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Things I’m Loving Thursday: 10 July 2014

Hey there sweets! Here are a few things I’ve been fond of lately.
Favorite Indulgence

Celebrating national sugar cookie day

Eileen’s Cookies. 

Specifically her frosted sugar cookies in fabulous neon colors (because neon pink makes everything better).

These things kill me.

Did you know yesterday was National Sugar Cookie day?

It’s a thing.

So naturally I used it as an excuse to celebrate.

Favorite Healthy Side

To balance the cookie, I feel like we also have to have a healthy favorite too.

4th of July fun

I love grilled veggies year round, but usually only make them myself during the summer. These giant skewers totally hit the spot.

Favorite Thoughts Lately

Things I'm loving

Things I'm loving

Plumb- Hang On Remix

Things I'm loving

I like Plumb’s remixes, especially her collaborations with Paul Van Dyk. This is a good one to add to your workout playlist.

How to Grow Herbs

Very helpful.

Tips to Naturally Reduce Cellulite

Always appreciate these sorts of tips. They’re always the same, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try!

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Is it me, or does it seem like there’s still a lot of things to wrap up in the last episode?

It’s always like that, though. However, I can’t help but think another 12 hours would have helped! smile

Apparently the ratings aren’t that great, even though the show is so so good. Not sure what’s up with that, but sadly I fear we’ve seen the last of Jack. Boo!

Favorite Recent Pup Pic

Nighty night

Lucy. And an eye nightie. She’s way too spoiled. wink She didn’t enjoy this look as much as we did. Ha!

That’s all for now! Anything you’re loving lately? 

the long 4th of july weekend & look ahead

Hey sweets!

It’s Monday, but thankfully my extended weekend continues.

I won’t give a super detailed four day recap, I’ll just hit some highlights.

Since I was off, I got to go to the gym Thursday instead of my usual at-home workout. That was a treat.

I worked my back, shoulders, & biceps, and my arms were so sore the day after!

The rest of the day was all about cleaning.

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

Okay… And a little relaxing too.

Fun socks...-and a Boz photobomb

Friday was much more fun.

I got another gym session in that morning, this time legs.

We spent the afternoon at my parent’s house, and barbecued some delicious veggies!

4th of July fun

4th of July fun

It was good to see everyone, and the vegetables were just as good as I anticipated.

4th of July fun

Afterward, we had an afternoon siesta.

Since he never wants to take pictures...

Mine was a whopping 15 minutes. I’m just not good at relaxing and taking naps most of the time.

I caught up on some laundry, and then later that night we watched the fireworks on the tailgate!

The Bigs were terrified, so we moved them into their kennels and put them in the garage. Poor babies!

With the late night, I slept in until after 7:00 Saturday morning. I hit the gym and worked chest & triceps, and even hopped on the elliptical for some (boring) cardio.

A jewelry store right outside OKC is going out of business and was having a crazy 50% off sale. I had a $30 gift card and was able to get four necklace and earring sets for $1.15.

Nice!

Afterward, Will and I ran a couple errands and headed back home to get ready for the rest of the day.

At the Movies is here, pretties!

Will and I went to church Saturday night for Week One. The famous was decked out and entirely transformed. The place was packed, and it was good to see so many new faces.

Afterward we had a big event to celebrate.

Layla’s second birthday!

Lots ‘o fun. It was good to spend time with my favorite people.
2!!!

2!!!

Birthday!

Then she turned two.

Then she turned two.

My sister made her such a beautiful crepe cake!

Cake

Then we came home and watched the UFC fights.

I even stayed up past midnight.

Who the heck is this girl!?

smile

The late night meant a late morning, which I hate. I slept until 8 and hit the gym.

I cannot even tell you how nice it’s been to be able to workout at the gym four days in a row, plus a fifth tomorrow! I love my at-home workouts, but I just can’t beat lifting hard and heavy in an actual gym.

