Hi, I’m Angie, and I’m the mom that is truly Blessed Beyond Words. Many of you may have followed me over here from my previous blog, 5 Vinez Monkeys. (And, in case you’ve been dying to know, our last name is actually pronounced “Vinnie.” And, no. No one ever gets that right. But, it’s ok. I’ll answer to almost anything.)
You clicked the about me button, so I guess you want to know a little bit about me, right?
Well, first and foremost, I am a Christian. I was saved in April of 2008 after living a lie for many, many years. (If you ever want to hear my testimony, just ask! I’d love to share it with you.) I am married to my best friend. He is such a wonderful husband, kind, loving, and patient beyond words. I am also blessed to be a stay at home mom to my 8 children. Yes, eight children. God has been good to me.
I have lived in Northeast Ohio, the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, and now reside in the North Georgia Mountains. Our nearest shopping mall is 2 and a half hours away, and that is almost a form of torture. I am definitely a city girl, so this has been quite an adjustment, and I am still adjusting… even after being down here since September of 2007.
Over the past few years, I have made it my goal to get healthy. In 2011, I was suffering from chronic pain. I was at my heaviest weight ever, and I was drinking up to 16 cans of Pepsi a day. I was depressed, had no self esteem, and just didn’t care about myself at all. Then, with an email from the folks at DietBet, the Lord flipped a switch in my brain. I went on to lose 40 pounds and get down to a weight I hadn’t seen in years. A few months after my weight loss, we found out that baby #7 was on the way, and again, I added back on 30 of the pounds I had lost. After Carly was born, and once she had finished nursing, I went on to lose that 30 pounds and then some. I eventually became 50+ pounds lighter than I was when I started in 2011. I joined a gym, (ladies only!), and I’m working to get myself to a healthier, more active me so that I can enjoy every stage of my childrens’ lives. Then, SURPRISE! Number 8 was on the way. I gained back most of what I had worked so hard to lose, and because I needed surgery shortly after he was born, I spent some time recovering, but in May of 2015, I got back on the bandwagon and dropped to my lowest weight in over 10 years. (PS – I’m now about 10 pounds lighter than I was at the time that post was written, bringing me down a total of 70 pounds!)
Aside from being “Mommy” with lots of dishes, housework, and laundry, (oh my gosh! All the laundry!), I’m also very active in my church and community, I run an online design business, and dabble in photography. I am one who needs to be busy all the time. And, no, I don’t sleep. People ask me that all the time.
I started blogging back in 2005 when I got pregnant with Lucy. It was a way to update friends and family on the pregnancy, and just talk about anything and everything. Now, 4 kids later, blogging has become so much more to me than just an outlet. In the last few years, I have made it my goal to encourage other mothers in Spiritual things, in weight loss, and by sharing products that truly work for my family. I have had the privilege of working with some really fantastic companies, and have met some truly amazing and inspiring bloggers through networking and visiting other blogs. I love what I do, and I hope you enjoy what you find here.
If I can ever be of any assistance, or if there’s something you would like to see here on Blessed Beyond Words, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. My readers mean the world to me, and I want you to know that your thoughts, opinions, comments, and questions are always welcome. Just contact me and let me know what’s up!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. You are much appreciated!