Week #16 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

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We’re gearing up for my Beloved’s upcoming deployment. We only have another couple of weeks before he leaves, and the picture that I snapped of Quinn hanging onto Joe’s leg pretty much sums up how we are feeling right now! We are enjoying this time with him, but we don’t want to let go! 

Week #16 ~ A Happier, Healthier You

We were busy this weekend getting things ready around the house before he deploys.

He installed a new light switch in our piano room to match the black wall…and hung the antique telephone that you see behind him!

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Week #16h

He will be away for his birthday and Father’s Day, so we bought his gift early – a new Nest thermostat! He’s been drooling over these since they first appeared on the home improvement scene! We can now change the temp in our house from our phones! I’m excited to see if the new Nest system ends up saying us money on our electrical bills. I’ll keep you posted!

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The bit of wall behind our old thermostat looked like it had been installed with a shotgun!

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He started patching the wall, and even though it’s not finished yet, it’s looking so much better already!

Week #16 ~ Nest

He also gave me a head start on one of my deployment projects – he started ripping the wallpaper out of our master bathroom! Thank you, Honey!

We grilled burgers, played football in the yard, went to church, played the piano, and soaked up this beautiful weekend together.

In the past, I’ve pushed him away, mistakenly thinking that distance would help his leaving not to hurt so much. But when I pulled away, it only hurt us more. This time, I’m trying to remember to not be afraid of these feelings – and to really embrace life with him here before he leaves, and life with the boys while he’s gone. I’m hoping that I’ll feel healthier during this time, and be the wife and mom that I need to be for those that I love.

Y’all won’t mind too much if I share my deployment projects with you – will you? Fair warning, I have loads of painting, sewing, bargain hunting, and writing planned for this summer!

I love our little community here – and I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you so much for taking a few minutes out of your day to visit my little corner of the world. I can’t tell you how much your support and encouragement means to me!


Last Week’s Goals ~

  •  Continue getting enough hydration throughout the day – sea salt water and coconut water.

Week #16

  • Exercise at least 4 times this week. I will say this about all of the hours that I’ve spent on the elliptical machine, gently working out around my hip – I still have a ways to go, but my bum has never been higher or tighter! 
  • Finish writing and editing Chapter 11 of Our StorySigned, sealed, and ready to share with you on Wednesday! To see the other chapters, you can click HERE. I hope that you’ll come back to read the next chapter of Our Story! 

Week #16e

  • Be up by 0600 every morning except the weekend to enjoy quiet time, reading, writing, and exercising. Our whole family slept in a little this weekend, and that was a very welcome time of rest! Even Quinn, our early bird, slept in until a very respectable 0730!
  • Go to my annual eye exam. Those air puffer machines terrify meWhew! I’m glad to put that behind me. I’m right on the verge of needing new glasses, but I’ll try to drag it out for another year. I love my (6 year old) red frames – and I don’t want to move on just yet. 
  • Prepare some deployment love notes for my Beloved, and really live in the moment – enjoying every last second with him before he leaves.
  • Devote time to a new blog projectErnest Hemingway once said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” That has been going on around here lately. In fact, I’ve been doing a little old school blogging/journaling with my trusty notebook and pen. Sometimes spilling your heart out longhand is the best kind of therapy. I can’t wait to share more with you soon!

Week #16b

  • Eat a good breakfast every morning. I ate a good breakfast all but two days this week.
  • Clean my makeup brushes. Ooops! I forgot all about this! How do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you have any tips for me?
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story Chair with a good book by 2200I curled up with the book The Cuckoo’s Calling at night last week. I asked our friends on Facebook what they have been reading lately, and I saw lots of great titles! 

This week’s goals ~

  • Drink enough sea salt water and coconut water to stay hydrated.
  • Clean my makeup brushes.
  • Exercise at least 4 times this week.
  • Be up at 0530 to enjoy quiet time before the day gets crazy!
  • Eat a good breakfast each morning.
  • Devote more time to the new blog project.
  • Continue to prepare for my Beloved’s deployment – making sure he has all he needs, prepping the house, living in the moment, and treasuring every last minute with him before he leaves.
  • Care for my hands and polish my nails.
  • Do at least two of the things on my list of activities that I enjoyed as a child – and still enjoy!
  • Curl up in bed or on the Story chair with a good book or my Beloved by 2200 each night.


How are you taking a little time for yourself? I would love to keep in touch this week as we work together to take better care of ourselves! You can find me on Facebook and  Instagram, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest group board ~ Taking Care of Ourselves!

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Let’s do this, my friends! We can take just a little time to care for ourselves, and we’ll be stronger wives, moms, and friends because of it! You’re not alone… We can do this together!


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  • Lisa C in Dallas says:

    I clean my makeup brushes every Sunday morning with a cheap makeup brush cleaner I bought at Ulta. I’ve tried department store cleaners and this one does the trick so I’ve continued to use it. In a pinch I’ve used shampoo since it’s also designed to clean grease out of your hair, but I prefer using cleaner designed for the project.

  • I clean my make-up brushes with shampoo. I hate the air puffer machine at the eye doctor’s, too, but I have to go every year to get my new contacts so I can never put off that project. This week is devoted to getting ready for our Memorial day weekend trip to Lexington for my husband’s graduation and a mini-family vacation. Yay!

    • ginger says:

      I could never do contacts. It took me forEVER to learn how to use eyeliner because I hate things near my eyes. Glasses are definitely a comfort zone for me 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous trip to Lexington!

  • I use good old Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo to gently clean my brushes. I’ve used Mac professional brush cleaner in the past, but the baby shampoo does just as good of a job for a whole lot less! Have fun enjoying your beloved before he deploys, G. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you accomplish during his deployment!

    • ginger says:

      That’s fabulous advice! I’ve seen several people mention baby shampoo. Guess I know what I’m buying tonight! 🙂 Thanks so much!

  • I struggle with the same thing pre-deployment (and a little bit post-deployment too). I have always found the waiting to leave those last few weeks to be the worst and I have a really hard time staying in the moment and not moping about what’s to come. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your projects this summer and I love what an encouraging space you have created here!
    Oh, and I don’t think I’ve ever properly cleaned my makeup brushes, so I’ll be taking notes from you!

    • ginger says:

      Moira, I can’t tell you how much it means to know that I’m not alone. I’m not in a military community, so to know that you have felt the same thing around deployment is HUGE! I kind of want him to hurry up and go so we can start counting down the days until he comes back home. 🙂

      I keep getting wonderful advice on how to clean my makeup brushes, so I’m looking forward to trying it out! 🙂

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