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Forgiveness

Teach your child about Forgiveness.

Do you trust Me?

Thank you to David Fleetham Photography for the amazing picture! As I lowered my petite eight-year-old daughter off of the dolphin dive boat yesterday, into the deep blue Pacific Ocean, knowing that there were Oceanic white tipped sharks nearby, along with six pilot whales, I hesitated, but only for a second. Do you trust Me?…
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Praying Over Your Children

With the recent abduction and murder of a sweet 10 year old girl here in Colorado, I find myself being much more cautious with my children.I wonder why God allows these things to happen. I know we live in a fallen world, but it seems to be getting more and more difficult to be a…
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How to Raise Great Children In This World Today – Part 2

If you’ve read, Praying Through Your Pregnancy, you found that I wasn’t always a believer. When I became pregnant, I began to seek God like never before. And out of fear and desperation I began to pray. Even though my husband was supporting me along the way, I was scared and felt all alone.
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How to Raise Great Children In This World Today – Part 1

Do you often get complimented on your kids’ behavior? Can you take your children with you into a fancy restaurant and not worry that they will knock over your ice tea while reaching for the bread basket? Can you go to church and not worry about you little ones having a temper tantrum while your pastor is handing out communion?
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Are You Happy Being a Mother?

I took a little break from my blogging, but now I’m back on track. Reading over “It’s Week 41—My Baby is never Coming Out!!”, I can’t believe that “My Baby” will be 5 years old in less than a month!
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Will My Baby Come early?? Did yours??

My doctor said the baby might come early, so I thought this was the week. My work schedule has lightened up a bit and, just in case, I warned my clients that I may have to cancel their fitness session if I went into labor.
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High Risk Pregnancy Because of Age??

They finished our new hardwood floors, and they’re beautiful. Yea! My husband can be very convincing at times. I never saw people work so hard and so fast. It was just like the remodel of our basement.
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The Best Baby Shower Ever!!!

My friend Claire threw me a baby shower Hawaiian style. It was the best ever!! Everything had a tropical theme, from the napkins and plates right down to the slipper mat at the front door.
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Remodeling While Pregnant??

I’m already enjoying the gifts from my baby shower last week. It was so much fun sorting through all the adorable clothes and putting them away in the baby’s dresser.
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Do You Have “Pregnancy Mask”?

I’m definitely on the home stretch now. Dan tells me I’m doing so well, and he’s not sure he would have handled all the physical changes as well as I have; and frankly, I have to agree. But anyway, it feels good to have a husband who appreciates me.
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Are You Swimming For Exercise??

I had a very busy workweek. It’s getting harder and harder to hand my clients the weights now that I’m in my third trimester. I actually have them pick up their own weights sometimes if they are too heavy for me.
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Do You Have a Birth Plan??

I was able to get outside for walks more this week, and the exercise felt great. Something funny happened too. My friends gave me a jogging stroller for a baby gift, and since I don’t have a baby to fill it yet, for added resistance I popped a 15-pound bag of birdseed in the stroller.
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Daddy Dan is Nesting!!!

Daddy Dan is nesting this week! I thought I’d be the one to nest, but it’s definitely him. He has finished the entire basement and put in a large gym where we can train our clients; he has added an office/guest room and installed a full bathroom.
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Should I Use a Doula??

A big snowfall blew in, so we made the best of it and went sledding. I was very careful and just went down the little hills, but I’m sure the baby liked it—he was kicking up a storm!
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What’s Your Dream??

We hope to move Back to Hawaii one day and run our nonprofit organization called Agape Ranch (www.AgapeRanchHawaii.org), a haven for cancer patients. Our goal is to bring people from around the globe to a ranch in Hawaii for a week of learning, support, relaxation and healing.
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Travel Tips While Pregnant

Next week I get to go home to Hawaii to see my mom. I’m so excited! I know it’s special for her to see me pregnant, and she has so much wisdom to share. It will be a long flight from Denver, so I’m planning with extra care.
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Back pain, neck pain and no sleep!!!

