Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I love my body and every part of it that God has given me. I would like to make changes to lose weight and get to the point where I love the way I look. I love my body, but I do not love the way I look. There is a difference.
I am working on this now and as I lose weight my body will change and I will get to a point where I am happy with my weight and I only focus on keeping the weight off. I have many goals and looking forward to reaching all of them!
Monday, March 30, 2015
I would love to be Superman so I can fly anywhere I wanted! How cool would it be to be able to fly to Louisiana in the afternoon to visit with my parents and then return home an hour later! SUPER cool...
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Her book was amazing. I received a copy when I went to the MOPS conference in Kentucky this past year and I couldn't put the book down. IT was a complete eye opener. I realized that I am not the only mom that thought this way or that way. We are all going through this journey of motherhood together and I am not doing anything wrong. My fears and worries are like most moms and I am not alone.
It was definitely a great book and I recommend it to everyone!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I still wish I would have done something with kids, but I work with kids at my church so it makes me happy!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
I love being a mother and God knew that. I am so blessed and definitely am thankful for this job in my life! I will always be a mother and with time things get better and life gets easier!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
When you stumble... and you will... make it part of the dance! When life becomes a rollercoaster, climb into the front seat, throw your arms in the air, and enjoy the ride! It's okay to cry. Remember its hard to be neat when your just learning to eat. Don't be afraid to let your children see you pray. Never put off what you can hug today. Embrace change! Life is all about how you handle PLAN B. Take the time to have fun. The world won't come to an end if you serve cold cereal and Twinkies for dinner. Encourage your children to dream with their eyes wide open, make up silly words to goofy tunes and dip french fries in their milkshakes! Being a mother is no big thing... its a zillion little things!
Isn't that just great!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
We have been through many ups and downs and many really great ups and many bad downs. But we have walked through it all together and we will always go through things together. I love her dearly and she means the world to me.
We might not talk every day but we know we are there for each other when needed!
So, happy 35th birthday my dear best friend. You are OLDER than me hahaha. I love you dearly and I am so thankful that you were placed in my life! I wouldn't have gotten through my teenage years without you LOL...
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
Lowes has a Build and Grow program for the kiddos. You can register them and then go in and the kids can build things. It's so much fun for them. They had a blast this past weekend building their monster trucks. April's build is a flower planter. Super excited for that one...
C got her report card on Friday and let me tell you it was a great way to start our weekend.
She meets expectations in most of the areas she is tested on. She got 2 exceeds expectations on 2 sections of math. And she even got an exceeds expectations for her LISTENING skills. That made me a happy momma. That is my girl.
What a great start to our weekend. Looking for her end of the year report card and seeing how she improved.
Definitely a proud momma here.
We had C's birthday party this past Saturday and boy was it a blast. I think she had a lot of fun.
There were 12 kids there throughout the evening and lots of parents. She even had 2 school friends there. We had a pizza party. After everyone ate dinner, we sang happy birthday and then she opened presents. She got so many awesome gifts. We are truly thankful for all of the friends and family that showed up.
My friend Jenn and Tom made a whole bunch of stuff for a frozen photo booth. They had a big poloroid and then different props for the booth. There was a snowflake background and the kids loved every part of it. We were able to take many wonderful pictures...
I still can't believe that my baby girl is 7. Time does fly by...
My husband - He has been a hard worker for our family and he makes me want to be a better person. I love and admire this man more than I could ever say! He is amazing and he truly loves me!
My mom - she is an amazing woman who taught me so much growing up. She loved us kids so much and it showed in all that she did. We definitely do not thank her nearly enough!
My daddy - He has always been a hard working man to provide what was needed for the family. He is one of my favorite and I will always love him dearly! He is a man of little words, but when he does say something its always awesome!
All of my aunts - each of them are different in their own way, but they were a part of raising me as I was growing up. They each had influence in my life and they loved me like their own. Those woman are a hoot when you get them all together!
My brothers - now that I am older I can respect and admire them more than when I was younger... We definitely get along better now as we are grown up verses when we were teenagers.
My best friend Jenn who has been there for me through it all. I can't imagine my life without her and all her family!
All of my MOPS momma's and friends - each one of them has their own story, but I love each of them in their own way! We all found each other for a reason and God loves each and every one of us!
