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October 29, 2014

This World is Not My Home...

I wrote my Monday Funday post too soon. I look back now and can see God shaking his head at me... complaining about silly things... little did I know what was about to come...

I don't feel like divulging all of the details right now, but after a very quick chain of events on Monday night my grandma Kathy was placed on life support and we were told that there was no chance for recovery.

I am heartbroken as is my whole family. I spent all of Monday night in the hospital with them, most of yesterday and several hours today...

My grandma is one of the most vibrant people I have ever known and SO full of life. She is one of those people who had never met a stranger and honestly is a kid at heart.

She loves my boys fiercely. She would drop anything to come help me any second of the day. She is an amazing grandma. She bakes the most amazing cookies and is such a giver. Frequently she would stop by and fill my deep freeze with food to surprise me, I will miss that so much.

On Saturday night we went to eat dinner for my mom's birthday. After dinner we came back to our house and ate cake. Bryan turned on music for Rhett to dance for everyone and one of the lasting memories I will have of my grandma is her dancing in my living room with Rhett.

So.full.of.life.

And two days later everything had changed.

I don't have much else to say right now except to please pray for my family- for my grandpa, for my mom and aunts and the rest of my family.

This world is not my home, I keep telling myself that. The Lord is still good in the midst of trial and turmoil. We aren't promised tomorrow.

Hope you're having a blessed Wednesday, and if I am out for a few days, now you know why.
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October 27, 2014

Monday Funday

You might be having a Monday Funday if...

You spend 3 hours of your 6 hours of free time from your oldest child cleaning your entire house from top to bottom just to get a phone call at 2:30 PM that the showing scheduled for 4:30 PM has been cancelled.

It's been a Monday. And actually, until that call nothing bad had happened. Monday's are always my busy days. We drop Hudson off at Preschool at 8 (and they were testing our their new car line thing so I didn't even have to get myself or Rhett out of the car, woo!) and then headed to get groceries. Spent 40 min at the store, reading labels like crazy, darn you added sugar and sodium. I did a double work out- ran two miles and did 21 Day Fix Total body cardio fix, then showered and started folding laundry- I did 4 loads and folded it and put it all away in ONE day- a new record. Then I cleaned (including cleaning out my purse- gross) for a while until it was time to pick Hudson up.

I don't even really mind that they cancelled. I wasn't looking forward to taking the boys and the dogs in the car for an hour at rush hour traffic time.

And at least now, my house is clean.

...Oh and the tummy bug is going around and Hudson just came out of his room and told me that his tummy hurts as I was typing this...

Happy Monday. Monday Funday, that is.

October 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Momma!

Today is my momma's birthday. I am such a blessed girl that God gave me the best mom in the whole world (I'm sorry... but it's true). Every year and every day that passes as I raise my kids, I love and appreciate my mom more and more and more.

Being a {good} mom is probably one of the most selfless jobs around. You slave away day and night to keep someone else healthy and happy. You sacrifice your body, you lose lots of sleep... and I think I've realized in the last four year since I became a mom, everything my mom has done for me. And it doesn't stop when they're grown and married... I rarely go more than 24 hours without talking to or seeing my parents. And just like I said in Hudson's birthday post that I am exactly who God made to be Hudson's momma, I am so grateful that God gave me the best parents for ME.

I am very close to both of my parents. I wouldn't say I am a momma's girl OR a daddy's girl because I am equally close to both of them. I can honestly say that my parents are my best friends in the world. And I know they would drop anything to be there for me if I needed them, and they have so many times (like flying back from Cancun two days into their trip to make it in time for Rhett's birth).

My mom is my shopping buddy. She's my confidant and my cheerleader. My personal "doctor". She's my first phone call with good news. This last year has been so trying with our family, but my parents have been there to step in and help with the boys or just be there to talk or cry to. I don't take that for granted at all.

And my mom is THE best Grammy. The boys adore her. Hudson's favorite thing is that Grammy makes him homemade donuts when he spend the night with them. He won't even eat any other kind of donuts now because Grammy's are SO good.

