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Looking to Jesus When We Feel Forgotten

A couple of years ago, I participated in an online fitness gift exchange.

I was fortunate enough to be paired with a beautiful Cali girl. From the moment we “met” I was intrigued with her SoCal life.

With passion for fitness, travel, friends, and fun, she was always doing something interesting.

From the moment we engaged, I knew God brought us together for a reason.

My friend has an inspiring story of overcoming health challenges in her 20s and eventually living a regular 30 something’s life.

Unfortunately, though, over a year ago she suffered a serious relapse and has battled severe sickness ever since.

There are good days, and there are bad days.

Lots of doctors appointments.

False hope.

Good news.

Bad news.

“Let’s try this.”

“Let’s try that.”

At first, it was all about praying, and encouraging, and positivity.

I threw all the verses in the world at her about overcoming, faith, and hope.

We prayed, we encouraged, we hoped, and we waited.

Days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years.

It’s been a painful process.

This girl, this “stranger” I don’t even really know is so often on my heart.

We text throughout the week, and I pray for her every time she comes to my heart, which is often these days.

She’s so beautiful, young, and good hearted. Why is she going through all of this!?

Trust me, I know the Sunday school answers. I’ve used them a million times, even with her.

I don’t discount them. I believe them. Though in very different circumstances, I have also lived them.

Yet, I often struggle to know what to offer or say when we text. I feel hopeless to offer hope some days, even though I know God is present. Even though I know God never promised life would always be easy.

A couple of weeks ago, in a midst of frustration over the situation, I told God I don’t even know what to say to her anymore.

She feels hopeless and her faith is shaking. I hate knowing these things. I hate knowing she feels abandoned by God, and I feel like all my answers don’t offer much comfort.

I didn’t sense any answer or guidance from God during this prayer, so I just asked for help.

As I continued in Isaiah, I read chapter 49 earlier this week about Israel’s captivity. 

They felt abandoned and forgotten.

But look what God says. The imagery is so beautiful.

Verse

God could not and would not ever forget his people. They could be abandoned by even the mother who bore them, but God would never forsake them.

It’s not His nature. He has called us by name, and we belong to Him if He is our Savior.

Isaiah 50 reminds us of Jesus. God, who became man, is able to completely empathize with us.

He feels our hurts and is able to comfort the weary.

Verse

A lightbulb seemed to go off. I will never be able to offer the comfort or hope my friend needs.

I could throw all the encouragement in the world her way, and while that might brighten a day a little, it’s not going to make her whole. It won’t heal her heart.

I need to be pointing people to Jesus, the ultimate encourager.

I realize it’s a no brainer, but for so long I thought that’s what I was doing.

The truth is, I was trying with my own might. Trying in my own power to offer godly encouragement.

I can’t heal a heart that feels forsaken, but Jesus can. It’s only through sharing truth and allowing His spirit to work, that true healing can begin.

I’m done striving for something I will never be able to attain in my own power. I will rest in Him and allow Him to use me however he desires to point others back to Him.

Praying for my friend, and praying for you.

If you feel lost it abandoned, know that surely you are not.

All Things Christmas 2014

Let’s talk Christmas stuff today.

About how I love Christmas and all the trappings. From the commercials, to the stores, to the cookies at my parent’s house, the candlelight services, advent studies, and everything in between.

We all have family traditions and favorites and I would LOVE to hear yours!

Feel free to share below in the “share the love” section.

We’ve had lots of traditions over the years.

Some have stuck, some have changed, and some have only recently been adopted.

I would love to do a Christmas post devoted to aaallll the Christmas things, but today’s post is devoted only to all things Christmas for 2014.

Which will be enough.

We have a few things coming up this month that I’m very much looking forward to, and feel the need to share on the blog.

Sorry. smile

Because of all these changes I keep talking about (and not sharing!), Will and I opted to minimize Christmas stress wherever possible.

