Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Some practical, godly tips for women who are struggling with depression, hopelessness and feeling overwhelmed.  #parenting #forwomen #christian

Feeling overwhelmed is something everyone experiences….some of us more than others.

I get hundreds of emails and messages from women who are overwhelmed, struggling with depression and feeling hopeless.  I wish I could have each of you over for an iced tea with Sonic ice and some real fellowship.

I’m here to share some hope with you.  This week’s YouTube video has 3 tips for what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed and depressed.  I can’t take away your problems, but I can tell you what works for me when I feel that ugly old hopelessness creeping in.

Before you go…..I want to leave you with even more encouragement from the One who CAN take away your problems….

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

John 13:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”

Psalm 142:3 “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.”

Psalm 61:2 ” From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

I am praying for you…even if I don’t know you, God does.

The Next YouTube Sensation?!

The Next YouTube Sensation?!

Guess what!  I have started a YouTube channel and I am so excited about it.

Well, as excited as you can be about something you don’t understand how to do without Googling every-single-step while you create it.

I have been feeling badly about not being able to answer all of the parenting questions I get, so this is my solution.  It’s SO much easier to talk for a few minutes and I think y’all will like these short tips.  Short is the operative word.  I won’t take much of your time.  (now I feel like a Ginsu knife salesman….but I promise I won’t ask for $19.99).

I will be adding a new video every Friday and sometimes they will be, uh, how shall I put this?  Silly.  Fun.  OK, weird.  Your kids will like the weird ones.  But normally they will be simple and mostly for Mom.  That’s what the two that are already there are…simple mom stuff.

You'll love this YouTube channel with parenting tips and faith-based teaching!

So there you go.  I hope you’ll go subscribe and tell your friends to subscribe.  I’d like to feel like I’m talking to more than 7 people.  But truthfully, if no one ever sees them but my children while they are trying to raise their own kids (which they haven’t had yet but I have high hopes for the future) that’s really fine by me.

Thanks!

Don’t miss it!

Open Letter to Extroverts

Open Letter to Extroverts

A letter to extroverts ....

Dear Extrovert,

I hope you don’t mind this food for thought from someone who is very, very different than you.  As an introvert, I do not enjoy being in crowds or walking up to strangers and talking.  But I am worth getting to know, which you will discover if you can just remember a few basic things.

1. I won’t interrupt you, so you will need to stop talking for a minute.  I know you’re interesting and I like hearing about you, but to get to know me you will need to take a breath and be quiet.  Just because I am not jumping in with stories about myself doesn’t mean I have nothing to say.

2. Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean I am shy.  Not all introverts are shy.  I like one on one conversations and I will talk and be outgoing.  I don’t mind being approached (although approaching people myself is nearly paralyzing) so feel free to come talk to me!  I don’t consider myself shy at all.

3. Just because I am not like you doesn’t make me wrong.  We are different, to be sure.  But God made me an introvert because it’s how I am supposed to be!  I like to be in smaller groups, I don’t enjoy being out among people for long periods of time and I would rather eat glass than go to a crowded theme park.  But I am actually content and I don’t need you to try to change me.

4. I am happy being alone.  If you see me all alone in the lunchroom, you don’t need to feel sorry for me!  I like being alone.  I don’t need you to rescue me from that.  If you want to come talk to me that’s great, but if you have other things to do that’s great too!  I am actually happy sitting there by myself.

5. We need each other!  I need for you to help me approach people and stay close when I’m in a crowd (I might even hold your hand!).  You need me to help you know when you’re being too pushy and to help you build a relationships with other introverts.

I have a dear, dear friend (Roxanne, the director of the Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit) who is the extrovertest person I have ever known!  When we first met she got right in my face, all bouncy and excited to meet me and she had lots to say.  I actually took a big step back, held out my arm and said, “Whoa.  You need to stand back while we talk and tone it down a little.”  She didn’t know what to think of me!  I now know that it hurt her feelings a little and I am sorry for that (in my defense, she is VERY outgoing), but my protective instinct kicked in.  She now knows that was just me being Lisa and she loves me anyway (for which I am very grateful!).  We have discovered through building a friendship that we can have a deep appreciation for our differences.  We don’t try to change each other; we bring out the best in each other!

I love my extrovert friends, I wish sometimes it was easier for me to walk up and meet people.  But I know that the challenge is good for me and I do try to push myself out of my comfort zone.  Sometimes.

