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I'm Christy. Christian first, wife to a Retired Soldier, mom to 7, our oldest is with the Lord after he called her home against a battle against AML leukemia. I am a Homeschooling/SAHM/Housewife. The biggest blessing in my life is serving The Lord, Jesus Christ. I am a sinner, fail often, but am forgiven.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Families Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Today a friend of mine shared a fantastic article about people making rude comments on her all boy family, but getting encouragement from an older sweet lady who also had all boys and how much they took care of her now. It got my brain going of how free people feel to make snide comments about families. You get the comments about how wild all boys are and "don't you wish you had a girl" or "aren't you going to try for a girl?". Then there are the all girl families and the snide comments they get, "oh wait until they're teenagers." "Doesn't your husband want a son to carry on his name?" Then there's the family that has one child, and people think it's their right to inquire "why" "don't you know he/she is going to be spoiled and not know how to play with other kids?" Then there are those of us with larger families (ultimately 4 or more children) and we get the "don't you  know how that happens" or "do you not own a tv"? Really, I mean lets dig in here a little bit.
That family of all boys or all girls, I have friends with both those and they feel so blessed with their only gender family. It seems that the all boys, my friends just love their boys and can't even imagine having a girl, because they have so much fun with their boys. They feel like God created them to be a boy mom. The families who have all girls, just adore their girls, and can't imagine adding a boy into the mix of their girls. God blessed these families with the children they have. Maybe they do desire a girl or a boy to add into the mix, but here's a newsflash, it's no one's business and I've yet to meet any family with all one gender, who do not feel so blessed with their children.
That family with one child, I've had many friends who have a miracle baby and are so thankful and blessed to have their child. Many of them would love to have another, but they trust God and know that he's blessed them beyond measure with their child. IF they do have fertility issues, do you think your snide comments on their one and only is helping? Making suggestions of adoption, fertility treatments, etc do not help them and you do not know their convictions or where the Lord is leading their family. They may also feel simply put that their family is COMPLETE with their one child.
Those of us who have many children, yes we know how that happens, don't you? Yes we have a tv, last I checked, tv is not the end all of "entertainment", but hey if that's all you want in your life, that's your choice. All of my children are a blessing and I praise GOD for every one of them. We've had surprises and planned and they are were equally wanted and are so loved. We don't ask your permission, we do not invite you into our bedroom, so how about you stay out.
Honestly, I'm amazed at how rude people are when it comes to children and family sizes. Children are a blessing from God. IF God blesses a family with all boys, all girls, one child, or multiple....they are a blessing. Sadly our society views children as a burden. We live in such a selfish society that we see children holding "us" back from the newest gadgets, great vacations, new cars, bigger houses. Let me tell you what, you can't take any of those THINGS with you when you die. God does not bless selfishness.
I see hurt from friends and family who have had rude remarks made to them. Truly it's enough. It's enough making comments on the gender of peoples children, sizes of their families. How about instead of making a comment that could cause hurt, you compliment them.
"You must have so much fun with your boys, I bet they keep you hopping and laughing, boys always seem to love to make their mommas life interesting".
"Your girls are beautiful, I can imagine it's wonderful to see them growing up to young women."or "I bet it's so much fun to watch your little girls growing up, giggling together, dressing up. You are blessed."
To the family with one, "How blessed you are, to be able to devote your time to your son or daughter, I bet you have a beautiful relationship, and he/she brings you so much joy."
To the family of many, "What a beautiful family. I bet you all have so much fun. I'm sure you're busy, but I have no doubt you wouldn't want it any other way."

Just simple, but kind things is all it takes. Families no matter size or gender, are blessings from God.
We should never feel we have to defend our children from rude comments towards them.
I don't WANT to understand those who make the comments. I just would love to see it stop. I'd love for my friends and my own family to just feel loved from others and if they're not, to have no idea what is going through those peoples brains.

I'm stepping down from my soap box now.

Friday, July 31, 2015

In A Moment

In a moment my cousin went from a healthy 26 year old young man to one who's now fighting for his life. A few years ago, he made poor choices that landed him in prison. He served his time and when he was released, decided to change his life. He was no longer in the gangs, no longer making the poor choices that landed him in prison. He got a job, worked overtime every time it was offered, he was living with his mom, and helping her with bills, helping with the upkeep of her house, painting the house. When my dad was working on her house, he was there asking how to help, and doing everything my dad asked of him.
He was healthy, fit, and seemed to be working towards making a better life for himself and his girlfriend. Tuesday as he was on the phone with his brother and his girlfriend was in the same room as he was in, he had a massive heart attack.
My heart is heavy for T and for his mom/my aunt, who has already buried one child (her little girl died from SIDS over 17 years ago). Please keep them in your prayers as we wait to find out if he's going to pull out of this. I do not know if he's a believer and that is what is grieving my heart the most, because without having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, he will not be in Heaven. I pray he will be. Please keep my Aunt S in your prayers and T. His girlfriend, C, and his 2 younger brothers, B & S.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Getting Back on Track

Since my pregnancy and having Nathaniel 5 weeks ago (btw, where has the time gone that he's already 5 weeks old?!), I have not been eating the absolute best. Last night when Chad got off work, I had him me up my Greek yogurt, lots of fresh fruits (pineapple, cantaloupe, and honey dew mellon), sugar free popsicles, and pudding.
The scale has pretty well just stayed put for the last week and I've had it with that. Breastfeeding brings on the need for more calories, as well as I'm hungry and so I have been eating. I can't eat the same amount I could before my Sleeve, but I have not made the best choices. This is why it is soimportant for everyone to know that weight loss surgery is not a magical fix, it's only a tool, and the rest is on me. I have to make wise choices in what is going in my mouth, and exercise, if not, I will not reach my goal for optimal health.
My goal is to see the scale moving down even just 1 lb between today & next Tuesday. I really need to get an updated picture taken of me, it's good motivation for me!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I'm back!

It's been a long time since I updated on here. This will remain my weight loss blog, and this is a life long journey I am on! I had my sweet Nathaniel 4 weeks ago. So I ultimately lost 80 lbs, before I started gaining weight from my pregnancy. I ultimately gained a total of 23 lbs by the time Nathaniel was born, and once he was here the lbs just started falling off! I lost the 23 lbs and then lost another 5 lbs.
I have to say that with breastfeeding Nathaniel, eating is something that I have to do and want to do. I hope that over the next couple of months that can slow down. I'm trying to make good choices, although to be fully honest, I don't always make the best choices. I don't make horrible ones, but it is something I want to and need to be honest over and want to do better.
I am looking forward to being able to get to the gym and starting to work out on the eliptical and weight lifting. I am excited that in 2 weeks I can be in the gym and hopefully see the lbs coming off a little faster. I have 34 lbs to get to my initial goal weight, and really look forward to hitting that number!!
I'm very close to being in the 100's!!
Today I was at Target and ran into a friend who I had not seen in many months and she didn't recognize me! Do you know how exciting that is?!! I hadn't even considered someone who actually knows me, wouldn't recognize me!
I am so thankful that I had the sleeve done! It has changed my life in so many ways. The energy I have, I just over all feel so much better, physically!
I will get a picture of me taken tomorrow and post it, to show my progress and will start taking a picture as the weight continues to come off.