Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That

Disclaimer: This blog post includes many different subjects. It is long and random because I had a lot on my mind and didn't want to write a million posts. You have been warned.

Our son has been 2 for a week now. T-W-O! I can't even believe it. I thought we just brought him home from the hospital last week but no, he is 2 years old. Tomorrow will mark 2 years since he's been home with us. Considering he spent the 1st week of his life in NICU, he has been one of the healthiest children. We've been fortunate to have only had 2 times where he was really sick. Other than that, he's been happy, healthy, and such a joy. I feel like he surprises me daily with everything that he learns and how fast he is picking up on everything. He has a wonderful daddy that spends his days hanging outside with him in the dirt, building forts inside when it's too cold, reading books, teaching him his flash cards, etc. I could not have married a more devoted man. We thought when I started working at my new school that we might lay aside the homeschooling idea but it's come back up and we are planning away. Ultimately, we'd like to turn the Florida room into a homeschool classroom/extension of LR. I'm frequently pinteresting ideas I want to remember and brainstorming ways that I can work, plan his lessons, and let daddy do the rest. It's nice to have a husband not only open to homeschooling, but actually open and excited to be the one to do it. Who knows...in a few years, I may add another blog about the juxtaposition of a teacher job and being involved in the homeschooling of our child. For now, we're enjoying every moment of his innocence, his fascination with the world, and his quick discovery of all things new and exciting.

My healthy lifestyle change is going swimmingly. It's becoming easier and easier to eat healthy. I occassionally allow myself a "treat" only to be reminded why I shouldn't eat those types of things. I ate two small slices of pizza yesterday at lunch and felt like garbage afterward. I have lost 10 pounds since the beginning of the year and am now the lowest I have been in over a year...all by changing the way I eat. I haven't really started an exercise routine (only fit it in twice last week) so I don't even feel like I've worked for those 10 pounds...ha! I know I am going to succeed this time around because it truly has become a lifestyle change. I have no desire for most of the things I used to find so mouthwatering. I just want stuff that's good for me. My taste buds have done a 180. I haven't had a drop of soda since the New Year. I've had veggies every day in some fashion. My clothes are fitting differently. My skin has a healthier look to it. I just FEEL better. It's not a burden to eat right. I'm truly trying to treat my body like the temple that it is. I think I'm on the right track...

In conjunction with our healthy lifestyles, we are making plans for a vegetable garden. We've wanted to do one for quite some time but we're now slowly putting those thoughts into action. Hubby started a compost pile in our back yard with the help of our dirt lovin' son and we are looking at different garden formats. How awesome would it be to just go out to my back yard and pick the veggies I want out of my own garden. So, if you have a green thumb, your advice is appreciated. Although my husband is pretty much awesome at anything he puts his hands to so it won't surprise me if we reap a bountiful harvest the first try.

We are also in the process of trying to sell things to not only down size, but also to help pay off debt & save for our emergency fund a little faster. We received an extremely unexpected amount in our escrow refund this year and I will confess I splurged on a new blender. I'm really into healthy smoothies and I wanted something that was going to get the job done (plus, you get what you pay for) so I called that my 10 pound reward. But the rest will go into savings and paying off some debt. We sold the Ford today too so the same will be done there after hubby gets to spend his little bit so we're even ;) We were talking today about how getting rid of stuff is like therapy. It feels good. Less is more. The less we have, the less we have to worry about.

Next Sunday, I begin my fast from facebook and phone games and really pour into all that God has for me. I'm excited and believing for some revelation. He's already been teaching me and showing me things through His Word, but I just know I'm in for something special with this fast. I think it will also prepare my heart for more serving at church. We found out at our partnership meeting tonight that we'll be going to 3 services to accomodate the rapid growth our church is experiencing and the 3rd service will be held in the evenings. I've signed up to be involved with the praise team and am praying that God will use me in that area however He sees fit to bring Him glory.

I have to say I'm excited about this year and all that God is going to do. I want to serve Him more, love Him more, and become more of Him and less of me. I want to do the things He has called me to do without hesitation. I want to make HIM known!