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Finish This #61

 

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A random piece of advice …

A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Spending time with God, and reading His Word, puts everything into perspective. The Bible is much more than a book of rules or laws. It’s a living manifestation of the Holy One so in love with His beloved children that He desires nothing more than to be in relationship with them. No matter how far one has roamed, it’s never too late to come home. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will always welcome you with open arms – they’ll even leave the porch light on for you!

Reading the Bible doesn’t have to be boring if you take time to understand the context and acquaint yourself with the characters in the stories. In other words, the more you read The Bible, the more you’ll understand. The more you understand The Bible, the better you’ll see yourself in God’s masterful story of creation and redemption and great love. Throughout history, from Adam and Eve to today, humans are flawed. We make poor decisions. We honor our selfish desires and gather worldly possessions. We’re cruel to others so we feel better about ourselves. We struggle with relationships, infertility, money, and our time. We worry. We stress. We try to control every aspect of our lives. We get mad, disappointed, frustrated, and upset when things don’t happen as we intended. We’re jealous and pea-green-with-envy because our neighbor’s house is bigger or they drive a newer car. We go to war with each other, foreign and domestic, because we hear rather than listen or refuse to agree to disagree. Despite our brokenness and stubbornness, God still loves us. He still pursues us, passionately and without ceasing. He desires to be in relationship with us so he forgives us, over and over (and over) again. God is a promise keeper. He says what he means and He means what he says. Consider these five passages of promise:

Genesis 9:11 // I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. God instructed Noah to build an ark, gather his family and all the animals, and protected him for 40 days. God promised Noah (and all of humanity) he would never again destroy the earth with a flood. I believe in God’s faithfulness and I stand on his promises.

Genesis 12:1-3 // I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing … and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Abraham and Sarah were in their ‘golden years’ when God called him and asked him to leave his home and follow him. They were also child-less. In case you couldn’t or didn’t figure it out, but a great nation requires people and Abraham and Sarah had no offspring. Well, at least not yet. We’re fortunate to have the rest of the story and, thanks to Divine Providence and lots of babies being born through the ages, you and I are blessed because we are descendants of Abraham too. I believe in God’s faithfulness and I stand on his promises.

Exodus 19:5-6 // If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples … you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. Have you ever stopped to think about Pharoah’s daughter and asked, “What if she didn’t save that baby floating in the Nile?” (This is one of MANY what-if questions I have!) This promise to Moses gives us our first glimpse at God’s most high and greatest covenant: Love me and obey my laws. Like a child who disobeys their parent, there are disciplinary actions and consequences. If you are a parent, imagine the depth of love for your child. As much as I love my son, God’s love for me is bigger, deeper, and stronger. It’s unconditional and hard to imagine! As God’s beloved creation, I am a treasure to him; but that doesn’t discount the commandments and expectations He has instructed. I have to do my part too. I believe in God’s faithfulness and I stand on his promises.

2 Samuel 7:12-17 // Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. God made this promise with King David as a means to bring back his unruly children and be in relationship with them and, ultimately, declare an eternal promise through Jesus Christ. Though many generations were quarrelsome and disobedient, God continued to reign and kept his promise that our Savior would come from the House of David. I believe in God’s faithfulness and I stand on his promises.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 // The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah … I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hears; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people … for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more. Here, we have a two-fold promise: God forgives our sins and He expertly and perfectly created us to be relational beings with a heart that desires Him. Humans need relationships and we need Jesus. Our heart demands both. Because we are created in His image, and God wants to be in relationship with us, our hearts are happiest when we are in obedience with God’s law. Thanks be to God, and Jesus Christ for accepting my sins on the cross, for His relentless pursuit of my heart. I believe in God’s faithfulness and I stand on his promises.

I believe in my heart and with every fiber of my being that God will not break his promises. He has proved himself time and time again that He is steadfast and faithful and righteous and trustworthy and, above all, he loves (and well pleased) with his creation. He loves you. He loves me. He loves everybody.