Happy Birthday, Mom. I am so thankful for you every single day. I hope you have a very special day! I love you!

XOXO,
Jen

October 24, 2014

WWF and I Cut my Hair...

Because one post wasn't enough today... ha ha....

...but seriously. I lost two lbs this week. That was worth another blog post because I am FINALLY out of my funk and back on track, I am at my lowest weight yet and SO pumped about it.
I shared on my Instagram this week that I was wearing some clothes that are fitting more loosly and I did my measurements again to find that I had lost SEVEN inches around my upper chest-- umm amazing. Also 4 inches from my hips and 3 inches off my waist-- all while losing VERY little weight. So see, that scale doesn't always matter.
Same work out top in both pictures, noticable tighter on the Left, ten weeks ago, then the other day, VERY loose. Progress.
Also.... I cut my hair even more this week. I am loving it.

And lastly... something really cool happened this week. While playing at the park on Wednesday, Jordan and I met a mom who had just moved to town and didn't know a soul. The cool thing is that her son is just two weeks older than Rhett. I invited her over for a play date yesterday with my friend Beth and we all just clicked. I am so happy to have a new friend and for Rhett to have a new bff too. This just goes to show that you never ever know what the Lord has in store for you, even when you're just at the park playing with your kids. She said that she'd been praying in the car on the way to the park that God would bring her a friend so she wouldn't feel so alone here, and then we just randomly started talking and became fast friends. Little did she know that I needed a friend too. Hannah, I am so happy to have met you and to have you in NWA! :)

Happy Friday, loves. Hope you get to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather this weekend!

Love Is A Gift

Tracking Pixel This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

I don't think I need to tell you how important my family is to me. 'm pretty sure you already know that... but I'll brag on my loved ones a little bit more today...
In a brief run-down, I am so fortunate to have married my very best friend and the love of my life (almost) six years ago. Bryan has been my best friend since we were in Junior High, and we have a long love story... but I am so glad to have him by my side every day. There is no one I would rather do this life with. He's my biggest supporter, number one fan, our provider, my hard worker, my shoulder to cry on... I am so thankful for him.
I also don't think I need to tell you how much I love and appreciate my children. Every day I am so thankful for the blessing that they are to me. I don't think I knew my true identity until I had them. They're my "gift" each and every day.

And our Janet. My boy's G-Ma. Bryan's Mom. Tony's Lucy. My Mother-in-Law. There is not a day on this Earth that we won't stop missing her. I am so thankful for our pictures and memories of her that we can give to our boys to remember her. She loved them like crazy... and they were so fond of her too.

So that's why today I am so excited to be partnering with MassMutal and their Love Is A Gift social initiative to celebrate those who matter most in our lives. Love Is A Gift is an initiative that encourages people to make a statement about the transformative power of love by sharing a picture of themselves with those who matter most to them.

For every photo story uploaded to http://bit.ly/1vRvg4C or on public Instagram accounts using #LoveIsAGift, MassMutual will donate $1 to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.

This initiative is a continuation of the brand’s longstanding partnership with Easter Seals. As a national partner with Easter Seals, MassMutual understands that love can be demonstrated in many different ways. One of those ways is by providing children and adults living with disabilities, their caregivers, and veterans with access to more information, specialists, and financial strategies that can help improve their quality of life. Because MassMutual believes that all love is valuable and unique, the company wanted to convey the genuine strong bonds people share with one another by highlighting real families. You can also find a great recent article covering MassMutual’s social initiative here.

 

It's so easy to join in the fun. All you have to do is find a picture on your phone or computer, upload it to your Instagram account with #LoveIsAGift or BIT and add a few words about your loved ones and why they matter most. *Your Instagram must be public for it to be recognized to trigger the donation. Once the photo is uploaded, participants can share their photo and details of the initiative with their friends on Facebook or Twitter AND each upload will trigger a $1 donation from MassMutual to Easter Seals, up to $50,000.


ALSO you'll want to join me for a #LoveIsAGift Twitter Party taking place on Wednesday, November 5 between 8:00 am – 9:00 am PST/ 11:00 am – Noon EST. You won't want to miss it because you'll have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the MassMutual.

