August 2016

Life happened and I know I am sooooo late posting this week! I beg your forgiveness and will forever bow at your feet if you forgive me…. You will?! Great! Let’s get on with this post!

Ok. So at the end of 2014 I tried something called The Whole 30. I have to say, I was quite impressed. In 30 days I lost 14 pounds. I didn’t starve myself- I didn’t become a “gym rat”- I didn’t take diet pills. I simply ate healthy, whole, non-inflammatory foods. I felt better, looked better, slept better and discovered some food sensitivities. It was pretty remarkable. Not long after that my health issues started so The Whole 30 lifestyle fell by the wayside. Now that I am a year out from surgery and my  digestive system had mostly recovered from the complications I experienced, I am ready to take the plunge once more.

Next Tuesday, Sept 9 I will be starting a new lifestyle using The Whole 30 as a guideline. After the major health scare I had, I really want to be kinder to my body and be able to keep up with those beautiful babies we plan to adopt. This plan is very strict if followed “by the book”.  For 30 days you are not allowed any grains, dairy, legumes, sugar or processed foods. AND absolutely NO cheating or you have to start all over. Since this time of year gets very busy for us with lots of events to attend, I won’t be doing a true Whole 30 since I will be incorporating cheat days. However I plan to do a strict Whole 30 after the first of the year. I must say that I am not especially looking forward to the first few days. The first time I did this, I would have killed someone to get a cheese quesadilla…. I was not a happy camper, but by the end it was TOTALLY worth it!

So, ALL of this being said, I want to take you all on this journey with me! I will be giving updates on my progress. I’ll also be sharing things I learn and maybe a few recipes along the way. I will be weighing myself in on the 9th and then plan to not weigh myself again until October 9, which happens to be my birthday!!!!!! What better gift could I give myself than the gift of good health and a smaller waist?! I hope you all will follow my progress and maybe even be inspired to make some changes of your own. Please comment if you have tips, words of encouragement or questions.

FYI you can learn more about The Whole 30 at whole30.com

 

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This is a post for the ladies. Maybe a few of you out there can identify with this… I have, on more occasions than I care to admit, been told that I have a Mary Poppins purse. Does my purse look like that magical carpet bag that the beloved Disney character sported? Nope. My purse is like hers because I seem to have EVERYTHING in there. My coworkers would always come and ask if I had what they needed in my Mary Poppins purse. Nine times out of ten I would have exactly what they needed. Evidently being prepared for anything is my super power and my purse is my trusty sidekick. BUT, with great power comes great responsibility! You may ask, “Kellie, what is this great responsibility?”. Well, the responsibility is to keep this magic purse of mine organized so that not only do I have what I need for any situation, but I can find the items I might need quickly.

The challenge. A purse can be like a black hole and I’m just not magical enough to reach in and grab exactly what I need nor is my purse quite large enough to disappear in up to my waist to find what I need. Although, I must say that would be an awesome trick! Anyways, I digress… I have tried different things over the years to keep things organized and easy to find. Lately, the thing that is working for me is pouches. Yes, I said pouches… The kind of pouches that you normally use for your makeup. I am using several in my purse to corral all those necessities and I must say it works marvelously for me. All it takes is 3 steps!

First- You will need to unload your purse contents. It will look like a jumbled mess. Here’s a picture of my mess to make you feel better about yours!

Contents of Purse

You will need to decide what you need and what you don’t need. And gather all of the pouches you think you might need. Here’s a pic of my lovelies.

Pouches

Second- Divide the contents into groups that make sense for you. I divided mine into makeup, medicine, emergency, hair stuff, oral care, moisturizing. I also set aside a pouch for my pens, idea notebook and tape measure. You will also need to set aside what I like to call “free floaters”. For me, this included, my wallet, coin purse, brush, comb and first aid kit.

In Groups

 

Third- Get everything into a pouch home that makes sense to you. I recommend getting pouches with different designs so that you can associate that design with what’s in it.

New Group Pic

Now you can put all of your lovely pouches and place them in your purse. Here’s a pic of my purse, happily filled with all of my pouches.

Purse

This may not work for everyone but it works for me. I love not having to dig into my purse to find what I’m looking for. It’s not exactly magic, but I find things so much faster this way!

This is my method… How do you keep your purse organized?

Check back tomorrow for my Monday post!

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Monday! I would like to use this posting opportunity today to speak a word of encouragement.

