Sometimes Things Go a Little Haywire

all things work together for good

 

I realize it’s only October and the year isn’t even over yet, but can I tell you something?  This year has been one of the hardest years of my life!  Seriously.  It’s been rough!  Let me tell you about it….

January – 5 day hospital stay with my daughter who has epilepsy.  They had to do a video EEG, so they could study the type of seizures she has, hopefully helping to get her seizure auras under control.  It seems like we have now, thankfully!

 

FebruaryEnd of pregnancy woes, like gestational diabetes and praying for no C-section!

 

MarchBaby #7 born on 3/13.  She’s been a joy, but definitely a difficult, fussy baby.

 

AprilWhooping cough hits our family.  Let me tell you, they call it the 100 day cough for a reason!  Puke bowls abound, as any time someone coughs, they throw up, multiple times a day for many days straight!

 

May – Extra fussy baby, can’t get anything done.

 

June – A trip to San Diego for baby and I, to a blogging conference…this was definitely a highlight!

 

July - Child #2 had to have another ear surgery (mastoidectomy) because the cyst they had orignally removed that had originally paralyzed half of her face, was growing back.  This was her 4th surgery on this ear.  On the 27th of July, Child #4 was admitted to the hospital with asthma struggles.  She ended up being transferred to a children’s hospital and treated in the PICU for 7 days of the 9 day hospital stay.

 

August – Daughter released from hospital, but now struggling with anxiety due to the hospital stay (and possibly the steroids they sent her home on).  We’re still trying to resolve the anxiety issues.

 

September – School starts.  We homeschool, so this is a big deal for us!  I was thankful to have a bit more structure to our days!  We even took a break and went on a fun vacation to Branson that I’ll be telling you more about soon.

 

October – Our marriage is struggling.  We are committed to finding happiness and peace and growing our love for each other, but it’s been a tough process.  In fact, this is why I’ve been a little bit scarce in writing here on the blog.  I had started the 52 week Organized Home Challenge and suddenly paused it while I got my feet back under me.  I’m hoping to start it back up this week, but my life has been a roller coaster ride!

 

I said all of that to say this.

 

I get it.

 

I know life is hard.

 

When you’re feeling all alone and like nobody else could ever understand where you’re at.  It’s OK.  Take a deep breath and let God give you a hug.  He cares for you no matter what!  He loves you, even when you don’t feel very lovable.  He is a Friend to the friendless and a Father to the fatherless!

 

Romans 8:28(KJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

 

 

It can be easy to let everything go.  (I know, I’ve been doing it….you should see the condition of my house!!).  But, it’s important when things are hard, that you give yourself a little slack.  Don’t expect perfection.  Just rest.  Rest in God’s love.  Rest in His peace.  Put your trust in Him and you will be OK.  For He will never give you more than you can bear!

 

P.S.  Don’t forget that today is the last day of the Stock Your Freezer Sale!  If you’ve not yet made your purchase, you’re able to get $31.xx worth of merchandise for just $15!  The products in this bundle will help you to get one of the stresses in your life under control.  Meal times!  You’ll get my one month $250 Walmart menu, my weeks 1-4 of Crockpot Freezer Meals as well as the Breakfast and Lunch Station packs from my friend Kim of Not Consumed.  You absolutely will be excited when you see this sale!  Hurry though, it ends at midnight tonight.

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The Stock Your Freezer Sale!

School is in session and all is going well, right?  Except for this one thing.  Meal time is always chaotic!  I know you love the idea of crockpot freezer meals, but what about a new idea to help you with breakfast and lunch, too?  What if I told you that you could prep your breakfasts and lunches in advance?  My friend Kim of Not Consumed and I have joined forces and decided to create an epic and amazing sale for you!  We are selling her breakfast and lunch stations packs and I’m selling Weeks 1-4 of my Crockpot Freezer Meals, plus the $250 Walmart Crockpot Freezer Meal plan.  You buy them all together in a combo pack!  To buy all of this separately, you would be spending $32.91, but today for this limited time sale, you’ll get them all for $15!

Great deal!

 

Every mom struggles to get food on the table. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner...we've got you covered with this fantastic freezer meal sale. Don't wait. Ends  10/27

 

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INTRODUCING THE STOCK YOUR FREEZER SALE

Every mom struggles to get food on the table. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner...we've got you covered with this fantastic freezer meal sale. Don't wait. Ends  10/27

 

Breakfast Station Combo Set ($7.98 value)

This set includes all 12 recipes (from packs 1 & 2), labels, and printable menus. Combine the 2 shopping lists and you can make 380+ DIY breakfasts for your family! Just think of all the money you are saving!

Lunch Station Combo Set ($7.98 value)

The idea is simple. Cook once, eat lunch for 2-4 months! This combo set includes all 10 freezer lunch recipes, a complete shopping list, labels, and display menus. Enjoy 280+ easy lunches for your family.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Combo Set ($11.96 value)

You get 4 weeks of dinner meals that can go straight from your freezer to the slow cooker. That’s 24 nights where you don’t have to plan, prep, or cook dinner. The menu is made for you, the shopping list complete. All you have to do is run to the grocery store and put the bags together one afternoon by following the step by step assembly instructions. Dinner done.

PLUS, you get my $250 Walmart One Month Crockpot Freezer Meals Pack! ($4.99 value)

That’s 3-4 months worth of breakfast, 2-3 months worth of lunch, and 2 whole months worth of dinner, all for less than 50% of its retail price! I think it’s safe to say that this sale is epic. I know you will want to grab your copy of this amazing bundle, but don’t wait! The sale ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. CT, Oct. 27th!

 

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Take the Silk AlmondMilk Taste Challenge!

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

AlmondMilk Challenge

I remember when I first had the opportunity to try Silk Almond milk.  I was skeptical to say the least.  In my head I had compared it to soy milk, which I didn’t like.  But, when I was in the midst of a weight loss program, I was looking for ways to cut calories and not taste.  I noticed that I could have a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my smoothie and it was only 30 calories, compared to 120 calories in 2% milk!  I discovered that I actually liked it a lot better than having regular milk in it.  Something about it tasted cleaner, yet better and filling.
Milk & Almondmilk

This past week, I decided to introduce my kids to Silk Almondmilk, to see if they would like it as much as I do.  I’m looking for ways for all of us to get healthier and I figured this was one way we could do it.  Especially if I could put it in our green smoothies.  I decided to give them a taste test.

 

They could tell the difference in what it looked like, so I made them close their eyes before they chose which one they liked better.  First, they tasted the regular milk.  Then, the Silk Almondmilk.  All 3 of them chose the almond milk as their favorite and they were begging for more!

Kids with Almond Milk 2

 

Here they are, enjoying chugging that glass of almond milk, after they made their choice.  :)

Almond Milk Taste Test

 

Taste Test Silk Almondmilk

 

I’m thankful to have options that make the foods we need to eat in order to lose weight, a little more tasty, yet healthy.  I’m also thankful that my kids don’t mind appeasing me and trying new things.  Almond milk is more nutritionally dense than regular cow’s milk.  Any time we drink it, we’re getting multiple nutrients, less fat and it’s completely safe for anyone who is gluten free or lactose intolerant.   That’s a win-win situation to me!

 

Have you tried the taste of Silk Vanilla Almondmilk?

Now it’s your turn.  Would you like to do the taste challenge to see what you think? Sign up for Silk’s newsletter and they will give you a coupon to try Silk Almondmilk plus a chance to win prizes each month!