Friday, September 30, 2011

Workout Routine

I've found a new one.  I like it and it's kicking my butt!

Zac and I were running together to get ready for the 5K that we ran in last Saturday.  But it is difficult for me to get the kids up from nap and out the door to meet him at the track (15-20 minutes away) by 5pm and then get home and have dinner at a reasonable time.  So rather than me do nothing, again, I searched the internet for something I could do at home.  Inside.  For free.  And I found it!

Exercise TV workout plans!  They give you video workouts for 30 days, just follow along!  I think they change the 30 day plan every month, but I'm not sure.  I am really loving the one they have on there right now.  I deviate from the plan a bit to fit the amount of time I have, so for me it is one 20 min. workout in the evening.  With a break on Saturday and Sunday (unless I miss a day during the week due to a birth or teaching a late class, then I will do one on Saturday).

So if you are feeling like you need to get moving but it's getting a bit too cool outside (I don't like to be cold), check out the link.  I've said before that I don't own a scale and I don't care at all how much I weigh - I just want to be healthy.  Exercise is a key part to that!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Super Mom vs. Abiding Mom

A great blog that I follow, Confessions of a Homeschooler, had a post a while ago about Super Mom vs. Abiding Mom.  I re-read this the other day and it really struck me.
Super Mom
Abiding Mom
Tries to impress others
Pleases the Lord (Eph. 5:10, Proverbs 29:25)
Is controlled by an agenda (curriculum, schedule, etc)
Is controlled by the Holy Spirit: (Gal. 5:22-26) (Uses curriculum & schedules as tools for orderliness so she’s more free to follow the spirit)
Her self worth is found in her accomplishments (clean house, perfect kids, the perfect bulletin boards, etc.)
Her self worth is found in an accurate view of who she is in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:10)
Her peace is found in the “perfect” environment
Her peace is found in Jesus in the midst of any storm (Is 26:3)
She is discouraged by failure
Failure reminds her that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
She expects perfection from herself and others
She practices grace with herself and others (Eph 4:32)
She teaches her kids to be good
She teaches her kids to be Godly (Proverbs 22:6)
She is frustrated with her lack of spiritual fruit
She abides in Christ and bears much fruit (John 15:5)
She does things with her children
She builds a relationship with her children (Deut 6:6-7)
Her perspective is based on what is seen
Her perspective is based on what is unseen (Col 3:2)
She chooses quantity of activities
She chooses the most excellent Way (I Cor 13)

Here is a printable version from Confessions of a Homeschooler:  I am putting mine up where I can see it daily!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It doesn't have to be this way!

The latest studies find that "The USA spends more than any other country on health care, and more on maternal health than any other type of hospital care. Despite this, women in the USA have a higher risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 49 other countries, including Kuwait, Bulgaria, and South Korea." - Amnesty International, you can read more here.

This is so disturbing to me.  Women in our culture have been "trained" to trust everything their doctors tell them.  We have put or trust in technology and not in women's bodies, designed by God to give birth.  Do what they say and everything will be okay, right?  WRONG!!  Research clearly shows that many of the the routine procedures used by OB's and in most US hospitals are not only not evidenced based, they are also harmful to the motherbaby. (Yes, I purposefully made that one word - they should not be separated in real life or in text.)

What can be done?
  • Women, educate yourselves!  Learn about your options, the benefits, risks, alternatives to every intervention.  Childbirth Connection is a great resource.
  • Consider homebirth or an out of hospital birth center birth (which is actually SAFER for most women with a normal healthy pregnancy than a hospital birth).  
  • Consider hiring a midwife instead of an OB for pregnancy and birth care.  Midwives are generally less likely to use interventions that many times cause more harm than good.  Many midwives will also attend hospital births.
  • Take a childbirth class OUT of the hospital (most hospital birthing classes teach you how to be a good patient, not about all of your options).
  • Hire a doula, especially if having a hospital birth.  No, I do not say that to bring in business (because I am one).  Many studies have shown that having a doula at your birth decreases the use of interventions, helps with breastfeeding, and results in a more satisfied birthing experience.  A doulas job is to provide you information for all of your options so that you can make the best informed decision for you.
  • Get involved!  Show your support for healthy birth through the One Million Moms Challenge or by supporting the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011 through Amnesty International.  Both things are free and will only take a minute of your time.
I have many, many pregnant friends.  I know or know of many, many more pregnant women through the birth work I do.  Sometimes it seriously scares the crap out of me.  I do not want them to be one of the nearly 13 deaths per 100,000 live births in the US.  Or one of the 34,000 who nearly die each year from pregnancy related complications in the US. 

