Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm A Work In Progress

There is nothing like getting married or becoming a parent for the first time that makes you realize, I don't have it all figured it out. 

 Being wrong is something I don't like to admit and I especially don't like to admit that I don't have it all together. 

When Claudy and I were first married, it was like a mirror was put in front of my face that helped me to recognize a lot of my faults. It was like I could finally see things in my own life that needed worked out. Just when I thought I was through the pain of "change", we had a baby. Suddenly, another set of faults as appeared....

It's painful!!!

But it's good!

I know God is using both marriage and parenthood as a way of refining me. As a way of humbling me. It's in those moments, that I know I need to keep seeking him, I know that He isn't finished with me yet! There is still more work to be done!

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Phillipians 1:6  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Why I Joined Beachbody

Why beachbody? 

If you been reading my blog for a while or if you know me, I love running! It releases those endorphins, it gives me, "me time", I feel better when I run, and we are called to take care of our bodies. Since, I love to run, you may wonder why would I even need to join beach body. 

1. Well, about 2 months after having Lia I was able to lose the weight I had gained, primarily just from running and nursing...
My body still didn't feel the same, I had lost so much muscle. 

With being a new mom, it's hard to have time to go for a run and lift weights and I hate lifting weights, it bores me. I was looking for something to help me get my body back to what it was before I had Lia and with winter here in Minnesota, I knew going to the gym 5 days a week was no longer going to happen. Beachbody has awesome 30 minutes fitness plans and they were exactly what I needed.

2. I had seen other people's results. I have some friends that have had major transformations take place, after they started beach body, so I knew it worked. 

3. I love the accountability of it. Not just as a coach, but anyone can purchase a plan and join a challenge group and with those challenge groups comes accountability, motivation, friendships, etc. 

4. After talking with a lot of other mom's, I realized I wasn't alone in the struggle. Many moms find it hard to find time to work out and also the accountability to stick with it. I love helping others to reach their goals and to go to places they never dreamed imaginable. 

5.Shakeology: I was a skeptic. When I received a trial of 7 of them, I never though they would be good, or would it work. I was wrong. Read about that here.

6. It works: I was super nervous about weighing myself after starting p90 and Shakeology. I was worried I wouldn't see results. Well after two weeks, I lost 7lbs.

Now for a bonus....Here is my favorite Shakeology combo I've had

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I'm Sorry...

I'm sorry...
You may not know it, but I've judged you....

I'm owning up. I remember thinking when a mom would complain about all the todo's, about the sick baby, about not being able to ready, about not exercising, about the lack of time; "how hard can it be, your just using your children as an excuse." 

I'm sorry....I was wrong. It is hard. It's hard to do it all and to do it all well. In fact most days it's impossible, especially if you want to give those little ones the time they deserve. 

It's exhausting. No matter how many times people told me, it didn't sink in, until it was me. Even then it didn't even sink in until about a month ago. 

So how do we do it. How do we get all of our things done, play with our children, spend time in the word, exercise, etc....Do you get up early? Do you stay up late? Do you not get it done? 

I've been lacking with my time in the word. My soul misses those sweet moments alone with the Lord every morning. Lia doesn't have a great schedule, so even getting up at 6, doesn't always guarantee I'll get that time.

I'm sorry mom's that I've judged! You're a rockstar and doing all you can! Keep on keepin' on. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

{November Goals}

It's hard to believe that today is already November 1st. October flew by and the holidays are on their way. Normally today, I would be listening to Christmas Music and decorating for Christmas....however, I didn't have the decorating in me today (it's been a long week)...but have no fear, the Christmas Music is on. 

A review from last month....

October Goals
1. Bake  - I made a bath of Pumpkin Bread. That is about all, but I did something :)
2. Date Night - Didn't do this again, ugh fail. This month it will happen. 
3. Take more pictures (With my good camera) - I got some, score! 
4. Make some videos to send my students.   I didn't make as many as I wanted, but it is a start. 
5. Read a book - I didn't even open a book this month.

