Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, I took a little time off to focus on my family and travel back to New Mexico for Christmas. I am so ready for this new year and all the blessings coming. I have to brag on myself a little because this last year is the first year I resolved to do something and stuck with it. I suppose I should thank my Jesus for giving me the hunger for his word and gracefully keeping me on track with little nudges of conviction when I would start to drag my feet. I should thank him for the wilderness and for removing all the distractions because He knew I needed to completely focus on him.

I am still out here in the wilderness. Out here in nowhere Oklahoma, but I am happy to be here knowing that God has a plan and he has great things in store for us this year. I am so excited for the big changes coming our way. Many of you know that we have been on the road for about 4 years and our time on the road has been really rough on my girls. We decided that this would most likely be the last year we do this because this lifestyle is just not working for them anymore. Juliet is a teen now and she wants stability and friends. Tatyana is at a place where she just needs to have more of us more often so we are working on getting back home. God knows what we desire and what is best for us all so I am trusting him to lead us there. I think its good timing for my boys as well because they are getting bigger and I am not sure how much more this RV can take of these wildlings!

This will be a huge change in our lives and I am not sure if I will long for the road or never want to leave my house again, lol, but I am excited for the next part of our adventure and I am going to enjoy the heck out of this last year as a full time RV’r!

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

Psalm 1:3

She is like a tree planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Her leaves never wither, and she prospers in all she does.

We have these trees out in the lake behind the site we are at and the sunsets here in Oklahoma are absolutely stunning over the lake. We just happened to be out at dusk when the sky lit up behind the trees and over the water. I fell in love with the naked trees, even in the cold of winter when all the leaves that adorn their branches have fallen off they still look so majestic.

We have Moved!

We have Moved!

This has been a super busy time for our family. We left Idaho which was our home for the last 3 months and we are back in Oklahoma. It is so weird to be back where we started when we first decided to live life on the road!

I have to say, I did not think I would be so cool with coming back here but God has given me such peace in this whole transition. We were first slated to go to Pheonix which everyone was quite excited about. We were freezing our tushies in Idaho and the thought of trading our snow boots for flip flops was very appealing. Apparently, it is snowbird season in Pheonix and every RV spot under the sun has already been taken for the winter not to mention many of them are 55+ communities. That dream quickly turned in to a nightmare and all I could do was pray. I prayed and I asked God to deal with it. He did, he sent us to Oklahoma and when I got the text from Adam I was completely at peace with the idea.

We ended up taking 3 days to drive to Oklahoma to drop off the RV and then another 2 days to drive to Albuquerque for Thanksgiving. The kids didn’t mind too much because we were able to make a pit stop at The Water Zoo, one of our favorite things to do in Oklahoma. Plus, we had Amma come along and keep us company!

The Power Of Magnesium

The Power Of Magnesium

Any one who knows me well knows that I have struggled with migraines my entire life. I remember being in school and having to take bottles of whatever pain relief my parents had with me because I needed to make it through the day. They got worse as I grew and I had tried everything throughout the years to try to ease the pain. I tried every pill the Dr.’s threw at me, I tried holistic and natural products, no relief came.

I noticed that while I was pregnant they stopped but shortly after I had my boys, the migraines came back with a vengeance. I remember calling my dad once because I had my daughter who was nine at the time and my two baby boys and I couldn’t take the pain. I couldn’t handle my kids and the pain. I felt like I was failing as a mother. I knew most of my triggers so I would avoid a lot of things, but I would still get them and they would last a couple days and then I’d be out of it for a couple more days trying to get back to normal. I just couldn’t live that way anymore.

I searched and scoured the web and I couldn’t really find any answers. Then I looked in the comment section on a site that sold pills that promised to help. In the comments a woman said she started taking magnesium daily along with some other things and she had never had a migraine again. I was desperate so I drove down to Walmart and bought everything she listed. I didn’t notice a difference immediatly. In fact I took the vitamins for about 6 months before I realized it had been about a month since I had a migraine. Time went on and I didnt have to plan my life around the worry that I would get a migraine. I have been able to enjoy family gatherings without having to go to the other room and lay down in the dark alone.

It has been a few years since I have had a migraine and I give all the credit to magnesium. I am not a Dr. so I can’t tell you that you should take it, all I can tell you is my experience and how it has changed my life. I still take magnesium supplements a few times a week and I also use magnesium lotion topically to help with pain and to help get better sleep. I am a true believer in the power of magnesium.

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Growing In Christ

Growing In Christ

I started this year with an intent to spend more time in God’s word and build a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit. I have had quite a journey in my faith and I feel like I had come to a place where I was comfortable in my Christian walk and becoming complacent.

