Stephanie Ravenscraft

Thoughts From The Journey – Colorado, Here I Come!

by Stephanie Ravenscraft on February 3, 2012

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As I sit on the plane heading to Chicago I can't believe I'm on this journey. Or rather that this adventure is part of my journey.

I first learned about the Captivating Retreat several months ago in an email from Ransomed Heart Ministries. I'd never heard of such a thing before. I remember reading the email thinking “That's Amazing, I would love to do that.”. But I never believed it would be possible. The cost, the time away, I just didn't think it was possible.

Through an unexpected spontaneous moment at my kitchen table, my husband offered to send me and my best friend, Sarah. I was Shocked!! Again, I never believed it was possible and now I'm given the chance to share it with Sarah.

A few weeks into planning Sarah realized due to scheduling she would not be able to attend. I struggled with whether I should still go. Could I do this alone? Did
I want to? Through much prayer it became clear that this adventure was meant for me to do alone.

So I sit on this plane missing Sarah, and thinking how this all began. I like so many had lost myself in the hustle of the everyday. The things I love most being wife, mom, friend and business partner had become tasks to get done with my lost focus. I had become a hollow version of myself. Tied together with a smile but coming undone, to steal lyrics from Taylor Swift.

In November God started a work in me that has been leading to this weekend. Breaking me down, exposing my sins and confessing to those who hold me accountable. Taking apart the puzzle that is Stephanie and putting me back together piece by piece. Rearranging the pieces in the correct order make me a beautiful masterpiece for Him.

All leading up to this moment, on this plane, on this adventure to find all that my
God has in store for me.

I have so many emotions right now, excitement, terror, joy, anxiety all at the same time. But as I get closer to Colorado I'm more and more excited to spend this weekend with my Savior, learning more about both of us.

I truly can not wait to share what comes from this adventure with all of you.

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Putting Some PIZAZZ In The Lunch For Kids!

by Stephanie Ravenscraft on December 9, 2011

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I had been stuck in a lunch rut for, well since I started packing lunches.

Last Spring our family began to be more conscience of the food we put into our bodies. After watching the first couple of episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Season 1 my kids stated that they would never again eat a school lunch.

So we started the lunch packing the only way I know how; sandwich, snack, fruit. Now I would try to make sure there was a protein, dairy and fruit or vegetable, but it soon turned into the same old same old. PB&J, apple and granola bar was the most common because of the cost at the grocery.

Meagan is not a fan of peanut butter or jelly, but she would get PB&N (Peanut Butter Nutella). At first she loved it, saying it's “Like a Reese cup sandwich, Mom”. But one day she announced “My lunch doesn’t have any PIZAZZ.”

That got me to thinking about a cool “new to me” way of doing lunches I had seen a while back. My friend April had tweeted a link to her blog The Fragrant Hand talking about her own sons lunches. In that post, she linked to Wendolonia.com and I was introduced to Bento boxes for the first time.

I fell in love with the idea immediately!! I would look at the pictures she posted over and over and wish I was packing such attractive, creative lunches for my kids.

I tried for a few months to budget some money to start this new idea for lunch packing. Soon after school was out for the summer and the idea was filed away for a later date. At the beginning of the new school year it was easy for me to fall back into what I knew best. It wasn’t until Meagan’s pizazz comment that I even gave bento style lunches another thought.

After much discussion with Cliff we decided that the initial cost for supplies would be an investment in our kids. Each of the kids picked out their own box and they are excited about this new way of packing lunch. And all the ideas we have as to what to pack in them.

So, one day I packed my first bento lunch. Since McKenna is in half day kindergarten she eats lunch at home and packs a small snack for the afternoon. So this is her snack with several option for her to choose.

I really feel we are on the right track. As Meagan was examining her box she said, “I feel healthier already, because of the size. I know only so much food will fit in here.”

We have been using the boxes for months now and aside from some peer pressure feedback, the kids love it, as do I. We are packing healthy meals that are colorful and creative. And I know I am teaching my kids something so young that it took me so long to learn. Food is fuel for your body, but that doesn't’ mean it can’t be fun and attractive at the same time.

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Interview With Candace Cameron Bure, Author of Reshaping It All

by Stephanie Ravenscraft on January 29, 2011

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Update: Click Here For Interview
Okay, so I am so excited about the news that I am about to share with you. Many of you know that I am reading Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure and it is completely “reshaping” my life. The principles that she lists in her book are not just for weight-loss. They can be applied to any goal or change you want to achieve.

