Mandi Sutliff is so amazing and I am so excited to give your her first Mops to Go to help us reflect and pray on the weeks we are not together. Thank you Mandi!
Back to the Basics
It’s a New Year. With that brings change, resolutions, etc.
For most individuals, a new diet, a new exercise routine and many other
goals related to health and fitness are right up there. Well, for the next 12 months Jen and I hope to provide you with Basic tools that will help you adopt a lifestyle change for you and your family. We believe there is no quick fix, no special diet or pill.
We believe with God’s grace and forgiveness to yourself, there CAN be a
continuous healthy journey – just as you build your relationship with God. Each month we want to help you build a healthy relationship with food and fitness.
There is no one package that works for everyone. God made us all different shapes and sizes
for his purpose and reason.
Jen and I would like to provide you with simple steps to make a permanent change. Nutrition and
Fitness can be extremely overwhelming; there are so many pressures from our
society, the media, magazines, etc. Our goal for you is to make your journey with us SIMPLE. This month let’s begin with 2 simple steps. Are you ready?
Make a mental picture of your plate. Got it? Now imagine that same plate with more FRUIT on it. To keep things simple, that’s the only aspect we’re asking you to change. Please visit the following website www.choosemyplate.com for valuable information on Fruits.
Remember we are not here to measure, weigh or calculate.
This needs to remain simple or we are going to lose you. However, the following chart can help regarding what a serving size looks like. This is a great chart to print out and put on your fridge. Continue to take a snap shot when you are preparing a plate and have fun with it! Get the kids in involved.
eau (French), acqua (Italian), agua (Spanish, Portuguese),
wasser (German), water (Dutch) mizu (Japanese), apa (Romanian)……………I
think you get the point.
Increase your water intake. Water is your body’s principal chemical
component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in
your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for the proper functioning of ear, nose and throat tissues.
Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations. Although the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.
So there you have it. TWO simple steps to get you started in making
a lifestyle change.
If this month’s topic was simple for you, congratulate yourself and keep it up. If this month’s topic is new to you, no worries, change is hard. It’s not meant to be easy. In the end, it will bring healthy results and you will begin to feel good about your choices.
Stay tuned for next month as Jen will talk about Alkaline
Foods with an emphasis on greens and raw foods.
Mayo Clinic Staff (n.d)
Water: How much should you
drink every day? Retrieved from
Laine Tvrdik & Jen Brinsmade
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me
I am so excited to introduce Diana Ward to you. She sits at the White Table with me and is an amazing woman with an incredible adoption journey to share. Thank you Diana for opening up your heart to us:
Walking in hope
I feel like I was born with a heart for adoption. As a child, my sister and I would play orphanage and have elaborate adventures caring for assorted baby dolls without parents. My husband, an adoptee himself, shares this heart, so when we decided to start a family, adoption was our first choice.
After piles of paperwork, months of classes, and hours of interviews, we were certified to adopt through the Texas foster care system. We waited for social workers to find us a “match.” What excitement and anticipation – and helplessness. We had done our part, now we could do nothing but wait, trusting that God would move the hearts of others to
bring us the child or children that He wanted to be in our family.
And He did! But not in the way we were expecting. Chatting casually with a friend one day, I brought up our heart for adoption. She mentioned knowing someone who was pregnant and interested in making an adoption plan with a Christian family. We set up a meeting with the birthmother, and it didn’t take long for us to agree this was right.
Eight weeks later, the day Hannah was born was one of the most surreal days of my life. The nurses handed me a baby and called me “Mommy.” Life changed forever, as any first-time mother knows.
We were able to plug into adoption groups and hear other families’ stories. I realized that though we felt called to adopt and jumped into the process with joy and anticipation, many other families came to adoption after long and difficult roads of infertility and loss. A room of adoptive parents is a room of complex emotions – joy, gratitude and grief. Much of this I didn’t understand.
Then it became a part of our story. We have been trying to get pregnant for a year, and we did, only to miscarry a couple weeks later. I know this part of our story is more common than people like to talk about. It’s real, and it’s hard.
There were myriad emotional ups and downs throughout the adoption process and the past year, and I’ve been asked how we could keep our faith through everything. My answer is how could we not? Even on the toughest days, the only thing that helped me find any peace was my faith that God had a plan and we were just called to keep walking forward.
If you feel like God may be calling you to walk forward into adoption, I would love to talk to you; come find me at the White Table. Also, there is a conference coming up in Austin on February 11th – A Future and a Hope – where local adoptive parents and adoption professionals will be sharing their stories and basic adoption information. If you have questions about the adoption process, please consider attending this conference! I’ll be there. We don’t know how God will bring the rest of our children into our family, but we’re going to be ready. 🙂
“For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Diana is wife to Brett for 7 years andmommy to 2-year-old Hannah. She blogs at Life on Olive Street where you can find her latest craft projects, recipes and family adventures.
Let’s look ahead to some great activities coming up in Austin!
I think we can all agree that Austin is an amazing place to live.
There is so much beauty, great outdoor activities and friendly people.
I also love to think about getting out and about in Austin and explore new places.
Here are some wonderful things coming up in Austin and surrounding areas that you will love!
This is brand new this year…if you love Country Living Magazine like I do then you won’t want to miss this:
April 27th-29th at the Travis County Exp Center
click here to buy tickets starting January 15th: Country Living
WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW
January 14, 15, 2012
Big Red Barn
9AM to 5PM Saturday
10AM 4PM Sunday
Admission $5 Good for all days
44th ANNUAL SPRING ANTIQUES FAIR
April 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2012
Big Red Barn & Tent, Continental Tent
Carmine Dance Hall
Admission $10 Good for all days
and all locations
Zilker Park Kite Festival
Mid March- Strawberry picking time!
If you know of anything coming up that we can share on the website…please email me: email@example.com
See you girls on Thursday!!!
Ok girls, time to hit the refresh button!
I love January because everything feels so fresh and new.
Time to refresh our mind and souls too.
This month is for you. You are AMAZING WOMEN!
You are taking time to meet new friends, learn more about motherhood and further develop your relationship with Christ.
You spend so much time being a mother, teacher, spiritual role model: you do it all!
Make sure and take care of yourself and fill your mind with beautiful thoughts,
your heart with love and your life with all good things-
BE GOOD TO YOU!
Always remember God is with you every step of the way on this journey of life.
You are loved.
(This month we will have a couple of giveaways to help refresh your soul.)
Stay tuned to the blog for more information.
See you Thursday.