• 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.

     

  • 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?

  • Fitness,  General,  Health

    Cleaning up my diet.

    Its been 13 years plus 9 months that I have been overweight and struggling.

    Over the years I have tried, Beachbody, Shakeology, Weight Watchers, Keto, Whole30, starving, and lately its been the “grace” diet. Oh you have never heard of the “grace” diet? I am sure you have. You know as New Testament Christians, we know a thing or two about Grace, and wether we admit it or not we like to use it as an excuse for not giving ourselves boundaries. Paul did say everything is permissible within reason (I don’t know the address off hand).

    Therefore I have been living without boundaries. Completely free to eat and drink what I like when I want it, which as you can imagine has its side affects. Some of the most notable side affects have been a slow increase every year on my scale, tired, joint pain, uncomfortableness in my clothes, workouts are less effective, and an overall yuck feeling.

    Hey! I thought by eating what I want and throwing out the towel to boundaries was somehow going to make me forget I have a health problem and instead I found myself skipping through the tall grass of denial.

    I don’t want another plan or quick fix. What I want is live my best life eating what makes me the most productive I can be. I know from experience that clean eating is the best way to describe what my body wants. Whole foods, healthy fats, lean meat and a lot of water.

    Today I started with a smoothie made with Green super food, 2 raw (fresh from my moms house) eggs, half a banana, 6oz pineapple juice and blend. It was delicious! But the truth of the matter is breakfast has never been an issue for me. I can’t say the extra weight has come from my morning meal. My challenge will be snacking and dinner. With DINNER in capital letters. I love munching on refined carbs, chasing it with a beautiful red wine, and then eating all of dinner.

    Heres to today and beginning to construct some very necessary boundaries that will keep my diet from going off the rails.

     

  • About,  General

    Top 5 reasons my blog keeps changing…

    Have you been to my site recently and wondered why does it look different, again!?

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    1: My college education was graphic design

    Therefore I cannot simply write content in a space I can create differently. There are literally hundreds of ways to design a site and I truly like checking out what is new. If this makes you crazy when you come by, my suggestion is to look away.

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    2: I change my furniture this much too

    It is a fact that I change the orientation of my furniture as much if not more then my blog. For some this is exciting as they are always surprised when they come over and for those living with me they just know to walk away.

    We can totally be friends if this is you too.

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    3: I am not a writer.

    I wish this was a different story as I own a blog, however after years and years of blogging I think I can officially say, I am not a writer. So what is a non-writer to do with a blog but change it every so often? I trust you can understand that.

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    4: Selling is for others

    I want to give you surprise of content and enjoy coming to visit because you know there won’t be a bazillion adds everywhere. I have some products I absolutely love and would love you to try too but I will try not to add anything just because. I am as unique as my ever changing site and so are my adds.

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    5: Changing my design does not change me.

    I am still a Classical Christian homeschooling mom of 2. My husband is still a fireman, which gives me a unique perspective for womanhood, and I desperately love Jesus. If any of the above resonate with you awesome, if not, that is ok too and we can connect another day.

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