Christmas Is Coming!



I found Miss Sparkles in my jewelry.  She said it was time to begin decorating.  I told her it was a bit too early and that I was loving my fall decorations so much, but, I understood, since it was going to be a fast couple of months.

So here we go…….stay tuned!


Weigh-In Wednesday

Is it just me, or do Wednesdays come really fast?  Today was packed, I didn’t even get to weigh before I left the house, so I will wait until next Wednesday to weigh in.  We were on the road this past week and stayed busy, but eating healthy while traveling is not something I’ve mastered yet.  The good news is, that I stay so busy, I don’t eat a lot of snacks.  Hopefully, that helps!

This week, I’m going to share my eating plan.  This is a plan that I did several years ago and lost almost 60 pounds.  Yep, you read right, 60 big ones!  Some of those pounds has been creeping back up because I became lax in my walking and not watching what I ate.  

The plan that I used was called PRISM.  While living in Edmond, Oklahoma, I was browsing in a Christian bookstore.  I saw a book on the sale table that caught my eye.  It was called PRISM Weight Loss Program, written by Karen Kingsbury.  For $3.99, how could I resist.  I read the book in about two days.  I was so excited.  I called the number that was provided for the PRISM organization and they gave me the information for a local group that was meeting in my city.  I went to the next meeting.  I really went to just check it out, but,  I left  with all the materials I needed to begin my new journey to weight loss.  I followed the program 100 percent.  For some reason, I was ready and the program clicked with me.  My first 6 weeks, I lost 17 pounds and I just kept going until I felt good about my weight.  I stayed at my weight for a long time, and after we moved, I got off of my walking program and began not being so careful in what I ate.  Now….I’m wanting to get back in control…….again.  I, so want that tenacity back that kept me going before.  For some reason, it is a battle.  I keep thinking there are quick fixes.  I see all the ads and hear stories of someone losing 50 pounds by taking a pill, or drinking a weight loss drink…..but, for me……I think it will take hard work.  Trust me, I’ve tried some of those things and I find out I don’t like taking pills and I’m picky about drink tastes. I’m my own worse enemy when it comes to weight loss.

Here is the run down of the eating plan for Prism.  (the first 6 weeks are strict, but oh so worth it….if you stick to it)

1. 1,200 Calories per day

2. No sugar 

3.  No flour products

4. No popcorn

5. No Chips

6. No Snack Bars

7. 8-10 glasses of water per day

8. Journal everything you eat and total calories each day.

9. Exercise (I try to walk three miles each day)

10. Don’t get on a scale for the first 6 weeks.  

11. I forgot to mention….no fried foods.  :)

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?  The hardest part is figuring out your foods that don’t have flour or sugar.  It can be done.  When reading the ingredients of food products, if sugar is listed as one of the first 5 ingredients, you don’t want it.  A lot of products are loaded with sugar.  It takes work and so much discipline, but the end result is great!  After the first 6 weeks are over, you can add whole wheat bread and a few other things.  

The actual company is no longer in existence, but you can find the book through Amazon.  Let me know if you do this particular program, I would love to have a friend to do this with.

Let me know what you are doing to reach your goal weight.  I would love to hear about it and your success.

Next week, we will talk about losing weight through the Holiday’s.  Now, that is a tough one.  I think life is one big holiday for me.  That’s my problem.  But, I am going to get the victory…..eventually!

Stay strong!

How Many Bleeps?





While listening to a recent news cast report on an episode that involved Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, I was struck by the language that was obviously being used. Fortunately, the television station used the famous bleep sound so we wouldn’t hear her choice of words in describing her awful incident.  I honestly don’t think that there was one sentence that didn’t have a bleep.  

Having bleeps in recorded videos and interviews are pretty common while watching the news and other shows with interviews.  Even the weather channel has to use their bleep sound as people are recording various weather issues going on.  As a tornado or strong wind is blowing, you can hear the person recording describing what he is seeing and most of the words are bleeped.  

Sometimes the newscast will actually type out the conversations and have symbols in place of the bleep.  I find myself reading it and wondering what the word is they are using.  Sometimes, I can’t figure it out and many times, it is obvious what words they are using.

Today, movies, television and all sorts of reading material are filled with language that could curl our toes, as my mom used to say.

I listened to a preacher last summer that used a certain word while talking to the teens before they boarded the bus for summer camp.  I wondered if he was just trying to be cool among the teens and worked hard at inserting this particular word that he said more than once or was that just the way he talked and didn’t see any harm in it.  

