My Big Life Change!

Picture taken by Abby Austin of 1000 Miles on my own two feet.


To transform my life, with God's help of course, one step at a time.

1. Get healthy & honor God with my body

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2.Become at least 50% sustainable with emphasis on doing our part to take care of God's planet.

3. Live life as an adventure, experiencing new places, things & people.
18 out of 150 bucket list goals accomplished

4. Become debt free & build security for my family, so we can then bless others financially also.

5. Continue to grow closer to God, building My family's faith & sharing the Gospel with those we meet, by using the talents and gifts God has provided us.

6.Continue to make money by creating and sharing my thoughts and beliefs through artistic expression: all the while hoping that my art will impact others. "Holly Kennedy

: All I know is, if you don't figure out this something, you'll just stay ordinary, and it doesn't matter if it's a work of art, or a taco, or a pair of socks! Just create something... new, and there it is, and it's you, out in the world, outside of you, and you can look at it, or hear it, or read it, or feel it... and you know a little more about... you. A little bit more than anyone else does... Does that make any sense at all?" Quote from PS I LOVE YOU

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Joslyn my blessing

She's wild! She's crazy! She's a toddler and here to stay!

I don't post on Joslyn often because she is my constant. My one thing that I see everyday, 24/7. I am not saying that mothering is hard. Oh who am I kidding? Mothering is very hard. I do my darnedest to keep my blog encouraging. And because of my mommy state, I am not always in an encouraging state with her. I know, I know you thought I was always happy right? LOL! Right? But I did want to let you know some of the things that Joslyn has been doing lately. Some of my followers do not follow me on Facebook so they don't hear about what Joslyn is up to.

Joslyn is funny!

My husband said that the toddler stage is fun, and for the most part I disagree with him. But Joslyn says some of the funniest things now and then and she usually keeps us cracking up. (Putey-putey) means Hokey Pokey! (Swimming Soup) means swimming suit! (Milt) means Milk! (baby edds) is eggs in a nest! (Cubbers) means covers! For the most part we understand what she is saying, but sometimes John and I will look at each other and say what was that? She talks in complete sentences now and I remember the days I was begging for one word. Mommy is really bad about calling John Daddy in front of her, so she also calls Daddy (Don). I really try not to laugh when she does it.

Joslyn loves TV     

When I pregnant with this little monkey I swore that TV was not going to be a big part of her life. And I knew that kids that watched too much T.V weren't very active and I wanted Joslyn to be active. What I didn't know was that Joslyn was going to be a very active kid and getting her to sit down at all would be a problem. As soon as she started walking, this momma was in trouble. Even to make dinner was an issue. She wanted to be next to me at all times. Hanging under my feet and if not tearing up something, like my Bible and phone books. Until Mr. Barney came into her life. I know most people hate Barney! But at our house Barney was a life saver for this momma. I could put Barney on and she would actually stop and watch it. I was able to make dinner or do the dishes. Barney also taught her words like (pease) and (Dank U) please and thank you. Right now she isn't into Barney as much. Her favorite shows are D,D,D,Dora, Dinosaur (Twain) Train, (Penguins) Backyardagins, and (Cliffor) Clifford. We do watch a little more TV than I would like right now, but I am limiting it slowly and I have noticed that she learns really well visually, which is good. That means that the TV and Computer will be good teaching tools when we start school. 

Joslyn does not like breakfast

Sometimes as hard as we try some of our bad qualities rub off on our kids. Eating breakfast has never been easy for me. I much rather have a Dr. Pepper breakfast instead of food. Even when I was growing up I rarely ate breakfast. I know how much breakfast is important for Joslyn and me, so I try and get something made for breakfast. But Even though she is an early riser (opposite of me) she usually wont eat her breakfast until later that morning. And I believe she doesn't like eggs because of me either. I really have trouble eating eggs. Sometimes I can have them, but most of the time I cannot. Joslyn doesn't like them. But this is not new, Joslyn doesn't like a lot of food. She is so very picky about food. We struggle and struggle over food, which is no surprise since I am a food addict. I cringe every time she gives food to the dogs because she doesn't like something. Or throws it on the floor. But I know that toddlers wasting stuff is normal, but I fight against it. Waste is so hard for me to deal with, but I do. Because most of the wasting bothers me because of my addiction and not because of normal reasons. I try and question my motives and see why I get so upset over lost food. If she is really being wasteful on purpose then we deal with it and if not then I cringe in private and clean it up (if the dogs haven't already) and move on. Some of the foods she does like is peanut butter and jelly on tortillas (John started that), applesauce,  dino chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, french fries and all types of bread and crackers and sweet stuff. She is a carb lover and a sweet lover that makes me cringe too.

Joslyn loves to play
Joslyn loves so many things. She can pick a (Donalds) McDonalds out from a mile away. She loves playing there and likes eating the french fries. She is starting to get into dolls and dress up, but she loves blocks and dinosaurs too. She loves to sing, which makes Momma's heart melt. Her favorite songs right now are Twinkle Twinkle little star and Row, Row Row your boat, ABC song, Wheels on the bus, Sunny day from Signing Time, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Teapot, Pat a cake, and any song from Barney. I think she will have my families musical talent, which is good because it brings us so much joy. Joslyn likes (pieces) which is puzzles. We work on some everyday. She likes to read, she doesn't really have a favorite book right now. Although we bought a Dinosaur Train book last night, which might become her favorite. She loves all things dinosaur train. She often says (Aww Aboardddd) and (Tickets pease)! She likes to dump out her toys mostly, she might be a wrecking ball operator when she grows up. Because this girl can make a mess in minutes! She loves to color and we are currently trying to find her a Dora coloring book. She likes to play with playdough and loves loves loves torturing the dogs. All day long I am onto her and the dogs to leave each other alone. Nickie likes to growl at her when she gets too close and she thinks it's funny and goes over and picks on him. And then when Joslyn has food in her hands Nickie follows her around and tries to swipe her food out of her hands. She loves time with friends and loves the water. Definately going to be a fish this one!

Joslyn IS

Stubborn. Super smart. Beautiful. Selfish. A miracle. A blessing. A pain. Curious. A fighter. Destructive. Sweet. My heart. My life. My daughter. 


  1. Love, Love, Love this blog!! Great one!!

  2. Ah good I am glad you like it!

  3. Oh, how I love that little girl!

    Can I say how much I LOVED Joslyn's Christmas card photo? It makes me smile and laugh every time I see it!

  4. We love you too! maybe just maybe next year Joslyn wont be afraid of Santa!

  5. Dnt sweat the small stuff. What she does now doesnt mean she'll do it forever. Just cause you had food issues doesnt mean ur toddler will too. She'll eat what she needs to. Amber was picky eater too and was very skinny when she was little but she has made up plenty. The doctor told me that toddlers are pretty smart and they will get what they need. Just keep offering different things, varieties and she will figure out what she likes. Worrying only creates insecurities in them. Plus I remember hating most vegatables as a kid but my mom kept offering them and/or making me eat them and I love all the stuff now tht I hated as a kid.Best thing you can do as you've been doing is love her and continually tell her abt God. God will take care of the rest. I think Amber turned out to be pretty good kid. She's nt messed up too badly.

  6. Your right! Amber is a really good kid!