Faith Friday: Never Too Late

I was watching one of my new favorite shows (NY Med) tonight. In case you haven't had a chance to catch an episode, here is a synopsis:

"Each episode in this eight-part series toggles between the renowned surgeons of Manhattan's New York Presbyterian Hospital and the gritty world of trauma surgeons at Newark's University Hospital where the ER is a doorway to the mean streets of one of America's most violent cities. Sometimes poignant and often uproarious, this limited series takes a deep dive into high stakes medicine through the eyes of unforgettable characters, including a hilarious trio of returning ER nurses who must cope with tricky personal crises while caring for some of the nation's most bossy patients. Mehmet Oz rounds out the character roster with his extraordinary surgical skills on full display as his deft hands work to fix damaged hearts and save lives."

Watching the patients with life threatening conditions is heartbreaking yet inspiring. Hearing the patients talk about themselves and their families it is obvious that they are not ready to die. They go into the operating room with hope that they will wake up and faith in the doctor that he will complete the surgery successfully. We all make choices in life and some of those choices lead us closer and closer to deaths door (whether we know it or not).  We also make choices that bring us closer to heaven or closer to hell.

After watching the show I began to think of the Ultimate Healer, Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can heal you inside and out. He can take away the wounds of this world in the blink of an eye. He cannot do this if you do not trust and have faith in Him. I was talking with a neighbor of mine yesterday and she revealed to me that her son was born with a hematoma on his head. She was very worried and prayed for her son. On the morning of Easter Sunday her sons hematoma was completely gone! 

Watching these people recover after surgery is so inspiring, God has shown them just how precious life is and has given them a second chance! It is never too late to change. God can give you a second chance. All you have to do is come to Him, open your heart, ask for forgiveness, let Jesus take the burden of your sins from you.

It is never too late to change, it is never too late to give your life to Jesus.

God Bless

Wednesday Eats (Weight Watchers Style #2)

Hey! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July this past weekend, I know I did! Speaking of having fun last weekend, I totally blew off Weight Watchers and ate whatever I wanted. I didn't mean to, it just happened. Basically I was not prepared at all plus I didn't care.

That lack of planning and attitude made me gain back the five pounds I worked so hard to lose. Way to go Nancy! I pushed Negative Nancy aside and regrouped (kind of) for todays blog post.

I plan on getting it together!

Breakfast: Blueberry Smoothie
total: 6 points

Lunch: whole wheat tortilla with ham, mayo and mustard
carrots and a peach (which the boys stole off my plate so I only ate one slice)
total: 12 points

Snack: cherries and a banana
total: 0 points

Snack: cheese stick with 3 pepperoni's (I call this pizza in my hand)
total: 6 points

Dinner: Ribs, beans, corn and spinach salad
total: 17+ (not sure how many points the salad was)

Dessert: We had family over for dinner and my sister in law 
made some delicious chocolate chip cookies. I had two cookies and about 1/2 cup ice cream.
total: 7 points

Ending total: 48+ points
That is 9 points over what my daily points allow and I didn't even figure in the spinach salad. 
I defiantly  dipped into the 35 back up points for the week. I knew that I would. I was extremely hungry today (maybe because I overate over the weekend…).

Perfect Pasta Salad

One of my favorite side dishes to bring to summertime BBQ's is a good ol' pasta salad. Pasta salad is super simple to whip up in a hurry and tastes great!

Perfect Past Salad Recipe

12 oz Spiral Pasta Noodles 
Can of Sliced Olives (2.25 oz)
4 oz Sliced Pepperoni
2 Mozzarella cheese sticks (cut into rounds)
1/2 Green Pepper  (cut into strips)
1/2 Cucumber (peeled and cut into rounds)
2 Cups Zesty Italian Dressing

Cook your pasta according to the package directions. Once the pasta is cooked, drained and cooled place in a large serving dish. Add in your can of olives, pepperoni, cheese, green pepper, and cucumber. Next pour in one cup of salad dressing and stir until pasta is evenly coated. Allow the pasta salad to chill for one hour. Before serving add in the remanding cup of italian dressing and stir to incorporate. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

This recipe is linked to: SassyMomsInTheCity

Faith Friday: Barabbas

Barabbas is on my mind today.