As Christ followers, I would think that our language would be the first thing that would give us away in being different and set apart from the world.  

After hearing the crazy audio of the Palin incident, I wondered what would happen if a tragedy happened to me and I was being recorded. Would 4 letter words roll off my tongue like you hear on the nightly newscasts.  What about you?  Would we hear bleeps while we listened to you?

What about using God’s name in vain?  His name is thrown around and stepped on as if it were a piece of garbage.  We may not use God’s name in that way, but we pay money to hear it thrown around in movies and may not even flinch at hearing His name drug through the gutter. 

When the Home and Garden Channel first began, I was so excited about seeing all the decorating shows, but it quickly got old as every time someone came into their newly decorated space, you would hear,  “Oh my God!”  over and over and over…..even children would say it.  Can we not think of anything else to say?  Are we that limited in our language skills?

May we teach our children to speak good things, even when something goes wrong.  We can express disappointment, fear and excitement with better language than what we hear daily in the media and when we are out in the community.

We can always go to God’s Word and find teaching to help us grow stronger in this area of our language:

“…shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” -2 Timothy 2:16 NKJV *we have to make a concentrated effort to speak in a godly manner.

…that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” -Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV *is there something different about us than the way we were before we became a Christian?

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” -Matthew 15:18 NKJV *whatever is in your heart, will come out.  We must search our hearts daily.

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” -Ephesians 4:29 *Speak edifying words, not corrupt words.

If there are any bleeps hidden in your heart, there is one place you can take them and that is to the Cross.  Jesus doesn’t want us to be known for our bleeps; our purpose is so much greater than that!


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Weigh-In Wednesday!


10 Steps To Get Rid Of 10 Pounds


In trying to lose weight, I decided to concentrate on 10 pounds at a time instead of the entire amount until I reach my goal.


I have read that the way to determine your weight is to add 100 pounds for your height of 5 feet, then add 5 pounds (for women) for each inch after that. So, for me, at 5’8”, a healthy goal weight is 140 pounds.


I’ve had a goal of 135, but I’m going for the 140.


It is important to have a goal, so that we know exactly what we want and how far we have to go. After that, we need to know exactly how to execute and accomplish our goal.



Here are 10 tips that may help in setting ourselves up for success!


  1. Weigh/Measure. *Seeing inches disappear is just as exciting as seeing weight disappear. Record in journal.


  1. Only weigh once per week. (Wednesday will be good if you are joining in on the 10 pound challenge)  Don’t be a slave to the scale.


  1. Set up your plan for what you will do to reach your goal. Are you counting calories? Doing a program such as Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig or something similar?  Whatever it is, trusting it is healthy, stay focused and determined.

4. Go through pantry and refrigerator and get rid of all those things that are a hindrance to you. Go to the grocery store and stock up on everything you need to implement your plan.



  1. Have your journal in a convenient spot so you can record everything. For me, I have food journal, weight/inches chart, recipes to try, motivational helps, etc. I keep mine in a drawer in the kitchen.


  1. Read a health/motivational book each week. There are many motivational blogs, magazine articles and books that will help in gaining knowledge in developing a healthy lifestyle plus staying motivated. Reading success stories is a huge motivator.


  1. Decide on an exercise program. For me, walking is what I like to do. I will eventually add something more intense but for now it’s walking.


  1. Stay positive. Don’t talk down to ourselves. We are daughter’s of the King! We are loved and accepted just as we are. We are just trying to be healthy and fit in order to accomplish more for Him! (and our families)


  1. Don’t wait until you get to goal weight to take care of yourself. Put your best foot forward in the way you dress and present yourself.

10. Ask God for wisdom and help in this journey. Talk to Him about every detail each day.


Those are my 10 tips to help get rid of 10 pounds!


Do you have your journal set up? I have an actual 3 ring binder that I keep all my information in. I have downloaded a food journal page from You will find free printables that are available to download and print when you subscribe to the newsletter. I print a weeks worth every Tuesday night to prepare for the coming week.


Since I recently started this 10 pound at a time goal, I have lost 4 pounds.



Next week, I will post 10 ways that I am using to shed 10 pounds at a time. (Hint…I am counting calories, 1,200 calories/day is my goal)

In the mean time, find a picture of yourself at a time that you felt good with the size you were at, or cut out a picture from a magazine/catalog of your dream size. Glue it on a sheet of paper and put in your journal.


