Day 14 of 40: “We did it…” he exhaled

Today is Day 14 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}


Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 14 of 40.

It’s 9:14 p.m. Robert walked through the door from a very long day’s work (14 hours away from the home-to be exact) and greeted me with a kiss…

“We did it” he exhaled.

“Did what?” you might ask.

We made it through another long day.

Today was going to be a beautiful, sweet and relaxing day for our family.  Robert was going to get some extra work done.  I was going to have alone time in the house with just the baby and myself, after attending “Muffins with Mom” at Shyloh’s preschool.

But that did happen.

To spare you the details, what did happen was I got ready for the day…  hair, make up, skirt, great attitude… And in a matter of 30 minutes Shyloh, Benjamin and I were at home binge watching Netflix’s newest Kids collections while Shyloh sat upon beach towels covering the sofa, and a plastic bag in a trash can beside her.

Yes, you guessed it….  These sick bugs have zapped the life out of this mama of 3 littles trying to be strong!

It actually wasn’t too miserable today as Shyloh started to perk up now and again and no more episodes occurred.  Don’t know what this bug is, was, or could be but we seem to be all fine and dandy tonight.  All that to say, here is where the rubber meets the road.

I sat staring at the wall and my iPhone for a good amount of the day.  Paralyzed in a coma-like tired state.


See… it just happened again.  I started staring at my fish tank and realized that we have only three of our four fish in there.  I’ll take a pic right now and show you.

I’ll get up later and figure out where the other sucker (literally, it’s a sucky fish) went.

So here’s how the strength for today went…  Not so fabulous…  but as Robert said “We did it…”

You’ve had those days too?

In the Bible in the book of Exodus, we saw the Israelites journey through the wilderness on their way to their Promised Land of Canaan (ya know, their beach front properties), they cried out to go BACK to slavery because it was easier than making changes, easier than taking the journey.  I always read that and wondered how they could ever want to escape the process like that… seemingly so easily….how could they?  Why would they?

Yet tonight.  I get it.  I want to escape it too right now.  You been there before?

1. {Spirit}

I read my verse.  It didn’t fill me up too much but I did it.

Then tonight while tucking the girls into bed, I read Shyloh’s preschool devotional and found some hope.

Literally, that’s what this devotional was all about.  Hope that makes you want to go out and blow bubbles.  That spoke to me.  God speaks to us in the most simple yet profound ways huh?


2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

Here are a few pics from today.  I did get a few things accomplished.  I rested for about 20 minutes.  I started a new calendar for our family (yes, that’s because I can’t keep it all in my head and the newest, greatest, latest tech tools just don’t cut it for this old school mama!  I like to see it and touch it…  aka, a dry erase annual calendar!).

I cuddled with Shyloh, a lot.  Missing Muffins with Mom made for a little sad heart.

I watched Benjamin opt for the toy box instead of the toys.

I guess what seems like a non-productive day for me actually was productive.  Maybe that’s why it’s important to write down our journey.  Maybe we get to see from a different perspective?

3. {Body}

Just before coming over to the couch to blog, I finished off a handful of tortilla chips, a few bites of Robert’s dinner, and the crust from Emma’s sandwich for tomorrow.  It doesn’t count while you’re standing, right?!  😉  All that being said, God and I are working on this.  Remember those Israelites whining and complaining for the glorious foods they had while in slavery?  I feel their struggle.  All hope isn’t lost for me, just keeping in control but not gaining traction… not yet anyways.  😉

I have a plan.  When plan A, B, C, and ……. W don’t work.  Go to Plan X!

We might be onto Plan X.  But if you’re still carb cycling or following your plan then BRAVO!!!!  You amaze me!!!!

I’m just being real, honest, and obviously vulnerable with you here.

Onward into Day 15 friends!  We did it… another day, right?!

{For those of you that were concerned for us, there are still FOUR fish in the tank.  I guess that means that we still have to keep this fish tank.  Shhh…  don’t tell that I said that!  I love fish!  Just in YOUR house I love them.}  😉

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