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Journey Journal: Days 129-148 (Catching Up)

Has it really been 20 days since I wrote a blog post?! My sincerest apologies, but “busy” does not even come close to describing the last three weeks! Don’t worry–there have been some moments of calm.

Day 129: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Today was an exciting day! Bryan officially changed his major to Culinary Arts today! Let the cooking begin…or continue, rather! This is one very excited wife! He’s been at Greenville Tech for the last year taking some basic courses, but starting in August, he’ll be in the Culinary program (great news: everything he’s taken so far actually applies to the new major!). This was a long process, but I am excited to see him pursue one of his greatest passions–food! Below is one of his most recent creations: a Curried Chicken BLT with a special sauce and fried egg!

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Day 130: Friday, May 10, 2013

Today, a 16-year old boy in our church, Todd Lurtey, lost his battle with cancer. It was a very sad week, and we will miss him very much, but we are thankful that he is no longer suffering and in the arms of His Savior! There are no words…just love and grief and prayers. One thing is sure: Todd is in heaven smiling with that big, beautiful smile next to His Savior. Todd was known for his smile–and as big as it was on earth, I can only imagine how huge his heavenly smile is!

The Lurteys have had a beautiful testimony through this incredibly difficult trial–through the pain and tears, through the questions and even sometimes doubt, they have shown the grace and trust in our great Savior; they have counted every day with Todd as a gift and blessed God. I just realized that exactly four years ago today was when Brenda first shared her testimony of the beginning of this trial. I am so thankful to be a part of our church family at Heritage–to see what the hands of Jesus look like–to see how the body of Christ

Day 131: Saturday, May 11, 2013

This morning, I got to babysit three of my nephews. Then my parents stopped by for a lunch of turkey burgers and salmon sandwiches. I was able to give my mom her Mother’s Day gift and chat for a while–the visits are never long enough! Then later today, we finally sold our motorcycle!

Day 132: Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! Today’s 2nd grade Journey Group involved extra singing and creating special Mother’s Day cards with the kids. Neither of our moms were in town today, so after church, we headed to Paris Mountain State Park for a 5.5 mile hike! We went on some new-to-us trails and it was a really beautiful day!

Day 133: Monday, May 13, 2013

Today we heard of another friend who died last night. Grieving with those who grieve. Thankful that because of Jesus there is hope in despair, comfort in sorrow, and healing for suffering. May the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 12:15; II Cor. 4:14-18; Phil. 4:7)

Days 134-136: Tuesday through Thursday, May 14-16, 2013

Excited to hear that GOGA studios bought out their franchise and changed the name to iVIVA (i for you and me, V for Vibration, I for infrared sauna, V for vitality, A for alkaline water)! I love the new name! If you haven’t checked it out yet, it is a fantastic and refreshing routine!

One of things I’ve missed the most since switching to a dairy-free diet is mac-n-cheese, so I tried a new recipe and was pleasantly surprised with this Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. I used gluten-free spiral pasta, soy milk and nutritional yeast, and added garlic and dijon for an extra kick of flavor!

Read of the day: “Why God Gave Us The Church, Not Superman” – There is no such thing as “Super-Christians,” so go ahead and take your cape back to Goodwill, please.

Day 137: Friday, May 15, 2013

Worked till about 1:30, then closed up shop to attend Todd’s funeral. Though sad, it was a celebration of life in Christ. After the funeral, we packed up the car and drove down to SE Georgia for our niece’s high school graduation. Spent the night at Bryan’s aunt’s and uncle’s house–so nice to see them again!

Day 138: Saturday, May 16, 2013

Woke up early and headed to Ciera’s graduation! So excited for her as she closes this chapter and begins a new one. After graduation, we were able to spend a little while with Ciera and her folks before heading home for Sunday. It was a whirlwind trip but totally worth it.

Day 139: Sunday, May 17, 2013

Quote of the day: “The fuel of worship is a true vision of the greatness of God; the fire that makes the fuel burn white hot is the quickening of the Holy Spirit; the furnace made alive and warm by the flame of truth is our renewed spirit; and the resulting heat of our affections is powerful worship, pushing its way out in confessions, longings, acclamations, tears, songs, shouts, bowed heads, lifted hands, and obedient lives.” ~John Piper

Taught 2nd grade Journey group in the a.m. Hosted the Young Professionals class for pizza and salad for the evening. What a fun group! I think there were people in nearly every room of the house and on the front porch–talking, eating, playing Taboo, games on the Wii–it was fantastic!

