Monday, September 30, 2013

31 days in Anticipation of Expecting - Welcome and Prayer - Day 1

For the next 31 days I want be focused. I am motivated, like I've never been before.  I want to get my heart, body, and mind prepared to conceive life if God blesses us.  I'm going to use this challenge from The Nesting Place to document this journey.

My lord has been so faithful in so many other areas of my life. However, I find myself plagued with wondering if I have done my part in preparing for the conception of a child. Have I failed on my end of the bargain?  

Infertility is heart breaking; it’s overwhelming and it is an uphill battle. There are so many unanswered questions in the Medical Community, so many unknowns.  We do our best to surround ourselves with people who support and love us, however there are those who don’t understand, and use our inability to conceive as a weapon. All of this carves away at my faith and self-confidence.  Outside of continued prayer and faith in my Jesus, there are other areas that I can impact change in:

·         Healthy Choices
o   I need to lose weight. The doctors say if I lose as little as 10% it may impact my PCOS diagnosis and help regulate my hormones
o   My Ideal Body Weight is 150lbs for my height and frame. Being closer to this weight will not only help in my chances to conceive but also in my ability to parent a little one.
o   I need to change the way I eat as well as exercise on a regular basis.
o   Educate myself more on PCOS, Medications, Supplements, and Acupuncture

·         Soul and Heart Choices
o   Research Biblical stories and wisdom of barren women and their journeys.
o   Prayer – Unceasingly about this hope and what God has in store for our lives in this area.
o   Find healthy ways to deal with how “Others” feel about our struggle, and share openly with my husband who loves me so much.
o   Find ways to rest in the Faith of my Jesus, realizing that this journey will also supports our hope to adopt.

This is a list of my posts planned for the next 31 days.  I will add the links to them as the days progress.

Post Title
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Welcome and Praying for the Journey
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Being Enough for Him - Finding Contentment
Monday, October 14, 2013
Progress Update 2
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Week 3 Exercise Plan
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Week 3 Food Plan
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Questions that need answers
Friday, October 18, 2013
Infertility that Awful word
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wanting of a Baby – Rebekah
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Progress Update 3
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Week 4 Exercise Plan
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Week 4 Food Plan
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Deep Breath
Friday, October 25, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wanting of a Baby – Sarah
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ovulation Tracking/Pregnancy Tests
Monday, October 28, 2013
Progress Update 4
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Connecting to those who walked before us
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
What does the next 30 days hold?
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Prayer for continued Journey

I pray for your blessing as I work to align my body in healthy ways to support the conception of a life. I pray for strength and endurance of mind and body, and everlasting hope in you.  
With Love Your Daughter

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Annual Living History Tour: “Civil Wars, Civil Liberties”

On Saturday I joined my Aunt on a Living History Tour with the West Adams Heritage Association  to “meet” some of Los Angeles’s most interesting early pioneers, war veterans and entertainment industry personages as the actors, graveside at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery  

The Cemetery was founded in 1884, when LA wasn't quite the City it is today. We meet 7 individuals, and heard about their life stories, their struggles  and learned valuable piece's of California's History. I don't know when I learned about California History, but in my younger years, it wasn't really a passion of mine. 

As we walked rows and rows graves we learned about "Cemetery Language". Things like sphere's are very costly to shape out of stone, meaning wealth or prosperity. Little Lambs for sweet young children taken to too soon, and broken column's for a strong life ended too soon. It was so very interesting. 

Our Journey started with Ivie Anderson, unfortunately I didn't capture any pictures of her, but her story was captivating.

Our next stop was Marjorie Zier, here she is describing the life of a "bathing beauty",  stewardess, and enjoying a little drink of Gin!

Stop number three was Dr. Oner Barker, his life story of race inequalities and second chances was inspiring. 

Stop four was Merle Evans, his story was quite sad, a terrible transportation accident 100's of lives lost. 

Fifth on the list was Orion Theodore Thomas, he was many things, one of which was a typesetter. I found his story  particularly interesting. As he explained the process of typesetting and publishing, I realized just how very far we have come. Especially as I will easily be able to publish this at a press of the button.

Sixth was Daniel DeVilliers, Horseman, Ladies Man, Finder of Trouble , he was quite the character. 

Seven on our list was Aurelius Hutton, the actor who play him was just amazing. 

And Last but certainly not least was Jennie Allen Bovard. As the First Female Professor at USC she changed worlds. She was truly and inspiration to me. She was so brave, breaking down barriers and taking chances. She love and cared for her three children, and planned amazing parties in their lovely home. The stories go on and on. Oh to be like her! 

We ended our afternoon together grabbing Burgers at Fuddruckers!  It was a great way to spend the day, and I was so happy to be able to spend some time with sweet lady, and one of her passions!

Note to Self...If you end up in a cemetery on a Glorious Southern California day....wear...Sunscreen.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Dinner 2013 - Menu and Recipes

Sunday September 22 was the first day of Fall this year!

We celebrated the first day of fall this year with a glorious Southern California 80 degree day!

Our Menu:

* Grilled Balsamic-Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin - Recipe found here.

* Scalloped Potatoes, or well Au Gratin Potatoes (The difference between the two provides wonderful candor at the dinner table)  - Recipe found here. I made a few changes I used a jack cheddar and mozzarella mix of cheese and didn't use paprika.

*Steamed Asparagus - Steamed in water in a skillet with a lid, until softened.
Cherry Kuchen Bars - Recipe found here.

It was great to have our Moms, a Dad, and a Sister to join us! Great fun!

I simply love the new season, even if our weather hasn't quite caught up yet. Some day I hop to live somewhere that truly has 4 seasons, even if its only for a year!