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Get off your phone !!

Hi all,

Well, it’s the beginning of a new year (wasn’t that just the other day??) so, as per usual, there’s lots of talk of ‘New year, new me’ and ‘what are your new years resolutions?” etc etc.  Now, I don’t really do ‘new years resolutions’ so to speak, but anytime is a good time to want to improve.   One thing I DO do tho is listen to Holy Spirit prompting….  and this leads me to this blog.   Buckle up peeps… here we go…

Something that has been apparent to me is how much time is spent on our phones.  To be fair, there are a lot of logical reasons why this is so. ..  Email, banking, camera/photos, calendar, ah duh… the fact that it’s a phone (Ha Ha), your Bible app, YouTube, plus so much more…  there’s plenty of reasons we’re on our phones that aren’t necessary.  Social media being the most obvious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a social media girl thru and thru.  I have a FB, Insta (actually I have a couple of each) & YouTube channel for crying out loud, but there’s a healthy amount of use, as well as a healthy quality of use.  (to do with the quality issue..  just one point peeps… BE KIND ALREADY !!)

Let’s look at a few of these that could be limited, if not eliminated.    Emails CAN be checked only on a desktop.. heck, it’s how we used to do it.  I actually don’t have my main family email address on my phone, but I do have my personal one on there.  The major reason for this is actually purely practical.  If there’s an email, say ticket confirmation, or a barcode etc, then I’ll have that go to my phone, simply for ease of access.  But, in reality, I COULD own a printer and not need to do this.  Personally I don’t find emails to be something that keeps me on my phone anyway, but hey, everyone’s different.

Calendar… Now, same thing, it’s not like a sit there for any length of time looking at my calendar (that’s just stupid), but it is certainly handy if making an appt while out, to be able to see when in fact you’re available for said appointment.   I have made the decision this year though to buy a planner and use that also.  So that when I’m looking at the week ahead, I can do it in there.  Yes, it seems like some double work, but it’s not really.  This big planner I’ve begun to use this year is an A4 ‘day to a page’ type, as I wanted to be able to journal in it if desired too.  I’ve done some YouTube & blog planning in there, and hope to continue that practice, so when you’re in the planner every day using it, it’s not really an additional thing to be doing to check out what’s in the week ahead.

Camera/Photos.. well, that’s pretty much impossible to not use, or even minimise.  It would be one thing if the camera in your phone didn’t take great pictures and video, but the new phones take AMAZING photos now.  So in some ways, when using it for that purpose, it’s really just like you’re using a camera.  Plus with a FB & insta page to promote, it’s just far too convenient to take your photo on there in 2 steps, you’ve done it.  As opposed to downloading photos off your camera to your PC, and then uploading to your page.

OK.. so doesn’t sound like we’re making too much progress at this point, but let’s hit it where it hurts…  Personal Social media usage.  There’s a really simple way to greatly reduce your time on social media…  delete the apps off your phone and only do your social media surfing from your desktop once a day.  I do have Instagram on my phone for my business account, and all posts automatically share to my FB business page, so that’s easy peasy.  If you don’t want to delete it all together, then simply sign out of it, so that it’s that little bit harder to ‘just jump on for a quick squiz’.

Banking .… I know this one is super doper convenient.. and sometimes actually is necessary (how did we ever survive without it?), but in reality, it’s not too safe to be doing banking from your phone anyway.  So, in short, do your best to only do banking from your desktop.

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The BIGGEST one that’s been on my heart in this regard is using the Bible App.  Just keeping it real… I get hung up on the streak… lol.  Yep, I just admitted that.  I was literally nearly at 400 days in the app in 2018 and then I went to Europe, lost a day in disappearing day land, and opened the app on landing to that terrible sight of the big fat number ZERO !!  Arrrggghhh.  Anyway, so I’m listening to Sadie Robertson and going old school and using an ACTUAL BIBLE !!.  Thanks Sadie !!!  If you wanna hear Sadie’s message, click HERE !!  It’s only been a couple weeks, but I LOVE it !!  It really is a different experience.

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With the Bible app, but also others as well…  it’s so easy to be distracted by other notifications….. even if on your phone for something perfectly reasonable.  So, my next tip is to turn off your notifications.  I don’t have them turned on, even for my business pages.   I just check in morning and night… and if I post something, than I can clearly see if something is there that needs addressing.