Here are some of the ways the book is changing my life. First, I am remembering that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am being reminded that when I put Him first and seek to fill my spirit with His word and teachings that my desires (especially those for food) will come in line with His desires for my life.

On Friday Feb 4th at 5pm Cliff and I have the incredible honor of interviewing Candance on a special episode of Family From the Heart. Once again we owe a debt of gratitude to our sponsor, Mardel.com.

We will not be recording Family From the Heart during our normal time slot on Thursday time slot this week. We will be broadcasting the interview live on our site at https://gspn.tv/live, this Friday, at 5 pm est.

I know that several ladies from our community have been inspired to purchase this book based upon the things that I’ve shared. As you’re reading the book this week, if you come up with any questions or comments that you would like to communicate to Candace, I would like to invite you to call them in to our voicemail feedback hotline at 859-795-4067. Please try to keep questions and comments to 60 seconds or less. We will attempt to include as many of the community’s calls as possible.

We hope you'll be able to join us as we broadcast the interview live. If you are planning to attend, please let us know by giving us your RSVP on the gspn.tv community site.

Thank you!
Stephanie

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Expect Obstacles And Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

by Stephanie Ravenscraft on January 21, 2011

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We all have things we want….the desires of our heart. Whether that be the daily schedule going smoothly, not yelling at the kids, getting a workout in or remembering to speak my husbands love language. Or on a bigger scale….losing weight, becoming a blogger or proving that you can be successful without a college degree.

We all have that list of wants and it is inevitable that we will hit obstacles along the way. It is how we deal with those obstacles that will determine our outcome.

I am finding that expecting obstacles is a great way to deal with them. Now I don’t walk around with a “waiting for the shoe to drop” mentality. But I do expect that things are going to pop up sometimes. Snow days, birthday cake, writers block, anything that distracts me from my goal.

This post for example, I was getting so caught up in saying something important that I was overlooking just being honest. I don’t have all the answers and I don’t need to.

So here is what I am learning on this journey that is my life. I have a plan or I’m making a plan to reach my goals. I am breaking my goals down into step by step actions to get me to completion. I expect successes and failures along the way, thankful for the failures that will teach me and grow my character.

And above all else, I know that His mercies are new every morning. My Lord has created a fresh start for me each day. Every morning I can put my feet on the floor knowing that I am starting new.

I find it so exciting and thrilling that it’s completely acceptable to end the day recording my successes and failures, knowing that tomorrow is a new day. A clean slate. Not letting myself get caught up in the “what ifs” of tomorrow. Scripture tells me “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).


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My Favorite Things about Losing 72 pounds

by Stephanie Ravenscraft on January 7, 2011

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When I first thought about writing this blog, I thought it would be ten things. I just couldn't think of three more, although I’m sure they are there. So, in no particular order, my 7 favorite things of having lost 72 pounds.

1. The way my kids see me.
I love knowing that my kids see me as healthy. I remember as a kid being so worried about my mom because she smokes or my dad knowing he is overweight. And honestly I still do. So to have taken this worry away from my kids means the world to me.

The first time they referred to my old self as “fat mom”, they were concerned about getting into trouble. We have a strict no “put down” rule in our house. But it made me realize that that is what they thought. And they were delighted that I was not fat anymore. So with sensitivity to those around us that are still overweight, I gave my kids permission to call my old self “fat mom”.

It helps me remember that I don’t want to be that again and one of the reason I lost weight to begin with was to be there for my kids. I asked each of them this morning what their favorite part about me not being “fat mom” anymore is and here are their responses.

Matthew – I don’t walk as slow anymore and I can run and play, which I couldn't do before.
Meagan – She can borrow my shirts.
McKenna- I don’t look like a watermelon anymore.

I love my kids and pray that I am able to instill healthy views of food into them and that they never struggle with obesity.

2. Buying a size 6 and SKINNY Jeans!!!!!
Really do I need to say more. At my biggest I wore a size 18, or squeezed myself into a 16 in denial that I needed bigger pants. I have been dressing to hide my body since I was 17. It feels so good to be able to dress the trendy look.

3. Tying my shoes.
Now here is where you can say it’s the small things that matter. I always put my foot on a chair to tie my shoes. Bending over would make me dizzy or was just uncomfortable because my belly was in the way. The first time I bent over to tie my shoes was a milestone for me.

4. Borrowing Clothes from friends, Or rather a friend. [click to continue…]

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