Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
What is 70 x 7? It's a ministry started by a dear friend of mine, Donna. It was birthed 5 years ago, but last night was the first time that the team was able to hold the conference was held in the United States. In the past, it has been done on Mission Trips. So, I was touched just knowing that I was part of the first 200 women to experience this on our home soil!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Teas (nursing placement test)-- I took a practice teas yesterday, and if it were the teas for getting into the program, I would be in right now! LOL So, I have some registering for the teas and studying to be able to score that good on the longer test.
College Experience Course
Interview with Dean
Meet with the financial aid appointment
Just a quick update on the girls and Ryan:
Ryan is still plugging away working out of town a lot these days. Some days are more stressful for him than others, but he's providing for his family and that's all that matters. He can't wait til he gets to come home for a visit I am sure, but he knows that he has to provide, and that's what he is doing.
Kenzie is getting bigger and bigger. She can't wait for 4th grade to start! I can't wait to see what she'll accomplish this year! She's becoming closer and closer with Ariel, her bff! They are like sisters anymore! To the extent that she's gonna go to a cheerleading practice later this week to see if she wants to try it out for a season.
Maddie is my lil peanut who LOVES animals! Right now she's sleeping on the couch with Skylar! We stayed last night with Diana. And Maddie curls up on the couch with the dogs and cats all the time. She loves them so much! Sometimes I wonder if she's gonna be a vet when she grows up LOL!
And that's about the update.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I've taken lots of time to think it over. I compared both the RN and the LPN programs. So, I've visited several schools, called many others. Today I went to an Info Session on the RN program at a school I am highly interested in.
So with that said, I have a few steps to go through, and the first is applying to that school. Once accepted, the real fun begins! Here's my list as of now:
Teas (nursing placement test)
Submit any transcripts
College Experience Course
Interview with Dean
Meet with the financial aid appointment
So with this said, I've done a lot of homework and getting things in order. I've spoken nothing but good positive things about wanting to do this for a long time now, and yet, I still have others who I thought were friends who want to try and bring me down. So for the last time I ask, IF YOU CAN'T BE A POSITIVE PATTY ABOUT THIS SITUATION KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE NANCY COMMENTS TO YOURSELF. My school isn't going to be a perfect match for everyone, but if you were a true supportive friend, you wouldn't try to drag me down about where I choose to go.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
i found out that i only have a few things to do to get into nursing school this september. praying everything falls into place! can't wait!
will keep you posted as to what happens there!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
This is super easy and yummmmy!
In a skillet, sautee 2 cups of thinly sliced celery in 2 tbsp butter for 5 minutes. Add 1.5 cups sliced green onions. Saute 5 minutes. Place in large bowl. Set aside. Cut 1 pound of hot dogs into bite size pieces, add to skillet. Saute for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add to vegetables. Set aside 1 cup of the veggie mixture. To the remaining mixture, add 2 eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 tsp rubbed sage. Stir well. Add 2 boxes corn muffin mix and 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Mix well. Put into prepared casserole dish. Top with remaining veggie mixture. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on top. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes.
We all sat down and made out the dinner menus for the next month. For this week we chose taco salad, corn dog casserole, chinese, pepperoni pull apart bread and crazy bread, grilled cheese with tomato soup, sloppy joes with french fries, and quesadillas with corn.
I also made cappucchino muffins, banana chip muffins, and cinnamon donut muffins! Wow! Ill be posting recipes and pics all week.
Since i dont have a pic, it was ate too fast, heres my rendition of taco salad:
Brown a pound of ground beef. Drain. Prepare according to taco dinner kit. Toward the end of meat cooking, add 1 tbsp ranch dressing. Bake shells while doing meat. Put a bag of salad in a large bowl with a chopped onion, salsa according to how u like it, and 2 cups shredded cheddar (more can be added later if u need it) crush shells on top. Pour meat mixture over it all. Toss and serve with refried beans. Garnish with sour cream if desired! Mmmm the fam goes nuts for it!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Last week was a busy week for us. I am gonna recap it day by day to catch you up...
