Mom Never Stops Are you a mom that never seems to Nanette Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:22:43 +0000 en hourly 1 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:22:43 +0000 Nanette
Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite Christian authors. She has written well over 50 books and I have read most of them. My favorite books are the ones on the Baxter Family. There are several series Redemption Series, Firstborn Series, Sunrise Series are the main ones. There are many things that I liked about the books. These books cover a couple of generations of the Baxter family. As I have read Karen’s books over the years each time I come to the end of a book I am a little sad it’s over, but know that the next one will be great too!

1. The christian aspect of her writing is encouraging and honest. I am a christian and was when I started reading her books, you know how it is when you enjoy the christian reading and want to share with others but are unsure of what they will think. Well, with Karen’s books you never have to worry. When she writes she shares God in a very positive, encouraging. and honest way! I wonder how many have come to know Jesus as their savior due to her books.
2. The story about the Baxter family is so real when you read it. Sometimes when I was reading about them I would catch myself during the day thinking I wonder how the family was doing today? Really? I was just reading about them I don’t know them, but her style of writing makes you feel like they are your friends too!
3. The books covered many situations that are real in our world and they way they got through them. Karen had obviously done her research on a few of the topics and presented them as they really are. The family goes through medical issues, emotional pain, and physical issues just like you and me.
4. The love stories in these books are awesome and presented in a great way without smut!

You want to read them in the order of each series I have listed above and then finish by reading her stand alone book “The Baxter Family Coming Home”.

This book was awesome and I will say it took a direction I really did not expect to happen. But the love, family values, and hope that is shared in this book will amaze you and bring you to tears as well. I can’t tell you a lot or I will ruin it for you. Just read it and enjoy it:)

I loaned it out to a couple of people already and they have returned it with the comment ” Didn’t see that coming and I cried a ton! ”

If you have read her books or read them in the future leave a comment and tell me what you like about her writing.

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Weight Loss Wednesday Fri, 29 Jun 2012 02:18:25 +0000 Nanette Where are you at in your weight loss journey? Let’s be honest and real. Look at how far you’ve come and set a real workable goal. Maybe it will be about a number on the scale or maybe it will be about a fitness goal. The point is to objectively look at your journey and evaluate where you are and where you want to go. I hope you’ll join us!

Where are you at in your weight loss journey?
I have been thinking about this question since I read it yesterday – really thinking…

I have come to the conclusion that I am really do want to lose weight and know it is important for my health. I want to not have to take a blood pressure pill daily. I have been to WW several times and know what I need to do – I just need to DO IT!

I have decided that I need to take the following actions:

1. Most importantly pray and ask God for help to get me through this daily!
2. Make a weekly menu
3. Purchase and eat healthy foods
4. Take a walk daily
5. Think before it goes into my mouth
6. Record what I am eating
7. Make small goals for myself ( I have a lot of weight to loss)
8. Work on cutting soda out of my diet and drink water

The verse below has been a great verse for me over the past year for other reasons – it is posted next to my desk and when I was reading it last night I realized that it pertains to this challenge in my life as well. So I will remember to not be anxious about the weight I need to lose, by pray and ask God for help, and with every little bit I lose I will thank God for helping me through this.

Phillipians 6:4 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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He’s Broken! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 18:25:54 +0000 Nanette I had 5 little ones all the same age – at this time they were 2  1/2 or 3 years old.  It was playtime and we were building block towers for the cars to drive through.
All of a sudden one of them announced that ” Cal’s butt was broken!”

I stopped and looked to see what the issue was figuring that he needed a change of clothes due to an accident since we were potty training at the time too.  I looked at him and everything was fine.  Then I heard it again – I stopped and asked “what do you mean? ” (as we all know a little one can say one thing and totally mean something else).  She pointed to Cal and said, ” his butt is broken.”   I looked at him again and realized what she was saying. I started to laugh realizing his shorts were pulling down in the back and she was seeing his plumber butt crack.   I still smile anytime I think of this one.   I shared with the parents later that day and we all laughed and added the story to my book of funny stories in daycare.

