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WIOW: Couch Potato Moves

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I am all about fitting in your workout however you can. However, I’m not so much into accomplishing my daily workout while watching TV or cleaning the house.

You know what I’m talking about. The cheesy ones you see in fluffy magazines that also tell you that rock hard abs come in just three minutes a day.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to incorporate exercise into these activities, but I don’t consider them a workout.

I consider them bonus.

I don’t get too strenuous during TV workouts, but I do keep moving.

We DVR everything, so I do these exercises during an entire hour-long show, which ends up being about 40 minutes.

Those bonus workouts add up during the week.

In fact, you can burn about 15 calories every five minutes from light calisthenics. 

I realize that doesn’t sound like much, but when you do the math and add that up over the course of a show a night five days a week, and those bonus moves pay off.

Here are some of favorite moves.

Remember, this isn’t a “real workout,” it’s extra work. Mostly isolation exercises.

Just something to keep you from sitting all night. If you’re like me and sit all day at work- I need it!

Here’s some inspiration to get your own ideas flowing.

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Add this to your usual routine throughout the work week for some extra burn doing something you were already going to do anyway (watching tv!)

Check in tomorrow for more fun my dears! 

Food Lately

Hey sweets!

Let’s talk food lately.

I get on kicks and eat things for weeks on end, get bored of it, start with something new, remember the precious thing, and then the cycle restarts.

Today I wanted to share a few things that have tickled my fancy lately.

Like the fact that Morningstar finally stepped up and created a veggie burger made with nonGMO soy.

I was so excited to see these in the store, and am glad to know Morningstar listened to what so many vegetarians and vegans have been begging for.

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The burger is good, full of veggies, and doesn’t taste fake. A winner overall.

Okay, confession time.

I’m kind of anti juice.

I mean, I like juice, but so much of it is full of sugar. Plus it’s liquid calories. Calories I can use for other things like whole fruit.

Or peanut butter.

Anyway, when Will’s family visited last month I picked up this Tropicana Farmstand juice.

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I had some leftover and decided to swap out my almond milk for juice in my green monsters to use it up.

Let’s just say it was the best worse decision ever.

Or worst best decision?

I have no idea.

Let’s just leave it at being a good decision. 

It turned my green monsters into a delicious choco fruit smoothie (thanks also impart to my chocolate protein powder).

I’m not going to make buying this stuff a habit, but I definitely see myself doing this as a treat again fairly soon.

The 90s called and they want their food back.
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I had an insatiable craving for something crunchy and salty last week. All too often I succumb to digging through Will’s chip bag for the tiny pieces at the bottom just to kill the craving.

As an aside, why are those tiny pieces so darn good!?

Anyway, on a whim I tossed these guys I to my cart. Like juice, I kind of feel like rice cakes are airy nothingness and empty calories.

However, here’s the thing. Either I eat 150 calories worth of super processed greasy potato chips, or I eat two rice cakes for a total of 70 calories.

If I mix together some PB2 as a topper, I still have a crunchy and salty snack for under 100 calories.

It had to be done.

I don’t know why, but I totally think of the 90s, Billy Blanks, and neon when I think of rice cakes.

Here’s my lunch this week:

Nigella’s Beetroot Feta Pecan Salad.

I’ve said it a hundred times before, and I’ll say it again. I have a total girl crush on Nigella.

I don’t often make anything she cooks, but I find such soothing pleasure watching her cook.

These stuffed poblanos are de.lic.ious.

I made them for dinner last week and they were a hit. I substituted brown rice and even veganized my portion and omitted the sour cream and cheese, and they were still delicious. Yum.

Guysssss. You have to talk me out of making whoopie pies this weekend.

Help!

I used to make these sorts of things all the time years ago when I wasn’t into healthy eating.

And they were magnificent.

Actually they are magnificent.

They’re super easy too. You use box cake mix and can frosting, and then sort of oomph it up a bit with your own ingredients.

Anyway, I saw something on TV that made me think about them and now I.cant.stop.