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Another suggestion with the bible reading, which I have found super beneficial, is this… when you kinda don’t have the option to use your actual bible, or for some reason it’s not possible..… use the audio option in the app.  I not only found this solved the interruption issues, but I also found that I ‘read’ so much more of the Word since starting this.  You’ll have your verse of the day come up each day you go in… but at the bottom it says ‘read entire chapter’…  when you’re literally holding your phone in your hand, it’s far too easy to just read that one verse and think you’re good to go.  But listen to a chapter a day.. and you’ll be amazed how it’ll boost your day ahead.

Another issue re using the bible app is the bible studies.  Now, if it’s going to be the only bible study you do, then of course do the ones on offer in the app… but if I could encourage you in anything.. it’s to do an ACTUAL HOLD IN YOUR HANDS bible study.  If it’s got a workbook to go along, then even better… if not, then simply journal.

Watching YouTube…  while it’s super easy to catch up on a lil YT on your phone… can I just suggest that you do it on a desktop, or on a tablet where you’re not signed into anything that will cause you to be sucked into other apps. (This applies to reading blogs too… LOL. Are you on your phone right now??? ha ha ) This seems to work really well for me.  I don’t even have social media on my tablet…..  it’s basically just for YouTube watching really.  I actually don’t watch any TV…. the only show I watch is The Crown, so basically I do some binge watching every 2yrs and that’s it.  LOL.  I prefer to find some really great vlogging families on YT, and follow their lives.  It’s way better than watching some fictional show.

For your info… my fave vlogging families are 2 in a Zoo, Alex & Phil Congillere, Loftis party of 6, Grace for the Millers, The Mills Family, & This Gathered Nest.  All of these families are really wholesome Christian families, 3 of them being Pastors.

Another thing that keeps us all on our phones is messaging/texting.  When did it become ‘uncool’ to actually pick up the phone and RING someone?  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the dangers in misunderstood texts, and what that can lead to.    So, all I can say on this one is RING, DON’T TXT.  (I know, easier said than done.)

I’m really excited to see what improvement I can see come about though these simply changes…  and I’d love to hear how it’s improved your life too.

Blessings

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Why are we so selfish?

Hi all !!

I’m actually not posing the question in the light you may be assuming….  so read on, and maybe you’ll end up as thoroughly confused as I am.  🤣 #sorrynotsorry

Why, when we KNOW that God’s plan is the absolute best for us, that His ways are best, that His grace is sufficient, do we still hurt/get mad/get sad when things don’t run the course we kinda want them to?

I’ll use a very real example…. DEATH !!  When my Dad went to be with the Lord at 5.55pm on April 15th, 2017,  I fell to the floor and wailed.. like FULL ON wailed !! Now, if you’ve followed my blog for awhile over on my ‘Lovely Shiloh’ blog site, you’ll know that I received a vision from the Lord of this moment… if you haven’t read it, you find it HERE.   I’ve asked myself so many times since… Why was I so upset?  This was literally the moment my Dad had craved his ENTIRE life….  he was going to meet Jesus for crying out loud…  why, if I love him as much I know I do…  why was I not fist pumping the air with the biggest smile on my face for what he was experiencing at that moment?

I fully realise that this is a question that has a very obvious answer, but still… when I don’t doubt a single word in God’s Word, when I know his promises are true, when I know Romans 8:18 to be true… WHY did I not see this for the moment it was… the greatest moment of my Dad’s life?

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Spoiler alert… I don’t actually have the answer to this, other than the obvious ones…  ‘The level of grief you experience reflects the level of love you have for that person.’ & ‘you crave the physical presence of that person in your life.’  These are both wonderful things as it speaks to the relationship you had with that person.  I don’t need to go into how much my Dad meant to me… it’s been covered in several other blogs…. but as a general explanation… He was my rock, my greatest supporter, my example, my friend.. and the best Dad a girl could ever ask for.

When it comes to the loss of a loved one, I think perhaps it’s enough to WANT to have that type of faith level, even while knowing that it’s perhaps not possible to be 110% selfless in this regard (& this regard only, to be clear).  It is certainly easier nearly 3yrs later to be ok with God’s plan for Dad… I mean heck, it was easier once the initial sting went… but there are still days, moments of days, when I so crave the presence of my Dad.  Oh the comfort felt knowing that I will see him again !!! 💜

You can also ask this question of yourself in other regards tho. Why am I so selfish that I want this one, or that thing.. when perhaps that isn’t what God wants for me?  Even if we’re very self disciplined and accept the opening & closing of doors in our lives as the Lord wills, it’s pretty much impossible to not feel emotions over each situation.

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I think it’s only a positive thing if we are striving to be 100% happy with WHATEVER God’s plans are for our lives.  I think it’s the growth we strive to achieve in how we react to things that defines the speed at which we mature in the faith.

