Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Isaac Is Eleven Months Old

I can't believe it. He's already eleven months old. In four short weeks, I'll be the mother of a one year old! Geez. I've got a birthday party to plan. Since Isaac loves Thomas and Friends, we couldn't go with any other theme...not for his first one. I guess we will call it "Isaac, You're Number One!" after one of the songs from the show.

So much to do; so little time...

Isaac is clapping(!!!) now, and he says "na-na" which I think is his adaptation of "no-no." He's learning! He says "mama," "baba," and "dada" like crazy. I can't ever seem to get a picture of him when he's clapping, much less a video.

I sent this picture to Heath while he was on the mountain this past week. I wanted to show him how I let Isaac drive his truck while he was gone. ;-)

I caught him in the bathtub playing with his shampoo bottles. He stayed in there forever playing. Hey, sometimes you do whatever it takes to keep them in one place and out of everything.

I made this picture around when he turned ten months old, but I haven't shared it. Have I mentioned how much he loves the drums?

He still has only eight teeth, but he’s been acting like he’s about to cut one, or two, or twelve, here lately.

He started sleeping through the night about a month and a half ago. He was going to sleep around 9:30 and waking up around 6:30. Wetting through his diapers stopped, too! Wow. What a blessing!! Well, that all changed this past week. I’m not sure what’s going on. He has started waking up and standing at the edge of his crib, crying for me to come get him. He will usually fall back asleep within a couple of minutes, but lying him back down is a struggle. He wants to be held! So it’s this endless struggle of me picking him up, rocking him, going back to sleep, lying him back down, crying, picking him up, rocking him, etc. Finally, last night he went to sleep after I gave him a bottle.I was bound and determined not to give him one because I didn’t want him to get into that habit again. Yuck! What do I do? What have I done? I was almost in tears thinking about all the progress we had made! Sometimes I feel like it’s one step forwards and two steps backwards with his sleep situation.

There’s still no sign of him walking any time soon. He loves to crawl. He knows he can fly when he crawls, so why try to walk?

He eats anything now. He loves noodles, cheese, fruit, soups, gravy and biscuit, spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, vegetables, etc. It’s so nice having him to eat the food I cook for the whole family. This saves a lot of time.

He loves spending time outside, especially if it involves helping his daddy in the yard.

I can’t believe the next time I write about him he will be one year old!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monday Motivation: It's Not My Job. It's My Life.

Is it Monday again? Yawn. Hopefully you had a restful weekend. 

This song has been in my head all week.
Take a look at the words and plug in what you do for a living where it says "sing." 

IT'S MY LIFE by Brian Free and Assurance

God has called me to go and take the good news to the lost
God has called me to sing, so no matter what the cost

I will follow as He leads, for He promised as I go
He will draw the world to Him as I make His message known

It's not my job; it's my life
I don't sing for earthly gain; I do it all for Christ
To be a witness and a warrior and a living sacrifice
It's not my job; it's my life

Sometimes the road is long, and sometimes the way is rough
Sometimes I lie awake and wonder if I've done enough
But then I rise to thank my God that He has trusted me
To once again lift high the cross so that everyone can see

It's not my job; it's my life
I don't sing for earthly gain; I do it all for Christ
To be a witness and a warrior and a living sacrifice
It's not my job; it's my life

And no matter where you work or what you do from day to day
Every child of God is called to witness on the way 

It's not my job; it's my life
I don't sing for earthly gain; I do it all for Christ
To be a witness and a warrior and a living sacrifice
It's not my job; it's my life

Isn't this a powerful song? Please click on the link below and listen to it. When I have a tough day at work, I think of this song, and the lyrics always put things into focus, as it helps me remember that God's calling isn't always easy. Sometimes it's hard...really hard...and sometimes we get so frustrated with the daily, monotonous routine of life; however, this song really puts things into the proper perspective. 

As a teacher I often ask myself: Am I making a difference? Are my students learning how to be better individuals during the time I have had with them? Are these sophomores going to leave me knowing that I cared in a way they don't really understand yet? 

I'm sure you have your own set of questions about your job that are pretty similar to mine. It seems like most of the questions pop up on Monday morning when that alarm goes off. Surprisingly, it took me about three years to realize that teaching is probably the largest mission field in the world. Whenever I get that feeling that I'm not making a difference, I simply think about this very fact, and it clears up a lot of the negativity. When you think what you're doing doesn't matter or isn't important, remember the lyrics to this song. 

