New addition/s coming soon

As I mentioned before, our family is adopting. Thrilled does not even express the excitement that we have as a family to be welcoming new children into our home. Zack constantly asks when his new brother will be arriving. Makes my heart melt! This journey for us actually started a long time ago when we had just had Zackery. I never felt that “done” feeling that some other mommies have. After some discussion we decided to call it quits for having bio children, however left the conversation open to adoption. When I mean open, I mean Noah mentioned it and I had a not so welcoming face to the idea. So therefore the conversation was left open and quiet.

Last December I sat around a large dinner table with some of the dearest friends...

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School Time

We started school a couple of weeks ago and it has taken me that long to get back into the swing of things. No more 9am wake up times, or free spirited days of doing whatever we wanted to do for that day. Nope its back to a schedule. Which I am seeming to make sound bad, which in reality I actually love. I like to know what comes next. That seems to fit me best. With that said, the beginning of school this year was a bit overwhelming. Our materials did not come in when I anticipated, so I had to pull out last years things. I had planned on having everything placed in our fancy agendas (thank you Erica, confessions of a homeschooler…you should go check it, I believe they are still free to download) Well needless to say that did not  happen...

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End of summer 2013

The end of summer is always a bitter sweet one. I love being able to stay up late and not worry about what time we wake up in the mornings. Lots of lazy days with some fun scheduled activities mixed in there. There is something very exciting about starting a new year of school though.  This summer has been exceptionally busy with lots of trips that were not only planned but executed. I can’t tell you how many summers I plan, plan, plan and then life happens and things don’t work out.

We enjoyed Hume Lake for a week, Phoenix with some of our favorite people, and a weekend at the beach. We also got to witness our oldest Taylor, get baptized.  Lots of day trips as well, but these were our planned and followed through trips.  I have to admit, this summer has been our best so far.

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I’m back

HELLO!!!

So after a much needed social media break, I am back! Oh it feels so good to be writing , sharing, and communicating with my friends again. God has been working in my heart so much over this last year, and even though I wasn’t completely gone from social media, I was far enough away to be able to hear Him a little more clearly.

What do you think of my new website? Isn’t it fancy? My awesome brother in law designed and revamped it. It is so much more user friendly. There are still some things we are working on, but I can’t thank him enough for providing a professional blog for me…..{{HUGS}} Ryan!

So I am going to try and catch you up with a few things that have been going on in the Caracciolo household since last summer.

~We finished our second year of homeschooling...

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Week end weigh in 17

This has been one of the most emotional weeks I have had in my weight loss thus far! As you know, We had our final weigh in this past Monday night for our Biggest Loser Challenge. Let me back up to two weeks ago. I started off by cutting my calories to 1200 a day and attempting to burn 3000 calories a day. Well some days I hit that goal and some I didn’t. I never ate over my intake but didn’t always hit 3000. Some days I did and when I didn’t I was right around 2800! That consisted of running almost everyday as well as an hour of weight lifting/workout video. My 1200 calorie intake was nothing but great food for me….that meant absolutely NO sweets, NOTHING greasy, REALLY I FELT LIKE I COULD EAT BARELY…...

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Week end weigh in 16

WOW! What a week in my weight loss journey! 9 weeks ago I started a “Biggest Loser” group to try and get encouragement from other ladies that too wanted to lose some weight. Oh yeah and I wanted to try and win some money for losing this weight. I figured I am only doing this once, so I better make it good! We have only one week left and there is some pretty heavy competition, that’s for sure. So this week I knew that I needed to step up my game, if I wanted a chance at winning our $400 grand prize.

At the beginning of the week I read on Jillian Michaels facebook that “if you are a woman trying to lose weight, you should eat only 1200 calories a day...

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Week end weigh in 15

This week I must have hit a place my in weight loss journey that has got me recognized. I have had the sweetest compliments from friends about how good I am looking. As much as the words make me feel good, it also reminds me to be humble. I love feeling good and looking good because I am losing weight, but I want to make sure that I focus on the reason I started this journey in the first place. That is to be a good role model to my children and to be VERY frank!! To still wipe my own bottom at the age 80! Haha TMI…I know, but I am serious!

 

I continue to pray that God keeps me grounded reminding me that when you are smaller in body statue, that can lead to smaller clothes, and with that inappropriateness. I am first and foremost a daughter of God and second a wife to an amazing husband...

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Week end weigh in 14

One word…..Vacation! It is amazing to me how much our lives revolve around food and family, food and fun, food and vacations! We just got back from a wonderful trip to Arizona to see Noah’s brothers and their families. As much as I planned my food before we went, it was inevitable that I was going to fall short of my calories in and calories out. Fortunately my amazing sister in law help me prepare by getting me a pass to her gym. I do not use a gym nor have I been to one in over a year…and that was just once! I used to belong to a local gym but found that I was wasting a lot of money because I would just eat right through my workouts.

So more schedule went a little like this…..

Thursday morning before we left, I did a Jillian workout, then Friday we headed to the gym for an hour long spin...

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Week end weigh in 13

What a wonderful week! I have absolutely fallen in love with running! I never thought I would say those words, but I have! I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before but last year I so desperately wanted to run… Be a runner! My shins were in so much pain that I had to stop running all together. Well I let my body heal and 9 months later tried again. Now I could have started before that I know, but it was the holidays and I was happy being unhealthy and eating whatever I wanted… Well not really, but you get the point!

I started again this past January and my shins no longer hurt and my body wanted it just as badly as my heart does. This past week I have past a milestone by running 4.5 miles. My friend Rachael helped me accomplish that goal. She too has lost a ton of weight by running...

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New Adventure

A few weeks ago I was asked to write on a fabulous blog called Coffee with Christ. It consists of 7 ladies, all in different walks of life. Each lady has a day that they get to share what God has placed on their hearts. I am so excited yet nervous to begin something like this. As you know I have a passion for teenage girls and even though these are women writing, the majority of the readers are 18-25. This opportunity gives me the chance to share more about purity and courting through God’s eyes. I will be sharing on here what I write over there each week, however feel free to come by and check out the much more talented group of writers though. It’s at coffeewithchristdevotional.blogspot.com!

Here was my first post

“Hi Ladies,

   I am so excited to be joining this amazing cast of ladi...

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