I LOVE THIS SANDWICH!!!
I mean I LOVE IT!!!
It’s super simple, super yummy, and good for you, so that means you need to eat one NOW!
All I do is toast some bread, spread some cream cheese on the bread, add a layer of turkey sandwich meat, a layer of thinly sliced cucumbers, some sprigs of fresh dill, and voila!
You can find all of these ingredients at just about any grocery store.
I added my Isagenix Whey Thins (YUM!) in place of greasy chips.
And there ya have it!
My baby boy somehow turned five today.
This year seems like such a big boy year. The year he makes his official transition from that baby/toddler/preschool stage to the, “I’m a big boy in Kindergarten” stage…and believe me, he reminds me daily!
My heart longs to keep him little. I want to take naps with him at 2 everyday for the rest of our lives. I want to have lazy cartoon mornings where he slips in my room and crawls under the sheets with me and we watch cartoons for an hour before finally getting up. I want to take him to the playground and race and hear him whine when I say, “Time to get going!”. I want him to come, right when I am in the middle of something, and ask me ever so sweetly if I will please play cars with him. I want these days to last a long time and they are just flying by too quickly.
But then, I look at the excitement in his eyes. The way he looks at me and smiles his HUGE smile when he says, “I am FIVE! I am a big boy now Mommy!”
Yes, you are my sweet baby. You are becoming a big boy and as much as this Mama has a heartache over her bitty baby growing up, she is ecstatic for all the new things you will learn and all the incredible experiences you will have that you will remember forever.
He says, “Mommy, are you really sad that I am five now?”
“No baby, I am excited for you because this year is going to be the most exciting one yet!”
As I hold back the tears.
Here is my sweet Caleb, as best as I could capture him. Pictures are the only things that can freeze time. I want to take way too many of them so that one day when I am old and Caleb is old, I can pull these photo’s out and remember the days we fell asleep holding each other’s hands and arguing about who loved who the most.
Thank you Jesus for this precious one. I will love him forever.
We are in Virginia and we are COVERED in snow!
These are actually photo’s from our snow day a couple of weeks ago…but this snow doesn’t hold a candle to the snow we are getting right now.
My kids are beyond excited.
And by beyond, I mean Caleb is saying,
“There’s enough snow now! I can go sledding!”
“I need a helmet. I am going to snow board.” <<<Thank you winter Olympics
“You know that hugeeee mountain? Yeah. I am going to sled down it!”
I gave in around 5pm and let him go freeze for about 15 minutes. It was good for my sanity and his energy.
This kid could sled all day. I love his adventurous side. Just don’t ask him to go get something out of his room by himself at night…he’s not that adventurous yet.
But sledding? This little guy will sled me OUT!
I’m still not sure Lorelei ever figured out what da heck was going on. And how about those gloves?!
I know they look like socks…but they really are strange mittens.
“Hey! I found some yellow snow over here!”
Of course I had to get in on the magic.
This was my kids very first snow experience. They are hooked for sure!
Looking forward to making more snow memories tomorrow.
I also remember that the best naps happen after long plays in the snow
Lately, I have been doing a lot of thinking about “self”.
And let me just tell you, this says a lot because I do my best not to think too deeply…my husband thinks I am crazy, but I think it is just my protective intuition.
We all know where deep thinking leads. Either down a road of despair, or it turns you into some crazy person who thinks you can change the world. So maybe the world changing thing wouldn’t be so bad, but I just can’t handle the road of despair, so I just avoid the deep thoughts as much as possible.
Ironically though, I have bad about my own deep thinking avoidance rule and I have actually been doing some deep thinking about how much I think about myself. How much I care about myself and what I need to do , and what would make me happier.
I think it started because I started thinking (and we know what happens when I start thinking…) about different people in my life that were annoying me. Don’t pretend like your mind never goes down that route! But how wrong does that sound? It is the truth though, and I am just trying to keep it real up in here y’all. Sometimes I get on this inner head tangent. You know, the one where you start thinking about all the wrongs in one person and then your mind starts wandering down the list, and before you know it, you’ve created such a head fog that you are ready to start texting and calling people to let them have it! Obviously, I am the only perfect one around here. Sometimes I start thinking lots of negative things about others (gasp!) and it seems the more I think about others faults, the more faults I find! It’s a very vicious and ridiculous cycle and one that can get way out of control pretty quickly if we don’t make a conscious effort to find the good in others and dwell on those good things, and believe me, I know how hard that can be for some people in our lives. I have unfortunately fallen into the negative thinking box lately though. Boo! I have found myself thinking about people who seem to care less about anyone other than themselves. They are completely absorbed in their lives, their issues, their needs and wants. They don’t call you unless they need something. They don’t reach out to you unless it’s something that could benefit them. I kept thinking these thoughts about others, and it started to really bother me! How dare they not put ME first?!?