Let’s do this….you let me be myself and I let you be yourself and we can help each other in our weak areas?!

Sincerely,
Your Introvert Friend

If You Can’t Find Me I’ll Be at a Riverwalk Hotel

If You Can’t Find Me I’ll Be at a Riverwalk Hotel

The past week has been Texas history week here at the Point. We visited museums and landmarks and walked trails and, of course, ate Mexican food.  It’s Texas law that you have to eat Mexican food a minimum of once a week.  I follow this religiously.  I don’t want to lose my Texas ID card.

On Wednesday, while my girls took a friend to see the Alamo and Riverwalk I parked myself in a fancy hotel lobby and mooched off their internet.  I needed to spend some quality time with my new computer.  Buying a computer always seems like such a good idea at the time, but then you come face to face with the realization that you have no idea how to use the new operating system and somewhere along the road of life you’ve lost the capacity to learn.

I was considering returning it, but thought I needed to give it a fair shot at having the honor of belonging to me.  It must be such a joy to be right in my face every day as I whine about how hard it is to learn new technology at my age.  Excuse me while I stop for a moment and think about how lucky my computer is…..

It turned out to be a good decision to sit for a while in a luxury chair where no one was trying to tell me about their ideas for how to make a sword out of the curtain rod they found in my garbage and just read the computer’s instructions.  After an hour of reading one tip at a time the light started to turn on and guess what!  I can learn new things!  Who knew an expensive hotel was the key?!

I am considering making it a weekly appointment.  Throw in some fajitas and I might even stop complaining about technology.  OK, probably not.

I have decided to keep the computer since I have mostly figured out how to use it.  Although I am still considering paying one of my kids to install the programs I need and set up my email.  No reason to put my brain under too much stress.

This weekend I am heading to Austin for an essential oils class.  I’m looking forward to sharing how much they have blessed our family!  Plus I will get some drive time to finish an audio book that I started over a month ago.

Have a good one.  Eat some Mexican food!

 

Am I Sleep Walking Now?

Am I Sleep Walking Now?

It’s the age old question asked since the cavemen chiseled wheels out of enormous rocks and attached them to sticks: WHY does driving all day make you SO tired?!

I spent all day Saturday and half of Sunday driving home from Kansas City.  My children, so precious, slept in the car so they felt just fine when we got home.  I listened to an audiobook for a few hours, but that started numbing my mind and making me feel drowsy.  Thankfully I had my Sonic ice and Mandisa albums or I might have fallen asleep at the wheel.

When we finally got home I announced that we would take 30 minutes to “speed unpack.”  It was a whirlwind of half eaten packages of food, blankets, dirty laundry and cords.

Oh the cords!  I miss the days of cordless travel.  Now we’ve got phone cords, car chargers, earbuds, computer cords…..plus I travel with an extension cord because apparently hotels haven’t figured out that we need to be able to plug 14 things in at once.  Why on earth do they still just have one lamp base outlet for the whole room?!

Within half an hour we had literally put away every single thing from the trip and, as much as I wanted to hang out with my kids that I hadn’t seen all week, I fell into a nap that even Sleeping Beauty would not have believed was possible.  And I slept for the next 24 hours, breaking only to go for a walk at 6:30 the next morning.

I don’t actually remember it.  I only know that I went for a walk because I found selfies on my phone from 2 miles down the road.  I’m pretty sure I slept walked the whole thing.  I hope I didn’t do anything embarrassing.  Like take my shirt off in the middle of the street.

But the rest time is over because this Saturday we are having a graduation for two of my girls and I have lots of planning and preparing ahead.  We’ll be having 45 people over for dinner on Saturday night plus have a bit of a ceremony.  This is our fourth graduation.  This one will be much smaller than what we did for our son a few years ago.  We try to do whatever fits the personality of that child and the 2 girls that we are graduating this weekend wanted a smaller affair.

After that I.AM.SITTING.DOWN.FOR.A.WEEK.

I may spend all of Monday and Tuesday in the pool.  I have a lounger that has been begging for me to spend some quality time with it.

Have a great week y’all!

The Annual Wet Swimsuit Battle Has Begun

The Annual Wet Swimsuit Battle Has Begun

The summer is heating up around here.  We got the pool clear enough to swim and the boys have turned into fish.  Swimming, swimming day and night.  I can only get them out for food.

