Getting older is a funny thing!
Getting older is a funny thing!
Ron and I were going to a Christmas party last night and I said I have
such high hopes for the holidays, that the kids would get along,
everyone would be Christ- like etc, etc. etc. He said maybe I should
set my sights low so I will not be disappointed! At church our Pastor
had us turn to our neighbor and say “You cannot control Christmas.”
I was offended at first, because I love to set my goals high so that
all my effort points in that lofty goal and I achiever more.
The holidays are NOT a goal setting, set your sights high, event of
the year! It was a big “Ah Ha” moment.
If Annya melts down or Alex is disappointed and if Zak and Ben wrestle too much in front of the TV, so what?
They are my family and I should love them unconditionally like Christ loved us and he loved us so much he sent his son.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas focused on faith and family.
My wheat free life continues.
I am the kind of person who likes to see the glass half full. I have worked hard to solve a health issue I have had since I was very young. I have seen dozens of doctors, tried pills and more until I met Dr. Norm Shealy. He instantly said it was probably a wheat allergy….and it was.
It took a little time to work it out of my system but after two weeks I felt so much better. After two months, I felt amazing!! I so am glad there is a big gluten free craze going on right now, because it offers lots of options for a girl like me.
Ron and I went out to eat last weekend where I told the server I could not eat wheat or gluten. However, something must have had some type of gluten or wheat in it, like a sauce thickened with flour, because within 30 minutes I could not stand up and felt sick for 3 days.
All that to say I believe we need to do whatever it takes to be the best version of ourselves we can be..such as exercising: I am back to running now and on my last cruise I cannot believe how great I felt because of the choices to be the best I can be, and daily I get up excited about life!
I have also become a better cook, you can ask Ron, he will agree too! I do not like to use a lot of fancy ingredients, I want to keep it simple too…like this soup I made today and thought I would share it with you:
Nancy’s best crock pot split pea soup
I bag dried split peas
1 box chicken stock
2 c. water
4 golden potatoes rough cut n chunks
turkey kielbasa sausages ( you can use ham to I just do not like ham)
1 yellow onion
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1st thing in the morning
Rinse split peas and add to crock pot and cover with chicken stock
Heat Olive Oil and add garlic and onions until onions are cooked and add to the peas and stock.
Add the Sausage potatoes, salt pepper, oregano to the crock pot and cover.
Cook on low all day. Come home from work and indulge!
Enjoy and be the best you that you can be!
I have been a small business owner, Jordan Essentials bath and body, for almost 14 years now. What gets my goat is that it is right after black Friday when everyone is about all shopped out.
What I do is set my intentions for the holiday season early and keep the principles of shopping local, with small business owners like the countless Direct Sellers and others which supports the American Family.
Last year I was shopping local, shopping small and had a hard time finding things made in America in my local shops. I spread out my search to add Direct Sales People and there are a few like us at Jordan Essentials bath and body that are also American made so I added them to my list. Then I went online looking for American Made goods. Jordan Essentials was featured last year on Made in America: World News with Diane Sawyer I also used that list to help me shop. Now my kids love electronics as much as the next one but there has to be a balance and not an after thought. I bought a beautiful hand made doll from a local artist Sew Sweet Dollies, and put a little Jordan Essentials Pamper Chick collection with it and voila’ happy kiddo.
The fountain in front of our house had quit working. I was pretty sad because the kids had giving it to me for Mother’s Day many years ago. It needed a new pump and weighs a ton and a half (ok exaggerating here) and yes we would replace it but it was one of those things on a list somewhere often forgotten.
A good friend of mine, Dr Faith Nelson-Eagles said it was not very feng shui to have a fountain not flowing with something – so planted sweet potatoes. My hubby loves sweet potatoes and I thought the vines would flow nicely through the summer. I watered and watched the vines grow. I had almost forgotten under the vines and soil the potatoes were growing.
And so if life.
Often under it all something is going on good or bad where we cannot see it and thus the principle of prospering where you are planted is so important. I am not much of a gardener. I do not have much time, with 4 kids and working at Jordan Essentials full time but I love the idea of it. Planting flowers watching them bloom, planting good ideas and watching them bloom.
We all want to help our families be healthy, happy and do well in life.
I am concerned with how we measure that. Are we happy with what we have? Are we kind and loving to others?
It would be like planting something and then not watering it and then moving on to the next planting and then ignoring it too.
Do well with what you have, take care of it and then you can see if you can handle more in life. But we do have to plant, water, weed and work. I have a great sign in my office that says “Pray hard, work hard, trust God”.
I believe you will reap a great harvest in a joy filled life by planting seeds of kindness, hope, integrity, helping others wherever you can. Even if you have to plant sweet potatoes in your fountain and it is a bit unconventional. We still enjoyed the vines and now the harvest.
FYI: Plant your vines in the spring and dig them up after the vines have all died. If you want smaller ones dig up sooner. Some of these are huge. I am going to have to dry them out now and then add them to sweet potato breads, soups and baking my gluten free recipes with them. I think the most fun part of was digging them up like a kid with buried treasure in a sand box.
Prosper where you are planted and enjoy the harvest of your lives wherever you live and what ever you do, joy will follow you!
The school year is in full swing and with three kids in high school and one in college we have our hands full.
I love that term “your hands are full” and I work full time at Jordan Essentials.
We had a great sermon last week at church that could be said is life changing. Pastor Jeremy Johnson shared that work is like a stress ball, simple, and hard to break it just keeps going back into shape. Our family is like a precious fragile glass heirloom vase. The problem is we often get them mixed up.
I hope you spend some time with your precious family.
I felt like this message was so good I wanted to add it here so you can check it out too.
It is hard to believe we have had 14 conventions. The first one was a slight after though. We had incorporated in Feb 2000 and that summer we decided we should have some kind of get together. As the event evolved, we thought we should have a fancy awards night and this housewife from the Midwest wanted to get dressed up!
My boys were 2,4 and 7 years old at the time and I am sure at a baby sitter for our first event. This year they stood by my side in the sound booth, loading and unloading and working as gentlemen who helped the ladies on and off stage, people like Aunt Tammy, Nana Bev and Kathleeney! They were a part of the support team for the amazing women my boys had grown up knowing. We are truly a family business and wherever my sons may land in this life they are better people for being raised in the Jordan Essentials family.
This year may stand out as a milestone for another reason. My dear daughter Annya has always gone to events with me but not convention. She was, in my opinion, not ready for the big night quite yet. My Sister in Law, Sherry, was in town to keep her busy as the rest of the family “worked” Jordanvention #14. This year Annya and the boys would be at awards night dinner and we would be there as a family.
Annya looked beautiful and she felt very special. You see, Annya is a very special daughter. She was adopted from Russia when she was almost 5. She has a big heart, loves to sing and is a natural giver even though she knows what it is like to live an orphanage and have nothing.
She knew many of the ladies as many of them were there when we announced our “adoption pregnancy” with her 10 years earlier. She often joined me as I trained so she has been raised with JE. Some even knew her when I took her on the cruise several times when we just could not leave her behind. You can image what almost 5 years in an orphanage in Russia can do to a young child.
And so there she was, all dressed up and ready for the big night. I like go around the tables and greet out guests and this time Annya wanted to go with me. She graciously welcomed our guests, commented on their shoes, beautiful dresses and visited with each person like they were the Queen of the bath. My heart swelled with pride. Annya held a role I had not expected, she has the heart of JE in her. When I needed to go get my microphone set up she said “That is ok Mom I got this. I will keep checking on our guests.”
Jordan Essentials is a company…. and then again it is not just a company. The real Jordan Essentials truth? We are a family!