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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Texas Scenery

During Thanksgiving we have been visiting friends and family. I took some time to grab some great pictures to remember the scenery.


The Alcoa Plant in Rockdale Texas. At night it looks like a giant ship lit up with lights.


Barbed Wire Sunset


Beautiful Doe



On Alert



Blackjack Ranch Entrance


Feeding Time



Country pondtexaspond







Wednesday, November 13, 2013

52 Week Food Exchage-Small Steps

I read something earlier this year. The article stated that by making small changes every week you can really do things to benefit you and your family. The article mentioned to replace one unhealthy food with a healthier version each week. At the end of 52 weeks you will have made 52 better choices toward your health. So I began to make small changes.

Then I joined Genesis Pure, and began to Cleanse, Balance and Build my body. Cleansing to eradicate toxins, Balancing my body's ph, hormones, etc. and building my body up with better nutrients that give my body what it needs to begin to heal from the damage over the years-that I have done to it from poor nutritional habits. Building it to perform better, and so I can feel better each day, having more energy, and vitality.

So here are the changes I have made over the past few weeks.
I stopped buying foods with HFCS. I eradicated these products from our home. I have to admit that there was whining in the house, when the Sweet Baby Rays hit the trash can. (Maybe they will come out with a non-HFCS version.)

(My trash can, 1/2 full bottle of Sweet Baby Rays, 2/3 full bottle of Heinze 57 and full bottle of Hunts no preservative Ketchup.)
I won't be a sheep...I will make a change!
Another change I have made....No more corn products unless they are organic. So we have changed chips, and frozen corn. I buy in bulk from Azure Standard and get 5 pound bags now. I also changed to stone ground organic corn tortillas-but no one in the family likes them so I guess we will be eating a lot less taco in the future as well.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrating Veterans-Every Generation in our family!

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Every generation as far back as I can remember has had a member in the military. Both from my mother and father's side. Thanks to my mom, who generously gave me these photos years ago, when I began a vintage family scrapbook. They are a little hard to see, because I took a picture of the actual picture from my scrapbook.
With some friends from my graduating class at AIT. (Ft. Gordon Ga.) 1985
Me, getting ready for a normal day on the job. (I was 19).
My mother's brother, Dennis. Served in the Navy.
Her other brother Allan, also served but I don't have any pictures of him.
My grandparents with my Aunt Ann and Uncle Wayne-he was stationed in the Phillippines.
He is the one in uniform. Their 2 daughters Diane and Debbie (My cousins).
My Grandfather-My mothers' father. Dead center in the photo. He served in Vietnam and in Panama.
Same group of guys-This was in 1944.
My mother's grandmother. (Her father's mother.) Served in the air force.
She is the one without the purse and heels.
My father, and his father and his father all served in the Army as well. I regret that I don't have any pictures. I will have to see what I can do about that!  I remember my father telling me that he was an MP and he served in France. He also disarmed bombs. Scary job there!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Stickability-Your WHY Establishes Your HOW.

This weekend I heard the term "stickability".  The Urban Dictionary defines it as: The ability to stick to a particulally hard job, trade or another type of thing. Also see: persevere, sticktoittiveness, rough it out.

Many people experience success in areas of life, where others fail. The main difference? Stickability. Anything worth having is worth working for. Whether it is marriage, raising children, a job, a relationship, or another passion. Those that succeed are those that decide ahead of time-that quitting is not an option. See, when I got married, I decided that divorce would not be an option. Thankfully, my husband has the same conviction. When you are in relationship with another person-it takes both people deciding to stick with it.

Most people quit way too early in an endeavor. Anything worth having is worth working for and pursuing. It is worth the effort it takes to grow and learn. When I first began homeschooling, I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't have a 12 year plan laid out.  I knew I had a passion to do it. I knew I had been called to do it. I didn't necessarily feel equipped to do it. So the first step was to decide that I would do it. Once I made the decision the path became clearer. The first thing my husband and I did, was to establish our WHY... Why did we want to homeschool? So we listed those reasons. And when it got tough, I went back to my WHY. When days came that I wanted to quit, I went back to my WHY....Then it was no longer about the why. (I knew why. It had been made clear.) So then it was no longer about why-but instead it was about HOW.  How am I going to homeschool? What resources am I going to use? Who am I going to learn from, etc.?

I have been working out the how for 8 years now. As my son is an 8th grader and my daughter is a 6th grader. You know how I did it? I decided I would learn about homeschooling, I would become teachable. I wouldn't pretend I knew it all. I would become a student myself. I would learn from others who went before me. I would unite with other like minded families who also sought to homeschool their children, etc. Each semester I would pray about a plan. I would ask God for a vision. I would pray about the curriculum to use, and I would do a lot of research on the curriculum. I went to conventions and conferences. I didn't always make the best choices, there were times I ordered a curriculum and saw it wasn't a good fit. (Even after hours of looking it over.) There were times I had to abandon my daily schedule and routine. I had to learn to become flexible. My HOW is the process of the WHY! 

It is like this in any endeavor. When you get married, when you have kids, when you join a church, or get a job, you have first decide: WHY. Why am I marrying this person? Why am I choosing to homeschool my children, Why would I work here, why am I getting involved in this church or take on an extra job? Why am I pursuing this?  Then it just becomes about the how. I know why I am doing it. Now I just need to work out the how. So I learn as I go- It is  OJT-(On the job training). I learn how to be married while I am married, I learn how to be a mom, by messing it up at times, and brushing myself off and starting again. I learn as I go with a new business.

I read an article in our local paper about Thomas Edison. It wasn't his IQ, or his charisma that made him who he was. It was his "stickability". He failed in many inventions, but he started again. He  learned from his failures, he improved and then he had success. He was one of the most successful men ever to have lived. He must have also experienced much failure, the difference was that he kept on going, when others quit. (Those are the ones we never heard about, because they gave up.)

What I see is that people quit on the why, long before they even start on the process of how. The difference is stickability.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Your Health -Worth The Investment

Years ago, my husband and I began to make dietary changes. We began to use supplements to help our bodies get the nutrients it needs and is not able to get through our American Diet. This past March I got involved with a new company that is radically changing lives across America. I am so inspired by the founder of this company, Dr. Lindsay Duncan.

This past weekend I went to my 2nd large event in Dallas Texas. It was the 2nd time I had the privilege to hear him speak. I can tell you it was life changing. He knows more about the human body and what it needs than any other person in the world. He spoke about toxins in the air, in the soil and in our foods.  He shared his heart on how the typical American diet is killing us, causing cancer, and other illness. He talked about not having to get sick.

The average American spends more on their car payment per month than they do on taking care of their health. The car will be old in ten years and we will need a new one. We only get one body-and we cannot get a new one. How we treat this one matters. What we chose to do each day, what we chose to eat, if we chose to be physically active etc. all matter. We can pay the price today, by investing in better quality foods, in supplements, and in a good strategy or we better start saving our money so we can pay for our impending future illness.