Monthly Archives: May 2017

Smoothie Time!

Hello Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Yesterday, felt like Monday. It was one incident after another, including Sophie rolling around in her own poo, which resulted in a bath for her. She was super stubborn and refused to get washed off. It was a lengthy battle of wills. I’ll share with you more on our Memorial Day weekend in an upcoming post, but for now…It’s that time!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD Giveaway…Drumroll…

Brandi! Congrats, girl! You won! 

A BIG thank you to everyone who entered and took the time to like, share, and comment on that post.

Now, I’ll be switching gears and talking smoothies and soccer. 😉 Summer is coming very soon and believe it or not, it’s not my favorite season. I’m one of those people who hates getting hot and it’s as my GG ALWAYS says “You can always put more clothes on when it’s cold, but there is a limit to how much you can take off when it’s hot” 😉 She cracks me up! One thing, that I really appreciate about warmer weather is…smoothies! They are cool, refreshing, and perfect for any meal!

I’ll be honest, I’m limited on what I can use in my smoothies, but these recipes are super tasty!

Blueberry Smoothie

You’ll need:

1 cup milk (I use almond/coconut or almond and coconut)

1 cup of blueberries

1 scoop protein powder (This is the kind I use!) 

a handful of spinach (Gotta get those veggies in!)

and sometimes I add a little cinnamon and/or turmeric creamer

I blend this all up in my magic bullet and I’m good to go!

PB2 Smoothie

You’ll need:

1 scoop PB2

1 cup of milk (almond/coconut or almond and coconut)

1 handful of spinach

Sometimes I add cinnamon/carob chips/turmeric creamer!

I blend all of these ingredients in my magic bullet.

Podcast Play List

1) and 2) Stuff You Missed in History Class, Abbott and Costello pt. 1 and pt.2

I love Abbott and Costello so I had to listen to these episodes. It was really interesting learning more background information on these guys. It really made me want to get some of their movies for our own personal collection. 🙂

3) Radiolab, Funky Hand Jive

This episode was so fun to nerd out on. 😉 I am fascinated with the microbiome!  So it was no surprise that an episode about how handshakes can literally stick with you was a perfect listen for me.

4) Stuff You Missed in History Class, 6 Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers, and Spies

These are stories that couldn’t fit into a full length episode and so the ladies chose 6 interesting stories on soldiers, snipers, and spies. It was wonderful learning about women in history that I had never heard of before.

5) Code Switch, The LA Unrest (Or Riots), 25 Years Later

This is a powerful episode. I could go off on a tangent with this one, but I won’t. I’ll just say that this is definitely worth your time. <3

I’ll end today’s post with soccer pics!

 

Today, is D’s last soccer game. (These seasons go by so quickly!) We are all looking forward to watching him play one last time for the spring season. <3

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe(s)? Thoughts on podcast selections. Sound off below!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #63 Mother’s Day 2017 and More!

Hello Friends,

I know this post is a little late, but I just wanted to share that I had an awesome Mother’s Day. I’m blessed with a wonderful husband and little mister who spoils me every day. I love that we all work together (not always!) to make the best of life even in the hard times and boy, can they get hard!

Beautiful tulips from the boys! <3

I spent this Mother’s Day with the prayer team at church. It was my first Sunday and I’m excited to return this Sunday for my weekend to serve. (I serve every other Sunday.) It was such a beautiful service and time to learn more about the prayer team and the ladies I’ll be working with. One of the ladies gave me a beautiful “Best Yes” desk calendar and I’ve been enjoying reading through it each day.

After church, we had lunch at Applebee’s. I’m thankful that it wasn’t too crowded considering the holiday. We ended lunch with a tasty dessert and then headed home. I was very excited to get more flowers and herbs planted.

#BringBackTheBees                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I really love this campaign Honey Nut Cheerios ran a few months back. They sent out tons of FREE seed packets to encourage others to help bring the bees back. I’m hoping our wildflowers will help with the cause. 🙂 (I don’t know why it’s spacing stuff out so much. :/)Anyway, I had so much to write for my capsule wardrobe post, (You can check it out HERE.) so I decided to share my Podcast Play List today. I guess I’ll do it this way to help prevent lengthy posts, though I make no promises. 😉 I also always fail to mention that the list for my play list is in no particular order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Podcast Play List

  1. God Centered Mom, Why Israel Matters to Moms

In this episode, Heather interviews Josh Ahrens, co-coordinator at  Israel Collective. They discuss the places they will be visiting on their trip to Israel, how his own mother impacted his walk with Christ, and the importance of Israel. This was truly an interesting episode because it discussed how this group works with Israelis and Palestinians. It doesn’t choose sides and it’s goal is to show love to everyone. I think they have a beautiful message worth sharing.

