Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dear Emerson

Emerson -

As the day of your arrival comes closer, I can't help but wonder about you. Of course, like everyone else, we wonder your skin color, hair color, hair texture....but so much more than that, will you have your daddies calm and patient personality, or will you be like me, or a mix. Know this...no matter what, you are dearly loved and you are WANTED.

There are so many things I want to tell you, so many dreams that I have for you you.

First of all and most important, put your faith and hope in Jesus Christ our Savior. He took your place for your sins and wants you to have abundant life. May your life be for His glory and be a reflection of Him.

Be a leader...instead of following your friends, lead them. When you have a family, lead your family. Lead like Jesus, not domineering, but as a servant. Lead by example. With how you live your life, and how you treat others, with how you work.

Work hard. It will get you far in life. Even if you don't like the job or have a passion for it, WORK HARD. There will be many life lessons you will learn through this, but I guarantee you will have no regrets if you worked hard.

Choose your friends wisely. Choose people that lift you up, encourage you and make you a better person.

Put others first. You will have trials in many relationships and friendships, but if you put others first, you will know you have done the right thing.

Remain pure. This will be hard. There are pressures in relationships; from your peers, from the world, but your purity is worth the trials. On top of that I pray you are a man that keeps your future girlfriends pure as well. Don't pressure them. Think of them and there emotions. Keep them pure too.

Have compassion. In the world you will hear that men are to have strength, don't be confused, this doesn't mean you can't have compassion for others. Always put the needs of others above your own and give of yourself whole heartedly.

I pray you have integrity. Do the honest thing. It's not always the easy path, but it's the right path. That will mean you will need to own up to your mistakes. Trust me when I say that covering them up won't make them right or go away, but that it will only make it worse. Do the right thing, even when no one is looking and even if no one will ever find out (however, I will say, they almost always come out).

As your parents we will try to teach you these things and more. We love you deeply and want Gods best for your life.

Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 Holiday Mug Swap

I've seen these Mug Swaps hosted before and after purchasing my holiday mug set and seeing all the responses, I realized everyone loves a good mug! So, I decided to host a Holiday Mug Swap.

1. Sign up using the below form. Open to everyone (not just bloggers), but must have a US mailing address.
2. Sign ups close September November 11 and you will receive your partner by the 14th at the very latest.
3. Spend 1 -2 weeks getting to know your buddy through the social media information you were given. 
4. Send out a mug to them before December 2nd.  The MAXIMUM you should spend on the mug is $15.  – you’re partner deserves a nice mug!
5. I’d love to see your mugs when you get them. Use the hashtag #RRHolidayMugSwap16 to share pictures and tweets!
6. Share it! Make sure to tell your friends about the swap on twitter and instagram!
Disclaimer: I’m hosting this swap as a fun way for people to connect and have fun swapping a mug. However, I can’t be held responsible for your partner’s actions. I like to believe everyone will be fair and only sign up if they intend to swap a mug, but there is always an off chance that someone is dishonest. If you haven’t heard from your partner or do not receive a mug, please email me to let me know (claudyashleefrancois@gmail.com) and I will do the best I can to remedy it, but no promises can be made. 
After you’ve read all the rules, and agree the the terms, go head and

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy 2 Years Lia Marie

Lia Marie -

Happy Birthday! Or as you would say Happy Happy. It's so hard to believe that you have been in our lives for 2 years. While it is so hard to even remember our life without you, it seems like just yesterday I was holding you in that hospital room. The last two years have been filled with lots of sleepless nights, joy, laughter, tears, exhaustion, and memories. It has been a fun year of seeing your learn new things, learning to talk, and seeing your personality.

As each day goes by, my prayers for you grow stronger and stronger. You are very strong-willed and some days I struggle and struggle on how to handle that, but my prayer is that as parents we can teach you how to channel that will and not diminish it. That you use it to grow into a independent women, who will have the gumption to be obedient to the Lord, no matter what He asks.

You are full of life and personality. You have so much joy and your smile and your eyes can light up a room. I pray you use this to encourage others. To be a light among the dark. Keep your hope. This world is very dark and it needs your light, so let it shine.

My prayer is that you will have compassion. That you will see others that are hurting and be driven to do something.

I also pray that the Lord will show Himself to you. That He will pursue you and that you will pursue Him! I pray that you will see your depravity and your need for Him. While you have an independent spirit,  that you see your need for Him and that you learn to be dependent on Him.

Lastly, may you always remember..."The Lord your God is with you, He is might to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17.

Love you always,

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

He is the Anchor

Do you ever have one of those moments where your sitting in the car alone (if your a mom this is probably rare) have no idea of your surroundings, you are just worshiping (as I type this, I'm thinking this is a little scary, but God was protecting me)! It happened to me on Sunday. I had just gotten done listening to a sermon podcast, so I turned on some music and I was in total worship. Ironically, "Cornersone" was playing and God spoke to me.