I’m thinking if I impulsively decide to do it, I need a game plan…

and since I basically have decided to do it, here’s what I’m thinking:

-1/3 to my parents
-1/3 to P and Layla
-1/3 for me and Will

That’s 4 a piece, which is much more manageable.

I’d hate to find myself hiding out in our back bedroom with the entire pan, crying while watching You’ve Got Mail. #eatingyourfeelings

Good plan.

That’s all she wrote today.

Anything I need to add to my cart?

The One with the Cat Rescue & Look Ahead

Okay, not a real cat rescue, but it felt Iike it!

As I’m sure all of you smart and responsible ladies know, you’re supposed to clean under your fridge once a year.

Yeah, let’s just say it’s been forever awhile for the B-Love family.

This weekend, we noticed our freezer wasn’t keeping things as cold as normal.

Before dropping $100 on a service call plus whatever other associated costs, one of the first recommended actions is to clean below your fridge.

Duh.

So at 9:00 Saturday night Will and I embarked on the great cat rescue.

I call it a cat rescue because, girls, there were no dust bunnies under there.

There were full-blown lions!

I am a little crazy about a clean house, so yeah- was kind of freaking out about the hidden animal sanctuary right under my nose.

Sheesh.

We decided not to conquer the lion’s den that night, and instead reserved the fun for yesterday.

Want to know how to push me over the edge?

Use a leaf blower inside the house I spent cleaning on Friday to clean the dust from the back of the fridge.

I was not a happy camper, and Will knew it.

I quickly de-dusted some of the surfaces, but by the time we finished yesterday it was nearly 5 and I was spent.

In fact, most of yesterday was spent doing painfully responsible things. Like getting new tires, putting a new doorbell on the house, ironing, and prepping for the week ahead. Boo!

Oh, and as an aside, what is it about doorbells that make dogs go berserk?

I suppose I didn’t even really give you a weekend recap so much as confessing my lack of under-the-fridge-cleaning and frustration for my husband’s indoor leaf blowing action.

The rest of the weekend was good and fairly uneventful. We did our usual weekend things and also tried to rest a little. I even got to spend some quality time with mom and Layla.

Oh, and on Saturday night Will also proposed. On one knee and everything.

That’s right, girls, it’s official. I’m currently the co-owner of one of Will’s fantasy football leagues.

How did I get so lucky!? wink

So part of Saturday night was also spent doing research and discussing strategy. Exciting things, my friends.

Here I am researching...sort of.

Fantasy footballing

This past weekend was also the second to last weekend before the craziness of football season!

I know I say this all the time, but seriously, how is it already football season again!?

So let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Food lately
-Evening TV busters
-Thursday Things
-Are we good enough?

Alright my dears, that’s it for now. Here’s to a good Monday full of fresh starts and clean refrigerators. 

How to Fall Away From God (Streams of Consciousness)

When we cleaned the garage last weekend I found lots of interesting things.

Some I wondered why I even kept, some made me laugh (like my Super Nintendo), and still others made me incredibly reminiscent.

The reminiscent stuff is what I want to talk about today.

Do you have some time and some coffee?

Go get some and come back.

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We found lots of “treasures,” but a few stand out:

A giant picture frame someone gave us, full of pictures of us with youth at the church where we served,

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A couple pictures that used to hang in my bedroom before I got married,

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And a journal I wrote in my first few months in Kuwait.

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All are distinctive, yet united under the same feelings evoked when I saw them.

Depending on how long you’ve read my blog, you may not know that Will was a youth minister when I met him.

Will & Brittny-counselors at Super Summer 2003

Here we are serving as camp counselors together way back in 2003!

It was perfect. I surrendered my life to ministry as a youth, and our marriage and ability to help serve alongside Will at our church was a dream come true.

Only, no one ever really told us just how difficult our time there would be.

It didn’t come easy like the places where we were before.

The youth were so very different than we were used to. No more squeaky clean preppy kids with parents who were involved.

Every week Will would drive the church bus to pick up almost every single one of those kids in some of the worst neighborhoods in town.

Only a few had parents that went to church, and only a couple helped out.

