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.”

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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!