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13 Jun 2011 Making Life Changes
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I almost constantly think of blogs that I can write, I just don’t take the time to sit down and write. I love to write, but usually Tim, the kids, laundry, dishes, and pretty much everything else comes first. So right now Hannah is napping, Zeke is feeding himself lunch, and the laundry is staying put.

This past weekend we had a few different graduation parties to go to. It was really fun to see people that we haven’t seen since last November and catch up on life. Probably the most common comment we got was about how big the kids have grown over the last 7 months. And the most common question I got was, “How are you doing?” and “What are you doing?”

I am very excited that my response to those questions is finally positive and life is looking up.

At the beginning of May I made the decision to attack every part of my life. From the physical to the spiritual. I started weight watchers, and began Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, and also started attending our church’s women’s Bible study on forgiveness.

When everything started I was still dragging my heels, fighting with God, feeling like I had a right to be down in the dumps like I had been the previous 6 months. And now I am so thankful that those 6 months are over, and I am allowing God to work in my life again.

I am still doing weight watchers, for at least two more months. I completed 30 days straight of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, making it all the way to doing the last 10 days on level 3 difficulty. I have switched to working out three times a week with the 30 Day Shred, doing a different level of intensity each work out day, and going on a jog afterwards anywhere from 15-30 minutes. And the Bible study on forgiveness is still going strong.

As of today I have lost 18lbs with the combination of strength training with Jillian Michaels, jogging and weight watchers. I have also opened up to listening to God and what He wants to do with me. For six months I tried to figure out what happened at our last church. What were the motives behind the pastor? Why such a harsh exit? But through studying about Joseph and the way his brothers treated him, God showed me that it doesn’t matter why and how things happened. What matters is that I hand the situation over to God and trust God in what He is going to do, because God allowed everything to happen.

Probably one of the best things that has happened lately is that Tim and I became members at our church last week! I’ll have to write a separate blog about this good news.

Life is so much better now with so many changes going on. I feel good about myself for the first time in a long time. Too long of a time. I have energy to work with the kids and keep our house cleaner. And I’m learning to deal with life issues as they come and hand them over to God instead of holding on to a grudge like it’s my right.

13 May 2011 Family Update
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Well, today was the 2nd day in a row and ever that Hannah hasn’t had an accident during the day in her big girl undies. I went cold turkey two Mondays ago and gave up diapers with Hannah. She’s known how to potty for a while now, it’s just training myself to stop what I’m doing to help her out. And this week she totally shocked me when we were out grocery shopping and Hannah said she needed to go, and I wasn’t in any position to figure out how to juggle our stuff and Zeke and take her, so I assumed she went in her pull-up…and she waited until we were home! Bless her heart, she is growing up so fast, only 21 months old!

And Mr. Zeke. Not much older than 7 months, has been crawling on all fours like a champ since we got home from Easter. And today I caught him pulling himself up to standing twice. Seriously kid? Slow down! I thought about pulling him down and making him sit, but figured that would just give him more practice to go and stand up again. At least, I’m hoping this means before we know it he’ll be strong enough to defend himself from Hannah.

Tim has been the best husband ever. I have grown to admire him even more over the past year with everything we’ve been through, good and bad. He’s chasing after a dream right now, and I’m glad he has the opportunity. So many men go through life never taking the risk to pursue what they are passionate about, and I don’t want Tim to look back and regret taking advantage of this time. It has taken me a little bit to finally get to this point of being supportive and not stressed about how we’re going to make it financially. But, God has been blessing us through providing for our needs. We don’t have much extra, but we’re getting by and growing.

And then there’s me…

Every day I am forcing myself to work out. I’m doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred. It’s only a 20 minute workout dvd, but she is tough! And Weight Watchers is going well. I still have things to figure out so I’ll be eating healthier. Hopefully in a couple more weeks I’ll have a better handle on it. And juggling the kids in with all of this. On top of getting healthy physically, I’m doing a women’s Bible study on forgiveness with our church. This is a very timely study for me, and I’ll have to write more about it later.

09 May 2011 My First Weigh In
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Last Wednesday I vlogged a little bit about what is going on in my life on a very personal level. I’m excited to see the outcome over the next 3 months. You can watch it here…

The only motivation I have right now to get healthy is that I want to feel better about myself. That motivation doesn’t get me excited to work out and eat healthy, but it’s enough to force myself to make better decisions.

Last Monday I started counting calories and on Wednesday I joined Weight Watchers. Last Monday I also started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. I did day 8 today, moving up to level 2 for the first time. Both have taken lots of self discipline to do, and so far it’s paying off.

So after living this new way for a week I’ve lost…*drum roll please…* 8 lbs!

With being a fan of The Biggest Loser, I’m expecting a low number next week, which is probably healthy. Although I do believe on the Weight Watcher’s site it said the average to loose “after the first 3 weeks” is 1-2lbs. I’d be pretty pumped if I can loose quite a bit more in the next 2 weeks. It didn’t seem too hard to loose these first 8lbs while my body is just in shock from doing something healthy for the first time in a LONG time. Most of my struggle is how long it takes me to figure out what I can eat, and what to cook for dinner. I was about to eat some cheesy noodles with the rest of the family and put myself 3 points over my daily allowance, but I opted out and got more salad which made me hit my daily allowance perfectly.

