Somebody Pinch Me

The other day I had one of those moments…one of those—is this really my life?–because it almost seemed too good to be true. It all started with this: CIMG1848I recently received a KitchenAid mixer and just this week had the time to play with it {the wedding biz-niz has been keeping me busy}. As I stood there in the kitchen mixing my chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and placing them on my Pampered Chef stone…I thought to myself…when did I become a woman?CIMG1849Now the entry of womanhood is an interesting time…from the moment of puberty to getting married and having children…different for everyone…I think there is a moment when every girl realizes she has become a woman. Standing there with a $300 mixer and a “home business” stoneware that I bought for myself (as being compared to being bought by my mother or for my mother)…I suddenly realized that I had become a woman. I had never been so happy…standing there watching the fancy shmancy mixer do it’s thing…no scraping of the bowl required…taking nibbles out of the bowl and being excited that this recipe was going to be a winner. It’s not like I have never baked before or that the KitchenAid really was going to change my life in some substantial way (ok…maybe it will). But it represented something…an image…it represented a time of life where these simple tasks were soon to become my “job.” To make a house a home…to be a home manager…to be a wife with a husband to take care of…to be in a place where having children is actually a reality (but not any time soon my friends!).CIMG1850For many of you, you have only known me less than a year (in bloggy time) so I must give you a little background history. A few years ago while still attending my credentialing program in college; I had a life purpose change. For so long I felt called to the classroom and was passionate about pursuing this career. Yet right smack at the end of my program…only a semester away from finally reaching my goal, I decided I wanted to be somewhere else. I wanted to be at home.

I started blogging during this phase of purpose change…following blogs that were about homemaking. I am still all about crafting and diy…but part of me feels like I get to enter into this secret club of wifehood…I get to talk about my home and my family in a way that was not quite the same as a single girl (I was able to do this before but just not to the same extent). This is not going to turn into a homemaking blog (there are many out there that are great at that) but it will be more of a reflection of the transformation of who I am and who I am becoming which includes being at home.CIMG1862I have been waiting for a long time to have the opportunity to have a home of my own…to have a husband to love and cherish…and to feel like I get to live out this dream…this purpose…of being at home. It is so funny because this has been a recent dream that I have had just over the past few years. I never dreamed about a wedding as a little girl or played house…I was always playing teacher. I guess our childhood dreams do not always come true…but for me, that is a good thing. All that I have never wanted is more than I could have ever dreamed for. CIMG1863I am so excited about this new season of life. A friend of mine recently commented on how all my recent posts have been so joyful and that she was so excited for me and this new season of my life. My heart soared because it is true. I am joyful and so excited in the midst of a whirlwind, weeks until I am married, wedding. This fashionista finally gets to go full on domestic and I could not be more thrilled. So thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope you will stick around to see what else will be in store…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

2.5 sticks of butter

¾ c brown sugar

½ c sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ c flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

3 c oatmeal

Chocolate chips (I added this to the recipe so add as much chocolaty-ness that you desire!)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper on two cookie sheets. Blend butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add dry ingredients, mix well and add the oatmeal. Then add chocolate chips. Roll into a ball the size of a golf ball. Bake 8-10 minutes.