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September 23, 2014

Seeds Family Worship

I am OBSESSED with Seeds Family Worship. A friend introduced me to them a few months ago and since I have been trying to teach Hudson scripture I thought it would be perfect for him! I bought two of their CD's then and they've been in my car on repeat since. The music isn't boring or annoying like a lot of other kids worship music and I love that each song is focused on a different verse that it straight from scripture! I have even found myself with many more verses memorized since we started listening to Seeds.

My friend Brittany asked me if I would like to review the new CD that just came out last week and I jumped on that offer! So Seeds Family Worship sent me their new CD "The Word of God" and we love it even more than the other ones we have. "Impress them" is my favorite track, it has a Mumford and Sons sound. Hudson likes "Genuine". Another super cool thing about Seeds is that you get two copies of the same CD when you order so you can share with a friend!

There is nothing I love more than hearing my baby quote and sing scripture! I'd definitely recommend Seeds Family Worship and their new CD "The Word Of God." You can check out all of their music and order through their website. We also have "Seeds of Courage" (great for boys!) and "Seeds of Character". I just saw that they are offering free shipping right now too with the code: Freeship! Sweet! Let me know if you order and what you think! And please tell me what other tips and tricks you have for teaching scripture to preschoolers! I'd love to hear your ideas.

Hope you're having a happy Tuesday! :)

I am not being paid for this post. I was given product to review but the thoughts and ideas in the post are all my own.
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September 19, 2014

WWF- Week 16

Week 16 is here. I am so glad that I started this journey 16 weeks ago and while the last few weeks I've been stuck in somewhat of a plateau, I did have another half lb weight loss this week... and while 1/2 lb isn't great, I will take any loss at this point!

I posted this on my IG on Tuesday, and the first picture (while awful) cracks me up. There is such a huge difference here and I feel like I look like a totally different person. The first picture isn't even me at my heaviest.

I've been doing PiYo and running this last week and I've been sore like crazy.  I love the way my body feels after PiYo.

Bryan and I are going to do 3-Day refresh next week, I am hoping to break out of the 180s for good. I am also going to blog about it every day. Bryan has about 10 lbs that he wants to lose and since he has the metabolism of preteen I am sure he will lose it all in the three days... I'll be happy to lose 3.

If you follow me on IG you'll know that I had a fashion crisis before my WW meeting last night. I got these new flats but they kill my feet so I was wondering about the little lace sockies. My IG peeps stepped in and told me they were ok!

I led my first meeting last night and I think that it went great! I am so excited for this new chapter! 

Down 23.5 lbs, 40.5 to go!

I hope you all have a super great weekend! I am looking forward to some time with family and just taking it easy!

Happy Friday!

September 18, 2014

Made for More

I started the book "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst earlier this summer. I got busy and reading fell by the wayside. I picked it back up this morning and read Chapter 5 where I had left off. It was just exactly what I needed to hear.

In a paraphrase, she starts by talking about how when you start a diet program you get really excited and have the will power to say no. But then time passes and the newness wears off and it becomes easier to give in and say "Oh, I'll start back tomorrow... next week... next month". She goes on to turn to Ephesians 1:17-19.

I love this. I think it is important in so many different areas of our lives but I can see how it can be helpful to me in my weight loss journey. I have spent the last month losing and gaining the same 2 lbs, I found myself making excuses for what I was eating... my "life change" lost the newness. But what it comes down to is that I cannot do this on my own. I am not strong enough. I don't have the willpower. I am weak and letting myself be defined by food and the struggle... and then Lysa brought such an encouraging truth that I SO needed today-- I was made for more. (I HIGHLY recommend this book if this is a struggle of yours.)

I met someone at my Weight Watchers leader training a few weeks ago who has met her goal weight. She was vibrant and every word that came out of her mouth sang praises to the Lord. She attributed her weight loss to HIM. She said several times that she just prayed that the Lord would give her strength and He did and that's how she succeeded. At the time, I didn't think much about it, but today as I read that, I was reminded of her and her story, which is much deeper than weight loss, but she was such an encouragement to me of how she has overcome SO much but for all of it she gives glory to the Lord.

Since losing Janet, I have struggled. I've struggled with my Christian walk. We've basically stopped making an effort to go to church most of the time. Worship is hard. Being around people who don't know our story is hard. Prayer is the hardest. I found myself struggling with what the importance of prayer was. It didn't seem to matter how many people prayed for Janet, circled her house, fasted... she still wasn't healed. That was God's plan from the beginning, so what did it matter what effort I put into praying or even caring?

