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Dog on a couch.

Blogging is so weird.

I woke up this morning and knew that I had to write a post, because it's Wednesday and I post on Wednesdays. ROUTINE! And my life existence could be summed up as coffee, spicy food, and predictable routines. Just how I like it.

But I'm also puffy-eyed and foggy-brained Tired with a capital T, not to mention I'm feeling a little dried up in the food words department right at this 9:58am moment, and the reality is that I'm the boss of the blog and so I don't actually HAVE to write a post. Right? I mean, I definitely have a recipe ready that I'm excited to share with you, but at the same time, I don't really feel like writing about zucchini noodles right now and I'm finding it hard to imagine anyone in the world who wants to hear me talk about said zucchini noodles and how o-m-g awesome they are. I think the world would be a better place for all of us if I just got back into bed right now.

But that's not the full story - back it up a little bit.

A few months ago, Bjork and I started volunteering for an organization called Safe Families. We haven't been doing this long, but we essentially sign up to act as hosts for children whose families are in a place where they could use an extra set of hands.

We've done one short placement already, and a few days ago, we were asked about (and said yes to) a second placement for three kids - ages 4, 3, and 1. WOWSA. We're on day two of our life with three littles, and we will have a few more weeks together, and each day gets a little easier and sweeter. Okay, fine, we're only on day two, but just let me.

Dog sitting on a man's lap.

The kids are the precious and I'm dying to take some sweet pictures of them, but so far I have literally zero pictures of the kids on either my camera or my phone because, um, how to say this? I only have two hands? It's just been a tiny bit crazy around here, and I can barely get everyone fed, clothed, and bathed, much less think about TAKING ONE SINGLE PICTURE. But I have been snapping a few videos and pictures on SnapChat in my two seconds of free-hands-time, so if you're looking for a sneak peek into our craziness, that is where you can find it right now (just search and follow skillfulcook).

I'm not a mom myself yet, so I haven't quite mastered the art of Do Everything On 2 Hours Of Sleep. Plus my regular blog post for those yummy zucchini noodles just isn't what's in my heart at the moment, so when I woke up this morning, I just knew I couldn't force it. I mean, come on. No one should ever have to be forced into a zucchini noodle situation, you guys. Not even me.

What's in my heart this morning are our three new little friends, and maybe an extra dose of rest and/or coffee, and, obviously, my sweet girl Sage (who, by the way, loves our new little friends because she's the nicest sweet girl ever).

Wednesday. Okay. Focus. It's Wednesday.

No more words from me starting in five seconds! Here's my Wednesday sleepy post, only a few hours late and kind of off topic, so you can get your dog fix (read: so I can show off my fur baby). Here's what Sage has been up to in May! Spoiler alert: it is 90% couches and snuggles and sleeps.

Dog laying on a couch.Dog laying on a boy.

Dog outside.

Dog laying on a couch.

Sage for the blog |

Dog laying on a couch.

Dog laying on a man's lap.

Dog laying outside in the sun.

Dog looking at the camera.

Dog and man playing together.

Dog sleeping on a couch.

Dog and woman on a couch.

Dog laying on a couch.

Dog sleeping.

PS. Ummm May was nice, but is June everything or is June everything? SUMMER YOU DA BOMB. ♡

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    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      You guys are awesome, I read this blog post twice. Going to go look up safe families and see if it’s something we can volunteer for where I live. I don’t know about taking on 3 extra kids, but I could handle one (maybe 2, especially when m little one goes to school). Thanks for giving me a little extra faith in humanity today, needed this.

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    Lindsay, I love your heart. Totally appropriate for zucchini noodles to take a back seat! Sage looks like the sweetest thing and she gets it from her Mama! Love that you’re caring for those kiddos. What a blessing you guys are <3

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    I haven’t been reading your blog for very long, and I know this is only a blog and a small snippet of your life. But you and your husband seem like such incredible, selfless people. What a treasure it is for these three little ones to spend time with you!

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    I can read Sage’s mind in the rainy one: “I’m getting damp out here. Please remove this obstruction.” Because I have a feeling that she’s very much like my older, retired rescue pup, who is quite refined when being telepathic. Verbally, he’s much more dog-like with his “arf!”

    Thanks for helping kids in need!

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    Foody Shmoody, food posts can wait. Kids and pets, that’s what’s important! You got it right!

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    Right on. I love (and would rather see) dogs and kids way more than Zucchini noodles! Keep doing what you do, it all makes the world a better place.

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    What you’re doing is great but these kids aren’t yours and if I were a parent who needed the support you are offering I would be incredibly upset about you posting their photos on the internet. Extremely inappropriate.

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      I agree. I loved all the photos of Sage and Bjork and you and I love your blog but my heart sank when I saw the pics of the kids. I’m a mother and if those were my kids I’d be really upset/angry that you’d posted photos of them on the internet particularly in the circumstances. What you’re doing is wonderful but it isn’t the same as having your nephews/nieces around for a sleepover – privacy should be a given in this situation and photos definitely not appropriate. Unless you have the consent of the organisation and the parents to do so of course. In which case I apologise for saying anything.

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      Me too. I may be out of line, but, Lindsay, did you check with the organization before posting that pic of the kids?

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      All parties (parents and organization) have given permission for photo sharing – and we’ve actually been encouraged to share about our experience so more people will know about Safe Families. That being said, I hear your concern and want to be sensitive to everyone (including readers), so I’ve removed it. Thanks for caring for the kids and their family.

