Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Making ammends with houshold appliances

My vacuum and I are good friends. My vacuum "Red" and I have cleaned up many crumbs and pine needles together and we see each other on a regular basis. We have developed a close bond and I am sad that my children want to now interrupting the time we spend together by "helping out". My washer and dryer, which remain nameless, also see each me on a regular basis but there is no fondness to the relationship there. We begin and end most days with rendezvous' yet our bond does not grow stronger and I will not be sad of the day when we are broken apart because of others taking over our relational duties.

Other appliances I have a good and growing relationship with include: my stove and oven, my blender, toaster, mixer, refrigerator, my television and DVD player and so many others. As the new year begins I am taking time to reflect on some skills that have become rusty and one of those skills involves a household appliance, my bread machine. We've had an on again off again kind of relationship, although to be totally honest it has mostly been off again for quite some time. For the last 2 days I have made homemade bread each day and had forgotten just how much I like and have missed it. I started using my bread machine when I really took hold of the "all natural" way of eating. I was really good about using it and always having fresh, natural and healthy snacks and meals on hand. I have somewhat faded in my enthusiasm for being as healthy as I can possibly be but I am determined to make some changes this year and making bread is one.

Some pitfalls I expect to encounter are as follows: 1. It takes a lot more planning and preparation to cook and bake healthy foods. Probably the reason I got out of the habit. I need to spend time making menu plans for everything we eat and even though I do make most of meals from scratch I need to make them a bit healthier. 2. I expect some resistance from Lydia and Emma as they have gotten used to a few too many sweet treats and the occasional junk food. I know that my efforts will be worth it but I also know I will experience some fits along the way. 3. Time and money spent shopping will increase.

Positive outcomes I hope to achieve: 1. Living in a way that I know benifits my body, mind and soul. 2. Stronger immune systems and physical bodies for all our family. 3. Reaching and maintaining my ideal healthy weight. 4. Blogging from time to time about how my efforts are going. Well, that is it for now. Just got back from Food Lion with some healthy foods and am making an attack plan with some healthy recipes.

Please let me know your favorite healthy snacks and meals. Thanks for you rinput.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year

Well, with such a long time having passed since my previous post I am not even going to try to catch up on the happenings of my life over the past few months. Other than to say we've been sick off and on since the last post and then the holidays and a whole lot of me not wanting to sit down at the computer at night after the girls are asleep brings everyone up to date.

With the start of a new year I am looking forward to setting some goals and continuing working towards some old ones. I am excited about the journey that God has me on and praying for more discipline in some areas that are getting a bit rusty. I know that God is faithful to help when I call out to Him and I know He is ready to have me draw even nearer to Him.

Right now I am trying to take advantage of the last months I have with Lydia before she starts school in the fall. I want to try to love on her, prepare her and just let her know that God is always there for her. I've definitely stepped up my prayers for her as the influence of my words and presence is going to be farther away very soon and I want her to come out shining like a star through everything the world has to throw at her.

Emma is just pretty adorable most of the time but she certainly has her moments of sheer terrible. I am so delighted that she learns right along with her sister (the good and the bad) and that she is so free to laugh and engage in life. I'm not sure what our life will look like after Lydia goes to school but she is a much more independent player and far less attention seeking than her older sibling so only time will tell what our life will look like over the next year.

Justin and I are working on a study for our church as well as any small group that is interested on intimacy in marriage. (Yes, that means sex!) We are both very excited and humbled by preparing the material for the study because we believe so strongly in a Christ centered marriage and know that marriages are under serious attack. We truly believe that God desires this study to help people learn what God believes about sex in a world that is constantly telling us lies about it. Though most days we feel completely unqualified to teach the material we know that through prayer, lots of reading, willing and open attitudes and the Holy Spirit we are taking a step of faith and leaving the results up to God. (If any one who reads this is interested in the study let me know.)

That is about it for now, got some weekly planning and reading to do before I go to bed. Be blessed and happy new year!