We washed Will’s truck and took it easy, and it was son nice not to have anything to do or go.

Today is full of responsible adult things like oil changed and washing my car. Bor-ing.

Will’s first official softball game is tonight, so that should be fun. He actually had two, but one doesn’t start until 9:30, which we know is my bedtime, so I’m only staying for the first.

Will’s parents are also heading here to stay with us tonight, as they have an early morning flight out of OKC. Lots of happenings today.

So let’s talk the rest of this week, starting with food.

This week we’re having:

-Baked potatoes, BBQ chicken on Will’s, and a sweet potato for me instead of a regular one.

-This ropa viela, minus chicken for my portion.

-Black bean enchiladas

As for posts, here’s a peek at what’s coming up:

-A mocha green monster
-My favorite piece of gym equipment (and why you might like it too)
-Things I’m loving
-Gathering water

Off to enjoy the last of my long weekend! 

Freedom.

Verse

I feel incredibly overwhelmed today.

Day after day I continue to feel such incredible love and blessings from God.

Lately it seems like such a blatant fog surrounding me, that I feel like I can’t even take it.

I’m speechless and brought to my knees in gratitude that He chooses to generously pour such loving kindness all over me.

Nothing huge has happened outwardly that would make you see these blessings.

I haven’t run into some unexpected money or come upon some recent good fortune.

It’s all happening on the inside, in the small day to day trinkets of quiet moments with Him.

I don’t know why He bothers with me, sometimes. Especially after a lifetime of failures.

I already know the answer, but I still can’t help but ask, “Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you remember the severe ways I have hurt you?”

He knows who I am, and he knew the ways I would hurt him long before I ever did.

He knew when I loved Him as a child, He knew when I pursued him as a youth, and He knew when I hurt Him as an adult.

Yet He didn’t hold it against me.

His grace abounded, and His forgiveness was available. He softened my hardened heart and reminded me who I am in Him.

And I continue to be blown away by the way He so generously lavishes his love on me.

I want to tell Him to stop.

I want to remind him I’m so undeserving, yet that’s exactly when He seems to reassure me and hold me tighter all the more.

I am blown away that he allows me to be intimate with Him. That I am able to draw near to His heart and be changed by His gentle guiding hand.

In spite of me.

In spite of my filth.

His forgiveness and sacrifice is greater than I can fathom, and I cannot fully grasp how deep and how wide His love runs.

He is the first person I think about when I wake up, and my last thought as my head hits the pillow each night.

You see friends, some may say following Christ is restrictive. That it compromises our own wants, dreams, or desires.

That we are confined to chains of rules and regulations.

The truth is, though, in the true fullness of Christ we are free.

He has transformed my way of thinking and given me true freedom.

That doesn’t mean it’s a license to do whatever I want. This freedom is exactly the opposite. It’s because of freedom, that I’m free from the pain and poor decisions I’ve made.

I’m no longer weighed down to my past, or a slave to what I was. I’m encapsulated in God’s righteousness and “things that lead to holiness and eternal life” (Romans 6:22).

Things aren’t a walk in the park, and life isn’t perfect. He never promised that.

However, it feels so good to know He’s here with me along the way. That I can live in Him and know he will use my path to work for my own good and the good of those who also love Him.

Sorry to drone on. However, on this day we celebrate our freedom, such as freedom of religion, I can’t help but want to cry out for the freedom I have in Christ.

Oh girls, I don’t know why He is so good to me, but I accept it and am so eternally grateful.

Happy 4th friends. More to come…

❤️

Thursday Things, 3 July 14

1. I’m off today!

Real life. I am also taking Monday, so I’m embarking on a 5 day weekend.

Pinch me.

2. Layla turns two Saturday.

Two.

TWO!

Guys- this is happening way too fast.

Waaaay too fast.

Baby niece

I feel like I just cut her umbilical cord, and now she’s turning two. Wha???

