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A Series of Short Posts

Q1 Life Things

Q1.

I crack myself up trying to be all business-y.

Anyway, I promised a big, fat life update, so away we go!

Work Things
I figured I’d lead with work stuff because it’s been the most all-consuming aspect of my life these days.

If you live in Oklahoma, you know how hard we’ve been hit with the oil and gas industry downturn.

It’s been awful.

Our state has a $1B deficit, small industry-related companies are buckling, and larger ones are laying off hundreds.

It’s rough all around, y’all.

I’ve experienced a small degree of company reductions before, but nothing like since entering into this field when the market dropped. It’s been heartbreaking.

My company had a huge round of layoffs recently, but thankfully I’m still there. It’s been intense and a huge stretch of faith!

I have no idea what the future holds for the market and what comes next, but I’m trusting God with where He wants me.

So yeah, that’s the big update there!

Will has had some bites and interviews but nothing has come through. When you’ve got tons of laid off people and “x” amount of jobs in OKC, the matter quickly becomes more challenging. We would definitely welcome prayers!

Family Things
My dad had a health scare a couple of weeks ago that had us all on edge.

Between that and bracing for layoffs, last month was a little nuts!

Thankfully his results returned negative so he is in the clear and will have another checkup later this year.

My mom has been baking delicious foods and it’s killing me. I hate eating my feelings, but let’s face it, who’s going to turn down their mom’s cooking!?

P is busy as a working woman, mother, and newlywed. She turned 26 on February 24th.

Which only reminds me how much older I’m getting.

Layla kills me. Every time I see her. I can barely stand it.

That sassy pants won’t ever stop talking!

Seriously. I can’t even take the cuteness. Sensory overload.

Minnie!

Will and I watched her awhile ago and it was quite a hoot. She wore us out! We have our plan of attack for next time-

Chuck E. Cheese.

Tucker her out there and then take her home.😂

Other related family things
Did I blog about my trip to Iowa with my parents last summer?

If I didn’t, you missed out on a gem of a post.

Traveling with them at their age now compared to when I was a kid is hilarious.

A complete 180.

I’m not even kidding, I remember making the 10 hour trip to Colorado in nine hours with just one potty break.

One.

I realize that may not be a big deal, but to a kid that has zero capacity to fully understand the need to “make good time” or to “hold it,” let’s just say it was rough.

Anyway, the Iowa trip was completely opposite.

Leisurely, laid back, even enjoyable. Stops every other hour.

Real life.

Who the heck are these guys!?

I’m taking another road trip with them next month. I’m loaded down with books and magazines to keep me occupied, as well as my 64 oz travel mug.

Hey- I no longer fear large quantities of water on these road trips. Bring it.

Meaningless things I think you should know

Will and I took a quick road trip to Ponca City a few weeks ago to eat at Perkins.

We always enjoy their pie and muffins. It reminds us of our trips home from Kuwait when we’d stop in Minneapolis to do some shopping before heading to Oklahoma.

Perkins pie. Dead.

Perkins muffins. Also dead.

***
I handled the work stress fairly well and really tried to rest in Jesus throughout the process.

However I was probably a little more knitted up about it all than I realized because last month a baby patch of three gray hairs appeared.

I call them my oil and gas grays.

I got my hair done last week and my stylist noticed my two gray hairs.

I told her I had three earlier that day but plucked one before going to work. 😂

So yeah. Old people problems. More crap to keep up with.

Fantastic.

***
The weather has been beautiful lately, so Will and I have been taking lots of walks. It’s been a good treat. Extra exercise and long talks.

We attempt to solve all the world’s problems in 30 minutes.

We’ve got it all figured out, ya’ll.

Will for president.

Just sayin.

***
We did another round with the Aerogardens! This is my third one and Will’s second.

Round three (and two)

I did a variety of fun stuff (that I can’t recall now of course), but lavender, cilantro, and Thai basil are among the new ones.

Will did another round of pepper plants. I can’t even tell you all the super spicy peppers his one plant yielded. Crazy!

We replanted his pepper plant and hope it’ll make it. We replanted my basil and lime basil plants, too.

They’re starting to look a little sad, but I’m hoping they’ll pull through!

***
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but on average my body temp consistently hovers between 95.8 and 97 degrees.

Weird, yes?

