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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Daniel Fast complete: CHRISTMAS MIRACLES

If this was your first time to complete a fast in this way....how exciting....congratulations...and....

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

And even if it wasn't your first....you should still take pause and smile and think: Thank you God!

Thank you for...
...all the blessings I know you bestowed on many and myself through my sacrifice and prayer....
...the strength to offer up this sacrifice when everyone was already well into their festivities....
....the discipline to stick to a commitment...a covenant....with YOU...

AND THANK YOU....

FOR GIVING US YOUR BEAUTIFUL BABY BOY ON THIS DAY!!!

Merry Christmas all of you out there!

May your day be filled with great glorious joy...festivities....a renewed sense of celebration and feasting!

My love and prayers with you all always!
~K :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 12

1 DAY TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For those who need forgiveness...to give and receive...

to feel the amazing power of this powerful act of truly...


LETTING GO AND LETTING GOD!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 11

2 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For families who live in abusive relationships...who have NEVER felt a loving hand or touch...who truly need to experience the miracle of Christmas!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 10

3 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For Christians to live up to the title...the name...being called: CHRISTIANS!  
...to have their actions speak and breath....Christ like....to remember the catchy phrase of what a CHRIST.I.A.N.  stands for....

...without CHRIST, I AM NOTHING!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 9

4 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For families...parents...to take back FAMILY TIME....sitting at the table...even for coffee, tea, hot cocoa....to talk, communicate, play games, put together a puzzle....be together...without gadgets!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 8

5 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For Daddies who feel inadequate....guide them to lean on St. Joseph for help.

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 7

6 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For moms who struggle to balance the Mary/Martha within themselves.

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 6

7 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For those who struggle with their addictions...especially during the Christmas season....or even because of the Christmas season....

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 5

8 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For families who go without EVERY DAY but especially feel the pain during the Christmas Season.

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 4

9 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

For parents...remember it is about the joy of giving....not the number of parents under the tree....

...the more we share that joy and express our excitement in the giving the more our children will see our excitement of being self-less....it will catch on!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 3

10 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

...for those who have lost a loved one and the Christmas season is a struggle for them as they have memories that create emotions of sadness, pain, sorrow, anger, hurt....


We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 2

11 DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for...

...those who struggle with addictions...IE: shopping, alcohol, drugs, food, tv, pornography, laziness....ALL ADDICTIONS!  Anything that holds a person back from fulling experiencing the true love and mercy of Christ!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Daniel Fast: Day 1

12 DAYS COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS!

Today we offer up this fast for our nation....for our soldiers who are away from their families during this season....during advent...during CHRISTMAS....giving up their comforts....

So we can have ours!

We Pray:

1 Lords Prayer
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be

Silently add any other intentions!

Spend about 5-10 minutes with the Lord!

12 Days Before Advent!

DANIEL FAST: Anyone!?

I don't normally share when I am fasting (currently or about to)....but I also feel it important to listen to the Spirit when He speaks...:)....

In scripture it says...."....where two or more are gathered in my name...."....

Thus I have felt a burning press to post...extend to all of you to join me in a DANIEL FAST: veggies (fruits if you like), water, tea (coffee if you want)....

For 12 days (starting tomorrow) to....
ANNOUNCE....
PROCLAIM...
TO TAKE BACK CHRISTMAS!
To remember Jesus is the reason for this season....
As Christians we will not be silenced....we can respect others thoughts, opinions, values....but they can respect ours as well....thus not expecting us to be quiet!

I will post something each day on my blog, as well as my private FB group (Fitness~Food~Faith)....

If you want to be added to this group just "like" this posting or comment and I will add you....

You can also check out my posting on Fasting on my blog that I wrote several years back to read the highlights of an amazing book that really opened up the power of fasting for me in my spiritual life!

Many Blessings to you all....and...

BLESSED ADVENT....AND....MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gluten and God

I've been reflecting on a statement a dear Franciscan nun had shared with me.  We were discussing the gluten issue and her thought was: What better way for Satan to attack the christian people, the faithful people, but through he body of Christ.

That got me thinking....

It makes sense in several ways.  It is not Satan who has caused our intolerance to gluten but our own selfishness, greed, gluttony.  He just encourages us to give into our vices, our weaknesses, our gravitating toward sin.  Am I saying wheat is sinful...NO!  But any time we start to put more importance on ANYTHING outside of Christ....well that is sinful!

Thus from this conversation that I had with this wonderful woman....led me to think about the connection of food and faith in an even more interesting way....so take a trip with me on my pondering....

I would imagine at the time of Christ that making bread was a treat.  A person couldn't just go out and buy flour.  They had to hand grind or mill it for themselves.  It took time, labor, love.  A person also had to crop and harvest their own; or at the very least barter with others or go to market.

Further think that grain didn't mean just wheat.  It could have been any grain that was indigenous to that area.

There weren't refinery plants to take out any nutrition.  There wasn't mass productions of growing wheat, thus no altering the plant chemically to make it grow faster, stronger, more, and in an area that it didn't belong.

Think and reflect about what was probably at a dinner table in Jesus' time:

Lots of vegetation, dates, some fruit, nuts, maybe some meat....whole fresh or fermented foods!  Bread wasn't a staple so much as a side...an add on.  I like to think of it more as a condiment.  It was probably used sparingly.

