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Yesterday I had plans to go to the gym for the second time. I went to my J.O.B. for which I am on my feet for most of seven hours, then I go to the gym. Since I had been to the gym the day before, my legs were burning and they were screaming at me all day.
“Please don’t punish us, we will work better for you, we will get you through the day without aches. Please don’t go to the gym and work hard.”
I have to admit I thought about listening. My husband texted me to let me know his brother was going to stop by for a cup of coffee at 4:30, the time my husband gets home from work and the time I would get on the bus after the gym. I texted him back letting him know that I was still planning to go to the gym unless he needed me at the house and he told me that was fine.
Phillipians 4:13- “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.”
So I went and my legs and my arms worked. They worked harder than they did the day before. Do you know what else? They even survived enough to go shopping later that evening.
In every instance that you stand up to weakness or fear and do the thing that brings you closer to your goal, you increase your strength. Say no to the negative voices and overcome.

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On this slightly overcast 70 degree morning the fresh lake breeze mingled with the aroma of Cheerios toasting at nearby General Mills and we walked.

We walked to raise awareness and money.

We walked with super heroes.

We walked while others ran and still others rolled for the Make lemon aid foundation for CP.

The Make Lemon Aid Foundation for CP was founded by Lauren; a young woman living with CP. CP is short for Cerebral Palsey; a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to move and control their body. It is caused by a brain injury or an abnormal development usually while the brain is still developing before or shortly after childbirth.

Most importantly we walked with Madisen.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet Madisen; who would change my husband’s perspective on life. We spent the day walking the trails at Losson Park. We fed some birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Mike and Madisen even pet a chipmunk. Throughout the day despite the struggles in her day to day life she laughed, she played, she changed my husband’s middle name to butthead.
My husband has had some medical changes of his own recently which left him in a deep depression and wondering if his life was still worth the air he breathed. This is what he had to say about Madisen:

“I don’t even know where to begin…. I’ve been struggling hard for a while now, trying to come to terms with my current situation, and getting worse with every passing week. Tangles, leaks, stress… feels like a constant ball an chain that I can never get rid of, a constant weight that is forever holding me down. And this past Friday, it really hit me, it took away a part of my job that I love to do. I really thought that was going to break me! It should have broken me… I should’ve snapped… but I held it together with everything I had in me! (Which wasn’t much to start)
And then, I met Madisen. A very special little 8 yr old girl with apple blossoms in her hair, the most beautiful blue eyes you have ever seen, and a smile as big as the sky!! You see, Madisen has CP (amongst other things) but that doesn’t stop her. In fact nothing stops her. Her will power, drive and determination makes this amazing little girl strive! She doesn’t know “Different”, to her, we’re the different ones. Everything in her life is normal to her. This little girl strives for one thing, to keep moving forward, to keep going after every day with the biggest intentions that she can do anything she wants!! And you know what, she can! Even if it is with a little help from friends. I had a small glimpse of what she has to endure, and let me tell you, there’s a lot that goes on, and it doesn’t stop or slow her down! We had an amazing time at the park, we talked, played, fed chipmonks (let me add, was a first for both of us..lol). Even petted a few, and we laughed… omg did we laugh… we laughed so much, we were turning red…lol. She’s not different, WE are! She showed me what its like to strive for, to push, and most of all, just enjoy life, to its fullest!! We all have bad days, that’s a given. But u get back up, and carry on, like nothing happened. She has taught me so much in just the short time we were together, and I will never forget her smile, and her lust for life! Just because we’re (me and her, and so many others in different ways) different, doesn’t make us any more “less” normal, we just learn to deal and push thru it. Like nothing is even wrong.
So from the bottom of my ❤️, Thank You Madisen!! You are truly my inspiration! Keep your head up, eyes bright, and never let that smile fade!
(From yr Butthead friend, Michael)…(P.S. I promise we will still feed the birds!!).

Thank you!! 💜”

You see? Madisen will be a Woman of Strength because she is being raised by a Woman of Strength. As Luke Bryan sings, ” And most mamas oughta qualify for sainthood” Tiffany definitly does.

Also very important, we walked with Tiffany.
Tiffany is Madisen’s mom and was brought into our lives by God. Last summer Mike answered a Facebook ad for hard wood to use in his smoker. Little did they know at the time they both were fighting bladder cancer. There were so many simularities in thier lives they instantly connected. Not only does Tiffany take care of herself through her own illness but she walks side by side with her precious Madisen in her daily struggles. Then she finds time to inspire others including my Mike when he is struggling as well.

To two true Women of Strength thank you for everything. We will continue to walk with and support both of you.

Take a deep breath and soak in your natural surroundings. Tifft Nature Preserve just after a spring rain brings a scent that just cannot be duplicated in a candle. The wind slowly bending through the rain soaked branches and bushes. Trails layered with wet leaves of years gone by. Ducks and thier babies, the far off honk of geese flying in, the croak of a frog and the song of several breeds of birds making a home in the trees.