Maternal health is a human right.  Please help.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Million Mom's Challenge

I am passionate about healthy, safe, and empowering birth expereinces for all women.  But many are denied this all over the world (including here in the US).  I want to do something about it.  By God's great design I stumbbled across the Million Mom's Challenge tonight while reading the news.  I joined to make a difference for women, babies and children all over the world - will you join too.  It's free!!  Click on the logo on the upper right of my blog, or read the expert from the site below.  Lets get 1 million moms!

It should be the happiest moment in a mother's life: the moment when she holds her new baby in her arms for the first time. A new life -- full of hope, of love and wonder.

But in some parts of the world, pregnancy and childbirth is a time fraught with worry, and with good reason. The statistics are stunning:

Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth. Most of those deaths are in the developing world.

1 in 5 women in Africa loses a baby in her lifetime. In richer countries, that number is around 1 in 125.

Almost 8 million children die each year before their 5th birthdays—that's almost 21,000 children each day—from largely preventable causes.

But there is good news: there are easy solutions, and they're not far from reach.
It costs just pennies a day to provide moms and babies with proper nutrition, to train midwives to help during childbirth, to vaccinate children against life-threatening diseases and to use simple, innovative technology to deliver crucial health information to women and health workers in remote areas.
Whether you are a mom or you just love your mom, you can help. It's easy.

Take the Million Moms Challenge!
Join the Movement and sign up to be the first to know about events and opportunities to help moms and babies around the world.

We ran a 5K!!!

We did it!! Both of us! 

This morning at about 10am Zac and I ran in the 5K race (about 3 miles) put on my Truly Motivated Transitional Living to raise funds for drug and alcohol recovery programs.  Zac ran about 28:35 and I think I did about 30 minutes and some odd seconds.  Not bad for an out of shape mom and a guy with one leg!!!

I am SO proud of Zac.  This was huge!  On to the next one! =)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's on the shelves?

As promised, here is a look at our Montessori inspired shelves in our school room right now!  If you haven't read my Montessori Madness post, please do!
Above is Keanan's shelf, but Kyla has been enjoying these activites as well.  It includes: Keanan's work boxes with his letter worksheets, banana cutting, color mixing, coin sorting, nuts and bolts, pom-pom transfer with tweezers into ice cube tray, shape card lacing, bead threading, socket set for ordering and stacking, mystery bag with geometric solids and labels, and shoe tying.

Above is Kyla's shelf, but Keanan uses them too. It includes: play coins transfer jar, pom-pom transfer with tongs onto a mancala board, Kyla's work boxes with her letter worksheets, matching animals cards, bucket full of playdough fun, shape sorting bucket, and foam letter to match to letter cards.

We have been working on letter I and will continue to do so next week.  Since we do school about 3 days a week that gives us a good 6 days to really get into the letter.  Here are some action shots in the school room:
Finally, inspired by Carisa's post here, we have started reading time right after lunch until nap time (15 - 30 minutes).  The rule is you must be reading.  Together, alone, out loud, doesn't matter as long as reading is going on.  After I clean lunch up I join them.  This is a great way to wind down for nap time too!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Goodbye Papa Grist

I post this as I cry. I miss him already.

September 29, 1931 - September 21, 2011 William “Bill” Grist, 79 of Paris, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in Paris. He was born on September 29, 1931 in Subiaco to his parents Mose and Gracie (Burt) Grist. He was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco, member of the Knights of Columbus, a retired and Decorated Vietnam veteran of the United States Air Force. He retired from ten years of service with GSA and was best known as establishing the 911 service in Logan County during his four terms as Logan County Judge in which he also received numerous gubenatorial awards.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Mose and Gracie Grist and two brothers, Harold and Cecil Grist.

