Retreat to the Mountains

Oh goodness!! What to even say……if you take 28 women and put them in cabins in the mountains- with gorgeous nature and good Bible teaching….throw in some games, treats, jokes, and shopping….it all added up to be a magical weekend. Thank You, Lord, for this refreshment and a renewed love for Your Word and for these sisters in Christ. ❤️💕💚

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eggs, cake, veggies, boba (not in that order)

We got a spiralizer!!

It’s so fun! But really sharp…I’m wearing a bandaid on my finger!

Wil, skye, and I are doing a 5 day detox (of course) what else would we do on spring break?! 🙂

Inspired by this book by Nikki Sharp. I found it at the library, made some photo copies and we are on our way!

Skye and Wil are cheating a lot, but also I’m getting a ton of fruits and veggies in them!! Trying to help Wil’s eczema.

It’s my knee jerk reaction to be being gone on a retreat with the women from church and coming home to pop tarts and ice cream. (Dave’s a good eater! He’s been so good since about last fall when he knew he was turning 50) but when momma’s away the cats play and eat horrible….

I wasn’t the best when we were gone either 😉 lots of trader joe snacks!!

Anyway, the 5 day detox is really yummy if you like smoothies, hummus, tons of veggies, berries, and seeds.

As always, we keep things very balanced around here with cake 🙂

I found this fresh strawberry buttercream recipe Here ….and it’s reallllly good. But you’ll have to wait until after Easter dinner to see the inside of the cake …☺️

Dave and I got to go on a lunch date today, which was nice because we haven’t seen much of each other! With the ladies’ retreat and then he was away for work, we needed some quality time.

We got boba smoothies at Sir Walter Coffee (get it? Sir Walter Raleigh…)

It was a very cute place.

And the weather was gorgeous!

Oh! And eggs…

We colored some…cool colors…

And warm

Can you tell they’re fake eggs? 🙂

We can pull them out again next year!

I can’t wait for our Easter service at church tomorrow…”curtain torn in two…dead are raised to life…Finished! The victory cry!!! This the power of the cross, Christ became sin for us…took the blame, bore the wrath, we stand forgiven at the cross!!!”

(The Power of the Cross by Keith Getty…I butchered the words I’m sure, but wow!!)

I hope you have a happy Easter!! 💕🐥

🌿💚green

Painting in the spring means using up the green paint

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Green icing! Dave thinks it should be flavored mint, I think lime….but they were vanilla…

Encourage!

Green table linens 💚

Trader Joe’s greenery makes me happy

I’ve been looking for highlighters for years that aren’t just the regular neon. Skye found these on amazon. We got a whole rainbow of mild colors. You can see the whole pack here ….they are wonderful!! Even gray! A pale gray highlighter!!

The green leaves are coming back and the flowers blooming here in NC. I love spring. Thank you, God, for the changing seasons. It shows how we can have hope in you! After the rain comes the flowers, after the cold comes the warmth. You never change and the seasons follow the same pattern. I’m overwhelmed with Your creativity and kindness to give us beautiful things. 🌿💚🌿

I see growth and maturity in our kids too and I’m so thankful. 10 years ago I was worried about things like a messy room and table manners, now it’s driving cars and college applications. So thankful for growth and change in us too. (((I know I say this allllll the time but the teenage years have turned out to be my favorite! These almost adults are funny and fun. It’s going to be so bitter sweet when Wes leaves for college in the fall!!))))

Updates

I’ve totally forgotten about posting lately! I’m going to post a few pictures then do a full update later this week. Had to get a photo of us in our flowered dresses ❤️🌺🌼

The older they get, the better they get along! There’s hope, moms!!

Us and our old glasses

Us and our new glasses (I’ve since decided I don’t like my new glasses…maybe…not sure…it’s a big commitment!!)