People probably pulled one chunk, maybe two from a loaf or flat bread....but didn't eat the whole thing!

They took just enough to get a taste; to appreciate all the hard work that was put into creating the bread.

Then as man got older over the generations and generations of mankind.....well....we grew in our greed, selfishness, gluttony!

The industrial age did not help.

Now let's take a look at just the science of our body.  It can only handle so much of anything.  Nuts and eggs are a great example.  They are nutritious for us but even they can become intolerant to our body if we indulge in such a way that our body starts to say no more....thus creating an allergy or intolerance.

Take a grain that is ultimately a seed, a baby of a plant, that is being mass produced....stripped of any possible nutritional value....and its being pushed on and in ALL food products.   It is being marketed to us for convenience....to give us more time to spend with family because all we have to do is pick up ready to go foods.

BUT does it really create communion with family?  Does it really give us more time?

NO!

We have as a nation, a people, lost the art of true gathering.  Our own fresh, whole food, real food....has been forgotten.   We must figure out how to create something real from our foods!

We have lost the art of gathering together, of partaking in the breaking of the bread!

We have lost the art of realizing it took time and love to prepare and create this meal, this bread.  Therefore, we must cherish these bites.  We have lost the sense of not over indulging or taking more than our share at one sitting.  We have forgotten to think that there are others at the table who need to partake as well.  There are others all around us who need to partake at the table, the banquet, the feast!

If we just stopped for a moment to think:  if I just take my share, my bite, then we can continue to reap the blessing of coming back to the banquet table each day to grow and strengthen our love and faith with Christ.

THAT IS COMMUNION!
THAT IS SACRIFICE!
THAT IS GENEROSITY!
THAT IS DISCIPLINE!
THAT IS LOVE!

AND...that is what we must fight for!

We must not let Satan steal our hearts and souls.  Don't let Him rob us of our COMMUNION WITH CHRIST!

Tomorrow is a perfect chance TO GIVE THANKS....to celebrate MASS; the true sacrifice...the true partaking of the bread!  And to then go forward in our day...
 to share that miracle,
that LOVE
with others as we gather and feast with...
reverence...
fellowship...
yet also with...
self-control...
discipline...
dignity...
LOVE!!!

***I am thankful to all of you who always let me share my pondering, my thoughts, my reflections on my daily walk of faith.....

Many blessings and prayers to you all during the glorious gathering of Thanksgiving and every day!

~K :)




Monday, November 11, 2013

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey....that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out....I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food....how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)....

Elana's Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark's Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo's
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book "It Starts with Food"

It is truly about getting back to basics...REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food....
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)....

RECIPES:
Elana's Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically....I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes...but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site...:)...

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark's Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark's Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark's Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana's Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven't really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet....but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast....Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don't know much about those last two yet....but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT.....my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP....

If I absolutely had to choose....

It would go back to the beginning of this post....BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me...

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family....they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT....BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real...and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls...lol....

So....

Those are my top spots for now....

I am continually learning....thus....

The list is continually growing...

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then....

Many blessings to all of you...

Have a blessed week full of "P" POWER! :)....

~K :)
















Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What would Jesus do in Walmart!?

This is not meant to be a rant...so please do not misconstrue it as that, nor a judgement, or anything else negative.  It is just a thought...a ponder...

My dear daughter and I are picking up just a few things in Walmart today.  She is wanting to spend some of her money.  She picks out her item.  We proceed to a self-serve check out.  I ask her if she wants to go first or would she like me to do my purchase first so she can see how it is done.

As we are discussing this matter a man comes up from the left of me and states, fairly loudly, "Just so you know we were next in line."

I am taken aback by his boldness as well as his obvious irritation with me.  And his obvious need to let me know that I had done something wrong.

I instantly felt great remorse...I apologized for not realizing he was is line. (He had not been directly in a line.  He had been standing sort of in the middle and what appeared to me random.  Further he had been visiting with someone thus I really didn't register his body language or actions as someone who was seriously in line!)

He proceeded to reiterate what he had just told me from above.

I felt perplexed through this encounter.

I think what bothered me was the fact I do not ever intentionally do anything to be offensive to others.  It also made me examine whether my actions, awareness, was too self focused and not cognitive of others around me.

But lets just put my motives and actions aside for just a moment....what about his reaction to my action!?

It got me to thinking: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?!

I obviously offended him.  Should he have bit his tongue and not said anything to me?  Did he do right by voicing his obvious irritation with me?  By him chastising me what has he accomplished?

Will his chastising make me feel or do:
1.  More aware of not "cutting" some one off in the store?
2.  Think negatively toward others?
3.  Pray for others who are easily offended?
4.  Think I am a terrible rotten person?
5.  Realize we all make mistakes and move on?
6.  Smile and be kind to someone when this happens again?
7.  Or will this create a bitterness of thinking people are just mean to each other?

What would I do if I was in the same situation?

I know the answer to that.  I always say a private prayer for anyone who I think just may not be aware of their surroundings, acting in a hurry, are rude, or any other action that I may that deem "fit" or "proper".....

Because that is another good point in this discussion: PERSPECTIVE.

I don't know what he may have been thinking....I don't know what he thought I was thinking....all I know is I truly wasn't trying to be offensive or rude.....and I truly pray this man has a better day and that my actions don't cause him to be ugly to others or have a negative attitude on life!

