For us, summer is simply a miserably hot stretch of nothingness.
The season we must endure to get to the most wonderful time of the year (so much for carpe diem eh? Haha)
And we're nearly there!
Though I must say, this summer was particularly busy and full of good things.
As summer winds down, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to share all the
Starting with the Olympics.
And how it basically consumed our lives for two weeks.
Which is kind of weird considering we've been married through several Olympic Games.
While we've always watched them to some degree in the past, this time we DVR-ed everything and watched hours of footage each night.
I think we're getting old.
We watched water polo and synchronized swimming, y'all.
And liked it. (Okay, mostly me, not Will)
We're getting old and odd.
While we're getting old and nostalgic...
During the height of summer, when all the fall shows are on hiatus, TV is slow going at the B-Love house.
We decided to pull out our old Frasier box sets and have diligently watched them all summer.
We're already on season 8!
It's one of Will's favorites.
We've also picked up watching The Andy Griffith Show, which we often do during the summer.
Told you we were old.
Will belongs in Mayberry. Sometimes I think he was born in the wrong era. Then I realize what a gem it is to have such a rare "Oak tree" kind of guy, and am thankful the spirit of Mayberry is still thriving in people like Will.
We also pulled out our old copy of Duplex. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore started in it and it is absolutely hilarious.
I don't know if it kills me so much because we had a condo and shared walls with neighbors on both sides and can relate to some of the things that happen in the movie?
It could be that, but I honestly think it's just plain funny.
Do yourself a favor and watch it. I'm not kidding, tears streamed down my face even after watching it a dozen times before.
Boz and Lucy Turned 70
For some reason saying 70 makes me realize our doggies are getting old!
They still get around great for doggie senior citizens, which is very encouraging.
Although, Boz did bump into a wall the other day, and Lucy has to be let down multiple times each night to go potty...
Nonetheless I still consider them my baby pups, running into walls and all!
So it's been just over a year since my MOHs surgery. I'm thankful to have it behind me. The scar has healed nicely and is a lot less noticeable.
Lesson from this scare? WEAR SUNSCREEN.
To celebrate Will's 36th birthday last month, we went to Tulsa to see Jim Gaffigan.
It was such a fun day!
There's a restaurant there named Los Cabos that we love, so that's where we started our afternoon for a delicious early dinner.
Afterward, we drove around and went by Will's late grandma Stella's house. It was a nice memory. It was comforting to see that the house was still fairly well maintained.
Then we headed to the Bok Center for the show.
Jim Gaffigan was so funny!
He ended the show with his famous "Hot Pockets" bit, which had everyone roaring. It was such a good night, and we had a wonderful time.
Other out and about highlights
Summer is generally dull for me and Will, but this summer was a rather colorful anomaly.
Between holidays, multiple birthday celebrations (Layla 💗, Will's grandpa's 90th, and Will) a wedding, other family functions, plus other random events, we were busier than usual throughout the entire summer.
I had multiple coffee outings with friends, dinner with blogger Marisa and her beautiful family, got to meet my precious dear friend's brand new baby, went to the Hilsong United concert, and even reconnected with some old work friends.
It's been a busy summer, and we are cruising into an even busier football season.
Which reminds me-
It's here, finally here!
Will and I transform into different people this time of year. Real life.
Plus, I think things are better in general- cooler temperatures, beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and the best holidays right around the corner.
We kick off the college season with a challenging opener against Houston... in Houston.
It will be a serious test, and I am excited to see how our boys handle it.
The first home game will also be great because it's the big reveal of the first phase of stadium renovations.
Will and I also have a pro fantasy dynasty were doing together again this year, which will be fun.
I think he uses it as a tool to keep me interested in all of pro football, not just the Colts and Packers.
I'm not sure it's working?
We shall see. 😊
In addition to returning to work because of my former (but now current 😊)boss, one of the people I missed the most at my old job was my "work dad."
We started a workout challenge that will run though the rest of the year.
I have a binder to log my workouts and everything. Ha!
It's been motivating and has helped keep me on track.
I'm hitting the gym to lift heavier weights twice a week (one upper, one lower), and the rest of my workouts are done at home with bodyweight or lighter dumbbells.
Random things I feel I should share-
Mary Kay's Volu-Firm Night Treatment has basically changed my skincare life.
It's expensive, but well worth it.
I don't use the full Volu-Firm line and stick to the basic Timewise set, but when they discontinued one of their Timewise night creams, I bought the Volu-Firm night treatment instead and will never go back.
I'm running a special for that and their eyelash primer, and I'd love to send you some!
I wasn't completely in love with their eyelash primer until I used it for a few weeks. My lashes are noticeably longer, stronger, and healthier- which makes them even better with mascara.
If you're interested in either (or any MK products) let me know!
Music to add to your workout playlist:
~Andy Mineo- You Will
~Ready, Set, Go- Derek Minor
~Walk With Me- Canon
I bought half a bushel of peaches last month, and ate all of them in two weeks.
A portion went to a peach cobbler, but the rest?
For some awful reason Will took it upon himself to buy two boxes of PopTarts.
It's been several years since I've eaten one, and usually I'd say they're overrated.
Only... That wasn't the case at all. I ended up having not one, but two packages (Read:half the box) of the frosted cherry ones.
I've always been a sucker for those.
Such a grownup.
I thought we were behind this nonsense....but I came home today and he had purchased a 10 pack.
Because he hates me.
I think P and I might actually plan a trip to Chicago with Layla! (who started pre-k last week😩) !
Some of our best sister memories were spent there, and it would be so fun to see the city in a whole new light alongside Layla.
As far as updates on my spiritual walk, it's been a winding road.
(Doesn't it often seem like that?)
This season of life, which I consider the last year and a half, has been full of lots of faith stretching.
Yet through all of it, I've seen the Lord's hand in countless ways.
Sometimes in blatant answers to prayer, where He has blessed in abundance.
Other times in blatant answers to prayer whereby He does the opposite of what I was expecting so clearly that even in the sadness of a situation going another way, His peace sustains me.
It's been one answer after another. Blessing after blessing, grace upon grace.
Things haven't gone how I anticipated, yet I continue to trust.
I still can't see how this chapter is going to end, but I know He does and continue to walk in Him step by step, day after day. Praying His word and seeking His will.
I finished Priscilla Schirer's Armor of God study and would definitely recommend it. I don't usually do studies and prefer to dig into the Word and use commentaries, but I did this one with a friend and it was a big blessing. The only disappointment was the last week. For some reason they took a deep dive into all the pieces except for the Sword of the Spirit, which is pretty important if you ask me! Anyway, other than that piece missing, it was a great summer study.
Will and I are also praying about finding true and meaningful biblical community around us. This journey has been disheartening to say the least. I wish I could round up some of you who I know are deep in the Lord and invite you over! Jesus placed such emphasis on sincere love for the body of believers and how we are family, and I am praying for that, so hopefully in the coming months there will be more developments in this area!
That's a wrap...for now
What an update! I'd say you're thoroughly caught up with me- but now it's your turn. What's new with you??