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Journey Journal: Days 169-181

Day 169-171: Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20, 2013

For the most part, we still stuck to our GF DF diet. We hosted Shepherding Group on Wednesday night, and I did a fruit, nut, and cheese tray (while avoiding the cheese…mostly) and bought a box of Publix’s oatmeal raisin cookies.

Day 172-174: Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, 2013

Friday was our semi-annual board meeting at the office, followed by a cookout. Bryan grilled the burgers and hot dogs for us and we brought some corn chips, buns, and drinks; someone brought condiments, onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc.;  someone else brought baked beans; and the host made potato salad, deviled eggs, and banana pudding. It was a lot of work, and I think everyone was ready for the weekend by the end of that week.

Saturday involved running by Starbucks on the way to getting my haircut–of course, I picked up my stylist’s favorite espresso drink as well! And I love my new haircut! Then we ran errands, and I hung out with my sister and her boys while Bryan helped shoot a wedding. After the wedding shoot, we went to a baseball game and stopped by some friends’ house to hang out for about an hour before crashing at home.

Sunday involved a wonderful morning service, followed by 2nd grade Journey Group–about Loving God. Then we went to Olive Garden with our young adult group (gotta love all-you-can-eat salad and soup for $6.95), followed by having them come over for the afternoon and evening. It was a really good time of fellowship.

Day 175-179: Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2013

A long week with some late nights, but it was a very productive week. We still ate less gluten and dairy, but not totally GF DF. As we added the gluten back in slowly, I did not notice any issues; as for the dairy, definitely going to try to avoid it as much as possible going forward. On Friday, we had dinner with Bryan’s dad and he helped us with our materials list for our back room project. I  picked up Pizza Hut and stopped by the grocery store for this week’s groceries.

Day 180-181: Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30, 2013

Saturday involved cleaning, lots of laundry, mowing the lawn, and going to Lowe’s to pick out our windows and doors for the back room project! (We’re waiting till their sale starts on Wednesday to actually order though.) We hung out with our friend Carissa for a bit; I brought kale salad with crumbled bacon, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and goat cheese with a bacon vinaigrette dressing…so yummy! We ate it with some thin cracker crisps! Delicious! Then Bryan went to play soccer while I finished the laundry and cleaning.

Sunday is morning worship followed by elder community groups–no Sunday School or evening service, just dedicated fellowship time and some good rest! Hoping to get back to the gym this coming week–I’ve been too busy for too long, and this heat is ridiculous, so I definitely want to be indoors, but I do need to get active again for sure.

Journey Journal: Days 162-168

This was one of the all-time busiest weeks of the summer between prepping for two conferences for work, working through the database upgrade project, and arranging flowers for a wedding this weekend. But it was a good week!

Days 162-164: Tuesday to Thursday, June 11-13, 2013

Breakfast was mostly GF Chex cereal and almond milk or soy milk. Lunches consisted of either soup or salad or leftover pork and rice mostly. We still stuck to the GF DF diet. Tuesday, we prepped the notebooks, nametags, and materials for the Pastors’ Conference coming up on Friday and got that all boxed up. Wednesday night, I made stopped by Hobby Lobby and made sure I had all the supplies I needed for this weekend’s wedding flowers. Thursday we prepped the FX-VB conference materials for Saturday’s conference; that afternoon, I picked up the flowers from Carlstedt’s wholesale florist–I even got some discounted calla lilies and purple stock that will be excellent additions to this colorful wedding! And I grabbed a bunch of seeded eucalyptus for good measure.

Bryan’s been experimenting with pork tenderloin and chicken using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh garlic, sage, salt and pepper as a marinade. He made it with some sautéed Brussels sprouts and served it over rice one night–fantastic!

