{FMF} Embrace

Embrace{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}


This week’s word is embraceIf you’ve been around here for awhile, you know all my posts that deal with my fight with anxiety are filed under “embrace the fight”. So I guess it’s time to chat about why I chose that heading.

I guess I see this whole ordeal as something I have to go through. There is no over, under, or around about it. And there is no fighting it. Honestly, the more I fought, the harder it got. I have learned to become a warr;or by embracing it. Learning to come to terms with what I have been handed and working my way through it. I am trying to embrace this current path and make the best of it. I am working hard to seek out what God is telling me. What He is trying to teach me. And I’ve learned a lot.

My faith has grown in leaps and bounds. Before, I didn’t know how much I was missing. My passion for homemaking was born. My desire for biblical womanhood and being a Titus 2 woman to younger wives has deepened.

Its been a trying time, but I know it will end. And I will be even stronger for it.




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Loss Teaches Us To Live

Loss Teaches Us To LiveThere has been a loss in our blogging/ministry community. The loss of a wonderful gal, named Mandy, that I have only had the pleasure of meeting through our Facebook group and blogosphere. I didn’t know her well, personally, but I did know she loved the Lord. She had a heart for ministry and loving on everyone she came in contact with.

Her tragic passing is a shock to many of us. And people have been saying the most wonderful things about her and her family. They went on about how much she and her family loved the Lord. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind she is now sitting at the feet of our Savior. Her passion will be greatly missed.

And this got me thinking…what were to happen if I were to pass? Would people say such things about me? Do I live my life in a way that the first thing that will come to everyone’s mind will be my love for the Lord?

I want the answers to be “yes”. But I am not sure that is what people first think of. And that’s a problem for me. I have been growing in my faith and my boldness in sharing it. If I’ve learned anything from Mandy, it’s to always live my faith out loud. To always be bold in my love for Christ. To soak up His Word at every opportunity. To not let a interaction go by without sharing the love of God.

Life is so fleeting, as we all know. There is not always time to do it later. Time to live your faith out loud. Now.





{FMF} Friend

Friend{Five Minute Friday is a five minute free write on a prompt given each week. There is no editing, no overthinking, no looking back. Just write.}


This week’s word is friendIt’s been awhile since I have written for FMF. But it’s been awhile since I have written in general, so there’s that! 😉 Whether or not I am writing, I still have my friends. ❤

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

It is important in this life to surround ourselves with people who encourage us and help us in our walk with Christ. You are a product of what you surround yourself with.We must choose our friends wisely for our sake, and for theirs.

We shouldn’t be hanging out with people who are leading us in a direction away from Christ. Now please don’t misunderstand me to think I am saying not to be friends with non-believers. That would be quite counter-intuitive when you are trying to show them Christ’s love. I am saying to surround yourself with like-minded believers to help you in your walk.




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My Whole30 Journey {Round 1}

My Whole30 JourneyI did it! And I am awesome! 😉 Ha Ha

Yes, I completed my first round of the Whole30 program and I survived!

If you don’t know what Whole30 is you can check out their website at www.whole30.com.

Here is a blurb from the website about the program:

Established by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig (of Whole9) in April 2009, the Whole30® is our original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.

I have looked at the Whole30 program in the past, but never committed. Like many others, I thought it would be too hard. Which is crazy considering how long I was able to stick with a whole-food plant-based diet in the past. So, it would make sense that I could do this 30-day detox. And I did!

It can be a tough 30 days. Not because of the food choices. I mean, I eat yummy meat, veggies, and fruit until I am full. If you are ever hungry on Whole30 you’re doing it wrong! 😉 The detox part (anywhere from 1-2 weeks) is the hard part. Its the time your brain tells you that you need to eat this or you need to eat that. But trust me…you don’t! Once you make it through the detox phase, the sailing is much smoother. The bloat leaves and the famed “tiger blood” arrives and you are able to take back your life!

So many people are focused on the weight loss when they partake in a new program. This program is about so much more than weight loss. It is about eliminating foods and finding out what triggers your health issues. My Non-Scale Victories (NSV) are much more significant than my weight loss.

