30 June 2008
Rosie is our Godson Caden's little sister! I went back through my posts and didn't find a good picture of Caden so that I could introduce him to you! Guess I will have to get on that! Anyway, don't forget to go vote for our little red head fireball that is #10 on the list!
26 June 2008
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20 June 2008
Today after school, she took Daddy on a nature walk and he snapped a few pictures with his cell phone.
Meet 'Sassy, the RollyPolly'. Apparently, Kirstyn found Sassy in the same spot each day and took care of and talked to her, so it is only fitting that you meet her too. Oh and STAY AWAY from the red flags, they mean "Poison Ivy Present" and that will make you "itch forever"!
She had a very fun and exciting week and she is already asking if she can go back next year! Next week will be busy too....it is VBS week!
17 June 2008
That puts me at 11.4 more before July 4th to make it to my 20 lbs in 12 weeks goal! *Sigh* I know that it is not possible, even if I fast and pray for the next two weeks to hit that goal, but at least I am getting close and I am officially out of that rut that I was in 10 weeks ago! I am also very thankful for this accountability I have created for myself by posting about this journey. (Oh and if you see someone walking around with a black eye, it might be because yet another person asked me if I was pregnant, or suggested I not do something "in my condition"! You know when I was 46 lbs heavier and got pregnant with Kirstyn, NO ONE asked me that question because it was so obvious that I was just FAT but now I seem to be losing weight everywhere other than in my belly! ugh!!!)
Today in our meeting we talked about what has worked for you and what hasn't worked for you! For example, what has worked for me is journaling everything I put into my mouth and having a variety of fruit on hand and ready to eat (like washed grapes in a bowl in the refrigerator or apples out on the counter). Blogging is also working for me! What hasn't worked for me is having on hand low point cookies and low point chips because I tend to overeat those! Tell me, what has worked for you?
16 June 2008
We went on to church and Sunday school and Daddy was awarded many gifts that included hand prints and foot prints and of course a big handful of Hershey's "hugs and kisses"!
I could not have asked for a better husband and father for my children! David really is amazing and I love watching his and Kirstyn's relationship. She is such a Daddy's Girl and he loves it!
14 June 2008
You know, my first encounter with Selah was as a worship band at a Beach Reach mission trip I went on in college. David and I have always been fans of their music and have purchased almost all of their CDs, but knowing all of this about this family makes me an even bigger fan!
Update: After posting this, I realized that I have been very open about the fun I have with my kids and my darling husband and even about my weight loss journey, yet I haven't shared much about my faith or any of our trials that have made us the people we are today. My struggles are meager in comparison to this story, but at the same time they are mine and they are part of what makes me who I am today.
Before we had Kirstyn and then James, I lost a baby to miscarriage. It was very hard for me and I remember even before there were signs that I would lose the baby I was overwhelmed by the Spirit of God telling me that I needed to remember that this baby that was in my belly was not mine but HIS. I remember falling to my knees and begging my Jesus to let me keep and raise this baby that I was carrying but if that wasn't His Will then I would embrace that knowing that His Peace would carry me through that difficult time. After that time of prayer, David and I talked and decided that for each child we had that we would pick a Psalm to be that child's Psalm and we would teach each of our future children their Psalm because the Bible promises us in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word will not return void.
Our first baby who we have nicknamed "Sweet Pea" was assigned Psalm 63.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God's name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.Kirstyn's Psalm is Psalm 40.
I patiently for the LORD;he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head,and my heart fails within me. Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me. May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!" Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.James' Psalm is Psalm 91.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you, no
disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
When I pray for my children, I often pray these scriptures for them. When I worry about my children and their unknown futures, I often read and meditate on these scriptures. When all I could do was curl up in a ball and cry when we found out that I would lose Sweet Pea, David would sit and read his Psalm to me. At the beginning of my pregnancies with Kirstyn and James these Psalms became a way to calm myself and stop worrying about the unknown. God has also used this story of mine to minister to several of our friends that lost babies after us and I pray that He will continue to use me to help others. Do you pray scripture for your children?
12 June 2008
The first thing we had to do was go to the pool with Kirstyn and let her show off her new skills that she learned last week at swimming lessons! She is doing great and we are very proud of her. The other thing on the top of my list was getting a Godmother (whole wheat crust, pepperoni, beef, mushrooms, ripe olives, and topped with provolone cheese) pizza for dinner from Rod's Pizza Cellar. You see, I planned my points for the day, saved up all of my flex points and planned to eat some pizza! We used to stop at Rod's every summer on our way home from Brookhill Ranch Camp and I would eat this pizza. If you are within 100 miles of this restaurant at any point in your life, you HAVE to stop and eat a piece of this pizza!
07 June 2008
05 June 2008
- I am losing weight again! No more plateau for me!
- I am losing inches!
- I am sleeping better at night!
- I feel more energized during the day rather than sluggish!
- My self esteem is increasing (slowly), but increasing!
- I am getting a routine down that works for my family.
- I don't feel like a caged animal trapped in my house all day!
- They have childcare!
- My kids love the childcare play time!
- My daughter is always asking when we are going back to the gym. (accountability!!!)
- The trainers that teach the group classes are VERY encouraging to me!
- I am making new friends that are taking the group classes everyday with me!
- I earn Weight Watcher Activity Points everyday that I can eat if I choose to. I have earned 46 two weeks in a row! We will see if I get there this week. We are going out of town from Saturday through Wednesday so I will have to get creative!
What is even better I couldn't even think of 13 negatives for joining the gym. The only things I am not enjoying are sore muscles and not having a friend that goes with me. Guess if I stop talking about working out then yall need to get on to me and encourage me to keep it up!
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03 June 2008
Okay, so where does that put me as far as my 20lbs by 4th of July goal? I have 12 more pounds to loose. Realistically I may not make it but I plan to get VERY close!!! When I started this Tell All Tuesday 8 weeks ago, I was just looking for a way out of my weight loss rut. I was gaining and loosing the same 2 lbs over and over. I am now 4lbs lighter than I was when I got pregnant with James (and that weight was my lowest in many years!). What is your next mini weight loss goal?
01 June 2008
Anyway, we managed to get Kirstyn
and ON THE ROAD with DeeDee.
Have a great week Miss Kirstyn!
Oh and I have to tell you this story! As I was fixing Kirstyn's hair this morning for church, our conversation went like this:
Me: Are you going to miss me?
Kirstyn: YES Mommy! And I will cry too! But DeeDee will say, (in her best DeeDee voice) "You will see Mommy and Daddy soon." And then I will stop crying.
Me: Okay, just don't give DeeDee too much drama.
Kirstyn: I won't Mommy. I PROMISE!
(Don't worry, I warned my mom!)