Just some light-hearted reading for your Wednesday, right?! So what is my random piece of advice? Simply stated, open your Bible. Discover something about God, about yourself, you never expected. Imagine yourself in the story and learn a valuable lesson. The Bible isn’t a boring historical text (although there are books in the Bible that I like to read quickly or skip entirely!) but, rather, a living account for all of us and a connection to our ancestors. You might be surprised by what (or who) you find in the pages.

The grass withers and flowers fade, but the Word of God is forever.
Isaiah 40:8

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Prompt for Week #62
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Frozen

Today, we’re supposed to experience a ‘heat wave’ with temperatures in the mid-60s. So, to remember days (last week) gone past, I thought I’d share pics from Kamden’s first steps in the snow.

Unfortunately, going outside in the frozen tundra (dramatically speaking) meant dressing him like a homeless little red riding hood. Because we live in North Texas, we don’t see frozen white stuff very often and when it does happen, it doesn’t stick around too long, and we don’t own a lot of winter weather gear either. For all that Kamden has, he lacks a heavy coat, scarf, and pair of gloves. But, we made due with what we had available: plenty of shirts to layer, an oversized sweater, socks as hand mitts, and a kitchen towel for a scarf. Besides, we weren’t outside but just a few minutes – long enough for me to snap these few pictures!

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The bits of snow in his hair … be still my beating heart! Kamden and I are going to enjoy the mild (though rainy) temps today before another round of wintry mix makes it way through North Texas for the remainder of the week. By the weekend, though, it’s supposed to be sunny and 50. Most folks laugh, but the saying is true – “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes!”

What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods today?


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Monday Musings

 

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

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I skipped last week’s edition because I was distracted, busy, tired, and lazy. Basically, after a long weekend spent in Little Rock, the last place I wanted to be on Sunday night was in front of the computer typing a blog post. Unfortunately for you, I find myself in a similar situation now for this post. I’ll keep this quick …

If you are a boy mom, blogger or not, you must participate in this swap.

Growing up in The South is pretty neat, believe me.

I’m perfecting the most delicious blueberry muffin with streusel topping recipe in the history of ever. I’ll share it soon, pinky swear promise.

I recently watched an episode of Scandal. Wow, Olivia Pope.

I need your help. I need staycation ideas for my little family of three. I don’t know if I’ll ever get Husband on a real vacation, but I’m hell bent on making memories away from home somehow. I’d hop on a plane tonight and fly around the world, but I can’t get Husband to go out to dinner in Fort Worth. The struggle is real, y’all. The struggle is real. (Please leave your ideas and suggestions in a comment!)

If you are in the DFW area and are interested in Bible journaling, I’m hosting a workshop next Sunday, March 8 at First United Methodist Church in Joshua. Bring your journaling Bible (or sketchbook or whatever you have) and supplies, and be ready to work on a journal page. Invite a friend too. We will have another workshop on Sunday, March 29. If you plan to attend one or both sessions this month, please let me know I can have plenty of chairs and tables and space available.

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Resolution Update // February 2015

How is February over? The last few days (more like several weeks), I feel like that proverbial chicken with its head cut off. Running around from place to place with no purpose, no direction, no real sense of why I’m doing what I’m doing and it’s such a beating. I’m trying to find rest but in the quietness my head spins with guilt for being still or taking a break and lists of to-do’s start forming. That nagging voice inside my head is screaming You should be cleaning this disaster of a house you call home. You need to write more blog posts and keep your commitment to MQ. You need to play and read more with your son. Your husband is tired of leftovers, it’s been three days since you’ve last cooked a meal. Perhaps if you went to the gym more often and prioritized your health and well-being, you wouldn’t be in such a funk. You should really get your head out of your ass and stop all this nonsense. You need to be more grateful and less cynical. You should be thankful for what you do have instead of worrying about or dwelling on what you don’t have. I’m wallowing in the trough of self-loathing and discontentment. I see what others have and automatically assume their grass is greener. This post is supposed to be about my resolution update, I should really pay more attention.

