Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10



Even so it is not the will of your father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:14

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ready For School?

I can hardly believe how fast the summer has gone.. This is the last week before school begins..

We had a busy summer.  We mostly stayed in town.  Lots of birthday parties and that sort of thing.

We almost moved across the country but luckily our plans changed and we get to stay home.  I love Oregon.. There's really no where else I would rather live.. There's nothing like the view driving home when the sun setting makes Mt Hood look pink in the glow of the evening.. We love Mt Hood.  We haven't got as much hiking time in the last few years.. But we are healing and moving on.. And should be able to start getting out more soon!

Yetera has made a full recovery!  We had a scary couple months there.. Both kids are growing like crazy!  Biruktawit is starting Jr High this year.  I can hardly believe it!  She's so excited.  She's decided to take year book and is going to try volleyball instead of soccer this fall.  Both kids plan on playing basketball but with different schools.

It's going to be crazy picking up and dropping off at two different schools.. I am a little worried about that!  I have NEVER been a morning person.. Ever.. Not even a little bit.. So we will see how that will go..

Tonight we are going to a new parent meeting at Yetera's school.  He is going into 4th so now he will be only one year behind.  I am excited to see what this year has in store for him.  He will have the teacher Biruktawit had for 3rd grade.  She is so sweet and I know Yetera will do well.

Last year they went to Phonics Phactory.  It was a great school and worked well.  But in the spring Brandon started working full time and Phonics Phactory is only 3 days per week.  So now that we are both working 5 days a week this will just be so much better!  They will still be in Christian school, but the schools are bigger.  The kids are extra excited because they don't have to wear uniforms anymore!  And their schools will both have hot lunch options.  It's the little things in life!  Lol.

Have a safe holiday weekend!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Clayton

I still love him so much.. Isn't he adorable!  I really hope and pray for a miracle for him.. He's getting older and in his country once they turn 4 or 5 they get transferred to the adult institutions where most soon die within the year.. Don't forget to pray for Clayton..

Weigh in Wednesday!

For the 15 week challenge group that I am in for THM, today was the third weigh in week.  I am down a total of 17 lbs!  And I've been eating a lot.. I am still higher than I was at the end of my AdvoCare diet.. I am not sure why I quit that.. But I have to lose 15 more lbs to be less then I was then.. I gain weight so easily it's scary!

But with THM it's so easy!  And I feel free.. I don't have to take supplements.. I've been sleeping much better!  I wake up easily on time in the morning.. And if you know me at all you would know this is huge as I've NEVER been a morning person.. Ever..

The extra energy is a great side effect.. I've been able to clean and organize a lot more.  It's usually hard for me because I am usually so tired by the time I get home from work.  It's a nice change!  Our house is still a mess.. But I am getting there!  We've decided to take the 40 bags in 40 days challenge!  I have the kids ready to start it too!  It's a de-clutter challenge..  Your goal is to get rid of 40 bags of stuff in 4 days.. Just pick one small area per day to work on.  And it can be big bags or small bags.. Or even a piece of furniture..

For the kids I'm keeping it simple.  They will go through a drawer or two each day and take out clothes that are too small.. One day go through a shelf or two on their bookshelves etc.. That way it's not one huge project but we will get a lot done!

I started a sourdough starter!  I am really excited to make it.. I've been wanting to start one for over a year.. And I finally started it!!!  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Time Sure Flies..

This morning I took Biruktawit to a Jr High to have an interview and testing done so she can start in the fall.. I can't believe she will be in Jr High.. It just doesn't seem possible.. Just yesterday we were bringing her home.. Having mothers day parties in kindergarten.. Now Jr High.. Wow.. She is definitely growing up!

She is starting soccer next month.  Her first time with outdoor soccer since coming to the US.  So far she's played a lot, but indoors with the YMCA.  This will be fun!  Hope the spring weather won't be too wet.. But she's so excited!

Yetera is playing basketball at school.  His teacher said he is ahead of his class in a lot of areas.  He has made a lot of really great friends this year.  I love their school.  The teachers and staff are amazing.  They are so helpful and friendly.  It's been a true blessing.

