Thursday, August 7, 2014

Party prep

We are having a birthday party at the townhouse for mamaw Wyll's 84th birthday. It's been a long time since I've hosted a get together so the girls and I have been 'cleaning' to get ready. Cleaning with toddlers is comical. They make a mess to clean up but they never finish! Elie loves to clean up. Hoping she will be this helpful always...


On his 4 month birthday Daniel rolled over on his own! It's bittersweet. A definite reminder that he's growing too fast but so glad he's entering the fun (hopefully sleep filled) stage of babyhood. He's such a sweet boy and was so proud of himself, can't you tell? His sisters had a big celebration song & dance for his first roll ❤️

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Pop-Pop

We've (my mom & I) slowly been transitioning Pop-pop (my dad) to a real foods diet without making a big fuss about it. He thinks we are a little kooky with our fermented vegetables, kefir brews & grass fed grain free lifestyle. Yesterday was his birthday and for his party I've made Against All Grain strawberry cupcakes with grass-fed vanilla & chocolate buttercream icing. He won't know its good for him...



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Today I made this...

...and ate it 🍴

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


I love reading Glennons post on I am an honest person to a fault and often get mistaken for being a complainer. I'm not trying to complain I'm just trying to get affirmation from others that I'm not alone when I struggle with being a decent mom. Because parenting is hard! It's not all butterflies & rainbows. It's a no sleep, tantrum filled, dirty floors & clothes, touched out job but I rarely hear from other moms how much they struggle with liking their kids sometimes. So Glennon is a breath of fresh air, read this post when you get a chance,

And I'm adding this post as reference so I don't forget how to handle this situation when the time comes,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Song of the day

Or maybe it's more accurate to say concert of the day. I love these mini sets from NPR

Oodles o' Noodles

As we are gluten free for health reasons I was excited to get the Against All Grain cookbook from my sister-in-law for my birthday, 

It is full of great recipes but several include veggie noodles so I haven't been able to fully enjoy them, until now. I finally ordered this gadget from Amazon, 
And boy does it make some awesome noodles that trick my kids into eating zucchini...and carrots, and squash & anything else that fits in it.  I've used it almost every day since it arrived. Welcome to the family!!
Photo courtesy of

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Baby boy has finally calmed down enough to let the family go on little adventures around town. He hates the car & usually screams the entire time he's in it, which makes the girls cry, so we were limiting our car time to must do's. We went to the in-laws pool today & he didn't cry during the drive there or back-with me sitting beside him entertaining. And I was able to get into a swimsuit & in the pool with the girls for the first time today, which also happens to be the 1st day of summer. JF committed to staying inside to watch and rock baby boy (& to watch futbol). I love these handsome guys

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I know I know, I've been gone a loooong time. It's been a tornado in my household since having 2 under two & now 3, three & under. Yes, we've added ANOTHER human to our family and it's a boy this time...oh, he's so so cute. See
Let me introduce Daniel Alton. Born on April 6, 2014 at 9lbs 14oz & 2 weeks late just like his sister. It was another almost natural birth, we arrived at the hospital around 3am and I was 9cm already! This big little guy was finally ready to see the world! I had been in labor again for over 2 weeks & begged for an epi when we got to the hospital so I could rest because I was getting no break between contractions. Even though my nurse said i would probably have the baby before it would take, I convinced them to ring the anesthesiologist. I just thought & said "hey, this is the last one, might as well see what it's like!" It was GLORIOUS!! Made me want to have 3 more ;)wink. I knew right then that those meds were straight from heaven & wondered why on earth I thought having 2 completely natural births was ever a good idea. I'm just kidding. I think every woman deserves the right to allow her body to work the way it was designed & birth at least one baby au naturale. It's an amazing experience.

Anyway, my days have been filled with poop, tantrums & sleepless nights for the past 3 yrs so it's been tough to stay on top of the blog. But since I've been gone I've become passionate about health & returning to nature with regards to what we put in our bodies and just living an all around 'of the earth' lifestyle. I can't wait to start up my daily posts again to share these things.

☀️ Keri 

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's the season for thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for!

So many of my friends are posting things they are thankful for every day this month and I wish I could be dedicated enough to do the same. But since my days are often a little chaotic I'm sure I will skip days which will add another FAIL to my list of things I set out to accomplish. Hopefully by blogging the things I am thankful for I can list several in one post which will allow me a little grace.

