I did get my FitBit setup, but I didn’t do very well with tracking my food after the first few days. Back in the old days (maybe 2000-2001), I used a paper tracker with the Weight Watchers program. Tracking was EASY and I had many of my common foods’ points memorized.

I ponder using a paper tracker now, just to jot things down and then log them digitally later. It could work, right?! Gotta try something. I’m not attached to my phone/tablet/computer all day long. Sometimes with the kids, I literally don’t have time to load apps and search things out on my phone. Modern challenges. I’ll get this figured out eventually.

With my FitBit on, I haven’t really done much out of the ordinary. I really do want to change that trend. Since I haven’t though, I found the first weekly email an interesting look at my baseline of activity.

I’m still trying to figure out where I climbed all those stairs! I live on the first floor. I think a goal of 10k daily steps will be a nice starting point. I almost got there one day without thinking about it! Wednesday must have been a busy day.

With all this lack of progress with weight loss, I have actually maintained my weight. I’ll count this as a win, and keep trying!

Starting Again, take #(I’ve lost count)

Morning Notes to Self:

My husband lost 40 pounds over the course of this year, and I’m both super proud and a little jealous. When Harvey hit us, he posted a gain of two pounds over those few weeks. He immediately began working on his plan again.

Whereas, I abandoned my plan long before Harvey.

My husband’s resolve is rubbing off, maybe. I saw my second goal on my SparkPage & it is still unmet.

SparkGuy says start small. So, I’m starting again. AGAIN! Ok. Mini goal: re-setup my FitBit, and go for a walk. Exercise today. No excuses. Just do it today. I’ll set a new goal tomorrow. I can do this. Ok. Yeah. I’m going to do this weight loss thing!

Day One on track

Day in review:

I did not set up my FitBit. I did plug it in to charge, and the day sort of got away from me.

I lost my temper in the late afternoon (long story) and went for a walk to cool my heels. I thought that counted as exercise. When I put in walking for 30 minutes (a generous guess), it said calories burned was 0. I think that means it didn’t count. So, I didn’t track it.

🙁 So my two-part mini-goal is a bust on both counts.
🙂 I did, however, stay within my calorie range. That counts for something! I was a little bummed not to have more room for wine at the end of the day, but I’ll live.

Idea! I’ll pre-track my glass of wine for tomorrow evening so I know how much room I need. Boom.

If you’d like to join me on SparkPeople, please do! It’s free!

When did I get old?

It was after a particular follow-up doctor appointment that this pivotal question occurred to me.

No, really.

When did I get old?!

I have shoe inserts, compressions socks, and an elbow brace now.

How do I combat this creeping feeling that I’m not the spry youth I’m convinced that I am? I get these fly compression socks:

Styling Compression Socks

Yeah, baby!

In a weird way, it also helps me to feel young that I need orthodontia. I can think of cheaper ways to feel young, but I’ll take the silver lining wins where I can get them!

The good news is that I’m the picture of health. I’m just falling apart. No big deal, really. I just gotta keep moving.

Scrubbing Washcloths

I’ve discovered a great time to crochet. While the kids work on their schoolwork, I work on my projects. My current project is making scrubbing washcloths.

I finished a few and perfected my basic pattern a bit to include a button hole for hanging at each corner of the piece. I’m pretty happy with these! We wash and dry them regularly. They work way better than loofas.


Mom: My mom just died LOL
Daughter: Mom, do you know what LOL means?
Mom: Of course. It’s Lots Of Love
Daughter: No! It means Laugh Out Loud
Mom: Oh… really…
Daughter: What’s wrong?
Mom: I just sent that message to all of our relatives
Daughter: LOL!

— lifted from the internet somewhere

Everyone Gets Angry

I signed up for BookBub, which has expanded my Kindle library quite a bit! I love all the free book offerings. My kids each have a Kindle fire, and I like to add books to their library as well. At this young age, I pre-read anything I put in their little hands. I’m glad I do, and this book is one reason why! I know that sounds harsh, but we have to be careful what we expose to these little sponges of information. I’m not perfect at this by any stretch, but I sure try!

My review on Goodreads:

Everybody Gets AngryEverybody Gets Angry by Noah Lukeman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What are we teaching these kids?!

My “favorite” is when the dog ate Dad’s dinner, so dad got happy again by eating a cupcake. The idea behind this book is great, but the pictures show very unhealthy anger coping mechanisms if any. I would not recommend this book to anyone.


