Monday, April 27, 2015

Showered for a Bride to Be

This weekend my sister-in-law had a bridal shower. It was a lot of fun. 
The yummy food, which was great! Of course I loved the purple because purple is my favorite color. 
All of chatting, family and friends gathered in the name of the bride! 
My sisters law played this game called how well do you know the groom? Every time she got an answer right, she got a $1 and every time she got it wrong, she had to chew a piece of gum. Eventually, she had a wad of gum she was chewing on, but it was fun to watch! 

Whitney got lots of beautiful gifts from friends and family for her new life. 
Finally, here are some of the bridesmaids in Whitney's Wedding! Aren't they adorable?

Q: What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ten Ways to be JOYFUL in a SAD world

The Back of the book:
A unique combination of biblical teaching, scientific research, and personal biography shows those who follow Jesus how to live joyful, purposeful lives.
Hopelessness has invaded much of our culture, even reaching deep into the church. But while the world is awash in negativity, Christians have resources to live differently.
In The Happy Christian, professor and pastor David Murray blends the best of modern science and psychology with the timeless truths of Scripture to create a solid, credible guide to positivity. The author of the acclaimed Christians Get Depressed Too, Murray exposes modern negativity's insidious roots and presents ten perspective-changing ways to remain optimistic in a world that keeps trying to drag us down.
The Happy Christian invites readers to shed negativity and become countercultural missionaries by demonstrating the positive power of the gospel in their lives.

My Review: 
In our daily living, we can either choose JOY or we can choose to taken out by the stuff we see in the news. The choice is ours! However, our life isn't easy and I'm not even going to pretend it is because I know it is extremely difficult. I LOVE how each chapter teaches us how to take something that could be sad and spins it into something happy in an optimistic way. The world can really drag us down. The book talks about topics such as the media, guilt, feelings, the past, sin criticism and many more, but spins them in a positive way. Here is the thing, I found that I am harder on myself and I am my worse critic. Can I can an AMEN? Are ya'll with me? Are you you're worse critic? I found myself thinking, I am so focused on the NEGATIVE and not the positive. WHAT is WRONG with me!!! This book was a game changer! I highly recommend it. Thank you Thomas Nelson! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

There is nothing like running a race that is made for women sponsored by Nike and hosted by our local running store. I was super pumped to run this half marathon, okay maybe pumped wasn't the right word, THRILLED!

I was also trying to tell myself this was just another training run for Riverbank coming up in May. Since that is the largest 25k in the country, I am really trying to save my speed and endurance for that beast. 

I will say I was disappointed with my time, but given everything my body and things that I have gone through as of lately in my life, overall, I am happy to have finished standing up, and my pace didn't completely tank like I thought it should have. 

Plus, the winds were awful and it wasn't a day for PR's or at least not for me and not for many people. Either way, it was a nice race for women, it was a great course and I had a lot of fun.  

I loved having the support of a great friend, LeAnn and my hubby! LeAnn was waiting for me at the finish when I was ready to lose it. I got sick on the course, dehydrating out and well, it was just not my day, but I was determined that I would finish! Plus, we had some great cheerleaders and awesome signage! 

In tomorrows post, I will be talking about a mishap or something that my body is still trying to recover from and what I am doing to correct it, ASAP! Stay tuned!

The Bling & Shirt, which I work to work Monday!

Q: Did you run any races this weekend? Did you follow the Boston coverage?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

God me and Sweet Ice TEA, My New OBSESSION!

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, July 2013)
In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.
God, Me, and Sweet Iced TeaGod, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

My Review:
I love this devotional! It is so sweet, sweet as TEA!!! Ya'll when I was in the south, I started drinking Raspberry sweet tea and this stuff is AMAZING! Not only is tea amazing, but this book is just great! I simply read it to get me going in the mornings or at night, it makes me feel so at peace. I love the questions that make me think and ponder. I never thought I would be a person who would love Southern Living, but this book just makes me joyful!!! Do you need a little grace for today? Moments of reflection to stop and think? This book is for YOU!
           My Sweet Tea addiction!!!!!

Rose Chandler Johnson
Rose Chandler Johnson's devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

A Heart's Obession

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A Heart’s Obsession (Thomas Nelson, April 2015)
Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust?
When her father succumbs to a long illness, Sarah Montgomery is freed from duty to family. At last she can be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, who has gone out west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sarah and her younger brother Joel make the arduous journey filled with hope.
But at Fort Laramie, the reception Sarah meets isn’t what she had hoped for. Her friend Amelia is thrilled to have her, but Rand seems to be in the clutches of Jessica DuBois, the scheming daughter of the post commander.
Sarah resolves to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . especially when her ex-fiancé Ben Croftner arrives in Wyoming, obsessed with having her back in his arms.
My Review: 
heartsobsession-400This was the second novella in the Journey of The Heart Series and it was better than part 1. Faced with Indians, a journey out west, Ex-FiancĂ© Ben willing to go to great lengths to win Sarah's love and Rand who is promised to another woman, will Sarah find love with Rand or will she continue to fight for his heart?  This is a great book and I highly recommend it! It is a great read! You will read it super fast! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sunny Days!

Happy Tuesday! 
Michigan is finally starting to warm up and the weather is absolutely beautiful here. I could not be more thrilled to have such warm weather. It has been perfect to take walks and runs outside. Sunday was perfect for a 6 mile run.
 Last week, I spend a great deal of time in Nashville, Tennessee.  It was a blast and I found myself really wanting to move there. I will post more pictures and lots of stories in the upcoming days and 
While on vacation, I enjoyed so many books and spent a great deal of time reading. One of those books is written by Karen Kingsbury entitled, "Chasing Sunsets." 

This book is about Mary Catherine who pursues a life through giving back, but has difficulty trusting men with her heart. She volunteers at a local youth center and meets Marcus Dillinger. He is the LA Dodgers famous pitcher. She begins to find herself falling for him, but an unexpected turn takes place causing her to make a difficult decision. Will she find love or will her heart be closed off forever? 
This book had me in chapter 1 and I was hooked. You'll fall in love with the charcters and won't be able to put it down. 

Thank you to Howard Books! I received this copy for review purposes only and was not compensated for a positive review.

What books are yall reading? Are you enjoying this beautiful weather?