Which brings me to the first on my list, Grace. I am definitely thankful for Gods grace every day. I think of all the graces He has given me and often find myself ashamed that Im usually not even half as gracious to the people around me. I fall short with my children, my family, in traffic, with my internet service provider :), etc. Being gracious is something that I have really started to make myself aware of every second of every day. I found this great list on the all-knowing internet from Richard Blackaby's book, “Putting a Face on Grace” that is really helping me put into perspective how to show grace more often.

•Speak words intended to build up, not to bring down.
•Focus on others need rather than your own.
•Freely forgive.
•Swallow you pride and say, “I’m sorry”, and “I was wrong.”
•Live your life with a goal of “no regrets”.
•Don’t keep score of what is fair.
•Grace doesn’t condemn or give up on people.
•Grace emphasizes mercy, not justice.
•Read 1 Corinthians 13 regularly.

And for those who wonder

1 Corinthians 13
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Way of Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Here she comes, back to her roots! Mom got several gallons of figs and dropped a few at my doorstep. Figs are a luxury around here and I AIN'T gon' waste 'em. But figs only keep in the fridge for a few days so I froze a gallon or two until I decide what to do with them (recipes anyone?). And with advice from my papaw I'm preserving a pot full. For my first time I'd say they are pretty good, divine actually. I then decided to caramelize a few in honey and butter for dessert, yum. Here's a photo log of my evening...(these pictures won't stay in order for some reason)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


JF and I have been on a health kick lately. Partially to do with wanting a preferred status on our insurance, because we are cheapo, but mainly because we have children and would like to be active with them and live to see a majority of the milestones in their lives.

Because we can't get out much in this Alabama wet heat I have been looking for fat burning, healthy foods to incorporate into our diet. This week it's Quinoa (Keen-Wa). I've replaced all of our pasta and rice dishes with it and found a delicious quinoa chicken and brocolli casserole from they Jey of Cooking blog, It tastes just like the classic chicken and brocolli casserole from a typical pastors appreciation lunch (my mom/grandmother never made this and church was the only place I ever ate it) but the quinoa makes it a little more... tooth-some :)

This is her photo, soooo good

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Its amazing to me the love 2 sisters can share before they even know the definition. I watch my girls growing together and am inspired daily. I can't wait to see how our lives unfold.

Song of the day

Helplessness Blues
-Fleet Foxes

Friday, June 8, 2012

Song of the day

Collector by Here We Go Magic

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Favorite Things at The Moment

Here are a few of my favs right now...

B&B Curl Conscious Creme
Sleep Sheep
Ring Sling for wearable baby
Old Navy flip flops
Pretzels and peanut butter

Friday, June 1, 2012

Birth Story #2

Elie has arrived!! And in grand fashion, I must say. Please forgive the typos, I am using an iPad.

First, let me apologize for not posting an update in almost a year. It has been one CRAZY and exciting year though and I look forward to backtracking a little and plan to post some of the great things that have taken place during my time away.

Now back to Elie, Elizabeth Reeves Yother. She was one week late and trouble from the start ;) My pregnancy with Elie was the exact opposite of my pregnancy with Anna Claire. I was ok with this because I thought for sure she would be an exact opposite newborn and with AC's colicky first 3 months I welcomed a calm #2. I'll talk more about that later. I had naussea and extreme fatigue throughout this pregnancy, especially the last 2 months so when I started having regular and painful contractions at 38 weeks I was overjoyed! Little did I know that the next 3 weeks would be so difficult, for me and JF who took a lot of time off work during these 3 weeks.

I was going through something called prodromal labor. Most ob's call this false labor but there was nothing "false" about my contractions and dilation. I was dilated to 4 centimeters at my 38 week check up, was 70% effaced and the baby was very low. Everyone predicted I wouldn't make it to the next weeks appointment but I did...and the next week and the next. My doula reminded me of all the things I could do to help progression; birth ball, red raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, among other things. I tried them all. Doula Kelly reminded me that if I was having painful, regular contractions to go to the hospital since my first labor and delivery lasted 6 hrs from start to finish (water broke at home with AC which was the first sign of labor I had) and she was concerned that I might not make it to the hospital on time due to 280 traffic. She didn't want me to deliver in the car on the way. So, on Wednesday after my 39 week check I went to the hospital around 7:30 with contractions 3-4 minutes apart. They monitored me for a while, confirmed my contractions and offered to admit me since I was 4 cm. I knew they would try to induce so I decided to go home and since the baby was under no stress they said it was fine to go. I had spells like this every other evening but stayed home because the intensity of the contractions weren't increasing.

