Faithful Friday: I Have Two Husbands

30 August 2013

Hey my loves! Before I share today's faithful Friday post I want to let you know that I am guest posting over at my friend Caroline's blog In Due Time today. It would mean so much to me if you would pay her blog a visit and read the post. I am sharing about something that is near and dear to my heart and I am sure you will be able to relate.

Now that we've gotten the announcements out of the way. I wanted to tell you all about my two husbands. I know this sounds a little far fetched but it's true. Before I married Mr.Fixit I was already spoken for by someone else. This love of my life suffered for me, was tortured for me, and died a criminals death for me. If you haven't guessed it already I am talking about Jesus Christ. As members of the church body we are the Bride of Christ. I know this may seem awkward especially for men to refer to themselves as Christ's bride but that's what we are.

For Christ is the ultimate husband, soul mate, friend, confidant, and greatest love of our lives. While we were unworthy He sacrificed His life for us, while we were flawed He was determined to love us. The imagery of Christ as the Husband and the church as the Bride is better explained in Ephesians 5:25-27, where the bible tells us that Christ loved the church like husbands were supposed to love their wives. Thus making the church the bride of Christ. We are His bride because He loves us, provides for us, protects us, washes us in the word of God, makes us holy and also gave Himself up for us.

As brides of Christ we are to:

  • Faithfully serve Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:2.
  • Represent Christ with honor, Proverbs 12:4.
  • Submit to Christ, Ephesians 5:24.

Christ is our husband so we are all called to carry the responsibilities of a wife in our relationship with him. Married or single, male or female we are all brides of Christ. If you have a husband look to him as the physical manifestation of Christ's love, but remember that ultimately we submit to Christ. Know that marriages are meant to be an example of Christ love for the church it's not the other way around. If you are single remember that you already have a Husband in Christ who has claimed your heart. No matter our marital status for our Husband Christ we must remain pure at heart and abide in his love as we anticipate His return which will be our glorious wedding day.

For today's post I am linking up with Susannah from Simple Moments Stick. I would love to hear what you have to say about being a bride of Christ. Leave a comment below with your thoughts or link me to your own post.

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Guest Post: Blogging Struggles

29 August 2013

Hey Lovelies today I have our lovely blog sponsor Rebekah sharing her heart with us today. Rebekah is a sweet lady with a heart for God. She resides in Texas, loves coffee and blogs over at Creatively Beloved. I hope you will leave her a sweet comment here and visit her blog. Today she will be sharing what she has learned on her blogging journey so far.

Hey Ya’ll! I’m Rebekah and a newbie to this wonderful world of blogging. I am having a blast learning about so many different topics and meeting such sweet ladies. It has claimed a special place in my heart, but I’m quickly realizing how it can be harmful as well.

When I first started blogging my goal was to have fun and hopefully share the love of Jesus. Now, I still want those things with my whole heart, but sometimes I find myself in a battle against other desires for my blog. I want to share these desires with you today, because I believe they are something all bloggers have or will struggle with as well.

1. Beauty
I love fashion and I always wanted to have a fashion blog, but I just don’t have the time to get all dolled up every day so I can take pictures and upload them. Hence, the choice of a lifestyle blog. With this passion of mine I follow a lot of fashion blogs, and I end up comparing myself to them. I look in the mirror and start wishing that my nose looked like this person’s or my hips were smaller like this person’s etc. I will sit there for hours just tearing apart my body in my mind to the point that I feel like I am not “pretty” enough to be a blogger. In that moment, I long for beauty in my photos more than I long for Jesus.
Then I am reminded that I am wonderfully made and God doesn't make “ugly” things. Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own way. Don’t ever run from who You are!

2. Riches
Who doesn't want their blog to become their main source of income? Ha, wouldn't that be awesome if we could all quit our day jobs to pursue this wonderful blogging world full time? That would be nice, but realistically it’s not for everyone.
I always secretly hope that my blog will somehow make me the big bucks. Sometimes it gets out of hand though. Sometimes I sit at the computer for hours readjusting my blog design or tweaking my writing and all for the sole purpose of having a monetary blog. In that moment, all I want for my blog is to make me rich. Is it wrong to want to make money off my blog? Of course not! But it is wrong when it becomes my only obsessive goal, because it takes my eyes of Jesus and puts them on things that are only temporary.

