Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Oh Tuesday you always surprise me!

So my morning started off like this:
I put the creamer in the coffee pot instead of my cup & the morning was blanketed by this dense creepy fog.  Although I woke up to my husbands phone call it was not a great start to the day!  It was 7:30 & I wanted to go back to bed & start over! 

 But then God turned it all around! All of my kiddos cancelled for today so I suddenly had a free day all to myself!  Then my plans to have lunch with my girlfriend I haven't seen in a couple months that were cancelled the day before were uncancelled!  So Courtney & I & her beautiful Lily girl had lunch at Chili's on base where our entree came before our appetizer & before Lily's meal!  It all tasted good so we didn't really mind!  

After that I took advantage of what turned into a beautiful sunny forty degree day & walked around the block to my friends house to bring her some things for her littles to hopefully help them feel better.  When I got home I put my jammies back on & camped out on the couch ready to take a nap when I got a call from one of my stateside besties who I haven't talked to in about a month!!  About an hour or so later her little had to get ready for her play date/music class so I decided to try my hand at napping again!  

Well then my computer just happened to be right next to me & was blowing up with notifications so I just had to get on facebook too see what it was all about!  It was all about our life group gathering being cancelled tonight due to sickness & events going on!   So I now have a free night too! 

 As I am trying for the third time to take a nap I get a Skype call from my hubby!  So I got to look at his gorgeous face for about an hour while we made some baby decisions!  You know the important ones like what colors & furniture should we use in the nursery!! And I was told we could not name our son(if it is a boy because we are waiting for birthday to learn the gender of our nugget!) Sky Walker Yates!  I thought it was pretty BA but hubby was not going for it!  I mean in my opinion that would just give our kid an immediate place at the cool table...No?  Anyone with me?  Anyone?

At this point it is about 6pm & I am thinking about what to make for dinner since napping is obvi not in my cards for the day!  When low & behold...my house phone rings!  Again!  Now this is the most action this phone has had in months so I'm almost expecting it to explode!  This time it was my MA!  Who unfortunately I haven't really talked to in maybe a month!  We caught up for 2 hours & when we got off the phone my cell phone rang...I mean seriously when did I get so popular!  I've waited my whole life for this!  LOL It was my hubby calling to say goodnight before he went to sleep! Awe, isn't that sweet! 

Now here I am at 9pm still haven't had dinner & just amazed & feeling so blessed!  This day that I thought was going to be horrible turned into a fantastic Tuesday filled with love & fellowship!  I am also thinking that maybe I should rethink the whole not being a phone talker thing! It was so nice to talk to people!  I was so worried about being bored & lonely today & I asked God to help me keep busy this morning & although it wasn't quite what I had in mind it was a very unboring, unlonely day!  Thank you, Jesus for answering my prayer this morning & keeping me busy in just the way I needed it!  Now to go find some dinner!  Hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday!

Be Blessed,

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

Today I want to thank any & all Veteran's of the United States Military.  Being a military spouse I see the daily sacrifices that these men & women make & I am truly grateful.  I have known several people who gave their lives for our freedom. Yes our government is maybe a little messed up but it is because of our freedoms that it is so.  And I am not saying to fix it we need to remove our freedoms.  I am simply saying that we should see more of the good.  Because we are free we can protest & our government can argue with themselves & we can all have opinions.  It is because these men & women sacrifice their lives daily that no other country or extremist group is invading our land of the free & taking over.  They are defending it both home & abroad every single day.  

I do not think today is a happy day so I'm not going to say happy veterans day.  I believe that today more than anything is a day to reflect, appreciate & be thankful for your ability to choose.  Your ability to say whatever you want whenever you want to whomever you want to.  Your ability to protest ideas you do not agree with.  Your ability to listen to & watch whatever you want.  Your ability to be whatever you want to be.  The point is that you can choose.  And because of this ability I am truly grateful.  

To all of the veterans, those currently serving, those who have served & those who gave their lives for our abilities I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.  

Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!

In honor of today I have discovered this wonderful ministry that helps veterans & those who have been forgotten & just need a little help to get back on their feet!  They are definitely on our donate to list for this year!

Check out this little video of one of Degage's veteran makeovers!!

Happy Monday, Lovies!!

P.S. the flag image was found on google images source unknown  :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

My New Adventure

I know I have been lacking in the post department & I have a lot to catch you all up on like our trip to Brugge, Belgium & our trip to Berlin, Germany.  Also, the fact that I am pregnant again & the story about that!  Not to mention daily life & some of the awesome things happening in our lives as of late! Since I am so excited about one specific awesome thing happening I am going to start there!!

Let me start with some background information first!

