Thursday, June 27, 2013

A New Me! Feeling Healthy & Feeling Great!

I'm a stress eater.  And I've been under a lot of stress these past 11 months (longer if you count waiting for Hope & Maggie to come home).  Anyway, I've gained 15 pounds since last August and I just felt HORRIBLE!

I've never had the energy to make it through the day without wanting to take a nap.

I've never felt I have gotten a good nights sleep.  I sleep a minimum of 8 hours and wake up EXHAUSTED!

I was tired of feeling like this.  Tired of not having energy to enjoy life.  To enjoy my kids.

So I changed!

I saw a friend at church who lost over 60 pounds (at the time) in a few months and asked "How are you doing this?"  She told me.

She started taking Drops to lose weight and some other products from Omnitrition.

I started taking their capsules for energy.  Immediately noticed the energy.

I started taking their night time product and am sleeping soundly at night.

So I decided I needed to do the weight loss plan.  And I did.

May 4th I started and when I finished the journey on June 20th, I was 14.4 pounds lighter and over 12 inches smaller.


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Don't believe me?  Well take a look at my before & my now photos.  It works.  I'm happier. I'm healthier. I'm eating better.

This is NOT about being skinny.  This is about being HEALTHY!

Email me.  And please if you have friends who would like info, let me know too.  I'm so excited about this company and I want to share it with you.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

10 Months!

Seriously, I know. Hard to believe it's been 10 months since we became Hope & Maggie's parents.  Why do the days/weeks/months go by so fast once you are with your children, but when you are waiting, and waiting, and waiting to meet them it seems to take FOREVER!!!???

I feel like we have gotten through most of the "rough" stages.  Adopting an older child is not easy.  Neither is adopting TWO older children.  We have definitely had our challenges.  But I'm starting to feel a little normal now.  Family life is starting to feel a little more normal.  The girls do not feel like house guests anymore.  (yes, for a while they felt like house guests.  We did bond, but it was still different.....)

We can now be silly with each other and not hear "you're mean" or "stop it".  They know we are playing.  And guess what??? They play/tease right back.  Maggie likes to jump out of places and try to scare us.  Hope likes to be silly and make us laugh.  It's starting to feel normal.

We still have a way to go.  There are still things that we all need to adjust.  Like boundaries, and personal space.  But we're getting there.

Summer officially begins tomorrow at our house.  The last day of school is tomorrow.  Hope & Maggie are sad.  Yep, you read that right.  They are going to miss school.  I like that.  Because that shows me they love school.  Shows we made the right decision in choosing to send them to school.

So here they are today.  10 months later.  10 months after the orphanage handed them over to us.  10 months after they cried tears of sadness and fear.  10 months after their world changed.  All I can say is WOW!  God is So Good.  Even though we have had some rough times, He has always been here with us. He has guided us. He has brought people in our lives to help us, encourage us, love on us.  We are thankful for the help, support, prayers etc that we have received these past 10 months.  THANK YOU!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

And The Slacker Mom Award Goes To........

That would be me.  Yeah, I'm slacking on updating this blog.  And I feel horrible for not recognizing Maggie's birthday on blog world.

Maggie joined the "teen" club on Saturday, June 1st. She is officially a teenager now.  (pray for us, we have 3 teenage girls living in our house right now......scary).

Maggie had a great day on Saturday.  She woke up to presents from all of us, and then we went to my parents house for more presents & celebrations (we celebrated her birthday, Hope's birthday and my nephew's birthday).

Friday night we had 8 friends from school over to celebrate Hope & Maggie's birthdays'. They had a blast. It was precious to see the kids helping Hope & Maggie read their cards.  And it was priceless to see their friends get generally get excited when Hope & Maggie opened their gifts and were excited for the gift.  I wanted to cry a few tears in the corner because a year ago we were so scared about them having any friends.

Maggie is changing a lot. She is growing up.  Some days are still hard for her, but she is trying.  You can see by the photos how much she has grown.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's amazing what love & a family will do to and for a child.

Happy Birthday Maggie Faith Chunwei.  We love you!