I got a tetanus shot a few weeks ago and it was 96.4. The nurse said she doesn’t see it often, but it happens.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t made Will more amenable to upping the heat on the house. Ha!

12
Will and I will celebrate our twelfth anniversary on the 13th.

Will taking Brittny's garter off

How does that even happen!?

I can’t believe we’re already at number 12. We are very blessed.

We’re “celebrating” by going to an RV show with Will’s parents this weekend. Haha

They’re visiting and hoping to narrow down their search while they’re here. It should be fun.

destination beautiful

So in terms of spiritual stuff, there’s lots to share there too.

For years I felt a tug on my heart that perhaps we should not be at the church where we attended.

The struggle, though, was the comfortability factor. Knowing what to expect, being connected with others, getting involved.

Yet I continued to feel this same press on my heart.

Will never felt the same way, so I decided to pray about it.

Long story short, through a series of events we decided the Lord was leading us somewhere else.

It was sad to leave, and I miss seeing dear friends every week, but I have no doubt we were being obedient.

We’ve been attending elsewhere since this past fall, and I really believe we’ve found our home church. We haven’t joined yet, but I continue to feel a peace that this is where we will join and plant roots.

So yeah, there’s that!

I gave up social media for Lent, and it’s been a wonderful decision.

Don’t get me wrong, I miss staying connected with people I don’t see regularly. However, the time away has been a wonderful break to quiet myself and be less caught-up in a scrolling news feed.

It’s really brought stillness to my life during a time when I need it. It’s helped me be more present and intentional. In fact, I would encourage everyone to take a day or two of each week and disconnect from the virtual stressors of life, even if they’re “good” stresses.

Putting a Bow on Everything

So yeah. That’s about it these days.

I paid for my blog host/domain again, though it desperately needs modernization.

I continue to think about it, but have no solid plans for “what’s next” here. If anything, I might up and just start from scratch. When I had this site designed 1,000 years ago, it was super technical and in the weeds of coding and back-end confusion, and I have no idea how to make heads or tails of it all.

So yeah, there’s that!

Anyway, I intend to continue semi regularly keep posting so definitely make sure your blog feeds are updated.

Thank you for checking in! More to come!

Mustard Seed Faith

One of my dear friends bought me this beautiful necklace for Christmas.

Truth

To most, its just a regular necklace. However, to me it’s been a daily reminder of the Lord’s faithfulness.

Truth

You see that?

The flower with a teeny tiny dot in the center?

It’s a a mustard seed.

So small, so insignificant.

Yet we’re reminded both in Matthew and Luke that with the faith of a mustard seed, little becomes much when it’s given to the Lord.

Truth

If you’ve grown up in church you’ve heard the stories. If you haven’t, well now you have a little exposure.

The truth is, hearing the stories of “having faith the size of a mustard seed” and actually having faith the size of a mustard seed are two very different things.

Truth

It’s easy for me to say I have “big faith in God.”

That I trust Him whole heartedly to move my mountains and use the hurts and trials in my life for the glory of His namesake.

Those are good sound bytes that easily roll off the tongue and exude the appearance of deep spirituality.

But the truth is, over the last several months, I’ve truly begun to grasp why Jesus uses such a minuscule object to illustrate such a beautiful lesson.

You’d think it’d be easy to have faith the size of a mustard seed, but it can be quite a challenge!

When the storms of this life rage around us, when we’re in the thick of it and can’t breathe, when we feel the weightiness of this life bearing down on us, it can be hard to have such “big” mustard seed faith.

It can be scary to let go and trust God.

It feels like a tall task some days.

That’s why I can’t help but know in my heart that’s why Jesus used the mustard seed as an example.

When we look at it, it’s tiny. It reminds us that when we yield our whole lives to Him and trust Him with our entire being it feels humongous. Because, in our earthly eyes, it is’

Yet God can take the “simple” obedience of our surrender and multiply it infinitely farther than we ever imagined.

He’s our infinite God. Nothing is to big for Him! The struggle we feel to have “big” mustard seed faith reminds us how vast He is.

It’s not us who “moves the mountains,” it’s Him. It’s not us who “uproots the trees,” it’s Him.

In the grand scheme of this entire world, our lives and stories are very small. Yet they never go to waste when we yield ourselves to Him. He is able to take our lives and accomplish glory to His name when we simply put our trust in Him to do what He says.