3. Power
I recently learned that I was number twenty-one on Bloglovin’s up and coming blog list. I was so excited. I felt like I was finally making my mark in this blog world and that people were finally hearing what I had to say. Then, today, my blog went down a few spots and I was devastated. Why wasn't I good enough anymore? Why don’t people like me more than the number one blog? In that moment, all I wanted to do was write about what was popular so I could gain more followers. More followers means more power, right? Here I am, wrong again. Power in the blog world is all about followers and likes. The more followers you have the “bigger” your blog is and the greater power you have. Here’s the thing with obsessing over power, it goes to your head eventually if it is your main goal for your blog. Nothing’s wrong with having a large blog, but it shouldn't be your main goal.

So this is my darkest desires for my blog and sometimes even life. I don’t want these to be the reasons why I blog. I want my reasons for blogging to always honor and point to God. I hope you’ll stop by my blog, Creatively Beloved, and read about my life and my passion for Jesus.

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Tooth Soap

28 August 2013

Monday I shared briefly with you all that I make my own toothpaste, well tooth soap. I wanted to share the recipe with you all in hopes that you might try it and like it too. In 2006 when I went vegetarian I was on a quest to be healthier and to eat as naturally as possible. I was also following a few crunchy people on YouTube and one of them said something about people worrying about what they put in their bodies without caring what they put on their skin. That was so me, honestly it wasn't because I didn't care I just was unaware of how these chemicals could seep into our skin and affect our bodies. 

I didn't immediately start making my own products I tried the most natural things on the market first. I have had huge success with most of my natural products but most of these small companies always roll into bed with the bigger ones. Tom's toothpaste was no exception. I absolutely adored Tom's peppermint tooth paste and mouth wash, one day I restocked my supply and all of a sudden the product tasted funny. I immediately began research to see if anyone else had experienced the same and that's when I saw that they change formulas and also merged with Colgate.

This annoyed me because I felt like I was being tricked into paying more for a product that was no longer as green as they claimed. I research for a while and came across several people who made their own toothpaste. If you read most of my recipes you know I like to cook with what I've got. So that was no exception when it came to this toothpaste recipe I wanted it to be simple and something I could make with what I had.

I found the recipe here and adapted it based on what was in my pantry and medicine cabinet.

Tooth Soap

2 tbsp filter or distilled water
4 tsp Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp Stevia (optional)
20 drops peppermint oil
10 drops clove oil (helps with gingivitis and tooth sensitivity)

Mix together distilled water, stevia, coconut oil, soap and essentials oils. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Pour into piping bag and fill a new sanitized soap dispenser (I used an old toothpaste container until I find better glass storage).

Use 2 to 3 times a day.

Overall I am very please with this soap and have been using it for several months now. It is sulfate free so it's not going to get all frothy like the store bought soaps and it's not as sweet either. Food no longer sticks to my teeth after I eat from the glycerin in other tooth pastes. When I brush with this soap my teeth feel slick like I just came from the dentist. 

Feel free to ask any questions you'd like about the soap and let me know if you try it out.

Do you make any of your own products around the house? Or have you thought about doing it? If so let me know in the comments below.

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Passing Test

27 August 2013

I am linking up with with Kalyn and Amberly today to recap my marriage goals for the month of August.

Let me just preface this post by saying NEVER ASK GOD FOR HELP WITH SOMETHING IF YOU DON'T REALLY WANT IT, seriously! 

Don't ask God to for help with being more patient, kinder, or help at being a better listener if you do not fully intend to see it through. Honestly even I didn't expect as much help as he has been giving me. When I say help I mean God has allowed me to be in situation in the past three weeks where I have had the ability to practice being better at my goals. I have been in situations where I needed to be more patient, kinder, and a better listener all within this week alone. Later on I figured out that they were test some I failed some I didn't.

Para-sailing in the Cayman Islands.

If you read my post yesterday you know that the weekend was not all that pleasant for me. I experienced issues with this site, the hot water in my apartment, and a host of other things. You are probably wondering what this has to do with marriage? Well since I am a very impatient person things that bug me often trickle over into my marriage. I would often nag and complain to my husband about how this or that is not going the right way or sometimes I could be standoffish to him when I am under pressure. Over this weekend I realized that all the things that went wrong were testing my patience to see how I had grown and I feel like I passed. I was still absolutely annoyed by the abundance of problems but I did not allow that to show when my husband came home. He had a long day at his soccer game and I am sure the last thing he wanted to do was hear me complain about issues that had gotten resolved before he came home.

