high five for friday.

One of the blogs I’ve most recently started stalking, From My Grey Desk does a fun post on Fridays called high five for Friday and this week, I am linking up.
My week was awesome because: 
1. The hubs was super sweet this week by helping me clean and being extra supportive. 
2. I get to spend all weekend at a sewing workshop.
3. The time I spent at the library was productive (for once!). 
4. the little blog is growing and the comments from fellow bloggers warms my heart. 
5. Christmastime is in full swing and my friend gifted me with this little snowman. PRECIOUS! 
I hope your week was awesome too! Have a wonderful and safe weekend! 

{Christmas Cards} Tiny Print Love

Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet?
We ordered customized Christmas cards from Tiny Prints this year and couldn’t be happier.
The process was a breeze and the order arrived quickly.
We selected a picture from our fall photo shoot and used one of their banners to complement the pic perfectly!
If you are not sure where to go to create the cutest Christmas cards around, I highly recommend that you Celebrate the holidays with customized Christmas cards from Tiny Prints! and check out their site soon because they are currently offering free shipping and 30% off.
Happy Shopping!

Fitness Journey: Week Three Re-Cap

After three weeks of regular exercise, I am not where I want to be. I still can’t run a 5k, and I still can’t keep my breathing under control when I am running… However, I am giving myself credit for what I am doing and that’s moving.  

Last week I vacationed in Florida… I know, I’m lucky dog! 

It was challenging to follow a normal fitness routine since I was on vacation but I did make an effort. And hey, that’s something, right?

Here’s how I did: 
Goal: Monday, Wednesday and Friday complete couch to 5K training for one hour.
Reality: I trained for thirty minutes twice during the week and walked for twelve hours at Epcot. (please tell me that counts for something!) 
Goal: Develop a morning routine by doing this between 5:00-5:30 AM with another friend.
Reality: I didn’t have to wake up early. Yay! I was on vacation. However, I still fit my work-out in before breakfast. 
Goal: Join the challenger on Saturdays for a strenuous exercise with her running group at 7 AM.
Reality: I did not complete this goal. Being out of town made it impossible for me to run on Saturday morning. 
Even though the week did not go as planned, I did get off the couch. My greatest struggle derived from my eating habits. Being on vacation made it very hard to eat well and as a result I was very sluggish during my work-outs. 
Overall, I am proud to say, I successfully made it through week three.

Maple Glazed Carrots

Did you all have an awesome Thanksgiving? I did. 
My mom made this awesome dish over the weekend and I’m so excited to share it with you. She’s the master of jazzing up traditional side dishes. 




Ingredients:
3 small bags of fresh Baby Carrots
Butter
Brown Sugar
Maple Syrup
Chopped Pecans
Honey
Method:
Boil Carrots in ¼ stick of butter and water until semi-tender.
Mama says use a fork to test the tenderness
Once tender place Carrots in a baking dish
Slice up ½ stick of butter and place on top of carrots
Then coat the dish with brown sugar
Add a thin layer of maple syrup
Top with 1 cup of pecans
Drizzle with honey
Melt ¼ stick of butter and pour over pecans
Bake in over for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
Serves 10-12. 

ENJOY! 

Operation Christmas Child

Have you heard about Operation Christmas Child? It’s so great!



My life group partnered with this incredible organization  to bless needy children all over the world with Christmas. Our group chose to pack two shoeboxes: one for a girl and one for a boy. We each purchased small gifts to place inside our shoeboxes and were delightfully surprised when the boxes were overflowing.
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Having never participated in Operation Christmas Child, we were not sure what to expect. When I dropped off the boxes for the group, I was amazed. So many people in our community had already dropped off boxes for kiddos all around the world. Things like this make me proud to live in Central Kentucky.
YOU CAN HELP BRING CHRISTMAS JOY TO KIDDOS TOO…

 Even though the drop off week has passed, you can still build a box online and give to this worthy cause. Oh, and the best part is, they e-mail you and let you know where in the world your box is delivered! LOVE. 

A Month of Thanksgiving: Part 2

Happy Thanksgiving!  As I mentioned yesterdayIn spirit of the the holiday, many of us have smeared our facebook and twitter statuses with posts of thanksgiving. While I did not participate in the traditional thirty days of Thanksgiving, I think it is rather appropriate to spend this day pointing out a few of the many ways that God has richly blessed me.
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… for all of my extended family and friends. I have been richly blessed by them!
… for Lord’s Legacy Life Ministries. A ministry that was built from the ground up by my mama has brought so much hope into the lives of others.
… for the opportunity to pray with my friends when they need me.
….  for financial stability. This is attributed to my husband and Dave Ramsey!
… for UK athletics. It’s my favorite!
…  for my sister Dawn’s roommate, Sabrina. She is quite possibly the love of my life.
…  for the ability to have a voice. As a woman, in many countries, I would be bound and unable to speak up!
… for the men and women that serve our country. It’s a difficult job and they do it so well.
… for reliable transportation.  It gets me where I need to go and is safe for my family.
… for good food. I love to eat and so grateful to have the opportunity to choose from a large variety.
… for my mentors. I have three and they are so awesome at pouring into me.
… for my pets. They are silly and make me laugh a lot.
… for my health. Many of my friends struggle with health issues and as a result, I’m so grateful for my health.
… for my bloggy friends. It’s refreshing to be accepted by a community of strangers.
Enjoy the day with your friends and family! 

