Seeing no Manatees

There’s a power plant up here in Tampa called TECO. The warm water they pump back into the Bay Area is loved by the manatees in the winter when the sea water is cold. We’ve heard about it for a while, and yesterday seemed like a great day to go visit!


Look at that 3 year old stinker! He’s crazy, and definitely keeps us on our toes. But how boring life would be without him!

We walked through the mangroves, which I absolutely love! Saw lots of tarpon, some stripe fish, and my kids swear they saw a shark. IDK. 


We also got to pet some sting rays in a tank! 

The one thing that didn’t happen? A manatee siting. Our temps here are still in the 70’s and I think if we go back when it drops a bit then we will have better luck. 

It’s the perfect place to take younger kids – very safe, and so many docents around to answer questions! I highly recommend it, plus it’s FREE! Ya can’t beat that!


No training updates yet – I forgot they my older boys start football tonight, and I’m planning to go to our gym for an hour to workout. 

Have a blessed day!

❤️, Court

Postpartum and my Lonely Journey

I have a lot of friends that have never tried plexus, and I assume they think it’s strictly for weight loss and they can’t figure out WHY I’m constantly talking about the products.

Welp, get ready to hear my real reason about why I’m passionate about my relationship with Christ and these plexus supplements.  Growing up a pastor’s kid and then marrying a man called to the ministry I was afraid to ever let people get to know me.  I needed to act a certain way in order to not turn people away from Christ.

After my first baby, I felt amazing for the first 3-4 months and then started taking a downward turn.  I felt overwhelmed by anything – loud noises, sleepless nights, constantly worried by the health of my child (which was perfectly fine), and was starting to gain back weight from the baby I had already lost.

 

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I was out walking about 45 minutes to an hour daily with the stroller, going to the seminary gym and lifting weights, and counting my points with weight watchers.  Nada weight came off.

Around my baby’s one year mark I began to feel like my old self again…only to find out that I was pregnant with our second!  Big surprise, but ultimately a major blessing!  At that time I didn’t know that I had dealt with postpartum, I just knew it was rough for a few months after I gave birth.  I decided with my second to try and give birth naturally – so I used a birthing tub until the water got so cold I just couldn’t stand it.

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Finally at 9.5 cm they gave me an epidural and shortly after my second baby was born!

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Again, postpartum hit.  But I got out and exercised religiously everyday – walking/running for 45 minutes to an hour and this time I also incorporated yoga.  I also was eating healthier, and had a small job that helped me get out of the house but the kids got to accompany me so at least I was still with them. However, just like the first postpartum year this time was still overwhelming, difficult, sleepless nights – and all my babies (until the 4th) were sleeping through the night at just a few weeks. 

Right when I started to feel like myself at that year mark, we got pregnant.  This time it was a girl, and the hormones hit fierce and hard.  This pregnancy was by far my hardest, and most difficult.  Whenever I ate sugar I thought I was going to vomit, my heart would race, I’d get dizzy. But my sugar always came back normal, so I told myself it wasn’t really the sugar that was the problem.  

Again, I wanted to try and birth naturally but at 7.5 cm I got the epidural, and my baby girl was born.

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Whoa, postpartum!!  With each baby the symptoms got worse and I feared they would never end, honestly.  I questioned what it would be like to live like this for the rest of my life.  I couldn’t do it.  I prayed and prayed and prayed to just feel like myself again.  

I had horrible brain fog, terrible UTI’s, cravings for carbs and sugars even though I was working out and trying my hardest to eat healthy.  Juicing vegetables daily with just one fruit thrown in.  I was so overwhelmed by life in general, and couldn’t imagine adding another baby.  Until…we did.

With my 4th I was just determined to birth naturally because I just knew it would help with my postpartum.  So this time I went to a birthing center which I LOVED, I so wish I had birthed all of them naturally.  Did it help my postpartum?  Nope. Gross out factor…I even encapsulated my placenta because I’d studied up that it helped with postpartum hormones. Nope. 

I did love birthing at the center though.  Leaving just a few hours after birth, I loved being able to call the shots on what I wanted for the birth, and I loved giving birth in a home setting vs. a hospital.  God bless all the nurses and doctors in hospitals, they are angels sent by God…it just wasn’t where I wanted to give birth.

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Fake smiles, sleepless nights, sheer exhaustion, naps on the couch while my older kids watched cartoons, brain fog…these are all things a new mama experiences, right?  Sure, for a time.  Not for months and months on end.  I was going on almost 4 straight years of insomnia, and something had to change.

