Sunday Inspiration

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Sunday Friends. I hope you are getting a good start to your day. I am sitting here enjoy the beautiful day with coffee in hand and computer in front of me. I woke to cuddles with a very special little boy and a bunch of animals competing for my attention. Scott is on the golf course and should be home pretty soon. I don't really know what the rest of the day holds but I am just glad that I don't have to be in the Sunday mode with getting things ready for school on Monday. At least this week we all have one extra day before starting a busy week.

So how about the rules above for being human? What do you guys think about it. I saw it and felt instantly everything listed couldn't be more true and/or accurate. I think what most of us fail to realize is that this entire life is just a big classroom. I think we are all here to better our souls and we do that through the lessons of our lives. I know when going through a big breakup or someone close to you dying doesn't feel like a lesson in the moment but it truly is. I don't think many of us look at the bigger picture most days. There is a reason for everything but that doesn't mean we are suppose to know that reason right away.

 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” -Lamentations 3:25-26  Because  Right now, as we wait, He is working all things together for our good and His glory (RomThis past week, I have just not been feeling like myself. I can't really explain why but its been hard finding any kind of balance. I haven't been sleeping well...I haven't been feeling well along with a bunch of other things. Cooper ( our dog ) is still not feeling well. The house needed a ton of my attention. I had lots of videos and blog posts I was needing to do. I really was trying to  do my best to try to return to some kind of  normal schedule. Jackson started back at school a couple of weeks ago and since I have been off in every way. I am not sure I even came back from Myrtle Beach. I think my head and soul are still lingering around that resort watching that ocean come crashing in. But my head has to be here. This past week, I did my best to catch up on the house cleaning, shopping, animal care but still I just was not feeling myself. By time Tuesday evening showed up, I knew it was time to slow down and focus on myself. If we as mothers/fathers do not take care of ourselves how in the world can we take care of our families?? I decided for just a couple days I would stop worrying about the blog post or video I needed to get done. I really didn't watch much tv and I still can't tell you where the days went. I really tried to focus on myself to get feeling better. I think it helped shutting things down and focusing on what my heart and soul was feeling. I took more time outside where I listened to the birds sing, felt the trees and grass come alive and I knew that was all God. I think God wanted me to slow down my life to see the beauty that I had been missing with all my busy thoughts and busy life. I know being out in nature is being with God. I see the presence of God everywhere. The key though, is slowing down long enough not just see it but to feel it. Its all about the timing. His timing.. God's timing. 

So this next week, I am going still try to keep to my schedule but more importantly Gods schedule. I already know when things are going wrong, to stop and refocus but I rarely do it when I should. I was hard for me to decide to shut down the computer for a few days. It was hard to cut myself out of things I normally do but it worked out because I do feel better now. I really wish things would go according to my schedule more but over those few days,  I realized that its totally ok to just let go and let things happen in the divine way and I hope you guys do the same. 

Have a beautiful day. 

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Final Thoughts on our Beach Family Vacation - Vlog Style -

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello friends! I am back with another video.....just bare with me, I am running behind and trying to catch up. I wanted to share my final thoughts about our latest Myrtle Beach family vacation. I had a lot of questions about if I would recommend the resort we stayed at and so on. If you want to see what I really thought about our time there, enjoy the video below! 

Thanks so much for watching.  I would love to know if you visited Myrtle Beach and where you stayed if you care to share! We had such a lovely time and I can't wait to go back. I really enjoyed spending time with our family. Can;t wait to do it again!

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Travel Series: Simple & Easy Travel Preparation | VIDEO |

Hello friends! I hope you are having a beautiful Saturday. I am back with another video in my travel series.....this time simple and easy travel preparation. This is normally the way I plan for any trip. I hope you get some tips to maybe make your next vacation or holiday planning a little easier. Everything you need to know is in the video but there is a ton more info below! Hope you enjoy.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

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Friday Letters ♥

Dear God, Thanks for another long week. I am trying not to complain but it was a long long week and I am simply wore out. I need you to keep watching over all of us in the Jaggers family and bless us with as much patience and grace as you possibly can. 

