Thursday, September 25, 2014

P90X - Update

I am officially 1/2 way through P90X workout. It has been hard but oh so rewarding! I said in my last post that I would write a follow up to let all 2 readers (if that) know how things were going. It has been most challenging and I think the hardest part is giving up nap time to workout. I mean, the workouts are hard and challenging but I miss being able to sit on the couch and chill every few days like I use to. If I was having a rough morning nap time was my sanity. Now nap-time is insanity with crazy workouts. haha. Oh well. It has well been worth it. I cannot believe I am half way done. The goal of finishing this is all the more real and it makes me excited to know that it will actually happen. I like seeing tangible ways that a workout of improving one of those is weight loss and the other is general strength. I have tried multiple times this year to go across the monkey bars at the neighborhood park when I am there with my kids. And I was not able to do it. But, a week ago I went across them with the greatest of ease (twice) while we were there. I was so excited. It is a little thing but it was so fun to see a tangible outcome from all the hard work I have been doing. I have also lost more weight. I am so excited that I am about 8lbs. off my final goal. When I set my goal I didn't actually think I could make it there but now there is light at the end of the tunnel. All my hard work for the past 6+ months is paying off. Here is what I have lost. Since I started P90X 6.5 weeks ago I have lost 8lbs. and 2". My total loss since January 2014 is 25lbs. and 6". I am so excited. 8 more lbs. and I will have reached my goal! Its amazing to me what hard work and eating better will do. It feels good to have a new routine and I think when P90X is done I might have to take a little break from working out 6 days a week. It is hard! But like I said when I started the results are well worth it and that is what is driving me on days I really don't feel like doing it!!

Also, Bible Study post update...

I am teaching our youth girls twice a week and doing a women's Bible Study so the blog study has been put on hold for a little while. Maybe when teaching slows down around the Holidays maybe I can do some sort of Christmas series. It is my most FAVORITE time of the year!!! =) It is coming soooo soon!! Thanks for those of you who do continue to read my blog even with my sparatic updates!! =)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mommy Body Workouts!

Good gracious!! I don't know about you?! But, our summer has been insanely busy! I feel like most people do have crazy busy summers. I am not sure why it happens that way every year but some how it does. I think we are back for a while though and on a consistent and somewhat "normal" schedule. I don't even really remember what normal is any more! haha. My kiddos are all off from the summer craziness and not in a good sleeping pattern. So you know! We will get back in the groove I'm sure! =)

In the mean time I decided in January that my post pregnancy body was just seriously out of hand. So I started "watching" what I ate. That helped a little but I wasn't losing like I wanted to. So March rolled around and I decided I needed to get serious about this. Hubby joined me and we decided to encourage each other to eat better and start a running routine!! It was great.  I got to where I was able to run 6.2 miles which is a 10k!!! I was so pumped and even better I ran it in 1hr! I was so excited. I hurt for days after that but it was amazing. When June came around. It was so hot and muggy, running was not much of an option. So I gave myself a fitness challenge to workout 6 days a week. And I completed it!! Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am stubborn and when I start something I HAVE to finish it or it really bothers me. haha. So I completed my challenge even though at times it was really hard. During the month of June I completed the 30 Day Shred from start to finish all 3 levels. I decided to take a little bit of a break in July but yet still challenge myself. I started doing P90X videos every other day (or at least a few days a week). This was so awesome and I absolutely loved it. With that being said, I convinced hubby to join me in challenging ourselves to complete the P90X workouts in the 90 days it suggests. This is 6 days a week doing workouts that are at least 1hr/each and then on the 7th day it is either stretching or resting. YIKES!!!! We started this week. It is only day 4 and it has been so challenging but I think it will be even more rewarding!! I will keep you updated on how I am doing with the workout. I am hoping in all of this to lose about 15-20 more pounds and a few more inches. That would be ideal. I also realize that no matter how much weight or inches I lose. I will be in better shape physically and that is what is most important here!! I am excited to see how this finishes!!

And, another thing that has challenged me recently, is seeing moms post on social media about how they have had a baby everything changes and they will never have their old body back! That is totally true! I hold weight so much differently than I use to pre-baby. But it DOES NOT mean that I cant be healthy! Mommas....dont let your babies be a reason that you are unhealthy. If anything, let your babies be a reason you GET healthy!!!

Since January 2014 I have lost 17lbs and 2+".  I am back down to my College weight. I am hoping to lose at least 17lbs more and we will see how many inches. I don't have a specific # I want to meet with inches!  =)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Children are not Mine

I have had a few friends and family announce that they are expecting babies! I love babies and I am so incredibly excited for them!! The way The Lord creates this human being from cells absolutely Blows my mind! It is truely a miracle!

