Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Adopt US Kids

Right now the kids are watching a 20-min video as a reward for finishing all of their schoolwork before 11am. I am planning to make them a picnic lunch, let them play at the park for at least an hour, and run a few errands (I NEED printer ink!!) before gymnastics class this evening. Hmm, I should also make something for dinner.... I was thinking of broccoli-potato soup.

Because I have a little break from the children's seemingly constant demands, I jumped onto and did a quick search for foster care kids under the age of seven who are in need of a family to care for them. Every one of them is adorable and special in a unique way. Their pictures make my heart melt! Since we began our MAPP classes earlier this month, it seems like I always have orphans on my mind. Last night I finished over 30 pages of our "family profile", which will be turned in on Thursday. I am just so glad that we've gotten this process started. There is SUCH a HUGE NEED in our area for foster families. And it breaks my heart that there is such a large number of children who are in abusive or neglectful situations. We want to make a difference, we want to stop the cycle of violence and pain and replace it with love. Even if it's just for one child, it's all totally worth it.

I love hearing stories about orphans finding forever families/parents finding their children.
If you'd like to share an adoption story, please leave a comment below!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The great church search....

Today, during church, someone stole the license plate off of our van!!!
I thought that having a beat-up 13-year-old vehicle with a broken windshield and 2 windows that don't open or close would prevent theft. Apparently junkers can still be vandalized too.  We reported it to the police, but we still have to go buy a new license plate sometime this week.

For the last six weeks, our family has been searching for a new church to call home. So far, the church search has left me feeling disappointed. The church we visited today was in a nice location and had great children's programming. The worship portion was ok, but the sermon was weak. They seemed to be more focused on "seekers" than on growing real disciples of God. I was trying to feel the Lord's presence and listen to Him, but I just wasn't feeling it. I followed every word of the sermon, but I didn't hear anything that hadn't already been said quite a few times. In my  spiritual life, I don't want to feel distant, I want more depth. It is getting discouraging to drag the kids to new places of worship every week. Mike and I are looking for a body of believers who are a close community, well-connected, growing, serving, and sharing God's love.

As for my "food goals":
Less carbs and sugar? Yesterday we all ate a gluten-free lunch!

Smaller portion sizes? Getting there.

More fruits and veggies? Yes! We love smoothies!
Exercise is.... still just about non-existent.
Hey, progress is better than nothing.

Friday, January 11, 2013


Let's get real. Let me be totally honest: I do not like resolutions or diet plans. I do not like repetitive exercise routines. But I am looking to lose a few pounds that I inadvertently gained last year. So, instead of dieting or resolutions, I am making some clear, easy goals and objectives for myself.

First, portion control: I don't need 3 servings of spaghetti for dinner. I don't want to teach my kids that it's ok to be gluttonous. I've also been aware of a lot of food wasted at our house and I'm trying to avoid that to. So, smaller portion sizes for everyone.

Second: Eat less carbs and sugar. I'm trying to be sensitive to the little guy's gluten-free diet. Cut the carbs and sugar, add more fruits and veggies. Since I got the Ninja blender for Christmas from the in-laws, I've been drinking smoothies almost everyday for breakfast. I'm surprised that it keeps me full for a good 3 hours.

Third: exercise. Let me be the first to admit that I am awful at exercising regularly. I'll run around the yard or take walks with the kids, but at the end of the day when they're all in bed, one of the last things on my mind is fitness. So I'm starting small: walk for 10-15 mins a day and do 50 ab reps each night.

So far, so good. I'll give you an update at the end of the month and tell you if I've stuck with it or not.