i read a post this morning called, “When You Think Your Love Story Is Boring” – a catchy title!
i’ve never thought my love story is boring – my goodness, Yura & i met in Ukraine at a youth conference. it took us 2 years & many bilingual communications to begin dating. after 3 months of that we were engaged and 11 months later finally married. we’ve lived in 2 different countries 4 different times. flown & driven countless miles together. loved & learned & lived together for [almost] 2 years.
i know we are newbies, but the way she describes her hubby in the post is how i feel about mine [on our on context, of course].
we are far from perfect – just striving everyday to be more like Christ & spur one another on to be more like our Savior.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. – Ephesians 5:22-33
In an effort to consolidate posts, here’s an update on my health journey!
- i’m back to my second trimester of pregnancy weight [10 pounds until i’m back to pre-pregnancy weight!] that’s a total of 18 pounds since April. slowly, but surely!
- i finally fit in some non-maternity jeans, though believe me, they aren’t super comfortable! i’m also back into shorts i bought for our honeymoon in September 2011 [i definitely wasn’t at my best then, but it’s a victory!]
- my favorite LSU pajama pants fit again! that’s a victory – small, but still a victory
- i made my first batch of homemade chicken stock & used it in a ginger carrot soup, made from scratch
- i started meal planning – for some reason this has always been hard for me but i like not stressing about dinner 10 minutes before Yura gets home
- i haven’t been to the gym for over 2 weeks – that’s next on the agenda!
- one Coke & two large glasses of half&half [sweet tea/unsweet] – that’s it! this is a huge leap for me. breaking my caffeine addiction has been easier than i thought & i do feel like sleep, naturally, is what gives me more energy!
i have A LOT more work to do. that’s for sure.
Advocare is something i’ve been looking into, we just can’t afford to try it right now. so i’m going to try a “24 Day Challenge” of my own – following a similar dietary/exercise plan as the Advocare Breastfeeding 24 Day Challenge & see where I get – I know it’ll be hard, but worth it!
we are trying to buy up fresh & seasonal produce as the summer comes to an end. i sure will miss the great peaches, avocados & strawberries found at farmer’s markets around here!
praying through how to exercise more self-discipline with exercise!