When I was pregnant with my son, I had people tell me things like, "Don't tell people you're pregnant until your are at least 12 weeks. You know, past the 'scary' stage of pregnancy." Then you would hear the horror stories of the ladies that miscarried at 20 weeks. And fear slowly begins to creep into your mind and thoughts. You start worrying about this little life that you are carrying. You feel so much responsibility yet so helpless because there is nothing you can DO.

As i spoke with one of my friends who was just barely pregnant she worried about this and that and I could sense these same fears I had creeping into her mind. I told her, "Look, you cannot worry about these things. You can only trust the Lord" I learned early on in my first pregnancy that my unborn child is not "mine" he is the Lord's.

Once I got through the "scary" part of pregnancy and was as big as a whale. We went to a Birthing Class. No big deal, right?? I mean, I was missing a NCSU football game but you know they lost anyway. Well, it was a big deal because if I felt confidant in any part of raising this child that Lord has put me in charge of it was when it was out of me not inside of me. I LOVE babies as I mentioned before. This is not a new love. I have loved them for years and as friends and family would have babies I was right there to help, to babysit, etc. I was sure of how to care for this child once it was outside of me. That was what I had practiced for so many years with other peoples children! Little did I know going into this class, they would scare you like never before with SIDS! Another mother's worst fear that I had not even thought about before! Good gracious! We left that class and my husband was talking up a storm about the birth and all the things he learned and I was just quiet. As he asked me what was wrong I just went off on this rant about bumpers in the crib, swaddling, and who does this lady think she is telling me all this stuff.  I mean I have never birthed a child but I stinkin know how to raise an infant!! ha. Well, I had to realize once again, "This child is not mine" this child I am carrying, this child that will soon be on the outside is not "mine" he is the Lord's. I have simply been placed as his care giver for a short time of his life.

It finally hit me that no matter how old he gets it is like that "scary" part of pregnancy. Anything could happen. He could get very sick, we could get in a car accident, etc. ANYTHING could happen!! I have to do my best while he was inside of me by taking care of myself and that was all I could do. If the Lord decided to take this child from me, there was nothing I could do. If he decided to take him from me as an infant, there was nothing I could do. I obeyed the "rules" the doctor and hospital set out for me and from there, there was nothing else I could do! My child's life was, is and always will be in the Lord's hands. I will do my best to raise this child to love the Lord and to live a life that honors Him but ultimately he is not mine. He is the Lord's.

This has been something difficult that I had to learn. I thankfully have not had a devastating experience as I am sure many of you have. I am so very thankful for that and am not making light of any of these tragedies that "could" happen. I just realized as I started out as a new mom. That my child is not actually my own. He is the Lord's. It is something ever new mom has to realize or life could be really stressful and fearful!!

Do your best Mommies!! The rest is in the Lord's hands!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Christ is Key

So, not a Proverbs post but it is what has been on my heart this morning. I had a 4:30am wake up call from my 1yr old (just needed mommy) and the again at 5:30am. Then my 2.5yr old was up at 6am. It has not been the best morning. Lots a whining and crying. I'm not gonna lie...I pretty much want to do that same. If I could lay in the floor flailing my arms and legs crying, today might be the day I would do that. After such an early wake up call. I had to refocus my heart this morning. This was such an encouragement to me.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." Psalm 103 1-5

I am so thankful today for all that I am and all that I have in Christ. He is the reason that I am here and that I am alive. So thankful that he has forgiven my iniquity and redeemed my life from the pit! What an amazing thought. Praise the Lord of my soul!! He deserves my praise!

When all else fails and I am struggling with where I am in life and struggling with my day. I realize that all I need is Christ. I have Christ and my sweet hubs and babies and that is all that matters in the world. Thank you Lord for your loving-kindness. You loved me while I was unlovable you saved me from the pits. I am so very thankful that You love me. 

Amen...and Amen! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Proverbs 31:13-24 - An Excellent Wife's Behavior - Part 1

Oh my! Where did May and half of June go?!?!?! I cant even believe it is June 16 already! We had a vacation in May and then some how recovering from all of that I dont even know what happened to the month. June 11 was Chloe's birthday so I feel like for quite a bit of June I have been focused on my sweet girls 1st Birthday (But thats a whole different post)!

I want to jump right into my next Proverbs Bible Study post. I have been studying for this on and off through the craziness of our lives the last 2 months or so! 