So if you’re struggling to hand over the “big” things over the Jesus, you’re not alone. It can be hard. But may we be reminded all He can accomplish in and through us for His glory if we take a step of faith and let Him do the rest.

It only takes the faith of a mustard seed.

I owe a big fat life update, which will follow soon. I will look forward to catching up! ❤️

Multiplied

Check out John 6.

Truth

Are we content with five loaves and two fish?

I think so.

We’re “feasting” on crumbs when God wants to multiply, share, and do so very much more in our lives.

I watch many of my brothers and sisters who rely heavily on church leaders, and authors, and speakers to guide their spiritual walks.

These people are good. Praise God for how they have ministered to my own spiritual walk.

But they’re not Jesus.

They didn’t die for us so that we may live. They didn’t conquer the grave or know us before we were even born.

We want the two minute, Cliff’s notes theology when we could truly be knowing, intimately knowing, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Are we settling for crumbs, thinking we have plenty? Thinking we have enough?

There’s more friends, so much more.

Truth

If we would place our lives, our hearts, in the hands Jesus we would see just how far these “loaves” can go.

He can do infinitely more in our relationship with Him when He’s the center; not a preacher, self-help spiritual book, or anything else.

Again, those things are certainly helpful, but they should be in addition to our personal intimate relationship with Jesus, not in place of.

Go to the Source, the Well, the Living Water. The Bread of Life.

He declares himself as such for a reason.

We’re settling for crumbs.

How often are we digging deep into scripture?

On our face in prayer?

Fasting for the lost?

Do we know the heart of Jesus for ourselves, or do we rely on others to tell us about Him?

Oh friends our God, our great God, wants to do so much more.

He wants to take our lives and bring Himself glory.

That means knowing Him. Watching Him take the loaves and fish of our lives and do as He pleases.

It means no more settling for enough, or being spoon fed by others.

It means graduation from spiritual milk to actual meat.

Truth

To love Him enough to put in the time and effort to seek Him.

The Bible tells us He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him. Him!

Truth

When we have forgotten it’s all about HIM, not us?

I can only imagine what He might do with a handful of His servants who are yielded that He may multiply their offering for His glory.

No more settling.

No more crumbs.

2016: Here’s to the Journey

New Year’s Eve was full of reflection in the B-Love house.

As you may remember, 2015 did not go as we anticipated or hoped.

We spent the last night of 2015 talking about our expectations for the year and how differently they played out. Who would have thought the bottom would have fallen out of the oil and gas industry, and that selling our half of the business might have been one of the best things that could have happened to us at the time?

Yet, before all that came to pass, our initial expectations for 2015 were quite different based on our limited knowledge.

As a preacher I know once said- We only have a few pieces of the puzzle, but God has the whole box top and sees how it all goes together.

We spent lot of time that night evaluating dreams, the past, the future, the “whys?” and the “what’s next?”

I told Will I was frustrated.

I could clearly see God’s hand and protection over us with how things happened with the business.

What a huge, huge blessing we can now look back on and see. How he made provision to protect us even when, at the time, we thought everything was crumbling around us.

Yet, ever since then, I haven’t really been able to detrrmine God’s guidance regarding what’s next.

I kept waiting for Him to show up in some mighty way this year. Divinely showing Will that he was supposed to go back into the ministry.

Yet, that opportunity came and went this year too (though I didn’t post about it on the blog).

Lots of waiting.

Lots of wondering.

Lots of wandering.

I told Will I was frustrated because I’m here. I’ve got my arms stretched out wide asking God, begging God, to use me.

To take my life and do as He pleases. To show me where to go. To open doors and give me opportunities to bring Him glory.

Yet, nothing.

More waiting.

More wondering.

More wandering.

More questions than answers.

It’s like we’re in the car ready to drive but have no directions to our destination.

“It would be a lot easier if He’d just tell us what to do next!” I told Will.

Will is used to my impatience.

He looked at me and said what I already knew.

“It’s the journey Brittny.  It’s the journey.”

“Do you think Abraham would have truly trusted God if he already knew a sacrificial lamb was waiting for him when we went to the mountain with Isaac?”

The journey is about being refined.

It’s a process.

We talked about the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews and how long, how incredibly long, most of the people had to wait for God’s full plan to come to pass.

