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Easter Weekend & Look Ahead

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Canines against cubicles
More RV fun with the inlaws
More RV fun with the inlaws
More RV fun with the inlaws
With my easter bunny bozzy
Goose hanging out in the church parking lot

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Early birthday cake

Easter brunch goodness
Easter brunch goodness
Loot

It was a busy weekend! Seeing puppies downtown, a visit from the in-laws for an early birthday celebration, more RV hunting for their perfect getaway space, church with my parents, and lots of junky eating. I was also able to meet up with my longtime blogging friend, Marisa! Oh friends, it was such a blessing to visit with her and I had such a great morning with her and her kiddos. I also had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday brunch with my family yesterday. It was such a great weekend, packed with so many blessings and good memories.

I’m on cloud nine, but also sad to see the week start if I’m honest.

Thankfully. I have some good things lined up. Check in this week for more food things (the last one!), WIOW spring playlist, Thursday Things and more!

The Long One & a Look Ahead

Sams trip

New sneaks

The first step is admitting you have a problem

The new Aerogarden. We&#x27;re growing peppers yall!

The new Aerogarden. We&#x27;re growing peppers yall!

The new Aerogarden. We&#x27;re growing peppers yall!

Weekend things

Swinging with me sweets

Office overhaul

Office overhaul
Holy Week

It was a busy weekend full of good things. Sam’s trips, new workout sneaks, a new AeroGarden so Will can grow his peppers, date night at The Cheesecake Factory, church, time with the family, a major overhaul of the office (we actually have a floor!) and chores.

The good news is that I’m off today! Will and I have to make a little road trip this afternoon and I hope the rest of the day will be relaxing and full of good talks. I’m also off for Good Friday, so it’s an extra short week!

Check in for
-Food Things
-WIOW
-Thursday Things
& more!

I off to enjoy my day with Will!

music sounds better with You.

I’ve loved music forever.

My dad has drummed for over 40 years, so I think perhaps I was born with a music gene.

I sang in the choir as a child and young adult, and I played the cello and the piano for eight years (and wish I’d never quit!).

Music has always been and still is a big part of my life.

Back in the day, when epic songs like Jesus Freak and Flood were few and far between, I’d occasionally dabble in secular music.

Just the other day, I remember telling Will when I was in early junior high I’d watch MTV in my bedroom and have the remote pointed directly at the screen so I could immediately change the channel incase my mom walked in.

Real life.

As I got into high school, I listened to both types of music. I went through a phase when I tossed out all my secular music after a convicting series of sermons about some of the trash (and it was definitely trash) I listened to.

Eventually, I struck a “balance” and listened to both.

Even still, I’d always the put the Christian radio station on anytime I shut off my car to be safe.

You know, incase someone ever rode with me.

Looking back, my intent was twofold-

1. I wanted to create the appearance that everything I listened to was pure and holy.

2. I was actually convicted of what I listened to, hence why I knew I should have had Christian music on in my car. Only, I never stopped to think about the act of why I was changing the channel, aside from number one above!

Balance.

The best of both worlds, if you will.

Or so I thought.

Oh- and before I go any further, it’s important for me to note this post is personal to me and me alone.

I would never ever say just because I feel this way, it’s the “only” way and the right way.

Please, please know my heart on this. Today’s post is not meant to condemn or judge but offer a look into a major struggle I faced and overcame though Jesus. It’s not about me telling you you’re “wrong” if you don’t only listen to Christian music.

Each of us needs to asses our own hearts and determine whether this is a topic we are convicted by.

This is not a post where I’m looking at all of us in general.

This is very personal.

I would simply encourage you to consider what I share and make your own decision regarding how the spirit moves you.

This is a completely safe and judge free zone, trust me.

Okay- hopefully what I wanted to convey clearly came across there!

Moving on-

Balance. That’s what we were talking about.

I thought I had balance. I thought I could handle and control what I listened to and how it affected me.

