Menu Monday

This summer is flying by and has been a little crazier than first anticipated. Ryan and I have been in the process of moving for the majority of the summer, hence why my Menu Monday posts have come to a halt. But, I’m back! Ryan and I are beginning the process of getting settled into our new home, and I am even more excited to get back to cooking on a regular basis again.

MONDAY – Spaghetti served with steamed broccoli and garlic bread

TUESDAYOven Chicken Fajitas — Vegetables have been lacking in our diet the last few weeks, so I am looking for any way to add in extra veggies. I am planning on adding zucchini and maybe summer squash to the peppers!

WEDNESDAYEgg Roll Bowls served over rice — This is a new favorite of ours! Full of lots of good veggies, and it comes together so quickly. We like to use ground turkey instead of ground pork, and we add rice to help fill us up a little more.

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THURSDAYPulled Pork Sandwiches served with sweet potatoes and slaw — The slaw recipe is a NEW recipe for us this week. I am excited to see how this pairs with the BBQ sandwiches!

FRIDAYSkillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe — **NEW recipe for us this week! I am planning on using Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi in this recipe.

Happy Cooking!

I’m Glad I Didn’t Say No

How did a Michigander and Marylander end up in NYC? Sometimes I still ask myself this very question.

Ryan and I have lived in 3 different states in the 6 years that we have been married. We started out in Farmington Hills, Michigan, which is where Ryan found his first job after graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree. We lived there for just over 2 years when a new opportunity in Baltimore, Maryland opened up. One big factor in the move to Maryland was that we would be moving to the area where my parents lived. They kindly offered to let us stay with them for a little as we figured out what steps we should take next. After a few months in Maryland, Ryan began to realize that this job was not what was promised to him. He then began exploring other opportunities, and a job in NYC contacted him. Throughout the initial phase of the interviewing process, the location for this job was up in the air. Toward the very end of the interview process, the recruiter told Ryan that the location for this job would be NYC and that it wouldn’t be negotiable. This new information was tough for me to swallow. The thought of moving to NYC was the furthest thing from appealing to me. Frankly, it terrified me.

With each job change, Ryan has valued my input significantly. He has always encouraged me to be honest with him about how I was feeling about each opportunity and took the time to listen to my concerns and fears. He never once has forced a move on me, and for that I am extremely grateful.

This move to NYC was no different than the others. All I had to do was say, “No!” No other explanation would have been needed. However, through a lot of prayer and tears, God made it very clear that this was the next right step for us.

Now after living in NYC for nearly 3 years, I can’t imagine what life would have been like if I would have said no. These last 3 years have been truly unforgettable in more ways than one. I have been stretched to my limit on more than one occasion, yet I continue to find that I am stronger than I thought and can handle more than I thought I could. My confidence has grown leaps and bounds since moving to the city. I am forced to come up with creative solutions to accomplish simple tasks almost on a weekly basis. My life looks nothing like I thought it would and yet I couldn’t be more thankful. There is always something going on here, which means there is always something new to see and explore.

As Ryan and I look ahead to our next adventure and prepare to move away from this city we have called home for the last 3 years, I am struck with the realization that NYC has changed me. I am not the same person that I was when I first arrived in October of 2016. That person was scared, fearful, and unsure of herself. Each new day slowly transformed that girl into someone who was confident, strong, and more dependent on the Lord than ever before.

There are too many lessons to count from our time in NYC, but the one lesson that has really stuck with me is that it is up to you to choose whether you will embrace each new opportunity or fight it.

This is why I’m glad I didn’t say no.