Just like us, they waited. They probably wondered, and perhaps they even wandered and floundered sometimes too.

But they trusted and are counted as the faithful saints who placed themselves in God’s hands when they couldn’t see the whole picture. They rested in knowing He “had the box top.”

Step by step, day by day.

Being refined in His likeness.

God’s still here.

He’s always here.

He often doesn’t do what we expect, but that doesn’t mean He’s not at work.

We agreed we likely won’t see the fullness of our 2015 story for quite some time, because it’s a journey.

We will simply step out in faith this year and “do the next thing,” trusting that God will redirect if that’s not the right next thing.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious about 2016. Nervous about the oil and gas market and how it’s affected and is affecting our great state. Nervous about my job in this industry, just as my fellow colleagues are too.

I truly believe I will have to trust in and rely on the Lord more this year than ever before.

Remember my post about that? It still rings true. Everyday.

I pray this year brings us closer to Him, and that we see His hand in every move we make.

I pray this year we will draw closer to Him and let Him do as He pleases, even when we don’t understand.

I pray others will be strengthened around us and that God will glorify Himself in all we do.

To the journey of 2016.

To the glory of the Lord our God.

Merry Christmas Week

Merry Christmas friends!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week full of good things.

I’ve had a hard time managing my expectations around how I wanted the week to go and how it’s actually gone.

Isn’t it always like that!?

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, with more family attending this year than we’ve had in a long time.

Then I looked up, and it was Christmas week.

Let the online shopping, baking, Christmas card making, crafting, gatherings, and end of the year work stress commence.

I’ve been so wrapped up in the cares of this world that I’ve been distracted from the one and only thing that matters: beholding Jesus. Anticipating his coming as a baby, as well as his future coming for His bride.

I pray this week you and I both take a moment to clear the stressful thoughts clouding our minds and simply quiet ourselves before His glory.

To be held, and to behold. The baby Jesus, our mighty Lion from the tribe of Judah.

More to come…

This.

The One With the In-Laws & Look Ahead

After a three week stretch of three day weekends, a full work week begins.

I’m sure you feel real sorry for me.

That’s okay, though, because I’m pouting enough for both of us. smile

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Here are some highlights from mine.

Friday was a busy day full of in-law prep. I went to the gym early, and got straight to cleaning.

I feel like I say I “have” to clean all the time, but the truth is, I don’t.

I’m just crazy. I one of those that cleans the blinds and baseboards pretty much every.single.time I clean the house.

Who does that?

Crazy people.

I was done cleaning by lunchtime, and soon after it was time for an hour of relaxation!

My mom and dad got me a spa gift card that I decided to use Friday. I got a 45 minute massage and it was heavenly.

I haven’t gotten a massage in many years, so this was a special treat.

I’m glad I got my cleaning done that morning, because I was complete mush the rest of the day.

I made a trip to No Boundaries to drop of twenty grab bags they can give to the girls they minister too.

Giveaway

Giveaway

Giveaway

I was so excited to be able to make so many! Special thanks to the beautiful hearts that help make it possible, it will be such a huge blessing.

Will and I were even able to squeeze in a quick trip to Sonic happy hour! I got a giant unsweet blackberry tea. So refreshing and delicious.

Happy hour

Saturday was busy all the way until the in-laws arrived at noon.

Thankfully, I managed to hit the gym and go to the store before their arrival.

Will and his dad took out the bike and enjoyed the warm weather.

Afterward, we had a late lunch at BJs, and caught up with one another. I got their kale and roasted Brussels sprouts salad. So, so good.

Afterward, we went to church! This week’s sermon was so very good, and is working on my heart. Check it out online here.

Afterward, we made a quick trip to Academy Sports and I got some dumbbells!

Yayyy!

So, I’ve been doing tons of home workouts lately, and I really needed to get something a little heavier than the pathetic five pounders I have.

Sure, ten pounds total can be helpful during HIIT, but ultimately I need something more.

I picked up a couple ten pounders and two fifteens. I’m pretty pleased with the purchase and think it will help make my home workouts even better.

Afterward, we had a belated birthday cake celebration!

Strawberry, round two.

Birthday cake round two

Since we are doing work at the house, our spare bedroom was out of commission, so we gave Will’s parents our room, Will took the couch, and I “suffered” and spent the a night away.

