• Healthier Living

    Trim Healthy Mama on the Learning Curve

    Today makes one full week on “Trim Healthy Mama”.  I’m still working my way through the book, but, since I am reviewing it, I thought I would share a few of my experiences about being on the “learning curve.”  I have been implementing the concept and have definitely already seen some encouraging results.  In one week, I have lost 4 lbs. and 5 inches, so I’m a pretty happy lady. 🙂 (I will add that these were MUTANT pounds that would not be budged in any manner previously!) And if you still aren’t impressed with those numbers, (though I do not advocate this!) they were in spite of several instances…

  • Healthier Living

    Facing the Mustard: Health & Weight Loss

    It wasn’t long after we started courting when my (then) husband-to-be called me out on my terrible eating habits. In fact, he was so concerned with my method of eating that it was a common point of daily conversation. “Tell me what you ate today.” Until Mark, I lived solely on a convenience diet. My eating was completely at the mercies of my busy schedule and what could be easily and readily available. Soda, candy bars, chips, fast food, easily prepared mozzarella sticks, fish sticks, frozen pretzels and pizza about sums it up. I could breeze through days in a row, sipping pop without even realizing I had not eaten…

  • Character,  Prayer

    The Long Forgotten Service: Prayer

    Because we are experiencing many changes in our lives here, several of my posts have centered on the adventures surrounding milestones and major events. Each experience we go through together is part and parcel of a “marriage learning process” and fits the ‘genre’ of this blog and thus, I hope may be profitable to someone reading. But, setting all of this “in between time” and “adventure” aside, there has been something lingering in my mind for several days on a more practical level. Currently, Mark and I are in a transition phase, seeking God for the next move. As we packed our belongings and overloaded our Camry, one thing burned…

  • Life as a Wife

    16 Things I Learned in Our 1st Year of Marriage

    It hardly seems possible, but June 8th is just around the corner. Since I don’t know where we will be then, I decided to go ahead and post my anniversary “year of wisdom” in advance. 😉 Nearly 12 months came and went with both surprises and the expected- There were things that I thought the year would bring but didn’t, and there were things I didn’t anticipate but came. We experienced the newlywed bliss, learning our new roles as man and wife,  the stress of balancing responsibilities, the long anxious wait to conceive a child, the joys of learning we were to become parents, the grief of losing the baby…

  • Life as a Wife

    Mark’s Graduation & My New “Place”

    Last Saturday was my husband’s graduation from Free Gospel Bible Institute. The way God moved in the service was incredible and just what one should expect at a Pentecostal school sending graduates forth into the ministry. After two weeks of non-stop activity including a picnic, a banquet, several services, a yearbook presentation, a baccalaureate and finally the ceremony, I, along with everyone else, am exhausted. Time is winding down. My final classes have been taught, our possessions are dwindling as we sell things one at a time and haul boxes off to Goodwill on a regular basis. Loose ends are being tied as I make my way down a “list…

  • Miscarriage

    I Have A Perfect Child

    I have been trying to mentally prepare myself for Mother’s Day for weeks. After enduring my fair share of “highest voltage on the rawest nerve” moments and “kicked swiftly in the gut out of nowhere” announcements… I have been gearing myself up for the unavoidable 24 hours of maternal appreciation, long speeches on the joy of children, and untried sermons on Hannah’s struggle, vow and answer to prayer. To be honest, I do not know how the day will go. Will it be one of the those “what was I so afraid of?”days, or will it be one of those times when you are left standing in a sea of…

  • Healthier Living

    A Fishy & A Missy Feeling Icky…

    Everyone knows I do not have good luck with fish. My husband bought me a purple beta that we named Glory in the beginning of March. He lasted a week, so we put his warranty to use and got another one. We named him Feral. He also died after a week, but… still within warranty period, so…. we got a third and named him Oliver. Much to my (and everyone else’s) amazement he’s still alive six weeks later! It turns out the culprit all along was our city water. Even with conditioning drops it simply wasn’t enough to make it safe for sensitive little fish.   My little buddy Oliver…

  • Character

    God Doesn’t Need Me Anymore

    I remember sitting in the tiny blue trailer that I called ‘home’ when the supposed reality hit me like a ton of bricks. God doesn’t need me anymore. I was suffering a crisis of worth and this seemed like the only thing that made sense. Why else would everything point to me being “pushed aside” and “forgotten.” When I entered the ministry a few years prior to this “crisis” I had just turned 19. Feeling small and inadequate, I laid my life before the Lord and surrendered to His call ready to pour my heart and soul into His work. I grew to love the things He gave me. I…

  • Cleaning,  Life as a Wife,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Trunk of Self & Sentimentality

    Yesterday I sat down to deal with the trunk of sentimentality. I thought I was going to have to make many hard decisions, but really… I was surprised at how much was in there that had completely lost its sentimental value. Though I added to it regularly, it had been several years since I dug it out to really look through the things that were in it. While I sorted, sifted and pitched, I discovered something shocking in a very real way. I am not the person I was. I am no longer the person that needs loads of cards and notes to remind me that people really care about…

  • DIY,  Miscarriage

    Potpourri Bear: A Miscarried Baby Memorial

    My husband gave me these sweet treasures on Valentine’s Day of this year, only minutes before we both found out that we would be parents. What a blessed joyful experience that was for us. We had waited so long, and then all of the sudden it was happening! While Mark gave the teddy bear and the roses to me before he had any idea I was carrying his child, after we lost the baby at the 6 week mark, both became inextricably linked to that child. In the weeks following the miscarriage I went back to and stared at the roses that had long since dried, and would often rearrange…