Food For Thought Friday

Flashback Friday: 2015 Highlights

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Happy Friday, Folks!!

Since we have just crossed the border into 2016 – and I am still writing 2015 at the end of every date…I thought we would do a Flashback Friday…into the past year, and all most some of what has happened with our little family.

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We started off the year by buying our first home together – in Westbrook, ME!

 

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Pier went back to school at USM for a 2nd Bachelor’s.
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It was cold in Maine…
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Really…
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Really…COLD.
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My sweet Grandma came to visit in Maine and met her Great-Grand-Furs…
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Of course they loved her – and she loved them!
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Despite the freezing cold weather and feet upon feet of snow…Maine was/is gorgeous…
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We began fixing up our Maine home…Built in 1901, beginning with this little Harry Potter Closet – under the stairs…
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We began transforming it into…
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…a media cabinet…
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…and slowly but surely…
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…it came together to form this…
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…Here’s the other side of the wall where we placed the plug-ins for our entertainment system…
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…And here is the TV and the first speaker in place…
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…And the finished product. Sweet and very hand Craig installed surround sound in the ceiling, as well, and with my ‘midnight blue’ walls and ceiling, they were completely hidden. (Confession – We miss this little house.)
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I also did ALOT of painting and wallpaper removal…This spot was my favorite to work in…I almost broke my neck on multiple occasions.
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Of course it was also a wonderful spot, as well… It’s where Lucy came to sit and tell me she loved me. ❤
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We spent Valentine’s Day at Home Depot…More work on “Our Old House”
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We visited Minnesota in the early part of 2015.
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And flew back through Boston – Logan…the last flight in before the blizzard hit.
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Craig and I shared about 2 weeks at home – sick as could be. But between the coughing, we really enjoyed the quality time together….#pilotswifeslife
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I began running…thanks to a great area to explore and some asthma running/breathing techniques.
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Craig was really impressed with the green beer I ‘made’ him for St. Patrick’s Day!
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We journeyed to Georgia for Ralph’s 60th Birthday Extravaganza and had an absolute BLAST! Wish we had more pictures, but I LOVE this one of me and my grandma!
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We celebrated Easter…The COLDEST Easter I have ever known – Hence my fur coat!
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Easter (What was UNDER the heavy coats!)
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We spent a lot of time with our Youth Group.
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YM – An amazing group of teens seeking after Christ.
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What a great experience! We have missed them!
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We celebrated Craig’s 33rd with a visit to the beach – Old Orchard in Maine…
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…a trip to our favorite restaurant in Maine – Mulligan’s!
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And the absolute COLDEST baseball game on record – Literally our teeth were chattering! Go Seadogs!
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We came back to Georgia and have enjoyed some great times with family – and getting to know my brother’s sweet girlfriend even better! ❤
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I celebrated my dear friend Lauren’s precious Baby E with a shower and enjoyed time with my fave girls!
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Craig was promoted to Captain – and we couldn’t have been more excited. It was SO well deserved for such an incredible man & pilot.
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I was hired by an awesome company with a lot of FUN people!!
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We celebrated out anniversary in Hawaii!
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And thoroughly enjoyed…
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…Minute.
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We cheered on my Georgia Bulldogs!
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It was Craig’s first SEC Football Experience – and I think he really enjoyed himself!
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We went to MN again – And thoroughly enjoyed some much needed snuggles with our precious niece, Eden.
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We also ventured to the top of the Foshay Tower…
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…it was a great view with amazing company. ❤
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We were blessed to celebrate the baptism of our Goddaughter, Charleigh Mae.
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Miss Charleigh is quite the little angel!
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At work, we had a costume contest of sorts for Halloween. I may have won. 😉
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We enjoyed a lot of time at one of our favorite Georgia spots, Kennesaw Mountain.
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I can’t BELIEVE it, but we celebrated my baby brother’s 30th birthday…Oh my goodness…
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We made Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time ever – on Jonah Day.
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11/29 Turkey! 😉
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We celebrated Christmas with a trip to see The Nutcracker in Atlanta…
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…and also with my precious family. Obviously, we need to take more pictures when we are with my parents!! 😉

What a wonderful year we’ve had!! Farewell 2015! Welcome 2016!! Here’s to our following the Lord wherever He is leading us and standing strong in our faith, no matter what!

Have a beautiful weekend! We’ll see you on Monday!

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My Choice Monday

A Top Ten List For Your Top Ten Places

MondayIt’s already Monday?!?! Wow, it feels like this weekend just flew by! Not only was I busy with cooking (Craig’s) meals for this week, but when Craig arrived home on Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed the beautiful day walking at the Marietta Square and having dinner at Stockyard Burgers & Bones – where I was delighted to find they served not only gluten-free buns, but also lettuce wraps for their burgers! Yippee!

After church on Sunday, we began getting Craig ready for his trips this week with more cooking – that man eats pretty well, if I do say so myself! 😉 We also took the pups to a nearby dog park, and all ran around and played catch as a family. Anyone who thinks it takes human children to turn a married couple into a family is sadly mistaken. We are just the family God designed us to be at this moment in our marriage!! (Not that we can’t wait to see what He has in store for our next season!) You should have seen us running around out there, talking to Lucy & Caroline as if they were people! 🙂 They are my heart!

