Hello my friends, I have missed you!
When I took a break from blogging, because life was getting a little crazy, I only thought about the time I was freeing up for myself. I didn’t realize how much I would miss all of you! Well, I’m back.
Just to get you a little caught up on my life right now:
Met Lysa Terkeurst at our Women’s Conference!! Oh my word, she is amazing. She is wise, insightful, hilarious, caring and genuine. If you ever have the opportunity to hear her speak, don’t think twice. She is coming to our Shine Women’s Conference in May of 2016. I highly recommend two of her books that have been life-changing for me, Made to Crave and The Best Yes. These are books that I will NEVER give away. They are on my reading list yearly.
Our oldest daughter graduated from 12 years of homeschooling. (We didn’t mess her up too badly because she is going to college near us to get general education classes.) :) She has been doing great in her classes along with nanning when she can. She also got a job for the winter. I have to say that I am super proud of how she is embracing all these new challenges in stride. We are still feeling out the whole “adult child” in our home and family. That situation is definately a work in progress.
I did another Whole 30 in Aug 2015, dropped 15 lbs and feeling great. (Made to Crave change my whole mindset about food.) Although, I still need to get an exercise routine that will work for me… no… that I will do.
My best friend moved away. :( Enough said.
Second oldest daughter’s senior year. She was a car-hop at a local resturant over the summer and into the school year. Last year coaching her in volleyball. Time is flying by at super-speed.
I transitioned from working at church to voluteering. There were many reasons, most importantly, I’m increasing my hours at my part-time.
And that pretty much brings us to today. I’m getting last minute things ready for our missions trip to Haiti!! We, 2nd & 3rd daughters and myself, are leaving tomorrow, Nov. 7 at 2:00 am. There are a whole lot of mixed emotions going on right now… excited, thankful, emotional, tired, nervous, hopeful, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and peaceful, all at the same time.
We are working with Convoy of Hope. We are doing construction up-keep of a school. We are also going to be working with the children in the school and visiting a couple of orphanages. I am excited to see how God moves and changes me through this trip.
I will try to post as the week goes along. Prayers are greatly appreciated!!
I have graduated to a weekly Whole30 post.
Time has been a huge change for me. Eating Whole30 is not quick, fast, on-the-go foods. They are good, nutritious, healthy food that take time to prepare and eat. Although this may seem like a disadvantage, I feel like it has been a bonus.
I have had some great Crockpot meals! I loved Creamy Chicken Soup (I added 16oz of chopped up mushrooms and 3 C spinach.) Tomorrow I’m going to cook a whole chicken with garlic, onions, lemons and spices. After the meal is over I’ll put bones and skin back in the crockpot with water and cook overnight to make chicken stock. I did just run across a Jambalaya Crockpot recipe that I think I’ll try next week.
Now to Easter… I think I will make:
– A roasted leg of lamb with mint pesto
– Deviled eggs with homemade mayo, paprika, (some topped with fresh jalapeño)
– Twice baked sweet potatoes topped with pecans
– sautéed mushrooms and garlic with fresh herbs
One last random though, Kim, Katie and I are going to The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. I’m so very excited to go. I will be planning to bring most of my food to I don’t get tempted! Stay tuned for posts next week.
Any other suggestions for Easter Menu?
Love talking to my family and friends about the Whole30. I am far from an expert. But I do know how I’m feeling better and loving the recipes. It makes me smile when my friends try the recipes and love them too.
Meal 1: Hardboiled eggs, orange and almonds
Meal 3: Stuffed Cabbage (This is one of my kids favorites!)
Snacks: Peanuts and sweet peppers
Energy levels: More even over the whole day
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Daily Take-away: I shouldn’t guess what my kids will like or not like. The meals that I think they will love, don’t get rave reviews; but the ones that I think will be voted “so-so,” are the ones that they LOVE and are their favorites!
So, I’m starting to think about Easter. We will still be on the Whole30 over the holiday. I want to start new traditions for our holidays that don’t revolve around. Any ideas?
Well I’ve been feeling great. It’s 11:00 pm and this is my “snack time.” It used to be one or two squares of dark chocolate, chips, popcorn or a scoop or two of ice cream. Now, my snack is dates and pecans, grapes and almonds or a Larabar. It’s all about the choices.
Meal 1: Hard Boiled Eggs, orange and sweet peppers
Energy levels: the afternoon energy drop has gone away
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Daily Take-away: Cooking takes time. Prep, Prep, Prep… My kids would quickly grab some fruit for a snack before veggies. As I thought about it, the reason was because most fruits are grab and go. Veggies usually need to be cut, pealed or chopped before they are easily eaten. So, as make my meals I spent an extra 10-15 minutes prepping veggies for snacks.
What are some of your kids favorite veggies to snack on?
Happy April’s Fool’s Day! All I have to say is that the Whole30 is no JOKE! If you’ve ever thought that you would like to try it, you should! It’s well worth the sacrifice. 30 days is do-able. There is a end. It’s long enough to start feeling the good effects of eating healthy. I’m so glad that we are doing the Whole30!
Meal 1: Mushroom, Onion Frattata
Meal 2: Asian Beef and Broccoli
Meal 3: 10-Minute Chili
Energy levels: Same
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: I’m on Day2 of my period and I had the worst cramps since childbirth… hormone levels must be changing.
Daily Take-away: Love this blog by Heather Sanders. I have been reading her blog for about a year. She started the Whole30 and blogged about it. That’s where I got inspired. Check her out here. She is on Day 22… there is hope! :)
Let me know if you have a great recipe. The kid’s favorite meal so far is the 10-Minute Chili.