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i’d like to introduce you to some friends

With our lives lived out online, it’s easy to feel like we know someone we’ve never met.

In fact, I feel that way about several of you!

Do you realize we’ve read each other’s blogs for nearly a decade now?

I feel like we’re far away friends.

Today I want to introduce you to some more far away friends of mine.

We’ve never met, and they don’t even know I exist.

However, through the course of time, and following their story online, I feel a connection with this family.

It’s like the connection I feel with you.

I’d like to introduce the Abedini family.

In some ways, they were probably a lot like you and me.

Just a couple in their 30s, enjoying life.

They had family outings and traditions. Funny family jokes, and favorite family restaurants.

To give you a little background, after converting to Christianity in Iran (total heresy), Saeed met his beautiful wife Naghmeh and they started a life as citizens in America

Although living in America, Saeed’s extended family continues to reside in Iran, a place obviously near to his heart.

He began plans to open a government approved orphanage back in Iran to create a safe place for children without parents.  Things progressed beautifully. He and his family travelled freely between countries as they moved forward.

However, in 2012, life completely changed for this young family.

While preparing to leave Iran and return home, Saeed was unallowed to leave and detained by the Iranian Revolutionary army.

Soon after he was thrown in prison, where he remains today.

I’ve watched this family’s story go up and down, up and down, over the years, often included amongst much bigger US-Iran discussions.

I’ve read the many incredibly beautiful and intimate letters between these families that are posted on numerous websites.

Most recently, it was this one that compelled me to write today’s post.

His son, Jacob, turned 7 this week. He sent his father a personal invitation to his birthday party, hoping he might me able to make it home from prison.

Can you imagine the anguish Saeed felt knowing he wouldn’t be there this week?

Not eating cake or assembling some over-complicated toy for his son.

Instead of being bitter, and instead of writing a letter full of frustration over the situation, this modern day Paul wrote a beautiful, empowering letter of encouragement to his son, and the world.

Please take two minutes and read the two letters I linked to. They are very intimate and precious, and are certainly worth the time.

I pray daily for his protection and release. However, while he is in prison, I also pray he is a light in such a dark place.

God is using his story in such a mighty way. When you read the letters you’ll see firsthand how spirit filled they are. They’re truly the words of a man trusting God in the blackest of nights.

May we all seek and trust Him in our own situations, being a light in whatever circumstance we face. I know it is God and God alone giving Saeed the strength to face each day and live as a testimony.

I don’t know why he hasn’t been released.

I don’t know why Jacob spent another birthday without his dad.

But I know, just like the Abedinis, I’m trusting God and his perfect will to be accomplished as we wait for their reunion.

I cannot adequately express the anguish I feel over this separated family.

I can’t begin to convey the hurt I feel for the beatings and mistreatment of Saeed as he sits in prison.

I just can’t.

There’s so much more to this story, and such visceral feelings involved. It’s because I feel like I know them, just like I know some of you.

Because it’s personal. They are my family in Christ.

I can’t sum it up in a pretty blog post.

Today, I ask you please take a moment to pray for the Abedini family.

Pray for Naghmeh as she wears so many hats right now, being mommy and also championing for her husband’s release. Pray she is a light and testimony, and pray for peace, rest, wisdom, and strength.

Pray for their precious children. For their protection. For softened hearts. That they seek the I AM, Saeed wrote about.

Pray for Saeed. Pray for his physical body and health. Pray he senses the peace of the Holy Spirit and is strengthened and encouraged. Pray for opportunities for him to be a light and show love, despite the circumstances- even in prison. Pray Jesus moves in the walls of this prison.

So yeah. Now you’ve met them. I’m forever encouraged and changed by their story. I can’t do it justice here, but perhaps you’ll dig into it and be forever changed too.

If you’re so inclined, you can sign the petition for his release here. 

Thanks for checking in today. I’m thankful for the weekend and the fact we have no real plans. I’m looking forward to it. What about you?

The One With the In-Laws, RV Show, Mom’s Birthday & a Look Ahead

Saint Anthony's OKC

Snuggle bug
Weekend things

Dad's little helper. That face! 😂
Moving dirt
The fair y'all!

