where we are


All this eating actual food stuff is faboo (a word I seriously thought Brad said the other day, but he didn’t, which is too bad, because that would have been hilarious), but I have a rules issue. No, I’m not a rule breaker, I’m the ultimate rule follower. Breaking the rules or even thinking about breaking the rules stresses me out. So now we have all these rules about what to eat, when to eat it, how to make it, what yoga position to eat it in, and my mind is whirring with organizing it all. You should have seen me wield the meal-planning spreadsheet last weekend.

But along with rules comes guilt. And not run-of-the-mill guilt, more like I prefer chocolate chip cookies to this good-for-me faux chocolate cake. I’m a cheating cheater! guilt, all without ever having actually deviated from the plan. (I told you. Issues.)

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future. Once Brad is completely healed, God willing, how will we eat? How much effort will we put into our food? How will we teach our children to eat? Truthfully, this hyper-aware way of eating is the only way Brad and I know, so I’m not worried we’ll start downing Twinkies or anything (even though my baseline in evaluating any way of eating is–can I still make and eat a pan of brownies while on this diet?). I’m more concerned with putting food in its proper place. All good things–especially good things–can become an unintentional idol and I don’t want our way of eating, the sources of our food, or our way of preparing meals to be more exalted than God. I don’t want to spend more time poring over ingredients list or tracking down organic endives than I spend reading my Bible and praying. I don’t want to avoid chances to build relationships because my stomach turns at the idea of sharing a conventional meal. I don’t want to be a food snob.

So, in a rare show of perspective my motto has become: this is our lifestyle, not our life.

But a very tasty lifestyle it’s turning out to be:

photos and collage: Brad Linberg




  1. shanna

    beautiful photos! does my heart good to see all these good ingredients and good eating going on. : ) I love that our creative, wonderful God gave us such a wide world of flavors and textures and colors and tastes in food–and I love how it points to Him, to how good He is. There are so many nights when Tim and I look at the plates in front of us, shake our heads and say, man, we are blessed. Looking forward to sharing that feeling with you guys in person soon!

  2. joannalinberg

    We often think the same thing. Look at these veggie pizzas! God is so good! :)

  3. Lan

    i think you’re on vacation this week, i hope you’re having a great time.
    you were picked for my canvas print giveaway. when you get the chance, please email me with your shipping address and i will send it to you right away. thx!

  4. Laura

    OMG – love these pics and the collage. WTG Brad! Can you share some avocado recipes? I’m looking for healthier and somewhat lighter dinners now that we’re settling in to our routine. No worries if you don’t get to it until you get back.

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