Weekly Roundup-March 18, 2012

A few days late…spring break got the best of me folks…

Goals:

  • Physical–As I mentioned, I ran my first 10 mile run last Saturday and it was so empowering to do so!  We are really in the home stretch for the 1/2 marathon (less than two weeks!) and we are grateful to have gotten 10 miles in, as many training programs stop there.  We were hoping to do 10 today, but due to scheduling issues poor planning, we ended up running after church and it was 70 degrees.  Seeing as how we typically run in about 50 degree weather (max), we were not prepared, not well hydrated and we both had to stop a little early.  I stopped right at 8 miles and walked the rest of the way in (we were on a trail, so we had ran 5 miles out).  I texted the Beau who was ahead of me to call me when he was done, planning on asking him to go get Gatorade (never been a big fan of drinking calories, but after Krisse’s post, I knew it had to help as I felt so dehydrated).  When he called, he was already on his way back from the store with 2 Gatorades.  I love my beau. I honestly wept when I hung up the phone. He even walked to meet me to get me my fuel.  Although I’m excited to run this race, I know that our training in our head has got to step it up if I want to continue running.  We have much to learn about fueling and becoming more in tune with our bodies to be the most effective when we are out on the pavement.
  • Spiritual–We began a new series at church this past week about relationships and what a beautiful mess they are.  Man, once again, it so hits home. The series is centered around what has long been one of my favorite verses: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Luke 10:27) It’s all about loving God so you can better love others.  We were able to get a first hand experience of this as the Beau and I headed to West Liberty, which was one of the communities severely hit by the tornadoes that came through a few weeks ago.  Talk about perspective.  It’s so sad to see the destruction that a storm of this caliber can create.  It’s also humbling to remember that something we cannot control can have such a huge affect on our lives.  It also ushered in a sense of trust in God’s goodness to us in the midst of difficulty.
  • Creative–Nothing too creative this week…probably going to be benched for a few weeks to be honest.
  • Home–Very thankful to get some spring cleaning done!  Yay! I purged my closet and dresser of unused/unwanted clothing, sorted my closet entirely by color (yes, I ROY G BIV’d it and I’m not ashamed), and am excited about working my wardrobe a bit more creatively.  I have a work conference coming up along with a few more down the pipe this year and I’d love to be able to utilize my wardrobe more effectively (and in everyday wear as well).
  • Personal–It’s been a very random week to say the least.  Students were gone on spring break, but we were in the office.  I had scheduled to be off a few days at the end of the week and then we did tornado relief, so I was only in the office two days.  Very unusual, but I’ll take it. I’ve been staying pretty on top of things with my Week at a Glance planner, even in the randomness of the week.  I was very fortunate to have some time have a girls day for myself on one of those days off-brunch with girlfriends, a gift certificate for a massage, a hair appointment.  It was lovely.  Thursday also started March Madness, so we’ve been watching lots of basketball around our house.  Loving that our Kentucky Wildcats are looking so good and there have been some really amazing Cinderella stories.

Mom Update: Still having quite a bit of back pain, but trying to stay positive!

Yummy Recipes! Such a crazy week, I made some staples of Sausage Balls and Brussel Sprouts, as well as yummy Sausage, cabbage and apples on St. Patty’s Day! Have a much better “normal” week and more yummy meals on tap!

“Pinteresting” Things: If you’re on pinterest, feel free to follow my boards!

Yummy Pina Colada  pops that are Paleo!  Can’t wait to try these!

YUM!

Speaking of style, I’ve been looking at lots of exciting ideas for refashioning and restyling my closet.  Some great finds:

Options for a striped oxford shirt

The little black dress--5 ways!

I’ve also been looking at lot at belts, scarves and cardigans–so may ways to change up an outfit with these pieces!

Scarves!

