Who Knew…

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So…I’m going to take you on a journey…it’s an open journey, a real journey…for years now I have dealt with having a short fuse, being irritable, cranky, tired, no energy, headaches, brain fog, restless leg syndrome, weight gain, always hungry, irregular periods and feeling like I’m PMSing CONSTANTLY and primarily taking it out on the ones that I’m closest to…it became my new normal…I HATED it…it was like I was on an emotional roller coaster…I couldn’t seem to control my emotions…I could see myself getting irritated and reacting to the situation by yelling and yet wondering “Why am I yelling?”…

Now, you have to understand that I’ve been going to the doctor for 10 years for my thyroid (my primary care doctor never sent me to an endocrinologist, a doctor who studies the thyroid during all this time). I have hypothyroidism. The doctor said for years that I have had infertility issues due to my thyroid so that is why my periods are so irregular and because I have poly cystic ovarian syndrome.

So in November 2016, my period was very late and I wasn’t pregnant. Finally, it did start 11 days late…so I called my women’s health doctor who said that I needed to see an endocrinologist (because this has gone on too long…over 10 years remember)…BUT my primary care would have to submit the order. My husband and I are both veterans and go to the VA…so to be seen by the doctor and especially a specialty doctor can be like pulling teeth!…

So December 2016, I finally was approved and went to see the endocrinologist…I had done my research, at this point, I was tired of taking my thyroid medicine because it didn’t seem to be doing any good (except my thyroid levels were good on the doctor’s charts, but I felt horrible all the time)…so I went in to the appointment with my research. I was in tears because I was so tired of feeling so horrible all the time. I honestly thought that I had adrenal fatigue. Well, I told the endocrinologist all of this and I didn’t see the point of taking the thyroid medicine anymore. So in the office, he opened up my file and the next words out of his mouth have changed my life…he said, “You are taking IRON right, because you have had little to no iron for a LONG time”…I said, “What? No. Why?”…He said, “I know what your problem is….You don’t have adrenal fatigue and if you stopped taking your thyroid meds then you would only feel a little worse than you do now because you have NO IRON! You are anemic.” ….I sat there scratching my head thinking…I feel this way because of my IRON really?

That night, my husband went to the store and picked me up some IRON supplements. I have been taking the IRON since…just one every night…now, the endocrinologist did send me to a hematologist to confirm. One of my levels that they were watching was 13 on December 29, 2016 and the same level was 39 in Feb 2, 2017 (which is getting better!) The hematologist sent me to a GI doctor who confirmed that my IRON has not been at the right levels for a LONG time! I did have a colonoscopy and endoscopy in Feb 2017 to make sure that there was no internal bleeding (which there wasn’t…PRAISE GOD!)

Since I’ve continued my thyroid meds (I never stopped taking them) and I have added one iron supplement at night…I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER…my periods are normal and aren’t as heavy, I go to the bathroom regularly, I feel more in control of my emotions, I’m not nearly as tired…my WHOLE attitude has changed!! (Just ask my hubby and kids…)

Now, I’m not a doctor, but it makes me wonder how many people are taking mood stabilizers (my primary care wanted me on those) or depression meds when they just need IRON…WebMD Iron Deficiency

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From the Heart…

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So I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m about to say…it will probably ruffle some feathers, but I don’t know if I’m the only one annoyed by this (if so, oh well….)…what is it, you might ask???

Why do mothers seem to always have an excuse or act like being a mother is so horrible? (maybe horrible isn’t the best word)

It just seems like constantly on social media there are all these articles and blogs about about how difficult and tiring motherhood is…and yes, it is hard and it is tiring but life is all around hard at times and tiring at times.

It just seems like like mothers these days act like motherhood is so much hard than ever before…I’m mean mothers have been around since the beginning of creation.

Why can’t there be blogs about how GREAT being a mother is, how WONDERFUL being a wife is, how YOUR CHILDREN are a BLESSING, and how living LIFE is INCREDIBLE instead of how hard being a mother is, what a struggle mothers have, that moms just need a break…

I mean come on, we don’t have to use an outhouse anymore, we don’t have to cook over a fire, we have heat and A/C, we get to grow our own food (we don’t have to because of grocery stores), we can jump in our vehicle and go anywhere, we can enjoy fellowship with others on social media, emails, phone calls….yes, motherhood is stressful, being wife is stressful, running a household is stressful, being an adult is stressful…

It just seems to me (maybe I’m the only one) that mothers don’t realize their STRENGTH, their ENDURANCE, their GRACE, their ABILITY…(and this applies to fathers too) to accomplish what they were CREATED to do!

Hope this doesn’t ruffle too many feathers or step on too many toes…but take a step back (even if you step on a toy), relax and enjoy the little things and being WHO GOD CREATED YOU TO BE…a mom, a wife, a person!

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We CLOSED…but…

We did it! We CLOSED on our 2nd house!!! YAY! YAY! YAY!