Day 140: Monday, May 20, 2013

7 years ago today I married my best friend Bryan! So thankful for his love, his leadership, and his ability to make me laugh even on the hardest days. My cousin and his girlfriend gave us an amazing “thank you” gift card to The Lazy Goat–and we spent it all (and then some)! We had steak and parmesan truffle fries, fried goat cheese with honey and crushed pistachios (definitely ordering those again), Moroccan fried chicken with falafel waffles, and–our favorite–Duck, Duck, Goat pizza with duck meat, a duck egg, goat cheese, arugula, and balsamic soaked dried cherries! It was so nice to look out over the Reedy River and not have to cook (or clean up)–just enjoy one another!

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Days 141-144: Tuesday through Friday, May 21-24, 2013

Several busy days of work–lots of upcoming events, Dispatches sales, upgrading some technology stuff, etc. Friday night we were able to get together with two other couples for a fantastic Cashew Chicken stir-fry, a game of Settlers, and a dessert of fresh fruit topped with toasted nuts and Rice Krispies and drizzled with a raspberry puree. So much fun!

Day 145: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Brunch with our friends Jordan and Sarah! I made up a new recipe for Sour Cream Pancakes with Cream and Berry Compote toppings! I would share the recipe…but I’m pretty sure I want to save it for “The Cookbook” (thinking more and more seriously about writing one, so I’m starting to save up some recipes for the “testing” phase).

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My sister and her boys came over for a couple hours this afternoon–had fun playing Jenga and Wii with them! Went for a walk with Bryan, then randomly got together for a game of Dominion and coffee with our friends Nate and Leigh!

Day 146: Sunday, May 26, 2013

Really enjoying this group of 2nd graders in our Journey Group! Had fun talking about our Exalted God and applying it to their lives! Had a headache and it’s been a pretty exhausting couple of weeks, so Bryan took me to Panera for lunch–it was a nice treat! After evening service, we had several of the young adults over for a cookout. Bryan made his famous curry burgers, Laurie brought some fantastic homemade guacamole, and I made some potato wedges. We are really enjoying getting to know these friends!

Day 147: Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day! Had an absolutely fantastic day with Bryan’s side of the family. Started with blueberry pancakes at his folks’ house at 8AM and finished with a delicious BBQ dinner at his sister’s. After the long day, we came home, lit some candles and listened to some classical violin on the back porch, and shared our dreams for the future. So thankful for a man who is romantic and teaches me to relax all at the same time.

Day 148: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After work, we came home and fired up the grill one more time for a dinner of ribs, baked beans, salad and chips with some dear friends from church. We are so thankful for Aaron and Marjeana and their love for Christ, their love for the people around them, the way they raise their children, and their passion for growing in grace and coming alongside others to grow in that same grace! For dessert, we had fruit and ice cream (well, they had ice cream–I’m still avoiding the dairy)–and we introduced them to balsamic vinegar as an ice cream topping! (I know it sounds weird, but the tiniest bit can be truly fantastic!) The kids played Wii while we reminisced and laughed and got to know each other a little bit better.

So, 20 very full days are behind us–days of sadness mixed with days of joy, mundane days mixed with days that symbolize major life changes, days of busyness and friends and family, but most of all days filled with seeing God work and learning to wait on Him and accept His gifts when He gives them for as long as He gives them. God is good–all the time!

Journey Journal: Days 120-122

Day 120: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After work, I headed home and Bryan and I made a dinner of omelets and veggies. Then my friend Emily (my cousin’s girlfriend) came over to say her “see-you-later”s before she graduates from college on Friday and moves away. It was a really good chat. I will miss our regular Sunday afternoon chats with my English-major, coffee buddy.

Day 121: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Started the morning with coffee and Gospel conversation with my good friend Diana. Then headed to work for the day. After work, I stopped by Goga and caught up with my friend Leigh! Then I swung through Chik-fil-a for a quick bite before Shepherding Group.

We discussed Pastor Brooks’ Sunday morning sermon “Thirsty for Something More” from John 4. It reminded me of the wonderful, old hymn “Satisfied” (WORDS: Clara T. Williams, MUSIC: Ralph E. Hudson, c. 1875):

“All my life long I had panted
for a drink from some cool spring
that I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within.

“Hallelujah! I have found him
whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
through his blood I now am saved.

“Well of water ever springing,
…my Redeemer is to me.”

I’ve been meditating on this a lot this week. It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life: home, family, work, church, ministry, etc. When it comes to the Christian life, it often seems easier to get in a rut of “second hand” knowledge–listening to sermons, discussing Christian books, debating theology, listening to good music, etc. And even though all of these things are good, there will not be true satisfaction until our relationship with Christ is direct and personal–there is a definite need for slowing down, meditating, and building a one-on-one relationship with God. It’s not always easy (especially with the inundation of social media, active social lives, and information overload), but maybe it’s not meant to be easy. This is my prayer–that I will learn to “be still and know” God.

