Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lessons Learned With Weight Loss

I have learned that it is okay to ask for help and guidance. 

To say no and not feel guilty. 

That weight loss also sheds unwanted baggage.

That failure is not an option. 

That I am worthy of love.

That I am important. My life and my wants are important. 

That whatever is worth having, is worth fighting for, and is hard.

That portion control and protein matter more than most people think.

Simply to be true to myself and to those that I love.

I have learned who my people are.

That being unique and different is one of my best qualities. In a world where people zag, I zig.

That good things can happen at any time, on any day.

And finally, I have learned to be Rhoda, and to be the best version of myself, with the man that I love, my children, and my God; and to be okay with who I am.

Read about my weight loss journey here: 

Getting Healthy Part 1

Getting Healthy Part 2

I am currently down 75 lb. since October 2016 and wear a size 14 jeans, Large in dresses, and Med. tops, but I'm most happy to actually live life again!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Twenty-Seven Dishes

Let's just say you have five special dishes from Aunt Susie, five from Great Aunt Betty, and five from Aunt Helen. You have four from Great-Grandma Judith, and two from your next door neighbor. Your mom gave you three, and your sister gave you three more.

Now you very seldom use any of those dishes but you can't get rid of them because they are all special, (and what if your sister came to visit and didn't see the dishes she gave you?), so you have them stacked all together, with all the other dishes in the China hutch - that you seldom use.

 But, you are now holding onto 5 + 5 + 5 + 4 + 2 + 3 + 3 = 27 dishes. Maybe each of the dishes are unique in its own way - it might be a special color, or a special pattern, or maybe it has a special memory of Aunt Suzie serving mashed potatoes in that dish..... but here's the thing -  do you really use, and love, and have special memories of all 27 dishes?

 You see, when you have 27 special dishes it's really like saying that none of them are special; to be special means 'to single out' - you my friend can't have 27 special dishes.

So, what to do. Guess what? I'm gonna help you...

You get out all 27 dishes and look and touch each one. Pick out your most favorite dish. Decide how many dishes could actually fit nice and neatly in that China hutch and how many dishes that you will actually use. (I think a good rule to use is to keep one third of what you had previously, (as long as it will fit neatly into the home you have for it) so 27 ÷ 3 = 9, now you know how many to keep.) You can always get rid of more later.

So pick out your nine most favorite dishes. If none of Aunt Helen's dishes made it into your favorites that's okay. Aunt Helen wouldn't have wanted you holding on to a dish that you didn't like, and adding clutter to your home, especially when someone else could have used, and even loved, that particular dish.

 Put the others that didn't make the favorite nine into a box and donate them. Don't second-guess your decision; just do it.

I guarantee those nine dishes that you picked out will become even more special and will make you smile each time that you use them. You see, having one special dish from Great Aunt Betty is much more meaningful than having five kinda special dishes from Great Aunt Betty.

Keep the one that you love - make it special. Your life will be less cluttered and your mind, free. Don't underestimate the power of one.


 Apply this to each area in your home and you will be living a clutter free life in no time!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ugly, Sagging, Sofa Makeover

Our first sofa set we had for 7 years (We actually still have the original love seat, now 11 yrs old in my office.) but 3 years ago we bought a new furniture set.... but after only 3 years our newest set was shot. Actually it was shot after 2 years, it just took us another year to finally do something about it. It was awful to sit on... it felt like you had lumps in your butt and I was embarrassed to have company over.

Let me insert here that the hubby and I have always liked the idea of buying a cheap sofa set, use it for 5-7 years and get a new set.... because we have kids who make messes and I like to change my decor and get tired of the same items of furniture. So, that is and has been our plan.

We were rather disappointed that after only 3 years we'd have to buy new sofas, but I started researching sofa's online. However, after all the researching, we were worried that we'd sink another $2500 in sofas, only to have them not hold up as well. We really didn't want to go through that again, so I decided to try something else.

First, hubby took the fabric off the bottom of the sofas and pulled the springs tight and put in new wood to reinforce the frame and used screws.... here the whole thing was held together by staples.... 

Second, we took the covers off of the cushions and cut the foam. The springs inside were all twisted... (which when we bought theses sofa's I remember the salesman used the springs as a selling point, saying that the sofa wouldn't breakdown because of them).... ya right, that was a joke!

Anyway, the foam its self was still in decent shape, so we measured the inside and ordered Lux Foam- High Quality from Foam Factory. *Note - I really wanted the firmest I could get... however, if I did it again I would just get the Lux- Regular, as our seats are on the extra firm side. But overall, I'm happy with the way they are now.

We put the new foam inside the old foam and put the cover back on. Instant Success! The cushions looked great!

