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Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

Adventures in Dog Sitting

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

My sister and her family were out of town this week, so we dog/house sat for them.

Our week has had lots (and lots) of fetch sessions and dog piling (all 3 of them love to cuddle).

Strider (the English Pointer) is about 1 1/2 now and he loves to point bugs and butterflies in the garden.

He and Boots are adorable as they look out the front window waiting for Adam to get home every evening.

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.


Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.
Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

But the funniest part of the week has been bedtime with Bailey.

Anytime I’ve housesat for my sister before, Bailey has never showed any interest in sleeping on the bed with me.

This time, she did everything in her power not to get off! We would let her up while we were getting ready for bed, but every night, when Adam came to bed and called her off, she turned on the charm.

She turned in a circle so her head was pointed away from him. She Army crawled toward me. She nuzzled her face under his hand. She rolled onto her back for belly rubs. She pulled out all the stops and usually bought herself another 20 minutes or so of bed time (because Adam is a softy) before he finally made her jump down.

Keepsakes From My Great Grandmother

My mom has slowly been going through all of my grandmother’s things (she passed away a couple years ago) and she found this box recently.

It held all kinds of things from my great grandmother – a 48-star flag scarf, a pocket watch, a string of pearls, letters between my grandmother and her.

I never met my great grandmother, but from what I read in her letters, she sounds very much like my grandmother was – very kind and caring.

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

Duct Cleaning

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

I headed back to our house one afternoon to be there while we had some guys come in to clean the ducts.

I had never seen it done before and it was quite the process! It was pretty loud, so Boots was glued to my leg for 3 hours while Bella hid behind the washing machine, but it was cool to see their equipment in action!

Our New Red Couch

Our house has just about everything we need at this point, but we have been sorely lacking living room seating.

We’ve been browsing used furniture stores, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace lately and we finally found a couch!

I have a thing for red couches now. My dear friend Laurie has a red couch that has kind of been “our place” to drink coffee together, worship together, and grieve together. I am pretty darn thrilled to have a red couch of my own.

I can only hope that it will also give someone a place to laugh, cry, eat warm chocolate chip cookies, and feel deeply loved just as they are.

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

This Week In Marriage

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

  • I just keep falling more in love with this man daily and there is no such thing as “enough” time with him.
  • I loved spending summer evenings together on the porch throwing tennis balls for the dogs and catching up on each others’ days.
  • He told me earlier this week, “My love for you is like a muffin top – all soft and fluffy…but not the bad kind. The good kind.” He sure has a way with words. 😉
  • He is the best griller ever. He never sets a timer or looks up how to cook things. It doesn’t matter what kind of meat or vegetables I prepare, I just hand them over to him and they always come out perfectly cooked.
  • Our favorite way to relax at night right now is watching an episode of Shield on Netflix.

Trusting God With Our Finances

I’d love to say that newlywed life is simply blissful (and a lot of it is!), but stressful stuff just creeps in sometimes.

It was just last week on Monday that he was hit by a semi and his car was totaled. Then last Friday, we received a barrage of unexpected medical bills (unrelated to his car accident – he’s completely fine).

It’s pretty great that Adam is always calm in chaos, because I was sure a mess. This is one area that I really struggle with.

I had a bit of a meltdown, but came out of it determined that I was going to cling to God in all of this.

Sure, my numbers might not add up the way I want them to right now. No, it’s not the best timing (but is there ever good timing for car accidents and medical bills?).

But worrying does nothing to help the situation.

So, every morning, I’ve been praying through Psalm 13, personalizing it to our current situation.

#1 – Pouring my heart out to God – raw, real, and authentic.

#2- Asking Him for help, guidance, and wisdom.

#3 – Choosing to praise Him, even before my prayers are answered.

#4 – Choosing to trust – letting the voice in God’s Word speak louder than the voice of my worries.

I still falter and slip into moments of worry, but I sure can proclaim that God is faithful and so, so good, even when things feel out of control.

Running Therapy Sessions

My mom and I haven’t been running together since we moved into our new house and, man, have I missed it!

Since we were housesitting this week, we went back to our normal running together and it was such a beautiful thing!

Spending an hour running with this woman is like a therapy session.

Endorphins + mother-daughter time = a powerful force

Adventures in dog sitting, keepsakes from my great grandmother, who knew they cleaned ducts like that, a new couch, Christian marriage, trusting God with our finances, and running therapy sessions.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What’s new in your life?

Do your pets hog the bed?

Do you have any special family heirlooms?

Have you ever had a special place somewhere (like the red couch) that just felt like home?

Is there an area of your life where you struggle to trust God?

What has been your best workout of the week?