One night, as I was taking my bath, a thought struck me. It was one of those thoughts that you start arguing with yourself about. You try to finagle your way out of the situation, making excuses and exceptions for your own behavior. But the more I did that, the more arrows that began pointing to this answer—I am that person that I talk about so badly in my thoughts. I began to think about who I had reached out to. Who had I tried to help or encourage? Where had I volunteered my time and talents to lately that didn’t involve any benefit on my behalf? The sad part was that I could hardly think of any.
What a humbling revelation to realize that you are the person that you have been fussing about in your head for so long. It’s not fun y’all! I’ve been thinking negatively about all these people around me whom I deem “selfish”, only to come full circle and realize that I have no room to talk or think these things because I am that selfish person. I am the one that only calls or texts when I need something. I am the one constantly pre-occupied with my schedule, my day, my life, and I forget about all the others around me who may need my help.
After the smack in the face revelation and after I finally quit arguing with myself that I was not that person, I decided there is only one way to fix it.
A two worded solution, but one that many of us will battle until we die.
We are all busy. I know. I get it. Especially when you have young kids that drain all of your energy. Especially if you have a job, whether it be outside or inside of the home. The laundry is high, the to-do list is growing, the kids are driving you crazy. Work is overwhelming. People keep piling tasks on you. You hardly have time to make it to the grocery store. So how are you supposed to make time for others when you don’t even have enough time for yourself or your family?!?!
The great thing about being un-selfish is that is doesn’t have to take up every part of your life. I believe it’s in the little things. If we begin purposely setting forth with un-selfish behavior in the little things, un-selfishness becomes part of our lifestyle and before we know it, the little things have turned into big things.
So, I am challenging myself to begin small in my un-selfish thinking. Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself or overwhelmed with life, I am going to make an effort to redirect my thoughts to focus on someone else, and I believe that if we pray and ask God to present opportunities, He will not let us down!
A few nights ago, a name popped into my head. It was a friend I had met while Seth was in Officer Candidate School. I realized I hadn’t heard anything from her in a lonnnnng time. So, I simply sent a little text. I had no idea if I still had the correct number, but I gave it a shot. She didn’t write back right away, but I did hear from her about 2 days later and her text broke my heart. When names randomly pop up in my head, I don’t take it as coincidence. As a Christian, I believe that is the Holy Spirit prompting me to take action. Now, because of a 2 minute text, the door has been opened to spread a little un-selfishness and share a little of God’s love to someone who needs it.
Whether it be a simple text or a message to someone that I know is struggling, or maybe I want to go further and take action by taking someone a coffee, visiting someone in the nursing home, sending out “Just Because” cards, the list is really endless and the beauty is that is really doesn’t take much to reach out and put others first.
My challenge to myself…stop thinking so much about ME and redirect my ME thoughts to OTHERS thoughts!
I will end my honest rant with this quote from Andy Stanley that I LOVE:
Now go forth all you wonderful
It feels AMAZING!!!
God has been good to us, let’s cover others in His goodness!!!
On December 11, we found out that my husband’s packet to get out of active duty military had been approved. We had been waiting on this news for 10 months and finally, the news came! We were thinking that sometime in January, we would be moving…but we were so wrong! On December 17, six days after receiving orders, the moving truck pulled into our driveway and packed us up.
Everything happened SO STINKIN’ FAST! We truly had zero time to think about it. We had a list of things to get done, and we worked our patooties off and got them done. WHAT a whirlwind week…for REAL!
Since then, we have moved to the beautiful state of Virginia where we are staying with family until Wednesday when we begin unpacking the truck!
We are excited for this new adventure. WHAT a way to begin 2014! My husband has moved from active duty to National Guard and he also snagged himself up a great job here.
Our families live nearby and we are back in our hometown!
Before things get crazy again with all the unpacking, I wanted to take some time to reflect on how excited I am about this new year!