That means it’s also time for the annual, “Don’t leave your wet swimsuit on the floor,” battle.  Every. Single. Year.  I have a whole setup for the wet suits, but for some reason the boys act like it’s the first time they have ever heard that a wet pile of clothes behind the bathroom door is a bad idea.

We built a clothesline in the side of the yard where I ask them to hang the wet swim suits and towels.  But for some reason it takes them a month every summer to figure that out.  I look out my kitchen window to see the deck railings lined with wadded up shorts and t-shirts.  I know I should appreciate the signs of children living here, but I would rather embrace it with a view of clothes neatly on the line blowing in the wind.

Last Friday my daughter and I spent the day recovering all of our outdoor pillows.  We also made an easy dust ruffle for the bench by the pool.  It is looking great thanks to the gorgeous outdoor fabrics I got at Online Fabric Store.  It’s a breath of fresh air after how bad it looked last year.  I also made a spot in our storage building to keep the pillows after the summer swim season is over.  I’m getting wise in my old age.  Ruining a set of cushions that took you a solid week to make will teach you to put them away.

pool bench

On Saturday another large family came and spent the day with us.  We all had a blast playing games and, what else, swimming.  I think the boys were in the water most of the afternoon.  The other mom and I lounged on the newly covered bench and talked and watched the kids play.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was filled with Father’s day, church and our 28th anniversary.  We decided to put off the anniversary celebrating for another day.  We may do something overnight later in the summer.  I wanted to focus on Father’s Day and give the kids a chance to do stuff with Dad.

That man is so hard to buy for.  To show you how difficult it is….the kids gave him a Star Trek Barbie set.   I have no idea what he will do with it.  Probably put it up in his closet next to the duct tape wallet they gave him last year.

This week we have family visiting all week, so we’ll be playing a lot and of course, swimming.  Which brings me full circle to the wet suits on the floor battle.

There are definitely worse problems to have.  Like what to do with a Star Trek Barbie set.

7 Questions Answered About My Weight Loss Journey

7 Questions Answered About My Weight Loss Journey

Yesterday on Facebook I posted a before/after pic of myself since I started my weight loss journey.  I didn’t expect the outpouring of support and especially the 200+ emails and messages I got asking for more info on how I did it.

80+ pounds of weight off!  Come see how she did it!

I so wish I could reply to them all, but there’s isn’t enough time for me to do that, which makes me so sad!  You all are so special!  I am gonna try here to reply to the basic questions and fill you in as best I can.  I am sure I will miss something and I hope you will leave a comment if you have more questions and I will try to answer those as best I can.

This blogger answers some great questions about how she lost her weight!  #weightloss #diet #essentialoils

1. How did you lose the weight?
I did it the old-fashioned way….diet and exercise.
a. I have written several posts about what I am eating, but in a nutshell I am using a book called Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution.  My doctor recommended it to me and I am following it almost exactly.
b. A few weeks after I started the diet I started to exercise.  Before this, I never did any kind of exercise.  I would have told you, “I am not that kind of person.”  But it turns out that it was in me all along….or maybe God just put it there, but I do enjoy it now.  Weird, huh?

2. What are you eating?
The book describes it a lot better than I can, but I basically eat vegetables and protein.  No sugars (including artificial sweeteners, honey, etc.), no dairy (except yogurt), no carbs (pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, etc.).  It feels really strict at first, but once I got used to it I find it very enjoyable.  I do a lot of traveling and I have been able to keep it up even on the road.  Here’s a post with 7 lunch ideas!

3. What kind of exercise are you doing?
I started by just walking on my road.  Then I decided to challenge myself a little more.   I jogged, just a little at first, then longer and longer until now I run for about half of the 5 miles I go every morning.  I like it, but I needed to work on shaping my body more, so I added a workout called TTapp and I now do that about 3x a week.  And recently I started adding a few weights and other toning exercises (Who AM I?!).

4. How long did it take and how did you not lose motivation?
It took me about 6 months to lose the first 70# and 5 months to lose the last 13# and I still want to lose another 20#.  I am assuming that will take me another year, which is fine.  I feel good and am in no huge hurry.  I credit three things to my being able to stick with it.  The first is accountability….this was huge!  I told everybody I was doing it and I post every morning on Facebook and Instagram.  If I don’t post my exercise picture I will get at least 20 messages from people asking where I am.  It’s a strong motivation.  Second, getting the first few weeks under my belt started the ball rolling and I allowed myself to buy a couple of new outfits.  I love fashion so knowing I would reward myself with a few new things all along the way was a big motivation.  It’s a whole new experience to enjoy trying on clothes and that inspires me to keep going.  And last is prayer.  I am determined to turn to God first before I let myself blow it and He gives me strength every time to stay the course.

