Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn Along {thirteen}

Knitting: Easy Lace Scarf  

I love this pattern! It is easy to remember, and I can knit and talk or knit and watch a show and not make a mistake. I think I may want to spend the next year knitting five more scarves in this pattern. Plus, my favorite yarn to knit with is fingering weight, so this pattern is a combination of all of my favorites; easy, not boring or frustrating, and fingering weight yarn.  I just attached my third and final ball of yarn. I hope to have the scarf finished by the end of the month.  And then I may start another scarf, seriously! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Our Summer Trip {2014}

We packed the Prius to capacity early Tuesday morning and hit the road. We had planned several destinations to visit along our five-day trip. 

Late Tuesday morning we arrived at our first stop, Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, Virginia. We entered onto Skyline Drive, ready for adventure. Unfortunately, the fog was thick, so we did not get to see much during our drive. 

We made it to the welcome center for a quick picture, and then we got back into the car to find our first trail, Little Stony Man. We had hiked this trail before and knew what to expect in the end. 

After a quick lunch of sandwiches and grapes, we drove to the second trail on our list, Whiteoak Canyon Trail. We had never walked this trail before, but we prepared ourselves for it to be somewhat hard. We made it to the upper falls area and saw the cascade from 86 feet and then began a slow, very steep hike back to our car. 

We hiked the 4.6 miles in three hours. Early into the hike, I slipped off the path into a large rock and tree. Poor Ralph slipped five times. He scraped his knees, hands, and elbows, but he finished the hike like a trooper. 

After refueling with water and a few more grapes, we got back into the car and drove to a picnic area to grill burgers and bratwursts

When we were almost finished eating, the fog came rolling in very thick, so we packed up the car quickly and headed to our hotel. 

After refreshing sleep and a quick breakfast, we started our journey to Nashville, Tennessee. We have family in Nashville, and we made plans to stay the night with them. 

Our first stop in Nashville was the Parthenon. We have visited Nashville before, but we never made the time to visit this amazing place. It was built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition. 

Then we drove down Nashville's Music Row, and finally ended up at the stadium where the Titans play. Then walked the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

After our afternoon of fun, we visited with our family, had an excellent dinner, and stayed up too late talking. 

In the morning we said good-bye, jumped back into our car, and made our way to Paducah, Kentucky. We visited with more family in Kentucky, stayed the night, and left the next morning for Mammoth Cave National Park. We took the 2 hour Domes and Dripstones tour and enjoyed every minute of it. 

The cave tour was our final destination, so we started the long journey home. 

After a few hours in the car, Chris suggested that we continue to drive all night to avoid Saturday traffic. It was hard, and we did stop for two-hours at a rest stop, but about fifteen hours later we finally made it home, safe and sound and a little sore! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rejoicing With My Family This Week

Chris is home with us this week, and we are very excited to be able to spend our days with him. I have a couple inspirational pictures scheduled to post, but I won't be on the computer this week. I will be too busy enjoying my family! 

I hope you have a blessed week!  

Friday, August 8, 2014

7 Teas to Love {7 Quick Takes}

I am a coffee drinker. I love coffee. I start every morning with a fresh cup of hot coffee with just a smidgen of half and half. It is my favorite thing to drink. But I can only drink it in the morning. For some reason unknown to me, if I have a cup of coffee in the afternoon it makes me feel unwell. My stomach hurts, and my head starts to spin a little. It is crazy, I know, but it is true. 

Part of the reason that I love coffee is because I enjoy a mug of something hot to drink. So I had to find an alternative to coffee in the afternoons, and I knew hot chocolate was not the answer. I have tried to drink it, but after only three sips, I have reached my sweet limit. 

Enter onto the scene tea. It allows me to have a mug of hot liquid in my hand, with the negative side effects of an afternoon coffee splurge.

And believe me when I tell you that an herbal tea can be good for you! I am not a healthcare professional, but you can quickly research the different herbal teas and the benefits associated with them online. Here is a list of seven of my favorite teas and why I love them.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

His Love Renews

I have had a hard summer. It started with my grandmother passing in May, a lingering health issue, and crazy fast weight gain. Needless to say, I felt like I was run over and left on the side of the road, wounded and hurting. 

Then I developed a wound on my leg that just would not heal. For almost thirty days, I fought the infection. And I thought, "Seriously God? What do I need to learn from all of this?" 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fearless on Facebook

If I am completely honest, I must tell you that I am not really fearless on Facebook. I rarely update my personal profile. I update the Saint Affairs page more often. This week I posted the newest Bible verse that I am memorizing. I realized this morning that I had not shared it here, so there you go! 

This week, I also shared Cari's beautiful article about women suffering from infertility and sub-fertility. If you have not read it yet, please take a moment to read it. It is called Invisible Struggle

And this morning I posted a picture of my son and my nephew from a couple years ago with a quote from Mother Teresa that I love. 

If you have not yet liked the Saint Affairs Facebook page, I hope that you decide to! I would love to connect with you there. :) 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Big Regret in My Marriage and How I Got Over It

I had a lot to learn about relationships and married life during the early years of my marriage. A few months ago, I wrote a little about my struggles and the book that helped me be a better wife to my husband. 

One of the things that kept me from feeling close to Chris was the regret I carried around for several years. It stayed with me, followed me around like my shadow, always darkening my way through my marriage. 

October 1997

Chris and I married young. We already had a young baby when we finally made our relationship official. We both worked, and had little debt and a nice size savings account. Chris worked in the restaurant business and was good at it. So it is not surprising that the opportunity for Chris to open his own restaurant presented itself within the first few years of our marriage. He asked me for my advice, and I gave it to him. 

I told him not to do it.