When my 4th was almost 8 months old I saw a friend post about plexus.  She talked about the natural energy she was getting, sleep was amazing – and I was sold.  Who cared about weight loss if I could sleep at night and had energy that wasn’t caffeinated during the day!

The first 5 days on the products absolutely sold me.  I was sleeping through the night, no more daily naps or entire days on the couch!  No more brain fog, NO MORE BRAIN FOG!  I HAD to tell other men and women about it.  I felt so incredibly lonely before – I had to paste on smiles, muster up energy I didn’t have, and constantly walked in a cloud because of brain fog.  Oh, and the UTI’s??  I wasn’t driving myself to the ER at midnight anymore because I was urinating blood!  Ack!

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You know those sugar issues I talked myself out of with my daughter? The ones that make me physically sick? Yeah, it was unbalanced blood sugar. It’s just that what is normal for my blood sugar apparently doesn’t fall within the normal range that doctors look for. I kind of think that happens to a lot of people, honestly. One night on plexus slim (a yummy blood sugar leveling drink) and I was sleeping through the night. 

Naturally I love to tell people about things that help them – so when I felt better you’d better believe I was telling the WORLD!  And 2.5 years later, I’m still doing it!  So when you see my posts about plexus, or hear me talk about it…know it’s coming from a woman who was at a place in my life that was utterly miserable.  My smiles are now real, my sleep is now amazing, my UTI’s now non-existent, my weight?  Definitely down as well.

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Plexus gets to the root of WHY you’re feeling bad – it eats the bad yeast overgrowth in your gut, it levels your blood sugar, it gives your body good nutrients, it basically begins to erase why you have pain, digestive issues, allergies, sinuses, skin issues, weight issues, inflammation, and even auto-immune problems.  It’s NOT an overnight change.  But it is a radical difference in health.

I tell people my story because I’m convinced I’m not alone.  You don’t have to feel bad, there can be a solution to your health problems and I’d love to talk with you about it!  If you’re experiencing ANY of the things I’ve written about then your body is sending you a signal that something needs to change.

Have a wonderful rest of your day – pray about whether God is letting you read this today as a way to change up a physical ailment.  I’m convinced all my prayers for healing from my postpartum led me to find these products through a sweet friend.  And I share them so others can find relief as well.

Love, Court

Miles biked today: 8.30                           

Miles biked since 1/1/17: 15.83                                     

 Miles run today: 0                             

 Miles run since 1/1/17: 4.25                                            

Days since last soda:4

Training up a child

I think that being a mom is the hardest job I’ve ever had. For some moms maybe that’s not true, but it’s a daily insecurity that I have that I’m going to say/do something to forever mess them up. Truly, my greatest fear. 

I have to combat that by letting them know I’m only human, that I can’t do it all well, and by pointing them constantly to God. Literally every circumstance, situation and area of their life I want them to see God. 


Doing schoolwork? Let’s study the order that God put to the universe He created. Playing football? How can we love and encourage others while playing? Fighting with our siblings? Reminding them we are all made in the image of God. 

(Why yes,  my 3 year old is missing a shoe in this pic). 


You get the idea! My prayer for my two oldest boys is that they would love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. That they would love to spend time with Him daily, love worshipping Him. Love to tell others about Him and disciple those who call Him Lord. 

So I’ve had the idea for a while to create a prayer journal for them. I want them to start young spending time in the Word daily. It’s nothing I’m sure other moms or companies haven’t created but I wanted it to be specifically from their dad and me. 


I purchased little books from Marshalls for a couple of bucks. I wrote in it a prayer for each other them, and started writing out the days and what I wanted them to write.  Now, this isn’t legalistic at all, I merely wanted to give them a jumping off point for their journals. 

I start off my time with God typically by giving thanks for 3 things. It came from Ann Voskamp’s book and DVD “One a Thousand Gifts” – seriously changed my heart. If I can thank God first thing in the morning I think it sets the whole tone for my day. Giving thanks really changes our mindset. 


So I have them write down 3 things they are thankful for, then what Scripture they read that morning, something God showed them in the Scripture, and things they are praying for. 

Like I said, it’s a jumping off point. I also gave some pointers (along with Barry) for how to study scripture. And the great thing about homeschool is that I can delve with them into their studies on scripture, answer how-to questions, pray with them and hear them pray for others. Our couch time prayers are some of my favorite memories with them!

