Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Family Wrap-Up

This will be more like a Fall family wrap-up.  (Yes I know it is still Fall)

It seems that we have had a little taste of Fall this year, and now we are being hit with an early Winter.

The Fall is full of birthdays here at Bowmania.

Our youngest turned 3.

Our oldest turned 12.

Our little lady turned 6.

The boys have continued to ride their horses.
They had a costume/ game day with their 4H club the end of Oct.
Many thanks to my mother in law. She made the costumes for the horses! Much better than I could ever do.

We took a field trip to the highest point in WV.

I had this bright idea that it would be really neat to have hot chocolate on the highest point.  We did, but my goodness it was freezing up there. So much so that out hot chocolate wasn't very hot by the time we drank it.

That's just a recap of what we have been up too.
Now that the snow is falling, the kids are ready for Christmas.  They think we need to skip Thanksgiving since we are already getting snow.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Pizza Soup

This is a family favorite!

I really don't follow any specific way. I make it different all of the time.

Our favorite things to add are bacon, peppers, onions, olives, sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms. 

It's a great way to satisfy that pizza craving without adding in the carbs from the pizza dough.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lessons from my Children

My baby is 3!

This little man who came to meet us 5 weeks early, is now 3.

My goodness the things he has taught me.
First, from the beginning, that plans that I make can change in a heartbeat. One minute I am planning this birth that I wanted for this time around. I didn't want to be induced and I didn't want to have pain meds. That went out the window when my blood pressure was at stroke level and the little one HAD to be born.

He continues to teach me that when he is quiet it is not a good thing. If I have to say, Where's Gideon, it isn't going to turn out the best. 
I know have writing on the walls. I have had food spilled on the floor. I have had books ruined.
 Today, I had meat sitting out to defrost, thankfully it wasn't out to long. When I went to put the meat in the crockpot there was one one package instead of three. I knew who to asked. Gideon said, "I go get them." and he ran to his room. Thank goodness we found this now because things would not have been so great a few days from now. I gag just thinking about that.

He is teaching me that laughter is the best medicine.
This boy can make the bluest person happy.  The look that he gives. Then there is the hand on the hip. I am thinking that maybe he got this from me. This boy is one of a kind.

 He is teaching me that sleep is overrated. He is getting up at least once at night but most nights it is two to three times. I told my husband that it feels like I have a newborn again I just don't have to feed him.  I know this is a stage that we will get through, but right now coffee is my friend. That and naps. But he is the one that gets the nap not me. I still have 4 others that have to be tended too while he naps.  (psst I wouldn't trade one minute of this)

He is teaching me that parenting is hard work but that this is the role that I have been blessed with. There are times when I can not wait until bed time. Where the house is just a little quieter for a few hours. 
The hugs and the random, "Mommy is ove you, " makes everything worth it.
I know he isn't going to be little long. These years are passing by so fast. My oldest will be 12 on Oct 23! 

I might have dirty walls, and a kitchen floor that doesn't get mopped weekly. I might have a child that has a dirty face most of the time, I tell you I think this kid eats dirt.  I have Lego's and matchbox cars scattered on the living room floor or clothes that need to be folded piled on the couch. But I also have these little people that need me. These children that God has blessed me with for such a time. I know that time is going to fly by. I know that one day I am going to be standing in the kitchen making dinner with all of the ingredients in front of me, crying because there is no one there to take it from me. I know that I will miss the day when I don't step on a Lego or two. That day isn't now. Right now I look forward to see what is waiting for me each day. I am thankful for the lessons that my children are teaching me.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Journey to better Health

This was me July 2013.

I didn't realize that this was the real me.
You know how it goes. Put on an outfit, turn sideways, suck in the tummy, put the chest out, yet this was the real me.
I felt lazy about everything.  Housework, schooling, even my time with the Lord not just with being healthy.

I had been doing Zumba here and there for a little while. I was doing Visalus shakes and eating better here and there but obviously something wasn't working. Some days I would feel great but most of the time I was sluggish and just blah.

