Thursday, June 28, 2007
You know, we have a dad that loves us and wants to spend time with us...a dad we can be content and comfortable resting in His arms. Do we take advantage of this? I confess that I don't....at least not near enough. I'm not sure anyone would hang around me for a few minutes and say, "hey, you smell like Jesus." But I can't think of a better compliment. But there is only one way for this to happen...I need to spend some time with Him. I know people, Spiritual Mentors as it were, who do smell like Him. They are so cool to hang around. They just live life a little bit differently. They carry themselves differently. They reak of peace and joy....and Jesus!!!
Yeah, that's what I need to do....spend some time with Him. He loves me and wants nothing more than to spend time with His daughter.....I'll just wait for someone to say, "you smell like your daddy."
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
This hasn't been the easiest or best of weeks with my eating. I would do well one day, then not so well the next! I truly struggle with this, too: If I "blow it" with my points, I go nuts. Like, then I eat anything I can and not worry about the points. This is crazy thinkin', I know. I can eat sensibly for the rest of the day if I "blow it" and my weight loss most likely won't be compromised. Anyway, I wasn't sure what I would find when I stepped on the scale this morning. The good news is I lost half a pound. I would have liked to have seen more, but considering how I have done with eating, this is more realistic. And Thursday, my family is going out of town for a long weekend. Travelling is usually difficult to stay on track with weight loss. I will see how I do and definitely get right back on track as soon as I'm back!!! Well, HALF A POUND is still half a pound for a grand total of 4 1/2 pounds since I started my focus back!!!
Monday, June 25, 2007
I looked for butterfly doodles and really didn't find much, so I had to analyze myself. The butterfly is a symbol of healing and growth. If a caterpillar wasn't allowed to grow and push through the cocoon on its own, it never would be able to fly. That represents me and what I believe...God allows adversity to build our strength...knowing that we will one day be able to fly. If he were to step in and cut open the cocoon, our bodies would swell and our wings would shrivel. He desires for us to fly...and that is what I desire for myself and for others. Although it is so difficult, we learn just how strong we are and how far we can go and how we can fly.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Since summer is officially here....and summer in Texas brings with it more heat...I thought I'd share some cool cartoons. I think Calvin & Hobbes is one of the greatest cartoon strips EVER!! And some of my favorites are his snow art, so for my Thursday Thirteen this week, here are 13 of my favorite snow arts from Calvin & Hobbes... (wish they came through a little clearer, sorry, if you want to see more and more clearly, try here)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
For the next two weeks, my baby girl was one frustrated little girl. I remember two weeks because it was hard on me, too. But looking back, two weeks is not that long. Oh, but to a 15 month old it is very, very long... Anyway, she did start talking and asking for her own cookie and juice. And talking leads to many other things, other than cookies. Talking is key...or I should say communication is key to relationships....something much greater than cookies.
I wonder if that is how it is with our Heavenly Father. He knows we will be hurt and frustrated, but there is something much greater in store for us. All we know is we have to work harder to get the cookies. But he knows that that hard work has a greater reward for us coming....a skill He deems essential. And sure, that two weeks is a lifetime to us, but to Him, it is a much bigger plan worth the two week suffering! And remember how I said I remember that it was two weeks because it was hard for me, too. How hard is it to deny blessings and treats to our children! God loves me MORE than I love my daughter...and the love I have for my daughter is immeasurable! I don't believe it is easy for God to see us suffer. I would bet it may be harder on Him than it is on us!
My daughter is ten now, and the trauma of two weeks working hard to get her cookie is long gone. As far as I can tell, she has no long-term effects of that trauma. What I do know is she can talk! She is quite good at the talking these days. She is growing and maturing and talking about how she feels, her needs, her desires, her dreams. This is something I could have missed out on if I wasn't willing to allow her to be frustrated. If I can only remember this in my life now...when I am enduring a suffering, God WILL use that for His purposes, because He loves us MORE than we can ever imagine. All we know is the cookies aren't just coming into our life so easily anymore. He knows that He is trying to teach us to talk.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I've lost 4 pounds this week! YAY!!! There is something to accountability. Knowing that I was officially weighing in and sharing with the world really helped me to stay on track this week. My biggest challenges are going out to eat with my agency and late into the evening munchies! Where I work, we go out to eat at least once a week (I know we will today and tomorrow). I KNOW how to eat out, as I did it a few years ago when I was very strict with my WW points counting. The thing is, everyone around me is eating such yummy food so I tend to change what I was going to order...and then there's the bread basket or chips basket in front of me (soooooo tempting!). Also, when I get home, it is hard to stay focused...I want to munch! I'm not sure if this is a reward for ending my day or what, but I tend to want cookies or something that if I start to eat one or two, I end up eating eight! This week, I will continue to count my points. I have 18 pounds to go. I CAN do this!!!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Banner Courtesy of: http://www.peanutwagon.net/blog/T13/
My attempt at dividing myself into 13 different parts...
