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Day 25 of my Whole 30!

Fruit & Vegetable Platter

I’m in my last week of my 30 day commitment to go without any sugar, grains, dairy, and junk of any kind. I have drank only water and of course my morning coffee with almond milk.  I have been checking labels like a crazy woman. They sneak sugar into everything and if it isn’t sugar it’s some other form of man made junk! Ok this isn’t a lecture on additives and preservatives. Today I have hit the point of “not hungry”. WHAT?! Me?! I love to eat and I love food! One of my worst habits before doing this was not being able to read my “full” radar anymore(or maybe I just didn’t care). Years and years of indulging and I just would eat until I was uncomfortable. Especially if it was something sweet or fried or dripping in cheese. Today I find myself eating a banana for breakfast. A couple pieces of compliant beef jerky in between, a few bites of the omelet I made myself for lunch (I just wasn’t hungry!), and an apple. A short time ago I would eat a couple of helpings of whatever I served the kids for lunch and if it was something really good (pizza, tacos, sloppy joes) I would clean it up. This is an awesome feeling for sure. Could it be that food has lost it’s control over me?

Some of the biggest results so far besides weight loss are that my mood seems much more balanced. Not that I don’t get stressed or frustrated during the day but I do feel like I am more able to control my mood or brush off things that would normally irritate me. I have NO doubt that this has to do with not having those sugar spikes and then come downs from before Whole 30. I feel less foggy and have felt that way since the first week. I am sleeping better. Zero heartburn, indigestion, and I’m not bloated feeling all the time. In the first few weeks I was waking up to use the restroom twice (all the water and flushing) but that has since stopped. I can’t wait to weigh myself next week!

I have mixed emotions when I think about day 31. I’m a bit freaked out to be outside of the strict limits of the whole 30 way of eating. Of course nothing says I have to stop. However I do know me and just like any addiction I feel like one doughnut, 1 slice of pizza, 1 Big Mac and fries and I will go right back to bad habits. These next few days I will be reading up on the whole 30 website for support and guidance on how to tackle this next phase. If you would like to know anymore about Whole 30 here is the link….http://whole30.com/ .

I guess now is a good time to revisit my first 2 posts to jog my memory on why I made this commitment and why I should keep going beyond day 30!

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Top 10 reasons why I love homeschooling my children

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My boys are still young 7 and 4 so while I feel I am still very much an amateur at this homeschooling life there are still so many reasons why I love it and how I know it is going to work for us all the way through. When people ask if I will be homeschooling the “whole” time I always wonder a bit where this question comes from. Am I all of a sudden going to not want to be with my children? In a moment decide I am not capable or do they think at a certain age my children are going to beg to be woken up at the crack of dawn to be ushered to a bus stop and then sent to a building where they have to spend 8 hours before they can come home and resume their own interests? I usually reply with something like, ” well we will see how it goes” or “for now that is the plan”. Maybe sounds a little wishywashy to you but since God led me to homeschool and indeed answered my pray with a very real “YES”, if in turn down the road He tells me to throw in the towel then I would absolutely do just that. So here are my top 10 reason why I homeschool, why I am 100% sold on it and why I know it’s best for our family.

#1-I run a daycare out of my home. Some days this makes the doing school work a bit harder but most of the time it just works. Our days don’t look like a regular “what you would see down the street at the school” day. We get done what we can during the day and use our evenings as well. Our emphasis is on learning to read. I feel once they grasp that the skies the limit and all knowledge is at their finger tips.

Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola

Which then brings me to the 2nd reason…

 

#2-My children are learning Life Skills. Lately I have made the goal that my kids will be self sufficient by the time they are in the double digits…..around 10 years of age.  What do I mean by that? In my mind they should be able to do their own laundry (mainly folding and putting away properly) but I have no doubt they can also learn to separate it and use the washer and dryer. (not that I will make them do this or be able to give up control of the laundry entirely:) I watch my 7 year old navigate through an app on the tablet or play video games, build lego creations so  sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, etc should be a piece of cake.  They should be able to make small meals for themselves. Both of my boys love helping especially when it comes to cooking and admittedly I don’t ask them to help enough. Am I going to put them in charge of the house? Goodness No! However I have seen them light up when they feel they have contributed to the family and the household in this way. I love taking care of my family but all of us that run a household know the more help the better.  Having my boys home during the day gives us time to teach and learn these skills. I mean let’s admit it right here….kids aren’t learning to fold laundry, make beds, or even make a grocery budget at  a traditional school. My other secret prayer is that when they find that special girl someday and get married they will already know the work it takes to keep a home and raise children so they will never undermine it and will be more likely to jump in and help without being asked because they already do! So to your future wives….”your welcome and don’t you dare let them tell you they don’t know how!” 😉

#3-They are learning how to care for and teach each other and the younger kids. This is another plus of having other kids in the home of different ages. It isn’t all sunshine and roses because there will always be personalities that clash. Like two “little big dogs” under the same roof. I have watched both of the boys grow in this area. They try their best to be gentle with the toddlers and they love it when we have a little baby in the house. They want to teach them the do’s and the don’ts. They want to make it better when a baby is crying or a toddler is upset. They know that this is what mom does for a “job” but we treat the children and parents like family and that is what the boys call it…”our daycare family”. They are sad when a child moves on from our home but also excited when we have someone new join us.

