Tuesday, February 24, 2009

my grocery cart

I love life, and I love food!

Today I was at my favorite grocery store Hyvee (well, next to Wild Oats (it will always be Wild Oats to me, not Whole Foods)) getting our groceries for the week. I found it a bit humorous when I was loading my groceries on the belt. (Let's play the Sesame Street game...One of these is not like the other!)

Organic Milk
Organic Blueberries
Lowfat Buttermilk
Organic Spinach
Laughing Cow Cheese
Double Stuf Oreos

Oh...in my pursuit of feeding my family healthy, wholesome foods, I still have to enjoy food! Because not only can you not take your wealth to Heaven, you can't take your skinny jeans. :)

Enjoy life, Enjoy food! God bless you Mr. Oreo Man!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

whole foods, whole body, whole person

whole food
So, a great book had been suggested to me, and I always love great book suggestions. It's called "Feeding the Whole Family"...you can check it out here. It's illustrating the importance of eating foods that are in their original state, hence whole foods, not processed foods. Since Annabella's arrival, I've really had a stronger desire to eat the foods that are best for my daughter and me. She's a great motivator! We've definitely integrated more organic foods from dairy products to fruits to chicken. I'd love to eat more organic beef but it is harder to find. I truly hope that the agricultural industry gets on the organic bandwagon.

whole body
Since Bella's arrival, exercise has gotten a lot more difficult. I was warned, but I just was like, "You just have to prioritize...it'll be fine." Yeah, not so easy! Exercise is the last thing you want to do when you're exhausted. I smell like spit-up most days and I'm not always feeling at my best. However, I've found that I crave exercise, I need it to feel like my old self and to be a happier wife and mom. In an effort to get motivated, the hubby and I decided to jump right in and register for the Nashville 1/2 Marathon in April. It has been tough to stay on a good running schedule, but I'm working on it. And I feel so good. And thankfully, my jeans are starting to fit more comfortably. Hallelujah! It only took 5 months!

whole person
The most aspect is creating a whole soul. For the first time in a LONG while, we feel like we are at the perfect church home for us right now. And that feels so good. This year they're focusing on true transformation and are having a sermon series this whole year on spiritual disciplines. Last month was prayer and fasting. This month is bible reading and memorization. This last Sunday, (thanks to my hubby holding Bella) I was able to listen to the entire sermon. One of the suggestions on bible reading was focusing on one book the entire year. Truly diving into the book and learning the history, meaning, motivation for this book. I love this idea! So the book for the year and my favorite book of the bible: Esther. And what makes me even more excited is that Beth Moore just finished a bible study on Esther. Score! Speaking of Beth Moore, I recently joined a large group of women "siestas" who are memorizing 2 scriptures a month for this year. Check out her blog...love it!

I'm not a big resolution person, but I like the idea of making 2009 more about creating a more whole self.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

make any sense?


Warning: This story is very sad and very heartbreaking. After reading it, I felt compelled to share my opinion in some way because I have so many emotions running through my mind.

First of all, Lord, please be with the woman who went through this. I am sure her heart is hurting, and I can't imagine the pain she's in. I lost 2 babies but the anonymity of my babies makes it a little unclear on how to grieve. She, however, lived life with a baby inside of her and a a live baby outside of her. And she has to contemplate the rest of her life about the decision she made.

Admittedly, I am Pro-Choice...yes, I believe we all have a choice, and that choice comes when we decide to sleep with someone. (No one should be surprised when they're pregnant...last time I checked when 2 people do a certain deed, it leads to a baby...unless you're Mary and Joseph...the Lord was a little instrumental in that relationship.) Nonetheless, after you make the choice of being intimate with someone, your choice has been made. You chose to be an adult and experience a level of intimacy with someone (though it be your spouse or a complete stranger), you made the decision and you live with what the consequences are. Murder (or a nicer way of putting it, abortion) is still murder and it should not be a decision we should be able to make. You have 1 choice in this situation...whether or not to have sex, not whether or not to remove your child from this earth.

What makes this case so different, though, is that people are horrified that a baby was killed. But, wait a minute, isn't a baby killed in an abortion. So, it's ok to kill a baby in the mother's womb, just not outside of it. Is that it? Like it's ok, to kill someone in your home, but not in the front yard. Hmm...

I believe the devil has glazed people's eyes to the atrocities of abortion, and I pray that the Lord reveals to them that all life, regardless of its size or dependency, has the God-given right to Life.

For further investigation: www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/TasteAndSee/ByDate/2003/1690_Fifteen_ProLife_Truths_to_Speak/

Monday, February 2, 2009

oh my

This doesn't make me mad, it makes me sad.