A health update

This space came to be back in 2008 during a difficult year, filled with health challenges including the pulmonary emboli that almost killed me and led to the diagnosis of a blood clotting disorder and later, a diagnosis of systemic lupus that vacated a previous diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I've long been a medical mystery and 2016 proved to reinforce that fact. I wanted to chronicle all that has happened here on the blog so that subsequent posts that refer to this years health journey are provided a frame of reference. 2011 was another difficult year health wise with lupus attacking my liver and causing autoimmune hepatitis, a fall that blew out my right knee and required surgical repair of my ACL and medial/lateral meniscus and having my gallbladder removed. Things have been … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Runner…..Yet

I have many friends that have taken up running. And, they LOVE it. Like, it has changed their life, their health, their physique for the better and they can't imagine not running type of love it. They post pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Sweaty happy faces after running a 5, 10 or 15k.  Running in inclement weather, on purpose. And for most of 2012, I watched their transformations from the comfort of my couch, shaking my head and thinking "bless their little running hearts". Meanwhile, I huffed and puffed at the very thought of running.  A brisk walk could leave me breathless. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As I prayed for my … [Read more...]

My Friend is a Big Loser

{Tomorrow, I will be sharing my One Word for 2013 with you and that will make this post even more relevant!} My friend, Jessica Heights, is sweet.  People use that word to describe others often but I really mean it. You look up sweet in the dictionary and there is a picture of this girl.  She is a mama to four, a wife, a writer {who blogs here}, co-host of Allume {the largest Christian blogging/social media conference} and has managed to find the time in all that to write an e-book that is going to encourage and inspire lots of women, this woman included. The 100 pound loser is a quick and simple read, that provides inspiration, encouragement and practical tips for those of us looking to lose weight and live healthier in 2013 {or any year for that matter}.  In her conversational … [Read more...]

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Overwhelming to-do list. Unsatisfactory grades from the lanky boy who can do better. Cranky moments from a teething and first-time-ear-infection-suffering Sweet Pea. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Sanctuary filled with God's people, lifting up one voice in a cacophony of praise. Teaching a class about the power of communicating with Elohim through prayer. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Deadlines loom, some pass unattended.  Life seems to be quickening the pace, or is it me? Why can't I keep up? Breathe In. Breathe Out. Encouraging email arrives.  Confirmation through a text that God is at work. Breathe In.  Breathe Out. Don't want to waste a single breath on worry, anxiety or doubt.  Don't want to miss a chance to practice gratitude for the good, the God. Casting my cares. Breathing in, … [Read more...]

Silent Inflammation- Interview with Dr. Sears

Yesterday, I had the privilege to interview Dr. Barry Sears (MD), author of several books including New York Times bestseller, The Zone.    As someone that lives with autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus), which have been linked to chronic inflammation, I had a lot of questions for the doctor and looked forward to hearing his perspective.  Other common illnesses with a connection to chronic inflammation are diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I started by thanking Dr. Sears for voicing the theory that the mantra of "eat less, exercise more" does not work for everyone when it comes to weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle.  Instead, Dr. Sears believes that an anti-inflammatory diet is the key to being healthy. He talked about the cultural attitude that those … [Read more...]

Steps toward a natural lifestyle

Image via Wikipedia I haven't liked getting my hands dirty since I was a little girl.  Gardening? Yuck!  I even mix meatloaf with a spoon.  Up until recently, I didn't like to get anything under my french manicured nails (did you know all the chemicals in acrylic nails?  I do now and haven't had them on in four months). In 2008 things changed.  I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and nearly lost my life to a pulmonary embolism (that turned out to be related to a clotting disorder and systemic lupus). I started looking at life and health a lot differently.  I discovered that I was deficient in several (important) vitamins and minerals.  In order to live my best life and insure that I am around to watch my kids grow up, I needed to change the way I viewed the world. I started reading … [Read more...]

What is this blog for anyway?

Image by frances1972 via Flickr I arrived home from Blissdom with a heavy heart. Mind you, I had a fabulous time (with a capital F) and learned a lot. I also realized that I had strayed from my passions- the passions that led me to start this blog in the first place almost two years ago.  I have been working on shifting my focus back to sharing life from my heart with my readers.  (All my product reviews, giveaways, professional organizing advice, etc. will be on my professional organizing site starting March 1st.) I blog about life. Life as an adoptive mom of a child with severe emotional and behavioral issues, life as a mama of all boys, life as a mama of all tween/teen boys, life as a wife, life with multiple sclerosis and lupus, life as a former foster child, high school drop out … [Read more...]

Multi-Tasking Monday

I am starting my own theme for Mondays as I have so much to share... First, my vlog for Monday Mingle, hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. The questions this week were: Do you have siblings?  Did you want more or less siblings when you were growing up? What was your wedding song? Did you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Tell us something special about your spouse/partner Here are my answers: Then I need to give you my Mamavation update.  I am down another 2.3 lbs this week (which is absolutely amazing considering all the awesome food we had at Blissdom).  I have not been able to walk outdoors because there is 4 feet of snow on the ground but the hubby and I did a lot of unpacking/cleaning so I am assuming that is where I burnt off most of the calories.  I continue to drink ice … [Read more...]

Made for relationship

Today I listened to my friend Amy talk about friendship on her radio show.  Coming home from a weekend like this leads one to think about friendship, about connection, about how our Creator intended for us to be in relationship with others. Relationships that allow us to take off our grown up hats and put on our play time hats (or boas and beads as the case may be) Relationships that allow us to relax.  To lean back into the knowledge that we are accepted for who we are in this moment. Relationships that allow us to celebrate each others success without thought of competition or glory. Relationships that make our hearts smile and our spirit sing ~A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words~ Author Unknown Today … [Read more...]

Monday Mingle

I love participating in the Monday Mingle, hosted by Speedy at Eighty MPH Mom.  You get to know other bloggers, see their sweet faces and interact through another medium (other than our standard font LOL) This week the questions were: If you could be any literary/movie character who would you be? What is your biggest phobia? Do you have pets? What are they and what are their names? And here are my answers: Join us for the fun on video or leave me your answers in the comments! … [Read more...]

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