I give the example of a close friendship of mine that very sadly came to an end a few years ago.  It’s only now, several years later, with a new friendship formed with that  person, that I can see God’s hand in that situation.  Why those things had to happen.   To be clear, how I always reacted during the hurt of that time did not need to happen, but that’s the biggest thing to come out of what was a terrible time.  I was not in a place, was not spiritually mature enough, to accept/see God’s will in the situation.  He was dragging me away kicking and screaming… and man was I kicking and screaming.

Through pain comes growth !  Such a true statement.  It’s part of my testimony now… and we all know.. we don’t up with a testimony without a test or two.  Sad, but true.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just learn this stuff quicker than we do?  ha ha.  #wishfulthinking

I’m thankful for God’s Word that gives me such encouragement at all times, but mostly in those times when perhaps I’m not understanding God’s plan.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:21
“But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, oh you of little faith!” Luke 12:28
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
“For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 48:14
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:28
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” Psalm 111:10
Forever Thankful !!
Blessings Peeps
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How I encourage clean eating with teens

Ok… let’s just say from the get-go that it’s not easy.  I have gotten to where I am because I chose to research like crazy for, well, years really.  And to be honest.. it’ll never stop.  But, I’m also sensible enough to remember what I was like as a teenager.  I could eat whatever I liked…  never got sick, or had what I now know to be food related health issues.  Even the things that are indicators of unwise eating for me now.. like intestinal discomfort (that’s a nice way of saying borderline constipation 🤣), headaches, gas, sluggishness.. that kinda thing…  wasn’t an issue for me (as far as I can try and remember it anyway).

And to be real….  I pretty much ate whatever I wanted until after having my first bubba at 24yrs old… and didn’t have to even think about making ‘healthy choices’ until after that… and if I’m real honest, it was totally about weight management. (aka.. caring what I looked like… aka vanity🤔) . I did, however, make good choices around pregnancy… no deli meats, weird seafood… that kinda thing.  I also began drinking water regularly when I was pregnant.. and that’s actually where I developed my love for drinking water.  It was just convenient that you kinda NEED to drink lots of water regularly when breast feeding.. and seeing I was pretty much pregnant or breastfeeding from mid 2000 until mid 2003… and then pregnant with James in mid 2004, breastfeeding until mid 2006, I formed good habits that continue today.  #thankfulI

(somehow, without even trying really, having developed a love of drinking water in my kiddos, but that solely comes down to it being the only thing I gave them when they were young.  There was no cordial or juice in our house.. they may have had juice as a treat.. but they never had soft drink.. and even now, don’t like it much.  Jordan is the only one who drink some occasionally. )

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So, I am able to see why they don’t automatically just take on what I have to say around their health and the correlation to their eating.  I didn’t give two hoots at their age either.. I had no reason to care about it.  My 17yr old son Jordan is mindful re eating… but that is solely around body image.  He wants to look a certain way, so he exercises and eats in a way that will best help him achieve that.  He does still have his ‘naughty’ eating though.. so he’s still very much a normal teen in that way.

My 18yr old daughter, TJ….  well, let’s just say she probably has a % of Nutella flowing through her blood stream.  How she doesn’t experience negative issues due to her Nutella consumption is simply beyond me.  I mean, as I said, I didn’t care what I ate as I teen.. but I also never consumed things like Nutella by the tubful.  🤣 .   Anyway…  we’ll just need to let that one run it’s course.. only she will deal with the negative (if any) issues that come from her Nutella addiction.  (Maybe there’s a Nutella addicts anonymous ??  who knows.😂) . And yes, trust me, I’ve tried to make my own, buy healthier versions etc etc.. no luck so far.)

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My 14yr old, James… while not really caring about his food intake from a healthy point of view.. he also doesn’t really have any hugely unhealthy things that he eats.  The issue with him, which has some correlation with his ADHD meds, is actually getting him to eat at times.  If he’s focused on something… or basically if there’s something more interesting to do…  he simply won’t eat.  And seeing that his medication can only be given to him if he within a healthy weight range.. it’s super important to keep him fed.

I really do see it as part of my responsibility as their mother to respect THEIR temples…  while they don’t have the maturity to do it themselves.  I was blessed with those kiddos, I and I need to look after them.. that pretty much covers it really.

And then there’s my DH, Terry…  He doesn’t really care about healthy eating….  that’s about all I have to say about that.  LOL

Then we get around to me….  in the interest of total honesty… Peanut M & Ms are my kryptonite..  #nuffsaid

OK.. so now that I’ve thoroughly thrown us all under the bus….  let’s look at how  I deal with this as a family.