Lord, help us this week to see that you have us in our positions, whether we are doctors, nurses, stay at home moms, mechanics, teachers, or whatever it might be, for a reason and that you have us in our places for a purpose that we probably see only glimpses of from time to time. Help us to see the bigger picture and that no matter how big or small we think we are, you can use us to glorify you and to set a good example for others. 

Have a great week! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Five on Friday 4/11/14

First of all, the ole blog got a makeover and a new name!

When my new techy design friend, Aimee at Dear Harper Design, installed it this week, I got a little emotional. Run. Eat. Teach. has been a part of my life now for about 2 1/2 years. It has been a place to document some of the most monumental moments I've ever experienced. I needed a change, though. I needed something I could grow with...something that embodies not only the physical but the spiritual as well; thus, Soul Healthy was born. What does physical health matter if the soul isn't healthy? This concept got me to thinking. What if our physical appearances and health mirrored that of our souls and relationships with The Lord? That's a startling thought, but it doesn't have to be. 

1. My sweet niece was dedicated Sunday! Isn't she a doll? She will be seven months old on April 30th. Her smile lights up the room. She loves her aunt Mal. ❤️ You know she does!

2. Our Lola had us a puppy we never saw coming. Yep. I have no idea when this happened. I noticed two days ago that she looked, well, in the motherly way, and well, last night there was a puppy in her house. Just one!? I feel like a terrible dog mom. Now what? 

3. Allegiant--I'm trying to read this, but I'm struggling.
I never like the third book in a trilogy. I still think The Hunger Games series is better. Tips to get through it? Does it get better after page 85?

4. Typos. I've come to terms that I'm going to have these in, well, every...single...post. I'll go back and look at a post I published two weeks ago and realize that there are spelling errors in it. Ninety percent of the time it's autocorrect or my tiny qwerty keyboard playing tricks on my fingers, but hey, I'm guilty, and I can't offer up a legitimate excuse. It's my job, so...yeah. Ouch. Talk about humbling. Sometimes I like to sing this song to my students in the tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing:" 

Don't stop proofreading...ooohhh!!!

You just sang that. I sang it, too. True story. 

5. Tomorrow is my 5k group's last official training run! I'm so proud of them. They have stayed the course and put in the time. I can't wait until the race to see them reap the fruits of their efforts. 

DIY Body Butter

This is incredibly easy and thrifty. I will never buy lotion for myself again. I love knowing that everything in this butter is organic, natural, and chemical/alcohol free. I even use it on my son and on my face. The ingredients for the basic coconut butter are so simple.

You need a 1:1 ratio.

1 cup coconut oil (I used 1/2 c. coconut, 1/4 c. grapeseed, and 1/4 c. sweet almond. You can use whatever oils you want. Just remember the 1:1 ratio, and you'll be fine.)
1 cup Shea butter 
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. 
(My favorite is a few lavender and a few lemon. It smells just like a lemon poppyseed muffin--creamy, bright, and uplifting. I buy my oils from Native American Nutritionals.) 

I bought the shea butter on Ebay with free shipping and the coconut oil from Vitacost


Melt your oil and butter in a double boiler on the stove. 

I used an old metal bowl and a small saucepan. Make your bowl your official melting bowl for future use. First, put an inch or so of water into the pot. Then put your oil and shea butter in. This won't take long. Stir until everything is melted.

Remove from heat to cool for about five minutes before you put it into the fridge. Add your essential oil at this point. Keep it in the fridge for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. 

Once it has begun to harden, mix with a blender for about ten minutes. If you notice after a few minutes that your butter isn't whipping up, it didn't cool long enough. This happened to me. Stick it in the freezer for about ten minutes, and it should whip right up to stiff peaks just like beaten egg whites or homemade whipped cream.

Tada! It's ready. Spoon it into your jar of choice. I think the little four-ounce jelly jars are adorable. Don't you? 

Yum! This recipe yields about seven four-ounce jars. 

To make it a sweet gift for someone, tie a cute ribbon and gift tag on it for a special touch. I made this for a sweet friend for her baby shower. 

Kim, one of my journalism students, found this cute font. Find some card stock, print it out, and cut out your tag with some cute scissors. Tie it up, and you're set. 