I’m signed up with Weight Watchers for 3 months, and I’m praying I can stick with it. We’ll see what happens. I’m not sure how much I’ll blog about it, but I’m planning on making weekly videos on my youtube channel.

09 Mar 2011 Sewing my Heart back Together
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Lately I have come to realize how important it is for me to do something I enjoy. Since Tim and I set up our weekly family schedule I have felt a lot healthier mentally with getting a break to enjoy something just for myself. Granted what I am sewing right now is Easter baskets for the kids, I enjoy my little project.

This past weekend we were in Chicago for the Simply Youth Ministry Conference and I brought my baskets to the seminars to give me something to fidgit with so I could better listen to the speakers. We had a wonderful time learning and connecting. Tim and I don’t spend a lot of time together througout the weekend with our individual busy schedules, which is okay, I do really look forward to our time afterwards. This year both kids came as well as Tim’s sister Grace to babysit for us. That worked out much better than last year, but I am still looking forward to the time we go alone, leaving the kids with someone at home.

My absolute favorite part of the conference was going to the “Married to Youth Pastor” connect group. I have been longing for some girl time and for some reason I have found that youth worker conferences are the only place other than in my house with my little family that I can totally be myself. I don’t worry about what others think of me because we all have a similar passion and can relate to one another.

Over the last 7 months since things started changing at our last church and 3 months of being out of that church I have been learning a lot about myself and ministry. I think we’re getting closer to me being able to share my struggles and joys that we have had through this process that isn’t over yet.

God showed me his love so much this last weekend with prayers and support coming from places I wouldn’t have expected.

02 Feb 2011 Double check-ups
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Having 2 kids 14 months apart came in handy today. Hannah had her 18 month check up, and Zeke had his 4 month check up. So we made today a family affair and Tim came with us because both kids had shots. That was the low of the visit.

Zeke: Doing great, still fully breastfeeding, and loves to laugh! Zeke is constantly taking everything in and learning how to use his little hands. Tonight he even giggled when he was able to grab something near by that he was looking at. What a cutie pie! So at the doctor, we learned that Zeke is 25 inches tall weighing in at 13lbs and 4oz. And we also learned that his uvula is split! I’ve never heard of that before, and there is nothing wrong with it being split. It’ll just end up being something cool he can show his friends when he gets older.

Hannah: Growing so fast, and feeds herself soup, cereal with milk, and yogurt without making a mess. It’s crazy to see how fast she is learning. She is also using the potty regularly. It’s been a couple days since I’ve changed a poopy diaper (well one of Hannah’s), and I love it! Of course, we do spend quite a lot of time in the bathroom ’cause one of Hannah’s favorite readings spots is on the pot. Today we learned that Hannah is 33 inches tall and 25lbs 3oz.

Tim has been keeping us entertained by vlogging regularly. At least 2 or 3 times a week. Check the videos out on YouTube at Make sure you subscribe! Or if you don’t want to create an account you can go to and subscribe there.

26 Sep 2010 I want to be done
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My alarm doesn’t go off for another half hour, but I give up on trying to get comfortable to sleep. Zeke feels like he grew quite a bit during the night, and I have a new little area of stretched out skin right above my belly button that I can see and it burns any time I move in any way that effects it, such as walking.

Friday night I was in bed at 8, feeling like I had some type of flu bug coming on. I laid in bed searching on line for the hopes that it might be a sign that we would be meeting our little boy very soon. And after finding out that it very well could be, a couple people reaffirmed that it might be early labor signs.

All through the night I had contractions, but I was able to relax enough and sleep through most of them. I figured i’d wake up if they got to the point of needing to go to the hospital. The morning came, and after being in bed for almost 13 hours I was feeling a lot better with not feeling like I was getting sick any more, but my body felt bruised all over my back, shoulders and belly.

I am so glad all of this discomfort happened over the weekend with Tim at home to help with Hannah. I have a hard time bending over now, and carrying Hannah is a chore. I’m not looking forward to this week with Tim going back into the office and not around to help as much. He was such a life saver with Hannah, and a great support for me throughout the weekend. I’m really regretting the fact that we canceled the induction for tomorrow morning now. I really want to be done.

My pregnancy with Hannah was so much easier, I guess that’s why I’m doing this again so soon. I don’t remember ever getting to the point of actually saying, “I want to be done.” feeling this way makes me really nervous because I’m not at the hard part yet.

23 Sep 2010 It’s all in God’s hands
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We just had our 39 week check-up, and I still haven’t progressed from 2 weeks ago. Baby did drop to station 1 or 2, so that’s good, he doesn’t have too much further to go. We canceled the scheduled induction for Monday, and moved it to next Friday, the day my mom flies up, in hopes that I’ll go into labor on my own. My next appointment is on Wednesday, the due date. We’ll strip my membranes and that’ll hopefully get things going on their own instead of having to induce if Zeke isn’t here yet.

