Enduring All Things: August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thankful Thursday Party - August

It's that time again! Time for the monthly #ThankfulThursdayParty link up! This month I have been thankful for a lot of things. It really was hard to pick just one for the link up. But I have decided to talk about my health. Lately I've been making a point to be more active. I've been saying I need to get back into shape since... well since we got married. But lately, I have actually been serious about it. I've been running, biking and doing blogilates!
This got me thinking about how wonderful it is that I can do these things. I haven't done much exercising in months, but when I went to run the other day, I didn't die! Granted, I ran/walked about a mile and a half in 20 minutes, but nothing hurt more than it should have and I made it through the whole 20 minute goal. And I felt great!

I have talked about being thankful for my health before, but I wanted to reiterate it because I know there are so many people out there who are not as fortunate in this area. So today I am thankful for my health. I am thankful I am able to do what I want to do and to work up to where I want to be with my running with no serious issues. I am thankful I do not have extensive doctor bills and I don't fear for my life because of an illness or injury.

What are you thankful for this month? Link up below!
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We have so much to be thankful for and a lot of us take that for granted. Lets change that! Introducing the #ThankfulThursdayParty linkup with Rachel @ My Wholesome Home and Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes! We will be writing about what we are thankful for and linking  up on the last Thursday of every month. We would love to have you and can't wait to see what you're thankful for in your life!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Inspiration of the Month: #ALSIceBucketChallenge

You've all seen it all over the internet. The #ALSIceBucketChallenge. I know a lot of people are tired if it. A lot of people think it's old now. Some people are wondering if it's really helping. And some people are completely criticizing those who participate because of the motivations behind doing the challenge. Are they doing it to bring attention to themselves? Are they trying to one-up their peers? Are they trying to feel good about themselves?

You know what, maybe some people are thinking like this. But you know what else? I don't care! It is happening and it is helping! I don't know what the number is now but I know that tens of millions of dollars have been raised in the last month for ALS research. That's more than a 1200% increase. If you have any doubt about where the money is going or if it is really needed, please watch this video!
So maybe some people's hearts aren't in a great place with this challenge. But frankly, we live in a corrupt world and country. I am so proud this country is doing so much good regardless of the motivation!

On another note though, I do know that there are many other diseases out there that need the attention and funding just as badly as ALS. And that's why I am glad the challenge is starting to morph into a "Charity of your choice IceBucketChallenge." So this weekend, when I was nominated to do the challenge, I donated to alsa.org, curefa.org, and michaeljfox.org. Below is my video. I only challenged a couple people, but if you're reading this and feeling inspired (and you haven't already been challenged) I challenge you! Every penny can make a difference and the attention that ALS and now some other diseases are getting around the internet is priceless!
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Have you done the challenge? Did you donate to anybody besides ALS?
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Date Night: Bookstore Scavenger Hunt

Pearson and I love our books. Just the other day I realized that I may have a problem with collecting books. I don't usually like to spend a lot of money on clothes, shoes, purses, or other things I don't need. But I've noticed that this mentality goes out the window when it comes to books and I buy them a lot faster than I read them. I would like to pin part of the blame on an awesome store in the Columbus area called Half Price Books. This store has paper backs for as low as $2!! We've collected so many books that we're running out of space to put them.
Anyway, all this to say that when I saw Megan's Bookstore Scavenger Hunt, I knew we had to do it as a date night! I took some of Megan's ideas and tweaked them. I added to her suggested items and created a document to use. You can access that document here if you want!
Last week, I mentioned this date night idea to Pearson and he was actually pretty excited about it which motivated me to make it great! So we spent some time brainstorming and writing down ideas for items. Then on Friday, we went to eat at Chick-Fil-A and then headed to Half Price Books! We got there a little after 8:00. The store closed at 10:00 so we decided to allow the competition to last until 9:30. Around 9:30 we reconvened and went over our answers. He whooped me! As a prize, he got to spend $10 at the bookstore.
It was a fantastic date! Competition is always fun and this one involved something we both really enjoy: books! The only problem is that thanks to this date, I have found a lot more books to add to my "to read" list. I am never going to catch up!

