Enduring All Things: February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Reading Roundup February {2017} - linkup

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Welcome to the second official month of the Reading Roundup linkup! I sort of read two books again this month! I say "sort of" because one of them was actually more of a short story and I read it in one hour on my lunch break. And the other took me a while because I just didn't enjoy it. But before I get to far into that, lets get to the reviews, shall we?

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

So this book is a short story. My copy only had 62 pages. I read it in an hour on my lunch break one day. As you probably guessed because it was written by Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects), The Grownup is a mystery/thriller. 

Fair warning, the main character has a questionable job. The first page of the book was sort of a shock but I turned the page and kept reading because it was only 62 pages and I'd heard it was pretty good. It turns out there aren't many details about her day job and while an aspect of the job comes into play later, the shocking/illegal/immoral stuff wasn't a big part of the story.

Ok now that all of that is out of the way... Wow. Wow. If you're into mysteries, dude! I could not put it down. And again, it took me less than an hour to read. You get sucked in from the beginning with a behind the scenes type of look into this girl's childhood and life. It's written in first person which I've mentioned before that I like. Your heart starts racing toward the middle and then BAM! A crazy twist! But wait, maybe things were actually as they seemed all along?!?

I'm afraid I may have already given too much away. Anyway, I spent the entire book trying to figure out the answer and frankly, that answer never came. But in a way, I like that. In a way, even though it sort of feels like a cop-out, I like that I can fill in the ending with my own imagination. Similar to the last four words of the Gilmore Girls revival.

This short story definitely made me want to read some more from Gillian Flynn. I've been meaning to get into her work for a while and now it's just more urgent!

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I'm not going to lie. I kind of hated this book. It was really slow at first. And then once you get to the last third of the book, it picks up a little, but not the way I was expecting. There wasn't much suspense like I felt in The Grownup. And sure it's a mystery but I had my guess at the answer from the very beginning and never changed my mind. There was a little twist at the end but even that was somewhat predictable. The whole concept was pretty disturbing and the thriller/mystery aspect (or lack thereof) was not worth all the sex and drugs. I DO NOT recommend this book to anybody.

I'm a little sad that I disliked this book so much because I've only heard good things about Gillian Flynn. I can't decide whether I want to continue reading her books or not. Maybe I'll try Gone Girl. I don't know.

So there you have it. I read two books by Gillian Flynn. One I loved and one I hated. Have you ever read either of these? What did you think? Link up any book reviews from this month below!
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Meet the Maugeris: #LoveBlog2017 // Priceless Powwows with Pearson

Today is the last day of #LoveBlog2017! It's sort of a bittersweet moment. While I have enjoyed this year's challenge better than last year, there were still a few times when it was late and I didn't have my post ready for my co-hosting responsibility the next day and I was frustrated. It happens, though right?

Today is also the last Tuesday of the month meaning it's time for Brita's Getting to Know You link up. Since today's #LoveBlog2017 prompt is "LoveBlog," Brita wrote her Getting to Know You questions all about LoveBlog. So let's just dive on in, shall we?

What did you learn from this blog challenge?


Charlene:

I learned that I'm not as disciplined with my blogging as I thought I was. And I learned a lot of little tidbits from all the wonderful and insightful posts that were linked up!

Pearson:

Me? Nothing... That you did it a lot.

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What do you like most about being (or being married to) a blogger?


Charlene:

The community is my favorite part. I love having a bond with other bloggers all over the world. Often I feel my blog friends are closer than my friends IRL. The internet is a wonderful thing, isn't it?

Pearson:

I can read your writing and I know a lot of other people can too. So that's pretty cool. Because I already know that stuff about you but everyone else gets to as well.

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Which #LoveBlog post did you like most? Why?


Charlene:

Of mine? Probably either The Pros and Cons of Marrying your High School Sweetheart. Being married to my High School sweetheart is my favorite thing in the world. I decided pretty last minute that I wanted to write about this for the prompt, "Past, Present, and Future" and once I did, the post just flowed from my fingers. Those are the best kind.

