Meal Plan Mondays {09.01.14}

Happy Monday, lovelies! It's a new month, and it'll be a busy month around here... I still want to share our meal plans with you {as much as possible}, but I know we'll be switching things up often as life with a babe is a transition! I plan to keep things simple, and Caleb plans to cook a bit too... I'm thankful for a man who wants to care of his "girls"! Let's get to this week's plan!

Here's what's on this week's meal plan:
Monday: Beef Enchiladas {double up and freeze!}
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Friday: Taco Style Stuffed Shells
Saturday: 15-Minute Marinated Chicken
Sunday: Hamburger Soup

So, we'll probably be mixing up this week's meal plan quite a bit... I shared in last week's pregnancy update post that, for now, we're planning to have a baby at the end of this week! It's crazy to think the time has come! I've got some posts pre-scheduled, but I will probably be more "out" for a while... I know y'all understand because you're fabulous! Yay!

Hope you have a great week!! Until next time...

Your turn: Have you adjusted to cooking dinner now that school is in session {or has it started where you live}? What quick meals do you have for busy nights with the kids?


Messy Beautiful Love {An eBook Offer}

I don't write a lot about marriage because I am not, by any means, an expert; but I believe every marriage has its struggles... Even those that look wonderful from the outside {and that's probably a majority of marriages... I mean, who wants their marriage to look like it's not perfect?!}.

That being said, I'm super excited to read the new book, Messy Beautiful Love, by Darlene Schacht. I first came across Darlene's blog {Time Warp Wife} after downloading her eBook, The Good Wife's Guide. Recently, I learned she is soon releasing her new book, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

Here's a little more about the book:
Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.
Love gets messy.
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.
Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.
When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.
Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.
I'm excited to dig into this book... I love what it says: "When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience." And how hard it is to fully and truly surrender our relationships {or any part of life} to God!

I'm hoping to dig into this book this week {and maybe finish it before Hannah's arrival!}... But I wanted to share a special offer with you! When you pre-order Darlene's new book, you can receive over $50.00 of freebies, including ten eBooks and thirty-one printable prayer cards! You can find out the details of what you'll receive and how to claim your freebies here.

I hope y'all have a wonderful Sunday; and like I mentioned before, I hope to dig into this book this week... Hannah may arrive next weekend, so I'd like to wrap it up before then. Eek! I'll try to share some thoughts along the way, but that might take place on my various social media sites instead of here on the blog... We'll see how that works out. Until next time... Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week!

I am not being compensated, nor do I receive a commission if you pre-order or purchase this book. I did receive a free copy of this book to review.


Snapshot Saturday {08.30.14}

Well, it's Saturday again... Time for another recap of our week in pictures!

08.24.14 - I stopped by the store after church on Sunday, and milk is officially starting to expire on Hannah's due date!!

08.25.14 - We spent another Monday afternoon at the library {it's been roasty, toasty!}... This week I actually spent a good amount of time reading and finished my book! Yay!!

08.25.14 - Caleb and I wanted to have one last date night in before Hannah's arrival, so we picked up some yummies!

08.25.14 - Dinner consisted of grilled steak, salad, baked potatoes, bread, and a mozzarella and tomato blend! It was quite delicious... Not. Even. Kidding.

08.27.14 - I've been playing along with a photo-a-day challenge with my planner, and the prompt on Wednesday was "Rainbow." Kinda fun... I'm hoping to share some details about my planner soon... Hoping to, anyway!

08.28.14 - The prompt for that challenge on Thursday was "On My Desk." I don't have a desk anymore {we converted the office into a nursery}, but this is my "desk." Maybe I'll share some details about my traveling "office" soon too...

08.28.14 - I've been planning ahead with some blog posts, and I created a new printable for the revisited series... I'll be sharing it in the next couple of weeks!

08.29.14 - We got a sneak peek of our maternity pictures!

08.29.14 - And Hannah received her first package yesterday... We've received things in the mail specifically for her, but this was the first package addressed to our sweet girl! So fun! Thank you, Grandma, for the fun blankets, booties, and bows! Hannah can't wait to meet you!!

Well, there you have it... I've had a mostly productive week {even on modified bed rest} and have finished a few little projects before Hannah's arrival. I'm also working ahead on blogging so things stay current-ish around here... I'm not really sure how often I'll be around, but I'm not going to stress about it. I know y'all understand! I think we're going to go grocery shopping this evening {one last trip before Hannah's arrival}, and then I'm hoping to finish a few bows for little Miss Hannah... Alrighty, friends... Have a great weekend!

Your turn: Are you the griller in your house, or do you leave that to your husband? Caleb enjoys grilling and does a wonderful job at it!


{September} Monthly Meal Plan

It's been a while since I last shared our monthly meal plans around here... I like planning our meals out for an entire month {yes, I know it seems daunting} because we're still {mostly} doing once a month grocery shopping. With my becoming a stay-at-home wife again and soon-to-be-mama, shopping once a month helps keep us on track in our monthly grocery budget {Caleb gets paid once a month, so it really makes a difference!}. I'm thrilled to report that we have stayed under budget in the grocery category for the last three months, and I attribute that to monthly meal planning and shopping.

