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A few weeks ago I briefly shared how the Lord spoke to me last July, but I wanted to share it again because it is such a big part of this story.

It’s what keeps propelling me though each day of uncertainty!

Last July, when things were going fantastically in my life, clear as day a rush came all over my body and the Holy Spirit whispered into my heart, “Do you trust Me?”

I found the question odd, and easy to answer. Of course I did. However, it did get me wondering if perhaps He was preparing me for something in the future.
About a week later the exact same thing happened. “Do you trust Me?”

It’s easy for me to trust when things are going swimmingly. But what about when things got hard? Could I trust the same way then?
I believe with all my heart the Lord asked me that question in preparation for this season of life.

As I mentioned in Part One, things with the business were moving full speed ahead toward the middle to end of last year.

Will quit his job in January to run the day to day needs of the business.  He was a busy bee and loved every minute of it.

I had never seen Will so happy to wake up and go to work each morning. It blessed me so much.

I suppose I should back up a little and tell you that although things were progressing nicely with the business, things had taken a bit of a turn with Will’s business partner.

Not awful, but not good either.

You know how you have friends who found that perfect guy or gal to marry but things weren’t as they seemed? Everything was like a dream...until right after the wedding when your friend woke up next to someone different than the person they thought they were marrying.

That’s really the best way I can describe what began to unfold.

Will did his best to manage the situation, putting out fires with patience, wisdom, and grace only God could provide.

Things continued to deteriorate despite our continued prayer and efforts. 

Without getting into the details, out of the blue one day Will’s partner lost his temper and gave him an ultimatum.  Either we would buy him out of the business, or he would buy us out.

Obviously there’s lots of background regarding the way things unfolded.

My human side wants to tell you the way we were hurt and how things happened, but the spirit inside of me keeps telling me I can’t.

I truly desire to share this story with a pure heart. I’m not sure I’m doing a good job conveying everything. I’m praying in spite of myself, the Lord will do a work anyway. I ask for your grace.

Moving on…

Will told him we would pray about it and let him know.

Will came home and told me everything that happened.

We felt confused and defeated. Completely blindsided. We knew we were in the center of God’s will in starting this business. How could this be happening?

Will is my lion. My knight in shining armor. He fights for our family and is my leader.

I, on the other hand, am a timid Minnie Mouse. I am meek and fragile.

Oddly enough, during the first few days after everything unfolded, I was ready to go to the mattresses. Fight to the end! Prove a moral and spiritual point!

Will was much more reserved. Quiet and yielding. Peaceful, and relentlessly seeking to be amiable despite how things happened.

Who was this guy!?

We had such a godly peace about starting the business, so we felt lost about what happened next.

This business was supposed to be the vehicle to all the things we desired. Not just physically, either. I honestly felt in my core this business was going to be the thing that allowed us the opportunity to pursue God and honor Him with our gifts and abilities in a whole new way (captured in Part One).

So why was this happening?

We sought God in scripture and prayer, earnestly desiring His will be done.

Will almost immediately knew in his heart what he believed we were called to do, but refrained from making a final decision until I sought the Lord and we came together to discuss. In his mind, the other guy had the technical expertise and Will had the business expertise. Without the technical piece there really was no business.

Nonetheless, we agreed to take the weekend to pray about it and not really talk about it until Sunday night.

As I sought the Lord in my regular Bible study, He blew me away with a gigantic confirmation to walk away from the business.

It was very clear, and I had a deep peace in my heart.

I can’t even begin to describe it, but Will sensed it too.

Verses

The walls were closing in around us, yet we both felt this crazy out of place unshakable peace. We both knew our decision. 

Verses

We started this business with peace and confirmation from the Lord and just as quickly walked away from it with His peace and confirmation.

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It was the strangest thing ever, but we knew He was in it and was up to something.

My mind flashed back to God’s question- do you trust Me?

Oh boy it felt like that question was coming full circle!

Despite the peace to walk away, we still had raw and hurt hearts.

Next week I want to talk about forgiveness and learning to trust God through this process, and the week after, I’ll share where we are now.

Thanks for listening. Although this is all still very fresh, when I step back and see everything on “paper,” I really see God’s hand guiding us along the way. ❤️

Part One

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

It’s annoying, right?