I have also still been working on my listening skills and actively listening to my husband has really helped. Whenever I cannot actively listen to him I have made a point to tell him so, that way he doesn't waste his time talking when I can't listen. For example if I am finishing up with some photo work and my husband comes to chat I will tell him to give me 5 minutes to finish up what I am doing instead of pretending to listen. It may seem as if I am being selfish and putting work before him but I assure you I am not. By telling him that I am busy at the moment I can show him that his words are important and I want to be free to hear all that he has to say. For me one of the most annoying things is having to repeat myself because someone was not listening the first time. So in an effort to treat him as I would want to be treated this has really helped. It's also helped that he hasn't felt all that inclined to talk about work this week. Haha. Overall we have shared many great laughs and I can tell our intimacy is building more and more each day. I am thankful for all that I have learned and still am learning about listening to my spouse.

Tubing the Caves and Rapids in Belize.

If you are wondering how I did at being kinder you will have to wait for that story. It's coming in a post of it's own!

I am truly amazed at how three simple goals for August foiled out to be great life lessons. All together I have to say when you make goals and you seek God's help in achieving them be ready to past some test. The goals I have set can be found in Galatians 5:22, they are fruit of the spirit. When I set the goals I honestly did not think about how serious they were, how challenging they would be or how many test would come my way. Even when I was at my roughest point this month I am glad to have seen my goals through. I may not be a master at patience, kindness, or listening but I have grown closer to God and closer to my husband - so I'll take that.

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Weekend Madness

26 August 2013

Yesterday was completely filled with madness. My blog was not working, my email was not working, my beloved Instagram was not working, the hot water in our apartment was not working and all together I just wanted to scream "Oy Vey!". Then a delightful soul on my twitter said that means it's time to meditate and watch the blades of grass. And so I did...well I took time to meditate but I didn't watch the blades of grass. God was really using this stuff to draw me in and give me rest, which I desperately needed.

I want to say my weekend was more exciting than it really was but it wasn't. I spent the weekend washing fruits and veggies, organizing the fridge, preparing my meals for the last few weeks of clean eating, and making tooth soap. Yes I make my own tooth paste and a whole lot of other things. I'm as crunchy as I can be while living in the concrete jungle (Tooth soap recipe will be on it's way soon for those who are interested). 

I also spent a fair amount of my time baking foods that I could not eat. I am currently working on perfecting a peanut butter cookie recipe and I made Jamaican candies for my husband. He loved the cookies and candies but I know the cookies aren't what I was after. I am working on getting them to be softer and more chewy but still vegan. The Jamaican candies called "drops" are accidentally vegan made with coconut, brown sugar and ginger. It's an intoxicating combination very tasty but too sweet for me.

I also mailed off another batch of cookies to an unsuspecting friend. Clean eating has totally been the pits this time around but I know I will be glad that I abstained in the coming weeks.

Other than that I relaxed on the couch, dreamed of baking and eating fall pies and browsed the 2014 Ikea catalog all while pondering whether I needed an iPad or just wanted one.

So how did you spend your weekend? Do any of you lovelies own iPads? If you don't own one but want one tell me why. Oh and if you aren't following me on Instragram you should be a posted the cutest video this week and you should totally check it out.

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Beauty Friday

23 August 2013

Hey Loves. I am today linking up with Aimee to share what I found beautiful this week. You all know how much I love food so it should be no surprise that I found these things beautiful. There is beauty all around us. These fruits are beautiful, think of how they were made to attract us so that we can be nourished. I am thankful for beautiful foods that help me to have beautiful skin. Besides that I really love rainier cherries and blueberries they are so delicious.

If you want to know what I think of human beauty read this post here.

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22 August 2013

Wanting Indian food. Masala, Samosas, Aloo Gobi and so much more. Clean eating has wonderful rewards but my body know what it wants and rice, peas, and sauces are in my dreams.

Planning my Fall menu. Seriously, I am ready for Fall yall! Haha. I have been dreaming of sweet potato bread pudding, pumpkin and apple pies, pumpkin rolls, and hot creamy soups.

Dreaming of little faces. I don't share my dreams much but I have been having so many. I've been dreaming about what the face of Baby FixIt will look like and longing to touch his/her soft skin.

Needing to travel. I have been bitten by the travel bug again and it's telling me I have been stationery for far too long. Hoping to be on an airplane going somewhere fun sometime soon.

Starting a new chapter in my life. Leading a small group is in my very near future, God has been preparing me mentally and physically to share my home and His word with a group of women.

Hoping to be strong and diligent in all that this new chapter of life is bringing before me. I don't want to let any thing I am doing fall through the cracks.