Dear Brittany, I have no idea what you were complaining about last night because your pictures were great! I love and miss you. Keep doing good in school and try to keep your grades up. I don't think you realize how important good grades are for college. Soooooo...try hard princess! 

Dear Neighbor, thanks for waking me up early with mowing the grass. Sure loved that...NOT. Wait....aren't you suppose to be at work? 

Dear Laura, Sorry I haven't got those pictures together yet. I promise I will get to it this weekend! :) I had a great time with you at the beach....can't wait to see you guys again! 

Dear Cooper, I hate it that your meds make you so sleepy and drunk. I know you don't understand at all but we are trying to make you feel better because you are our favorite doggie! 

Dear Ear, Why in the hell are you hurting today. Great.

Dear Blog, I have missed you the past couple of days but I have been a mess here lately. I can't seem to stay on schedule, school hours are kicking my ass...getting dinner back to a early time is next to impossible and I just have lost time. It even seems the sun is setting sooner. But I love you blog.. and I will try to not forget about you anymore! 

Dear Mom, I haven't talked to you in a while. Hope all is you! We'll have to catch up sometime soon. 

Dear Jackson, I hope you are having a great day at school. You are seriously the cutest kid ever. I want you to keep doing good in school and I will work on getting your tablet fixed. 

Dear Trina, thank you for always being there not only for me but for us. You are a great listener and we love you so very much.  

Dear Fear & Anxiety, I will get over you and stop letting you consume me. I hold most of my own power but its hard when my body responds without my brain agreeing. day at a time right.

Dear Shanna, I know you are having one hell of a busy day. I hope you get it all done. I know you are going to be exhausted and walking around like a zombie! 

Dear Laci, Thanks for your good advice. I took it! I hope your having a wonderful day. 

Dear Scott, I love you. I really do. I want our relationship to be healthy and happy. I think after so many years together, we easily take each other for granted. We need to try to focus more on us and less on outside influences. 

Dear Romeo, Meowing outside the bedroom door late last night and this morning was not so nice. I guess it worked because I climbed out of bed to let you in. I have seriously never had a cat like you. Its like your a little furry person who reminds me of a monk being so laid back and loving. I also can't believe you like sleeping under the covers....guess all that fur isn't as warm as it looks. 

Dear Jordan, the next step is actually speaking on the phone I would love to talk to you and answer any and all questions you have. You are actually the oldest of my children and should be a example to all the little kids. Come on and stop wasting precious time. 

Dear Social Media Friends, I am worried about many of you because I see over and over drug pictures being posted, booty pictures of young kids, etc. You know what I am talking about. I hope most of you remember if you have kids, you are simply giving out ammunition to have them taken away. Drug habits should not be displayed on social media. Am I in favor of legalizing marijuana?? You bet I am...but you won't see pictures of me hitting a bong. Come on friends...stop with this before your families are torn apart. Once its out there...its there forever. Say it, forget it....write it, regret it. And take it from someone who learned that lesson the good old hard way. 

Dear Draft Day Movie, You were pretty damn interesting to watch last night. I liked the movie better than I thought. I wonder why it is that I like sports movie but not actually sports??? Maybe its the good music and great action shots...idk but I really enjoyed the movie! 

Dear Danielle, I am sorry I haven't emailed back yet. Lots to catch you up on....but I am really happy the earthquake didn't impact you. I want a map with a star where you are on the west coast so I don't have to worry every time I hear something on the news. I love you dear girl.. and we need to keep each other in the loop more! :) Promise to email back tonight or tomorrow.

Dear Friday, today you are suppose to be filled with errands and things to do.I haven't even started yet. What is going on with me???? I will try to make you as productive as I can. 

Dear Blog/Youtube Friends, as you can tell I am totally off schedule. I will try to catch up little by little. I have some videos that should be popping up later today and this weekend. Stay tuned for those. I hope you had a wonderful week and a even better weekend. :) I'll be back soon.

