Friday, March 18, 2011

Blue Canyon Hike

This hike was short but nice, one mile and it took me 25 minutes to hike. There was a lot to see, these trails are for bikes too! So lots of bike things, I don’t know what they are called, but a little scary to me.

Roman 11:15-16
For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For it their is holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

This pictures were taken with my cell phone, sorry!

The hike was very easy for me, so I would say it’s defendantly for beginners. I ended up hiking some of the Texas Sunset too. I like to get in at least 50 minutes of exercise.

Tonight was such a beautiful day, the bikers, joggers, and hikers were out doing their thing. I really got excited watching the bikers; hopefully I can ride one day. I remember when I was young with the 2 children; I would get the kids and put them in the trailer hitched to my bike and ride all the way to the beach. What fun! By the time we got there the kids would be fast asleep and I would turn around heading back home.

I’m not sure which trail I will do next, but I like what I’ve hiked already.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Hike on Texas Sunset Trail

The hike I took was great! It was a 45 minute hike on a trail called Texas Sunset. It felt really good to go out and finish the trail. I want to accomplish all the trails, Ranger, Blue Canyon, Crooked Tree, Copperhead Ridge, Man Bites Dog and S.O.S 

I need to stay active and sitting down crocheting all the time might not be all that good for me. Don’t get me wrong, I like to crochet and it really helps me relax, but relaxing all the time might not help my butt!

I’m going to be 45 in a few months and there are things I want to accomplish before my birthday. I want to lose 15 to 20 pounds, hike these trails and start mountain biking.

LORD, if it’s your will please help me to do these things. Oh, I need a mountain bike, helmet and pads. Only you can provide these things. Please give me self control with food and give me the strength to hike. Thank you Jesus, I know that if I don’t get these things, it’s because you have a good reason.

So, off I go for another hike!

I didn’t realize what trail I was on because I was going the wrong way. I turn back and saw the blue arrow.

Big Cedar Wilderness Trails

List of Trails in order: Posted levels of difficulty are will range according to each riders skill.

Texas Sunset (blue...this loop starts just to the left of kiosk) Intermediate - Advanced

Ranger (white) Beginner - Intermediate

Blue Canyon (orange inside of white) Beginner

Crooked Tree (green) Beginner

Copperhead Ridge (yellow) Advanced

Man Bites Dog (red) Intermediate-Advanced

S.O.S (red) Advanced
Sorry, I took these pictures with a phone camera.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Could It Be Perimenopause?

I really didn’t see this coming! About a month ago I started noticing that my emotions were a little crazy, but thought that it was just PMS. I felt the normal cramping, bloating, and aches and pains. In the middle of the week I starting having cramps again and then spotted for two days. My emotions got really crazy, I was crying for no reason, then happy the next. Up and down like a roller coaster. I thought, what the heck is going on? I was little scared.

I felt tired, still cramping and then the hot flashes begin. All day, my face would get really hot and then back to normal. I thought it’s time for me to ask around to see if anyone else is going through the same things. My mom says that I to need to know that I'm not the only women out there going through this and she reinsures me that I will be fine and she loves me.

A friend of mine shared her thoughts, advice, and gave be a book to read. I found lots of information. This book has been going around to a few other women and now the book has a new name, Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde.

The signs and symptoms of perimenopause often resemble a cross between PMS and menopause. A women in her late 30’s and early 40’s might ovulate one month and produce a viable egg, and then not ovulate for several months yet still have apparently normal periods. Or, she might experience several months of unusually painful and heavy periods, followed by several months of irregular and light periods. She could have wide and dramatic mood swings, night sweats, and hot flashes. She might have trouble sleeping, tire more easily, and lose interest in sex. She could also experience symptoms more like those of PMS, such as fluid retention, headache, backache, and lower abdominal cramps or pain. (The complete Idiot’s guide menopause)

There are two things I’m really going to focus on, Prayer and counting to 1000 before I say or do anything that I might regret. Oh, and remember that I’m not going crazy!

Perimenopause is not menopause. You are still fertile, still have periods, and still can become pregnant.

Perimenopause can worsen PMS or bring it on for the first time.

Birth control pills can provide relief from the discomforts of fluctuating hormones, as well as protection from unplanned pregnancy.

