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Operation “Get Life Together”

Operation “Get Life Together” is underway.  Here is a bit of what all has been going on the last week or two…..

  • Scheduled:  Dental appointment!  This is HUGE because I do not like the dentist, but my teeth do not like me.  It is what it is.  I have had a toothache for a while and because I CHOSE not to do anything about it (excuses:  time, money, don’t want too, doesn’t hurt that bad, blah blah blah), I now have 2 choices…1) get it pulled (insurance pays) or 2) have a root canal (insurance DOES NOT pay).  I also have to have a wisdom tooth out and some cavities to be filled.  As good as I am brushing, my mouth has always been full of cavities (maybe its genes maybe it is lots o candy).  Anyhow, I have my appointment made for my extraction or root canal.  I got them cleaned.  I also have 2 other appointments I need to make and then I will be caught up with my mouth!  Yay me!  And because I’m awesome, I went ahead and scheduled 5 of my 7 kids an appointment for their teeth to be cleaned.  Yes, I’m a rockstar, I know.
  • Scheduled:  Mammogram!  Girls…take care of your boobies!!!!!!!!!!!!  Breast Cancer is curable if it is caught early!  Now that I’ve said that, I will say that it has been 5 years since I had my last one (practice what you preach, I know).  It was also scheduled for today….which I had to cancel because I didn’t want to take the 3 little boys to this appointment and I had no one else to watch them.  I did reschedule for the week after next. I will be keeping that one!
  • Scheduled:  Papsmear!  Girls…..take care of your girly bits!!!!!!!!!  Is it fun?  Heck no.  Is it necessary?  YES!  I did go, but to my chagrin, I was late and I had started my period.  Good times were had by all.  The nurse and doctor sat down with me and we discussed life, my body, what the problems were, etc.  We have a game plan and I have a new appointment on the 25th of August.  I will be getting my bloodwork done (haven’t done that in about 3 years), I will be doing a urine test, an ultrasound on my insides, a hysteroscopy (they scrape the inside of your uterus) and a papsmear.  Getting it all done in one day (I may throw in a tattoo for good measures cause it is right across the street).  Once all of this is done and the results come in, I will be getting a hysterectomy, a bladder sling, and my girl parts fixed.  I am stoked.
  • Scheduled:  Hunter’s OMS follow up appointment and his Pediatric Opthamology appointment.
  • Need to schedule:  eyeballs for all.
  • I have begun working on our ZERO based budget plan and will do a follow up of that when Big Daddy and I sit down and write it all out.
  • We have discussed our debt and how we are getting out of it.  We are on the same page.
  • I have *not* been to the gym yet.
  • I have a goal of getting back into the swing of going to church on Wednesday nights.
  • I have begun a “for me” project…more to come on that.
  • I rocked the freezer meals.  I went and bought our groceries back around a month ago and we still have a good month left of freezer meals….it will last us almost 2 mths!  We have only had to go to the grocery one time (for lunch items and some breakfast stuff).  I spent about $550 on that July trip and we are still going strong.
  • Get my freezer meal ideas on paper
  • Cleaned my room!
  • Organized the laundry room
  • Organized/cleaned the garage
  • Made my purse emergency kit
  • Made my van emergency kit

I’m rocking it all out.  If you would like any info on organization, cleaning, the kits I’ve made, meal planning, etc….drop me a comment below.  I’m considering doing a video on some of these things to help with those who are visual, like me LOL

Posted in Everyday, Marriage

I. Am. Dying.

^^^^^^both of these men (except that sweet baby^^^^^^

Serves our area.  Pop is a retired police officer.  Big Daddy is a probation and parole officer.

When I saw this video…..I am picturing them, in my head, doing this and I cannot stop laughing.

Shake It Off by a Dover Police Officer

You can all thank me later 🙂

Posted in Budgeting, Everyday, Health, Marriage, Once a Month Cooking, Organization, Saving Money

Ode to My Instant Pots

Oh, Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8 Qt | Stainless Steel

I love you.

Yes, I do.

I love you.

My….oh….my….oh….my…..

I bought an INSTANT POT a while back and I fell in love.  It is not like the love I have for Big Daddy or Cal Sisto…..it is a love of reducing heat in the summer, cooking fast, skies the limit, and endless possibilities type of love.

My love is SO bad, that Big Daddy ended up getting me two more…so now I have a GLORIOUS 3 Instant pots!  I rarely use my stovetop anymore (the Instant Pot has replaced my hot air popcorn popper and my bagged popcorn because that isn’t too healthy).

It has also replaced my Rice Cooker/Steamer and my FANTASTIC Soup Maker (I really do still love my soup cooker).  Now, I still have 1 of my huge crockpots (I gave the other one away) because, in all honesty, the Instant Pot does a CRAPPY job using the “crockpot” function.