#4-I know where my kids are and what is influencing them. OK Call me a helicopter parent or a smothering mother or whatever negative phrase makes you feel better. Guess what? I don’t care…why? because for all of history, before there was such a thing as government run schools, kids were either in the home working and learning from their parents or in a one room school house, with all different ages, learning together. Of course I let them out of my sight  and I am not hovering over them 24/7 and of course they have activities outside of the home….which includes…..gasp….other kids their age! So as they grow up they will flee the nest to pursue their interests and I will have to let go but there is no evidence that suggests children need to be away from the home or parents at a certain age or a specific amount of time to thrive and grow into well adjusted and happy young adults. I don’t have to wonder if they are getting the attention they need, falling behind, or bored because they are ahead of the rest of the class. I don’t have to worry about bullies. This goes both ways. I don’t want to be on either side of that call from the school.

#5-Absolute flexibility and control of our schedule.- YES I love having the illusion that I am in control of my days. When are you starting school this year? Oh sometime in August….or September was an answer I recently gave. Can we take that little trip in the fall? YES! Can we take a day to go to the pool or can we have late nights without affecting school the next day? YES ……this probably should have been the #1 reason because it doesn’t just sound awesome….it is. Much like when you become your own boss, you just don’t have anyone telling you what you HAVE to do. I also live in a great homeschooling state so I truly don’t have to answer to anyone. The rebel in me just smiles:)

#6-Stress free mornings:) Ok that is a lie but now that the boys are sleeping in later it really is great to let them have their rest and not have to rush around.

#7-The world really is a classroom. Kids learn from doing. All those  worksheets, lectures, apps, and videos are great but ask your child what their favorite thing is that they have done this summer. My oldest would say “when daddy and I took apart that cabinet in the garage!” to which he would add, “I got to wear safety goggles because you know….safety first!” My youngest might say something totally off the wall or made up (he is at that stage) or he may something like “when we went to the campground and swam.”  There is a reason kids long for summertime and a reason they dread going back to school. Summer means exploring, hands on play, running, swimming, and being with the people they love most….their parents! It’s what sticks in their minds. So wouldn’t it go without saying if you can teach in this kind of environment the information they learn would stay with them all the better?

#8-I am learning or re-learning right along with them. This really doesn’t need explanation but it is neat to learn together.

#9-It really does bring the family closer. My husband works outside of the home so he doesn’t get to see a lot of the teaching that goes on. The other night he heard Noah reading to me in the bedroom and afterward said how cool that was to hear. I think he forgets just how much he teaches the boys in their day to day interactions. He is their teacher too. We are a team.

#10-God will never be kicked out of this school! This year I am committed to include prayer and Bible study into our daily routine. Let me just add this as well……. because my kids do not attend a public school  I will not have to explain to my boys why a “girl” is using the boys bathroom or vice versa or why so and so has 2 mommies or 2 daddies nor do I have to worry about them learning a liberal version of sex education at way to young of an age. Yes I know these things will come up and No I will not teach them to hate someone who is different but I absolutely will teach them what God’s Word says about male and female relationships and that we need to treat others the way we want to be treated.

This is not to bring down parents who send their kids to school. These are just the reasons I am loving this homeschool choice so much. It seems that our society today has made it next to impossible for families to survive on one income but let me just say that if you feel led to teach your own children and to teach them your way it is definitely doable and your homeschool does not have to look like a traditional school at all.  Make it your own. As long as your kids are learning, happy, and healthy what could be better. If you put God at the forefront of this adventure everything will work out just fine.

                   Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

                                                 6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
                                        And when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

 

 

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True Transformation

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2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

We can reinvent ourselves a thousand times over in a lifetime. New hair, new makeup, lose weight, gain weight, add muscle. We can collect awards and accomplishments. We can surround ourselves with friends who only know what they see on the surface. All of which can make us feel happy and fulfilled for only moments. True transformation happens when you allow God into your life. When you let the power of the gospel take hold of you and change you. Crumpled and broken at the foot of the cross…..seeing that your sin is what nailed Him there…no one else….just you and Jesus.

Salvation is a one time cry of repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ however because we are flawed and imperfect humans we will find ourselves at the cross over and over seeking His forgiveness. Thankfully he is always with us. Welcoming us back into His presence.

