Two to Tango with easy Pork Chop recipe

Adding to our family was an exciting time.  Little did I know two kids are a handful.  Our son was born in Iowa in 2013.  Due to my husband’s job we moved many different places before we settled back in our home state of Tennessee a couple of years ago.  Moving from state to state with my child and my step-children was not an easy task.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the idea of seeing our beautiful country.  The United States has eight distinct physiographic divisions.  You can read more about the geography of the U.S. on Wikipedia.  Living in the mountains and mid-west was a great experience.  Not only did we get the ability to live in a different region, but we were able to immerse ourselves in different types of individuals with different religions.  I loved getting to understand other religions and how other people lived in different regions.  Along with all the engaging with new surroundings, our children were having to adapt as well.  There are times when it takes children a little longer to adjust and become accustom to their surroundings.

The moving wasn’t easy on my husband.  Even though my step-children would stay with us for the summer, he still had to come home once a month every month to visit them.  He was ready to be closer to his kids, and our son was getting where it was getting longer for him to adapt to environment.

A couple of years after moving back to Tennessee, my husband and I found out we were going to be parents to another beautiful baby.  My husband got the girl he has been wanting to have, and I know when she is older she will be a daddy’s girl.  Since having our second child, the old saying “two is a handful” is something I can relate to.  I am constantly feeling tired, as well as feeling as though I can never get anything done.

Since I still need to cook food for everyone in a state of tiredness, I am always on the look out for quick and easy dinners.  If I cannot put it in the crock pot or it takes longer than 30 minutes to make, the recipe will passed up or thrown to the back of the cookbook.  I choose things that are simple such as McCormick Grill Mates in Smokehouse Maple on some pork chops.

Sprinkle the McCormick seasoning as much or little as you would like and put the item of choice on the grill.  This seasoning gave the meat a sweet smokey flavor.  This was very easy and tasty.


After having my first child my world changed for the better, as many individuals would say. It was an adjustment at first, then we (my child and I during the day) got into a routine. I had to learn to sleep when he slept, which is easy because I didn’t have a job. If I was employed that would be easier said than done. I thank the Lord above that he granted me with a wonderful, loving husband who gives me the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mother to our children. As our daily routines became a norm in our household, I never even thought about adding another little addition to our family.

Our family isn’t perfect. In fact, there are many days we could be the farthest from a perfect family. I have been told by a wonderful lady, who attends my lovely church, that I am her hero. To think I am one person’s hero leaves me baffled. Why would someone look to me as their hero? I can see all the places and crevices I fail. One place of the many places I don’t feel up-to-par would be my marriage. When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, mine and my husband’s marriage was falling apart. They say children are not a way to fix a marriage, and I would agree. Children do not fix a marriage; prayer is the answer.

Our children have helped me to become closer to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I continue to pray for my husband and our marriage. There are many obstacles marriages will have to endure. Adding children can add more hurdles to jump over. Two children can be a little difficult to adjust your daily living habits. Even though my daughter is eight months now, there are some things that are still difficult for us to acclimate to. It isn’t easy to sleep when the baby sleeps, since I have a four year old who either doesn’t want to sleep or decides he wants to wake me up whenever he feels like it. I believe everything is a work in process, and as long as I put God first everything else will fall into place.

“But seek ye the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

-Matthew 6:33

Latasha Holdway