2. Code Switch, Changing Colors In Comics

I must admit that I’m a bit of a comic book nerd, so this episode immediately caught my eye. I’m super fascinated with how gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. impacts people’s every day lives. We are so programmed to believe that White America is the only America. America is (in fact) made up of immigrants. The diversity of this country is a beautiful thing that should be embraced and we should all be excited to learn from one another. There is so much we don’t know and understand and when we don’t challenge ourselves to think outside our own little boxes, we will never learn. We will become stagnant and overall, we will maintain our ignorance.

Okay, off my soap box now. This episode was very informative. I’ll be the first to admit as a female, comic book stores feel like an off-limits area for me. The typical comic book store is geared towards white males. So it was very refreshing to hear from people of different races and genders discussing how the comic world industry is for everyone and what they are doing to create access to other people of color.

3. God Centered Mom, Grounded Joy

In this episode, Heather interviews Ellie Holcomb. I was not familiar with her work until listening to this, so I was really happy to get the chance to learn about her and check out her music. They discuss: watching their parents worshipping God despite the storms in their lives, how she wrote songs for her current CD, Red Sea Road (beautiful song!), how they get quiet time in, scripture memorization, and much more!

4. Stuff You Missed in History Class,  A Brief History of Foreign Food in the US

This was a fun episode discussing how Mexican, Chinese, and Italian foods came to America. It was interesting hearing how we “Americanized” many dishes here. For example, the creamy buttery alfredo sauce we know and love is a far cry from Italian food.

5.  Code Switch, Beef Over Hunting

This was an interesting episode discussing the hunting of bison and how the Nez Perce hunting party and others who live in Montana don’t see eye to eye on hunting regulations. The regulations are different for the Nez Perce tribe and other hunters in Montana think that these are outdated regulations and that the tribe should have the same regulations as everyone else.

Friendly Fill ins

  1. My idea of roughing it is having to walk over a mile for a bathroom which is a no-go these days. I never wanted an RV until I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis. Now regular camping trips are just not fun for me anymore. I have back and bladder pain and it just makes things more difficult.
  2. I never get sick of talking about ….no idea. I’m not a big talker. So talking about anything at times can be exhausting. I have to be in the mood and it be a topic of conversation that I can get passionate about such as children’t rights, abuse victim’s rights, animal rights, etc.
  3. My youth has taught me that I’m still relatively young. I turn 31 in July. I wasted much of my teens and twenties with self loathing, doubt, and trying to fit in with people that weren’t true friends to begin with. I think we all do that though. I’m thankful that my 30’s has taught me to care less about what others think of me and to be more confident in my own skin.
  4. My “golden years” scare me more now than before. My hope is to get my health in check or find a cure for my chronic illnesses. I just feel like they complicate things and since I sometimes feel like I’m 60 at 30…I just wonder about my quality of life as I age.:/

So that’s all for this week! Link up below! Grab a button (optional)! Don’t forget to say hello to my other co-hosts, Camille and Claudia. (If you would be interested in joining our team, please contact one of us via email. Thanks!)  Lastly, don’t forget to enter my giveaway. Monday is the last day to enter. I’ll contact winner on Tuesday and publicly share on Wednesdays post. 🙂



 

 I hope everyone has a safe and fun long weekend!

 

<3 Anna

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m excited to share with you all my capsule wardrobe. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m so proud of how far I’ve come! I decided to create a capsule wardrobe for efficiency and let’s be honest—the less clothing to wash, the better! There are no rules when creating a capsule wardrobe.  You make your own rules and it’s really a process of learning as you go along.

These are a few of the rules/guidelines I created for my wardrobe:

7 t-shirts

5 dresses

2 blouses

2 tank tops

I have 3 seasonal shirts that I’m hanging on to and am undecided on whether I’ll keep them or not.

1 denim over shirt

1 collared shirt

1 black cardigan

1 brown cardigan

Outer wear-

4 pairs of leggings

2 pairs of jeans

1 grey skirt

1 jean skirt

1 black skirt

1 white skirt

1 polka dot skirt

Shoes

1 brown boots (I need to make sure these fit.)

