Holy Cow! It’s already November 12!


I don't know about you, but I have no idea where this year has gone! The fact that we're two weeks away from Thanksgiving is mind boggling to me!


So much has been going on since I've last posted that I don't know where to begin! My hubby went on his annual hunting trip last month, and took that awesome picture you see at the top of this post. It's absolutely gorgeous, isn't it? He was gone for five days, leaving the kids and I to lots of movie time and snuggles! I sure was glad when he got home; I don't sleep well at all when he's gone!


This past weekend, our family went down to Missouri to visit my wonderful in-laws, and we had an amazing time! I did something that I said I'd never ever do while down in Missouri….are you ready for this? I went ZIPLINING! As a matter-of-fact, our whole family went, including my awesome and courageous 75 year-old mother-in-law! The zip line was over two roads and a river. And I don't know how to swim. Oh, and did I mention that I'm terribly afraid of heights? Needless to say, I was absolutely terrified, and really thought I was going to die. I'm really glad I did it though, because my hubby and kids thought I was one rockin mama!



Isn't the kitty in the picture above just absolutely adorable? His name is Gus, and he joined our family this past Monday! He was my early birthday present! A family from our church found Gus behind a gas station about a month ago, and had been caring for him while looking for a home for him. Thankfully, a mutual friend let me know about Gus, and after much persuasion, my sweet hubby said YES! Gus is about 3-1/2 months old, and he's so sweet and lovable! It feels like he's been a part of our family forever.


Since my last post, I have fallen into my old eating habits again (SUGAR) and have been feeling gross and fatigued again. I don't know why I went back to sugar to begin with, because it makes me feel rotten. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. Or maybe I'm just a glutton? Anyway, I've decided that I'm done with this roller coaster ride when it comes to my eating habits. I am going strictly Paleo, allowing myself an occasional treat here and there, but NOT everyday! I want to feel better, and I've been feeling a conviction that by eating foods that make me sick, I am not honoring God with my body. I'm also not honoring my family, because I'm putting things into my body that keeps me from fully enjoying life and fully caring for them. I'd appreciate your prayers for this, because it's a real struggle for me.



On that note, I'm off to make dinner, because for some odd reason, these people of mine like to eat!



I’ll admit that I’m a total creature of habit. Probably to much so, if you ask my family.


I’m the gal who orders the same thing at her favorite restaurant, every. single. time.


And I’m the one who insists that our family sit in the same row and same section at church, Sunday after Sunday. And quite honestly, I get a bit anxious if I walk into the room on a Sunday morning and see someone else stuff in MY spot. The nerve.


I’m a total planner, and get totally thrown off if a kink is thrown into my plans. Just ask my hubby. It’s not pretty.


Over the years, God has been helping with my tendency to want to “control” (there, I said it…I have a control issue!) all the areas of my life.


After walking through nine years of Alzheimer’s with my dad, I began to realize that I need and can trust God with my life– with every single area–and that I need to hold onto things loosely, with open hands.


That’s not easy to do for a control-freak like myself, but the more I let go, the more freedom I’ve actually experienced.



I’m also learning that change is necessary in so many areas of our lives, and that once we take the plunge and make the changes, the happier we will be.


We are currently in our eleventh year of homeschooling, and for many years, I would freak out if things weren’t going according to the beautiful schedule that I had put together and printed out. I mean seriously, it looked so good on paper, so why on earth didn’t it work?


I would fret endlessly over the crazy schedule, frustrated that MY plan wasn’t working. It took me years to realize that maybe I should consider God’s plan for our homeschool, and not just mine. Duh.


That’s exactly where I’m at right now. We’re in our second month of the school year, and it’s clear to me that things aren’t going exactly the way I had planned. Things aren’t bad, but they could certainly be better.


So rather than fret and freak out about it, I’m going to make some changes. Actually, the Lord and I are going to make some changes. See, I’m learning!



This school year, I have chosen to follow a schedule of six weeks on, and then one week off, and will repeat this cycle through Memorial Day. This allows us to work really hard for six weeks, knowing that a week off is coming! It’s really quite motivating!


Well, this coming week happens to be our first week off this school year, and I plan to spend some of my time reviewing our routine and seeking to make the needed changes.


I’m also making a must-needed change to my diet. Most of you know that I have a lot of food realted issues and allergies, which is why I did a Whole30 food elimination diet in September. By the end of the first two weeks, I felt amazing! I had so much energy and wasn’t needing a nap every afternoon. Not to mention, I had no stomach issues.


Once I added the eliminated foods back into my diet, it was clear that grains are not my friend, and that sugar is an ugly addictive monster! I’m back to feeling tired and gross most of the time, which is why I’m going back to eating the Paleo way 95% of the time. I plan to eat Paleo most days of the week, allowing for a treat day maybe once a week. Going about it this way allows me to eat healthy, and yet not feel deprived of the foods that I love.


These changes are good changes; changes that are necessary for my health and for our home, and I’m so thankful to God for being patient with me as I’m learning to trust Him more and more.


** How about you? Do you tend to freak out when it comes to change, or are you one of those spontaneous people who thrives on change and jumps in headfirst?



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