Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Morning by Morning


Life lately has been a season full of learning.


One of my favorite simple memories from Denmark were the bright, quiet mornings. Kevin didn't have to go to work until 9am. We'd sleep until the sun gently awoke us, I'd slide out of bed and open the blinds to reveal the full glory of the rising run and lay in the bed cuddled in the blankets as Kevin got ready. Mornings at home look nothing like that, so these were such precious moments and I soaked them up as much as I could.

I've always been a morning person. Growing up I loved getting up before my family and having the house quiet and all to myself. I found the same true when I would spend the night at my friends' homes, My best friend's house was one of my favorites to wake up early in. Sometimes her parents would still be asleep but most of the time her mom was up and awakening the kitchen, and sometimes her dad would play the piano softly. I loved those mornings.



Every day you are to provide a year old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord; morning by morning you shall provide it...So the lamb and the grain offering and the oil shall be provided morning by morning for a regular burnt offering. Ezekiel 46:13&15

I think we have a tendency to discredit the Old Testament sometimes. The sacrificial offering rituals were taken away when God gave us the perfect offering of Jesus on the cross yet there is still much to learn from those stories of sacrifices.

Morning by morning the people awoke with intentions to offer a lamb, offer their day, to the Lord showing Him respect and honor. Yall, wow. That had to take some intense intentionality and I'm certain time. I read that verse and was floored by the dedication God was calling them to. It caused me to consider what I do daily to offer God that respect and honor. How do my mornings reflect intentionality to prepare for offering the new day to my Jesus?

The lesson that I find myself learning over and over so often is being intentional. Intentional with my mornings, and my whole day...because bottom line...it's God's new morning, it's God's new day.


In our small group, we've been discussing often what it looks like everyday to choose Christ in our varied workplaces. Do you show joy? Do you participate in gossip? Do you represent hope? Do you encourage unity? Do you demonstrate love? These are the things we've been asking ourselves, these are the things I've been asking myself.

I don't want to waste these days away. If there's something you take away from these tragedies the world is facing right now, realize your days are numbered. You may pass away sweetly in the arms of those you love after a long and well lived life or your life may be horrifically ended. What will you choose to do with each day you've been graciously given?

I encourage you to choose:
to be challenged in your faith
to go deeper in your Bible studies
to seek out knowledge from various teachers
to develope acts of faith
to be self aware (not self absorbed)
to be God centered
to live in confidence
to sow unity
to teach others
because these things will demonstrate Christ!

This list came from a fabulous teacher, Amy Little, as she taught on Hebrews 6 to a group of women on Monday night. I soak up her words every time I'm privileged to hear her speak. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog Friends Turned Forever Friends


Samantha left on Sunday and I've missed her ever since. Also, since then my allergies have blown way out of control. I can't hardly breathe, and yesterday I spent my work day sneezing gobs of snot onto my desk, too much information? Sorry, I can't even. So, spending time flipping through our smiling faces and fun adventures has been the only thing keeping me going, well and my sweet husband who is the best care taker to this baby-ie:me.

On our final two days, we explored OKC and Norman. While this part wasn't new to me like our tour of Tulsa was, it sure was fun to take Samantha around "my stomping grounds," I got to show her much of just my normal life, and that was the best part.

We slept in a little on Saturday morning, and began the day at a Norman favorite, Syrup. We did a teeny bit of shopping on Main Street, and then we went into OKC. We took the tour of the Overholser Mansion, and then pretty much popped around the city, checking out various places from this post.

On Sunday, we spent the morning talking in bed, just relaxing. It was possibly, my favorite part of her trip. We did the Tone It Up BFF workout together, finally. And the husband took a pretty stinkin' fun instagram video of it. We did a light breakfast at home and spent the rest of the early afternoon showing off campus and munching on Hurt's Donuts, gourmet donuts=a good idea always. We wrapped up her time with a little craft project, of course.

Tone it Up girls!








Our celebration dinner...between the two of us, 29 pounds have been lost over the last year!


Doing work outs everywhere we go















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I "met" Samantha through blogging, three years ago. Over a year ago, we finally met in person in her home town, Virgnia. This year she came to see me for a girl weekend. Never underestimate the power of friendships made through blogging dear ones! You can meet your best friend!



