Freebie Monday: Matthew 6:23

Bob and Sarah Bye have been through a lot the last two years and it continues inspire me how their faith is strong and steady.  Sarah is part of my moms group, I love when she gets up and speak.  Its like I sit there and go, right?!?  I love seeing Bob walk in on Sunday mornings for service, against most odds and thinking about what he has been through.  God has blessed them richly through the last two years and continues to provide for them as their journey is not over.  If you’d like to read more about Bob and Sarah, you can do so here.  Bob’s favorite verse is Matthew 6:23 so this week’s freebie is for Bob.   Yes this previous freebie was for Sarah.

Matthew 6:34

I had forgotten about this quote until my friend Sarah posted it last week.  I really love this movie and everyone should see it.  This quote is one that inspires me and I’m sure has special meaning for her and her family so today’s freebie is for Sarah.  When I found this picture it just pulled it all together.

we-bought-a-zoo-web

Today’s post is for Elliana.  Elliana is suffering from Lyme’s Disease.  Please go visit her GoFundMe page.  She contracted it from her mother in utero.  She is currently undergoing treatment in St. Louis, far away from her family here in Kansas City.  This sweet little girl has been away from her brothers and sisters and family for an extended time.  God has a plan as he always does.  Elliana’s Mom and I met through a mutual friend, Elliana is the same age as my daugter. On the GoFundMe page, you can read more of her story.  So here is your freebie this week.  Not only is it a printable, but it also includes a Facebook cover image.

10,000 Reasons

Today’s freebie is inspired by the Pregel family.  If you don’t know their story I encourage you to read their blog and support them on their gofundme page.  They have shown amazing faith through incredible circumstances, circumstances I can’t even began to imagine being in.  Even if you just say a pray for them today, they would appreciate it as daily they have to make decisions for Annalise’s health.  Enjoy the free 8″x 10″ printable :)

Whom Shall I Fear - Chris Tomlin

Happy Monday

I haven’t done a freebie in a while, so I thought I’d create a new wallpaper for your desktop. :)  I’m happy and everyone else should be too!!! So give your desktop a little color and remind yourself to be happy. (click on the image to get the full size, right click to save as, then select it as your wallpaper)

Happy-Wallpaper

MOPS and what it means to me

MOPSIf you’ve never heard of MOPS you really need to learn more if you have young children.  Their website is here.  I’m entering into my 3rd year, I started at a time I really needed to be getting out more.  Gavin was 6 months old, I was suffering from postpartum, I had become isolated in my house.  At first I was like childcare and meet other people, sounds good to me.  Then, I realized it was much more than that.  It was support, it was people going through the same struggles that I was going through.  I knew I had come to the right place, the place that I was safe to ask questions and not looked at funny that “MY” child had done that.  The place I could ask for prayers when I needed them most.  We only meet twice a month and sometimes I wish we met every week, because I miss my mommy friends… not to mention the yummy food!!! Yes we have brunch every week.  We also have speakers, crafts, and service projects throughout the year.  Then the moms even have nights out, not that I always go, but know I CAN get out is sometimes enough relief.  So if you have an infant – Kindergarten, find a group in your area.  If you have an older child find a MomNext group.  If you’re past that, then please be a mentor mom or help out in childcare so these other moms can have the same wonderful experience that I have had.  I don’t think this mom could have made it through those early years without it!  If money is an issue, a lot of times groups will have a scholarship fund, so ASK!  You need to be there, you need to have their prayers and support!

My Story

This year’s theme for MOPS is “Be You Bravely” and I think it’s time I told my story and also explained why I haven’t blog in so long all at the same time… so here goes…

So it’s been a long time since I’ve blog.  A lot has happened since then.  My baby turned one, then two, then three.  Maddy has since turned 5.  Man, the time goes by fast.  Why did I go dark? I went dark, because I reached a point I couldn’t talk about what was going on in my life.  I reached I point I was so sick, and I didn’t want to talk about it, because I didn’t want sympathy.  I just wanted to get better.  I didn’t want to have to keep explaining it.  I haven’t talked about it much here, but I’m ready to now.  I’m ready to be a face for a horrible disease that you probably have heard about by now, mainly because there are commercial all over the TV these days.  I’m tired of the commercials.  Fed up with these commercial, mainly because they just talk about the bad. They portray older people; they don’t portray men (not that I am one) or women in the 20s or 30s.  I have suffered since I was 20, and for the most part many of you never knew I had anything wrong with me.  I want to be normal and treated like a normal person.  I don’t want to be “that girl” but unfortunately “that girl” is me.

