Confessions: Spring Edition


1. I’ve wanted to have twins since I was 16. The summer I was 16 my sister and I ran a summer day camp for kids at our community center in Hope, Indiana. There was a set of blonde 6-year-old twin boys who attended and they were so ridiculously cute. They used to call each other “brother”.  When they wanted the other to participate in something they’d say, “Do it for me, brother. Do it for me!” My heart melted and ever since I have wanted twins. Now that I have babies of my own I want twins even more. I think it would be so much fun. I stole my neighbors baby the other day to practice. What do you think? They could totally be twins and I would be so very busy πŸ™‚


2. I’m addicted to Amazon. Addicted is a strong word, but man alive, I buy a lot from there. Since moving to the middle of no where, shopping has changed a lot. I get most groceries from the little store in town that my in-laws own. I get some things during a big shopping trip to St. George every 4-6 weeks, but that trip is so busy. The day is pretty exhausting hauling all the kids in the car for the 3 hour round-trip excursion and we can only fit in so many stops. I like to hit up a locally owned healthy food store, the craft store, and Thomas always has a Home Depot list, but anything more than that is a stretch. Cue Amazon. I’ve bought everything from books and 100% wool yarn to chia seeds and a sun screen. Love it!

With all of my newly found Amazon love I thought I’d see if I can make a go at Amazon affiliate links too. That means I stick in links to products on Amazon that I like or think you might here on the blog. When you click over through my link I get a small percentage (3-4%) of the sale (your price doesn’t change… I just get a little share of the profit for getting you there).

Here’s the best part. You don’t have to buy what I recommend. ANYTHING that you buy 24 hours after clicking through my link I get credit for (you might have to keep the browser open… I’m not sure on the details).

So, if you are a fellow Amazon lover and feel so inclined, please use my fun little carousel on the sidebar to pop over to Amazon. I’ll get a little perk and you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling for helping a sister out. Not your thing? Great! Just carry on as normal.


3. I love strawberry season. The 28 pounds that I bought last week were gone within 72 hours and I’m thinking about ordering a few more cases. I can’t wait until we can have a strawberry patch of our own. A garden strawberry compared to a store-bought strawberry is as different as a garden tomato and a store-bought tomato. There isn’t really much of a comparison; they aren’t anything alike.

4. I’m going to have a new brother-in-law and I couldn’t be more excited! The last time I acquired one was over 8 years ago! My kids are so excited and confused by the fact they are magically going to have a new uncle in June. Here are the love birds with all of my kids and my older sister’s kids. If he can handle all of our crazy with a smile then he’s a keeper…


5. My baby is getting so big and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I love all of the stages (well, some less than others *cough* potty training *cough*),but this stage is so fun. He’s happy, non-mobile, and all smiles. Can’t he stay this size for a while?

baby helper

6. The blog was pretty quiet for a 2 week stretch not so long ago and here’s why- I was trying to decide if I wanted to continue blogging or not. You heard me right, I thought very seriously about quitting. It was time for me to take a long hard look at myself, my use of my time, my goals, and to decide it blogging still fit into my ultimate goals. I told very few people (not even my Mom!), I stepped back and reflected, wrote, pondered, and honestly prayed a lot. I don’t want to live a life where I look back and regret something and my time is very valuable to me.

I’m so glad that I took the time to reevaluate things and I’m happy to say that blogging is still something that I want in my life and something I feel is a good use of my time. I love doing it, I feel very balanced in the time I spend here (and when I get a little off balance, I’m getting better at correcting it quickly), and I’m so grateful for all of the people that this hobby has brought into my life. I’m grateful for you. I’m grateful for your love and support. Your comments have calmed my fears and encouraged me so much more than you’ll ever know.

In the past, when thinking about living a life without regret, I’ve always thought that meant I didn’t want to do things that would cause me to have regrets. As I was pondering about blogging the thought came to me that I would regret NOT continuing. I had never thought about it like that. I would regret not doing something as much as I would regret doing something.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read what I take the time to share. I would not be here without you and that’s a very literal truth.

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I always wanted twins too growing up….and then I got them! My first delivery was preemie twins born at 31 weeks. I had to be life flighted to a hospital 200 miles away from my hometown to be at a NICU better equipped to handle babies that preemie! Thankfully I grow them big, so even though they were 9 weeks early they were 4 pounds and 3 pounds 10 ounces! They spent a month in the NICU and other than being on the small side compared to their peers they have had no lasting side effects of their prematurity. They are 7 1/2 years old now and I have since had 2 more singleton babies. It has been a long hard road raising twins with some very unique challenges but I wouldn’t have traded a minute of it! Just wishing that first year wasn’t such a fog of exhaustion so I could remember it more!!


Keep it up friend! Your blog is so cute (and your photos are beautiful, btw!) and I can almost hear your voice when I read. I love you!


I’m also glad you decided to keep blogging! Two reasons: 1: it’s like you’re here with me. When I have some kind of cooking question, I think, “What would Melissa do?” and I can just look it up. I should get a WWMD? bracelet. 2: It makes you happy and shares you’re talents and heart with other people around the WORLD and you have so much to give! You’ve blessed a lot of lives and touched a lot of people.

Also, I remember you telling me about those twins and I can totally hear your voice saying “Do it for me, brother. Do it for me.” SO excited to see you this week!


