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An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody’s life, a Faithful Finish Lines retreat, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

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.

An Army of Guard Moose

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

Last Friday, we had my nephew over for a sleepover. He is just about to turn 6 and it is such a fun age right now!

Because I’m a moose fanatic and I have moose paraphernalia all over my house, we decided Caden needed to have an army of guard moose on the couch to protect him from bad dreams.

For the record, it was effective. #MooseForTheWin

The Dollar Tree has become my best friend recently for fun kid activities.

I won’t be able to do this when they are teenagers, but there is some super fun 6-year-old stuff you can get for just $1!

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

My Dad Saved His Life

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

My (retired doc) dad went to Alaska to go fishing with his brother for a few days and just as his flight home was about to take off, the flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board.

In the back of the plane, there was a guy who was in cardiac arrest. My dad and a paramedic who had been sitting behind him immediately rushed over to him.

By the time they had gotten there, he wasn’t breathing and he had no heartbeat.

They started compressions and grabbed an AED to shock him in an effort to restart his heart…and it worked!

The plane was still on the ground, so they were able to bring on some medical personnel to carry him off on a body board. We don’t know what happened to him afterward, but he was alive when they took him off of the plane.

My dad saved somebody’s life. 

He has always been a humble man and rarely spoke about work over the many years he was a practicing doctor, but I am so proud to be his daughter.

AND he brought home over 30 pounds of fresh salmon!

A Faithful Finish Lines Retreat

I run Faithful Finish Lines with my friend and business partner, Sara, and last Friday we had the most amazing retreat.

We prayed over each other, our business, and every woman who encounters us.

We brainstormed and dreamed up short and long-term goals and laid out action steps to make them happen.

And I am so. stinkin’. excited.

There is a lot of work ahead, but we are going to have some pretty incredible resources to offer Christian woman support on their weight loss journey for practical, spiritual, mental, and emotional support.

I can’t wait to tell you more!

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

Another Real Life Workout

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

You guys know I’m a huge fan of losing weight one small change at a time, so I try to build those little changes everywhere I can in my life.

One of the things that continues to shock me is how many shortcuts I take. Some of them are good time-savers, but there are so many good, productive things I can do that also burn calories.

This week, that real life workout was shredding sweet potatoes by hand.

I have a food processor and I love it, but for just one sweet potato, I didn’t want to get it dirty.

It’s a small thing, but it still builds strength, burns calories, and can even raise your heart rate a little if you get up to the right intensity.

My First Time Cooking in A Cast Iron Skillet

We got a cast iron skillet as one of our wedding gifts and I am so excited to start cooking with it! I have heard so many people rave about how their cast iron skillet is their favorite cooking tool.

Well, I want to learn what all the hype is about, so share your favorite cast iron skillet recipes with me!

I broke it in the other day making a spinach, bacon, & cheese quiche with a sweet potato crust and it was SO good and way easier to clean than I thought it would be.

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

My Morning Routine

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

I am not a morning person and if left to my own whims, I would probably stay in bed, slowly waking up for hours.

But, I either run or walk first thing in the morning every day for a lot of reasons.

  • Your willpower is at its highest first thing in the morning, so it’s the best time of day to ensure your workout will actually happen.
  • It wakes me up. I need all the help I can get.
  • It reminds me of God’s goodness. Running past lakes, trees, ducks, and waving neighbors shows me the splendor & majesty of God’s creation and really helps me to have a grateful heart.
  • It relaxes me. I know it sounds weird, but being outside and exercising my stress away is actually quite calming (especially because I often add a break to stop and stretch by the lake in the middle).
  • It focuses my mind. My brain is mush for hours without exercise. After a run (or walk), my thoughts are more clear, focused, and organized.
  • It gets my creativity going. I have some of my best ideas for Christmas presents, blog posts, course ideas, and t-shirt designs while I run.

And then I grab my breakfast, my water bottle, and my journal and head out to our back porch to get my eyes fixed on Christ before my work day begins.

An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

The Story Behind The Shirt – Be Loved, Beloved


An army of guard moose, my dad literally saved somebody's life, another real life workout, bring on your cast iron skillet recipes, and my morning routine.

Every week in my email newsletter, I send a coupon code for 15% off my Christian women’s t-shirt of the week (if you haven’t signed up, there’s a box for you to do that at the end of this post!), but these aren’t just random designs I come up with. There are stories behind each and every one.

This week’s shirt says, “Be loved, Beloved – Romans 9:25″”

I wrote a blog post this week about my experience with emotional abuse in my first marriage.

I know what it’s like to feel hurt, betrayed, and disrespected by a person you love.

But God’s love is in a whole different category that we can never fully comprehend.

His love is just as strong for us

  • in our successes and our failures
  • when we love Him well and when we don’t
  • when we spend time with Him daily and when we don’t utter a words to Him for years

Wherever you are in your relationship with people or with God, “Be loved, beloved.”

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What’s new in your life?

Have you ever seen a medical emergency on an airplane?

What is your favorite way to build your workout into life?

Do you have a cast iron skillet? What are your favorite things to cook in it?

What does your morning routine look like?

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