The Pastor's at our church - I have been in leadership for 2 years now and I never knew all that the Pastor's did until I became coordinator for MOPS. They go through so many things that its truly amazing that they are our Pastor's. They do amazing job and I am thankful for each and every one of them!
Sunday, March 15, 2015
This sweet girl was different in so many ways, but that is what made her, her! She was loving and beautiful! I miss her dearly and can't wait to visit with her when I make it to Heaven!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
For me, it would depend on what I have going on in my life. Normally I would just sit and watch a show on TV while writing in my prayer journal. But I would also take a hot bath and listen to worship music or I would paint my toes and relax... The options are endless!
Friday, March 13, 2015
It has been 6 years since I made that choice and things are going great now. But back then making that decision was really hard. Especially since all my side of the family is down in Louisiana. I leaned on my best friend Jenn and her family so much! They were amazing and definitely helped me through all the hard times.
Divorce is not fun for any party involved, but sometimes the choice has to be made. I love my daughter and she will always know that I did what I had to do for us. She is an amazing girl and I love her dearly!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Dear sweet mother in law...
Over 38 years ago you brought my loving husband into the world and on that day God knew that he would bring him into my life. God knew that our paths would cross when the time was right. I thank you every day for this gem that I get to call my husband. He is an amazing man and our lives have been blessed by him being in it. He is such a loving and caring man and he loves our family so much! He is a hard worker and for that I thank you! He talks about how hard you worked as they were growing up and I see that he gets that hard work mentality from you! He does what he has to for his family and he wants to give us everything we need and want.
I appreciate you and I have never met you. I love you and I have never talked to you! Thank you for blessing me with the most amazing gift... You had him, but God placed him in my life. I dream of the day that we get to sit and have a conversation together!
I pray for good health and love over the year and until the day we can sit and visit, take care dear mother in law!
Love your daughter in law...
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Last year she raised around $500 for the cause. This year we set her goal to $750 but after not many donations we lowered it back down to $500. She exceeded her $500 goal yesterday and today she is currently at $753 raised. I am so proud of her and thankful for all the donations we have been given!
Her Jump Rope event is today and before getting out the car when I dropped her off she says, momma, can you please let my daddy know I am jumping for him today! It was the sweetest thing I have heard her say. That girl loves her daddy so much.
So, thank you to all that donated and supported her during this fundraiser. We are forever grateful!
- TV Tray
- Alarm Clock
- Cell phone
- My awesome jewelry box holder my dear friend gave me
- Thomas Kinkade big bible
- My sewing box with my stuff inside
- Then farther is a book shelf with all my craft supplies on it...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
MOPS stands for mothers of preschoolers. It is from kids from birth through kindergarten. The group gets together as women and we support, encourage and just be there for each other as we go through the struggles of being a mother, wife, friend, daughter, etc. My favorite motto of MOPS is = NO MOM ALONE!
I found this group in 2011 when my husband brought me to his church at Overcomer Covenant Church. Shortly after attending church I fell in love with all things OCC. In February of that year I heard of MOPS and my daughter at the time was 3 so I was like this sounds awesome. I went to my first meeting and LOVED it. I quickly joined and my life has forever been changed. In 2013 I joined for my first leadership role as being a table leader. I would have my own table filled with awesome ladies who would need love and I was the one that would be giving it to them. I would give them all their news they needed and just make sure they knew all the dates coming up and all the fun things to do with our group. In 2014 I was asked to be the new co-coordinator for the group. After much praying I decided to take the role. It has been an amazing experience and definitely one that I will never forget. It has grown me as a person in so many ways. I love my MOPS group and my MOPS ladies and will always be a part of MOPS in some way... at the end of last year I was suppose to graduate out of MOPS due to C graduating from kindergarten, but they grandfathered me in by being the co-coordinator.
Unfortunately due to my recent health issues that I have going on, I am going to walk away from the position of co-coordinator and that means no more MOPS groups for me, unless I want to find a MOPS next group somewhere else. Not being at my church will be different, but that will be down the road. I need to walk away from as much stress as I can and this is by far my biggest stressors right now in my life. I know that God will place someone amazing to step up and take my place for next year. I have been praying about it and I know the other leaders have been as well! I will forever be grateful to my MOPS group and I am not gone forever. There are many different roles I can take on down the road once I have had some time to heal and get healthier... I am not gone for good :)
If you are interested in this group, I highly recommend it. Remember it is run by mothers and sometimes things don't go as planned or perfectly, but being together for that time together is worth it. Also... there is childcare :) Our group has free childcare, but other groups might charge a small fee... If you are interested please let me know. I know any group would love to have you!