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It’s is a pretty important to me (that’s putting it mildly) to put a very healthy meal on the table each evening.  I want out ‘meat and dairy footprint’ to be less than it has in the past, so usually, our meals would be considered Vegan, if not for the meat. LOL.  I use organic extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, to cook in…  a dairy free butter for spreading, or to cook in with veggies etc, cashew meal replicates the cheese flavour in pretty much all meals.  Some cheese may go on the top of spag bol etc, but other than that..no cheese.  When making any recipes that would have previously begun with a bechamel sauce, they now start with coconut cream, cashew meal & the vegan butter, Nuttelex.

Shameless Nuttelex plug…  Dairy free, Lactose free, Nut oil free, Gluten free, Soy free, Cholesterol free oil, Salt reduced, Contains Vit D, Natural flavour and colours.  The main ingredients are basically Olive Oil & Sunflower seed.

Having a family that loves curries is super easy too, as you can so easily substitute with coconut milk/cream.. and a dairy free yoghurt.  In those types of recipes, you can’t even tell it’s a dairy free option used.

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We also have ‘Meat free Mondays’… but it sometimes end up ‘meat free whatever night it happens’.  It’s super super easy to make yummy vegan meals if you do just a little bit of research.  The stigma around vegan meals is downright ridiculous.  Now, to be clear, I’m not promoting a 100% Vegan diet, at all… I love my chicken and steak too much for that…  but I do wholeheartedly believe that our meat and dairy consumption is ridiculously glutinous.   I believe this very strongly as a Christian also !  Scripture backs the premise that meat was originally not even ‘on the table’, and even once it was ‘permissible’ following the flood, it was a luxury… not a main staple.  The mass production of our meat industry is disgusting.. but hey, don’t get me started.

So, the biggest way I combat my teens lack of interest in eating healthy, is to put that healthy, appealing meal on the table each evening.   While I transitioned to dairy free milk nearly 3yrs ago, we are now a dairy free milk family as a whole.  It was a gradual thing though… with Jordan he was convinced by doing some research himself and finding out that milk products are like moths to a flame when it comes to acne… and what teen likes acne.. so over he came to the dairy free side.  My husband was convinced when he received a high cholesterol result in a blood test around his 50th b’day.  He could have just gone to a lighter milk option.. but hey, I shamelessly took the opportunity when it was presented to me.  ha ha.

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By this point, with it being 3 against 2, it was a foregone conclusion that we were going to go 100% dairy free milk as a family… but both James and Tyler-Jasmine were easily swayed by the possibility of acne improvement too.

We did play around with different options for a while, and finally everyone was happy with Rice Milk.  Sadly, there’s still one certain 14yr old who much prefers the white rice milk as opposed to the healthy option of brown rice milk… but hey.. take the wins where they come.

With that change in the family diet, breakfast was sorted, as all 3 kids, and my husband, like weetbix for breakky each morning.  No, I don’t think it’s the healthiest breakfast one could consume.. but hey, it’s far from the worst.

Snacks are typically tricky… I myself, don’t snack to be honest.  I’ll have a bliss ball if I’ve made them.. but as a general rule, I don’t snack.  I would like to improve in that area though, as besides fruit & good quality muesli bars….  the boys don’t take much else in the snack department.

Lunch can be an issue… and here’s where I’ve decided to ‘regress’ in some ways.  My kids were encouraged to be independent with lunch (& brekky) from a fairy young age….  and that’s what has happened for many years now.  Only thing is, I noticed that fairly basic things were being taken to school each day (that’s if anything was taken), and sometimes on weekends, I would notice that they didn’t eat lunch at all. It was then that I made the decision that I’d much prefer them ate well then argue with them about health and wellbeing…  which, as I’ve already said, they pretty much don’t give two hoots about.

So, yes, I do now make my son’s lunches each day… and I don’t mind doing it.  I would much rather they had good healthy food intake in these really important developing years, than have them eat food very low in nutrition, because I’m being a stick in the mud regarding independence.  They’ve got their adult lives to make bad food choices, and I won’t be able to do a thing about it… but while I can have a say in what goes into their bodies, then I’m going to to that.  Even my husband, who, for context, just walked in the door from woolies with dairy iced coffee and a bag of choc covered honeycombs.. Arrrggghhh…  he will go without lunch when busy, rather than make himself something… so I don’t have an issue with making him something.  I mean really… with those rubbish choices, I’ve gotta get as much nutrition in as I can.  😂

While I’m here..  a hot tip for you…  If you suggest to your family to use wholemeal bread/wraps instead of white…. or to add spinach to their wrap/sandwhich…  they won’t be too keen initially…  but you make them a toastie on healthy bread, with healthier ingredients.. and all you’ll hear is “Thanks Mum!”  As I’ve said before… sooooo much of it is about healthy substitutions.