She actually says my full name now. It kills me. And she’s just as sassy as P was when she was that age.

Perhaps more? Oy vey.

Saturday snuggles

3. Totally sucked into The Blacklist.

We finished season one last weekend. Red has to be her dad, right? I’m choosing to believe I’m correct.

4. Will’s first softball scrimmage is today.

Oh.my.goodness.ya’ll.

Their team is made up of mostly 30 something’s (some 40), and half the team hobbled off the field after the first practice I attended.

Will pulled his groin and hobbled for days after. I told him he was out of commission for last week’s practice, but reluctantly agreed he was probably okay to play today.

Yes, Dr. Brittny at your service.

Tonight should be fun.

And hot.

Mentally preparing for the buckets I’m going to sweat. 😩

5. I’m pretty sure I’d be completely fine never watching a movie again.

Okay, that’s not true.

However, is it just me it do they not make them like they used to?

What happened to good movies?

Now they’re all overly full of flash and fluff, and not as much content.

Aaand they’re all three hours.

Dead.

6. We are cooking out with my parents tomorrow.

No major plans, but I look forward to being off and spending time with the fam.

7. I have three umbrellas in my car.

Three.

Seems a bit excessive, yes?

I have no idea why.

When I opened up my glovebox and found yet another one this morning, I simply had to laugh out loud.

If you’re riding with me and it’s raining? I gotcha covered

The One With Fireworks & Look Ahead

Happy Monday, sweets!

I don’t know about you, but I woke up with a little more pep in my step this morning.

It’s Monday, and it’s a short week.

I have to put in three days to get five days off. Pretty fair trade if you ask me!

But first, a little weekend recap!

This weekend went especially fast, and for no good reason, really. It wasn’t full of lots of activities, but the activities we did all took lots of time.

Before I knew it, it was 7:00 last night and I was getting ready for the week ahead.

Friday night… I can’t even remember, so that tells you how memorable it was. Ha! I’m pretty certain it involved watching The Blacklist and calling it a night before 10:00.

You know how exciting we are by now. Why try to hide it?

Saturday started before 5:30, if you can believe it. I hit the gym early to workout before the busy day ahead.

I totally shredded my leg workout. I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but my hair is soaked.

Super sweaty workout

Gross, yet great, all at the same time. smile

Afterward, I got cleaned up and spent the entire morning over at P’s!

The original plan was to do a dry run on Layla’s birthday cake. Only, yeah.... that didn’t end up happening.

Let’s hope this fancy crepe cake we’ve planned turns out okay this week!

Instead we played with Layla and just had fun.

Saturday snuggles

Saturday fun

I am so blessed to have them so close!

After my morning with the girls, Will and I saw the new Transformers movie.

Girls, movies have gotten so darn long these days! It’s like a half day event. smile

After the movie, it was time to head straight to church.

At the Movies is coming up at LifeChurch, friends! If you remember last year, every week I posted times so you could check out the sermons live. Definitely make time to do it this year.

All the campuses were transformed to various movies. Ours was beautiful! P and Layla are coming next week and I can’t wait for them to see.

Saturday night was tons of fun. A town outside of OKC does their fireworks the week before the 4th, so I went with my mom, dad, and Layla to see.

Beautiful!

Fireworks

Layla was scared at first, but ended up really liking them at the end.

Staying up to see the fireworks was no easy task for a granny like me. I made it to bed a little before midnight.

The late night meant I didn’t get up as early as I hoped.

Aaand I had to go to the store.

I ran a couple errands and made it to the gym around noon. I even ran I to my parents finishing up their workouts!

I did an upper body circuit, and focused on lots ‘o push-ups.

The rest of the day was devoted to laundry and food prep.

Not too glamorous.

Thankfully, though, I only have three days to buckle down and hit work hard before I’m able to enjoy a long weekend of fun!

Not only is it the 4th, but it’s also Layla’s birthday weekend!

