• Family Life,  Favorite Things,  General

    Abide, and sojourn

    Abide:

    To accept or act in accordance with, to bear patiently, to endure without yielding, to wait for, to accept without objection, to remain stable or fixed and my personal favorite to continue in place-sojourn.

    I honestly think I am the worst abider I know. I have an incredibly hard time doing all of the above, so is it any wonder that I get burned from rash decisions? I speak when I should listen, I run when I should sit, I plan and control everything within my reach without noticing nothing is working.

    Anyone else pick up the phone and call a friend when you really should just keep quiet?

    Have you said yes when you really should have said, I’ll need to pray about that first?

    I desperately want off this crazy cycle!

    Lord I want to abide in you. I want to accept that if I follow hard after you, you alone will be the answer to everything I need or want. Only by your grace can I wait for and accept without objection.

    In John chapter 15 the word abide is used 9 times. Three times a word or phrase is used in scripture and your antenna perks up, but 9 times and I am wondering why is this so important. To begin the chapter Jesus is talking about how He is the vine and that there are branches that can or cannot bear fruit. The branches that do bear fruit are pruned and the others are chopped off.

    How does a branch bear fruit? By abiding in the vine (“abide in me, and I in you” vs.4), and what about this fruit that we cannot bear without abiding? According to Galatians 5:22, “the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control.” By this definition I cannot bear any of these without first abiding in Christ who is the vine, and abiding looks very different then what I’ve been doing lately. Here is what I can do.

    • To accept or act in accordance with: I am blessed to be a wife and mom and I am enough in my loving them well.
    • To bear patiently: I have dreams that do not include homeschooling all day long, but those will have to wait for now.
    • To endure without yielding: The mundane of housework can drive a person nuts but by the grace of God I will not trade it.
    • To wait for: My name to be called
    • To accept without objection: This amazing life we’ve made. The great and the not so great.
    • To remain stable: I will fix my eyes on the only one who can keep me stable, Jesus.
    • To continue in place-sojourn: I don’t need anything more or less then what Jesus has given me today.

    What an amazing life this is I get to live! In Jesus name, Amen.

     

  • Family Life,  Garden,  Health

    Fresh eggs opened my eyes.

    Many of you have read my post about becoming a reluctant Vegan for health reasons, and here is the post to say why that decision will never work.

    There are so many decision to make in a day from

    • what time to get up,
    • to shower or not,
    • what to eat,
    • one cup or two
    • cereal or eggs
    • kids TV or not

    and the list can go on and on. As a reluctant vegan, one big decision I needed to consider was between farm fresh eggs in the morning and tofu. The question plaguing my was, “what is wrong with farm fresh eggs anyway!?”

    You see, my parents, have free range happy chickens and we get fresh eggs during the spring and summer. I’ve been cracking fresh eggs for my kids for months and drooling as I did it. These eggs are beautiful and I wanted to eat them, so I went on a mission to discover why eggs were bad.

    Truth be told eggs are bad for you, the ones that come from chickens sitting in their own filth and unable to move are bad. Go figure!! You are what you eat, as my grandma has said before. However the chicken eggs from my parents have numerous health benefits, which you can see for yourself here.

    I didn’t want to stop at just eggs I wanted to see what was wrong with everything else that didn’t seem to add up. How could processed food trump the real deal? What were my grandparents eating? The diet the American people have has never been done before in human history and so far it is killing us.

    YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

    • If you want to eat animals loaded with antibiotics then perhaps you too will need antibiotics to fix whatever they gave you.
    • Low fat means they have put something else in it, and it came out of a factory.
    • GMO is an acronym you MUST educate yourself on. You would never want your kids drinking Deet.
    Kelli over at Groom and Style has written a comprehensive guide on the benefits of grass fed products.

    The Benefits of Grass Fed Products

    She breaks down the mystery behind the term “grass fed” and shares info graphics (like the one below) that make it easier to appreciate the importance of “happy animals” and a healthy body.

    I know for myself I feel better about eating humanly raised animals and my body is stronger for the rich protein and healthy fat from my parents chickens. 

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    Here at our house we have been getting 100% grass fed beef from Butcher box, and right now you can get FREE bacon for LIFE! (This is an affiliate link, and I thank you)

  • Favorite Things,  Fitness,  Health

    Lets talk hobbies.