Have you ever done anything like this? Do you think it might be something you and your husband would enjoy?
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday's Favorite F-Word: Famous

I've talked about all my favorite celebrities on the blog a lot. It's no secret that I love Jennifer Lawrence, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, and a few others. One person I haven't talked a whole lot about though is Candace Cameron Bure.
I have loved Candace since the Full House days and I was one of her biggest fans on Dancing With the Stars. I truly admire her in every way. I love following her on Instagram and Twitter because she really lets her followers see fun little glimpses of her life. Completely genuine. Perfect or not. And I even wrote her an encouraging letter earlier this year when she was getting all that grief for admitting to acting as a submissive wife.
It's no doubt that Candace is a Christian. She practically shouts it from the roof tops. But it's one thing to proclaim Christ and it's another to live Him. From what I can tell, Candace does. Based on what she shares with the world, she practices what she calls "intentional parenting" and she is a "submissive wife." Family is important to her and as a family they make church and bible study a priority.
What really impresses me about her is how she deals with the attention. I can't imagine being "famous" and having the entire country know who I am. I would hate having the paparazzi following me and the media reporting on everything I do. But Candace handles it with class. She smiles for the cameras but isn't afraid to show that she isn't perfect. And when there are pressures, arguments, and criticisms about her beliefs, she doesn't falter. She is always respectful, but she holds true to her values.
Candace really is someone I look up to. I aspire to be as brave as her. If I were in her position, I really don't know how I would handle it. I would like to think it would be similar to how she does, and I'm striving to get to a place in my life where I can confidently defend my faith in the face of trials.

Who is your favorite celebrity? Why do they inspire you? What would you say to them if you could? Be sure to link up your "famous" posts below!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Letters to the World {August 2014}

Hello Lovely Readers! It's time for another Letters to the World post! If you're new around here, I like to take some time every month to write some letters to whomever or whatever I want.
I've been collecting these for a month, so here we go...

Dear Polor Vortex,
I waited through the long, cold, snowy Winter and the non-existent Spring expecting to get to a glorious, warm Summer. And how long did that Summer last? Maybe a month. Maybe. How many times did I sit by the pool? Twice. How many times did I go to a water park or the beach? Zero. This is ridiculous! A lot of people love the cool weather, but I just cannot wrap my head around wearing a hoodie outside in July. Especially when I know it will be freezing in just a month or two! Ugh. I want my Summer back!

Dear Fall,
Speaking of cool weather, I would like for you to get here. Since it feels like Fall right now anyway, I want all the benefits of Fall: Football, Pumpkins, Halloween, new seasons of TV shows, you get the idea. I want you to get here but I don't want it to get any colder outside, deal? Deal!
Dear Menchie's Frozen Yogurt,
Thanks for having Pumpkin flavored frozen yogurt! Yum! I could only get like half of a cup full because everybody must have gotten Pumpkin today, but it was so good! I just closed my eyes and savored the first taste of Fall. I am so so so ready!

Dear Goodreads,
Why have I not been using you? I got an account in 2012 but I think the only books I had interacted with at all were the Hunger Games. Recently I rediscovered you and there is so much to do. Networking, lists, recommendations, quizzes. I love it!

You are a genius! I love wiki's and I don't know why I never referenced you before.

Dear #ALSIceBucketChallenge,
I think you're awesome! There are people hating on you because you are annoying and there are people being negative about how it takes a "fad" for our country to do good, but I don't care. You are doing a lot of good for a little known disease and I am glad!

What would you write to the world this month?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5 Books That Will Strengthen Your Marriage + a giveaway

Marriage is tough. We've only been married 2 years and we really haven't had any major struggles, but it is still something we have to work on every day. Getting married is one of the most important decisions of your life because it affects your whole life. Something that has so much influence one everything you do should be a top priority, right? I know I can always work on something to do with my marriage. So I've compiled a list of books that have helped us work on our marriage. Without further adieu...