That meant we opted not to go to our company Christmas parties. While super fun (I enjoy them way more than Will), our time is valuable and important so I opted to give that one up in favor of more time with family (and taking care of all these changes that I keep talking about but not talking about).

We also opted to do a joint Christmas present early next year.

We’ve always done joint Christmas presents with each other, and I love that we do this instead of buying each other presents.

Will is impossible to buy for.

Even with no Christmas parties, there’s still lots of fun in store.

We are attending The Nutcracker with my parents this year!

Funny side story.

I think I realized just how much Will liked me back in 2002 when he skipped an OU game to take me to The Nutcracker and acted like it was no big deal.

We both know it was a big deal.

That guy bleeds Crimson and cream!

Anyway, we’re going again, 12 years later, and I’m looking forward to it.

We will also enjoy some of the gorgeous lights and decorations downtown OKC.

We also love going to the movies this time of year.

I’m the annoying person that whips out my not-so-quiet carrot sticks and proceeds to eat them at the worst ever time.

During quiet scenes when you need to pay attention.

All of a sudden you hear, “Snap! Crunch. Crunch.Crunch.”

I’m sorry.

I don’t mean to eat at the worst times, but it often happens.

Anyway, Will isn’t a carrot stick smuggler.

He’s all about the movie theater popcorn.

Understandably.

It’s delicious.

Every Christmas, our theatre has deals on refillable drink cups and popcorn buckets you can buy and use for the following year.

It’s a must-do in the B-Love house, so we’ll be making a stop to the theatre at some point so Will can buy his tub.

Speaking of movies, here’s a fun fact.

My sweet Will had never seen It’s a Wonderful Life in its entirety until just a few years ago.

Real life.

Now it’s among his top favorite movies.

Naturally.

That’s on the to do list, too.

Oh, and while we’re at it, if you haven’t seen it, you should! 

Now.

As for Christmas music this year, I typically alternate between Pandora’s Christmas Radio and their Christmas Choral Classic stations.

Something about Christmas makes me adore the choral classics. I can rock around the Christmas tree with the best of them (um, and I totally do), but I can’t beat a beautiful rendition of my favorite Christmas hymns.

My family also had a yearly tradition of going out to eat together sometime the week of Christmas, followed by a huge tour of Christmas lights!

There are some fantastic public displays in OKC, as well as in neighborhoods. We hit them all.

Now that we’re responsible old, P and I opted to simply do a $20 stocking challenge for each other’s gifts this year.

Oddly enough, I had a blast with it! I think this will be a new tradition. You might be surprised at the good stuff you can get with only $20.

My mom kills me with baked goods.

This is a yearly tradition, however this year I hope to take some time while I’m off to help bake.

You know, seeing as how all I usually contribute is my appetite for delicious Christmas cookies.

Layla has been my mom’s helper this week, and I can only hope to live up to her superior stirring (and testing!) skills.

Speaking of Layla, can I please just tell you how much fun she’s been, especially this time of year!?

That is all.

While Will and I are ever-mindful of advent, we’ve never really done anything on our own for it aside from church stuff.

This year I bought candles to light for each week and have been doing an advent study. I have been so very blessed by it.

It’s a story I’ve read a million times, but when I quiet myself and really think on God’s love for humanity and how I need to love others, it reminds me why I even put up my dang decorations in the first place.

To celebrate Him.

If you haven’t done an advent study, I would definitely encourage you to do so. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas (because, let’s face it, it’s kind of wonderful).

However, I cannot express the value of quieting yourself amidst the hustle and bustle to really contemplate the meaning of Christmas and the beauty of its simplicity.

I don’t know about you, but that simplicity can get drowned out by the tissue paper, cookies, movies, and Pandora music.

Oh friends, it probably clear to see I truly do find Christmas to be the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks for letting me share some of the things I’m looking forward to this year.

I would absolutely love to hear some of the things you’re excited about this year. Share away! ❤️

WIOW: Let’s Work Out!

Let’s workout together today.

We’ll meet at the gym and you’ll bring some great beats to keep us in the zone.