1 cowgirl boots

1 slip on shoes

1 sandals

1 flip flops

Items to buy:

1 hoodie

1 black boots

1 rain jacket

1 tennis shoes

1 flannel shirt

One thing I’ve found is that there are a few shirts that I’m not completely in love with. (I replaced 1 t-shirt with the one pictured below.) My main goal now is to finish getting the items I want as I go and also create fun new looks with my “new” wardrobe. 😉

“Cats Against Cat Calls”

I’m festive in one of my outfits from my capsule wardrobe! <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

This wardrobe idea worked so well for me that I decided to do it for Declan and John. I have just finished D’s and am still in the process of convincing John of how awesome it is. 😉 If anyone is interested in capsule wardrobes, I’m happy to talk with you. I’m still a newbie, but I love to learn and help educate others. I’ve found that jewelry, scarves, and headbands have made this even more fun. I’ve become a big accessory person to add a different personality to each outfit I wear. My advice for anyone starting out is to keep it fun and lots of trial and error. You will learn your own sense of style through this process and it helps you to not hang on to excess. Also don’t be afraid to let things go. If it’s a perfectly nice sweater, then someone else can find beauty and use in it. It doesn’t have to be yours. <3 If you spent the money on it and have worn it, you have already made it worth the expense. You will save money by wearing the things you own and love until they have worn out. Stay tuned for my next capsule wardrobe posts in the coming weeks.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Mandisa Out Of The Dark CD. Deadline for entries is Monday!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #62 Mandisa CD Review and Giveaway!

Hello Friends!

 “Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

I was given the awesome honor of reviewing Mandisa’s Out Of The Dark cd pre-release. Super fun! I’ll be honest I was excited to review the cd, but I had no idea what I was in for. This cd blew me away. There was ugly crying.

MANDISA OUT OF THE DARK CD

Story Behind The Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df27myDpm1c

Acoustic Video for “Unfinished”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A

Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/OutOfTheDark.all?IQid=flyby 

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! 

You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463

Guys, I’ll never be able to give a review that will put into words my feelings on this cd. This is one of those cds that there is no bad song and every song is powerful. As you read in the description above, this cd is like Mandisa’s personal journal or diary. You can tell that every word is a cry from her own heart. If you are going through a rough season, this cd can be a beautiful anthem for your soul. As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with health concerns as well as deep dark anxiety and depression…This cd felt like Mandisa perfectly put my thoughts into words. It’s just so beautiful and full of motivational tunes as well as songs that will remind you of David crying out in the Psalms. Did I say it was beautiful?!

This cd has many upbeat numbers and Declan enjoyed dancing to them or car seat dancing in the car. 😉 So it’s definitely kid-friendly. There are guests on the cd which include: Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, Britt Nicole, and Jeremy Camp. I told you guys that it was tough for me to choose on this cd, but I have to shout out to the song “Bleed The Same.” There are two tracks on the cd for this one. The first track is Kirk Franklin passionately speaking. He talks about how we should be just as mortified when a policeman is killed in the line of duty as when a young black man is killed. “We all bleed the same,” We all have beautiful life stories that deserve to be told and heard. <3 Another song that I must spotlight is Back to Life. This song got me bawling. “I lay down my weakness. I take on Your strength. I lay down my defenses. I step into your victory. Shame and depression.  And all anxieties. They have no power over me. Addiction and strongholds. And every disease. They have no power over me.” *Grabs tissues* Also I have to say before I forget, that each song has scripture and I love that she included all of the lyrics for each song. 🙂

Okay, so who wants to go get this cd now?! Well, you can enter for an opportunity to win a copy of Out of the Dark. (It just released today!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

As always, I’ll finish this post with my Friendly Fill-in’s.

