I spose I’ve dropped the ball on this blogging situation! When I initially started my blog last fall I intended on keeping it up and fresh, updating all the time…and then I had my 4th child and life took off full speed! and my blog was left in the dust! On top of that I can’t seem to find my previous posts…anyone know how to locate those if they’ve mysteriously gone missing?! 😦
Now, 7 months later, fall has hit the Yukon…the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, it’s rainy and I’ve been digging out my fall and winter gear for my kids to make sure we’re all set! Next week we are starting a whole new endeavour for us as a family-a new season, so to speak! We are homeschooling! Grade 1 baby! So with that, I am settling in for a long winter here in northern canada and ready to do some digging into what is next for us as a family, outside of our homeschool, 4 kids at home with me chaos 😉
The last 7 months have been awesome! Transitioning to 4 kids was hard. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. Going from 1 to 2 was easy, 2 to 3 had its moments but was fairly easy, but 3 to 4 was hard. Granted, my kids are all very close together but I think we’ve found our groove and things are settling! We have had a nice summer (not enough sunshine up here this year, and by January I will be feeling that I’m sure…) but we’ve had great memories this summer! From learning to ride without training wheels, to learning where it’s appropriate to pee when out in public (like in the trees, my 3 year old son!), learning how to cope with a strong willed 2 year old, all the milestones that come with an infant! I’m somewhat ready to slow down for fall, get ready for everyone’s birthdays and settle in for the winter.
I wanted to share with you a bit about what has gone on in my own heart and life personally, aside from the kid crazy! I’ve dug in deep and really worked hard over the last 5 months to get in shape and lose weight, for my own health and also to keep up with my kids! I’m pushing 50 lbs down since I had Ezekiel in January, and I am by no means where I want to be but I’ve completely changed my lifestyle. With all my pregnancies being high risk with pregnancy indused hypertension and gestational diabetes, I came out of this last pregnancy with a final diagnosis of chronic type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure-so I said no way! I am fighting back! I’m now off my meds and doing great! My BP isn’t “normal” yet but my Dr has taken me off my meds and said I’m clearly headed in the right direction so keep it up and keep monitoring it. Yay me! I say this to hopefully encourage some of you to keep pushing through, if you’re working on a fitness journey and you feel stuck. keep going! push through the plateaus! don’t get on the scale! (well, do, but don’t pay too much attention to it) You can do it! You are strong enough! I joined Tone It Up last summer and picked up the lifestyle change again after Ezekiel and it’s the best thing I could have done for myself. The community is encouraging! The meals are easy, the workouts are moderate but can be modified 🙂 and the ladies that run it are wonderful! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a great health community to join. It’s awesome!
On another note, we’ve been dealing with some hard things as a family the last 4 months or so and in the process I have had to cling to God and my faith to get through it!
From trusting God’s plan for our lives, to trusting God that he was leading us, and trusting and supporting my husband and his character (bein real here!) In the process I have been standing on a few scriptures and principles:
“Seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and all things will be added unto you” If we seek Him first, and push hard after His heart for us, He will always come through! He always has, and He always will! It’s so hard when trials come up and you feel like you’re stuck, like you are drowning and how will you ever get through it?! I have clung, some days with every fibre of my being, to that one verse. He will always guide me through. We still aren’t through the fire, if you will, but I know His hand is on it!
The second thing I’ve been standing on is “go back to the basics”. What does God say? I am a child of God. I have been called, justified, glorified, redeemed, chosen, saved by grace, seated in heavenly places with all authority in Jesus. Those are just a few things the Bible says about us-go back to the basics, stand on that. Being a christian mom, wife, woman, friend…it doesn’t have to be complicated! So often we try to overcomplicate things because life can be complicated. God isn’t complicated. He loves us. He wants us to love Him in return. He will never pressure us to seek after Him-He’s given us that free will-there aren’t any big grandeur DO’s and DON’Ts to follow-He is for us, who can be against us. His heart is for us, He wants to do great things in our lives-what is stopping that from happening is us, it’s our own decisions, etc that hold Him back from moving in our lives-but if we earnestly seek Him and listen for what He’s saying (not always as hard as we think, to hear His voice!) chances are He will let us know what we should do next.
Trusting is so key in moving into victory! and victory can look like something as simple as getting through the day, putting our kids to bed and surviving! 🙂 Knowing that God is with me day in and day out, and I can lock myself in the bathroom for a moment with Him to regroup and get some perspective, get some peace happening inside me again…well, sometimes that is the greatest gift! 🙂
I promise my next post will be much much sooner! School starting soon, I’ll update on that soon…waiting for curriculum to get here in the mail!