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Touring Tulsa




I've been in Oklahoma for seven years now and until last week had never been to Tulsa, to see Tulsa! It's been on my mind to go for a visit for quite a while now but it took Samantha coming all the way from Virginia to get my booty there.

The first day she was here, I popped her by a couple Route66 stops and we had some tasty meals but on the second day, we hopped in the car after a morning work out, Starbucks in hand, and made our way to Tulsa. Tulsa is only a couple hours north east of Norman, it's a short and simple drive. I did some research prior to our trip and gathered there were two major things on our list: 1. The Philbrook Museum and 2. A walking tour of Tulsa.

We started our day at The Philbrook and just loved it. The Museum was once a home to a wealthy oil business dude. Later in life he gave the home and property to the city to become an art museum. The works of art housed there are fantastic but the home itself is definitely the jewel. The grounds are breathtaking! We spent a good amount of time out there. If you're going to Tulsa, you just MUST put this place on your list!









Next we headed to downtown Tulsa. I had booked us a tour covering the historic favorites of downtown. We met up with Mike from Tours of Tulsa just outside of the Philcade building and started the tour almost immediately. Mike took us through several of the buildings, and took special care to point out design details, something we, as designers, greatly appreciated. We both loved learning the unique stories and so-told-rumors of some of the design decisions made. Tulsa is rather unique in its design and architecture, as all of the buildings were built in the favored design of the wealthy oil businessman who funded the various building projects. While Tulsa is well known for many art deco buildings, there was also a great amount of interiors with heavy European design influences. It was so cool to see each building and how vastly different one was from the other.

The tour was great, not only for the history and fun stories, but we also got to check out special areas in the buildings that we would not have been able to see as just a visitor. Additionally, we both felt there were so many areas that you wouldn't have even known to check out because they weren't in the city guides. Seeing the tunnel systems was one of my favorite parts and definitely not something you see in every city. You haven't really visited a city until you've learned about it and I'm so glad we spent the time to take this tour. Ever since Kevin and I took our first city tour on our honeymoon, I've been convinced that you learn the most about a city through the mouth of an actual tour guide. If you're traveling to Tulsa, I highly recommend you gather a group and give yourself an hour to learn from the fabulous guides of Tours of Tulsa. It was worth every penny.

Mike gave us a few extra minutes of history as we walked with him toward his parking location, and then we checked out some stores before making our way to the Mayo Hotel, Mike said we couldn't miss it. The exterior of the hotel is my favorite but the interior certainly was beautiful. Samantha and I were able to catch a peek into the museum room. The walls were covered with framed photographs of famous musicians and actors that had visited and stayed there. We had hoped to pop up to the rooftop but we're just a little early, we found the ballroom level though and had a good time exploring the empty, beautiful room. I'd never seen such a simple yet ornate ballroom with that much natural light. The room had fabulous views. I could only imagine how beautiful a wedding might be in there.






That's Mike our tour guide!







We spent our last few minutes in the city at Utica Square before we headed back home to Norman. We had a quick bite at one of our favorites, Zoe's and then went to Bible Study. It was so fun to have Samantha at small group. She really got a big glimpse into our normal life that night, and I loved having her there.

I'm pretty sure we both crashed and fell asleep immediately that night. I wish we'd kept track of how much walking we'd done, I'm pretty sure we might have walked an entire half marathon collectively.

More on our trip to follow!


*I contacted Kelly of Tours of Tulsa about a week or so prior to our visit, I'm so thankful for her flexibility. She was so kind in helping us adjust our schedule and answering all my questions. Find Tours of Tulsa on their website (linked above) or on Facebook here. Be sure and let them know I sent ya!

Monday, October 12, 2015

#TealandPinkReunion






My goodness, what a terrific weekend I am coming off from. The blog has been a little quiet over the last couple of weeks, but my home has been anything but. We've had a full home, and our guest room has never been happier. Hospitality is SO my thing. It's been such a delight to have people here.

