Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Long Time Coming Trip To Jamaica

I can't believe in a weeks time I'll be headed to Jamaica !!!
We are staying in Ochi at a resort for 7 days 

I have always dreamed of climbing Dunns River Falls and site seeing, now my dream is coming true 

I'm so thankful that my mom is able to sacrifice 1 week of her holidays to allow me the peace of mind and take this really needed break.
 The best part of this trip is not only am I headed to one of my favorite places, I am traveling with one of my best friends in the world. We are both single moms and between us we have 9 kids that we juggle everyday, we make sure they make it to every activity.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Paint Sensations

Last night I went with my BFF and a friend to paint sensations. While being honest I will admit I didn't think it was going to be my kinda thing... But sometimes You Have to be a good friend and try something new right. So with a great attitude and my outgoing self off I went.
During painting I felt empowered relaxed and focused all at different intervals. Definitely recommend going to anyone with a stressful job or job that is demmanding of your mind. We had apps (anyone who knows us well knows we love our apps)
You really don't need any painting ability, and remember you are your biggest critic.
The best part of my night really was Getting home and my 2 older children were just as excited for me, one even took a photo of me and told me he was going to post it to Instagram. My 13 yr old asked if she could hang it in her room. I felt so proud of myself at this moment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Gorgeous wubby, handsome young man

very helpful big bros!

Look at Ava just 2 and getting into worship

Brotherly love

The kids at church learning to Stay in our row has been a challenge but I feel we are getting there. This past Sunday the kids were very well behaved. Its been just about 3 years taking all of them to church together. Seeing them enjoying worship and growing up is an awesome feeling. I know consistency is my job and calling and is paying off. My best friend stands at one end and I at the other. My oldest daughter is now in youth and sits with her peers. At our church the youth within the front rows (that's gotta tell you something). 
fall 2015 Arrianna

Monday, June 1, 2015

Terrafit day 15 challenge

I joined a #terrafit team, and we are have daily challenges to complete.
Honestly the physical challenges are what I prefer. All day I have been agonizing over what to write and then it came to me...
Blog about it!!!
So here we go, a few months ago I joined #doterra #essential oils as a member, which gives me the oils at wholesale cost. I like them and have been getting  to know how to use them for myself and my kids.
Today's challenge: write down 5 positive things about your body and or fitness goals. Look in the mirror and pretend you have already accomplished the goals.
1. My eyes are awesome, I'm always asked if I have contacts.
2. I like my arms and legs
3. I have a nice shape.
4. I have good skin.
5. I like my butt.
My first fitness goal is to have stamina while doing exercise. Second I would like to lose my baby belly. I would like to be able to run distances.
I would like to really be confident and consistent with workouts.
I also was thinking of writinv a letter to myself like ...
Dear fat Cheryl
Remember when it was a normal thing to eat mcds at midnight, drink a pop daily especially during summer $ drink days. Remember when you and your bff would drive to waterloo just for battered mushrooms and apps because the regular place shut down. Remember when you couldn't do even just one sit up. And remember when your stomach stuck out past your boobs. Well I remember and I remember not being confident even though you faked it till you made it on the outside. I am happy that you did the hard work and put the effort into becoming healthy and conscientious of what goes in doesn't always come out.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Life as we know it

I'm back to work now and have been blessed with a new contract.
God has reminded me once again that he goes before us and prepares the way just as he says it in his word.
I've been searching and pressing in to get full understanding of what direction God is taking me.
I've learned to be honest and speak up.
I've learned to accept certain things as they are and change things that are of my control.  Settling is not something I'm going to continue doing. God has a plan he says in Jeremiah 29:11 and he never fails us. So I definitely can put my trust in him and not in man. I also like the famous quote "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" so true on so many levels. I am responsible for me and how I lead my family when I stand before God. I can't make people drink the water I can only encourage them and be an example.
I've learned more about abuse and how real emotional abuse is the unseen abuse and rarely recognized until the damage is done. I am standing up against being treated improper and being hurt.
I want to set an expectation for my children to have healthy relationships. I want to break all generational curses and cycles. I've been reading Isaiah and also downloaded a reader app and purchased the love languages book for singles.
The truth of the matter is I want to have a healthy relationship as well and want to be loved and taken care of the way God wants what's best for all his creation.
In the near future I will be participating in a photo story of my story for an online Christian magazine, I look forward to encouraging other women facing similar situations.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

struggles and frustration

Lately I have been noticing that our government has many programs for very poor ...
Let me explain first before I seem judgmental or uncaring.
I recently returned to work from Mat leave, I am a single mom of 4 now ages 1, 8, 10, 12

Recently I visited a playgroup I used to attend when I was on mat leave and I was talking with a few of the women that attend they were talking about daycare that they receive full time covered by the region for their children. They are both on Ontario works full time not working at all. When I looked into this I found that each spot costs $1300 a month approx. What is frustrating is these women aren't working and there are parents on wait lists who are paying out of pocket to work. I also am frustrated because these same people are living in rent geared to income, so that means they are not working receiving free childcare and free housing. What would encourage them to change anything about their situation.
I'm all for giving children social interaction and early intervention. There are places for this specifically that parents have to stay onsite for example the early years Centre, infant development as well has programs.
I would like to know how a working parent gets ahead when they are living paycheck to paycheck with no room for savings.
I recently heard about a program that is to help with rent, but when I looked into it I of course once again did not qualify.
I am hoping that by talking to politicians and making these issues public via social media sites that a change takes place.