Tuesday, December 31, 2013

review of 2013 big goals

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At the beginning of 2013 I set 4 big goals, as I do every year. They were big. They were scary. But I wrote them down and said, "let's do this."

How did I do? Well, let's just say they weren't all open and shut accomplished. But I'm more than okay with that. Here's why: I set goals, but the Lord directs my path. I know what I want, what I hope for, but only He knows where I will actually go, what will actually happen. And that's wonderful.

*get Isaac on a solid preschool schedule This one totally did not happen. And mid way though the year I was a bit disappointed. But as the next few months went on, I realized it was okay. Because, I actually learned something even more important than getting him on a schedule. I learned his learning style. My hope was to get him on a solid schedule, have rigid structure (because that's my style), but I realized, that's totally not his style. Instead, I discovered that learning works better when Isaac is allowed to initiate it. Instead of me having a specific lesson to do or activity planned, I have several things to choose from and he decides. Sometimes he chooses none of them and wants to put a puzzle together instead. And that's totally okay!

I will definitely be able to better teach him in 2014, as he moves into his 3's. I'm really excited about what he'll be learning next year as he has continuously blown me away with how smart he is already. And, we now have a separate school room in the house. Yay!

*move to an almost completely vegetarian diet Ya, this one didn't happen at all. I think I thought about it for a couple weeks and said, nope. Mostly because it takes a lot of effort and planning. And because sometimes I'm really lazy. But, we have cut out a lot, a lot of red meat. And that's because it's just so expensive. Instead we eat mostly chicken and some meatless dinner. But we have added a lot more green leafy veggies into our diets by way of the Nutribullet and some new family favorite recipes.

*bring in extra money for our family I think I set this goal every year, even if I don't write it down. I've had a shop set up for a while now. I even have some products made. I just have not had the guts to take the plunge and just do it. I think I'm scared that I'm going to get everything wrong. Which is dumb. Of course I'll get everything wrong! But I won't learn or succeed unless I just do it. But, I did make my first sale this month! And it gave me the boost I think I needed. I can do this. I can get this going. I can help contribute to my family's income. Stay tuned for more of that!

*pray and act about opening a PRC in Vegas This one did not happen, but something else did. Something I totally didn't see coming. Not that it still isn't on my goal list, because it is. I want this to happen. Ben wants this to happen. Lara Casey, at Influence, talked about making a goal that is so big it makes you want to throw up. This is that goal for me. Like, my life's one big, giant, scary, I sound totally crazy, goal. It's here to stay.

But, something else happened. I wrote about it here. Please read that post because I think it perfectly explains the situation, but I will summarize a bit. At the beginning of 2013, I was offered the position to take over a pro-life organization in Las Vegas. After several weeks of prayer, and what I thought was no answer from God, He finally solidified it for me, thanks to a fellow blogger. I accepted, both excited and a bit fearful. To be honest, I haven't done much with the organization this year. But that doesn't mean I don't have a bunch of ideas and a lot I want to accomplish in 2014. At the same time, I don't want to set huge, unrealistic goals for myself, and for Nevadans for Life that I know won't get done. I'm planning to take things one step at a time, but even more than that, I plan on following the Lord's path for this position and this organization. He has a plan. All I have to do is ask, listen and follow.

How does this fit into my 2013 goal? Aside from it being under the pro-life ministry umbrella, I think the Lord will use this position to prepare me for what He wants me to do later. Develop relationships, serve the community, get plugged in. Who knows. Well, God does so I'm trusting Him.

So there you have it, 2013 goals. Set, some met, some changed. That aside, I'm ready to close the book on this year and head into 2014. It's going to be a good one (we say that every year don't we?). But seriously, it's going to be good.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

what do you do for Thanksgiving? we camp.

Ever since I was about 7 years old, my family has been camping at the beach for Thanksgiving. We go with a group of about 5 other families. Ben and I haven't always been able to go thanks to distant moves and babies being born the same week. But this year, after a 2 year hiatus, we were finally back. It was beautiful. The food was delicious. The fellowship was awesome. And Isaac and Eli had a wonderful time playing in the sand for 3 days. I can't wait for next year.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

big news and a little q&a

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[funny story about the above photo: Isaac was looking at it on my mom's phone and naming all the shoes. Daddy's shoes, mommy's shoes. Isaac's shoes. Eli's shoes... Eli's shoes?? We hadn't told him about the new baby yet because he has a giant mouth. So he was a bit confused about whose shoes were on the end there.]

We are expecting a new addition to our little family!

We told our family over the weekend and now I get to tell all of you! I thought it would be kinda fun to answer some of the most common questions I've gotten. And if you have any more, ask away!

how far along are you and when are you due? short answer: I don't know. long answer: Of course that was the one month I didn't chart my cycle and I always put it into my calender on my phone but for some reason, my phone decided to delete all that info from previous months. Otherwise I would have been able to go back and count forward 28 days. Nope. Couldn't do it. But, based on our best guess at the conception date, I am about 13 weeks and due in early June.

(In case you are wondering why my doctor didn't do an early ultrasound to measure gestation, I don't see an OB, I see a midwife and she doesn't do ultrasounds. At my next appointment she'll measure my uterus to get a better idea. Then when I go in at 20 weeks for the anatomy scan we'll get a better idea. But, it doesn't really matter all that much to me because baby will come when baby is ready!)

are you on progesterone this time around? If you know my story, you know I've been on progesterone with the last 2 kiddos. And it's horrible. But, this time around I felt a peace about not using it. At least, I didn't get a prescription for a pill, which is actually progesterin and is synthetic and takes a huge toll on your body. I had considered getting my progesterone levels checked before we conceived just to see where I was at, but I didn't get a chance to and then, boom, we were pregnant. So, the day I had a positive test, which was super early, I started putting on a natural progesterone cream. I used it every day, then every other day, then every few days, until I was completely off of it. If you're interested, you can read more about it here and this is the cream I use. So I guess the answer to the question is I did use it, but not as routinely as before.

are you having morning sickness? Yes. all.the.time. And it's really rough with 2 kiddos to take care of. I'm just cursed with horrible morning sickness. Nausea all the time. Vomiting? check. At Target. At Fresh 'n Easy. At home. So fun, right? Also, super tired. I take at least 2 naps a day and go to bed before 9. Usually all this lasts until around 15 weeks-ish. So, hoping it fades away soon!

were you pregnant at Influence? Yup. But I didn't know yet. I would have been like a week pregnant.

will you find out if it's a boy or girl? Yes. I can't take the suspense. And I need to plan.

are you still nursing Eli? I sure am. My goal with each babe is to go a little past 1 year. That way they have plenty of time to get onto almond, coconut, hazlenut milk, whichever kind they prefer. And then we wean. The plan is to have Eli weaned by the end of the year.

how far apart in age with Eli and the new baby be? They will be 19 months apart. Eli and Isaac are 22 months apart. We like them close in age ;)

where in the world will the baby sleep? I haven't given this one a whole lot of thought yet. In the beginning baby will be in our room but when it's time to move out I'm not sure. Eventually the baby will end up in the boys' room whether we have a girl or boy. But we didn't move them in together until Eli was 6 months. Not sure if we'll wait that long with this babe or not. I'll guess you'll have to check back to find out!