Thus the question is always....how do our actions and reactions impact those around us?

What ripples will you create today?

Blessings always,
~K :)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Summing up September

What did I learn from my September Challenge?

Soooooooooooo many things.  It was a great month of trials and errors...realizations....beauty.....peace!

Lessons/learnings/eye-opening:

1.  Unfortunately it is not practical to walk every where because, it truly does eat up even more of that precious time I was trying to protect and ensure was for family.

2.  In the pioneer days they may have gone into town only once a month or so but they also grew all their own produce and raised their own meat!  They were homesteaders!  Well unfortunately I rely on stores for all of that....thus I need to make more frequent stops.

3.  A person can get too legalistic even in non-religious matters....lol....thus I had to step back and realize what was my ultimate goal.....ie: old testament versus new testament.  10 commandments vs. 2 great commandments!   And the verdict....love....peace....family!

4.  Redefined what was really needed in a store....do we really need to go to the store....can we truly do without until next week.....next month!

5.  Plan just certain days for shopping/errands.

6.  Plan shopping/errands along the path already taking.

7.  No spontaneous shopping!

8.  Not feeling the need to even get on the computer every hour to check deals....fb....postings....etc....

9.  Enjoying truly "clocking out" in the evening and saying "it can wait til tomorrow!"

10.  And finally.....not caring if I am weird....if I do things different.....if I am going to experiment/tweak an exercise routine....an eating plan....a supplement....a curriculum......a shopping plan......a whatever....

Those are the top 10 I could think of that really resonated for me during September!

Thus my 10 can be summed up with these two :)....

1.  I love my Lord and my family.....thus I will do anything for them and will sacrifice anything for them to protect our time together.....

2.  I love learning things and discovering/thinking of ideas.....and if it means I am willing to "experiment" on myself to actually experience a thought (ie food, exercise, spiritual, whatever).....I am willing to not just read it but "walk a mile" of that experience in order to truly give an opinion, a thought on  the topic! *Of course it has to be moral and ethical...and not harmful to me physically/mentally/spiritually....that in mind....I'm game! :)

There you have it......

September was sensational....spiritual....super!!!

October brings me nothing great optimism for what life has in store for me!

hugs and prayers always to all of you out there!
~K

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Super Sunday!

What a glorious morning!

I'm sitting drinking my coffee thinking about the day and all it has in store for me and I thought wow...life is great!

I have a wonderful family and I feel really great!  I feel strong....healthy...balanced....in all aspects of my life: mind, body, and soul!

No it's not perfect....and I AM a woman so my mind does get mucky from time to time but I am able to see those moments clearer.

I was reflecting on my crazy adventure of this simplifying September challenge and it got me to thinking about health and nutrition and supplements and the time, place, season for all that...

I have a wonderful friend who introduced me a little over a year ago to some great supplements/vitamins that do so many things.

I know some people think of supplements and they think: yuck pill popping.  And some may assume that supplements are only for weight loss....

But I was thinking about this and thought....how many people buy an array of vitamins to meet their nutritional needs through all the individual vitamins....especially if they are not eating as well as they should and know they need to supplement for their poor choices.

Or....what if a person is just having a really hectic week and could use the quick protein shake or healthier kind of energy bars versus a candy bar....

What if a person is trying to build strong muscles and is having a difficult time getting enough calories in so a protein shake can help them reach that goal.

What if your just needing a bit of a boost and the B vitamins blended are a great way for natural energy.

What if your insulin levels are out of whack and you could use something to help regulate them.

What if your immune system could use a good jolt of all beneficial berries for your body and brain....and not have to eat bushels and bushels of them :)....

Thus "supplementing" has it's time and place for ALL aspects and walks and seasons of life.  

My thoughts are is if it helps a person lead a healthier lifestyle, then who are we to say "oh we shouldn't be taking this or that...."

I always say we are to do everything in glory for God....and He lent us this body to do His work.  And we must take care of it....and we need to take care of it not abuse it.

An interesting thought along these lines is everything/anything in life can be abused or become addictive....so only the individual knows if they are doing something for the glory of God or for the glory of themselves.

And only each one of us can determine if something we do (tv, food, drink, supplements, shopping...etc.) is becoming addictive or being abused by us.  Therefore, we sometimes need to evaluate why we may be leaning more on something else or "craving" something else rather than God!

So back to my original thought that has me pondering here this morning....;)....

It really comes down to when we make our choices....to supplement or not to supplement....are we making sure we are doing it for the right reasons....are we doing it to be healthy and respectful of this body that God has trusted us with?  Or are we using it as a tool to abuse our bodies and get what we want out of it?

For me....cycling my supplementing helps me keep my mind and body strong....to keep making the good healthy choices with my Paleo lifestyle.....it doesn't take away from me....rather it adds for me a way to keep my eye on the goal in life.....which is to live it in honor and glory to my beautiful most wonderful LORD!!!

blessings and hugs...always...
~K :)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Simplified September Update!

It is only eleven days into the month and part of me feels like a HUGE failure!

Then I realized....this whole challenge is about simplifying our life and making sure family time is continually being guarded and nurtured even more.  Even when we think we have simplified things in our life, or we have a pretty good schedule, or etc....there is ALWAYS room for improvement and growth!

