Before Breakfast

A blog by Anna Heydenrych

Being a girl, raising a girl

My son asked me yesterday, “Mom, do you like being a girl?” I like being me.  I have journeyed to this point, having endured the insecurities of being an adolescent girl, the compromising, quietness of being a young grown up girl and the feisty assertiveness of being...

Our Story: How we began our adventure

We are Anna and Fred.  In August 2016, we decided to spend every last cent we had (and didn’t have) to take a two month break and travel to Northern California to spend time with family.  We needed change.  While driving around one day I thought, “I wish I could just...

The big sleep question

When will I sleep again? One of the most difficult adjustments to becoming a parent is the sleep - as in lack of.  One of the great things about being an adult is that you can sleep when you want.  Of course we have things to wake up for like jobs and exercise, but on...

I need to because I want to

I wrote this about two years ago, funny interactions with my then nearly three-year-old. ...During an outing to the beach recently, my nearly three-year-old was assisting with the packing up and I noticed him collecting a bucket full of periwinkle shells.  He clearly...

Wait! I’m going without myself!

I recall standing on a London underground train platform at the age of 23, with tears welling up in my eyes because I had just returned from a sunshine-filled holiday in my home country of South Africa.  A return to dull weather, a dull job, a dull commute.  This...

Working mom: dealing with the mommy guilt

I am a working mom.  My love for my work and my gratitude for being able to get up every day and do what I love is only marred by the guilt that comes with my choice to not be with my children 100% of the time. I have chosen this.  I suppose I could argue that in some...

Whole food breakfast ideas: part one

Part one of two: Breakfast does not need to come out of a box.  I read the back of a box (a reputable brand) the other day, it stated that ingredients include 22% sugar and tartrazine.  This was a box of cereal to be fed to children.  Let's explore some alternate...

Five tips for getting things done

Here are my five top tips for getting things done for people who have lots of things to get done and not enough time to do them.  I am not a master of these five practices.  I do manage to get a lot of things done but at the expense of other things (sleep, healthy...

Gogo

Nothing makes me come more alive than actively pursuing the things that God has placed on my heart.  In 2009 I had the absolute pleasure of developing a relationship with Gogo.  She is my absolute best.  I have not met anyone else yet to rival her spunky personality...