C.S. Lewis

“If you read history you will find that the Christians doing the most for the present world are just the ones that thought the most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot, in the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark one Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so in effective in this. And that Heaven and you’ll get the earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you’ll get neither.”

– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Rapid Catch Up

Let’s catch up… since it’s been two weeks (or three?) since I’ve done anything with this blog.

ImageFirst, JRB and I have been doing the Advocare 24-day Challenge. It has been much better (and easier) than our Whole30 experience. One of the recipes I made was this Breakfast Quinoa. It’s so simple- just browned sausage, quinoa, and an egg. It would be delicious with salsa or guacamole!

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 We had a wonderful Easter. The weekend was filled with fellowship- a low country boil with our Sunday school class and an after-church lunch with some couples from our church. JRB and I are extremely thankful for the community we have found in Lagrange.

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How great has this weather been?? We have been taking advantage of the warm weather by frolicking in the backyard, playing church league softball, taking walks, and riding on the boat. Sam couldn’t care less about the weather. He just wants belly rubs all day every day.

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This past Friday, we attended the Lagrange High School Spring Show. We went last year and were blown away, so I SEARCHED for tickets this year. I was NOT going to miss it. These LHS students didn’t disappoint.

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We’ve been really into cooking during this 24-day challenge. This is another recipe I created, which is uber simple. It’s only grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and pasta. I added some garlic powder, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar (obviously!) to spruce it up.

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As always, plenty of naps have been taken. If there is one thing JRB and I are good at, it’s ensuring we get our rest. I believe we’ve passed this down to our pups. They’re expert nap-takers.

Happy Monday, folks! Can you believe May arrives this week? Where did April go?

Spring Time Favorites

Below are some things I’m loving nowadays.

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Josh’s good friend (who turned into my good friend) got married to a spectacular lady (who also turned into my good friend) almost a year ago. (Aren’t they quite the good looking couple?!) Since then, Allison has begun selling Advocare and writing one of my favorite blogs. I use her recipes regularly, and she makes her food look BEAUTIFUL. Check her blog, Abundant Simplicity, out!

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I made this Buffalo Chicken Salad last night and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It uses non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise thus reducing the calories in a major way. I had to take the picture from Prevention RD because, like always, I was too busy eating to take photos.

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This is the background of my phone, and I LOVE it. A sweet girl and fellow Auburn graduate runs her own business- Alex Fly Designs, and offered this free print last week. I may or may not have downloaded it in every format. Download yours here.

Have y’all seen this video?? I literally LOL’ed and immediately emailed it to JRB. This whole scenario was just so thought out and perfect. THIS is why I love April Fools Day- even if I suck at it.

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Also, is anyone else pumped for Secret Church?? The theme is The Cross and Everyday Life. I don’t know about you, but I need A LOT of the cross in my everyday life.

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How about Former President Bush being an artist? Above is his painting of his dog, Barney. He’s the one that Vladmir Putin “dissed” while Bush was still president. This video cracks me up and reminds me why I love George W. (even if I don’t agree with 100 percent of his policies).

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It’s officially wedding season! Three out of the next five weekends for JRB and I are weddings. We also are only a month away from our SECOND ANNIVERSARY. How did time go so fast? Weren’t we just having long talks on Auburn’s campus yesterday? Sheesh.

Weekend Update: Big City Pups

This weekend was probably the best weekend of our dogs’ lives. It began Friday evening with me sitting outside playing fetch with Miller and rubbing Sam’s belly. Josh was out of town for a bachelor party, so the dogs got all of my attention. (This can be very dangerous for my social media feeds.)

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 After meeting my parents for dinner at Jim-N-Nick’s (How awesome is it that Auburn has one now?? Cheesy biscuits fo dayz!!!), I returned to rest up for the big day Saturday promised to be.

Saturday, we visited my bff Camilla in Atlanta. We took the pups to Piedmont Park (the dog park), to Henri’s for sub sandwiches and tasty treats, to Camilla’s parents’ house (where we discovered Sam is scared of stairs. Weirdo.), and then back to her house for popsicles. It was hilarious to see them interact with other dogs. I fully expected them to be absolutely crazy and jumping all over other dogs, but it was almost like they were overwhelmed at the sheer volumes of dogs. Sam ended up roaming and scouting out people to pet him, while Miller went from ball to frisbee back to ball back to frisbee.

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 The popsicles were a real hit. They nearly tackled poor Camilla (but she loved it). After all was said and done, we returned back to Lagrange and did a lot of this-

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 How was your weekend? I hope it was great! JRB and I can’t wait for this weekend!

Letters Edition

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Dear JRB (or should I say JDB?), remember that time you fake changed your middle name? I’m so proud of your deception. Dear Sleepy Self, in the last two nights you’ve dreamed you were pregnant riding a scooter from Montgomery to Lagrange and that your mom was the Queen of England. Maybe it’s time to stop watching so much television. Dear Sam and Miller, tomorrow you will experience Piedmont Park and the dog park for the first time. Please don’t embarrass me too badly. Dear Chocolate Banana Layer Cream Cake, you  are everything that is right (and wrong) in this world. Dear Josh, please don’t kill me for posting this picture of you from our date last night. Trust me, you look handsome, and everyone needs to see.