The Winnie!
RV-ing
RV-ing

RV-ing

A spin around the block

Rocking with lulu

Breakfast games

Breakfast games

Birthday girl and layla

Sisters

BnW

It was a full weekend! A visit to the hospital to see our friend (he’s home, praise God!), lots of hard work Friday, in-laws in that night, the OKC RV show Saturday (you should see some of those things!) time with the family, UFC fights, my beautiful mom’s birthday Sunday, breakfast with the family, resting from a full weekend and prepping for the week ahead.

Check in this week for:

-My spring eats
-What the Fitbit has taught me
-Thursday Things
& more!

Now off to tackle Monday!

The One With the Snowy Road Trip & Look Ahead

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

Officially dead now.

That's my girl

Herbs

She loves my pup pups

She loves my pup pups

She loves aunt Brittny's tea

An impromptu (and stupid!) trip to Will’s parents’ town to change our phone plans in the midst of a snowstorm (we sat there 3.5 hours and they still didn’t get it all right...), snuggles on the couch watching movies, church online, chores, pizza and play dates with my sweet niece (and time with my parents too!).

It was a very nice weekend. After the crazy snowy road trip, the rest was spent safely at home.

Check in this week for

Things I’m loving
My new favorite elliptical workout
Thursday Things
And more!

Thursday Things, 26 Feb 15

I’m kind of going mildly crazy over Qdoba’s gumbo.

I love it with brown rice and veggies. So good for fast-ish food.

Sooo in the very near future we need to discuss my weird daily rituals for getting around each morning.

Today, however, we’ll just discuss the fact that Will often knows me better than I know myself.

He got me an early birthday present a couple weeks ago:

Early birthday present
The Eden Pure Bathroom Heater

This thing.

Perfection.

Will’s parents bought us our first Eden Pure space heater when we first moved back to the US.

We were used to much milder winters back then, and the Eden Pure was fantastic when the frigid air hit.

We ended up buying two more for the rest of our house.

This little thing, though, not only heats but also cools!

Which is perfect for me.

Like a space heater, but a space cooler...except both.

I pretty much always have a fan on when I get ready, even in the dead of winter.

I love the versatility of this thing and the fact that it’s like having an actual AC in the bathroom instead of just a fan.

I feel quite spoiled. Does my husband know me or what!?

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of a slide show I put together for P’s birthday.

Check out these gems.

Brittny FLint-14 yrs; Carissa-7 yrs playing on the trampoline

Brittny & Carissa at hockey game in OKC

Britt & Carissa-polka dots anyone

We’ve been stung

We recorded the new series Scorpion when it first aired, but never watched it until this week.

We’re pretty into it. Anyone else watching?

It’s no substitute for Parenthood, obviously, but at least it’s something new to try. 

I can’t wait until the cancel it and break my heart just like they do with every other show EVER.

Trucked

Will is a truck guy.

Always had been, always will be.

In fact, I realized just how badly he wanted to marry me way back in 2003 when he sold his beautiful GMC so he could free up money for our condo.

Last year we decided 2015 was the year to sell the truck, but it hit Will harder than I thought it would, which makes me feel sad!

Sure the truck was old and paint was starting to oxidize, but he took care of that thing like it was brand new. He’s a truck guy, after all.

We’ve been without it a week, and poor Will is already having withdrawals. We won’t be without one forever, but I know however long will probably feel too long!

Snow day morning

Remember last week’s whining about wanting a snow day?

Well, we got snow this week. Enough for a snow morning. We got to go on two hours late, but no work from home snow day.

I did, however, get 9 hours of sleep. Fantastic!

A hot date

I think Will and I are going to take Layla on a date this weekend.

For the whole frozen yogurt experience.

You know, the place where you build you own?

Anyway, history shows Layla will build her own and eat half.

Maybe.

Maybe less.

Either way, there’s a large portion of deliciousness, complete with incredibly unhealthy toppings- all the ones I want but never pick.

I think you know where I’m going with this, ya’ll…

Alright, that’s all for now. Anything you care to share?