I was an adult, for crying out loud!

Adult or not, music influences even when we don’t realize it.

I mean, can you imagine your childhood without the ABC song?

Or the Preamble without School House Rocks?

To this day, I have to sing my multiplication tables because that’s how I learned them.

Real life.

Music is impressionable.

I can often catch myself singing words to a song hours after merely hearing in the background. I’ll suddenly stop and realize, “Hey! I didn’t even know I knew the words to that song!”

Same with the junk I listened to in the past.

The truth is, I couldn’t control what I did or didn’t absorb.

It began so insidiously.

Completely innocent, even.

Only, over the years, things began to erode. Slowly and continually.

Practically undetectable.

When we moved to Kuwait, I had no spiritual support group and things got worse.

My music began to evolve and get worse and worse.

Oh girls, my face turns red with shame thinking about the complete and utter trash I listened to.

I get it.

Some of you think I’m crazy.

But let me tell you- trash in, trash out.

Before long, I wouldn’t omit the cuss words in the lyrics I’d sing. Before long, my attitude shifted. Before long, I began to justify other things and sins in my life.

And eventually, my heart grew harder and harder until the one single act of my music choice completely uprooted me from God and caused a spiral of awful decisions.

As strange as it may sound, music was a quiet gateway that made me vulnerable and distanced my heart from God.

If Satan told us his end game was to rip us from fellowship with Christ we’d never be okay with that!
That’s why he’s much more clever and sneaky and weaves his way into our life, often unnoticeably. 

Music is such an easy and innocent gateway.

When I began to draw near to Jesus again, I became bothered by the stuff I was listening to.

For awhile, I’d reserve my secular music for workouts only.

Except, I’m not ok with rape, murder, and drug use. So why is it ok for me to listen to it at the gym when it wasn’t ok anywhere else?

At some point I figured… Why bother getting caught up in the temporary pleasures, heartache, anger, and whatever else people sing about here on earth, when all I desire is to set my mind on things above, know and honor God, and look to eternity?

Verses

That put things in perspective for me.

These days, I pretty much completely listen to Christian music and am extremely selective with anything else.

I’ve found this is my greatest security from temptation.

I feel so much more positive and uplifted listening to positive and uplifting music. Imagine that. Ha!

Again, this is my personal conviction based on my own heart and past.

Reminders of my past are ever near, though, with dozens of purchased songs on my iPhone I’m unable to delete (I’ve tried and tried). I suppose it’s a good exercise in humility and where I’ve been?

Anyway, music is obviously very important to God. He talks about singing songs unto him hundreds of times.

Verses

The Bible commands us to sing unto the Lord more than anything else in the Bible- over 800 times! Not only that, but the biggest book the the Bible is devoted to it! God loves our songs of praise.

We also get a glimpse of Heaven and the songs being sung when we look at Revelation.

Verses

Our songs are important to God, so they’re important to me.

There’s no more room for the garbage I used to listen to. I’ve wasted enough time on meaninglessness and want to make the most of each day in Christ.

I felt compelled to share my heart on this topic today. If you’ve ever been there, you get it.

If you want to take the plunge and give some good quality Christian music a try (I promise it won’t stink!), I’d be happy to help. Shoot me a note or leave a comment and I will flood you with positive and uplifting music.

I realize today’s post may seem a little crazy, maybe even a little “extreme.”

What can I say, I guess you can label me a Jesus Freak.

Good thing that anthem rocks. smile

March Madness & Look Ahead

Weekend things
Weekend things
Weekend things
Weekend things
Weekend things
March madness brownies (and subsequent carb coma)
March madness brownies (and subsequent carb coma)
March madness brownies (and subsequent carb coma)
Weekend things
Happy Boz
Happy Boz

Pink is bad, yellow is good. I&#x27;m very pink.

This weekend was all about March Madness. Indulgent brownies, basketball, brackets, a break for church and the movies, workouts, chats with my parents, house stuff, time with the pups, and rest.