It never fails… we follow our favorite trails not used by many. Sometimes we go early enough to walk trails still covered in snow. This year winter wasn’t so nice to our favorite trail. Downed trees build an obstacle course of overs and unders while the branches tear my hair from my ponytail. Spring rains have been abundant and have allowed the marsh to invade the trail creating ankle deep wading areas as well as mud so thick it threatens to steal my sneakers.

I Love these adventures my husband and I find ourselves on. It reminds us that we should still live the lives we have left no matter our current age or heath condition.

Time Management

Hosea 10:12 “Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.”

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest but after Praising God and being thankful for all he provides.

Saturday my family gathered at church to witness my darling daughter confirm her relationship to God and our church. My husband, who has a very different relationship with God through nature, attended church for the occasion. He completely shocked me when he went to the communion rail for a blessing from the Bishop. The day took it’s toll spiritually and emotionally. We spent the rest of the day resting and enjoying family.

Sunday my girls and I attended our regular Sunday service that was followed by our Annual meeting. My newly confirmed daughter volunteered to be part of our church board and was unanimously voted in.

Life gets so busy we sometimes fly by the seat of our pants. No planning just running around trying to figure out how we will get everything done. Each day I fully plan to get everything done but sometimes …. We wake up really late on a Monday morning with nothing ready.
You run around sniffing all the clothes in the hamper hoping there is something salvageable to wear to work.
You walk downstairs praying that your husband set the coffee knowing he fell asleep during the movie you turned on at bedtime.
You rummage through the fridge for anything to take for lunch because you had no energy to go grocery shopping.
And…. after all that…. you miss the bus.

My morning was not that bad…. well I had clean clothes anyway but it was bad. I did plan out my first 3 days this week. My planner is not a thing of beauty, no stickers, no washi tape, I might color code my lists but basically it lists my appointments, due dates and amounts for my bills and my to do list.

I really would like to be that person who preplans meals, gets everything ready before the week starts but truthfully the weekend is sometimes more hectic than the work week.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I am that person and it makes me gloriously happy. I wonder sometimes how these busy people can be organized enough to get it all done then I suppose these are the people who probably have personal assistants. Just Kidding.

I will be working hard in the next two months to get organized and get to the point where manic Mondays are a thing of the past.

Finding Your Path

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your path straight.

Yes, it’s super goal Sunday.

I am working diligently on my goals and I have slipped a few times but I’m on track and moving forward.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rodgers

Last week I put in my planner to make some phone calls. I called and made about a dozen appointments for the kids and I for various doctors. I am learning to live by the planner. I schedule my writing time, my website development and my family dinners.

The system is not perfect and I allow for a little spontaneity. Yesterday, I scheduled a spa day. My step son decided to take my teens out for a movie so what better time to pamper myself. Instead my husband and I decided to go to our Botanical Gardens Orchid Show. We followed that with a trip to the nursery and Hobby Lobby to dress up our new kitchen window. We had a blast.

What is God speaking to you? What is on your heart? What are the goals you wish to be working toward? Break them off into bite sized pieces and schedule them in your planner. Use your talents to serve the Lord and your path will be shown to you.

Back to Basics

Weight loss Wednesday

For the third post in my series to work on my weight loss goals. For the last 12 weeks or so I have been doing weights and measurements. I keep track of them on a free printable I found online. I have also been drinking my water. I found a 2 quart container with a screw top that I can take to work with my thermal cup. This makes it easy to always stay hydrated at work. I also take healthy snacks and lunches to keep me on track. I keep protein bars, breakfast bars and snack size chocolates in my locker. The bars I use for breakfast on days that I am running late. The candy is my weakness; I allow myself 2 per day and truthfully I haven’t even had one in about 2 weeks. If I were to keep the candy at home either I would eat it all in one sitting or the kids would make it slowly disappear.

My goal for this quarter was to lose 15 pounds and I am halfway there. I am looking into a workout schedule but I will be easing into that due to health reasons and time constraints.

I am a little worried about the possibility of a plateau in my weight loss efforts but I think if I slowly add some workouts it should keep the results coming.

Until next week, let us know your wins this week or your struggles.

****I actually had this written to be posted Wednesday but didn’t get it posted so better late than never I guess.****

What is Motivation?

It’s Monday! For most people it’s the ass dragging back to work after an awesome weekend, beginning of the week. Today for a lot of people it is all of that but after a week of vacation because locally our kids were off for February break.

For me? It is get up to get the kids off to school, work my second job, get stuff done around the house day off. None of that, however, gets done without a nice big cup of coffee. Whether you make it at home, go to your favorite drive through or walk into your go to coffee shop, is that really our motivation?

Webster says that motivation is, ” the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way”. Most people view motivation as a positive thing but it can also be negative such as “your motive for murder”. Negative motivation can spark both negative and positive actions.

I choose to be a positive person so whatever the motivation I try to find the positive action to overcome it. That doesn’t always happen because I am human which means I am not perfect.

I have goals to achieve, therefore, I must do the work needed to achieve them. I must break my goals into workable steps to improve my life. To achieve my goals. Moving forward in life is the motivation for achieving your goals. Taking those next steps in life should be your motivation to get out of bed each day.

What is your motivation?

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