  1. I have googled many things, but I’ll be honest—It’s mostly health related. When Declan was younger (He is 4 now.) I would Google various things with development and whenever he got sick. I’ve grown out of that, thankfully. Now I’m mostly googling things for my chronic illnesses, recipes, crafting, and gardening tips. I also have a couple of tv shows that I’m ridiculously fascinated with and I’ll read a little more up on them occasionally. (I just looked up the keyboard shortcut for underline. 😉
  2. I have heard there are good deals on EBay also, but I just don’t have the time to bid and figure all that stuff out. I’m not against it. My husband’s step dad has come by some very nice finds. I’ll just stick to Amazon, thank you very much. 
  3. I think that I definitely don’t get enough sleep at night and that as I grow older the things that I can tolerate are much less. I want to stand with the brokenhearted. I know that there are so many things that need to change and these things can begin with a ripple effect. It’s just hard sometimes to even know where to begin!
  4. Sasha thinks that if the door is left open just wide enough it’s her free pass to run in or if it’s the front/back door run out. Whenever she makes her “escape” from the house she makes a dash for our storage building and hides under there. She will only come out for me and that’s if I bring treats. I do everything I can to prevent these escapes because it’s such a pain to have to try to coax her out. I’ve had to do this in the rain and once with snow on the ground. :/

 

Now it’s your turn! Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win Mandisa’s latest cd Out Of The Darkness. The DEADLINE for this Giveaway is Monday, May 29. (Memorial Day) Grab a button (optional) and link up your favorite moments and finds of the week! 

 



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Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #61 D’s Reptile Koala Crate

Hello Friends!

It’s been a rough week with my health. I’ve spent many days curled up in bed (when able) with a heating pad. I’ve kept up with pilates to the best of my ability, but it’s not easy. Spring is very difficult for most ICers. I’ve read that there is a link between seasonal allergies and interstitial Cystitis and I completely believe and agree with that. (I feel that I’m living proof of that!)  I’m doing my best to balance rest and living. It’s so difficult when you want to be somewhere, but your body is telling you not to over do it.  #justkeepswimming

So let’s talk about something I love right now. D’s Nana (my mom) bought him a subscription to Koala Crate. If you have never heard of Koala Crate, it’s awesome! Each month you get a box with 3 projects to complete, as well as a magazine, and everything you need for each craft. D had a blast completing his and I believe if I hadn’t split it up, he would’ve tried to do it all in one day! This month’s theme was reptiles! So we were able to learn some new things about some of D’s favorite creatures.

Please note that this review is just for fun and I was NOT compensated in any way for it.

D’s first project was making this cute chameleon. It changes color when you touch it! It came with three bugs to try to knock over/catch with the chameleon’s tongue.

We had the best time making this stuffed snake!

Our last project was making this Turtle box. This one was especially awesome because we received velcro like material to put on the feet and head, so that you can make the turtle hide in his shell. So creative and educational!

My plan was to break this up more to show you the specific items, such as the magazine, but unfortunately, my phone had other plans. :/ Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a better break down next month with D’s second crate. This phone thing is crazy! First, D drops my best phone and destroys the screen in the Aldi parking lot, so I go back to using my pink phone that had already took a dive into a toilet. It lasted a few days before it’s time was up. So I’m now back to my super old 4 and the phone doesn’t want to charge. We are hoping that it’s just the charger. John’s co-worker gave us a charger to try yesterday, so here’s hoping it works! I’m so over phone issues.

Now on to the Friendly Fill-in’s for this week!

  1. My favorite cereal is G free granola from Aldi. They have three different kinds and are all under 10 grams in sugar. There’s cranberry, honey and almond, and apple. They are tasty and I don’t feel as bad as I would eating those packed full of sugar cereals. I use these during flares when the thought of food is just too much.
  2. My prom was a different experience each year. My sophomore year I was invited to prom by an upperclassman. It was a fun night, but ultimately was cut short because I had a very strict and narcissistic stepfather. He was very controlling and didn’t want other boys to give me attention. My junior year, I went solo with a few of my girl friends. It was a fun experience. I didn’t attend my senior year and I have no regrets about it. When I attended college, my now husband and I agreed that we wish we could attend prom together after having an amazing night at our college formal. <3
  3. The funniest thing about our cat Sasha is that she loves to look out the window and watch us when we are outside. She also enjoys watching the birds and has crashed into the window trying to catch them on more than one occasion.
  4. I cannot help getting commercial jingles in my head. Sometimes it can be annoying, but most of the time they are pretty catchy at least. :/

Our Sasha

Now it’s your turn! You can link up your favorites and awesome finds below! We have no rules, just keep it family friendly. This means you can share as many posts as you would like. 🙂 Also be sure to contact one of us, as we are still looking for one more blogger to join as co-host. Thanks so much! Be sure to grab a button below! (optional)

 

 


 

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend!

