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Friday, January 28, 2011

Mommy advice

Hi friends,

So, I just wanted to share with you my mommy mantras when things go awry at our house.

I have to be consistent. It will pay off eventually. (I have seen this come true! Be encouraged!)

Parenting (and discipline) is not always fun, nor easy, but it is good.

And this was the most encouraging word that I have received and love to remind myself of: The mom you are five (and ten) years from now is going to want to hug the mom you are being right now for making the hard choices and being consistent and disciplining and investing in your children.

I have to remember I'm shaping little people and it is not ok to be a lazy mommy because I am responsible for instilling good values and morals in my children--no one else has the privilege or responsibility. It is not the school's, the government's, the church's, the workplace's, or anyone else's task. It is mine. I take it seriously and am so blessed to be able to shape these little people into who they will be later in life. I love my children immeasurably and my prayer is that their father and I raise them to be confident in themselves and their calling in life. We want to encourage and empower them to be the best versions of themselves. And we just pray that along the way we do not irreversibly screw them up. My constant prayer is that they continue to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. What a great blessing and challenge is laid at parents' feet!! I know it is a cliche, however, parenting is the most important job you will ever do. Not to mention the most rewarding as well.

It's the end of the week, mommies. What have you learned this week? What are your "mommy mantras" that get you through the trying times?

Blessings on you today and be encouraged!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'Tis the season

Hello friends!

Some of you may be wondering is this girl off her rocker? Christmas was a month ago. Well, not the season I am referring to, y'all. Cold and flu season is upon us and has been harassing my family on and off for the past two months.

Friends, it is very difficult to go work out when you feel sick and lightheaded and nauseated every time you start to get active and bouncy (think Zumba and running). It makes my life very frustrating. I sleep better when I am active. I have a little wiggle room in what I choose to eat (I have a weakness for licorice and pasta). My overall sense of well being is better. I am a better mother (it's true)! I have more energy for life and the things it throws at me every day. I am finding this sickness very, very bothersome and irritating. And I have gained back 10 pounds, that is right 10!, of what I lost. :( This makes me mad. I know what to do about it and am willing to do it, however, my body is not cooperating.

I have coerced recruited a friend to start doing interval running with me... once I'm not sick. I have been wanting to do this for about two months, but that is when the busyness of travel, holidays, and sickness started in. She is still game, but I want to start now and my body is preventing me. I have tried resting, sweating it out, vitamins, doctors visits, chiropractor visits, and so on. It seems as if we just cannot kick this bug. I would really appreciate your prayers for health for me and my family.

What do you do to kick a hanger on bug?

Blessings, and health, is my wish for you this week!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Hello one and all!

Hello to everyone who still may be following me!

I apologize for the long absence in my posting. I honestly have thought many times about what I would post and been at a loss. I have been bouncing on and off the work out train as my health has allowed. The ankle does not give me trouble most days. The only problem it seems is that as soon as I start to get back in to a routine I or the kids get sick, like really sick.

Last week I went to Zumba on Wednesday and got 35 minutes in to it and had to leave. My stomach and digestive track were not happy with all the movement and neither was the lightheadedness helping my situation. I have been very sick all week. While one of my best friend visited I had to stay in bed a lot because I was so unwell. I am mommy. I do not get sick days. They are not allowed. I certainly do not want to have sick days when my wonderful husband has zero time off to cover it. I clearly do not want to be sick when one of my best friends flies across the country to spend a few short days with me. I absolutely want to continue working out because I have put back on *gasp* 10 pounds that I lost since the ankle injury. And I really do not want to whine or complain about my situation, however, I feel I owe anyone still checking up on me an explanation.

So, you will be getting the occasional post about my eating/working out, however, there is going to be a lot more about what is going on in my head and my family. And now Mr. Chaos Little Man has decided to go play with electronics that would make daddy unhappy so I am off.