Some things I love about this new year:
NEW changes and unknowns
Spending time with my family in our new home.
Being closer to family.
Taking care of my family more and worrying about the silly things in life less.
Doing lots of FUN things and making lots of new memories!
Making new friends.
Letting my hair grow out without being so obsessed with it (HA!)
Finding a new church that we feel at “home” in.
Making each day count.
More Yoga, less ice cream…(or more Yoga, more ice cream?!?;-))
Living more, spending less.
Kissing and hugging my kids…A LOT
Enjoying my kids while they are this little. The time passes so quickly.
Praying for my husband more.
Spending more time with God.
Focusing on the good.
Less complaining, more thankfulness.
Making 2014 a GREAT year!
Seriously can’t wait to spend it with you all!!!
What are some things YOU are looking forward to in this new year?!
I’m mostly thankful for this good looking family God has given to me. I don’t know what I would do without them!
Happy New Year friends!!!
XOXO from The Wades!
I have been wanting to write this post for a long time, and now that it is 3 days before new years, I have decided now is a good time!
In April 2012, I had my second child. During pregnancy with both my first and second children, I gained around 60 pounds….yep! SIXTY!
With Caleb, I was 22 and the pounds came off pretty easily without much effort, but with Lorelei, the pounds seemed to want to stay around.
In August, 4 months after I had Lorelei, my mama and sister introduced me to Isagenix. They came to visit us and brought all of their products with them. At first I was very skeptical and really not interested. But after hearing them go on and on about how good they felt and how much their cravings for junk had disappeared and how much they liked the products, I had to try it out. Plus, I still had a good 40-50 pounds that I still needed to lose, even after 4 months post-partum.
Since I was still nursing, I decided to put my own combination together and I started off using the shakes and bars. For me, the bars were very convenient. I was nursing regularly and didn’t always have time to eat healthy. It was very nice to be able to sit down with a bar that I knew was filled with tons of vitamins and all-natural ingredients.
Here is the description of the bars from www.IsaProduct.com:
“Our exclusively sourced bars are packed with high-quality, undenatured whey protein from cows that are pasture-fed and not treated with hormones or antibiotics. The whey protein is low in lactose and high in branch-chained amino acids for maintaining muscle and promoting muscle growth.”
AND our products do not use SOY or ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER, like most other weight loss companies.
I immediately felt so much better. My energy was high, my cravings for junk were almost non-existent (this was huge for me!). The weight began to fall off and I was hooked.
Since I did not start with the 30 day nutritional cleanse, my weight wasn’t as drastic as some, but even just using the bars and shakes, I was able to lose the rest of my weight in a healthy period of time. I was very careful about not dropping weight too quickly because I did want to keep my milk supply high and be able to provide the appropriate nutrition for my infant. Essentially, I replaced the junk food and snacks that I was grabbing and replaced them with Isagenix bars, shakes, and snacks. The great “side effect” was that I felt great, I was feeding my body with good nutrition, AND I lost my weight the healthy way while still being able to nurse my baby.
Here are my results:
My husband, Seth, decided to do the 30 day nutritional cleanse, which is what I HIGHLY suggest to anyone serious about losing more than 10 pounds. Within 2 1/2 weeks, he had lost 15 pounds and felt amazing. My sister lost 15 pounds on her 30 day cleanse, and my mama lost 11.
Everyone’s results vary depending on how closely you stick to the program, how much weight you need to lose, and how much exercise you get during the 30 day nutritional cleanse. Note that I am saying “Nutritional Cleanse”. Some people hear “cleanse” and get scared! This is NOT the typical colon cleanse that most people think of where you need to stay close to a restroom at all times. This is a full body cleanse. Literally cleansing your entire body from head to toe.
I really love this illustration that explains it clearly:
So, now, here are the links to the products.
If you are not pregnant or nursing, the 30 day Cleansing and Fat Burning System is for you (the first option, not the Isalean Pro): http://warriorsupplements.isagenix.com/us/en/thirtyday.dhtml
The thirty day basically is a system where you have a shake for two meals of the day, a low calorie meal for one of your meals, and a few cleanse days throughout the 30 day period. To maintain your weightloss after you lose the amount you’d like, you simply replace one meal a day with a bar or shake.