So let’s take a quick peek at what’s coming up this week:

-A quick & easy dinner
-Do I need to foam roll?
-Thursday things
-Being free

Check in tomorrow! 

Dealing With Doubts

I’ve been “saved” 3 times.

Once when I was six,

once in junior high dealing with doubts,

and finally my freshman year of college when I was struggling with doubts so very intense to the point when I thought maybe I never really “got saved” that day on my parent’s bed in junior high.

I concluded these doubts probably meant I wasn’t saved...so I need to “get saved.”

Just to be safe.

I know what you’re thinking, “Um… once would have been enough. Why three?”

Oh friends. If you’ve grown up in an evangelical church maybe you’ve known someone with a story like mine, or heck, maybe you’ve been like this yourself.

Looking back, I know in my heart I gave myself over to Jesus at a young age. There was so much fruit only God could have produced in my life back then.

When I look back at that moment my freshman year of college, on the church parlor floor with Cindy B., my Bible study leader, crying my eyes out, I was really crying out for repentance and a fresh start. A rededication. Not salvation. I already had that!

I had always walked so closely to Christ during my youth.  I had never done anything “bad” up to that point (which is funny, considering God sees all our sin as sin, no rankings). So when I actually screwed up, I felt like it meant I wasn’t a Christian.

Turns out it meant I was human (genius, Brittny). A Christian saved by grace and in need of his forgiveness.

I don’t know why I couldn’t realize it. At the time my mind was so clouded.

God had already saved and redeemed me long ago, yet I couldn’t get it through my thick skull that I simply needed to repent. I was already saved.

Because I was a Christian, God was convicting me of sin. Sin I needed to deal with.

Instead of going directly to God about the way my heart was feeling about this conviction, I got it all twisted in my mind and was convinced it all meant I wasn’t ever really saved. It totally paralyzed me in fear.

So, I decided I needed to walk down the aisle and do what my heart had already committed to long before.

Instead of going to my knees and asking for forgiveness, forgiveness he had already given me as His child, I just up and made the decision to pray the sinner’s prayer.

Again.

I tell you this story because I know a lot of people that have struggled with doubts about their salvation.

Having doubts doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not a Christian.

Today’s post isn’t a one size fits all, but I did want to offer some helpful thoughts regarding doubts. Things that have helped me in my own walk over the years.

1. Satan loves to mess with our minds.

Our crazy brains can be so vulnerable to attacks if we are not on our guard.

Things like-

“You’re not good enough,”

“God could never forgive you,”

Or “God will never use you”

Can all too easily paralyze us from being who we are meant to be.

It’s total head trash, and the devil loves to fill our minds with it to make us doubt who we are in Christ.

Aaaand it works.

I know so many people that allow fears and doubts keep them from living in the fullness of Christ.

We need to be aware of the devil’s schemes.

The Bible says he prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour.

Um devour. As in rip to shreds.

Not like how I occasionally like to tear into a good veggie burger either. Way worse, way serious.

It’s serious business!

He wants to mess us up. It’s important to be on our guard and recognize his ploys and protect ourselves by arming ourselves with scripture (our sword!).

2. Put on your helmets!

I lovingly remind Will to put on his helmet every day he rides his motorcycle. I love that guy and want him to protect his precious head!

Likewise, Ephesians 6 gives us instructions for how to protect ourselves from our spiritual enemies. Verse 17 tells us to put on the helmet of salvation.

I love the fact it’s called the helmet of salvation.

If only I stopped to use my brain all those years ago, I probably would have avoided a lot of stress, worry, and confusion!

Paul is deliberate in naming this piece of armor the helmet of salvation.

See number one above. Satan loves to mess with our heads. He loves to stir up discouragement and doubt, and why not? It’s worked since the beginning of ages!

We must protect ourselves from those fiery darts by putting on our armor each and every day.

Seriously- put it on. Pray it on every day. 

3. Perform a reality check.

Read First John.

