My weight loss journey.

When I was younger I never had to worry about weight I ate whatever I wanted life was good. Jump forward to my 20’s having my first child & it being by c-section posed as my first weight woes! I went from 125lbs to 195lbs (WOW). I know right I just couldn’t figure it out! When I finally was able to drop 20lbs (hardest 20lbs I ever tried to lose) surprise I was pregnant again! ok so back up to 195 I go (might I add I am only 5’2″ tall so 195lbs is really a lot). So after 2 years of being that heavy & breaking 215lbs I decided that I was going to do something about it. At that point I made a change & lost 70lbs. I made my Dr appt to have a tummy tuck but was advised by friends and family that I should go have a check up. Well much to my surprise no tummy tuck for me I have two tumors! One on the outside of my ovaries the size of a golf ball one on the inside the size of a lime & tha one was pre cancer! So after my hysterectomy my weight just kept going up & up till I am here at this point in my life miserable and 241lbs! Change is in the air & I am ready for the new me! I will be having the Gastric Sleeve done in a few weeks & this is just the beginning of only the best of what is yet to come!


” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”

A Happy Heart Comes From Happy Cooking!


I love to cook, bake, grill, outdoor cooking and Dutch Oven cooking. Really I just love any and all cooking so I will be sharing recipes and cooking tips and tricks.

From my Kitchen to Yours!

Happy Cooking!

Scouting in our Family

                                                             “Do Your Best”
                                                                  A Scout
                         ” Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
                            Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean & Reverent”



Scouting is a huge part of our families life! My husband earned his Eagle in December of 1989 so when we had our two boys I knew what was in our future. Scouting teaches boys so much from life skills to working as a team. I have truly seen my boys learn and grow with every step they take in Scouts. K finished Cub Scouts 8 months early earning his Arrow of Light (the highest award a Cub can earn) an his Super Achiever (that means he earned all 20 badges as a Webelo) then crossed over to Boy Scouts and has finished his first two ranks (Scout badge & Tenderfoot) in the first 7 months! I am very proud if you can’t tell… LOL. B participated with his brother in Cub Scouts for his 4 years then finally got his chance to be a Tiger Cub in June of 2011. He has just moved to Wolf and is following in his Dads and Brothers foot steps. As a Scout Leader I love working with the Scouts and trying new activities and camping in new places so I will share that with y’all to maybe give other Scouters so new ideas!

Happy Scouting!

Hello Heart Academy

                                              Homeschooling from the heart!

                                                  If we love it we will learn it!

That is our Motto for homeschool. We make everything a learning experience and we try to make every learing experience fun! We truly love to learn as a family. We have been homeschooling for a year and a half now and wish I had started with our oldest son at Kindergarten. I know that homeschool is not for everyone and a lot of people think I am crazy for taking my boys out of Public School. It is what works best for the boys and our family so you just have to learn to not listen to the negative that others have to say. Hopefully this blog will give other homeschoolers what other blogs have given me. It may be inspiration, encouragement, new ideas or just a laugh but if it helps anyone at all then it is worth it.

Happy Homeschooling!

Getting Started

When I started homeschooling I went through a time when I worried that what I was doing was not good enough or not how I was supposed to do it! Over time I have learned (after homeschooling for over a year) that in homeschool there is no right or wrong way you just have to do what works best for your family and not worry about others! Granted it is always nice to see how others are doing things and you can always learn and use parts of what they are doing but always make it work for you and your homeschool and don’t worry if what you do isn’t exactly like everyone else. When I decided to take my boys out of Public School and Homeschool I had the chance to visit with a very wise lady that was very blessed with a supportive husband. She went over everything that she does in her day and it was so much help but she is such an amazing homeschool teacher and mother that I had times that I was so stressed because I didn’t have it all together like she did! I now know that after time I got it together and my boys are doing great. Another road block I ran into was the doubt and negative that I had put on me from outsiders and even my Husband. Don’t get me wrong my husband is a wonderful man and an amazing father but he was very scared and worried about homeschool he has since come around and loves it. What all husbands need to understand before homeschooling ever starts is that the Moms don’t need the third degree we just need the support and encouragement and that will help and inspire your school more than anything else! As far as the rest of the naysayers  that just comes with the territory of going against the grain of common society. As time goes on and they see how well your kids are doing then they change their tune. When I started a year and a half ago I was very lucky to have boys that wanted to share a room so I got my Craft/Class room. I am in the process of reorganizing our room and will be sharing that with everyone soon. I have done a lot of research to make this the best and most useful space it can be especially since we spend a large amount of our time in here. I will say I so a lot of things with a small budget and I like to challenge my skills to see how thrifty I can be. I get a lot from garage sales, thrift shops, Goodwill, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s. Usually if it’s not on sale or cheap I won’t buy it. Starting your homeschool space be that it is in your own school room, at the kitchen table or in a corner in your house the number one thing to remember is “If you start with love and work from your heart and soul give thanks to God every day for the blessings in your life you can’t go wrong!”

Till next time live each day from your Heart and soul! God bless!

Starting a blog…. Why

In a life of mostly males you need that outlet to express yourself to non males and non members of your family (not that if a male reads my post I mind but if they do read it would be by choice not by force of me sitting and talking his ear off… Lol). To get out all of your thoughts and creative ideas to others that will appreciate or at least you hope will appreciate what you have to say. I am new to the blog scene so I hope that what I have to post will be helpful to someone because I know I have gotten a lot of great help and information from other blogs. I am very thankful for everyone that takes time out of their life to blog! Lots of great things to come to keep checking in to Heart and Soul 4 Life. Till next time live each day from your heart and Soul! God bless!