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C25K

Couch To 5K!  It’s this awesome program that helps anyone train for a 5k run in 9 weeks.  I downloaded an app on my iTouch that keeps track of my progress and trains me along the way. It is called 5k Trainer by DeltaWorks.  You can purchase it for $1.99 through ITunes Store.  Most of the other training programs were more expensive. It incorporates the music you have into the training.

My sister and I are doing this together.  We call each other and keep each other accountable for our training time.  We are looking a 5k runs in mid-December to sign up for.  Our completion date will be approx December 11th.

In addition to my 5k training, I have been exercising on the elliptical trainer an average of 45 minutes everyday except for Sunday.  I feel so energized and healthy.  I love feeling this way and hope I can stick with it.

A thinner and more fit me,

The Milk Maid

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My girls are technology freaks!  As are most other children in this day and age.  I get it.  I’m a little obsessed with the internet and Twitter and Facebook and the list goes on.  One of my pastor’s described TV and Computers as amusement, which requires no thinking just enjoying.  Who wouldn’t like that?!? My girls could sit in front of the TV or computer all day long if I would let them.

But at the same time, they need exercise to keep them healthy and fit.  They need to get up off of their bohunkus’ and move around some.  Go climb a tree or ride a bike.  I guess they are getting to the ages when climbing trees and riding bikes aren’t their favorite things to do.  Snapper will go to her room and play with her dolls or pet-shops sometimes, but that doesn’t include any exercise.

I needed a compromise! I need them to move and they want to sit.  So here is my deal with them: FOR EVERY MINUTE THEY SPEND EXERCISING ON THE ELLIPTICAL OR SOME OTHER WAY, THEY GET A MINUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

We have been working on this for about 5 days now and so far so good.  They usually get an average of 30 minutes.  I guess it will take time for them to build up the muscles and endurance to last longer during exercise.

In addition to their earned tech-time, we usually watch a family movie together at night before bed.  It’s a bonus for them!

The Milk Maid

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It’s all her fault!  That friend of mine who told me all about the secret world of Twitter.  You may be thinking that Twitter is not a secret and that everyone knows about it, but my question is, “Do you really know?”.  I mean, really?  I thought Twitter was like a mini Facebook where you only have the status update line and nothing else.  But, NO!  There is so much more to this wonderful thing called TWITTER!

My friend is a winner!  Really.  She wins things all the time.  I’m beginning to think that she was being modest when she said, “I win about once a week.”  One day while sitting at the table in the teacher’s lounge of our homeschool co-op, I told her that I wanted to know how to win things to.  I was only about half serious and half jesting.  You hear of people making a living off of winnings online and such but you don’t really believe that you could.  She told me start with Twitter.

My first thought was “Twitter, really?  Yeah right.”  Then I pulled out my “smart” phone and upload the Twitter application.  She then proceeded to show me how to maneuver my way around and find giveaways to enter.  It was all so simple; too simple really.  So I started playing with it and continued when I got home via my laptop computer.  In my mind, I was very reluctant but since I’m such an internet loving gal, I thought I’d give it a try.  I told myself, “If I win something in the first week, I’ll keep trying it but otherwise, this is a waste of my time.”  Little did I know……..

My first week I won a foot long sub from Subway and a coupon for free mayo from SmartBalance.  Now that isn’t much but it was something and I didn’t specify what I would have to win in order to keep going.

My second week I won a $20 gift certificate to LifeIsGood.com and an Amazon Kindle Bundle that included a free online class.  Now this is where I learned a valuable lesson in the Twitter game.  ALWAYS CHECK YOUR E-MAIL!  I neglected my e-mail over the weekend due to a very busy schedule.  I woke up that Monday morning to find out that I had won said Kindle bundle but was now unable to claim said Kindle bundle because I didn’t respond to the e-mail within 24 hours, which was that Friday.  I was heart-broken but learned a valuable lesson!

I’m in my third week of playing the Twitter game.  It has started out very well with two wins so far; a GAME OF LIFE: NY EDITION, and (drum roll, please) a new Apple iPad 16GB.  Yeah!  Now that is what I call success!

I’ve gotten brave and started branching out and searching for other ways (other than Twitter) to win goodies.  Facebook has an array of giveaways every day, week, and month.  And of course, there are loads of others all over the world wide web!

Why put the time and effort into all this?  It’s fun and rewarding.

Does this make me a materialist greedy person?  No, I don’t think so.  I have prayed about this and feel that somethings I will keep, some things I will give away, and somethings I will sell on Ebay.  I’m praying about what to do with the IPad.  My first instinct was to keep it but I’m praying about which of the above categories this falls under.  I don’t believe I’m to give it to someone.  I’m praying about selling it since it is worth $500.

I’m thinking this also makes for great Christmas shopping but without the expense.  I do have time that I put into it but I try not to devote too much time to it since I have a family to tend to first.  Early morning hours, lunch breaks, and late night hours tend to be my Twitter time.  But in all honesty, I can get quite sucked into it all and next thing I know, I’ve been on the PC a lot longer than I intended.  I like that I can take Twitter with me on my phone.  It is great for passing time in doctor’s offices; which I tend to be in a lot lately with a sick kid.

I’ll keep you all up to date on my winnings.  I’m not bragging.  I want to encourage you to explore the great world of Twitter and see what goodies you can get for you or your family.