    What is a hobby? According to a Google search it means

    an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.
    “her hobbies are reading and gardening”
    synonyms: pastime, leisure activity, leisure pursuit;

    So it would seem by that definition I have a few, and I would like to share them with you over the next week. In the spirit of a new month, and new beginnings I’d like to introduce you to a health hobby.

    Now I never would have considered myself a “dancer”

    but these classes and breakdown of dances lets me think I am, for an hour everyday.

    Dancebody is a live class format in New York City but a few years ago the owner began their streaming program. Every month streamers get access to a handful of new classes that have been instructed right from the New York studio. You feel like you are there in class and with as much Instagramming as these girls do you never feel lost or alone in your own home.

    Their classes have a few levels. Signature class is for those of us less experienced with dance and or new to Dancebody. Full Out is for the experienced dancer or for someone who is very familiar with Dancebody. Each class is about 50+ minutes, 40 minutes of dancing and 15 minutes, or so, of sculpting on a mat. There are classes just for sculpting, which you could do everyday, as they use little to no resistance besides your own body weight, Thera bands, and 2lb D weights.

    Wait I am not done! There are Follow Along classes which are for anyone who is bashful about routine dances and just needs to move. Express has a bit of everything in a shorter time frame, and Level 10 is a mash up of Full Out classes from time past. Not to mention private sculpting classes, stretching, and breakdowns so you too can be awesome.

    Sounds to good be true doesn’t it? Here is the caveat to everything I mentioned, and that is you HAVE to keep an open mind when learning something new. The new dances can be frustrating at times as you are working through them and your butt can burn so bad in ways you had no idea it could but there are so many benefits. One of my favorites is that, because dancing requires so much of your attention you have no head space to think about the laundry, the dishes, whats for dinner, did you return that call. You can push play and literally forget everything for an hour, an

    d to me that is priceless. I know I am stronger both mentally and physically, my tennis game is stronger thanks to the movements in dance, and I look forward to dancing almost everyday.

     

    So when I think of a hobby that I do regularly and for leisure then I believe Dancebody fits that description, for me.

    If you would like to try it out for yourself they do offer a three day free trial at Dancebody.com using code 3DAYFREE. I’d love to hear if you did try it and what you think so please leave a comment or send me a message.

  • Fitness,  General,  Health

    My Fasting Experience

    Forgive me for taking an extra long time to write this post but I wanted to be able to give you a good answer as to why, how, and what does the future look like.

    I watched a documentary entitled “The Science of Fasting: Sylvie Gilman, Thierry de Lestrade,” and I particularly payed attention to the part where they talked about our bodies having two separate gas tanks, like a hybrid. One gas tank for bursts of energy and one for long term energy. The short bursts runs on glucose from sugar and protein. The long term tank runs on ketones from fat and fat stores. After one day of fasting your body begins to use up the short burst gas tank and after three days it begins to use the long term storage. Now some of us, me include, have a lot of reserve that never seems to go anywhere, so my goal for three days was to get my body to where it was only burning fuel from fat.

    The documentary had patients who they observed at a retreat for water fasting where they spent upwards of 3 weeks doing a water fast. These patients were carefully monitored by doctors, so I can’t see this kind of experiment working in my favor at home. Three days seemed like a long enough time to prime the pump. 🙂

    Small daily notes:

    Day one of the water fast wasn’t as bad as I had feared. I spent most of the day outside with my laptop and a 64oz bottle of water. It was nice not having to prepare myself food or wonder what would be healthy enough to eat. My family was completely supportive and took care of themselves for the most part. The kids made themselves breakfast and lunch and my husband helped with dinner. At first the idea of fasting at home among my family who still needed to eat sounded like torture, but we all danced well together.

    Day two and I woke up with a growling stomach, but a large glass of water silenced that for the most part. All I could think about on day two was what I wanted to eat when I was done. I was consumed by blogs and websites helping me navigate back into eating. I discovered that to keep my fat being the primary fuel source I would need to eat healthy fat and plenty of green veggies. So I planned to make a big pot of cabbage soup full of rich fat topped with an avocado.

    side note, I’d really like to befriend someone with an avocado tree

    I found I had pretty good energy on day two, but I chose not to workout because I didn’t want to completely tick my body off. I felt like one project at a time was a good balance. The kids, dog, and I did enjoy our walks and afternoon tennis was enough.