Thus....here have been some of my humorous adventures and realizations thus far....

Should have paid closer attention to the dog food bag running out in September.....yeah not going to walk over 3 miles away to carry a 40 lb bag home!

Can't always predict the weather!

When you need to shop for someone or something else... that is actually not personal but related to projects or services outside of the home....kinda gotta be willing to hop in the car to take care of those needs/supplies!

Finally....sometimes a way to keep things simple and better managing of time to ensure it is about family... is utilizing when you are out... and you are passing by the store you know you have a list ready to go shopping to....well you stop you get the few things you need so you can get home and get back to family time!

Am I done with my challenge?  No way....

Am I going to continue to fine tune it and see where I can continue to grow and learn from this experience?

Heck ya!

With that....I am actually going to take myself to bed and read a good book and enjoy some peaceful quiet time!

Hugs and prayers to all of you out there!
~K :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

BALANCE

Facebook...twitter...Pinterest...Google+...all social media....email...computer searching...blogs...electronics....etc....

It is all about BALANCE!

If there is anything I have learned (again...lol...you would think I could figure some of life's lessons out by now) it is about balance.

I have really enjoyed knowing that FB isn't an option...it is freeing.  Yet, I have missed being able to just touch bases with a few of my friends during the week. I know this is their mode of conversation and I don't want to miss out on saying hello.

I also find myself thinking about a recipe I want to share on my Food~Fitness~Faith private group.  Or I read a great article about daughters and want to share it with the Dynamic Daughters private group.

And an interesting thing I realized even though I was being much more productive with house work in the morning without going to FB and not burning up my reading time or lesson planning in the evening....I was transferring some of the time to trying to figure out Google+ for my blog.  I was using email even more.

Balance...that is what any and all of it is about.
NO different than treats, alcohol...exercise...sleep....work...play....etc.

We can't feast on cake all day.  Just like we can't drink every night (or shouldn't).  We can't work 20 hours a day and think we won't suffer from it.

BALANCE!

Thus what I can take from my FB experiment is this:

1.  I will make sure house hold stuff is completed and checked off in the morning before I hop on to FB or any media or search or even writing for my blog or Examiner and before I wake up my daughter.

2.  I will not do any of it during learning and household hours.

3.  I will make sure if I am taking a break from a task that I time myself and respect the timer when it goes off.

4.  I will ensure my media time is productive...making connections...loving....not just random reading....and scrolling for lost minutes on end!

Balance with boundaries...self-control...and discipline...that is what life is truly all about!

I love how life constantly gives us opportunities to always grow and learn!

Blessings and hugs to all!
~K :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

September Challenge Update!

4 pm on Friday...

It is nice to sit here, feel accomplished, and not feel FRAZZLED with tons of places to go and be and shop...etc.

We have groceries we do need to get, but assessing what is in the frig and freezer, it was agreed we want to wait until the morning when it is cooler to do our shopping.

Sweet daughter is watching one of her favorite shows, MY LITTLE PONY, and decided what I wanted to do for my relaxing time, before I start dinner, is write!

Write and share!!!

This week has been interesting.  I knew we were really good on groceries, that wasn't the problem.  The snafu was when it was Wednesday, we still needed to walk to JoAnn's to finish getting a few things for our sewing project we were doing with some friends on the next day!

I had to make a choice:

1.  Do we still walk...thus burning up the promised play time to my daughter.  She had been very responsible with everything that day....actually all week thus far.  And she had been enthusiastic with ALL her lessons.

or

2.  Do I keep my promise to her by saving us time by driving to the store, getting the few things we needed, and getting back?

Two to three hours versus less than an hour.

The whole point I had for this challenge was:
1st:  create an awareness to the "weight" of what we buy
2nd:  manage time and days better.  Thinking and planning things out better.
3rd:  (the most important) to slow down and put family first and increase family time rather than getting lost in the "to do's", agenda's, etc...

The 3rd to me is the most important....it is the theme behind all the rest of it....it is my foundation of why I wanted to do this.

You guessed it...I opted to drive.  I kept my promise and had a wonderful evening of crafting, painting, hanging out with the most deserving little girl.

What did I learn:
1.  I really need to manage my time a bit better and think things out a bit more/
2.  Maybe I do expect myself to do too much in one day.
3.  It made me more aware of anticipating and planning out the rest of the month on what do I need to shop for and make sure I don't cut myself short on time.

Insights:
1.  Walking places yes makes us slow down and smell the "roses" but it can also take away from other valuable time.
2.  It creates conversation time, but so can the car you just have to be willing to "unplug" from all the noise and distractions.

The month has barely begun and here I am already having to break my abstaining from driving to shop.  Yet I look at every challenge as just that....a challenge!  It wouldn't be a challenge if it didn't have bumps and growth.

Besides you can read just about anywhere how it takes 30 days to truly take in something new, to make a change.   Whether your dealing with bad habits, new routines, even food and fitness....it all takes time...discipline...self-control....trial and error!

Thus over all I think this week has been a pretty successful week!  Guess we will see what next week has in store for us!

Hugs, prayers, and blessings to all!
~K ::)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Many Many Many thoughts on Monday!