I’ll make green monsters for two while we lie on the floor in a puddle of sweat and tears.

It’ll be straight up fun. smile

Here’s the workout I’m going to do Sunday.

A full upper body resistance workout with cardio included.

Everything gets done back to back quickly without rest (but with good form!).

We can also make this as long or short as we want.

I vote we make it a long one.

(How are we going to lie on the floor in a puddle of sweat and tears if we don’t!?)

Ready?

After we warmup ( please don’t make me run!), away we go!

-15 push-ups
-15 bicep curls
-15 lat pulldowns
-3 min jog
-15 triceps push downs
-15 shoulder presses
-15 leg raises
-5 minutes HIIT elliptical
-15 push-ups
-15 suicide runs

-1minute rest

-Repeat 2-3 times

Whew.

You were great!

Here’s a quick printer friendly version incase you want to. smile

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Now let’s go grab our protein shake and discuss Christmas cookies. smile

posted in Lucy & Ethel,Health & Fitness bullet permalink bullet 12.10.2014

The Snowy One & Look Ahead

Oh my,where do I even start!?

You know how your kids get overwhelmed with glee about things and string incoherent sentences about various elements regarding each excitable topic!?

Yeah, that’s me.

Sure, it’s Monday, but next week is Thanksgiving!

We just have to tackle this giant and challenging week ahead of us to get to a short week of family, relaxation, ridiculously delicious food, and sweet bliss.

Whew.

Can we please get excited!?

Thanks.

Sooo I want to tell you about how much it snowed.

In Oklahoma.

In November (because it never happens).

However I think we should start with Friday and lead up to the white stuff.

Friday.

Oh my stars.

So, Will is a huge Garth Brooks fan.

Like super big man crush.

Back in the 90s my guy had boots, tight jeans, and a fancy cowboy hat.

Um he even had a license plate cover that said “Kountry.”

With a K.

Real life.

Thank God the good Lord intercepted our paths after this phase.

Anyway, while the boots and hat have been retired, his life for Garth stuck.

You may know he is touring again. He will be in Tulsa in January, and tickets went on sale Friday morning.

They sold out in minutes, but Will managed to score tickets.

Incase your wondering, he’s happy in a scary way right now.

Like, I want him to dial it back a little.

Anyway, that’s how Friday started.

Friday night was busy. We got our cars detailed last week, so we had to rush to the shop to pick them up before they closed. Then it was off to run a few more errands.

The rest of the evening was quiet and relaxing.

Saturday was tons o fun! Will and his friends scheduled a big paintball outing weeks ago, so that’s what he did almost all day.

Check out this mean mug.

Paintball face

I had big plans for the day, too.

I did a crazy leg circuit complete with cardio, too.

After getting cleaned up, I headed to my sister’s house to make chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes with her and Layla!

Only… I mis-measured one of the ingredients, which led to super thick pancakes that didn’t flip easily.

Pumpkin pancake massacre

Or at all.

Sooo we made delicious muffins instead!

So so so good.

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

I spent the rest of the morning hanging out there and enjoying time with the girls I love.

Beyond blessed by this smiley gal

I came home early that afternoon and did laundry and a few other not so exciting chores.

Will got home, grinning from ear to ear. It’s an understatement to say he had a good time. He had a blast!

He was tired from his strenuous day dodging paintballs, so we stayed in and watched some college football.

We watched the news and knew snow was in the forecast, so we decided to sleep in and go to a later church service, or do church online if it looked like it was going to be slick.

I set my alarm for 6:30 to get up and workout.

Yeah… I didn’t get up until 8:30!

It’s been a long time since I’ve slept so late, but it felt wonderful.

We tuned on the TV to catch the weather and decided to stay in for the day.

Oh my, it was fantastic.

Snow day! ❄️

Sure, I’d get stir crazy if I had to do it for several days, but snow days are the bees knees in my book.

