Thursday, September 03, 2015

Thankful Thursday {Link up #35}

Thankful Thursday

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude"
~Winnie The Pooh

This week I am thankful for:

... runs that helps me work out stress in a healthy way. 

... my new little canvas I got for my living room from TJ Maxx.  $7.99!  What a bargain!  I think this says it all, especially on Thankful Thursday

... seeing a baby bump picture from my friend in Colorado on Instagram.  I'm so excited for her & her husband & the new big sister!

... good books that you don't want to end.

... steamed broccoli with cheese.  Healthy food with a touch of happiness.

... I am down 18 lbs so far since starting the 21 Day fix!!!  (which is more like the 3 month fix so far)  I'm averaging about 1 lb a week, but that's what the doctor told me is best so I'm not complaining.  I know with my size it's not even something you can see a lot yet... but I'll get where I want to be.  Count on that!

... on the back end of that - I am thankful I got in a pair of shorts that at the beginning of summer, I couldn't even get close to buttoning.


... Harvey survived his grooming.  I so worry about that little trouble maker.

... going to a new church with friends... & seeing familiar faces while we were there!  That always makes it easier to be in a new place when you see people that you know.

... Finding little coffee shops around my work.  I'm making it a regular thing to stop on Friday's & celebrate the hard week of work.  & I like finding these cute little places & help in supporting local businesses.

What are you Thankful for this week?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Confession Time

I haven't confessed in awhile... let's clear the air a bit

... It is now completely dark on  my drive into work. The sun doesn't even rise now till 7:14am ... I'm at work at 7am.  Sigh.  Big Sigh.  It's already depressing enough to do the drive to work & now doing it in the dark?  UGH! #bettertohidethetears

about how my morning drives look

... I don't understand how my husband can fall asleep with a speaker literally laying next to his ear, with super hero movies or cartoons playing, LOUDLY. I mean, super hero shows always have action packed scenes.  Bombs exploding, yelling, lots of fighting.  & he snoozes right through it..... But let me giggle when I'm on the internet on my tablet & looking at funny posts & he'll roll over & tell me I need to keep it down.  #inserteyeroll

... Harvey Dent is the first dog we've ever had that hates to go 'bye bye'... all our others? If they saw the car door open, they'd run & jump in & give puppy dog eyes until we took them somewhere.  I have literally just driven up & down the street before to make them feel like they've gone somewhere.  But if Harvey sees a car door open, he runs up to the house door, sits & shakes & whines.  That makes for fun times when he has to go to the vet or to get groomed.  #DogAgoraphobia

How we have to get Harvey to the car

... I somehow got caught on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.  It's USA Vs. UK & the people they have that represent America?  Oh wow... One is a Teen Mom, one is an adult entertainment star, Janice Dickinson & 2 of the others I've never heard of.  The one I know the best is Daniel Baldwin.  Those Baldwin boys are into everything.  I cant stop watching though because its funny to see how the USA is represented.  & with this cast, you can imagine how well that is.  #ABaldwinBroforPresident  #BetterThanTrump

... The houses near my work are all older houses.  Everyone has to park their cars on the road which makes 2 cars coming down the same road a nightmare every day... & then I noticed that none of these houses have driveways.  What's that about?  When they built these houses, did they not expect people to actually own cars?  #parkyourcoveredwagon?

... I don't understand Snapchat ... at all.  Isn't like Instagram but just in a different format?  I just don't get it... but I think I need to download Periscope. I don't want to get too out of the loop on the latest things.  Easy to fall behind with technology changing so fast.  Plus, I want to see if Disney has live videos going... & let's be honest, I'm going to see if I can ever find anything Steven Curtis Chapman.  #probablycantfigureitout #iamold

... I wish I had money to get my hair straightened by my stylist every week  #shesmagical  #iampoor

... its so sad driving up to our house now & not having neighbor dogs come running to greet us.  It feels so strange.  Makes me even happier to walk into my house & see 3 wagging tails waiting to greet me #Givemeallthedogs

... I am way too excited about this movie coming out!  #LoveHalloween 

... & this movie as well!  #FavoriteWitches

So what are some things on your mind you need to tell me?

Click on the button below & you can join in with all the confessions happening
#Hashtaghumpday @ Genuinely Lauren

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

One Sentence a Day... August 2015 Edition

1 sentence
Seriously?  August is gone & we're heading into September. 
I won't complain though - Fall is my favorite - without a doubt...
but these days are flying by. 
Which is why I love to remember what happened each month
... so here we go... presenting to you - August :)


1.  I got to love on baby Emery for a little bit doing her first pictures.

2.  I put my spending freeze to the test when I saw a Belle canvas print at Target & didn't get it.

3.  I got announced as a new Beachbody Coach!

4.  I prayed for a friend all day long as she made some life changing decisions.

5.  I went outside to run after a storm thinking it was going to be cooler but was smashed in the face with humidity.

6.  Because of wanting to see what Donald Trump would say on LIVE TV, I actually sat & watched the GOP Presidential Debate for the first time in my life .

7.  We ran into a friend that God had on my heart earlier in the day & with our conversation, I knew it was totally God-planned in our meeting in a parking lot.

