Kylie May

Kylie May

Layla Faith

Layla Faith

Zoey Noelle

Zoey Noelle


Our baby boy, due March 16th.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ah, November

So it seems that anything monumental in my life happens in November. Check it out:

         I worked my last day at Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point. 
I went to M & I Bank for the next 3 years.    
Bryan and I made the decision to move to Green Bay for more opportunities and to be closer to family. How amazing to see what has happened since then. 
We had complete faith and trust that God would do wonderful things. 
It was a little risky, but sometimes it's worth the risk to see what God's plan is. 

Wow, 32 weeks. I often don't believe my own words when I read them. 
I had so much faith that God would show us a miracle. 
Fun to see these posts next to each other...

We shocked the Dr.s! That's always an amazing testimony to our faith in God. 
I remember that was the first time that the Dr. acknowledged that 
 our baby was a baby and asked her name.

What a difference a year makes! This post was right before our
 20 week ultrasound with 'Beanie'.

And we found out about our perfectly healthy 'rainbow baby', Zoey Noelle!

We put an offer in on this house on Layla's first birthday. We had no 
idea it would take as long as it did and we moved in 2 weeks 
before having Zoey. A fresh start. 

And fun it is to see what's happened in the past and be able to reflect on those events. The roller coaster of emotions through all of it. But seriously trusting God though every single one of those job changes, moves, and babies.

Seeing these Timehops helps me realize why November always feels like such a crazy month to me. I'm reflective and sentimental. The seasons change from fall to winter. We celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. The days get busy, but the moments are so meaningful with such good memories and traditions.

It's fitting to realize how my life is shifting November. As most of you know, we're expecting a little BOY in March! And last week I was given a promotion at work. Bryan and I are so so happy and give all of the praise to God. There are couple minor things they're monitoring with the baby, but as usual, we're trusting that it will all be okay.

So, I guess I'm writing this to say that God gives us more than we could ask or imagine. He knows what we need and when. His timing is perfect and He deserves all the praise for everything I've written in this post. The ups and the downs.

God uses it all and to Him be the Glory!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Post About Weight Loss

Timehop can be a lovely app, right? My #tbt was so eye-opening today.

I’ve always been an open book. I haven’t written in a long time and I miss it a lot! So, I’ll let you in on a little bit of my reflecting.

Most of you know, I have 3 daughters. Kylie is 6. When she was 2, I lost about 20 pounds before getting pregnant with Layla. She was born in November 2011 and passed away shortly after she was born. (If you want to read my journey, start at the beginning of this blog). Shortly after, I had Zoey who is now 2. There was not much time between Layla and Zoey, so I just ate and acted like I was pregnant between the girls. I realized when Zoey was about 7 months old that I needed to pay attention to myself a little bit.

After having Layla I didn’t eat for a couple months. I was not healthy and I was grieving. I can see right through the smiles in pictures from that Christmas. I didn’t have a hard time eating after having Zoey. I was at my heaviest in December of 2013. I had to make a change.

I’ll cut to the chase. I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I beat myself up when I have an off day or vacation week. But to see how far I've come is reassuring. I know that if I do the work, I’ll see the results. I still have a little further to go.

Here's your before/after pic. Everybody loves these, right? 

In the before picture, I was 39 pounds heavier than I am now. Yes, it took that long (18 months) for me to lose weight. I take days off, enjoy birthday cake, drink Mountain Dew & eat candy (I need dessert after every meal).

The most important thing I’ve learned; you can't out exercise a bad diet. I hit a plateau from June-Nov 2014. I was running over 7 miles/week & not losing a pound. I drastically changed my eating habits & started losing. I began working out and toning my body. I haven't lost much lately in pounds, but the inches are evident.

I have this goofy fear of being selfish. I feel guilty every time I go to the gym. I should be home with my kids, my husband or working. I’ve recently learned that the time I’m spending on myself has made me a better mom, wife and employee.

Why am I sharing this? I guess to say it's hard work & it takes time. There's no magic pill that will work & there's no end. It's cheesy, but it really is a lifestyle change. I am in control of who I am and have taken huge strides in improving and being intentional in so many aspects of my life.

If you’re at the beginning of your journey, be encouraged. Cutting out processed foods, to start, will make you feel incredibly different. It’s shocking. Try it! 

Surround yourself with encouraging family and friends. It’s always good to have a group of cheerleaders helping you stay on track. My family has been a huge support system as well as the Better Body Fitness family keeping me on track & kicking me in the butt.

If you’ve been living a healthy lifestyle for a while, you know what I’m talking about. Always keep a big perspective on where you are. On the days you feel like you're failing, look at how far you've come. You improved your life, intentionally. Don't stop.