That pretty much tells you how I subtly indoctrinate my family into the healthy eating lifestyle..  😂🤣🤣 #noshame #letshopeitsticks

Blessings Peeps…  Remember to Respect the temple, inside & out . xx

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Participating in Halloween ! WHAT !

Hi all,

So the question on everyone’s lips is… so are you? or aren’t you?  I am beyond surprised myself to say that I AM allowing my kiddos to participate in Halloween this year, after NEVER having let them before.  Now, don’t get me wrong.. are we going all out, decorating the house.. buying costumes… NO !  However, I’ve told them that they can trick o treat in the neighbourhood if they so wish, and can organise their own ‘costume’.  I will also purchase (only good quality.. coz i’m funny like that) lollies to hand out at the door.  Will I slip in some tracts?? Maybe.  😂🤣😂 Jokes, I probably won’t.  But will I be praying my butt off that seeds are sown that evening?  HECK YES !!

Oh wait.. in regards to decorating… there will be a pumpkin at the front door on the night, but that’s it, and really it’s more about how much I love pumpkins.  😊

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I have always been very anti-Halloween.. mostly because I was brought up that way.  Of course you can find all sorts of articles that can paint it one way or another.. and trust me, I’ve read a LOT of them over the years.  A few months ago, I began to think about possibly allowing the kids to participate, and I was VERY surprised at those thoughts.  I mean, I’ve been avidly against it.. in every way.  The Holy Spirit does love to ‘throw us a loop’, as I’ve found several times in my life.  Homeschooling being the biggest one to date!

I have always just thought that Halloween has demonic parts to it, so therefore I wanted to stay away all together.  But, what I believe God has been teaching me is this…   I have taught my children of the very real existence of the spiritual realm, while also hopefully teaching them how to function in it. (before you freak out, the spiritual realm is not solely bad, it’s also where the Holy spirit and the angels operate.. hence LOADS OF GOOD !!!! ).  By then keeping my children from participating in something that, yes, has spiritual elements, I’m not trusting the Lord to work in and through them to make good decisions around it.

I believe I could be teaching my children some negative things by painting Halloween to be this absolutely terrible thing.  The last thing I want to do is instill fear in them.  I also do not want to teach them superstition, or that it’s good to isolate oneself from a perceived ‘bad’ celebration, when in fact very good things could come from it.  I want to have faith in the Lord’s work within them, for them to have confidence in their own ability to discern for themselves what a situation holds for them (good or bad).

I also believe that it does come across negative for those houses that don’t participate.  I have always thought this, no matter how strongly I felt against Halloween.. for this reason, I pretty much ALWAYS planned to be out that night… so that we weren’t actually home to ‘turn people away’.  I do see that pure joy is brought to children who are blessed with lollies at people’s doors.  It also can’t be ignored that it is a great neighbourhood event that brings about meetings and conversations that perhaps would never have happened otherwise.

The biggest thing though for me is coming to the realisation that, for an aware believer, the enemy only gets licence to play around in your life, if you ALLOW it.  It doesn’t happen by accident.

We really need to remind ourselves that spiritual darkness is everywhere.. in books, TV shows, movies, games, politics… and even Christian celebrations like Christmas and Easter.  If we don’t learn/know how to safely live our lives with these things in play, we could be opening ourselves up to trouble… and let’s be real..  we all have enough of our own troubles… we certainly don’t need additional.

So, to wrap things up…  I am choosing to see this Halloween (just taking it one step a time…  not signing up for life long Halloween celebrations, just to be clear.LOL) as a very possible outreach for our family.   The Lord will use the evening as He wills and I am making myself open to that, rather than restrict Hm.

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Disclaimer… I do not, by any means, expect other believers to be completely onboard with this.   I so strongly believe that we are all convicted in different areas and at different strengths (for want of a better word).  If you had told me earlier this year that I would happily allow my children to participate in Halloween, I would not have believed you.

Isn’t God Fun !!

Blessings

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4mths post Hysterectomy

Morning all and welcome back to the blog… long time no write.  I have no excuse other than poor time management on my part.  Argghh.. these intros really need to stop being about how long it’s been since I’ve blogged.

Ok.. so, It’s actually been close to 4 and a half months since I had my surgery … I have already uploaded a vlog about this, so if you’re a watch rather than read kinda person, than HERE is the link for that.  if not, then read on.

