Archive | November 2013

My Redeemer Lives



Thanksgiving photos

We had a wonderful time at my mom and dad’s house.  Lots of good food and loads of fun hanging out with the family.  Here are some pictures of my great-nephew Aedan.  His daddy is serving our country in Afghanistan.  We are hoping that he will be safely home before Christmas.

Aedan sure enjoyed the chance to play on the piano.

I love his happy expression in this one:

After getting his belly full, he quickly went to sleep in dd’s arms, and she was loving it!

Once nap time was over, it was time to play again.  His mommy bought a bear that is dressed in Army colors.  It has a place on the belly for a picture of his daddy.  She shows it to him frequently.  Even though he was only one month old when his daddy left for Afghanistan, he gets VERY excited when he sees that bear with daddy’s picture on it.  It is very sweet to watch his expression and body language when looking at it.

He was quite fascinated with my necklace.

And he was even more fascinated with the Christmas tree and the shiny lights!

I love this one!


So thankful…….

While talking to several of my coworkers today, and giving many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, we couldn’t help but pause to remember those in our city who lost everything in the tornadoes that ripped through here less than two weeks ago. We couldn’t help but to acknowledge that we have MUCH to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

  • First and foremost, I am thankful for my Lord Jesus, who saved my soul.
  • Second, I am thankful that there were no lives lost during the tornadoes here.
  • I have a home — many in my city are now homeless.
  • I have dirty dishes I can wash — many do not have any dishes.
  • I have two loads of laundry to do — many do not even have clothing.
  • I still have a freezer full of food — many lost all of their food when the power was out.
  • I have a job — many do not since 30 businesses were completely destroyed by the tornadoes.
  • Though my car is very old, I still have one — many lost their cars when they were destroyed in the tornado’s path.
  • I have the pleasure of viewing photos of my family — many lost every photo they ever had.
  • I have a family with whom I will gather tomorrow — many do not have a place to gather due to the storm.  Others will feel the ache from spending their first holiday without a loved one who died earlier this year.

Yes, we have MUCH to be thankful for — we are truly blessed.


Juicing and Working Out

So I’ve been juicing now for around three weeks and I have dropped one size. Not only that, but usually when I have a weekend off, I will take a nap on Friday when I get home, one on Saturday, and sometimes one on Sunday. This weekend, I took one on Friday, but was too busy on Saturday and Sunday to take one. Though my energy wasn’t extremely high on Saturday, I didn’t feel exhausted from having missed out on my usual nap. However, my energy level seemed to be at peak levels all day on Sunday! It has me wondering if perhaps my juicing is increasing my energy levels. And I’ve noticed that I also am drinking less coffee per day.

I want to address something regarding juicing — some people say that juicing isn’t all that it is cracked up to be because you don’t end up getting all of the pulp when you juice. Granted, that is true because a juicer spits out so much pulp. But I want to point out my side of the story. I do not like to eat fresh fruits and veggies. I never have. However, I *love* to drink them! So for me, juicing is a winner because it helps me make healthier choices to get that “live” food in my body and I also gain the benefits of losing weight.

Though I didn’t feel like doing a high energy cardio workout this evening since we had several things to do after I got off work, I pushed myself to do a 35 minute cardio workout. Once I got started, it felt FANTASTIC!! I used one of my Turbo Jam DVDs and did a shorter version that what was on the DVD. Hopefully, this will help motivate me to get back into doing more cardio workouts. Perhaps next week when my vacation starts, I will put forth more effort in that direction.

Discussing s*x with your children

As our youth pastor was preaching this morning about how to best help the faith of your children to grow, he mentioned overhearing some middle schoolers discussing s*x. He decided to ask them where they went when they had questions about s*x. Many of us thought the answer would be “friends.” You could hear an audible gasp as he told us the answer was “Google.” YIKES!

English: Google Logo officially released on Ma...

English: Google Logo officially released on May 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You could sense his passion about moving us to discuss difficult topics with our children when he very loudly proclaimed, “And parents, this should GREATLY disturb you!!!” After all, we don’t know what kinds of images Google will imprint on their minds and in their hearts.

So if you are a parent who has put off discussing those difficult subjects with your children, please let this be a motivator to you to start talking with them!!! That song from childhood, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see” is still applicable with our children, even when they are teens.