New Year and time for Hcg again…

this last month has not been kind to my body! I have made many poor food choices and the pounds just jump back on! I gained 15 pds over a period of 2 months! That is not ok, I still can wear my smaller clothes, but they were getting tight. I started on my Hcg Tuesday and have now lost 7.4 pds from my top gorge weight, 4.2 from my starting weight. I have my buddy to keep my accountable and we are both doing great our first week. I can tell ya that it is much easier to do this with someone along side. But I do have a twist to it this time, I have been reading the book “Made to Crave” that I heard about from my good friend Melissa B. It is very encouraging and helps to take the focus off of the food and on to God and my relationship with Him. The weight gain goes much deeper than just making poor food choices. It goes to the heart of being malnurished spiritually while my physical body is needing to lose weight. So I am embarking on this quest with far more of a purpose than just losing weight, I want to get my “Want to” in place to seek after God, filling those craving with His presence and not with food that is poisening my body and making me fat.  Feeding my Spirit and growing in a close relationship with Jesus. Thank you to Melissa B for her words of encouragement on facebook. If you are interested in this book I have put a link to it on my bookclub page on this blog, as well as this post.

Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. The reality is we were made to crave. Craving isn’t a bad thing. But we must realize God created us to crave more of him. Many of us have misplaced that craving by overindulging in physical pleasures instead of lasting spiritual satisfaction. If you are struggling with unhealthy eating habits, you can break the ‘I’ll start again Monday’ cycle, and start feeling good about yourself today. Learn to stop beating yourself up over the numbers on the scale. Discover that your weight loss struggle isn’t a curse but rather a blessing in the making, and replace justifications that lead to diet failure with empowering go-to scripts that lead to victory. You can reach your healthy weight goal — and grow closer to God in the process. This is not a how-to book. This is not the latest and greatest dieting plan. This book is the necessary companion for you to use alongside whatever healthy lifestyle plan you choose. This is a book and Bible study to help you find the ‘want to’ in making healthy lifestyle choices.”

Holly’s car is done! We don’t owe the IRS, We do owe KS!

who know’s how much we are going to owe in the other 2 states we are going to have to file with…but the greatest news is that Holly’s car is FINISHED! 

  The new front end was red and Holly just wasn’t willing to have a muti-colored car, I really don’t know what her deal is, what is wrong with having a car that is two different colors? I mean red and blue go together just fine. But she wasn’t interested in making a fashion statement, to each their own. Charlie and his boss painted the front end last weekend and Holly got her car back this weekend. It took longer than we wanted to get it done, but it is DONE!

Worked on our taxes today, they are very taxing!!  But the good news is that we don’t owe federal. I really thought we were going to get kicked in the teeth this year from federal. We did last year! KS always gets us. I really hate it that we have to pay so much to this State! I don’t know yet how much we will have to pay to the other two states. We will see. I was tired of doing taxes so I have put it aside for the time being.

Had lunch with a great friend yesterday, we laughed till our sides hurt at the most heart wrenching things in our lives! It felt good to cut loose and just laugh at everything the enemy has thrown our way in the last few years. We both take great comfort in knowing that we are not alone in this battle for our childrens souls, and the knowledge that stupid choices are not unique to just one of our families!

empty nest?

I think I could get used to the empty nest thing! Of course I still have David here…but all the other kids are gone for the weekend. Michael and Kelly have gone on a trip to KC for a music field trip. They are going to the theatre to see Shrek on stage. They always really hava a good time on these trips. they have to be dressed up to eat at a nice restaurant. I will post of pic of them in their duds if they take a picture for me.

We went to Springfield to get my hcg this morning. Had breakfast at IHop with Kevin and his roommate, Michael, kinda weird that his roommates name is Michael! Kevin didn’t have much time to spend with us so we didn’t hang around for long. We did buy him a beard trimmer though! He needed that, kinda scruffy looking!

Holly will be home next weekend to clean Dorothy’s house so Eulie can move in at the end of the month. I am looking forward to seeing her again. Stephanie is doing great at school right now. She seems to be quite content with her life as it is. Things will be changing drastically for her after this semester. She graduates in May. We are very proud of her and all she has accomplished.  I know that the promises of God are true and that He is faithful and will take care of her, every step of the way. Even if she thinks she dosn’t need or want His help.

Scott is home! He made it home safely. Haven’t gotten to talk with him yet so I don’t know what all went on in Haiti, but I will get to talk with him soon I hope!