One // The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Overview: Are you and your spouse speaking the same language? He sends you flowers when what you really want is time to talk. She gives you a hug when what you really need is a home-cooked meal. The problem isn't your love - it's your love language! In this international best seller, Dr. Gary Chapman reveals how different people express love in different ways. In fact, there are five specific languages of love: Quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. What speaks volumes to you may be meaningless to your spouse. But here, at last, is the key to understanding each other's unique needs. Apply the right principles, learn the right language, and soon you'll know the profound satisfaction and joy of being able to express your love - and feeling truly loved in return. -BarnesAndNoble.com
I read this book this winter with the "Meaningful Marriage Book Study" blogger group. I tell you, this book definitely changed my views on a lot of things having to do with marriage! Did you know if your spouse's primary love language is quality time and conversation, then his or her love tank will never really be full until you share your heart! It's not just being a good listener but also opening up and sharing yourself! This is just one big thing I was surprised to hear from this book. Here is a [really long] post I wrote just after finishing the book if you're interested.

Two // The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick
Overview: Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
The Love Dare, as featured in the popular new movie Fireproof (from the makers of Facing the Giants), is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to finding true intimacy and developing a dynamic marriage. Take the dare! -BarnesAndNoble.com
I also ready this book with the Meaningful Marriage group. I'll be honest, I didn't completely finish the book and I didn't do all the challenges, but it is a great resource to pick some "dares" that work for you or to read and get yourself in the right mindset for serving your spouse. The book focuses on the concept that love is a choice and if you act on that choice, the feeling should come back. If you have seen the movie Fireproof then you know how transforming this book can be to a suffering marriage, but it can certainly help marriages at any stage!

Three // His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley Jr.
Overview: What will it take to make your marriage sizzle?
Time after time, His Needs, Her Needs has topped the charts as the best marriage book available. More than any other, this book helps husbands and wives give each other what they need most in marriage.The millions of couples who have read His Needs, Her Needs have learned to keep the romance alive, and they are recommending it to others. Join those who have seen spectacular changes in their marriages by following Dr. Harley's tried and proven counsel. You will discover that an outstanding marriage can be more than a dream--it can be your reality. -BarnesAndNoble.com
Pearson and I are currently reading this book with the young marrieds group at church. So far, I have learned a few things that surprised me. For example, in the chapter about men needing a recreational companion, I learned that when Pearson says he would rather take me to a football game than to go with his guy friends, he actually means it! He's not just trying to be a good husband.

Four // For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
Overview: Discover the Truth He Wants You to KnowThe man in your life carries important feelings so deep inside he barely knows they’re there, much less how to talk about them. Yet your man genuinely wants you to “get” him—to understand his inner life, to know his fears and needs, to hear what he wishes he could tell you. In her landmark bestseller, For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals what every woman—single or married—needs to know. Based on rigorous research with thousands of men, Shaunti delivers one eye-opening revelation after another... -BarnesAndNoble.com
I read this book in college and oh my goodness did it open my eyes to some surprising things. And it cleared up a lot about the weird things that boys say and do. I really want to read it again now. I want a refresher and I also think I will take it in a little differently having matured a little and having had deeper relationship with a boy [in marriage] for a couple years.

Five // For Men Only by Shaunti Feldhahn and Jeff Feldhahn
Overview: Finally, you can understand her!
If you’re like most men, you've burned up lots of energy trying to figure out what a woman wants, what makes her tick, how to make her happy. The good news: success is simpler than you ever thought.  In their groundbreaking classic, For Men Only, Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn reveal the eye-opening truths and simple acts that will radically improve your relationship with the woman you love... -BarnesAndNoble.com
This book is sort of a companion to For Women Only in that it was written by the same couple and it's the same concept just geared the opposite way. I haven't actually read this one myself but Pearson did while I read For Women Only but we shared a lot with each other and I was very surprised at what needed to be explained to men about our more superior gender. (just kidding, just kidding).

