I got one of those calls again this week. This time from an expectant mother. As her voice began to break she shared how she was feeling overwhelmed, underprepared, and stressed. How is she going to do it all? How is she going to know what to do or how to organize her time? Or how to breastfeed? Or how to use the right cloth diaper?

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You are enough, you have everything you need to be a wonderful mother. Do I need to say it again?

You are enough, you have everything you need. You are enough, you have everything you need.

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You don’t need to read a million parenting books or watch every documentary ever created on parenting or birth or breastfeeding. You don’t need every item on your baby registry or that new thing all the parenting experts are raving about. You don’t need to read every blog on the world wide web trying to decipher whose opinion is the right opinion.

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All your baby needs is you. Your voice, you smile, your songs, your scent, your snuggles, your love. Just you. You are enough.

Out of all the women in the world, you were chosen to be mother of your child. No one is better equipped or more prepared to raise your child than you are.

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There will be difficult times and sleepless nights and illnesses. There will be heartbreaks and uncertainties and unknowns. In the middle of all that I pray that you will hear the still small voice whispering to you that you have everything you need to be this child’s mommy. You were chosen just for them.

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So breathe new mama and trust your God given instincts that will come when your baby is born. Enjoy every second of those first few months because they will be gone in an instant. Breathe your little one in and believe that you are enough and you have everything your new baby needs. Your baby just needs you.
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Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Frosty

by Emily on July 21, 2014

This dessert is amazing and completely guilt free! No sugar or sugar substitute is needed, just some bananas. Super easy last minute dessert sure to please any crowd.

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Frosty

Serves 2-3

We double this recipe for our family for our family of 5

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Ingredients

2 frozen, peeled, ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can full fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened milk (see note below)

Directions

Place all ingredients except the 1/4-1/2 cup milk into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add extra milk only if needed to blend together. Serve immediately.

Substitutions and Suggestions

The full fat coconut milk makes the milkshake thick and creamy. If you do not have it on hand any milk will work, but you may need to add in a few ice cubes to thicken it up. It also won’t be as creamy, but will still be delicious.

You may or may not need the additional milk. If you have a Vitamix (excuse me a moment while I handle my jealousy) you will not need the additional milk and your frosty will come out the perfect consistency. Without a Vitamix you will more than likely need the extra milk and will find the texture slightly more runny, but again still amazingly delicious.

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As you can see it is bowl-licking good! And yes I live in a house full of boys so shirts at the dinner table, especially in the summer, are often optional. A mom’s got to pick her battles.

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Supermom

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