A Month of Thanksgiving: Part 1

 In spirit of the upcoming holiday, many of us have smeared our facebook and twitter statuses with posts of thanksgiving. While I did not participate in the traditional thirty days of Thanksgiving, I think it is rather appropriate to spend the next two days pointing out a few of the many ways that God has richly blessed me.
… for my parents. At twenty-eight, I am beginning to realize how amazing it is to have two living parents. I cherish the moments I get to spend with them.
 … for my husband. He’s so patient with me and has been my biggest cheerleader for years.
… for my sister, Meg. She radiates joy that only comes from the Lord. It’s been a delight to watch her grow into a mighty woman of God.
 … for my sister, Dawn. She brings so much joy into our family. She can make us laugh harder than anyone.
… for my in-laws. I’m so grateful to have a good relationship with my in-laws. Billie, Grace, Georgia, Betsy, Grandma Goodwill, Nancy, Bob, Linda and Memaw and Pappaw Lowry make my world a brighter place. They’ve always accepted me with open arms.
… for my job.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to get up and go to work every single day.
… for the people I work with. These women and men are amazing! They love and fight like a family and for that I am grateful.
… for the opportunity to go to school. As a non-traditional student, I am grateful the desire in my heart to pursue an education was not extinguished by my obstacles.
… for my home. I’m so grateful for the home we live in and the security it provides our little family. 
… for my church home. Southland does so much for our community and has taught me how to become the hands and feet of God.
… for my high school friends. There are a few of us that meet regularly and I am so grateful for the friendship with them. They bring me so much joy.
… for my best friend Britt. We’ve been through a ton together and she still hangs with me.
… for my life group. These two girls are absolutely amazing! They have been such a huge part of my life for the last two years.
… for the friends I’ve met through Haiti. These women and men have helped feed a passion in me. 
…. for the friends I’ve met at school and through church. I love seeing a group of people with common interests come together.
… for my friends in Haiti. They shower me with love each time I am there and make me feel at home. 
…. to be continued. 

Cake & Whiskey Inspired Manifesto

I had the pleasure of previewing the new Cake & Whiskey magazine last month.  The magazine is devoted to inspiring women to dream bigger and reach higher. I’m in love with the concept.
Tucked inside of the glossy pages of the magazine hid an article about writing a personal manifesto and  was it powerful. Not only did the short article inspire me to create the below manifesto but it also provided a tool to help me organize my thoughts.
MY MANIFESTO
I am strong spirited and resilient.
I believe in loving until it hurts.
When I was little I aspired to be just like my grandma.
Right now I am comfortable with being me.
What I know for sure is a loving spirit conquers all.
I’ve never been happier than when I am coloring with my sister and her roommate or playing with the children of Haiti.
I have a penchant for touching and savoring every texture that is near me.
I wish all of us could lay down our own selfish biases and build stronger more loving communities.
I dream of spending my evenings on a wrap around porch watching my children play in the yard.
I was born toserve others.
I am particularly good at getting things done.
What I want most in the world is to live in the moment.
I was a ball of anxiety before I found peace in the Lord.
I indulge in dark chocolates and deep conversations with my girlfriends.
The words I hold closest to my heart are from my husband who said, “I’ve seen countless examples of your heart and I treasure them all.”
I live for seeing my sister Dawn and her roommate Sabrina smile.
I believe the most important thing in a person is to be acutely aware of their ability to serve others.
I have an amazing sweet spirited husband with the patience of a saint.
 The big idea of my life is to live a life of thanksgiving.
I am dedicated to being there for my family and friends.
Happiness is found on the inside.
I feel most alivewhen I am enjoying the moment. 

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The lines of my manifesto are different than yours. It’s a unique compilation of my thoughts and dreams. It gives me the freedom to be true to myself and can do the same for you. 
I encourage you to use the tool above to create your own manifesto. If you need more inspiration, watch the video below… It’s not related to Cake & Whiskey but is pretty cool! 

Fitness Journey: Week Two Re-Cap

Holy Cow, I thought week one of my new work out routine was hard… Week two proved to be even harder… The momentum from the newness had worn off and my body was tired.
In attempt to follow the routine outlined for me, I tried to work out as originally planned. Unfortunately, the reality of the week was much different.
Goal: Monday, Wednesday and Friday complete couch to 5K training for one hour.
Reality: I did not train for one hour every day and did not run on schedule. I did exercise on Thursday and Friday and completed the original couch to 5K training plan.
Goal: Develop a morning routine by doing this between 5:00-5:30 AM with another friend.
Reality: I did not work out in the early morning this week. My body & mind was tired. As a result, I had to work my exercise in at night and really push myself to finish.
Goal: Join the challenger on Saturdays for a strenuous exercise with her running group at 7 AM.
Reality: My second experience with the running group was a lot better. Even though the terrain was hilly and they all had perfect outfits, I took pride in the fact that I was doing something. I completed a four mile work out and shaved several minutes off my time from previous week. Also, I was not nearly as sore the following day.
Even though the week did not go as planned, I get off the couch and work. I really had to make myself think positively because the week left me feeling very frustrated.  I did not realize the mental toll this new routine would take on me but I am hopeful the following weeks will be easier.
I am proud to say, I successfully made it through week two.