So do any of these look or sound like something you and your spouse could benefit from? Remember, even if you aren't "having trouble" in your marriage, you can always work on something. And today's your lucky day! Why? Because the ladies below and I have all teamed up to give one of YOU a $50 Barnes & Noble Electronic Gift Card, on us! And if you're not into marriage books or books in general (but I know you are!) remember that the possibilities are endless at Barnes & Noble - you can purchase movies, music, calendars, journals, planners, puzzles, gifts, and the list goes on! So don't hesitate to join the giveaway below!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Guest Post from Pippin Maugeri

Hey guys, Pip here! My mommy says I can take over her blog today because it's my "gotcha day" and because she's hanging out over at The Samantha Life while Samantha's out of town for her brother's wedding! (psst... You should totally go read her post over there, but be sure to come back).
Now, I'm really not sure what a "gotcha day" is, but I think Mommy and Daddy said something the other day about getting me from the shelter a year ago, so maybe "gotcha day" means the day they got you... Clever. So if that is correct, I have been living with Mommy and Daddy for exactly one year today! I am so glad they got me from the shelter that day.
So here are some thing's I've liked about living with Mommy and Daddy:
  • The cuddles and scratches
  • Chasing squirrels and other tiny animals
  • Playing with toys and bugging Mommy and Daddy to play with me
  • Hanging out on the patio.
  • When Daddy gets home from work.
  • When Mommy feeds me scraps from the table.
  • TREATS!
  • Riding in the car. (Except when we go on long trips and I get sick)
  • Our new car.
  • Long walks.
  • When mommy lets me sleep on the bed
  • The fact that mommy stays home with me most days
  • My cousin, Colbie the German Shepherd
And here are things I haven't liked about living with Mommy and Daddy:
  • Daddy's guitar
  • Bubbles. Why do they think it's funny that I don't like bubbles and blow them at me just for fun?
  • Getting my finger nails clipped
  • Seeing squirrels and other tiny animals through the window and not being able to get to them
  • When I have to come inside from the patio
  • When I got in trouble for escaping from the patio
  • When Mommy doesn't feed me scraps from the table.
  • Getting car sick on long trips. Mommy and Daddy sure like to drive long distances for the holidays
  • When Daddy makes me sleep in my crate
  • When Mommy goes out of town for a week at a time. What's up with that?
  • When Mommy and Daddy go out of town for the weekend and don't take me
  • My cousin, Gracie the Chihuahua. She's annoying and doesn't like me either.
Overall it's been a pretty good year. It definitely beats staying in that shelter where nobody loved me and I lived in a tiny, cold cell room with no carpet or anything. Yuck!
Mommy and I both encourage you to go to your local animal shelter next time you're looking for a little furry friend! These animals need a home and they will love you forever if you give them one!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Advice to College Freshmen (or really any college students)

I cannot believe it's been 6 years since I made the long drive to Searcy, Arkansas in my Toyota Sienna (yes I was driving a minivan), with Pearson in tow, following my parents all the way, to start my Freshman year at Harding. A lot has happened in those 6 years, but I still remember what it was like. And in the spirit of the school year starting, I'd like to share some advice based on my experience, even though I know my readership will probably not benefit from this for the most part. Oh well...
First of all, study. That's what you're there for. That's what you're paying for. Learn how to study and learn how to learn. You will be learning for the rest of your life. Now is your chance to get good at it when you're surrounded by a bunch of other people learning too and while you have teachers and TA's to help you. Maybe they won't help you as much as your high school teachers did, but I guarantee they will help you more than your boss will down the line.
With that being said, don't study too much. Don't be the person who stays in their room or the library all the time studying. Even on the weekends. Learn how to prioritize your time. If you know you have a big test coming up, study ahead of time, and still make time for your friends. You can thank me later.

Speaking of friends, take advantage of opportunities to meet new people. You may feel awkward, but guess what! Everybody else is in the same boat. Especially other Freshmen! If you're anything like me, you would much rather stay in your dorm room with a book than go out and talk to a ton of people you've never met. But just do it. Trust me.

