Some tears tonight. Some big emotions as we prepare to leave for the next 3 months knowing this might be the last night we spend in the Lake House. We decided to have a sushi picnic and watch a movie to relax before we leave in the morning. We’d planned to leave a few days ago, but a last minute showing, and feeling like we needed to finish a few more projects kept us here longer than we’d thought. We head to Colorado for two weeks, and then the big news, to Florida for the next few months as Jon, and I and our family volunteers for the Awana Vision Camp for South Korean students. This wasn’t in my plans. 😂 I’d pictured a winter spent in Baja lazing about on sandy beaches. But when God put this opportunity in our path thanks to a lifelong friend of Jon. We both felt a stirring that this door was the one we were meant to lead our family through. It’s going to be an absolutely incredible learning experience for our kids. They are welcomed into the classes the Korean students are taking. Such a blessing to find such a family friendly ministry! For Jon and I it’s a chance to serve. We’ve been praying about how we can give of our time during this season. We’ve been so blessed with time freedom and we want to spend it wisely. Not that there isn’t a time for relaxing on beaches. 😂 But we know that this, this is the important stuff. This opportunity, and more is the reason God put Plexus on our heart years ago, as a way for our family to have the freedom to follow where He leads. We’d appreciate your prayers as we walk into another uncertain chapter of our lives. Pray please for the right family to fall in love with the lake house Iike we did. It’s difficult for us to maintain while we are gone. Pray for safety on the road, it’s going to be a long drive from Colorado to Florida and we only have a few days to to it. Pray for patience. Oh gosh, I cringe writing that one. But I’m a NOW girl. Pray for us to have the peace to wait for HIS timing to direct our lives. Thank you so much for everyone who has supported my business and continues to support our family. We couldn’t do this without you.
Next up on our travels was petrified forest national park! We traveled with the sole interest to see America, visit national parks and see a side we haven’t seen before. Our trip did not disappoint! As a mother of three and a new mother to a then 10 month old I didn’t want to stress things. I had a rough plan, a National Park travel guide which I usually read a week before the park and we took advantage of the knowledge of the park rangers, volunteers and visitor centers to learn about each park at the time of visit. #reisenmitbaby#hikeitbaby#travelwithkids#reisenmitkindern
First run postpartum with our one month old Zion! Zion did great while mom huffed and puffed. I have been trying to get back into running and strength training to allow me to do all of the outdoor adventures we love to do. Love my Bob stroller and can’t wait to use it more! How do you other moms stay fit and active while still taking care of their little ones?
We hit up Bell Canyon Reservoir again on Friday morning. The sun was out and it was really beautiful. We are trying to get as much hiking in before the inversion comes back, then we’ll have to head up into the higher canyons to escape.
Set a goal to get in 6 workouts this week. Today will be #6 – it’s a full body workout with @sweat. I’m putting it on here to hold myself accountable. Ha!
I really want to take the kids hiking since we have a mostly free day but I have a bunch of “responsible” things that should probably take priority & that sounds sooooooo boring! 😂
HAPPY SATURDAY! What are you doing today?? Anything exciting???
From #wonderfulwildwoman @cathaybail - Night 6 - Milford Sound. The only place to stay at the end of the road a very pleasant assortment of lodges & camper vans.
An absolutely amazing day. Lazy morning in our lake view forest camp including a walk along the pebble beach - nothing but nature - bliss. The drive to Milford Sound is quite simply epic - my words cannot do it justice. But our hike to Lake Marian was beautiful; along rapid waterfalls, through forest, surrounded by vertical snow capped peaks. I carried Rose up and it felt wonderful to know I could do so, quite easily & confidently. 695m so a decent hike on a narrow tramping trail even without a baby on board. It was lovely to have the encouragement of people we met - we’re simply enjoying our holiday but if we can be an example to others that your life doesn’t “end” when you have a baby it’s a bonus. Also to have the support & encouragement of those who have trodden the path before is wonderful. Be kind to all.
Perfect autumn morning hike with my little trail buddy. First time carrying my 30 something lb girl in the backpack and we both did awesome! I don’t know why I ever doubted myself. Don’t let fear or self doubt ever hold you back. She believed she could, so she did💪🏼
Girl, I've believed this lie just as much as you have. But here is the truth: hormones are your friends, NOT the enemy as we have been told our entire lives!!! Hormones get blamed for everything, and especially as women! Acne? Hormones. Hysterical woman? Oh just those female hormones. Painful period, crazy mood swings? Yupp, must be hormones. Did you know these things aren't normal?? While they sure do suck, and ARE due to out of wack hormones, it's not your hormones' fault! And want to know something even better that the world doesn't want you to know (because then they can sell you more stuff!)? You can fix it. I won't go into the science (today) but your hormones control everything in your body from sleep, stress, and hunger, to fertility, skin, and sooooo much more. They are so important in how healthy and happy you feel, and we should and can control them, not the other way around. Our bodies know how and want to be in balance, but we unknowingly are putting it in an exhausting uphill battle. I want to switch the conversation and show you how you can have happy hormones and be thankful for them instead of blaming them! You don't have to live with these skin conditions, painful periods, or sleep issues, I am proof of that. I used to think my body was overly sensitive to everything but it was really just in overload mode. A big big part of it is getting rid of toxic ingredients in your life and your house. Your body will breathe a sigh of relief! I've seen it in so many people now who have made the switch!
But I want to be sure you know it's far from an easy overnight fix. If you have years of build up of toxic ingredients in your body, it can't get rid of it immediately. It takes work and dedication, but man the results are incredible on the other side! ❤️
Camping with a baby in the cold seems straight forward enough - just bundle them up! But what about rain? We were going to take the burro out all next week but the region is covered in rain storms (along with the cold). Any tips or suggestions? ☔️ .