I saute’ the most, in it.  I use the steam function for my frozen vegetables (that is all I buy because you get more product, it is frozen at its peak so it does not lose the nutritional value, and it has nothing added).  Beware with cauliflower and broccoli.  Once your steamer basket is in the Instant Pot, and you have added your 1 c. water.  Place your broccoli or cauliflower, put the lid on, set it to seal, and then manually do it for ZERO minutes.  By the time it comes up to pressure, it is perfect. Anything over that and you will have straight up mush.

Macaroni and cheese in 6 minutes.

Once meat is sauteed, you can make spaghetti in about 6 minutes.

Rice…..perfect.

Boiled eggs…peel like a dream.

Soups in 10 minutes.

If you do not have one (or three)…………..PLEASE go and buy one.  It is totally worth it.

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Enough is Enough

Tonight, I had this overwhelming feeling of being suffocated by debt.  I hate that feeling. I hate the fact that I am a slave to money.  That is not how it is supposed to be.  When we moved into this house, about 10 years ago…we had no debt (other than our previous house).  We do not do the whole credit card thing (learned our lesson from that), we didn’t have new furniture…if we did, we paid cash for it.  Our cars were paid for, no student loans…nothing.

Now…..shazaam……we have a van payment, a student loan, an equity loan, another type of loan, a house loan, medical bills, bills from where things have broken and they have to be fixed.  It could be worse.  I know that, but I feel like, right now, this is worse because I know better.  I know what Jesus teaches us and instead of walking that narrow path that He chose for us….we saw the bright shiny-ness of the wider road and we took it.  Now, we are standing on the little strip of dirt between the wide road and the narrow road.  I equate it, in my mind, as those little pieces of dirt between the different lanes of the interstate.  Where it is posted no U turn.  That is where we are standing.  The wide road is so shiny and it is filled with new vehicles, coach bags, sports obligations, vacations, and movies.  The narrow road is not so shiny, but it is being protected, from the elements, by these beautiful weeping willow trees.  It is filled with discipline, being trusted with little, tithing, paying cash, not serving two masters.

I am over it.  I am ready to walk on that narrow road…not sure if Big Daddy is, but I also know he is tired of it too.  This is scary.  It is a hard road.  We’ve walked on that road.  We’ve made sacrifices.  We succeeded.  We can and we will, in the Name of Jesus, succeed again.  It is time to hand over this endeavor and because we are so weak…..we need to lean on Him because He is SO strong.  He is our Strong Tower.

Another issue that we have given lip service too is our health/weight.  We are fat.  We are fat people.  We are not fluffy.  We are not round around the edges.  We are not jolly.  We are fat.  Straight up.  Our health sucks.  We get winded walking up the steps to the bedroom.  Big Daddy can’t hardly walk because of pain.  We have purposed, for years, that the next year will be the year.  It is the magical year we get fit.  We give it a week…we only lose 4 lbs of pee weight and we are done.  We want a double quarter pounder super sized with a coke the size of my face and a side of a double decker death by chocolate cake.

I am over it.  Done.  Just done.  I do not want to give the illusion that we eat crap all the time.  Frankly, I do not buy sweets (now there are other people in my house that do, then eat it all in one sitting). I do drink coke.  I am going to try and cut that down to 1 a day.  We only drink water.  I cook with tons of veggies.  We do not eat much bread or pasta.  We are fruit eaters…..we do not do things badly BUT we are completely inactive and we do not blink if we want to eat out…we eat out. So, we are affecting our health and our finances by poor choices along those wide roads.

I will be documenting our journey of getting out of debt and getting this fat off of us.  You are welcome to follow along.  You can subscribe to my blog >>>>>>>>in this side bar>>>>.  You can also follow me on any social media platform (also on that side bar).  If you have suggestions, by all means, give them too me.  Suggestions on stay at home jobs, how to make some extra money on the side, healthy recipes, or exercises.  Anything.  I am open.

Here’s to having my belly full of ENOUGH.

Onward and upward.

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Motivation Monday

This funk has GOT to go….so go it will.  As my Lady always says “pull yourself up and get outta that pit.”  With that being said….I’ve got things to do, places to go, and people to see!

  • Get thank you cards mailed
  • Email G her letter from the kids
  • Make a dentist appt for me and Noah
  • Make dentist appts for the three younger boys
  • Reschedule eye appt.
  • Schedule ACT for Noah
  • Let him drive (insert me vomiting)
  • Pack for Lville and our next drs appt
  • Call dr with update on Hunter
  • Wear makeup
  • Work on Family calendar
  • Pull some homeschooling stuff together
  • Get my letter of intent finished
  • Call OT to cancel appt
  • Reschedule said appt
  • Clean my bedroom
  • Go through and super clean the boys’ rooms cause there is a nasty smell that, frankly, scares me.
  • Call my mama
  • Go see V’s new apartment
  • Set my month’s goals (yes, we are 1/2 way into July but why wait)
  • Start my Bible reading again
  • Clean of and prepare homeschool computers and tablets
  • Read to my baby
  • Finish Freezer cooking
  • Baseball……….Baseball………….and more baseball
  • Go and see my Lady.