Unfortunately, as anticipated, my bracket is dead.

I’m still having fun, though. smile

Check in this week for:

-March food things
-WIOW
-March Ipsy
and more!

This week is going to be nuts, but I’m ready to get to it because I have a four day weekend ahead! Here’s to making it through the week, and enjoying some March Madness along the way.

Thursday Things, 19 March 2015

Getting Fresh
I cannot even express to you how much I enjoy the Aerogarden.

Plant progress
As geeky as it sounds, I think I’m going to devote an entire post to it soon.

Oddly enough, Will likes it as much as I do.

He doesn’t enjoy the fresh herbs as much, but he really enjoys watching it grow and harvesting it.

My little herb farmer, adorable.

Anyway, we love it so much we bought a second one this weekend so Will can grow his own jalepenos.

Real life.

So basically we will never need to use lights in the kitchen or living room area ever again. Ha!

Bracketology

It’s that time again.

Did you do your bracket?

Mine is all done and ready for another thrashing.

I wish I could tell you I was the one killing it, but let’s be real here, I think we both know who’s actually killing it.

I have no idea why I keep coming back year after year, but I do.

Hopefully I chose wisely this year!

Another Anniversary

Tuesday marked my one year work anniversary.

In some ways it feels like yesterday, but in others it feels like and eternity.

I’m thankful to work for such a wonderful company. It is a fantastic place, and I’m blessed.

On to year two!

Pancaked

Guys, I’m craving cake batter pancakes like crazy!

Like Crazy!

Have you ever made them?

Please tell me you have.

If you haven’t, it means I will be obligated to make them and post them on my blog so you can share in this deliciousness.

What a conflict.

Anyway, this craving has lingered for months, but I haven’t scratched the itch.

Scratched the itch.

Let’s not say that again.

Especially in reference to food.

For some silly reason, if I’m going to do a big fat “cheat meal,” cake batter pancakes doesnt seem awful enough.

Trust me, I realize that’s ridiculous, but for some reason pizza, nachos, or multiple donut holes seem more indulgent.

I make no sense.

Anyway, I’m afraid I’m going to have to scratch that itch (sorry) very soon.

City Color Lip Stain

I got this glossy stain in last month’s Ipsy and am kind of going crazy over it.

It goes on like a creamy gloss and eventually dries into a nice, matte stain. The color is beautiful and lasts
for hours.

For my Bible History/End Times Buffs

Prepare to have your mind blown. 
It’s an hour long, but an easy listen during your commute or on a walk.

(Oh- and you don’t have to watch it as a video. You can press play, put your phone in “sleep mode” and turn it on and it will play like a podcast)

You may not agree with everything, and he’s certainly not dogmatic about his position (merely offering deep food for thought based on his studies), but I found it very interesting.

The RV Show

As Will’s parents inch closer to retirement, they’re interested in buying an RV and exploring the good old U S of A!

They’ve been looking for awhile now, and came up to visit and go to the OKC show last weekend.

Some of those things can be very impressive and cost as much as a house!

RV-ing

Will and I had lots of fun looking and exploring all the different options.

Maybe one day when Will and I are older, we’ll explore the nation like that too! 👴👵

I think a part of Will died yesterday.

My sweet Will.

I’ve told you a million times but I’ll tell you again- he’s kountry through and through. 
So when texted yesterday morning and told him Lecrae is coming to town this spring, he never responded back.

I think he’s politely saying no, but we both know I’ll be dragging him along with me unless I can find someone else who will graciously step in. smile

That’s all for today! Check in tomorrow. 

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

Saint Anthony&#x27;s OKC

Snuggle bug
Weekend things

Dad&#x27;s little helper. That face! 😂
Moving dirt
The fair y&#x27;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!

Thursday Things: The 11th Anniversary Edition

Tomorrow is my 11th anniversary.

Which simultaneously feels wonderful and weird.