Monday we had our first tutoring session for Maddie. So we trekked to the library. Thinking we would get books before, we got there at 915 only to learn they didnt open til 10, so we walked to the park, played, and came back just in time for the doors to open. That was a crazy hot walk in blue jeans for this momma! After tutoring we learned that we couldnt get books because we were at the only remaining CITY library in the area and it isnt connected to our county library so books would have to wait a day.
Tuesday we went to the state attorneys office to have a meeting and learned of more charges they are filing against the man who stole our vehicle in april. Thats a huge mess and a whole other post will be coming after its all over. Back to the library we went to get our library card and check out books. Kenzie signed up for the summer reading program they have there. I started studying boundaries.
Wednesday, we took a much needed day to rest.
Thursday we prepped our walls for painting!
Friday we had our errand day and Maddies evaluation. We learned she has adhd and ocd. We are adapting to her needs now and the house is running smoother. While i was cooking, the girls were playing outside with the neighbors child who began bullying maddie, i drew a boundary line because this wasnt the first time only for that childs mother to get irate to the point that by the end of her rant she told my kids they were nothing but mental retards with a fat lazy mother. It took all i had to not get into a physical altercation, but in the end, i dont want to teach my kids that fighting is ok, so we came in and painted our frustrations away.
Saturday, i put the second coat on the paint and we hung out with one of the nicer neighbors who also has issues with yesterdays neighbor.
Sunday was a regular sunday for us minus church.
Monday we were back at the library for tutoring. Exchanged books and that was that.
Today Kenzie started Summer Reading Camp.
Friday, June 7, 2013
When working for a company, you would think they would be up front with you about your direct deposit. Instead we never know if the money will be in the bank or not! How can bills be paid or groceries be bought if there is no money in the bank when its supposed to be? Really people get it right already!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Yep, we had our first tropical storm for the year. Her name was Andrea. She brought much needed rain, gusts of wind and even a few tornadoes to the tampa bay area. Thank god we fared well. We took a day off of walking today due to the weather and will resume tomorrow after our errands. Lots of fun things coming up, but im not gonna spill the beans just yet! More to come as more develops.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Today was bittersweet for me. I am happy its summer break, but that means we only have 2 years before we have a MIDDLESCHOOLER! I cant believe we are that close already!
Both girls had a great day. I got soaked walking to get Madispn, then the rain slacked off enough for me to have buckets of sweat rolling into my eyes! It has been so humid here that i sweat as soon as i go outside let alone walk the more than 1/2 mile to her school. We are starting a new walking track tomorrow... not sure how far but its gonna be fun to see
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
As the hurricane season starts, mother nature has decided to remind me to get my hurricane kits ready. Yes, i said kits. One for each of us, one for my bird.
In the mean time I am closer to deciding on the LPN program. Its going to be tough, but I know I can and WILL do this. It has taken longer than i wanted, but I needed to allow the Lord to work things out in HIS time.
More updates to come.
Friday, May 31, 2013
If you were a girlscout, as a brownie you would have learned this song:
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.
So now, take a moment to think... do you cherish your friends? I think this is something we need to reflect on ever now and then. We all have our friends, best friends, fair weather friends, etc. I challenge you to look at how you are a friend to others. Are you there no matter what or are you simply there when it will benefit YOU.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
As the school year dwindles down, it seems we get busier every year! I have my little Madison repeating first grade to help her get caught up, Mackenzie heading on to 4 th. And nursing school is a closer reality for me as I narrow down the programs I am interested in. St Pete College is out. PHCC is still in the running with 3 other schools. Lots to do but in time it will happen.
Ryan is doing pretty good, but cant wait for me to get thru my schooling... and thats about it.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
We are continuing our house search. We've wanted to find a nice house at a good price, and well, we are still on that search. We aren't sure where in the area we will find our house, but it's a continuing process. Keeping the budget in mind while we look is really the deciding factor there.
I'm continuing my job search. It's been a tough market for a couple years so I'm hoping that I will find something soon. I don't HAVE to go back to work but it just would make it so much easier as far as our budget goes.