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        Aw, not to disrespect anyone or their concerns, but I just assumed permission had been given. Lindsay is a very experienced blogger, this is her PROFESSION, and she is also a very sensitive and caring person. Of course she would do things right and get approval before posting ANYTHING about anyone other than herself. Family members, other people’s kids, etc. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who lack the common sense and manners to do this and post all kinds of things they probably shouldn’t, but I have complete faith in this blog and know that I will never see any content that might hurt or take anyone by surprise.

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        Well, if all the permissions were granted, then obviously you’ve done nothing wrong. But I don’t know Linsday personally, only really read the blog for the recipes, and thus can’t just assume that permissions were granted. There are a lot of irresponsible bloggers out there – or not even that, just people who don’t fully think through these things. Even if I had permissions, I’d still be wary about posting photos of other people’s children in my care, but that’s just me. I’m a bit of a Luddite 🙂

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        I’m very glad you heard people’s concerns and took the photo down. For me, it doesn’t really matter if the parents consented. The kids are not old enough to do so. You never know who they are going to be someday or what parts of their lives and past they will want to keep private. I would never share if something like this had happened to me. It might seen unlikely but what if they run for office or become a CEO. The internet never goes away and it should be up to them if they want to tell the story of this chapter in their lives. Just my two cents. I have a lot of respect for you as a blogger and more so since you took the photos down when people expressed concern. Best wishes.

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    This is really sweet! I love your posts, and I always look forward to read all about things food-related. But whenever you share those personal moments of your life– they’re very inspirational, to say the least.

    Have a great Wednesday!

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      Thanks Nora! Appreciate that – I really love having a place to share that stuff so it’s nice when it connects with people.

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    I am so glad there are people like you volunteering to help children. My heart is always broken for children in any sort of rough situation.

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    Um yeah, I’d say hosting three little ones is a great excuse for having fog brain this morning. You guys are so amazing to do that! I’m sure between your cooking and cuddling with Sage, those babies are as happy as can be. And I love your photos of Sage. She is such a beautiful dog! Pure breds ain’t got nothin’ on that sweet little face! 😉

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    Wow, just from that one picture of the kids, they *really* remind me of my cousins!! Kind of weird, too, because many years ago, my family took care of those same cousins for awhile because of their difficult life situation. I understood exactly why when you said you’d had no time for pictures (though we’d all love seeing them 🙂 ); even though I don’t have kids myself, we regularly babysit this family with 5 kids under the age of ten, the youngest two are one and two, and the mom is about to have her sixth! They are super-sweet and awesome kids though, and the olders are tremendous help, but still, it can get so crazy!! All that to say, we totally understand and we love any post you make. <3 Even if you didn't have time to make any post, please don't feel bad. Also, the pictures of Sage are SOOOO sweet!! Thank you for sharing!

    P.S. I'm sure I've said this before, but your little brother is just adorable. 😉

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      Yeah – very very very crazy. I get to the end of the day ready to look through my pictures and then I’m like, wait a second, I literally had NO TIME to take any. 🙂 Keeps us on the move!

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    Yay! I love Sage pictures! And I totally get not feeling up to writing about a particular thing…that happens to me all the time! (And we totally understand if you can’t write a post because life is calling you. We can wait! 😉 )

    I’ve never heard of that program, but it sounds awesome! I think it’s great that you guys are able to do that right now. I foster puppies, but I can only imagine the time and effort that kids must take! Going from zero to three kids must take a bit of getting used to! They are so cute, BTW! If you are able to get pictures, we’d love to see them here (especially for us who don’t do social media 🙁 )!

    (Oh, did you ever find out what Sage is a mix of? I was just thinking about that this morning before you posted.)

    Good luck and have fun with the kids!
    <3 Abbie

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    This is so amazing and sweet of y’all to do! I didn’t know organizations like that exist but I’m so glad they do.

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    Lindsay I love these photos of Sage! And that is just incredible what you and Bjork are doing with that program, I don’t know how you have time to do anything with such a full plate!

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      We were able to commit to this one because there is some daycare in place already, which is great. But still – yes. Makes me feel like our life is so easy without kids! haha!

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    Our church participates in Safe Families as well! It’s such a wonderful organization 🙂

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    Awww – what a wonderful cause y’all are volunteering for! And Sage must be loving the extra attention and love from the extra hands! Time with kids -whether they are yours or not- always seems to pass so quick! I volunteer at children’s ministry with 3 yr olds and those 2 hours fly by! Of course, I am totally disheveled and Tired at the end of them 🙂

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    I can totally empathize with your running and doing and cleaning and caring and showing love to three little ones. It is an awesome undertaking and I applaud you guys. It is infinitely important so good on ya for that! I hope you had the chance to catch a few more zzz minutes, too. Just look at it as great practice for your future! As for your Sage, she has to be the loveliest doggie I’ve seen in a long time. I loved all the photos, especially the close up with the big brown eyes staring back at me. And you let her on your sofa! That’s what I’m talkin about! Also, I need to get this off my chest…I am truly not the biggest zucchini fan. Best wishes to you you all!

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      Um, yeah, we are basically the laziest dog parents ever – couch, bed, you name it, she gets to nap there. The first night when she jumped up on the couch, we looked at each other and were like, Are we going to let this happen? And the rest is history. 🙂

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      Oh my gosh, they have daycare covered today, otherwise I would most definitely NOT have time to write this post. 🙂 NONSTOP ACTION!

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    The pictures I loved best and the ones I stared at the longest were the sleeping ones. I can’t explain it, but there is something so deeply soul satisfying about a peaceful, sleeping dog that goes straight to my heart. Lovely.