It’s Friday!

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Its FRIDAY! I’m oddly reminded of that Rebecca Black song Friday right now. Not for any reason in particular. It just popped into my head. The sad part? Now those awful music video images are flashing thru my mind… The YouTube link is above if you dare to join me in my misery. Or joy. Whichever way you want to look at it. You’re welcome.

I love what I do. Do you love what you do? I used to think I’d never find what I was passionate about. I’ve dabbled in coaching gymnastics, health & fitness coaching, the pizza industry, nursing…. I found I love working with other people. I’m terrible at selling. I love caring for others. Don’t misunderstand me. I absolutely LOVE coaching gymnastics, and if someone came up to me today & said “Rachel, I want you to be the head coach for our level 3-7 girls” I’d likely take that job in a heart beat! But I have found that my main, true calling, lies in caring for medically fragile children.

Β For those who don’t know, I am a pediatric home care nurse. We all hate to think of kids getting sick, having to be admitted into the hospital, & all that goes along with that. Have you ever thought about the kids who are chronically ill? Those who have feeding tubes, life-long disorders, trachea breathing tubes… things along those lines? They need in-home care. Parents are awesome! They are top of the line providers for their little ones. But even they have their breaking points. {Don’t we all? I hit mine two nights ago when Oliver threw a huge tantrum at 10:30pm because we wouldn’t let him sit in his car seat & press buttons on the DVD player. The screaming was like nails on a virtual chalkboard} As an in-home nurse for my little patients, I’m able to help moms & dads out with caring for their kiddos. I give them their medications, feedings, diaper changes, play with them, assess them, monitor them & love on them a whole lot. I absolutely love my job!

For the last six months, I had been working the overnight shift. But, for the last two weeks, I’ve been working days. Which means that not only do I get more time with my boys, but I actually get to enjoy my Fridays! It’s new. It’s exciting. Last week I napped. Maybe this week I’ll stay awake! πŸ˜‰

Even though we’re “roughing & toughing” it out right now, battling constant ear woes & all that comes with it with our little mister, he is an absolute JOY! He makes simple chores like flipping couch cushions into an all out adventure. And I cannot wait to see what fun he brings to Joe & I on this Friday evening.

I pray that you have found joy in your Friday. Lots of love coming your way from me until next time!

BS1

… and I’m Back In The Game!

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Hello sweet blog & friends! How I’ve missed you so, so,Β SO much!

My 7 year old MacBook stopped charging 😦 and I haven’t been able to use a computer for months! Enter our tax return & a new computer {thank you Jesus!}. I have so many things to share, so many life updates, & basically, I’m just beyond thrilled to be able to blog again!

Spring is here! The last yucky storm just finished in our neck of the woods… I can actually see sunshine today! Its incredible. There have been some changes within our family & with me. So be ready to see more bloggity blog posts from me. Especially now that I have a computer that is really easy to take with me everywhere πŸ™‚

Until Next Time!

Rachel

My Body, My Temple

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A couple of my favorite bloggers wrote about a great topic recently:

Self Care

After reading their posts, I realized that I don’t take care of myself. So for the first 6 months of the year, each month is going to be dedicated to focusing on one aspect of self care. The objective is to have a habit by the end of each month so that by July, I’ll have picked up 6 new, fantastic habits.

{Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20}

January: Health

{Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. – James 5: 14-15a}

Since I started out this month very ill with the flu/bronchitis, I have decided to focus on health. I am drinking more water, less fast food, taking vitamins, trying to use essential oils first before over the counter medications… you get the picture. One big thing I’m promising myself is that if I start feeling under the weather, I will immediately take care of me. I will stop & rest.

February: Sleep

{If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. – Proverbs 3:24}

This will tie in nicely with Health. My NOC schedule makes my sleep schedule difficult. I try & get 8 hours of sleep a day, but end up with 4-5 on a good day. If I can conquer sleep, it’ll help tremendously with self care!

March: Cleanliness

{For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:20}

Major confession time.

Between work, mommy duties, wife duties, & everything else… I find that taking a shower is on the bottom of the to-do list. Don’t get me wrong, I shower, I wash my hands, brush my teeth, wash my face… I’m a generally clean person. But before I became a mama, I showered daily! Now that privilege has been replaced with Oliver things & baths. He does manage to soak me from head to toe with all the splashing he does πŸ˜‰ So in March, I’m going to refocus my attention on personal cleanliness. I’ll wash my hair more often so I don’t have to use baby powder in-between πŸ˜‰

April: Nutrition

{Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.- Genesis 9:3}

I’m terrible about my eating habits. Absolutely awful. This month, I’ll focus on eating less fast food, less sweets, and more quinoa, chicken, brown rice, veggies, fruits & other good, healthy things. Its going to take a lot of will-power & prayer to make it thru this month.

May: Fitness

{For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8}

Working out is good for the body. Its great to keep yourself strong & in shape. But, its not the only thing that matters in life. While I’ll be working out all year long, the month of May will be used to refocus. Why am I working out? What purpose is it serving? What do I need to change?

June: Beauty

{You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. – Song of Songs 4:7}

I want to embrace my femininity. I want my husband to look at me and say “Wow! My wife is gorgeous!”. I want to fix my hair, put on some make-up and feel beautiful! I love wearing my “comfy” clothes, but I know they aren’t for all occasions. After five months of health, sleep, cleanliness, nutrition & fitness prep, beauty makes sense as the last month. As with fitness, making myself up & adorning myself with cute clothes, shoes & jewelery is not what matters. What matters is that I’m taking care of myself & not lazily lounging around in yoga pants all day.

So here’s to being intentional about self care in 2014! Hopefully by July I’ll have new habits instilled within me and I’ll be ready to take on life as a mama who knows self care πŸ™‚