Day 122: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Got a late start this morning, so I stopped by Chik-fil-a for a breakfast burrito on my way to work. Lunch was multi-grain tortilla chips, roasted red pepper hummus, cucumber slices and pepper strips. Busy, long, and productive day at the office–I don’t mind long days when they’re productive like this! Around 5 p.m., I left work briefly for a walk and stopped by Publix to pick up some dinner (since Bryan was going out with the guys tonight). Headed back to work and heated up some Birds Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Rigatoni & Vegetables with Tomato Parmesan Sauce. For $1.18 (50% off at Publix on Wade Hampton this week), it was a perfect dinner! Finished up some work, vacuumed, and headed home around 8:30 p.m.

Journey Journal: Days 98-102

Day 98-102: Monday through Friday, April 8-12, 2013

This week was a very productive week with multiple projects at work. We’re getting ready to release Dispatches from the Front episode 6 this coming week!

And we’re working on prepping for some exciting new conferences hosted by Frontline Missions. We’re doing a Pastors’ Conference series:

And we’re doing an FX for those interested in “advancing the Gospel in the world’s difficult places.”

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Find out more about both conference series here. Plus, of course, there was the general office responsibilities. Have I mentioned recently how much I LOVE my job?!

Needless to say, we had a lot of work going on this week, so there wasn’t a ton of time for exercise. I still ate right (mostly) and took a couple short walks and made it to Goga a couple of days this week.

One blessing of this busy week was that my calla lilies at work finally bloomed!photo-8

Tuesday night was probably my favorite dinner of the week. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture. Oops. Dinner was an amazing sandwich with the following: grilled chicken breast, seasoned with curry powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and cilantro; fresh spinach; mayo; a fried egg with fresh basil leaves; a sprinkle of fresh parmesan; on a griddled onion bun. Slightly messy, but oh so delicious! Yum!

Another blessing was lunch on Thursday with one of my best friends Rachel at Grill Marks (a new-ish restaurant in downtown Greenville). I love the little basket of skinny fries! It was a really good burger with lettuce, onion, and tomato, and the small fry was the perfect size! And it came with unsweet tea!photo-9

 

Journey Journal: Days 92-95

Day 92: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Made the goodbye rounds in Ohio–grandmas, family, friends who were at the hospital to have their first baby, and a last minute stop for coffee at George House Coffee–then we split one of their Pistachio Muffins as we got out of dodge. The staff was very friendly and one of them actually lived in Taylors, South Carolina, for a while–right around the corner from where we go to church! Another customer was from Findlay (like me) and back visiting before she headed home to another town South Carolina. Small world!

Stopped a little off the beaten path in Kettering, Ohio, for lunch at a restaurant we hadn’t heard of before: Meadowlark Restaurant. It was fabulous! Bryan had the turkey thigh tacos with their potato string fries with housemade curried ketchup (quite possibly the best fries and ketchup I’ve ever eaten). I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fried lemon slices (my favorite part), tapenade and roasted tomatoes, and a side of borscht soup. I only wished I lived closer so we could try more of their dishes. And the atmosphere was relaxed yet professional–everything from business meetings to ladies luncheons to dads with kids to a romantic date.

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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fried Lemons and a Side of Borscht

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Turkey Tacos and French Fries

Finished the rest of the trip with only a couple traffic jams…and maybe a few more stops at Starbucks. Had a really good time talking and listening to music with my man!

Day 93-95: Wednesday-Friday, April 3-5, 2013

Back to work. And back to Goga. So glad to be back in the gym (and the sauna) after some long days in the car. And thankful that the sun decided to show it’s face this afternoon! Hoping the prediction of a sunny weekend is right! This girl’s ready for Spring!

Journey Journal: Days 84-87

Day 84: Monday, March 25, 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday to “My Journey To Lean” blog! It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I started this blog–and even longer since I first started blogging.(July 28, 2005 was my first ever blogpost!…almost 8 years ago now!) Lots has changed since it started, but I’m still enjoying the journey, and I hope you are too!

Bryan made up some scrambled eggs and warmed up some leftover ham with a little maple syrup for breakfast before work. It was really good.

For lunch, I had the ham and bean soup we made yesterday with a side salad. The soup was started by making ham broth out of the bone from Sunday dinner’s baked ham. After simmering for several hours, I discarded the bone and strained the broth (yielded about 12 cups), reserving as much ham as I could. Then I sautéed onion, carrots, and garlic in some olive oil with salt, pepper, a couple of bay leaves, crushed red pepper, and worcestershire sauce in the stockpot. I added about half of the broth back in, along with the ham meat (about 2 c.), a bag of frozen kale, and 1 cup each of dry red beans and dry Northern beans, and let it simmer for about 4 more hours, till the beans were perfect.

