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Will’s Relaxing Birthday Weekend & Look Ahead

Ant man.., and holding Will's popcorn

All smiles
Atm

Aero garden

Our first baby pepper!

Boz
Ann Voskamp

😂
Church with Layla
Church with Layla

Ant Man date with Will, At the Movies door hanging with dad, UFC fights, two big fat birthday cheat meals, workouts, church with Layla, lunch with my parents, food prep, house stuff, and relaxing.

It was a much needed relaxing weekend spent entirely with Will. Between hosting his parents last weekend and preparing to go out of town without him this weekend, I was glad to have some time to spend just with him!

Today Will celebrates 35! I can’t believe how quickly the years have passed. How is he already 35!?! I am so blessed to have been able to watch him grow into such a wise and wonderful man. I can’t believe he picked me to be his wife.

Check in this week for Thursday Things and a Friday devo.

And now? Off to tackle Monday. 

The Early Birthday Celebration Weekend

Va clinic waiting game
Happy birthday!

Happy birthday!
🌱

Weekend things
Leg day
Layla's first movie

Layla's first movie
Dress up with Layla

Dress up with Layla
At the movies!

A long Friday at the VA clinic with Will’s dad, lots of chats with his parents while waiting, a healthy dinner at Jason’s Deli (have you seen their salad bar!?), followed by not so healthy but delicious ice cream cake, Layla’s first movie going experience, playtime with Layla (and my family 😄), house stuff, super sweaty workouts, food prep, church, and a very restful Sunday.

We had a wonderful weekend full of family and fun and I’m sad to have it behind me!

Check in this week for a pre-workout review and more!

I hope you had a great weekend. What did you do?

The 4th of July Weekend & Look Ahead

Road tripping
Treats with friends
Layla turns three!
Celebrating Layla's birthday!
Layla turns three!

Layla turns three!
Birthday play date

😂

After party breakfast of champions.

He loves to cuddle
🎆

A jam packed Independence Day weekend! Cleaning all day Thursday (and a broken garbage disposal 😕), a trip to see Will’s parents and one of my dearest godly girlfriends, a special birthday party for a three year old (how is she three!?!), house stuff, church, workouts, and women’s soccer.

Whew!

I have a long and busy week ahead and I’m already missing the weekend. Here’s to being our best this week and powering through with grace.

Hope you had a good weekend! What did you do?

The One with Fireworks & a Look Ahead

Truth
Waiting for her dad
Weekend treats
Play dates with Layla
Trimming the peppers
Cozy
Following the girl

🎆
🎆
My summer is complete.
Slumber party!

Pink n Pups
Big and little

Chickfila breakfast with Will, a lazy Saturday afternoon, a night full fun with Layla and my parents, an early fireworks show, s’mores, workouts, food prep, house stuff, church, and a restful Sunday afternoon.

It was a nice weekend, and I’d normally sad to see it end.

Thankfully it’s Independence Day week!!!

Yay for short weeks.

Check in this week for #lovewins, my newest project, part 4, and more.

Here’s to a good Monday! ❤️

Father’s Day Weekend & Look Ahead

Interesting

Early Christmas

Selfies with Lucy
Lazy couch dates
OU football greats

Growth!

Baby pepper!

Dad ❤️
Fancy 3d glasses
😂🍗

A trip to see Will’s parents for Father’s Day, chores, workouts, Beckett card show and former OU football players, lunch with my parents for Father’s Day, church, 3-D movies, and food prep.

Check in this week for my summer workout playlist, my June ipsy review, and part three!

Here’s to a good week ahead!

Thursday Things, 18 June 15

Kids at heart
The whole family played with Layla last weekend, and it was a hoot.

Seriously. If you ever want to get serious, mild-mannered adults to act like complete idiots, just throw their favorite kid in the room.

All bets are off and manners are thrown out the window.