Kenzie is doing great! She was in a mainstream class for the first time since Kindergarten on Friday and LOVED it! I'll be e-mailing the teacher she spent the day with to see how it went from a teacher's perspective.
Maddie had a rough week, but that's also a work in progress. Sometimes kids have better weeks than others. So we are working with her on following directions.
And Ryan is still in South Carolina... Status quo.
I'll update more as more things develop here :)
Monday, January 28, 2013
The week started out normal. School was out on Monday, but other than that it was status quo. Until Thursday that is. I had made arrangements with our friend Kevin for him to come pick me up to go after the Camry. It was about an hour away each way, so he was taking me on his day off. On the way home, I had a blow out just before our exit. He was about 1/2 mile behind me I guess. But due to the laws here in Florida and my spare being flat, I had no choice but to tow the car. It was a lesson learned that looking back was a good one.
So since then I've been doing TONS of shopping around for the best tire prices and alignment prices too! Who knew how expensive tires were getting these days! I'm finding the average price PER tire to be around $100! Crazyness! I remember buying tires for the Contur and the prices were around $40 a tire! So, to replace the one that's blown as well as the other tires on the car and the spare, we are looking at around $500-$600! And the alignment I have to make a decision... I have the opportunity to do lifetime alignments for a total of $169. I can take it in every 6,000 miles and they will align it free of charge from the time I purchase that package to the time I sell my car. I just don't know what I need to do there because we have had the Camry for 2 years now, so I have to weigh if it's worth doing that or just getting a regular alignment because how many more years are we going to keep the car until we trade it in for another newer model?
Ryan spent the weekend with his parents in North Carolina and the girls and I made a game of getting them cleaning in their room and doing their chores. It was WONDERFUL!
So this week's goals:
Make the decision on the new tires. I have the damaged tire replaced with a used one for the time being.
Make the decision on the alignments. This is something Ryan and I will discuss.
Get the office and tax information all Organized so that we can file as soon as the other 3 papers come. I think Ryan has 2 more w-2's we are waiting on and I have one.
That's about it.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Update for 2013 so far:
Week 1: We had a great week 1. We started the year off by going to our annual New Year's Party with our friends Scott and Juanita. This year, it was lower key than last year and that's good! Ryan had to leave on New Years Day, so we didn't make a big to do about it. We took some games over and had a nice family game night with them and Scott's brother Patrick! It was nice! Then New Years Day, the girls and I dropped Ryan off and he spent the week in either Georgia or South Carolina (I honestly can't remember which. He's been so many places lately I get confused!). And we had a low key final few days of the girls being out for winter break. They enjoyed the quiet time! And so did I!
Week 2: The girls had a time of getting back into the swing of going back to school, but did well and were rewarded with a fun craft night! We did some scrapbooking on the 12th with our friends Deb and Juanita while the guys went fishing! Followed that with the girls watching a movie in our room while the adults played Gesstures! Too funny!
Week 3: We got the report cards and were pleasantly surprised! Mackenzie improved her "C" in Science to an "A" so she is doing great! She's now got 2 A's and 3 C's. Slow and steady wins the race my friend!!! Maddie is also doing much better in school! We are so happy to see they are both improving so much! And we started planning Mackenzie's birthday party! It's hard to believe she's gonna be 10 already!!! Doesn't seem like she should be that old, but it's the price you pay for time going by so fast! We are doing it on the 17th of Feb. At the local park and she's chosen Monster High for the theme! This should be quite interesting!!!
Week 4: I've been doing tons of soul searching and so has Ryan lately. We both know we don't like him being gone, but we understand the need for him to be gone in order to provide for his family. So, I decided it was really time to go out into the work force. I applied at 9 different places today. I had a goal of 5 and ended up doing 9! We have been quite selfish in our attempts with work and have only been looking within 5 miles of our house. Quite selfish, yes I know. I have expanded my search to include Clearwater. I love that city! Even though I am not from there, Clearwater is what I consider home. It just fits for me! So, we are looking at jobs and possibly housing in Clearwater! We just need to do what's right for our family and I don't think that being where we are now is condusive of a great amount of success for us. We shall see where the Lord leads us.