Now that we are this far along, and cycles have settled/resumed as normal, it’s interesting to be able to report what I now experience on a cycle basis.  Praise the Lord my crippling headaches are gone, but funnily enough, the headaches I do experience at a certain time of month are very recognisably the same headache, just a lot tamer.  I also experience the tender breast.. and to be honest, they’re pretty much the same.. bump into me at a certain time of month and I’ll not be happy about it.  ha ha.

Of course, it’s still taking a little getting used to that I don’t get a period, or have to worry about all that goes along with that.  Not wearing light colours when my period is due, or during it…..  having sheets of nurofen in my purse in case period pain hits suddenly, keeping those ‘period undies’ handy.  By these, I don’t mean the new fancy period undies where you don’t need to wear a pad or tampon during your period (they do seem kinda gross🤢), but I mean the old undies that you really should throw out, but you keep them to wear during your period, in case there’s an unexpected shark attack. 🤣. I mean seriously, no one wants to stain their pretty undies.. am I right !!!!

Even when travelling to Europe recently (blogs coming, have no fear), I don’t think I even took any white clothes, when really I coulda decked myself out in white the entire trip.  I guess old habbits are hard to break.

On the activity front, I’m back to 100% training as to what I was doing prior to surgery, but am soon to amp it up weight training wise, so that’ll be interesting to see.  I do still ‘feel kinda weird’ when I stretch my entire body out…. just some very light pulling sensations in my abdo area…  but I’m sure it’s all just normal, as the docs did tell me that it really is more like a full 12mths before the internal stuff is 100% healed.   I’ve been doing a lot of Yoga type stretches to assist.

Sadly (for my family mostly 😂) I do still experience moody times of month… but they don’t last for long anyway… as in I’m talking less than an hour… so I’m sure we’ll all survive.

All in all, as I now feel 100% fine, it was very much the best thing I could’ve done.  Even with how rough the whole thing was.  It really is worth every bit, when you can look back from this angle.

And finally, my top tips for Hysterectomy prep, surgery and recovery are…

  • Be the healthiest version of yourself in time for surgery. Make good food choices, move your body for at least half an hour per day.  Hydrate well…  1ltr of water for every 30kgs of body weight)
  • When the medical stuff tell you that it’s a major surgery… BELIEVE THEM… coz we didn’t and were left quite shocked in those first few days.
  • Know your body… eg.  I react very badly to drugs, so liver support capsules were great for me.  Also Vitamin B12, Olive leaf extract, vitamin C… all those good things to help your immune system.   The last thing you want is to get sick.
  • Get in the Word !!  When you are in a LOT of pain during recovery, having scriptures in your head… or even worship song lyrics.. is the BOMB !
  • Prepare your house/family.  Fill the freezer with meals.  Make lists for the fridge. Yes, teens can make meals, and yes, they should know the schedule, but hello, they’re teens, with their own set of hormonal stresses going on.. and you don’t need that when you feel like poop… so prepare the house to run it it’s smoothest !!
  • Go slow in recovery.  Keep your expectations low and that way you won’t be disappointed if you can’t achieve a certain thing by a certain time.  It will seem like recovery goes soooo slow at the time, but looking back, it went in the blink of an eye.
  • Accept help from others, and take visitors for short periods in that first week.  The social interaction will lift your mood, and make it all bearable.
  • and last but certainly not least, don’t forget that God WILL NOT bring you to something that you can’t handle, so TRUST IN HIM !!

Blessings Peeps

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Life is never boring.. let’s just say that

Evening all,

I’ve been putting off writing a new blog as things are changing constantly, and I keep on saying.. “I’ll just wait for this info..”  or “I’ll just wait for that..”, but I realised that if I keep on waiting, I’m going to end up having to write the longest blog entry known to man.

So let’s get into it…  I am now 7wks (& one day) post Hysterectomy .. and everything is great.  I apparently have an infection in the ‘delicate area’.  (LOL), but honestly, I barely felt any symptoms.. it was only discovered via the swab they did at the 6wk check up….  which kinda makes it annoying that I have to take these antibiotics, as they have a yucky side effect of leaving a metalic taste in my mouth.  But oh well, we do what we need to to continue on this optimum recovery journey.  Quick note.. Operation comeback is in full swing, but I’ll address that in full in a seperate blog post.