HEALTH + FITNESS

Lose 20% of my body weight
Take advantage of health coach provided by insurance Still using MyFitnessPal.com (nicolemhutchison) and wearing my Virgin Health Miles MAX wrist pedometer most days. Unfortunately, Kamden has a massive diaper blowout literally minutes before we were getting in the car to head to the airport. I took my pedometer off to give him a quick rinse in the bath tub and forgot to put it back on. It’s very disappointing especially since my family and I spent considerable time walking around Arkansas’s capital city, particularly the downtown area, and I won’t get credit for the steps.
Eat breakfast every day Not really.
Take a daily multivitamin Still taking vitamins, along with a Zyrtec for seasonal allergies.
Exercise four days a week Didn’t happen, unfortunately.
Work out with a personal trainer
Drink 150 ounces of water every day
Complete a juice cleanse
Complete a 90-day challenge
Eliminate something from my diet each month (i.e. sweets, fried foods, sugar, fast food, etc.)
January – Rough start at the beginning of the month, but I’ve managed to stay away from excess sugar for two and a half weeks. Small steps.
February – I avoided tomatoes like the plague.

Be showered and in bed by 10:30 every night
Learn more about and use essential oils
Find a skincare routine that works for me
Participate in a “new-to-me” group exercise class January 9 – tried a 60-minute cycling class, January 24 – tried INSANITY, January 28 – Zumba with Miss Ivy
Schedule annual appointments with OB-Gyno, eye doctor, and dentist January 16 – comprehensive eye exam; January 19 – purchased eyeglasses at Warby Parker; January 20 – teeth cleaned; January 21 – cavity filled (booo!) 

BLOGGING

Create a blog post calendar … and use it!
Attend a blog conference
Attend a creative writing workshop
Publish a blog post every day for a month
Publish a “how to” post
Publish an original recipe
Continue the weekly FINISH THIS link up Week #53 was posted January 7, I’m hoping participation will increase as the year progresses.
Start a blog series January 5 – Monday Musings began; January 24 – weekly meal plan with menu/recipes
Meet five bloggers in person
Host a sponsored giveaway
Host a bloggers’ watch party for 50 Shades of Gray Hosted a *dinner & movie* night with 10 friends. We ate sushi and watched 50 Shades. We had a fun evening of good fun and lots of belly laughs but, at least for me, the movie was even more disappointing than I expected. I blame the guy who plays Christian Gray, whatever his name is. He’s a terrible actor. I wish the rumors were true and his wife would demand he quit, sequels II and III would be so much better without him.
Continue writing for MOMquery I’ve been a major slacker on this but I managed to submit a post on breast pumping supplies. I seem to be the go-to person when it comes to that subject. I could be known for much worse, I suppose.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Organize and back up my photos
Sell my current camera and upgrade to this one I’ve changed my mind and WANT this one.
Acquire a 85mm prime lens
Acquire a telephoto lens
Expand Three 31 Photography by scheduling at least 10 sessions
Take a Lightroom class
Join a camera or photography club January 19 – first meeting with Cleburne Photography Club

HOME LIFE

Refinanced our home mortgage for a lower interest rate February 11
Execute our living wills
Create a gallery wall in the living room
Hang a family picture above mantel/fireplace
Rearrange the living room furniture We’ve temporarily moved furniture to accommodate foam floor tiles for Kamden’s larger play space. Our living room is oddly shaped so placing furniture correctly and effectively is a challenge. Making it work for an active toddler is perhaps the biggest challenge of all. So far, Kamden loves having his toys spread between the living room and bedroom so he can walk or push trucks/tractors on the floor. If I need him “safely contained” for a moment, the Pack-n-Play fits perfectly between the wall and Husband’s recliner, blocking Kamden in the living room. This method is our alternative and compromise to those pesky corral-looking panels and gates most people have in their home. I don’t want Kamden to get hurt, but I want him to explore and be a kid too. It’s a fine line, of course, but so far this method is working.
Buy new comforter + bedding for guest room
Buy new side tables + lamps for master bedroom
Repaint the side table in Kamden’s room
Install new kitchen sink + granite countertops
Make our home more energy efficient
Have a technology-free weekend
Find a cleaning schedule … and use it!
Eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant
Try a new recipe every month
January – Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole (Husband’s reaction was meh.)
February – Blueberry Muffins