This is where I will warn any males who may stumble across this blog…you may encounter TMI beyond this point. You have been warned! 😉

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I am so excited for all the changes I have noticed in my health over the last 30 days! 

I am a sufferer of both Endometriosis and PCOS, and as many of you know, it is super hard to lose weight or make any physical changes.

My NSV include:
– Better Sleep
– No Acid Reflux/Heartburn (I used to take a Tums every night before bed).
– Lower Blood Pressure (Haven’t had to take my meds in a couple weeks (I have a medical background and am perfectly comfortable adjusting my meds, I don’t suggest this for everyone))
– Reduced Plaque Psoriasis (I have a spot behind each ear – one ear is completely clear and the other is 50%)
– No more mindless snacking
– Better bowel movements
– Started my cycle (have not had one in 5+ years due to endo/pcos and have been on many medications and procedures to get them going again including medications they also give to cancer patients (!!!))
– Better mood, energy, and motivation
– Increased water intake (win-win)
– Clearer skin
– Can now wear my wedding rings
– Sinus congestion is gone (This used to be a constant problem for me)
– Reduced anxiety

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My SV include:
– overall loss of 18” (!!!)
– loss of 6.5lbs (which is roughly 1.5lbs per week and I am very happy about this)

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If you’re interested in doing the Whole30 program, check out the website above. I also suggest reading It Starts With Food and Food Freedom Forever.

I am very excited to start Round 2 this Sunday with my husband and daughter! It will be so fun to do this as a family to improve all of our health! ❤



Why Homemaking?

why-homemakingI started my journey as a full-time homemaker later in life than most. And it was not my decision at first. I actually used to hate the thought of cleaning and cooking all day. But being a homemaker is so much more than that. Yes, there is a lot of cooking and cleaning involved, but there is also a lot of serving your family, having time to help with homework, and eating meals that are good for you and cost effective.

I have always been an assistant at heart; and it shows in my previous career. I loved being behind the scenes making sure everything went smoothly. Once I was able to apply that to my family, a transformation occurred. Now, instead of making sure surgeries are scheduled correctly, patients have all their questions answered, and surgeons’ schedules are run smoothly, I am able to make sure my family is taken care of.

Now I get to focus on healthy homemade lunches and dinners, clean and ironed clothes, and a clean, organized, structured place to come home to. I really enjoy making sure my husband has everything he needs to focus on his career and not worry about the little things at home. I also love that I am available for my daughter and all those mom-daughter moments and homework help. It is all these things that make a life.

Plus (and most importantly), this is how God planned for the family model to be. He created men and women differently so we would fill different roles within the family dynamic. Trying to change that (which a lot in society are doing) will only disrupt the balance at home (and we are seeing that with all of the broken families).

Now don’t get me wrong, I completely understand there are families in which both spouses have to work and I am not knocking that one bit. Heck, we used to be one of those families! Working spouses or not, there are still certain gender roles within the family. But that is a post for another time. 😉



Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 4

fb-day-04Alrighty folks! You have made it to our last and final “FB Only” post. I will have another post soon about social media in general and what I use and why. 🙂 And this is more of a post to just help you clean up your own page and what information you are putting out there.

I hope these posts have been of some help and you were able to pair down all the noise on your FB page. I am hoping it will allow you to be more productive and spend less time on Fb so you can be more intentional with your time in your home.

Personal Information

The last section I would like to cover is your personal information. Yep, that’s right. You might actually be putting out there much more than you know. As you have probably gathered by now, I will be listing out the areas I don’t fill in information and why.

#1 – Work. I don’t have places that I work (other than my blog which links to the FB page) listed. If you are truly my friend, then you already know where I’ve worked. Plus, if you have it so it shows on your profile on the left-hand side, then it is public and anyone can see it.

#2 – Family. Yep, I’m the mean person who doesn’t have any family labeled in the about section. I just feel like it’s not necessary. People who know you, know who you are related to. And if they don’t, then it probably doesn’t matter. You are already connected on FB anyhow.