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

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

We haven’t reached a good breaking point.

We’re only halfway though.

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

I don’t have those answers.

But then I realized something.

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

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

Today is part one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verses

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

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

Verses

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

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

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

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

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

It was very real and very anointed.

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

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

My will, but part of God’s story.

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

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

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

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

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

Oh friends, things were on the up all around.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday Things, 28 May 2015

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

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

P’s getting hitched!

Real life.

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

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

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

Engaged!!!!

So unique.

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

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

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

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

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

One more thing about the wedding

Well, one more thing today, that is.

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

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

This post on Satan going to church

Fit for a queen

The Queen of Couch Potatoes!

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

They’re lazy lady makers!

So cushy and cozy.

So inviting and relaxing.

They’re pretty much killing me.

Since we’re taking about the chairs...

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

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

Real life.

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

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

At all.

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

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

When slight really means huge and probable

The weathermen in Oklahoma are killing me this storm season.

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

Boo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Long Holiday Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check in tomorrow for more fun!

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's garter off
Will & Brittny in the reception line

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

Thursday Things, 5 March 15

Sooo last weekend Will and I spent 3.5 hours at AT&T and they still didn’t get everything right.

We drove to where Will’s parents live in hopes of getting it done faster. (Ahahaha)

What made it even better (ha) was that we didn’t realize everything that was wrong until after we drove the 1.5 hours home and Will’s mom received a cancellation on the iPad mini she got with her phone upgrade. I also got an email confirmation my iPad had shipped… But it’s tied to Will’s dad’s number. Wee!

Will’s mom is so sweet and gentle, and even she was miffed by the whole experience.

Please tell me you have bad phone stories a too? It seems like everyone I know has some ridiculous headache of a story.

Longest. Day. Ever.

And it keeps going until all this junk is sorted out.

On a positive (??) note, Will’s phone had serious sound issues but we were able to take it back and get a new one this week without a headache.

Want to know what made the whole AT&T outing even more awesome?

It was during a snowstorm.

Aaaand my sister was on vacation during the most miserable week of the year.

I’m sending her pics like this

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!

And she’s sending ones back like this

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Way to rub it in there, P.

Oh and did I tell you about my Fit Bit?

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

My company is so wonderful. For participating in various healthy challenges, they gave employees Fit Bits!

Now we get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs. 😂

Hopefully the realization of how much I sit all day presented in cold, hard, facts will help me get moving more while at work.

With a the snow lately, I had to post this pic for our TBT.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old playing in the snow in Vilseck,Germany

My technicolor coat. haha

Will and I rediscovered the fact that we can make our own super delicious popcorn at home.

Not the kind from a bag. I mean using kernels and popping it on the stove.

We went through a whole phase back in Kuwait and had it a lot.

We’ve been back almost seven years and hadn’t had it once until last week.

How does that even happen? Being so nutso over things, only to have them completely fall off the map for years.

Weird.

Anyway. Popcorn. On the stove. Hello 1958!

Early Anniversary Festivities

Through a string of events, it looks like Will and I might be celebrating number 11 apart. :(

I’m off next Friday, and I was so very excited about having the entire day together, as well as the whole weekend, too.

Now, however, it looks like I might be out of town. Not only that, but Will’s parents are also scheduled to spend the night that same weekend, so regardless of whether I’m home or not, we’ll have visitors over the weekend.

To be safe, I think we might we celebrate a week early. The highlight will probably be spending all day Saturday morning cleaning for Will’s parents. Haha

But for real, I can’t believe we’re old enough to been married for 11 years!

That’s it for now, sweets. Anything you care to share?

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2014 Year in Review

Happy last day of 2014, dearies!

Instead of the usual Work It Out Wednesday post, I’m doing a quick year in review.

Mostly for selfish reasons, as I enjoy taking a look back on some of the events throughout the year.

Thanks for indulging me.

If you’re bored today, you can check 2012 and 2013.

Ready!?

January
Went to Eischens

Eischens

Went bowling

Actually happened

Had a job interview
Before it went down

Bought a new TV

Raked up makeup

Went to a nice dinner with friends.
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

February
Kissed a valentine
Valentines day kiss

Attended If conference

Will Helping out
Assembled my Rake up the Makeup goodie bags and donated them. Be sure to watch for another opportunity in 2015!

