June 27, 2012


Tonight I'm pretty much ravenous.  Have you ever felt like that?  I'm so hungry, but I feel like there is nothing to eat and what we do have to eat I'm not in the mood for.  I started looking at food on Pinterest. Good thing I did.  Here are 2 easy and healthy recipes for any of you who need something quick and easy.

No-bake Energy Bites- recipe.

Cucumber, Tomato, and Onion Salad- recipe

I didn't even have to go shopping to make these, I happened to have all of the ingredients already in my house, so maybe you do too.  For the energy bites I left out the flax seed because I didn't have that ingredient (still turned out great!) and for the salad I didn't have onion, which I prefer it without. Also, I didn't have apple cider vinegar so I just used regular.

If you like the cucumber and tomato you might also like this recipe, which is really similar:
cucumber, tomato, onion, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 vinegar.  Let it sit for a little bit.  It's really good, and I used to eat it ALL the time, but over the last few years, that much vinegar is too much for me so if that's the case for you, you might like the 1st recipe better.

June 9, 2012

Things I Love

From this week:

Nie Nie Dialogues

I adore her blog. I adore her perspective on life and that she is using her life for good.  Sometimes her blog makes me cry.  I would definitely love to meet Stephanie Nielson one day.  Have you heard of her?  She has been through hard things, yet she stays so completely positive.
Here is the blog address:  http://nieniedialogues.com

Lennon and Maisy Stella
    These girls are talented.  I wish I had that much talent!

Lemon Water
mmm mmm good.  I've been reading about lemon water and why it's so good for you. For the past week, each morning I have a full glass of water with a half of a lemon squeezed into it.  It's delicious.  My only concern is for the acid eroding my tooth enamel. I'll have to look into this.  You are supposed to drink warm lemon water, fyi.  But I'm sure cold is healthy too!
Here are 9 great things about lemon water that I got off of another website.
1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss:   Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.

4. Aids digestion:  Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin:  The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.
8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.

June 6, 2012

say it

Here are some Wednesday wisdoms for you this week...

Source: google.com via Brianna on Pinterest

I've been doing a lot of this these past few months, and you know what? It works.  There are days when it's too much and there is no way I'll be able to work things out. Days that I know that I am literally out of options for the things families have needed me to do, etc.  I give 100% and then I have to leave the rest up to Him and he always comes through. I don't know quite how it happens, but I know that if I have honestly worked my tail off, giving everything I can, he makes up the rest. There are tender mercies in my life.

This is totally me.  And Luke does an AMAZING job at just loving me despite my insanity and bipolarness.  Just last night I called him all mad because we had no water pressure and he was out doing something nice for someone and I was frustrated because he wasn't home helping me figure out what the heck was wrong. I needed to do the dishes for heaven's sake and we had no water. What's a girl to do?  Talk about being a crazy person.  I don't know why Luke is always so nice to me when I am sometimes so crazy. While I was on the phone with him he even offered me his last popsicle in the freezer (which I was nice enough to save for him) but do you see what I mean?

June 3, 2012

it's been hard

Friday was my last day as a coordinator.  I love where I work, and I'll still be there, just doing something different now.

That position has pushed me further and further in so many different ways.  There are things that I have done, managed, and handled, that I would have never thought myself capable of doing.

I graduated with a degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development. I remember hearing so many people remark with resentment and annoyance,"that's the degree you get if you're just going to end up being a mom".  Yes, the degree is a fabulous one for learning about people and the needs people have and how their brains work during different ages and stages of life.  It's great stuff to know for all mom's out there, but let me be the first to say that getting that degree was in no way an "easy way out".

Working with children with behavioral and emotional challenges who are in the foster care system has been challenging to say the least.  Trying to give support to the families who have these children in their homes has been challenging, mentally and emotionally.  I can honestly say that getting that degree has set me up to work in some of the hardest situations and do some of the most challenging work out there.  I work with people.   People are inconsistent. They change.  They are unpredictable.  Those are just a few of the things that make my work hard.

It's not over yet, but as I have been reflecting on my work as a coordinator, I can honestly say it's the hardest thing I've ever done, but I have learned more than I ever thought I'd learn and I have valuable experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I've learned how to work with families.  I've learned how to work with hard teenagers.  I've learned behavioral principles.  I've learned the court process and the adoption process.  I've sat down with a  probation officer.  I've been in school meetings, I've picked kids up when they were suspended.  I've been told to "F*** off."  But I've also been told "I love you."  I've been given some of the greatest compliments I've ever received in my whole life.  I've learned how to be a supervisor.  I'm still working on it, but I've learned how to manage stress.  I've learned how to keep a straight face, to not react to shock talk, and how to stay calm when a child is literally ripping apart an office.  I've learned that communication is extremely important and that I'm good at it.  I've learned to work as part of a team.  I've learned that you can't make everybody happy.  I've also learned that even if you give something 110%, you are still not in control of everything and things can still fall apart.  I've learned loads about being motivated, reinforcers, and positive praise.  I use it in my daily life now.  I've learned to really appreciate hard workers.  I've learned to really appreciate parents who treat foster children as their own.  Everyone deserves to have a family, a place to call home, and to be loved.

Here is a photo of some of the amazing women I work with.  These ladies do really hard things and I respect them for what they give.  I don't think people who don't actually do what these ladies do can really comprehend what they have to go through in a typical day of work.
All in all, I'm grateful.