I love this book because the way I test God’s truths are through prayer and through is word.

Read the book and consider if these assurances are true in your own life. This book was (and is) very helpful to me during times of doubt.

If some of these things aren’t true in your life, take a look in your heart and see if there is something you need to deal with. Like me, perhaps God is tugging at your heart to deal with something wrong in your life that has been allowed to fester and damage your relationship with Him.

4. Talk to someone you trust.

Reach out to your pastor, small group leader, or a spiritual mentor you can trust and share your doubts. Chances are, they’ve been there too (read number one again) and can talk it out with you.

5. Perhaps you’re not.

Finally, another reason you may be feeling doubts is because you haven’t had a time in which you turned over your life to God and allowed him to forgive you and be your Savior.

This type of doubt is God’s grace, meant to lead you to repentance. It’s kind of like a big flashing light meant to get your attention and stir your heart.

If that’s you, don’t ignore this tug on your heart, it’s serious business!

Here’s a resource you can use if you think this one applies to you. I realize these sort of sites are sort of impersonal, so if you ever want to chat- I’m a FaceTime call away (just don’t make me stare at the ceiling the whole time like Will does. smile ).

Final Thoughts

It happens once, friends. If you are a true child of God, you will know by your fruits and the Holy Spirit working in you.

You can’t be “unsaved.” When you are a true child of God, the Bible says nothing can snatch you out of His hands. He died once. Once for all of us, and it’s enough.

If you’re in a period when you’ve fallen away, God will bring His children back into Himself. Run back to Him and allow your heart to be softened to His healing.

This isn’t a catch all for doubts, rather something I hope may resonate from some of you who have been there before, or are there now!

I just felt compelled to share.

Love and hugs from your internet friend. <3 Check in soon for more fun!

Verse

Thursday Confessions: 26 June 2014

Soooo, today’s post is a confessional of sorts.

Just a few random facts or things you should probably know as we continue to be internet friends.

For example, I am seriously sensitive to heat.

(Read: I rain from my head.)

I totally wilt.

I sweat buckets.

It’s embarrassing!

Softball games should be a blast this summer.

I get kind of stressed out about outdoor functions during the summer. So, if you want to invite me to one, please make sure we can mingle outdoors or indoors so I don’t faint and totally ruin your party vibe.

Or you could have them at like 9:30 at night when it drops to 90 instead of 120.

Although, that’s sort of near my bedtime so…

I kind of totally hate parking garages.

Mainly because:

1. I’m kind of terrible at driving and parking. “Oh hey, I know! Let’s put Brittny in a confined, dark, crowded space and make her do both!”

And

2. I’ve watched way too much TV. Seriously- we all know no good comes from these places.

It drives me batty when Will leaves a tiny single shred of toilet paper instead of simply changing out the roll like every adult in the world knows to do.

Seriously, what am I supposed to do with that thin piece of nothingness? Sheesh.

One of my favorite movies is Ever After.

I think Drew Barrymore is stunning in it, and I fall in love with the good guys in the movie every time I watch it.

I heart the Jose Gonzalez Pandora station at night as I get ready for bed, contemplative days, when I’m doing mundane chores, or during rainy weather.

To this day, I still love the King of Queens.

If you read my blog during the Kuwait days, you know Will and binge watched the box sets. Every now and then I’ll catch it on Nick at Nite and have to watch.

I am also a big fan of Top Gear.

Not the US Knockoff.

The original, British-based show that’s been on for-ev-er. Even if you’re not a big car person (I’m not), the show is still pretty great.

I was an only child for seven years before P came along, and I was boss-sy.

Britt-5 yrs old & ready for school

Like super duper bossy.

Hearing stories about myself back then crack me up because I don’t think I have a single bossy bone in my body.

Where did that girl go? I could probably use a little of her spunk.

Oh, and I realize the “B” word is a little controversial these days.

Don’t worry. I wasn’t saying bossy and meaning I had great leadership skills.