While you are out meeting new people and doing fun things, take pictures. This is something I wish I did more of. College was really the best years of my life and I do have plenty of pictures of memories, but that's mostly because my roommate was an aspiring photographer. You be that person. If people make fun of you for having to stop and pose everyone all the time, so be it. I promise they will be glad later when you tag them on Facebook. Or at least their mom will be glad.
Remember, you don't have to decide on a major immediately. Don't stress. Of course, you don't want to be there 4 years and still not know what you want to do, but that's another thing for another post. Seriously though, enjoy your first year and get some pesky gen-ed's out of the way. Have fun!

With that being said, once you decide on a major, give it your all. When you're taking your major classes, pay attention and put forth your best effort. These classes will most likely be harder than your gen-ed's and they will probably be more helpful for your future. Besides, you should be interested in them anyway, right? You chose the major because you liked it and were interested!
And lastly, don't take the time for granted. Before you know it, you will be out in the real world. You'll be working a real job, paying bills and paying back your student loans. Enjoy life with all your friends just down the hall and the cafeteria within walking distance. Later when you have to drive across town to see your best friend or when you realize your fridge is empty and you can't afford to eat out again, you'll miss your college days!

College grads, what other advice do you have? 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surf's Up Vox Box

When influenster contacted me about this Surfs Up VoxBox I thought "What am I going to do with a Surfs Up Voxbox? I don't live near the ocean. I certainly don't surf. And I don't even hang out at the pool that much. Why would they choose me for this particular box?" But when I got it in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised! It was all stuff I could use!
If you aren't familiar with influenster, let me introduce you! All you have to do is go to influenster.com, sign up, and link up your social media. Influenster will give you an impact score based on how much influence you have in the social media world. You do not have to have a blog to do this! Then based on your social media impact and a few questionnaires you fill out about yourself, you might qualify for a voxbox or some other goodies! Then they send you free stuff and you review it on your social media accounts. It's great! Anyway, here's what I thought of all the stuff in this box...
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe texturizing shampoo and conditioner
I just wasn't that impresses with this stuff. I was expecting it to give my hair beachy waves but I really didn't see a difference from my regular shampoo. I have seen great reviews about it on the internet though so it's probably just because my hair is so short and I can't really get good beachy waves anyway. Would I buy it again? Probably not. But I might look at some of their other products and maybe buy something I would use on my hair.
Jamba Juice at home smoothie kit
I loved my smoothie!! I got a free "All Natural Mango-a-go-go" one and $1 off a "Fruit & Vegis Blue Fusion." The hubby loved the mango. I had the Blue Fusion and it was delicious! I could actually taste the vegis and they blended with the fruit flavors beautifully! I love how healthy they are and how easy! All you do is dump the contents of the bag in the blender, add some apple juice and blend! Will I buy them again? Probably!
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration after sun lotion
This stuff is awesome!!! This after sun formula has ribbons of lotion and aloe throughout the bottle so that when you put it on your burnt sun-kissed skin, the aloe eases the pain and the lotion moisturizes! And the smell is wonderful! I put it on my knees several times after they got burned pretty bad at the Cincinnati reds game several weeks ago, but I also just put it all over after being in the sun and it just soothes the skin. It's hard to explain, but it's pretty great. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! And I plan on it!
Sinful Colors nail polish
When I got this bottle of nail polish I thought "Oh great. It's purple." My favorite color is purple and people know that and I guess influenster knows that. But I have tons of purple nail polish. And sometimes purple nail polish is just too dark for me anyway. I like bright colors on my nails. But when I put this stuff on, I LOVED the color! Really only one coat was plenty which is a huge deal because putting more than one coat on means double the dry time and ain't nobody got time for that! Also, this stayed on my nails without chipping at all for at least a week. Granted, I did use a really good clear top coat, but this did better than other polishes I've used with that same top coat. Would I buy it again? Most likely!
First Aid Shot Therapy or F.A.S.T. Relief
I found this to be a little weird. I've never used liquid pain relief before and frankly, I just don't see the point. I used it when I had a pretty bad sinus headache and it did work really fast! I assume this is because it's liquid and doesn't need time to dissolve like a pill does. But I use so much pain medicine that I carry around bottles of 2 different types of pain killers in my purse at all times. I can't justify carrying these around because this bottle is one dose. And the price per dose just doesn't add up to me either. Will I buy it again? No.