Yeah, real tough. smile

Sleepover party!

How could I resist that cuteness?!

Oh and hey, the pups got haircuts, too.

Yesterday we went out for breakfast, and said our goodbyes.

We took the rest of the day easy, since the last two were full of busyness.

Let’s move ahead to this week.

Here’s a quick look at what I’m sharing this week:

-Noodle-less veggie lasagna
-Why comparison can hurt
-Things I’m loving Thursday
-Why I risk turning into salt

So check in this week for more fun! Now off to conquer the week!

OU Obsession: 2003-2013

Today was supposed to be Q&A with P.

Yeah, about that…

Obviously not happening.

Instead, it’s 100% me today.

Which, I realize isn’t as exciting because its always 100% me on this blog each day but hey, humor me.

Plus it’s Friday.

And a three day weekend.

Surely we all feel optimistic and a little more forgiving, right?

Exactly.

So read on anyway.

Well my friends, tomorrow the madness begins- let OU football season commence.

I cannot explain to you the night and day difference of our household from now through December compared to the rest of the year.

There’s a different vibe, a heightened level of excitement and awareness.

Watching carefully for the next big catch or upset,

ready for our boys to pounce and tackle their way to a (hopefully) respectable bowl game.

We can sniff out a bad call, fun tail gate, and all the best stadium bathrooms.

We’re like wolves apparently.

But seriously, it is definitely a different feeling around here, and will be through the rest of the year.

It’s like welcoming back that super cool older middle school friend you adored and looked up to when you were in grade school.

You know- the one whose mom would let her watch Friends and The Simpsons, when yours wouldn’t?

The one who wore her big sisters way cool Z. Cavaricci jeans and Clinique lip gloss.

And always smelled like Calvin Klein perfume.

Yeah- she was the best, right?

You just felt cooler and more confident with her around.

Fall and football season are sort of her equivalent.

Only sportier and sweatier.

Fancy.

This OU season will be an interesting one. Will, the forever Sooner optimist, is hoping for a BCS bowl game and thinks it is within reach because of Trevor knights raw talent (which will become more refined this season).

I, on the other hand, am always more trepidatious about such predictions, mainly because we have been let down so many times before (but let’s not forget, all they have accomplished is still nothing to sneeze at!).

Regardless, I’m looking forward to game day and the revival of our annual traditions.

In honor of tomorrow’s season opener, I thought it might be fun to take a quick look at some of our pictures throughout the years.

We used to buy tickets to a game or two when we were engaged.

Here we are in 2003, in the rain!

2003 OU north Texas in the rain!

In 2004 we got season tickets and I think Will may have actually cried tears of joy. smile
2004 Football!

No games in 2005 because of our move to Kuwait. :(

We made up for it in 2006 by going home on vacation during football season and seeing most of the games! Here we are before OU-Texas

hook em horns...not

Will went home for a game in 2007 while I stayed back and spent a fun extended weekend with P. We did, however make it to the Fiesta Bowl that season (it was played in Jan of 08).

happy sooner couple- pre-loss

We moved back in May of 2008 and have been going ever strong! In January 2009 we went to Miami for the 2008 National Champtionship.
when we still thought we had a chance

Here we are at OU-Texas 09. We also went to Nebraska that year, which was really cool, but I didn’t get any pictures!

Terrible.

OU Texas

Here we are in front of Big Tex for OU-Texas 2010
Behind big Tex

2011 was a trip to Florida State!
Before the game

And here we are freezing our butts off at the OU-OSU game in 2012
Chilly Willy OU-OSU

I look forward to lots more memories and pictures to share as the 2013 season commences. Let the games begin.

BOOMER!

A Series of Short Posts: Teaser

You should check in tomorrow.

You’ll get a laugh at my expense.

Lucky for both of us, I’m a good sport.

A Series of Short Posts: The Grammarian

I may permanently be stuck with a “baby voice” for the rest of the day.

I know all that crap about not talking to kids in a tone like that… but I clearly cannot follow rules.

Aunt Brittny is a siwy wittle gurl!

HELP!

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A Series of Short Posts: Snacks

So far so good. The house is still standing, and I’m Layla is still breathing.

Um, and why didn’t anyone tell me that those squeeze-y tube pureed fruit snacks are so freaking delicious!?

AND ORGANIC!

Blast from the past! We are babies!

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