Obviously, I am being completely transparent here. I know it's not right for me to feel this way. I still believe in God. I still believe that God's plan is far greater than I will know or imagine. I've come to grips with the fact that our family may never know why Janet was taken from us while we are still living on this Earth. I became a Christian when I was 7 years old. I've never doubted my salvation. I know the Lord. My selfish human nature is just hurt, scared, torn... looking for an answer that I am not going to get.
Oh how I wish I could relive this moment today...
"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will never be shaken."-Psalm 62:1-2

So... with all that, I've realized this morning that I needed to lay it all down. I needed to give up control. I need to trust that God's plan is greater than the plan I have in my head. I was made for more than this cycle of fighting with God. I was made for more than giving in to my cravings for food. I was made for more than excuses.
Summer 2001, I was 14 and B was 15
I look back on the Lord's work in my life. I look back on the years of praying for Bryan while we were both dating other people and "growing up". I look back on the broken relationship between us that HE healed from when we were teenagers. I look at my husband who lost his dad when he was 8, but God's plan was greater. He brought Tony into his life and Tony helped raise him to be the incredible man he is today. I look at my own weight battle that I've had since I was a teenager. I see now how it is beneficial for me to be right where God wanted me to be in this season of my life. People who don't struggle with food and being overweight, can't lead Weight Watchers and motivate others to lose. If you haven't been there, you don't understand.

I hope that one day I will look back and see God's work at hand on this season. Every single day is still a struggle for me (and my whole family) with losing Janet. But I know that God is faithful. I was made for more than battling with myself and letting the devil win.

This blog post has been a long time coming. I haven't blogged much about Janet lately because it is so raw. The hurt has gotten worse with time instead of better and I wasn't sure what to write...

Today, I am turning a new leaf. When I am craving food, struggling with body image, missing Janet or whatever else may come my way... I'm going to turn to Eph. 1:17-19, pray for strength and knowledge from the Lord and tell myself "I was made for more".

Happy Thursday. I hope this encourages someone else today as much as it did me.

September 16, 2014

Transformation Tuesday!

Hudson is sick, blah. And I had planned a big post for today but I just don't see it happening. So instead I am difusing my oils like a crazy person hoping no one else starts throwing up...


So a short and sweet post today to show you a comparison that I found last week.

I had to take a before and after to my first Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday and I decided to go through pics on Bryan's computer because I knew there were bound to be some bad ones that I hadn't seen.... and oh, boy did I find one. I cannot believe the progress this shows.

May 20, 2014 to Sept 10, 2014
This is 210 lbs to 186 lbs. The first pic is from when we were in Annapolis for my cousins graduation. I started Weight Watchers that next week and PiYo about 2 weeks later. This is incredible to me and shows my progress better than anything I've ever seen. Three and a half months difference. Crazy cakes, I tell you. I never ever ever want to see that chubby girl again.

I've still got a long journey ahead but I am so glad I am not where I started anymore. I started PiYo back this weekend and I am SO sore. Chalene and her Sumo Burpees about killed me. I am excited to do it again today! I started back with a group of girls in a PiYo support group on Facebook and I love the accountability and support we have in there! There is still time if you want to join us!
Just an encouragement for your Tuesday... maybe for some of you today needs to be your "before" picture so in a few months you can look back and see all the progress you made. This journey isn't easy at all, but it is totally worth it. I work out at least once 6 days a week, some days twice, and write down EVERY bite of food that I take... that's what works for me.

And maybe for others of you you're at your "after" and that's great, keep it up!!! I get emails almost every day from people who are on this journey with me and I LOVE hearing from you!

Happy Tuesday, loves. :)

September 15, 2014

What I think about Essential Oils...

Okay so I jumped on the Essential Oils Band Wagon a few weeks ago when I was desperate because Rhett was so sick. I'd been very on the fence about them for awhile and finally took the plunge. I've had several friends asking me on Instagram what I am doing with them so here goes...

I got the Young Living Premium Starter kit to start. I also bought two other diffusers at GNC and a big bottle of both Purification and Thieves. I have SO many friends who sell either YL or DT but I went with my friend who is local to me because she was so sweet and brought me tons or samples and let me borrow her diffuser when I was sick.


 Here is what all came in my Premium Starter Kit...
I also got a guide and a bunch of other informational things.

Let me start by saying that I am not using essential oils in place of medication. I am using them with medication and my family and I are not ingesting the oils... just because I haven't gotten to that point yet.

Here are some of the things I've used them for.

My favorite to diffuse is....The Allergy Trio: Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender.

I have been diffusing that in my boys' rooms since allergy season struck and in our living room. I can definitely tell I've been coughing less and the boys seems to be less congested and snotty.

I had some tummy trouble last week and use Digize and Peppermint, I felt better about an hour after rubbing them on my stomach and diffusing the Peppermint.

I have also done Joy, Stress Away and Peace and Calming in our living rooms in the evenings. I use Valor and Lemon at my desk.

Beth made me an immunity booster roll on that I have been using on our feet.... and one of my favorite things so far is the Thieves cleaner that I made. I used Thieves and Purification on Rhett when he had HFM and he cleared up pretty quickly after starting them. I love the smell of Thieves and LOVE cleaning with it. I know you can buy a concentrated cleaner but I found this recipe on Pinterest and love it so much!

