Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope wherever you are, whomever you're with, that you are sharing a day filled with memories, laughter, grateful hearts and full Bellies!

I know as I reflect on the past three weeks, I have had moments of great joys and great pain, both of which I'm thankful for!
As I reflect on this year, my body has done things that I did not think were in the realm of possibilities!

I'm grateful to all of you for your love, support and encouragement!

However you celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember those who do not get to be with their dear loved ones this holiday season.

Have a blessed and a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Healthy Lifestyle

Today, is 1 month away from Christmas!!! I can't believe it. Right now, the snow is falling and the roads are super slick!

I'm so glad to have made it home safe and am now enjoying Starbucks Peppermint Mocha coffee in my favorite holiday mug!

I'm all bundled in a cozy blanket reading " The Daniel Plan" written by Rick Warren. 

My husband and I are trying to figure our how to live the best and healthy life we can. This book is a version of the Daniel Diet, which is something I have never completely participated in. The Daniel Diet is all about eating fresh foods , little to no carbs and minimal meat. 

This book is recieving negative reviews because many people who have read the Daniel Diet from the Bible aren't a fan. I, however am enjoying this book because I think has a realistic view of the Daniel Diet! This book is was written by Rick as he began to see that he and his church members were overweight and not living a healthy lifestyle that they were intended to do. 
I like the recipes and ideas this book offers. They are practical and you don't need to be a chef to make these meals. That's a bonus for me! I'm a terrible cook!!!

If you're looking to get an extra start or boost on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, this gives you a good game plan to help through the Christmas Season. I'm trying to keep the weight off, yet enjoy the season.

Q: How do you maintain your weight during the Holiday season??

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What's Christmas without drama?

Whats a little drama without Christmas? 

Last night, Drew and I were putting up our Christmas decorations and we're having a great time!
 We got ornaments on on tree and were just enjoying ourselves. We were having a great time and we were reminiscing about all of our ornaments and unique Christmas decorations.

Drew decided to start vacuuming as we had fake needles everywhere. All of a sudden he starts yelling and proceeds to motion fore to shut off the vacuum cleaner. Then he starts hobbling and I see blood dripping everywhere.

Blood is all over our carpet and puddles on our flooring. Blood doesn't bother me, so I handled the situation very calmly.

He gets into the bathroom and applies pressure.
Every time he took off the gauze, it kept bleeding. 

We weren't sure what he stepped on and if he was up to date on his tentaus shot, so off to urgent care we went last night.
He was a good patient! He got himself a tentaus shot, a foot bath and they wrapped him up!  He was more concerned about if this would affect his ability to run.....  

We later found out he stepped on a Christmas bulb. Oops!!! Watch out for those things as you prepare for the holidays..

Q: Have you experienced any holiday trips to the hospital??

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Strong ripping Winds

Sunday, we got very lucky! I don't that I believe it was luck, but we were definitely protected from many of the storms that happened in Illinois. The storms that ripped through Illinois, came over the lakes and headed straight for our area. We received high winds and huge amounts of rain fall. Not typical for the mitten! 

Many parts of the mitten have more damage than others. My husband had to go in to work because afterall, he does work for a news station. I stayed home to hold the fort and make sure my 90-year-old neighbors were okay.

We had lots of rain and it actually rain sideways, and I have never seen it happen in Michigan, pretty cool until....

I started to notice that water was dripping from my ceiling and then I noticed, it was on our TV stand and then I realized it was on all of our cords and TV. 

           Can you see the drip spots?

             The water damage??

I immediately unplugged everything, turned off everything, and started to move a 50 pound TV stand with DVDs all by myself.  The thing is a beast! I got my workout in.

All in all, ouR TV works, our TV stand has minor water damage and we're both safe with power, electricity and our possessions. I feel very blessed and I know we are the fortunate ones. 

Please support, pray and help families as they are facing these losses a week before Thanksgiving. 

Please help by donating to the RED Cross!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winter Spice

I love anything and everything Christmas! So when I had the opportunity to review AnnVoskamps new book titled "The Greatest Gift", I jumped at the opportunity.
The Greatest Gift is la devotional for each day during the month of December.  It also gives the reader an opportunity to journal and reflect on the reading.  I love her writing style and found this book to be so meaningful. She traces the lineage of Jesus through the advent tradition of " The Jesse Tree." 