How did 11 years pass us by so quickly, and where the heck did they go?!

In honor of the event, we’re doing 11 Thursday Things today.

1. Favorite things about the road to 11 include the new job, the alternate work schedule and having more time together, and buying our car.

2. Will and I have our best discussions: on long drives, at parks on sunny days, and on weekend afternoons as we become sad for the week ahead.

It’s pretty much always been this way, and now that we’re 11 years in, I figure it always will.

3. Looking back I realize I was (and probably still am) more selfish than Will.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but looking back on all the petty things I fussed about, he was (and is) far more mature and selfless.

I’m thankful God is working in me to identify my “self stuff,” as our beloved Beth calls it, so that I can be better and more selfless, too.

4. Unless it’s less than 10 minutes away, there will never be a time when Will tosses the keys and asks me to drive.

It’s been 11 years, and I’m still waiting. (Just between us, I like it better when he drives anyway!)

5. I’ve all but given up on Will being healthy.

Notice I didn’t say I HAVE given up, but I’ve pretty much all but done so!

I realize people change, but after 11 years, I doubt we’ll ever have his and her bikes or have a deadlift contest. Haha

6. In fairness, I have to say something about myself now.

Will has all but given up on me being tough.

By golly he’s tried, but I’m softer than a Jet Puff Marshmallow left out on an Oklahoma July afternoon.

7. I can’t pick a favorite married year.

I absolutely loved our first year because we had never been out on our own, and everything was so new and exciting.

Our time in Kuwait was fun (minus the work woes) and allowed us the opportunity for lots of adventures.

Our first few years back were hard, and I don’t like thinking about my ugly heart and distance from God. However, they also remind me of the fact that marriage isn’t always easy and things don’t always go to plan. It also reminds me of God’s love.

This year was a really good one and different than all the others.

Will and I have grown up so much over these 11 years. I feel like we have so much more love and respect for one another, and it has led to a deeper relationship. I honestly feel like we love each other more now than ever before. Eleven was a good year.

8. Much to our surprise (and perhaps dismay? Ha!), 11 brought some role reversals to the B-Love family.

I’m the golden retriever of the relationship, and Will is my lion. He’s firm, and I’m not.

This year was interesting because there were quite a few things that happened that brought out the lion in me, but rolled off Will’s back. Like super big things I felt he should have been riled up about!

What’s also funny, though, is that true to form, Will’s response was the wiser of the two. While it felt good to be the lion for once (albeit privately amidst conversations between just the two of us), it was much better to respond like a golden retriever.

Still- funny how we approached the situations completely opposite of our usual nature and much like the other person.

I wonder when we’ll start to look alike? 😂

9. The latter part of the road to 11 was hard.

Something completely rocked our world and has left us uncertain about the road to 12.

I’ve been hesitant to post about it, and perhaps I will in due time.

By God’s grace, he is carrying us through and has brought Will and I closer than ever.

What had the opportunity to cause strife, has brought agreement, understanding, patience, deeper trust in God, and more love.

By God and God alone.

10. Early in marriage, I came to accept most every trip we take will also include some sort of sporting event.

Namely football.

Eleven years in, and nothing’s changed.

The Miami Super Bowl in 2007,

the Arizona Fiesta Bowl & Miami National Championship in 08,

Multiple trips to Minneapolis followed by a road trip Green Bay for Packers games (and a trip to Indy Will took with his dad and brother to see the Colts),

Notre Dame, FSU, Nebraska and an upcoming “vacation” to Tennessee in 2015.

(Side note- here’s where I’d normally link you to all the posts of these adventures, but I’m a little lazy today)

We may be vacationing… But we’re also footballing.

Will understands this may not always be the case, and we’ve agreed an Alaskan cruise vacation is a definite must in the coming years.

Even if they don’t have a football game we can attend.

11. As we celebrate 11 years and look toward12, I’m hopeful and optimistic.

This year has the potential to be different than any other. God has orchestrated a strange and divine series of events, and we have no other option but to wholly trust Him.

