Thursday, June 30, 2016

Goodbye June

Well that was fun!
Today is the last day of June, which means it is also the last day of "Hello June"!

Right now I am giving Mikey morning snuggles.
Soon, we will be on our way to help Henry and Megan move to their new house.
(Moving day!!!!)
Needless to say, my day is going to be full, and I know I'm not going to have time for a lengthy blog post, so I just wanted to pop in and congratulate myself (Haha!). And also congratulate my sisers Becca and Meg. This was challenging for me, and I don't even have any kids! ;)
Loved doing this again with you gals! <3

(Since we didn't quite get it together to take a picture together this year,
last year's will have to do :)

Another June past.
Goodbye June.
Who is ready for July??

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal

I realize that I am not the cooking genius that my sister is, but I thoroughly enjoy eating this for breakfast often... like almost every morning often, so I thought I'd share the love. Banana chocolate love.

This bowl is not only good, it is good for you. Apart from the leeettle bit of sugar in the chocolate that I put in here, it is sugar free. And have you ever read up on the health benefits of bananas, chocolate (YES! Chocolate!), and oats? Well, do it. It'll make you enjoy this breakfast even more.

This bowl looks small, but it is very filling and gives me energy that lasts the whole morning without making me feel sluggish. I love oatmeal, used to eat it loaded with brown sugar, but I would dare to say that this recipe tastes even better than the sugar loaded one. I don't miss it, nor do I miss the sugar high and heavy feeling in my stomach afterwards.
Anyway. Ker says that it is annoying when there are to many words before a recipe. So I'll stop now. :)

Banana Chocolate Oatmeal
1/2 cup Large Flake Oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup water (I like my oats chewy. If you want softer oats, add more water)
Salt shaker shake of salt
Sprinkle Truvia
1/2 Banana
1 piece of 85% Dark Chocolate

- Place the oats, milk, water, salt, and truvia in a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and cook until desired consistency.
- Break chocolate into pieces and add to hot oats, stir to melt.
- Cut up or mash banana and add to oats.
- Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts Per Serving: 272 calories; 8g fat; 46.5g carbs; 7g fiber; 6.9g protein

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I forget

Guys. I'm so sorry. I legit forgot about blogging. :(
Today was one of those days. You know, those busy days.

Right now I'm just chillin' watching tv with the bros. 
I have no pictures to share, and no words rolling around in the brain, so I'll just leave you with this quote that I saw on Pinterest the other day. 
Have a good night y'all!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Get Up

Journal entry:  

Morning; June 26, 2016
I am feeling myself fall apart. It is scaring me to death. 
I am withdrawing again. Going back to who I was. 
It's the same pattern and I don't even know if I can stop it from happening. 
I feel defeated.

 Have you ever been stuck in that seemingly unending pattern? The one where you make huge progress for a couple of months and then somehow find yourself back at the starting line? 
Since April, I have been on a journey to break that pattern.
( I already wrote a little bit about this in my post "Finish", but every day I am learning.)

Yesterday I was ready to give up. I felt so defeated because after two months of trying to get it right, it seemed like I should be past the point of failure. Past the "falling off the wagon". 
But I found myself back at that place again. 

I know myself. And I know (very well) the pattern of destruction. I knew that I was at the place where I wouldn't just fall of the wagon, but I would wallow in the mud for a while, and watch everything I worked so hard for just fall apart.

I felt defeated, because I saw myself defeated. 

Later on that morning in church, Pastor T preached another message in the series of faith. One of the things that he said stuck to me, and the truth of it sunk deep into my heart.

Don't limit God. 

My fear told me that I could never actually defeat this giant. It was to hard. I can't. I couldn't. I never would be able to. In feeling myself slip, I was envisioning the avalanche.
I was believing the opposite of what is true. The truth is that God is limitless. The only thing that can limit Him is our lack of faith in what He can do for us. 

God is bigger than my fear. He is bigger than my impossible. If I don't believe that God will give me the strength to do this, than I am limiting Him. He is not going to force His way into my life and just do the things that I don't believe I can do.

When I am running, I sometimes get to a place where I can see how many miles I have yet to run, and I get discouraged and feel like giving up because it is so far, and I'm so tired, and I don't know if I can make it. It is in those moments that I have to force myself to concentrate on each individual step. I tell myself to just take it one step at a time. The road is long, but I know that if I just keep going, and and keep believing that I can take one step, I will get there. 

God says in His word that it is when I am weak that I am strong, because it is through my weakness that His strength can truly shine in my life.
Today, I am believing, even though I can't see the end in sight. Even though fear wants to take over and pull me back to the starting line. I am believing that He has strength enough to bring me through. 

This morning, when I woke up and got out of bed, I didn't feel like I could. But I am choosing to believe that I can.
I can do this. And so can you. 

Faith creates your future.
You are now what you believed you would be yesterday.
(Pastor Tony)

Sunday, June 26, 2016


These are a few of my favorite peeps.<3

(Lincoln always has the best selfie expressions. ;)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The End

Our house is full of boys once again.

Last night we the sisters (we have adopted Shayla into our sister clan :) stayed up until the wee hours of the morning at Becca's house.
I cannot even begin to say how much these girls mean to me. I treasure these memories that we are blessed to be able to make together.

Just as we left Becca's house to spend the night in the camper, the rain/storm began. It was a noisy night, but we are not complaining because the boys experienced pouring rain all night long. And they were in tents, so...

We made us a pizza lunch, before our party officially came to an end.

Had so much fun with these amazing people!!

Friday, June 24, 2016

When the boys are gone (picture addition)...

As promised... pictures!
Yesterday we had a hotdog roast for supper.

You already know what happened last night. ;) Sadly, I didn't get any pictures of our hilarious workout and yummy blizzards. Was having to much fun I guess. :)

Today, we took a picnic lunch up to Starmound.

The moms just could not get it together! ;)

This is Mary. She braved our crazy and joined in our adventures.
Love this girl!

After spending a couple of hours at Starmound, we came home, did some relaxing and played some card games. Our good friend Joanna showed up to join us. Once again... I didn't get any pictures of us playing "Cheat", but just imagine a bunch of good girls trying to be cheaters... and you'll get the picture. Fun, hilarious, as always. ;)

Ended the evening off with some good conversation.

And, of course... lots of laughs! (Thanks Joanna for these pictures!)

Now we are about to watch a movie, eat some more junk food, and do some more girl stuff.
More pictures coming up tomorrow!