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Willems) Grist of Paris, four daughters, Barbara O’Neill and husband Frank of Spokane, Washington, Kathleen Lathrop and husband Philip of Graham, Washington, Cynthia Jerome and husband Vince of Kansas City, Kansas and Judith Deatherage and husband Todd of Annandale, Virginia, one son Edward Grist and wife Linda of Bonney Lake, Washington, one sister Lila Mae Richardson of Pasco, Washington, one brother Clayton “Snooks” and Lila Mae Grist of Charleston, fifteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorial Rosary will be held at 7:45 P.M., on Friday, September 23, 2011 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Subiaco officiated by Abbot Jerome Kodell O.S.B. and Fr. Aaron Pirrera O.S.B.. Burial will follow at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Subiaco with full military honors under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.

In Lieu of flowers the family request that donations are made to St. Benedict Catholic Church or Abbey, C/O Abbot Jerome Kodell, 405 N Subiaco Avenue, Subiaco, AR 72865.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


It only took my 2 months, but I have finally gone through, selected (got it down to 82 from 800!) and resized them so I could put up our pictures from Hawaii!  Click on the picture to see all of them=)
Hawaii 2011

Montessori Madness

I am a teacher. I have ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher. It is the passion that God has given me. Right now this passion is used to teach my kids and expecting parents. So I am always reading about the latest and or best ways to do this.

One of the blogs that I love and follow is Carisa at 1+1+1=1 She is an amazing Christian mom who homeschools her kids. Before having kids she was a primary teacher and was introduced to the Montessori method and loved it. Lately she has been doing "montessori minute" posts on her blog and I was intrigued. I ended up buying an e-book, Montessori at Home by John Bowman who was the guest blogger on Carisa's blog. I read it and it was really good. And that was the extent of that for a few weeks.

Then I saw this video: Montessori Education for the Early Childhood Years It helps me to see things to really get it. I LOVED this idea and really wanted to incorporate it in our school. So back I went to the Montessori at Home e-book. I read it again and rearranged our school room in order to display the Montessori activities for the kids. THEY LOVE IT!! I can see their little brains working as they explore the different materials. They are also learning respect for them as we carefully set up the activity on a mat or table and then carefully put it back in its spot on the shelf when done. We even re-organized our family room so that every toy has it's own spot, no tossing things randomly onto shelves or in baskets. An organized area supports an organized mind.

We are still using the Pre-K curriculum's from Confessions of a Homeschooler and Carisa's 1+1+1=1, but the driving force of our school time is Montessori. If there was a Montessori preschool within 30-45 minutes that was part-time, we would probably send our kids there. But there is not, so we will do it ourselves! If you have kids ages 3-6 I HIGHLY recommend checking out the video listed above and purchasing the e-book, Montessori at Home.

I will post pictures of our shelves in the school room at the end of the week!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wedding Weekend

Yesterday my cousin Alyson (on my mom's side) got married at the Cave B Winery overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in George WA. It took us about 3 hours to get there (and then drive home at 9pm). The wedding was beautiful, although a bit windy and cold, and we got some great family pics. Keanan was so excited to dance, which he did a little bit with Grandma and Lucy. We all slept in until 9am this morning to recover! Enjoy the pictures =)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Home Preschool Updates

I've fallen a bit behind on my posting, but we have finished letter H and then took a week to review the letters A - H. Things are starting to click for Keanan and he is identifying some words that start with these familiar letters when he hears them. He is also pointing out some of these letters as he sees them.

This week we are taking a break from letters and doing a unit study from the homeschooling curriculum Five in a Row. We are reading the children's book "Grandfather's Journey" and doing activities to learn about Japan, our family tree, counting weeks, Japanese culture, shadows, birds, origami, accepting different races, and learning about different landforms. It is really fun!

After a week or so of doing our school time while Kyla is napping, I realized that Keanan still really needs a 2 hour nap. So we are back to school in the mornings with Kyla, but only about 3 times a week. This week we are starting Bible Study Fellowship on Wednesdays (the kids both have their own class), library visits on most Thursdays, and our preschool class at Hands On Childrens Meuseum on Fridays. With house cleaning on Mondays and visiting Grandma's house on most Tuesdays - we are busy!