We played our fair share of Hungry Hungry Hippos. She lost interest after while and we moved onto something else. Only, turns out Will and my dad were totally trying to perfect the game. They were playing on their own, discussing strategy and best practices. Haha

I found it pretty cute.

Layla wasn’t as enamored as I was. You can check out her “lights out” response in the video below. Haha

Play dates get crazy round here.

I’m going nuts over the perfect summer salad I shared last week.

I had it for lunch last week and am having it again this week.

And probably next week.

It’s a thing.

Healthful.

A Meathead’s Dream

Saturday was a good day! I entered to win a $50 gift card to Bodybuilding.com as well as two $25 cards for some friends. I actually won!

I realize it’s just a $50 gift card, but it was such a fantastic surprise.  I really “needed” a couple things that are almost empty.

I planned on saving the card until 4th of July weekend. I figured there’d be tons of tempting sales I could snag.

Only, Monday they emailed a deal too good to pass up, so I had to strike while the iron was hot. They were having a one day sale with a few buy one get one free deals. Not only was I able to score two containers of a 30 serving pre-workout, but I also got two 30-serving containers of BCAAs!

Four products, and I only paid $10.94 with shipping.

As you can tell, I’m a little excited about my loot. Understandably. Who doesn’t want a $50 BB.com gift card?

Don’t answer that.

That moment you get to work in your sleeveless shirt and realize not only did you forget to shave your pits today, but you forgot yesterday too.

Risky business.

New herb babies!
We decided it was time to say goodbye to our herb garden and start fresh.

Aerogarden round 2!!!

They held on forever! Most places say you’ll get a good 4 months out of them, but we got 6. I was very pleased.

The basil did so well we decided to replant them, so hopefully they stay healthy.

I did a slightly different mix this time around- oregano, dill, cilantro, basil, lime basil, mint, and savory.

Some are already peeking out little green leaves!

Why I need to continue to avoid my Pinterest account
My sister almost killed me last weekend with homemade Andes mint brownies. She found the recipe on Pinterest, which further confirms why I DONT need to use my newly formed account. I’d have all the brownies pinned and baked by this Friday, eaten by Saturday, and I’d spend all day Sunday complaining and lamenting about my poor choices.

I’m avoiding Pinterest for humanity’s sake.

He provides

Can I please just end telling you how good and faithful God is to me when I don’t deserve it? He totally surprised us with a buyer paying full price for our extra OU season tickets. To be honest, I never thought we’d get a buyer so early, and I definitely didn’t think we’d get the full amount. Such a huge blessing.

Finally, today’s TBT is provided courtesy of Mitlenburg, Germany. 

My parents bought a painting of this place while we lived in Germany, so one day they decided we should go visit the place in the painting. And we did!

Brittny Flint-9 yrs old in Mitlenburg,Germany

That’s all today!

The One with Hungry Hippos & a Look Ahead

He's for us.

Aerogarden round 2!!!
The basil did so well we replanted it

Iced coffee: how to Charm me.
Healthful.

The dogs love the theatre chairs as much as we do

Truth truth truth
Playing with Lu

Sometimes things get crazy. Hungry hungry hippos for life.

Cozy on the couch
Jurassic Park (which was way better than I thought it was going to be!) date Friday night, women’s World Cup soccer, workouts, quiet Saturday mornings, food prep, a night with my family, hungry hungry hippos, movie night on the couch with Will, church, lunch to discuss life groups, and a quiet Sunday evening.

Check in this week for WIOW, Thursday Things, an ipsy review (if I manage to try and form an opinion on everything!), and more.

Monday Monday and lots to do. Lucky for me I have a short week ahead! Here’s to a great day! 

Part One

I’ve mentioned “changes” for about a year, and have never divulged what they were.

It’s annoying, right?

What’s funny, though, is how different the changes were between when I first started talking about them, and what they are today.

I’ve wanted to share this story with you guys for awhile now, but the truth is-

We haven’t reached a good breaking point.

