Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sunshine Through My Windows

My dishwasher is broken. Although I already hand wash many of our dishes (I don't like putting plastic items in the dishwasher...nor my pots and pans, wooden spoons, cast iron etc.) I did love to put silverware in well as plates, bowls and glasses. We will be having someone look at it soon. But right now, we are focusing on Resurrection Day as well as a funeral for Chris's grandpa.

Papa Bull (an endearing term Madelyn started when she was little as she tried to say Grandpa Bill ~ which fit him perfectly as he was quite a stubborn man!) passed the other day. It was only a matter of time as his health has been declining over the years. There is a sadness over it....and yet we all feel it to be a blessing as well. He went peacefully. His daughters were constantly by his side....but when they both went home to shower and clean up for a few minutes...he passed while they were away! He was a rough, tough logger in his younger years (who my husband said you would never hear complain about pain or anything!) and waiting until he was alone to die seemed like something he would do!

The viewing and funeral will be Monday. So things will be busy for us the next few days. I must admit, I look forward to the joy of Resurrection Day ~ the celebration of our Lord's rising from the dead as well as Monday when we will reminisce about Papa Bull; all the loving fond memories!

It's cold outside today....but the sun is shining gorgeously through the windows of my home! Despite the cold, I find such enjoyment from the beautiful sunshine! :) It really uplifts the spirits! Xavier is here at home with me. Chris is working an auction a short drive away (as our Brother-in-Love ~ aka:Chris's best bud ~ is an auctioneer). Madelyn is painting chicken coops at a friend's house...and Jaxson is with my mom. They made pies yesterday (Jax loves to make pie and he's good at it too!) and I am not sure what they are doing today!

I went to the gym this morning...then came home to shower and eat. I have been doing dishes (as is quite obvious by my first picture! haha!) and laundry to get my day going. I need to make rolls for a meal with family tomorrow and get some other things checked off my to-do list!

Aren't the flowers in my photos above beautiful? My aunt gave them to me! I had them in the living room but the sun doesn't shine in there so I brought them into the kitchen to get a good ol' dose of sunshine! The bouquet is full of tulips, daffodils and hyacinth! Flowers make me happy and I am so excited for spring to really arrive! Laundry drying out on the lines, mowing, gardening, planting flowers and enjoying the sunshine! I think the bitterly cold winters we have in PA most years really help me to appreciate the spring and summer weather! :) 

I am making some lunch right now and need to continue on with my day! I hope your weekend is quite lovely! I pray you are able to enjoy your Lord's Day/ Resurrection Sunday as we celebrate our Lord's rising from the dead! What a Savior we have!

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

1Corinthians 15:3-5 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,  and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

“I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.” 

~ Charles Coulson


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weightloss: Before & After Pics

So, if you follow me on Instagram (I'm not on other forms of social media...except twitter...but I use that to promote my etsy shop or sermons on youtube I like to share!) then you may have already seen the photo above. If not...please know that this is super embarrassing to post...but necessary as well.

The photo on the left was taken in 2012 or so, I think. Maybe 2011...I can't remember exactly...but it was when I was at my highest weight. After having my babies, not exercising and eating too much (homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and good ol' fashioned country meals etc.) I had really gained weight! I just wouldn't look in a mirror and just accepted that it was who I was and how I was going to be. Honestly, when I looked in the mirror (at my face) I didn't think it was *that* the weight comes on gradually. I knew my clothes didn't look awesome on me but I didn't want to be vain it seemed to work out perfectly. If I was heavy, I wouldn't take pride in myself...thus thinking I was staying humble and actually pleasing the Lord. Oh dear....why does my brain not work sometimes!?

The truth is that it does *not* honor the Lord to overeat (aka: be gluttonous). It is overindulgence and truly sinful! I was actually being prideful when I was heavier because I was prideful about my humbleness! Talk about ridiculousness! I felt that since I was not being overly concerned about my appearance that I was being a more godly woman! I didn't even think about the health aspect...I figured I was "healthy enough".

June 2012 I knew I was too large. I knew I was eating wrong. I knew I wasn't exercising enough...(ok, at ALL). I needed to hear Chris tell me though. I needed that push to get me going. He always told me he loved me no matter my size. He loved ME. Although that is a beautiful thing to helped me stay content in my laziness (not that I was lazy....I kept my house clean and cared for my children etc....however I was lazy in caring properly for myself). I told him one day that I *needed* him to tell me the truth...was I fat? He finally told me that he did think I should lose some weight for my health. I cried and cried....I was ashamed for letting myself go. I was ashamed that he could not think anything but wonderful thoughts about me....but I am *so* glad he told me! After wiping my face (from all the tears) I determined it was TIME!