#3 – School. Again, if you know me, you know where I went to school. Or you probably just don’t care anyhow. 😉

#4 – Check-ins. I see a lot of people checking in at home. And I think it’s great. Except if you click on the “Smith’s Home Sweet Home”, it will literally GPS you right to the house. No thank you. If I check in at all, it is to places as I am leaving or the town in general.

#5 – Birthday. I will admit, I do have the month and day posted, but the year is under lock and key. 😉 But that’s probably just a girl thing. Actually no, read on…

Another random reason why I don’t post all of this information (and I promise I am not a conspiracy theorist) is really to do with security. Think about it…when you sign up for something, what are the questions they ask to help you identify yourself (or retrieve your password)? Maiden name? High School? Mascot? Birth date? Town you were born in? Anyhow, just food for thought.

Also, don’t forget to check your privacy settings in general. Go to the upper right-hand corner and you will see a little padlock. Go through your settings and see what apps, etc have access to your information. You may need to do some app clean-up. Also, there is now a box you can check that will email you if you log in to FB from a different place (ie phone/tablet/computer, etc.) other than what you have established already. Just an extra step in security.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Hope you see you back soon!!




Cleaning Up Your FB – Day 3

fb-day-03Welcome to Wednesday and Day 3 of our FB Clean-up! I hope you are starting to notice some positive changes in your newsfeed. If not, you probably will after today. 😉 If you are just joining us, you can find the Day 1 in our series HERE, and Day 2 HERE. 🙂

Today is one of the tougher days, but also the day you will probably see the most results. It’s “Friends Day”. Or maybe it’s “Unfriends Day”. This was a huge process for me when I cleaned up my account.

For a year I was working with a direct sales company that pushed adding friends every day. Add people for any reason, friends of friends, people who liked the same things on FB, you name it, we added them (if they’d have us). It was crazy folks! I ended up with over 1,800 “friends”! I know for a fact I don’t even know that many people!

Now, even though I got rid of a lot of friends, there are some that I can’t get rid of because, well, family. But maybe I don’t appreciate what they post. Maybe its negative, or filled with profanity (although, those I usually remove anyhow), or I just don’t want to see their ____ for the 100th time. There is always the option to “unfollow”. This allows you to still be friends, but you won’t see their stuff on your newsfeed. You will have to actually seek out their page to see what they are posting.

As always throughout this process, you will have to use your own guidelines. But I will list mine for reference. Mine is pretty strict because my marriage is my main priority and I don’t want any misconstrued information on FB.

#1 – Do I know you? No seriously, if you don’t know who the person is let them go. Maybe you don’t want some stranger looking at the pics of your kids, or cats, or both.

#2 – Males. I have two reasons men can be on my FB friend list. a) they are a single friend and are friends with both my husband and I (although I leave most of our single guy friends to him). b) they are married and I am also friends on FB with their wife (although usually in this case, just stay friends with the wife).

#3 – How do you feel? Really, it’s an honest question. Do you have “that friend” who you look at their posts and it makes you feel poorly of yourself in some way? Is it the way they look or the things they have? On the flip side, do you have “that friend” that you can always peek in on to feel better about yourself? Feel like you have it more together or have nicer things? If so, you might also want to consider letting them go. It’s not good to compare yourself to others for either purpose. It’s hard to be thankful for what you have if you feel you are superior or inferior to someone else. (But that is a whole blog post in itself 😉 ).

#4 – Keep in contact. Is the only contact with this person through FB? And I don’t mean this is the only means of communication with them and you interact regularly. I mean, if it wasn’t for FB would this person even be apart of your life? Are you “friends” without interaction? Then it may be time to cut the clutter and move on. You can catch up at your high school reunion. 😉

#5 – Kids. Having a teen daughter means having a lot of teen kids on my page. Which is fine, and I try to be friends with their parents as well since I think it’s weird otherwise. But that’s just a personal preference for me. (Okay, well I guess technically all of these are personal preferences ha ha)

By cutting out the “friends” that don’t make sense for you, you will see more of what you want to see on your feed and interact with those you really want to. I remember way back when I first signed up for an account. It was just to keep family and close friends updated on my daughter and our little family. It is nice to be working our way back to that again.  ❤

Be sure and come back let me know how your friends list de-cluttering went!