I Heart Twitter,

The Milk Maid

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The Daddy of our Family

A friend recently pointed out to me that my family is blessed to have so much time with The Hubby.  He doesn’t leave most mornings till 9 or 10 am.   He is in and out of the house a couple of times each day before his actual “coming home” in the evening.  The Hubby has a very flexible schedule and can take off early or go in late.  He is the boss and owner of his company; thus has employees to keep things running even when he can’t be on the work site.

Today, Labor Day, he left the house around 9:30 am.  We had been up for at least 2 hours by this time; everyone fed and started school. The Hubby returned home at 1:30 pm to take us all out on the lake for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  This isn’t something just happens on holidays but random days when he feels the need to spend more time with the family.

My friend, that reminded me of this small blessing, is the mother of a military family.  Her husband is gone for days, weeks, and months at a time.  He is fighting for our freedom!

My sister’s husband is a trucker.  He can be absent from the home as little as 2 weeks and as much as 7 weeks at a time.  She often feels like a married single mother.

Many families have father’s with 9 to 5 jobs and get one week’s vacation each year.  They are required to work as scheduled and the family time is planned around it.  There is much to be said for a steady job like this.

Every family is different and they all have different kinds of Daddy’s.  I’m thankful for the “Daddy” of my little family.  He is a hard-working, dedicated man.  He is a loving father and husband.  We are truly blessed!

The Wife of The Daddy,

The Milk Maid

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Finally!!!!!

Over the past 3 weeks, The Hubby and I have been contemplating a small quick vacation for the family.  We needed a vacation we could take in a week or less.  We needed it to be in our budget.  And The Hubby needed to clear some time in his schedule to take this so-called schedule.

The location has changed approx 4 times since the begging of our planning session 3 weeks ago.  The Hubby finally gave me a time frame last week, then put me on hold due to a change in his schedule.

BUT FINALLY…. The hotel room is booked and tickets are purchased.  We are headed to Williamsburg, Virginia next week!  I am ubber excited.

Historic Williamsburg

Jamestown

Yorktown

Busch Gardens

Water Country USA

Doesn’t that all sound like so much fun!

We haven’t vacationed as a family in 2 years.  I am sure I will be packed and ready to go before the departure day arrives.  Packing lists need to be made.  The girls need new suitcases.  So much to do!

Yay me!

The Milk Maid

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Open mouth, Insert Foot

Sometimes I just want to kick myself!  Like when I tell something to someone who isn’t supposed to know it.  Yeah I did that today.  KICK!

I purchased a new cell phone today.  I was seriously in need of a new one.  My old one was not holding battery life or keeping cell service, so it was time to upgrade.  So… I didn’t have any of my contacts in my new phone….. So when a certain person, who we will call KS, texted me about a get together, I didn’t realize who it was…. So I mentioned a particular other get together that KS wasn’t suppose to know about….. So…. Open mouth, Insert Foot! Kick!

Me Oh My! Kick!

The Milk Maid

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God has planted within me this deep desire to see the marriages of those around me and in my community work out and create Godly families who want to serve the Lord and glorify him in their marriages.  So what can I do?

All around me I see marriages ending in dramatic divorces, young couples “in love” getting married, and marriages celebrating anniversaries that give me a sense of awe.  My heart cries out for all these marriages.  I want to help the divorcees.  I want to encourgage the newly weds.  I want to applaud the marriages celebrating yet another year of sweet union.

I’ve watched some of my dearest friends suffer through divorce.  I spend hours crying in the seclusion of my bedroom.  My heart breaks for these families.  Yet, I know my heart ache can’t compare to the heart ache being felt by this husband and wife.  I want to ask questions and get to the bottom of the matter.  What happened?  Was it really that bad?  Can’t you work it out?  I wish I could help.  I pray for them but I don’t know what else to do.

Over the past years, I have watched young ladies and gentlemen commit their lives to each other.  I remember their courting days and the glow on their faces when they told me about their engagements.   I’ve watched them from afar as they saved themselves for this special time in their lives.  Oh how my heart leaps in excitement for them.  I can remember being “in love”.  The excitement of a new journey with someone you love by your side.  I want to encourage them.  I want them to know how important it is to talk with your spouse; even when you don’t want to.  Don’t stop flirting with your spouse; treat them like you still see them as that special person you fell in love with.   Cry together and laugh together.  Treat your marriage as your first and most important earthly ministry.  When you have kids, don’t forget that you loved your spouse first!  Don’t let your desires turn into expectations; it will just break your heart.  And forgive, forgive, forgive.  I pray for happy healthy marriages.

I am in awe at the marriages that celebrate anniversaries that represent a number greater than my own.  I think about the 12 1/2 years of my own marriage and the struggles that we, with the Lord’s help, have over come.  Then I think about how small 12 1/2 looks like when compared to 25, 30, 40, 50, etc.  I am encouraged by the Godly marriages in my church.  Men and women who have experienced their lives together and still love each other at the end of each day.  Men and women who have been disappointed by their spouses but still have eyes for only that one person.  Men and women who desire to be pleasing to God in their marriages.  Wow, I’m in awe!

Dear Heavenly Father, please show me how to pray for the marriages of my friends, family, church, community, and country.  You have given me a heart that hurts for broken marriages, celebrates healthy marriages and wants to encourage all marriages.  Take me, Lord, and use me in a way that glorifies you and satisfies my heart for all marriages.  Lord, you know the desires of my heart.  I desire to be a small piece to this big puzzle.  Amen.

The Milk Maid

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