Friday, September 30, 2011

dealing with stress

How do you deal with stress?

This week, I felt super overwhelmed/stressed.  By numerous things.
So, I did what helps me...
I guess my blood type says that I deal with stress through, "vigorous and intense physical exercise."
Oh so true.
It's as if I have a certain amount of energy for each day.  If I don't get all that energy out each day I either don't feel good or I get extremely energetic/hyper at 1am.
So, needless to say, I was workin' out a lot this week!
I find it helpful to know how to deal with stress effectively.

How do you deal with stress in your life?

My top three are:
1. Time with God
2. Sweat! (workout)
3. Quality time/ long talk with best friends.

I love the picture this scripture paints for us:
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him."

-Psalm 37:3-7

Also, the parents are back from Wisconsin!  The trip went wonderfully.  The doctor (and his family) were awesome.  Mom & dad came home with new machines, five huge bags of supplements, and renewed spirits :)

Friday, September 23, 2011


It's time for a family update...because there are many this week.

1. This past weekend Blake surprised us by stoppin' by!  He got to stay for a long weekend.  It was just wonderful.  It's always nice to have the family back together.  We got to hang out, catch up, hike, and chill!

2. Brett is officially engaged!!  woohoo!  Adorable proposal, gorgeous ring, and a wonderful fiancĂ©.  I can't wait for their wedding & to welcome Emily into the fam!  Love you both!

3. Dad has been having weird symptoms lately such as: hard time taking deep breaths, pain in abdomen.  Yesterday he got another chest x-ray that said the tumors have grown a bit.  As of now, my parents are looking into going to Wisconsin for some treatment.  I'm not sure what all that will cost, but I'm pretty sure they'll be driving out there.  Lots of unknowns as of now.  Prayers and love notes and/or hugs are always appreciated :)

To sum it all up...umm... I don't know how to sum up this week.  It's kinda like the feeling of being on a roller coaster ride that you really don't want to be on.  You know that feeling?  You're all strapped in and your heart is beating so fast.  Right as they push the start button and the ride starts going, you decide this is way too scary for you and all you want to do is get off.  But, alas, you can't.  They already started the ride.  You're stuck, you're going, and there is nothing you can do about it.  Yep, that's a summary of how this week has felt.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Rejoice always,
pray continually, 
give thanks in all circumstances."

I'm so thankful for my family - love them!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

birthday bashin'

Guess what?!?
I'm no longer a "teen"!
haha I feel so old now...not really.
But I had such a wonderful birthday!  
I'm so thankful for all the amazing people that bless me everyday.

Thank you!
Some highlights were: 
--Tea with my momma
--Adventure with Irene
--SEATTLE with my sista!!
Not gonna lie...I do believe my weekend with Ky was probably one (if not the) most wonderful trip of my life.  It was so much fun & I just love that girl (and her fam)!  
Lord willing, I will for sure be going back to Seattle someday.

Sad note: 9-11 was especially hard this year.  One dear family friend passed away on Sunday morning.  Please keep the whole Seedroff family in your prayers.  Tom and his infectious smile will surely be missed.

Happy note: God is still good.  Wonderful, in fact.  Also, the days are starting to get shorter and the temps are dropping!  :) Oh rain, rain, much happiness!

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Positive: something that is true; correct; right; accurate.

This week I was positively sick.  I'm pretty sure I got the flu and a cold.  I was going to take a picture of all my snot-filled tissues, sprinkled with various cough drop wrappers, along with the TV remote...but I decided that would be slightly disgusting. Haha so I'll let you read about  it instead ;)  It was cool though, I didn't have too much homework to tackle so I sat on the couch and drifted in and out of sleep as over 7 hours of NCIS played. God gave me enough energy (and enough cough drops) to get me through work and enough will power to write a few papers.  Thank you, Jesus, that I feel better now!  I'm not the greatest sick person...I'll think I'm better so I'll do a bunch of stuff...then I'll be sick again.  I'm currently on my second wave of the sickness because (but not limited to)....

I went to the "A Taste of Colorado" with my mama last night!  It was so great!  We had so much fun walking around Civic Park, talking to vendors, eating awesome food, getting free samples, and listening to some live music.  It started dumping rain while we were under our favorite vendor's booth.  It was great, all you can eat samples, great convos and rain?!?  How could it get any better than that?!

I'm not sure if I've said this before, but while we were in AZ, my dad was diagnosed with having Lyme Disease.  If you have some time, you should read this article about it: "Lyme Disease."  It's a really rampant disease that so many people unknowingly have.  Super interesting.  

Well, dad is currently following a treatment plan to get rid of it.  The doctor said the disease is usually transmitted by ticks but it can also be transmitted other ways.  As such, my dad wanted me to get tested to see if I had it too.  Well, yesterday we got the fax result from my blood test saying: positive.  I don't want to freak any of you out by, DON'T freak out!  I'm fine, God is good, and I guess me and my daddy will just be takin' our little meds together now!  Presh bonding time, right?  Most people wouldn't consider it that way.  But I'm going to enjoy every moment of life.  If that means enjoying seeing God heal my dad and me...let's do this!!  

On a different note, have you ever realized how much proverbs talks about "Wisdom"?  Most of the first 9 chapters talk about wisdom and the impact it has on our lives.

"Does not wisdom call out?

Does not understanding raise her voice?

On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand...

for wisdom is more precious than rubies, 

and nothing you desire can compare with her."

-Proverbs 8:1-2 & 11

It just hit me how important wisdom is.  How important God thinks wisdom is.  

Wisdom is so positive.  It is such a light in this world.  Wise people are magnets.  I love it when people are just oozing with wisdom about life and God.  They are so positive.  Wisdom is so right.  It is correct.  It is accuracy.

 I want to see more positively wisdom filled people.

If you haven't read the blog: Kisses From Katie, YOU MUST!  I discovered her blog a few weeks ago and it truly stunned me.  I read her blog, from the beginning, for at least 2 hours this morning.  Her heart for God and her stories about mothering over 130 kids at an orphanage in Uganda at the age of NINETEEN will change your life.  No joke.  It is truly amazing to read about.