Friday, January 23, 2015

Just for Fun

While walking the beach in Oregon,
we stumbled upon this writing in the sand.
Was it left specifically for us?
Not sure, but it sure was cute.
Hubby's sister snapped a picture of it for us.

C + S = Love

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I am thankful this week for the time and resources to make a trip out west last week.
I am thankful for the opportunity to see family that we hadn't seen in 6 years.
I am thankful for safety in travel ... for smooth connections.

I am thankful for a week of travel free of food allergy reactions (a rare occurrence).
I am thankful for the opportunity to see the Coast and the Mountains again.
I am thankful for a clear day on the day that we planned to see the coast.
I am thankful for God's orchestration of conversations that needed to be had.
I am thankful for a home to return to.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SAHW: Reason 3

"But what do you do all day?
I cannot imagine being home all day every day."

Early in my marriage I asked this question and gave this answer often.
How would I ever go from the teaching profession to a homemaker?

With every move or change in church, the question returns,
but God is faithful.

I am not home all day every day.
There are so many ministries in a small church that working men and busy moms just don't have time for.
There is office work, cleaning opportunities, music ministry, meals, visiting, driving, website upkeep ...
I have a home, yard, and garden to take care of.
I love having the time to create a peaceful space and then to enjoy that space in the evening with hubby.
I have unique ministries to my hubby - 
I never would have imagined that I would be editing and helping to publish books.

So on those days when I feel "bored,"
I have only to pray - to ask God to help me see the needs - 
to ask Him to help me to be willing and able to meet those needs - 
Needs and opportunities that I might be too tired to meet if I was devoting 8 hours to a job outside the home.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Post-Vacation Blahs

Does anyone else experience a let down after a vacation?
The return to routine is good,
but it takes a bit to adjust to the quiet house again.

The house is tidied again.
I even started some spring-cleaning today.
I was hitting the mold in the window sills ... with tea tree oil.
Back to normal eating again.  That feels good.
Challenging myself to take off 5 lbs of winter weight.

Tomorrow I hit the deck again (the back porch).
The weather is a little more conducive this week - 
it is like spring!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Home Again, Home Again - Jiggety, Jig!

Any guesses where I was last week?

Hubby and I were "home."
We took a trip to the west coast to visit family.
It is funny that I should feel a draw to the west coast - 
I only lived there for four years.
But the coast ... mesmerizing ... the power, the beauty, the peace.

We had a great week - 
time with family
seeing the coast and the mountains again
a whole week with hubby

The pictures are of Depoe Bay in OR.
I didn't take them, but I saw it look just like this.
I feared the weather - the Pacific NW is known for rain between November and April.
We had fog and some rain,
but our day at the coast was just BEAUTIFUL!

And of course,
it is good to be back to our home in NC.
Back to our diet, our schedule, ...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pleasant Memories and Provoking Thoughts

This week, I am thankful for pleasant memories.
I am thankful for so many experiences that I have had the privilege to enjoy.
I am thankful for all that God has allowed me to see and do.

I am thankful to have been able to live in 3 corners of the US.
(NY, FL, and WA)
I am thankful to have gone to college.
I am thankful to understand the life of a military family.
I am thankful that I only had to experience military life for 6 years.
I am thankful for friends and family sprinkled all over America.
I am thankful for all the folks who have adopted me and all those who have allowed me to adopt them.
I am thankful for little apartments and big trailers.
I am thankful for ministry opportunities of all shapes and sizes.

I am also thankful for a thought that hubby mentioned Sunday night as he preached.
He is preaching through the book of Daniel.
He mentioned that Daniel trials were a result of  the sins of his forefathers.
His life, what he was experiencing, was due to the decisions of those years before him.
His life was "unfair."
Taken captive, removed from his home, made a eunuch - no wife or children
His life was not one we would want to choose.
But he served as God would have him serve.
He trusted God's plan.

 Jeremiah 29:11 
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, 
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SAHW: Reason Two

I love being a SAHW.
I love being a full time help to my husband.

I love that my job gives me flexibility.
I am a SAHW because it gives me the freedom and time to help others.
I love to help others.
I love to do jobs that others don't have time for.
I love to free up SAHMs (stay-at-home-moms) to do their most important jobs.
I love to be able to serve at my church.
I love to have the time to minister to any child or student who allow me to adopt him/her.

Helping my husband ... helping others.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday Transformation with a Twist

Discipline is a constant struggle for me.
Figuring out a workable schedule in order to prioritize my responsibilities
is a constant battle.

I think that I have landed on a good schedule.
I want to put Bible reading first.
I want to prioritize my health and exercise.
I want to make sure that hubby gets a good breakfast and a satisfying lunch box each day.

The new schedule:
Hubby rises at 4:30 to exercise.
I get out of bed and make his smoothie minus the frozen pumpkin.
I hope back in bed to do my Bible reading and prayer.
Then when I hear the blender, I wrap up my time and head to my exercise from 5:30-6:30.
Then make lunch ...
then make breakfast and enjoy with hubby.

When hubby heads out the door,
my day is started right.
The Bible has not been crowded out.
My exercise is not interrupted.
On to the rest of the day.

I am sure I will still have my struggles with the schedule and discipline,
but for now ... it is working,
and I like it.

The transformation is in my day and my outlook.
I start right and it sets the tone for the day.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Vegetti Spaghetti

Found a new and exciting toy last week.
Enter - the Vegetti.
I had seen a lot of recipes for spiralized vegetables recently.
I would make the recipes with julienned veggies instead,
but to tell you the truth - I am just not that patient when it comes to this style of food prep.

When our menu called for Alfredo last week,
I broke down and bought the Vegetti.
In went the Summer Squash - 
Out came beautiful ribbons perfect for my Alfredo sauce.

Yes, the noodles passed the hubby test,
 and he even commented that he may look forward to zucchini season this year.
I think he has a lot of stir fries and other Asian dishes in mind.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Knowledge is Power.
You have heard it, right?
I love knowledge.
I would still be in college today if time and income permitted.
I just love to learn things.
I am friends with my dictionary.
I use google regularly.
I am thankful for knowledge.

I was so excited when one of my survey companies offered me a product trial.
I love free paper towls, free tp, free shampoo ...
but this was even better.
A fitness tracker.

For one week I got to wear the Metria IH1.
It was a patch worn on the back of my arm.
At the end of the week,
I mailed the device back.
About a month later, I got to read my results online.

I learned how many calories I burn on a normal day.
I learned which of my exercises gave me the best bang for my effort.
I learned how well or how poorly I slept nightly.

The knowledge has helped me immensely.
I have calculated my daily calorie needs many times using online BMR calculators.
The calculations usually equal 1400 calories.
When trying to lose weight, I would just cut from that each day.
My Metria results showed me that my BMR (I looked at my Sunday reading)
is more like 2200 calories.

When I cut calories from 1400 I was actually losing weight, 
but also slowing my metabolism by cutting too many calories.
I can now "diet" with knowledge.

Do you have a fitness tracker?
Which one?  Fit Bit, Polar, Garmin?
Does it help you?