Saturday, November 23, 2013
Yeah, well, I gained about 16 pounds back from my last official weigh in. That sucks donkey butt, but that's my own stupid fault for not tracking my food, eating however I wanted to, and not taking care of myself...again. It would have been lots worse. I started this journey again about 1 year and 19 days ago, and I really thought I would be a heck of a lot further/smaller than I am now. But, I'm not. That's life. I'm human. I messed up, but I'm NOT giving up. I'm going to do this, yet. I cannot let this size be ME for the rest of my life. I've got to do this, for myself, for my health, for my family. Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll be a lot closer to where I want to be, healthwise. Thanks for reading. Sorry for not being more available. I do love you, spark and sparkfriends, and I'd be lost without you. *sprinkles glitter in everyone's hair*
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
L has been home, out on bail, since September 22nd. Let's rewind to the court date of September 17th. The judge heard the case, and the lawyer offered a good argument. The DA said her piece, asking that he not be R.o.R. BUT what the judge did was release the probation hold and drop the bail from $15K to $5K and from what everyone tells us-the lawyer and other people who have dealt with this same judge, that is just not something he does. Since my blog is not set to private, that is as far as I am going to discuss the case, which I can say-it is extremely weak against him. One of his cousins put the bail up for him. We will FOREVER be grateful for that.
His next court date is next week, October 22nd. Praying and ask that you pray that he'll be allowed to continue to be out on bail while this thing plays out, and that this case against him would be dismissed.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The bible says that "MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord God delivers them from it all."
He wouldn't have to be the God of peace, if times were always peaceful.
He wouldn't have to be the God of comfort, if times were not stressful.
He wouldn't have to be God our provider, if we weren't going to encounter times of need.
He wouldn't have to be God who delivers us from our troubles, if we weren't going to have any troubling times.
We have enemies so that God can prove himself to us, and give us the grace to endure.
He wouldn't have told us to pray for our enemies and bless those that persecute us-if we weren't going to have to deal with that kind of stuff!!!
It's so that we pray for the strength to deal with what comes our way so that HE can be glorified.
You know? It occurred to me, too, that this was the lesson at church on Saturday, too. How "on time" it was for me.
Without going into detail, there has been some drama at home because of the nine year old's and twins' mother...Basically when our kids' dad wouldn't do what she wanted him to do, she decided to press charges on him for breaking the no offensive contact order of protection. I probably shouldn't say anything more than that since the case is pending. I've been praying that the same pit that she is digging for him will be the same one that she herself falls into-because this is some bullspit.
Still though-I have peace. HE has peace, too, and he's the one who turned himself in, even with the risk of not being released on his own recognizance, and he has to deal with going to jail wrongfully AGAIN. God is not surprised by any of this. We need His grace to deal with these circumstances, but these circumstances are exactly the kind that He uses to make Himself all the more real to us. I am choosing joy-because what reason do I have to be happy right now? My heart has to go to jail again because of this chick? I mean, seriously? Of course none of this would have happened if blah, blah, blah-but we can't dwell on that because it's over and done with. The fact is, this is happening now. Am I going to choose to panic, and cry, and question God angrily why He let this happen? No. I'm going to choose joy, pray for peace, pray for courage, and pray that He reveal why He is letting this happen without having an attitude with Him for it.
I dunno. MAYBE this doesn't make any sense to you. Maybe you're not a person of faith. Maybe you think having faith in a God you don't believe is there is just a crutch. So what? Everyone has a crutch, whether or not they choose to admit it. It's human nature. I will happily admit than in moments of emotional turmoil that I turn to God who is my Strength. :)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
One of my other hobbies is to play on yahoo! answers. I have gone through about *mutters* accounts because...I have in the past, and sometimes recently, had to argue with a stranger on the internet because they were wrong... Or I was just outright...and intentionally...not following terms & conditions. I'm considerably more behaved now, though I am still silly from time to time. I have an opportunity to be serious, and offer some of my life-experience based wisdom with strangers on the internet.