I feel like at the beginning of my new life in Christ I had to get my bearings. I went through a phase where I felt like I had to do everything right and I had to be a specific type of person. I was miserable because I could never live up to the person I thought I had to be. It took me a while to realize that I didn’t have to fit in that perfect mold. I realized that God didn’t want me to be that person either. I was getting ahead of Him and trying to force my self to change into someone I imagined rather than let Him grow me into a better version of the person I was.  Realizing that I could still be me and be loved by God because He loves me for who I am was such a relief and I felt like a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.

After that, I was faced with the question of, “who am I?”. I took some time to get to know me again. Just for some background on this, I accepted Jesus, got married, had two babies, struggled through postpartum depression and was thrust into life on the road. I didn’t really know who I was after all that. So, back to this year. I made the decision to be more intentional, I prayed about it and guess what, God provided the opportunities. I use the bible app, You Version. I found some awesome plans that focus on the Holy Spirit and how he moves in our lives. I also just started BSF, Bible Study Fellowship online and guess what it is about, the book of Acts! If you don’t know, this specific book is set right after Christ is resurrected and the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in man.

It has been super exciting and I really feel like my faith has grown stronger than it ever has been. I encourage you, if you aren’t already spending time daily with our Lord, to be more intentional. He will transform your life!

Make The Best Of November

Make The Best Of November

What a wonderful time of year this is. The leaves are falling, the weather is changing, people are feeling grateful and selfless, hopefully. Halloween has come and gone but before we give the turkey his day and celebrate Thanksgiving, there are some other notable days worth celebrating in November. Here are some of my favorites!

November 7th is Men Make Dinner Day. I dont know about you, but in my house, I have to cook everyday. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, its never ending. And, I am a woman who can cook well, but does not like to. So, cheers to the person who decided this one day should be set aside for men to make dinner, I am so here for it! Adam, ordering pizza still counts!

November 14th is Spicy Guacamole Day. Are you freakin kidding me? Now there is a day worth celebrating! Break out your sombreros, pop open a Jarritos, and grab your bag of tostadas because I know you will be getting down on spicy guacamole today!

November 26th is Cake Day. A whole day to celebrate cake, in all its sweet, fluffy, moist, delicious, glory. This is a great day to have cake for breakfast! Heck, go all out and have it for lunch and dinner too! It’s freakin cake day! Do it up!

These are just a few of the days I am looking forward to celebrating this month and trust me, I am so thankful for days like this! The party doesnt have to stop here, the whole month is packed with tons of great days worthy of celebration! You can check out a full list here. Enjoy your whole month celebrating and dont forget to thank a veteran on November 11th, Veterans Day, for fighting so hard so we can be blessed to live in a country where we can celebrate wonderful things like, spicy guacamole and cake!

What are some of your favorites? Share them below!

A Book Worth Hearing

A Book Worth Hearing

One of the goals I decided to really pursue this year was to read more. I ended last year with four books. I know, I know, that is not a large number. In my defense, I have two little dudes who do not give me much time for my own reading choices and a pre-teen who loves to chat for hours on end about what is going on in her current favorite anime. One thing I have found that helped me this year was Audible. I like that I can listen to books while I drive to the gym since it is a half-hour away, I live in the boondocks remember? It works out for me and I am able to finish books.

I have found that some books are better read aloud to me. The audible book Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis has been one of my favorite books to listen to. First of all, this book is pure fire and I think every woman should read it.  I know some men that would benefit from reading this book. Rachel does an amazing job at reading it. She is able to really drive her points home. I mean, they are her words and there is just something about the message being delivered by the author that was super motivating. Especially when the author is a fire cracker with enormous personality. Rachel’s personality comes to life in her reading and this is a book you should definitely listen to!

I am so glad I choose to listen to Girl, Stop Apologizing. Not all audiobooks are good for listening, maybe I just need the energy and life Rachel brings to the table to keep me engaged and listening. I have recommended this book to friends and you can bet I will be listening to it again!

Have you read it? What’s your take on audiobooks and do you have any recommendations?

 

 

 

Quick Catch Up

Quick Catch Up

I just wanted to do a quick catch up because I mentioned before, so much has changed since I last wrote. We left Utah and headed out to Tennessee where we spent the last year and a half. I adored living in Tennessee. We were up near the Kentucky border about a 45-minute drive from Nashville in a place called Clarksville. Clarksville itself was a nice place but a little overpopulated. It is super close to the army base and they have two large companies that have really brought a ton of people to the area. The campsite we stayed at was nice because it is nestled in the woods right outside of Clarksville so you feel like your out in the country but it’s really close to shopping and restaurants. You sort of getting the best of both worlds.