I was straight bossy. B-O-S-S-Y.

There’s a difference.

Maybe having a little sister changed me a bit?

My face in this pic. Ahahahaha

Brittny & Carissa-2 weeks old

I pretty much love the 80s.

I was born just a tad too late to really have enjoyed it in all it’s acid washed, Goonies, Nintendo glory, though. smile

When I was 19, Will made me get my first “real” job.

Will & Brittny-Feb 2003

Okay, he didn’t make me, but I always like to tell him he did.

After all, I was 19. It was about darn time.

I laugh because at the time, I was working as a nanny and also helping my Mary Kay director fill orders and keep up with her books. They were both very fluid jobs, not “real” ones with a hard set schedule and a monthly paycheck with taxes and all that grown up crap.

I totally argued that I already had a “real” job. In fact I was working two “real” jobs. Haha

The truth is, though, having a “real” job came in handy as we prepared to get married.

Not a confession, but still worth saying- I love Jesus so very much.

There was a long time on this blog when I kept my faith separate from my posts, and it was wrong for me to do so. I can’t keep it separate anymore because my life isn’t segmented from Him anymore. He is my life, and I can’t help but have Him come out in all facets now.

Just some fun facts to share today. Any of your own fun facts you care to share?

the one with a three day weekend & look ahead

Here we go again! It’s nice to start this week out at home, as opposed to being on the road like last week.

Hopefully you had a good weekend full of rest and fun.

Mine was nice and long! Will took off Friday with me, so I had good company.

I hit the gym early to work back, biceps, and shoulders. Between a recovery week the week before, and being out of town this past week, it was good to be back in the gym.

I love my home workouts, but I just can’t beat picking up real weights.

We went to visit Will’s parents Friday, which took most of the day. We “visited,” ate lunch at Chili’s, and even shot some paintballs.

Paintballing

Paintballing

We left late that afternoon and had a low key evening at home. Oh, and I made a batch of homemade almond butter!

Almond butter

Saturday morning came early and started with a serious leg workout. It hit legs hard and incorporated some plyo moved between sets. It made it fun and the time go fast.

Then there was laundry, groceries, and the usual.

I also got to spend time with my family! I love seeing them so much and enjoyed my hour over there.

Saturday afternoon was all about more home purging.

We are slowly but surely making good progress. I went through all my purses, clutches, and small makeup bags from my Ipsys and Mary Kay purchases throughout the years and got rid of tons to donate.

Organizing

We also completed the daunting task of going through Will’s stash of magazines.

God love him, he has a program saved from every single game we’ve attended as season ticket holders. Annoying, but I suppose it’s also sort of cool considering when we look back one day we will have programs “all the way back” from 2004. We pulled them out of the closet, organized them, trashed some old sports magazines, and put everything that made the cut in a foot locker.

Such a fun Saturday. smile

After our afternoon of organization we had church, and a boring evening at home. We even stayed up until 11:00!

Almost…

I’m embarrassed to tell you how late we slept Sunday, so I won’t.

It was late.

Since we got such a late start, by the time I worked out, got cleaned up, and prepped food for the week, it was time for softball practice!

I missed last week since I was out of town, so I was glad to be there this week to watch Will and the gang.

Softball

So that was the weekend! Now let’s talk posts.

Here’s a peek at this week’s posts:

-Food lately
-True GRIT (a workout post you don’t want to miss!)
-Things you should know
- Why consulting God matters

So there you have it, that’s it! Check in tomorrow for more fun. ❤️

When We Only Have One Piece of the Puzzle

No flowery thoughts or helpful insights to share today.

Today, I simply feel compelled to share my heart.

Because sometimes?

Walking the straight and narrow isn’t easy.

It’s hard.

It takes faith in what is unseen.

It takes trust in another.

And I realize that may come easy for some, but that’s not always the case for me.

The B-Love family had faced some recent challenges lately, probably no different than many of you.