God is really teaching us a lot while we wait for Zeke’s arrival. One of those things having to do with Tim’s grandfather who isn’t doing well, and we’re just waiting for the time God welcomes him home. If he goes before Zeke is here then Tim will definitely stay in MN. If Zeke is born before Tim’s grandfather goes, then there may be a chance of Tim getting to go out for the funeral depending on timing and everything. Tim’s brothers are flying out to PA tomorrow to see him, it’s just not possible for Tim right now to go with them.

It’s a good thing God is in control of everything, ’cause we would totally screw it up, and that has been a huge discussion lately on trying to figure out if we try to rush getting Zeke here so his birth is out of the way so Tim can be free to go be with family when the time comes. We’d rather let things happen naturally, and that sets everything completely in God’s hands this next week waiting for life and death, and that’s how it should be.

Please pray for Tim and his family through this sad and exciting time. It’s been hard to be excited about getting to meet our son soon, and I really want to be able to concentrate on the excitement we should have about a new birth in our family. I’m looking forward to the end of this process, while trying to be open to what God is teaching us right now.

07 May 2010 Back pains are no fun
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This pregnancy has not been nearly as fun as my last one. A couple days ago my back started hurting, and today it feels even worst. Tim is gone today and tomorrow in Kansas City and then hopefully going to try to see his littlest sister before heading home. I have our next baby check-up on the 17th, so I’m wanting to hold off until then to see how I do, but I’m getting really nervous. Every time I pick Hannah up I really feel the pain, and it doesn’t seem to go away. Even just leaning over the tub this morning to bathe Hannah was a struggle. It’s times like these when I wish we lived closer to family. I hate feeling helpless, so I push myself, but then I don’t want to injure myself. Please be praying for me through this. We have a YMCA opening next month, which I would love to get a family membership for, but it’s still a little pricy to add to a monthly bill even though we just canceled our tv and home phones, hoping to free up some money for the Y. It might still be a good investment anyways so I can spend some time in the pool to get some weight off and work out on some light weight machines to strengthen my back.

It’s crazy ’cause I had no problems at all while in Haiti. Everyone watched out for me, which was nice and I felt very undeserving of it. But I slept great and never got ill or felt bad. My biggest prayer is that I can get my body working well so I can be well when our Mexico mission trip gets here in July. I wasn’t pushing for Hannah to learn how to crawl until my back started hurting. It’d be awesome if she could get herself around the house for me. So now for mother’s day I would like a break from picking up Hannah so I can rest my back after this weekend. Hopefully that’ll be easy enough to get.

On a good note, Baby Schmoyer has been very active lately. It’s fun to feel him/her move around. I can’t wait to be able to watch my belly move and be able to feel the movements on the outside, so Tim and Hannah can feel it too.

21 Oct 2009 One Sick Family
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HannahTim, Hannah and I have all been feeling bad lately. I think Hannah got sick first, then me and now Tim. Yesterday I was feeling the worst, running a fever a couple times, and now today Tim has been in bed all day. I’m hoping I’ll continue to feel better even though I’ve been holding down the house today and haven’t fit in a nap. God is looking out for us though, and we have had 2 offers of people bringing us soup by. Such a blessing! So now we’ll be good for a couple meals while we recover. Hannah has been a joy to have around with her sweet voice and smiles to cheer us up.

09 Oct 2009 2 Month Check Up
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HannahBundleHannah had her 2 month check-up since she turned 2 months yesterday. We got to do the fun weight and height measurement, and then came the not fun immunizations. Hannah was in such a good mood for the first part, then while waiting for her shots she started getting tired and hungry, but I made her hold off to eat until after her shots, knowing she would want the comfort. The doctor’s office got new computers so we had to wait a little longer for her shots, and by the time the nurse came back in Hannah was already putting herself to sleep sucking on her pacifier. She had to take some type of oral medicine first, which she really liked, and then came the surprise of the shots. She looked shocked at first then let out a terrible scream and turned bright red. I handled it better than I thought, which was good, but felt so bad for her. Tim was unable to go because he had a meeting that got planned two days in advanced. I was really hoping he would be there to comfort me too, but God had everything planned out. Before the appointment I got to see two ladies from church and one of our youth. And then when the appointment was over I saw two more ladies from church. God knew about the meeting Tim would have, and knew to send these special ladies for me, surrounding Hannah’s appointment.

I had Hannah’s bottle ready for her to eat after the shots, and she quickly ate her 4 oz bottle, and cried for more. Luckily I thought ahead and had an extra 2 oz of formula to give her, which was just enough. Hannah fell right to sleep (which the picture above is from), and we went home. Tim was home to welcome her and get Hannah out of her car seat and in to her crib. Hannah woke up in the process and gave her Daddy some of the sweetest smiles ever.

Our little girl is 11 pounds and 2 ounces now, 23 inches long and her head circumference is 15.5 inches. She is in the 50% for weight, and length and head I get mixed up, one is 70% and the other 75%.