A Simple Way to Write a Family Mission Statement

I finally got Robert pinned down to work on our family mission statement.  He wasn’t super thrilled with it, but we both feel, now, that it was super beneficial. I started by following a “plan” that I found online for … Continue reading

Immense Joy

The definition of happiness is the quality or state of being happy… good fortune and pleasure. The definition of joy is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation; something greatly … Continue reading

Contentment through Weakness

I made a decision yesterday and it came with a slew of thoughts, discouragement, encouragement, prayer, contentment, and peace. Making the decision to sub came with a lot of hesitancy.  I thought of subbing to be up at the school … Continue reading

What I love, like, dislike, and am working through

Gosh.  This week has been long.  And tough.  And helpful.  And growth-producing.  And strengthening. I wasn’t deeply depressed.  I wasn’t hopeless or suicidal.  I just struggled a bit.  I just wanted to sleep all the time.  Struggled with doing things … Continue reading

Mental Stability by Living Out My Values

I had my three month appointment with my psychiatrist on Thursday. It’s always interesting to see her because somehow despite the fact that she sees a ton of patients and only sees me every three months, she remembers details about … Continue reading

Now What?

Goodness.  My journey has been a long one.  A really hard one.  An amazing one.  One full of love from my creator and my family.  God has made it clear to me that He has a plan for my life … Continue reading

On the Verge of Something…

Through the issues with the school that I had a few weeks ago I realized that I’m just not meant to teach anymore. I thought I had already come to that conclusion multiple times over the past 4 years, but … Continue reading

Being Simply Me

So… I couldn’t decide which pic to represent ME and I decided to show both because I enjoy makeup, and I enjoy makeup-free as well!  I find that there is beauty in both, and my husband and kids prefer me … Continue reading

Remember: God Has a Plan + My Focus Now

These past few days have been rough.  Really hard.  I have had severe anxiety and felt myself getting depressed yesterday. I decided to put a stop to it and today I’m so much better. Let me back up… Monday I woke … Continue reading

Preparation for the Week and New Years!

Having a stress-free and successful week for me means a lot of preparation on the weekends.  Since self care is my number one goal each day (well, sobriety, including self care), I have to work really hard to make that work.

Thursday I meal planned (Meal Planning Sundays post was written about this).  Friday I grocery shopped and budgeted (Grocery Geek post was written about this).

The boys made a fruit salad Friday night with the fresh fruits I just bought :-).

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I finished my yogurt.  I only have 8 jars this time because Karis and her friends had some while I was putting it into jars :-).

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I also made some Elderberry Syrup in the Instant Pot (loosely based off a recipe from Azure Standard).  It smelled so good!

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Saturday was New Year’s Eve.  I desperately wanted to start the new year off right, so we spent the day focusing on getting the house in order.  We took down our Christmas tree.

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We cleaned bathrooms, floors, the kitchen, got caught up on laundry, and the kids all cleaned their rooms.

Then I went to work prepping.

I cut up veggies and fruits for the week.

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Then I packed lunches and snacks for the days I go into town for AA.  This is cottage cheese, veggies (bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, orange grape tomatoes, and celery), fruit (grapes, oranges, and strawberries), Triscuits, and mixed nuts for a snack.

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Then I baked some Banana Chocolate Chip Power Cake Muffins for the week (and for the freezer).  I use Lily’s chocolate chips and sucanat for sweetener.  Next time I will add a little more sweetener.  They aren’t very sweet.  They are good, though!

I’m excited about these because they are full of protein and whole grains!

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Karis enjoyed some time with her friend building things out of modeling clay while the boys played outside with their friends.

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We spent several hours with our neighbors and had a fantastic dinner of homemade tamales!

We ended NYE early so that we could get up early to go to church!

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We got up yesterday morning and went to church… which was a fantastic way to start the new year!

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We went to Walmart and the kids spent their Christmas money :-).

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The kids had a blast playing the Wii U with their daddy.

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We ate roast and veggies for dinner, and ended the night with reading, singing, and praying!

I’m so excited about the new year!