We've spent the weekends hanging out.  The kids have started playing board games, even choosing those over the Wii!  We've been looking through Pinterest for different art ideas.. And last weekend we went to a Harlem Globetrotters game.  The kids LOVED it!  I've never seen Biruktawit laugh so hard ever.  I love our family!!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THM

Well.. I am doing a 15 week challenge with Trim Healthy Mama.  I weigh in every Wednesday.  I would weigh in more but it's better to check in once a week.. Last Wednesday I was down 6 lbs!  Awesome!!! 

It's great!  You don't have to use any special ingredients, there's nothing crazy you have to do.. It's all so simple!  I've been eating more then ever.. And good food too!  It's the best diet ever..

Did I ever mention you can have chocolate every single day?  Yes you can!  I am in diet heaven.  Both kids love it, I just add different sides to their meals so they won't lose weight.  If my meal is an S (high in fat low in carb) I will fix rice for the kids, if my meal is an E (high in carbs low in fat) I will add a healthy fat to their meal.

Tonight for dinner I had roast with vegetables covered in cheese sauce.. Lunch was a low carb wrap with laughing cow cheese and ham.. Breakfast I had a smoothie made with goat milk kefir, protein powder, and cacao ect.. Then snacks.. Yesterday for breakfast I had fried eggs.. It's really an awesome diet.  You can eat as much as you need to.  You don't have to count calories or anything!  Just separate carbs and fat.. It's a diet anyone can do.  You can make it as simple or as complex as you want it to be.  I really love it!

My joint pain has disappeared completely.  I no longer crave sugar or soda and I have tons of energy without even having any energy drinks!  I know I'm only a little ways into it, but I say this diet is a winner!  Brandon agrees! 

I am starting an affiliate store with Amazon.  You cankdj visit it here: http://astore.amazon.com/wwwrushfamily-20   You don't have to order any of this through my affiliate link, and so far I only have a few items in there.. But I thought it might make it easier for anyone interested in trying THM.  If nothing else it can give you a visual of some of my favorite THM supplies. I will be adding to the astore throughout the next couple weeks.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bank Fraud

Just a reminder to keep an eye on your bank accounts.  We had U.S. Bank and there were fraud charges in December.  They won't give us our money back for them.. It's been a complete nightmare dealing with them.  I have called daily multiple times and spent hours with different managers in a local branch.  The managers try to help but I end up just being sent in circles being told the fraud department will call me back.. And they haven't once.. I have left messages sent them a fax and talked to dozens of people there.. All give me different answers and say that the person in charge of my claim is too busy to get a hold of me.  It's just maddening.

So please check your accounts regularly because things can go out of control fast!

THM Update!

I've been following the THM plan 9 days now.  I eat every three hours during the day.  I had two dinners completely off plan.. And am down 11 lbs and 1 oz!  Sweet!  It's SOOOO easy!  For dinner last night I cooked some chicken in butter and put it on a low carb tortilla with cheese.  Yum!  Night before I baked chicken that was covered in Parmesan cheese then made a sauce with Franks Red Hot and butter.. SOOO yummy!  I make a lot of the protein shakes because they are quick and easy.  I make some with almond milk and some with goat milk kefir.  I always add cacao and coconut oil.  For snacks, wasa crackers with laughing cow cheese, a chocolate cake in a mug, fruit with nuts, Chocolate pudding (recipe is in the THM book).  There are so many good yummy things to eat!  Breakfast can be oatmeal with berries and greek yogurt.. So many options!  I have not been hungry once.  If you get hungry you eat!  Imagine that!  Lol, I've never had so much chocolate in one week in my whole life.. ;)

If you are thinking about trying it and are on Facebook go up to the search box when you are signed in and look up Trim Healthy Mama and request to join.  It's a great super helpful group to be in.  There's also a beginners group, one for those of us in Oregon, one for mamas working outside the home, one for those that have a difficult time losing weight, one for those with food allergies and one for fluffy mamas that have 50 lbs or more to lose. (They've thought of everything!)  It's really a great community.

The diet can be easy or more complicated depending on the recipes or ingredients you want to use.  I try to keep it simple since I am working most of the week.  It's been super easy for me.  Easier then any diet I've ever been on!  I know a lot of you asked about AdvoCare but it was too much money.  I completely understand.  I don't get anything from THM for sharing my experience, but I want people to be healthy!  I do think this is a good choice, and all you need is the book.

I bought the book last September.. It is a HUGE book and it took me till 9 days ago to finally begin.  But it's so worth it!