The Expositors Commentary breaks this passage down even more than just a wife behavior. It breaks it down into four more sections. I am going to go off of the Expositors breakdown and we might not hit all four this time. It might take one more post to hit them all. =) I will do what I can but don't want it to be too long for you! 

I. Industrial Pursuits of the Household (Proverbs 31:13-15)

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides for her household and portions for her maidens."

Seeking wool and flax and working with willing hands. She was NOT idol. She was always busy. Im not going to lie. There are times when my kids go to sleep whether it be for nap or for the night and all I want to do is crash on the couch with a lap full of some sweet or salty treat and chill! A lot of time "chilling" comes along with a favorite TV show or something. There is nothing wrong with resting but sometimes I too often would rather take time for myself than thinking about serving my family or household. (Heck, I'm taking time for myself right now. I am in Starbucks by myself. My mom has my kids and I am taking some time to refresh my soul with the scriptures). Time to yourself is important but how much more important is my time spent serving my precious family. I need to be working with willing hands. Hands that serve, hands that are not idol. Hands that love my family and love the job that the Lord has placed me in as a homemaker and a mother, an Excellent wife that I am striving to be! 

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. This generally means that she might not could find the best food close to her so she would go as far as she needed to to get her family good food. To context this, I have a Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Target, Aldi, (2) Lowes Foods all within a mile radius OF MY HOUSE! I can find good food at a good price at any or all of these stores and they are all only a mile from my house. This woman would have to travel far away to get good food. How much easier do I have it now than what she had it. How can I not strive to be more like her. Maybe my challenge here is to take a little more time to make my family good food. We have been on a better eating (lifestyle change) in the George house. It takes a little longer to make my pizza crust than it does to run to Little Caesar's get a pizza from them but I am feeding my family better food by making my own. At least I didn't have to travel hours just to get good food. There are always ways we can improve on the way we serve our family! Go above and beyond for your family! Don't give them second best because it is easier on you! Go the extra mile to serve them well. This will be different for different families but you know if you are giving your family second best. I know I am guilty of this regularly! 

This woman, this exellent wife, must have had a big household. She even rose while it was yet night. That is so hard for me. I like my sleep. I am willing to do almost anything my family needs but PLEASE don't ask me to get up before the sun!!! haha. 4 days a week I have challenged myself to get up at 5am and have about 3-3.5hrs before my kids get up to get some things done. It is HARD and its only 4 days a week. This scripture doesn't tell us but it doesn't sound like this woman got up before the sun only 4 days a week. It sounds like it was a daily activity for her. Wow. What a servants heart. Speaking of a servants heart, she didnt send her maidens out to get the food and to rise up early and prep it! She did it!! She prepped food FOR her maidens. I tried to look up what exactly a maiden's job looked like in this time period and couldnt find much information but I am assuming she did NOT have to do this. She did it because she was a biblical woman that loved her household and was a servant with a heart that was willing to serve without complaining. 

It is not a bad thing to take a break every now and then. Its healthy to take some down time but I know for me there are always ways to improve and to sacrifice some "self" time to serve my family better. 

My family is always clothed and fed but maybe I can do it better. Maybe I can do things healthier or more frugal. There is always little things to improve on. 

Am I (Are you) giving my (Your) family second best? Or are you giving them your all? Are you going above and beyond for your family or are you giving them what is best without inconveniencing yourself or what you want to do? 

Are you sacrificing? Are you getting up early if you need to to serve your family well? Do you do it with a happy heart? I tell my 2 year old all the time that he needs to do things with a "happy heart" but then I grumble when I hear my alarm go off at 5am and I grumble to my hubby when he leaves for work at 6:30am. 

Lets sacrifice and serve our households willingly and with a "happy heart"!! 

This went a LOT longer than I had anticipated. It might be more than one more post to finish An Excellent Wife's Behavior portion. 

