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Thursday, July 6, 2017

.... "birds of the air"....

~ Matthew 6:25-26 (NIV) ~

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


* Wind * Water * Waves *

We decided to go to the lake to celebrate the 4th of July!  We had a wonderful day together just relaxing in nature!  As you can see from this picture, we had a few friends come visit us!  (I think they were on a date too.)

On our way home, as we were driving, we had the pleasure of watching many different fireworks in all directions.  As we were making our way through the city, we got to see the buildings proudly clothed in RED, WHITE, and BLUE!

Picture taken from the passengers seat as
we were driving.  :)

Monday, July 3, 2017


We grabbed a quick picture before the change of shift at McKinney Animal Hospital (MAH).
This is a wonderful group of ladies!  I am blessed to be working with them!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Worship and Paintball

We had one combined worship service this morning.  Since there was only one service, Heath and I sent the boys to church and we helped serve in the nursery with Rosa.  Jaime had already met Mr. and Mrs. Gound the other day when we made earrings, so they all got to sit together.  :)

Next stop, FISH FRY!  Heath threw the fresh fish on the stove and cooked up his amazing fish.  He is an incredible cook for which I am thankful!  He is so wonderful in more ways than I can explain.

The kids wanted to go paintballing, so before they came, I found a Groupon for a place north of here just a little bit.  Jaime needed a long sleeved t-shirt, so Heath stopped by our apartment to get one.  Andrew wasn't feeling real well so he stayed at our apartment to rest.  Heath took Jaime and Justin on up and I met them up there on my bike.  It was a great ride!  Hot, sweaty, and hot, but beautiful country roads.

Much to my surprise, when I arrived, they asked me if I wanted to play.  I politely declined, never really have been intrested in getting pegged with flying paint.  Turns out we already paid for four and only had three playing, so I joined.  I was still wearing my biking get-up, bright colors, and bike shoes....not super conducive for paintball, but oh-well.  These are moments with my family I will cherish!

Having fun!

My stellar multi-sport outfit!

Good *T*I*M*E*S*!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Top Golf and Fishing

I worked this morning and Heath took the boys and Jaime to Allen to play Top Golf.  They said it was super fun....something that none of them had ever done.  Looks cool!

Lunch at Cane's Chicken

After I got off work, we all got to go to the Denton house to fish!  I was super exhausted from the week so I barely made it into the house to the bed before falling asleep for several hours.  It was nice just taking my time, resting, and reading while I watched the boys fish down at the pond. 

My view from up by the house.

I finally had the energy to go out and join them on the water, fishing.  It was a beautiful evening.  I got out there just in time for the sunset.  The boys and Jaime caught a ton of fish.  They were all smiles.  :)  We fished until dark!!

16# of FISH!!!!!

Joy is everywhere with God!

Father and Son

Gutting lessons.  Teamwork!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017


~ Psalm 23 ~

"The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake."

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jesus and Bengal Spice Tea

Chocolate milk toast!

* Family Dinner *  Axis deer steak fajitas, pasta salad, Spring mix lettuce salad, grapefruit, and milk!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Safe Arrival!

Excitedly waiting for flight our guests to arrive.
Looking into God's beautiful creation!

Heath and I prayed all day and have been praying since we booked the flights for the kids' safe arrival.  God provided them with a safe and quick flight from Omaha to Dallas!  We are grateful and will continue to pray for an awesome time together as a family!

*Heath, Justin, Jaime, and Andrew*

Nothing like a little *Whataburger* for our Nebraska family!  Justin was texting all of his friend's, letting them know what he was having for supper!  ;)

Monday, June 26, 2017


So, I had the wonderful idea to run to my PT appointment this morning, you know, multitasking.  I made the mistake of thinking that it wasn't that hot.  By the time I got there (insert HIGH humidity), 2.25 miles later, I was drenched in sweat.  Oh well, they were super nice and totally didn't mind at all.  After my session, I started heading back across the road to head home when I saw a very familiar truck drive by.  Red.DodgeTruck.RamBoxes.  Yep, it shortly thereafter circled around and my Prince Charming came and rescued.  (I think he thinks I am crazy half the time for some of the things I do, but at least it makes him laugh!)  Honestly, his timing was perfect!  I was so happy to see him and I need to work my way into this humidity so that I don't get sick again like last year.  I was also on a bit of a time crunch as I was preparing to leave for work for the rest of the day.

Rough life at the office for Petey!
Yes, he put himself in this fort.
*3 beds*

After work, I met Heath over at Bill's as he was reorganizing his pickup for the kids' arrival tomorrow.  I had done all the prep work for dinner before I left for work.  I stopped by the house to pick it up and threw some quinoa and noodles on the stove.  We had deer with a thai fling...ginger and coconut milk over quinoa (me) and noodles (Heath).  Click *here* for the recipe, but I didn't really follow it.  Just used it as a guideline for spices and such.  Turned out pretty good for spur-of-the-moment idea!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Heath and I had a leisurely morning as we took our time going down to eat breakfast at our hotel.  Funny story:  I was super excited to eat outside on the hotel veranda under the big ole' shade trees.  On the way out the door I held the door for a gentleman and his son.  Little did I know there was only one table left.   This was *such* a good reminder for me:  "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."  Thank you Lord for the subtle reminders each day!

