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All You Need Is One…

All You Need Is One…

Today was the last day to register to vote in Colorado.  It got me thinking.  There are many times that I have asked myself if my vote REALLY matters.  When it comes down to it can I really make a difference.  I know it is my civil liberty and my moral obligation to vote.  I know I am blessed to live in a country where we are able to vote and have freedom.  However, in all honesty, I didn’t really feel like it mattered.  I have cast my vote in every Presidential election since I was 18, but I never really thought it made an impact.  After all, the electoral college votes are really all that count…right?  However, after our message at church on Sunday, my thoughts were changed.  How many times has a SINGLE person done AMAZING things and changed the whole WORLD?!

I ask you this, with one of the most polarizing elections in my day about to happen, with our country on the brink of life altering decisions, I ask you to be that ONE who can make a difference.  Potentially change the way this country is headed.

What if…

  • Abraham Lincoln never abolished slavery?
  • Martin Luther King Jr. never stood up for Civil Rights?
  • Winston Churhill didn’t stand up to the Nazi war machine?
  • Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb?
  • Alexander Flemming didn’t discover Penicillin?
  • God never sent His son to go before us so that we may live?

Our world would probably be a not-s0-fun place to be in.  Full of violence, sickness, and darkness.  These were all single people that made big differences, against much adversity. What they also had were people that helped them, encouraged them, and supported them throughout their journey.

What I ask of you is to be that ONE.  Be the ONE that votes to make a difference. To support the candidate you believe in.  Not because they are cool.  Not because they are funny.  Not based on your political affiliation, geographical location,  your relgious denomination, or your racial obligation.  Vote based on your VALUES and what you believe in.  Be the change you want to see and uphold the freedom that this country was built upon.

I encourage you to watch a sort video that they shared with us.  It is 7 minutes and TOTALLY worth every.single.one!

VOTE YOUR VALUES

XOXO,

Kristie

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Check Your Attitude

Check Your Attitude

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7)

I have really wanted to have a bad attitude these last couple days. To me, my circumstances justified my feelings. I had a baby who had been waking up prior to 5am for the past two days. I was tired. The house was a mess. The laundry wasn’t done. I was tired. I had to go teach my group cycling class and act like I wanted to be there. I wanted needed a nap. We were having company over for dinner. Did I mention the house was a mess AND I was tired. I felt overwhelmed. My mind, in a fog of exhaustion, just couldn’t sort things out and I was mad. I just wanted to crawl back in bed and be crabby. I wanted someone to feel sorry for me. Sure, this is nothing compared to what others may be going thorough, but for me it was like WWIII.

Well, crawling back in bed wasn’t an option. I thought about calling in and canceling my class, but I can’t call in a cancel being a mom, so I just decided to suck it up. As I drove to drop of Baby E at my in-laws I felt God say that I can’t let my feelings dictate my attitude. I can’t let my circumstances steal my joy. It was like a punch to my gut…and totally 100% true. I continued to listen to God as he reminded me of two powerful scriptures:

Philippians 4:13 {The Message}
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

Isaiah 30:28{NLT}
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

I felt like I couldn’t let my circumstances determine how I feel. God doesn’t give me anything I can’t handle. He is ALWAYS with me and will not let me get weak or weary, and if I am He will lift me up and get me through. The only thing that letting my feelings and my circumstances determine my attitude does is make me not very much fun to be around. It also makes my day pretty crummy.

As soon as I changed my mindset my day got better. The burden of my circumstances were lifted as soon as I started teaching my cycling class and I ended up having a pretty awesome day!

What do you do when your circumstances are out to steal your joy?

XOXO,
Kristie

Truth About Being a Momma…

Truth About Being a Momma…

It is wonderful, rewarding, and an amazing gift from God.  However, it is also exhausting, confusing, exhausting, hard, frustrating, and did I mention exhausting.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom, but I struggle with being a mom and still being ME.  Struggling with nurturing myself so I don’t go crazy and nurturing my little Son so he grows up to be an amazing Man.  Where is that balance?  I wish I could tell you I have an answer…but I don’t, but I have realized that for the time being I need to be more focused on him than on myself or my own agenda.  It seems like everytime I have “plans”…someone else has plans of His own.  If I just go with the flow…His flow…it seems to work out better and be less stressfull.  So what does this mean…

I apologize for all the canceled plans

I apologize for all the rescheduled plans

I apologize for all the forgotten plans {I completely blame lack of sleep…and lack of a planner}

I apologize that we usually can’t go out after 7pm {we have an early sleeper…and have learned the lesson the hard way}

I apologize that my life revolves around naptimes

This is just my life right now.  Motherhood has definatley made me a more understanding and flexible person.  It has taught me that things are predictably unpredictable and true friends stand by you through it all!

Sick and Tired…{Literally}

Sick and Tired…{Literally}

What is worse than just being a tired mom?  It is being a sick AND tired mom.  That is the one thing about my job…no days off! Luckily I have an awesome husband who is helping out so mommy can get well.

