• 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…

  • A Day in Your Courts

    My verse for this blog is Psalm 84:11.  It reads: For the Lord God is a sun and shield.  The Lord gives grace and glory;  he does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity. (HCSB) The Lord does give grace and glory.  Last night my son Mikhael became a father.  To a beautifully healthy baby boy with red hair and his mom’s nose. I was in awe most of the day because I was kept in the loop by texts from Mikhael and Kendra and by messaging from his mom in a FB message group.  It was a lot of fun and I kept passing the info…

  • Adoption, Birth and a Grandson!

    No, I am NOT pregnant.  But at the time of this post, my son Mikhael and his wife Kendra are!  They still are, I should say, but won’t be for much longer as she is in labor at the hospital. This is so exciting on so many levels.  One because, yes, I get to become a grandmother.  I have the gray hair (which is recolored of course) and some wrinkles, BUT I am a little bit leery of the “grandmother” term. In case you don’t know, Mikhael just turned 29.  I was 18 when I had him, just 2 days after graduating high school, and he was adopted by the…