The only thing better would have been if work was cancelled today smile

We watched church service online and spent the rest of the day completely nesting. I made a giant lot of soup for the week, and we just hung out and were “forced” to relax. I’ll take it!

I even sneaked in a workout at home, leaving me feeling quite accomplished. Haha

So now we are back to Monday. A long week, and I have a full plate.

The good news is that I’ve got some fun stuff lined up.

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

Tuesday Things
Thanksgiving Prep Workout
November Ipsy
Ezra Ten (the last chapter!)

Here’s to a good day and happy thoughts for next week! 

The One with the Birthday Party & Look Ahead

Happy November, sweets!

November.

How can it already be!?

I sure hope you had a wonderful weekend full of warmth and fun. Tell me tell me!

Overall, mine was pretty delightful.

Friday was busy with Will’s mom’s birthday party prep, and Will and I didn’t get home until late. We missed all the Elsas and Lego men.

After my errands that evening, I made a salad and my favorite homemade dressing for Saturday.

Thankfully Will helped me out and picked up the pretty cake we ordered.

Only, we got home and they completely used the wrong frosting. :(

Will didn’t realize what I ordered, so he obviously didn’t say anything when he picked it up. I was kind of bummed about it, but decided to make lemonade (it was still delicious).

Saturday came early, as I decided to hit the gym before the day was underway. I did my weak in the knees workout, and also made some time to hit the elliptical.

Afterward I got ready, and it was off to grandmother’s house we went!

To grandmothers house we go!

We enjoyed the road trip and even caught some of the Sooner game on the radio before arriving. Birthday girl

The party was wonderful. It’s always nice to see Will’s family. I am very blessed to have married into such a good family.

We ate, caught up, and enjoyed a DVD Will’s dad had put together for the birthday girl. It was fun to see all her old pictures over the years.

We enjoyed birthday cake, college football, and more visiting with one another.

We headed out late that afternoon, knowing we would see them again soon with the upcoming holidays on the horizon!

Saturday evening we watched some more football and caught up on a couple shows.

Aaaand ate more cake.
The after party
Real life. 

We went to bed around 9:30, but with the time change it was really like we went to bed at 8:30. Wonderful. smile

We went to church Sunday and spent a lot of time with the Bigs the rest of the morning. It was pretty chilly yesterday, and they loved the cooler temps and we’re all energy!

Afterward, I planned to get some food prep done, only I noticed the stuff in our freezer wasn’t very cold.

Aaaand sure enough, I was right.

When it rains, it pours, right?

We kept the fridge and freezer closed for the rest of the day.

What is it about a refrigerator that’s off limits that gives you the insatiable urge to want to eat everything that’s inside!?

Everything. Even condiments seemed appealing! Haha

I got a tad stressed out, because I just bought $100 worth of groceries sitting within, and I was going to be really bummed if things spoiled.

I’m so thankful for my parents and being able to stash our stuff there. Thankfully the fridge is holding by a thread and we kept everything at home, but are having someone come out to take a look today.

Saying a prayer it’s benign and easy to fix! The fun of adulthood.

I was so blessed to get to chat with a friend yesterday, oh how I needed it! It felt good to share my heart and hear what was on hers. We prayed together, and I felt so strengthened by our talk.

So there you have it!

Now onto the week ahead.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Homemade Granola
-Candy Coma Workout
-Thursday Things
-Ezra Eight

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and start this week strong! 

