We.Are.FAMILY! Next May, Clint + Alisha will be married in Charleston. Clint will become “uncle” Client. We are one big happy family…
And this engagement session. I can’t stop swooning. Aren’t they perfect?! We took our time with pictures over two days at Magnolia Plantation, Downtown Charleston, the Charleston Marina and Folly Beach.
In a million years, I never thought I’d be typing this post. Even three short weeks ago, I never thought I’d be sharing this program. I have a senior session that I’m finishing and delivering, but I had to take a minute to share something on my heart.
God is amazing. He connects the dots of our lives in such a complex, but perfect way — when we least expect it.
Last August, we delivered Jack into this world, completing our family of six. SIX! That means my very own body has built, sustained and grew four healthy lives and brought them into this world. The power of that is inspiring. God meant for this to be our family and he made each one of us so unique with our own special gifts to bring to others in the world. Daily, I strive to foster each of these children and their talents, desires and passions. I challenge them to shine their light. In doing that, I have realized quickly that I have to be a strong mama. I have to have energy, I have to feel good about myself, I have to have confidence and I have to be healthy. Justin and I agree that these are the most important factors influencing our children: our commitment to God, our marriage, our energy and our devoted time to them.
It is so easy to get caught up in the ‘busy’ of life. School, errands, work, ball teams, gymnastics, house cleaning,just any and all commitments that have to be made with purpose. As a mom, I find myself getting tired. I often loose patience. A cup of spilled milk weighs too heavy on my shoulders.
Our plan as a family was to simplify. I can’t even begin to tell you the positive effects a simple way of living has had on our lives. If you’ve followed my personal posts, you know that we downsized our home, we drive older cars, we wait before we buy something, we limit our children to one extracurricular activity at a time, we have dinner at the dinner table, we limit electronic use, the list goes on… God provides everything we need and want. Our wants are much less. Living with less gave us the freedom to invest in our children, our family and even give more of our money and talents to further the Kingdom of God. We no longer have to be selfish. Don’t take that the wrong way. Our larger house with more things was not us intentionally being ‘selfish’. But, it commanded so much of our time and energy that everything we brought in was spent paying our own bills instead of sharing it with others. It was unintentional greed. And it’s a sin.
All of that changed and our lives are amazing. It’s not perfect. We have issues just like everyone else. God gives us hurdles to bring us closer to Him. But it’s our version of imperfectly perfect.
One of my personal hurdles is my weight and health. I’m healthy, thank goodness, but after four children, I can stand to loose some weight. With demanding schedules and little time, I pushed health and fitness to the side and let anything anyone told me go in one ear and out the other. Until one magical morning that God forced me to look in the mirror and said ‘that’s enough.’ I wanted to loose weight and have more energy. And I needed more patience because I have a little two year old that loves to climb everything – and spill everything – all.the.time!
In late January, I decided to join the YMCA to start working out an hour a day. It provided an answer to so many things – an hour to myself, getting healthier, new christian friends for ourselves and our children. I started eating less and a little healthier and found myself having more energy in a short amount of time. There was only one problem. I could not loose my baby weight no matter how hard I was trying. I googled “how to loose weight”, “why can’t I loose weight”, “how to loose weight fast”, “what to eat to loose weight”. While Google can be a great and powerful tool to gain knowledge, it can also be a death sentence when trying to find answers for our physical problems. I gave in and visited my mid-wife. Still, no answers. I am a healthy, 35 year old female who has given birth four times. She said to keep doing what I was doing and be patient. I do not have good patience.
A couple weeks later, I was talking to a good friend who told me about the Isagenix program. She told me about the program and the success she was having. She felt amazing and her friends that were now on the program were seeing the same results. Success in numbers! I was immediately sold. I was willing to try anything. I didn’t do my research, I didn’t care about the cost… I just said “Sign me up!”. That day God opened a door and pushed me to do something that I would have never dreamt of doing, but for some reason, I accepted the opportunity and dove in. I even paid for overnight shipping because I was so anxious to get started on this program.
At some point, I will share my day by day journal on this nutritional program, but for now (because this is getting long) I want to fast forward three weeks. I have now been on this program for 22 days and I feel like God has once again waved his magic wand over my life in a way that only He can. I have lost 21 pounds and 14″ from my body. I have more energy than I can ever remember. Maybe I had this much energy in high school! I am patient with my kids. I am bouncing through my days on my tip toes with the endurance to be involved. My mental awareness is clear. Within only a week on this program, I came off Lexapro which was prescribed for postpartum depression and my blood pressure had dropped back to below normal. I absolutely feel like I am on cloud 9.
Isagenix is not a diet. Isagenix is a way of life. With this program, I am pouring good nutrition into my body everyday at an unbelievable rate. The, two days per week, I am cleansing my body to rid of any and all toxins that are in my system. It is 100% natural. This is the vehicle in which I am pouring God’s given nutrition into my body on a daily basis – It’s absolutely amazing what our body can be on the inside and out when we give it what God intended it to have. This program is about abundance, not deprivation.
After experiencing this change within myself, I became a strong believer in health and nutrition. Another seed was planted and now I want to share this program with everyone because the product, or the vehicle rather, works. Not only are we now living simply, but we are now living healthy and with so much energy. Those priorities of Justin and I – a God centered home, a good marriage, time for each other, energy to shine His light and use our talents and resources to further His kingdom… this is all falling into place.
Within another week, I realized that God was using this system not only to help our family with health, but also finances. I got a chance to speak with Amy Potvin, a christian life coach and Isagenix coach, and she introduced me to the three year retirement plan with Isagenix. Now, I want to tell you that I have always been turned off by MLM companies and ran the opposite direction as fast as possible, BUT again, I heard a whisper to listen. I am now so excited about sharing this program with friends, family, friends of friends, and anyone else who will listen because, even though it’s been a short amount of time, God has once again touched our lives and showed us His way.
I didn’t plan to find this program. I didn’t plan to find this opportunity. I’m just thankful that God pushed me to the edge and showed me this path and threw the business aspect of this company into my lap. This is so big and so exciting that it can only be from the Lord!
If you would like to join me on this Isagenix journey, please let me know and I can get information to you. Maybe you want to loose weight, maybe you want to feel better and have more energy, maybe you have debt to pay off, maybe you want to fit into that wedding dress. Maybe God is pushing you right now to be your best self, because He knows what you have to give to this world! God has such an amazing way to connecting the dots of our lives – in only the perfect way that He can.
I am having an Isagenix party on Tuesday, April 28th at my home. We will taste the shakes, as well as a few other products. We will have shaker giveaways! And, we have the honor of listening to Christian life coach Amy Potvin inspire us in her own special way! Here is a link to the Facebook event, as well as some before and after pics of my own progress over the past three weeks. It takes a lot of courage to put this out there but I feel completely overwhelmed with His love right now and he is nudging me to share. So I’m not going to shut up about it!
These are only iPhone pictures but I’m holding myself accountable with Wendnesday picture days! Sorry in advance for the low quality… but Wednesday seems to be doing her job. The first picture is me before any health and wellness program along with a picture of me one week into the Isagenix program. The second picture is a side shot of me on day 1, day 14 and day 21 of the Isagenix program.
I’m looking for friends to do this with me! Have an amazing Thursday!