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

True transformation happens in our hearts. True freedom is not having to meet the standards of this world. Jesus looks right past our outer appearance and deep into our hearts. We can not hide anything from Him. Again and Again I come to Jesus and ask Him to create in me a clean heart and renew me….change me…..transform me.

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Daily Word Prompt: Nightmare

maxresdefaultThe born again christian takes comfort in the fact that God does not break His promises. Our hope rests in Jesus Christ. He came to this world and defeated death and evil. Victory and vengeance will be His in the end. My heart aches for the loss of human life but we lie to ourselves if we do not acknowledge the evil that takes place in this world. Violence and murder happen every single day in every area of this world. Hate, greed, envy, pride, and immorality plague us as a race….of HUMANS. None of us are immune to the nightmares that play across our screens on what seems like a weekly basis. We take it in…..we cry….we get angry…..we pray. I ask myself what is the real terror? Isn’t it dying  and then waking up in your eternity and realizing you are in an even darker place because you decided during your life that you didn’t need God, that religion wasn’t for you, or that you had plenty of time to search for the truth?

JOHN 3:16-21 (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

As Christ followers we anticipate and pray for Jesus’ return. For we know that according to God’s Word once He returns for His church the tribulation (a synonym for nightmare by the way) will play out and then the horrors will end. The wars that have played out past, present, and future will hold nothing to the final battle between Light and darkness. God wins! The nightmares will stop.

Now is the time to be bold in your faith. Renew your relationship with your Savior and let Him set your soul on FIRE!

Proverbs 2:3-5 (ESV)

yes, if you call out for insight  and raise your voice for understanding,if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Acts 17:24-27(ESV)

24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God,and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

I write this as a reminder to myself as well. Do not ignore or disregard the One whom you gave your heart to. Remember the day you said, “Yes God I believe in your Son….I am a sinner and I need forgiveness…I give you everything I am because I am nothing without you.  I am so thankful that God’s love is unconditional and His grace and forgiveness to His children immeasurable.

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“Hang In There Momma”

This memory pops up from time to time. My worst grocery trip with the boys. There is no quicker way to feel like a failure than being a mom in a store with 2 kids melting down and a dozen people looking on. Oh the humiliation and defeat. Then four words from a stranger and a sympathetic look and smile came just at the right time. She didn’t stop and try to get involved. She didn’t look at me with that disapproving “get your children under control look” or the even worse “look at the mom failing at being a mom” look. You know the looks I am talking about and admittedly before I became a mom I looked on situations with that same “this is what I would do because she is doing it all wrong” attitude. So let me tell you about the time I was humbled to the point of tears….on my knees….with 2 boys crying, 5 aisles in and a full cart.

I had my list and I was focused. “Forty-five minutes tops,” I thought as I put Caleb (about a year old) in the front seat of the cart and had Noah (4 years old walking beside me). I was in a rush. No reason why I am just always in a rush when it comes to the grocery store. I want to get it done and not have to think about it until next week. It was busy. Of course it was. I was already getting frustrated because Noah wouldn’t stay by the side of me so I could maneuver him over and out of the way when people were coming up the opposite end of the aisle. Then Caleb started in. He wanted out! He wanted out now!! What felt like fifteen minutes later we were still in the middle of the cereal aisle, the most popular aisle in the store at this moment in time. Caleb is screaming and I told Noah to start walking so we could just go check out. Rounding the corner Noah stops right in front of the cart (where he isn’t supposed to be) and consequently the cart runs into the back of his heel. Now Noah is crying and yelling, “oh it hurts, it hurts so bad!” Caleb is still crying. I manage to get us in the next aisle and parked to the side. I get down on my knees and am trying to console Noah. Caleb is reaching over the cart still protesting his captivity. Now I am the mom who attempted murder on her child with the cart. My blood is boiling and tears are stinging my eyes. I am telling Noah to breathe and I am sorry and I didn’t mean to hit his heel but why can’t he stay beside me and we just need to get out of here. The sample lady who witnessed the whole thing keeps turning around to shoot me more looks.  Her face said I was failing at this mom thing. I am back up trying to keep Caleb from flipping the cart over and then  I crouch back down and hug Noah. Caleb is still crying. Having been a retail worker there was no way I was abandoning this cart full of groceries. Unless you have worked retail you have no idea just how rude this is. I look up and this lady is walking past us slowly. She was observing. I met her eyes and she smiled a sympathetic smile and said “Hang in there momma.” I smiled back through tears and whispered, “thank you.” In four little words that lady picked me up off my knees and got me moving. I took Noah by the hand and although he was still sobbing and Caleb was still squirming and fussing we made our way to the check out. When we got home I told my husband I was NEVER taking both of them to the store again! yeah right. Moral of this story and what it changed about the way I view other moms in public……you can be the one who casts a judging look at the mom who’s kids are melting down or even the mom who is melting down OR you can be  like the lady who boosted my mommy confidence with just four little words. I want to be the person who encourages with a look of kindness and a soft word. To all you mommas out there…”Hang in there!”

