Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday - Three Angels Haiti

If you're looking for a place to donate for "Giving Tuesday" may I suggest Three Angels Haiti?

Three Angels

Three Angels is a Christian orphanage and school and they're trying to raise money to give Christmas dinners to 300 families. 

I have never gone hungry for even one meal in my life.  I can't imagine the struggles these families face.

PLEASE join me in making a donation to Three Angels Haiti.

For $25 you can provide an entire Christmas meal for a family (a chicken, beans and rice, garlic, bouillon, oil, tomato sauce and spices). 

So click HERE to go to their website and donate.

What are you waiting for??

Not everyone can adopt, but everyone can support a student or an orphan or a family in Haiti.

And while you're at it, check out their website and consider sponsoring an orphan for just $49 a month or sponsoring a student for just $25 a month.  I have sponsored an orphan for several years, and the little girl I sponsored was just adopted by her forever family.  How exciting!!!!  I have continued my monthly donation of $49 and am now sponsoring a different child.

The need is great.  But a small amount per month from you and me can literally change the life of a child in Haiti.

James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress."

So click on the link above, get out your credit card and GIVE!

 

Monday, November 19, 2018

My Grandson

My grandson arrived EARLY in the morning on Thursday, November 8th.  He and his mama and daddy are doing WONDERFULLY and we, his grandparents, are smitten for sure.

Yes, I can tell already, I'm going to be "that" grandma.  He is absolutely perfect and we are so blessed and so thankful for him.


This is a sneak peak of a newborn photo our son and daughter in law had taken last week.  

He is absolutely the cutest thing I've ever seen.  When I held him for the first time my heart just overflowed with love and happiness imagining all the wonderful memories we will make with him as he grows.

I was very blessed to have two absolutely wonderful Godly grandmothers.  They were both different, and I did different things when I was with them, but my memories of them absolutely bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. I intend to do all I can to make certain my grandchildren have those same wonderful grandma memories that I have.  I'm already thinking of things we can do together!!!

Thank you all for praying.  Our daughter in law had 30 hours of labor and then a c-section, but both are doing great.

Everything I ever heard about how wonderful it is to be a grandma . . . . . every word is true.

Grandchildren are a blessing.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November

My mother passed away 16 weeks and one day ago and my heart literally aches for her. I miss her with a weight of grief that only those who have experienced true loss know and understand. I KNOW that my mother is in heaven, rejoicing with the angels around the throne, praising the Savior. My mother was a faithful follower of Jesus all the days of her life and I know her reward is great. That brings me great comfort. My feet are bound to the same straight and narrow path my mom's were so that one day I can be reunited with her and meet my Jesus face to face. Oh what a day. Until then, I “press on.” When people ask how I’m doing I smile and say “I’m doing OK.” But some days I’m not OK. Some days I just want to go out to her grave and bawl my eyes out. I want her back. I would never have let her go if God had asked my permission, but He didn’t, and I trust Him. Life goes on and I try hard to focus on the going forward because I believe that is part of that pressing on that the Lord requires of all of us. We know that all of us are born to die, and death is a part of life. 

 But oh it is a painful part. 

There are good parts of life and I’m about to experience the best of life, or so those who have done this before me say . . . I’m going to be a grandma in just a few hours!! Our wonderful daughter in law is just past 40 weeks pregnant and will be induced tonight, so by this time tomorrow morning our first grandchild (a precious baby boy named after my husband) will be here and your prayers for an uneventful, perfectly normal delivery and a healthy baby boy will be greatly appreciated. The thought of that sweet little baby fills my heart with true joy. I like to believe that my little grandson is at this very moment sitting on my mother’s lap in heaven, and she is telling him all about the wonderful family he is about to join. Holding him will be bittersweet for me as I desperately wanted her to be here as I become a grandma.  My mom wanted so desperately to get to see him, and when I hold him for the first time my heart will be full, believing that he has been with my mom since I have. And if that’s not how heaven works then I’m OK with it. But it makes me smile thinking of my mom holding her great-grandson in heaven before I hold him on this earth. Maybe that’s why he’s taking his own sweet time arriving . . . great-grandma’s lap is a wonderful place to be.

My mom's headstone has been delivered to the monument company, and should be engraved this week or next, and set by the end of this month.  We are anxious to get that done.  It looks so bare and empty out there.  I think maybe once the stone is set it will feel more real?  I don't know.  Because there are days the thought of my mom being gone doesn't feel real at all.  Like it must all be a dream.

Speaking of dreams, I dreamed about my mom last week for the first time.  It was a wonderful dream . . . for just a few seconds she was here with me and it was wonderful.

