Car update

Well....... We just found out that our car is being totaled. Yep, that's right, she is going to that big car heaven in the sky! She was dieing anyway so it was so big surprise. We were hoping to run her around a little longer though so we could save our money!

Our insurance company is giving us a check tomorrow afternoon but we aren't sure how much yet. They said we can keep the rental car for a few more days or so......basically long enough to find a new vehicle quickly. We have been talking about getting a van in the near future because our little family of 5 is growing out of that little Mazda 626. It's just happening a lot sooner than we planned. This seems to happen to us a lot. Planning something out that is, and it goes a different direction.

We did our taxes a couple weeks ago, but we haven't gotten it yet!
So..........OH DEAR!

We are looking into these better rated Van's on the market. Honda, Kia, Toyota, and Hyundai.

Here goes the adventure! I don't like car shopping.

Well... we have been a little busy. Jason was in a car accident on Monday. He is fine but the car isn't feeling well. In fact, she is at the doctor right now waiting to be examined (the mechanic). It was the other drivers fault. She She hit him at a pretty good speed! Also, She didn't want to stick around waiting for the police so Jason exchanged info with her, and fortunately he wrote down the vin # to the car because she had temporary tags!

So here is where it does not get any better!

The girl that hit him......she had insurance in December but it got canceled because of non payments. Then when she got this new car, she opened a new policy, but, it got canceled January 24th because she didn't make her payments once again! So now Jason has to go to the police department and fill out a "Blue Form" to report her as a non insured driver. Lets see.... if they had come out there in the first place they would have been able to do something about her!

Apparently the dispatcher miss understood Jason when he called for an officer. The would not send one because they said once you exchange info it's a civil matter but when he went to the police station to explain what happened, they said a report should have been made and they believe the dispatcher miss understood.

We have to pay a $250 deductible for repairs and that's if it's even worth repairing. We haven't heard anything yet. If we have to pay it then the insurance company will go after her for the money and reimburse us. Also, our car insurance company (state farm) gave us a rental car. Thank God! I like this car too.....2008 Chevy Impala.

I KNEW there was a reason she wanted to get out of there so fast! Ah.....a day in the life of a Spencer! I told you......never a dull moment! LOL

So now we wait to know the damage on the car. We need a new vehicle anyway. There isn't much room at all for our family of 5 in a little Mazda 626!

I am curious to know how many of you (I don't really have many readers lol), when eating out, would order Fast Food, and it eat if you knew how many calories were in your meal? I have been doing my homework on this and it's eye opening!

So, if you knew how many calories you were about to consume would you still order it?

I am happy to report that since I have slowly been changing my eating ways along with my exercising, I have lost 7 pounds in just a few weeks.

I have been continually exercising for almost a yr now with getting up at 5:30 am Monday through Friday even with getting up throughout the night with a baby. This has been the true test of my discipline! So, this I am proud of as well.

I really thought that exercising would be enough, but, no......I needed to change my calories and I stopped snacking at night. I eat dinner and do not eat again until breakfast the next morning. I also learned that if you do not eat/snack 3 hours before you go to bed you burn more calories while sleeping, and you actually sleep better because your body isn't having to work to digest your food. You are actually allowing your body to give you better sleep instead of trying to give it energy to work when you aren't going anywhere but to bed.

It's been hard to break myself of snacking at night but my discipline is paying off. I have so many pounds I want to loose in order to be healthy for my family and the best part of all.......I am setting a good example for my children. They eat veggies with me as snacks and they are starting to crave them too! I will slice up a bell pepper and Alyssa and I will eat it.........I can't believe she loves them. I have to be careful what I buy though, produce can be expensive and living on a seminary budget is challenging, hard, and sometimes stressful but necessary. I know some of you can relate or at least know what I am talking about!

I am looking at pictures of myself on my honeymoon when I was a sz 5!
I was 26 yrs old and really cute! I think I will put it on the fridge to remind myself that I can look like that again. Now if I can get Jason to exercise with me more than the whole 2 times he has participated lol.

Above all, I want to take care of my body for Christ. My body is a temple and I do not have the right to abuse through food and inactivity which is something I have felt convicted of for awhile now. God has given to me this body on loan and I have a responsibility to take care of it. I have to show good stewardship even with taking care of my body because it's ultimately not about "me", it's about Christ, so I also need to take the focus off myself and how "I" want to look. Which is another example I have to set for my children. It's hard because as a woman I focus on the creation (my God given body)..... instead of my creator, God, whom I am made in the image of, and ultimately desire to bring honor to.

I hope through God and his living word, I will ingrain into my girls to look at themselves the way God sees them, and not how the world sees them, or even how they will see themselves sometimes. I broke into tears one day when I found a drawing Amber had made. She drew a picture of herself and wrote "Ugly Amber". My heart broke! I went to her right away and talked to her about and then took her to God's living word. She is becoming a teen and will turn 12 in May so I am preparing her and us for the ride of our lives.......the teen yrs! The best preparation for this adventure is our daily morning bible study and filling her mind with the word of God.

ROMANS 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.