Perimenopause can last from 3 to 15 years, although it averages from 3 to 6 years.

I wanted to share also, average women gains 15 to 20 pounds during perimenopause and menopause…. Isn’t that great, I’m trying to lose weight not gain weight.

Exercise is the best thing for me right now. Fresh air, clear mind, releases stress, and I will feel better! A friend tells me to remember to stay positive keep a since of humor, we’re on this ride weather we want to or not, pray and remember the happy lady gardening. (Inside joke)

Go buy yourself a hand fan ladies.

If you have any advice please share with me. This is all new to me.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Making Disciples of Our Children

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Today we are going to take our Royal Ranger boys out on a field trip. I just love these boys. My husband and I get to talk and teach them about Jesus. What a great blessing it is to serve God in this way. Whenever you have a chance to love on God's children do it. The world is getting really bad out there. They need Christ's love! Some of them don't have dads or moms. Who will teach them about God?

Deuteronomy 6:6-9

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit down in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates.

They had seen His power and received His word. They were to remember these events and teach them to their children. We need to be concerned for our children and their knowledge of God. If the covenant is not taught to the children, the failure of the nation is assured.

Christians have had the privileges to know, hear, and to experience God. We as parents need to be sharing Christ with our children and grandchildren, teaching them to love their God and love their neighbor. They learn this by watching us. Our job involves a process of “making disciples” of our children.

If we don't have children or grandchild just look around they are everywhere.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Weight Loss Week 9

Here I go again; I made the decision to work on my weight, again. I hiked Wednesday, Thursday and today. It actually felt good to get moving again. I think hiking is the only exercise I like, so that’s what I’m going to do, 45 minutes 5 days a week, for now. I’m moving my body! Keep moving!

I dropped 1 lousy pound, but that’s ok…… I need to pray when I’m hungry, flee from temptation (I made chocolate cupcakes last night for the kids, not wise), read the word, and keep moving. Jade has been doing p90x, I just can’t get myself to do it. One day I will.

Weight 177

It’s so hard to lose 1 pound and so easy to gain 4. I have a bitter heart, pray for me.

1 Peter 3:14

But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled.

If the example of Jesus teaches us anything, it should be that suffering is a noble and good thing when it leads to a better way. Our diets are definitely the source of suffering, but there is great blessing awaiting all who stick with them. God has promised special blessing to those who keep courage in the face of suffering and don't give in. Losing weight not only makes us look and feel better, but it draws us closer to God and His divine plan for us. Our suffering is not in vain. It is all to the glory of the Lord.

Today's thought: I will fear nothing, as long as Jesus is with me!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What is a Hero?

Hero: a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

Someone you can depend on

Someone you can trust

Someone that will protect you

Someone you can talk to

Someone who is selfless

Someone who is giving

Someone that provides

Someone that is a servant

Someone that loves

Someone that gives His life for you

You don’t need to fly to be a hero or do some great thing…. Just be who God wants you to be.

A child of God

A godly husband or wife

A godly father or mother

A godly son or daughter

A godly sister or brother

A godly uncle or aunt

A godly friend

These are examples of heros!

Jesus is my Hero!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wise Men Seek Jesus

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 Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him ( Matt2:2).

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matt 2:11)

Worship God and present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Lord, I’m Yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I’m not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I’m not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possession, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I’m somebody important, or to promote myself. I’m not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I’m here to please You.

Emotions Feelings Depressed

Sometimes I feel like I have the plague. I feel like I’m a burden on people. I feel like if I would disappear no would notice. I feel like I’m not affecting anyone. I feel alone out here. I feel like I have no friends. I have no one to talk to or understand what I’m going through. Where are my friends? I feel unwanted. I feel unloved. I feel sad. I feel depressed. I feel ugly. I feel like I’m a bad mom, a bad wife, a bad example of a Christian. Everything I do is wrong. I feel angry. I feel pain and it hurts. I feel rejected. I will never be who people want me to be. I will never measure up. I will never be perfect. I will always fail someone. I will never be beautiful. I will never be thin. I cry. No one cares. No one cares!

Is anyone out there?

Thank God we don’t go on our feelings or our emotions. Don’t trust your feelings! Up and down like a roller coaster. One day you feel like this, the next day your fine.We may go through these emotions or feelings, but it doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Why did God give us emotions?

