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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Weight Loss Journey


As many of you know I have been on a weight loss journey for over a year now. I joined Weight Watchers in September 2010. Now over a year later I feel like I'm at a stand still. I thought I would do a post about it to try and give myself some motivation. My family is sick of hearing about it, so I will leave it in the hands of my readers.

I know why I'm at a stand still....laziness! I'm horrible at working out, I have to force myself to chart my food, it's just not as fun as it used to be. I need to come up with a way to get myself back into the game. I still have 30lbs to loose and it's not going to just fall off, I know I will have to work at it. I just have to do it! AHHH I am such a food addict. I need a 12 step program based on food. It seems like everywhere I turn some one is eating something, cooking, or offering me some delicious goodie. It's simple just say no. Yeah right. I think it's simple for those who aren't food addicts. It is not simple for me! Free samples at stores, candy on counters, left overs in the fridge it is everywhere all the time. I guess for me it's a one minute at a time program. As long as I can keep saying no thank you to hand outs, close the fridge or fill it up with the good for me stuff I will be ok.

I am Thankful that God has given me the strength to come this far in my weight loss journey. I know that he will be there with me as I make the right choices for myself in order to keep on the track that I need to be on.

With Thanksgiving less than 24hrs away I am trying to prepare myself for the overwhelming amount of food that will be present. My goal is to try to focus on everything else. Gathering with family and spending good quality time together is what really matters, the food is just a bonus. I will stuff my self full of good conversations, love, support, and amazing people. With all of that on my plate there is no way that I will let food take over. One day at a time!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Goal of Foster Care is Reunification

Everyday I have to remind myself that "the goal of foster care is reunification with the biological parents". At what point does reunification become more harmful than good? When a child has lived with you for longer than they have lived with their biological parents, when your home IS home, when you get up for the midnight feedings, the nightmares, the wet beds, when you take them to the doctor appointments, read to them, show them right from wrong how is it better to send them to someplace that has no schedule...no consistency, no food half the time, no feelings of love and comfort, no tucking in and saying prayers at bedtime, no cuddle times and special one on ones. Instead there will be yelling, screaming, fighting, smoking, crying, drinking, hunger, filth, and a serious lack of love and warmth....but at the end of the day "the goal of foster care is reunification".

I pray that God looks upon these children with love and understanding. That our Father God sees what is best for these children and helps to keep them safe, warm, fed, and loved. My hope is that no matter where they go or who has them our God will help to guide and comfort them in their journey. I want to say a selfish prayer, but instead I am trying very hard to live life on life's terms. With that said I am just going to live and let God. No matter how hard that can be.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

St. A's Fall concert

St. Augustine decided to do something new this year by having a fall concert instead of a Christmas one. Isabelle had a speaking role where she introduced another class and their song. She did a great job. I was so nervous for her, but she went up there and nailed it. Isabelle's class (the 5th grade) sang a song and played their recorders for a song. I started to video part of the recorder one, until my battery decided to die. Bummer. Here are a few pics of the event.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The kids....

Isabelle turned 11 on November 7th. It is really hard to believe that 11 years have flown by so quickly. We went out to dinner and had cookie cake for desert at home. This was my first time making a cookie cake, but I will for sure be doing it again. It was delicious! She didn't have a party this year, but sometimes quality time with the family is just as good.

Isabelle had to do a solar system project for school. She spent a lot of time on it and I think it really shows. It turned out awesome! Great work Isabelle!

Jericha has been going to peeps at Arcadia school every day from 9-12am. She is just loving it. Her personality is really starting to shine. Everyday she comes home with something new and exciting that she has learned.

Josiah is getting so big! He is almost eight months now. He is army crawling everywhere. That includes straight into the dog's water bowl, the recycling bin, DVD's, and anything else he can find. He is really testing our child proofing skills. Jojo still has no teeth, but he is eating like a champ. Recently he discovered his tongue and started sticking it out at anyone that will pay attention to him. He makes us all smile every time we look at him. We are so blessed to have him as part of our lives.