Things I’m Loving Lately

 

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You guys.  Can I just tell you how much I have stunk at blogging this week.  I’m blaming the final week of summer crazies.  When I say crazies, I mean CRAZIES.  You know when puppies all of a sudden get this psycho burst of energy and go from laying around doing nothing to running into walls and sliding all over the floors as they try and run full speed through the house?  Yea, that’s us this week.  It’s just been a mad house and life has happened and my thoughts have been elsewhere.  And I probably won’t finish this post til lunch time.  Oh well.  Keeping things messy with you is how I roll.  If I spilled out excellent perfectly put together posts on the dot 3-4 days a week you would never see the real.  Just the image of everything being together.  This week, I have not had it together.  Ask my bootcamp girls how scattered my brain has been.  Bless them. They are so good to me.

But, school starts Monday(can you hear the angels bursting into song?) and this momma is ready.  I went swiftly from hashtagging #longlivesummer on everything to #iamsooverthis in about 2 days.  We’ve had a lot of togetherness this summer.  It’s been awesome.  But it’s officially time for some structure and time apart.  Ok, so that’s my back to school rant and excuse for failing at all things besides keeping my children alive this week…..Oh and I can’t upload any new pics from the week to my computer.  No idea why. Come on Apple.  Oh and the air is out in my car, I cracked my iphone screen and shattered a glass cabinet door in my kitchen.  All this week.  And that’s just the surface stuff.

Lots going on right now but can I just tell you that in the crapfests of life, God always has something good.  Always.  You may not see it while you’re in the mess but this week my friendships got sweeter as Satan was just busy with all of us and my perspective had a chance to shift as I reflected on some things in my life I needed to change.  So, lest this feel like a cry fest, I want to encourage you in this moment, if you are struggling, feeling alone, in the depths of all the crap and mess of life, take a moment to stop.  Put some good music in your ears, open your Bible and soak in some truth.  This has zip to do with today’s post about sport’s bra’s and sunscreen, but I feel like someone needs to hear it.  You are not alone friend.  We all have stuff and struggles and Jesus redeems and loves and gives abounding GRACE to lift us up when we fall. So, look up.  Don’t miss what He might have to show you when you’re in the depths. Because He can bring you out and redeem even the worst and most desperate of situations.  So, you are loved and you are valued and you are worthy of His affection.  Know that today. Moving on to the bra.

Oiselle Runway Bra

Ok so I haven’t ordered this yet because we are STILL in the process of updating our bathroom.  Which essentially means all other spending has ceased.  However, this bra you guys.  It’s SOOOOOO cute!!!!!!!  So, I’m adding this to my wish list for the fall.

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Isn’t the back adorable?  I love.  On the flip side, I don’t run in just a sports bra, so is this worth the purchase if no one is going to see it?  Verdict is still out.

For the Love

Sometimes a book shows up on your doorstep that you pre-ordered like a million years ago....and it's exactly what you need TODAY(see my post from this morning. Yea. Pretty cool). So ready to dive in. Thx @jenhatmaker ......you rock my socks off. #forthelove #grace #giveit

I love me some Hatmaker.  This book came at the perfect time as grace has been on my mind a lot lately.  Giving it.  Wanting to get it.  It’s a hard thing as her subtitle says, in a world of impossible standards.  I feel like that sometimes don’t you?  The standards to be perfect are everywhere.  In friendships, jobs, family relationships, social media’s expectations that life always looks fluffy and fun and put together.  We feel as though our lives have to look perfect while on the inside we’re hurting.  We’re struggling through the junk in life and nobody knows because we don’t feel the freedom to feel it much less share it.  So, I haven’t had a chance to dive into this book yet.  But I plan on it over the weekend or next week once school starts and I can do things like read actual books again.  I love this quote by Jen(because doesn’t everyone call her Jen?  Because those of us who read her books think we’re her best friend?  In my defense, I have actually met her and had a convo with her, so I guess that qualifies us as besties)…

“When we operate from the central concern of being seen a certain way, we can’t develop healthy relationships in the messy soil of reality– the only place they’ll grow. Presenting a perfect, fake life to others generates fear in our own hearts and intimidation in everyone else’s, and creates nice, fake relationships– with our friends, with our family members, even with our own children.”
― Jen Hatmaker 