50 things I did on my day off

Here’s an ever so thrilling look at my day off last Friday. smile

1. Got up early
2. Debated whether or not I wanted to run.
3. Decided I didn’t want to run
4. Ran anyway.
5. Cried.
6. Got home, made a shake. Girls, I make a mean shake.
7. Realized my license expires this month.
8. Thought about how much I really didn’t want to get a new license.
9. Decided I really didn’t have a choice.
10. Contemplated how ready I needed to get in order to get a picture taken.
11. Decided to get semi-ready.
12. Realized that was ridiculous. I’m getting a license picture! Decided to actually get ready.
13. Decided all license pictures look bad no matter how ready one gets, decided to go halfway.
14. Got my new license. The picture turned out fair. Surprisingly, I look way darker than I really am. I’ll take it.
15. Went to Zam Zams for lunch with P!
16. Missed Kuwait. That place always makes me nostalgic.
17. Mulled over the menu. Too many choices.
18. Settled on the veggie platter. They use “veggie platter” very loosely.
19. Enjoyed P’s company. Talked tons.
20. Ate almost my entire “veggie” platter. Gosh I love hummus and baba ghanoush (Told you they used the word veggie loosely).
21. Said goodbye and headed to the grocery store.
22. Tried to find a decent parking space
23. Gave up and parked in the back.
24. Got a cart.
25. It proceeded to lock up and squeal like nails on a chalkboard.
26. Got another cart. It didn’t squeak as bad… I’m destined to get every bad cart.
27. Contemplated breakfast foods.
28. Settled on oats, as usual. I’m so old boring. One day I’m going to get totally wild snd come home with some bold and exciting. Like Grapenuts. (HELP ME)
29. Finished up, paid, and even saved a couple dollars in coupons. Woo hoo!
30. Unloaded groceries, made a special dessert for Will.
31. Cried because it smelled so good.
32. “Evened out the frosting” by eating it.
33. Went and saw my mom and Layla.
34. Played barbies
35. Talked about all that was going on (with my mom mostly… A little with Layla too. smile )
36. Initiated some deep and meaningful artwork from the Olivia coloring book.
37. Got slightly annoyed that Layla kept taking all the colors I wanted and wouldn’t let me finish my masterpiece.
38. Realized how ridiculous I was being.
39. Decided to give myself a pass. I mean, how often do I get to color!?
40. Went home, spent some time reading Isaiah and in prayer.
41. Woo hoo! Will came home. Greeted Will.
42. Scolded the dogs for being way to loud and rambunctious for his arrival. But seriously- dog greetings are the best.
43. Drove to the Honda shop to pick up our beloved oldie Honda.
44. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Awesome.
45. Made a giant plate of roasted vegetables for dinner. Was in heaven. Will, not so much.
46. Served Will his dessert.
47. Evened out the piece a little by eating some off the edge. You know, to help make it look prettier.
48. Had a rice cake. Totally the same as Will’s dessert. Except not at all the same as Will’s dessert.
49. Watched a show on the couch with Will and the pups.
50. Washed my face, flossed, brushed my teeth, took my vitamins and called it a night. I needed my rest for the OU-TCU road trip Saturday!

Whew. So you now know all the exciting events of my most recent day off. smile What are you up to today?

Check in tomorrow for Ezra chapter four! 

WIOW: Why I Love Workong Out Part Two

Wiow

Hey there!

How was your workout today? I did a HIIT session complete with dumbbells and all. I’m raring to go this morning!

Last week I shared a few reasons why I love working out, and today we are going to pick up where we left off with part two!

Let’s get to it.

7. I’m in constant competition
So here’s the cold, hard, truth.

I don’t have a single competitive bone in my body.

Not one.

Seriously.

This is interesting, especially since Will is one of the most competitive people I know.

Yet, when I step into the gym, a switch goes off.

I’m not competing with others in the gym as they bang out their own sets.

Oh no.

I’m competing with someone far more formidable.

Myself.

I love beating my previous best, or pushing myself to go harder to do better than Yesterday Brittny.

The gym brought out a competitive side of me I never knew existed.

8. I’m capable of more than I realize

There have been times in the gym when I felt certain I couldn’t do another rep or set, and yet somehow and someway I managed to dig inside of me and get it done.

I remember the first I ever really lifted weights was in a military gym at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. 
Two people I worked with took time to show me the ropes. I felt so helpless!

Nonetheless, I was surprised by my limits and what I was able to do, and I’ve been surprising myself ever since.

I love those moments. They’re so encouraging!