We’re only halfway though.

I wanted to share this story with a clear beginning and end, along with some concrete explanation for how God moved and what’s next.

I don’t have those answers.

But then I realized something.

Even though we still don’t know what’s next, God still moved, and continues to move even though we haven’t reached the conclusion of this story.

So instead of holding out, I decided to share and bring you along this journey.

Today is part one.

***
About this time last year, we had a fantastic opportunity to start a business.

Will’s brain for business is ridiculous. He would completely be in his element, having helped his dad with his for many years.

We’d thought about it before, but the right opportunity ever presented itself. This particular opportunity was exciting because it involved a partner with a very rare and technical specialization. He admittedly lacked the business know how, and Will lacked the certifications this other guy had.

Both felt the pull to go out on their own, and it seemed to work great. The other guy would run the operations side, while Will would handle the day to day business. A match made in heaven.

Best of all, he is a Christian too and held many of the same beliefs as us.

Before moving forward, Will and I bathed the matter in prayer and sought God in scripture.

We did not want to move forward with such a huge decision without clear confirmation from the Lord.

During my usual Bible study several days later, I found such rich, confirming scriptures in Deuteronomy that gave me such peace about our decision.

Verses

The caveat was this- He must absolutely be kept first. No matter what.

With clear peace and confirmation, we agreed and moved forward, expectant and in anticipation for His work in our work.

Verses

I knew this decision put us in the center of His will, and that’s exactly where I wanted to be.

I grew more excited with each passing day of business preparation.

From them purchasing equipment, to finding a building (pictured below with our big eyes and shiny smiles), I began to hang my hat on what could be.
Merry Christmas!

I began to think this was God’s way of bringing the prayer I prayed in 2013 to fruition. The prayer when I asked Him for the opportunity to serve Him full time in ministry again.

You see, that was the tug on my heart when I was just 15 years old.

It was very real and very anointed.

Yet, in my “great” young knowledge and desire to rule myself, I ran far away from this calling after Will and I served at our first church.

So far away, in fact, we ended up in a Muslim country with no church family at all!

My will, but part of God’s story.

I’ve shared pieces of that story before, so I won’t dwell there today.

However, it’s that story and God’s persistent faithfulness that brought me to my knees in repentance and back into His will.

That sunny day in my car, I acknowledged that I ran from my calling, while He remained the same. I asked Him to allow me the opportunity once more to carry it out, knowing in my core it’s what He wanted for me all along before I ran.

I saw this blossoming business as an eventual way to make my heart’s desire a reality.

Everything was coming together so effortlessly, and we received multiple confirmations He was in our decisions. Such peace, such closeness with God with each passing step.

Oh friends, things were on the up all around.

Will quit his job in January and everything was in full swing.

I couldn’t wait to see how God was going to use this business as a way to accomplish His will.

Only… I had no idea what He quite had in mind.

I think we’ve reached a good stopping point for Part One today.

I think the spiritual nugget we can take away from this story is: seek Him in your decisions and trust.

Verses

If I knew today what I didn’t know then, I would never have trusted God and moved forward with this decision.

However, it’s because I didn’t know, and because of our obedience through this decision I’ve been able to see the realest, most blatant hand of God during this time.

We only have a small piece of the puzzle, but He has the whole box top picture and sees how the pieces weave together.

If you’re in a season of decision-making or uncertainty today, seek the Lord in scripture and prayer. He desires that we seek Him, and will reveal Himself when we seek Him with all our hearts.

If there’s a decision you’re struggling with, I would love to pray for you this week. Feel free to leave a comment in the “share the love” section or send me an email, and I promise to hold you in prayer.
***

There you have it. A partial explanation of all the “changes” I’ve been talking about.

Check in next Friday for part two. Until then, have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you Monday!

WIOW: For the One Not as Zealous

As much as I’d hoped Will was going to get on fire for working out, turns out the guy hates exercise.