Rodan + Fields Sunscreen

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Ok here’s the skinny.  I don’t plug stuff like this.  I don’t sell anything so I normally don’t have anything to plug other than products that can be purchased in stores or online.  However, a friend of mine(Lauren…she sells Rodan + Fields and when my box comes, I get giddy.  See her page here).  So, it wouldn’t be fare not to share this.  For YEARS I have put on a moisturizer or sunsreen, go for a run or to the pool or anywhere that I sweat(pretty much everywhere during a Texas summer.  I sweat a lot.  It’s ridiculous) and immediately my face would be on FIRE.

Like, I’d get home from a run and dash to the sink to wash my face because it would be burning and irritated and red.  I started using this Rodan + Fields sunscreen on my face before my run’s, and ya’ll.  No more burning!!  I’m not just saying it.  First time I’ve ever found any product that doesn’t burn my skin when I run, so it’s worth sharing.  Go check it out and protect your skin! Especially when your young so you don’t have the damage once your old like me=)

Bootcamp sunsets

So I’m pretty fortunate that I get to see the sunrise in the morning when I run, and the sun set when I’m teaching camp.  How cool is that?  I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I daydream about a mountain being in the back drop instead of a CVS, but hey.  God’s work is everywhere and I want to enjoy looking at it.

 

“When we operate from the central concern of being seen a certain way, we can't develop healthy relationships in the messy soil of reality-- the only place they'll grow. Presenting a perfect, fake life to others generates fear in our own hearts and intimidation in everyone else's, and creates nice, fake relationships-- with our friends, with our family members, even with our own children.” ― Jen Hatmaker @jenhatmaker I've been reminded this week that real relationships, the ones that last and stand through time, are built on grace and trust and being transparent and real. In those messy moments of life when our kids are a mess and we can't seem to keep our heads on straight and we feel we have nothing left to give. Those are the moments you need your tribe behind you. Understanding that life gets messy and instead of judgement, you get grace. May we all offer that to one another in the crazies of this life. #restday #reflections #relationships #friendship #thankfulformypeople

Final Pool moments of the summer…

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In spite of the week we’ve had, the Summer has been pretty sweet.  We’ve spent our days by the pool enjoying that everyone can swim and is happy there.  It’s our happy place.  And I’ll miss these days.  As ready as we are for some structure and time apart, I know by next Friday I’ll want them back.  For real.

Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

You guys.  This recipe is AMAZING.  I tenderized the chicken first which made it super juicy and delicious.  I made it according to the recipe and it was delish.  Everyone loved it and gobbled it up.  Except Lila.  Because she doesn’t eat.  It’s weird.

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Yep.  It was spectacular.  Thanks Pinterest.  You can find the recipe here.

This WEATHER!!!!!!!!!!

You guys. I ran yesterday morning and it was 67 degrees!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wore a hoodie most of the day.  That may have been overkill but hey, it was coolish.  So I had to pull out a hoodie.

7 amazing, COOL, 67 degree, faster than tempo miles that didn't make me want to curl up in the fetal position and end it all. Run cut short by oversleeping, a hubby needing to run and forgetting my water bottle. But I have goose bumps, so I'll take it. #comeonfall #wevegotmarathonstorun #chicago2015 #chicagomarathon #hokaoneone #justrun #runitfast #runnerland #runnersofinstagram #runnersofIG #run #runfar #werunsocial #womensrunningcommunity #sweatpink #athleta #lululemon #instarunner #marathontraining #sunrise #temporun #thankyourunning

I had to knock out some tempo miles which seemed to be no problem, when last week they made me want to curl up into the fetal position and cry.  It’s been that hot.  And I HATE the heat. So, yesterday was outstanding.  I needed some sleep this morning so I slept in and no doubt missed the last cool morning for a while, but sleep is always a good thing.  And I was desperate for some.

That does it for this week.  Monday is a new week and my kids are off to 1st and 4th.  We met teacher’s, bought school supplies and are going to hit the pool today for Lila’s last swimming lesson of the summer.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend friends!!!!!