And Finally Goals for this year:
* Lose 40 Pounds.
*Walk 3 times a week (or run)
* Enroll kids in before/after school care with their schools
*Register truck and get it on the road (new battery)
*Get a job and get Ryan home
*Evaluate, Pray about and decide what to do about our housing.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Ryan is out of town again and while we don't like him being gone so long, it's what has to happen if we are to get a pay check. I just can't wait until he gets through his goal for the new year! Once he does that, we will totally be happy campers!
So my goals for this weekend: Cuddle time, tidy the house, cuddle time. Get the kids ready to go back to school next week. And lastly get my house ready for my open house next week! Can't wait for that one! Gonna be so much fun to show my friends some of the newest prints available! Such fun!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Apply for Aide-- this takes longer, so if you want to go back to school, do yourself a favor and apply for aide before you apply for your college!
Order transcripts-- they will be ordered tomorrow come what may! The copy is only $10, so that won't be a biggie. They should be to me within 10 days, so I can run those in to the school.
Apply for college-- I'll need to pay a $25 application fee, but for me, it's worth it. This will also be happening tomorrow! WooHoo!
Things are getting done. According to Pasco-Hernando Community College, I should be able to have it all done and start my classes come JANUARY! WooHoo!
Next comes the PERT placement test. Good news there is that when I pay my application fee, the school waives the testing fee! That's a great thing right there! My score on there will tell me if I am in need of taking remedial courses or not. It's going to be a great thing!
After that, I will be attending a New Student Orientation just as soon as I can get signed up for one. It's a 2 hour orientation at one of the campuses. I will likely take Orientation at Spring Hill so I can do it while the kids are at school.
Following the Orientation, I will have a meeting with an Advisor to set up all of my classes. I am PRAYING that I can get them all done in time to apply to the Nursing Program come January 2014! If I can do that, then I'll be a Nurse in NO time flat! This is going to be an amazing journey!
Now, let's say that I don't need any remedial courses, I would then be able to start my pre req's at PHCC. I can take some of them online. The ones I'll be doing from home are:
Science of Human Nurtrition
Intro to Psyc
Then I'll need to finish up the pre req's at the New Port Richey Campus. Those classes are:
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
With that said, I think this is the way to go. I have looked at several different schools and programs in the last few weeks and really think that PHCC is going to be the best outcome for me. It's going to be a tough road to go down, but I am so very ready for it! I can't wait to get started.
Now, I want to thank everyone who is supportive of me for doing this. It's been a long time in the making and I just decided at the age of 31 it is time to get it done. So, by the time I'm 35, I'll have a full time career and be able to really help provide for my family. It will take some time to repay loans, but it's gotta be done. I understand that more than anyone, so thank you in advance for all of your support to my friends and family. I was the first to graduate highschool and I am the first to go back to and graduate college too! I can't wait! Life Long Learner I am! Woo Hooooo!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I had a friend who was supposed to be stopping by, so since we haven't seen her for a while, I got Maddie into a really cute little outfit. Something special so she could see her "aunt". Well, she's sick and didn't get to come, but right after I got her ready, down to hair and all, I'm sweeping the living room and she comes in and declares, with hand on the hip and the whole bit, "I HAVE A HOTT DATE TONIGHT!" LOL Where she hears these things I have no clue!
She warms my heart when she does things like that. Now I have the two of them over in the living room teaching each other how to play the Soprano Recorder, also known as the flute. Mackenzie got it last year because she had to have one for music class. I bought the book too so they could learn a little of how to read music and how to play it. So, it's really paid off! For the Recorder and book I didn't even spend $10! Great investment and music is very good for developing young minds!
