Weekly Quote

"The Gospel is a woman's first and most important discipline, for it is the source of godliness."
~ Barbara Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Woman

Weekly Memory Verse

"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.." 2 Peter 1:3

Monday, October 25, 2010

Move It Monday

Well, today will certainly be a busy day. It just started pouring down rain. I'm hoping that will quit before we need to leave this morning. My husband and I have a meeting at 10:30 so the morning is kind of shot for getting anything done. We have lots planned for the afternoon though. We will be going through the whole house this week, and pulling things out for a garage sale. I'm actually going to move my bed into the girl's rooms so we have a whole room to put stuff in that we want to sell. Since we will more than likely be moving in the very near future, we need to get rid of as much as we can. Hopefully, we can sell most of it, that will really be a help right now!

My new Fibromyaliga medicine has really helped with my pain. It's made my days a little easier to get through. It hasn't helped my fatigue at all, but I'll take what improvement I can get! I'm still waiting on the lab results of the 6 blood tests they did. I'm hoping I'll be able to accomplish more now that I'm not in as much pain throughout the day. Today we hope to:

*Get to our appointment on time-DONE

*Call about another job-DONE

*Clean out the upstairs closets-DONE

*Go through the boy's toys-DONE

*Get the upstairs hallway cleared-DONE

If you saw our upstairs, you would understand how tall of an order this is for one day! It may have to be finished tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and the rest of the week!

Job Loss

For those of you who faithfully follow my blog, I'm sorry I haven't posted lately. My husband lost his job 10 days ago, and it's been a difficult time for us. His self-respect has taken a big hit. It's not his fault, the company shut down. He was one of only 3 employees who were the last to go. We are facing losing our house and having to move to who knows where. Please pray for our family. We are trusting in God, and we know He will take care of us. We just want to stay in His will, and not impatiently do anything or make any decisions to step outside of His will for our lives. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Health-Wise Wednesday

Well, I lost one pound this week. Not great, but I'll take it. I did finally make it to the gym for the first time in 2 months! I used to go 3 times a week... it's so hard to believe that I allowed that much time before I went again. That trip messed up my routine so much, and I just couldn't get back on track. Well, I'm hoping to be able to make it twice a week now, and see how it goes. I had a hard time getting through my workout Monday. I don't know if it's because I was coming down with a cold, or if it was because my possibly Fibromyalgia symptoms were so bad over the last several days.

Well, that brings me to my second point. I got to see a doctor last night! Whoo hoo! It was so nice. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. 3 years is such a long time to go without entering a doctors office. It's hard to get too much out of just one visit, but he does think it's Fibromyalgia. So much so, that he's put me on a fibromyalgia medication. He's also asked for several lab tests to be done, to check for other things. Arthritis, Thyroid, Epstin Barr Viral, and two others. Please pray with me that the Hospital will work with me on payment for these tests. I can't go back to the doctor, until I have these done. I'm so thankful for what God has done for me already, and last night was truly a miracle orchestrated by God. I was able to get treatment, and God used me to witness to several of the staff members and they said they were really touched by my testimony. I just cried. It was so emotional, that God would use little, unworthy me to speak to His other children. I pray that I will continue to be faithful to Him, and walk with the Spirit; so that I may be used by Him again!

My goal for this week, is to eat wonderful, healthy foods, and exercise when I can. This medicine is a lot for by body to get used to. It put me out shortly after I took it last night. I got hot flashes, and nausea, so I'm hoping this morning will go a little better, and will keep getting better each time. I'm told it will take 2 months to get it's full effects, so that will give time to see what benefit it will do for me before the lab results come in, and I see the doctor again. Oh, he's also put me on 800mg of ibuprofen twice a day, so that's quite something for my body to handle, when I don't even take Tylenol for pain or headaches most of the time. I'm just not one for taking medicine. I always tough it out. He said it's time for me to stop toughing it out, and do something to make my life better! :-) I'll give it a shot!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Move It Monday

Here we are again, another great start to another great week! I am hopeful for this week. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow, a baby shower on Thursday..possibly a play date on Wednesday, and Lord willing, some time at the gym tonight! Today is Columbus day, so my oldest doesn't have to do school work, so we won't do schoolwork with any of the kids today. I plan to use the extra time to go through more stuff and pull more out for the garage sale this weekend.

A side note...I've always thought this Holiday was so silly. We take a whole day off to recognize someone who found the wrong country, and "discovered" a land, that already had people inhabiting it! I mean, people can't discover something that other people have already discovered! ;P. No, I get it, I do..don't get mad at me. I've just always seen it from a silly point of view!

So anyway, today I hope to get a lot accomplished even though I am very stiff and have been in more pain the last two days. I did get a lot done Saturday, and am so thankful for that. I went through all of the girl's stuff in their rooms and pulled out a bunch of things to sell! They should have a better time keeping that room clean now! :-) Today I want to get done:

3 loads of laundry

Go through movies

Go through hall closet

Move table into my room

Organize my bedroom corner of crafts (this could take a few days)

Work on hubby's afghan (this could take until next hunting season.) I haven't attempted an afghan for over two years because of the pain in my hands. I'm just going to take little by little, no rush. He loves it when I make him blankets though, and he wants a camouflage afghan. So, I'll give it my best shot! I hope you all have a wonderful Columbus Day!...or two...depending on what day you recognize it!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Weight Loss/Health-Wise Wednesday

Hello everyone! Good Wednesday morning to you! Well, I have lost 2 pounds this week, and I am grateful for that! It's definitely in the right direction! With that being said though, I think I am going to change my posts for Wednesdays.