November Goals
1. Decorate for Christmas - The goal is to have this done in the next two weeks.
2. Date Night - This will happen this month. Harvest should be over, so no excuses.
3. Go to the cities as a family. - We haven't been in a while and I would love to see some of friends and maybe take a trip to the Mall of America.
4. Start Christmas Shopping - My family draws name, so when we do that I can start shopping.
5. Eat Clean - It's starting with Shakeology and then also more healthy lunches. I tend to eat something that is quick for lunch, which does not mean healthy. If your interested in buying some check out my Beachbody Site.
6. Have a play date - Invite some friends over and their kids and enjoy some time with friends.
7. Start P90 - It's in the mail. I failed miserably at P90x, I loved it, just didn't have the time! Excited for the shortened version! I can do 30 min a day!

Here's to another month!

Friday, October 31, 2014

{Friday Favorites} - October 31

Happy Halloween! Happy Friday! Is it Sunday yet? I'm ready to relax. Maybe sit a little :) So much has been going on this week, I feel like I've been going non-stop. I shouldn't complain because compared to all those farmers, I've not had it too bad :)

With everything going on, I kind-of slacked on picture taking, but here we go!

1. Claudy has been working on the farms during the weekends. On Saturday, Kalee and my mom were out of town, so I cooked all of the guys burgers. Bonus, Lia and I got to ride with Claudy in the truck!

2. When Claudy gets home from school, he helps with Lia, I came downstairs to this. It's no wonder she giggles at daddy more than me, he is way more fun!

3. Happy Halloween - No costume this year, but we have a Halloween onesie! Hopefully, we will pass out some candy and then go to the towns festivities with Kalee and the kiddo's.

4. FitFabFun - For all of you that are wondering what that is....I'm now a beachbody coach and that is the team I'm part of! I'm so excited to see what is in store. :)

5. Rolling Over - I took about 10 pictures this morning, because little one is rolling over and wouldn't stay still! She kind of as a little smirk on her face in this picture! I guess she showed me :)

Have a great week!


Friday, October 24, 2014

{Friday Favorites} - October 24

Another week has gone by. This week sure went by fast, but I'm sure ready for the weekend! It's almost here.

1. Lia hated her infant car seat...Like she screamed the minute she went in it. We upgraded her to a rear facing convertible! So far, she only cried for 10 minutes on my trip to the cities and back!

2. My sister-in-law wanted me to catch some pictures of her kids this weekend with the gorgeous  weather and fall colors. We weren't totally unsuccessful..Here is one of Cash and Lia...he loves her. It's so fun!

3. Did I mention we have had a beautiful fall weather wise. I snapped this on our run last night...Notice I have a tank top the end of October :)

4. Leaves - It's my favorite smelling candle! Love burning it!

5. I woke up to this :) How precious. We don't have her in our bed very often (this is probably the first time in 3 weeks), but she woke up at 5:30 so we brought her in with us!! I guess she fell back asleep!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Beautiful Things}

Picture from here - Words by me :)

My favorite flower, the peony, blooms in the spring.


Its weathered the hard winter. 
It's an example of a beautiful thing that came after a difficult moment.

When I look at my life and the most beautiful moments. Most came after some of my most difficult moments. 

Winning in sports, after months of hard training
Getting into the education program, after having to take remedial English courses
Understanding true forgiveness, after confessing my sins to those I sinned against.
 Wining  the UMAC conference our senior year, after starting out losing 10 games in a row. 
Our life in Haiti. 
Marriage, is filled with beautiful moments, usually after some refining. 
Lia Marie, after months of pregnancy and labor. 
There are many more moments that I could talk about. Being new parents is hard. There are many difficult moments, where decisions need to be made. Sometimes we agree on how we should handle those moments, other times we don't. We hurt each other in the process. When we give each other grace and forgiveness, there are beautiful moments that come after. 

 This is one lesson that I want Lia to learn early in life. While I would love to protect her from hurt and pain of this world, it's something I just can do.  It's important for her to learn that beautiful things can come out of difficult moments. Even at 3 months of age she is learning this. Whether its rolling over, crying during nap time, etc...there are some things, that if I help her through and make them less difficult, aren't nearly as beautiful as when she experiences the hard moments. 

Keep pressing on in those hard moments, beautiful things are coming.