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I am just getting started with blogging. I have never been very good at communicating my thoughts and ideas so hopefully this journey will be worthwhile and I will be able to learn some things about myself along the way. I plan to write about my thoughts and ideas as well as events that happen in my life. If you have found me I hope you get some enjoyment or at least entertainment from my entries. I look forward to journaling all the special events that I experience!

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Motivated Mama – Day 5

Posted By on April 12, 2013

Today is Friday! WooHoo, I made it through my first 5 days of change. Today I did the awesome little 10 minute workout, and I ate pretty good. Tried to add in as many vegetables and fruits as I could. I have a little trouble with my protein intake since I don’t really care to cook meat for myself. I only eat chicken and that can be quite gross at times when cleaning it before cooking it. I must have it absolutely fat/skin/vein free and it grosses me out to do all that all the time. So I tend to skip meat a lot. But today I had eggs for breakfast (omelet), one whole egg and two egg whites, some chicken for supper and I’m about to snack on some celery with peanut butter. So I should get a little more protein than usual today.
I have been craving chocolate and cola today. And I’ll pat myself on the back because I didn’t have either. I did eat a serving of fat free vanilla frozen yogurt with my son today as an afternoon snack. Yummylicious!
Here’s to hoping I can make it through the weekend without ruining my healthy plan all together.

Motivated Mama – Day 4

Posted By on April 11, 2013

OK, so today I ventured out with both boys and without my boot on, to Target for some groceries and a few miscellaneous items. Surprisingly enough my foot/ankle didn’t bother me too bad. The pain that was there I managed to push through. So, that was quite the accomplishment.
I did stop for McDonald’s on the way home, so that was not very nutritious at all (bad mama). Sometimes you just have to do what is convenient and when everyone is hungry now, you get food, now.
I did squeak out 50 kettlebell reps at 15 lbs this evening. And boy did I feel better for it! So glad I got that in before the day ended. A shout out to my cheerleader husband for encouraging me through the last 15 or so reps. Getting back in shape is certainly a tough thing to accomplish, but thanks to the wonderful support that he has and will continue to give me I know I can do it! Thanks babe <3 u
Now it is late and I’m actually hungry so I think I’ll grab a piece of fruit and work a little more on a catalog then go to sleep. Here’s looking forward to tomorrow and the blessings of a new day that it brings!

Motivated Mama – Day 3

Posted By on April 11, 2013

What a day…it was a busy one around here. I managed to accomplish my first round of frog taping what will be the boy’s bedroom, along with some laundry and a little cleaning. Unfortunately, I did not exercise today :-( And I’m pretty sure my protein intake was not what it should have been.
There’s always tomorrow…

Motivated Mama – Day 2

Posted By on April 10, 2013

Well, I forgot to mention that I began this journey yesterday. By logging my weight and starting a new diet (not counting calories diet, just healthy eating diet), and exercise. I ended up feeling very full all day and quite proud of myself for doing this wonderful 10 minute workout.I ended up losing .6 ;b in just one day. And I’m not trying to lose weight :-)
So, today is day 2 and I once again ate a balanced diet. Omitting chocolate, junk, chips, and sodas is hard because I really like those tasty treats. Today I had a coupe scoops of fat free vanilla yogurt with about a quarter cup of diced strawberries. And my, oh, my was that yummy! What a tasty and healthy treat it was. I also did kettlebell swings for my exercise today. I used a 15 lb kettlebell and did 50 reps. I was totally exhausted after that and it felt so good. If you’ve never tried kettlebell swings you need to. It is a great workout. I get cardio along with strength at the same time.
Already feeling accomplished and still motivated, I am looking forward to tomorrow. Oh, and I can tell I already have a ton more energy throughout the day.

Motivated Mama – Ready? Set. Go!

