Relationships

Does anyone else wonder why relationship seem to be so complicated. I wonder why that is! Is it our brains throwing the complication into it. Is it that we are just trying at the wrong relationships? God wants us to be in conversation with others, but yet it seems so hard. You could start by tackling the person that always says they re busy. ( I admit somedays I feel like I can’t add one more thing to the list) What about the normal everyday introvert that doesn’t want to be outside their comfort zone. Or the person that judges themselves against every person they meet. We come in all shapes and sizes!

This is one verse that sticks out for me.

Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”

It seems somedays it is hard then others to find the wise and not just be surrounded by fools. With that said somedays I am a complete fool. I fall to pieces.

What are your thoughts on relationships? Do they come easy or hard? Do you find that you have to be super picky, or are you good with just about anyone?

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Seasons of Change

Sitting here this morning enjoying the windows being open. Its a little chilly out this morning but the breeze that is blowing in is so refreshing. Its a day I have been longing for. I am not ready for winter but I am ready for the beauty of fall. The trees have started to turn, the temperatures aren’t as warm as they have been this summer. It is such a blessings to start a new season. Isn’t God so creative in what he gives us with each weather season?!

I am so thankful for the new opportunity of new seasons. I feel like God has me in a new season. A season to recapture my being. To lead my mind, heart, and emotions down a different path.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

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Who am I?

I am struggling with who I am physically anymore. I have been a wife for almost 13 years, a mom for 12, and I have taken very good care of my husband and my children, but have completely forgotten to take care of myself. Recently, I have had the pleasure of dealing with some health issues that have started to open my eyes up to the fact that I haven’t take care of me much at all. I have lost weight in the past and I have gained weight. Seems to be normal. But I am tired of being normal, and I don’t care of what “genes” I have from my parents. I want to be me. What does me look like? I have asked myself that 101 times. A healthy me looks about 54 lbs lighter then I am right now. Maybe a few more muscles would be nice. I don’t need a 6 pack, I don’t ever want to wear a two piece swimsuit again, but I DO want to feel good when I look in the mirror, I do want to feel healthy, and able to play and run and do fun things with my family. So here I am…

Praying that as I blog about this journey I will find the much needed inspiration in myself that I need to be successful. I pray that God will give me the strength to fight through my current health issues and come out on the other end stronger, healthier and happier. For myself, for my husband and for my kids.

What does this look like?!?

That is another question I have asked myself over and over. I need to work on some addictions I have. Sugar is my biggest one of those and carbs. Food is a comfort but it is the wrong comfort. I need to seek God more and food less. I have let it become in the way of my relationship with Him. I am not proud of my choices, and I know I will make those choices in the future, but I pray I can start making better choices, and start correcting my choices that I make before I make them, as I make them, or after I make them. Just start working towards a better me.

I need to start moving again. This is really hard for me because of the health issues I have been dealing with. In the last 6 plus months these issues have slowed me down, I can see myself drowning  and I am trying to pull myself out! I am not looking for a quick fix, the newest thing, I am look for me. To find me on this journey.

So I would love to give up sugar. Right now in all honesty I don’t know if I can do it, but I am going to try. And I want to start moving more again. Swimming, walking, it doesn’t matter. I would like to use this space for this journey. Maybe once or twice a week updates!? Praying God will direct me on that path.

So my goals for this week are.

1. to move intentionally every day 20-30 minutes a day.

2. to figure out ways to redirect my desires for sugar.

      This may be chewing gum, going for walk, praying, worshiping God, eating a snack.           Who knows!

Lord, help me on this journey, Guide me to the right resources, and foods.

Ready or not!

Blessings!

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I am…

I am a women. A Child of God. A daughter, a sister, a sister in law, a niece, a friend, a wife, a mother. I am me. I am thankful for where and what God has brought me too, but right now I am defeated. I don’t feel and express the joy that I want to. I am not living the way I know God wants me to.

I am a fighter. I am willing to fight for what I need to, but its no joke its hard. I am not a whimp, but I struggle. I struggle to find peace, joy, happiness. I struggle with my weight. I struggle with depression. I am real. I am ok with that.

I want to write this blog everyday, but I am afraid. I have been taught to care about what others think and feel and that is holding me back. I have been taught to worry, but God tells me NOT to worry over and over in the Bible. I have fear of what others may think, but God tells me not to fear.

I am on a journey. I pray I can bring light to my thoughts here on this page, to not worry, to not be afraid.

Thank you Lord for bringing me here!

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken — It’s whats for dinner!

Here is a super simple recipe that makes your house smells delicious and cooks right in your crock pot! Defiantly a one we will use again!
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Ingredients:
1 fresh whole chicken. (make sure it fits in your crock) Look for one around 5lbs.
1 Medium Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
11 baby carrots or 12 or how ever many you want.
3 bay leaves
1/2 tsp whole black pepper
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 cup water
Instructions:
Place vegetable on the bottom of your crock. Onion in halves, carrots and bay leaves (I put my bay leaves on top of my chicken too!) garlic and whole black pepper.
Add water
Blend rest of seasonings in small bowl and rub all over chicken.
Cook in your crock for 7 to 8 hours on low.
Remove from cooker to a plate. Let rest for 3-4 minutes then slice and serve.
Let me know if you try this recipe out and what you think! IMG_0578
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Every big change starts with a small step…

Ever ask yourself what in the world are you doing?!? I think I may too many times to count, but I am really excited about what God is doing in my life right now and it brings me joy!
Welcome to me newest section of the world. Tempered Blue also Tempered Blue Designs.
A little about me:
I love my Jesus. I am wife to an amazing LEO. I am a mom to 2 pretty cool kids. I love photography, creating, dancing, and singing. I am an Etsy shop owner.
I am learning each and every day. Learning how to be the best wife I can be, how to raise two quickly growing kids, and how to homeschool them! I am learning what God wants in my life, and where HE wants me.
I hope you will enjoy what you see here at Tempered Blue. I will be sharing what I am working on and what new products I have available for purchase. I will share about life and what I am learning. What I am good at and what I am not so good at. I can’t wait to have you on this journey with me.
I will leave you with this!
“You are all together beautiful, my darling, & there is no blemish in you. ” SOS 4:7
Lets create beauty!
Blessings,
Laura
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Welcome to our NEW Spot!

Thanks for joining us on our new spot on the web! Welcome to all my new friends and welcome to my ones coming from my old site! So glad you are here!

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