The biggest struggle was that the church was wrought in pain from the past. There was much division, and the church had never really recovered.

A few months into Will’s service, the pastor was asked to leave, and we faced so many new challenges.

Talk about a heavy load for two kids in their early 20s.

It was hard, and Will hated it. It wasn’t exactly the dream I envisioned.

Then the chance to go to Kuwait surfaced.

What initially seemed like something so outlandish, became an attractive opportunity.

We prayed about it and it seemed like everything lined up to go, and so we went. (Perhaps this will be a future post?)

If you read the archives from waaaay back in 2005, you’ll see lots of adjustments to the new life.

I didn’t work for my first four months there, which felt like torture at the time but in hindsight was such a huge blessing.

It gave me time alone with God. To seek Him and draw close to Him.

When I look back on my journal, I could still see a lot of immaturity and want to tell myself, “Oh Brittny, if you could only see how God was doing a work!” However, I also saw growth and my desire to really pursue a relationship with Jesus.  I had loved Him all my life.

When I looked at people seemingly very close to God who had fallen away, I could never understand it.

How could you be so close to God, and so deeply pursuing Him, and then all of a sudden completely fall face first and turn away from His goodness?

Well, sadly I can tell you how it happens.

Listen up, and be mindful my friends. It pains me to be able to share these lessons, but I sincerely hope it somehow serves as a lesson to some of you who may be going through something similar.

The truth is, when I would see people who were formerly strong in their faith who had fallen, I was only seeing the end result of much more.

A process.

Do not be deceived friends, the enemy is all around and wants us to stumble. The Bible says he looks for someone to devour.

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It’s very true. The enemy was very patient with me, as I suspect he is with many believers.

It was years of slow erosion. Slowly chipping away in such tiny increments that I barely noticed. He’s crafty that way.

Oh friends, I allowed myself to step out from God’s umbrella of protection and became so vulnerable to deception.

How did it happen?

Let’s dissect.

1.Lack of Community

Moving to a Muslim country made it difficult to openly pursue a relationship with the Church.

Thankfully, someone we knew hosted a Bible study which allowed us the opportunity to meet with other Christians and fellowship and study the Bible.

Unfortunately, soon after our arrival, conflicting schedules prevented the leader from hosting and things dissolved.

Will and I were on our own.

The Bible stresses the importance of relationships with believers.

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I needed that community of like minded people in my life to encourage, to get encouragement, and to have a support group as we collectively pursued God together as a unit.

It was hard doing life on our own, but we managed to adjust.

Of course we did.

If you’re a Christian not attending church, you’re missing out and vulnerable. I would encourage you to find a church that preaches God’s word and get plugged in.

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2.Compromise & Complacency
In addition to lack of community, small compromises here and there primed my heart for falling away.

Seriously- like minuscule things that didn’t seem like a big deal.

However, that small wearing away allowed my heart to become vulnerable to attack. The more “small” sins I determined to be acceptable, the more I was on a slippery slope.

The more satan can get you to dip your toe in sin, the easier it can be to get dragged into the depths of the sea.

Sin is sin in God’s eyes, friends, no matter how we weight it here on earth.

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The Bible says God has “honest scales.”

Sin separates us from God.

If we allow what we believe to be “small” sins in our lives, we are sinning plain and simple.

We are opening our hearts up for more and more compromise. I know because I did it myself!

Before long, compromise was followed with complacency.
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Being totally fine with those “small” sins. In reality though, they were totally hardening my heart more and more.

Want to fall away from God?

Start making compromises and allowing sin in your life under the justification that “it’s not that bad.”

3.Apathy

Inevitably, compromise and complacency give way to apathy.

You just slowly stop caring about the things of God.
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You might say you do, but the heart doesn’t lie.

When we first moved back, we halfheartedly visited churches and kept on the outskirts or things.

Having spent three years without attending made us sort of accustomed to not going.

The first few years home weren’t our best. As I’ve shared so many times, my heart was so different than the one I knew so well as a youth and young adult.

As crazy as it sounds, I didn’t feel like me.