Nashville was amazing. There was always so much going on and people out doing things. We visited the Parthenon at Centennial Park multiple times. We saw a show at the Grand Ol Opry. Visiting the Opry is a really cool experience, I am not by any means a huge country music fan but just the rich history and warm ambiance you get visiting is something really cool to experience. We saw a couple shows at The Ryman, or as the locals call it, The Mother Church.  Our favorite place to eat was Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and we would go every chance we got! There is always a line out the door and around the building at every location but it is so worth the wait! We also enjoyed the buzz going on downtown on Broadway. That place is poppin’ at all hours of the day!

The funny thing is I didn’t realize how much I loved Tennesee until we had to leave. We got word we had to head out to Idaho in mid-August. It was a pretty long drive with the kiddos and the dog in the van with me but we made it. The nice thing about hauling our home with us is that when we stop for the night I get to sleep in my own bed. I really dislike staying in hotels. So now we have been in Idaho for a couple months and it is really different than we were used to. We went from overcrowded Tennessee to no one in the middle of the boondocks Idaho. After the initial culture shock, I have been able to enjoy the beauty Idaho has to offer. I still miss Tennesee and I will always carry that piece of the south with me. We still aren’t sure how much longer we will be here, we could be gone by the time this posts, but I will keep ya posted!

Guys, I Have A Problem

Guys, I Have A Problem

I have neglected my blog. I am sorry I haven’t shown up for my readers, even if it is small group or maybe just my momma. I realize that I have a problem with sharing my self. I am very private and I do not open up to anyone so why on earth I thought I should start a blog where I share the inner workings of my life is beyond me.

I do want to get better at this sharing business. I guess one of the main problems I encountered in my blog was the fact that I was holding back so much of myself so I felt like it was inauthentic. I thought I could share the highlights and gloss over anything I wasn’t too comfortable sharing, but then when it came down to it, I didn’t feel comfortable sharing anything. I read through a few of the drafts that I wrote and never posted and I thought to myself, why on earth did I not post these? What a waste.

So much has happened since I stopped writing, we have moved to two different states. We have literally crossed America twice. We have been to do things and see things that I could have shared about.  I have decided to try again. I will be more open and even though I feel so vulnerable doing so, I will share who I am. Thanks for sticking around and I look forward to sharing my journey with you all, or at least with you mom!

I’m curious, Has anyone taken their enneagram test? If you know anything about the enneagram you could probably guess mine now lol.

Kid Approved Summer Destinations In Oklahoma

Kid Approved Summer Destinations In Oklahoma

swim in the Blue Hole

So this is a little out of left field because it has been about a year since we were in Oklahoma, but since summer is upon us and I did spend a good amount of time there, I have compiled a list of things my kiddos loved doing. So if you are in the great state of Oklahoma and don’t know what you are going to do with the kids this summer, I hope this comes in handy!

  1. My kids love a water park! One that we have frequented is, The Water Zoo. It is located in Clinton, Oklahoma. The Water Zoo is an indoor waterpark. They have a large wave pool attached to a lazy river. They also have tons of splash pads and three 4 story water slides. One great thing about this place is that there is a Holiday Inn Express and Suites right next door and you can purchase Water Zoo tickets with your stay. Another plus, they serve free breakfast!
  2. Another great place my kids love to visit is the Aquarium. My boys love seeing all the bright colored fish swimming around. The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks is one of the nicer ones we have visited.  They have over 100 exhibits and many of them are interactive. What kid doesn’t love touching the sting rays, or feeding the turtles?
  3. Once you have visited the aquarium, you have got to go check out a zoo! My kids really enjoyed going to the Tulsa Zoo. One of my favorite things about this zoo is how they have designed the exhibits to give a very natural atmosphere. I love how they flow almost into each other. They have a lot to do, so plan to spend the day when you visit!
  4. The Blue Hole in Salina Oklahoma is a hidden gem. The sparkling cool swimming hole is great for swimming, camping, or picnicking. It is a short drive down a beautiful country road and surrounded by picturesque wilderness. The water stays cool in the heat of the summer and it’s a great place to let the kids cool off!
  5. This next place is actually just outside Oklahoma the neighboring state of Arkansas, but it’s an awesome place that is worth mentioning. Just a short drive into the Ozarks you will find a quaint little place called, Siloam Springs. They have a kayak park that is so much fun! The park is situated along the Illinois River and has been engineered for kayakers. Canoes and tubes are also great for enjoying this park. The setting is picturesque and a definite must see.

These are just a few of the things we liked to do in Oklahoma. It’s a great place to be outdoors if you can stand the heat and the humidity. What are some of your favorite places to visit in the summer?