We had a fun day today. We toured a local artist gallery, Wyatt Waters. He does unique watercolor painting. I can't describe how beautiful and unique these paintings are. After the tour we went to a little Popsicle Place called Brick Street Pops. They are special handmade popsicles. I had Sea Salt Caramel. The kids chose Cookies and Cream. It was super yummy. The kids had to bring a watercolor painting they have done. Our kids take art lessons so they worked on these at the beginning of the month. They did such a great job. Afterwards we headed to the library. It was a fun filled day.
Hope you all had a lovely day!!! Do you like art? Who is you favorite artist? I like Monet.
I enjoyed reading the frugal meal ideas that was shared. I have gotten some new ideas and I was reminded of some I had forgotten about.
Today I would love to hear how you all prepare for the holidays ahead.
Example's like how do you prepare your home, kitchen, money, and
If you would like to go back to Part 1 of this series please click here. It will give you an understanding of where I am going with this.
In 2003, three years after my first born was born I began to feel the cloud lift. I weaned myself off medication and began to get healthy. I lost weight (60 pounds), walked and exercised daily, and felt on top of the world. Then I got pregnant and Hannah came into the world in 2004. I was nervous the whole pregnancy at what might happen after birth. I let family and friends know of my previous Post-Partum Depression and was very aware of it being possible. I was upfront and honest with my new doctor. But I also took precautions as well. Tried to stay healthy, walk daily, and do things natural to prevent it.
I had a small case of baby blues and all was well. But in 2006 I got pregnant with my baby Kyle and 6 weeks into my pregnancy I had one of the darkest clouds come over me. I was sick the entire pregnancy. I had morning sickness everyday up until delivery. I ended up having to be put on medication (Anti-depressant) during my pregnancy is was so bad. I had constant fear, anxiety, crying, mood swings. It was awful. I was terrified of what would happen after I gave birth. I felt fine the first two weeks. I had tons of support, mom group friends, church family, and etc. that came in and helped me. But when Kyle was 4 weeks old a feeling of doom entered my mind. I became very sad and moody again. But I stuck with my medication (which at the time was making me worse and I didn't know it) and began therapy. The depression became worse. I became suicidal and it was very scary. The doctor felt I needed to come off the medicine and try a new one. So, I did. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The medication I was on was so hard to wean off and withdrawals were awful. I eventually switched over and with support and God I made it and life became somewhat normal again after a few weeks. I started to exercise again, eat better, and feel normal to a degree. Life went on. But this medicine made me extremely tired. VERY. So, I began to seek out natural ways to treat depression. I did this and I did that. I finally came off the medicine in a year (2008). All was okay. I still had mood swings but was able to recognize what they were. I took supplements and exercised and it was going well.
In 2012, my husband became a Pastor and it was an exciting journey. We sold everything we owned and went to a rural community in hopes of saving the world. Little did I know this was going to be another season that would lead me to dark depression in the midst of ministry. Talking about hard. But I can tell you as I have been a ministers wife and have a ton of minister's wives as friends that I was not the only one that had experienced this. This was consoling to me. I felt like a failure because how could I have such a thing and be useful to the kingdom of Heaven
and be a Pastor's wife?!
Little did I know that this Thorn would become a part of my ministry.
Hello friends. I have been Intentionally Resting and to be honest I have learned so much through this process. I can't believe it. I am only half way through this challenge of mine and I have learned what to do and what not to do. I am so excited to share this with you all later in the week. As well as bring to you Part 2 of Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders.
Friday we went to the pumpkin patch, and Saturday a friend and I went to have a day together. We hit some consignment shops, and enjoyed a nice lunch. She bought me a beautiful mum and a small Christmas village. I just love my friend. Not because of this but because she has been a rock to me during my health issues over the last few months all while she is recovering from a lung transplant.
My husband and I had a lovely date night which was long over due Saturday. This was so relaxing and peaceful. We went to Olive Garden. I have been craving it for months. Then browsed Walmart for a Iron Pad cover. Hahaha!!!! True Romance. *Smiles* We had fun!
I woke up feeling yucky yesterday and a little today. I am run down a little. Which is funny because I have been aiming to REST daily but this has something to do with a lesson I am learning I will share with you all later in the week.
Here are some photos of our field trip to the Pumpkin Farm and of my friend, Tammy and I hitting the road on Saturday.
Hello friends. I have been very intentional about resting and being SLOW amongst our busy days. It has been so refreshing. I am learning a lot. I plan to share about this as the days go. I am learning to catch myself when I am rushing. I am also noticing how much I rush through things (prayer, eating, cleaning, schooling, and just small things) and this has been a big eye opener to me. I can see myself being Martha from the bible and when I see this I mentally picture being Mary. I began to SLOW.
We have had several walks, a couple of picnics, I have been coloring (yes...I know), studying my Slow Lane Book by Monica Wilkinson.
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