Posted By on April 8, 2013

Thinking of starting a “Motivated Mama” line to my blog. It’s been so long since I’ve written anything I think this may keep me motivated to write more often.
Today I begin a new chapter of my life. Being 31 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child, a daughter this time :) , I have decided to get healthy. So far during this pregnancy I have done and ate whatever I please and I am ashamed. I have not taken care of myself and I am motivated to do better now. It’s never too late to change. I have approximately 9 weeks until she (Rachel) arrives and that is plenty of time to turn things around.
The Plan: My plan is 1)Not to go on a diet. This is not recommended for pregnant women because of the lack of vital nutrients to the baby. 2)Exercise daily. OK maybe I will give myself a break one day a week, probably Sundays. I will do this fabulous 10 minute workout routine I found online for pregnant girlies on Mon, Wed, and Fri., and then I will do kettlebell swings on Tue., Thur., and Sat. I will take a nice about a mile walks with my boys in our wonderful new BOB duallie jogging stroller, that my sweet husband got for me so I would exercise more, as often as I like in addition to the other workouts.3)Eat Healthy. I will eat better not only for my body’s sake but for Rachel’s sake, too. I will eat more protein and a balanced diet including whole grains, fruits, lots of veggies, and beans. I will not eat junk food every day. And I will not count calories.
I want to be able to have my ideal birth and doing the above plan is critical to me being able to do so. I want another natural, vaginal delivery. I cannot do that if my body is in terrible shape and I’m too fat to get the job done. My labor with Luke was long and hard and I need some stamina! I will not let myself and my daughter down. I refuse to be the reason that things don’t go the way I want them to. So, with the help and encouragement of my sweet husband, and guidance from the Lord I will do this. I can and should do anything I set my mind to. There are no excuses.
Lots of people believe that when a woman is pregnant she shouldn’t be very active and she should “eat for two”. These are blatant lies. I will overcome the stereotype and I will prove to myself and everyone else that just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you are disabled or have to get fat. Good health is vital. Child birth is an incredibly difficult task that you should have your body strong enough to handle. I will be strong. I will deliver my baby. And we will be healthy.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Don’t Let Jesus’ Life be in Vain

Posted By on February 1, 2012

Everyone tends to focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am not discounting the importance of these two parts. They are incredibly important to a Christian. Because of him, we were given the perfect sacrifice and he died in our place. Thanks to his death and resurrection we may live.
In order for us to live and not let Jesus’ life have been in vain we must live like Jesus, for Jesus.
Jesus lived for more than to just die. His spent his entire life teaching others. He is the Rabbi, the Great Teacher, Love, and God’s Word. We need to live our lives the way Jesus taught us to. Every thing he did was a lesson to us. We can learn how to live every single day of our lives that we are blessed to have by reading about how Jesus lived his life.
Thank God for Jesus’ life. It is a lesson to us all. Jesus loved his neighbors. He did not place any importance on others status, looks, denomination, nationality, sex, race, past or future. He loved everyone enough to give his whole life to teach them how to live for God. He always gave the glory to God and refused to take any for himself; the God-man. How humble, how unselfish. We all seem to live in complete opposition to the way he would have us to live. How selfish, how important we think we are… how deceived.
Strive to live the life Jesus taught. Be thankful he made a way for us to get to heaven. Ask God daily what you can do for him. Listen. Do it. It’s what Jesus did.

Getting closer!

Posted By on September 3, 2011

So, we are getting very close to the due date of our second son, Luke! The guessed due date is only 4 days away now. Today was pretty eventful with lots of braxton-hicks contractions and a really good working contraction that got us very excited. It all soon subsided so now we just wait some more :) This is one of the hardest parts of pregnancy to me… the waiting here at the end. I feel very anxious and excited to know that we could go into labor any day.

I finally packed a small suitcase with some clothes for Andrew, Jon, and myself along with some toiletries and snacks. And the diaper bag with clothes, blankets, and a few diapers for Luke. Jon put the baby car seat in the van tonight. So at least the labor “scare” got us in gear, a little ;) With Andrew, I had everything packed and ready to go a month in advance. This time is very different!

Back to the excitement that I am feeling. I am so looking forward to this labor and doing things differently. I am looking forward to working with my body as it works to move Luke out. I am also looking forward to working with Jon, Leigh (doula), Marcia (midwife), and possibly Dr. Roque (ob/gyn) throughout this labor and delivery. Having Luke the most natural way possible and staying the most relaxed and in the moment as possible will be wonderful! God has given me an awesome support team and has strengthened and encouraged me so much during this pregnancy. I have, am, and will continue to lean on Him the most for support and guidance to lead me through giving birth to His blessing for us. Thank you Lord, for leading us in the right directions as far as the doctor/midwife, and doula. I thank Him for such an understanding and encouraging husband as well. I look forward to our little family growing.

“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Psalm 127:4-5 KJV

“And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” 1 Timothy 2:14-15 KJV

Rennovation Update

Posted By on August 30, 2011

Things are moving along nicely. This past Saturday Jon worked on putting up the sheetrock in the master bathroom. He only has two 5″ wide pieces left to put on the face of the walls that encase the shower. It looks awesome! Last week he got the area for the a/c & furnace sheetrocked so they could come and install that for us. So they came by yesterday morning (8-29-11) and installed the unit, replace the drain pipe, and the flex pipe under the house. This unit has brand new coils also. So it’s like we have a brand new a/c :-) it works and feels so cool!
The next step is to move the hot water heater again. It looks like a better place for it to live is in the new bathroom closet area. It can be encased and then hidden with shelves. And moving it completely out of the master closet will free up a ton more room for Jon’s things :-) Along with the water heater move an exhaust pipe will have to be moved as well. This involves cutting a new hole in the ceiling/roof for the exhaust to go and connecting it through a new hole in the floor to the sewage pipe under the house. This one will be a pretty big job.
Then of course the puttying and sanding of the seams in the sheetrock will come after it is all replaced. Then we can paint!
Such an exciting time!