Until next Wednesday, stay strong and reach for that goal! Don’t forget, if you blow it, just get right back up, dust yourself off and get going again! We can do this!

Bloggy Monday

I went to my first writer’s conference in 2004 and so much of the talk was about how you should have a website for your writing.  I didn’t want to invest in a website and I really couldn’t see myself blogging.  But,three years later in 2007, I took the plunge.  I began with Blogger and it was very easy to set up.  Matter of fact, I made three blogs, one for my writing, which I named, His Heart, My Desire and then a blog for Homeschool Moms, called, A Heart for Homeschooling Moms to go a long with a little support group that I had at that time.  I was also serving in my church as Women’s Ministry Director, so I made a blog for our ladies and other leaders, A Heart For Women’s Ministry.  Three blogs were hard for me to keep up with like I should.  I found someone to design the headers for each one and I absolutely loved what they did.  When I went back to the designer for some updating, she no longer was doing that.  So I kept the same headers for quite a while.

Now, seven years later, the talk is how you should really move your blog to WordPress if you are on Blogger.  So, I gave it a whirl.  I met, Lindsey Riel, at a blogging conference that has her own blog design business, Pretty Darn Cute.  I absolutely love all of her designs and they are very easy to work with.  ( Be sure to check out her site and view all of her designs, she and her team are very talented!)  I worked with a precious lady, Susan, who was and is a huge help to me!

To be honest it has been an adjustment for me in learning the difference between Blogger and WordPress (just ask Susan).  I’ve been told that once I learn and figure it all out, I will be glad I switched over.  I’m hanging in there and I’m determined to learn it all.    I will say this; I never had any problems with Blogger, it was very easy to set up and manage.  My advice is, to check them both out and see which one you like the best and go with it.  If you are on Blogger and love it, I would stay put.  With WordPress, you will have more options in setting up more of a website type blog.  I’m not a pro by any means, so you may want to find someone who knows much more than myself.  I’m just sharing what I know….at the moment. :)

What I wanted to share today with you is; when I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress, I had a book made of all my posts from the beginning (2007-2014) until my last post on my “old” blog. This company, Blog 2 Print,  downloads all of your posts and pictures of your choosing.   I just received my new blog book a couple of weeks ago and I love it!  If you are a blogger and you would like to save all your posts, I would recommend using this company to put all your writing in print.  It was all very easy to do and trust me, if I could do it, anyone can!  It’s a great way to save all of your posts and pictures in book form.  




Fabulous Five On Friday

Welcome to my Fabulous Five on Friday!

I’m anxious to share with you my latest finds that I think are fabulous!  Which means it gets my Five Star Rating. (Is that special, or what?)

Those that know me well, know that I love just about everything and at the same time I’m also very picky!  I try not to be so picky, but…it just happens, can’t help myself.

So here you go, my favorites for this week!  


I found these boots at Stein Mart (love that store) and I was attracted by the 2 1/2 inch heel and of course the leopard print. I’m always on the hunt for cute shoes and boots that have a 2 1/2 inch heel, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found these!



The latest rage is, do it yourself nail gel. Sally Hansen has made a product that you don’t have to have the special light. You simply paint on the gel color and then the special gel top coat. I’ve had it last up to two weeks on my nails. I have found this product at Ulta and at Target! Make sure you get the one that doesn’t need the special light. Of course, they do make the light and special gel polish. (I bought two bottles by mistake, so my next plan is to purchase the light to try it out.)




I hope you can see these cute earrings, okay. They are gold and glittery. I found them at Chico’s! One of my favorite stores! These are really pretty in person, so you better go get them now if you want them. I’ve noticed once something is gone at Chico’s….it’s gone! Although, I went into a Chico’s Outlet in Branson, MO recently and found a top that our store ran out of and even online didn’t have it. So, be sure to check their outlets when you can.



I love the special Oreo’s that come out during the different times of the year. My heart stopped when I found these at Target! Dipped in milk…..oh, so good! Who me, trying to drop 10 this month? Yes, I am, and trying to stay strong with these things around!



I adore (trying not to use the word” love” so much) my new dryer. I splurged for a Chi. The paisley print sold me the second I saw it! Yes, I took my own picture because I couldn’t find it online. I purchased mine at Ulta. I hope you can find one… if you are looking for the paisley print: I may have bought the last one in the country.


