Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mwen Pa Janm Bliye

Mwen Pa Janm Bliye
I have not forgotten

I will never forget. 

I wasn't there. 
It was January 12th, and I was packing to get on a plane the next morning to travel to a country I loved, Haiti. Then it came up on my news feed..."earthquake in Haiti" 
It was hard to believe at first. I turned on CNN and I was glued to the TV. 
My heart sank, wondering if my friends were alive. Wondering if the people I loved would ever recover. 

It was day that changed my life.

 For a week, I did everything I could to help people get there, to help get supplies there, and to get there myself. 

My heart still hurts for Haiti. My heart hurts for those that lost. 
Lost love ones, lost their homes, lost jobs, lost hope. 

While the earthquake was devastating (I will not take that lightly), God used it to bring himself glory. He used it to bring people to him. To save lost souls. To change hearts. To share the hope of a nation with other nations. 

Before, January 12, 2010 I felt called to move to Haiti. I told God, no. 
I justified to myself, that traveling back and forth was close enough. 
Through events of the earthquake and the trip a week after, I knew that I needed to be obedient. 

When I think about all that has changed in my life since that day, I'm amazed. 
Amazed that God used me, chose me, that he allowed me to see Him and to know Him in a way I could never have imagined. 

Though the mountains be shake and the hills be removed,yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken- nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
Psalm 46 (ESV)
God is our crefuge and strength
a very dpresent2 help in etrouble.
Therefore we will not fear fthough the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into gthe heart of the sea,
though hits waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is ia river whose streams make glad jthe city of God,
the holy khabitation of the Most High.
lGod is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
mThe nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he nutters his voice, the earth omelts.
pThe Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
qCome, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
rHe makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he sbreaks the bow and shatters the spear;
the burns the chariots with fire.
10  u“Be still, and know that I am God.
vI will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11  pThe Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Saturday, January 10, 2015

{Vacation} - Jan 2015

My parents have a condo in Fort Myers, where I use to live. They were amazing and let us use it for 2 weeks. We had a fun time as a family of 3! Here are some highlights 

As you can see, we had a great time. Thank you to all of our friends for taking time to see us!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January Goals

It feels like it was yesterday I was writing out my December goals. The month flew by. We are starting our January on Vacation in Florida and enjoying every minute of it. 

December Goals
1. Blog 25 Days of Christmas - Ok, ok, it wasn't exactly 25 days, I skipped the weekends and Christmas day, but we are calling this a success. Planning out my blog posts, definitely helped.
2. Complete Advent Studies - I loved the SheReadsTruth Advent!! Awesome
3. Maintain Weightloss During Holidays -  I didn't lose any weight in the last 2 weeks, but I maintained and didn't gain!
4. Rise Early in the Morning -I'm calling this a fail. I tried...It's been a rough month of sleep for the little one.
5. Mail out Christmas cards - Success
6. No Spend December -I did a pretty good job with this one.

January Goals
1. Read 1 Non-Fiction and 1 Fiction Book: I miss reading. Since having Lia I feel I don't have the time, but I's choices. 
2. Get a Pedicure/Massage - Claudy gave me this as a present for Christmas...I desperately need to cash in on this. 
3. Early Mornings - We will try it again. The Goal is 5:30 or 6:00 :) 
4. Unplug one weekend this month - I tried this before and failed :) I know I can do it. 
5. Start Project 365 - I did this two years ago and made it to October and quite. I would like to make it all the way through this time. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

{2015 Goals}

I haven't done yearly goals in quite sometime. I'm a huge planner and sometimes it controls my life. However, in the past couple of months I have gotten in the habit of Monthly goals and I have liked we are giving yearly goals a try. 

1. Grow Closer to God
- Daily Bible Reading: I would like to try to follow the SheReadsTruth Read the Bible in a Year, but I've struggled with those in the past.
- Journaling and using my Journal Bible
- Memorize 1 verse each week. 
- 1000 Gifts

2. Growth in Marriage
- Go on Monthly Dates
- Pray together
- Encourage my husband more. 
3. Work/Personal Life Balance
- Be more organized
- Take weekends off (wohoo)
- 1 night early each week

4. Health and Fitness
- Workout 5 times a week
- Lose 5 more lbs. 
- Find more coaches
- Help others meet their health and fitness goals. 
- Run a half marathon or a full marathon (I still haven't decided if I want to commit to the training time of a full). 

5. Rise Early in the Morning
- My goal is 5:30, but that seems early, so 6:00?? 
- Read and workout during that time. 

6. Read More
- Try to read 1 book a month. 

7. Unplug
- Take one weekend a month to unplug from social media. 

2014 was a great year. It had it's challenges and bumps in the road. I've grown a lot and God is using parenthood as a way to sharpen and help me to grow. I'm excited to see what this year will hold. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review

It's New Years Eve and this morning I was able to spend some time reflecting on this past year and planning/dreaming of what is to come. 

It's been a big year for us, with another life change; she (Lia Marie) has been the biggest blessing we could have ever asked for. I'm so honored God chose me to be her mom. Claudy also started school this fall and did an amazing job in his first semester. I'm continuing to learn work/life balance. It's not always easy for me, a lot of days I feel like I am letting someone down, but I can't do it all. :) 

We are truly blessed to spend a lot of time with our family. What a blessing to see our nieces and nephews grow up and for Lia to be near her cousins (she really loves them). Lia also gets to spend lots of time with her grandpa and grandma Nuest, so many precious memories have already been made. 

Thank you Lord, for a great year of health, love, family, friendships and growing in you.