Giveaway

Got a job offer!

March
Said goodbye to my most favorite boss ever and left a wonderful company after six years

Going away cake

Got a Vitamix as a parting gift

Started a new job!

First day!

Went out with my parents, sister, and Layla
Family!

Attended a Bachelorette party

Jess's batchelorette dinner

April
Went to a wedding

Beautiful day for a wedding!

Went to the Red and White game

WB red and white game

Had breakfast with Layla

Lu

Turned 31!

31

Got a Dyson DustBuster. Game changer.

My new toy

Celebrated Easter with my family

Resurrection Sunday brunch spread. I'm dying over here.

Painted Will’s man cave. Vowed to never paint again.

Got a (temporary) tattoo

Rocking a Princess Ariel tat courtesy of Layla

May
Made chapstick

Crafting.
Hung stuff in the man cave
Hanging away

Had a lunch date with my girls

Lu
And lots of coffee dates
Celebrated Memorial Day with my family.

Did lots of praying for a big family decision.

June
More lunch
More coffee

Became obsessed with sonic tea

Went to Canada

Untitled

Rode the private jet

Had dinner with my friend Angela

Great food, better company

Shot paintballs with Will

Paintballing

Cheered on Will and his softball league!

Softball

July

Watched fireworks with my family

Snuggled a baby

Saturday snuggles

Celebrated her 2nd birthday

2!!!

Organized

Had Will’s family visit

Weekend with the fam

Had a library date

Library fun

Celebrated Will’s 34th

Happy birthday Will

Ate peaches. Lots of them.

Just peachy

Bought a car!!!!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

August

Celebrated a special 65th anniversary

Celebrating 65 years. ❤️

Cleaned the garage

During

Got a storm shelter

Bought mint in hopes of having a huge healthy plant… It died.

Took the ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge:After

Went to the fair with my parents and Layla

The county fair!

Will went to Pennsylvania over a single weekend for something big

Kicked off the OU season

September

Had a sleepover party

Girls night

Made fabric softener

Lots of OU games
Oklahoma striped sky and a sooner striped stadium. God is good

Went to the Guitar Center drum off!

The big changes (to be mentioned soon) became official… Sort of. wink

October

Did some dirty work

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Went to Dallas for the TCU game… And loss

Road tripping to the TCU# game

Went to Dallas again for OU-Texas!

Boomer!

November

Had a family gathering

The birthday girl Watching her birthday movie

Went to another OU game

All smiles before we got completely embarrassed.  OU-Baylor 7 Nov 14

Made pancakes that turned into muffins

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

Had a nice Thanksgiving with Will’s family and a wonderful one with mine.

Love my mom

December

Went to Layla’s Christmas show

Went to the Nutcracker

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Took Will to the minute clinic

Wee!

Ate lots of cookies

My mom's out of this world cookies

Was surprised with an Aerogarden by my fantastic husband

It's about to get herby

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my family

Merry Christmas!

Saw something important to the B-Love family

Went to dinner with my parents and looked at Christmas lights across OKC

Christmas light fun

Had Christmas with Will’s family

And started a week-long vacation!

It may not show, but this year has been full of changes. Between my new job and a huge change for the B-Love family, there’s never a dull moment.

Ups and downs, and God’s grace and hand through it all.

Thanks for stopping by throughout 2014. I hope you’ll join me for another year of fun as we embark on 2015. ❤️

At the Doc w/B-Love: A Peek at My Recent Blood Work

Alright girls, I’m getting personal today.

I’m inviting you to take a peek at my recent blood test results.

It doesn’t get much more personal than that!

I had a health screening last week.

Full disclosure- it’s been years, many years since I’ve done this.

Maybe even before we moved back? I have no idea.

As someone who claims to live a healthy lifestyle, I was embarrassingly overdue.

Probably ought to do this more than once a decade, eh?

Anyway, I was pretty pumped to see my results.

I claim to be healthy, but it was encouraging to actually see cold, hard facts.

I still have work to do (you’ll see my cholesterol is a little higher than I’d like it to be), but at least I have a baseline to compare against next year when I do this.