My favorite person that's been here? SAMANTHA! This girl, took time away from work, spent money on a plane tickets and came to see ME here in Oklahoma! I couldn't even believe she chose to gave so much time and resources to come to me. We spent SO much one on one time together, it was heart warming, smile giving, and conversation filled.

I am hoping to share more of a breakdown of what we did here in OKC/Norman and Tulsa. We hit up much of this list, but we also took a day trip to Tulsa, where we got a seriously fantastic tour from Tours of Tulsa. Guys, go to Tulsa and take a tour with them, you don't regret it.

As I drove Samantha to the airport we chatted about some of our favorite moments and quickly realized, every moment was a favorite. I don't want to forget one minute of it, but here are some highlights:

morning pj chats
doing tone-it-up videos together for the first time
long conversations in the car
laughing uncontrollably at the mexican restaurant
dinner at zoe's
exploring the philbrook together
walking till our feet cried
giving her a tour of my beloved university



Want to catch a sneak peek at our adventures? You can find our posts on instagram under #TealandPinkReunion or follow me or follow Samantha

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Little Bit of Random



Not surprisingly, I've fallen behind on the #blogtember challenge. I'm in my second week of my new work schedule and I'm loving it. I've got some things to adjust, most specifically related to my morning routine, but being able to come home and fix dinner has just been such a delight. Last week, I cam home, put mr frank sinatra on loud and putted around the kitchen with dinner and dishes. It was such a delight. Once this schedule becomes second nature, I'm going to be on a roll.

That pretty girl spent her whole Saturday with me last weekend and we had so much. We went to the Sooner football game and tried a couple of the Tone It Up face masks and body scrubs. We also tried making brownies with black beans...yall this was a win!

Lately, I've found myself in a mode of thankfulness. Let's be real here for a moment. Last week I got yet another call for a hospital debt bill from 2009. Yes, you read that correctly. It's been an an on-going issue that I've mostly just run into brick walls about. It's gone from being taken care of to not. This week I found myself yet again faced with this unfortunate issue. Immediately I felt my body warm and tears begin to well in the corners of my eyes as I sat on the phone with this new person working my debt case.  It took me a good bit to actually respond in a more thoughtful manner as opposed to my most-immediate-human-nature-emotional reaction. I fought the urge to be mad and just let the thoughts of, "this just isn't fair," take flight in my mind. It wasn't easy. When I stepped back though and thought through it, I found things to be thankful for even in this very situation.

I'm super looking forward to my very first studio friend from college being here Friday night and Saturday. We haven't seen each other in a while and we always enjoy checking out new things together. I also have a birthday gift that I picked up for her in Denmark because I totally missed her birthday being there. I can't wait for her to see it. Hi Sarah! See you soon!

Samantha blogged about coming to Oklahoma yesterday and I just skipped and smiled big as I read it. SO STINKIN EXCITED! Man how the Lord has blessed us with a sweet friendship!



And there you have it, super randomness...lots of little started blog post thoughts in one...



Monday, September 14, 2015

A Little Bit of Right Now



Oh friends. My heart is refreshed after another full weekend with my husband. Two weeks in a row now he's had Sunday and Saturday off and I've just loved it. I could get used to having him home both days easy. Maybe one day.

Was the last time I wrote one of these currently posts really a year ago? wow. I used to write these types of posts often. I really like checking in with myself this way and I've always enjoyed reading others. It's like a peek into your regular life that just doesn't usually make it to the blog.

So currently I am...

making...plans for Samantha and I! I can't believe she'll be here in a month!

cooking...protein pancakes & eggs (yes breakfast for dinner on a Sunday night!)- Kodiak's Cakes for the win yall!

reading...I'm finally reading through Bread and Wine -LOVE IT. I usually read a chapter in a bath about once or twice a week. Perfect short chapters that you don't have to read consecutively. I just finishes The Blind Side on audio, and also Paper Towns on audio. Any audio book suggestions friends? They make my drive homes so much better when I don't have someone to chat with. Kevin and I are also reading Dave Ramsey & his daughter's book about teaching kids to manage money. Great book. Loving it.

watching...Kevin has the Cowboys on (welcome back Sunday night football!)