I was getting, do I say it, depressed. I didn't understand why.
Things in our life had changed. Seasons had ended and new seasons were beginning.
While I was pregnant and then after I would have the excuse of being pregnant or nursing. Then I would get pregnant again and again, you get the picture so I always had an excuse.
Now my childbearing season is over. I can't use that as my reason for the fluff.

So here I was depressed, lazy, discouraged and I still had a husband and children to tend to.  HA!  I was grumpy. I yelled. I was tired all of the time. I spent a lot of my time at home in my pj's. My husband would come home to a wife that was a mess, how's that for attractive?
I kept telling myself that I didn't want to be this way but I wasn't motivated enough to do anything about it.

Something changed. It wasn't the workouts, or the shakes, or the food that changed me. My heart changed.
I was watching my kids playing one day and listening to them laugh and here I was sitting because I was too lazy to go play with them. "Mommy come play with us." I would go for a little but run out of breath that I couldn't be there long. I got tired so fast. I wasn't enjoying the blessings that the Lord has given me. My children and my husband.  They might not say it or even agree with me but something had to give. I wasn't giving 100% because I was too selfish. I was only thinking about poor me.
Not only that but I was neglecting my body. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 6:19)
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

Glorify God in my body? Yeah I wasn't doing that at all. How can the way I am acting glorify the Lord?

(1 Corinthians 10:31)
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

So stuffing my face with Reece cups and Twix bars is not what this verse is talking about.  Sitting and  being a sluggard is not what this verse is talking about.

Am I ever going to be a size 2, 4 or even 10? Maybe not. It's not about the size of my clothes. It's not about how I look. It's about my heart.  Each one of us is different and yes, each one of us are in different seasons of life. But this is my story. This is why I am doing what I am doing. I don't want my kids to look at me and think that I care ALL about my appearance. I want them to look at me and see that their mommy is doing this because she wants to live her life to the fullest for the Lord. Well at least try to live my life to the fullest. I know that I am going to struggle. I am not perfect and I don't even expect to be on this side of heaven.

I feel so much better. I have more energy than I have had in a long time. I love working out! Yep, crazy huh? I mean who likes to work out?  I have even started running. Something MUST be wrong with me!

Most of all, I am loving my time with the Lord. This heart change of mine changed so much in my life.  God was showing me all that I have been blessed with and he was showed me and is still showing me where I need to be making this heart change.  Sometimes we just have to be still and listen! God is there. He will direct you.

Did I ever think that I would be writing about working out or eating better? No way.  However, this lifestyle change has made a huge difference and I am excited to see where God leads me in this journey.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

a new challenge

A new challenge for myself.

I want to try and run at least 5 days a week!
Yes, FIVE days!

I need to add more cardio to my work out routine.

I am going to be honest. It takes a lot of talking to myself and motivation to get out and run. When I finally do, I love it. (I think there is something wrong with me)  I know I am not the fast runner out there. Then again I am not planning on racing anytime soon. 

So, here's to running five days a week!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The day I left my mom and dad

 September 22, 2001

The sun was shining, the sky crisp blue.
"You can do this Steph, you can do this",I told myself as I looked in the mirror.
The day that I had planned to leave my mom and dad had finally arrived.  Plans that took a mere 7 months to complete, but really was 19 years in the making. A day that I thought about for a long time growing up.

Noon. Noon was the time the plan would unfold.  As the time approached my heart starting racing faster and faster. I can't believe I am doing this! A big step for a young lady to wake up one day to leave the parents that raised her.

Noon arrives. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. The time has come.

With the warm, fall, sun beaming on me, I stand in the present looking ahead at the future. 

Deep breath.
I stand arm in arm with the man the raised me, the man that taught be about Christ, the only man in my life for the last 19 years until now. He smiles at me. I smile back but inside I am shaking. This is going to change my life forever

The music starts and we start walking. As we approached the end of the aisle I look up and see my future, tears streaming down his face. I knew. I knew that leaving my mom and dad was doing to be okay.

Happy Anniversary Sweetie!