Life is Beautiful

So I just wanted to make a quick post about an event my church, Free Chapel, is having. It’s to support unborn children who were aborted and before anyone thinks it’s a hate thing towards women who have abortions, I promise you it is not. The event is about healing. Yes we are a pro life church but that doesn’t mean we hate or condemn women who have had an abortion. I for one understand that sometimes people make choices that for them are right. It’s all about choice.

The event is about obviously promoting life, but also asking for healing for women who have had an abortion and even men. A lot of people don’t realize but men are affected as well. Some men feel as though their chance to be a father has been stolen from them. So I’m just really looking forward to it and they will be releasing butterflies after the service so if anyone wants to attend or watch online it will be held this Saturday at 10am. It will be at the Gainesville location.

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Benefits of Walking

I used to be crazy about walking when I was younger and before having my daughters. I also used to be a lot smaller than I am now. So just yesterday after my mom got off work, we decided to go for a walk while my guy took a shower. It felt amazing to be doing something I once loved, but it also made me realize how out of shape I am. We have decided we’re going to start walking everyday like we used to.

So today I just figured I’d share some benefits of walking for anyone else thinking about starting.

  1. It improves your circulation.
  2. A study done by the University of Michigan Medical School and Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System showed that it can give you a longer life.
  3. It lightens your mood.
  4. Causes weight loss, which is a huge plus for me.
  5. Strengthens your muscles.
  6. Improves your sleep.
  7. Slows mental decline.
  8. A study at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville shows that it lowers Alzheimer’s risks.
  9. A National Walkers’ health study shows that it reduces blood pressure and cholesterol by 7%.
  10. Another National Walkers’ health study shows that it also lowers blood sugar by 12%.

So these are just a few things to think about, especially if you are someone who suffers from certain medical issues or are at risk of having one of these issues.

My First C-section

My first pregnancy was a huge surprise. I was working at Publix in the grocery department at the time stocking the dairy cooler. Out of nowhere I started having horrible pains in my upper abdomen to the point I couldn’t even stand up straight. Luckily, I always kept my phone on me so I called my store to get my manager to go to the cooler and messaged my fiancee so he could come get me. My manager told me to go home and get some rest.

I got it into my head that since I had been constipated, laxatives would help me. Um, that didn’t work. By the next day I was in so much pain I was in tears. My fiancee took me to the hospital just for them to say “oh you’re constipated, here’s a shot in the butt.” They sent me home and by midnight I couldn’t even stand up on my own. My fiancee took me back and they did some tests, told me I had ovarian cysts, and told me to follow up with a gynecologist.

So, that’s what I did and I’ll never forget her name was Tiffany. She came in, sat down, and said, “Miss Simpson, I’m gonna assume no one has told you this but you’re pregnant.” I was happy as could be because since I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to be a mother.

I had to see a specialist named Dr. Allaire because my fiancee had a son in his previous marriage who had serious heart issues and ended up having a transplant when he was still only a baby. At 6 months into my pregnancy, we found out our daughter wasn’t gaining weight anymore. At 8 months, she became seriously sick and I was rushed to the hospital. 20 minutes after I arrived, I was taken into surgery. Once they had her out, they cleaned her up, told me to kiss her, and took her away to NICU. All I had really seen was that she had a dark head of hair and I didn’t know if she was gonna be okay.

While I was in recovery, I was told that her issues had corrected themselves. She was put on oxygen as a precaution and had to stay in NICU til they were sure she would be fine. She ended up staying 12 days in NICU. I had been released and since I was on bed rest I couldn’t stay with her, but I visited her everyday. I even walked one day cuz we had a huge ice storm hit and I wasn’t about to go a day without seeing my baby. My 4lbs 15oz baby had lost down to 4lbs 1oz. She was so small and before she was able to be released she ended up having a blood platelet transfusion. By the time she finally came home she weighed 4lbs 6ozes.

Now my sweet girl is 5 yrs old and perfectly healthy. Everyday I’m amazed by how much she’s grown up. In fact, this year she will be starting school and I find myself wondering where the time has gone. I couldn’t imagine a life without my sweet Chastity Rose.

How many other mom’s have had to have a C-section? I would love to hear your stories.