There you go, my Fabulous Five On Friday list!  

Something to always remember is…

Material things are just things that don’t last, but the people in your life do… be sure to love those around you and let them know just how fabulous you think they are!


Weigh-In Wednesday!


Well, this is the second week in October.  If you are trying to lose 10 in October, how is it going?

Walking and cutting back on calories is difficult for me when we travel.    I do know people who don’t ever seem to have a problem with that.  They are very self controlled at eating out and even exercising while away from home.  In hotels you see them in the workout room running on the treadmill and then they can go to a restaurant and have water and a salad.  I obviously haven’t gotten to that point yet.  But, I do admire those that have and are disciplined.

In my mind I’m thinking, “I will be back at home and back in my routine very soon, so I won’t worry about anything right now.”  One of the good things is…..I’m not snacking.  I stay too busy going to want to eat anything between meals.  Hopefully, that helps.  I will find out soon enough. :)

Next week, I will share my plan in how I hope to achieve a decent loss this month.

Stay positive!



Weigh-In Wednesday!


Do you have some weight you would like to see disappear?  I know I sure do!  What a battle this is.  Have you had success at losing?  I did several years ago and slowly but surely it is creeping back on.  No fault but my own.  I got comfortable and didn’t give any thought to how I was not staying in control.

All that to say….I’m going to go for a 10 pound  loss!  Are you with me?  Do you want to lose 10?  Join me!

Each Wednesday, I will check in for Weigh-In Wednesday and give a report and those that feel comfortable can post their success or struggle and maybe it will be some type of accountability or encouragement to those like me!

We all pretty much know how to lose weight, right?  There are hundreds of programs that can help you with it as well. It’s just a matter of doing it!

Today is the first day of October, so that means for the month of October, I challenge you to lose 10 pounds.  If you only lose 5… well 5 pounds is pretty good.  Have you ever picked up a 5 pound bag of sugar.  That’s a lot in my book!

You and I both know that more than likely you have a plan at the first of the next year to begin some type of weight loss program.  Just think if you start now….you are way ahead of the game!

Okay, I’ll meet you back here next Wednesday to see what happened this coming week!  I’ll give you my plan of action that I’m using to accomplish this goal.

You have 31 days to drop 10.  Do you have a plan?  Is it healthy and safe?  You can do it.  We can do it!

Your To Do List:

Make a plan

Set a goal

Get prepared for success

If I were you, I would weigh and measure yourself and start a journal.  You will want to know, trust me.

Stay strong…see you next week!

Happy October!

October is here!  Could this be my favorite month?  It seems I say every month is my favorite lately!  I guess when October arrives it feels like it is officially Fall.

I tried to simplify my Fall decorating this year.  Once I opened the closet up, I couldn’t stop.  So, here are the results. Enjoy a mini home tour.

I do wish for you the best Fall season ever!

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Where’s Daddy?


This was taken when I was in the 6th grade; my dad left for the final time.


As I am preparing to go to New Mexico this weekend to speak on my personal story which I call, “Daddy, Do You Love Me?”… I got a bit sidetracked.  I began thinking about how blessed and thankful I am.  As I was thinking about all the ways the Lord has taken care of me as I was growing up without a daddy to watch over me, I checked into some statistics of kiddos growing up without a daddy.  After reading over several items on this subject, I was even more thankful.  I was a girl at risk and by God’s amazing grace, I made it through without too many scars.

Here are just a few of the many sad statistics of kids growing up in a fatherless home:

43% of US children live without their father

90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes

71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes

85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes

71% of high school dropout comes from fatherless homes

75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes

85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home

*About 40% of children in father-absent homes have not seen their father at all during the past  year;

26% of absent fathers live in a different state than their children; and

50% of children living absent their father have never set foot in their father’s home.

(Statistics are from the US Department of Census)

Aren’t those sad statistics?  It makes my heart hurt!

The good news!

“When my father forsakes me, then the Lord will take care of me.” -Pslam 27:10

“He is a father to the fatherless.” – Pslam 68:5

You don’t have to be one of those statistics!  You can make it!  I know you can!

Put your faith and trust in Christ, let Him be your Heavenly Daddy!  Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

The answer is no, it’s not that easy, BUT….it can be done.

If you are struggling in any of these areas, I would love to visit with you.  Use the contact form  or leave a comment and and let’s talk!