I cried out to the Lord...I needed His help. I repented of my sin of gluttony and sloth in that area of my life. He is so good and faithful. He gave me strength! It wasn't easy...but it had to be done. I signed up for spin (cycling class) classes and started right away to eat right (and logging all my food intake into I would eat a couple eggs in the morning with 4 pieces of turkey bacon. I lost 60 pounds in the first 6 months or so. I started 2013 weighing a much healthier weight than I had when I started 2012! I didn't completely let myself go again through the years....I continued to spin (and became a spin instructor) and run and be active. I was still careful of what I ate but started to indulge a little more than I should. For the past 5 years I never gained all the weight back but I would gain 10-20 lbs....lose them, gain them, lose them....and so on.

I started 2018 determined to get back on track and really get healthy! I wanted to meet my goals! I don't want to be a fitness guru or anything ~ I just want to eat right, be healthy and be pleasing to my husband's eyes! :)  I added weight lifting to my exercise as well...I take a class with lots of reps with lower weights...I don't do heavy lifting like the guys do. We work on toning muscles more than bulking. I do lift a little heavier with a couple friends once a week though. I workout 6 to 7 days a week. I usually take Sunday as a rest day....but sometimes if it is nice's nice to go for a walk or run!

I took the photo on the right last week (have you made it this far in the post? Goodness...I have written a novel! Sorry!). Today I am 21 lbs lighter than I was at the beginning of the year and a lot toner and fit! I still have 13 lbs to go before I reach my first goal weight. Although I am enjoying fitting into smaller clothes and just feeling healthier overall ~ I also have such a peace to know that I am not being gluttonous any more and that I am caring for my body...and trying to teach my children good habits as well! :o) Oh...and don't get me wrong ~ I am not totally focused on this outer shell of a body that God gave me...for: Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Prov. 31:30)

I really look forward to wearing sundresses and lovely things when the weather is nice (modest of course). I also look forward to getting my exercise out in the garden and just outside in general rather than the gym. Right now it is too yucky and cold out. We're suppose to get more snow tomorrow!

I'm sure I rambled above and forgot to add things I should have and added too much in places too. I know some of you have followed along on my blog for years and heard my weightloss updates through the years...I just wanted to give the most recent update for any that may be interested.

Although I am working hard I truly, truly praise God for keeping me on me strength, encouraging me through His Word and loving me. He gives me perspective when I want to have a pity party...and He gave me a husband that is truly the *best* support system anyone could have asked for! It always makes me smile when I ponder God's sovereignty and eternal He works things out the way He does. I know it doesn't mean I won't experience pain and suffering in this life ~ I actually I expect that ~ but when you do see the good and beauty in your know God is the author of it all makes my mind wonder-filled! it's getting late. I need to go, unwind from my day and rest. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (link in left sidebar or my profile) or leave a comment below! Thank you for taking the time to visit me here. I pray you find encouragement and maybe even some conviction (if needed). I pray that the Lord is glorified and exalted here!

Have a lovely weekend ahead....and truly, thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Making the Living Room a Little Cozier!

I am super excited to share a recent *great* buy! I have *always* wanted a braided rug! I love them! I love the cozy look of them and just always felt that one would look right in my home. I have never figured I could afford one however as they were always way above my price range...but I always liked to keep an eye out for a sale (just in case a great one would come along) through the years.

I don't remember how I found it...but JC Penney was having a sale on things in their store (online). I happened to look at their rugs and found that their braided rugs were significantly on sale (I am talking 60% off type of sale!!). I was ecstatic! It was still higher in price than I like to spend on anything (the smaller the price, the better...right?) but it was definitely within a range we could afford. Plus, I shop through ebates (no, this isn't a sponsored post or anything!) and got 10% money back! Seriously! Isn't that amazing!? Plus, it was free shipping! It was such a great deal and when Chris gave me the *O.K.* I bought it! 

I still need to purchase a rug pad for underneath it and hope to get that soon! It's at a store that is the opposite direction than I usually go so I just need to make an effort to get there! I don't think we have the rug centered just how I want it at the moment...but once we get the rug pad and such we'll get it all situated!

I love the look of it and feel that is makes the room cozier!

Madelyn and Jaxson helped me do some rug-switcheroo-ing (Xavier is with his Pop-Pop ~ working at the garage). We took the rug that used to be in the living room and put it into the dining room...

You may notice the table isn't centered above. It drives me bonkers...however if we center it properly it makes it difficult to walk through there to get to the computer/piano room. We do a lot of homeschooling and meals around that table and just needed room to get around it properly. As long as I don't focus on the uncentered-ness of the table...I can tolerate it! ;)

Below you will see the dining room rug that we moved into what we call the "pantry" room. Does it look amazing? No...but that's okay! It works for now! We have soft wood floors in most of the house. They get scratched and torn up so easily. Until (or *if*) we are ever able to afford different flooring having area rugs saves our feet from getting splinters! :)

Thank you for sharing in my excitement with me! I love to get a great I love to make my house a little cozier! Two wins for us this time!

I gotta run! I'll update on my weight loss and fitness goals/successes soon! My husband also turned 39 recently! I'm still trying to process that since I was with him on his 21st birthday as well!! How can 18 years have passed by so quickly!?

Until next time friends,
Katy :)