Had an adventure this afternoon when Bryan’s keys fell out of his pocket onto the carseat (after he had locked the car door). Oops. Then we realized we hadn’t made a copy for this car’s keys yet. Oops again. Fortunately, we were able to use a couple coat hangers and screwdrivers to get the keys. I’m actually surprised this was the first time we’ve had to do this–too bad it was one of the colder days of the year, and his jacket got locked inside the car with the keys (of course).

Day 85: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Long, busy day. We’re hitting crunch time with various deadlines at the office, and I’m working diligently on my multi-tasking skills. For lunch, the whole office headed to Brick Street Cafe for a special celebration lunch for Katie, our bookkeeper who is retiring after this week. She is an incredible asset and will be greatly missed! After work, I ran home for a quick supper of scrambled eggs and grilled ham (this time using cane syrup–actually turned out even better than the maple). Then I was off to meet a bride, her MOH, and her mom for a flower consult for her wedding this August! Finished the day with a cup of TAZO Zen green tea.

Day 86: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another busy day. Another ham soup lunch. And actually had ham soup with salad and a hearty bread for dinner too. And finally made it to Goga today–especially enjoyed the lymphatic massage and infrared sauna portions!

Day 87: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lunch was a chunk of hearty bread, a freshly sliced tomato, and some warm ham with spicy mustard. It hit the spot! Mom arrived for a brief visit tonight! Had the last of the ham and bean soup with a side salad and the last of the hearty bread for dinner. It really hit the spot. And it’s always good to have mother-daughter time! Finished the day with a French Press of Columbian coffee, a handful of almonds, a square of dark chocolate, and good conversation with mom.

Journey Journal: Days 65-71

Day 65: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finally made it to GOGA for the first time this week! Had a quick dinner before Shepherding Group.

Days 66-67: Thursday-Friday, March 7-8, 2013

Long couple of days. Didn’t sleep well. And it’s been windy and gloomy. Hopefully it will warm up for the weekend.

 

Day 68: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Finally! Sunshine! Slept in a bit, ran some errands, went to GOGA, and finished out the day by a few hours of weeding.

Day 69: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Another sunny day. I cannot express how thankful I am for our church family! After a quick lunch, a group of the young adults from church headed to Paris Mountain for a 4.5 mile hike, followed by a dinner of grilled burgers, coleslaw, apples, carrots, celery with peanut butter and raisins, and berry pie!

Day 70: Monday, March 11, 2013

I do not like Daylights Savings Time! That is all.

Day 71: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Busy day, but very productive! I love days like this. Had a delicious leftover burger for lunch, wrapped in lettuce instead of on a bun. Carrots and peppers with hummus, an apple, and a piece of dark chocolate. Went for a 1.5 mile walk after work. Thankful for sunshine this afternoon again. And had a dinner of BBQ turkey sandwich with slaw and the last slice of berry pie.

Journey Journal: Days 57-60

Day 57: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Homemade whole wheat toast with organic coconut spread and apricot jam for breakfast, along with a cup of fresh apple slices. Twenty minutes of Goga at lunch, followed by veggie stir-fry. Curry with chicken and mushrooms for dinner, along with strawberries, almonds, and a little dark chocolate for dessert.

Day 58: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Same breakfast as yesterday. I’m really enjoying the coconut spread! Leftover curry and rice for lunch. Twenty minutes of Goga after work, followed by a quick veggie stir-fry supper, then off to prayer meeting.

Day 59: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Multi-grain Cheerios with Coconut Almond milk and a banana for breakfast.

Today marked one month at Goga, which means measurements! Over 10 body points, I dropped a total 8 inches and 7 pounds in one month! Not only is it a good workout and a relaxing stress reliever, it actually works! After another 20 minute session of Goga, I stopped home quickly for a roast beef wrap with spinach, onion, mushroom, and peppers, accompanied by steamed broccoli and a strawberry-kiwi fruit salad.

Tonight, we were invited over to a family’s house from church. She made an amazing Chinese dinner, with dumplings, fried rice, veggies, and cashew chicken–we even ate with chopsticks. We had such a good time talking that we had to pull ourselves away around midnight, since we had work the next day. So thankful for the bond of Christ!

Day 60: Friday, February 29, 2013

Peanut butter on homemade whole wheat bread for breakfast. A simple roast beef and spinach wrap for lunch, with some pepper strips and baby carrots. Dinner was raisin bran with dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and a banana with almond coconut milk. Had a later snack of more raw veggies. No workout today–rest day! And hopefully an early bedtime.