God has used this song to speak to us during some major trials in the last 3 years and it's also Lia's favorite song. I know that is crazy to say, but it was the only way I could get her to sleep for a period of time and the minute I would play it she would calm down and sleep, and now she starts singing and lifts her hands (she worships).

Anyways, this isn't profound, but, I needed to hear it. He said, "Ashlee, right now things are going good and you are seeing my blessings, guess what, I'm still your Anchor, I'm still the one holding you together."

He isn't just my anchor when things are rough or difficult, but he is our anchor when things are good to. It's easy for me to say and plead for Him when things are difficult, but I needed that reminder to plead for Him when things are good.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

{3 Day Refresh} - Plant Based Cleanse

2 weeks ago I went on vacation to Florida. As a health and fitness coach we teach balance, so while on vacation I allowed some splurges, they weren't horrible, but they were there. When I came back I should have gotten on track, but I didn't. I was eating healthy meals, but I was allowing treats, not just one during the week, but many! I came back from vacation weighing 121 lbs and at the end of the next week I still weighed 121 lbs. So it wasn't weight, but honestly, I felt horrible. I felt bad in my skin. I knew I needed a mindset change. I decided to do the 3 - day refresh. I've been a coach for almost a year and a half and have never done it before, so thought this is the perfect time. 

I'll admit. I was nervous and scared that I wouldn't be able to do it. I love Meat!!!

Day 1

Here's what I ate...
Breakfast: Cinnamon Latte Shakeology
1.5 c water, cafe latte shakeology, 1 tsp cinnamon, ice
Morning Tea: I used a passion fruit green tea
Lunch: Sauteed Squash in Olive Oil with Salt and Pepper, with Vanilla Fresh Shake: added 1/3 banana and 3 strawberries
Snack: Fresh Veggies with Roasted Pepper Hummus
Dinner: Salad: Cabbage, Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Sunflower Seeds, with Vanilla Fresh Shake
Evening Tea: Iced Green Passion Tea

Not Pictured: Fiber Sweep

End of Day 1 thoughts...
.the fiber sweep was a struggle for me, I mean it's fiber, so I knew it wouldn't be good, but I only used room temp water, big mistake. I also was craving bread. Like just wanted a piece, but I didn't give it. At the end of the day, I could already feel a difference in my body and how it felt. Also, stay close to a bathroom, you will have to go pee a lot!!!

Day 2

Breakfast: Coconut Mocha Shakeology - 1.5 cup water, cafe latte shakeology, 1 tsp cocoa, 1/4 tsp coconut extract, ice
Morning Tea: Passion Green Tea
Lunch: Salad: With Cabbage, Carrots, Kale, w/sunflower seeds with Vanilla Fresh: Used 1/3 banana and strawberries
Snack: Cucumber, Tomato Avocado Salad, w/fresh squeezed lime juice, splash of olive oil and some seasons.
Supper: Sauteed Asparagus in Olive Oil with salt and Pepper with Vanilla Fresh: used 1 tsp cinnamon.
Not Pictured: Fiber Sweep.
Day 2 Thoughts...
Now I'm really starting to crave meat. I grilled my hubby chicken and couldn't eat it. Fiber Sweep was a lot better today, I added ice and some lemon juice!!! I am feeling great!

Breakfast: Banana Chocolate Shakeology - 1.5 cup water, vegan chocolate shakeology, 1/2 banana, ice
Lunch: Green beans - I boiled with salt and pepper and onions. Vanilla Fresh with 3 strawberries, and then I ate 5 strawberries fresh. 
Snack: I forgot the picture: Fresh Veggies with Hummus
Supper: Vanilla Fresh with Cinnamon, Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad, I used balsamic vinegar and basil. I also had a cup of chick broth. 
Not Picture Fiber Sweep. 

Day 3 thoughts... 
I had a rough night the night before, my daughter was sick and I got little sleep...so it was a late start. I did really good until about noon and then I just wanted to give in and eat her chicken noodle soup and call it quits. But...I knew I would be mad at myself, so I stuck it out. It was a hard day as I was tired, and while the book suggests not to have coffee, after consulting with some other coaches, I had a cup of black coffee and a few drops of stevia around 2pm to help me get through the day.


I ended up losing 3lbs. I wasn't actually out to lose weight, I'm fine with being 120lbs, so that was an added bonus. But I feel great. I notice the bloat is gone and I feel strong again and healthy! Sugar be gone!!!

End thoughts...
It was hard, but I needed the mindset change and to be committed to something to help me stop making poor choices. I'm thankful for pre-energize workout drink that helped me get through my workouts in the morning without having my usual cup of coffee :) I was surprised that my body wasn't more tired. I was thinking it would be hard to workout and I didn't feel that way (on day 3 a little, but that was due to a lack of sleep). 

I don't know that I would do this every month, but this is a great way to kick start your weight loss, or to get back on track after a major holiday or vacation! I still love meat, but it was great to lose the bad sugars!!!! 

If you are interested in doing the 3 day refresh, comment below or send me an email at amfrancois@icloud.com