Thanks for hanging with me and I hope that it is as convicting to you as it is to me!! Leave me a comment and let me know if you stop by!! =) I might be writing to myself but maybe not. Leave me some feedback if you want. This is the first time I have done this and know that I have a lot of improvement that I could do!!! =) 

Monday, May 19, 2014

George Family Vacation 2014

We (The Georges) decided to take a family vacation just the 4 of us! I wasn't sure how this was going to go. You never know with littles! Will they sleep?? Will they have meltdowns no matter what you try to do? Will it be pure and utter torture for us (the parents)?? Well, you will be glad to know that it was not a complete fail of a vacation and in fact, we left feeling like he had a great time together as a family. Did the kids sleep? Well.........sort of! haha. Did they meltdown? yes! ;-) But overall they were pretty good. It could have been much worse. We didn't get a whole lot of sleep but we had great quality family time. Thomas and Chloe enjoyed the sand and the water of the beach. I LOVE the beach...I HATE sand!! I had to get over that with two littles. I was covered in sand from the beginning with the two munchkins! It washes off and it was so worth it to see them running around and laughing and wanting the "jump" the waves. Oh my! It was so fun!!! =) It was also great having Derek there with us! I feel like I have been on a few "vacations" with my littles but Daddy has had to stay home and work. It was sooo good to have him with us.

Love these three sooo much!! 

First time on the beach since he was about 4 months old

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium - Thomas LOVED it!!

He doesn't get donuts very often! haha.

My men

My little Beach Bum

Ready for the sun!! 

This right here is why I love Beaufort!! =)

Takes my breath away every time! We truly have an amazing God!
I love water, beach, boats, pretty sunsets...

Me and My Love!! =) 

My Mother's Day meal!! My Favorite!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Easter 2014

We have taken a few Easter pictures! It was so fun to get some family pictures!! I love my sweet family!! =)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Don't Worry!!!

Don't worry I have not forgotten about my Bible Study posts. Life has been a little crazy the past couple weeks and I want to make sure I spend plenty of time studying for each lesson before I write them!! =)

For now, I have another picture post!! I have been inspired to make a bathroom similar to this child's bathroom. Here are a few pictures I got to eventually hang in my kid's bathroom!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Picture Post!

Its been a crazy week! So I haven't been able to do much with the Proverbs 31 study. In the mean time here are some sweet pictures of my babies!! =)

She's got her shades and ready for the pool this summer!! 

Summer is coming!!! 

My Sweet boy!! 

Sweet sleeping cuddles don't happen often.

Thomas had been an "attentive" big brother when I came up to get Chloe up for the day. 

Me and the babies!! We missed Daddy on our FL trip! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Proverbs 31: 10-12 - Being a Wife

Isn't this passage of Scripture asking a lot of us as women? Well, yes! Yes, it is!!! How in the world can we as human, fallen women do all the things that are listed in this chapter?!? Thats an interesting thought. Every time I read this chapter in Proverbs I realize how lacking my own life is. The good news is, we cannot do this on our own. Ladies, I know for me I am FAR from this "Perfect Woman" or "The Excellent Wife" that is described in verses 10-31.  I have a long way to go. One of the ladies that I read while I was studying this passage of scripture mentioned Hebrews 12:1-2 as a good verse to put with this chapter. It says:

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, 
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  

This is a great verse to put into perspective that we cannot be "The Excellent Wife" on our own. We cannot do this by ourselves. We have to have our eyes on Jesus. It means something that when we rise early in the morning we spend time in God's Word. It focuses our minds and hearts on Him for the day. As hard as this is, it doesn't stop me from striving for this as my goal. I love finding godly women in the Bible or descriptions like this one of what a godly women should look like.  This is somewhere to go and to look to see how I am suppose to live. To see what my daily life should look like.

I think I have basically written another introduction but I heard those few things and thought it was important to expound on it a little. We need Jesus every. single. day! We are not called to live an easy life we are called to live a life that honors God and that means we cannot do it on our own! The sooner we realize that the better! Focus on Christ! He is the author and finisher of our faith! 

Now the Proverbs scripture I am looking at today is: Proverbs 31:10-12

"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. 
The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. 
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life."

Who can find this kind of woman?? She is a rare BUT she does exist. At least women that strive to look like this in their daily lives. Let us be this woman that is rare to find. Be that kind of woman for your man. If you're not married, its ok! Learn now, to be this kind of woman so that when a man is seeking this kind of woman you are the rare jewel that he is looking to find. 

The heart of her husband safely trusts in her! It is important that your husband trusts you. This king needed a woman that he could trust! Be so dedicated to him that he doesn't feel the need to put a jealous guard up around you at all times.

She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. This is important. We need to be an asset to our husbands. We need to be encouraging,  respectful, lift him up and do not tear him down. Our husbands have a lot riding on them at work and other places their home is not a place that should bring them down. Their home and wife should be a place that encourages and helps them in their day to day walk! 

As a summary: 

~ We cannot do this on our own! Focus on Christ as you look at these verses. Focus on what He has called you to be as a woman and know that He is here to help us be all that we are called to be! 