The following is one such example. A frequent y!a user said that she feels as if she'd hit rock bottom. I know "rock bottom" is different for other people...but I had this to say. I don't really think it was "me" cuz I really don't think I'm THIS smart. I have my moments, but again, I don't think it really comes from me. *casts eyes skyward, points and smiles*
"If you have internet access, and are not jobless and living in an emergency housing shelter with a 7 month old, you're not at rock bottom. I've been there. I refused to pay my rent because my slumlord refused to fix the sink, and refused to change the furnace or get it cleaned, and refused to have the building treated for roaches and rodents. I cleaned my apartment EVERY day, and had to do dishes in the tub. There was no reason for me to have roaches. They came from the other apartments. That was my "rock bottom." Still even then, I knew it could have been worse.
That is what gets me through tough circumstances. Things are hard RIGHT NOW. Our fridge is practically empty. Up until about two weeks ago, I had three extra kids staying with me, and we had to keep them fed. We have gone through about 30 loaves of bread this month, 8 gallons of milk, 6 dozen eggs, 8 pounds of cheese, all our canned vegetables, lots of beans and rice...Thing is, we still have a CRAP ton more than five families put together in some third world countries. We are REALLY blessed. It's been stressful...but it could have been worse. The kids never went hungry. They always had clean water. There was fresh fruit.
Remember, NO MATTER WHAT you are going through, there is someone that has it way worse than you. Tough circumstances are going to happen. It's just a part of life. The important thing is to find joy, by counting your blessings. Joy is the attitude we choose when we've really no cause to be happy.
That last line is an original. Ran it through a plagiarism checker, and there was a 0% match."
Monday, July 01, 2013
I am Badonk The Sentient Chicken.
Yahoo! Answers is one of my hobbies, because I have no life and going out usually means going grocery shopping or to church...occasionally to a lunch or dinner, just me and my mom.
For those of you who can't access the link, a young man asked "Girls, what advice can you give me about girls in general when I go out there to look for a girlfriend?"
I tried to make it as detailed as possible, but this is all stuff I intend on telling Kegan and if applicable, his two brothers, when the time comes.
Pass it on and and if you want, add some more in your commentary to my blog. I'm sure I don't have absolutely everything covered.
1) Don't date a woman who can't keep her room/apartment clean, when it is just her by herself. I am not saying go with a neat freak, but never excuse the mess that is out of control, even if she asks you to. If she doesn't care enough about herself to be tidy and organized, what makes you think she'll care for you enough to be tidy and organized? Let her be with someone just as messy as she is. Now, if she says "excuse the mess" and there is a couple dishes on the counter from breakfast and lunch, and dirty clothes in a basket neatly in the corner-that is probably the chick you can settle down with.
2) Don't allow a chick to question your every move, and you return the favor. That shows respect. Neither one of you should act clingy and needy like that. It's a turn off.
3) Don't be controlling. Never say, "You're not going to where THAT, are you?" If she is exceedingly underdressed or overdressed for wherever you intend to take her, tell her "For what I am planning, a tee shirt and jeans and sneakers are more appropriate." or "....a nice dress and some dressy shoes are more appropriate." That should excuse you from appearing critical, because of something you're planning on doing with her.
4) Personal hygiene. Don't be smelly. Shower daily, use deodorant, brush and floss your teeth, keep facial hair neatly trimmed once you start growing it. Wear clean clothes. Learn how to do your own laundry if you don't already. THAT is sexy when a man can do all household chores by himself. If you don't already, offer to help around the house with things like vacuuming, doing dishes, etc.
5) Learn how to cook, and cook well. Yes, she should know how to cook, too, but it is not fair to expect your woman to do all the cooking all of the time.
6) Treat your girlfriend the way you want a person to treat the most important woman in your life-be that your mom, your grandmother, your auntie, your sister, a cousin...whatever.
7) Be the kind of man you want your future daughter to be with and the kind of man you want your future son to be.
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