Thursday, October 21, 2021

Our Family Had COVID

Hey! It's been a while since I've updated this blog. If you follow me on Instagram (@goaloflosing100) then you already know where I've been. Our entire family came down with COVID-19 a couple weeks ago and it took us a little while to recover. Thankfully, we all pretty much recovered in the first week of quarantine. Due to having different symptom timelines, I was released from quarantine earlier than the rest of the family, who will all be released by the end of the week!

Aside from working to get better in the beginning, I was also kept busy with facilitating school at home during Piper's quarantine period. Tomorrow she goes back to school for the first time in two weeks and she is so excited!

When I was sick, I was curious to hear about the symptom timelines of others, even though we know COVID affects everyone so differently. For me, it all started on a Thursday. I had a headache all day and that was it. I didn't think anything of it, because, why would I? On Friday, I had a little congestion which made perfect sense with the weather change. It felt like seasonal allergies. I went to an outside gathering with a small group of friends that evening. I've been checking in with them and thankfully none of them got sick! On Saturday, my sinuses were completely stuffed. For me this confirmed that it was allergies/sinus issues, that is, until Saturday night. 

On Saturday night, I spiked a low grade fever, suffered some body aches and chills. That was a dreadful night. Still, I didn't think it could be COVID because my lungs were clear and having no issues. I figured it was a sinus infection at that point. On Sunday, I still had congestion, I was really achy and exhausted. Later on Sunday night, my sense of smell randomly went away. At that point, I realized this was probably COVID. I got a rapid test the next morning which is when everything finally hit my lungs, and the test turned positive within a minute. That afternoon, my husband got tested because he was also dealing with a slight headache. He was also positive.

As for the kids, the virus didn't seem to affect them as much. Prior to me even getting sick, Piper had been coughing in the morning when she woke up (which is typical with the change of weather here) and then sneezing a few times throughout the day. She didn't ever feel sick, and she certainly didn't lack any energy! Despite never feeling sick, Piper also tested positive. As for Delaney, we never got her tested. She was presumed positive because we were all positive and she did have one day and night where she was clearly congested and unusually fussy. One day and night! That was it! It was all very scary at the time because we didn't know what was going to happen. We are so thankful the kids were barely affected by the virus.

Out of all of us, we were surprised that my husband got hit with COVID the hardest. The day after he tested positive he was struggling to keep his o2 level above 93-89 for the better part of a day. At that point, the virus wasn't even really affecting his lungs that he could tell. He was just really tired and battling a headache at the time. We think for him the virus was complicated a bit by a severe poison ivy rash he had also been battling at the same time.

Praise be to God we have all been better since the weekend! We have been enjoying our quarantine time together, and even got a couple projects done around the house that we had the materials for already, we were just waiting for the time.

Our experience with COVID made me grateful for so many things. I am grateful we were vaccinated - I know things could have been a lot worse for us. I am grateful for our family and friends, especially my mom who arranged a meal train to help keep us fed during those days when both Nick and I were feeling sick. I am grateful for our health and for everyone who was praying for us. I have also become grateful for some of the more "little" things, like being able to all sit at the table for dinner together. There were some days where there was at least one of us missing from the table because we were sick. The first evening when we all sat at the table together again after being sick for a few days made me feel super grateful for the times now when we can be together. In retrospect, I am also grateful for my sense of smell and taste. I do hope those come back soon! :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

*NEW* VIDEO: 3 Month Weight-Loss Update

Hey, guys! I shared a quick video update of my weight-loss journey on YouTube and wanted to share it with you all here, too.


Thanks for watching! More to come, soon.

Monday, October 4, 2021

An Update on Where I've Been

Hello, and happy Monday! It's already October and I just can't believe it. September came and went like a whirlwind. In short, we were working into our new school rhythm, I joined the PTO, we've been canning all of the produce we could get our hands on, we've been tackling some house projects, we had fair week, my cousin's wedding, and we started hosting Life Group, among other things!

Despite all of the things last month, I managed to maintain my recent 15 pound weight-loss. I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that I'm still hanging around 229 lbs. Now it's time to work on losing more weight!

If you're a regular reader or if you know me well, you know that I have been loving my new hobby of canning. This past month I was stopping at all of our favorite local market farms, collecting all the produce I could get my hands on. We're done canning for the season and so now we've been working on planning out our garden for next year!

