Friday, April 27, 2012


Hey everyone!  Just a quick post to let you know that I'm still alive. :)  I've really been struggling with blogging as regularly as I'd like to these past few weeks.  I've already talked about how busy I am, so I won't bore you with more excuses. :}  I guess I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still around, even though I haven't been on as much.

I'm so excited to publish some of the "in-progress" posts that are waiting.  I hope to have some of them up by next week.  I've also let Belle and the 18 inchers know that they need to get posting on their blogs, too! ;)

Let's see, is there anything else? Oh, I guess I should do a quick weight loss progress update.  I'm pleased to announce that I've lost 4.6 pounds.  It's not as much as I would like, considering I've been in Weight Watchers for over a month, but it is still progress.  I'm averaging a loss of about .2 lbs a week (that's, uh, point 2, not 2...heh heh).  For those of you who are interested in keeping up with how I'm doing, I've added a Weight Loss tracker to my's the very last thing in the sidebar lineup.

It's easy for my perfectionist side to get frustrated with the slow speed of my weight loss, but I have to keep reminding myself that I'm still headed in the right direction.  The good news is that I haven't gained any weight since I started.

 The Lord has been really working on my attitude through all of this.  Honestly, I've done really well with Weight Watchers in the past, so I was a bit cocky when I started (inwardly, at least).  I had pretty high expectations that have NOT been met whatsoever.  Like my struggles with patience and parenting, though, I think the fact that my weight loss journey has not been easy this time around has given me more compassion for others who are in the same boat.  How easy it is to look down on others when something is easy for us!  Yet when we are struggling for something with all of our might, it's easier to relate to the needs and struggles that others are facing, and to give them the encouragement they need.

So, I'll just keep plugging along!  I'm already noticing a slight difference in the way my clothes fit, and I feel a lot more energetic and in control of my eating.  I'm (slowly) trying to learn to be a journey person instead of a destination person like I normally am! :}

I most likely won't be online much this weekend.  I'll be singing for a memorial service tomorrow afternoon, and tomorrow evening my great uncle and great aunt will be in town.  They live in Virginia, and I haven't seen them for about 5 years or so.  They'll be here for the whole weekend, so I'm really looking forward to spending some time with them. :)

Oh, and I can't remember if I've already shared this, but I'm also really looking forward to May.  Our church's "Ladies Spring Event" (basically a Mother-Daughter Tea) has a doll theme this year, and I'm the special speaker! :D  I'm so excited to share with all of the dear ladies in our congregation.  I'm planning on showing them some of the dolls from my collection and also using one of my dolls as a spiritual object lesson.  My oldest daughter gets to be in a skit, and my two oldest get to sing a song.  Oh, and I might be singing a couple of numbers if another lady from the church isn't able to be there! :}

The Ladies Spring Event is always such a blessing.  I can't wait to see what's planned for this year...besides the stuff I already know about! ;)  Pray for me, if you think of it.  I really want to share a clear message with the ladies and have a fun time while doing so. :)

I guess that's about all for now.  Thanks for being so patient, everyone!  I'll be in touch again soon.


Claire said...

Ooh, the Ladies' Spring Event sounds right up your alley! ;) I wish my church would do something like that. :)

I can definitely sympathize with being behind on posting; I myself have so much to post about and not enough time to sit down and sort through pictures and write posts. :}

beastsbelle said...

Hi Claire! Good to hear from you. :) Yes, the Ladies Spring Event is always really fun. I almost hyperventilated last year when I heard that the theme this year was going to be dolls! :) That makes it even more fun.

Glad to know I'm not the only one behind on posting. I hope you get some blogging time in soon as well! :)

Elliebob said...

I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE he end titles to Emma music. It is very relaxing and pretty as Im scrolling through pictures of dollies. :) haha

Elliebob said...

I didnt want to leave your blog cause i liked it so much haha :)

beastsbelle said...'s one of my favorites too! :)

Rhissanna said...

Hi! New follower! Oh, and congrats on the weight loss. ANY weight loss is worth congratulating. Still trying to lose my Christmas pudding...

MulanFan_95 said...

Hi Beast'sbelle! I've seen earlier posts in which you mention a Disney Reward Card and Disney Dollars. I want to know how they work, does the card has any cost? And, here's my flickr, so you can watch my pictures and my dolls :)

beastsbelle said...

Welcome, Rhissanna! :) It's always great to meet new followers. And I'm glad I'm not alone in my weight loss journey and its difficulties. ;)

Hi MulanFan_95. My Disney Rewards Card is linked to my Disney Visa card from Chase. You get 1 reward dollar for every $100 you spend on your credit card, except for special promotions when you get double or even triple dollars for certain types of purchases. When you've accumulated I believe 10 rewards dollars, you can get them put on a rewards card that works like a gift card.

It can be slow going at first. Most of our rewards came from when we were trying to build our credit and used our Disney Card for everything. Be careful, though. It's only rewarding when you pay the credit card off every month. :}

Thanks for the link to your flickr, by the way. :) I can't wait to go check it out! :D