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Thursday Things, 28 May 2015

Short weeks are the best
It’s Thursday even though it feels like Wednesday! I’m all about that feeling. Give me a Thursday on a “Wednesday” any day.

Let’s (obviously) start with the biggest thing.

P’s getting hitched!

Real life.

Oh friends, I’m not one to tell people’s stories for them, but if I did, I’d tell you what a happy beginning this is for my sister.

She’s been through a lot the last few years as a single mom and I’m thankful she found a good old Oklahoma boy to sweep her off her feet.

Um, I’m technically not sure if I’m allowed to share this (so I’m asking for forgiveness instead of permission), but check out her gorgeous rock!

Engaged!!!!

So unique.

Since I’m a big sister and a hopeless romantic, naturally I’m over the moon about her engagement because, WEDDING PLANNING!

And now we must also consider the most important question about this engagement news-

Is she going to make me wear as ugly a bridesmaid dress as I made her wear?

Carissa Flint-13 March 2004
Oh man I hope not. I still have no idea what I was thinking.

And yes, the church I grew up in and got married in really DID have ugly orange carpet.

One more thing about the wedding

Well, one more thing today, that is.

Can I please tell you how relieved I am that Pinterest didn’t exist and that Facebook was for school kids when I got married?!

I would have been completely overwhelmed by the ideas. Sometimes less is more. Especially when you’re a crazy stressed out bride-to-be slash full time college student.

This post on Satan going to church

Fit for a queen

The Queen of Couch Potatoes!

Oh man, friends. These chairs.
Finished product. Watching games will never feel the same again.

They’re lazy lady makers!

So cushy and cozy.

So inviting and relaxing.

They’re pretty much killing me.

Since we’re taking about the chairs...

Let’s talk about how anal meticulous Will is about our usage.

He’s making us rotate the chairs we sit in each night to make sure they all get “even wear.”

Real life.

In his defense, he’s waited years for these, so I kindly oblige without too much ribbing.

The only complaint is that sometimes in the rotation we sit on opposite ends (😂 ), and I’m
not a fan of that.

At all.

Friends in Low Places
I am so thankful for the beautiful godly people in my life. One of my dear sister friends completely shared in my heartache last week (see Friday’s post) as if she were going through it herself.

We sat on the phone and prayed together and cried together (actually, I didn’t cry. I ugly cried. I was glad we were on the phone so she couldn’t see the mascara everywhere and running nose. Ha!). God is so good to me, and giving me godly friends who love me and hurt with me when I’m sad, and are excited for me when things go well, is such icing on the cake.

When slight really means huge and probable

The weathermen in Oklahoma are killing me this storm season.

They have this new, improved, ever-so-helpful updated severe weather guide that’s supposed to depict a better understanding of the types/probability of storm risk in various areas.

Boo

When you see the words slight, what comes to mind?

I’m thinking like 25% chance or less, maybe?

Definitely not that you’re darn near guaranteed to have a storm (one with hail and occasional tornadoes). Which has pretty much happened every single time that stupid yellow “slight” risk is tagged for the metro.

I’m not sure if they’re tired of getting slack for claims they overreact too much or what, but basically when I see slight, I really see moderate these days.

You didn’t know I was such a weather “expert,” did you? Haha

Today’s TBT is courtesy of returning from church camp completely exhausted
Nap time for Britt & Carissa

Look at that little girl! Now she’s getting married!

That’s all today, sweets! Check in tomorrow for more fun! 

The Long Holiday Weekend!

Engaged!!!!
Happy hour dates
Truth.
General Tommy Franks's Museum.
General Tommy Franks's Museum.
General Tommy Franks's Museum.
General Tommy Franks's Museum.
The quilt show!
The quilt show!
The quilt show!
The quilt show!
Cool kicks.
Hard at work
Finished product. Watching games will never feel the same again.
Enjoying the new chairs.
Fiesta!
Freshly groomed goodness
Freshly groomed goodness
Sandcastles

We had a fantasticly long holiday weekend. I am so blessed to have such wonderful people around me.

Thursday was spent cleaning and doing house stuff. We also made time for a sonic break and a quick snack.

On Friday we travelled to southwest Oklahoma and spent the day with Will’s grandparents. We went to Hobart, Oklahoma and visited General Tommy Franks’s museum, ate lunch at a local shop, and checked out a quilt show. We even made time to visit with my parents and pick up our freshly groomed pups.

Saturday was supposed to be cleaning the closet day, but we ended up getting our theatre seats delivered! We ordered them a few months ago and we were excited to get them! Will spent the better portion of the day putting them together, and I had to drive up to the furniture show to get some missing parts. So yeah, there went most of Saturday! We enjoyed the chairs with my parents and ordered the MMA fights.

Sunday was spent at church and meeting new friends, which was nice. We also cooked out with my family and celebrated my sister’s big engagement!!!! More to come on that this Thursday.

Yesterday was much more low key. I basically spent all day doing everything I hadn’t done over the weekend! Food prep, dishes, laundry, fun times. smile

It was such a wonderful weekend and I’m sad it’s over. Lucky for us, we’ve embarked on a short week and are already a day down!

Check in tomorrow for more fun!

The One with Family Fun & a Look Ahead

This.

Weekend things

Weekend things

Weekend things
Weekend things

Chicks! 🐤
Chicks! 🐤
Boo
Lots of green

Enjoying the nice weather

Loving lulu

Pepper flowers!

We had a lovely weekend. Lunch with ladies I love, a belated Mother’s Day dinner with Will’s parents (and a visit to see baby chicks!), house stuff, lunch with my parents, hanging with my family, praying for no storms, workouts, church, and rest.

I’m pumped for this week because it’s a short work week and an extra long weekend. Woo hoo!

Check in this week for

May Ipsy!
The 400 workout
Thursday Things
And more!

I hope you had a great weekend! 

The One with Mother’s Day and a Garage Sale & Look Ahead

No filter needed. His name is great and greatly to be praised.

Truth

Garage sale prep

Everything's rosy

Will loves Layla's trike

My friend Elsa.

My jam.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Weekend things

Garage sale-ing

Playing with miss pigtails.

The dog bed: just her size. 😂

My favorite kids

A loaded weekend! Garage sale (which was a complete bust because of bad weather hmmm), lots of fun family time and meals together, more garage sale action Saturday, house stuff, workouts, meal prep, relaxation, early Mother’s Day celebration, and church.

It was a wonderful weekend full of my most favorite people!

I hope yours was too. What did you do!?

I hope you’ll check in this week. I’ve got a lower body workout, Thursday things planned, and more!

The Red & White One & a Look Ahead

Vet day

Froyo.
Froyo.

Chilly after froyo
Baby Peppers!

2015 Red and White game!
2015 Red and White game!

2015 Red and White game!

Nhinja
Sushi, movie, and on the couch with Will.

A trip to the vet for the Bigs’ shots (and Rocky marked the exam room chair. Wee!), watching Frozen for the first time with Layla, a frozen yogurt date with Layla and my parents (we got chilly afterward!), the OU Red and White game with Will and my dad, sushi and movies with Will (he got a burger instead ha!), workouts, house stuff, and the usual.

It was a great weekend.

This is my first full week to work in three weeks!

Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:

-32
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
And more!

Now off to tackle a big Monday ahead. Here’s to hoping we make it a good one! 

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! 

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