​”We can be honest with God even when we are filled with anger or despair because God knows us thoroughly and wants the very best for us. Anger may result in rash outward acts or turning inward toward depression. But because we trust in our all-powerful God, we don’t have to be victims of circumstance or be weighted down by the guilt of sin. Be honest with God, and he will help you turn your attention from yourself to him and his mercy.”

-Life Application Study Bible plan on YouVersion

Interrupted Plans

The story about the feeding of the five thousand can be found in John 6:1-24, Matthew 14:13-36, Mark 6:30-56, and Luke 9:10-17.

We talked about a lot of things in Sunday school yesterday, but this brain-wave of what Jesus did when his plan was disrupted struck me. I never considered that the miracle of feeding those people was an act done during an interruption in Jesus’ plan to get away. Jesus and the disciples were trying to escape the crowds and they just kept following. When Jesus realized their retreat had a following, he turned and provided food for their souls and their bodies.

Accept disruptions as a part of the plan.

In the John telling, there came a point when Jesus realized that the crowd was going to force him to be king. That wasn’t just a disruption in the plan. That was a whole different plan, and it was not what Jesus planned to do. He withdrew from everyone entirely.

It is ok to withdraw when the disruption becomes too much.

A little later in the lesson, we discussed our roles in the miracles of God today. I noticed that in all of these miracles, there’s an approach to Christ.

Ask not, receive not. (Paraphrased from John 16:24.)

It was also brought up that miracles turn us into God’s storytellers. We are to share the good news of salvation through Christ, and miracles are a great way to point to Jesus.

In thinking about roles, we touched briefly on talents and gifts. What do we actually do with our lives?

I’m a Mom. My role is largely dishes and laundry. Or it seems to be! Pastor reminded me that it is also raising up my children in Christ. I’m also a homeschooler. I pigeon-holed all teaching (life skills, Jesus, animals,

I’m also a homeschooler. My thinking was to pigeon-hole all teaching (life skills, Jesus, animals, planets, anatomy, history, math, reading, etc.) into that homeschooling box. Disciplining, chores, and bedtime battles all fall into the Mom box.

The thing is… there are no boxes.

We are to live our lives learning, loving, and sharing for Christ while giving thanks in everything.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
— Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

Itch Cream with Essential Oils

Mosquitos are in season! Thrilling.

I’ve made an itch cream with a carrier lotion from DoTerra plus lemon, lavender, on guard (a DoTerra blend), and spearmint. I only used spearmint because I couldn’t find peppermint.

I didn’t really measure drops and stuff. I just squirted a generous amount of lotion into one of my Pampered Chef glass prep bowls* and put around 3 drops of each oil in there. I mixed with my little finger and then applied the lotion as needed.

It smells really great and stopped the itch within minutes. I love when simple stuff works.

*I like those glass prep bowls because they have a cap. I also have several of them. So, using one for this isn’t a big whoop.

— I do not sell DoTerra or Pampered Chef products. My friends do.

Final Hours

Final Hours (Love in Time, #1)Final Hours by Cate Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, charming, and gripping read. I like the time travel aspect, and how the history stuff didn’t get boring. There was only one drawback: There were a few side characters that seemed off (a little too similar to Kane’s in personality). That was mildly distracting. I gave it four stars because I’d read it again.

Sweet Barbarian

Sweet BarbarianSweet Barbarian by Jayla Jasso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book made me laugh out loud at times. I loved that there were two antagonists. Sure, there were bits in the story that were unnecessarily long-winded. For example: Do I really need that much info about someone’s beauty routine? Oh well. It wasn’t too bad, and it kind of fit with the whole style of the book. The romance we sweet and tense at the same time.

The reason it didn’t get 5 stars (even though I’d probably read it again):
The work could have done without the crude references. The only other complaint was the difficulty of suspending my belief when it comes to a “barbarian” becoming such a happily domesticated stud with no flaws.

Fantasy is fun though. I’d read it again.

Tea Party and Gold Canyon

The following are a few emails I rediscovered today. It tickled me pink. For one thing, I forgot that this web URL used to be a redirect for my GC biz.

Janurary 22, 2009

I want to say it was [S] that asked me about doing a gift basket, but I’m struggling to remember (pregnancy brain!)… Anyway, I sell Gold Canyon Candles, and I can set up a gift basket for the event. Also, she mentioned something about the tea light samples I can do for the grab bags. I’m happy to donate my talent/time/stuff in this way. Just let me know details on what’s needed.