This guy (young one) bought a car from this other guy!!! They’re both pretty happy about it 🙂

Love seeing my boys all playing together on Sundays❤️🧡💛…I know Mom, it’s hard to see a boy in white socks up there, but kids these days…they have new fashion rules 😆😆😆ha!! Ha!!

🌺🌼flowers

This is my current favorite spot in the house. That large flower painting brought it all together for me. I painted over another thrift store canvas. See what you can do for $0!

The little wooden cactus (perfect for my non-green thumb…I can even kill a cactus!) was from Wil at Christmas ❤️

I was trying to make the bed today and this little thing wouldn’t move. So I made it around her and she was stuck

She decided it was a pretty cozy spot

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Updates, birthdays, food, etc….

Where to start?! I just went back in time to find pictures I haven’t yet posted…this is the day after valentines….Skye’s teacher asked the kids to bring a verse along with candy to pass out with valentines and I *adore* the verses on love she came home with. Precious.

I thought this was funny 😝the kids can’t wait til I go away with the women from church for our retreat and that’s why!!!

Someone turned 13!!!

We had a fun day out shopping with her school friends.

She’s spoiled 🙂

Her brothers knew just what she wanted

Amazon made it pretty easy this year (she had a list on there for us😜)

Oh goodness, yes there was more food…we went to this sweet little smoothie place and we ordered our smoothies but they also brought ice cream for the birthday girl.

The boba beads were surprisingly good in a smoothie…they freeze for a little crunch

This was funny too…!

Oh! Speaking of….skye and I have been going to the gym!!! I’ve been waiting for this day- when you’re 13 you can attend the classes at my gym….it’s sooooo much better when you can go with your daughter❤️

We had the Coffey evangelistic team at our church for a week and it was amazing!!! Great messages and music. I just really love them as people. Tuesday night was ladies night; the chocolate cafe! I got to help decorate for that which was very fun

We had lots of fun desserts, coffee, ice coffee, with lots of great toppings. Stephanie Coffey spoke and it was just a really fun night.

This guy has been doing a wonderful job staying disciplined and steady with running and eating healthy. So proud of my 50 year old!!😆

Don’t think I showed the teen room at church yet! Lauren and I got to paint these triangles –this room was all completely beige…Pastor Chad and Lauren painted each wall an amazing color ….plus….

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A chalkboard wall!!! (Love) It’s such a fun room for the teens. I’m soooooo thankful my kids love to go to church. Its their church. It’s their second family. So thankful for both Pastor and Pastor Chad and their influence (and Nan and Lauren too…we are very blessed)

That was a very long, picture heavy post!! I keep meaning to update ….anyway….so many fun and BIG things going on!! College decisions and ACT tests and school changes and plans!!! So thankful for PRAYER and God’s leading….more on all that as it plays out 💕💕💕

Sullivan’s Date Nite 💕

We went to Sullivan’s the Monday after valentines. It’s a fancy steakhouse in Raleigh.

(That’s not a curl on top of my head! 😂)

We are getting old so of course we were the first ones there for the evening!

Haha…who am I kidding, we’ve always opted to eat early.

It was very cozy

And very yummy! Dave ordered philly cheese steak egg rolls for an appetizer

I got the French onion soup

I wanted to be really adventurous and get something other than steak…plus I heard the meat/cheese/olive plate was very photogenic (not so photogenic in the cozy lighting situation) (tons of leftovers)

Dessert was amazing…Dave says his bananas foster bread pudding was the best dessert ever- til I gave him a look and he revised his statement to be; the best after my carrot cake 😆

Mine was a chocolate on chocolate with chocolate poured over extravaganza which made for amazing breakfast leftovers.

We so enjoyed Sullivan’s for our late valentines evening out.

Speaking of overeating food…..😜…..I started yet another diet (it’s a hobby)…called Noom….have you heard of it? It’s an app where you can log what you eat, it motivates you, keeps track of weight loss etc. I’m enjoying it so far! (Day 2, which is about halfway through a diet for me….)