August 8, 2016 by Courtney
Today, when I was working through my household notebook (budgeting, daily docket, etc), I realized something. For the first time since we’ve been married, I am right where I want to be, doing exactly what I want to be doing. I have an amazing husband. I have the best kids a mama could ask for. I’m living in a great little house with character. It’s small, but it’s easy to keep up with. I rarely feel overwhelmed by it. I am homeschooling my kids. That is something I NEVER thought would happen because Robert has been so against it. But being where we live, he agrees that it’s the best option for the kids and he is 100% on board.
I am thrilled by the curriculum I have landed on, and I feel it’s best for all of our kiddos. It’s simple and easy to follow, they understand it well, and it is growing them in their understanding of the material. I am learning that complicated isn’t better, and the less complicated the more they understand. It’s also easier on me since I am teaching 3 kids :-).
We live at the best camp ever, surrounded by an amazing community of Christ followers. We are truly family here. The kids have tons of friends to play with and they are always outside playing with these friends! All of the families here homeschool, so they are always together. There are 12 school aged kiddos here! I have some of the greatest friends here that a girl could ask for. People just love so well here. I cannot imagine being anywhere else!
We have a wonderful routine to our day, and evenings are now my favorite (after dreading them for years). We eat healthy food, clean up together. Then before the kids go to bed we do our read aloud and Bible time/prayer! It’s beautiful. We don’t do it every night, but we do it more than not. That’s all I can expect.
I am mentally stable and have been for months. This is the longest I have been stable, so I feel like this is for good. My doctor worked with me since October to get me to a stable place! I haven’t been truly depressed (more than a couple days) in about a year! I haven’t struggled with anxiety for months now! I’m thrilled! I can just live and enjoy life now.
We also have enough income to pay bills and buy food and gas! In our whole marriage the only times we have had enough were when I was working full time. And even then, we barely made it because we were disorganized and over spent! I am slowly learning how to budget and stick with it (one day at a time), and I feel like we are in a great place! We will SLOWLY build up our savings and lower our debt.
I have learned to love eating the Trim Healthy Mama way, and I have made it into a lifestyle. I feel so energized and healthy eating this way. Another positive is that I eat until I’m satisfied, and I eat every 3-4 hours so I’m never hungry! In the past I have done the 21 day fix or counted calories on My Fitness Pal and I was starving myself! I’m now eating tons of yummy food and it is nourishing my body! I get to have sweet treats whenever I want using either THM Gentle Sweet or Pyure sweetener (or just plain stevia). But I am sugar free! Best of all, if I eat off plan, I just try again in 3 hours. Food freedom and no guilt! It doesn’t get much better.
I lost 5 pounds in a month (which is considered a healthy loss), but I gained 3 back this past 1 1/2 weeks due to eating off plan for a week straight (because of family camp). I am back on 100% as of Saturday!
Life is good!