~ Be the rare woman that is worth so much more than rubies. 

~ Be so dedicated to your husband (or future husband) that he trusts you without a jealous guard up around you!

~Be a source of encouragement to your husband and not a hindrance that bring him down.

Pray that you will daily put Jesus first and seek to honor Him in all that you do and I am thinking, somehow this whole "Excellent Wife" thing will not seem quite so daunting. *maybe* =) 

John MacArthur Study Bible

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Proverbs 31:1-9 - An Introduction

Proverbs 31:1-9 
"The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: 
What are you doing my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? 
What are you doing son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, 
your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings to drink wine, 
or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed
and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one 
who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress, let them drink and 
forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Open your mouth
for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth,
 judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."  

I am not going to spend a whole lot of time here on these verses but I do think it is important to at least read them and see the context for the later verses that we will be spending quite a bit if time on.

These vereses and the "Excellent Wife" verses were written by a wife and mother. They were written to her son. She is telling her son what to look out or avoid for as a king. She tells him in these first few verses that he is not to give himself to women and to not drink strong drink. She is trying to help him understand how to live to be a good king. After she tells him what to avoid she tells him of things he should be doing. Like speaking for the mute and those that are destitute, judge righteously, defend the poor and the needy. These are all things that he should be doing. After these few things then she starts in verse 10 telling her son what an excellent wife looks like. What he should be looking for in a wife. The "Excellent Wife" verses are very popular. but it is so interesting to think that those verses were written by a wife and mother!! That is so cool to me! Maybe this tidbit will help as we study the next 22 verses maybe this gives you a different perspective as you read them!

Honestly, I am not so sure that I would want to be this lady's daughter-in-law.  Those are some pretty high standards she is about to give for what to look for in a wife. That would be some serious pressure!!

*According to John MacArthur's commentary on this verse he says that it was likely that this oracle was written for King Solomon from his mother.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Elisabeth Elliot Quote

This is definitely a convicting quote. As I start studying for my first Bible Study Series on Proverbs 31. I think this quote is very fitting. Lets be consistently striving to be godly women and be an encouragement to our husbands (or if you're not married be encouraging to the men that interact with you) to be better men! Elisabeth Elliot is an amazing woman and definitely someone you should read if you have the opportunity. She is an amazing and Godly woman. She definitely has knowledge we can glean from as women. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introduction to my Bible Study Blog Series

Im going to try to start a blog post series! I keep trying to be consistent with blogging but I feel like it is same old same old and most of the friends that follow me on here also follow me on FB and IG so its really nothing new under the sun.

I always love Bible Studies and I have always wished I was well written enough to write my own studies but I'm really not a great writer but that doesn't matter in the blog world and on the world wide web. Anyone can write about anything. So here goes for writing a Bible Study blog series.

 Im starting with a Proverbs 31 study because I feel like that is a fitting place to start. A place the is common yet every time I reread it, it is also convicting. I plan to go through it exegetically. Verse by verse and talk about what the passage means to girls and women. Teenagers, single, married, moms, etc. This passage deals with each and every one of us. So, tune back in for my first post! =)

I am still not sure how often I will write, everyday, every week, every other week. I know I need to make it a challenge for myself or it will not happen. So, here goes, blog world. I have made a decision....Bible Study Blog Series, here we go!!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Curtain, Paint, Etc...

We have done a few more house updates!! We painted the walls a Sherwin Williams color, "Gris". I seriously bought $20 worth of samples to make sure I bought the right color. I wanted gray and yellow in my living room and I have made curtains for the windows! We also painted our kitchen cabinets but I really don't have a way to get a good picture because if the way our kitchen sits in our main room. I will have to keep trying. :-) I'm loving the modern touch it gives our main living area. I am still working on curtains for mine and my hubs bedroom. So I will post those when I get them done. I have had so much help getting things painted and my mom watches my babies while I make the curtains. I am loving sewing and feeling "accomplished" at the end of my day. I know that keeping the kids are my main priority and even if I do nothing else keeping up with them is an accomplishment. Derek tells me that all the time. But every once in a while it is nice to have something practical to show for my days work. :-)

Here are a few pictures of our living room and dining area. The color on the wall still isn't coming out like I want it to but it gives a good idea. It is so pretty and exactly what I wanted.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christmas at the George House

Christmas was so fun this year. Thomas is at an age where he really enjoys opening presents. His 2nd Birthday was just a week before Christmas so he got to open lots of presents. =)

here are a few pictures to get a small glimpse of the Georges Christmas.