I literally have zero evidence to say that I had this surgery 7wks ago…  although when I got up from sitting on the ground cross legged yesturday, and used my core muscles only do it (as I didn’t put my hands on the ground and push up)… I did feel just a smidge of complaint in, what I’m now affectionately calling, ‘My Uterus void’.  🤣😂🤣

We will address this next issue super quickly.. as hey, my Mum (& my word, possibly my daughter… whoopsie) might read this 🤣.. but everything works great now.. and my husband is a happy man once again, after many weeks of ‘being a compassionate husband, and obeying the doctors’.  😂

On Tuesday, we headed off to Qld Children’s Hospital to see a geneticist.  This was organised by Master 14’s Paediatrician.  The goal was to find out more than we did 17ish years ago when we were first referred to one because we’d just been VERY surprised by our baby being born with congenital cataracts.  I am actually planing on a more in depth blog on this exact topic, so stay tuned for that.

As it turns out, we didn’t learn anything, other than that the genetic testing costs $2000 (through the public health system, but still) and actually may not give us any result at all.  Basically they are still not able to identify every single gene and why it came about that way.  We didn’t feel that was responsible use of the health system if it may not yield a result.  They suggested that, as more advances are being made constantly, we come back when our kiddos (& their then spouses) are ready to have kiddos.. and then they can make decisions with as much info onboard as is available at that time.

Super quickly, when we saw the geneticist with Master 17 as a newborn, they said they there were a few scenarios that would explain why the genetic condition occurred.  One was in Male’s only, but that, of course, makes no sense, because, hey… I was born with it and I’m not a male.  The other was that all of our kids carry the gene but don’t necessarily ‘have it’ . (eg our 18yr old daughter who has perfect vision.) And the other, which could also overlap the others, was that I was simply a ‘mutant gene’ . How lovely, right. ha ha.

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What they were saying at the appointment on Tuesday is that they, possibly, can’t expand on that any further at this stage.  If the particular gene that caused this has not yet been identified, then we’ll get a ‘negative’ genetic test result.  I hope I’m explaining that in a way that makes sense.

So, onto the next ongoing issue on our family… Master 17 is still due to have eye surgery on Aug 6th.   He suffered through a terrible 2wks of school holidays, dealing with awful side effects of the eyedrops and tablet he needed to be on to keep his pressure down until the surgery.  We had to reduce the dosage until he was well enough to basically function again.  We think the culprit is mainly the tablet, which is Daimox.  I’ve since heard nothing but terrible things about this drug… and far worse side effects the the nausea and vomiting that J had to suffer through.

We had happily got all that sorted out, when he went and threw a spanner in the works and severed his ankle tendons playing a friendly game of Basketball at youth camp.  So now, we are waiting an orthopaedic surgery date to fix that, and in the meantime he is in a moon boot, and on crutches at all times.  Let’s just say he’s often a ‘joy’ to be around at present, but hey… I can’t blame him… He can’t walk, play sport, workout, go to school camp, be with friends.. or basically anything fun. He just gets to hang out with Mum at home all day…. every teenagers dream, right.  LOL.

I also had a minor setback with my camera situation.. the beloved new Canon g7x mark ii turned out to be damaged.. or ‘not as described (the risks of buying 2nd hand), but Praise God for Buyer protection as I was able to lodge it as ‘not as described’ and got a full refund.  And, as it’s turned out, it musta been a God thing as I found a brand new one, with warranty, for only $100 more.  So, Fi is a happy camper right now with my NEW NEW camera that arrived yesturday.

My husband and I did do a flying trip up to Double Island point, where I did get great photos and footage with the damaged camera.  Here’s the link and you’ll see the mark across the lens in the centre left on some of the images/footage, especially when there is a lot of sun involved.  I won’t go into the trip too much as it’s pretty much explained in the vlog.  So, enjoy that.

My DH is away on a flying trip to Northern NSW this weekend, so it’s just the kiddos and I… so, why not, I thought I’d rearrange and slightly reno the study.  I’m halfway through, exhausted, but it’s gonna be GREAT !!!!

Oh.. and Master 17 now has a terrible cold.. and Master 14 has had a few pain attacks that seem a ‘smell a little’ of appendicitis, but hey… I’m not speaking that into existence.  I completely refute any possibility of that in Jesus name !!!  #declareit !!! Thankfully Miss 18 is fighting fit…  let’s keep it that way shall we.

Bye for now Blog buddies.

Blessings.

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My hysterectomy

Evening all !!

I feel like I say everything several times over now that I have several different ‘social platforms’… but here goes anyway.

As I told you in my last post, I went in for a Hysterectomy last Friday the 7th June. This surgery has been on the cards for quite a long time, but of course I wanted to do literally EVERYTHING first to see if I could avoid this major surgery.

All of this is documented in blogs, but as a ‘quick’ overview, I had a Mirena inserted (at my GP… Worst day ever!!!!) in mid 2017 after many many years of horrific period pain, loss and other unpleasant related symptoms.