8.  We headed up to Merge Camp where I got to talk about God always being with us & our need to get to know Him better in order to really fall in love with Him.

9.  We finished up Merge Camp & got home feeling like we were at least 100 years old.

10.  Had my heart broken as we witnessed the worse side of church possible & saw the most deceiving part of ministry.

11.  Got to hold little Miss Emery for awhile which made my day so much better after crying all day thinking about leaving my youth kiddos.

12.  I got lots of hugs & kisses from the cutest little Grandbuddy ever!!!

13.   Got to get a run in outside ... in the humid air.

14.  I got to meet up with a friend for lunch, hang out with more friends painting pottery & then got to worship our Lord with a few thousand Christian sisters.

15.  I loved getting to hang out with some of my favorite people at Women of Faith & especially that this new momma was able to come along, letting me hold her little Princess throughout the day.

16.  We were so sad to see our friend complete her 20 years of leading children's ministry.

17.  Had a nightmare of a ride home from work when a semi was hanging off of the ramp that allows me to get to the bridge to get back to my home.

18.  We got to Skype with our friends in Nicaragua & see how life is when you have a pet monkey.

19.  I got to go see one of my previous brides to take an ongoing picture we're going to finish up after the baby is born

This isn't the ongoing picture :) ... this was just one I had to snap really quick

20.  I went to the wedding rehearsal & got to see all the wonderful people I'll get to spend my Saturday with.

21.  I spend my Friday night charging up batteries & gathering up camera equipment.

22.  I got to spend the day with a gorgeous bride & groom on their perfect wedding day.

23.  We got the news our pastor stepped down from our church.

24.  I literally didn't want to stop running because it meant coming indoors. 

25.  We found out that our neighbor dog, & adopted step child, Ernie went to the Rainbow Bridge to see Sydney & Buffy.

26. I literally was dumbfounded at the conversation I had to endure with the rudest person I think I have ran into in my entire life.

27.  I was reminded that I'm not the spry little jack in the box anymore when I pulled a muscle in my upper back working out.

28.  I worked on pictures like a crazed woman & was finally able to put up a quick sneak peek of my last bride.

29.  We got to rock out with our friends at the One Can Reach concert.


30.  I got to take pictures of one amazing lady & her wonderful family.

31.  I am bummed out that the heat of summer is back & that sweet taste of Fall is no where to be seen.

How was your August?

What was the best thing that happened to you
during August?

Monday, August 31, 2015

The weekend I spent time in Lowe's before the sun rose....

I know I've said it on most Mondays... but this one holds new truth.

I'm exhausted. 

Like I felt like I needed to put in a coffee IV to get me to my drive into work.

Now that its dark & the sun doesn't join in on my drive to work, doesn't help.

I was on overload this weekend.  But, what's new.

Friday - I got home & was on a mission to get ahead of the game on wedding pictures.  It was like a time warp or something happened because I started working on pictures at 5:30 & stopped when the hubs brought home some Chuy's for dinner & then I was right back on the computer... before I knew it, it was almost midnight.  I made great progress though - edited over 120 pictures. Whew!  Go me.

But I will say, I had fun company editing because I watched "The Wedding Singer" (Can never tire of that movie) & "Housesitter" with Steve Martin & Goldie Hawn.  I forgot how funny that movie was.  Ricky & I actually saw that movie in the theaters... when I was dating someone else!!   Ricky was our friend & hung out with us.  Ricky & I laughed the entire movie through & the jerk-face I was dating thought it was dumb.  Red flag right there.  ... it all turned into a happily ever after anyways... but it was funny to watch the movie again & laugh through it.

all the high waist-ed 90's jeans in this movie is great!

All the editing had me up late & then on Saturday, the stupid alarm rings at 6am... thanks honey once again for making that groomer's appointment so early.

When you get to the store that early, you have to be buzzed in.  Because even stores know better then to open that early...

We dropped the dogs off & Ricky was excited because the only store open that early... Lowe's.... Lord, give me strength.

This was basically what I did for half of the Lowe's trip...


I found a rocking chair - even tucked under the shelves - sat in it & almost fell asleep.

With no make up on, my hair looking a hot mess, I know the Lowe's employees almost though I was a homeless person straggling in. 

I decided that I could take advantage of the early morning & no crowds & start on my FitBit step count so I got up & did basically a tired zombie walk around the aisles.

The bad thing about being in Lowe's to me - I want to change my whole house.  I went over to the kitchen area & just daydreamed... I want my kitchen to look beautiful like these... See, Ricky shouldn't bring me to these places

Kitchen dreams
Kitchen dreaming before the sun rises

& then, leave it to me to actually find something in Lowe's I need...

A car key.  Stupid car key.  I have had my car for 3 years & this whole time, I've only had 1 key.  It's a scary thing when you can't find your keys & know that's it - you have no other.  So I saw at Lowe's they actually program car keys - because you know, they just don't make "regular" car keys now.  They have to have chips programed & coded & blah blah blah.... this key cost me $90.00

Isn't she a beauty?
I wanted to cry.  Ricky kept telling me I needed it.