Pearson:

The one Charlene wrote on my birthday "My wish for you" or something.

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How is writing for #LoveBlog different than writing during other months?


Charlene:

The difference is that I'm given a prompt to write about and a lot of times that allows me to be even more creative. Sometimes I draw a complete blank when coming up with post ideas and topics. But if I'm given just a little direction, I can usually run with it. Also, having due dates, especially on the days I co-hosted, made me buckle down and write. I couldn't keep putting it off even though I tried.

Pearson:

For me? It's not different... How have you seen it different for me? Uh... You've been posting more at 6:00 in the morning. What do you mean by that? Like last night you stayed up when you were co-hosting because it had to go live at 6 but other times you can finish the post in the morning.

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PRICELESS POWWOWS WITH PEARSON

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I was terrible this month about writing down "Priceless Powwows." There were so many good ones but I don't remember them. I only wrote two down. :(
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Back Story: Pearson created a playlist of  "Falcons pump-up music" to prepare for the super bowl. It was playing in our apartment for days before the game. One night, he was grading papers and "Turn Down for What" came on.
Him: (singing along) This song makes me forget things.
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Me: I haven't watched any of any award show this year. Like not even little snippets or videos online.
Him: Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.
Me: And they're yummy!
Him: Yeah! Better than the light side cookies. They don't even use gluten.
Me: Gross!
Him: Yeah you can never trust elves with juice cleanses.
Me: .....
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You can't make this stuff up, folks! What did you think? Does your husband ever say funny things like this?

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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Kayla is a 20-something professional and grad student living in a small college town in the Atlanta-area with her hubby and their furbaby, Courage. She enjoys burritos, coffee, and Chickfila. Her favorite past-times include binge-watching television shows and binge-reading thrillers. She runs the lifestyle blog a paper arrow.
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The #LoveBlog2017 giveaway starts February 1, 2017 and runs through the end of the month. While we love our international readers, this is limited to US residents only due to legal restrictions. To learn more about all the sponsors, check out Belle Brita all month long!
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Monday, February 27, 2017

My Favorite #LoveBlog2017 posts (from the days I co-hosted)

We only have two more days of February! And two more days of #LoveBlog2017! I'm hosting both today and tomorrow. Today's prompt is "Bloggers," and tomorrow's is "LoveBlog." Please feel free to join us!

Since today's prompt is bloggers, I thought I would share some love to my fellow bloggers and give you a list of all my favorite #LoveBlog2017 posts so far. I'm only going to share posts from the days I actually co-hosted. If I shared from the whole month, this post would get way too long! I shared a similar post to this last year.

Valentine's Day:

Belle Brita: 6 Offbeat Ideas to Celebrate Galentine's Day


Love Languages:

The Coastie Couple: 5 Ways to Model Love for Kids
Belle Brita: 5 Easy Ways to Practice Words of Affirmation

Memories:

Belle Brita: Cruising Down Memory Lane
Total Addiction: Where Style and Memories Meet

Friendship:

Do 5 Things a Day: 10 Signs of a Healthy, Happy Friendship
The Coastie Couple: Four Ways to Meet New Friends

Wisdom:

The Random Writings of Rachel: Grandpa's Marriage Advice
The Coastie Couple: Five Things Your New Baby Actually Needs

Wishes:

The Morrell Tale: Dreams don't have to be Big

Role Models:

Provocative Joy: Marriages Done Right: 3 Amazing Couples Prove It's Possible
Provocative Joy: 3 Role Models to Inspire my Career
Belle Brita: Admiring My Steel Magnolias

Past, Present, and Future:

The Blond Pond: Past Present Future
Belle Brita: Present Choices, Future Dreams
Just Murrayed: Our Past, Present, and Future