It’s good for us to express our emotions, to be able to experience pain or joy, sadness or anger is to feel alive. You not only do yourself damage and limit your potential in Christ when you deny or suppress your emotions; you reduce your understanding of who God is. God is faithful yesterday, today, and forever. He hears, cares and loves us. I need God!

Do we vent all our feeling to people? No, a fool vents all their feelings. But a wise man holds them back (proverbs29:11). We should give it to God and allow Him to comfort you. He knows how you feel. Jesus has emotions, compassion, love, joy, anger, wonder, awe, grief, distress, and sorrow.

The word “depression” literally means “pressed down” that is, not up to your usual bounce. When you feel depressed we need to cry out to the LORD (Ps. 6:2,3)

Get your eyes off of your feelings, emotions, stop dwelling on them, and focus on God.

Long for Him

Call out to Him

Rest in Him

Know that He sees

Acknowledge that He will keep you

Praise God

Seek restoration and witness to others

Keep praying

I choose to thank You for my weeknesses, my infirmities, my inadequacies (physical, mental, emotions, relational)....for the ways I fall short of what people view as ideal...for my feelings of helplessness and inferiority, and even my pain and distresses. What a comfort it is to know that You understand the feeling of my weeknesses!... and that in Your infinite wisdom You have allowed these in my life so that they may contribute to Your high purpose for me.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Puppet Merit

Today Joshua received his puppet merit. He built a stage, he made his puppet, and he gave a presentation in front of his Royal Ranger commanders. His commanders were very proud of him; they lit up telling me what a great job Joshua had done. I wish I was there to have heard him speak.

My family and I have been performing puppet show for over 12 years now. It started off with Dennis and his two girls, then we got married, my girls and I began helping. Now that our four girls our out on their own, it’s just Josh and Eyve and sometimes Jade that helps with the puppet shows. I do miss those days when we all were together going to different church and performing. Lots of fun!

We now do puppet shows almost every Sunday at our church. I like that we can do a work for the LORD together as a family.

I'm very proud of my son, he made his first puppet and did a great job. He built the stage himself also.

The stage is made from PVC piping.

He sewed the puppet himself

 Oh, it's a sheep if you couldn't till.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Weight Loss Week 8

I haven’t really done anything this last two weeks; I guess I just got tired of working on my weight. It’s like a roller coaster, up and down, up and down. I know what I should be doing, but just don’t do it. Why do I do this? I start off really well and then at a center point I just give up. It’s too much work! I gained eight pounds, It’s so frustrated, I work so hard to lose 1 pound and in 1 week I can gain 4 pounds, I know I didn’t eat that much. I really just want to give up.

I was going to finally get into my 60’s and I blew it. The last time I was in my 60 was when Jade was born. My daughter Brook thinks that I sabotage myself, but why would I do that?

I do want to lose weight, but I don’t want to do the work! I don’t want to work out; I don’t want to count my points. I want to eat whatever and whenever I want.

Why do I want to lose weight?

I don’t want this roll on my stomach, I want to fit in to my size 8 pants, and I want to look nice. Why do I want this? Does it really matter? Whose attention do I want? Am I doing this for me? Is there a purpose?

I have a lot to think about! I have to make a decision, I know that I don’t want to gain weight, but slowing it creeps up. So, it still means that I have to watch what I eat anyways, even though it doesn’t seem like I’m eating vey much.

God help me, I’m depressed. I want to just give up! 8 pound…. really!
 Weight, 178

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crochet Week

I have been crocheting all week! I haven’t blog at all; there is something about me that when I start a project I can’t stop till I finally had enough. I really like this hobby, it relaxes me and it helps me get my mind off things. It also gives me an opportunity to learn something new. I use to make just scarfs, but I can go to YouTube and learn to crochet all kinds of things.

I crocheted beanies, blanket, and slippers. My mom is the only one that will wear the slippers, but I think, they turned out so good I will have to crochet Me a pair.

I’m excited because I learn how to crochet flowers, they were easy. I made my button (Jayla) a beanie with changeable flowers. I started a blanket for her, but it will take a little bit longer, it has lots of details that I need to learn.

I think the next thing I want to learn is how to knit!