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*I received the products mentioned above from Influenster in exchange for an honest review! This post does not contain affiliate links!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

How our Toyota Corolla Turned into a Nissan Rogue

On July 21st, Pearson was in a car accident. It wasn't terrible. He was going about 45 and t-boned someone who pulled out in front of him. I am very thankful it wasn't worse! But it was sort of a pain to deal with.

First of all, the man Pearson hit spoke very little English, so that made the whole process a little more difficult. The guy wanted to see how much the damage was on our car before he filed an insurance claim thinking he might be able to pay for it out of pocket and his insurance wouldn't go up. I don't really blame him, but it was obviously going to be a lot of money (spoiler alert: our car was totaled).

So Pearson drove the damaged car up to a body shop the next day to get an estimate and sure enough, the dude couldn't pay for it so he filed a claim. So Pearson had to then take the car to another shop that Progressive (the other guy's insurance) works with. They gave him a rental car and told him they'd be in touch within 24 hours... A week later we got a phone call saying it was totaled. Great.
It wasn't a whole lot of damage (on the outside) but it was pretty old so it didn't take much to total it.
So we cleaned out the car and picked up a check from Progressive. Then we started looking at compact SUV's online. We knew when we eventually replaced a car we wanted an SUV. The problem was, we were hoping to replace the '95 Corolla before the '01 Corolla and we were hoping to save up a little more money before we took the plunge. But, what can you do? Anyway, we discovered the Nissan Rogue and I fell in love! Well, you know, not really in love but we all use that word when we shouldn't anyway.
So last Tuesday, 2 weeks after the accident, we went to Byers Crysler, Dodge, Jeep and bought our 2010 Nissan Rogue! I tell you, shopping online first is the way to go. And that's what the guy at the dealership said too. We picked out the perfect car with the mileage we wanted for the price we wanted with the bells and whistles we wanted from the comfort of our couch. Then we just had to go pick it up and exchange some money. Y'all this car is so great! There is a ton of leg room for a compact SUV. It has Bluetooth connection, leather seats, a sunroof, a Bose stereo, AWD, the works! And we got a great deal!
Pip approves!
The other night Pearson asked me what my favorite thing was about the car and I said either the sunroof or the stereo. His favorite was being higher off the ground then in a sedan but he knows the AWD will be his favorite when it snows and the roads get icy.

Anyway, all this to say, sometimes life doesn't go the way we want, but it never lasts for long. And sometimes, like in this case, you get a fun little reward for your troubles!

Have you recently bought a car? Did you shop online? What's your favorite part of the new car?
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Columbus Park of Roses

Isn't nature beautiful! Last weekend, Pearson and I went to the Columbus Park of Roses to take some outfit pictures for my eShakti review and it was gorgeous! I have never seen so many beautiful flowers. It was hot, we weren't really dressed for a stroll in the park, and we were trying to get some good pictures so I know we didn't enjoy the park as well as we could have. I would love to go back in the Spring sometime when they are first blooming and when it's maybe not so hot outside.

Anyway, don't we serve an awesome God?? I know I've talked about God's wonderful creation a lot before, like here, here, and here, but I can't help it! I am awestruck when I watch a thunderstorm or a sunset and when I walk through the woods or a park of roses! Anyway, I'll stop rambling and let you drool over these pictures. Even though I'm not the best photographer, I don't have a great camera and pictures could never do the real thing justice anyway.
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Linking up with This Darling Day for "Finding Beauty Friday"
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