If you are an athlete or very active, you may want to try out the Isalean Pro option on the same page:http://warriorsupplements.isagenix.com/us/en/thirtyday.dhtml
I highly suggest clicking the green “sign up and save” button and ordering as an associate on autoship. You will save about $100 on the 30 day system and you can cancel or post pone at any time with no penalty. However, if you decide you are interested in using Isagenix as a business, you will want to keep up with your autoship. (If this is an option you are interested in, contact me for more info)
Here is the link to the bars (they are all great!): http://warriorsupplements.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanbars.dhtml
Here is the link to the shakes: http://warriorsupplements.isagenix.com/us/en/isaleanshake_new.dhtml (we have dairy-free and kosher options!)
And here is a link to the Top 25 Questions about Isagenix which I think will be very helpful! http://www.isagenixhealth.net/top-25-questions-about-isagenix-and-nutritional-cleansing/
If you are looking for even more information, visit www.IsaMovie.com for tons of information on the products and the business opportunity.
Here are some more photo’s of myself and my friend, Amber, who decided to join me on this Isagenix lifestyle:
Usually, I am ready to decorate November 1! I get all excited, we put up our tree, I decorate and re-decorate, and re-re decorate until I get things exactly how I want them.
This year, I am in a Christmas funk. There is a lot behind why, most of it is that we were not expecting to still be in this house and this town this year for Christmas, but the Army has left us in limbo since February of this year (yes, TEN months), so I am pretty upset with them (whoever them may be, because apparently there is no one out there who wants to take credit for all the mistakes) and it was all I could do to muster up decorating our living room for Christmas this year. And let me be honest, it was ALL for the kiddos.
I know I sound like a scrooge and a sulker. There has just been so much going on since February and I have been DYING to write a huge blog post about it, but I will wait just a little bit longer.
In the interim of this emotional roller coaster the Army has us on, I have actually learned so much. My attitude has been bad, reallllllly bad some days. I have been snippy and rude and short tempered with my kids and my husband some days. Then early this fall, when I about near had a nervous break down, I am pretty sure God knocked me on the head with a bag of rocks and my eyes were opened to all of the blessings in my life. That sounds like it happened all at one time, but let me assure you, it was over the course of a couple of weeks, really bad weeks, where I cried and yelled and acted terrible and I had no other place to go than on my face before God. Literally, on my living room floor, crying out to God. I have been guilty of spending far too many months focusing on the future and being unhappy about the present and God broke me.
God reminded me that it doesn’t matter where you are or what situation you are in. It is all in your attitude and your appreciation towards what you do have. And my friends, I have a lot that I have not appreciated like I should.
So now that I have put the decorations up, I am constantly reminding myself that God is in this with me, with my family. He has a plan for us and a perfect timing to that plan. It is definitely not the plan I would have chosen and most assuredly not the timing I would have liked, but I keep reminding myself, (SEVERAL times daily) that there is a reason for God’s purpose in all of this.
As we wait on His answer, we will joyfully celebrate the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ, and try our very very hardest to not let the cloudiness of this world get in the way of our thankfulness to the sweet baby that came to save us all.
This year, if you are like me, and you are in a place where you feel unsettled, bitter, impatient, tired, frustrated, and ready to move on to the next phase in your life, take a minute to breathe and to consider all He has done for you, even when the present feels burdensome and really inconvenient.
This song has become my mantra for this season in my life. When I hear it, I can’t help but cry. I need God to help me daily in reminding me who I am. A child of His, His beloved, a person who He loves enough to die for.
If you haven’t heard this song, it’s a great one (and it’s on iTunes)!
Here are the lyrics:
“Remind Me Who I Am”
When I lose my way,
And I forget my name,
Remind me who I am.
In the mirror all I see,
Is who I don’t wanna be,
Remind me who I am.
In the loneliest places,
When I can’t remember what grace is.
Tell me once again who I am to You,
When my heart is like a stone,
Tell me once again who I am to You,
I’m the one you love,
Tell me once again who I am to You.
Tell me once again who I am to You.
And here is the Christmas I managed to muster up! I gave up on the porch after the ribbon I wrapped the columns in fell down THREE times! We have a pretty redneck theme going on out there, and you know what? I am A OK with that this year! A-O-K!
And now, let me go get my 1 year old, as she is sticking her hand in my coffee and licking it.
Merry Christmas friends!
It can be a good one if we let it