And the next few weeks will be CRAZY here! I get to finally get our furniture into the new place next weekend! God bless our friends for helping with that task. I also get to host Thanksgiving Dinner! That's gonna be fun! I love to have my friends over and it's going to be yummy eats too! Then we have the Dear Santa Party. Followed by an ornament exchange. I am hosting the women from our Couples Class from Church in December. We have our friends Christmas party/gift exchange happening soon after that and then Christmas! Can we say, when I do it, I do it right!
And that's about all for now, have a great week!
Friday, October 26, 2012
1 Jar Pasta Sauce
Hoagie rolls (they need to be connected on one side but open on the other side)
Put Meatballs in large pot. Turn on to Medium heat. Cover in pasta sauce and gently stir around. When they are heated through, Place them in the rolls. 4 meatballs per sandwich. Then COVER in Mozzerella Cheese! Bake at 400 on a cookie sheet until cheese is melted, golden and bubbly!
We are gonna really LOVE these in a few minutes :)
Sunday, October 21, 2012
You might be wondering what has sparked this right? Well, I have a passion for helping others. I have experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant. And it offers a great advancement opportunity! Basically, my background is medical so why change that right?
The girls are getting old enough that I can enroll them in PLACE in order for me to do this. And I have the support of my husband. So I really feel like this is the time! I think that over the last 3 years, God has been preparing me for this. Again you may be asking how I know this, well try applying for 3 years at different places and being told at every one that I am OVER QUALIFIED! It's really disheartening! So this just tells me I am 2 years away from a wonderful career full of rewarding possibilities! As a nurse, not only can I help others, but it will be rewarding from the first day of my first shift! I can't wait!
So what all do I have to do toward this? Well, first, I have to order my high school transcripts. This is happening this week. I just have to print out the paper that I have to send in with my payement. Then I have to take the TEAS test. That will be scheduled this week as well. After those, I have to apply for the college and get the info for when the next set of pre req's can be taken. And apply for financial aid. After all of that, I'll be set to start my classes. And to be honest, I am very excited about it!
So, you're prolly wondering why I opened this with a photo of me right? Well, that's the newest photo of me. I took it last week with my cell phone, and I have to tell ya that it's the first photo I have ever done of myself that I actually like! My self image has changed so much in the last 3 years it's crazy!
Anyhoo, more to come! Praise the Lord!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Rewind to when Kenzie was 4.... We were in Indiana and the school system there did a wonderful job of getting the evaluation done before kindergarten, so I didn't have to understand all of the way this would work... When we got to Florida when she started kindergarten, we already had an IEP in place. So we only had minor changes to that...
Fast Forward to Present... Madison is in 1st grade and has to go through some testing that they do with all 1st graders (Kindergarten too)... It's called FAIR. This is in order to help with her reading and math. So, here's what the results are:
As it stands now, Madison is predicted (by FAIR) to have a moderate probability of scoring at or above grade level on the end of year comp task.
She is below grade level in Reading Comprehension, however, let me stress, she is a lot farther ahead than Mackenzie was. At this stage in the game, Mackenzie wasn't even reading at the rebus level, but Madison is, so that's a plus! Woo Hoo there!
Her vocab also is below grade level, however we have some really good interventions in place for helping her improve here.
Madison did meet expectations with her letter sound knowledge with all 26 letters in capitol and lower case letters! that's a good thing!
She's struggling with Phoneme Blending, but this is one area that Mackenzie also struggled in and both of them get speech therapy to help with this.
So with that said, it could be a lot worse. I feel very confident that her teacher and I can really work with the reading intervention team as well as speech therapy to really assist madison in reaching goals set for her.
What do we do now? Well, we have a pmp in place to monitor her progress, if by mid year when they give her the fair testing again, she isn't showing signs of improvement, we will be getting some more evaluations in place, if it's found that she needs a full IEP in place, we will gather the team and work on that. We are confident in the school's ability to assist her so we will be really watching out for this lil monkey!
now some activities that can help all children in different areas are here for everyone. I've learned that with my kids, these are great ideas and if it will help anyone, I want to do that!
LETTER NAMES AND SOUNDS:
Use index cards to create 2 sets of A-Z. Play go fish or memory with them. Have your child say the name and sound of the letters when he/she makes a match.