Family Time, Candy Runs, Long Talks, & a Look Ahead

Mint is a late bloomer

Love baptism service

Ruby duby

Weekend things

Saturday night candy run

Saturday night candy run

Resting pups

Resting pups

Basil- lime deliciousness

Long talks at the park (and a secret selfie I took of the mister 😊)

Beautiful weekend weather, dinner with my parents, workouts and chores, baptism service (my favorite) with my parents, followed by a quick family stop by my sister’s, late night candy run, a nice and long talk at the park about big things, and plenty of time with the dogs.

It was a wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Food Lately
-At-Home Resistance
-Thursday Things
And more!

Oh and hey! I posted a funny video of Will with my sister’s puppy, Ruby. Can you see it? If not, check it out in my Flickr feed

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you’ll check in this week! 

The One With the Super Bowl & Look Ahead

Laundry soaping

Laundry soaping

French braid

New Bubba mug

Super bowl inspired service

Untitled

The pup (and a hula hoop)

Super Bowl goodies

Super Bowl goodies

Super bowl food

With my favorite kid

House cleaning, laundry soap making, dinner with Will’s parents, workouts, football themed church service, long talks, playing with a puppy and the girls, sweet treats, and the Super Bowl with my family.

A wonderful weekend.

Check in this week for

-Things you should probably know about me
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
And more!

Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide

Things are a changin’ here in the B-Love household.

I realize I’ve been leading you on with all these changes for months now, but hang with me a little longer.

All these changes have come with a host of emotions.

Just two days ago, I had to talk myself off the ledge.

I had to tell myself, “No, the sky is not falling.”

That things were going to be ok, even though in the heat of the moment, I felt as though things may crumble all around me.

Do you do that, too?

Always a little worried the next big disaster is right around the corner, waiting to get you?

I try to be positive, but let’s face it, some days the glass is just half empty.

Yet somehow and someway, God patiently smooths my hair in place, kisses my forehead, and shows me He’s at work.

He’s at work, and I’m in His hands.

Even when I’m too crazy to see it, He is at work and he makes a way.

Yahweh-Yireh.

The Lord provides.

Oh friends, he does.

Our God provides a way when no way seems possible, He shows up and shows off His mighty power.

We see an encounter with God, our Yahweh-Yireh, in Genesis 22.

When no way seemed possible, when Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his own son in an act of obedience, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead.

When there wasn’t any other way, God provided and did something only he could do.

Verse

There are so many lessons and sermons that stem from this encounter. Today I simply want to point out Abraham’s trust in God to provide, and the fact that He did.

Yahweh-Yireh was ever faithful, and he is just as faithful with us too.

I’ve started asking for God to illuminate to me how he is at work around me.

So often I have my head in the sand, trying to keep work, family, the house, and everything else together. I rarely stop to look up and see just how hugely God is at work in my life.

I desire to be more trusting like Abraham, instead of being worried, fearful, and apprehensive.

During whatever mountain we’re climbing, we must trust the Lord, Yahweh-Yireh, will provide.

God is for us. He works for the good in us, even when things seem bleak.

He makes a way when there seems
to be no way.

He provides.

As I take each day at a time amidst the minefield of emotions and changes before us, I pray the Lore strengthens my faith and deepens his trust.

I know he will because he gives us whatever we ask when it pleases him.

Yahweh Yireh provides these things in abundance, and shows me he’s at work.

I don’t know what you’re in need of today, but I pray Yahweh-Yireh makes a stream in the desert for you, and lights your path.

Ask Him, and trust Him to work in His way.

❤️

The One with Playoff Football, Play Dates & a Look Ahead

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Weekend things, jan 15

Play date!

Lots of playoff football, a delicious (and unhealthy) cheat meal, workouts, herb growth, quiet times, church, Sunday breakfast at Jimmy’s Egg, family time, and food prep.

A weekend of good things.

Check in this week for

Tuesday Things
Gym Rules for Male Newbies
A post all about Garth Brooks (and Will)
Our Healer

Hope you have a great day! 

2014 Year in Review

Happy last day of 2014, dearies!

Instead of the usual Work It Out Wednesday post, I’m doing a quick year in review.

Mostly for selfish reasons, as I enjoy taking a look back on some of the events throughout the year.

Thanks for indulging me.

If you’re bored today, you can check 2012 and 2013.

Ready!?

