Seven Gratitudes - Week 5 Birthday Edition

Yesterday was my birthday so I decided to make this post birthday themed. Here’s what I’m grateful for this week!

1. I’m 34 and proud of it - It’s really hard to believe I’ve been around 34 years. #totesforreal I know everyone says that, but I really feel like time goes by so fast and in a blink you’re in your mid 30’s questioning your life’s purpose. #30flirtyandfun I’m sure in another blink I’ll be 50 and still asking the same question.

2. Birthday lunch date and dinner date with my mister - I actually got dressed in real clothes before 5pm today to go to lunch with Timothy at Restore Community Coffee. Since yesterday was Maundy Thursday, we had services at church so we opted for a quick pizza dinner after church. #bybyyogapants #hellojeans


3. Pedicures - I don’t get them but once in a blue moon. They are hella expensive and I’m too cheap to get them on a regular basis. However, penny pinching be gone on my birthday! #treatyoself #thanksforrubbingmyfeet #andpaintingmytoesmister

4. Birthday freebies - I didn’t get to Starbucks yesterday to get my free drink, but I appreciate that businesses treat you on your birthday!

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5. Birthday Cards - Totally feelin’ the love with all my birthday cards and well wishes. I’m thankful for my friends and family that took time out of their day to wish me a happy birthday. #lurve


6. Birthday presents - The next to best thing about birthdays is the presents. I love opening gifts and being totally surprised by what they are. I also love it when my husband tries really hard to keep a secret even though I usually figure out what it is. #i’masecretdetective


7. Birthday cake - I saved the best for last. who isn’t grateful for birthday cake? We drove down to Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, VA last night to get a cake. We got the 6” chocolate and it was expensive but totally worth it. That is the best chocolate cake I think I’ve ever had. #holla #chocoholic 

Picture from since I didn't wait to take a picture of my cake before diving in face first.

Picture from since I didn't wait to take a picture of my cake before diving in face first.

Thanks for being here! 



Seven Gratitudes - Week 4

Sorry I missed last week! My parents were in town and I was super busy getting the house ready and totally forgot to write a post. Here’s what I’m grateful for this week!

1. My Parents - To state the obvious again, my parents were in town to celebrate my birthday a couple weeks early. We had a good visit and drove around the area to see some towns and coal mines. It seemed like everyone had a blast! #itsmybirfday #almost 

2. Mother nature and all her beauty - We took a trip over to Big Stone Gap last Saturday to see the town I’ve heard a lot about. Driving through Southwest Virginia is really a treat. There are so many beautiful views and towns! #southwestvirginia #mountainmama #rewritingjohndenver


3. Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore in Big Stone Gap - This place is a gem! Our associate pastor had recommended we go there and I was so glad we did! It’s a used bookstore in a victorian home and they foster cats! We walked up to the door and were greeted by the sweetest cow kitty. Then they had 4 more inside. I mostly gushed over the cats while Timothy looked for books. #mydreamcometrue #iwantedtotakethemallhome #wheresacatcafe #nextbucketlistitem


4. BBQ - Um yeah so I love bbq and there is a new place in St. Paul called Fat Boys BBQ. We went there last Saturday on our way home from Big Stone Gap. They had my all time favorite BBQ dish. BBQ stuffed baked potatoes. They call it a Heart Attack in a bowl. It was so good! #getinmybelly #sofull #omg


5. iTunes movie rentals - We go to the movies a lot! However, there are a lot of movies we want to see that don’t come to a theater near us. So I am grateful to be able to rent movies and watch them at home through our Apple TV. We rented Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri on Friday night and then The Mountain Between Us on Saturday night to watch with mom and dad. #threebilboardsisgood #youshouldseeit


6. Our little church choir - There aren’t many small churches that have choirs these days. I’m so grateful that our church has a choir that I get to participate every week. Music is a big part of my life and being able to worship in that way fulfills me. My mom got to sing with me in choir last Sunday while she was here. We haven’t sang together in years. #sonice #musicislife #singingislife

7. Goodwill and other avenues to reduce, reuse and recycle - I mentioned a couple weeks ago that we are spring cleaning. Since then, I took a whole carload to Goodwill and will have more to take in the coming months. I’ve also recently started using Poshmark to sell some stuff I didn’t want anymore and have had some success. I’ve also used Thredup but I’m not super happy with them lately. The first bag I ever sent them was successful. I’ve sent 3 more bags and have been very disappointed. I think they’ve gotten too popular and aren’t accepting as much as they used to so I won’t be using them anymore. If you decide to, just set your expectations very low. I seem to average about $.50 per item. Here’s an example, I sent them a brand new with tags pant suit from The Limited and only got $1 and they sold it for $60. I’ve sent them other stuff that was brand new with tags and they didn’t keep them and unfortunately for me, I didn’t request for my unaccepted items to be returned (that costs $10). If I have good stuff in the future to be sold, I’ll just be using Poshmark or Ebay. #mmmkay


Seven Gratitudes - Week 3

I have had a busy week and almost forgot to write this post! This week I’m grateful for…

1. Jonny Lang and his epic guitar playing skills – We made a quick trip down to Knoxville to go to an awesome concert! We’ve seen Jonny and band a few times now and this was by far the best performance we’ve seen. We had great seats and the best time! #bluesguitar #amazeballs


2. VCA Highlands Animal Hospital – Mr. Murtaugh was having some super stinky breath lately and I took him in to get his teeth cleaned. Poor little guy ended up getting 12 teeth pulled! Apparently, his immune system is attacking his gums and causing his teeth to loosen. He was pretty pitiful there for a few days, but he’s all better now and on some immune supplements. #poorsmoosh


3. Mr. Zetty and his epic construction knowledge – A parishioner from church has been coming by to repair somethings in the parsonage. I’m very grateful to be able to live in a beautiful home and have people that are willing to fix things when they get broken/stop working. #manymanythanks #ihaveagarbagedisposalnow

4. Phillips Hue Lights – Speaking on parsonage upgrades, have you ever tried Phillips Hue Lights? We just got a couple and they are amazing! My sleep cycle alarm works with the bulbs to help wake me up gently in the mornings! It’s also super awesome to be able to say “Hey, Siri! Turn off the bedroom lights!” #sirihascontrol #nolongerjoltedawakebythealarm

5. Girl Scout Cookies and the BA girls that sell them – Timothy came home from Convocation last week with a bag full of GS Cookies! #tagalaongsaremyfavorite #gained5pounds I also came across this little gem of a video and just had to share with you guys! #staywoke #buysomecookies

6. Sunshine and Snow – I’ve decided March is coming in like a lion! It’s sunny/60 one day and 22/snowing the next. Not gonna lie, I wish we’d gotten more snow this winter so I’m happy to see the snow coming down again.

7. International Women’s Day – In honor of the IWD, I’m grateful for all the amazing women in my life. #mom #mil #sis #sils #bosslady #gmasinheaven #nieces #cousins #friends #bff