I felt like some other person, so unlike the Brittny I knew my whole life.

Living a sinful life far from God.

I stopped praying and reading the Bible.

Apathy will do that to you.

Apathy is such a dangerous place to be for professing Christians.

In fact, I’d venture to say it is nearly impossible to come back from a place of not caring unless the merciful Lord intervenes.

Thank God He is slow to anger and bountiful in love.
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4.Fear and Doubt

I started to feel Jesus’ gentle pull back to himself a couple years ago, but I believed I had gone too far. That He couldn’t take me back.

After all, I was the “perfect one” all my life. The youth leader, and the one who went on mission trips and truly loved God with every fiber in my being.

How could I go from that, to what I had become?

And how could God forgive me after I had already known his love so well and yet still fell away?

Apathy turns to fear and doubt.

And fear and doubt can often keep people from repentance.

It’s one of satan’s worst lies of all.

I was paralyzed in this fear, and yet slowly and continually, piece by piece, God reassured me of His love.

He reassured me that He could scatter what I had become as far as the east was from the west if I truly came with a broken and repentant spirit.

That he could restore me and bring me to an entirely new level of knowing Him.

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Oh friends, this is but a glimpse into the story.  However, I felt compelled to share it with you because we must be on our guard against the devil’s schemes.

They’re much more insidious than we think.

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That’s what makes them so dangerous and painful. 

If you want to fall away from God, you do the foolish things I did above.

Saturday night, as I tried to go to bed, I thought about the things I discovered in the garage and hot tears began to stream down my face.

The streams turned to quiet sobs, and I did my best not to wake Will.

Sooo, I crept into the bathroom and sat on the toilet seat.

Classy gal.

God and I had been in this place many times before (well, maybe not plonked down on the toilet seat per say, but in this very same situation).

I needed a lot of reassurance from Him along the way.

I found myself at His feet once more apologizing for wasting such a huge portion of my adult life living selfishly. Thanking Him for His mercy, and pouring my heart out to Him.

Telling Him how I want to get to the same level of intimacy we were before, yet in some strange way feeling as though I was more raw and intimate with Him recently than in my entire life.

I ended up reading exactly what I needed at that moment. This post about how God can make beauty from ashes.

In fact, the Bible days that things meant to harm us can even be used for good.

We serve a big God.

Bigger than our failures.

A God big enough to help us pick up the pieces and create a masterpiece that could only be used for His glory.

Perhaps you’re caught in one of these situations?

Maybe you’re on a similar path to falling away that I shared?

Oh friend, turn to Jesus.

I know the trappings of this world and “doing as thou wilt” sure seems great sometimes, but it pales in comparison to the freedom of living a life centered in Jesus.

I can say it because, unfortunately, I’ve lived on both sides.

Commit to Him and His plan, friends.

To wrap things up, I decided to hang a couple of those pictures.

And who knows, maybe I’ll even hang the collage I once deemed “hideous” as a simple reminder of the impact a life devoted to Christ can make.

Thanks for listening, and know I’m here to listen too!

❤️

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?

Work it Out Wednesday: Powering thru Transitions

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Transitions.

Whether it’s a move, a baby, or a new job, chances are we’ve all experienced our fair share of change.

Change comes with a host of new responsibilities, experiences, and adjustments.

How does working out fit into these transitions?

My new job is a good example, which is what compelled me to share today’s post.

My new job came with a new schedule, as well as a commute.

Both foreign to me.

It took about a month to get used to all the changes of being new at work, let alone trying to adjust to the new schedule and home life.

Work/home balance anyone?

Anyway, keeping a regular workout schedule was a must, and took some trial and error.

Today I want to share a few things that helped me during this transition in hopes it helps you too!

1. Schedule a Recovery Week
I purposely scheduled my recovery week for my first week at the new job.

While some may say consistency is key, I felt strongly about taking a break and simply getting accustomed to my new schedule before adding another ball to keep in the air.

I personally believe taking a week off to let my body rest was absolutely pivotal on my overall ability to quickly adjust to all the overwhelming changes of a new job, schedule, commute, and shortened evening at home.