Notice I didn’t say next decade. Haha

Oh, and as an aside, can we please talk about the fact that Will and I got ours done on the same day?

I say I’m not competitive, but I sure did want us to whip out our papers and compare.

So sad.

But true.

Will’s results were a little sobering, but not surprising. The good news is that the reality of seeing them in black and white motivated him to make a few healthy changes.

So now let’s get to the nitty gritty. My results.

The numbers in the first column are the “desirable” numbers, the middle is “borderline risk,” and the last is “elevated risk,” with my results written on the end.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights, as well as some lovely personal commentary on how I think I can improve or stay strong.
Biometrics

With the exception of total cholesterol, I was in the “desirable” range for every single element.

I completely attribute that to exercise and my primarily vegetarian diet. I’m a firm believer both these elements were the reason I had such good results.

Blood pressure was good, but Will can attest that can fluctuate on a given day. I’m a woman after all. wink

My “good” cholesterol was through the roof, and my bad was good too, however my overall composite cholesterol was 216, with the desirable range being below 200.

I was kind of bummed to see it was a little higher than desired. I certainly don’t feel as though I’m at risk by these numbers by any stretch, however I do want to be a little more cognizant about the cholesterol I eat and where it’s coming from.

I already do a pretty good job about it, however high cholesterol runs in the family and now that I’m old over 30, it’s time to keep an eye on it.

I was surprised by my blood glucose and it answers why I have to eat before I workout these days.

I used to be able to get up and hit it hard on a completely empty stomach, but over the last year I’ve had to have just a little something or I’ll feel faint. Ha, well there we go!

As for other things, I was really disappointed in my body fat level.

Having a desk job and literally sitting for close to ten hours a day really takes a toll on a body, and getting older hasn’t helped either.

I was in the desirable range, but I really felt like it should be lower than it was. It is difficult to find ways to do more than I already do, so I may just have to find creative ways to get up during the day and move around a little more.

So yeah. We just got pretty personal. You went to the doctor with me. smile

There you have it, friends! Check in tomorrow for a goal review!

The Batchelorette One & Look Ahead

Hiiiii!

We have a holiday weekend looming.

Forget that it’s only Monday, let’s get excited!

...

Okay, I realize it still feels forever away, but indulge me.

How was your weekend?!

Mine was different than most, but still good in its own right.

I was a batchelorette this weekend!

Will made a trip to Pennsylvania and back in one weekend.

20 hours one way.

Just typing that makes me exhausted.

Future disclosure to come fairly soon on why exactly Will was gone, but until then we can agree he had a whirlwind of a weekend!

And I pretty much worried the whole time. Driving that long and far is very taxing on a person. He had a friend with him, so they slept in shifts, but if was still not exactly ideal.

Anyway, with Will gone I was on my own this weekend.

If I didn’t make a game plan, I had a terrible feeling I would wake up Sunday morning in a carb stupor and find myself covered in cereal boxes, magazines, and canned frosting.

So I made a game plan. smile

Will went in early Friday, so I skipped my morning workout to help him get out the door and see him off.

The good news was that even though I skipped my usual workout, I was able to hit the gym Friday night to work back, biceps, and shoulders!

I’m not a fan of working out at night. For me, if I don’t do it in the morning, I probably won’t do that all.

However, with Will gone it gave me something to do and allowed me to “make good” on my usual Friday scheduled workout.

I got home, did some laundry, showered, and ate homemade fried rice.

Then I got to babysit!

Woo hoo.

Layla and I had a great time.

Hanging with my best gal

We played kitchen, did our hair, watched a show… I don’t know how you mamas do it.

I taught her how to hop and then march with high knees and everything in hopes it would tire her out.

Turns out I tired much faster than she. Ha!

Well played, Layla.

After she tuckered me out, I headed home with the pups.

PS- I totally hate when Will is gone, especially at night.

Saturday came early by choice.

I hit the gym and worked legs crazy hard. I’ve been going heavier lately and was pumped to bang out 5 reps of 360 on the leg press for the first time in months.

360lbs. I'm coming for you 400!

I focused on light weights and high reps for so long, and it felt good to change it up again.