Use paper and crayons/markers and have your child make their own alphabet books. Make collages on each page. Use one letter per page.
After reading a book, play I Spy with letter names or sounds. You say, I spy____ and have your child point to the letter that makes that sound.
Cut out letters from magazines, newspaper, or junk mail printed in different fonts. have your child sort the letters to give practice recognizing the key features of a letter.
use paper or plastic cups and label each cup with one letter of the alhpabet. cut out pictures from magazines or use objects from around the house to play a matching game. have your child sort the objects into the cups based on the first letter sound that occurs in the name of the object.
take turns thinking of two words that begin with the same sound.
play the say it quickly game. you say a word, one sound at a time, then have your child say the word at normal rate. for example, you say /k/ /a/ /t/ and have your child say cat at normal speed.
play rhyming games. say a two word rhyme and ask your child to say a word that rhymes with your words. take turns. for example, say cat sat and the child could say rat or bat or that
play say it slowly, its the exact opposite of say it quickly.
take turns thinking of two words that end with the same sound.
paly the change that word game. think of a one syllable word and have your child think of another word that is different by one sound take turns with each word. example: sat and sit, sip and lip
encourage reading fluency by having your child read and re read familiar books.
schedule 15 minutes of special reading time every day to read with your children.
when your child brings home papers from school, let them explain what they did and have them read it to you.
select a book that you know they will be able to read with success and spend some time reading with her. take turns reading.
encourage your child to read along while listening to a tape recording of a story. (starfall.com has a great part of the site where the books are read to the kids and they can read along)
go to the library each week and read a book together. talk about the book and ask your son/daughter questions that relate to the story.
play fact or opinion with your child. you say a sentence and then ask if it's fact or opinion.
fold a piece of paper into 3 parts, let your child draw a picture of something she did in sequence then help them write one sentence under each picutre explaining what he/she did first, middle and last.
pick out a new vocab word from one of the books you are reading with your child. talk about what it means. make a sentence with the new word. and use it in everyday life that week.
when you are riding aroudn the neighborhood, take turns spotting items that fit within a specified category of transportation
use a photo from an album and have your child retell what happened the day the photo was taken. encourage the use of vocab from the setting of the picture. use words such as first, next, last etc.
make hand puppets out of old socks to practice retelling stories read in school or at home. the puppets can take on the role of characters from the story. use the voices and vocabularies of the characters.
have your child pick out a word from reading. help make a word map with that word using examples, non examples, synonyms, and antonyms. for example, the selected word could be mapped with sunsets, cockroaches (non example), gorgeous (synonym), and ugly (antonym).
Yesterday's verse: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Madison has a Progress Monitoring Plan in Reading, Writing, and Math to help monitor her so that should the teacher think she needs more help in one area or another, they can easily address that! Woo Hoo! Love that her teacher is proactive like that!
She is getting Speech Therapy 2 times a week with Mrs. Mix. I just got off of the phone with her and she has told me that she definately sees the improvements with her speech! We are working with /sh/ and /ch/ now. So, starting next week, we will have speech homework to do in addition to our spelling and math that we already have.
I have a conference with her homeroom teacher tomorrow. We are going to be going over this PMP as well as any questions that might arise while we are there. I'll be bringing a few things to her attention and then going from there.
So, the PMP, and the way it works is this: in Kindergarten, when they noticed that Maddie was behind in the three areas, they put into place this plan. It was late in the year when they did it, so what will happen is that they give extra interventions to her and if they don't seem to be helping, then they would pursue putting her in the program Mackenzie is in. It's a Self Contained Academic Classroom. This would mean that she would change schools and ride the same bus as her sister. (This is something that I have been wanting to happen for a while now!)
So when I am at the meeting tomorrow, I will find out more information. And to top it off, I will get her Progress Report tomorrow too! I can't wait to see how she's doing so far this year.
