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Childhood is…

Childhood is, in my opinion, the absolute most important time in someone’s life.

It’s what completely shapes who we will become, what we will know and who we will love and hold close.

The rest of our lives seem to be spent fixing the weaknesses developed back then.

I’m working harder than ever at raising children.

That’s it, just being a good mom so that they can be good people.Agree or disagree?

“My heart is beating.”

He slowly walked behind the couch to where we were sitting.


Well, sure enough, it is!

“So what does that mean?”

It means you’re alive. ❤️

“Oh good”

a photo of a young cute boy sitting on a couch

Beating Heart

I kind of get it, you know? We’ve been living this weird life. It almost makes the world sound and feel muted. And how is that even possible because has the world ever been in such commotion?

But there was something about his words that I can’t shake, “my heart is beating.”

Each of us, beating hearts, aches and loves, worries and joys.

But there have been a lot of hearts stopping lately and somehow I wonder if I should be finding more gratitude in each breath and beat.

Losing Loved Ones

This has been a heavy year of deaths for Cade and I. The most recent just a few weeks ago and totally caught us by surprise.

We gathered and cried.

But with covid, I feel like we haven’t mourned yet. Postponing the mourning doesn’t feel good or right. But it is 2020.

“My heart is beating.”

So many aren’t. In memory of those we’ve lost this year, maybe we could remember those who are silently mourning. Anyone else lost someone or about to?

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About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Thank you so much for your posts. They help tremendously. During this time my husband has lost two siblings unexpectedly. It has been devastating to him and my mother in law. As a parent you never expect your children to go before you. We keep praying and stay very close. Thank you again I appreciate all your posts.😇

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    • Thank you so much Ginny! This year has been so hard! Praying for your dear family! The knowledge I have that we will see our lost loved ones again is the only thing that gets me through sometimes! Xoxo!

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      • In 2017 my husband lost his brother. His brother was only 44 years old….so heartbreaking and just 2 months ago he lost his Mom. We are pretty tired of death too. But comforted knowing we will all see each other again. So grateful for the plan of salvation.

      • Amen to that! Losing loved ones is one of the hardest things even with the knowledge that we will be together again. It’s heart wrenching! Thank you for sharing your insights Tammy! Xoxo!

Our Family’s Christmas Favorites! 🎄