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* Belated Week in Review August 18 - 24, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hello friends! I am running so late with everything this week! Here is my belated WIR. I am not doing any huge blog post or anything to go with it. I just don't have the time today. If you want to see how our week went around here, enjoy the vlog below! 

Its been so busy around here. I have also been battling some family issues which only complicate things even more. Hopefully I will get caught up soon! Have a great day! 

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Helloooooo....Very Busy & Off Schedule Day.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello friends.... I hope you are having a great evening. Its been kinda crazy around here and I am just getting able to settle down long enough to type out this blog post. The only reason I have time right now, is because dinner is cooking on its own in the oven. Thank God. 

I woke up pretty late today but that's understandable because I wide awake until after 5am. But once my feet hit the floor there has been no stopping. 

I was happy to find when I was dreaming away, 4 boxes were delivered right to my front door. :) I thought it was a great way to start my day. But it didn't work out that way. Before I could break out a knife to open my boxes, the air conditioning guy showed up to service and fix a few of the problems we have been experiencing showed up.

I shut the door on him for aprox 5-6 minutes while I got out of my pjs and put on some clothes. I also poured my first cup of coffee. 

He was here for almost 2 hours and very active. He was very busy and wanting me to be interactive so that took up a lot of time. 

Tossed laundry around....folded and put away one load and added the next bunch to toss/tumble clean and dry. 

Next cup of coffee.....still in need of some serious energy. 

More phone conversations that took place today including one with my ex husband. There were a few issues between him and Brittany that I had to address. He was actually convincing and I kinda felt bad for him. He said....

" I give her everything....I buy her everything .....what else can I do? All I want are good grades and her to help around the house some. " He's right too. But he acted wrong in a few ways and that conversation lasted a while. 

Talked to my sister in law for a brief moment....blogger stuff. 

All while I was hoping to start my day working on my normal WIR Monday blog post. didn't happen and still hasn't happened. I have yet to even edit that video still. 

The nurse from Jackson's Dr. called....another long conversation. 

You guessed it.. another cup of coffee.....realized at this point, coffee was going to be breakfast today. 

Emails are piling in....and I have not one second to answer any....and I also have a ton to send out. 

Forgot Coopers breakfast and meds..SHIT! 

I finally get started doing my weekly cleaning on just the second floor. The entire time I was thinking about the blown out Monday schedule that totally went to hell. 

Best friend calls....only have a few seconds of conversation before we are interrupted by even more phone calls cutting into the line....on my end. 

Husband calls and says we are moving out of this house if the issues don't get fixed. Grrrrreat... after 2 years I just started decorating it. 

I vacuum the second set of stairs and landing...Jackson walks in from school. He's huffing and puffing about having to ride the bus home with a stack of papers I need to go through and sign. 

Finally sat down to send an email out about not getting an etsy item. She is reshipping it and we'll see if it really arrives this time. Not happy. 

I grab some left over breakfast sausage links, pop them in the microwave and call it lunch. ( at 4 pm ) 

After I gobbled them down I chopped up potatoes, carrots and an onion.. put a fresh chicken on top and toss right in the oven to do all the cooking tonight. 

Put Cooper on the treadmill. Gotta get him in better shape plus he is a ball of energy. 

Back upstairs to toss Laundry around...and switched into a comfortable pair of sweats. 

Husband calls and says he is helping out a friend and won't be home for a while. Grrrrrrrrr......but I am totally ok with it. Just wasn't expecting it. 

Chicken in the oven is smelling up the house making me even hungrier than I already am. 

Went ahead and posted a Mary K Haul on youtube. So much for staying on schedule. WIR will be up tomorrow. 

Watered all the outside plants. It sure would have been nice if it had rained so I didn't have to do it. 

Homework time with Jackson. Going over the 7 continents and oceans. Thank you Jesus that it wasn't math tonight.

