Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Week, New Things

So first of all........

I'm so sorry - I completely slipped from posting SUYL on Friday.  It is on a very important topic that is close to my heart - infertility.  So many of you are struggling with this and my prayer is for you to find others who are in the same boat and connect and find encouragement or an understanding friend. We will move everything out a week and do it this Friday.

We had quite a busy week last week.  Tuesday, we headed to the CUTEST kids store in the world - Southern Style for story hour.  This is in our downtown and is such a precious store.  

They read books and had cookies - it was a lot of fun. 

We also had swimming lessons last week.  We did them at a friends' house who has a heated pool.  It was a blustery 56 one of the days but the kids didn't seem to mind.  I was COLD.  They did great - Harper swims great and Hollis is on her way.  

 On Wednesday, I woke up with a terrible case of food poisoning (from a place that will I will keep anonymous).  I was SO sick.  I had to call Scott to come home from work once I got Will down for a nap.  I don't know what I would have done without him.  I couldn't get out of bed most of the day.  in the late afternoon, Hollis came in to tell me Will was asleep on daddy.  I was too weak to stand up so I handed her my phone and told her to take a picture so I could see.  She did such a good job - I don't know who was more exhausted - father or son.

Hollis went to a birthday party for a friend this weekend.  She had so much fun.  

All I could think about was this picture four years ago when they were around Will Holden's age and just how quick that went.  These two are headed to kindergarten in a few months.  

The rest of our week was spent chasing this boy.  Do you see the twinkle in his eye? I've always had a weakness for boys with big smiles and a mischievous light in their eyes.  Well, now I've got a son who has both and I have a bad feeling he's going to have my number all his life. ha! 

My sweets before church today.  It's nearly impossible to get them all in a picture these days but this was pretty close to perfect.  

My girls

Okay - so I'm starting something NEW tomorrow (Monday morning) and I'm going to share my journey with you.  Scott and I are doing Whole 30.  Y'all know I've had a struggle with my weight for the last couple of years.  Here I am 13 months out from having a baby and I'm still only 10 pounds less than the day I came home from the hospital.  I have honestly tried and lost and gained the same 10 pounds over and over in the last few months but I'm just frustrated.  I also know that my energy level is low and I'm just not as healthy as I could be.  

I don't have any interest in taking pills or drinking special drinks - I know I need a complete lifestyle change.  And I've watched a lot of people do Whole 30 and it has really interested me.  Not just for weight loss  but to give me a refresh and just a health makeover.

I know a lot of you are whole 30 experts and have done it many times or live it and some of you have no idea what I'm talking about but either way - I'm just going to take you along on my journey.  

I'm going to do a weekly update on Mondays.  I'm going to post pictures and details of what I ate for every meal.  I'm going to detail the plan for you.  I'm going to post progress details and pictures.  Let's just see what happens!! 

I'm excited about the food actually.  The only things I'm not super excited about are 1. all the meal planning and work.  This is no processed foods, no sugar, no grains, no legumes, no dairy.  And 2. No Diet coke.  I'll admit I'm addicted.  But I know drinking water will be a great thing for me.  

So Next Monday I will have a full report!

So there you have it - that's what new with me! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Parenting Help

The ministry I work with had an amazing mothering conference a few weeks ago.

I wanted to share with you because there were 12 breakouts all led by professionals in the area they spoke in and you can get the downloads for only $5.    I thought some of you might find these helpful! 
Just click the links to get the downloads. 

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Monday, May 16, 2016

What matters most

I don't blog about controversial things.

For one thing, I've found out the hard way that things I didn't even know were controversial can stir up trouble.  From sleep training to circumcision to the size of bows - I can get flack for anything.  And I don't have a thick skin.  I also don't like to argue.

So I decided early on in blogging that I would never write about controversial things.  I know a lot of bloggers thrive off of it.  You can get a lot more shares, comments, and views when you write things that stir up opinions.  And I'm happy for them.  But that's not what I'm about.

My passion in life and in blogging beyond my family is sharing Jesus.  That's what I feel I was put here for.  NOT to share my views on politics or the latest current issues.  It's not that as a Christian I don't want to stand up for the truth of the Bible - because I will do that.  But because if I turn people off left and right with my thoughts on things that really aren't eternal, then they won't be around when I share about what Jesus has done in my life and what Jesus can be to them.  I will always be bold to share about my faith without worry about what people think.  Because to me that's what I'm here for.

I just feel like we are expecting a very lost world to act like they know Jesus.  Why on earth would they uphold what the Bible says if they don't even know Jesus.  My values follow what the Bible says but I can't expect people to follow the same when they don't believe what I do.  
As badly as I want to share my opinions on Facebook and here,  I just don't think arguing or ranting does any good or points anyone to Jesus.

Yes, I'm sad at the direction this world is going.  This election is beyond discouraging.  I don't like either candidate.  I'm torn between the fact that I can't vote for either one and yet my grandpas and so many fought and died so we could have the right to vote.  But I'm also not throwing my hands up in despair like I see so many doing.  Things are happening in our world that I hate.  But I'm not losing sleep over it.  If anything, I feel even more encouraged to stand strong in my faith and share the love of Christ.  It doesn't make me popular but I see more than ever an opportunity to find hope in Christ.

God is not surprised by 2016.  God is not worried.  He is in control.  He has overcome.  I am resting in Him.  My confidence is in Him and not in this world.  I am keeping my eyes on the only one I can put my trust in.

So you won't see me posting and trying to convince you to vote for this candidate or sign this petition.  But you will hear me say that if there is anything you can hope in or trust in - there is a God who loved you before you were conceived and a God who has plans for you far greater than you could conceive and has promised an eternal life beyond your wildest dreams if you just simply trust in Him.  And I want nothing more than for you to know Him.

And if that's controversial - well then here's my post.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39