Now Noah and Caleb are almost 8 and 4 and I have taken them to the grocery store together. I am still always in a hurry (it’s just me) but to this date there has never been a meltdown of that caliber. In the moment I was mortified but when I look back I smile. These are the things that build our mommy character, build our patience, and make us better parents and people.

Being a mom is the greatest blessing God has given me.

 

 

 

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Day 10 on Whole 30

I have passed the mark of my last Whole 30. Day 9 when I somehow said to myself, “this is too hard and I’m not worth it!”  Obviously I didn’t say that but when we quit on ourselves isn’t that  exactly what we are saying. So here I am on day 10. One third of the way through this challenge. For a sugar addicted, carb loving, will eat anything fried type of girl this is HUGE. I feel empowered and I can’t wait to hit that halfway mark when the “boundless energy” phase takes over. I do feel less “dragged down” in the afternoons. This is not easy though people. Let me tell you. I have had pizza ate in front of me…. Ice cream, chocolate, and I even made a dessert (pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting) for a party and I didn’t even lick the spoon! Nope not even a finger swipe of the frosting. I made a commitment of 30 days without any sugar, no bread, no dairy, no artificial anything and I want to experience the benefits. The top 5 reasons I believe this time is different and why I know I can and will succeed.

1. Praying through the bad moments. God knows I am weak when it comes to food (not my only weakness I assure you) and there is just NO way I can do this without leaning fully on Him. He knows me better than I know myself.

2. Taking it 1 day at a time. I have never been through a 12 step program but I have heard this before. I focus on getting through this day without giving in to the temptations that surround me.

3. Connecting. I have joined a couple of social media groups. Knowing there are other people out there doing the same thing you are and connecting with them is huge. I had a dear friend also reach out to me as she has successfully completed a whole 30 and is starting another round. This has made a huge difference as we have exchanged messages and are supporting each other. (Thanks for messaging me Girl;)

4. Preparation.  This is more mental for me cause I am horrible at meal planning. I like to wing it. This can be a recipe for disaster! For instance I’m running low on veggies and protein but am planning a grocery run tonight. I know exactly what my choices are today so no reason to use the “there is nothing for me to eat” excuse.

5. I can feel the changes beginning but if I want to see changes in the mirror and on that evil scale then I have to press on. No giving up….no giving in….no excuses. I am >than what the scales says!!

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Daily Word Prompt: FALSE

 

John 8:44(ESV)
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

What you see coming from your TV screen is inaccurate.
What you see coming from your computer screen is faulty.
What you see on your smartphone is fake.
What you read in the paper and what you hear on the radio is distorted.                                   The life you are living is poisoned by the lies of this world.
Wake up from your fanciful dream and seek the only truth there is.

1John 8:1:8(ESV)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
John 14:6(ESV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is love…..however when He returns to this world it will be to judge. Which father are you serving?

John 3:36(KJV)) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;but the wrath of God abideth on him.IMG_5660

 

 

 

 

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Daily Word Prompt: Forbidden

My love for written words and lyrics has come back to me with a rush of enthusiasm and anticipation. To write is a license to thrill, anger, comfort, inspire…..to impact someone. Bringing them into your world or taking them into others. When you pour yourself out onto a piece a paper nothing is forbidden and everything is possible and within your grasp.

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I am>than what the scale says…Day3/30

Following the Whole 30 eating plan…

3 days in….well technically 2 and half but I have no doubt I will get through today. I hate even putting a 3/30 because I want this to be a total lifestyle change and am planning on going beyond that 30 day mark. So in my mind that 3/30 is only there as a way to book mark these entries.

I woke up feeling great. I already feel less bloated. I am not craving anything too bad. My willpower is always good in the beginning and  I chalk that up to my extreme stubbornness which I have also passed onto my first born. (yes hubs if you are reading this I admit it). This time it is the stubbornness I will tap into when I need it down the road.

The biggest challenge in my first 3 days?! That would be not pouring that french vanilla coffee creamer into my morning Joe.  I opted for coconut milk instead of going black. It is working but I realize I am not much of a coffee lover. More of  a caffeine and coffee creamer lover:/

I tend to get the afternoon and late evening munchies so I am going after apples (this week it is pink ladies to be exact) , pears, and I may have killed a whole cantaloupe yesterday. Hey it was delicious and healthy. I have been drinking water throughout the day. My big purple cup is 22 ounces and I am averaging 4-5 of those.

That’s it for this post. If you are starting or on a journey of health please comment and leave a link/pingback. I would love to follow you.