Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Just a Little Advertising.

I recently added a link/advertisement for Dayspring. I have become part of their affiliate program. I want you to know that I LOVE Dayspring products. When I worked at the Christian Book Supply, we clamored over their catalog - especially the Christmas issue. I currently have ornaments, cards, a nativity set, frames and other gift items in my home from the days when my paychecks went back to the bookstore instead of to my bank account! I was more than willing to help spread the word about this company when they emailed me!

You should know that I don't recieve free products (but I sure wouldn't mind if they sent me some! *hint, hint*) I do want you to know (and so I am following the FTC guidlines) that if you are checking out Dayspring for the first time, got there from my page (by clicking the link on the side bar), and buy something - I am eligible for commision.

Don't worry I won't be adding advertisers all over my page just to make a buck. However,I am willing to add Dayspring, because I buy their products and I believe in their message. That's my story and I am sticking to it. Of course I would love it, if you were gonna buy from Dayspring that you would head to their site from my page (actually I would rather you go to your local independant Christian retailer and buy it from them) and do your shopping.

Shop Christmas Gifts and Decor at DaySpring

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weight and Words...

The blogs have been a buzz with all sorts of weight related news...

Kate Moss got roasted because she said that "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" which apparently is the slogan for pro-anorexia sites.(Who even knew that there were such a thing...so sad!) I am pretty sure that chocolate chip cookie dough actually DOES taste better than skinny feels!

Then there was the Ralph Lauren campaign with the photoshoppers nightmare...


Then Demi Moore had a slice of her hip sliced out on a magazine cover (probably because she is sooooooo gigantic. Puh-leez! ) **This just in ..she is claiming that there was no touch up and that she just doesn't have hips... don't you feel sorry for her, how does she survive?


Then Heidi Klum drags her 5 week post-partum booty onto the catwalk and makes almost every mother in America feel a twinge of guilt for having skim milk, when they should have just had water.

No wonder women have such issues with what "normal" looks like.

To add to that, there are shows like "The Biggest Loser". WAIT, before you get mad at me (Lori)... I think the concept is great! It is wonderful to see people lose weight and reclaim active lives, but it sure makes me depressed when in two weeks I barely lose ONE pound and they have lost 14! Our expectations are warped. Instead of feeling great that we are losing weight (which at that rate would have me losing 25 pounds in a year) we are discouraged that we aren't losing fast enough.

Guess what? If I had a personal trainer, a nanny, a chef, a make-up artist and a publicist to make sure every picture of me was Photoshopped to perfection, I may be a little less stressed about why I have to wear my "fat pants" every so often.

All that to say that I commend each of you for the things you are doing to be a HEALTHY person.

Healthy comes in all different sizes and beauty comes in all different shapes. It does us no good to try to achieve a certain look, because beauty standards change. Frankly, it amazes me that the current look is okay from the front, but I am pretty sure that if that Victoria's Secret model was walking away from me, I could easily mistake her for a Jr. High boy. Curves have become the enemy, that is unless they were surgically enhanced.

I say, forget it.

Celebrate the small victories if you are trying to lose a little weight for your hearts sake. If you are trying to be fit, say hooray for the extra 10 minutes on the treadmill or for refusing another cookie. Don't, however, lose sight of the fact that skinny does NOT equal happy. Happiness only comes from the internal, not the external. The true source of joy came "that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10b)

(And as a general rule, it is best not to celebrate weight loss by eating ice cream- I am learning from experience here!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ruth, Redemption, and Me

Recently the B.S. (Bible Study) Chickas and I recently finished the book of Ruth. We read it, we talked about it, and I was blessed by it. It is only 4 chapters long and you can read the whole thing right here.

In summary, here is why it has meant so much to me...

1. Ruth was a Moabite girl, her life marked with devastation. I am Jesica. A girl who did not grow up in a home that was a Christ centered home (My home had a lot of love, but not a lot of Jesus). My life was not perfect. My dad died when I was 20. I have seen the effects of abusive relationships, abortion, alcoholism, and other realities of life in my personal experiences and through my family and friends.

2. Ruth met God. I met Jesus - when I was 19 and throwing my life away. He found me.

3. Ruth met Boaz. A man that was noble, loved God, protected and loved her. I met Norse, who introduced me to Jesus and has spent the last 10 years of our lives protecting me, providing for me, and loving me.

4. Ruth married and God blessed her with a son. A son who would carry on the legacy of a godly home and become the grandfather of David - the man after God's own heart. I was blessed with a son, a son that I hope God will use to carry on a legacy of grace and love in the name of Jesus, for generations to come. Hopefully, by the grace of God, people will look back and say that my Redeemer lives!