Kelly is going to the Girls Retreat at the end of the month, they are going to be introducing a new descipleship program for the girls that are serious about going deeper with God. It is called The Sisterhood of the Traveling Armour, Kelly is pretty pumped about this. Possibly she will have some of her friends from church go with her. My plan is to spend the time with my mom in Witchita while Kelly is at the camp ground. Michael and Kelly are also going to PK retreat in March. They are pretty excited about that too. Michael has to keep his grades up and all assignments have to be turned in before he can go, but that is good that gives him incentive to keep on task with his school work.

went to a purse party last night and laughed till tears rolled and my head hurt! It felt good to laugh and laugh! It is true that laughter is very good medicine! I got the Leah shell for my purse this time. It is really pretty and has a little bit of different design. Fun times and definately glad that I went . I now have 6 shells with this purchase and I also got a closet organizer and some more handles. My handles are getting frayed. these purses are pretty cool. Check them out if you havent yet. Well I guess I will get off of here for now. TTYL!

Jeremiah Slack has arrived!

 6lbs 8 oz, 19 inches, born 1-11-11 at 1:05 am.  Perfectly healthy blessing from God! Congratulations to Diane and Patrick, he is just beautiful! He was a month early, but the Lord is faithful and he is perfect and healthy! Enjoy your cruise grandma and grandpa all is well in the world!

A week in the life of Elaine…

can be rather uninteresting, but because the three of you continue to read about it I will continue to write about it!

David will turn 24 tomorrow, I can hardly believe that I have a son this old! How did this happen? 

Charlie and I also had a 26th wedding anniversary last Wednesday, we have yet to celebrate it though.  It seems that we are so busy that there isn’t anytime for eachother.  Something else that would be great is if all these cars in my driveway and back yard actually worked! We are still taking Kevin to work every morning and picking him up every night, we only have the my car and Charlies work truck to drive.  Thank God Holly’s car was able to be fixed! In this life we have unknowns and things can run out of control so quickly. We have the wonderful times as well, births, graduations, our children making good choices and making us so proud! And we have the hard times when our children are acting out, we lose a loved one to death, rather expected or a shock, the loss of a job, a home, a friend…trying to keep my perspective and my eyes on Jesus seem to be a full time job for me. Forgiving those who are so NOT deserving of my forgiveness, and then I have to remember that I am NOT deserving of God’s forgiveness! He forgave me and continues to forgive me everyday! So if I refuse to forgive then I am putting myself in a prison of my own choosing. Living it out is much harder than teaching it!

 Sunday we are going to celebrate our Pastors Ordination! Actually I am supposed to be making their card right now and here I am on my blog! These two people are more than our Pastors, they are our friends. We go way back…way back! We held eachothers babies and now we are going to their graduations from high school, watching them head off to college!  Time just keeps ticking right on by us! But for what it is worth, we love you Pastors Pat and Trudy and all those beautiful children! We are so thankful that God put us in your life.

Charlie is in Springfield today taking another class for getting his licence to preach. He got a 100% on this test! Yea Charlie…he kinda makes me ill sometimes! I do love that man!

It is snowing and beautiful outside!

I love the snow as long as I am inside! It is beautiful outside and the fire is crackling in the fireplace. I have a wonderful book and a warm blanket, praises to our Lord Jesus playing in the background…what a wonderful life! I look back on everything that I have lived through and I see the hand of God guiding, protecting, caring, disciplining, and always loving me…hard times come and hard times go but He is always constant and true in our lives, even when we don’t see Him! I have seen some very hard things in my lifetime and witnessed great loss and great victory, there is more to come of both I have no doubt!  The one thing I know for certain is that God is going to always be there for me and my family, for all those who know Him as Lord, for His children. What defines His children? They are the ones who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, who have chosen to walk with God and not with the world. A child of God is only born of the Spirit of God not into a family of believers. You can have been raised believing in God and not know Him or His Son, Jesus. He sent Jesus to die on a cross to save you from your sin, all you have to do is accept this sacrifice as your own and repent of your sin. He is waiting  and ready to forgive and save you today. It really is as simple as that. Then you need to get plugged in with other true christians and begin to learn of Him and His ways. He will change you in the most amazing ways! Will it be easy? NO, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy! Christianity is not for the faint of heart! It takes strong faith and determination to withstand the world! Praise the Lord that He gives us the ability through His spirit to do all that is needed and required of us!  There isn’t anything like the life of an overcoming Christian that is plugged into the power source of the Holy Spirit! Boring it is not!

Happy New Year

We are blessed as we go into this néw year! My brother and his family are all safe after a fire at their home this last week. I thank God for His hand of protection on them! The house is a mess for sure but they will be able to recover.

We are spending new years with my
mom and dad, playing games and just enjoying being together, nothing like being with family!