Who is he and what significance does he have? According to Mark verse 7, he was a rebel who had committed murder in the insurrection. According to John verse 40, he was a robber. He is significant because he is chosen by the people to be set free and Jesus takes his place. Barabbas was a criminal who deserved to be in prision for his crimes. Jesus was an innocent man without sin who was sentenced to die. Jesus took his place.

Don't you see. Barabbas is YOU. Barabbas is ME. We are all sinners. Our sins make us prisioners. Jesus takes our place and sets us free every.single.time. We deserve to pay for our sins but Jesus came and died so that we may live and be forgiven. Jesus loves us so much that He became like us, He was ridiculed, judged, hated, and crucified so that we could one day join Him with His Father in Heaven.

When we sin we are saying, CRUCIFY HIM.

When we sin we are placing the crown of thorns upon His head, driving the nails into His hands and feet, mocking and spitting on His helpless and beaten body.

Jesus took your place when he died on the cross.

We so often carry the heavy cross of sin on our backs and Jesus wants to relieve this burden. You do not need to carry that cross when you believe in Jesus Christ. We can be forgiven. We can live all because Jesus already walked that path and gave His life.

Matthew 11:30 
29"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Wednesday Eats (Weight Watchers Style)

So if you checked out last weeks 'Wednesday Eats' you know that I changed my eating habits because I thought Little Miss had colic. Well… she doesn't. Thankfully! I am not sure what upset her last week but she is back to her normal happy self. Over the weekend I ate normally due to poor planning on my part and she was totally fine! So this week I am back on Weight Watchers. Oh and as a side note, I do not do low fat. I still use real butter, whole milk, real mayo, full fat salad dressings, etc. It adds up to more points in the end but I am not okay with the fake stuff (it is not natural!). My husband and I decided to get on Weight Watchers after Little Miss was born because we would both like to loose some weight. The first week I lost 5 pounds and my husband lost 10! I thought Weight Watchers would be perfect for us at the moment because we needed to get back to eating smaller portion sizes and healthier food. I also like it because no food is 'off limits' it only restricts how much you can have of it. This really works for us at the moment with these busy summer days.
P.S. I am exclusively breastfeeding in case you were wondering why my points are so high.

Without further ado, here is what I ate:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon and banana
This was way to much for me. 
I ended up eating half which totaled 4 points

Lunch: Whole wheat wrap with mayo, turkey and mustard. Side of carrots and yogurt.
Lunch total 9.5 points

Snack strawberries and grapes
Snack total 0 points (fruits & veggies are free!)

Dinner: Corn on the cob, potato salad, pork chop
Dinner total: 18 points

I shared an Angry Orchard hard cider with my sister before dinner (soo good!)
Points: 1.5

Dessert: 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
dessert total 3 points

Ending total: 36 points leaving me 3 points to spare! 

I also made sure to drink plenty of water!

Mommy Monday: Tips For Mothers With Baby #3

First of all congratulations! Baby number three is a huge adjustment, well it was for me anyways. Baby #3 means that you are now outnumbered even with your partners help. My mother (who raised 7 children) says that adjusting to the third child was the hardest for her. So I guess its smooth sailing after the third! Haha I wish.

Even though this is my third child I do not feel like an expert in child rearing, at all. I wanted to share with you some tips that I have learned along the way thus far (I still have a lot to learn she is only 7 weeks old). Oh and please know to take it easy for as long as you need after the baby is born. Giving birth is not easy!

Tip #1
Get the baby on a sleep schedule. I allowed little miss to show me the way when it came to her sleep schedule. After I noticed she was taking longer naps during the day (at 6 weeks babies can sleep up to four hours without eating) I took a week and wrote down when she would go to sleep and when she would wake up. It was pretty consistent. She typically will wake up in the mornings around 8 and go down for a short nap about two hours later. When she wakes from her nap (which is usually two hours long) she will be awake for two to three hours and take another nap. The second nap is longer usually around three to four hours. By then it is in the evening and she will hang out with us for a couple hours and be in bed by nine. As she gets older I know her nap schedule will change (newborns sleep a lot!). I am pretty easy going with the nap schedule but I make sure she is in bed by nine every night, I want bedtime to be consistent.