9. Mental Strength
I honestly feel my mind has become just as strong as my muscles from my lifting sessions.

That may sound silly, but studies have actually shown increased fitness improves mood and helps people cope with difficulties in life, and even help with depression. 

I feel so much more confident in my ability to overcome and conquer things life throws at me.

Obviously, my faith in Jesus had made that a reality, but lifting sessions sure have helped my outlook too.

10. Empowerment (and endorphins 😊)
Little feels more empowering than conquering your workout. Knowing you left it all at the gym as you walk away.

Giving your all is a wonderful feeling, and helps with a variety of other areas in life, too.

Plus all the mood boosting endorphins don’t hurt either!

11. Friendships

Finally, the people I’ve met from sharing this beloved hobby has been another high point.

We’re all different shapes, sizes, and have different goals, yet become united for our love of healthy living.

I remember Gary and Sue, an older couple that worked out at my gym.

They were always there. Sue with a smile, and Gary with helpful tips to correct my (at times) pitiful form.

A couple years ago he passed away, and I was surprised just how hard it hit me. I mean, it’s not like we all had a relationship outside of my limited encounters at the gym. Yet, he was part of my “gym family,” and impacted that area of my life.

The friendships you forge at the gym are definitely meaningful and lasting.

There’s probably a dozen more I could share, but I think you get the gist: I enjoy working out for lots of reasons! smile

That’s it for today. Girls, you gotta check in tomorrow. I’ve got a surprise for you. It’s a little zany, but hopefully you’ll find the information valuable.

More to come!

The Sneezy One & Look Ahead

This past weekend was dictated by allergies.

Is anyone else completely mouth breathing and nose blowing every twelve minutes?

Sheesh.

Halfway through the weekend I ran out of tissues and just started carrying around a roll of toilet paper.

Halfway through the weekend I ran out of tissues and just gave up altogether. #allergies

Classy.

Oh, and hi.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday. Heh heh

Anyway, hopefully you had a healthful weekend full of fun fall activities.

OU was on a bye, so we got a small break before hitting it hard again. I’ll take it!

As we head into the weekend recap, I have to lead with how much my dogs hate by brother in law.

It’s so strange!

We first got the pups while home on vacation from Kuwait way back in 2006 (so long ago!).

the babies

My BIL was still a young vet student, and I remember him goofing around and giving our little teeny pups a big scare by barking menacingly.

They hated him from the start. He never had a chance.

What’s weird, is that he’s only seen them a small handful of times since the 2006 incident.

Let’s be real here.

While I love my Boz and Lucy, Maltese are not exactly the most intelligent breeds when stacked up against the others.

But they sure are cute!

Anyway, it’s hilarious that my goofy airhead dogs can still remember their hatred for him after all these years and such infrequent encounters.

Or maybe it’s that they know he’s a vet?

I have no idea.

Anyway, when he stayed with us last week, they went absolutely bananas.

Good times.

Anyway, the weekend was sneezy but restful. I was off Friday and started the day working my back, biceps, and shoulders.

I even did some cardio. Woo hoo! smile

I spent the entire morning cleaning house, and the afternoon hanging out with my mom and Layla.

The afternoon was much better than the morning!

Will got home earlier than expected, which made me happy!

Soon after, we set out to pick up our car from the shop. Will and I had to get some work done on the old ‘98 Honda, and it was ex-pen-sive.

The fun of being an adult. Ha!

Will went to the OSU game with his brother the night before and got home super late, so Friday night was low key and ended early!

Saturday morning started early.

No rest for the weary.

Will worked the morning, and I headed to the gym.

My legs are still paying for that session!

I didn’t do any new exercises but just completely reversed the order, and it made a difference!

I hobbled my tired legs to the treadmill and also managed to do 30 minutes of cardio, too. I’m committed to these fall goals!

The highlight was when me, my mom, and my dad were all in a line running on the treadmills. Family affair at the gym y’all!

Then if was on to tea and coffee with P and Layla! It was a beautiful morning and perfect for sitting outside.