5. Can you tell me more about the supplements you are using?
I have talked a LOT about Lift Caps.  There’s a whole, long story as to how God led me to these supplements but I can’t write it all here.  I started taking them the same day that I started my diet journey, so I consider them to be a big part of my success.  They helped me get past the fatigue and moodiness that I was struggling with.  The people at the company have been a huge support and since then I have started taking some of their other products.  I use their multi-vitamin, Life Shield and I take their Vitamin C.  They are great about answering all of your questions a lot better than I can.

6. How did the essential oils help you?
Oh my goodness!  I don’t know if I would have been able to stick with it if I hadn’t had my essential oils.  They helped me when I would have cravings, when I needed an energy boost or if I was just feeling low.  I have learned so much about how the oils support the body that it has not only helped me to lose weight, but boosted my general drive for overall health and wellness.  I started drinking their NingXia Red a few months ago and that has been another huge help to my staying well and being able to keep up the lifestyle change.  My use of the oils has been woven into my journey and I am so grateful!

7. What did you do about hypothyroidism?
This, along with adrenal fatigue, is something that I have been dealing with for the past 5+ years.  It definitely plays a part in my struggles, but I think just changing my diet made it much more manageable.  I started researching how to use essential oils to improve my thyroid function which led me to use EndoFlex and Myrtle twice a day over my thyroid.  It has made a huge difference and my thyroid is testing in normal range now.  I will have it tested again in October and will let you know how that goes.

One thing that I want to add even though it wasn’t asked, is how much the diet and lifestyle change has affected my relationship with God.  The morning walk/jog has given me more time with Him each day and that has led to a deeper spiritual walk.  I have grown to trust Him more and that has added a peace to my life that is better than any weight loss or physical healing.  My friends, if I can impart that one message to you, that God is right there ready to fill all of your needs, it would be worth everything I have gone through.

I hope that helps to answer some of your questions!  Let’s keep the conversation going….what else can I share with you to help you on your own journey?  I want to be your cheerleader!

 

My Brain Hurts

My Brain Hurts

Sooooo…..I have this pool problem.

I know I shouldn’t complain because having a pool is a blessing.  I think I spend as much time in the summer floating around in the water as the kids do splashing and diving for toys.

But it has been a battle.  Lisa vs. Algae.  And for the past 2 years I am the big loser in this war.

brain

We made the decision this year to invest in our own pool testing kit.  This kit tests for a bunch more things than just basic chlorine and PH.  It sounded like a great idea until the kit arrived in the mail and I opened it to discover that I would need to go back to school for a degree in chemistry to understand how to use it.  My mad skills in watching TV and sewing pillows don’t come in handy when you are trying to calculate how much bleach you need per 10,000 gallons of water depending on your PH and TA levels.

This is what I was doing yesterday, “Reference the CYA/Chlorine chart to know what your FC shock level should be.  Adjust the PH to fall between 7.2 and 7.5.  Slam your pool no more than once an hour using the PoolMath calculator and run the pump 24/7 until you pass the OCLT.”

I am not kidding.  And that’s the easy part.

My 15 year old son and I decided to make this “swamp to oasis” a mother-son bonding project, so crying was out of the question.  I started to well up once when the kit told me to decide if I wanted to measure my CC by .2 or .5ppm.  But I pulled myself together and confidently said to him, “This is your time to shine, son….you choose.”  And we forged ahead.

For next summer I am considering hiring a pool man.

Except for the brain exhaustion of doing complicated pool math, I have been enjoying my week at home.  I have done a lot of resting, replying to emails and talking with the kids.  I took a three hour nap on Monday, which you would think would keep me from sleeping that night.  But nope.  I rubbed on some lavender and slept like a baby.

Even though I was planning to go light on the extra projects, I did pick up some paint at Target to try.  Did you know they sell paint there?!  I had no idea!  It’s a bit expensive, but the colors are nice and that guesswork being done for me has value.  Plus they have wallpapers that coordinate with the paint which makes me so happy.  I’m not generally a wallpaper person, but I kind of got in the mood when I was looking at their options.  My bedroom desperately needs painting and this might be just my solution.  I bought a sample container and put some on the wall where I can look at it for a few days to see if I like it.