Please let me know if you have any questions!
What are you passionate about?
Monday, March 9, 2015
Ever since I turned 34 I have had one thing after another go wrong health wise. Praying 2015 will be kind to me, but man its been rough.
I am thankful that I have been healthy up until now and the issues I have to deal with are not life threatening and things that I can deal with.
What are your signs?
Sunday, March 8, 2015
We ended up taking 7 different airplanes during this vacation... Not sure if you know but I don't fly well... I get nervous and its not my favorite thing to do... Our big luggage was destroyed by baggage check and they refused to replace it. We had to take it to get from hotel to hotel with it being taped each time... We got there and we rented a car, but they would not accept the insurance I bought on Expedia's website so we ended up not having a rental car for our trip. We were told the wedding was taking place in Cancun... little did we know the wedding was actually going to take place in Playa Del Carmen which was an hour's drive to and from the wedding site... we had to rent a taxi due to not having a car. At the wedding location resort - My husband lost his brand new Oakley prescription glasses. They had golf carts that would take you places but they didn't come around very often, so we walked a lot... The day we left the hut there was a thunderstorm rolling in and with walking everywhere we got poured on. By the time we got to the front desk we were soaking wet. We checked out and waited for the taxi which took an hour or so to get to us. By that time we were bitten by so many mosquitoes it was crazy. MY husband had a sunburn. The last day we were there we got a new suitcase and the next day on our way to Louisiana our airport shuttle was an hour late. Our flight going to Dallas TX had mechanical issues so we had to deplane, but then once off they re-boarded us on the SAME flight. We had to go through customs and I was cleared, but I pressed a wrong button on my husband's check in and he had to go talk to a person. We managed to get to our connecting flight as it was boarding.
Once we got to Louisiana it was smooth sailing from there. It was definitely one of the most stressful crazy vacations we have ever taken together, but we were together and that made it all worth it and fun! We also got to see our niece get married to the love of her life and that was worth it all. So blessed we were able to be there on her special day!
Saturday, March 7, 2015
She has been my pride and joy ever since she was born. She has been my rock. She keeps me laughing on a daily basis and I thank God for this bundle of joy every day. I love her more than she will ever know.
What a wonderful blessing in my life! Happy birthday my dear sweet angel!
Friday, March 6, 2015
There was one day where I realized at lunch time that I hadn't felt her move at all and I was over 7 months pregnant. I called the doctor and they told me to go home and drink as much orange juice as I could and lay on my side until she started to kick. They said if it went over an hour without any movement after drinking the orange juice that I needed to come to the hospital. That hour was the LONGEST hour of my life. I layed in bed and just cried and cried and prayed that my baby girl was okay. She finally started kicking around the hour mark. Talk about crazy...
I got a cold during the last trimester and with all the congestion in my throat it made me very nauseated and I threw up a lot during my last trimester. It was not very fun for me.
We went to the doctor 3 weeks before she was suppose to be born on the 6th of March. My appointment was at 3:30 pm. It was a normal check up and they did an ultrasound to check to see what they estimated her weight to be as of this day. After the nurse did the ultra sound she looked at me and told me she was estimated to be around 9 pounds as of this day. I went out to the waiting room to wait for my appointment with my doctor and I started thinking... If she is 9 pounds now and they say in the last few weeks babies gain 1 pound a week, she is going to be over 10 pounds when she is born. I started freaking out inside...
I got back to the room to wait for my doctor and she came in and my exam begin. She wanted to check me this visit so before we left she checked me. When she was done she ended up popping my water. She looks up at me and says, "I think I just popped your water..." My reply was, "YOU THINK?" She checked and said yes, your water broke and you are having your daughter today or tomorrow. She told me that I could go clean up, but they needed to get a wheel chair so they could bring me over to the labor and delivery ward of the hospital. I went to the bathroom and when I got back we headed over to the hospital. I was freaking out to say the least. My momma had her tickets purchased to come be here for the birth but now that she was coming 3 weeks early she wouldn't be here. I just tried my best to remain calm. It all happened so quickly!