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So the moving process has begun (that’s why I haven’t been on…it’s been crazy!)…but…there has been a little set back…We closed on a Friday morning and the following Tuesday, we decided to have the A/C checked and cleaned before we officially moved everything in…well, it BROKE! Good news is that there is a warranty on the home for the 1st year…bad news is that the warranty company is fighting us on covering the unit…so we are now in between houses…still in our current house (our tenants move in late Aug/early Sept) because it is 90 in the new house! (our area is in a heat wave too…REALLY!)

Through all of this…I’m learning…what am I learning you might ask…well, let’s see:

  1. Who your “real” friends are…the ones who are there to help you move…(not many)
  2. You gotta stick together…this whole process has definitely brought the hubby and I closer
  3. It will all work out…it will make us stronger!

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Starting Something NEW

I haven’t posted in about a week, the hubby was working out of town and with school and just everyday life, I didn’t get a chance to sit down…!

How many of you have a craft, hobby, interest or actually take time for yourself? I LOVE to read…I read all the time! My hubby got me a Kindle for Christmas one year and I LOVE it! So it’s somewhat of my relaxing time during the day!

Even though I read all the time, I decided to jump on the band wagon (actually, it just opened in our town)…so what did I do? I joined a gym…Planet Fitness!! It’s pretty inexpensive and the hubby is all for it!! It gives me time to myself, time to get healthy and he gets to hang out with the kiddos!! I’ve only been once…just joined Tuesday…I’m a little sore, but planning on going back tonight.

To confirm what I had been thinking about…this past week, during our MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) that I go to a couple times a month, spoke about “Being Creative”…finding something to do for yourself as a mom and wife. In doing something for yourself, you will regain energy, purpose and refuel. So that’s one of the reasons that I decided to join and find something to do for ME! Going to the gym will definitely help me personally, but help me to refuel and feel good…therefore, being better for my hubby and kiddos!

Also, your hubby needs this time too. So give him time to find a hobby or interest to give him time to relax too…(easier said than done I know)…

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So find something whether it is exercising, crafting, reading (which I LOVE to do) or cooking…whatever it might be to do for YOU! Let me know in the comments below…

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Finishing my list…

So my list from yesterday was this!

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So how well did I do? Definitely got COFFEE and JESUS checked, got the car towed (still waiting to hear from the mechanic), folded laundry and did dishes (those are never ending…), make the snowflakes with puffy paint (pinterest mini fail by the way) and did school with little miss and did my college class…

Today, I gave the dogs a bath…so it is okay that I didn’t finish my total list from yesterday…sure! Although, I did give the dogs a bath today and got more laundry and dishes done. The job of a stay-at-home mom never ends…did you create your lists? How far did you get?

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Hello 2016

So yesterday was a crazy day (and did I get much accomplished…NO)…anyway, so I’m posting my post from yesterday today.

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I hope you had a good new year’s! We did. We had sparkling white grape juice and gummy bears and finger foods…we watched the ball drop and barely stayed awake…little man was out by the time 2016 rolled around…but little miss made it!

So this year, we have a LOT of things planned (I’m DECLARING it from the mountain tops) for our family…

  1. getting our home ready to rent…got some maintenance to do and fix some issues.
  2. find a new home with 2 kiddos, we need a home with at least 3 bedrooms
  3. first and foremost, pay off ALL of debt (1 medical bill and our van)…we are so close and hopefully with our tax return we can be completely DEBT FREE
  4. get an even better handle on our finances. (I’ll post later about how we do our finances on a monthly basis)
  5. continue our “SPRING CLEANING” (that has lasted all year)…I want to be organized before we move to make the moving easier
  6. to become closer as a family as a husband and wife and with the kiddos and in our relationship with the LORD
  7. finish my certification (I started Dec 1 to go back to school) to become a Financial Planner

These are not in exact order, but just a plan to finish 2016 and make it one of the best years YET!

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After all the hustle and bustle…

So it’s a week after Christmas…hope you had a wonderful Christmas…now back to reality!

The money has been spent (hopefully less than the budget), the gifts have been given, the foods been eaten….at any point, did you stop and remember who this day is all about? For us,  we explained to our children that its not all about the presents, but totally about JESUS and its pretty cool to get presents on HIS birthday!!!

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It seems like the Christmas season is all about presents and Santa and less about Jesus. We all get so wrapped up in the “Christmas season” that we put aside Christ….now, don’t get me wrong…WE LOVE Christmas ( we don’t do Santa, although we do teach our children about the real St. Nicholas)…we love going out to look at lights, getting presents, spending time with family and all that Christmas brings…

Just remember today and everyday not just on Christmas that it is all about Jesus. He gave us life, our many blessings, and our today, yesterday and tomorrow…so treat everyone the way you want to be treated, love all (even the hard to love), go out of your way for someone you know and even a stranger, and be Jesus plain and simple!!!

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