1. Child of God--my relationship with God--my views on Scripture and Church
2. Wife--I love my dear husband and have grown in our marriage so much. This is an area of continual growth!
3. Mom--Since pregnancy (and even before), I've been fascinated with parenting and the role we play in our children's lives. Each stage of mothering has brought the need for me to become an expert by absorbing all reading material and talking to others going through the same or who have gone through...
4. Social Worker--ahhhhhh, my ministry
5. Family Historian--just a fancy way to relate my love for scrapbooking
6. Family Manager--this involves meal planning, house keeping, and the like
7. Captain of Creativity--at one time, I was have creativity juices flowing through my veins....and now it seems to drip, drip, drip. But I am in the process of reviving this in me and try to instill it in my family.
8. Finance Manager--a shared role with my dear husband (like many of these), but I am continually learning to manage money better, save money on groceries, pay off debt, and the like
9. Recovery Cheerleader--Addictions are a great interest of mine...and I'm battling my own addictions, some more serious than others. I am my own cheerleader, but the cheerleader of others. I am a firm believer in the 12 steps and believe they (with the help of our Lord and Savior) SAVE LIVES!!!
10. Clown--okay, okay--these titles of my parts are really getting to be sad! My sense of humor is invaluable to me! It has held me together at times! I enjoy a good giggle and need this every day. You cannot take life or yourself too seriously!!!!
11. Philosopher--my analytical mind works overtime--this can be nice--this can be a curse!! I also am a collector of words of wisdom. Words can change your life, sometimes for the better...sometimes not so much!
12. Personal Growth and Development Director--be it physical (been a weight watcher since 2002, reached goal weight in 2004, now struggling to lose again to my goal weight), mental (finished grad school in 2006, but desire to continually develop my brain), or whatever area of personal development--living things grow--I wanna live!!!
13. THIS SPACE FOR RENT--and what exactly does this mean? It may seem random, but it is intentional. I love, love, love the number 13! It is my lucky number--after all I was born on the 13th. Loving the number 13 led me to adding this meme to my blog. I thought dividing my SELF into 13 parts would be fun, would be meaningful, and would be so me. However, I think there needs to be room for a part to emerge. Who knows what it will be or when. Sure, it could replace another part, other parts may merge to allow growth, any number of things could happen. BUT...leaving room gives freedom as well as a readiness to allow God to bring something into your life unexpectedly. I'm open to this....I gotta room ready for you, whatever or whoever you are!!
But when I was ready...and this is such an important thing to know! WHEN I WAS READY... I made that decision and ordered unsweet tea at my next opportunity. It wasn't bad. I have learned that most sit down restaurants make a good glass of tea. With fast food, it is a mixed bag! Sometimes it is bitter. My sister (who is a bit of a food service expert) says it is from sitting in the urn too long. Unsweet tea isn't ordered as much as sweet tea down here in the South. So the sweet tea runs out and a fresh batch is made. But unless you get them after a fresh batch of unsweet tea is made (and good fast food joints know to pour out old tea and make new periodically), it may be a tad bitter. Hint: get those crystallized lemon or lime packets and add some of that if the tea is bitter...works for me!
Well, I stopped drinking it on January 18th. Granted, I have had a glass or two since, but I didn't have any at all for 10 weeks. Research on the Internet led me to believe I might have been addicted to Aspartame. See for yourself at: http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/ I avoid Aspartame now. When I need a diet sweetener, I turn to Splenda or Xylitol. For the most part, though, I drink unsweet tea. My sister told me that it is an acquired taste. It didn't take much time at all to acquire the taste either. I also enjoy a cup of hot tea. As I am writing this, I am sipping on a cup of green tea. The warmth and the comfort that comes from sipping on the tea is great. When I am trying to nurture myself with food, hot tea is a gift. You can enjoy it all day long. Just sitting and sipping....and with no sugar, it has no calories. It helps me not to want to snack or drink things that aren't really too good for me. Water is good, but tea has that little something extra. Plus the benefits of tea seem to be pretty good, again see for yourself( http://www.healthcastle.com/tea.shtml) and the flavors and colors give so much variety...there's something for everyone!