Weight has been an issue for me most of my life. Along with thyroid issues & asthma & bursitis in both my hips & fertility or lack there of!   Last year I finally got pregnant after years of trying and then miscarried.  The most devastating part of the miscarriage was when the doctor told me it was because I was obese.  I knew that the real reason was because it was part of Gods plan for me, but that doctors words still hurt...deep.  They echoed in my head over and over "the reason you had a miscarriage and have had trouble getting pregnant is because you are obese."  The thought that I had been standing in my own way and the devastation of realizing that I was the problem or better yet my previous actions were the problem; the thing that was keeping me from realizing my dream of becoming a mother and of loving myself was devastating.  I started praying even harder than I was over the loss of our child.  I kept asking God to help me get healthy, to find the motivation to lose the weight I need to lose and to become the woman that He made me to be.  Then a couple of weeks later he introduced me to this amazing woman who introduced me to the program that helped to change my life.  In January of 2013 I started on this program with the support of my team and my family and not only did I lose 26lbs, 19in, I lost the need for my thyroid medication, my inhaler and all anti-inflammatory medication that I had been not able to go more than 6 hours without for the past three years! I also gained confidence, energy, mental clarity and then in June I found out that I was pregnant! I was nervous at first about gaining back the weight I had just loss, but I quickly realized that it was ok.  I am not worried about the number on the scale for the first time in probably 18 years!  I am healthy.  I still struggle with an addiction to food but with this program I am learning how to manage it.  This journey is going to be a long one as I still have a ways to go, but the kind of lifestyle this program is helping to bring out in me is one I hope to continue until the end of my days!

So my super awesome news is that because this program has helped me in so many ways I have decided to pay it forward!  I am signing up today to start helping people along their journey to a healthy and full life! So if you or anyone you can think of would like more information about how I can help you to a healthy life please contact me via facebook or through this blog! 

Hope to hear from you soon!  Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Friday Y'all

It's been a week of reflection & planning for the future here for Yates family. Mostly for me but Hubby has definitely been part of the planning! He was also part of the reason this cone of deliciousness was found in my hand last night!

I feel like I have so much to share, but it may be too soon! So please check in & maybe next week when jet lag has my days & nights all goofed up I will post a little bit about what is happening with us!

Hopefully by Monday I will be back in Germany, sleeping in my own bed & Hubby will be in western Virginia visiting Cameron. {We bought him his first air-rifle a couple of weeks ago so a gun-safety session is in order!} Enjoy every breath of this gorgeous weekend!

~CHEERS~ xoxo, SamLyn

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Update: November

Looking back November was full of church, Christmas markets, food, friends & the beginnings of cold weather in Germany!

We became official members of our church Frontline Community and have been so blessed by all of the relationships we have built since then!  It has truly changed our lives!  We joined a Life Group & started doing the women's/men's bible studies groups that have challenged & strengthened our relationships with each other & Our LORD!!  We have since brought several people with us to worship & they have fallen in love with it too!  Such a blessing!

We cooked a delightful dinner for a few of Christopher's co-workers & their families for Thanksgiving

Christopher & I went to our first Christmas market together in Heidelberg the weekend after Thanksgiving & had a wonderful time! I love Christmas Markets!!  I believe that about sums up November!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Overdue Update: October

October was an emotional month for us!!  My mom & her beau came to visit us & we had a lot of fun traveling through Europe!

We went to Oktoberfest in Munich but unfortunately that camera was lost in a drunken stupor so we no longer have pictures of that weekend!!  Take my word though it was fun!!

A few days later was my moms birthday so I made her a chocolate sheet cake that, had our oven not been miniature it would have been a Texas one!!

A few days after that we went to Amsterdam!!  Which has become my favorite place in the entire world!  Though not for its sinful rap!  The super friendly English speaking people & the abundance of culture there were astounding! Even though it rained the whole time I wasn't even fazed!  We saw the Anne Frank house,  the Van Gogh museum,  the Hermitage, the Ice Bar, rode on the canal boats, almost got ran over by cyclists,  strolled through the oh-so-intriguing Red Light District and was given an amazing walking tour of the city by a local which, in-spite of wearing the wrong shoes & getting blisters was incredible!  I would go back on the drop of a hat & planned to make several more trips there in the future!

Anne Frank House

 Van Gogh's Self-Portrait

 The picture doesn't do it justice but yes the buildings are leaning in!!


I also had a miscarriage while my mom was visiting.  I left my baby in Amsterdam which may be a contributing factor to my complete adoration of this Dutch city!  It was a fantastic trip regardless & I would recommend Amsterdam to everyone!!  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Where have you been?!?!

Wow!  I knew it had been awhile but I didn't realize it had been 6 months!

Quick recap is in order I suppose and I will break it up into a couple of posts!  So much has happened I feel like the last 6 months have flown by & I forgot to keep up!!  Check back over the next few days for my updates!  I have made it one of my goals this year to post more regularly!  Hope you all had a blessed Monday!