn't stand each other's idea for this particular baby, so we scrapped the "J" idea and went another route. Unfortunately, that took us to another dead end. I LOVED "Elisha" and he LOVED "Elijah" - he HATED "Elisha" and I HATED "Elijah" - so we went, instead, with "Eli". My inspiration being "Elisha", his being "Elijah". I guess he will have to decide for himself where his name comes from as an adult :) He is simply, Eli, no nicknames, no odd spellings, just simple little perfect Eli.

And since we're on the topic, I'll add one more to the list:
Harley Brownie

 Harley came with his name, but just last week the kids said he needed a middle name, and instantly decided together on "Brownie". His collar tags arrive Thursday. Not kidding, people. I'm just going with it because they agreed on something! Harley Brownie...pretty darn fierce if you ask me!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Whole Wheat Pancakes

We are a rushed in the morning, rushed in the evening type of family, and sometimes, you just have to put something in the microwave! Here's my freezer pancake recipe I use in place of the store bought version!


  1. 4 cups whole wheat flour 
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 4 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 3-4 cups milk
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 stick butter, melted
  • Combine the dry ingredients with a whisk
  • Incorporate wet ingredients, adding butter last. Start with 3 cups milk and add as needed.
  • Cook on griddle over med heat until edges are bubbly, then flip
  • To freeze: freeze in single layers on baking sheet, once frozen, transfer to gallon sized ziploc freezer bag. Reheat in microwave or oven.
  • Recipe makes enough for a week's worth of breakfasts for our family of 5!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites (and Giveaway!)

There's no kinda weekend like a no-plans weekend. We've finally landed on one of those around here! WooHoo!

One of my ALL TIME favorites is having my kids with me in the kitchen. It is SUCH a gift for a child, it truly opens up a whole new world. I love the little tidbits of information my kids share with me when we're cooking! And so we're going to start this Friday off right...with a GIVEAWAY! Winner will receive a copy of The Berenstain Bears' Country Cookbook and a Children's measure and prep cook set! Even if you don't have little ones, this is the perfect birthday gift or Mother's Day gift!

Enter here:

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I LOVE these glasses! I bought them to go with our Easter dinner, and then got a second set because I just adore them! 

The OCEAN! AHHHH. Need I say more? We have been beachin' it a lot lately, pretty sure our homeschool year is about done at this point! Once I get that first dose of Vitamin D it's hard to stay in and do school!

This verse is currently on repeat in my head. Raising a three year old boy has really gotten the best of me this week, and I am so thankful for the promises this verse brings.

Last but not least, this was a super fun post to write and participate with, so check it out HERE

Until next week! 

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