On Break..→ Current Time Now ← writing this blog post. :)

Still to do tonight:
  • Have dinner with Jackson very very soon...he is in the shower right now. 
  • Stay away from the coffee pot. Only actual food from this point. 
  • Go through stack of papers he brought home
  • Edit Week in Review video & start working on blog post
  • Call and check on Brittany 
  • Empty Dishwasher and clean kitchen from dinner
  • Put away laundry
  • Feed Cooper
  • Get Jackson's stuff ready for school tomorrow. 
  • Work on emails 
  • Enjoy long bath....but in reality it will probably be a fast shower. 
  • Work in planner...lots to catch up on. 
  • Finish laundry
  • Fall into bed.

 Lets hope tomorrow goes more according to schedule! Hows your day going!? 

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☼ Myrtle Beach Travel Vlog | Part 5 | ☼

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! I am back with Part 5 of our Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs. This one is the last besides a little wrap up that I plan on filming today or tomorrow. I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing little parts of our trip. There was a lot I didn't share because after all, we were there to spend time with our family. But I do hope you enjoy this final vlog of our time there. 

As I mentioned....I plan on recording a video today or tomorrow with my final thoughts about our vacation, where we stayed, how I planned and budgeted for it....along with a bunch of other travel stuff! 

If you missed any of our previous travel vlogs from Myrtle they are! 

We all had such a great time and the only thing I really wish is....we were all still there! :)

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Large Weekly Family Food Haul | Video |

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday. I am back with this weeks food shopping haul. Its kinda early because the boys really thought it was way past time for me to go. After heading home Sunday from Myrtle Beach I didn't feel like going shopping so I used up a lot of the items we already had in the house. I tried making it till Sunday but I actually went on Friday. I am totally sure we would have been just fine with the food we do have in the house but the boys thought differently! I also included our menu plan so maybe you can get some ideas too! :) Hope you enjoy. 

Thanks for watching! I should be back in just a bit with another travel vlog! Stay tuned! 

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☼ Myrtle Beach Travel Vlog | Part 4 | ☼

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you having a great Friday. ;) I haven't been feeling very well today so I haven't done a lot except going to the grocery store but I still dream of being at the ocean. I am here with part 4 of part 6 of our Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs. It was so much fun. If you want to see our Saturday there...enjoy the video! 

Thanks so much for case you missed any of the previous Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs here they are! 

I am so thankful for the time with our family there. We made a ton of great memories that will last a life time. 

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Friday Letters

Dear God, 
I am so sorry for sounding demanding but I need you to help supply my soul with more patience than you made me with. I know I am perfect in your eyes however, my family would say I need more patience. Could you help please!? Thank you for getting us all through another week. You could take me right now...right second but I want my kids to have a full happy life. Please protect them through their journey. 

Dear Beach, 
Have I told you how much I miss you? I miss everything about you...the vast open water, the sounds of the waves crashing, the smell of the salt water flowing through the air, and the sunshine. I don't think we can move to you at least for another year because of Jackson being in school. He is starting to make a bunch of new friends and I know he is not going to want me to pack up and move again. Gosh the things we do for the kids...because I would be packing the house up right now to move if it wasn't for little Jackson. 

Dear Jordan, 
You can keep up with your antics on your blog all day long. Its your life.. and you can use it up by hating me or you can try to be happy. I am at a loss for words why you are so filled with hate. I love you and want you to be happy. I am not perfect... I never will be and I wish you would stop fighting so hard and start focusing on the love and the good in life...I guess I will just keep waiting like I have been. 

Dear Trina, 
I felt so sad when I read your most recent blog post. I can totally relate and the offer still stands if you want to run away. I think we could get part time jobs....and cover everything! :) I love you and I know you work hard and try your best to take care of your family but guess what? You deserve a real vacation too. Come on Philly! 

Dear Cooper, 
So far this week no seizures...yea!!! I am sorry that you are not getting all that yummy unhealthy food. I promise, we are just doing it for your own well being. Actually that might not be completely true. You are a member of our family and it might be selfish but we want you around for a while longer. 

Dear Laura, 
You are seriously one of my most favorite people on the planet. You have a heart of gold and I am very thankful you are in my life. You know your dad feels the same way. Your another reason I want to move but I can't and won't move to New Albany. Lets all move to Florida at the same time!!! I love you...kiss the girls for me and tell Jerred hi! 

