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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Truthful Tuesday


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Tangled In Honesty....

If we're just being seriously truthful here....

I've struggled with fasting once my work week started. The first week was on track, but once I started confusing my body again (by sleeping at night then hardly sleeping at all), it rebelled. 


I really miss my husband. No, he hasn't gone anywhere, we've been in the same house.  But it's hard to be a wife and mom working overnight, trying to fit yourself  into a world where everyone around you lives during the day and sleeps at night. 



If we're not being serious....But truthful....

It's perfectly normal to feed your kids fast food in the car on the way home from a special service at church then forget to make them brush their teeth because it's already after 9pm. 
Super Size Me

 If you stay up to late to finally be alone with your husband, but it makes you wake up later than you should...
It's okay for you to be in a bad mood and yell at your kids who are in a bad mood (from staying up to late also) and push them out the door 10 minutes after they wake up with only a piece of toast shoved in their mouth....
If you cry about what a horrible mom you are then decide to jump in the car with no bra, no shoes on your toddler, and no wallet, so you can rush to the school,  find your kid eating breakfast in the cafeteria, and embarrass him by kissing and apologizing profusely. 
Only then is it okay....

It's okay to let your toddler eat mini chocolate chips for breakfast so you can blog about being a bad mother.

Nestle Toll House Mini Morsels, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 12)


If you're so sleepy from getting off work at 8am that you allow your toddler to climb upstairs to play with your older son...Only to find out the big brother was in the bathroom and didn't know the little brother went into the big sisters room and decided to put her hot pink lipstick ALL over his face....It's okay....


~DISCLAIMER~ No Children Were Hurt In The Making Of This Blog Post....
I Mean Really? What Do People Remember About Their Childhood Anyway???


Monday, January 18, 2010

ME Monday

Can I Gush For A Minute....




I Just Love Becky!
She Cut My Hair The Other Day And...

I Love It!


And She's Hot!



Go See Her!

J Maxwell
2200 N. Germantown Parkway
Suite 4
Cordova, TN 38016

Thanks Girl!!!


Me Love You Long Time

Can I just say....

We're Big Tired Dorks...


Who Need A Break....


To Have A Date Night.  Alone....


And Pretend We're Dating Again....



And Not Parents....


Just Kids In Love....


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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shut Yo' Mouth Saturday

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

God's Name Is Amanda

If we're being honest here, I have to say that I didn't start my fast until Monday (instead of Sunday) because if you read my first post about these 21 Days, you'll remember that I had one of my TangledEpiphanies or Ta-Piphany as I like to call it about what I thought God was trying to tell me.

Funny enough, When I heard His voice telling me HOW I should go through this journey,
He disguised Himself as a sweet soft-spoken woman that stands maybe 5" tall and weighs maybe 100lbs.
AND He called Himself Amanda!!! But it didn't matter because I heard it!!

I'm not going to bore you with a rundown of what I've eaten, but I will say this:

RatatouilleI ate TOFU for the first time ever!!! 
(I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't throw up and it was edible.)

I made Ratatouille and Runs With Scissors looked at it and said,
 "What??? I'm not eating HIM, I like HIM!"

In case you don't know, it consisted of:
eggplant, onions, zucchini, and tomatoes.

4 out of the 4 ingredients that Miss Talks-A-Lot HATES, but she was a good sport!! 
And she ate 2 helpings of salad!! That is HUGE because I didn't allow Ranch dressing!! 
Really Really Proud of my kids!
(On a side note, while I'm bragging....She was also one of only 27 kids out of ALL the choir kids in the whole school that was chosen to be in a special choir aside from Show or Honors!! And Runs With Scissors made Honor Roll AGAIN with only 1 B, and he even complained about that!!)

I made a complete meal using only:
5tbs. of olive oil, lemon juice, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. 

 I'm sorry but in my Southern house, that's an accomplishment!!

It's been much easier to give up tea than I ever thought, although I've had 1 cup of coffee everyday, but in my defense, I've cut the sugar in half with Stevia and replaced my evaporated milk with....okay....I won't write a lie. Only some of the time I've halfed it with yucky powder creamer.

Powder creamer seems soooo beneath Starbucks and I!!!

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary
I had such a routine. Such a habit with my coffee. I pride myself in getting my Barista's at my favorite Starbucks trained. I'm very matter-of-fact and now that's all come to an end. I have to start over. WHEN I start going back to Starbucks that is....One of my commitments is not buying any food outside of Whole Foods, Easy-Way, or the Grocery. Sadly, that includes my Love, Starbucks.


Let me tell you how hard this has been....Hootie and I were waiting in the University parking lot so my brother could finish his registration for school and out of boredom,

 I decided to clean under my seats. I know. OCD. Just keep going with it....

I found a certificate that Starbucks had mailed me for a free coffee!!!! (They really love me)

God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee



Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Know It's Only 21 Days

I need to make a confession.
But you have to promise not to laugh.
Our church has teamed with over 900 other churches for the 21 Day Fast, and it started today.
It's right in line with my 90 day plan. That's not the confession, by the way....

Awakening ButtonDuring church I kept wondering how everyone else was fasting. Were they only drinking liquids? Were they only fasting from sun up to sun down? (Being in the Arabic community for so many years, that's what I was used to.) During Ramadan, which is 40 days, they fast from sun up to sun down eating a light meal after they break the fast in the evening.

The theme of today's message was "The Power of One"
One person, One year, One change can all make many huge differences.
John talked about The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree from Luke 13:6-9

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
 The Vinedresser had 3 things that God yearns for us:
1. Vision
2. Patience
3. Commitment

While he was talking and I was absorbing, (which is why church is so important in the first place) God kept speaking to me.  He kept saying to me: "Get back to what I gave you."

The words "fruits and vegetables" kept playing over and over in my head. And my head kept saying: "But that's food."  That wouldn't technically be fasting. Or would it? 

What if, just for a small amount of time, I got back to only what God gave us? 

Now for my big confession:

The Daniel Fast: Feed Your Soul, Strengthen Your Spirit, and Renew Your BodyI've heard of the Daniel Fast, but never looked into it enough to know what it was. Ironically one of the pastors' wives put an update on Facebook giving recipes for those of us starting the fast.  Suddenly it all made sense.  

But crap! 

I thought I was special. 

I thought God was speaking directly to me, giving me some secret message like the radio program gave Ralphie for his secret decoder in The Christmas Story. 
But Daniel and Amanda already had it!

Then I realized God WAS speaking just to me. For Me. But just like I have to break down the big words for Chief sometimes....God had to break it down for me.  He wanted me to find it on my own. I'm sure He didn't care that Facebook was the means, He was just glad I found it. 

So thanks Amanda! Oh yeah, and thanks Daniel...

Go check out The Daniel Fast here.  

I know it's only 21 days....

I've decided that I'm not brave enough to go cold turkey with my coffee and tea. I'm more fearful of my addiction to those two than any food I can think of. 

But I know it's only 21 days....

I've used coffee as a substitute to food for so long. It scares me to confront food again without  Starbucks in my corner! That's it in a nutshell. 

But I know it's only 21 days....

So I'm going to take the next 5 days to wean myself down. I know. I'm a wimp.

I'm going to need your encouragement

Your accountability

I'm going to need you to make me mad by sending me quick messages asking if I'm on track.  

And I'm going to use restraint when I have to pray before answering you in a sarcastic nice manner by trudging through my withdrawals...

Because even though it's only 21 days....

It's Really The Rest Of My Life


Friday, January 8, 2010

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