Okay so my mind is swirling with a million thoughts I want to share with everyone, anyone on this Monday!  Therefore....this journal...blog...thought entry might just be all over the place....so beware!

1st:
The discovery of scheduling a posting was quite interesting last night...thus the 8 am posting to see if it really went out when I was writing and researching at midnight last night :)....I know I know I know I should have been asleep but at least I actually respected my need for sleep and didn't get up until 8 am!

2nd:
I was listening to the podcast of Balanced Bites #102....and I loved the advice given to a post partum woman who was trying to loose her pregnancy weight.  How she was being basically too hard on herself.  One of the ladies quoted another ladies posting on her blog/site about how she strives to work with her body.  And what she eats she makes a conscience decision.  Thus eliminating any emotional baggage.  If she eats a piece of cake she says: I am going to eat this cake and know that it may make me feel not so great...or I know it has no value but I will enjoy this with my child.  But if she thinks she is going to turn to it because of an emotional thought or whatever, then she does not eat it.  She doesn't eat or do anything that is going to create guilt or emotional baggage.

I LOVE THAT!  Mostly because that is how I strive to live....even more so this last 3 years since I have found my wonderful new lifestyle!

Here is a very real in time example....I enjoyed watching a movie yesterday with my wonderful daughter.  She wanted popcorn....I love popcorn.  I have wonderful organic popcorn that I can pop for her fresh and put coconut oil on it...sea salt...and she loves it that way!   BUT it is a grain....I made a conscience decision that I would eat some of it with her....

Did I pay for it?  Oh yes...I within 30-45 minutes felt the gas swell my belly....it hurt soooo bad.....and today my knees are swollen and really really really hurt....but I don't do it often....was it worth it?  Yes and No!  Worth knowing that my daughter felt joy and fellowship...no cause I hurt.....but I also know I will get it out of my system with patience.....BUT it did actually encourage me to search for other Paleo's who may have some alternative suggestions for popcorn lovers!  (This is probably the only grain that I really love and miss!)

I found some really fun recipe ideas with cauliflower....you must do a pintrest search!

3rd:
I love homeschooling....I love unschooling....I love Charlotte Mason....I love the phases and ideas and concepts behind the Classical style of education....I LOVE LEARNING with my daughter!

We had such a wonderful day of learning!  It got me to thinking....why do we think everything has to be separating?  Subjects?  Life?  It is so funny because it is probably why I lean more toward Charlotte Mason and Unschooling styles because I don't see Math as just 1+1=2.....I see:  if you buy this for this amount and that for that amount then you spend xyz....and that leaves you with "abc"  from your budget....where do we want to put the remainder?  In this fund, that savings, this toy...???   Or what about how did this historical event relate to our faith time line, and how about lets write this bible scripture to then edit...critique and work on our Language Arts!

It all is related....it all works together rather than separate!

Which brings me to...

4th:
Why I think it is impossible to separate our FAITH...FOOD...FITNESS....AND EVEN OUR FINANCES...OH AND WHAT ABOUT FUN....oh yeah and FAMILY!!!

It's impossible....because each affect (yes affect...influence) each other....

I love how if I am truly thinking about what God would want me to do than I am going to take care of my body physically and mentally....and that means not going to any extremes.  I will not be lazy with it and allow it to become unhealthy....but on the flip I will not become so obsessive and legalistic that I strive for vanity and appearance....which then in turn becomes about our finances....in how much are we willing to spend to make sure we are healthy (with balance) and thus turning to real food....not quick fixes....or processed gunk!

5th:
I LOVE WHERE I AM AT IN LIFE!

I have such an interesting life story....mine isn't necessarily any more special or scary or sad or horrific than the next person. But it is mine.  Some of it is worse than someone else's and better than another persons.  BUT it is my story....and it is what formed me....it is how I am who I am today....AND I LOVE IT!

I love being able to see God do amazing things in my life and not get frustrated or angry at Him because of the bumps, challenges, learning lessons!

In the last 3 years I have challenged myself in more ways than I have ever in the past...and even had myself be my own lab rat to see how some things may react in my body and with my mind.

From how can IF (intermittent fasting) fit in with my paleo lifestyle... and to what extent....to supplementation....thus leading me to learn even more about quality of supplements....to if I even need supplements...to training a specific way to see if I can achieve a certain goal...to restricting calories and how does it make me feel....to losing and/or gaining 5 -10 lbs to see how it may or may not affect my run, my sleep, my mental health....

Which has all lead me to....

6th:
I love myself!

I love exactly where I am in life!  I love being healthy.  I love being aware and making conscience decisions about my entire health: mind, body and soul!  I love knowing that I am okay with being Paleo...not eating bread, sugar, dairy, gunk....and drinking a glass of wine most nights the week!

I am way ok with having some softness around my hips and legs...I am okay with the wonderful laugh lines between my eyes and around my lips.

I am okay with not worrying about what is suppose to happen next week or even tomorrow.

I am okay with if someone wants to be angry or upset or even frustrated with me.

I was listening to a podcast (again from BalancedBites...hehe...and from Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness)...and I love how they encourage people (especially women) to love themselves!  To quit critiquing those little minuscule flaws that  no one else sees!  To not be afraid of having some body fat....to not be afraid of having curves...to not be afraid of food....real food!  To not put your adrenal glands through the ringer....and to possibly evaluate if you are under eating!