I even spent half an hour reaping the benefits of my dad’s hard labor. He went crawling in the attic to retrieve some of the ancient Barbie stuff they kept from our childhood.

Oh my goodness. Fun times. I meant to take a picture but totally forgot.

I’m pretty sure P and I were even more excited than Layla. Haha

After that, it was boring errands and such.

Soooo, with Will’s recent schedule, he’s had a Saturday afternoon ritual of coming home from work and taking a nap.

Will, bless his heart, likes me to rest with him.

And guys, I try, I really do.

I just can’t.

I can’t take a nap smack dab in the middle of a Saturday afternoon with things to do or enjoy.

Nonetheless I still try, but I’m terrible. I’m like a 5 year old boy who just loaded himself up on an entire box of fruit snacks.

I try to quietly multitask on my phone, but inevitably I accidentally push the home button too hard and inquiry Siri, which wakes Will.

Or I’ll try and quietly sneak out, which wakes Will.

Or I’ll even do nothing and really try hard to go to sleep. I’ll doze for about 15 minutes, and then wake up, and try to position myself somehow in a way that will allow me to fall asleep again.

Which inevitably wakes Will.

You get the picture.

We are getting off track, and taking forever to recap a rather quiet weekend.

In fact, let’s get fast forward a bit and take a look at what’s coming up this week!

-Tuesday Things
-Why I love working out part two
-The art of female face shaving (not kidding!)
-Ezra chapter three

I have lots of fun things planned this week, and I hope you’ll stop by.

Now off to blow my nose A-GAIN. Here’s to a day full of blessings, mouth breathing and all. smile

The Sleepover One & Look Ahead

Hey sweets!

How is it already Monday?!

Seriously!

This weekend flew by, and I’m beginning today wondering just where the heck it went!

Before we get to Friday night, can we please laugh at how many beverages I have handy on any given Friday!?

Drinking problem

Camel.

I think there’s literally about 100 ounces of liquid between all these cups.

Moving on…

Friday night Will’s dad came to stay with us! He and Will went to the OU-Tulsa game Saturday, so he stayed with us so they could leave out together early the next morning.

We ate dinner and talked about his days growing up in Tulsa. He has lots of good stories.

Saturday morning started early. I hit the gym while Will and his dad headed to Tulsa.

Later that morning I went to Life Church to gather together with hundreds of other women for SISTERS! It’s a yearly event where women gather together for a time of worship and teaching.

This year Amy Groeschel spoke, and I was so blessed. She had such a gentle demeanor, yet is still able to command a crowd. I love her and I love her heart!

She spoke about standing firm in this day and time. To yield to God daily, and resist the devil.

Afterward I came home and got some stuff done and then headed to P’s for a sleepover party! Woo hoo!

We had such a fun time. We didn’t so anything exciting but it was just fun hanging out and not having anywhere to be afterward.

We are pizza, watched The Wiggles, contemplated the YouTuber “Disney Collector” (who is this chick and is anyone else creeped out?), and explored bizarre beauty rituals. Real life.

Girls night

Far different than our Chicago sleepovers, but still so fun in their own right.

Oh- and we had the most delicious pie EVER for breakfast. It was like a team of grandmas got together and created the most heavenly version of every berry pie imaginable, combined it, and tripled the butter and sugar.

Best.pie.ever

Dead.

Thankfully (?) we shared the piece so I didn’t feel as terribly afterward.

I am so glad we hung out and I can’t wait until we can again!

I came home to a house full of men. Will’s dad stayed Saturday night too, and wasn’t feeling the greatest so he ended up sleeping a little longer and having breakfast with us.

He got on the road late morning and Will and I kicked off the afternoon watching football and prepping for the week ahead.

I also managed to do Insanity. I will say pie isn’t the best pre-workout fuel. smile

Another long week ahead, but thankfully I have some fun stuff coming up!


Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-Everything Works, Nothing Works Forever
-Things I’m Loving Thursday
-An intro to Ezra

That’s all my friends! Check in tomorrow! 

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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