And something I’ve been telling myself lately on the pavement:

motivation

Things I’m learning: My “theme” for the week on my weekly planner was “Calm.”  It’s funny how on spring break week when most folks week is not calm, and my week honesty was (on the surface) quite hectic, I had a sense of calm resonating from deep within that sustained me.  The other thing I’ve been learning–not so deep.  When you’re planning a 6am run with the beau, a) remember that the time change makes the sun rise later, b) make sure you both have your headlamps c) know your route.  Secondly, when  you forget all those things and have to run at noon with the sun blazing at 70 degrees on March 18th, don’t complain about your sunburn and increased number of freckles.

Interesting quote/Scripture:

My verse for the week–“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25  I sense God is stirring some things deep down within that seem very foolish to me.  I guess they’re right on point then.  Stay tuned…

Hope you’ve had a great week! Happy Weekend!

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Weekly Roundup-March 9, 2012

**Get ready folks! I’ve got bookooh’s of photos in this post. How in the world do you spell that word anyways…**

Goals:

  • Physical–Ran with Lex Ladies Run on Saturday and that was really great. It was really nice to run with people–even if I was much slower than most of them, just knowing they were out there and catching up with some of them at the end was really awesome. It was also really great to just be out there running part of the Run the Bluegrass Course! It’s absolutely beautiful! Now that the race is just 22 days away (ack!) I’m really getting excited, but also still very nervous. We are both getting back on the Paleo wagon after a few little slips here and there–it seriously makes us both feel so much better.
  • Spiritual–The Depth Group that I lead weekly with some college women has been studying Celebration of Discipline this year, which has always been one of my favorites. We had one of the best discussion of the year (in my opinion) on confession. It was really, really good. Sidenote–I’m always so challenged when talking with college students–being in the classroom for many of them who are studying theology or just in a required bible class gets them thinking in ways that I typically don’t. For instance, one student this week just casually said, “so Faith, what’s your view on predestination?” I had to honestly say, “well, I don’t really think about it that much, so let me think and then get back to you.” I’m the student in these situations. Okay–back to Depth group–really, really loved our discussion on confession. We talked about our salvation and how it is not necessarily an event, but an ongoing process and that we must constantly be in a state of seeking to be better, to grow, to change. We cannot do this on our own. We must constantly pursue Christ. It also brought me back to a quote I read in my devo time this week. From the book The Imitation of Christ, “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Ouch.
  • Creative–Definitely stepped this up but forgot to take photos! ACK! I will update, but I made the prayer sticks and the date night jar as well. Love them both! I’m looking forward to more things that I can do this Sabbath Sunday!
  • Home–Had a busy weekend, so we didn’t get much accomplished, but the week has been accomplished. It’s made us feel very busy–not sitting down for anything other than when we actually eat dinner, but good at the same time. We have been getting in our cleaning plan, which excites me as we are hosting our small group tonight and I don’t have to worry about our house being in disarray! Yay! Looking forward to a weekend of cleaning out and purging. We are such an over-stuffed society with stuff we just don’t need. We also finally got something put on the walls that had just been staring there since…Oh, January or so.

    H.O.M.E.

  • Personal–I’ve had a really great week and a really difficult week all balled into one. See twitter messages from Tuesday and then the two from Wednesday:

Not that I’m proud of my chick-fil-a run, but, it is what it is.

Mom Update: Mom got her back brace and will be able to wear it when she’s walking or going to visit family or on an errand run like she has been today. Still down and struggling a bit, but thankful for some encouraging

Yummy Recipes! Several things to share on this front this week. I made a batch of my pumpkin muffins for a treat last week and finally remember to snag the photos!

Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Muffins (GF/Paleo) Ingredients

YUM!

I made some delish stuffed peppers last night that I found from this new favorite food blog. I added some cauliflower rice and it made 6 very stuffed peppers! The best part-another crockpot meal to my lineup! SCORE!

Mexican Pulled Chicken Stuffed Peppers (and the lineup of kitchen tools)

And finally. Green Smoothies. Our new favorite (after we buckled down and scored a new blender). We’ve had one every day. Yum. And I PROMISE you cannot taste the spinach. How awesome is is to have taken in that much spinach before you even get to work! I found the recipe here (finally!) after literally googling “green smoothie dole cup” (click link to see what I mean). One of those times I was kicking myself for NOT pinning something initially seen on pinterest.