You’re not selling yourself short by scheduling a recovery week during a transition.

The time to rest allows your body some extra relief from all the new stressors and gives you time to focus on all the new changes and challenges.

Give your body a break and take a week off during your first big week. You’ll thank yourself.

2. Pre-Decide

After your week off, it’s time to get back on the horse.

Already make the decision you’re going to workout.

Predetermine when and where you’re going to do it, and stick to your schedule

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Your transition may take some trial and error to determine the right when and where, but commit to finding what works and do it!

3. Change up Your Routine

In terms of working out, the biggest changes with my new job were the duration and location of my sessions.

Suddenly, instead of having a solid hour, I only had about 30 minutes to workout most work days.

This change really bummed me out.

Granted, I could have gotten up before 4:00 to have more time, but that defeats the purpose of maintaining my overall health (and sanity!).

Not only that, but to maximize my time, I had to nix my actual time in the gym and stick to workouts at home.

Another big transition.

I’ve done my fair share of at-home workouts prior to the new job (just checkout the health and fitness category on the blog) but cutting my time and types of workouts altogether was quite an adjustment.

I suddenly had to focus on more bang for my buck.

Hitting it hard and full throttle for that short 30 minute span in order to really maximize my time spent was key.

It’s also forced creativity on my part.

I couldn’t take it as easy on myself. It was all about challenging myself to really make the most of the time I had.

Sometimes that means a workout DVD (on days I’m unmotivated to come up with something on my own).

Many days it’s powering through something I created myself.

I miss the extra time occasionally, especially my isolation weight lifting sessions. However, I’m thankful I’ve created something functional I can stick to that targets my whole body.

Changing it up is not a bad thing, especially if it challenges you!

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Those are some of the things that helped as I got used to the changes that came with a new job.

Don’t give up or quit when things are transitioning!

Use it as a time to reassess where you are currently, and what adjustments you need to make to continue to meet goals in the midst of your change.

That’s it for today. Check in tomorrow

Blog Talk (and a Laundry Soap Recipe)

Soooo, I’ve been thinking about the blog lately.

Let’s discuss.

Working full time and staying busy with other activities sometimes makes it hard to come up with lots of fun content.

At the same time, I love this little space and want to continue daily posts during the week.

Soooo it got me thinking.

I want to have good content and don’t want to feel rushed or pressured to come up with things just to make sure space is filled on a given day.

I started thinking about things I liked best about some of my favorite blogs, and it really came down to their transparency. Their openness to share a glimpse of their life.

Right now, I share recaps on Mondays, often something food related Tuesdays, workout stuff on Wednesdays, things I’m loving or random fun stuff on Thursdays, and then something scripture based on Fridays.

I like this content structure, but feel like it needs a little...tweaking.

Here’s where the blogging pros whip out a survey for you to complete on things you’d like to see, but let’s be real here, I’m not going to make all seven of you do that.

I would, however, totally welcome thoughts on what aspects make up your favorite blogs, as well as some things you would like to see more/less of.

Let her fly!

Leave a comment in the share the love section in this post, and I will be so very thankful for your input as I start to consider some changes.

In fact, the rest of this week I will be gently reminding you, so you’ve been warned. smile

Oh- and let’s not addressed the ancient feel of the blog just yet.

It was made in 2006 (!!!) and definitely needs to be revamped, but unfortunately that’s just not on the docket right now. Definitely down the road though.

Thank you in advance. I know you won’t let me down (insert guilt trip here <----- ).

As a token of my appreciation, I wanted to share the laundry soap recipe below and tell you to DO.IT.

Seriously, it was the easiest 10 minutes ever, and this stuff should last until I'm 83.

Here's what you need (and most stores place these thinks altogether so it's easily accessible):
-2 cups, Borax
-2 cups, Washing soda
-2 bars Fels-Naptha
-Downy Unstoppables as desired (optional but highly recommended!)

Laundry makin'!

Here’s what you do:
-Grate the bar soap into small pieces.

Can we talk about this?

Everyone I talked to said this was so.incredibly.difficult.

