Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love for a lifetime...

Love sign

On this Valentine's Day I wanted to share this church sign. It has spoken to me at a time when I needed so much love. Oftentimes we think that we are always the ones in the relationship that need the love and support. I would often say to Dynamo, "I feel bad that I need you way more than you need me." But, love isn't about keeping score. And, sometimes you may be giving love in ways that you don't realize, but it was somehow just what your spouse or friend needed at the time. Sometimes in our lives we are the ones that need the love and sometimes we are the ones being the rock. It doesn't matter how many times you need something, God doesn't want us to keep score. Give of yourself completely and wholly to the ones you love and care about. Don't expect anything in return. Don't expect a thank you or keep track. God wants us to be loving, kind, compassionate, faithful, and giving of ourselves always. Love is truly enough. Do everything with a happy loving heart. ALWAYS!

I'm so thankful for my wonderful, devoted, kind, gentle, and strong husband. This is our 10th Valentine's Day together. There's no one on earth I'd rather grow old and wrinkly with than him. Hold onto those you love with all your might. Protect them, care for them, and show them you love them. Enjoy each and every moment together. I love you forever and always, Dynamo!



Friday, February 13, 2015

Lovely lavender goodness

From time to time we change things up a little, and the lavender is no exception.

Lavender soap by The Daily Scrub www.facebook.com/TheDailyScrub

We wanted to give it a little extra umph and power so we added Purple Brazilian Clay to the recipe.

Lavender soap by The Daily Scrub www.facebook.com/TheDailyScrub

Besides being a natural colorant, the clay is known to draw toxins out of your body leaving it better than before!

Lavender soap by The Daily Scrub www.facebook.com/TheDailyScrub

We encourage you to this new recipe that's better than before and let us know what you think!




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Little Man turns 3!!

I'm a little late with this post and I apologize, but I'm back on track now!

Our little man turned 3 on January 24th! Time sure does fly! We pulled out the usual party hat and got him all ready!

Charlie's 3rd birthday 2015

He could hardly contain himself as Dynamo lit the candle on the half of the doggie bone!

Charlie's 3rd birthday 2015

We sang to him and then let him enjoy his treat!

Charlie's 3rd birthday 2015

It's so hard to believe that he is already 3. We have had so many fun times together and he has brought so much joy to our lives. He makes us smile from ear to ear all the time! He is so full of himself and full of life! He truly is a blessing to our lives. Animals are such a gift from God. We are to care for them, love them, and keep them safe. After all...we all want to be the person our dog thinks we are! Their love is unconditional.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Hiking Beaver Lake

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Yesterday was such a great day that we decided to head over to Pocahontas State Park. Dynamo went for a ride on his bike while Charlie and I hiked around Beaver Lake.

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Charlie was so excited to get out on the trails to celebrate his 3rd birthday! There were lots of dogs and people out enjoying the beautiful day!!

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It was all I could do to keep Charlie from jumping in the water! I knew it was way too cold for that!!

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But, I did let him get his paws damp!

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The sun shining down from above was so bright and the air was so crisp! We just felt so rejuvenated being outside with all the goodness around! I just loved the bright green moss amidst all of the brown leaves!

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Charlie did not like having to stop for pictures, but I just wanted to enjoy the warmth of the sun!

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The hill at the lake had such beautiful moss! I made him pose for a few pics there!

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We stopped at the top of the dam on Beaver Lake! The water was rushing over. I didn't want Charlie getting too close!

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Next, we went over to the boat ramp area to wait on Dynamo.

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Eventually Dynamo came riding in like a knight in shining armor!!

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We had a wonderful time enjoying the park! Charlie got an over 4 mile hike in!!

Hope your weekend was fantastic!




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shotgun Rider

With Monday being a holiday, we decided to get out and enjoy the fresh air! There were lots of others at the park enjoying the day as well!

Poco ride 1/19/15

Each day we have to remember to be grateful for the time we have together to be outside enjoying God's creation.

Poco ride 1/19/15

I am thankful for the warmth of the sun on our chilly rides, and the sparkle that it gives to the water it shines over!

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I am thankful for a husband who WANTS to ride with me at my pace. He is always patient, kind, and supportive of me. He lifts me up!

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When we get to the dam we always stop and stare in awe of its beauty. Dynamo mentioned the sunlight in the background just over the top! It still amazes me everytime we ride up and see the rushing waters!

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We enjoy being with one another. We enjoy the time away from the rest of the world, away from the phones and the internet. It's a time to ride and reflect and just be together. And, there's always time to stop and just look at the world around you and admire it's beauty. Every single leaf, acorn, mossy tree trunk and creature is God's work.

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And, silly me just had to make Dynamo give me a mooch! But, the park is a special place for us. It's just full of peace and beauty. There's no noise of the world around, just the two of us together!

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Sure, the trails can be tough. It's just like life. But, we can make it. Together, with those we love we can make it. Without Dynamo's love, support, and encouragement I wouldn't be where I am today on the bike (and in life). He takes the time to help me and love me. He patiently waits for me at each of the peaks and turns during our ride, knowing just when to push me along. He encourages me out of the tough valleys and together we have both grown as people and bikers. We have to support one another and encourage each other to be the best we can be. There's a Tim McGraw song called "Shotgun Rider." I always want to be Dynamo's shotgun rider! I want to always be with him and by his side through the good times and the bad. He is a blessing and a gift from God.

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I pray that each of you will stop and take a moment to think about all you have to be thankful for and show those you love how much you love them. Protect them and love them with all you have. But, mostly, be thankful to God for each and every blessing you have.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amanda Adams Photography's Specialty Soaps

We were very excited when Amanda of Amanda Adams Photography contacted us about doing a new line of specialty soaps for her brand. It's always such a compliment when customers return for more soaps! And, we were honored to be asked.

Amanda and I corresponded about her style and slightly redesigned brand/logo with the focus being on her gold colors. I just love the anchor!

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I always take time to visit client's websites, blogs, and facebook pages to get a feel for their personality and business style before making suggestions. And, after doing so I felt that our soft oatmeal, milk, & honey soap with natural gold colored soap curls, oats, and yellow Brazilian clay was a great compliment to her brand and client packaging. Of course, we added some gold mica dust to the top of the bar too! Because shiny things are always extra pretty!

Ta da!

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We will be sure to share more once Amanda takes some of her super awesome professional pictures of her client packages! We appreciate the opportunity to work with such an amazing photographer. We are excited to see Amanda's business grow and prosper! Thank you, Amanda, for shopping local and handmade!! Go check out her website and facebook page!



Monday, January 12, 2015

Chilly Willy

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Saturday was a day to be together and take a stab at the mini Monster Cross route at Pocahontas State Park! Dynamo and I bundled up for the 21 mile ride and it was a good thing we did! The temperature was a chilly 34 at the start and registered in at around 28 degrees by the finish. Let's just say it was so cold that we didn't stop much to take our hands out to snap pics! So, we only got this one from the start!

This new year we are grateful for our health and for one another! Even though the temperatures were quite cold, it was still refreshing and good for our bodies and minds to get out and smell the air! It was a great ride and we just barely made it back to the Jeep in time before dark!