Sunday, February 24, 2013


It's been a real lulu of a week. These two verses were on Bible Gateway and Klove this morning. They sum up a lot for me. The two songs are also appropriately reflecting my heart. As I sit in ABF this morning listening to people talk about their weekly struggles, I am thinking how I will burst in to tears if I even open my mouth. It's better that I listened. The quote by my friend Elizabeth again was just what I needed.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

I need you! (click to listen).

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Mountains! (Click to listen).

God said, "I call you to be a Christian and reflect my righteousness. When you don't, your anger is directed at me because I am a sovereign God. Don't ever think that I need you to accomplish justice. I need you to reflect love." (From Elizabeth T. this morning during Adult Bible Fellowship).

I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I don't smoke. I don't eat dessert any more. I don't drink coffee. Hmmm, sounds like I need a stress reliever, I wonder. Oh, prayer. Yes, prayer it is!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Peak Inside...

It's been 33 days without desserts. Again, that means no cookies, cup cakes, cake, pie, ice-cream, candy or anything else that is classified as dessert.

I have had coffee twice, I think.

I keep a food journal. I have consistently wrote in it for about 31 days. There was one day that I just didn't write anything down. I can't go back and complete it because I honestly can't remember.

So here is a peak inside my food journal:

  • Irish Porridge with brown sugar and honey
  • 2000 mg. Vitamin C
  • Lettuce, carrots, walnuts, broccoli, celery, cheese, bard boiled egg with honey mustard dressing
  • tomato
  • kale chips
  • hot apple cider

  • Plain Greek yogurt with apple butter
  • Kashi (heart to heart)
  • apple sauce
  • hot tea
  • apple and peanut butter
  • banana
  • ham and cheese sandwich with cranberry mustard
  • chili with sour cream and cheese
  • tea with honey
  • apricots (from a can)

  • 2 Hard Boiled eggs
  • 2000 mg. Vitamin C
  • apple sauce
  • Olive Garden left overs with bread stick
  • lettuce, green beans, carrots, sundried tomatoes, cheese, walnuts, chicken with ranch, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • apple and peanut butter

Breakfast is one of the following three:
  1. Greek Yogurt
  2. Hard Boiled Egg(s)
  3. Oatmeal
2000 mg. Vitamin C

Lunch is a salad or left over dinner primarily. I seem to eat an apple, banana and apple sauce every day. Dinner is always different.

Bread has never had a hold on me. I feel that the coffee and sugar addiction has been broken.

I have only been on the scale once. It was discouraging even though I have not set a weight loss goal. So I decided not to get on the scale. Maybe I will weigh in on the 21st of every month.

I have no update on Mike or Jeannette. Curtis is down 11 pounds!

Friday, February 1, 2013

"How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids...

with love not war".
Plugged-In Parenting by by Bob Waliszewski

 Deciding Where you Stand as a Parent

Making Rules Without Making Enemies

Keeping The Peace And Passing It On.

"For years we've educated our children with the underlying assumption that they learn by hearing and what they were hearing at sporting events, in the cafeteria, in study hall, and even the classroom was teaching some pretty wretched lessons."

This has been the greatest accomplishment of my life- to get young people to throw away what society has taught them is wrong." Lady Gaga

I encountered this last year. Daniel was singing a song that I knew he didn't hear at our house or his buddy's house. I asked him where he heard it and he said in the cafeteria. The wall was next to the middle school weight room. I questioned Amanda and she said there was a worse song. She showed it to me. The lyrics were complete and utter TRASH! I contacted the vice-principal. I contacted friend's who also went to the middle school. I was on a tirade. But Curtis said that I had to back off. So I did. I am sure nothing changed.

That's my weakness. Going on a crusade when I think there needs to be one.

And you might be thinking "pick and choose your battles". Well this is one that we always pick. Other people are controlling what is going in to our children's heads and hearts. And we are allowing it.

OK, I get it. You don't want to listen to your old, lame parent's choice of music. I like a variety of styles and artists. But you don't have to compromise who you are to listen to the popular songs. Try listening to KJ-52, Lacrae, Grits, and Toby Mac.

Actually, I challenge you to listen to nothing but uplifting music (positive and encouraging Klove )  for the next 30 days. See for yourself how it changes you.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Garbage in. Garbage out.
What's in the well is coming up in the bucket.

"Entertainment television is the single most powerful force in our society today. If you're concerned about the sewage pouring into our society you have to look at television and the role it plays."
Brent Bozell, founder of The Parents Television Council.

If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness we live and do not live by truth. 1 John 1:6

What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Kids

What to Know:
  1. How much your child is using technology.
  2. What your child is doing with technology.
  3. Whether your child is a bully or a victim.
A study conducted by security firm Symantec Corporation and Onlinefamily. Norton identified top 100 internet searches conducted by children.
1. YouTube
4. "sex"
6. "porn"


Anyway, I hope you walk away from here with a little more knowledge. Maybe you will have a change in heart. Maybe you will want to read the book for yourself. Then good for you!

 If I mess up raising my kids, nothing I achieve will matter much.
 -Steve Martin, from Cheaper by the Dozen