    Day three and I had an event to attend all day with breakfast and lunch being served. I was pretty nervous to be around other people and answer all the questions as to why I wasn’t eating. Amazingly I was late to breakfast and I had an emergency that called me away from he event at lunch so I really never had to speak about what I was doing with anyone that day and I was completely distracted from food. Into the evening of day three I decided I was done and broke my fast with that awesome soup I had been dreaming about.

    Non-scale victories:

    As I’m sure you can guess three days can hardly fix 15+ years of damage, but I believe I’ve been given a whole new perspective.

    • I didn’t believe that I could fast from food for a day let alone three, so what else can I do that I thought impossible?
    • I’ve learned that being hungry is NOT an emergency! Did you hear that??? No more “hangry” in my vocabulary. If I have chosen to eat something that has awoken the sugar dragon then it is not hunger that has my freaking out its sugar and it will pass or be flushed out with a lot of water.
    • I am researching intermittent fasting and the benefits of it, and when I do eat I try to eat fat with veggies.
    • I sleep well
    • Workout with energy
    • My joints hurt less, and my back feels lubed up

    There are a lot of bodies in this world and a lot of noise telling us how to take care of them. I am trying to listen to what my body wants and right now its bone broth and avocados. 🙂

    I will encourage you to watch the documentary “The Science of Fasting” and do some research yourself by experimenting and listening to your body. And with any extreme diet change always check with your doctor if you have preexisting problems.

    If you end up watching let me know what you think.

  • Family Life,  Favorite Things,  General

    Disneyland Hacks, from someone who has gone a few times.

    Our family recently visited the Happiest Place on Earth, aka Disneyland, and I figured out a few things that I wanted to pass on to you. These tips may not be unique to fellow Disney fans, but it may help you, the newbie who wants to look like you know what your doing.

    Disneyland ticket prices.

    I really can’t help you here but agree with you that they are high, so you either have to save your pennies or be incredibly blessed by someone with season passes (as we have been). I honestly don’t think we would go to Disney if we weren’t spoiled in this area. Thank you Nana!!!

    Food in Disneyland

    It is not a surprise to learn that Disney over inflates everything they sell to eat. A single slice of pepperoni pizza is $8.00 or you can buy the pie for $40.00. With prizes like that who can afford to feed a family of 4 lunch every day for at least 3 days? Not only would you be broke, you’d be hungry because one slice of pizza never satisfied anyone. So what do you do?

    As of today, May 15th 2018, Disneyland allows outside food, which means you can bring lunch and snacks into the park. Our lunch is usually a meat and cheese sandwich, apple slices, nuts, and hardboiled eggs. Truth be told, it’s not fancy, and doesn’t come with a commemorative cup, but we save a lot of money here and I have control of what my family eats.

    Around every corner in Disneyland there is something to tempt your tastebuds. Churros, doll whip, soft serve, pretzels the size of my head, popcorn with butter, cookies, candy, donuts, and so much more why waste money on deep fried lunch when you could save it for a treat later.

    I guess I should mention where our lunches come from because we don’t live in LA so we do stay near Disneyland in our Timeshare. Yes we are happy owners of a Worldmark Timeshare by Wyndam, and Anaheim is one of the many places we get to stay. Our Timeshare comes with a full size kitchen so I always pack our food in coolers for the 9 hour trip down. Now I know many of you don’t have a timeshare (but you might wish you did) nor does your hotel room have a full size kitchen, however most rooms can have a mini fridge which maybe just enough room for lunch items. I have also stayed in a hotel without a fridge but it did have an ice dispenser that I used to refill my cooler each day. Bottom line is that you use what you have and get creative if saving money is your goal.

    Dinner is our meal that we budget for and because we have been down to Disneyland often enough we know what restaurants are worth going back to.

    The Monte Cristo sandwich is a must eat, but you’ll need to make reservations before you leave for vacation.

    Souvenirs

    After every ride ends they cleverly exit you right through a gift shop enticing you to buy everything. It is simply unavoidable so I devised a plan for my kids that is simply genius. Our family rule is that we will buy souvenirs on the last day so until then we use our camera to take pictures of everything the kids believe they “must” have, so by the end of our trip I now have a catalog of all these things that they can now decide which one they can’t live without.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Last Words

    You could spend all day searching for clever ways to save money at Disneyland so if you are reading this post I thank you. I don’t claim to know it “all” but what I’ve shared has been tested over the years to make our trips more magical and less painful on our budget.

    Do you have a tip that we could glean from for our next trip down?

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