As bodybuilder Dr. Jim Stoppani says, “Everything works, nothing works forever.”

I love this quote. Future blog post!

After my workout?

Well, let’s just say nothing starts your morning like a post workout slap in the face with ice cold water.

I did the ice bucket challenge. I wish I could share something witty, but all I can muster is- holy cow that water is cold!

Here’s a link to part of the video. 
Here’s my after, sopping wet.

Ice bucket challenge:After

And yes, I’m wearing the same thing as I did when I babysat Layla haha. It was well into the evening when I babysat and if I’m going to get up early the next day to workout, I sleep in my gym clothes for one less thing to do and one more reason to get up! smile

Anyway, Saturday morning we visited the Canadian County Fair in El Reno, Oklahoma!

Hanging with my best gal

We went early, before it got hot, and saw lots of animals.

The county fair!

The county fair!

I loved seeing them all. Plus seeing how friendly and playful most of them were reminds me why I enjoy animals so much and choose to follow a vegetarian friendly diet.

Layla like most of them, but was afraid of the poultry and ponies! I thought for sure she would like the horses but she was scared. Maybe next year?

The rest of the day was all about food prep and laundry. I even read part of a book, which I rarely do on weekends.

Saturday night I went back to my parent’s for pizza and hanging out.

I am so thankful for my family. I love them so much! I was bored out of my mind Saturday and am so thankful I have them so close and can spend time with them.

With Will gone, I didn’t go to service on Sunday and instead watched online. I don’t know why I’m weird about not physically going since I was on my own, and I guess I should pray about it!

I hit the gym and got a few things done, and by late morning my dear, exhausted husband was home!

He looked like a complete train wreck. From Oklahoma to Pennsylvania and back in two days. Yeah, that will do it to you.

I was so glad to have him home! I missed him so much. He slept most of the day, so we didn’t really hang out, but I was just glad to have him home.

So now we start another week. A short week with a holiday on the horizon. Woo hoo!

Let’s take a look at what’s ahead this week:

-Tuesday Things
-A gym friendly circuit
-August Ipsy Review
-A gold ring in a swine’s snout

Check in tomorrow! 

Thursday Things, 14 August 2014

I love my new car.

Checking out the new ride

I feel so incredibly blessed to get to drive it.

I’m sorry to drone on and on about the car, but guys, up until last week I was driving a 1998 model.

A 1998 model that came off the lot on 1997.

That means it is actually 17 years old. Please let me have this one today.

Football starts in two weeks. How is this possible!?
No really- how is it already here?

I had big plans if getting some huge things crossed off my to do list before the season started.

Yeah… Some got done, some didn’t. Looks like it will have to wait until January now.

Like many of you, I’m saddened by the death if Robin Williams.

Robin Williams

He was a smiling force of energy in so very movies I enjoyed over the years. P and I shared a few texts this week reminiscing of sleepovers spent watching his movies, and it warmed my heart.

Oh friends, if you are in the depths of despair, don’t give up.

Don’t give up, and don’t believe the lie. You are valuable and life is worth living.

You have a Savior who loves you and wants a relationship with you, and people around you who care.

In much lighter news, my tan is an absolute wreck this week.

I know I say I’m resigned to being okay with the terribleness that sometimes results, but yeah… This is bad.

Bad tan

How did we miss half my leg!?

We got a storm shelter this week.

I know what you might be thinking- “How do you live in Oklahoma and not already have one, crazy woman!?”

I know.

You’d be surprised to know most of us here don’t have them! Many new constructions these days are installing them, so that’s good. However lots and lots don’t, and I’m thankful we do now!

Sooo I think I love The Andy Griffith Show

Yep. I’m a total granny and bore now, but it’s true.

Remember how we started watching out box set (yes- we own the box sets) a few weeks ago because it’s one of Will’s favorite shows and I didn’t really get why he liked it so much?

I totally get it. I love the way they spoke to each other, and Andy’s charm, and the silly predicaments they got into. It’s kind of a nice break from the stuff we typically see these days.

Do it.

My Ipsy should be here this week
I’ve been trying not to look ahead and see what came in the bags.

Here’s to hoping I don’t snoop.

Alright my dears, that’s it today. Any things you care to share?

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


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