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Weight Loss Wednesday – update Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:46:45 +0000 Nanette This week on Weight Loss Wednesday the questions were:

What have you accomplished in your weight loss journey?  Is it a number on the scale?  Or an eating habit that you’ve changed?  Or a fitness goal that you’ve reached?  Or maybe something else entirely?  Whatever it is, let’s talk about it and celebrate it next week.  Maybe I’ll even host a little giveaway to add to the celebration.  Let’s have some fun with it.  Each of you are doing great, so I can’t wait to hear about YOUR accomplishment!

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your meeting your goal! (
You have been an encouragement to me over the past few months – I have commented once and explained that I had been reading your blog but wasn’t active at the time.   A few weeks ago I did start my weight loss journey.

I have :

  • I have stopped buying some of the specific trigger foods I that I would eat that were not healthy for me.
  • I have lost 4.2 lbs
  • I have thought do I really need to eat this?

I need :

  • to start exercising – just need to make the time and I think I have a plan now
  • need to make menus so that I can stick to healthy eating
  • need to cut out soda and drink more water

Thanks for the encouragement and have a great week everyone!

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The “gift of time” Fri, 15 Jun 2012 03:52:16 +0000 Nanette This past month I have been struggling a bit with the thought of not working full time for the first time in 22 years this summer. I run a home based daycare and this last school year I only did daycare before and after school. My plan is to grow out the kids I have (school age only) until they hit middle school and then I will retire (about 4 more years). My husband and I decided that I would take the summer off until I retire entirely. I thought that’s a good idea when I first let the parents know last fall. However, as it came closer to actually doing it I had mixed feelings.

1. Guilt that I am not working and my husband is. He works very hard for our family and I like and feel good when I am actively helping our family as well.

2. What on earth are the parents going to do this summer with their kids? I have had a one of them since he was 3 months old!

3. What am I going to do all summer with all this time?

Last week as the end of the school year came I said a tearful goodbye to 3 of the kids I have had for 7 to 11 years as they are going onto middle school. As if that wasn’t hard enough I hugged my others and said I will see you at the end of the summer – “have a great summer”. I sat down after the last ones left and thought “what am I doing?”
Then all of a sudden it hit me – I have been given the “gift of time ” for me to renew and refresh myself! You see I am the type that will do, do, do for everyone and take care of me when I have time – if I have time. Not this summer …

What does this mean or look like?

1. I want to work on losing weight and get an exercising plan in place. I need to lose
weight and get myself on a healthier lifestyle.

2. Work on improving my blog and be more consistent with my posting

3. Get my house organized better – it has slipped away a little bit (a lot really) – this may
not seem like it is for me – but it is – much happier with a clean and organized home I
will be :)

4. Spend more time in God’s word

5. Work on my Creative Memories business and my scrapbooks

6. Of course, spend time with my granddaughter

7. I might even paint my finger and toenails too!

This list may seem like work to some, but it is a goal list for me that will get me on track and I am praying by Aug.27th when I open my daycare doors again that I have succeeded and feel good about how I spent the “ gift of time” I have been given. (Thanks to my awesome husband, Wally for this gift and his support).

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Weight Loss Wednesday – Getting started Wed, 16 May 2012 18:09:04 +0000 Nanette
I have been visiting Confessions of a Snowflake blog ( for several weeks and reading the Weight Loss Wednesday posts. Each week you have invited fellow bloggers to post in response to your question or topic of the week. I have written a couple posts in response, but did not post them. I am ready to get involved now.

I know that I need to loss a lot of weight and help my family to eat healthier as well. In the back of my mind for the past 4 months I kept telling myself that I am going to start to eat healthier and loss weight. “This is the year” I told myself, “I have a grandchild now and I need to eat much better so I do things with her”. And the list goes on! Well, enough is enough – This is the week and I am ready to start!

I have weighed myself (I have it recorded – not ready to share it yet). I am going to work on a menu and an exercise plan today.

Thanks for the encouragement through your blog! I am excited and can’t wait to post weekly!

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