SO much easier than the pool test kit.

I may send Target a thank you note.

Unless I have to figure out how much paint I need using a complicated online chart.  In which case, I will be having my son do that part.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more pool pictures!

Do You Ever Wonder What Day It Is?

Do You Ever Wonder What Day It Is?

In the spirit of gratefulness, I am going to stop myself from complaining about the 3 day holiday that always throws me off of knowing what day it is.

Since we homeschool and my husband is self-employed, working from home….it’s pretty much like any other day around here except we eat watermelon.  That is the stamp of a summer holiday for us.  Otherwise it’s business as usual.  So you would think it wouldn’t affect my internal clock, but it does.  I have spent the past week thinking it is a day behind and now it’s Friday and I feel cheated out of a day this week.  Because my brain keeps insisting it’s actually Thursday and that means I have a whole other day to pack for my trip this weekend.

Except not.

Tomorrow begins a three day whirlwind to Seattle and San Francisco to spend some time with my friends at Invisalign.  Did I tell you how excited I am to be starting my son in their fabulous treatment?  No?  Well don’t worry, you will hear a bunch about that as he gets started.  Right now we’re still in the pre-treatment phase.  I will just say that I am thoroughly enjoying working with them and this weekend will be a blast of hanging out with other bloggers talking about how much we love working together.  And the best part is that my oldest daughter Grace gets to go with me.  We are so excited to have some mother/daughter time that doesn’t include pushing a grocery cart or picking up lumber!

We will be in Seattle on Saturday night then off to San Francisco on Sunday night then blast back to Texas on Monday.  No rest for the weary around here.

Of course this makes me realize…..I will undoubtedly be off my days again next week because of it.  So please excuse me if I post some “Happy Tuesday!” pictures next Wednesday morning.

I’m also gearing up for some really amazing posts on the blog next week.  It’s the “Essentially Summer” series using essential oils with 35 recipes coming your way!  PLUS….I am doing my summer home tour with my favorite DIY/home decor peeps and y’all are gonna go crazy over these homes.

I’ll see you on the flip side.

Have a great weekend……whenever that is!

Sometimes I Just Have Things to Say

Sometimes I Just Have Things to Say

Some days, like today, I write an extra post because have things to say.  Important things about not having any decent food to eat and that I bought a new shirt yesterday.

After my being gone for almost 2 weeks, I think the kids forgot that my food shelf in the fridge has to be restocked.  I have had to scramble for things to eat around here.  I hit my low on Wednesday when I ate a can of tuna with some cashew crumbs for lunch.  Normally I have a pretty strict rule that we only go to the grocery store on Monday and whatever we forgot we just live without for the week.  But this was more than I could stand.  I broke from the rules and went to the store on Thursday.  It was either that or pilfering the trash for apple cores.

I went to Sam’s to and while I was there I looked through the clothes.  I have been on a hunt for t-shirts that have normal length sleeves.  I am sorry to say that I have extra skin under my arms now that, if you are at just the right angle, look like bat wings.  OK, really from any angle.  I have no desire to frighten small children by exposing these things, so under a sleeve they shall remain.

And I was so happy to find that Sam’s had some shirts with decent length sleeves, so I picked up a couple of them.  I would have gotten more but some of the colors leaned toward the coral family and that’s a color that, while it is supposed to look good on everyone, makes people ask me if I need to lie down.  Bat wings AND a death pallor…..just give me a belly revealing top for the perfect triple threat.

This weekend James and I will be at the FEAST bookfair in San Antonio working the THSC booth.  In case you don’t know, THSC is the statewide homeschool organization and we are big supporters of them.  If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.  I love chatting it up with friends while James does the real work.

Oh….and I almost forgot to tell you the best news…..James passed the Bar Exam!  We just found out and I am so proud of him I could bust. 

And one last topic before I lose you completely, next week I have a great Young Living giveaway coming up and if you sign up with me you get a lot of extra entries.  This is a great time to get the family started with essential oils since the kids are out of school and you’re enjoying the summer.  AND next Thursday night I am doing a web chat with my friend Brandy to talk more about the oils and how we use them.  If you have any questions this is a great time to ask!

Have a fab weekend!