This topic is so dear to me because I see it over and over....throughout the years....

Even at my heaviest with all my health issues I actually really loved myself during that time in my life!  I knew I was a child of God...I knew I probably needed to figure some things out with my health but I knew I was active....and taking care of myself to the best of my ability at that time.  And I have learned so much.....

So no matter what I may be going through in life....whether it is challenging myself physically, mentally, spiritually I know God loves me thus I MUST LOVE MYSELF!

This brings me to my final random thought....

7th:
I have enjoyed the discipline of not allowing myself to get on FB during the week last week other than Sunday because I accomplished soo sooo much more in the morning than I probably ever have....

It is so easy to justify that I am posting on one of my private groups...I am helping spread good ripples...plant seeds....learn from others....be informed...stay in touch.....

But it can easily become one of those habits that you think your must post and share cause otherwise how are they going to know....or....what if I don't read that one post then I won't know....or that person will be mad at me if I am not on FB checking to see what they said or sent me.....

Have I missed being on FB?  YES AND NO!   I love the discipline of saying I'm not going there today....but I miss when I have an idea I want to share that I have to keep it to myself....but maybe that is the point?!  Maybe not every thought we have is meant to be broadcast-ed.

SOOO....what is a girl to do who really actually is an introvert at heart....but feels God calling her to share things....to be open...honest...vulnerable....in hopes of helping others who may feel like they are the only one feeling what they are feeling or someone who really needs to hear or know something!?

BALANCE!!!  That is what it is all about!  BALANCE!!!

Blessings....hugs...prayers!!!


Keeping it simple!

How absolutely perfect that I read this article from Whole9 and it has the same theme of keeping things simple!

If there is anything I love about living Paleo...it is it appears most Paleo's strive to live an uncomplicated life.  There is an element of keeping things simple.

Remembering to keep food simple and clean.  Get plenty of rest.  Keep stress to a minimal.  Work with your body not against it.  Don't become legalistic with life, food, exercise, etc.

I especially love it when I read about how the Paleo community really tries to help others who may be struggling with weight, or body image issues, or hormonal, or even our own mental hiccups....they all seem to really try to get others to understand and realize we need to work with our bodies not against it.  

The above article is really good.  I think many of you would enjoy it.  Also notice some of my favorite links I added to my blog.




Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Sunday!

I am beyond excited today!!!

It was extremely hard for me to contain myself to not get up and just start writing/blogging but I practiced some good discipline....lol....after all if I am spending all my time blogging well that sort of defeats my "fasting" from Facebook, right!?

Well today is September 1st!  Thus the beginning of my new chapter...my new challenge...in life.   I had a dear friend last week express how she loves how I am continually challenging myself.  I laughed cause I am sure many people think I am just bonkers.  But I can't help it...it is my nature :)!

So anyone who is new to reading this...I have chosen to "unplug" from many modern conveniences during the month of September.  The point of it is to challenge myself in re-evaluating time management, as well as true necessities in life.

I have many stores that are within a mile of where I live that allows me to truly get everything and anything I could possibly need to manage a month of responsibilities and then more.  I can grocery shop, household needs, clothing, reading, spiritual....you name it I truly have it within arms distance.

Therefore, I cannot drive for any shopping this month.   I decided to add the element of only getting onto Facebook but once a week on Sunday for approximately an hour ( a little in the morning....and any follow ups in the evening).

What's my point....my purpose?  My purpose is to slow down again....to remember there is a time, a place, a season for things.

I thought it was fitting for me since I just recently made some pretty big changes in my life that I will be sharing with you all over the next month.

I wanted to really start my new chapter with a renewed sense of time and needs.

Needs:  about 3 years ago I did this whole purging of stuff from our home and in the process it was a wonderful cleaning of the mind.  But just as prayer is a practice and discipline you must do each day to not get rusty, it is easy to find yourself starting to slip into old habits of holding on to stuff you really don't need and/or buying stuff you really don't need.

Thus, the purpose behind only walking is to examine while I am shopping I have to realize I have only a backpack....and how heavy do I really want to fill it....what in my basket is a true need and what is a want!

Time:  We have become spoiled and taken it for granted that we can just jump into our cars and zip from this place to that place.  And sometimes we get so caught up with going going going that we forget just how long it may take to do something or get somewhere....thus over budgeting our time.  We all suffer from this.  We add stress to our bodies, our minds, our souls.  We take time from our kiddos....our friends.   We become impatient with other people around us....less loving....less compassionate because by golly we have places to go, people to see, things to do!!!!

Thus, by walking it reminds a person: how bad do I really need to go to the store....how much time do I spend in the car zipping from store to store....and possibly not managing my time as well as I thought I was.

Both of these tie into the added element of Facebook.   We all know FB can be a huge time sucker and it really isn't a need....we can survive without it!

Do not get me wrong....I love being able to connect with dear friends, family on FB.  I also enjoying reading about other like minded people with some of the things I follow on FB.  But we can become obsessive and even egotistical when we spend too much time in anything that is that sort of setup of open dialogue.  We can obsessively check who read a post.  We can egotistically think we are the only ones who can offer certain thoughts, or wisdom, or information.  It is always good to give ourselves a check and balance.