October 22, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

It's Wednesday which means it's Momma's free day! I am heading to get my hair done and then grabbing some lunch and doing a little shopping with my friend, Katie! I am pretty stoked! I got up early and worked out so I could enjoy my "me-time" today!
I haven't worn this shirt since 2010. I was happy that is comfortable fit today (meaning I could move my arms). Ha! Also, I never ever ever wear my hair up when I am actually dressed and ready for the day, not really sure why, I just don't.
I had a triple work out day yesterday. I did Chalene's Turbo Fire HIIT 20, 21 Day Fix Abs and then we went for a family walk after dinner last night. Our weather has been gorgeous! I just really really love fall.

No luck on selling the house yet. Hoping to hear something this week at some point!

We booked a trip to Big Cedar Lodge in Branson in a few weeks with just us and the boys. It will be a fun little weekend get-a-way. Branson is about 2 hours from where we live and Big Cedar is pretty amazing. Any suggestions of what to do with a preschooler and a toddler are welcome!!
Lastly, a few of my coaches and I are hosting a private 21 day fix group starting on Monday on Facebook. I am offering a chance to win a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor watch and our group is SUPER small (17 people right now). Lots of fun recipes, challenges, motivation and a support group to help you lose up to 15 lbs in 21 days. I am super excited about it. I just wanted to mention it on here in case any one was interested in joining us. In order to get in the group and be eligible to win the watch you have to purchase the program through me or one of my coaches. Here is the link for the challenge pack or link for the program alone (or email me) if you want to check it out and join us!

Hope you're all having a blessed Wednesday! I am off to enjoy my free day and the amazing fall weather!

October 20, 2014

Rainy Monday Reflection

It's Monday.

I don't have a point or a purpose for this post. I just am trying to do better about posting more frequently and found myself with a free space of time and decided that I could either watch TV (which I don't EVER do anymore) or I could write for a minute, so here I am.

Last night Tony came over and ate dinner and played in the back yard with Hudson. It was a perfect fall night. Bryan and I sat on the patio and played each other in Words with Friends, our new obsession. I started thinking and hoping that in a month or so we will be in our "new" back yard by our fire pit.

We had two REALLY good showings this weekend and we are hoping for a possible offer at some point this week, but the few days before that were SLOW going. When we started this process we knew it would be stressful and we were okay to not sell our house (and still are) because we really do LOVE it. We are just in a season of needing a change and have the opportunity to move to a great home super close to my parents that we love. But I've gotten really caught up in wanting to be out there, wanting things so badly to fall in to place.... and all we can do is wait.

And that's been good for me. Patience. Something I have learned not to pray for unless I am ready to be tested. Oh and I haven't prayed for it lately, because "I" don't want to have to be patient. But it's been good to wait and solely rely on the Lord in this situation. I can't go out and BEG someone to buy my house-- well I guess I could, but that would be kind of creepy.
So I've done what I can do- I've prayed. I've made it a priority to pray over my house as I am cleaning it before each showing. Praying for the people that enter knowing that more than likely one of these times those people will be the ones to move into our home. We love this home. We brought Hudson here as a 15 month old (it's the only "home" he knows) and brought Rhett home from the hospital here. I was vacuuming this home when I got the call about Janet's cancer. We came home here as a family those first fragile days after her diagnosis and then again after her death.

It was our first home to make our own, and now it will belong to someone else.

But also in this home we have already suffered a life time of sorrow. And that's part of the reason we are wanting to move on. So I pray each time that I scrub the counter and mop the floors that God brings a family to love this home like we've loved it. That they'll feel warmth and love in this house. And that He will allow us to go somewhere fresh and make new memories, the next step (we feel like) in our healing process. We haven't gotten over it. We won't get over it. Life won't ever be the same... but we are learning to live with our loss and for us, that will be easier, with a blank canvas for new memories.

So that's my heart on this rainy Monday morning. The Lord is teaching me patience and to trust in His guidance even though I am not "asking" for it.

Hope you're having a blessed start to the week!

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