This season has sucked.  This year has sucked.  I have not enjoyed any of 2017 and not a whole heck of a lot of enjoyment was had in 2016 LOL.  What holds me together is knowing that known of this surprises Jesus.  He has got all of this.  He has my family.  He knows the beginning from the end.  I just have to buckle in and deal with the twists and turns of the rollercoaster I have been living on for the last year or so.

Time to live.  Time to breathe.  Time for a new season of life.  Time for new beginnings…..this is where Eccl. 3 comes into play.

Ecclesiastes 3 (NLT)

A Time for Everything

For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. 15 What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.

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Happy 83rd Birthday to My Lady

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This is my FAVORITE picture of My Lady.  It was taken 2 years ago after she made a miraculous recovery from her TIAs and her stroke.  She is wearing my absolutely favorite shirt that she owns.  I love her in the color red.

My Lady captured my heart so many years ago.  Her presence is one that demands acknowledgement, in my opinion.  She is tall, regal, beautiful, honest, and she has a smile that lights up any dark spots.  Little did I know that underneath all those worldly attributes was a deep love for her Jesus, her hero (Jerome), her children, her grandchildren, her church, and her community.  She knows everyone and who is related to whom and how to get to, not only their childhood homes, but to every home every person has ever lived in and what job that they held.

She is a master cook of things like Poke Salad, Cornbread, white beans and ham…she knows everything to know about everything in the kitchen and how it relates to health.  She has taught me how to love more deeply.  How to sacrifice without complaining.  How to make decisions when I am confused.  She has held my head in her hands as I have cried over my marriage, my children, and my family.  She prays for me faithfully.  I cannot fully put into words what she means to me and how she has affected me and my life.

I am better for knowing her and being loved by her.  She is my dearest friend, mentor, and confidante.  I wish her circumstances, today, were different than what they are, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she *feels* the love and prayers from everyone around her.

Happy Birthday, my Lady……………

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Because Depression is a Real Thing

It should be discussed without judgement.

It should be dealt with….without shame.

One should not be embarrassed.

Since Ms. Jo and Hunter’s illness…..I’ve been a bit back on the struggle bus.  Not as bad as I was for the last 6 mths…I mean, I had a couple of weeks of feeling “normal”…now….I’ve taken a few steps back.

I am uneasy.

I want to cry.

I want to sleep.

I want to hide.

I want my husband to hug me more.

I do not want to be around people.

I have to force myself to be happy.

The fact of the matter is…I’m not happy.

I have peace.

I have joy.

I know that happy is circumstantial and true joy comes from the Lord.

Even in my darkest moments….I have peace.

Joy *always* comes in the morning.

For tonight….I will hide in my bedroom.

Hug my husband.

Remind myself of Truths.

Be thankful that I have medication to help me.

I will not fear.

I will not be shamed.

I will not be judged.

I am who I am.

I am a wife.

I am a mother.

I am a daughter.

I am a sister.

I am a warrior.

I am strong in the Lord.

He is my Sustainer.

He is my Refuge.

He is my Strength.

End the stigma.

Talk about depression.

Get out of hiding and ask for help.

You are no alone.

 

 

Posted in Everyday, Inspirational Thoughts, Marriage, Medical

My Day

Slept.

Got up.

Cleaned house.

Prayed a lot.

Took Peach for drivers test.

Didn’t have MY license, so had to come home.

Went back to town to let Peach take her drivers test.

Comforted a woman having a panic attack because the dentist hurt her.

Groveled.

Cancelled two appointments.

Sat at ER with my bestie because her husband whacked his finger off.

Fed her husband cause he was hungry after surgery.

Lost 1/2 his finger.

Went to Walmart to buy pickled pigs feet because that is what my best eats when upset.

Hugged her more.

Came home.

Doorbell rings at 7:30 pm.

No bra.

Ran to door stepped in pee.

UPS.

Berbere and injera because my favorite Ethiopian is kind enough to send it!

Waiting for Big Daddy to come and cook me steak.

God is still on the throne 🙂

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A Day in the Life

Boo:  Mom, are you okay?

Me:  I’m fine.

Boo:  Well your face doesn’t look fine…wanna hug?

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Little Man walking by and me noticing a HUGE bald spot on the back of his head.

Me:  Why is there a big bald spot on your head?

LM:  There was a scab and it was so itchy so I itched it off.

Me:  **Looking closely.**  Son, if this were a scab, why does it smell fruity and why is it all over your head?

LM:  I wanted a piece of gum before bed last night, it must have fell out of my mouth.

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After a couple of hours of Big Daddy “schooling” with the kids, I come downstairs.

I find papers everywhere.

One kid doing her work.

One kid helping LM does his work because Big Daddy can’t “handle” working with boy little boys.

Big Daddy looking at me and saying “Catfish only got 2 pages done in his book…after 2 hours.  That’s it.  Just 2 pages.”

Me:  **thinking to myself…boy I hope you are more appreciative of what I do all day**

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I walked in the bathroom and I found the book “Grammar Composition” poised at the base of the toilet.  Light reading for the budding authors of the house LOL