I am not sharing something that is foreign to anyone.  I am just willing to be out here, a vulnerable, open book for all to see and read!   NONE of us are perfect....and anyone reading this who may find themselves saying I don't ever get obsessive or egotistical about my FB posting (or anything in life) is lying to themselves because we are all vulnerable to it.  And we all need to check ourselves from time to time!

Okay well.....I think that is enough for now....I have the sweetest little girl who is ready for me to play with her!  And that is one date I do not plan on being late for :)....

Blessings and prayers to each and everyone of you!






Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sensational Satuday!

It is interesting to me how technology can do so much for us yet it can also limit us.    

What happen to sitting down with a good book? Now we have kindles and Nooks and iPads.   We have so many choices on our devices that we easily get distracted by all our choices.   Therefore we never take the time to just be still with that one book.  

Or what about writing?   We post all over the place...
Facebook.....google+....twitter...our blogs :-)....

We forget to just grab a notebook and pencil so we can write and doodle!

Heck here I am posting on my blog from my phone!

I realized there was an app for it and I wanted to try it.   

I think the key to all of this is finding...striking a balance.   And that is my goal for my September challenge.   

....creating peace...remembering the simple things....and focusing on the things that really matter....

Faith....family...fun!!!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wow....Wednesday!

Okay I couldn't have asked for a better word to describe what I just saw on the news.....nor could I have planned out a 'w' to go with my Wednesday any better than what I just heard.

As I am embarking...constantly peeling away layers of my life to really and truly tap into simplicity, I see and hear just now a Hollywood director who did exactly what I aspire to do!

No I don't have a mansion or loads of money but we all have levels of "stuff" that weigh us down.  We all accumulate and hold on to material items that we think will bring us joy and happiness.  Instead these things can be a ball and chain if we are not careful.

I have no idea what this mans philosophies are on faith, life, etc....but there has to be some sort of core to him that taps into the integrity of who we are as people and what we need to try to strive for.

I look forward to checking out this book, Life's Operating Manual.   I think it is perfectly placed into my view and thoughts as I am about to embark on my fun September adventure/challenge.  

Now that is God.

Others may deny God's hand in simple little things like this but I can't help but be awed in how else or why else would I just happen to watch the news at the right time to hear about this book just as I am about to do this challenge of simplifying my life even more so than what I have been doing over the last 3 years!

And that is why I say WOW....to this Wednesday morning :)....

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TRUE TUESDAY!

I have always had fun with titles.  I sit sometimes and doodle about all the different descriptive words I can use that start with the letter F to go with my last name.

TRUE TUESDAY came to me as I was thinking about all the housework I have been able to accomplish already and it is still mid morning.  I am waiting for my sweet little girl to accomplish getting herself going for the morning and I can't help but smile.

I have been able to get up with a smile, say my morning prayers, write, workout, do my rosary, watch some news while preparing breakfast for my hubby, sweep/mop kitchen, see my hubby off to work, finish sweeping/mopping all other hard surfaces (bathrooms and entryway), take a shower, wipe down my bathroom, start on Septembers budget, and put on a pretty dress that to me speaks woman!

True woman.  I love this dress cause to me it speaks woman, dignity, modesty, elegance, feminine, beautiful, wife, mother, defender of my faith.

That may all sound silly to get all that from a silly dress but it is how I feel right now.  It's not frumpy yet I am able to be modest and respectful of carrying myself with dignity and elegance.  I remember what I always loved about the X-Files main lady character....her attire was always modest....yet she always still was beautiful and feminine looking.

True to me.  I love being a wife and a mother.   I have actually always enjoyed doing housework.  Yet I would find myself feeling snippy from time to time thinking:
Why do I have to do "xyz"?
Why can't anyone around here help with _______?

I realized....how can my husband know I truly love my role, my vocation, my calling of being wife and mother and teacher....if I complain about those same tasks that actually give me great pleasure in life!

As I came about this realization over this last year....and especially this summer...I shifted my attitude....my mindset......

And it brought me to this morning.....smiling....enjoying....TRULY enjoying my Tuesday morning tasks I had set out for myself.

I smile thinking about how blessed I am to have a husband to really support and love me in all that I do.  There is a mutual respect.  He knows I will honor his being the head of our house and make sacrifices when necessary.  I may not always like what he asks of me but I know it has a greater purpose.  And in return he knows my heart to true to him and when I do something it always is because of love for my Lord and for our family.

Each year life gives us interesting journeys....challenges....struggles....seasons......

I am beyond ecstatic at what life has to offer to us at this time in our life.  Some of the choices we have made and sacrifices in order to remember just how important it is to put our Lord and our FAMILY FIRST!

Thank you Lord for everything you do for me and my family!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marvelous Monday

I am excited to get my September challenge up and going!   So much so that I felt it strongly in my heart to go ahead and atleast unplug from Facebook starting today.  I don't want the mental distraction as I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for this exciting month coming up in less than 6 days!

Josephine and I did a pre-challenge grocery walk on Saturday to get a few supplies from Natural Grocers as well as going to the Family Christian store to use a coupon we had for a few books for her.  It was relaxing and nice to know we could only purchase what could fit in my backpack and really focus on what was a need versus a want.

