Goodbye 2013 & 1st Trimester!

This week has marked 2 major milestones--the end of 2013 and the start of the 2nd trimester! 
This is the time of year when people start making resolutions for the new year. To me resolutions are those things that get made quickly and are often broken just as fast. But what does resolution really mean? 
Resolution (n): a firm decision to do or not to do something.
It is a firm decision, one that shouldn't be made on a whim. We should spend time and thought of what we really need to change in our lives, what things we want to improve upon. If we are truly making a resolution, a firm decision, then we must try our absolute best to keep them.

Do/did you make resolutions for the new year? I made a few.

*Spend more time daily in prayer/bible study and encouraging others.
*Pay off our last credit card.
*Save for baby items, hospital bills, new(to us) vehicle, and Ryan's schooling.(He's going back to get his masters! :) )
*Gain 20-25lbs :) And then loose it again.
*Continue clean eating and exercise when possible.
*Get everything ready for baby!!!

Sunday marked 13 weeks for me and the end of the 1st trimester! It's hard to believe that this pregnancy is 1/3 of the way over! These first few months can be summed up in a few words - fatigue and "morning" sickness. The morning sickness was by far the worst. I actually lost 15lbs because of it.

But after loosing 2 babies, I am so thankful for these symptoms! I am so thankful everyday when that queasiness hits. Days that don't contain any nausea, like this past Tuesday, make me worry. In fact I was so worried that I prayed to have some morning sickness. Don't do that unless you're really prepared for it because God answered yes to those prayers Wednesday. :)

A few things that we've bought this trimester:
Eddie Bauer Trailmaker Travel System - Clearbrook

We got this stroller and car seat on clearance for 50% the price in store! Regular $219 and we only paid $109. :)

The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood

We actually bought this during a previous pregnancy but I love this book! I think it's so much better than the other pregnancy books I have read. I love that it's written with a focus on faith. 

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What the Bible Says About Children

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God's views on children:
  • He created them
"...thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139:13-14 
"Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about" Job 10:8
" Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?" Job 31:15

  • They are precious to Him 
“Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you;" Isaiah 43:4

  • He has a plan for them
 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;" Jeremiah 1:5
" For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11

  • They are a blessing
" Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." Psalm 127:3-5
If God says children are a blessing why are we so quick to try and prevent them. I have never known anyone to prevent any other blessings God gives us.(health, financial, ect.) And then people actually apply for a curse(debt)? Seems so backward to me!

Please prayerfully consider your choices.

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Ryan and I are so blessed! God has blessed us with 2 sweet babies in Heaven, and now He has decided to give us another sweet blessing!! :)

Coming early July 2014!
At 7 weeks 4 days

It was so amazing to see how much our little one had changed in just 4 weeks!!

At 11 weeks 4 days
Baby was jumping around so much that the nurse couldn't find the heartbeat with the Doppler. That's why we got the ultrasound at our last appointment! (Heart rate was 165!)

We are so excited to watch this little one grow and to meet them next summer! :)

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Easy Homemade Applesauce!

One of the things I love about fall is that apples are in season! Growing up my Nana always made applesauce for us. It was so yummy! Last year, I decided to try to make some for myself. And was surprised that it was so easy to make! And as an added bonus, the house smells amazing! :)

Here's how:

1.Peel, core, and dice apples. You can use any variety. I use Mutsu. Add to pot with a little water. (I used about 1/2 c. You just want enough to cover the bottom of the pot so the apples don't burn.)

 2.Add cinnamon and sugar if desired. (I don't add any sugar so the recipe is clean. But if you want to use about 1/2 per 10 apples)

3.Cook on Medium heat until soft, stirring occasionally.

As the apples cook down they produce a lot of liquid and smaller pieces will start breaking down. 
They're almost ready now!

 4.Smash apples! I use a pastry blender, but you could use a potato masher or even just smash between spoon and edge of pot. I like to leave some chunks in mine! 

5.Enjoy! Keep in refrigerator or can.

Do you make applesauce? What are your favorite seasonal dishes?

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Your Body, His Temple

I recently started a new blog called Your Body, His Temple! It will focus on taking care of your body! There you can find fitness ideas, recipies, and tips. Read about my journey below. 

My Story

Up until a few months ago, I was not thinking much about what I was eating. I was tired all the time and felt like there was always a grey cloud hanging overhead. I just felt blah all the time. I didn't want to live the rest of my life like that; I knew something had to change!  

Continue reading my story here.

Your Body, His Temple

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