Tidbits from daily life

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since school has started, but here are a few things that have been happening:

* My husband and I are in a bible study with some of our friends, Sacred Marriage, and it is so refreshing to be in a room filled with people who are married and want to be married. ¬†ūüôā

* Without babysitting 2 little ones, and now being in a routine with school, I have a lot more time to just be with the kids uninterrupted.

* In the craziness of work, higher education, school and kid schedules, date nights are wonderful! ūüôā

* I began reading “Undaunted, The Josh McDowell Story” and while it is a difficult read so far, I have high hopes of it being a great book!

* I am looking forward to going to see “Unbroken” after Christmas. ¬†If you have not read it yet…read it!!!!

* Minnie Driver may be the best actress ever…I am watching “Return to Zero” as I type and it is incredibly well made. ¬†For those of you who don’t know about the movie, it is about a couple whose baby was stillborn. ¬†It is based on a true story. ¬†I haven’t seen this issue portrayed since ER did an episode on it. ¬†They depicted it very well, also. ¬†Amazingly, in the ER episode “Midnight” the situation was almost identical to mine…even down to the baby’s name.

* My kids ran their first mud race and it was awesome!!!!

That’s all the updates for now!

Enjoy the weekend!

Reflection, Perspective and New Starts

My body sure has been through a lot in the last decade…pregnancies, births, crazy weight loss, weight back to normal, weight past normal (:P), various tests the last few years to determine…finally…that my body reacts to yellow dye, potentially other dyes, and is intolerant to a smattering of foods like oatmeal and broccoli (both of which I actually like). ¬†In the midst of all the craziness, my workouts have intensified, my time with God has jumped around and my perspective has changed.

My body weight and fat percentage are not where I want them…I desire to be healthier and to shed a few pounds while defining the muscle that is already there, but I am finally at the point where I am not going to dwell on it as much as I have in the past. ¬†Wondering which mirror is the most accurate, missing sleep to squeeze in that last hour of the workout, or just obsessing about 5 or even 10 pounds. ¬†If I am making healthy choices, the weight will come off in time. ¬†If I am not eating like a football player and being a glutton, if my husband loves me and more importantly my Savior loves me, then there is not one reason to obsess. ¬†If someone else judges me based on a few pounds, shame on them, and if I let that bother me, shame on me. ¬†My priorities need to be on God first. ¬†I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I stayed up late to workout and then fell asleep reading my Bible.

So I am making a few changes.  I am still going to be healthy and workout, because I enjoy working out and think people should take care of the bodies God has given to them.

My mornings will look a little like this:

  • Devotionals (a few pages of 2-3)
  • Prayer and journal time
  • online devotions
  • workout (currently I am doing an ab challenge, a squat challenge, elliptical, a 4 week program kind of and I just printed the Spartacus workout so we will see if I add that in…that one is only 3xs a week and the 4 week program is not everyday either)
  • Normal day of chasing children, teaching children, cleaning, cooking and household maintenance
  • depending on how much time I spent working out, possibly another workout before bed…but not too late. ¬†ūüėČ

With all the craziness of food I am going to attempt to eat as clean as possible.  I know this needs to be a gradual switch, so I will do it the right way.

I am excited to have a better perspective, I am excited to be healthier, I am most excited to see where the Lord will lead me and my family.

Just a few Tuesday life thoughts ¬†ūüôā

March For Life

Please join me today in praying for the enormous number of babies who are aborted each day. ¬†Please join me in praying for their parents who are facing things many of us cannot imagine. ¬†Please join me in praying for EACH life everywhere in this world…the blessed, the poor, the wicked, the homeless, the tortured, the abused, the hurting, the dying, the living. ¬†Pray that we may be able to show them God’s light and love. ¬†We are able to help every person without enabling them. ¬†We are able to LOVE every person despite their decisions. ¬†There are a lot of people I love who do not make choices I love. ¬†There are a lot of people who love me that do not love the choices I make. ¬†We need to love as God loves us. ¬†Love with His heart, His gentleness, His forgiveness. ¬†I am not saying we compromise our beliefs, but Jesus was and is a friend of sinners, and we are all sinners. ¬†The least we can do is honor Him by reaching out to others with His love.

PLEASE PRAY that the world may see each life, whether born or unborn, as a life that is made from God, a life full of potential, a life worth living.

http://www.liveaction.org/

 

And Then It Hits You…

There are moments that strike you when you love people.  Moments that tug at your heart, break your heart and bring tears to your eyes.  These moments could occur when you love the living, the healthy and whole, the sick, or those who go before you.  Each moment is precious.  This post is going to be about those moments with my children.

My adopted son…it was such a journey to bring him to our home. ¬†There were MANY MANY heartaches along the way…including a little boy who didn’t make it to our home, but whom we still hold in prayer along with his family. ¬†I look at my adopted son often while we are on adventures…days at the lake, days at the amusement park, camping…I think of where he could be if not with us. ¬†It brings me joy to see him experiencing great things and even the “small things” like cuddling on the couch for movie night. ¬†These things he may not have known if God hadn’t brought Him to us. ¬†And where would we be without his smile, his laugh and his crazy energy? ¬†How richly God has blessed us! ¬†We had multitudes of people praying for him and God answered with His perfect plan.

My daughter who we feared would never come…not because she had health issues, but because we had already experienced a loss of a child and my pregnancy with her was a bit stressful. ¬† She is all grace…she is sweet and caring and the moments that strike me are when she tells us of how she wants to please Jesus. ¬†She approaches His feet with genuine requests and full belief. ¬†She came a bit early and the doctors weren’t sure her lungs would be developed when she was born. ¬†It makes me chuckle as I recall having those same multitudes pray for her lungs and she was THE LOUDEST baby I have ever heard. ¬†ūüėČ

My youngest. ¬†We had some scares with him. ¬†The doctors were pretty convinced that he would be born with Trisomy or Down’s Syndrome or a heart defect. ¬†He had all the warning signs. ¬†We prayed and again asked all our family members and friends to pray for a miracle and he was healed…we believe he was healed. ¬†Up until the last ultrasound (and there were a lot) the signs were still there for one of those issues and he was born perfectly healthy. ¬†Those memories come back to me in a flash when I see him enjoying life, learning, running and laughing. ¬†Those memories also flood me when I see others in the same place whose news did not turn out the same as ours.

I think God gave me these moments so I would not take them for granted…and I am afraid I still do at times. ¬†But each smile and hug and laugh is precious and bring about more moments and memories.

Finally, my Joshua. ¬†Joshua means The Lord is Salvation. ¬†We prayed for his name and God gave us that name in a very unique way…it came in the mail. ¬†True…very true. ¬†Anyway, I am blessed to know that is the name He chose for my baby boy who went on before me. ¬†So many moments remind me of him. ¬†Of course, just like my other children, I think of him daily. ¬†I don’t cry everyday, but there are still days that I cry for him or my heart breaks for him. ¬†The typical days that bring a flood of memories include his birthday and holidays. ¬†Certain songs will be a trigger as well. ¬†Sometimes beautiful days, good family days and happy times trigger a twinge of sadness also, because I wonder what he would be like or how he would add to our family. ¬†Yesterday was pregnancy and infant loss awareness day…I pray for all who have lost children for any reason at any age.

Despite the ups and downs, the joys and heartbreaks, and even the times when we fell apart…we are richly blessed. ¬†God has given us joy in each of our children. ¬†Each and every one is precious and brings special and sacred memories. ¬†Sometimes going through the days these memories just hit me and I know I have been blessed and that my Lord and Savior holds these children in the palm of His hand.