I've fallen off the exercise and healthy eating wagon HARD.  I went on vacation last month . . . . a trip to Florida that got cut short by the hurricane and it took me awhile to get refocused.  But I'm back to exercising and trying to make better food choices.  One day at a time.

Thanks so much for sticking with me here at Down On The Farm.  And thank you for praying for my daughter-in-law, Megan, and my grandson, Ira Paul.  Blessings to you all!! 

Stay tuned for lots of pictures of a very cute baby boy!!!

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Ten Days In

Wow!!! I can't believe today is the tenth day of my healthy lifestyle journey !!
I'm happy to report I'm down 3.4 pounds.  I can't say I can tell that I've lost weight, but I can really tell I am getting stronger with my workouts.  

I still can't do the entire Level One of the 30 Day Shred without taking a quick breather once in awhile, but I can do MORE than I could before.  I can do more pushups than I could and pushups have always been hard for me.  I have worked out every day for the past 10 days, except yesterday. I have read that the body needs one day of rest per week, so I didn't do the workout on Sunday.  But I was up early this morning and exercised before work.  I still don't like it when that alarm goes off, and probably never will, but morning works are the hardest to skip because there just isn't an excuse to NOT work out.  And oh it feels SOOOO GOOD when I'm finished!!! 

I did have a couple Diet Cokes over the weekend, and they sure tasted good.  But I have had FAR FEWER Diet Cokes the last 10 days than I would normally would have so I'm considering that a win.

I'm trying to eat healthy foods, smaller portions, and trying to eat fewer carbs.  


My mom has been gone 11 weeks this morning.  I still can't believe it.  I know she is in heaven, healed and whole and that makes me smile.  And yet I go out to the cemetery and look down at the grave and my heart breaks all over again.  I still cry every day.  I miss her terribly.  I just want the old mom back.  The mom before she got sick.  I'm going on with life, but man, oh man, this hurts.

Our daughter-in-law is feeling great and our grandson is due one month from today!We're beyond excited.  Please keep the prayers coming for a healthy baby and an easy, uneventful delivery.  Those last 4 or 5 weeks of pregnancy are just no fun, so please keep the prayers coming.

Please pray for our country.  Pray for our leaders.  Pray for your church and your pastor. I'm praying today for you.  Asking God to show you specifically the path He has for the rest of your life. His way is always best.

Blessings from Missouri!! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Day Five

Today is my fifth day of working out every day.  I started doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD on Day Three and I love it!! You can check out the details of the 30 Day Shred HERE!




I snapped this picture from my front porch this morning just after I finished working out!!  What a beautiful morning here in Missouri!!!


I'm doing Level One and I use 5 pound weights.  The workout is 28 minutes from warm up to cool down.  The movements aren't complicated.  Just physically challenging since I'm out of shape.  I still can't keep up the entire time and I do have to modify the pushups (think girl pushups on my knees!).  I still have to stop sometimes and catch my breath, but I only stop for a few seconds then pick right back up.  I know I won't see any results standing there watching her exercise, so I keep going!!!

My muscles are sore, but a good kind of sore.  I can tell I'm getting a little bit stronger each day.  I've done a little research and it seems like most people spend 10 days on Level One then move to Level Two.  Right now Level One is plenty for me.  I'll let you know when I move up to Level Two.

I'm doing pretty well on my goal of eating less and eating healthier food. This morning I had a protein shake for breakfast, and I have baked chicken with broccoli for lunch.  For my evening meal I try hard to eat no carbs.  My body just can't handle carbs very well so I don't eat them often.  That's tough for me cause I love potatoes!!!  But potatoes attach themselves to my hips so I rarely indulge.

I am not swearing off Diet Coke forever, but I want it to be a treat, not just something I drink when I'm thirsty.  Focusing on drinking lots more water.  I haven't had a Diet Coke since last week!!

I'm five days into this journey and I'm excited.  Do I love setting my alarm 45 minutes early so I can exercise before work?  Honestly, no.  I am NOT a morning person.  But for my life, exercising in the mornings just works better.  If I wait until after work it's easier to make an excuse to NOT work out . . . and believe me I speak from experience.  In the mornings I have NO excuse but my own laziness.  I don't inconvenience anybody but ME in the mornings.  So I'm committing to setting my alarm and getting up early and working out in the mornings.

As I said in the beginning, I promise to be honest.  If I skip a workout I will let you know.  If I totally blow my healthy eating for a day I will share it.  And I will share my progress on losing weight.  I weighed myself this morning and I'm down 2.2 pounds since Day One.  

FIVE DAYS IN AND A LIFETIME OF BETTER HEALTH TO GO!!!!!

 **Disclaimer - This is NOT a paid advertisement for Jillian Michaels or 30 Day Shred.  She has never heard of me.  I purchased this DVD on Amazon and paid for it myself.  Just giving you my honest opinion.
 