I have Fibromyalgia, a disease that affects your nerves and muscles.  At times, the pain is excruciating.  Yes, I have pain pills, but think about taking them will two small children running around the house. I cannot drive on medication, and the side effects are sever.  I was so bad, I applied for disability.  Only to be told, yes, I have the condition, but it’s not bad enough for me not to work or to work at lighter tasks.  At first I was mad and discouraged… thinking what lighter tasks could I do?  I work from home as a freelance web designer.

Fitbit FlexThen one day… the tables turned… for Christmas I asked for a Fitbit Flex.  Of course Scott thought I was crazy because, I don’t exercise, I could hardly get out of bed most days.  My best friend Holly had recently gotten one and was telling me all about the features. (BTW, if you are planning to go to Disney Land or Disney World, she’s your gal, she’ll plan an experience that you’ll never forget that will fit in your budget.)   Slowly with the Fitbit I was able to notice I wasn’t moving as much, so I kept adding to my step count.  The best part it tracks my sleep.  So I tried multiple combinations of the medications that I had here. Then took my data to my primary care (I don’t like having a ton of doctors).  From there he was able to start changing my medications and doses.

Now I’m at the point, I feel great (granted it’s summer and I usually feel better in the summer), but I can also keep an eye on how my sleep is and if I need to see the doctor.  Now he just takes my phone and flips through and looks at my charts trying to figuring out what we need to do.

So now I sleep well, and I’m down 30 pounds.  Many of you have noticed the weight loss, but didn’t know why. Part of it is the Fitbit; part of it is a new medication.

So if you have Fibromyalgia or another medical condition that can cause pain and abnormal sleep:

  1. My heart goes out to you as I feel your pain too.
  2. Don’t walk, run… get a Fitbit Flex as an investment in your health.

Shortly before my mother in law’s hysterectomy and now cancer treatment we got her one.  Her doctors are amazed at her recovery and how well she’s tolerating everything.  She also has arthritis in her knees and was previously using a walker and/or cane ever where she went.  Now she hardly uses it at all.

This article contains affiliate links, but in no way has been paid for or endorsed by Fitbit Flex.  This is my personal experience using Fitbit Flex and my opinion only.

 

 

Sunday

Our church is doing a week of prayer… during the sermon on Sunday a quote stuck in my head. I couldn’t get it out, so I made a printable.  Sometimes it just happens that way.  If you would like to hear the sermon you can listen to it here or view the Week of Prayer guide here.

My friend Kelly (she makes yummy soaps) asked me to create a Facebook cover version… so printables now will have both sizes. :)

Download it here

If you have problems unzipping the files, I recommend 7-zip.

The Angry Elf – App Review

I might just be reviewing one of the WORST apps ever, The Angry Elf.  To be fair, I can’t just review my favorites so here goes… This app is supposed to be fun with great graphics.  While we all know, I have a great sense of humor and love spectacular graphics.  This app is so stupid, you supposedly can ask it questions and then it will respond.  I asked it a variety of questions, some that have actual answer, some wanting creative answers.  I received the same answers over and over again and they weren’t even funny.  They did spend a considerable amount of time on graphics, as they are fantastic.  They should have just spent more time creating functionality with the elf.

Pros: It’s pretty to look at!

Cons: Stupid and repeated answers leave me seriously disappointed.

Platform: iOS

Price: $2.99 (I did not pay $2.99, I found it when it was free)

Rating:

(On a scale of 1-5 undies, 5 being best.)

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