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Day 165: Friday, June 14, 2013

Today was the Pastors’ Conference in Virginia Beach and it was a success from everything we heard–about 30 attendees! After a full day of work, I headed home for a quick dinner of spicy shrimp and grits and then started on the flower arranging! (Pictures to come in a separate post…stay tuned…). I used white and green hydrangeas, pink and green hypericum berries, green pom-pom mums, Bells of Ireland, pink and peach Snapdragons, coral and yellow and white mini roses, purple stock and irises, green lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, orange-yellow calla lilies, bright pink peonies, orange ranunculus, and lotus pods! Quite the combo! My house smelled like a florist shop! (and felt like a cooler! Brrr…)

Started the flowers while Bryan cooked doing the reception flowers first (simple white hydrangea stems in blue mason jars). Then started on the bouquets after dinner… My sister stopped by for a couple of hours to help with the bouquets–it was really nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and she was especially helpful with the mother-of-the-groom’s nosegay. Bryan made us a snack of teriyaki chicken strips (protein to keep us going through the night). Love that guy! He checked in on me about every hour until around midnight, when he went to bed so he would be able to drive me to the wedding….gonna be a late night!

Day 166: Saturday, June 15, 2013

Finished all the bouquets, nosegays, and the altar arrangement around 1:25AM! Just waiting to put ribbon on the bouquets till the last minute. I was really nervous about the altar arrangement, but I ended up really liking it!! Finished the 18 boutonnieres around 3AM and headed to bed for a few short hours.

Back up around 6AM and jumped straight into the 14 corsages. They went quickly and smoothly (much faster than the bouts for some reason). Finished that around 7:45AM and wrapped the bouquets with strips of burlap and lace ribbon, pinning with peachy pearl pins for a rustic touch of elegance. Finished around 8:30 and ran upstairs to get ready for the wedding. Packed up the car and drove almost an hour and a half to the wedding in Walhalla, South Carolina.

Stopped by Chik-fil-a for a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit with coffee (cheated and put half and half in my coffee for the first time this month–didn’t really help the coffee taste any better though, unfortunately; that’s probably the last time I’ll get CFA coffee–sorry. :/ ) I’m not sure if the oatmeal was 100% GF DF, but it has to be pretty close.

The wedding was at a beautiful chapel at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Dropped off the flowers and got the ultimate compliment from the bride: “These are more beautiful than anything we ‘pinned'” (love the Pinterest reference).  YAY!

Dropped off the reception flowers and headed back to the church for the wedding. Stopped by a Chinese restaurant for some lunch in Seneca. It was pretty good, even though I think there was some wheat in the wontons–oops. Still, overall we did pretty well for being out of town and not having many options.

The wedding and reception were both beautiful and very sweet! So happy for our dear friend Sarah and our new friend Jordan! They are a wonderful, godly couple! After the wedding, we drove home and I pretty much crashed. It was a long but wonderful day!

Day 167: Sunday, June 16, 2013

Wow–tired! Started with a bowl of Chex and a banana…and coffee!!! Church was fantastic! And the kids were really responsive as we talked through Seeking God as a response to learning the ABC’s of who God is and what He’s like. Rested in the afternoon and had another wonderful sermon in the evening, followed by having about 5 young adults over for dinner after church. It was a special time of getting to know some brothers and sisters in Christ who are becoming new friends. I just love the body of Christ!

Day 168: Monday, June 17, 2013

Another kinda crazy day–complete with getting caught in a downpour as I ran a work errand. 🙂 Chex and coconut milk for breakfast, banana and almonds for a snack, Thai rice noodle soup for lunch, and then home for an amazing dinner with new friends Dustin and Megan from church. Dustin is one of the deacons assigned to our elder community, so it was good to get to know them better! And they are GF DF too, so we had fun experimenting with them. Bryan made chicken thighs with his apple cider vinegar and lemon juice marinade, and at the very end, he drizzled the chicken with honey to help it brown up and caramelize! Really nice addition! He roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of orange juice; and I made a mixed greens salad with strawberries, walnuts, and honey mustard (with some honey goat cheese on the side). For dessert, I did my peaches and cherries sauté with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and topped it with honey-toasted oats and almond slices! We drizzled some vanilla coconut milk and espresso balsamic vinegar over the top at the end too! Thankfully, they enjoyed our experiments…and we had a really nice time fellowshipping. Finished the day with a french press of coffee, an episode of The Chew, a little blogging, and a good book. And tonight, the word on my mind as I head towards bed is “thankful.”