Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter around the Corner

Easter is this Sunday.... I love this holiday for many reasons. I love the fact we get to celebrate the resurrected God. We celebrate the beginning of spring and all the newness that comes with it. We get to spend a day with family to enjoy a slower paced kind of day to reflect on the wonders that God has provided for us.
God has been very good to me this past year. He has watched over me while my husband has been deployed. He has given me peace when I've been stressed and has provided me with all my needs. If not for the Risen Christ, none of this would have been possible. I'm truly thankful that God the Father sent His son to the earth to redeem us from Sin.
I hope you have a wonderous Easter Sunday and that the Lord has blessed you and your family.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Weighty Issue

My journey to get healthy and fit started exactly one year ago today. A year ago my weight was at 177.5, My blood pressure was 160/90 and my triglycerides were off the charts! I was really unfit and didn't exercise at all. My journey began because I felt I was not taking care of the body that God had given me and not respecting myself to be the best that God wanted for me.  So  I joined a gym that does Zumba and Yoga, no machines for this girl, began a doctor supervised weight loss program and got myself moving and eating according to to my program. During the year I lost weight but I really feel that my biggest accomplishment was regaining a healthy body, one that is now a body that is showing my respect and Love for God our Father. I now weigh 149 pounds,  by blood pressure is usually 116/70 and my triglycerides are at 124...I finally feel good about presenting myself before God and thanking Him for all the blessings he has given to me. By changing my eating habits and making exercise a priority, I've changed my life to benefit my husband, my children and my God!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Shouldn't March be Spring??

 This may sound like a post from before, but believe me when I say...the Winter is continuing longer than it should and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight!! Yeah, we just got more snow and the temperature is 9 degrees with more snow predicted on Wednesday. I would love to be planning my garden, cleaning up my yard, and sitting around the fire pit. Those things all seem to be distant thoughts at this point. My fire pit is buried under at least 3 feet of snow and the weather shows no sign of warming up anytime soon. Those of you living in warmer climates...enjoy and please send some our way...I don't think I can stand this weather and cold any longer!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter Blues

It's been a long, cold winter here in Maine. Every time I think the weather is going to break...it doesn't . So I sit here in my home with the woodstove going, a cup of tea in hand and my dogs close by. I am ready for the sights and smells of spring. Buds starting to bloom, flowers poking their heads up from the ground. And mostly, getting my patio ready for summer entertaining. This winter has been especially difficult with my husband being deployed. My days are not filled with cooking and baking for him. Not filled with evenings talking to him and cuddling on the couch. It really has been difficult.
Hoping to get through the winter and anticipating spring time renewal!

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Place

Lately I've been wondering where God would have me be. Am I suppose to be at home. At Work. Watching over my family affairs. I prayed a lot about it and prayed that God would show me where He wants me and what His will is for me. After waiting on the Lord, I've finally know where I'm suppose to be. At home. Being a mother, a wife, a supporter, a gardener, a caregiver. This is what is expected of me right now. I am to watch over my household and take care of my family. Even though my daughters are grown, they still need my help once in awhile. My youngest is planning her September wedding. My oldest just moved and I am teaching her ways of cooking and taking care of a home. I still am their teacher. My husband needs me to watch over our home while he is away. To take care of our property and our finances. I wasn't sure this is where God wanted me, but reading His word and praying for Him to reveal to me, I know this is my calling in life. And that's okay. I'm at peace with being a wife and a homemaker. Making sure that things are in order and taken care of. Cleaning, cooking,mending and being an overseaer of what God has given to us.
Do you often wonder where God would have you? Have you prayed about it? Have you listened to God to reveal His plan?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"You Were Always Mom's Favorite"...

I recently read this book "You were always mom's favorite" by Deborah Tannen... what an eye opener!! I was amazed by every chapter that I read. The book is filled with stories from sisters and how they felt growing up in a family with other sisters and how they perceived their outlook on the growing up experience. Circumstances, finances, birth order... all seem to have some affect on the relationships of sisters.
I not only could see my own sister relationship within the pages of this book, I can see my two daughters and their relationship and their experiences. It was an amazing journey listening to the stories from sisters and how some are so close and others have really drifted apart. I, for one, am thrilled that I have sisters. We may not always get along and see things eye to eye, but I know that if I need anything they will always have my back. A brother isn't the same. My sisters and I have jokes that only we understand. A language that we get. Stories that only we share.
If you have a sister or have daughters, I totally encourage you to read this book... it will give you a revelation to your own sister experience.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upcoming Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day will be different than any one I've known. My husband is deployed right now and we won't be together. It's not like this is the first holiday we haven't been together, but Valentine's day is for lovers!! Couples. Two people who share a deep love. Well, I can say that even though we won't be together, we will be able to Skype and see each other. How blessed is that!?? I have the best man in the world. Even though he is over 6, 000 miles away, he loves me unconditionally. He showers me with cards, flowers and calls. It doesn't have to be Valentine's day for him to show me how much I mean to him. I am a lucky woman. So, if you spending Valentine's Day apart from you loved one, I know how you feel. Focus on their love year round and how much they show you every day how much you mean to them!!