<3 Anna

Celebrating Easter 2017

Hello Friends!

I know I say this often, but this year is flying by! In light of that, I didn’t do much of a countdown to Easter this year. Instead, we read books and we bought An Easter Carol  to watch after our church service. I did find two really cute ideas that I will be looking into for next year though. 😉

One thing, I really love about our church is that on holidays we don’t necessarily hear a sermon about the resurrection or Christ’s birth, but it always relates back to the topic or we are reminded of God’s unconditional love for us. It’s refreshing to have sermons that breathe life into you. I’m so thankful for our church home. <3

After our Easter service, we had an egg drop on the baseball field behind the school. (Our church services take place in the school building, but we have had so much growth that we will soon have 2 service times. Easter was the kickoff for this, but we won’t officially start the two service times until some time this fall. This is our next step before getting our own building.) This was also the first year that D was able to be present for the Helicopter Egg Drop, to say he was excited would be the biggest understatement of the year thus far. 😉

He looks waaaay tooo grown up here. :’)

Helicopter egg drop!

Cheese with the sun in his eyes., ;)(

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, it was a little warm, but not miserably so. D got plenty of eggs and we were able to enjoy the remainder of the day remembering God’s love and promises for our lives.

I was just working on Friday’s post and I realized that with all the pictures and the Friendly Fill-in’s hop that I’m now participating in…It’s just too much for one post. So I’ve decided to do my Podcast list on Wednesdays from now on. (I’ll add my Wednesday links to the hop for those who enjoy seeing the podcast list. ;))

Podcast Play List

1) Code Switch, Sanctuary Churches

This post is about sanctuary churches and how hundreds of churches are choosing to provide refuge to illegal immigrants.

It was interesting hearing the different perspectives on this topic. This is a great episode if you want to learn more about this idea.

2) Snap Judgement, Personal Jesus

This episode sounds like a piece of local folklore, but it’s very interesting! There was once a man called the North Pond Hermit. He lived without any human contact for 30 years! (Can you imagine?!) This episode follows the mystery man and the only man who was able to get an exclusive interview with him.

3,4) Radiolab, Shots Fired Pt. 1 & 2

In the first episode, you will learn about statistics and cases of police involved shootings in the state of Florida.

In the final episode, you will hear about a police encounter gone horribly wrong and how miscommunication/lack of communication can have deadly consequences.

These were very powerful episodes. Though, I did not know my grandfather he was a deputy sheriff of the small town I grew up in. He was a good man and I’m sure had to deal with some alarming circumstances. I also think that everyone should have a right to get home or to be jailed instead of being killed. (Although, I’ll be honest—I have had misgivings about prisons for quite a while. (Then I read Incarceration Nation and it opened up my eyes even more!)

5) Snap Judgement, Born Identity

What if everything you knew about your identity was false? This happened to the young man in this episode. Brando Skyhorse was raised to believe that he was Native American. He later found out that his mother was so desperate for him to have Native American roots that she would stop at nothing to keep the truth from him, even lie.

I found the mother went to great lengths to keep this secret from her son. She even had a native american man pose as Brando’s father. It was only until many years later that he discovered that his father was actually a Mexican man who abandoned their family when he was very small.

 

Do you listen to podcasts? Any recs.? Do you celebrate Easter? If so, how do you celebrate? If not, do you celebrate spring?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #60 TN Travels

Hello Friends!

It’s time for another Friday Finds and Favorites! Can you believe this is BIG number 60 for us?! Crazy, I know! So today, I’m sharing pics from our Tennessee vacation, a new feature-my Podcast Play List, and Friday Fill-in another fun hop you can add your links. 😉

These are not in order, so I’m not going chronologically. This is from our day date. We went to the Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge.

D standing at the waterfall in front of Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo.

We stopped by this cozy and child-friendly coffee house in Cherokee, NC.

Our goodies from inside the coffee shop. (Surprise! This was actually in order.)

D loved the petting zoo.

This bear amazed me with how long his tongue is! It makes sense, for collecting honey and other food, but wow!

He looks like he has a swimsuit on or something. 😉

Gorgeous!

Beautiful, Brooklyn Naomi, I can’t believe she will be one in a few months!

We had an Easter egg hunt for all the cousins while staying at the cabin.

