500

I wanted to do something amazing for post 500, but I haven’t done one of my random posts in quite some time, so I decided to make this a random post of random ideas.

STRENGTH

I am stronger than I was when I began this blog 500 posts ago.  Stronger physically and stronger emotionally.  Physically I have run my first half marathon, followed numerous body building programs, gained muscle, lost fat and am currently training for my first mud event…not a full Tough Mudder, but a 7 mile version.

Emotionally and spiritually I have been forced to grow stronger.  This is a bittersweet blessing as I have seen many loved ones struggle with various serious life issues since I began this blog.  God has shown me so much of His strength, let me rely on it, let me trust it, and let me share some of it.  Despite that it is still difficult to see loved ones in pain.

STINK BUGS

Stink bugs have attacked our home.  We have tried so many tactics to get rid of them.  They themselves are not vicious, but they are cyanide based.  A year or so ago my cat ate one and became very sick.  Sadly she is still sick and I wonder if the stink bug is the cause.  We are hoping that she does get better…she has lots of years ahead of her.  A week ago a stink but landed in our fish tank, and wouldn’t you know that our little Swimmy is not so swimmy since then.  We are waiting to see if he regains a little bit of energy or if tornado like waters are in his future.  😦

CHILDREN

Of course these little people in my home have changed quite a bit in this short period of time.  They are smarter, bolder (sometimes good, sometimes bad), taller, sweeter, closer to their next birthdays.  Since I am their teacher as well as mommy, I decided to add some fun regular days.  So we now have cooking days on Tuesdays and Science days on Thursdays.  I treasure these days because most of the time I am the one telling them what to do or not to do in school and in home life.  During these special days it gives me a chance to just have fun with them as we do interesting things.  This last Tuesday we made rice krispy treats and tomorrow we are going to make a volcano.

FOOD

I made a wonderful snack discovery today.  Almonds are quite healthy, in moderation of course.  Today on the shelf, the perfect and most delicious way to eat almonds…WASABI AND SOY…oh amazing!

BIBLE

On this 500th post…the most important thing you could ever know:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 – John 3:16

No matter where you are in life or what you are doing, take the time to know the One who made you, suffered for you and died for you.   Study His Word and embrace it.

Wasabi Peas and other random thoughts

Yesterday as I was going about my day…cleaning clothes, buying food, dispensing medicine, wiping faces, taxiing to the dentist, lifting weights, running on machines, creating meals, teaching children, watching the news…you know, just living life…my mind meandered along as did I.  These are a few of the thoughts that rambled around in my mind.  A few could be blogged in more detail at a later date, but for now, enjoy, if you choose, a bit of my meandering thoughts from my meandering day.

* “Will my children ever wear the clothes on the bottom of the drawer?”

Laundry is done so frequently at our house that I have to force myself to be creative with my kids’ clothes and not just grab what is on the top of the pile…otherwise they will wear the same thing every other day.

* “Loving someone does not mean condoning their actions.”

There are people in our lives that do things completely against anything we could imagine, but they still need love…maybe more than the people who hold our same values.

* “Disagreeing with someone or something does not mean hate.”

This thought came to me when watching the news where people are set up to answer questions about their beliefs and if they don’t line up with someone else’s can be interpreted as hate.  I am thankful for the few who don’t sacrifice their values just to be pleasing to the crowd.

* “Shin splints stink!”

This is self-explanatory.

* “Worshipping solo in my car is awesome!”

No one can hear my horrid vocals!

* “I love when others complement my kids.”

Not in a prideful way, but sometimes I feel like I am hard on my kids all day long, so it is nice to praise them and have others praise them as well.

* “WASABI PEAS!”

Why haven’t I tried these before?  They just might be one of my top 5 favorite foods now!

* “I am so thankful my family puts up with me.”

God has blessed me with such an amazing family and I am glad to be a part of it!

* “I am so thankful my Lord puts up with me!”

This needs no explanation, but is thought multiple times a day!