Friday of the next week I was having the same symptoms but the contractions were intense. We went to the hospital again and my doula met me there. I had only dilated to 5 cm!!! I was crushed and so emotional because I was exhausted and not sure how much longer I could go through this slow labor. I couldn't sleep through the contractions any more so I was not pleasant to be around and was having a hard time caring for my 17 month old. My mom and JF rotated days to help out with AC and I was more than thankful to be able to rest whenever my contractions had eased. But they admitted me. We walked the halls, used the hospital birthing ball but no progression. We left at 7 am the next morning because i was unwilling to start pitocin. Let me mention that for the past month something kept telling me that Elie would be born on a Monday. But the Monday's kept coming and going and I was running out of Monday's before my ambitions of having another natural birth were crushed under mandatory intervention.

At my 40 week appt my doctor was floored that I hadn't had the baby yet and mentioned we would talk about intervention if I made it to my next appt, which was the following tuesday. I was really starting to worry that I wouldn't be allowed to have a natural birth. I kept doing everything my doula recommended but the days just kept passing. On Monday, the day before my intervention discussion, I was having the same sort of contractions. I insisted on cooking dinner, doing laundry, bathing and putting AC to bed In hopes it would get things going....but nothing. At around 8pm I was eating dinner while bouncing on the birth ball and felt a severe pain. I had to put my plate down and lean over the couch to get through it. I looked at JF and said, this might be it. The next contraction came 1 minute 30 seconds later as I was walking up the stairs to change into my birthing dress, which is a ritual I was used to by now just in case, and the pain was so that I had to rest on the stairs. We called my mom to come over to sit with AC while we went to the hospital but the pain was so fast and so intense that I knew it was go time so we woke her up, packed her in the car and headed to st vincents. We beat my doula and in-laws there who both live really close to the hospital. Mobility makes it easier to cope with labor pains so I refused a wheelchair. And I'm sure the nurses were flipping coins to see who had to take me, the "natural" birth diva with the birthplan and 2 doulas.

We were admitted to a birth suite and JF immediately set up the soft music and tried his best to make the room as calming as possible. The nurse needed to check my dilation but I asked her not to tell me fearing it would psych me out and slow down progression if I wasn't much past a 5. I was in a lot of pain and was trying not to focus on what was going on around me to stay on top of the contractions. The nurses started setting up the baby station and all the tools so I knew we were close, what a relief! With Anna Claire i was able to zone out and ride the waves of my contractions but this time was different! maybe it was because i had been through it before but it was so much harder to get through and I was really wanting the pain to go away!

After about an hour and a half of laboring at the hospital and not progressing fully ( I was 8cm when we arrived at the hospital) the doctor came in to ask if I wanted to have my water broken, he thought it would progress me enough to get to pushing stage. I hesitated at first fearing the pain would be much worse but eventually agreed. By that point I was begging for "the juice" (something I never did during my labor with AC but this time...) so I knew I needed to speed things along. About 30 minutes later I was pushing (against doctors orders but how do you not push?) and 20 minutes later we had a 9 pound 14 ounce baby girl! We were all shocked at her size, 2 lbs more than her sister! It was definitely a more intense labor and delivery but I was so thankful I was finally able to hold my sweet girl.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Song of the Day

Neko - Neko - Neko

My all-time favorite female singer/songwriter is coming to Bama!!  She performed at Austin City Limits a couple of years was the best show of the festival and the only time I've seen Neko live.  We usually have to travel to see our bands and with the baby we definitely can't pick up and go like we used to so I am so excited and can hardly wait for August.  Neko, here I come! Click on the title of this post to go to Neko's website.

Join me to see an awesome artist for a great cause, Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief,

Check her out,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Divine Design

The Lord designed womens bodies to bring life into this world. Many of us may not utilize that function but many of us do. Each womans view towards childbearing, birth and rearing is her own. We all have the right to receive this gift individually and to follow the path the Lord lays out for us regarding. I am so proud of the women in my life who are firm in their beliefs yet still accept and encourage those that believe different. We all can learn a little from each other without compromising our big picture.