I enjoyed spending 15 minutes a day reading this book and tree. I will admit, I have not finished this whole book as I am trying to save 15 days for the month of December. I know with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate in hand, you will not be disappointed by this book.

It's a great read for the season and will be a book that I will read yearly.

Thank you Tyndale for providing me a free copy for my honest review.


 I've written this post about 800 times and have deleted it so many more. Do you ever this issue? If I can be real, and I try to be on here because this in my little nook in the world, shit has hit the fan this week and I'm broken. I never said I had it together, I never meant to give you a false impression if you've thought that because I don't have it together.

My life journey over the past three years has not been easy. It has been one road block after another and some days you get tired of picking yourself up to keep fighting an upward battle.

The past 3 months have been some of the hardest months in my life. I'm trying to recover from a running injury, which can take over a year (PF). My body has been completely whacked out. I have "incidents" which has led to several medication changes and Friday, the wind completely knocked me out.

I started seeing a new Dr. after feeling like my neuro wasn't answering the tough questions. After feeling like every time I went into his office, he kept blowing me off or wouldn't consider the idea that hormones played a role in my seizures. After many tearful visits home, lots of frustration, phone calls in tears with friends and unanswered questions, encouragement from my friends and a fed up husband, I made an appointment three months ago to see an Eplieptologist who specializes in Epilepsy.

I learned more from him in 45 mins then I did in three years. This Dr. was AMAZING and awesome. I felt relief that someone all these years understood my language, got who I was and believed the same way that I did about my seizures..
And then he began to tell me..

He thought they were in a completely different part of my brain..

He suggested as professionally as possible, I wasn't treated incorrectly for the type he thought I had.. And that in order to confirm his belief about my seizures, I will go through a series of tests to get more insight.

Medication was changed.
If they are where he thinks they might be, I could be a candidate for brain surgery. 

And this stuff is real!

It's my life. While reality has hit like a ton of bricks, I'm hoping we are on the right track to getting this resolved..

All week I've been dreading this post, but I needed to get it out there and move forward.

Q: what's the hardest reality you've ever had to face?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Busy as a bee

This week has been crazy! Between parent teacher conferences and my grandma in the hospital, I haven't had much of an opportunity to blog or update you on my life.

I had a few minutes to stop to Starbucks and get some Christmas cheer!!!
This was just what I needed!

I'm so thankful for good coffee and great Holiday cheer!!! I needed a boost!

Q: What is your favorite holiday beverage??

Monday, November 11, 2013

Our American Hero's

This morning, I want to give a shout out to all of our Veterans, past, present and future. Thank you for spending your life dedicating to make America safe. You continue to protect, preserve the freedoms and liberty we take for granted! I am so thankful for your sacrifice and commitment to our country.

We are proud of you and will never comprehend the sacrifices you and your family have made. We should recognize you on a daily basis, not just one special day!

I am thankful for the sacrifice my Uncle has made, as he has had a life long career in the Air Force. His wife and children have made personal sacrifices for him to serve all over the world.

I had the privilege two summers ago, to spend two months serving their family as he was on a tour in Afghanistan. I am blessed and honored to know you! You're a person with true integrity, character and an American Hero. Our country is indebted to your service.

 As we celebrate this day, I'm so grateful for your service.

Q: How are you honoring our Military families? 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dawn of Christmas

The Dawn of Christmas is written by Cindy Woodsmall, is a new Christmas book full of surprises in Apple Ridge. Sadie & Levi are older characters in the story. This book is an Amish setting with two people who have just agreed to be friends, who aren't looking for a romantic relationship. These two just want to be friends who can lean on one another for friendship and companionship.

The community doesn't see these two individuals as friends, but more as a romantic relationship. Will these two be a match made in Heaven or will they just be friends??? 

This book was an easy, great and wonderful read. You could easily curl up with a great blanket, a cup of coffee and read this delightful Christmas story. You could read this book within an hour or so. It would be a great book to read in the car or on plane trip to visit family relatives.

