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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

Father’s Day 2013

What a nice day we spent w/ our families..  The little ones must have been extra tired, because they slept well past our “need to be up & getting ready for church” time, so Erik & I caught up on a sermon online that we had missed.  We spent time outdoors enjoying the summer weather, Erik concocted a couple new pork loin marinades for the grill.. His parents came down for a visit, and my dad and step-mom were over too.

The kids love seeing their grandparents..

Of course you should also look in grandpa’s ears w/ a flashlight… Just in case;

I peeked into the kitchen to see Rowen happily helping Grandma Anna make her tea.. He likes to slurp a little off of the spoon.. lol

Ashlyn had made a few special items for daddy at preschool;

Then all of the kids gave him a gift;

The little ones looooove to play on Grandma Anna’s iPhone & iPad.  She always has new games for them to try out;

The meat Erik grilled for us was fantastic… Nice work, honey!  We were able to sit outside to eat.. We absolutely love having the deck that overlooks our yard & golf course.  It’s an amazing view, and we definitely don’t take it for granted.
I love these pictures we got of the kids w/ both of their grandpas.  This is my dad (Papaw) w/ the kids;

And my father-in-law (Grandpa Gare-bear) w/ the kids;
Erik & his dad;

I’m super in love w/ this pic of my dad & I;

And my fil is actually smiling!  Whatdya’ know;

And since the weather was so gorgeous, we played around outside for a bit in the driveway.. See why I can’t say no to this little guy?  Those baby blues get me every time!

My two men… <sigh>  I sure do love them;

And who is this we have?!  Oh, it’s Kaylor!  The anti-camera girl..:P I sure wish she’d let me photograph her more often.. She’s gorgeous!

Ashlyn scared the bageezes out of us.. She stood up & turned around to us, and it looked like she had blood all over her face.  She wasn’t crying and we asked her what happened.  She had her face buried in a tiger lily to smell it, and it was pollen.  Silly, silly girl… lovvvvves her flowers!

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Gorgeous Sunsets…

Last summer was a preview of the most gorgeous sunsets in our backyard.  This summer has not disappointed either..  What’s really random is that post was also made on June 19th.

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21 Day Sugar Detox | Why Cut out Sugars?

I found this article online when needing some daily encouragement.. If these facts aren’t enough to convince you of decreasing your sugar intake, then I’m not sure what will;

“Sugar: the sweetest way to wreck your health

About 20 years ago, Nancy Appleton, PhD, began researching all of the ways in which sugar destroys our health. Over the years the list has continuously expanded, and now includes 141 points. Here’s just a small sampling (the entire list can be found on her blog).

  • Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
  • Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract, including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
  • Sugar can cause food allergies.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity.

But not all sugar is created alike. White table sugar (sucrose) is composed of two sugars: glucose and fructose. Glucose is an important nutrient in our bodies and is healthy, as long as it’s consumed in moderation. Fructose is a different story.

Fructose is found primarily in fruits and vegetables, and sweeteners like sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A recent USDA report found that the average American eats 152 pounds of sugar each year, including almost 64 pounds of HFCS.

Unlike glucose, which is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and taken up by the cells, fructose is shunted directly to the liver where it is converted to fat. Excess fructose consumption causes a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is directly linked to both diabetes and obesity.

A 2009 study showed that shifting 25% of dietary calories from glucose to fructose caused a 4-fold increase in abdominal fat. Abdominal fat is an independent predictor of insulin sensitivity, impaired glucose tolerance, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and several other metabolic diseases.

In a widely popular talk on YouTube, Dr. Robert H. Lustig explains that fructose has all of the qualities of a poison. It causes damage, provides no benefit and is sent directly to the liver to be detoxified so that it doesn’t harm the body.

For more on the toxic effects of fructose, see The Perfect Health Diet and Robert Lustig’s YouTube talk: Sugar, The Bitter Truth.”   Source

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Children’s Discovery Museum

One of the kids’ favorite places in our city is the CDM..  So many things to explore, play, and learn about.  It’s even more friends when we are there w/ friends.  I’m so glad we have places like this to visit. 

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