My husband recently built me a decorative 4 x 4 raised bed for my garlic which is going in the soil this week! Garlic will grow from Fall to Spring. When we harvest the garlic, we plan to plant some salad greens in it's place until it's time to plant our garlic again. It has been so fun planning out our garden. There has been a lot to learn!

We are going to be working on our 4 x 8 raised beds for the Spring, next. There has been plenty to do around here, preparing to make our home a tiny homestead. We have been talking, dreaming, and planning a lot around here lately.

In effort to help limit my screen time, I picked up another hobby of knitting this past week. I am starting out making a scarf for Piper. I may make a matching scarf for Delaney and then go from there. It's been really relaxing to end my days knitting. I've also felt better taking a break with knitting instead of scrolling my phone during these days at home.


We also recently went out to a local Amish store to get ourselves all stocked up for the winter with most of the baking supplies we will need for fresh breads, muffins, pastries and more! To start, I plan on making lots of soups with fresh bread this fall.

As with the season, things are shifting and changing within me. As the days get colder, I am preparing for the winter months to come. I am spending some extra time focusing inward so I can better focus outward. Praying for good fruit to come from my time at home this season.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Fair Week 2021

Hello, and happy Friday! I'm a little behind on my updates so please bare with me as I catch up! Delaney's first fair week has come and gone and it sure was amazing! It is so special to experience the fair with both of our girls at their respective ages.


If you know my husband and I personally, you might know that a big part of our love story started at this same fair about a couple decades ago when we were just kids ourselves. Because of that, the fair always has had a way of waking up the butterflies in my stomach for him. I took a few extra moments during fair week to really look at him and our kids and thank God for what he started and where he has us all, now. This fair week had us feeling very blessed.





It was really special to visit the education building at the fair to see Piper's first grade project on display. All of the kids got to share what they were looking forward to when going to the fair and, just like her parents, Piper most looked forward to the fair food! That's our girl.










Speaking of fair food, here are a few of our favorites we picked up during fair week:




The food was good, the kids had fun and we were happy to visit with so many people we hadn't seen in a while. We love fair week! 


Now that it's (been) over, I've been working to get back on track with eating healthier. Taking a week (or so) to enjoy and indulge was just what I needed and now I'm ready to keep working toward my goal of losing weight and living life. More on that next week! Have a good weekend, everyone!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Delaney Jane: Nine Months

Delaney Jane is nine months old. These are the days where I have been snuggling her a little longer as she dozes off in my arms because I know the time for that blessed opportunity is fleeting. She is busier than ever before, crawling all over the house and pulling up on anything she can. She is more curious than ever and also, more vocal than ever. She definitely lets us know what she wants or doesn't want at this point!

Delaney has officially begun the transition from baby to toddler. It pains my heart to admit that but, it's just very apparent in her day-to-day. Babies, after all, don't just wake up one day and become a toddler. It's a gradual thing and I feel fortunate to be witnessing this slow transition with her, at home. I thank God, every day, for the opportunity to be home with her during these days when my baby is still a baby.


It is around this time when I start thinking about the reality of her turning one in just three months. It is a bittersweet thing to begin thinking about. I don't let myself think about it for too long though. I want to be here, in this moment, when she is still just nine months old.

At nine months old, Laney loves to wave and giggle at her family, especially first thing after she wakes up. She loves to be carried from room to room, waving her hand excitedly as she searches for her sister and dad. When we are out of the house, she buries her head into our shoulder or chest when someone outside of her immediate family tries to engage her. She will then peak back at them to see if they are still looking, and if they are, she buries her head back into us again.

More recently, Delaney loves to be walked and bounced around her room to help her to fall asleep. She rests against a Lambie on our shoulder as we pace and bounce, pace and bounce. If we slow down, she begins to bounce her body, telling us in that way to keep going, don't stop bouncing yet. It's sweet and something I don't want to forget about these days.

Bath times in the sink should probably be coming to an end. We have been ending up with more water outside of the sink than inside, these days. She has begun "dancing" when she hears music or when one of us says "dance, Laney!" She shakes her head from side to side and bounces up and down. She's been teething but we haven't gained any new teeth beyond her two bottoms.

This past month with Delaney has been so new and yet, familiar of the days when Piper was a baby. We feel so blessed to be raising up another sweet girl in Jesus' love. Here are some photos from our past month together.




















Delaney Jane, we love you at every stage. We love watching you grow!