Progress and Growth

I am not one for resolutions. How many people say that to start?

I’m always breaking them. When I became a teenager I stopped making them.

However, 2014 was hard and it left a pretty sour taste in my mouth. I’m determined to make this year better in many ways.

I’ve decided 2015 is the year of progress and growth. There are quite a few ways that those words can apply.

Before we dive in, I should mention that I have these plans laid out before us, but God determines our steps. Lord willing, these things will happen, but how, when, and with what means are completely out of my control.

Sebastian and I bought a house before he deployed in August. We closed after he left. My dad helped me move, settle, and now we have begun the remodel stage. Sebastian is still deployed.

Why did we buy a home we need to remodel?

Our single-wall Hawaii home was built in 1963. There are a lot of really great things that come with that. We don’t belong to an association, our lot is huge compared to new lots on Oahu, and our house is full of vintage Hawaiian spirit.

Some not so great things? It’s dated and too small for us.

Two weeks before we closed, I was ten days late. “You’re stressed about the house.” I told myself. Maebel was not even old enough. No way. We aren’t ready for three kids. We can’t have three kids. We just bought a house with only three bedrooms.

Two pink lines and a lot of tears later, our home is going to grow with our family in 2015.

Our list of renovations include:
Built in day-bed in the family room
Updated built in book case in the family room
Sanded and Refinished original oak floors in the main living area
Painted walls and ceilings in the main area
New cabinet fronts and countertops in the kitchen
1.5 bath converted to jack and Jill bathroom – complete remodel
Bedroom floors sanded and refinished
Bedroom walls painted
Additional master bed and bath added on to rear of home

Before you think my dad is slave labor, Sebastian is good and ready to be the muscle and sweat. Dad is the supervisor.

Sebastian and I plan to run a grass-fed, hormone and anti-biotic free beef farm when our days with the navy are through. He is not shy about hard work, and he is excited to learn all sorts of new tricks this year.

Did I mention that our family is growing this year? Late March or early April, we will have a new baby to embrace in our ever-changing, and very busy life.

With Sebastian’s honey-do list, there are many ways I can grow as a wife and mother this year. Being a stay-at-home mom, I am the accountant, nurse, cook, maid, and seamstress. I prefer some of those positions over others.

Last year, I grew as a nurse, maid, and seamstress. We switched our health and medicine over to essential oils, and we have yet to go back.

I’ve noticed that pain killers, when we do need them, work faster and better than they had prior to our cleanse. Same goes with fever reducers for our children and I have yet to reach for pepto bismol or any other digestion aid since I have used doTERRA’s digestzen!

I have also switched our family’s cleaning and hygiene products to natural, chemical/synthetic free options. This switch took a little more dedication to pre-making and a little more effort when it comes to finding recipes that work, but we did it! And Lysol, pledge, swifter, and Clorox are collecting dust in my hall closet.

I also improved my sewing skills last year. I made over 1500 diapers in 2014!

With those areas of Stay-at-home-mom life under control, the time has come for me to look at the cook and accountant parts of my job description.

The kitchen is an intimidating place. And unfortunately, my lack of organization in the heart of our home (it’s literally in the center! Ha!) costs us more money than it should! However, Sebastian and I are firm believers in health, and diet should be the final sacrifice for expense.

We are not a restaurant, fast-food family. Our budget cannot be snipped that way, as we don’t partake in that meal style. If your family does, I would highly recommend really examining those foods and their ingredients. Take your first step into health with cutting these out!

I do enjoy dr. Pepper. Which prompted a talking to from a dear friend here in Hawaii. I know all of the health, cost, and disgusting other reasons why soda shouldn’t be in my life. I’m addicted to it. I know all that and I continue to drink it anyway, but in 2015, I’m saying goodbye to dr. P and all other processed food. My best friend is dancing in Illinois as she reads that.

My goal for 2015 is to have all food in my kitchen be five ingredients or fewer, all my meat and dairy to be hormone and antibiotic free, and most of my veggies and fruits to be local and/or organic.

That sounds pretty scary to the accountant side of my job, which is why I also plan to do freezer meals and meal planning along side our food shift.

So, 2015! Lord willing: Our home will grow, our family will grow, and our diets will progress to a healthier and longer life!

What about you? What are your New Years resolutions? Health? Exercise? Diet? Budgeting? Spiritual growth? Travel?

Tell me about your adventures you hope to have this year!


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