Weigh In Wednesday #3 of 2018

Happy Wednesday! This post is going up a little later than I wanted as my kids have a 2 hour delay again for school today. It is still really cold out (currently it is 7 degrees but feels like 1) and the roads are still snow covered. Winter can go away now! Anyhow--- let's get on to see where the weight stands this week.... 

Official Starting Weight (1/3/18): 241.0 My weight last week: 237.0
My weight this week: 235.6
Weight loss from last week: -1.4 Total weight loss for 2018: -5.4 pounds! :-) :-) 
Yay! I will admit I wasn't sure what the scale would read this morning as this has been a stressful week. I did well with eating meals with lots of veggies thrown in. I did have a few occasional snacking bouts as things are pretty stressful here and that is a coping mechanism of mine. My husband is really having a rough time with his job right now and to say my stress level is through the roof would be an understatement. I tried to curb the cravings but it was really hard. 

On the exercis…

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash (new recipe #3 of 2018)

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is another snow day for the kids from school, as we got dumped on yesterday. The forecast yesterday was for about an inch of snow; well we ended up getting 5-6 inches and it snowed ALL day long. Road crews couldn't keep up and the roads are still nasty and snow covered so they cancelled school. We are now at 5 days off in a row (including the weekend). Craziness I tell you.

But all has not been lost. This time at home and in the house has allowed me to find some new recipes and pin some on Facebook to try in the future).In fact, I am having so much fun in the kitchen these days. I don't know if it is because I am still in that "new diet" phase so am loving what I am trying to do. Or if I just am excited to be trying new recipes. I don't know; but I do know that I am having fun. This is great as one of my goals for 2018 was to try 24 new today I would love to share with you the 3rd one that I have tried. 

Since I am trying …

Happy Homemaker Monday (1/15/2018)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Here we were dealing with Winter Storm Hunter on Friday night and Saturday morning, which brought with it negative wind chills once again. So we stayed in and just puttered around the house. Honestly the only thing I did that was productive on Saturday was one load of laundry and I made meals. Other than that I read a book off and on all day and just laid around and just relaxed. It has been a really long time since I have done that and it was much needed. 

Yesterday, I took Rebecca to PSR and church and then came home and did some laundry. Bill and I also took the kids out to play in the snow. I tried not to do too much worrying and just tried to embrace and enjoy the moments.

Now here we are back to Monday. I am once again participating in the Happy Homemaker Monday theme hosted by the lovely Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
So with that being said, let's get to it:

The Weather:::All I can say for the weather is cold, sno…

Nature Scenes for January 14, 2018: Snow covered trails

Sunday is meant to be a day of rest and relaxation and one of the ways that I rest is to spend time in nature. I try to spend a least a little bit of time in nature each week. I have decided that I will use Sundays to share the photos of my nature adventures each week just as a way to relax and share the beauty that is God's creation with all. I hope you enjoy!

Photos from January 9, 2018 at Kokosing Gap Trail

For more nature scenes you can check out my other nature posts:  January 7, 2018
I hope everyone is having a good Sunday and if you get a chance check out the nature scenes around you! 

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

BOOK DESCRIPTION::: Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company.

Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle …