On A Scale Of 1-10

On A Scale Of 1-10

This fall I went to the doctor after spending many months the last 2 years doing therapy for a hip and neck injury. The hip pain became intermittent, but the neck pain remained. I was limited on physical activity for a long time. My thyroid was also keeping me weight loss resistant. Despite months of near perfect eating, I wouldn’t give up an ounce of weight. In September I made a quick decision to join a 10-week Kickboxing program. I had a couple of friends who had done it and loved it! I had kickboxed when Jason was in the Navy and loved it then, but that was 20 years ago!

Turns out, I still love it.

A few weeks into the class, which was unbelievably hard, my friend was having a last pool day! We hit the 80’s in October and we celebrated with an autumn swim. Instead of sitting poolside fully dressed, I suited up and jumped in! Not because I looked any better in a swimsuit, but this class was teaching me to overcome hard things. The results were hours of laughter, fun and memories with my kids and friends!

As the weeks rolled on, I noticed I could hike and climb the fire tower at HNF without being winded. I was stronger and I could tell! I wasn’t grumpy because I was tired. Instead, I was full of life and enjoying the family time!

I also noticed my hip and neck pain improving drastically despite the level of physical activity day after day! (I think moving was the answer all along!)

Last week marked the end of our class session. It’s hard work, but I just kept showing up. In fact, I never missed a class! 60 classes later, I’ve lost a measly 1 pound (damn thyroid) and many inches, but I’ve gained great habits and even made some friends!

This morning, I woke the girls at 6:00a.m. and we took a basket of workout treats to the gym. We caught the class before mine as they left and then they watched me kickbox on “Fun Friday” and handed out bars to my class.

I can’t say enough about Farrell’s. It’s a come as you and prepare to work hard kind of gym. Everyone is encouraging because the owners Pam and Teresa set that standard well.

Come join me there! Another 10-week session starts in mid-January! In fact, there will be a booth set up today from 10-6 at the College Mall, in front of Dicks Sporting Goods, for sign ups! (Tell them I sent you and they will give you a friends and family discount of up to $150!) You’ll get 10 weeks of classes, a personal coach, meal logs, all your boxing gear, an encouraging community and the chance to overcome hard things!

Thank you FXB Bloomington for helping me hit level 10 every day. You guys are the best!

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You

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The girls with Joe, my sessions $1000 winner!

The World Is Your Oyster

The World Is Your Oyster

We made some big changes in our homeschooling this year. Stepping away from Classical Conversations after 7 years was a big deal for us. We loved those years, but we are right where we should be. One thing we added was a new co-op. What a blast we have had this semester! We do 5 subjects together and call ourselves the High-Five Co-op. I teach science every week and we rotate history and CC review. Another mom teaches Spanish, one does literature. We also got to take some amazing field trips!

This semester we did marine biology. It involved a lot of dissections. It was challenging for a few of the kids, but they all had great attitudes and learned a lot.

So, for our Christmas party week, We found the perfect gift for our co-op! The kids didn’t know what to think when I told them we had 1 last dissection. A couple of months ago we found a place in Asia that inserts a piece of sand into the oyster and then they wait for a pearl to develop. I ordered enough for our group and waited the 6-8 weeks for them to arrive.

The dissection was the best yet! They all, moms included, got their oyster and started dissecting! The room filled with shouts and cheers as pearls were found!

We did a Mexican piñata for our Spanish strand! Literature brought a yummy warm Farmer Boy treat from days of old. History had us in Celtic knots as we saw the Roman Empire and our semester come to an end.

These people have made our lives so full of joy and continued our love of learning. They are rare finds, like precious pearls.

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You

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As You Go

We like the city on occasion. It’s full of its own kind of special magic. Indianapolis holds some real treasures like the world’s largest Children’s Museum and our family favorite, REI!

Going to the museum in the middle of the week in the middle of the day means one thing: lots of toddlers! Those were such wonderful years with my girls. It’s so fun to watch all these young moms with their little ones!

We decided it might a good idea to hand out candy canes on their way out. So, we walked around the atrium greeting these sweet families until our plunder was gone. What fun!!

As an amazing bonus, one of my dear friends showed up at the museum! The kids played and we visited! It was such a joy to deepen those friendships.

We had to leave to finish our advent shopping, but got the text later, “You guys want to meet for dinner at 6?”

Yes, please!

So we headed to Public Greens, my all time favorite restaurant! The kids were too loud and Johanna and I talked and talked. It was so wonderful!

We drove home through the heart of the city to see the Meridian houses and Circle Christmas lights. The Girls and I visited the rest of the way home. It was a blessing of a day!

Grab some little treats! Head out!

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You


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Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You 

Let’s Play Music

I have the amazing blessing of teaching music. My students range in age from 4-15 and I love every single one of them! It’s an awesome thing to sit next to a kid week after week. Music gives a unique opportunity to see the strengths and struggles in a child. It’s a joy to help them navigate through it all.