I get it.

I do.

Sometimes I forget a large percentage of people don’t find exercising “fun” at all!

It’s a workout, after all.

I tend to get overzealous about fitness and need a gentle reminder that, “Hey! Not everyone gets batty over burpees and shoulder presses!”

Thank you, Will.

So what do we do when we’re close to people that don’t love fitness as much as we do?

I thought of heaps, but here are just a few thoughts based on my own experience.

1. Don’t cram it down their throat
They get it, we LOVE fitness, but that doesn’t mean they do.

I usually do a good job of never annoying or bombarding Will with stats on health, but when he expressed interest in working out, I kind of sort of forgot rule number one.

Here’s the deal.

Most non-fitness enthusiasts don’t need to hear about heart disease, diabetes, or how sitting is the new smoking.

I’ve found most people already have a good idea they’re not healthy, and our gentle reminders often hurt more than help.

If I want to get Will to the gym, I’ve found I’ve got to obey #1. It’s got to be his decision, not mine.

2. Invite, but don’t beg

Again, same as number one. It’s gotta be their decision.

I just about always extend an invite to Will, and he always passes. However, a few weeks ago he actually said yes!

He said the fact that I didn’t pester or beg him to go was helpful. Asking is one thing, but begging? Let’s not be over-the-top, here!

3. Don’t have them do the same workout you’re doing

Obviously.

Non-fitness enthusiasts need to ease into working out just like we did when we first started.

Having them do an advanced workout risks injury! Get them in the gym, and get them started on something manageable.

You wouldn’t give an infant steak, so size up workouts accordingly!

You can check out my resistance workouts for Will here and here.

4. Celebrate the small stuff

It’s a good idea not to go full commando on them.

Yes it’s a lifestyle, but their version of lifestyle it looks way different than ours.

Will would never start out with a goal to do a marathon next month. Little victories like actually making it to the gym three times a week for a month is a huge deal for my guy, and it should be acknowledged and celebrated.

5. When all else fails, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day
I’ve seen lots of ups and downs over the years. Full bore commitment, with many (many, many) droughts in between.

It sometimes hurts my heart when I reflect on a loved one’s bad eating and exercise decisions. They know I care, but make the same decisions anyway. It’s hard sometimes!

Much like the above points, I really try to be a positive, healthy influence instead of a condemning one.

For example, Will knows we’re always going to have healthy dinners. I don’t have much “control” over what he eats for breakfast and lunch most days, but I always know he’ll get a healthy dinner.

Would he love cheese fries for dinner? Of course (Um...so would I!).

He acknowledges its important to eat healthy and is thankful I care enough to make sure at least one meal is!

Baby steps can be huge in this arena, and we have to claim each one, every step of the way.

***

So yeah, a lot of people aren’t as enthusiastic as we are about being healthy. Let’s try to remember that. smile I’ve personally found the above points (as well as many more!) have been helpful in my own life and wanted to share.

Thanks for checking in! See you tomorrow!

The One with the Corporate Challenge & Look Ahead

Lunch

Basil flower!

Post op belly rubs

The largest coffee ever

Corporate challenge

Corporate challenge fun

Corporate challenge fun

Corporate challenge fun

Corporate challenge fun

My dad ran in the corporate challenge, so we naturally all celebrated with cheesecake for sitting, moving we little as possible, and watching. Perfect sense.

Panera (and a giant coffee!) with Marisa, taking care of Lucy post surgery, a special call with a friend, cheering on my dad at the OKC Corporate Challenge, celebrating with cheesecake (you know, because cheering is hard) chats with my parents, workouts, house stuff, church, and good talks with Will.

We had a wonderful weekend! It was a three day for me, but went so quickly. Why do these longer days seem to leave me with less time!? wink

We’ve got a long week ahead, so check in for

-a super easy, super delicious summer salad
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
And more! 

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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