Next, I ordered 10lb. box of Poly-Fil from and re stuffed the back of the sofa's. The cushions on the back of our sofa do not come off, but they do have the zipper enclosures underneath. I just unzipped the cushions and stuffed. This is easier said then done.... your body is in an awkward position and I have short arms, but the finished product is well worth it. 

And here's the finished sofa after the make over.... no more sagging, or springs poking my butt.... now I just need to find some new throw pillows for spring!

Quite the difference, don't you think?!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Killdeer Facts

Today, while spending time outside, I took some great pictures of this Killdeer protecting her eggs.

Killdeer remind me of two things; Spring and my Grandpa Frick

When I hear the Killdeer, I know Spring is on its way... 

Every year, we have a pair of Killdeer make their nest in our drive. Our youngest daughter loves it. She gets out the bird book and looks them up, and tells everyone that they are her favorite bird.

Killdeer remind me of my Grandpa Frick. I remember him taking me to his field and showing me their nests. He could also make an exact replica of the killdeer sound.


So, here's some Killdeer facts...

Killdeer have brown upper parts, white underparts, and orange rumps. The eyes are dark with a bright red eye ring . In flight, the Killdeer's long, slender wings have conspicuous white wing stripes.

Killdeer live in open habitats such as fields, meadows, gravel bars, and mudflats.

Name "killdeer" refers to "kill-deer" calls which this species often produces. "Kill-deer" calls are especially frequent during the courtship. Killdeer was also known as "noisy plover" because of its loud, frequent shrills.

Killdeer can reach 8 to 11 inches in length and 2.6 to 4.5 ounces of weight.

Killdeer feed mainly on ground invertebrates such as earthworms, beetles, grasshoppers, and snails. They occasionally eat seeds and small vertebrates.

The Killdeer is our most common breeding shorebird.

Killdeer require a sandy or gravelly substrate for nesting near a wet or muddy area where they can forage.

Female Killdeer lay 4 to 6 eggs in the bare, shallow depression in the ground and then collects and accumulates pebbles, sticks, shells and various trash around the nest.

Both male and female participate in building the nest.

To guard against large hoofed animals like cows stepping on the eggs, the Killdeer fluffs itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to make it change its path.

Eggs hatch after 22 to 28 days. Chicks are covered with plumage and have one black bar on the breasts. They are able to walk and leave the nest shortly after hatching.

The Killdeer performs the broken-wing display to distract intruders away from nests and chicks.

Killdeer can survive around 10 years in the wild.

Killdeer are neither endangered nor threatened. However, they are protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Being The Salt...

" Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." - Matthew 5: 13(KJV)

The "Ye" he is speaking of are Christians. We should be salt. Salt = we should give flavor to the world. We should make others desire God by the way we live and act. We should be so salty that it makes others thirsty for Jesus.

If Christians have no flavor = christian influence on the world, they are good for nothing = not good and it might as well be cast out. In Bible times, salt that had lost its flavor was thrown out in the road for people to walk on. It was no longer used for flavoring or for preserving food. It was no good.

As a Christian, make sure you have some flavor. Make others thirsty for God by the way you live your life. Be an influencer for good. Make a difference in the lives of those you come in contact with. 

"Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."  -Luke 14:34-35

Go be the SALT in the world.....

Monday, April 2, 2018

Night Night, Farm and Night Night Jungle Book Reviews

“Mice and pigs, chickens and cows-
Squeak, oink, cheap and moo...
Oh, the animals God has made!
And, Hey, He made me too! Night night, God.

As the big moon rises, the jungle settles in for the night. 
All around, jaguars, lemurs, and monkeys cuddle close and say, “Night night!”

 These little board books are absolutely adorable.
Night Night, Farm and Night Night, Jungle are amazing books that incorporates both learning about animals and a love for God. I love how God is woven within these bedtime stories. A wonderful way to begin a prayer for little ones. It's the perfect end before dreams begin.

The stories come alive with the illustrations that are bright and colorful. 

If I had to give it a critique, it would be that I wish there was more touch and feel in the Night Night Farm Book. But, all in all, these are both adorable little books and will make a cute gift for my brand new niece or nephew that will be arriving in a few months.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter 2018

Happy Easter from the Kindreds....

Easter 2018

I have always loved our great big fireplace since the first day I laid eyes on it. We try to take a family picture in front of it every Easter and Christmas. Some years, we forget, but I thought I'd post our family pictures with all the kids from years past.... 

So, here's a trip down memory lane....

Easter 2017



Easter 2014

Easter 2013

Easter 2012

Easter 2011

Easter 2010

The Best of 2016


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