We got to my room where I would be delivering my baby (or so I thought) and they started getting me hooked up to the machines and prepping me for my IV. Before they got too far, I made a few phones calls. My first was to Jenn, my best friend, to let her know that as soon as she could get here would be awesome. Next I asked her if she would grab a few things for me since I was so unprepared! And then I called my mom and dad. I told my mom and dad what was going on and then the doctor came in so I told them I would call them back. I was explained what would be happening and the process and it was just a lot to take in. I had papers to fill out and all that good stuff. I mean, I didn't even have my hospital bag. I had to just get in the mind set that I would be holding my daughter very soon...
They started my IV and they started me on Pitocin to help start my contractions. And then we just waited. We made whatever phone calls needed to be made and we turned the TV on. I don't even remember what I watched on TV. People started showing up getting excited for the birth of our daughter. Jenn finally got there and I was feeling relieved. If my momma couldn't be there, she was the next person I wanted there. I talked to my parents and my mom changed her flight and was arriving on the 7th at 4:30 pm. That made me feel better... now to just hold out until my mom got there!
Around 11 pm I was being given my epidural. It was a very long and tiring night that I had. My best friend Jenn never left my side and it was so appreciated. The next day came... we were on March 7th. It was a long day of just waiting. There was a time where I needed oxygen, but I can't really remember why. Around 11 I started pushing. I pushed for 2 long hours until my doctor looked at me and told me my options:
- Keep pushing for another hour and see if she comes out
- Prep the operating room for an emergency c-section
We were both really exhausted. The funniest story from being exhausted was when my mom was going to make her coffee before she took over one day and she filled the coffee filter with formula instead of her coffee. She didn't brew it, but it made us laugh.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Both of these places have made it amazing for watching old shows and new movies at a low price.
I have been a member of NETFLIX since 2006 and I am not going anywhere. I use to get DVD's sent to me, but I have changed my plan to just streaming now. I absolutely LOVE IT! Definitely my go to place if I have nothing to watch at home.
Redbox has made it easy to rent movies for a low price... you rent the movie you want and bring it back the next day. Nothing is easier than that. You don't have to worry about remembering to bring it back on a certain day, you know it is due the next day before 9 pm. It is under $2 to rent a movie for one night and most of the times I have promotional codes to use to get movies for free or to get cents off. Its awesome.
I would highly recommend these places to anyone who asks...
Monday, March 2, 2015
Facts About MS
- More than 400,000 people in the United States have MS.
- An estimated 2,500,000 around the world have MS.
- About 45 percent of the people with MS are not severely affected by the disease.
- Diagnosis of MS is usually between 20 and 40 years of age.
- MS affects more women than men, with a ratio of 2:1.
- About 85 percent of those who are newly diagnosed have the relapsing-remitting form of MS.
- Without disease-modifying therapy, about 50 percent of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will become progressive at 10 years.
- Without disease-modifying therapy, about one-third of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS will be using a wheelchair at 20 years.
- MS does not significantly affect life span.
- The course of the disease is unpredictable and no two people will experience the same set of symptoms.
- There are four types of MS: relapsing-remitting, secondary-progressive, primary progressive and progressive relapsing.
- Among young adults, MS is the most common disease of the central nervous system.
- Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS.
- MS is not contagious.
- MS is a progressive disease for which there is not yet a cure.
- Increased understanding of MS has led to the development of many new treatments that target both the disease process and its many symptoms.
- In countries further from the equator, the incidence of MS increases.
- Sclerosis is a Greek word meaning hardening of tissue or scars.
- MS is not inherited or genetically transmitted, although there does seem to be some genetic susceptibility to the disease.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
This time C smashed her fingers in a door. I was confused for a second on why I would have to come get her. Put some ice on it and call it good. Apparently it was hurting her so bad she wouldn't stop crying.
I drove to school to pick her up and in her face I could see it... she broke her finger. They said that it probably is just bruised, but a momma knows her child's face and her cries. I called her doctor and they had an opening so we headed in. We went to see the doctor and then went to get her hand x-rayed. She had a hair line fracture in her finger. It wasn't bad enough that we needed to put a cast on or to wrap her fingers. He bandaged them up and we were off. She tore part of her skin off so you could see her nail exposed under the skin. It was definitely not pretty.
It naturally healed on its own in a few weeks.