Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Slow day

I can't believe how slow today went by. 

I truly believe that I got done what would have taken me almost a week to get finished. Laundry is caught up, 3 meals made (home made and all delicious I might add!), Avin's 9 month check up (only 1 1/2 months late!) and a Scentsy delivery made. 

I talked on the phone with my stepmom, sister and two team members. I got caught up on dishes and even did a short Scentsy  training... 2 minutes short to be exact!

Joel was home today too and while Avin was down for her afternoon nap, the rest of us sat, in silence, reading! It was incredibly relaxing. Joel got caught up on his Church Leadership reading, the bigs got school knocked out in less than 3 hours and I got dove into my bible study and am almost caught up. 

There was a moment while we were reading quietly together when I just sat... Soaked in the moment... And for the first time in a long time, I felt free. Free from the rush. Free from the constant distraction. I finally felt like I was in the moment. And that lasted almost all day!

I sat down this evening with a stack of piano music and tickled the ivories. I was a bit rusty but after a little while, it all started coming back. I'm not sure if I've ever played like that for my girls. I haven't sat down like that in almost 5 years! The look of pure joy on the girls' faces just affirmed that I made the best decision to step away from social media and get connected at home. 

I want to leave you with an incredible dessert that little miss Alyn made this evening all by herself. 

Caramel Apple Tart

You will need:
Puff pastry
2 honey crisp apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 lemon (juiced)
A pinch of salt
Caramel sauce 
Pecans (optional)

Core you apples and cut them into somewhat thin slices. Put apples into a bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the sliced apples. Add your brown sugar and stir. 

Lay your puff pastry sheet onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut it on half. Line up the apples on each puff pastry sheet. Fold up the edges of the pastry. 

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Warm your caramel in the microwave for 90 seconds.
When tart is finished, remove from oven and drizzle with warm caramel.
Add pecans if you wish. So delicious!!! The only thing missing was vanilla ice cream!

We had the best day. It's like Taylor Swift's song "Best Days"; I want my girls to remember these days. Days where we are just completely present with each other. 

Girls, today, I had the best day with you. 



  1. Jari - I am so glad you are sharing this. I am really inspired and just wanted to say thank you! Keep it up! Lindsey

  2. Lindsey, thank you so much for your kind comments. I appreciate them more than you know. I'll definitely need the encouragement for this crazy journey! XO

  3. You are an inspiration! I love love love your blog!


  4. Okay this is why the Lord works the way He does. I totally needed an accountability partner, and you were the perfect fit! Because I wish my day was like that. It has not been yet. But it has nothing to do from my absence with social media. Thanks for being a light and a friend. I'm so proud of you!