Speaking of Gold Canyon, I’m hosting a Party this Saturday in the Fellowship Room. There’ll be samples of all the candle scents and prizes. It’s an open house type of event from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. You are welcome to come (and bring a friend)!

To find out a little more about the candle biz visit

The Lady Fishers at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church (Fishers) did a fun and fabulous Tea Party on April 25, 2009. At the time, I helped with the church’s e-newsletter. I was also a Gold Canyon Candle Company (GC) representative.

Between this email and the date of the event was my daughter’s birth! I have another email where I was updating the church website the day before Sarah was born. The lovely woman I was coordinating with happened to be traveling for the birth of her granddaughter, who was born the night before my daughter was born!

Thank you, Deb: You never cease to amaze me. I know what today is and I will be thinking of you. God’s blessings to you. I pray all goes well.

Our granddaughter was born last night. She’s adorable! Eight pounds four ounces. Wow! It was a tough delivery.

You take good care, too, and I hope you will have a lot of people taking care of you, Sarah, and the boys.

A few weeks later, my friend was heading home and she sent me this note:

How’s the new mom and baby doing?  Outstanding, I hope… See you soon. We are heading home tomorrow.  Have been gone 4 weeks. By the way, my daughters love their candles!

I had so much fun volunteering at Fishers. I no longer attend Fishers, but I still consider them my “church home away from home.”

I really enjoyed working with the Gold Canyon too. I no longer sell GC products, but I definitely still use them! They are still my favorite candles.

Touching Jace… or not

Touching Jace (Devereaux Billionaires, #1; Billionaries in the City, #4)Touching Jace by Mallory Crowe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sorry, but I didn’t particularly care for this book. The writer can write, but the story needs work. The characters beyond the main characters were so shallow as to be unbelievable and annoying. The driving mystery feel flat on its face without conclusion. The “hot” scenes were thankfully brief, but unnecessarily crude. The epilogue was a waste of paper. It didn’t even try to tie up loose ends. It simply felt like a deleted scene that should have remain deleted because it didn’t even fit the characters at all. It had potential, but it was a let down.

State of Fear

State of FearState of Fear by Michael Crichton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Michael Crichton does not disappoint! This book was confusing at first, and then all the pieces fell together. I was pleased to successfully predict a few twists, and equally pleased to have missed a few others. I think some of the details were over explained, but I can see why they were. It was a lot of technical stuff! Crichton does his homework. I really enjoyed this book!

Funnies I’ve Collected on Pinterest

Here are 25 of the latest funnies I’ve found and saved. There are over 750 pins on this board. They are by-and-large clean funnies.

Homicide and the Infuriating Grace of God

I’ve heard and read the story of Cain and Abel several times, but I’ve never seen it explained so well! This is worth the read.

Abel’s different not because of what he offered but because of what he didn’t offer. Abel doesn’t believe God owes him anything. Abel’s faith isn’t in what he brings to God, but in what God has given to him. Abel’s offering is a better offering, it’s simply an offering brought in faith (Hebrews 11:4).

The Martian

The Martian movieWe recently watched The Martian with the kids (10, 9, & 7), and it was great. T doesn’t typically sit through any movie without complaint, impatience, and/or full-on meltdowns. He not only sat through this one, but wanted to watch it again!

It does have some pretty strong language in parts, and it can be pretty intense. For our family, this led to some discussions. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether this is something you’d want your kids to watch. I found this review at Common Sense helpful.

It is exciting and adventuresome with survival, science, and some really great “never give up” & “just work the problem, one at time” kind of concepts. In a many ways, it reminds me of Apollo 13 (one of my all time favorite flicks).

Incidentally, the book is great! It’s also a quick read. I didn’t read it recently enough to be able to comment on language or kid appropriateness. I’ll need to read it again, because T has shown interest in reading the book. My sweet T who does not typically read voluntarily! Wow. We might be onto something here!

Mastering Work When Work Masters You

Your work doesn’t determine your worth, Jesus’ does. When you look at the work you do (whether that be the paid or the unpaid work), what’s it worth? Your work is important, but it’s not important because of the name it will give to you.

Keep the work you do in perspective!

You’re not CEO. You’re not mom. You’re not entrepreneur. You’re not pastor. Those might be important, yes, but that’s not who you are. You are a friend of God.

I just loved this article. It is always helpful, and centering, to remember what your true identity is.

Read all of RJ Grunewald’s article. You won’t regret it.