Monday, September 24, 2018

Day Three

Today is Day Three of my healthy lifestyle journey.  Here's an update.

On Saturday morning I did a 30 minute workout at home.  I didn't think I'd really done much until I tried to go down the steps from our porch late morning. My legs were shaky!!  I'm really trying to make good food choices but it isn't easy for me.  I love food.   For breakfast I had overnight oats made with unsweetened almond milk.  I also attended a baby shower for my beautiful daughter-in-law Saturday afternoon.  I had already eaten lunch so I skipped the sandwiches and dessert.  Instead I opted for a small salad and some grapes.  I drank water.  For supper I fixed pork steak and a salad.  I ate a small portion of the pork steak and a big lettuce salad. 

On Sunday I again had the overnight oats for breakfast.  They really are tasty.  For lunch I ate a small piece of the leftover pork steak and a salad.  For supper I fixed 2 small beef steaks and I ate one small steak and a salad with ranch dressing.  I had a banana for my snack, and some cashews.   I walked 1 mile Sunday afternoon and did a 25 minute workout Sunday evening.  I'm still making up my workout as I go along.  I'm doing lots of arm lifts to the front and side and over my head with the 5 pound weights.  And I hold the weights while I do squats. Ouch.  My legs are SORE!!  I have an exercise DVD I bought months ago.  I've never even opened it.  Tonight I'm going to open it and try to work my way through it. 

I did some meal planning over the weekend so I have 5 portions of chicken tenders and brown rice, enough for every day for lunch this week.  I brushed the tenders with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkled everything bagel seasoning on them.  The brown rice is just plain, made with water.  

Speaking of water, I read that a great weight loss tool is drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day.  This is tough for me.  I'm not a huge water drinker.  I love Diet Coke and tea with artificial sweetener.  But I'm trying to make better choices so my GOAL is to try to drink NO DIET COKE this week, and to drink very little tea with sweetener.

I promise to be honest with you all.  If I skip a workout I'll tell you.  If I blow it and make a horrible food choice (like pepperoni pizza or a bowl of ice cream) I'll tell you.  I'm very serious about these next 97 days, but I'm also human.  I won't be perfect. I'm not vegan or vegetarian and my idea of "clean eating" will probably look different than yours.  But I'm really hoping that the accountability of making this very public on my blog and on Instagram will KEEP ME FOCUSED ON MAKING BETTER CHOICES!!!

Had a great sermon yesterday at church!!  We studied Rahab and how courageous she was.  Courageous faith.  That's what I want to have.  Courage to stand for Jesus no matter what.  



Snapped this picture Saturday evening.  Psalm 19:1  "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands!!"


Have a blessed day!!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Day One

Just being honest, I have not taken very good care of my body these past few years. I have not exercised.  I have eaten too much of the wrong foods and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables.  I have not made my health a priority. Ten years ago I lost 30 pounds. I have gained it all back.  I’ve tried everything in the book. Weight Watchers. Atkins. Starvation. Beach Body.  Low fat. No fat. High fat no carb. I have literally tried it all. And it all works ... for a short time. Then the diet stops and the weight comes back on. A vicious cycle. So today I find myself overweight and out of shape AGAIN. It’s so frustrating. Maybe you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there now.

I have found a young lady who has inspired me to quit dieting and get healthy the old fashioned way. Moving more and eating healthier. Her name is Marga Banaga and she lives in the Philippines. You can find her on YouTube and other social media.  She has a 20 minute video on her initial 100 day journey to eat clean and work out daily. She lost 30 pounds. She looks so healthy !!  So strong!! So amazing !!! So I’ve decided if she can do it, so can I.  Now her clean eating looks different from mine. She eats shrimp and salmon. No other meat. Hello, I live on a cattle farm in Missouri so my clean eating definitely includes meat. But she eats lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy carbs. She drinks a ton of water. And she works out every single day. Nothing fancy. Just moving her body in good old fashioned exercise.

So today is my Day One. I’ve done a 30 minute workout on my own this morning. In my living room. I tried to remember some basics from every exercise class I’ve taken. I have a mat and a set of 5 pound weights and my floor. That’s it. No gym membership. My muscles are sore already. But I’m committed. Today starts my journey toward eating clean and working out. A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Nothing extreme. Nothing difficult. Just CONSISTENCY!!!  I can do this. And by making this public I’m holding myself accountable.

I promise to be brutally honest. I’ll share my successes and my failures. What worked. What didn’t. What I’m eating. What my workout consists of. Some meal preparing. And I’ll share my progress. This morning was hard. I’m out of shape. But I did it. And you can too.

ONE DAY AT A TIME.