Thursday, May 10, 2012

Friday Fragments 5-11-12

1. Sunday I will be volunteering in my first triathlon. I am super excited a good friend of mine is running in it and she talked me into volunteering. The bad thing is that the event is a little over away from my house and I have to be there at 5:30 am. Sunday. That is way to early to be out and about on a Sunday!

2. I hope to possibly participate in a triathlon someday. I have issues with the swim part. Do you know the kinds of things that could possibly be in open water. Can we say GROSS!

3. I am back to running again. I'm still looking for a running buddy who lives close and that I could train with. I do have some friends in Houston that like to run though. :)

5. Memorial Day weekend I will be participating in the Houston Astros race for the Pennant. It's a race to raise money for the Astros foundation for under privileged children. I love the Astros! I can't wait to run and possible meet some of the players!

5. My husband is still unemployed. He's been hunting to no avail. God has provided and given us such a peace.  We are just trying to be patient and trust Him. Sometimes it's easier than other.s.

6. I want to change the layout and design of my blog. I was just wondering do you you change yours yourself and why? or do you have someone else do it and why?  I want someone else to change mine but I've having a hard time convincing my husband of this.

7. I only got about four hours sleep last night so I am going to call it a night. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book Review: Treasures of Healthy Living

Treasures of Healthy Living by Annette Reeder and Dr. Richard Couey

About the Book:
Did you know you can find the answer to many healthy problems in the pages of Scripture? Think of God's Word as a treasure map that leads straight to the healthy life you've always dreamed of. It reveals how you can move from a sickly, lackluster life to one that is full of energy and hope. This practical Bible Study will reveal the truth about the foods you eat and provide simple tools to begin improving your physical, emotional and spiritual health. You won't believe how much your life can change when you grab hold of the treasures God has provided for you. 

My Review:
I have to admit that when I recived this book I thought that it would be another "diet" book. I coudn't have been more wrong! This book deals with every part of your life and gives you the biblicial view of healthy living. I found this book to be very do-able. Each week broken down into daily segments with scriptural and pratical applications. The book is part of series and it's not really possible to do the study without the other two books (for more information on the books click here). I wish the three books could have been combined for practicality as well as affordability. Even without the companion books I think this book does any excellent job of teaching healthy living from a biblical perspective. 

The Authors:
Annette Reeder will lead you on this journey to biblical health-a journey she knows all too well, as her own family once traveled this same path to discover God's treasures. Annette is a biblical nutrition consultant and the founder of Designed Healthy Living, a consulting program that teaches individuals how to follow a biblical nutrition plan. She is also living, breathing, happy and healthy example of what a person can become when they find the Treasures of Healthy Living

Dr. Richard "Dick" Couey- Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences at Baylor University. Dr. Couey has spent nearly fifty years studying the physiology of the cell. He has especially studied how nutrition, exercise and stress affect the cell's biochemistry and physiology. Dr. Couey's students praise how Dr. Couey can make the complexities of the cell seem understandable. 
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy UnMother's Day