We headed back out to the lake for a day in resting in God's beauty.  Big~beautiful clouds danced above us blocking out the heat of the sun yet letting just enough rays through to warm the water.

African basket in tow, snacks, beach towels!  We found a nice little
tree for some added protection from the sun!

Jesus Calling is a devotional book that I have been given as a gift many times.  Now, I know why.  I finally picked it up towards the beginning of the year and it is fantastic!  I cannot say enough about this book.  It speaks to my heart each day when I read.  It doesn't matter if I am behind or tracking right along, the words  Please find the following excerpt from June 20th.

God uses so many things in our lives to point us to Him.  The better we know Him, the more and more we notice these things (big or small), the more and more peace and joy we experience.  He LOVES US!

**Side note**  We found an awesome kolachi place in West, Texas.  On the way down to Austin we barely made it before close at 10, we made it in plenty of time with lots of fresh, hot choices!  Heath's particular favorites are the blueberry and cream cheese and the strawberry and cream cheese.  My favorite, the monkey bread/cinnamon roll with raisins!  They warm them up to amazing-ness!  This is a must see if ever you find yourselves anywhere close to West.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Day at the Lake

We arrived in a beautiful summer shower and left with the *sunshine.*  We set up our little spot under a tree for a bit of shelter from the rain and it was so peaceful.  We relaxed as we felt the raindrops gently falling and listened to the waves crashing upon the rocks below.  After the rain stopped, we got to try out our new floaty rafts which worked great!  It was a perfect day at the lake!  According to a local, they had a record breaking day yesterday at 104*!  So glad it was waaaay cooler and overcast today!

Photo shoot and fun dinner at a local Southwestern restaurant.

We even got to eat outside on the patio!

My man!

Heath bought me vanilla ice cream
with frozen blueberries on top at
Amy's and then walked with me
through the beautiful streets
of downtown.  So good!
**Random face!**

Friday, June 23, 2017

~Mini Tri Morning~

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be."   
  -Dr. George Sheehan (1918-1993) cardiologist, runner, author

I got wild hair last night and decided to do a mini tri this morning, so I did.  I swam 1200 m (kick-only), biked 13.1 miles, and ran 3.1 miles.  Thank you Lord for my ability, desire, and drive!  I had the opportunity to try out my new seat and handlebar set up we worked so hard on yesterday.  Outcome:  front is excellent, seat - much better, just need to get some miles in the saddle and see if we need to make a few more small changes.

Sweat, sweat, and more sweat.
Sweat in eyes.

I was ssssssooooooo excited for breakfast when I got home!  I cooked some eggs with fresh kale and basil, S + P, and leftover jalapeƱo brat (with the casing removed).  I added more protein with a scoop of peanut butter and a swirl of my Wyoming honey from Morgan!  To get my fruit this morning, I made a smoothie.  It was pretty simple this morning....frozen blackberries from Sprout's, frozen banana, ice, and almond milk.  That's it.  Simple.Fresh.Delicious.

This is a picture of my new seat.  It was a good ride today...finally out on the roads.  Since I was solo, I just hung around Cooper neighborhoods for lower traffic and congestion.  I wore bright orange and my reflective vest for added safety.

One of the other pieces of advice from my seat fit yesterday was to use the wheel on my road bike (so graciously loaned to me by Kristin) and put my trainer tire (rubber part) on it.  This way, while on my trainer, I won't wear out my nice tire/wheel combination.  What a great way to use your resources!

Headed for a weekend with my hubby followed by our guests of honor arriving next week.  Justin, Andrew, and Jaime will flying in on Tuesday evening.  We are super excited and pray for a safe trip and a great week of fellowship, connection, and family.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Day Off

I knew today was going to be a really packed "day off" so I didn't get up before the sun.  It was nice!  I went for a quick 30 minute trainer ride this morning before it got hot, then went straight over to physical therapy.  I had an excellent 2 hour session on the pilates machines and worked with really nice people!

While I was in therapy, I received a text from my friend I was meeting for lunch at 1 pm.  She was getting hungry and wanted to meet earlier.  I love it!  She and I worked together remotely while I was living in Nebraska.  Today, was the first time to meet in person.  I hurried up and showered and headed her direction!  We ate at a place called Jason's Deli and had great conversation.

On my way home, I stopped by PlayTri McKinney to have my bike seat refitted.  It was a great session!  I learned so much about my bike and how to make it work for me.  Even though I just got it last summer, my body has changed and so now we make the appropriate adjustments to the bike to make it even more comfortable.  So great!

After the bike fitting, I met Heath over at Bill's to go for a relaxing swim in their beautiful pool!  Dinner and then a little Magnum PI reruns with my hubby!  Crazy to just relax, I like this!