Tip #2
When baby is napping get things done! When I had my first, I would nap when he napped (which was amazing! He was such a cuddly baby I feel like that is all we did). When you have multiples, mommy naps go out the window. My other children need my attention, the laundry needs folded, the house needs picked up, someones behind needs wiped, the list goes on and on. If you are super tired try putting on a movie for the older kids and lay on the couch beside them for a short snooze (I am a light sleeper so this works for me once in awhile).

Tip #3
Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you have family and friends that live nearby do not be ashamed to ask for help if you need it. I have a hard time accepting help even when I need it so I totally understand avoiding this but it will benefit everyone, including the person helping you. It is good for the soul to help others!

Tip #4
If you like a tidy house I suggest making a cleaning schedule, a couple small things to get done everyday. This will help keep things manageable and reduce stress. On the weeks that my cleaning schedule goes out the window I find myself cramming it all into one day which isn't enjoyable for anyone.

Tip #5
Keep a calendar posted where it is easy to see. If I didn't have a calendar hanging on the fridge I would forget what day it is not to mention what events we have going on!

Tip #6
Make sure the older siblings feel important too. A baby needs lots of attention so make sure the older siblings can help out with small things. Even if it is 5 minutes a day try to spend one on one time with each of them individually. I try to watch the boys play cars while I am feeding the baby/getting her to sleep instead of being alone with the baby while they play together.

Tip #7
Don't forget about mommy time. Everyone needs different amounts of alone time, some may need very little while others require more. I like to think I fall somewhere in-between the two but don't get me wrong if I do not have 'me' time I will have a mini meltdown. My 'me' time starts when the kids are tucked in bed for the night (this is where a consistent bedtime comes in handy). I stay up a little later than I should but I need that time to zone out at the end of the day and relax or take a shower! Don't forget about yourself momma, your state of mind influences those around you.

Tip #8
Let go of the mommy guilt. Relax, breathe, know that this time will pass in the blink of an eye. If things are tough right now, know that tomorrow is another day and it will get better. Your family dynamic is different now and even though you need to spend more time with your newborn, your older children know that they are loved.

If your house looks like this sometimes… don't worry mind does too!

Ok that is all I got for now!
Do you have any tips for Mothers with Baby #3? If so, I would love to hear about it.

Faith Friday: Jesus Heals

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Have you ever watched the 700 Hundred Club? I randomly came across it last year and was hooked. It is very uplifting, inspiring and informative. The show has a segment where they heal people, or rather they heal in Jesus' name. Individuals who had been healed while watching the show were interviewed testifying to the healing. To be completely honest, I thought it was fake. I had never seen anything like it therefore it had to be fake.

It is not fake.

How do I know?

I was healed.

I will start from the beginning. I have had neck problems since high school. The right side of my neck would become sore, stiff and send shooting pain upwards if I overused it. I went to the chiropractor which did help but the pain would always come back. Fast forward to co sleeping with my two children for four years. So four years of sleeping with a little one on my arm and my neck being in an awkward position. My neck began to get to the point where I would have daily pain. I began to accept the fact that my neck would always hurt.

Fast forward again to our vacation last year. We planned a summer trip to one of our favorite amusement parks which was seven hours away. I sat in the front and found myself constantly turning my neck to attend to the boys in the backseat. I knew this was going to cause problems for me later on. When we arrived that night my neck was beginning to feel sore and stiff. I went on with the evening, enjoying pizza with the family and my in-laws.

After my husbands and our boys were asleep, I stayed up to watched t.v. I was flipping through the channels and came across the 700 Club. I found it odd that it was on so late at night. I began watching the show and it came to the healing segment. The man on the show said, "Lord please heal this woman, she has neck pain, sometimes shooting pain up the right side of her neck. You are healed in Jesus' name amen" (or something to that nature). I immediately knew he was talking about me. I looked around, still in shock. It was me! They were talking about me! I couldn't believe it.

From that day last year on summer vacation, watching the 700 club, I have not had neck pain.

Mark 5:34
He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." (NIV)

Luke 17:6
The Lord answered, "If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it would obey you!

God is good!

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