Found here
Last night Bryan was feeling anxious so I used Peace and Calming and Lavender on his temples and neck and he felt better in about 30 minutes. I also love Peace and Calming with some Epsom Salts in a nice hot bath!

We smoked a brisket yesterday and had flies like crazy, I started diffusing Purification in my kitchen and got rid of them SO fast! Even Bryan noticed! Yay!

And just for the first time this morning Bryan has been having sore muscles so I put some Panaway on him with Olive Oil... I'll have to update in a bit with the results.

Soooooo.... that's my take on Young Living Essential Oils so far. I know there is SO much you can do with them and I am still learning. I'd love to hear your favorite "recipes" or ideas and if you're interested in buying a kit I'd love to hook you up with one of my "Oily" friend, Beth.  

If you order through Beth and tell her you heard about YL from my blog, Beth is adding in a FREE Immune Boost Roll-On and Reference Guide! That's a HOT deal right there. Contact Beth by emailing her at tbmroberts@yahoo.com and make sure and tell her that I sent you. Or if you're friends with me on Facebook shoot me a message and I will get you hooked up with her. Beth will get you all set and add you to a private group all about using Essential Oils on Facebook!!!



(I am NOT selling YL, I don't have the time or effort to learn another product and I am not being paid to blog about this either, I bought the kit just like any one else...but I do have OILY friends who would love to help you out that I can get you in touch with!)

Happiest of Mondays to you all!

September 14, 2014

Hudson's 4th Birthday

Bryan took the day off and first thing in the morning took Hudson to get donuts and a hot chocolate at Starbucks! We wanted to take him to do something fun so we decided to go to a local drive thru zoo, Gentry Safari, with the boys and we had a GREAT time.
My big boy!
Aunt Doe and the boys looking at the animals
Rhett loved it
Hudson helping Daddy drive at the Safari
We packed a picnic lunch and ended up eating in the car on the way home because we had two tired boys and a party to get ready for! A local girl makes some amazing cookies... she had made some for my baby shower with Hudson and then stopped making cookies for awhile so I was so excited to see on her IG that she was taking one order a week and booked her earlier this summer to make the cookies for Hud's party. I was in awe when she dropped them off!

Hudson has been telling me since last year that he wanted the EXACT same birthday party again this year (I guess that's how you know you nailed a birthday party!). So that's what we did! I was too stressed out last year doing the big "friend" party thing so we just stuck with family this year and he was so happy that everyone he loved was there to celebrate him!


Jordan and I made the cake
We had a taco bar for dinner and cookies and cake along with fruit and dip for dessert!



Pa and Grammy got Hudson a bunch of camo so he can go hunting this year! He said "Look, I'm a REAL hunter now!"
G-Pa got Hudson a new ride on car that is pretty fancy! Rhett can ride with him now too!
I just love this. My baby is getting BIG!
When we put Hudson to bed he said "This is the best birthday EVER". Makes my heart so happy to know he had a special day!

So Hudson had a great birthday! I saved everything just in case we want the same party for a third time next year! :)

Happy Sunday!

September 11, 2014

WWF (Thursday style)-- Week 15

So I am flip-flopping my posts this week because I went ahead and weighed in yesterday and I want to upload the pictures of Hudson's birthday today and post about it tomorrow, we had a blast!!

I've been doing Focus T25 for almost a month now. I haven't done measurements in about two weeks, so this weekend when I do them I am excited to see where I am at. I have stuck pretty much to the calendar!

So Y'all, this Weight Watchers Leader training is NO joke. I have been "drenched" in Weight Watchers for the last week. I've attended 5 meetings, and went through a two-day training. And proof that the program works-- I had a 2.4 lb weight loss WITH JEANS ON. That is killer right there... because everyone knows that jeans alone weight like 3 lbs (not really, but you know what I mean).

I was pretty stoked about that. So I lost more than I gained last week and am back on track and at my lowest weight so far! WOO!

I had been going back and forth about attending a meeting other than the one I will be co-leading. I've decided that until I hit goal weight I want to attend a meeting for myself when I can. I love the local leader that leads meetings during the day who I have been doing some of my training with and after talking to her yesterday I think I am going to continue to go to her meetings on Wednesdays while my boys are at school to aide in my weight loss.

I went out with my girl friends last night to eat at Chuy's and then to hang out at Starbucks. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoy my time out with friends in the same season of life as me. It's always so refreshing to realize you're not alone. The dress I wore didn't fit me a month ago, so that was another great encouragement!
I discovered (thanks to my 5 WW meetings this past week) an amazing dessert. You just mix light or ff cool whip with whipped WW cream cheese and dip fruit in it! SO good with grapes!

Happy Thursday Friends. We are having our first days that are feeling like fall, and I love it! I will be back with Hudson's Birthday Party post tomorrow!!

Down 23 lbs, 41 lbs to goal.

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