Make the perfect omelet
Host a dinner party with other couples/families
Host a “Friendsgiving”
Host a game night
Meal plan for a month … and stick to it!
Use the Crock Pot once a week for a month
January – used the CP three times (roast beef and pinto beans)
February – meatballs and homemade spaghetti sauce

Save loose change and cash out at the end of the year There is now a Mason jar on the counter will loose change!
Purge the entire house and donate or toss things we don’t use
Have my car detailed inside and out
Sell my car and buy a used SUV or crew cab pickup truck

PERSONAL GROWTH

Find a Bible reading plan (such as this one) that works for me … and use it regularly!
Read and study Scripture regularly and more thoroughly In addition to reading and studying Scripture, I began BIBLE JOURNALING this month! It’s a way to illustrate thoughts and reflections while reading the Bible.
Seek opportunities to improve (i.e. parenting, photography, blog writing, etc.)
Have regular conversations with Lisa January 14 – the shenanigans have begun!
Create a new resume
Get a job with new resume
Join a professional organization and get involved in the local chapter
Finish The Story Bible study
Create and lead a small group for parents with young children
Read 12 books (one per month) 1. Being Christian – Rowan Williams; 2. Captivated By You (Book 4 of The Crossfire Series) – Sylvia Day; 3. Chic & Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Stay Slim – Anne Barone; 4. Fighting Back With Joy – Margaret Feinberg
Keep a prayer journal
Keep a blessings/gratitude jar
Participate in a book swap
Get my hair cut at the start of each season January 16 – hair cut
Have my eyebrows “threaded” by a professional
Get a facial/mani/pedi every other month

FOR KAMDEN

Create a 529 Savings Plan – Opened account and made a significant deposit on January 30
Potty train (no more diapers) by second birthday
Continue weekly classes at The Little Gym January 8 – Kamden was promoted to the “Birds” class (for kids 10-18 months)
Enroll in Kinder-music
Schedule one play date a month
Mommy + Me photo session for Mother’s Day
Plant a tree
Make a special craft or memento
Install book shelves in his bedroom
Read a book before bedtime every night We read books every day, but not before bed. Kamden gets a bath, massaged with lotion, dressed in pajamas, takes a bottle of milk, and goes to sleep. This routine has worked beautifully since he was a newborn and I hate to make adjustments right now.

FOR OTHERS

Surprise Husband with a meaningful gift
Continue donating breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas January 5 – Donated 332 ounces. January 22 – My pumping days are officially over. You can read why here. As sad as I am, I was able to donated 3,300 ounces to the MMBNT.
Donate to a charity
Throw a surprise party for someone
Attend a wedding
Attend a baby shower
Leave a 100% tip for excellent service
Volunteer at least five hours each month January – FAIL! February – FAIL!
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
Send a “just because” gift to someone
Send 12 handwritten notes (one per month)
Send a care package to a soldier
Celebrate special milestones (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) with snail-mail greeting cards January 6 – sent cards to Nana for her 84th birthday

ADVENTURE

Go to Bova for a custom ring design consultation
Go to Bova and have my ring and earrings cleaned
Have a ladies’ night once a quarter February 13 – dinner and movie
Attend a college sporting event
Attend a professional sport event
Invest in quality luggage … and use it!
Visit three museums January 6 – Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas; February 20 – Clinton Presidential Center & Library
Visit Ruthie in Austin
Visit Lisa in Virginia
Visit Jenny in North Dakota
Visit Jacqueline in Houston
Visit Heather in Houston
Visit Jen in Arizona
Visit a Presidential Museum February 20 – Clinton Presidential Center & Library in Little Rock, Arkansas
Visit a popular landmark I’ve never seen before
Go to Lake Ouachita (Arkansas) with Husband’s family
Go to Fredericksburg, Texas
Go hunting
Play a round of golf
Go to a drive-in movie
Shoot a bow-and-arrow
Compete in a shooting sport
Complete a fitness challenge
Go paddle boarding
Attend a cooking class
Attend a line dancing class at Billy Bob’s

And for good measure …

JANUARY
Read and study the Bible for 31 consecutive days following a specific reading plan. DONE!

FEBRUARY
Exercise 1,500 minutes in a month, or 75 minutes every week day, and avoid “bad for me” foods. FAIL!

MARCH
Walk a minimum of 8,000 steps every day for 31 days (must wear pedometer).


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Finish This #60

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Something that has impressed me this week…

The City of Little Rock, Arkansas. Kamden and I flew to LRA (via Southwest – they are the best for cheap fares, convenient flight times, customer service, and kind employees) last Thursday and met my mom, two aunts, and a cousin from Kentucky for a long-weekend visit. One of my aunts attended a conference at the Marriot Downtown (where we stayed), but we managed to spend the majority of our time together touring and eating our way through Arkansas’s capital city. I’ve driven through Little Rock countless times, via I-440 from Texas to Kentucky, and stayed overnight once, but this was my first time to be downtown and in surrounding neighborhoods for several days. Even though the weather sucked, it was bitterly cold most of the time, we enjoyed our time together. If you’re in the downtown area, hop on the electric rail cars instead of driving and parking. The Bill Clinton Presidential Library was really neat, but it did not exceed my expectations set by George W’s museum in Dallas. I wanted to visit Heifer International’s corporate office but we just didn’t have time. I was also disappointed that Bourbon & Boots is closed on the weekend. No worries, I’m already planning our next trip to Little Rock in July!

SITES TO SEE River Market // River Rail Electric Street Cars // Clinton Presidential Center // Heifer International // Bourbon & Boots

GREAT EATSCajun’s Wharf // Boulevard Bread Company // Flying Fish // Local Lime // Heritage Grille Steak & Fin

My favorite meal of the weekend was our lunch at the Local Lime, located at The Promenade at Chenal, a 15-minute drive east of downtown. The food was amazing and the award-winning margaritas did not disappoint! The tomatillo salsa was my favorite of the six signature varieties and the pork carnitas and drunken beans were delicious. This is one establishment that I wish was in the DFW area.

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Queso Blanco // Guacamole // Pork carnitas

Someone who has impressed me this week…

Not to sound conceited, but I’m impressed with myself for finishing this post last night. Faithful Followers, please forgive my absence and lack of Monday Musings, I’ll try to make it up to you next week. Since coming home from Little Rock, I’ve been trying to get Kamden back on his regular schedule (specifically sleeping past 7am) while Husband’s been working from home the past two days due to inclement weather. I’m hoping enough snow falls today so I can get a picture of it with Kamden but then I’m done. I love winter. I love snow. I love cold weather. But I loathe the way people in DFW react to a little moisture on the roads. Hashtag rant over.

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Prompt for Week #61
A random piece of advice…


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Finish This #59

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I am thankful for

FAITH // because I have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and I am digging deeper into God’s Word with a year-long Bible reading plan, half-way through The Story study (which I’m really loving), and allowing my creative juices to flow while Bible journaling. I’ve got a lot going on but any time spent in Scripture is a good time!

HUSBAND + KAMDEN // for so many reasons. I love being a stay-at-home mom and getting to spend every day with Kamden. I also love Husband to the moon and back and I hope he is as proud to call me his wife as I am to call him my husband. Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) marked our 12th anniversary of being together and March 31 we’ll celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. Holy Crap!

LOVELY LADIES // I got to spend last Friday evening with 10 women who rock my socks, make me laugh, and love me despite my inappropriateness in regards to 50 Shades shenanigans. Even though I hated the movie, I loved spending time with these babes. In the realm of friendships, I am so much more blessed than I realize. I’d rather have these 10 dimes than 100 pennies any day! And, let’s be honest, Jules and I are smokin’ hot.

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JESS + CRISSY + IVY // These trainers at the gym kick my butt with smiles on their faces. I need it though.

JENNY + LISA // Virtual friends are sometimes the best friends. Seriously, I’d be SOL without these two keeping me in check.

WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUUSE FRO-YO // because, well, it’s better than a DQ Blizzard and it satisfies my sweet cravings. And there is a fro-yo shop besides the grocery so I don’t have to make an extra stop or wrestle Mini Man out of his car seat for a quick trip inside. In fact, I left the cart full of bagged groceries on the sidewalk patio while Kamden and I went inside for a cup of fro-yo to go. In less than a minute we were in and out. That’s awesome service and convenience to the max! I offered him a taste but I think the cold really turns him off … oh well, more for Mama!

