IMG_0328So, apparently my plan to blog daily this summer went right out the window.

As a matter of fact, my whole “idea” of what my summer would like like has went out the window.

It’s funny, because normally I freak out when my plans derail, but the Lord has given me a peace amidst the chaos and busyness of my summer, and I’m actually enjoying it.  Did you hear that?  I’m actually enjoying this summer madness!

June was filled with summer camps, one after the other, as well as my middle girlie getting a job, which required me needing to juggle my schedule around her work schedule.  I was thinking that July would be a bit slower, but no. And yet, I’m okay with that.  So far, July has been filled with three nights in a row of Fourth of July fireworks, lunch dates with old friends, and sickness.  Yes, sickness.  Two weeks ago, the hubby and I were hit with a virus that totally wiped us out.  Major fatigue, headache, and an annoying cough that hits every time i breathe in.  We were over it for about a week and a half, and out of the blue it hit us again this week.  Hubby ended up going to the doctor on Wednesday because of the congestion in his chest, and the doctor said that he’s seen a lot of people with this virus, and it does end up coming back a second time.  Fun times.  We’re so bummed because  we had to cancel our trip to visit our my laws this weekend;  we haven’t seen them in over a year.


IMG_0329After battling the weight gain and the constant cravings for such a long time, I finally bit the bullet and gave up gluten just over a week ago.   Gluten has been an ongoing struggle for me, and I’ve known for a while now that I need to give up gluten for the sake of my health. I have been constantly bloated and watching the number on the scale go up for the past year or so, and all the while, I’ve complained and done nothing about it.  As if that’s not enough, I believe that the constant bloating has caused my diastisis (separation of the abdominal muscles) to reopen, which contributes to my round protruding belly, making it worse.  All of this together has been a constant source of frustration for me.  And yet, I continued to eat gluten.  I finally decided that I’m sick of looking pregnant and feeling awful, so I made this whole gluten thing a matter of prayer.  I asked God to take away my desire for gluten, and to give me the willpower to give it up for good.  And you know what?  I woke up nine days ago determined to give up gluten!  And the craziest part?  It’s been 9 days, and I haven’t craved it  AT.ALL!!!  WOOT-WOOT!!!   I haven’t noticed a huge difference in how i feel, but i have noticed that I’m much less bloated!  I know it takes about three weeks to get it totally out of my system, so I’m anxious to see how I’m feeling then.

Well, that’s all the news around here, but given the constant busyness around here these days, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more to tell you next time!

2 thoughts on “Summer Madness

  1. I hope you guys feel well soon, Patty! It’s tough being sick, especially during the summer. We’ve been thinking about jobs, etc… around here too as Nathan and Breanna are getting older. How are things going with work for your daughter? I miss seeing you! We’re back in IL for at least a while now so maybe we can make plans to meet up in August. 🙂


    1. Hi Sandra, its sooo good to hear from you, my sweet friend! I think we’re on the mend, thankfully! Our daughter actually ended up quitting her job after the first month; the place she was working was run very poorly, and her main manger was manipulative and controlling. It finally got to the point where our daughter was dreading going to work each day, so we assured her that we support her decision to leave. It’s amazing the relief she felt once she’d quit. After quitting, she found put from a fellow coworker/friend that things were worse than ever, so she got out just in time. I would LOVE to get together in Aug!!! Feel free to text me and we can get a date on the calendar. Love you!


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