I don’t know about you, but I can handle whatever I need to in my child bearing years… because hey, you just do what you need to do in order to bring about your family…. But once you know God has competed your family.. or even if you yourself simply decide your family is complete, you have less & less tolerance for pain & discomfort associated with the reproductive system.

I actually put all of this off years longer than I needed to.. but hey, I honestly think God’s timing always shows us just how perfect his plan is. Had I done this 5yrs ago, I would’ve been anyhere near as fit & healthy, which most likely would have produced a far different recovery situation than the one I’m in right now.

Ok… I’m getting sidetracked … Back to the timeline…

The Mirena did do part of it’s job, which was to reduce loss… (this was actually a huge win, as I was struggling with aneomia, and often restricted from donating blood) but all other symptoms were the same. I also got some new ones…. Some horrific pain that landed me in the Emergency dept several times. I ended up having to have it removed (also at the GP.. also an AWFUL day.) PS… in the unlikely event that my doctor reads this… you’re awesome, and none of the awfulness is your fault. Ha ha

The next step was an Endometrial ablation, which happened in mid 2018. This particular surgery was my worst ever when it came to my drug allergies.

My first indication that I had drug allergies was when I had a really small procedure at the doctors on my foot 6 or 7 years ago, and when I was given strong pain killers afterwards, I ended up more nauseas that I had ever experienced before.

I then had even worse experiences when I had what was assumed to be chest pain (But ended up being bad indigestion). I was given morphine in the ambulance which put me in a far worse state than before they gave it to me.

I then had a bad bought of sinusitis where I ended up in the ED and was given Endone…. also up there in the ‘worst day ever’ stakes.

So…. back to the ablation surgery… it was DARN STINKIN AWFUL!! I did tell the anaesthetist about my drug reactions, but maybe I didn’t make enough of a point about it, seeing as it ended up being the worst experience ever.  (Yes, I’m a little dramatic about this particular subject.)

My nausea was sooooooo bad in recovery that I honestly… no joke… would’ve happily gone to meet The Lord there and then.

So, when the ablation surgery did only the same…. reduce loss, but introduce even MORE yucky symptoms… some of the worst headaches known to man.. a Hysterectomy became unavoidable.

Which brings us to last Friday… sitting in the waiting room… confident that I’d prepared my body as best I could for the journey I was about to embark on.

There were 2 ladies in the waiting room with us that were very clearly there for their c-sections. That was emotional for me (surprisingly) as it really brought it home that we were drawing a big fat line under any possibility of making bubbas. (Not that we want more, so yeah.. it was weird. )

I made a BIG point about my drug allergies with basically anyone we spoke to prior to surgery, including the pre-op appt a few days prior. It was written all over my chart…. but just to be on the safe side, I spoke to the anaesthetist in the anaesthetic bay and said (obviously my talking to everyone worked, as she knew all about it) that she reviewed what they gave me last time, and she had a different plan for this procedure.

Well, whatever she planned… it worked, as while the procedure did take the max time given of 3hrs, and I still spent a longer than average time in recovery… I didn’t experience any nausea until later that evening, and that was to do with drugs given on the ward.

I had a reasonably good post surgery day the following day, but did battle with some nausea due to the strong pain meds I needed.

I did manage to have a shower, wee on my own (got a gold star for that one).. and GET DISCHARGED!!. It was soooooo good to get home and get into my own bed !! (Yes, I’m playing that first day down a tad… it was really quite awful.. but moving on… )

The last week has had its ups and downs. While in some ways, it’s been much better than expected, it’s also been far worse than I expected.   I’ve been able to have a small (& slow) 15 min walk each evening, and I’m pleased with that, however, I am quite physically incapable of doing anything but walk (rather slowly) around the house.  I have been able to do a few small trips out, even to my son’s Paediatricians appt yest, but everything is at the pace of a 700yr old Tortoise.  This is NOT a speed I’m accustomed to… or like .. AT ALL !!!

I have managed to get down to only using stronger pain meds at night… and just paracetamol thru the day.

Doing close to nothing is driving me absolutely bonkers… but I am excited that I’m 1wk closer to OPERATION COMEBACK !!  I do most certainly need to develop more self control & patience though, in order to not go crazy during this healing process.

I’m excited to plan, and achieve some really great things with my fitness once I’m physically able to get back into it !!  In the meantime, I’ve decided to gain more knowledge in the areas of nutrition and healthy living.  I’d also love to go back over some of my Bible College subjects that I found particularly interesting at the time, but would love to go over with more at a slower speed.

And I’ll take you all along for the ride !

But for now, sleep, healing & recovery calls !!

Blessings peeps !!

Respect the temple !

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