Have you kept up with the #LoveBlog2017 challenge this year? What were some of your favorites? Link up with the prompt, "Bloggers" below!
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin
Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Kayla - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Bloglovin // Google Plus
Kayla is a 20-something professional and grad student living in a small college town in the Atlanta-area with her hubby and their furbaby, Courage. She enjoys burritos, coffee, and Chickfila. Her favorite past-times include binge-watching television shows and binge-reading thrillers. She runs the lifestyle blog a paper arrow.
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The #LoveBlog2017 giveaway starts February 1, 2017 and runs through the end of the month. While we love our international readers, this is limited to US residents only due to legal restrictions. To learn more about all the sponsors, check out Belle Brita all month long!
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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Marrying your High School Sweetheart (#LoveBlog2017 - Linkup & Giveaway)

Welcome to another #LoveBlog2017 post. Can you believe we're almost done with February? Only 3 more LoveBlog prompts! Today's prompt is "Past, Present, and Future." Check out Brita's introductory post to see the prompts for Monday and Tuesday.

This may be old news to some of you, but Pearson and I are high school sweethearts. We dated 6 years before we got married. That's a long time. We started dating as juniors in high school and stayed together through those last two years and through four years of college before finally getting married after graduation.

I LOVE being married to my high school sweetheart! It's my favorite thing in the world! But there are some people who think it's a bad idea. I guess I'll admit there are some actual cons. But they're are many more "cons" that I've heard that just are not true.

So today I thought I'd give you some pros and cons of marrying your high school sweetheart. And I'll also give my opinion on cons that aren't really cons because this is my blog and I do what I want!

The PROS of marrying your high school sweetheart:


You know each other really well. You grew up together. You've been through a lot together. Even the angsty teenage years! You watched each other grow into the adults you are. You matured together and learned from each other and with each other through some very formative years.

You know each other's families well. It always surprises me when someone tells me they're meeting their serious boyfriend's or even their fiance's parents for the first time. I'm pretty sure I met Pearson's parents the first time I met him. They were my family long before we were married. His siblings started picking on me and burping around me early on. And I wouldn't have it any other way. His sister was only 6 when we started dating. She hardly knows him without me.

You most likely have zero (or very few) ex's. There's little room for jealousy. And usually not a lot of baggage.

You have almost all the same friends. Pearson and I met in our youth group at 12 years old. And both of us hung out mostly with the youth group. Sure we each had friends on our separate high schools, but of course we introduced each other to them. And then we went off to college together. For the most part we have all the same friends and it's awesome!

You can truly be yourself around each other. I mean before we even dated, Pearson saw me at summer camp wearing baggy shorts that met the dress code with no makeup soaking wet from water sports. There's not much I can keep from him. Nor do I want to!

The "CONS" of marrying your high school sweetheart (most of these aren't actually cons imo):


You might get too comfortable. People like to say things like "Are you sure you're not just marrying him because it's the easy thing? Or because you feel like it's just the next step?" Or they ask if we're just together because we always have been or because people think it's cute. Um... No. I married Pearson because I love him and he loves me.

You will probably have to wait a long time to get married (and have sex). Yes this one was true for us. We started dating at 16 and didn't get married till 22. That's a long time to date. And to abstain. It was tough, but it was worth it.

You might get married "too early" or "too young." Some people even think 22 is "too young." While we waited till we graduated from college, I know people who didn't. And I would never tell them they were too young. When you know, you know. And everybody and evey relationship is different. I don't think getting married at 18 guarantees divorce. It might make some aspects of a relationship more difficult, but it might also make some things easier.

You have no secrets or mystery. This goes along with knowing each other well from my pro list. Again, I don't think this is a bad thing. Pearson knows everything about me and vice versa. And it's an awesome feeling! We know what makes each other tick. We know how to speak each other's language. And yet, we both still change and evolve all the time and we continue to learn about each other. As for the "mystery" aspect, trust me, there is still plenty of mystery and spontaneity!

You don't get to know yourself without the other person. To be honest, I think the whole "getting to know yourself" can become a cop out answer for single people. No, you don't need a significant other to be complete by any means. And I'm glad you're learning about yourself. I learned about myself during college and my early adulthood. And I still am. I just had somebody by my side through it. Don't shame me for that.

