• Lovely Lilacs

    Lilacs are among my favorite flowers. I love everything about them and am blessed to have several bushes in my yard. Every once in awhile I get a whiff through my kitchen window as I wash dishes and it immediately makes my heart lighter! One thing science has shown is that our sense of smell has an amazing tie to memory & emotional response. This is why the smell of coffee & toast makes me think of waking up at my grandparents house. Its why the smell of lilacs takes me back to my younger, carefree days (oh so long ago…). Scent is a powerful substance that can affect our…

  • Spring is springing

    I really cannot believe we are into May!  March & April were insanely busy months and I am just now starting to feel as though the hamster wheel is starting to slow down. Samuel turned 7 in March.  SEVEN years old, y’all!  I cannot believe it myself and look at him every day and see that he is now a boy, and not my baby anymore.  It is a little bit sad, but he is so cute with his freckles and lost teeth that I am just trying to enjoy the changes.  He didn’t want cake for his birthday – he wanted PANCAKES!  He is a pancake kid through and…

  • Sharing Stories

    Most of my very first blog posts were about my oldest daughter and how I was navigating motherhood.  I shared daily experiences, challenges, and funny things that happened along the way.  I was blogging when not too many other people were blogging, and I wrote to a select audience because it was back before Facebook & Twitter were primary social mediums.  (wow – that wasn’t very long ago, and now they’re taking over the world…) SIDEBAR: Actually, I was on Facebook when it was limited to folks with “.edu” email addresses.  I happened to work at a university and my boss had to send me an invitation to become a…

  • Hello Again!

    Hello again friends & readers!  It is hard to believe that February is coming to an end already, but time waits for no one, does it? I have taken some downtime in a lot of areas in my life – and have taken a step back to reconsider many of the activities, goals, dreams, and responsibilities that I have absorbed for quite some time.  Some of these things I have had to just let go – some of them, I have had to fight to keep in perspective.  I often thought of sharing this here on my blog, but one of my problems has been that I sorta “lost my…

  • Shifting Gears Used to Be Easier

    So I guess one sign of old age is slowing down, right?  Or maybe that’s just me.  I have kinda always been “fast-paced” in general, but am noticing that more time is required of late to shift with the inevitable changes in life.  Shifting gears used to be easier for sure.  I feel like things have been shifting faster than I could handle for the past 6 weeks or so.  Here’s the latest… Health Update:  I was on my Vitamin D regimen for several weeks, and honestly I really noticed a difference.  I definitely had more energy, my hair grew like crazy (?), and I slept so much better.  Having…

  • THM A Refreshing Drink Recipe *Edited*

    I shared in previous posts about starting the Trim Healthy Mama plan of eating. It is not just another low carb diet, but rather a balance between protein + fat and protein + carbohydrates. I wanted to share a quick update and Two drink recipes that are keeping me happy! You can read my most recent update here. So one of the ways I am really fighting cravings and staving off hunger is by making a couple of the popular drink recipes shared in the Trim Healthy Book and community. Today I am sharing MY version of Good Girl MoonShine.   I find the GGMS to be so refreshing in…

  • Update on my THM Journey

    School has started, schedules are shifting, and seasons are changing.  There are days that I only want to sit on my couch and play my phone games or watch reruns of Doctor Who, while sipping my iced Shrinker or Good Girl Moonshine.  Okay, I’ll admit it, there may have been one or two afternoons where this is all I actually did. I have been getting deeper into the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle of eating and food planning.  The more I do it, the easier it gets.  The more I do it, the better I feel.  The more I do it, the more I realize how much carbohydrates have affected me…

  • Healthy Can Taste So Good!

    I had a doctor appointment last week.  It’s been far too long, as I shared over at Finding Grace and Glory.  But it has inspired some new thinking, some new attitude, and a greater desire to improve my health.  Of course, one of my longstanding health goals is Weight Loss.  Not everybody who reads this blog will have the same struggle, but in an effort to greater health, we all know the Struggle is Real!  That’s why I have to share a couple of things because I am learning that Healthy Can Taste So Good! I had already been reviewing some diet plans.  During my summer Bible Study, my friend…

  • Getting a Check Up

    How long has it been since you have had a doctor visit?  I am not going to tell you how long it’s been for me, because it’s kinda shameful, but I can tell you that it was too long between visits.  Having younger kids – who require frequent visits for regular issues, let alone health issues – has kept me busy with medications and assessments and doctor visits.  I have definitely been putting my health last on the list of things for me to take care of and it is starting to catch up with me. I have had chronic, ongoing, years-in-the-making problems with insomnia.  Both falling asleep and staying…

  • The Summer Slide

    [crickets] Blogging three weeks ago about my new grandson was a real highlight so far this summer.  He is gorgeous and healthy and growing so fast!  Thankfully his tired parents are able to text and share updates with me in real time.  He & his family live a long day’s drive away from us and some days it is REALLY hard to be so far apart.  More days than I like to dwell on, really, but I am SO thankful for email, texting and Facetime so we can be in touch with family now the way we never dreamed of being in touch when I was still young. I grew…