A Great Day

Posted By on August 29, 2011

Today had to be one of the best days we, as a family, have had in a long time.

The day was brought in with wonderful conversation with my husband until about 2:00am.

The morning began with Jon going to the license plate agency and purchasing a “new to us” minivan from Mary Jean Warren. It is an ’02 Honda Odyssey, burgundy, leather, lots of bells and whistles. We are so excited to have this vehicle for our growing family :-) It is a real blessing to us.

Before lunch the guys from Wilkes Heating and Air came by to install our A/C / furnace unit with brand spanking new coils (expensive! but worth it) So we now again have central air!! The house is nice and cool but I can’t get used to not hearing the hum of the three window unit air conditioning units that have been running non-stop practically all summer long ;) This too is wonderful blessing.

We then left after lunch (in our new minivan!) to go to the baby doc. And we received a good report from Dr. Marcia! Baby Luke is in position, hasn’t “dropped” yet, has a great heart rate, and I am still only 1cm dilated (have been for three weeks now) but I have a very soft cervix!! yay for the evening primrose oil capsules I’ve been using :-) So now we just wait on Mr. Luke to be ready to come when God so moves him to do so. I will hopefully be making another post very soon to get out some thoughts, ideas, and feelings about this pregnancy, birth, and delivery. There is too much to add to this one.

We have enjoyed one another’s company and God’s blessings to the max today! I don’t understand why He chooses to bless us with so much when we clearly do not deserve it. Thank you Lord for your mercy, grace, and blessings on our family. I can only give you my service and obedience back and it is flawed, unlike your perfect gifts, I only pray that you find me worthy.

June so far

Posted By on June 15, 2011

Well we began our water damage restoration last Saturday. Jon had his Dad, Mom & brother come up to help. They were able to tear out the walls that connect the pantry, master bath, and master closet, as well as cut out the section of damaged floor. Jon also treated the floor studs for mold that had grown this week. Things are looking good as far as drying out so more work can be done. We also removed the never used garden tub from the master bath and are now trying to sell it.
We have decided to do some remodeling to the bathroom and closet while we have the opportunity and and blank slate available. This is a pretty big task seeing as now the toilet, shower, sewer and exhaust pipes will all have to be reworked. I have an amazing husband who is willing to do all this because he knows it will make me happy. A side benefit is he will also get some pleasure out of the finished product. :-) But the fact that he is willing to do all of this extra work because we have daydreamed about it in the past proves what a very sweet and thoughtful person he is.
When it’s all said and done, we will have about 5′x3′ extra space in the closet as well as a couple new storage cabinets in the bathroom. I am so looking forward to this! We really need the extra space and these changes will make a huge difference.
A happy surprise came about when Jon was talking to his dad one day this week. He offered to make a new vanity cabinet for our bathroom! I am so excited about this! I have always thought the current vanity was too short and have not enjoyed bending over so far to brush my teeth; haha. I have already searched and saved a few pictures of what I want the new one to look like. Jon’s dad is an amazing woodworker and Jon is really looking forward to learning from him as they work on this project together. It will also give them some good ‘ol father-son binding time :-)

I also recently had an eye doctor appointment and had my contact lenses prescription changed along with ordering a new pair of reading/stigmatism correcting glasses. Well, I went to pick them up today and drove home wearing them and… I could actually read road name signs as well as business signs and message boards. It was wonderful! I was so excited and giddy like a little school girl :-) I read everything I could get my eyes on to Andrew the whole way home; haha What a blessing!

We also had Andrew’s hair trimmed today. He is growing up so quickly into a little boy. He looks so handsome and I just adore his little hair cut :-) He is simply amazing to me and I am in awe of all that he is learning and how quickly he picks up on things. His vocabulary is growing daily and his understanding of his surroundings is abounding. He is such a little smarty (he gets that from his dad).
I am also beginning my third trimester of our second pregnancy today! What an exciting time. Only 3 more months until our new bouncing baby boy will be here. I am looking forward to the challenges and happiness he will bring to our sweet little family.

Things, they are a’changin’ ’round here… and I like where we are headed :-)