Another reason to loathe May… Bailey is officially moving out tomorrow. He will be living in an apartment close to his work (sad face). I will miss the late night talks, the morning talks as we are both running around to get ready for the day, all the help he is with lifting Isabelle and carrying her to bed or from bed, and just knowing he is here. He is a great son and I will be sad to have him living away from home. That is two now that have and are flying away from the nest. I love to see how well they have grown up and how they are productive members of society. They are considerate of others, thoughtful of the people and things around them, responsible and trustworthy. I know when they were born and my job as a mom began this was the ultimate goal, to raise healthy adults to start the cycle again. Honestly tho, I could live in a huge house with all my kids and be happy. As a young mother I remember loving the days when they were headed to school on the bus and was allowed a few hours of quiet time. I still love a little quiet time, but I do not celebrate the times they leave home, rather I celebrate internally when I look around the dinner table and see all their faces smiling and talking to each other. Those are the happy times. After Isabelle’s <near> drowning I became very nervous about leaving home or anyone leaving home, scared of the unknown because the bitter taste of tragedy was so strong. It took some time and prayer to realize that I could not create a safe bubble for my family, but had to let go and trust that they would be okay. So now, almost 11 years later, I do not fear for them going into the world and being away from home. I just really like them and enjoy them when they are home.
I was reminded by Melanie that I haven’t blogged in months. I looked and it was January when I last blogged. February we celebrated Bailey’s 21st birthday. In March Emelia turned 17 years old. In April Izzy got her new wheelchair that is staying at school until a)summer or b) i figure out how to get a wheelchair van. She also went to the local special olympics which is always fun for her. We ordered cute t-shirts that say team izzy and are ordering more this week in gray with zebra print this time. Other than daily seizures, she has been very healthy. I would love to start her on the CBD oil.
I am getting excited to finally graduate from college this summer. It has taken so long to get to this point I almost feel like it has lost the excitement it may have gotten had I finished a long time ago.
Here is a recipe we’ve been having a lot lately. Everyone likes it! I put avocado slices and squeeze lime juice on top of each serving and make a double batch.
ONE PAN MEXICAN QUINOA
Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapenos, minced
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes.