Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shelby's Frozen 4th

We started planning Shelby's 4th party party in July... it's a good thing too because life got crazy, and I haven't done anything since then. I didn't even remember to send out the invitations. Ooops. #momfail  

Too bad since they turned out so cute!
But the party much go on. We invited the fam and had a great party. Shelby's favorite part was the balloons. Mine was THE CAKE! My aunt and cousin made it!! It was PERFECT. (which is good cause we're going to be eating it for weeks!)
I'm convinced there is nothing they can't do

William and I spent Friday night decorating.

And my mom and sister came over to help with the food on Saturday morning.

We also had Olf's nose (carrots sticks) Olaf's arm (pretzel sticks), Warm Hugs (Hershey hugs) and melted Olafs (vanilla ice cream cups.

I loved throwing this party for my girl. She had the best time!

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th Birthday Party Planning

I forgot how much I love planning and hosting parties! The best part about this one is that I've got a little helper! I'm letting her pick pretty much everything - that I let her look at on Pinterest. 

Browsing Pinterest with Momma

 I'm not going to lie, when she told me she wanted an "Elsa Tea Party" I was a bit disappointed. I'm a little Frozen-ed out. BUT it is totally worth it to see her face light up every time we talk about it! She keeps telling friends and family all about it and inviting them to come. She's excited so I'm excited! Plus there are TONS of cute ideas out there.

She was a bit (A LOT!) disappointed that we didn't get to go to the lake today. As a reward for being understanding, I told her we could start picking out and making things for her party. 

She picked out
the invitations
the cake
And we worked really hard on the decorations

They don't look perfect, but there are SO perfect because we did them together!  We had the best day. We're going to close it out by watching daddy shoot fireworks.

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Day of Yes!

The last few weeks have been tough - a few trips, long work hours, Vacation Bible School... Shelby and I decided to skip school and work (with permission) and spend the day together. I decided a "Day of Yes!" was the perfect thing to do. The rule is that whatever she asks to do, the answer is yes unless it's dangerous. Luckily, she took it pretty easy on me, and we had the BEST day!

We started our day with pancakes, bacon and chocolate milk at Cracker Barrel. 

The she wanted "pretty toes" so pedicures were a must!
We got the "jello and sugar" pedicure.

She wanted her fingers pretty too.

After that, she wanted to go swim at Grandma's house. Grandma was not home, but she graciously allowed us to use her pool anyway.

Shelby wanted pizza for lunch - dessert pizza. She did eat some real pizza AFTER dessert. 

Thankfully, SHE said yes to a 2 hour nap!

After nap we had a tea party, played with watercolors, and rode around the block a few in her pink Caddy with Minnie. We stopped and played with several neighborhood friends along the way.

We ended our Day of  Yes by going to VBS, at church. She loved every minute of our day, and so did I. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Attitude Adjustments

I wrote this on Friday and forgot to post it - so if you're reading this, please pretend it's Friday evening. 

What do we do when things don't go as we planned? Do we miss seeing beauty because we are busy complaining about our circumstances?

As I was sitting in the airport with my attitude problem complaining about the circumstances that led to that moment, I was extremely convicted. Why was I acting like my plan was the best plan? God was in control of my day. And there were some GREAT moments. These opportunities would not have presented themselves had my day gone according to my plan.

My cab driver, the one that showed up an hour and a half late, was a nice Muslim man. We had a great conversation about our beliefs. He listened intently as I shared the story of Christ. No decision was made today, but I felt like he was genuinely interested; a seed was planted. It was a 35-40 minute car ride, and we talked the ENTIRE time. I should note that this man would not have been my driver had the original one shown up.
I arrived at the airport 20 minutes AFTER my flight left. On the flight I was not supposed to be on to Atlanta, I sat next to an extremely sweet former Amish woman. She talked about how and why she left; she shared that she believed in God and trusted Christ, but she was really struggling with isolation and separation from her family. I was able to pray with her and encouraged her to join a local church body. SHE PURCHASED WIFI AND SEARCHED FOR ONE RIGHT THERE ON THE PLANE. We exchanged phone numbers and added each other on Facebook. I really hope we stay in touch.

At the airport I helped a young mother with 3 kids carry food to their gate, which was in the opposite direction from mine. She was so appreciative, offering me money for helping. I told her I would not take her money, but I would take her prayers. Her 4 year old son asked if he could be the one that prayed for me. I prayed for them. We were both in tears by the time we were done. I'm not talking about a few small tears either; these were full on ugly cry, snotty nose tears.

So my plan was not to spend 7 hours in various airports today. My plan was to get to Little Rock early, drop my car off for an oil change, go to my "important work meetings" then head to NWA to see friends for the weekend but God had other things for me today, and I'm so glad he did.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Whole30 Results

Results are in: In 30 days I lost:
7 pounds
3.25 inches
2.9% Body Fat
1 pant size
1 minute per mile

I had a few cheats (Hello, White Chocolate Mocha!) so technically, I did not complete the Whole30 according to the book. But I'm feeling great!

Running was going great until this week. Saturday, a friend and I got in a 20 mile run in just over 3 hours. It was probably my best long run ever. I never felt like I hit a wall, No cramps or shin splints. We made great time (especially for it being icy!). At some point during the week, my foot started hurting. Using Google, I've diagnosed myself with either Peroneal Tendinosis or a Jones fracture. The treatment for both is 4-6 weeks of rest. One gets better with an anti-inflammatory so I may try that since the marathon is in 5 weeks... 

Anyway, that's my update - hope you guys have a fantastic Sunday!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Life Lately

This has been one of the best weeks we've had in a while.

Last Saturday, William and I attended the I Still Do simulcast. It's always a good day to invest in marriage. Shelby spend the day with my grandparents and cried when it was time to come home. They love spending time together.

After church on Sunday, we went shopping to pick out bridesmaids dresses for my sister's wedding. It was so fun and the dresses are adorable. The actual dress will be mint. 

On Monday, Daddy had to work so Shelby and I had a mommy/daughter day. We spent the day playing and crafting. She loves glitter almost as much as I do! We made some cute decorations for Bree's bridal shower.

On Wednesday, I started reading a new book Letters to My Daughters - The Art of Being a Wife. I'm a bit over half way finished, and it is seriously one of the best books I have ever read. The release date is February 16. Not only is the content amazing - it's a beautiful book. Love the calligraphy and graphics.

Today is a snow day! So far we've played in the snow, practiced writing letters, played a Mickey Mouse game, read two books and we're about to cook lunch. 

I've run every day this week. I've got a 20 mile run tomorrow. I set my PR on fastest mile (7:46) and fastest 5K (25:53). Hopefully that doesn't affect the long run, but I'm feeling pretty good. I made some modifications to Whole30 to sustain running.

William and I have a pretty intense travel schedule coming up. He's in Texas. I'm in Orlando, back a week, then on a cruise (for work) for a week, back for 3 days, then to Vegas. He will likely have to go to New Orleans at some point in March. I'll be in D.C. for 4 days. He has to go to Arizona in April... you get the point. Prayers are appreciated during the busy season.

That is what we've been up to lately. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dear Younger Me

Do you ever hear a song that makes you cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME you hear it? I mean full on, ugly cry? Gotta wait in the car to compose yourself before you are around people cry? You get my point...

About a month ago is when I first heard the song of many tears - Dear Younger Me by MercyMe.

For a long time, I believed that God could not/would not use me to do anything for His Kingdom because of my past. I truly believed my story (which I will share at some point) was so bad there was no way it could be used for good. I think this is one of the biggest ways Satan tries to keep us from God's plan for us. It is so easy to relive memories and moments in our lives that we aren’t proud of or wish we would have handled situations differently. When we live in constant regret, it causes us to be blind to a potentially great future. I will be the first to tell you that sometimes I wish it had been a smoother ride, but I believe my greatest strengths were found in my weakest moments, Those weak moments are the ones God used to teach me and mold me into the person I am today.

Paul says in his letter to the Philippians:

Philippians 3:13-14

Forget the past. Look forward to what lies ahead.  Just a reminder of the context here, Paul was once a great persecutor of Christians. If there was ever a man who felt he couldn't be used, it was Paul.

A couple of the lines in the song that really stood out to me: My joy, my pain would have never been my worth and You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross. How comforting to know that our joy or pain does not define who we are to God or anyone else - our past does not define us. We do not have to carry our shame and regret. We can just drop it at the foot of the cross. We've been forgiven through the blood of Jesus; His death covers all of the sins that lead to regret.