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This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

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.

My Home Office

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

We’re still getting settled into the new house, so my home office is still a bit of a disaster area.

So, I’ve been doing most of my work in our living room. We have an oversized chair (I call it the “cuddle chair”) and every time I sit down to work, I’m joined by my…um…coworkers.

Boots (my border collie) is pretty used to my expectations, but I’ve had to reposition Bella quite often because she keeps trying to lay down in places that don’t allow me to type. 

My Old At-Home Workout

When I was unpacking the other night, I found a whiteboard with the strength training workout I was doing before I moved from Tucson.

I need to get back to this! I’ve been slacking on the strength training lately, so I could definitely use the help.

In case it’s difficult to read, this at-home workout has you go through all of these exercises 3 times:

  • 30-sec plank
  • 15 squats
  • 15 overhead presses
  • 25 Russian twists
  • 12 bicep curls
  • 15 sumo squats
  • 25 tricep dips
  • 15 lunges
  • 25 crunches
  • 12 upright rows
  • 15 chest presses
  • 50 side leans

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

Our New Car

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

Since Adam’s 2007 Honda Civic (that we absolutely loved) was totaled when he was hit by a semi, we’ve been on the search for a used car that would give us a reliable car with decent gas mileage to replace it with.

And now we are the proud owners of a 2007 Saab 9-5! 

We were pretty thrilled that it was not only within our budget, but it also only had 64,000 miles on it (compared to the 175k on his Civic)!

We had been praying that God would give us wisdom in choosing the right car for us and not walk into a scam (because both Adam and I are pretty darn trusting people).

Not only was the seller a Christian and very open and transparent about things, but the car had a Colorado flag moose sticker on the window!

It was meant to be. It’s most definitely my favorite part of the car (that and the heated leather seats!).

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

That Furry Little Imp

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

Our cat, Bella, was pretty low-key when we first moved into the new house. She mostly just napped on the bed all day long.

Now, her impish personality is coming out more and more everyday.

She tries to eat my breakfast in the mornings during my quiet times (she waits until I’m not looking and then sneaks up onto the table).

And we’ve had to relegate her to the garage at night while we sleep because she started coming into the bedroom at night, kneading the blankets right next to my face, and curling up while she purred like crazy on top of my head at 1am, 2am, 3am, and 4am.

I love her, but not as much as I love sleep, so there’s no way that’s going to fly.

Someday we’ll give her another chance in the house, but that day is not today.

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

When It Rains, It Pours

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

There has been a lot of adulting going on here lately.

Since we got home from our honeymoon, it seems like we have been hit with a never-ending stream of not fun stuff.

The car accident, unexpected medical bills, things breaking, tight surprise deadlines, and all kinds of other things that have just added a lot of stress to our newlywed life. 

Even though we are loving being married, all this extra stuff has made things hard.

Rain. Pouring rain.

(That picture is of a strap Adam rigged up to hold my back door closed when the rear latch gave out last weekend when it was our only car).

I’m normally an eternal optimist. Bad news will affect me, but then I come up with a new plan and keep moving forward with a big ol’ smile on my face.

That didn’t happen this week.

I let fear and uncertainty guide my mood and I got grumpy and complainy.

I hate that I let that happen.

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!
This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

But then, as I was journaling the other morning, I remembered that storms end and God brings rainbows – reminders of His faithfulness, His provision, His joy, and His promises.

God is bigger than my struggles, my fear, and my disappointment.

There’s a song we sign at church that says the line,

“I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.”

So I decided to start living like it.

Pure Joy

I posted this on social media the other day:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

You know what doesn’t fit into those categories?

-Worry
-Stress
-Complaints

Today, intentionally take those thoughts captive. Wishing you a day of lovely thoughts.

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!
This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

They were mostly words I needed to hear myself.

I still don’t know all the answers.

Many of the problems that have sprung up recently are still unsolved.

But that doesn’t have to steal my joy.

So, this week I fought.

I fought for joy with:

  • a whole heck of a lot of prayer
  • journaling on our back porch in the mornings
  • running to a nearby park with a lake
  • reading Scripture
  • laughing with Adam
  • talking to good friends
  • dancing to the Newsies soundtrack while I cooked dinner 
  • walking to the park with Boots
  • Triple Brownie Ice Cream – not binge eating it, but savoring it as a special treat while Adam and I watched Shield (currently “our” show) on Netflix 

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

He Lost 15 Pounds In 3 Weeks!

Adam weighed himself the day we got back from our honeymoon and was not at all happy with the number staring back at him on the scale. 

Unlike me, Adam was always a skinny kid who could eat whatever he wanted and never gain an ounce. He’s never paid much attention to calories, nutrients, or portion sizes and didn’t really want to start now.

Well, 3 weeks after that day he stepped on the scale, he weight himself again and he had lost over 15 pounds! Marriage is good for him. 🙂

I’m currently in the middle of writing a Q&A post with him, so he can tell you exactly how he lost 15 pounds without dieting and without exercising, so keep an eye out for it!

This is what work looks like, my old at-home workout, our new car, that furry little imp, when it rains it pours, pure joy, and he lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks!

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What’s new in your life?

What does your office look like?

Do you have any workouts you love to do at home?

What’s your favorite part of your car?

Are any of your pets imps?

What gave you joy this week?