Friday, January 25, 2008
It's so delightful to have Foreman and Yeli here...and the baby too!
I had felt a little badly that here I'd brought them all this way, yet I hadn't had any time to arrange any speaking engagements or anything for Foreman to impart his vision for Refugio, the campground he's developing in his city. But then the Lord helped me realize, all I was required to do was what He assigned me to do - He would take care of the rest. And sure enough, that's what He's been doing.The Lord has been arranging His own divine appointments, through some contacts Foreman already had, and also through friends and relations of friends. So anyway, it being my night off, I took Foreman and family, and my DD Abi as well, leaving my DH home with the grandkids.
When I got home I downloaded the recent pix so's I could show y'all some of the fun I'm having with my #1 spiritual son.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Foreman loves to tease me and lately, knowing I put some of the weight back on, he's called me "gringuita menos flaquita" (less thin). I told him that bugged me - and to start calling things that are not as though they were. I have to look that up in the Concordance to know exactly where it is and it what context, but anyway, our words DO carry power. I believe it has something to do with being made in the image of God, who spoke the world into existence. ..But I didn't mind when Foreman was saying "gringuita menos viejita"(less old!) At the Real Age site, I was rated at 47 - and could be younger, if I had a happier marriage. My main problem continues to be late night snacking or stress eating. And I didn't exercise yesterday or this morning. Perhaps I can squeeze in some time on the bike later. But morning is definitely the bet time to do it.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Okay, the holidays are over and now I'm working to regain the ground I lost from regaining the WEIGHT I lost. Had some special visits during the holidays- my high school buddies Vikki and Sue; DD Cass and SIL Brent. Afterwards, made a trip out to a Spark Buddie, Nanita, who gave me a used exercise bike with which I expect to get rid of those nasty pounds and develop some kickin' leg muscles for my next trip to Peru! Fy #1 Spiritual son Foreman arrived night before last with wife Yeli and son Emanuel, and will stay a while to work and gain support for El Refugio, the Christian camp he's developing in his city of Iquitos, Peru. Featured with this blogs are some pix he brought of progress there - we now have a good house for our worker Jose, a nice outhouse and well. Work had been going on all these months to dig up and transport dirt (ALL MANUAL LABOR)from one site to another to level the ground for our volleyball court and soccer field and make a driveway for an entrance to the camp. Refugio is not yet fully operational - we need buildings for seminars and retreats and such - but it has not been idle. We've had picnics, soccer matches, and over the holidays a traditional "Chocolatada". Two hundred area children were invited to receive hot cocoa, sweet bread, and gifts (donated by Foreman's church.) FIVE hundred came (ALL had cocoa and "paneton" but not all had gifts.) Refugio is already functioning as an outreach to the community. Sparkmail me to know how you can participate in this ministry through tax-deductible offerings!
Friday, January 04, 2008
I can't make excuses...stress or good food...I gotta get the eating under control. I COULD HAVE achieved goal by now. How frustrating! The good: I AM fairly consistent in exercise. And I HAVE increased the challenge to my muscles - for while I may have put back on some of the wieght I'd gotten rid of, I also added weight to what I lift. I am up to 13 pounds for the lateral dumbbell raises, 20 for the seated leg raises, 25 for the seated tricep extensions...I do 100 crunches at a time. So, while there have been setbacks in weight, there have been advances in strength. I know if I can bring the eating under control, the pounds will once again slip off bit by bit.
The stress IS hard...my DH's failing health and our less than ideal relationship - his apathy/complacency, bringing junk food in, mindless eating - it occasionally rubs off on me, and I just want to EAT, especially at night, which we know is a no-no. PLUS I ENJOY good food.
With the holidays over, I'm hoping I'll find more self control, especially at night. Hate to say it, but I think widowhood would also alleviate a lot of the stress. Ain't it a shame? But I have to be honest with myself.
Gotta track my calories and drink my water and stop eating beyond the necessary!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
My number one spiritual son from Peru is Foreman Varela - those of you who've read my blogs have already heard plenty about him! THIS time he'll be accompanied by wife Yeli and baby Emanuel (1 1/2 year old)
I've put back a "few" pounds over the holidays, but I'll work them back off so that by the time I return to Peru (by faith) this summer, I'll weigh less than I did last time they saw me. I'm stronger than I was, even so, having increased the weights I lift. And I'll try not to fatten Foreman up too much - trouble is, being Peruvian, he says, "No Peruvian feels full unless he has rice at every meal!" I gotta get him to eat more vegetables!
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