Baby Butter has a few drops of lavender for a calm little one.  Here's something to think about. Isaac hasn't had any eczema flare ups since I've started using this on him. He could've just grown out of it, but I'm not really sure how eczema works. All I know is that he had a good deal of it around his head, and it bothered him for a long time. I haven't seen any in about a month, though. Maybe he just got over it, but I've read lavender helps get rid of eczema. Who knows? It could've helped. :)

You can make up a myriad of recipes by playing around with your oils. They make great gifts! Keep your butter in the fridge for a harder butter that melts in your hands, goes on oily, and dries to a soft finish. Room temperature makes it soft and airy. 

More recipes like Relax Max Butter, Busy Bee Honey Scrub, and Sweet Citrus Butter are coming up soon. :) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Motivation: What Kind of Soil Are You?

Yesterday, our youth Sunday school lesson used a great parable you've probably heard used before. The lesson centered around soil and our relationship with God. Are we sandy? Rocky? Are there sticks (thorns) in our soil, or are we rich potting soil where things can grow richly? This really got me to thinking.

One time I searched out a place to have a little garden where we used to live. I'd dig into one place, and it would be too rocky. Another place would be connected to a root system. I got pretty frustrated. Finally, I found a place with healthy, dark dirt. I dug some holes, placed seeds into them, covered them up, and watered them. I watched my garden every day for weeks, and it seemed like the slowest process in the world. Why are my tomatoes and peppers not coming up? I couldn't figure it out. Then, we got to talking to my mom and dad-in-law who explained that I had planted my seeds too far down away from the sun. 

Seeds need light so they can grow. It doesn't matter if you plant it in the richest soil on earth. They need to be close to the source of life. How fitting in regards to our own lives!  We can look like we are ready and willing to do God's will, but if what we say and do is not planted in the Word of God, nothing will come from it. 

What a poignant lesson for us to focus on as the season for planting and growth is among us. 

Luke 8: 4-8

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Lord, help us clear out our foundations of debris so that you can use us to reach and touch the lives of other people.   

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Five on Friday

Woohoo! Hello, Friday! I guess I've officially fallen on the "Five on Friday" bandwagon.
About a month ago, I purchased some essential oils. I love them like crazy. It took me a while before I knew for sure which brand I wanted to buy. There are a lot of phonies out there. I found a pretty good resource that led me in the right direction, but I'll post more about that later. Do you have a favorite brand, flavor, or use?
My favorites are peppermint and lavender. They have so many uses. Right now I use peppermint in a hot shower for sinus issues. I'll mix some with coconut oil and put it on Isaac's chest if he has a cough. It's like homemade Vicks Vapor Rub. 
I made some of my own body butter a couple of weeks ago, and I love it.
After researching Pinterest and blogs, I finally found a great recipe. I used my oils for a natural fragrance. I've given away a few jars, and so far, everyone loves it. The Baby Butter has a touch of lavender, and the Sweet Citrus has a combination of pink grapefruit, orange, and lemon.  Orange You Lovely smells like an orangesicle with the coconut and orange oil. Yum! 
This didn't happen this week, but we got our picture in. We met the governor!
We met the governor at the Ronald Reagan Dinner. He was a really nice man.
My review has been featured on Sarah Fit's blog tour for her book Get Skinny Again!

I've done her workouts a few times now, and they always leave me sore the next day. They're good stuff. I love her easy approach to health and fitness. 
Here's my special little guy. I saved the best for last. His funny little smiles make my day.
He's such a funny little man. I can be having the most stressful, hectic day, and just a smile from his face can make me feel like I can conquer the world. 

I believe a baby's smile is sent from God to show us just a mere glimpse of the way He sees us and loves us. A baby's smile is one made of pure, unconditional love that never has an ulterior motive. If we could just see ourselves the way they see us, think about the difference that would make.  

Have a great weekend!

Intermediate 5K Speed Workout

This really woke me up this morning. If you're looking to break 25 or 24, this might help you out. The 8 minute miles make 6 and 6.5 mph feel like a snail's pace. It really is 90% mental. 

5.5 mph/ .2 miles (warmup)
8.0 mph/ 1 mile
6.0 mph/ .2 miles
8.0 mph/ .6 miles
8.2 mph/ .4 miles
6.0 mph/ .3 miles (felt sooo slow)
6.2 mph/ .2
6.5 mph/ .2
Walk to cool down
Total- 3.1 at just under 26 minutes. 0% incline.