Again, I love being married to my high school sweetheart. The things we've been through together in the past have a huge effect on how we currently function as a couple. I wouldn't want it any other way. And I know those things and the things we're going through at this stage in our lives are gearing us up for a great future.

Do you think marrying your high school sweetheart is a good or bad idea? Link up any posts about past, present, and future below!
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Alessia is a historian, social entrepreneur, political junkie and manquée professional comedian. Never to be seen in society without her standard Ray-ban Wayfarers, rose-gold iPhone and ash blonde Chelsea blow dry. Still the most (in)eligible Catholic bachelorette, with a love of fine wines, Jane Austen and all things beautiful. Mistaken by her own mother for Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Blogs about life in London at The Blond Pond.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Role Models for Marriage (#LoveBlog2017 - Linkup & Giveaway)

I'm co-hosting #LoveBlog2017 again today! I hope you've enjoyed all the prompts and posts. Today's prompt is Role Models. Click here to see all the rules and prompts. There are only 4 more days after today!

Today is also Thankful Thursday. I'm not posting a Thankful Thursday linkup because I'm hosting Love Blog, but I am going to write this Thankful Thursday style.
Today I am thankful for the many role models we have for our marriage. Both of my sets of grandparents have been married for more than 50 years. My parents have been married for 32 years and and Pearson's parents have been married 29 years. We both have aunts and uncles who've been married 25-30 years.

Marriage is important in our families. All these people have taught us a lot and showed us how to treat each other by their examples.

My grandma has dementia and my grandpa has stuck to her side doing everything for her. In sickness and in health.

My other grandparents still call each other "babe" and view each other with so much love.

Both of my grandfathers were in the military and their wives supported them through all that. They raised children together and have served their churches together.

My parents taught me these 10 lessons about marriage, and many more. (They also taught me these 5 lessons on life in general).

Pearson's parents taught me these 5 life lessons along with many more.

But it's not only family.

Pearson and I have been blessed with so many role models and mentors. We went to Harding University, a small Christian university. So we were really close to our teachers, dorm parents, advisers, club sponsors and so many other "adults." Most of them were married. Most of them knew we were dating each other. And while not all of them purposely mentored us on marriage, they taught us by example. Which is kinda the definition of a "role model."

Outside of Harding, especially in the church (both where we grew up and where we are members now), there are also so many marriage mentors and role models.

And then there were the people who did purposely mentor us on marriage. We went to a couple weekend marriage seminars in college. We attended a marriage Sunday school class for engaged couples for an entire year in college. We went to a few marriage counseling sessions at the counseling center on campus. Our minister did a few sessions with us. And we were "assigned" an older couple as our marriage mentors at our church now.

So as I was saying, we've been very blessed in this area. Marriage is tough and it's nice to see other people who are happy in marriage. And it's important to have mentors who have been through some tough times together. I am very thankful we have so many wonderful role models in our lives!

What are you thankful for this month?
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Brita Long is the pink and sparkly personality behind the Christian feminist lifestyle blog, Belle Brita. While her first love will always be Paris, she lives happily with her husband Daniel Fleck in the Atlanta area.
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Charlene is a 20 something wife and fur mamma living in Ohio. She uses her blog, "Enduring All Things" to inspire young wives to keep God first and their husbands second in everything they do.
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Kayla is a 20-something professional and grad student living in a small college town in the Atlanta-area with her hubby and their furbaby, Courage. She enjoys burritos, coffee, and Chickfila. Her favorite past-times include binge-watching television shows and binge-reading thrillers. She runs the lifestyle blog a paper arrow.
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Ivanna is a registered nurse with a large dose of colorful creativity. She writes at Provocative Joy while working overseas with Mercy Ships. She enjoys the art of head wrapping and the thrill of thrifting. She writes about living intentionally in community, in marriage, and the challenges of making a difference no matter which country she’s in.
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The #LoveBlog2017 giveaway starts February 1, 2017 and runs through the end of the month. While we love our international readers, this is limited to US residents only due to legal restrictions. To learn more about all the sponsors, check out Belle Brita all month long!
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