Later in the weekend, he was talking about looking for me a new car & trading mine in.  I said, "NO WAY - I just spent $90 on a new car key!"

After spending over an hour at Lowe's - I was ready to eat, get some iced coffee - get some pep in my step.  So we headed over to Panera.  We ate & then hung out for a bit... but then walked outside & mercy, the morning was just beautiful.  The outside seating was so nice & cool & we only had about a half hour left to wait, so Ricky said we could just hang out there... so out broke the knitting & it was the best part of the morning...


... & then the next best part of the morning came when our fur babies were done.

Harvey hates leaving his home... like the worst anxiety dog when traveling - so he was so happy to be home. I was so happy he doesn't have hair falling off of him in clumps. I told someone that my house had tumbling tumbleweeds of Harvey's hair lately.  No more.


Bruno came out looking handsome & smelling yummy.  Tangerine shampoo was the flavor of the day.

I had just enough time to edit a few more pictures before it was time to get ready & head back out the door.

Greenville had put on a concert to raise canned goods for local pantries & our friends were performing in it so Ricky & I went down to support them.  Always love hearing my friends sing!


It was even more exciting because we walk in & its pitch dark. I couldn't know it was my hand if I saw it in front of me - it was that dark... & I see someone looking at me & saying, 'Rebecca!'... & I see one of my favorite faces.  One of my girls from years past in the youth.  & look next to her & another one of the faces of one of the funniest guys I know.  I always call him my super hero partner because for some reason, I would have dreams that he & I were like a Dynamic Duo & we would save the world from terror & chaos.  Who knows.  But I just love these 2 so much.. & haven't seen them in YEARSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!   


Jordan popped in for the picture & I love it... These kids were a great part of a LOT of my years in youth ministry.  It's so crazy to me to know they are in their 20's now... one is married... the other 2 about ready to graduate college.... & me the exact same age, not changing one bit (cough cough)

After the concert we headed down with our friends to Wick's Pizza & just got to enjoy hanging out with each other...

Why I always love Carly
This picture is only one end of the table... there were equally as many pizzas going down the opposite side of the table... Pizza everywhere!

We ended up getting home late & by the time I got a shower, I was in bed past midnight.

I'm too old for this kinda of behavior.

Because we were back up early on Sunday to go to church.  We tried out a new church & met our friends so we could sit together. It was great.  Such a good message.  Loved being there with our friends.  Wonderful to see a lot of familiar faces.  We really do love Southeast Christian.  I'm not the biggest fan of a 35 minute drive to church when it used to take us literally 2 minutes.  But we are open to go wherever God leads us.

We ended up separating after church to run some errands.  We were going to meet back up for lunch but we got side tracked running into some friends at the store & talking & didn't catch up with them for lunch... but Ricky & I ended up spending a little bit of time together before I needed to head up to Henryville for some family photos.

Let me just say, I love this family.  This lady has been kicking cancer's butt for over 10 years... & for so long she's been wanting family pictures.  When you have a lot of people in a family, its a lot of schedules to get in order, but they made it work & we were able to get some beautiful pictures of this amazing family.

See that lady right there in the center front row?  You've never known someone like her - I guarantee it. She's the sweetest lady... I've never heard one unkind word come from her lips.  She had the most precious heart of anyone I know... & how she loves her family... I put on Instagram words that I feel like describes her so much to me - "she has a face of strength, courage & beauty"... that's exactly who she is to me. 

So glad to capture her beautiful family for her.

So you know what that means... the rest of Sunday was me editing pictures. 

My computer loves all the attention...
I love my computer for helping me make people happy...

& before I know it - its 10:30pm & I'm ready to fall into bed.


Exactly where we started at the beginning of this post.

How was your weekend?
Did you get some rest?
Do you have a love or hate relationship with Lowe's?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favorites

 Favorite Drink Recipe

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte. You'll never need Starbucks again!

Clean Eating Pumpkin Latte
Link Right HERE

Favorite Yarn Craft

DIY Crochet Slipper Patterns {7 Free Designs}
I am so in love with these slippers - especially the grey Boat Shoes & those orange slippers with the 'strap' across them.  I may have to give these a try.
Link for patterns are right HERE

Favorite Recipe
Quinoa & White Bean Burgers


Doesn't that looks amazing?!?!?
I'd do it without the corn (yuck) but I'd probably add mushrooms!
Link right HERE

Favorite Reminder


Favorite Beauty & The Beast

21 Invaluable Life Lessons We Learned From Disney Movies

Favorite LaughVideo

 I still can't believe there IS such a thing as a website for married people to have affairs.... what is wrong with people anymore??? ...
but this video is a good little laugh about it for all the husbands that were good boys!

Favorite Funnies

Lml Megan!


Funny Pictures Of The Day – 55 Pics

oh my

... when my husband tells me I should be happy about my job even when I remind him I haven't had a raise in 8 years
... when the hubs cleans his dishes after dinner
... every night as soon as I get into bed for the night
... when I heard that WICKED was coming back to town in November & I asked the hubs if he wants to go

... me at 4:00... STAY OUT OF THE WAY!


Happy Friday Y'All!!!