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The Sweet Life

“La Dolce Vita” is an Italian phrase meaning “The Sweet Life” that we picked up on our first visit to Italy. We’ve used it often to describe our life together over the years, but I have to tell you, life over the past six months has been even sweeter than ever. This little girl is such a joy! I don’t know if anyone will even see this post since it has been so long since I last wrote, but if you are reading this and you were one of the many people who prayed for us during this pregnancy, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It still amazes me that we get to be her parents. ❤

Over the past few months I’ve had several people ask if I’m going to start writing in this space again. And the truth has been that I just didn’t know. As I’m sure most of you who follow me on social media have guessed, we are currently keeping our daughter’s online presence to a minimum. Which means that I’m not planning to write about her here. I could write about the same types of things I used to write about here: recipes or fitness or time with friends or travels or photography or DIYs or house updates all without mentioning her or sharing photos of her. But, my friends, that’s just not where my head is right now.

I’m still doing all of these things that I was doing before her arrival, but she is just so much a part of our lives now that I don’t want to blog without talking about her. Maybe at some point down the line I’ll be ready for that or we will decide to share more about her publicly. But for now I guess this is me officially saying a goodbye to this blog.

I may not be writing in this space, but I’m not completely gone! You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. And of course if you have questions about recipes or travel or baby things or just want to chat, you can always email me ( I would love to hear from you! 🙂

I started this blog in 2010 and am so thankful for the connections I’ve made thanks to blogging. What a sweet and supportive group of bloggers I ran into in this corner of the internet. Thanks for being part of that and for reading along over the years! ❤

Love Rach

Blueberry Pie Oatmeal Parfaits

Christopher’s recovery continues to go well. He has a lot of swelling which we are working on keeping down by lots of icing and elevation, but we’re a little concerned about him returning to work tomorrow. He’s been off pain pills more than long enough, but he still tires easily. And we’re most concerned about the swelling because unlike at home, he can’t elevate & ice his leg while at the office.

christopher working

This is what he’s doing right this minute. Working from home… in his shorts & teeshirt with his leg elevated and hooked up to the ice machine. Obviously this won’t be an option when he returns to the office tomorrow. So a prayer or two for the swelling to go down (or at least not get worse) would be great! Thanks so much for all the prayers you guys have already said on our behalf. 🙂

I mentioned yesterday that a wonderful silver lining to this recovery period has been all the time at home together. And all the cooking & eating at home. Not just grabbing a bowl of cereal on my way out the door for work, but actually putting together a nice breakfast. Trying a couple of recipes I’ve had my eye on. Including… this Blueberry Pie Oatmeal Parfait from The Dashing Dish!

blueberry oatmeal parfaits

blueberry pie oatmeal parfait(click recipe card to see it larger)

Christopher and I both loved this! And I’m not just saying that. We’ve tried a couple of other oatmeal based recipes this week that were just so-so. I really do only share my favorite recipes here so you can trust me on this. 🙂 I think the only change we’ll make next time is to add a layer of granola if we have any on hand. Just to add a little more crunch and texture to the dish. If you like yogurt & oatmeal & blueberries… this one is for you! 🙂

Do you like parfaits? I seldom eat them because they usually have so much sugar, but this one has no added sugar and it is deee-lish!
Love Rach