January
Went to Eischens

Eischens

Went bowling

Actually happened

Had a job interview
Before it went down

Bought a new TV

Raked up makeup

Went to a nice dinner with friends.
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

February
Kissed a valentine
Valentines day kiss

Attended If conference

Will Helping out
Assembled my Rake up the Makeup goodie bags and donated them. Be sure to watch for another opportunity in 2015!

Giveaway

Got a job offer!

March
Said goodbye to my most favorite boss ever and left a wonderful company after six years

Going away cake

Got a Vitamix as a parting gift

Started a new job!

First day!

Went out with my parents, sister, and Layla
Family!

Attended a Bachelorette party

Jess's batchelorette dinner

April
Went to a wedding

Beautiful day for a wedding!

Went to the Red and White game

WB red and white game

Had breakfast with Layla

Lu

Turned 31!

31

Got a Dyson DustBuster. Game changer.

My new toy

Celebrated Easter with my family

Resurrection Sunday brunch spread. I'm dying over here.

Painted Will’s man cave. Vowed to never paint again.

Got a (temporary) tattoo

Rocking a Princess Ariel tat courtesy of Layla

May
Made chapstick

Crafting.
Hung stuff in the man cave
Hanging away

Had a lunch date with my girls

Lu
And lots of coffee dates
Celebrated Memorial Day with my family.

Did lots of praying for a big family decision.

June
More lunch
More coffee

Became obsessed with sonic tea

Went to Canada

Untitled

Rode the private jet

Had dinner with my friend Angela

Great food, better company

Shot paintballs with Will

Paintballing

Cheered on Will and his softball league!

Softball

July

Watched fireworks with my family

Snuggled a baby

Saturday snuggles

Celebrated her 2nd birthday

2!!!

Organized

Had Will’s family visit

Weekend with the fam

Had a library date

Library fun

Celebrated Will’s 34th

Happy birthday Will

Ate peaches. Lots of them.

Just peachy

Bought a car!!!!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

August

Celebrated a special 65th anniversary

Celebrating 65 years. ❤️

Cleaned the garage

During

Got a storm shelter

Bought mint in hopes of having a huge healthy plant… It died.

Took the ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge:After

Went to the fair with my parents and Layla

The county fair!

Will went to Pennsylvania over a single weekend for something big

Kicked off the OU season

September

Had a sleepover party

Girls night

Made fabric softener

Lots of OU games
Oklahoma striped sky and a sooner striped stadium. God is good

Went to the Guitar Center drum off!

The big changes (to be mentioned soon) became official… Sort of. wink

October

Did some dirty work

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Went to Dallas for the TCU game… And loss

Road tripping to the TCU# game

Went to Dallas again for OU-Texas!

Boomer!

November

Had a family gathering

The birthday girl Watching her birthday movie

Went to another OU game

All smiles before we got completely embarrassed.  OU-Baylor 7 Nov 14

Made pancakes that turned into muffins

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

Had a nice Thanksgiving with Will’s family and a wonderful one with mine.

Love my mom

December

Went to Layla’s Christmas show

Went to the Nutcracker

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Took Will to the minute clinic

Wee!

Ate lots of cookies

My mom's out of this world cookies

Was surprised with an Aerogarden by my fantastic husband

It's about to get herby

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my family

Merry Christmas!

Saw something important to the B-Love family

Went to dinner with my parents and looked at Christmas lights across OKC

Christmas light fun

Had Christmas with Will’s family

And started a week-long vacation!

It may not show, but this year has been full of changes. Between my new job and a huge change for the B-Love family, there’s never a dull moment.

Ups and downs, and God’s grace and hand through it all.

Thanks for stopping by throughout 2014. I hope you’ll join me for another year of fun as we embark on 2015. ❤️

Christmas Things

Wrapping party and a rocky photobomb

It's about to get real.

Christmas beauty

Christmas things

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Family ❤️

Merry Christmas!

O Christmas tree

Christmas light fun

Something Will instantly regretted.

Please disregard the munchkin box in the background...

I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend.

We did. It was so very peaceful and full of good memories.

We spent most of the day with my family Christmas Eve, and much of Christmas day with Will’s family.

I’m off this week and am so very excited about it.

Check in this week for fun.

Have a good day! ❤️

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