CHEAP + QUICK AIRPLANE TRIPS // Instead of a 6-8 hour drive with a 14-month-old,  we have a 47-minute flight. Just like my favorite trainers at the gym say about an intense workout, you can do anything for 47 minutes!

HANDSOME VALENTINE DINNER DATE // Kamden and I went to a Valentine-theme fundraiser dinner at church last Sunday evening. The youth (and their adult leaders) put on this elaborate affair every Valentine’s Day to raise money for their summer mission trip. I think I had the most handsome date in the room. Of course we had to use some props provided in the photo booth – I’m shocked he let me hold the giant mustache in front of his face though. He’s adorable and I want to eat him up. Nom Nom Nom.

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Prompt for Week #60
Something that has impressed me this week…
Someone who has impressed me this week…


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Monday Musings

 

Every Monday, I publish whatever is on my mind -consider it a smorgasbord of thoughts and randomness- as a way to clear my head and prepare for the next week ahead. By doing so, I hope to calm the chaos and organize the scattered. Cheers to 2015 and blessings to you!

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I’ve decided to change the format of Monday Musings a bit. Let me know if you like it or not. Here we go, I am currently:

reading // For studying: The Bible, Twelve Women of the Bible, and The Story. For personal improvement: Fight Back With Joy and Made to Crave. For pleasure and to rid my imagination of the terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-acting-in-the-movie: 50 Shades of Grey.

pondering // On that note, I watched 50 Shades of Grey last Friday evening with a group of lovely ladies. Our dinner was fabulous, our laughs were contagious, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but, personally, I thought the movie downright sucked. The acting was on a level of terrible I cannot even put to words. It was really bad. I seriously hope they make drastic changes before the second and third movies are released. There was no chemistry between Christian and Ana and it felt forced, uncomfortable, and very fake. It was like I was watching an amateur impromptu performance. Ugh. I’m still ‘pondering’ my thoughts from what I saw on screen for a comprehensive review that I’ll share later, but, like always, the book(s) are always better than the movie!

singing // “Ghost” by Ella Henderson – I don’t know why I like this so much, but it’s got a great beat and it’s one of my favorites during cycle class at the gym. It also reminds me of my time spent around water in the Holy Land: Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, and the Dead Sea.

I keep going to the river to pray
‘Cause I need something that can wash all the pain
And at most I’m sleeping all these demons away
But your ghost, the ghost of you
It keeps me awake

serving // homemade pancakes to Kamden, he eats them up like crazy. The best part? No sugar or ingredients I cannot pronounce!

listening // to complete silence. Husband and Kamden are sound asleep and I’m basking in quiet solitude before the start of another day. It’s pretty blissful, I admit. :)

needing // Affirmation. I’ve got so many good and wonderful people and things going on in my life right now, but Satan is really bugging me and putting words of discontent in my ears. It’s frustrating to say the least. I’m so thankful for who and what I have in life, I am happy. But … it seems like the grass is always greener on the other side. I hate feeling like this.

thinking // of a big bowl of white chocolate mousse fro-yo with rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top.

planning // to challenge myself (and love handles) at the gym this week by going to five hour-long classes in three days. I won’t be able to go Thursday or Friday so I’ve got to kick it in high gear while I can.

giving // my breast pump to Katy was such a blessing. Not because our friendship has blossomed over our similarities with faith, family, and boob milk, but she’s Bible journaling with me! While we doodle in our Bibles, we’re secretly arranging the marriage between her daughter and my son.

feeling // excited that I get to spend a long weekend with Kamden, Mom/Nana C, Aunt Georgia, Aunt Kathy, and our cousin Carol. It’ll be the first time Carol has seen Kamden in person, she’s in for a real treat!

strengthening // my endurance on the bicycle in Crissy’s spin classes twice a week has been great. My goal has been to ride 20 miles during the 60-minute class and I’ve done it three times now. Husband also said I’m beginning to have an apple butt. Oooooookay. I guess that means I need to buy myself some boots with fur, right? :)

 

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