I'm getting sidetracked.

I've mentioned a time or two that I wanted to have a meal plan for September even though we probably won't stick to it {Hannah's due mid-September}. Caleb really wanted to have a plan so he'd have ideas for cooking. He really enjoys the kitchen and plans to help out immensely in that area the first few weeks, and for that, I am thankful! That all being said, I wanted to share our September meal plan with you lovelies! Yay! I hope it provides a bit of inspiration.

Oh, and one more side note. This is the first month I've actually written out a meal plan for lunches... I have to admit that lunches have been a little bit of a struggle the last few weeks because we haven't had as many leftovers from dinner {it's been hot, and I haven't cooked like I usually do}. I want to be better in that little area for September, not to mention it'll be a help for Caleb when he goes back to work after Hannah's arrival. Boy, I feel like I'm rambling again. The point is this: I actually planned lunches for September. They'll probably shift with our dinner plans shifting, but they're there as ideas if nothing else. And if all else fails, we'll eat sandwiches, baked potatoes, or something else that's quick and easy!

Alrighty. Let's get to it! Here's our meal plan for September.

Sunday: Grilled Hamburgers
Monday: Beef Enchiladas
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Crispy Ranch Chicken
Friday: Taco Style Stuffed Shells
Saturday: 15-Minute Marinated Chicken

Sunday: Hamburger Soup
Monday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches
Wednesday: Spanish Rice with Keilbasa
Thursday: Spaghetti
Friday: Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Grilled Chicken Wraps

Sunday: Taco Soup
Monday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup
Tuesday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Wednesday: Hamburgers
Thursday: Chicken Fried Rice
Friday: White Chili
Saturday: Tacos

Sunday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta
Monday: Lasagna
Tuesday: Ranch Chicken and Potatoes
Wednesday: Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Thursday: Cheesy Potato Soup
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Chicken Quesadillas

Sunday: Hamburger Soup
Monday: Beef Enchiladas
Tuesday: Beans, Potatoes & Cornbread
Wednesday: Toasted Sub Sandwiches
Thursday: Chicken Enchilada Soup
Friday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta
Saturday: Crispy Ranch Chicken

Phew... There it is. Like I said before, I hope it gives some inspiration for your meal plan!

Your turn: Have you ever braved once a month grocery shopping or meal planning? I'd love to hear how often you make a meal plan! Leave a comment below!


Pregnancy Update {Week 38}

Well, it's Thursday... And that means another week has passed in my pregnancy! Yowza! We're officially two weeks away from her due date, but we're actually planning for our little bundle of joy to arrive sometime at the end of next week. I've been debating whether I wanted to write about this here, but since my blog is a bit of a personal journal, I decided I would write about it. I had a doctor's appointment earlier this week and seem to have higher-than-hoped-for blood pressure, so I'm on modified bed rest until Hannah arrives... And my doctor {as of now} doesn't want me to go much past 39 weeks. So. That's that. I did have some testing done, and I don't have preeclampsia {which is a huge blessing}. I'm taking it easy and trying my best to stay on the couch for the majority of the day... It's easier said than done, but my sweetie has really been on me about obeying the doctor. He's been cooking and cleaning and taking care of me... I'm truly blessed! I'm now at twice-a-week appointments for extra testing, but everything looks really great with Hannah. Her heart rate is where it needs to be, and she's reacting as she should. God is good!

When we first heard the news, I was a little overwhelmed. While I have been hoping and praying for a sweet little one to join our family, and I'm so excited and thankful the time is finally here, it's a little overwhelming to realize that her time to arrive is soon. Like one week, soon. We could be in the hospital having a baby in one week. Yikes! I must also say that I didn't think I'd get to the point in my pregnancy that I'd be ready to be done, but I think the modified bed rest has made a difference {I'm ready}. Please understand that I'm not complaining... I'm so thankful for the last thirty-eight weeks, and I've truly enjoyed being pregnant. I'm also thankful for the extra rest that I have to have here at the end. I've been reading, organizing, sleeping, preparing to be away from blogging, and getting a few last-minute projects done. I've got a bit more reading and studying I'd like to complete before Thursday, but we'll see how that works out! Oh, and as for modified bed rest... I'm allowed to be up for about an hour at a time, three times a day.

Alrighty. Now that I've written a book, let's get to the fun part of today's post! The Hannah bump!

Week 38 - Hannah's the Size of a Pumpkin
Like I said above, Hannah is doing great! She's about the size of a pumpkin, and she's running out of room in my belly! She's poking and wiggling around, and I think she's about ready to make her debut! We can't wait to meet her!

Just for fun... And no, I won't be throwing Hannah in the air like this!

Well, lovelies! I hope y'all have a great Friday! I'm going to a friend's house to be moral support while she does some kitchen prep... I'll be on the couch as the doctor ordered, don't fret! I think I'll take Hannah's wreath to work on... Or some dishcloths to crochet. Or maybe both. Until next time, happy Friday!