The good news...I am now going to be able to see a doctor for the first time in 3 years! Praise the Lord! God is so good! I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am praying that I will finally get a diagnosis and a plan for moving forward! So, depending upon what the diagnosis is, some medicines I may have to take will actually cause increased appetite and/or weight gain. So, I don't want to focus on what I weigh. I still want to lose weight, but I want to do it by focusing on health...eating good foods and exercising, not on weight alone. My dear friend Arlene has been posting on Wednesdays for quite some time, and she calls her posts, Health-Wise Wednesdays. I think that's great, and I think that's what I'm going to do. I'm also going to switch gears a little and focus more on being healthy and all that it involves, rather than just on losing weight.

Part of my health issues is extreme fatigue at night. It makes it very hard to cook good dinners some nights. Another friend of mine, Ann, gave me a recipe for the crockpot yesterday. I already had everything on hand, and it turned out great! I even threw the chicken in the pot frozen, and it was still done on time! I used:

1 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast,
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken variety (dark and light meat)
3/4 jar of barbecue sauce (I think she said the ideal is 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp mustard (I just squirted in some honey mustard..quite a bit for some spice)
tsp Worcestershire sauce

I cooked it on low for 7 hours and they were more than done! I could of stopped it sooner had I been home, but the chicken was still tender and juicy! If you leave the skin on, I think your supposed to broil it first, but I don't ever leave the skin on, skin is unhealthy. I poured a little bit of water in it too, since I didn't have enough barbecue sauce. It was sooo good! Normally, I would wake cornbread with it, but since I was so late getting home, we just heated up some frozen rolls in the microwave. We will definitely have this one again! Thanks Ann!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook~10/5/10

Head over to Peggy's blog to read more Daybook posts, or link up one of your own!

For Today~ October 5th, 2010

Outside my window~it's cool! It's finally cool outside. I'm so happy. I had to grab my sweater to sit on the porch with my coffee and bible. I love that....I've missed that throughout this long, hot summer!

On my mind~ my appointment with the Mercy Clinic administration today. I'm praying, really praying that we will meet their income guidelines. I am more than ready to see a doctor for the first official time in over 3 years. I want this diagnosis, but may the Lord's will be done!

I am wearing~ my favorite pj's that pass off for clothes. Black with tiny white polka dots. The top has a wide strip of white lace at the bottom, and the straps are white lace with black ribbon strung through them. So cute!

I am going~ to the clinic late this afternoon. I'm also picking up the new Karate Kyd movie from Redbox. We're excited, we've been waiting a long time to rent it for $1! Sure beats theatre prices doesn't it?!

From the learning rooms~ we are doing great with the new curriculum! It's a controversial curriculum, but I think it's absolutely awesome and I feel like it was made just for us! It's a lot more work, but we are loving it, and finding ways to still get everything else done!

I am creating~ a spectacular creation for my friends baby shower, and I can't wait to show you pictures after the shower is over!

I am reading~ just my bible right now. I'm fixin to start reading Dave Ramsey's books though.

From the kitchen~ menu plans again. I need to make them to stay on budget with the groceries, and remember what's in the cabinets and deep freeze! Sometimes I buy stuff for meals, and forget it's there, so I buy more groceries when I don't need to.

Around the house~ cartoons, schoolwork, washer & dryer going. Typical day!

A few plans for the rest of the week~ cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and organizing! I feel like it's a lifelong process that will never truly be complete. As long as we're headed in the right direction, I guess that's what counts. I really need to finish painting the hallway too. I stopped half way up the stairs because I don't know how I'm going to reach. We need to find a solution and finish! Hubby says I'm the Queen of half finished projects...sad but true. There is just so much going on and so much to do!

From my picture journal~

A glimpse of our day Saturday at the free "Faith Fest!" Our local Methodist Church does everything they can to make as much of it free to the public as possible. I'm so thankful for that! The kids had an absolute blast, and I needed the day away from the house, and all the responibilities and stress. These bounce houses were HUGE and it was so fun to watch the kids play all day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Move It Monday

It's Monday again, isn't it?! Boy, this weekend went by fast! We spend Saturday at a local faith festival, and the kids had a blast! I will be posting pictures on my private blog, as soon as I get the chance. Of course Sunday, was full of church, lunch, choir practice, more church and fellowship! I did get to sneak in part of the SF vs Falcons football game, though! Man, what an awesome game! Our Falcons were victorious in the last 7 seconds of the game...Hooray!

So anyhow, here it is Monday, and I accomplished little to nothing over the weekend. Lots to do this week! I will be continuing to find a good schedule and routine for us, now that we are doing this new school curriculum. Today, I just want to get through the day and feel like I've accomplished something! :-) Today I plan to:

*Wash Dishes-DONE

*Start a load of laundry-DONE

*Clean dinning room floor

*Start second load of laundry-DONE

*Make a menu plan for the next few days

*Start a third load of laundry-DONE

*Clean all countertops and front of cabinets-DONE

*Make sure all clean laundry is put away!

We'll see how much I actually get done. I'd rather have more to do, and not finish, than not plan enough, and waste time! Have a great Monday everyone!