Fresh dinner!  Watermelon, carrots, kale, asparagus,
homemade chicken salad with grapes, and feta.
Add a little S + P and you've got YUMMY!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Texas Heat

YAAAAYYAYAY!!  I made fried eggs this morning WITHOUT destroying the yolk.  They were good, but still not as good as Heath's.  He has these perfected!

Pictured:  MAH cup with my name on it (thank you MAH!), yellow swim cap (a favorite from a fellow swimming
friend), Speedo goggles (been swimming with this style for years, and my new Garmin VivoActive HR.
Combined with some sun and water created a great combination!

After a few appointments this morning, I did a brief kick-only session on a kick board on loan from my physical therapist at 11 am.  (Interesting concept....I had to call the office and ask how to use the!  She said I will learn more about the ergo-dynamics and proper body alignment tomorrow in my PT session.)  Looking forward to it!

It's been sooo long since I swam with the sun out that I totally had to adjust many times while on my back.  While kicking, the lane lines and I had several disagreements as I had to close my eyes due to the shiny, bright, blinding *sun,*  In the mornings, while still dark, it is a totally different experience!  Today, they had the aerator things on (you can see them on the right side of picture above) that sprinkle over the surface of the pool to help keep it cool and safe for swimming laps.  This pool is absolutely amazing and I am blessed to have the privilege of training here!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

RECAP: Monday

SOooo, on Sunday evening, I chose to take another day off swimming (I usually swim M, W, F or some combination of those days).  P.S.  I had also decided prior to this decision, that I would go to practice and just do kick sets.  I finally came to the realization that I would be better off in the long run to see the physical therapist prior to entrance back into the pool.  You know, get the go ahead and not be stubborn....anyone ever wrestled themselves with this question?!?!!  SOOOO....this is how I spent my morning before work......

I met my dear friend Nancy for our weekly fellowship.  We finished up making earrings for the rest of the folks at my clinic.  Earrings are so fun and just show so much personality.  It is a JOY to do crafts with Nancy and chat about just about anything and everything!  She is such an inspiration to all who have the pleasure of meeting her!

From Nancy's, I headed to meet my new physical therapist.  The one with 25+ years of experience.  First, I called to be sure I knew where I was going, but I had the wrong name of the place.  After several phone calls including one to the ortho doctor who recommended this place, I finally got her number and arrived and my destination early!  This is literally so close to my house, I could walk!  ....this mini-confusion was a bit stressful, but once I arrived....I was wowed!

The moment I walked in, I was greeted with smiles, happiness, and joy!  Later, I learned that Mrs. practices PT with her husband.  Their daughter has a spa at the same location which has tons of different services.  It's the whole package for healing!  So awesome!

They spent over 2 hours with me for my initial evaluation.  She took me into a room and listened to my concerns and did a physical exam.  Immediately she identified my scoliosis and started working from there on her treatment plan for me.  She is the first person to ever treat my WHOLE body and not just the symptomatic body part.  Several of the small things that I have going on, we discussed and she explained scientifically the how and why they were happening.  The best part is when she told me that we would correct them.

She then sent me out into the "gym."  This had such a cool feel.  I stepped into the "gym" just in awe.  It was full of joyful patients and equipment that looked like it was from the olden days.  See photo below that I borrowed off of their website.  (Stonebridge Physical Therapy  I have never seen anything like this.  Fascinating!

 Stonebridge Physical Therapy
The Gym - photo credit:  Stonebridge Physical Therapy

I was greeted by a nice gentleman that I soon learned was my physical therapist's husband.  He taught me the first 5 important parts of pilates including breathing and posture.  It was soooo much information.  He worked through it all with me step - by - step.  While I was learning, we were talking about Moses and the Bible.  After the pilates session, they hooked my shoulder up to electrode thingys and put an ice pack over the top.  I sat there while it did it's work and talked to Mr. about diet and food and being as clean as possible.  So much was packed into this 2 hours, that I am just thankful, so very thankful and very hopeful for a full body recovery!

I stayed so long at PT, I had to hurry home to change, eat, and head to work for the afternoon shift.  I made it just in time!  I got off work at 7:30 pm and my wonderful Prince Charming was outside waiting for me.  My good friend Kristin was in town from Nebraska, staying at the Gaylord Texan for a work conference.  Heath drove me down to Grapevine so that I didn't have to worry about traffic after a long day at work.  Also, so that I didn't have to drive after dark.  He knows how tired I get at night.

He dropped me off at the front door and just waited while Kristin and I had a great visit.  He is truly amazing!

Big atrium surrounding beautiful indoor gardens and water features.

Giant/Texas-sized cowboy boot statue.

Kristin and I got our chai tea at a Starbucks and walked on all the paths inside and outside of the Gaylord.  It was so fun to catch up and walk together.  We used to catch up 1-2 times each week on the Y trail in Scottsbluff.  I miss our times together, but know she is doing well!

Monday, June 19, 2017