Anyone coming to this page randomly, who I haven't emailed or mentioned on facebook with, my family is going to embark on a simplify and unplug challenge for the month of September.   We have many great stores within a mile or less of us that can provide all grocery, household, or any other supplies, shopping needs.   Therefore any shopping that needs to be done during September has to be walked to.  Therefore allowing us to really think about time management, monetary management, and the "weight" of what we need versus want when we fill up our baskets at the stores.

During the month of September I will be giving my blog here a facelift.  I want to add some of my favorite resources: blogs, websites, etc....that help me grow in my faith...whether it is about Family....Food.....Fitness...Fun.....Faith.....

Spread the word that you can check me out daily, weekly...whenever with this blog.  Leave comments....discussion....email me through here if you want.....I love hearing others thoughts and insight on any and all topics!

Have a glorious and blessed day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE BOOK OF DANIEL DURING LENT

Today is Ash Wednesday.  I have decided to embark on a pretty large challenge for Lent.  I will do a pretty intense fast for the first 8 days of lent then continue for the rest of lent with a modified version of the Daniel Fast.

I have been wanting to do another Daniel Fast for a while now for many reasons and I felt it was time during this lent.  I need to strip my flesh of baggage that ways any of us down.  I need to hear God's voice in the middle of this crazy world.  I want to abandon myself fully to God.

I love the story of Daniel and I am really looking forward to digging into this book from the bible during lent.

The moral of the book of Daniel is that good men of faith can resist temptation and conquer adversity.

Daniel 1:12 *(Daniel said)..."Please test your servants for 10 days.  give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13: Then see how we look in comparison with the other men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see....15: After 10 days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table....17: To these 4 young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams.

Wow...God is amazing!  It amazes me how when we honor Him and when we make joyful sacrifices He honors us with great gifts.  And the greatest of those gifts is His love!

I feel great love for this lent...I know God is going to do wonderful, amazing things not only with me, through me, for me....but also for all those who are willing to make a little bit of a sacrifice, too!

Monday, February 11, 2013

WOMEN WHO VEIL

Last week several of the college students I have the honor of working with asked a very interesting question: Why do some women in the Catholic Church veil themselves?  Why did they in the past and not now?  And what was the significance to it?

I found this really great answer...check it out at:

Why do some women wear a veil to a Catholic church?

MONDAYS WITH MARY


What do you desire to give up, to sacrifice, for your love of Jesus?

What are you going to add to your 40 days to enhance your spiritual journey?

What about adding the rosary to your daily life?

I know...you don't have time.  It's too long. You don't know how to pray the rosary.  We all make great excuses why we can't.  We think it has to be an all or nothing prayer.  But here is a thought...

There are 20 decades: 5 Joyful, 5 Sorrowful, 5 Luminous, 5 Glorious.

There are 40 days in lent.

The first 20 days of lent pray one decade a day reflecting on what the decade means to you and your life.

The second half of lent, the next 20 days, do it again.  This time when you pray a decade each day find the biblical reference to that decade.

Discover the awesome connection of the bible to the rosary...to Mary our mother!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

LONGEVITY: Loving Life for my Lord!

A couple of days ago I read and finished a book on my ten plus hour flight back from Italy.  The Longevity Diet.  This lifestyle is also referred to as CR (calorie restriction).  Ironically they actually reference the Paleo diet or lifestyle as a a way to give yourself a start up point.

I had read a little bit about Longevity/CR a couple of years ago when I did my Daniel Fast but had never had the chance to really read more into it.  I love how God gives us opportunities to just know a little bit of stuff sometimes before we pursue something and other times He wants us to know as much as we possibly can before we pursue.

My point in all this....it goes back to what I wrote about before:  discipline!

Over the last three years I have learned even more about how food effects us physically, emotionally, spiritually!  I have  known much of this but had never really felt compelled to put it into true practice.  I also was not at a great  spiritual place to truly "hear" what God had to share with me.

How does discipline have anything to do with food and diet?

I believe very much that we are what eat.  We ARE a temple.  God has entrusted us to take care of ourselves not just spiritually but physically.  We must also be balanced and not be obsessed: with our spiritual life and our physical life.

This book was amazing for me because it reconfirmed for me that making sacrifices and periodic fasting for the right reasons (for health and/or spiritual) is good.  And that we all enter into this journey at different times and different ways.

Through the discipline of what we eat and respect our bodies is a way for us to create discipline and greater respect in all aspects in life: faith, family, work, etc.

We as women struggle with this probably the most because there is so much tied to food and our emotions and they can literally "feed" off of each other.  Thus, we need to truly support and encourage each other to find that love and respect for ourselves and the desire for the discipline in a healthy way.

This got me to thinking about how as my sweet little girl enters the tween years I want to continue to foster a healthy self image.  I don't want her to struggle the way I have seen so many women and young girls and even myself.

I truly believe the best way I can do that for her is to teach her great eating habits, a strong spiritual life, and showing encouragement to others.

Which brought me to the whole realization, through some serious prayer and reflection, I am committed to helping women and girls of all ages.

2013 is going to be for me about staying connected with my daughter.  It is going to be about continuing this journey of discipline and respect for ALL that God entrusts me with (physical, mental, spiritual)...and to be LOVE to those I encounter in my daily journey (friends, family, and strangers!)....

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to continue to live life to its fullest through discipline, obedience, and the Love for Longevity!!! :)