Nine Years, Many Lives.

Today William and I celebrated nine years of being married. It was a real low key celebration. I guess that’s what happens when you move to a new city and are on a tight budget. There were no big gifts exchanged, but we did have breakfast as a family, a family nap, a kid free coffee/putt putt date and dinner as a family. It was a nice celebration.

Somewhere between cards being exchanged and coffee being drunken we were in agreement that although we’ve only been married nine years it seems like we’ve lived many lives in that time. There are pivotal moments that have happened in our lives that have marked us and changed us and now is no different.

We had newly wed lives, before and after Miami lives, before and after Kiwi lives, NICU lives, not to mention the mission trips, the trainings and conferences that have marked our lives or the lingering effects of our before marriage lives. We were told this life together would be an adventure but we had no idea what that meant let alone what it could look like.

As hard and long as these years and lives have been, it’s all been worth it to call William Michael Harding my husband. He truly is the man for me. He balances me so well, and loves me so deeply and I look forward to this life, and the future lives with such hope, wonder, and gratefulness to experience it with him.

William Michael Harding! I Love You! Happy Anniversary!

Kobi’s 2!

It’s amazing how much things change in a year!! Although we weren’t near anyone we spent Kobi’s first birthday with, we made the most of our time together celebrating her life! We had so much fun going to OMSI (the science museum) with our friends Katie and Doc in Portland, where Kobi got to run free for hours! We had pizza for lunch and some ice cream because that’s what she likes and then we came home for dinner and cupcakes with our friends, the Zauners! Oh and there was some present opening in there too!

It was kind of simple and didn’t take much planning but it was so much fun and Kobi enjoyed every minute of it, and that’s all I wanted! I know how hard this move has been on her and I just wanted her to be able to enjoy her special day!

Kobi is quite phenomenal if you ask me! She knows her alphabet, their sounds, and can recognize them when we are out and about, she can count to 20 and also recognizes her numbers, she loves to sing and dance, is getting better at legos all the time, loves to eat apples, chicken, chips, and bread of any kind, still doesn’t like green beans but asks for veggie pouches all the time. She is kind and compassionate, rarely meets a stranger, Strong-willed, and so smart!

My 2018 Theme

This comes a whole ten days sooner than normal but I really started thinking about it a lot earlier and wrote things down a lot sooner…

My word for this year is WELLNESS. At first it was going to be healthy, but I feel like that only applies to exercise and diet, whereas wellness encompasses every aspect of my life, to include my marriage, my spiritual life, my family and my health.

I want to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, I want to grow in my marriage, and be able to use all the energy I used in school to learn about my husband, his needs, wants, and desires. I want to have regular date nights and really become his best friend! When it comes to my spiritual life, I want to be able to meditate on the word day and night, and I want to pray for myself the way I’ve prayed for others over the years, and for my family I want shared experiences and memories made, open communication, a good work-family balance and overall health.

I’m excited to embark on this overall journey of wellness for the coming year and beyond and I hope and pray that whatever your word, or resolution is that you find the motivation to see them to completion.

Whole 30 Results and Triggers

Originally this was suppose to be separate posts but life just wouldn’t allow for such things. Therefore I am writing it all together! 

During the whole 30 I ended up losing 9 pounds and a lot of inches. I’m bad at math but there will be pictures for you to see. I started at 158 and now weigh 149! I haven’t seen a 140 something since l got out of the Army, so to say that I am stoked is an understatement!! 


When I reintroduced dairy, honestly it was kind of lackluster.  The flavor I had craved wasn’t there. On the plus side, my stomach didn’t hurt, although I did get a little gassy after finishing almost a pint of Halo Top ice cream, but I think that had more to do with what time I ate it, because it was like 9 at night! 

This past Friday I reintroduced gluten because I was ready for some deep dish pizza! William took me to IHOP for pancakes and they were fantastic, but they put me to sleep for a couple of hours! Later that night we went to go get pizza and all was well, I didn’t get tired like I did with the pancakes but later on the drive home and that night my back began to hurt in that all too familiar way that I hadn’t felt for 30 plus days! 

Apparently the gluten at least the kind in pizza crust and probably other breads, and maybe pastas are what have been causing a good majority of my back pain! I couldn’t believe it! It might also be the kind that are in cakes and cookies too. I don’t know, and I’m a little hesitant to try and figure it out because I don’t want to be in pain if I don’t have to be. But at least I know how my body reacts to certain food groups and now I can see if they are worth keeping in my regular every day diet! 

Technically I still have 2 more reintroductions to do, non grain gluten like rice, and quinoa and then legumes but I’m pretty much done. I may have a thing of rice or quinoa with dinner to see what happens and maybe wait a day and have some peanut butter or beans but I don’t really eat those two groups that often, so I’m not really worried about how they affect my body and I’m tired of stressing out about what I can and can’t eat! 

Would I do the Whole 30 again, probably not, but will I take what I learned with me, and live a Whole 30 ish lifestyle with occasional resets when needed? Absolutely!

So close yet so far away

Monday will be my last day of the whole 30!! However I still have 10 days of reintroduction to do afterwards. I’m so excited to be done, the temptations to binge is huge! Walking through the grocery store has been torture! I just think knowing that I can have treats is making me a little crazy! 

I had a goal to drink more water, and workout every day this week. I worked out but my water intake was hit or miss. It’s hard to drink water when it gets cold, but I tried. My back is also starting to hurt more than it did, but I think that’s a combination of the weather, my workouts, and clearing out boxes. 

Lots of food
Some of the food I made this week.

I made chili this week, a huge salad, some roasted veggies, as well as zuppa toscana soup tonight and it was so good. I had two bowls! The chili was okay for not having any beans and having veggies in it, but I definitely prefer the soup! 

This has been a struggle. The benefits have been nice but I enjoy food! I have learned some good habits and I think once I reintroduce foods and see how they affect my body it will help me to determine the way I want to pursue eating in the future and what I absolutely need in my life and what I can live without.

Thanks for all of the support throughout this journey. It’s much appreciated!