Why is adulthood so hard sometimes?

Why don’t things go as planned?

Why does it seem like we are going in the opposite direction from where we want to be?

I realize there are plenty of places on the internet that may say otherwise, but God never promises our lives will be rosy 100% of the time. I think it’s important to remember this truth.

Right now, I’m working through this reminder.

Will and I made a family decision about something I am so sure is grounded in God’s will. When we made the decision, we knew it might come with some challenges. However, recently we’ve been bombarded with so many of these aforementioned “challenges” that we are left scratching our heads wondering what’s going on!

In times like these, it’s easy for me to question whether God really guided us to this point, or whether we made the wrong decision.

Should we have done something else?

Should we change the course now?

However, I know we can’t. I know we made the right decision, even though things seem to be going wrong right now.

You see, we only have one small piece of a much bigger picture that only God holds. “He’s got the puzzle box top,” my pastor shared the other day.

It’s a weird thing, being in God’s will and trusting Him during a time when His path feels rocky under my feet.

A gamut of emotions run through me, and even more run through Will.

He bears way more on his shoulders than he should.

However, I keep coming back to the truth that I know for certain He has brought us here. And all I can do is cling to Him for dear life! That’s all we can do, and perhaps that’s all He wants.

Despite the gloomy picture I feel as though I’ve painted, the Lord has held me close and really let me know he’s here and he cares.

That’s the best part.

Oh, and I realize I sound a little dramatic.

It’s nothing like that.

Don’t worry, this is all normal life stuff I’m certain you’ve faced too at some point, nothing extremely serious. But seriously, “normal life stuff” can still be tiring sometimes, right?

I’m just feeling a little tired today.

Every now and then I think about abandoning the decision we made, but I’m continually reminded I haven’t been abandoned and I need to obediently stay the course.

Besides, I don’t want to be where He’s not, and so I stay and wait patiently on Him to carry us through and give us wisdom and grace along the way.

I had this big elaborate plan to share something else today, but it would seem as though that’s not in the good Lord’s plan because I’ve been trying for an hour and still can’t get things to flow.

And so I simply share this. Which is still part of my tender heart exposed for you to see.

Sometimes when things don’t go our way, we just have to hunker down and hold tight. 

Sure, there are times to fight back in the name of The Lord and go to the mattresses, however sometimes the storms of life require us to brace ourselves and take shelter in His arms.

My dear Will is struggling with this concept as he’s the fixer, often relying in his own power to get.stuff.done.

I too have had my moments. However more and more I find myself crying out for Him. Telling Him I love Him and have to have Him. Because, after living a season without His fellowship, I can attest with my entire being it’s true.

I have to have Him.

And even more so when things that seemed so clear, feel so hazy now.

Friends, if you are His child and walking in His light, He will guide you and keep you. He never promised it would be easy, but He promised he would never forsake us.

So as I walk though this fog, I hold my hands out before me to grasp onto our Savior. I would rather be with Him in obedience during this storm than without Him and out of His will.

Prayers this helped someone else out there today wondering just why the heck things may be going the way they are. He is faithful, and we have one small piece of the puzzle. Remember, He has the box top and will use it to create His masterpiece. ❤️

More to come.

Verse

Out and About in Canada

It’s Thursday and I’m home.

Woo hoo!

I loved my time in Canada and was thankful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.

But man, I really love being home.

Today’s post is devoted to pictures and a recap of my time in the great land of Canada.

The weather was mild, but unfortunately it rained for a large portion of my trip. I don’t think I saw the sun once.

I was disappointed because I was hoping to spend some time out and about. Thankfully, though, I was still able to explore a little.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I was fortunate enough to travel in style to Canada and back. Quite simply, it was spectacular. I fear the next time I travel coach I will feel like a heifer being crammed into the back of a cattle car.

The jet I took ruined me in the best way possible.