Mother's Day is a very bittersweet day more me. I love celebrating my mom and all the wonderful things she does for me. However, my heart also breaks with desire on that day to be a mother. Mother's Day isn't easy for those coping with infertility, but now, we have a day of our own - National Infertility Survival Day! National Infertility Survival Day is a relatively new holiday, invented to celebrate all the hard work and effort that infertile couples put towards trying to have a child. The day’s main emphasis is on self-care and celebration for what we do have. It’s also a day for friends and family to help lift the spirits of a loved one coping with infertility.
Just like Mother’s Day, when all the hard work that goes into motherhood is celebrated, on National Infertility Survival Day, we celebrate and honor couples who are desperately trying to become parents.The holiday was founded in 2004 by author Beverly Barna. Barna describes the holiday like this:
“I hope National Infertility Survival Day will lift their spirits and give them the impetus to celebrate themselves and that which they do have. This is not to negate the very real despair they may be facing. Rather, it’s an opportune time to stop and smell theChanel, and also to blunt the emotional pummeling that can occur leading up to, on and around Mother’s Day. And it’s also a vehicle through which those close to them can provide meaningful, creative, and fun support."
National Infertility Survival Day is the first Sunday in the month of May.  Scheduled for the weekend before Mother’s Day, the holiday's timing is intentional, so it can blunt the sadness and frustration that many women feel as Mother’s Day approaches. As lovely as Mother’s Day can be for mothers, it can be extremely painful and disheartening for infertile women.One can feel terribly left out and ripped off. For me, it tended to be a time when all the disappointment about my situation coalesced around this one day.The holiday is also a chance to turn around and bring something positive to what is normally a difficult condition. Often, we focus our energies and thoughts on what we don’t get, or have not received, despite all our efforts. On this day, we honor and celebrate all we have done to try to have a child.
Instead of focusing on our losses, we focus on our strengths.National Infertility Survival Day isn’t only for the women and couples coping with infertility now, but also a day for those who have gone forward in their lives.
Barna explains, “I hope the holiday encourages [those who are not currently dealing with infertility] to embrace the knowledge -– even wisdom -– they gained in that struggle, and to find ways to support those who are still coping with the ordeal on a day-to-day, month-to-month basis, and who don’t know how it will turn out for them."
This is a day just for you, and you should celebrate the day however you like!
A few possible ideas:
  • Go out to dinner.
  • See a movie or a play.
  • Buy yourself flowers.
  • Get together with friends, either at home or out of town.
  • Pamper yourself by visiting a spa, or getting a massage.
  • Take the day for some creativity -– messy art, corny poetry, whatever you like!
Some women may feel silly celebrating when they feel they have nothing to celebrate. Our society puts so much emphasis on celebrating after we’ve accomplished a goal. It’s not uncommon for women coping with infertility to feel like failures. But you are not a failure.
With infertility, your accomplishment is the effort you’ve already put towards becoming a parent. You’re celebrating your strength and your efforts. You may not be able to hold these types of accomplishments in your hand, but they are just as real and deserve to be celebrated. For partners, this is a day for a special gift. Something to brighten her spirits. “Chocolates –- unless she’s on a diet, in which case, jewelry is always good,” suggests Barna. “Perfume! Cards! Candlelight dinner! Wine! Champagne! A poem! A trip!”
For family and friends, assuming the couple has let you in on this private area of their lives, anything to lift the couple’s spirits is great. Bring over some balloons, or send a funny or uplifting e-card. Sometimes just a phone call letting them know you’re there, if they ever want to talk, is nice.
Whatever you might consider doing for their birthday, those kinds of ideas probably fit for National Infertility Survival Day celebration, too.
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Wordless Wednesday 5-9-12

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

A-Z Blogging Challenge 2012 Reflection Post

A to Z Challenge Relections Mega Post.

A to Z Challenge Reflections Mega Post

  • What attracted you to the Blogging From A to Z April ChallengeI thought the challenge would be a great way to streach and challenge myself as a blogger
  • Did you feel intimidated by the Challenge? Oh yeah! I didn't think I would be able to do it.
  • Did you ever feel like quitting? Yes, when I started not feeling well.  What kept you going? The thought of being a quiter. I don't like to quit.
  • What do you think was your biggest contribution to the Challenge? I don't feel like I contributed at all. I feel that my post were not up to par with everyone elses.
  • In finishing this challenge, will you be more apt to try other blogging or writing challenges (e.g.--NaNoWriMo)? Yes but I don't know about right now. I am very frustrated with my blog and my post. I need to regroup and get it together.
  • Do you feel you did your best in the Challenge? Up until my health problems started acting up again.   What could you have done better? Stuck to my blog topics and planned ahead.
  • What did you learn from the Challenge? There are lots of great bloggers out there and that I need to do better or give it up.
  • Will you be blogging any more now than you used to? I dont' think so. I think I am going back to three or four blog post a week. Quality over quanity. 
Arlee, you did an excelent job of coming up with the idea for this challenge and organizing it. I would definately do another challenge you created. Excellelentpost signature

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