Lying on the couch with Nyquil and a box of tissues doesn’t leave much time for crafting, cleaning or doing anything other than watching TV and trying to catch up on sleep, while trying to lend a hand with the baby every here and there.  So, in true lazy style I am going to list some of my favorite things:)  Hopefully I will be back in action in no time!

Here are Few of My Favorite Things

  • 1.) Pinterest – Really how could it not be?!  I have projects for days years pinned all over my boards…now where to start:)
  • 2.) Mom’s Into Fitness – I credit Mrs. Lindsay Brin for helping me get my post-baby body and abs back.  GREAT workouts pre and post-natal.  Go to her website and get 4-weeks of free workouts too!
  • 3.) Fit Bottomed Girls –  I found this blog a while ago.  They do AWESOME fitness review {videos, classes, etc} and have great fit tips and healthy recipes.  Also, for all you mommas or mommas-to-be they just launched Fit Bottomed Mamas🙂
  • 4.) Justin Bieber – I may have just turned 30…but in my inability to sleep last night Justin saved me with his Never Say Never movie on Netflix.  Pretty incredible kid…and he was one cute baby!
  • 5.) Almond Butter – Maranatha Almond Butter to be exact.  Much better than peanut butter…plus they now sell it at Sam’s Club so it is much easier on the pocket book.  I have been wanting to make my own, so once I will do I will let you know how it goes!
  • 6.) Football – The Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow, Colorado State Rams…there are 2 seasons…football season and everything else.  Sad it is almost over!
  • 7.) Chick-Fil-A – The only fast food I eat!
  • 8.) Goodwill – I am amazed at the treasures you can find at thrift stores…
  • 9.) Sleep – Especially since it has been 9 months since I got a full, uninterrupted night sleep…it is all worth it {I think ;)}
  • 10.) Coke Zero – My guilty pleasure…I KNOW its not good for me…I KNOW it has bad artificial sweeteners…but it is better than alcohol right;)

Alright the Nyquil is kicking in…going try and get some sleep!

Too Old…

Too Old…

I feel like I am too old for things now…or maybe other things are more important to me now that I have a 24/7 job and a boss that is relentless and selfish.  One thing I learned last night is that I am too old to stay out late!  Late for me these days is 10:30pm.  I am in need of a serious attitude adjustment…and a large pot of coffee today.

I need to remember that life isn’t like Burger King – I don’t always get things “My Way”

I need to remember that I can’t be Superman {woman} everyday

I need to remember that being a Mom is a blessing…even when I want to return him {yeah I said it 🙂 }

I need to remember that “this too shall pass”

I need to remember that he HAS to take a nap at some point

I need to remember it is okay to not be okay…but it is NOT okay to stay that way

The biggest thing I need to remember is that God doesn’t give me more than I can handle…that I just have to grab the bull by it’s horns and keep on keepin’ on.  There is always tomorrow and tomorrow will be better than today.

Speaking of tomorrow…I will have a great DIY to save some money on those ridiculously expensive Swiffer Wet pads!!

So Thankful…

So Thankful…

The other day as I was driving home from the pediatrician, with peace of mind that my little man was okay, I began to think of how thankful I am.

Thankful that I get to stay at home with our little man

Thankful that my husband is willing to work and sacrifice for that gift

Thankful that we are able to provide a comfortable home for our family

Thankful that if anything should happen our family would be there for us…without question

Thankful that we have a healthy baby boy

Thankful that I am loved unconditionably by my husband

Thankful that we are in our marriage for the long haul…No.Questions.Asked

I think when I just get some quiet time to myself…my heart and soul is overcome by all the things I have…all the things I have been blessed with.  Things that I don’t deserve.  Things that are so amazing.  When I look down at my peaceful baby sleeping and I realize how absolutely perfect he is and all the things that had to go right for that to happen…I am just speechless and in awe. 

I guess all I can do is thank God for our blessings…everyday 🙂

Psalm 28:7

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

 

The Monkey, The Cyclist, and the Photo Shoot

The Monkey, The Cyclist, and the Photo Shoot

So, as everyone knows Halloween is coming up…what a better time for a parent of a 6 month old.  You get to dress him in whatever costume you choose and he just goes with it.  So, I decided yesterday to do a trial run of his costumes and take some pictures for the grandparents.  First is the monkey…who can resist the little adorable monkey costumes…with the cute little hat head, the stuffed body,

and the little tail.  

Costume #2…so I am a pretty big cyclist.  I started riding with my dad about 4 years ago and have done 2 Ride the Rockies Tours and 2 Century Rides.  After I got married I got my husband into cycling as well.  My bike hasn’t seen much pavement lately due to pregnancy and taking care of a newborn…but we are all ready with our Chariot bike trailer for next year!  Anyhoo…in Colorado this year the Pro Cycling Tour was born and my dad volunteered.  During this Ethan got a little souvenier.  He received his very first cycling outfit.  I onsie, made of spandex, complete with pockets for snacks and essentials…it is too funny!

Diaper and Bottle ready to ride in back pockets!

Well, the weather for Halloween will probably call for the monkey, but the cyclist will make an appearance!  Hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!!!

~Kristie