Karson collecting eggs with his parents. (Jess and Tyler)

It was another wonderful trip for the books! It was great enjoying the cabin again, the kids especially loved playing in the creek. I think they could’ve thrown rocks all day there and been perfectly content. We had wonderful food to stuff us and spoil us. 😉 We are already looking forward to next year. 😉

 

Podcast Play List

I mentioned recently, (on fb) that I wanted to share my daily podcasts with all of my followers, and then *LIGHTBULB* The blog would be the perfect platform to share my posts. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! So I’ll get this kicked off by sharing 5 podcasts that really stuck with me this week. Please understand that I am behind on podcasts so the dates on these are old. My plan is to not share anything that no longer has relevance because of date especially!

1, 2, 3) Embedded, Police Videos: Charlotte, Flagstaff, and Cincinnati

The first podcast selection is three separate episodes of Embedded. Embedded is a podcast that takes stories from the news and goes deeper into the specifics on a variety of cases and stories.

Charlotte: This episode explores the case of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot and killed by Police Officer, Wes “Kerrick” in Charlotte, NC. More specifically the episode highlights the fact that a key piece of evidence in cases like this one, are body cams. Perception is a big element with reviewing footage and this episode goes deeper.

Flagstaff: Robert “Bobby” Smith shot Police Officer Tyler Stewart and himself in Flagstaff, Arizona. This video footage is now used to discuss the dangers police officers face every day. BUT how does this effect the families involved?

Cincinnati: Police Officer Jesse Kidder encountered Micheal Wilcox in a suburb outside of Cincinnati. The details of what happened next are a source of discussion for many. This episode explores the incident and how watching police videos like this one has changed us as a society.

All three of these episodes shines a light on police related shooting in our country. They are all from varying perspectives. It was a very interesting and enlightening listen. I would definitely recommend!

4) Stuff You Missed in History Class, Mongolian Princess Khutulun

I’m always fascinated with fierce women in history, so it’s no surprise that this podcast episode made the list. This Mongolian Princess has a very interesting story and since most of her story is told by outsiders we can only speculate on what information is true.

5) God Centered Mom Podcast, Building the Family You Never Had

This episode is excellent for those who have come from a broken family and/or dysfunctional family. Mary DeMuth is the guest and her message is so encouraging. I don’t want to give too much away, but here is an awesome quote from the episode:

“Each of your kids will have their own story and re-story. To have joy today, you have to look realistically at today. Surrender where you are today. Surrender the outcomes to God today.”

So I hope you give these podcasts a whirl. Do you listen to podcasts? What are you listening to this week? When do you typically listen? I find listening during chores helps the chores to be less tedious. 😉

Hopefully, next week’s post won’t be so lengthy. I’m ending today’s post with my first ever Friendly Fill-in! I found out about this hop via Claudia (our newest co-host.) So I thought it would be fun to give it a try! 🙂

1.We do not have landline. The last time I had landline was back when I was in high school at my mom’s.

2. My most treasured piece of jewelry is my wedding ring and band. I was heartbroken when D lost my wedding band and so relieved that he found it several months later. I am now looking into those rubber rings to wear when going outdoors and I think it will be beneficial to John since he can’t wear his band due to allergies.

3. This year I have learned that I am stronger than I ever thought possible and what little strength I do have is made perfect in His strength. I got this!

4. I would like to finish organizing and decluttering my entire house by the end of the year. I’m so sick of stuff!

Bless you if you actually read all of this. 😉 Now it’s your turn! Grab a button below (optional!) and link up your Finds and Favorites. Also check out the Fill-in hop as well. It’s super fun! We are still looking for one more blogger to join our team. Will it be you? Contact one of the hosts for more info! <3


 



 

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend!

<3 Anna

Sleepover at Nonna and Papa’s House

Hello Friends!

In March, we went to Virginia and had a fun visit with Nonna (John’s mom) and Papa (John’s step dad). We were very excited to learn that Michael and Abby were also coming up the same weekend! It’s rare for most families to be able to coordinate schedules, so this was a very nice surprise!

We spent the weekend eating great food, catching up, and playing games like Uno. 🙂 Here’s a few pics, I snapped on the visit.

Sweet Cousins

Flowers from Abby <3

Aunt and Niece Selfie

An Abby in the Box

Abby is such a good artist!

Morning Snuggles!

Weekends like this remind you of how precious time really is. I’m so glad that we got this time together and I look forward to our next visit. <3

What activities do you like to do with the grandparents?

<3 Anna