Thanks for blogging! Sarah and I comment ALL the time about trying recipes from your blog….I know I’ll love them if you created/recommended them! I trust my fellow Southern Indiana girl πŸ™‚


I understand why you would contemplate stopping your blog, but I’m glad you didn’t! I’ve never commented, but I enjoy your tone and content. I can tell you’re a genuine, kind person and always look forward to seeing what you have to say. πŸ™‚
Susan in MA

Heidi E.

I normally do not answer comments in this manner, but since I have something to say about nearly every paragraph, we’re gonna go one by one through them lol

Twins: I also used to think I wanted twins when I was growing up. My husband comes from a strong line of twins, although he is not one himself, so there is a higher probability than if he had not, but after experiencing all of the work involved with keeping my little one occupied (my son is of a a similar age to yours, although highly active), I’m honestly not sure if I would have the energy for such a blessing! LOL I feel awful for saying that, but it’s true.

Amazon: I LOVE Amazon. My husband, son & I currently live with my parents, who live 30 – 45-minutes outside of any sort of town because of financial issues… but I love living this far from “civilization”! lol.

My husband was in the Marines, and so while stationed in San Diego we got used to being well off, having a store within 2-minutes of our house in any direction, and that all the stores are open much later, in some cases 24/7. We miss the food, we miss the ability to go shopping at any hour of the day or night, to almost any type of store you can imagine, but over all even though it was a culture shock to move back home to Indiana, we have come to realize that life is just so much better when life is simplified. I guess I’m really just a country girl at heart, born & bred.

I’ve never tried using “Amazon Affiliates” but I would be interested to hear whether it works out well for you or not. Your blog gets quite a bit more traffic than mine does I think, but that’s probably because yours is so much more enjoyable to read than mine is. πŸ™‚

Strawberries: My family goes through an enormous amount of them as well. With 8 adults & 2 children living under one roof, we go through an enormous amount of food in general!! lol

Good luck with your strawberry patch endeavors! My mom’s patch is approximately 2-years old (she keeps pulling them all out and re-planting them every 5-years or so) and produces all summer, which ends up being close to 10 bussel I suppose, but being spread out over the entire summer I’m not 100% sure how much it would be.

Baby: I can totally relate to the desire for your baby to remain at this “fun” stage for awhile!! My son is 5-months old, the size of a 9-month old, constantly wanting to move, but isn’t quite to the crawl stage as he can’t quite figure out what those things sticking out from his shoulders are for other than grabbing his mommy’s hair and nose, or his daddy’s beard… and moving? Well using those things to move have nothing to do with pulling mommy’s hair don’tcha know? lol I adore him. He is the blessing God has bestowed upon us that lets us know God hasn’t forgotten us.

Blogging: We all go through periods of questioning our priorities. You have 4 children, I know both the kids and your husband would have to “demand” time with you. It takes a talented mother who can juggle everything and keep it together.

I’ve been an off-and-on blogger for the last 10-years. I can totally relate to your dilemma! Although I’m new to your following, if I may be so bold, I am glad you haven’t stopped blogging yet. I enjoy reading you. πŸ™‚

Regrets: When I was a child I was told “Live life without regrets”, so I thought that meant I should experience all sorts of things, and that I would regret more if I never stepped out of my comfort zone. In so doing I made some poor choices, and now in retrospect I believe I have more regrets over what I have done, than if I had been satisfied from the beginning to become a homemaker as my mother intended.

Have a good day Ma’am!!

~ Heidi


Beautiful pictures of family. Thank you and Happy Easter.

Beth W.

Love reading your blog! I’m a Mom to a 4 1/2 year old and 2 1/2 year old boy/girl twins! Love being a twin Mom! πŸ™‚


Amazon is a bad, bad thing. I’m addicted too! What’s bad about it for me is I have tons of stores near me. Anything I get on Amazon I can probably just pick up at a store! Ha! But I always check Amazon prices because a lot of the time they are money savers! We have Prime which has the great perk of two day shipping on most things. Plus we were able to sign up for Amazon Mom which gives you a discount on baby items. We have a three month old and I recently signed up to get Pampers Wipes every month. I was just thinking that I needed to go the store for wipes when a box showed up on my doorstep! Sooo convenient! The box in store is about $11.97, but getting it through Amazon Mom and subscribing to get it every month only cost me $8 and some change!



I would be very sad if you quit blogging. I might have to call you more:-) I am impressed you would still want twins. I cannot imagine the pregnancy of carrying twins and then taking care of them would be intense. I love you!

Susan Carroll

And thank you for keeping up the blog. I really get a kick out of it. Thanks

Susan Carroll

Oh twins! I thought my last one must be twins .After 5 earlier pregnancies, I just knew that one baby didn’t have that many arms and legs. He turned out to be a baby that only slept for 5 minutes at noon during the day, and then only slept between 11 pm and 6 am with several nursings. We figured he must have had a spiritual twin and they took turns being awake!
Twins are adorable and overwhelming. My friends that have had them tell me that their goal for the first two years was making sure everyone was alive at the end of the day.
I dearly love my twin nieces. They are 4 and totally adorablel. Because my sister ( their grandmother ) lives in Virginia, I get to spend fun time with them. Sometimes they call me Grandma. I love it.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.