playing...oh I keep adding all my favorites to a super long youtube favorites list but on Pandora Passion Band radio is my JAM! Yall, listen to it, k? (side note, that new cheerleader song makes me want to dance every time, can't get enough)

sewing...I've taken a break from sewing...one that's been almost a year long. I've decided easy pillows and little banners are my favorites but I'm on a scrapbooking kick right now.

wishing...for dust to just not exist...also my dog's stray hair...that kind of cleaning just drives me nuts

thanking...my sweet husband for being so easy going this weekend. I came home on Friday and asked to work on our little plan for a rock garden (we've got this area at the front door that is too in the shade to grow anything! and we've had this idea for well over a year). I didn't expect him to say yes because we didn't budget for it and because springing projects on him is usually not something he appreciates but to my little ears surprise and delight he said yes! He also took me to the mall on Sunday in between football games and bought me a Gap dress, which we scored for $10! SO thank you sweet man for being the best part about this whole weekend. I love you.

going...to the Historic Home Tour next weekend with one of my favorite interior designers. I hope to get some great shots this year to share with all of you! Last time, Holly and I went together.

wearing...Cowboys gear!

feeling...thankful and happy

learning...what it looks like to give up of myself every day to the Lord.

exercising...by running 10 miles this weekend. yes ten. It was hard. I'm also getting excited for Tone it Up's fall challenge. Anyone else joining???

recording...Ellen! Cause she's back! Any other Ellen lovers out there?


What have yall been up to currently??


Catch up on #blogtemberchallenge


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Sappy Happy

Yall I can never get enough of our Paris photos
Katie Donnelly rocks my socks of!!

I'm so excited it's Friday! Husband has the day off so that means when I get home around noon today he'll already be home. Cue sappy happy smiles. Lucky me gets him home for Friday, Saturday and Sunday! That's a three day weekend. I'll take a three-day-weekend over our usual one-day as often as I can get it.

Tonight, we've got plans to go learn a little swing dancing. The Myriad Gardens in downtown OKC has had a few free events this summer and sadly this is the only one we'll have had taken advantage of. Dancing with my husband is one of my favorite things to do. One day, I plan to enroll us in some ballroom dancing classes because otherwise we only dance at weddings, well and of course those random dance sessions that happen at home.

Kevin and I are not usually very adventurous in trying new things on the weekend, especially those that are "all the way" up in the city. Most Friday nights you can find us leading our life group in Bible study, and laughing a good number of calories off during the game time. But if it isn't a life group Bible study night, a Friday night at home includes a movie and a hot bath for me. Then again, that's a good night any day for me. 

Tomorrow, we'll be cheering on our Sooners for another WIN hopefully. Did you miss our football party this week? Husband is pretty pumped about RedZone coming back on Sunday. I'm pretty excited to get back into scrapbooking. I finally decided to take the plunge and do a project life book. I'm giving myself a new goal of completing our 2014 vacation book by the time Samantha gets here since that was when we first met face to face. That's approximately a month. 

I've also got to get in my running this weekend in order to stay on track for training for my half marathon. I still can't believe that I've signed up to run 13 miles. It's even more mind blowing to me that I've run as far as 9.5 miles. High-school-me would have laughed in your face, if you what have told me that I'd be running voluntarily that much. My how things can change.

On a more serious note, it has been 14 years since that dreadful day in NYC, 9/11. 14 years ago my mom picked me up from the 6th grade earlier than usual as we had been dismissed from school with no explanation. My mom was solemn in the car. I don't remember her telling me what happened but I do remember watching it unfold on the television, on replay. A moment that is now forever in our history books. Spend some special time today for the families so deeply wounded by that day my friends.

Friday Faves:
Samantha blogged about her fitness journey, it reminded me of my story and how much of a part she played in it. So thankful for her!
Jimmy Fallen has some seriously impressive dance moves.
Also, Jimmy Fallen and JT are my favorites.
Swimming with sea turtles is now on my must-do/see list for Hawaii.
I'm considering getting this planner for next year.
I'm excited to start the new Tone It Up Fall challenge, any of you joining?
It's been fun participating in the #blogtemberchallenge but I think the first day was my favorite so far.

Happy Friday! What are yall up to this weekend?
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