We got in Sunday afternoon and had a little time to explore before the first round of rain came.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I had dinner at a place called Joey’s, and enjoyed a healthy(ish) quinoa salad.

The best part of the evening was climbing into bed before 8:30. smile

Oh, and can we please laugh at the differences between FaceTiming with Will versus P?

P is engaged and dynamic.

FaceTime ❤️

Heck, even Layla gets it.

FaceTime ❤️

(Her smile!! Killing me.)

Will?

Well, I’m often being carried to different rooms and staring at the ceiling. Look at my face in this pic. Haha

FaceTime...mostly with the ceiling

Aaaand the ceiling again.

Is it FaceTime if you never see a face?

Mostly the ceiling with a Will photo bomb. haha

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Anyway, FaceTiming with him always cracks me up, so I decided to capture the “fun” of video chatting with Will during this trip.

Monday was busy and full of lots of meetings. I had quite possibly the best sandwich EVER for lunch that day (and Tuesday. And Wednesday. smile ) at a place called Chachi’s.

Ridiculous.

I never go bananas over sandwiches, and I still can’t put my finger on why I almost died from its deliciousness, but seriously- so good.

If you have one and haven’t been there, get The Veg toasted on brown bread.

Obviously the highlight of the afternoon.

My Monday evening was fantastic! After work, Angela was kind enough to walk over to my hotel to come pick me up for dinner.

It was so very good to see her in real life and give her a big hug! She’s just as beautiful and vibrant in her pictures, and it just totally lit me up to see her in the flesh.

We walked from the hotel to her apartment, which was so nice and allowed me to see more of the city from a local’s perspective. I got to see where she runs, as well as the fun stuff like the local grocery stores and coffee shops.

Like many metropolitan areas, the masses seem to get around by bike and foot. Sadly, Oklahoma City is so spread out its impossible to be able to do that, so I enjoyed the opportunity Monday night.

We walked to her apartment and enjoyed a glass of wine and conversation. I even got to meet her kitty Merlin, who is way more beautiful than Boz and Lucy.

But let’s just keep that between us.

Then it was on to dinner! The initial plan was to go to a new vegan place (!!!) called The Coop, but it ended up not opening until Tuesday.

Instead, we tried a quaint little place called The Market.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It features fresh and local fare, and offers a seasonal menu. The food was delicious! It was a carrot-y night for me. Haha I got a carrot salad full of all sorts of beautifully colored and fresh carrots, as well as a few other veggies. I also got a side of roasted carrots. Dead.dead.dead.

Angela and I both agreed they were most definitely the most delicious carrots we’ve ever had. I think perhaps they brined them in salt and then roasted them. So darn good.

We enjoyed good conversation until about 9:00.

Proof we met in real life. smile

Great food, better company

Then?

Then it started to rain.

Instead of enjoying a nice walk back, we parted ways and I took a cab back to the hotel. 

To put a bow on the day, Monday night was fantastic.

Tuesday wasn’t as fun, but eventful nonetheless.

It was full of things I won’t bore you with, as well as another trip to Chachis for lunch.

That evening I was able to do a little more exploring and take a few pictures. I had dinner at Bank and Barons, an old bank converted into a restaurant. So so cool. The food was good and the atmosphere was better. I got the Quinoa Chicken Salad, minus the chicken. Ha! They compensated by giving me a “boatload” of quinoa, as seen by P.

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

She has a point...

Oh, and considering this entire post is mainly food related, I feel like I should also tell you I worked out every single day on my trip.

Yes, I’m asking for a pat on the back.

smile

Not a whole lot to share from yesterday. Meetings, lunch at Chachi’s again (hey why ruin a good thing?), and a trip home.

Home.

Where I belong.

Tonight a Will has softball practice and I can’t wait to sweat all over myself watch and cheer him on.

I’m also off tomorrow, which is pretty darn exciting.

So that sums up my adventure to Canada! Thanks for indulging me! Check in tomorrow!

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