What are your weekend activities? Where are your favorite places to spend with your loved ones? For our My Choice Monday post, we have compiled a list of some of our faves (in Georgia & Maine) for free time fun:

  1. The Marietta Square
  2. Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park
  3. Silver Comet Trail
  4. Elements
  5. Old Orchard Beach Pier
  6. Downtown Portland
  7. The Sun Dial
  8. Kayaking at Big Cedar Creek
  9. White Oak Park
  10. Westbrook River Walk

So now it’s your turn? What do you like to do on the weekends, or in your spare time with your loved ones? There was a time we spent way too much time indoors and at home, but now, we are facing the beautiful opportunities the Lord provides each day by celebrating His glorious creation as much as we possibly can!

It’s amazing how the feeling of a long week and a tired earthly body can be reactivated with a little bit of fun! 🙂

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My Choice Monday

A Case of the Mint-Free Mondays

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Happy Happy Monday Folks!

…and what a Monday it is! I shipped Craig off to Texas on Saturday, so this weekend was one of the first in my re-training myself in ‘How To Be A Single Wife’. These days his schedule means about 6 days in Texas and then, hopefully, enough time to catch a stand-by flight (or 2) home to re-group, have his laundry done, and pick-up some new home-cooked meals before he heads back out for another 6-in-a-row… I have to admit…I love him with every nanofiber of my being, and I wouldn’t trade our life together for a nanosecond, but the Pilot’s Wife’s Life is tough.

 

I look at those of you with kids and I think, well, at least you have COMPANY! 🙂 It’s just me and the furs at our house!

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Anyways, getting to my point :-)…in the re-training process, I am learning how to sleep in an empty house again. It’s something I have never been good at, and having to wake up around 5:00AM means it’s something I need to improve upon! I got in bed last night, sure I would fall fast asleep, quickly. I was soooo exhausted. But my mind had other plans…I tossed and turned and heard (and jumped) every time the cat jumped off of the bed to wander around – which seems to be about every 45 seconds. Finally, I decided I would put on a podcast of a sermon to fall asleep to. International House of Prayer App? Check. Sermon? Check…

But the moment I close my eyes and get comfortable, I realize this must be a sermon about the Book of Revelation and the End Times. Nope. I can’t listen to that when the cat and the dark are scaring me and keeping me awake!! Eyes open again and it’s on to the sermon search…ok…I find one that seems to be about Jesus’ Sermon On The Mount, and drift off to sleep.

My alarm blares me to life at 5AM…I hit snooze…or so I thought…

When my eyes slid open at 6:22AM, I realized I must have turned my alarm off. Yay. And today’s the first day of school for much of the Atlanta area….I knew traffic would be worse than usual – by a longshot, and I only had 15 minutes to get ready and leave for work.

While I did manage to corral the dogs in the kitchen, make one cup of coffee for the road, and pull my hair into a barrette, I had that rushed feeling that I despise since I prefer to arrive everywhere with 15 minutes to spare.

So, today, is a Monday. For sure. I am praying my quiet time in the car at lunch proves successful in de-stressing me for the remainder of the day. The Orange Essential Oil didn’t do the job…Although I think the Lavender may have worked too well – once I got to sleep!!

…which brings me to today’s product recommendation:

Auromere Toothpaste

Y’all. I have a confession. I cannot STAND minty toothpaste.

Yuck.

The idea of brushing my teeth and then having to wait an hour before I drink my coffee or a glass of orange juice really drives me batty, and at night, that crazy strong mint flavor keeps me awake.

I know. First world problems.

However, much to Craig’s chagrin, I found this toothpaste which is a game changer. Not only is it free of fluoride, gluten, bleaches, artificial sweeteners, dyes and animal ingredients, it comes in a non-minty, licorice-ish flavor, and makes your mouth feel so clean. 

Craig does not like the licorice flavor (aka Mint-Free, although there is a ‘Licorice’ flavor), but agrees it makes your mouth/teeth feel clean. We are going to sample the Fresh Mint flavor for him.

The link I’ve included lists the toothpaste at $6.99, but I was able to find it at TJ Maxx for $4.00. Similar to using salon shampoo, you don’t need as much, so one tube should last a long while. We bought ours at the end of May and it hasn’t changed shape at all.

So, whether you’re into minty toothpaste or licorice, this toothpaste could be the answer for your pearly whites too.

*Please note: We were not compensated in any way for the aforementioned product review. Above, please find an honest, consumer’s opinion of a product.*

Have a great day, friends! We send our love!

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Food For Thought Friday

Dream The Impossible Dream

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Happy Friday! Today open this post in a browser because we have a ton of thought-provoking information for you, and a lot of it is via video. You’ll want to watch. Trust us. 🙂

Some food for thought…

Isn’t that what childlike faith is all about?

Luke 18:17

17 I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

In other Food For Thought Friday News…

30,000 YEAR OLD VIRUS HAS BEEN REVIVED?!?!?! {click the picture for the link to the articleI don’t know about y’all…but that one should make you THINK!