Ruth is such an encouragement for the times when life just plain stinks. It is refreshing to see a girl from the wrong side of the tracks beat the odds and have a life that is pretty close to perfect, for those days. It is a message of hope as we navigate all the bumps and dead ends that come our way. How amazing it is to know that God meets us where we are and takes us further than we ever believed possible.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Free Audio Download of John Piper Book

I'm not sure if you have heard, but for the month of November you can go here
and download Desiring God, by John Piper, for FREE!

Put it in your cart and when you checkout enter the code: NOV2009

How cool is that? I have had the book sitting on my self for almost two years and haven't been able to get into it, though I have several friends who feel it has changed their lives! I can't wait to pop in the ipod and multitask through the chapters!

Enjoy and thanks christianaudio.com!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Little Sweat is Better than Nothing...

I fell off the wagon with my lifestyle change.

i can make some excuses if you would like.

I also GAINED weight.

So, it is my great fortune that I have some wonderfully motivated pals who have begun weighing in every Saturday, as we compete to lose the most weight.

My realistic goal is to lose 10 pounds. That will put me at my pre-preggo weight. My radical goal would be to lose 30-40 pounds so I would be the same weight I was when I graduated high school and the same weight I was on my wedding day.

Monday I had a good long walk with Boden on my back. Probably 3-4 miles. It was made easier because Shannah went with me and everything is more fun with Shannah!

Yesterday nothing.

Today - TOTALLY UNMOTIVATED!

I am waiting for a new DVD in the mail to kick my butt into shape on days when I can't get outside because of inclement weather and the elliptical seems boring.

Today, good ole YouTube saved the day. My goal is to do at least one active thing a day. I ran across this SHORT and simple video that had me sweating in no time.

If you only have a few minutes (which is usually the case - since I try to do EVERYTHING that needs to be done during B's nap) try this 10 minute video.

It is free and fun. Plus, the lady is neither scantily clad or annoying.



Get your workout on peeps!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Girls and Boys


I told you I would post something about feminism.
I really want to change my mind.
Here goes nothing...

I think women are tough enough, smart enough, strong enough and capable enough to do anything. I believe women should have equal opportunities in all things.

I think men are tough enough, smart enough, strong enough and capable enough to do anything. I believe men should have equal opportunities in all things.

I think as a general rule, men and women excel at different things.

I think that women can speak their minds without being called sexist or chauvinistic (they may however be called something that rhymes with witch). I don't think men have that luxury.

I think a time has come when women can dominate without consequence and men are being forced into silence. I think, perhaps, someone should start fighting for the rights of men, so we don't end up with a bunch of emasculated sissies for husbands and fathers.

I think that the majority of women like to be treated as ladies. They are not insulted by the way a gentleman protects and cares for them. They are not angry when a door is opened for them or when they are given preferential treatment because of their sex.

Frankly, if the time comes when I am just one of the guys - it will break my heart, because I think the tender, beautiful, nurturing power of a lady will have been loss in the name of "equality".

I will fight for women's rights, but I will not let the rights of my son be ignored because of feminism.

If being a feminist means wanting the best for women - I am in. If feminism has become just one more religion or political party - count me out.

I like being a girl.

I like boys who treat me like a girl.

I am thankful for a husband who respects me because I am strong willed, out spoken, fiery and intelligent. I am thankful that he also appreciates that I am emotional, tender, motherly and beautiful. I am thankful that he gets out of bed each morning because of his desire to care and provide for his family. I am proud that he was glad that I could stay home and be a "domestic engineer", but he did not demand it. I am thankful that he wants to spoil me. I am thankful that he encourages me in my goals. I am thankful that he is not an idiot and is better at math, science and grammar than I. I don't like that he is a better athlete, but I am chocking that up to genetics. I am thankful that he is mine.

I would be so bold to say that it boils down to respect. If men respected women and women respected men, the issue of feminism really wouldn't even be an issue.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Feminism

What do you think of when you read that word?

We all have the stereotype in our minds, don't we?

Well recently I was contacted for a survey that I would love for you to participate in. It is for purely selfish reasons - I want to see the results.

Here is part of the message I got, with the link. If it something you have time to do, complete the survey. I don't want to taint your answers so I won't comment more on this subject for a few days.

Here is the info:
"Hi, my name is Mindy, merchull@umw.edu, and I am a teacher and researcher at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am researching attitudes about mothering with my colleague Miriam Liss.

We are collecting data from women over the age of 18. We are looking for feminists, non-feminists, mothers, and non-mothers. "


To participate in the study follow this link:

http://ff5umw.com/motherconsent.html



"Feel free to share this information and link with your friends! You can post it in other online venues you feel might be appropriate as well.

Thanks for your help.

-Mindy (and Miriam) "


Oh.. and here is a quick Halloween pic that has nothing to do with feminism (or does it since I had to persuade my husband to wear a costume and I am dressed up like a 12 year old girl and my son kind of has long shaggy hair. :)