The weather is finally getting better! I’m such a Kona girl at heart; I just hate the snow and cold. I’m getting outdoors a lot more now, and I’m loving the fresh air. I feel so much healthier when I’m in the sun a little. I can’t wait for summer!
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Screening For Down’s Syndrome? Did you??

I heard a tragic story today. One of my friends has a friend who was expecting a baby, and tests indicated that her baby had Down’s syndrome. Her husband wanted to terminate the pregnancy; of course, the mother did not.
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Co Sleeping or Crib???

We found a crib and changing table at a sale for cheap. I know we probably won’t use the crib right away, because I’m going to nurse the baby, and I want him (I still think it’s a boy) right close to me and at arm’s reach.
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Decorating the Baby Room!

My little one must really be growing, because my appetite has increased! Sometimes I don’t feel pregnant, but I know I am, and I think about it constantly, pretty much 24/7. It’s hard to concentrate on anything else.
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The Honeymoon Phase

I know why they call the second trimester the honeymoon period of pregnancy. I feel so much better now. I can pretty much eat like normal, and I have my energy back and can almost work out like I used to.
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Surround Yourself With Positive People!

I’m so excited! I’m in my second trimester now, and I’m also feeling better. I started taking exercise classes this week; and even though I’ve taught exercise for years, it’s different being a student.
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Super Mom or Okay Mom??

It’s been a hard week. I’ve felt exhausted; and on top of that, Micah has been a handful. I wish I could play with him like I used to, but I just don’t have the energy. I want to be Super-Mom; but right now, I’ll settle for Okay-Mom.
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Cravings During Pregnancy???

Food has always been a sensitive issue for me since I’m limited on what I can eat due to allergies. I also maintain a healthy eating lifestyle, but during this pregnancy, I’ve splurged a little.
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Feeling Queasy, Not Fun!

Well, I’ve gained a couple more pounds, but I’m not “showing” yet. And I started feeling a little queasy this week, and I can’t have that. I still am working full time and I have a very busy schedule this month.
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Depression and Counseling???

This week was New Years and I felt a little better this week, but still have some depression so I really need to talk to someone. Maybe I need a counselor. My sister gave me her mother-in-laws number.
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I Saw My Baby For the First Time!!!

This week we had our first pre-natal visit and our first ultra sound. Seeing my little one on the screen was so amazing! Dan was there too, of course, and he got really excited. This little person that is growing inside of me, my baby, wow… and I can already make out certain body parts. Truly amazing!! And to hear his/her little heart beat is unreal. What a blessing from God!
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Depression During Pregnancy

Well that was not my best Christmas. I was soooooo depressed. What’s wrong with me? I cried almost the whole time and Dan’s mom and sister thought I was nuts! Well, I was. Normally I’m a happy go lucky person, but not this time.
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Pregnant During Christmas

It's week nine, the week of Christmas, and I'm feeling pretty emotional this week. Maybe it's because we're not going to Hawaii to see my family this year. We'll be with Dan's family, and I love them too, but it's just not the same.
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I felt like I was Hit By a Bus

It’s week 8 and I’m soooooo tired this week. I felt like I was hit by a bus. It’s weird because I usually have a lot of energy and am the kind of person that keeps on going all day long!!! But all I want to do is crawl up in a little ball and sleep.
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What will my Baby look like???

It’s week seven and I just started my video journal this week, to record all the details of my pregnancy. I am getting more excited about having a baby! I wonder what he/she will look like.
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How I Told My Husband

The day I found out that I was pregnant was such an amazing feeling, but the day I told my husband was even better! I never thought I’d get the reaction that I did from him…
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It’s Positive, I’m Pregnant!!

I can’t believe that this was almost 5 years ago to the date. This was such a wonderful time for me to find out that I was pregnant, right around Thanksgiving! God really knew what he was doing. Even though I wanted to be pregnant months earlier, everything turned out according to His plan…
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My First Journey Through Pregnancy – Week One

As promised, I am sharing with you my private journals from “week one” of my pregnancy. Getting pregnant didn’t come as easily as I thought it would! I figured that since my husband and I we’re strong and healthy, we’d be pregnant the very first month.
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