Today was our end of the semester Christmas recital. We did it at Belle Trace nursing home in hopes to spread some joy with the gift of music.

The piano kids made ornaments over the last few weeks to hand out to residents afterward. Some of the kids went upstairs and played their songs for residents that didn’t make it to the recital.

I love seeing their giving hearts!

Bravo students! I am so proud of you! 

Merry Christmas!

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You 

URBeautiful Project: Widows

URBeautiful Project: Widows

Jason and I have been married for 21 years. We started dating when he was 15. He is so engraved in my story that I really don’t know what I would do or who I would be without him.

Mrs. Smith, (because we’ve never adopted Ms. Smith; it doesn’t roll off the tongue right) was married to Mr. Smith for 60 years. They started courting when they were 16 years old and married at 17. I vividly remember when he passed and through tears she told me she didn’t know what she would do without him. That was a few years ago. She has found her way.

When a dear friend of mine passed two years ago, I gained a front row seat to young widowhood. This time the husband remained with two young children in tow. They were married 16 years having married when they were 20. I’m amazed by the way this family has grown in grace and stability. He may not feel like a super-dad, but he is and their kids are incredible.

Jason is here to open the pickle jar and I am here to nurture and school the children. Our life is quite different than these two above, but they are so beautiful.

The way Mrs. Smith still bakes bread most days to hand out to others.

The way Brad cares for the needs of his kids and they feel loved, nurtured and taught.

Widows, I know the world has fallen off balance for you and you’ve adjusted to make your way. We want you to know, we think you are beautiful.

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You

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Bang Bang Bangs!

The Waterford ladies usually get their haircut only twice a year, but when the day is today, it’s exciting! I usually take the girls one at a time and make a special date out of it, but they were all overdue. The salon ran a special and we jumped on it! Yah! Haircuts all around!

 We filled some fun mugs with chocolates and a caramel macchiato candy cane and headed to Mar Don Salon on Kirkwood. We have seen Miss Valerie for years and love her so! Lots of people love her, so we double booked with a new stylist, Sandi. They are both amazing and we highly recommend them!! 

The girls all decided on getting bangs. For years, Ella called them fangs. So, we’ve spent the rest of the day commenting on how nice how each other’s fangs look.

What a blessing it is to have some R&R amongst a busy season of life and a busy time of year! Those complimentary facials are awesome! In fact, the girls looked so nice when they were all done, we couldn’t just go home! I surprised them with a lunch-out treat at the Bloomington Sandwich Co.!

Thank you, Valerie and Sandi, for making my girls feel cared for, special and beautiful today. I really appreciate you both!

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You


Flags Unfurled 

I am deeply patriotic. My dad retired as a US Navy commander when I was five. I remember lots of people at his retirement ceremony. A hundred sailors who’s only goal that day was to make me giggle. 

We grew up with the utmost respect for the flag. It not only represents our great nation, but the great sacrifice that many give, even this very day, to keep it safe and free. 

Spending the first five years of my marriage with Jason in the Navy only deepend my love and respect of service men and women and their families. It’s little pay for long days and many missed holidays and months/years with their families.

So, thank you to all branches of the US military. Thank you for your day in and day out service. We’re always thankful for the opportunity to cross paths with you.

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You 

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Massage Goddess

I’m about to let you in on the greatest R&R tip of all time, Barbara Lehr. This amazing massage therapist-doula-mentor-herbal apothecary owner-grammar mastermind-college professor is all that and more. Her massages are not only deeply relaxing, but the health advice is unmatched. And the best part….

She comes to your house!

That’s right, a 60-minute massage in the privacy of your own home! It will be the best massage you’ve ever had too.

Barbara has a special of buy three 60-minute massages and one get one free for $150. I used the last of my package today. (Top of my wish list! Contribute now! Kidding! #notkidding)

She also has a December-only special where you can purchase a once a month massage for $400! That’s twelve 1-hour massages for $33 each! What! 

Here’s the truth, Barbara is one of the smartest and most caring people I’ve ever known. To be her friend is to be blessed; we all agree. The raw honesty, her ability to call truth out with an amazing amount of love and knowing that no matter where you are in life, you will be met with total grace.  She is not wealthy. Yet, she is one of the most generous people I know.

Her Friday’s are spent teaching free fermentation classes at Mother Hubbards Cupboard. A place where she has found a common compassion, amongst the workers, to truly step into people’s lives in real and tangible ways. Her passion for health, love of others and gourmet apothecary have proven her a real representation of the heart of the Hub.

My kids love Ms. Barbara and so do I. We were so thankful to give her an Advent gift of appreciation, not only for giving the best massages, but for just being herself. Our lives and many lives are so much better because she is in it.

Barbara, Thank you for being you and encouraging the best versions of the world around you to step forward.

Love God & Whoever He Puts In Front Of You

To book your massage package contact Barbara at christiandoula@gmail.com or find her on facebook at Barbara Lehr.

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