Thank you Waterbrook for the opportunity to review this book.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankful to be a blogger.

No real post today.. I'm just thankful to be apart of an awesome blogging community!

We all have different strengths, talents and perspectives! I love the blogging community for this reason!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 4: Eyesight

This whole month, I'm trying to write about what I'm thankful for. I want to remember in the midst of my ungratefulness, selfishness and spoiled attitude, that I have so many blessings.

Today, I am thankful for my eyesight. I cannot begin to imagine a life without the sense of being able to see things. My husband is a graphic artist for our local T.V. station. His job is to create a visual appealing experience for viewers and I cannot begin to imagine what life would be like without visuals. I have always been a visual, hands on learner and without images, colors and pictures, I would find myself very lost.

I had the opportunity to take a review at " Peace on Earth" written by Mary Engelbreit. It's a children's books with poems, saying and stories. This book is so visually appealing to me. I love all the colors, animals and character this book has. As I read this book, I was reminded how thankful I a for eyesight.

This book so very beautiful and has wonderful images to create a visual appealing experience. I truly treasure this book.

Imagine running and not being able to see what is in front of you. The reason I can't run on a treadmill for more than 3 miles is because it creates no visual experience for me.  I'm thankful for my eye sight.

Q: What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thankful November

This month as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to remind myself all of things I'm thankful for. I love this month and the opportunity to reflect on all of the wonderful blessing I have in my life. In today's culture, it is very easy for us to find the areas in which we are lacking. Comparison is so easy to do, that we sometimes don't even realize we are comparing our lives to someone else. I'm guilty of this. 
For the month of November, I will be writing about things I am thankful about in preparation for the month of December

This weekend, I am thankful for these three things....

1) The Fall Colors!
Michigan has beautiful fall colors, especially when leaves change from the sunlight. I am thankful for the beautiful colors that paint the trees and the leaves.

 I am thankful for.....

2) Sunlight
 I love the four seasons of Michigan, but I get depressed with the lack of sunlight here. That is the hardest part about living here. We have the most beautiful Summers, but our Winter can be long. I am thankful for the sun peaking through the clouds!

Finally, I am thankful......  3) to run again.

October threw some health challenges that made running very difficult and my body just needed the rest. I'm thankful to have not got only 1 run in, but 3 runs this past week. The mileage is low and I can tell my body isn't ready for longer mileage right now, but I'm sure thankful to lace a pair of shoes and go running. 

Q: What are you thankful for this weekend?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thankful for Literacy

November 2-

Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to read, especially children's books. I have always loved Children's books and have secretly wanted to be a librarian or work for a major publishing company reviewing books and talking with authors. As a child, I was not a very good reader and actually had to spend a lot of time in small groups working with a Grandma volunteer who taught me how to read.  I remember earning rewards and books the more I read. I really excelled in that environment and have loved to read ever since. 

My husband is amazed at how quickly I finish books and I think as a child, had I not had the little old grandma who helped me at school, books may have not come alive to me, the way they do now. I treasure my book collection. I love reading books to my students and encourage them to find the joys of reading.

I recently was given the opportunity to review a Children's book and I squealed with delightment at the opportunity.  ( I secretly wished we had kids right now! )

 "The Sparkle Box"  is written by Jill Hardie and is sure to bring you to tears and the true meaning of Christmas

 This book is sure to be a tradition in my family and I think could be a tradition in yours. The book is about a boy named Sam. Sam is excited about Christmas and can't wait to open the "sparkle box" on Christmas.

 Each day he asks his mom about the Sparkle box and if anything is added inside, and each day she tells him he has to wait until Christmas to open the box. The family participates in random acts of kindness throughout the month. On Christmas Day, Sam opens the Sparkle Box to find slips of paper that have all of the gifts he had given others. The Sparkle Box isn't for Sam, but for someone else.

 You're sure to love the meaning and message of the "Sparkle Box." This book brought tears to my eyes. To find ideas and ways to use this book, go here!

Thank you to PR by the Book for providing me a copy to review. This is my personal opinion.