There are so many people I know right now who are facing difficult or uncertain circumstances. It’s hard to have peace and trust God when you feel like your back is against the wall and that wall seems to be falling down on top of you. So many thoughts run through your mind. Why is this happening? Is God listening? Does God care? Are things really going to be ok? We can’t usually answer the question of why, but we can answer the other questions. The answer is yes. He is listening, He does care and things will be ok. You just have to remember that sometimes the road to “ok” is marked with some tough times. We get to decide whether or not we allow life to break us. Will we trust God in the face of adversity? Will we remind ourselves that God’s plan for us may be somewhat different than what we had planned for ourselves?

I think, for me, just realizing that I have two choices… I can worry and agonize over things I cannot control or I can trust God to do the “heavy lifting” and take care of me. I choose the later! I serve a big God who can handle these situations far better than I ever could. I choose to rest in Him… Believe me, this is not easy for me… I am a world-class control freak! I like to know what is going to happen and when. I am impatient by nature. I am a worrier by nature. BUT …….. God has my back, so for me to worry and be impatient serves no purpose.

So, all of this to say… As we start this new week with new challenges of its own, let’s remember to rest in God. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” Whether you are facing something as serious as death or just a stressful work week, God cares and He has your back! I feel secure knowing that He is in my corner.

I hope you all have a blessed and productive week! I will see you back here on Thursday for another post!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful, fun, eventful, relaxing, productive summer!

You many wonder why I titled this post “Turning It Up a Notch”?????? Well, let me just tell you why! I am ready to turn it up a notch by getting back to blogging more regularly! I will be posting blog entries at least 2 times a week. I will be shooting for Mondays and Thursdays. I hope you all will continue to pop by and see what I’m up to. My posts up to this point have mostly been about my faith, my struggle or adoption….. All of those things will still be represented but I am ready to venture into DIY, cooking, crafting, decorating and other such related posts! Please help me spread the word about this blog by telling your family and friends. I feel confident that there will be something here for almost everyone.

While I have your attention, I might as well tell you all why my posts were few and far between this Summer……. As most of you know, my husband and I are youth pastors at a church in our community. My husband has been at the church for about 13 years and I have been there with him for the last 6 1/2. This year he became eligible for a 7 week sabbatical! Since I work at an elementary school and get the summer off, we decided that he would take that time during the summer as well. So, after youth camp wrapped up in June we took off on a 3 week long road trip then came back home and worked on our house and our adoption paperwork. We had a wonderful time! We were able to focus on each other and enjoy our time together. So, that being said, I focused on my husband rather than on my blog. I’m sure you all understand that while I love sharing with you all, family comes first.

BUT……… Hang on to your hats! ‘Cuz we’re takin’ this thing to a whole- nutha’- level!

Don’t forgot to pop in on Monday to see what I’m up to– I’ll be sharing some stories from our summer travels! Also, if you want to make sure you don’t miss a post, subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of your screen. You’ll get an email every time I post!

Have a great weekend and God Bless!

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One Year Ago…

At this time one year ago I was on an operating table. What should have been 2 hours turned into 4. I would wake up to a new reality. The door to biological motherhood had been nailed shut. A full hysterectomy had taken place. In the following days it would be confirmed that I had not been crazy…. That the doctor I had tried to make understand was wrong…. The new doctor I had found had saved my life. In the following days I would learn that my ovaries were full of cancerous cells, which were on the verge of invading the surrounding organs and lymph nodes. It had been found in time.

How do I feel about all of this? I feel lucky. I feel blessed. I thank God that my situation had a favorable outcome. I know that had I waited just a little longer to have surgery, the outcome could have been very different.

Today, one year later, I stand in amazement of what God brought me through. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for the chance to continue living my life and planning for the future. Today I can celebrate.

Life is fragile. We are not promised tomorrow. Today is the day we must choose to celebrate what’s important. What’s important to me? First, God is important to me. Without my relationship with Him, I am nothing. Second, my husband. He is my best friend and the love of my life. Third, my family. I would not want to do life without them.

God was working my life a year ago and He’s still working today. I believe that I will continue to walk in healing and health. Biological motherhood may not be a reality for me but motherhood will happen with God’s help. We have started submitting the paperwork for adoption and are trying to raise the funds to make our dream of parenthood a reality. We are telling our story to as many people as possible. We are living proof of God’s faithfulness and continuing work. We pray that God would place the right baby and birth mother in our lives.

My talented husband has created a website for our adoption fundraising effort, adoptingbabyg.com. The web site is a gathering place for our supporters. Some go there to see how they can pray for us and view updates. Some have expressed the desire to contribute financially. The site allows those people to do that…… And some just simply want follow our story and view our progress.

Please take a moment to visit the site. Pray for us and share it with others. We want others, who face similar circumstances, to know that they are not alone.

Thank you so much for stopping by to celebrate with me!

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