And these two are just for fun…

Um…is it just me, or is that not SUPER cool?!?! That’s actually a current “concept” Pizza Hut is considering…Now if only the place had gluten-free pizza…

This next one freaks me out a little bit…The whole concept… But I want your opinion…Would you go?

The father…I just don’t understand how you could live with yourself… I really don’t…Did that bother you, too?

What are your overall thoughts after watching that documentary… I was very provoked by it…Made me think about how we should feel that way about Earth, since as Christians we are aliens in a strange land…

And finally, this Chevy commercial just made me cry right here at my desk.

All I could think about was our sweet fur-babies… Oh, pets are SUCH a blessing!

Have a great weekend boys and girls! Craig & I have a super fun excursion planned for the next couple days! Tune in next week for all the details! 😉

xoxo

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What's Up Wednesday

What’s Up (With The Ashes?) Wednesday

WednesdayToday is Ash Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent – a time for us to do some spiritual spring cleaning and focus on the Lord – we will focus a lot more on Lent and what it really is all about tomorrow. 🙂

Ash Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the Liturgical Calendar. Why? Because it gives us an opportunity to truly wear our hearts on our sleeves. Even wearing a cross around your neck could be taken for granted in today’s society. It could be just a fashion statement, or even a mockery. However, wearing a black smudge of ashes on your forehead is noticed. And thus, a wonderful opportunity to share a small part of your faith.

My personal tradition (since Craig is never in town for Ash Wednesday) is to wake up early (now, I’m typically up and out so early it felt late!) and go to the 6:55AM Mass at a church close to my office, and head to work afterwards. I cannot tell you what an amazing (hidden) opportunity this is! It’s 1:45pm in the afternoon and I have had no less than fifteen conversations about Ash Wednesday and Lent and the meaning of it all since I arrived at the office at 7:55AM – and these were both in the office and when I headed out for a quick bite of tuna salad around lunch time.

If not enlightening others about the meaning behind the ashes, it is discovering others in your place of work or around town who share your Christian faith. Community is a wonderful thing, and you don’t have to be Catholic to participate in Lent or Ash Wednesday. Head to a service right now!

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In other newlywed news, I’ve been ramping up my workout by adding in two days of cardio every week, in addition to 3 days of Pure Barre. I’m getting very very addicted to exercise – a concept I never thought I would understand!!!! If I can get excited about working out, any one can. Trust me. There is hope for us all!

wpid-20140303_063354.jpgMost of our other time this past week was spent with the furs – as usual – when we weren’t at work or working out:

wpid-IMG950029.jpgOur little Lucy is a mama’s girl and she does NOT realize she is enormous and no longer a puppy! She is such a big girl nowadays she literally steps up onto the couch and lays down on top of me – and that’s the end of it. ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz! and not a thing we can do about it! (And we wouldn’t have it any other way!)

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Just look how much she’s grown!!!! This was taken just a year ago!

And finally, on Saturday, we went to LaGrange and had our hair done (Yes, Craig too!) 🙂 . Then we had a sweet visit with my grandmother, Mama Dee, and ended up going to dinner with my parents.

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We ate at The Farmhouse At Serenbe, and it was such a wonderful experience! I wish we had taken a picture with my lovely parents, but I think we were too mesmerized by the dessert to think about such things! Yum!

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Join us tomorrow for our first Lenten Edition of Thirsty For Christ Thursday, and right now – head to an Ash Wednesday Service near you!

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Your Devotional Is At The Bottom Of Her Blog Post – But Make Sure You Read That Too! How Beautiful!

Until tomorrow y’all,

xoxo

 

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What's Up Wednesday

The Furs!

WednesdayGood Morning Friends!

Brrrr! It’s COLD here in Atlanta – 17 degrees! For we Southern folk, that is an arctic chill! 🙂

We’ve been pretty busy with errands, and plain not exciting this week, but that gives us an opportunity to brag on our little girls – The Furs, as we call them:

Miss Daisy – our resident kitty and 1st pet. She was mine before I met Craig, but once we found him, she became HIS baby! Miss Daisy just loves her father! She was very very used to being our “only child”…

and was a little perplexed (and MAD!) when we brought home this little ball of fur…

Lucy: Our golden retriever/yellow lab mix…My precious little girl who is not little at all anymore!! She was allllllll puppy when we got her, and very very curious about her new kitty cat sister, Miss Daisy…But Miss Daisy was not the least bit interested in being her friend… And then this little miss climbed (literally!) into our car at the gas station one morning…

Caroline: “The Longest Dog In The World”, as we refer to her. This little dachschund has the tiniest body and the biggest heart of any animal I have ever met. She is curious, cuddly, and just precious! However, she is TOO curious for the comfort of Miss Daisy for sure!

They do not get along…But as you can tell from below, Lucy & Miss Daisy are no longer enemies or skiddish around each other at all:

How precious are they!?!?!?!

Oh, how I just love our sweet girls! 🙂 If we’re this bad now, can you imagine how lovesick we’ll be over our own children??? 🙂

We can’t wait!

Until Tomorrow!

All Our Love,
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