Dear Stomach,
Please please stop hurting me. I have to go shopping in a bit and will never get through it unless you start feeling better. 

Dear Brittany, 
Do you have any idea how much I miss you. I can't wait until you move out of New Albany. I am scared you will turn out into a drug addict staying there. I keep trying to talk your daddy into moving and hopefully one day he figures out life on the beach is better than life in that little dirty city. Keep doing great in school and don't forget to call me today. 

Dear Michael Brown, 
Everyone is focusing on your death and I understand why. I don't think you should have been shot 6 times when you had no weapons. Period. But I do feel a little different. I believe before you ever came to this world, you knew how you would die and picked it. I think you died to make a change. I think your death and the many things will come from it was probably more important than your life. I don't mean that disrespectful in anyway. I just think your lifes work started really at your death. What the changes come from what happened to you. We lift your family in our prayers. 

Dear Scott, 
Sorry for hurting your feelings last night. As I explained, it came from a place of deep frustration. It doesn't mean I don't love you and don't want us to have a happy and healthy life together. Fresh day... fresh start. 

Dear Jaggers House Kitty Cat Gang, 
You little assholes are driving me crazy. I hope you are figuring out I am not opening a can of food for you. You are also on new diets and you better be happy I am still free feeding you. I could measure your food out like Coopers. Trying to trip me up on the stairs, stealing food off unattended plates, and being a mean little bunch is not going to switch your diet back. 

Dear Dr. Kent Brantly, 
Wow....I knew you were in good hands coming back for treatment and YOU WALKED OUT OF THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY! Amazing. I don't care what anyone says...Dr's I trust. And they fixed you up....saved your life....and I bet you continue on Gods journey to help more people. I am so happy for you. 

Dear Jackson, 
I am so happy you had a great time at Myrtle Beach. It was so worth taking a friend for you to play with. You both did great. I'm very proud of you. more pranks or messing with peoples food at school.

Dear Laci, 
I miss you even though we were just together. To me it didn't feel like we got enough time together on vacation. I seriously need to move but one of the many problems with that is if I do move back to Florida it will be on the other side of the state than you! :( Call me. 

Dear James Foley,
I am sorry for what you went through. I truly am. I think your death is a statement death too. I think there will be so many things come from what happened to you. We never know how broad that scope is but I have to believe something good will come from it. I'm not sure why you read their statement on the eve of your death... personally if they were going to do that to me, I would have been screaming I love my family and telling to US to come blow the assholes up. Those would be my words...I promise you that. However, you seemed at peace and I hope we get them because you didn't deserve that. Rest in the peace of God now. 

Dear Shanna, 
Stay on his ass...stay on his ass...stay on his ass...Teenagers think they know it all and most of the time they don't know shit. I am so glad you stood your ground and expect the exact same advice when its Brittany & Jackson.

Dear Body,
I don't know what you had a reaction to last night but my tongue swelling up and stinging freaked me out. It didn't last long but something caused that.. I just wish I knew what. 

Dear Blog/Youtube Friends, 
Thank you guys for always being a place of inspiration. I truly value all the friendships formed through blogging and making videos. Thanks for sticking with us while we navigate through this very complex life. I hope you have a beautiful Friday! 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Through 9/18 (or while supplies last), hurry on over to the St. Ives Facebook page and take the short survey to score a FREE St. Ives Scrub sample ($0.99 value) for the first 20,000! Be sure to click the blue “Register with Facebook” button in order to submit the form. Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery. You’ll also automatically be entered to win one of 100 prize packs containing five full-sized scrubs! I got the grilled aprocoit scrub coming! I got the orginal aprocot scrub. Hurry if yo want this one!

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Giveaway Winners & Kisha Check's In....VIDEO

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great evening! I am back with the winners from the Firmoo Glasses Giveaway. I was oh so happy to try out their sunglasses and also share the love with 5 of you guys! Below you will find the winners and also a little Kisha Check's in too. Hope you enjoy! 

Thank you to all who entered...

Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up very soon! 

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