It’s not.

Get your cheese grater, and get to it. You’ll be done in five minutes.

-Mix all ingredients together & store.

Use 2-3 tablespoons per load depending on size.

Boom. That’s it. That easy. This recipe should make close to 100 loads.

So there you have it.

Blog stuff,

laundry soap,

what more do you need?

I’m sending my next load to your house. Just saying. 

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The One with the Garage Overhaul & Look Ahead

Oh.my.stars.

I’m not going to say I’m glad it’s Monday, however I will say I’m glad this past weekend is behind us.

Hopefully you did something exciting or restful so I can vicariously live through you.

In fact, please tell me what you did so I can vicariously live through you.

Our weekend?

Was spent overhauling our garage.

Plus it was humid and a 137 degrees outside.

Terrific.

Admittedly, the garage needed some serious work.

It was pretty junky.

However, with competing demands to fix up Will’s man cave and overhaul the office (which is still on the horizon), the garage was most certainly an afterthought.

Plus, we honestly had no need to.

Now, however, we have to squeeze three vehicles and a motorcycle into our cluttered space, and that was not going to work!

Sooo Saturday was spent completely taking our garage apart and refashioning it to fit the new situation.

Oh man. Talk about exhausting.

Here’s where we started.

Before

Total junk city.

Please don’t judge.

When we moved back from Kuwait, everything we owned was shipped in footlockers...which were then (mostly) unpacked (or repacked) and placed in our garage.

That meant the footlockers were the first place we started.

We pulled everything out, went through them, washed them, and placed them in our storage shed.

That took forever.

And sheesh those things were heavy. Most were (and still are) filled with lots and lots of hardback books.

The rest were filled with all sorts of random treasures. Haha

We had lots of people that slowly drove by our house. I can’t be sure, but I think they thought we were having a garage sale.

I have no idea why they’d think such a thing…

During

After everything was out, we started garage reassembly.

Did I mention it was a thousand degrees and humid? Check out Will’s shirt in this pic. That was pretty much how we both looked.

During

Glamorous.

My parents were very thoughtful and brought us big Sonic teas and checked in on our progress.

It was good to see them, and it was good to force myself to stop and drink!

Speaking of hydration, oh man. I was a drippy, sweaty mess Saturday and super dehydrated.

I’m a wilty flower not cut out for buggy, dirty, garage work.

We started at 12:45, finished a little after 9:00, sweat buckets, peed once (seriously- only once 😟), and skipped dinner.

But we finished.

Thank God.

And it looks pretty darn good!

After

The whole time I was aching and sweating everywhere all I could think about was pizza.

I told myself it would be my reward for all the hard work.

Pizza, breadsticks, and a brownie. A complete cheat meal trifecta.

However, after we both showered it was after 9:30 and Will was all, “My body is so achy and the heat had zapped my appetite. I couldn’t eat a thing.”

Seriously man!?

For some reason Will not wanting to eat a giant carb infested meal with me took the fun out of the whole experience. Instead I ate two brownies and called it good (but was bummed about the pizza, not gonna lie).

I was a little worried Will was going to be stiff as a board Sunday morning. He kind of overdid it and was hurting pretty bad.

We both hobbled to bed, all old and battered, and were down for the count.

We didn’t set alarms yesterday, and ended up sleeping until 9:30. We opted not to go to church and watched it online instead.

The rest of the day was spent prepping for the week ahead- laundry, cooking, and the like.

Bor-ing.

I did manage to take 15 minutes to see my parents and tan, so that was nice.

Definitely not a glamorous weekend, but one that needed to happen. It feels good to have it done, and I’m thankful it’s over!

Can I totally switch gears for a second and tell you how much my heart is hurting for our brothers and sisters and their children in Iraq right now?

Between all that’s been going on in my life here, I’ve been watching the news frequently for updates. Having lived in a country that neighbored them, I somehow continue to feel connected to that part of the world.

Let’s definitely remember to keep them in our prayers today and the rest of the week.

So now we embark on another week. I have some fun things lined up, and I hope you’ll check in!

Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead:

-Blog talk (and a laundry soap recipe!)
-Working out in the midst of transition
-Thursday Things
-Streams of Consciousness (um, and I haven’t written this one yet but I have a feeling it will be long, so break it into sessions or do what you have to do, but don’t miss out!)

That’s it! My long weekend of garage cleaning. Very exciting. smile

Check in tomorrow and have a good day! 

It’s Time to Speak Up

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (‭I Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬ NKJV)

I am often nice to a fault.

Afraid to offend.

Afraid to hurt feelings.

Afraid to speak up.

Mousy and timid.

In fact, Will often teases I’m “Minnie.”

I’m not necessarily shy (after all I’m occasionally an Elmyra), but It’s also not in my nature to command crowds or be bold.

Suddenly, however, God is drawing me out. Gently calling me to step out of my comfort zone and speak up.

To take a stand.

Not to be silent.

To finally care so much about people that I have to make a move.

It’s causing simultaneous angst and urgency.

Afraid to do it, yet unable to sit quietly.

A struggle I increasingly battle.

Perhaps you’ve heard the quote that says, “Preach the gospel, if necessary use words.”

There is certainly a time for silence. There are times in which your mere, quiet presence in a situation can speak volumes.

However, in these days and times we live, I believe words may be more critical than ever.

It’s time for me to speak up and share the hope in Christ.

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To share his love and mercy with things I say.

To speak about his forgiveness and tenderness.

To announce his return.

It’s time to speak up in love.

It’s time for me to no longer just be nice. Me being “nice” is likely not doing much to spread truth of life in Jesus. 

It’s time for me to put that niceness together with godliness. To be bolder. To be okay with people disagreeing with me. After all, that’s the beauty of God’s free will.

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Maybe you struggle with this too. Perhaps all too often you are concerned about the destructive path a family member or friend is going down, or the despair your see someone in, but remain silent.

Friends, it’s time to speak up. If not for you, for them!

Remember (and I’m talking to myself here), speaking up doesn’t mean having to be something you’re not. After all, the first verse I shared talks about sharing the truth in meekness and fear. Just because I’m not naturally commanding doesn’t mean I still can’t be bold in my own right.

I know it’s hard, trust me, but when we pray for boldness and opportunities to share our hearts, watch out because he will do it!

I believe God is big enough to give us the opportunities, so here’s to stepping out of our comfort zone and being braver. ❤️

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Happy Friday, friends. I got my car yesterday! The rest of the weekend is going to be pain-ful. We are doing a garage overhaul to make room for the new car. It’s not going to be fun, but I’m going to look as it as an opportunity to burn some extra calories. smile Check in Monday!

TILT: 7 August 2014

We’ve made it to Thursday.  One more day to go. Woo hoo!

Here are a few things I’m loving lately.

Manafest- Impossible

This has been added to my lifting playlist.

Tilt

Tilt
I like the idea of this quote and want to be more mindful of this very thought.

This post with questions to ask when making a decision.

Preseason football!
I’m actually sort of mixed about this one. I’m excited about the coming college football season, but also sort of sad about becoming an NFL football widow. For today, we will stick with the positive!

Unexpected blessings
Long story short, I did the right thing yesterday and in doing so, thought it was going to end up costing me $100 compared to the other route I could have gone. However, in doing so I was so shocked when I ended up getting that $100 back for doing the right thing.  Is this real life!? God is good.

Tilt
Mmm hmm. You know that’s right.

These fun summery skewers. They can be modified a hundred different ways, and I look forward to a delicious veggie friendly version soon.

These delicious roasted eggplants aubergines.

This hilarious picture of me and P

I can’t be sure, but there’s a slight possibility I was holding her just a tad too tight.

Brittny-7 yrs;Carissa-3 months-afraid of being squeezed to hard

Mary Kay Pink Luster
I’m usually a lipstick gal, but I switched to this gloss the other day for a change and am really liking it. It still packs enough color and gives plenty of coverage. Win.

Okay sweets, that’s it for today. Anything you like I should know about?

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics, veganism (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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