From a worldy standpoint, we are all judged on a daily basis wether we know it or not. People judge people anymore without even thinking. She looks fat in that shirt, yep that's a judgement. He's not parenting like I would. That one too is a judgement. We do it without realizing it most of the time anymore, but I want to challenge all of us.
For One day, pass NO judgement. Why? well because I am tired of those who I thought were close to me judging me because of many reasons. I may not have as much money as they do. I may not have all the material posessions that they have. I may not have the newer vehicles that they have. I may not do things they way they would do them. I may have beliefs that they don't have. This doesn't mean that anyone should judge me.
Here's a passage from the BIBLE to shed some light on the subject:
And one last verse for you:
9 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
And know this, Jesus came, died, rose again so that we might have life and more abundantly. He's here for you. When you feel like you need to judge someone, give it to him. He will take those cares away.
So with that said, every day there's a bible verse that goes with the dare. Yesterday was the first day and here's the verse for it:
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Epehesians 4:2
And the dare for the day was to say nothing negative to my spouse for the day.
Then I had a list of 3 things to do and they were to pray for my spouse and myself, perform the dare, and write my thoughts or feelings, so I decided that I would do some blog entries as a journal to keep my thoughts on. It is my hope that through my journey it will inspire someone else to also take this journey and work on their marriage.
Journal Entry: Today was a tough one for me. Why? Ryan wasn't home with us so it should have been easy for me to not say anything negative to him right? Well, when I got the phone call from him saying he was going to the er because he was injured at work, my flesh wanted to give him some negative comments, but I refrained from that. After that one time, I thought about it for a minute, and really resolved to not say anything negative to him. While sometimes it might be hard, I can get through this because "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
And I have a video for you today too:
Are you wondering why I am sharing this video? Well, I have decided not to fight my love anylonger! Yes, there will be struggles, and I have to say that God will bring me through those times. God never promised that there wouldn't be raging waters, but he did promise to help us weather the storm. Therefore, I leave you with this thought today: LOVE IS NOT A FIGHT, BUT IT'S SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR. Are you ready to fight for your love? I know I am!
See ya tomorrow for Love is Kind!
Monday, September 17, 2012
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I just want to take the time to share some inspirations for all of you:
First, think to yourself, do you wanna be around to play with your grandkids. While this might be something you don't want to think about right now, go ahead, take a few minutes and weigh the options. Is this a journey worth taking? For me it is and I'll tell you why, When I was just 9 years old (the age of my oldest daughter) my mother passed away. She will never be replaced, but God put my aunt in the position of taking over the maternal role when she adopted us. It was a very nice act, but something that I can never replace is my mother, so I don't want to have my children going through that same thing. For me this is a journey worth taking!
Second, get yourself into the I can mindset. You can do anything if you try. You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Don't allow the negative nancy's of this world discourage you from reaching your dreams. If you dream to just loose 50 pounds, tell yourself every day that you can make good choices and you will. You can do anything you set your mind to and so can I! Together we can achieve anything we set our minds to!
Third, don't do whatever you are thinking about unless it's something YOU want to do. You have to want it. You won't be successful if you are doing this because your significant other says you have to. This has to be something you want! Just like with drug addicts, if they don't want it for themselves, they will never stop doing drugs. If they continue trying to quit because their fiance wants them to, they will never end up breaking the cycle. Do it because it's what YOU want!
Fourth, don't accept excuses from your inner child. No matter what your goal is, you have to take charge of your path. I have said this many times, and I will say it again, BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD. If you want to see a more fit population, get fit yourself. People will see this and they will want it too. Just one person doing something normally gets a whole group of people to join in and when that happens, it creates a wave effect where thousands join in. Don't accept any excuses from your inner child and you will be successful!
And lastly, a quote from Dolvett from the Biggest Looser, "If you are not moving, you are not loosing!" Keep that in your mind, it will inspire you to move! When you move you burn calories when you burn calories you loose pounds. when you loose pounds, you get in better shape. When you are exercising it makes you want to choose healthier food options. When you burn fat, you build muscle! That's what we want here!
And I will close with this,
YOU CAN DO IT!