GREEN Smoothie

“Pinteresting” Things: If you’re on pinterest, feel free to follow my boards!

This is coming to Ikea in April and I cannot wait!

ikea cart

I wish I had a bunch of fabric scraps–this is so fun! Love St. Patty’s Day!

st. patty's wreath

This is SUCH a cute idea to send to someone who might be under the weather or down in the dumps–I have someone in mind I might send this to!

sunshine

Another reason why I need to learn to sew. Stat.

potholder clutch

And finally chickens. What more can I say?

chickens

Things I’m learning: So much. Where to begin really. Still processing Dark and Light. Rootedness. Slowing down. I think that’s the thing that has hit home the most this week. We had a 1/2 day staff conference at my work and our wellness coordinator was talking about Health Made Simple–3 Do’s and 4 Don’ts. The don’ts included not going through a drive through (uh-oh, Chick-fil-a), not using tobacco, and not drinking pop/soda and especially diet pop/soda. The fourth thing was not to do everything at one time. Our speaker was meaning all three of these things–don’t quit them all at once. But when I saw it on our handout, I immediately just though–don’t do everything in life all at once, Faith. I’m constantly wondering how people do it. Thinking about Brene Brown’s talk about how we are the most stressed, over medicated, overweight, over worked country and yet we just keep doing it. One day it’s going to catch up with us. I”m so ready to slow down a bit. Looking forward to a few days next week to do that.

Interesting quote/Scripture:

“So I run, but not without a clear goal ahead of me.” 1 Corinthians 9:26

And once again from the book The Imitation of Christ, “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” Help me Lord to focus on me. No one else.

Hope you’ve had a great week! Happy Weekend!

DIY-The Rooted in Love Project

No house update this week–things are basically the same.  BUT we will have electricity as of today so look out…hopefully we’ll be able to get a LOT more done in the next few weeks.

I have always been deemed pretty crafty.  I get it honest from a Mom who used to sew, cross stitch, make pillows, you name it.  Those small things turned into cross-stitched Christmas ornaments and a cross-stitched copy of one of my high school senior pictures.

I love my Mama, but this one just kinda freaks me out to look at.

So, I never learned to sew and cross stitching just wasn’t really my thing. But I have loved to let those creative juices flow in other ways.

Some days in comes out in decorating.  Some days in a painted canvas.  Some days in other DIY projects.  There’s something about something handmade that is so heartfelt and personal.  In thinking through items we want to grace our home, we’ve spent a lot of time looking at the Ikea catalog.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Love me some Ikea.  However, I think I’d rather be able to tell a story with a piece of furniture.  One day I want to tell our kids “That tractor seat came from your Papaw. I know you think it’s odd we have a tractor seat on a milk barrel, but you’ll appreciate it one day.”  So we’ll still shop Ikea for rugs or home accessories and when we’re in need of a cheap patio table, but for the most part and for bigger pieces, we’re relying on family pieces and yard sales.

It’s the same with artwork.  I’d rather put my own creativity into a project that hangs on our walls or have some of the incredibily talented artists that I know do so and tell a story with it.

Enter the Rooted in Love Project.

One of our students was raising money for a missions trip and making all kinds of her OWN creative projects to sell to raise money.  Headbands, paintings, you name it.

I fell in love with this one.

And I had already fallen in love with this material from Ikea.

Having a few canvases I didn’t want to paint over but knew they were wasting away in their current state, I wanted to staple this material over those canvases and have a great little tree theme going on.  How cute would all those little trees have been.

Good thing I google image searched the material just to see how big those trees were.  Yeah–MUCH bigger than my imagination.

So here’s what we came up with!

I haven’t decided where exactly they’ll grace our new home, but we are going with a basic theme of greens, blues and greys for wall color, so I have no doubt they’ll find a home pretty soon.

Best,