Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

I'm joining Michelle at It's a Small Town Life for Thankful Thursday

   Today, I am thankful for Home.  Since we were gone for almost two weeks, I'm very thankful to be back in my home.  I have SO much to do to catch up on housework and get my house back in order, (can you say laundry!) but I am so so so thankful to be back here!  My house is a large 5Br farmhouse.  It is a hundred years old, but beautifully updated!  It's very big, so its expensive to heat and cool, but its such a blessing to our family...

Weighing in- Re-evaluating

   Today when I decided to weigh in,  I was very anxious.  I knew that since our couple of weeks out of town, very unexpectedly, I hadn't stuck with any sort of diet plan.  I knew that I had pretty much just let myself eat or drink anything that I wanted.  I took all of the good things that I knew and threw them out the window... bingeing, stress-eating, whatever you want to call it.
 I stood on the scale and all but held my breath.  After our almost two weeks away from home, I was so nervous to step back on and see 'the damage' that had been done while we were out of town.  I knew that I had not stuck to
   Now, I have to admit that the scale had not moved from the time I weighed in back in September.  Actually, I have been up a little and down a little and am back to where I was at the beginning of June.  I was surprised, but ashamed.  God alone helped me out there, somehow me most have taken all those cookies and metabolized them somehow- because I thought for certain I had packed some weight back on, and although I'm thankful that I didn't- it did reveal something about my heart.
   I restarted a devotion today that I was working through at the beginning of this journey.  Made to Crave: 60 Days to Craving God, not Food.  It's a devotional by Lysa TerKeurst that goes along with her book, Made to Crave.  I had been reading this at the beginning of the year, and had put it down on day 30.  That had to be intentional, because this weeks devotion was exactly what I needed to hear.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Weekly Weigh In: Week 28, Another Throw Away Week for me...

  Hi friends!  I guess from last weeks weigh in you know that we are in quite the pickle.  I'm posting this a day early, because with any luck I will be on the road on Wednesday driving back home.  I can't tell you how homesick I am already, and its not even been an entire week yet.  There's just something about the comforts of home that is so needed!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 9/17/18

Happy Monday friends!
  Well, to say its been a stressful week would be a massive understatement!  As some of you know, my family and I are residents in Eastern NC.  Everyone in the world knows what that means..  that the week can be summed up in one word.  Florence.  
   My little hometown was spared the rage of the storm.  We had some flooding, but not much else!  Which was such a surprise based on the sheer size and intensity of the storm!  We are also only a little over 200 miles north of New Bern NC, where there was massive damage and destruction from the hurricane.  However, our town itself was under a state of mandatory evacuation, so last Monday my family traveled up the mountain.  My husband returned to the coast for Tuesday and most of the day Wednesday, making sure that everything was secure and that all of our church family who decided to ride it out had the supplies they needed.  Then he ventured back up the mountain until Friday afternoon when the storm passed.  The kids and I are hanging out here in the mountains until Florence is good and passed, which should be sometime Wednesday or Thursday.  We are so very thankful for the storm passing over...  but sad about our neighbors south of us that got hit so hard!  Atlantic Beach is one of my favorite places in the whole world, and my sister in Raeford can't leave her house as her neighborhood is flooded!  It's a big mess... so please pray for everyone affected!  As hard as it is to be gone from home for so long, I'm thankful we homeschool, so we haven't missed a lot of work, and thankful that we have somewhere to go.  Although our town didn't get much of the storm, there was a lot of damage done to our neighbors just south of us, so I'm thankful nonetheless.  So yes, a LONG stressful week would be an understatement, and next Monday I will happily be joining you from home, which I miss more than words can say!

Join me linking up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday!

The weather:  
   It's a really nice day!!!  That's surprising considering the hype that the storm was just going to DUMP water on Western NC today!  I'm so thankful it didn't, if this storm fizzles out that means we get to go home sooner, which would be fantastic!  We did have a rainy day yesterday here, but not enough to flood, thank the Lord!  

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Terrible Florence... and a crazy first week of school

   I remember when I was young there was some cartoon that said "Stress- its a killer!"  I thought it was funny as a kid, but as an adult- oh my goodness.  There's nothing worse for me than stress.  Last year I really battled with anxiety.  So far I've done great to combat it- but this past week it has overtaken me.  It's been a really long, stressful week!
   Monday was our first day of school!  We were all excited as we gathered around the table and went over schedules, new things we were incorporating, and just getting pumped for the newest school year!  Then- my husband updated me on the latest weather report....

   We have only lived on the east coast of NC a little over a year.  Last year we had a few tropical storms that just caused a lot of rain, but we had never experienced a hurricane before.  When my husband heard that Florence, then a Cat 4 storm, could hit anywhere between Florence and Nags Head, he decided that he really needed the kids and myself not to be in town for that.  The uncertainty was really just too much.  So about halfway through our school day, we packed up our school supplies, all our clothes and our three cats and headed up the mountain. 
    My aunt who lives in Myrtle Beach SC was also evacuated, so she and her family were staying in Johnson City.  It truly was great spending time with her and seeing her family on Wednesday!  It's truly been a long time, and I hate that it took having a hurricane to bring us together again!  But we had a great dinner and got to catch up, it was a good time indeed!  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Weigh in Wednesday: Thursday Hurricane Edition!

   Sorry guys, yesterday was a rough day for weigh in Wednesday, our family lives on the east coast of NC and have been evacuated due to Hurricane Florence. :(  So I won't be posting my weigh in this week, but I wanted to post the linky for anyone who would like to link up!  Sorry it was a day late, you know how it goes!  Stay safe everyone, and I'll be weighing in at home next Wednesday, hopefully  :( 
   Pray for all those in the entire states of NC and SC, we are all scared, at risk and uncertain. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: The Kingdom Files, Barbour Publishing

Barbour Publishing    I'm a big fan of a good book, especially if it gets my children interested in biblical stories.  The Kingdom Files is a wonderful book series by Matt Koeceich, published by Barbour Publishing.  I was given the opportunity to review two of these stories, "Who was Mary, Mother of Jesus" and "Who was Jonah".  Each story in "The Kingdom Files" series describes the life of a biblical character.

The Kingdom Files