I don’t know what 12 will bring, but I have faith God is going to show up, and I pray He guides and blesses our marriage along the way.

Look how young and crazy happy we are. I love it.

Will taking Brittny&#x27;s garter off
Will & Brittny in the reception line

That’s it for today. Thanks for checking in, friends!

Springing Forward & a Look Ahead

Weekend things.
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Relaxation, beautiful weather, car washes, house stuff, hunting for man cave chairs, workouts, church with cool drums, and family time.

Being temporarily off Facebook has been a good change thus far, but there are definitely things we’ve missed. By God’s divine intervention, we ran into our former life group leaders and learned in just a matter of a couple days, one of our friends fell deathly ill and is in ICU in a coma.  We were in complete shock. After church we went and visited him and his wife and were able to pray together.

Oh friends, just days before he was living his life just like you and me. Things can change in an instant. Please keep this family in your prayers.

It was a bit of an unexpected weekend with sobering perspective. Let’s try to enjoy the Monday in front of us, thanking God for his many blessings.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

Springing to Spring (a look at my eats)
WIOW
Thursday Things
And more

Check in tomorrow my dears. 

Things I’m Loving Lately

Chick-Fil-A Iced Coffee

Oh.my.goodness.

Officially dead now.

If you have an extra 150 calories for a treat and aren’t afraid of a little dairy, leave wherever you are, and go buy a medium Chick-Fil-A iced coffee NOW!!

Will and I went there for breakfast last weekend (they have good oatmeal for a fast food joint!) and they were giving these away for free.

Dead.

So yeah. Super smart marketing tactic on their part, because I’ll definitely be coming back for more.

Mary Kay Translucent Powder
I’ve used lots of MK powders over the years, but bought their translucent powder for the first time ever last month (yes, even after being a consultant for a decade).

For years, I’ve worn their mineral powder, but recently switched to their liquid foundation. Their translucent powder does such a good job of keeping everything intact the whole day.

No creasing, no melting.

I’m All Yours- Crystal Nicole & The Eternal Jam Machine

I am all about this song right now. It’s got a good beat for cardio, but also a little hip hop for when I’m in the weight room.

Things

Suave Moroccan Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave

I’ve been using Suave dry shampoo for years. The store was out of Suave Keratin, so I went with the Moroccan kind instead.

It seems to work just like the other type, but smells lovely! The other kind does, too, but this was a nice change of pace and seems to have a stronger scent.

Scorpion
I mentioned this in last week’s Thursday Things, but I also have to mention it as a new recent “like.”

During our snow days last weekend, we binge watched over half the season!

Snacks ala Kindergarten

For real.

I don’t know what’s going on, but if I’m wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Celery with (natural) peanut butter and rasins-also known as “ants on a log” to kids… And apparently adults who are kids at heart,

Peanut butter and jelly (hey it’s on healthy, grainy wheat bread, so it’s a little grown up, right?),

And chocolate (almond) milk

So yeah. More like kid snacks meet a grown up’s need to make them somewhat heathieir. Haha

iPhone 6+

During last weekend’s forever long AT&T outing (amidst our snow storm), we changed our phone plan, and Will got a new phone.

I’m not into having a mini computer as my phone (haha), but they’re definitely cool. I love the gold ones!

Quiet

I have completely disconnected from all social media, including blogs (except my own smile ) and intend to keep it that way until the first weekend in April.

I’m trying to declutter my mind right now, and I’m praying its fruitful.

I thought I might go crazy, but it’s actually been nice. So much easier to be intentional and present.

That’s it for today, dearies. Anything you’re loving? 

posted in All About Me,Nothingness bullet permalink bullet 3.03.2015

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&#x27;ll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

Officially dead now.

That&#x27;s my girl

Herbs

She loves my pup pups

She loves my pup pups

She loves aunt Brittny&#x27;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!

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