The day I gave it to them Barry snuck into their room and caught our 7 year old reading his Bible and using it! 


He was ready for bed, so he wasn’t wearing much – thus I edited the photo. 😉 And let’s be real…nothing about this pic is “blog ready” – but it’s one of the most precious pictures to me. 

So again, I’m not trying to get legalistic. But I will do everything I can to get my kids in the Word daily. And this is one way I’ve found to do it! I’d love to hear how YOU get your kids in daily Scripture too! 

❤️, Court

Miles biked today: 0                                 Miles biked since 1/1/17: 7.53                                        Miles run today: 2.07                               Miles run since 1/1/17: 4.25                                            Days since last soda: 3

Breakfast plans, anyone?!

My adorable 3 year old woke us up several times through the night…I think nap times are going to become a thing of the past! #allthetears


I took him with me for my run this morning. I’ve grown tired of walking the same path in our neighborhood, and ran through our neighboring neighborhood. (Ya understood that, right?) 

Although I’m just picking up running in this area, I’m a huge fan of getting the kids outdoors and we take a ton of walks. So I just needed a new path today!

Tomorrow is my hubby’s day back to work, so this whole running thing will be interesting without him home. Will have to figure out the logistics!

When I got back home from the run everyone was waiting on me to head to breakfast. We don’t eat out a lot, so we thought a fun way to end Christmas vacation would be a pancake breakfast out. Cracker Barrel for the win!! 


My breakfast happened to be amazing – it also happened to be shared with 5 other people since they vowed and declared it looked better than theirs. Even my water bottle in the car looks better than theirs and they have to have it. Anyone else?!

And because I’m a plexus ambassador, I get the products at a discounted rate. So I make sure to always take plexus block along with me. It blocks all those carbs and sugars up to 48% from getting into my system. Since the kids helped me eat my food, and block helped me block it…I’m thinking I only ate like 1/4 of that food!


I mean, they ate their own too. But my entire breakfast….split 5 ways. And even though I ran and will lift today, I truly did need their help in putting it away. 

The rest of our day includes street hockey, the board game clue, putting away Christmas lights, and resting! And I’m reading through Hebrews with Barry right now, today is chapter 2. Chapter 1 yesterday – so good! Verse 3 says that Christ sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. This was so incredibly encouraging to me! When plans don’t go the way I think they should, when my kids are out of control, when peace doesn’t seem possible…God has mighty power in His command. I pray that you sense that mighty power today!


Tomorrow I’m sharing a way I’ve come up with for my oldest boys to get in the Word daily! Hoping your Monday is productive, restful, and filled with encouragement from the Lord!

❤️, Court

Miles biked: 7.53                                                   Miles run: 2.18                                                     Days since last soda: 2

Consistent

There’s a trend to choose a word for the year – kind of an overview of what you’d like your year to look like. I’ve thought about it for a few weeks, and keep hearing the word “consistent” thump around in my heart and mind. 


So I’m looking to apply that word to:

1) my relationship with God – consistent time with Him daily

2) my marriage – consistently working on it (dates, prayer times together, reading together, focused time together) We are reading through Hebrews together right now. 


3) being a Godly mother – pointing them to God in every situation and circumstance 


4) finances – constantly pursuing the budget my husband and I have set up, and consistently adding to our savings. We use the everydollar app from Dave Ramsey – it’s freeeeee unless you connect it to your bank account, which we do. 

5) plexus – every day in every way working it as hard as I can and leaving the results up to God

6) drum roll please….I’m giving up all sodas for 2017. Now I know you’re thinking, “surely she doesn’t drink sodas since she uses plexus!” And truthfully, I don’t drink a lot of them. Maybe 2/month. But I’m giving them all up because I’ve used them as a crutch for when I’ve had a hard day with the kids or if I have a million stores to run errands at, I’ll grab one. No mas. 

I’ll keep a running tally at the bottom of the posts for how many days of the week I’ve worked out, how many days I’m soda free, and how many miles I’ve biked/run. 


This was today’s bike – typically sundays are my rest day, but I rested yesterday instead. 

I use the free map my walk app to track my biking and walks with the dogs. I just use the couch to 5k app ($1.99) to track my running. 

That’s all my sweet friends, I have a dear friend bringing me her entire Christmas village because she’s down sizing! Can’t believe my luck! Have a wonderful New Years Day!

❤️, Court

Miles run – 0.                                              Miles biked – 7.53.                                      Days since my last soda – 1 (technically more but I’m counting today as day 1 with it being the new year)