Haven’t heard anything about work or what is happening with our office manager. I am looking into another job just in case they keep her on staff, no sense waiting for more abuse 🙂 It is all in God’s hands and very capable hands they are. He directs my steps and He is my defence!

By the way the play went very well last week I was very pleased with my cast! They were AWSOME!

Ding Dong the Witch is Gone…

The Wicked witch is gone!  🙂 I have been singing that song all week long! But alas she was only on vacation and she will be back come Monday morning! So my enjoyment is short lived indeed! 😦  This week was really nice at work, no one was mad or crying, or griping, or acting like middle schoolers! Everyone did their job and got along quite well with everyone else in the office! So who do you think is the one who is stirring up trouble all the time? hmmmmmm I wonder…Let me think here…well the only one who was not there this week was………………yes you guessed it! Was our office manager!!!!!   I think maybe she is like those fighter fish, you know the ones, they have to be put in a bowl by themselves because they will fight any fish that is in the same bowl! Very pretty but deadly to any other fish you may have. Yes that is what it is like at my work, so I have learned to stay out of her way. Not looking forward to next week I can assure you!   I was really hoping that my Doctor was going to go into private practice but he has signed a contract with the hospital now and that won’t happen any time soon now. I understand why, the cost of going indepedent is HUGE, but I was really looking forward to getting out of that enviroment. God is in control and I know He is working all things out for the good of all His children. For whatever reason I am supposed to be there and that is where I will be until He moves me. But I do have to avoid the Beta fish!  :-{

Holly had a job for all of two weeks before Walmart decided to lay off their seasonal workers, now why I ask you did they even bother to hire them for 2 weeks? She didn’t even have time to finish her training! She is handling it very well, she is trusting God and knows that he is taking care of her. The person who let her go did tell her that they were very pleased with her work and that they wanted her to come back in 30 days and reapply. that was encouraging.

Our previous Pastor, Mark, lost his mother Tuesday morning early. She had some serious health issues and the Lord took her home. I know that Mark and his family are grieving her loss greatly. We are praying for them. Charlie and Holly are going to attend the funeral on Monday, I have to work. Some of you reading this know them and I know that you will be praying for them in this heart breaking time.

Michael is doing great, he got a new car this last week and he has loved the freedom! He is dong so well and we are very proud of him and the choices that he is making. God has done a work that is amazing in this young man. I know that He is not finished and that Michael is going to continue to grow and grow!

Well that is enough for now. I will try to blog more often….I will try!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We are heading to Branson to spend the day with family! There are going to be 23 of us there and I am really looking forward to getting to spend time with everyone. All of my children get to be with us, we thought Holly may have to work and not get to be with us this year. But she is off tonight and dosn’t have to be back until Friday night. Haven’t had Thanksgiving at a restaurant in many years, I have cooked this meal for so many years that it is weird to not be home! My mom let me know that I needed this break and that it was time to take it, and sooooo I listened and off we go to Branson.  I hope that all is well with all of my 3 readers this Thanksgiving and that it is blessed by the presence of Jesus in every way.

Holly is coming home for the weekend, preparing for play next weekend,

so much to do and so little time to get it all done! I don’t have time to be on here right now but I am…just chilling for a minute. My car stalled on a main street in town, hate that! Really chaps my cheeks especially when it shouldn’t be giving me any kind of trouble…it is a Honda!

Anyway on to better things, Holly is having a birthday this weekend! And she is going to come home and spend it with us, I really miss this girl. Not that I saw her that often when she lived here but at least I got to see her.Holly she is still looking for a job in KC and hasn’t had much success yet. I am praying for her to get a job soon! I don’t think I can fund her there for long. Keep her in your prayers when you think of her.

 

Kelly had her Fall concert last night. She is growing up so quickly!  They did a really good job. The choir all dressed the same and they looked so sharp. They usually have the honor choir all dressed alike as well, but for some reason the girls all dressed in black but not matching…not as nice,  in fact somewhat tacky after seeing the choir. But that is just  my own opinion.

We have to get the set for the play we are doing for halloween night done. It is called “The Room” and it is about a young man who finds himself dead and at his judgment, just him and God. It is rather intense and definately makes you think about your choices in this life. It will be really good if my main character learns his lines! He promised me that he would have them memorized by Monday night.   So anyway the set is going up Saturday morning and we will do any finishing up on it Sunday. We have to record some things as well. So much to do and so little time to get it done in.

Michael is doing well for those of you that havent seen him around. He is really trying hard to do what is right and make better choices.

Well I really do need to get off of here. My parents are also coming on Sat. my dad is preaching at our church on Sunday, so I have to get things done around here, as I will be gone tomorrow working on a set!