Reading Supernatural Childbirth and letting my faith in God put the super in all of my natural.

Learning that God will always meet me where I am and that He values my honesty and realness. He is helping to cleanse my jealous heart day by day.

Loving my family, each and every one of them. Wishing that we could share weekend laughs like we used to but so much has changed.

Thankful for this blog where I feel safe to put my thoughts out among family and friends. Thinking about how nice it would be if I could finally meet a few of you.

What are you currently up to?

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Crust-less Cheesecake

21 August 2013

Mmmmm. Just the title of the post makes me reminisce about how yummy this cheesecake was. Honestly it was one of the best that I have ever had, not to toot my own horn - but toot toot. Haha. When I decided to make this cheesecake I was craving something sweet and happened to have all the ingredients on hand to make it. I had been longing for a way to make cheesecake without the crust because well I don't really care for it. Yeah, I said it - I don't like very much crust especially on pies. There are a few occasions where I find crust acceptable but most of the time the crust does absolutely nothing for me.

When it comes to cheesecake that is one of those times. As I began bringing the ingredients for this cheesecake to room temperature I realized that this was the first time that I had made a cheesecake since I had been married. So I peeped my head out of the kitchen and asked my husband if he liked cheesecake enough to want to eat it now. He said no and that he didn't care for it very much.

So I took my ingredients and halved them. I sulked around the kitchen because I knew I would be all alone in eating this cheesecake. My mind was totally excited about not having to share but my body was outraged, there was no way that I was going to eat half a cheesecake alone.

I proceeded with mixing up the recipe and decided not to worry about who would help me eat it until after it was done. The longest part was waiting for this cheesecake to set, and when it did it was beautiful. As I cut it into squares I decided to offer some to my husband. I told him that he could try it and if he didn't like it I would eat the rest. So I scooped up a little bit of the cheesecake on a spoon and fed him morsel by morsel until it was all gone. 

Surprise, he loved the cheesecake and asked for more. Before the night was done all eight squares of the cheesecake were gone without a single trace. Two for me and six for him, my "who will help me eat this" problem was gone. This recipe is crust less so it has less calories than normal cheesecake but with the same great taste. I ate it plan but you can top it with caramel, berries or whatever you'd like. I hope you love it.

Crustless Cheesecake

16oz cream cheese softened*
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup sour cream*

*These items are all vegan. Toffutti cream cheese and sour cream, and Egg Replacer.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and coat a pan of your choice lightly with oil. A spring form pan works best but any pan will do.

In a large bowl combine softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup granulated sugar, mix well. After you have thoroughly mixed the cheese and sugar beat in your egg substitute. Then add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp lemon juice. Mix until well combined and smooth

Spoon mixture into baking dish of your choosing and allow to bake for 40-45 minutes until gold brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Do not turn off your oven.

In a small bowl combine sour cream. 1 tbsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp lemon juice. Spread over the top of the baked cheesecake and allow to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Once cheesecake is done remove from oven and let it cool. Allow cheesecake to set by refrigerating for 4 hours or overnight.


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Love & Other Things

20 August 2013

Hey Lovelies. Today I am guest posting at Taste of August. My buddy Jovana is celebrating her first blog anniversary and has asked me to come share on why I started blogging. I would really love your support so if you get a chance please swing by.

Also Jovana is giving away a pretty neat baking tool on her blog so be sure to visit her blog and enter the giveaway too.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Haha.

My love and I in 2007, touring museums.
At the beginning of this month I linked up my marriage goals with Kalyn and Amberly. I shared with you all that I was seeking to be more patient, a better listener, and kinder. 

I am happy to report that this week I was covered in a whole lot of grace! God has really been covering for me in all my slip ups, mess ups, and give ups. You see I am not a perfect wife and in 8 years of marriage I have always known that I could be snippy, impatient, and downright rude. Now those things are not a part of my daily character but it's amazing how the people that are closest to us can sometimes see the worst in us. 

This week I have been under a tremendous amount of pressure. My family is going through a lot and even though I am far away from them it weighs heavy on my mind. It's totally not an excuse for being snippy, impatient or rude with my husband but in those moments that I forget I am so glad for God's grace. I am glad that grace lives in our marriage and that God is our anchor - I am also glad to married to an awesome forgiver.

On Friday I talked about a song called this is the stuff and even though I posted to share with the rest of you the song really ministered to my heart. Honestly it's always the little stuff that drives me batty because I am an over thinking. One of my friends Caroline posted several days ago about letting go and letting God so that's exactly what I decided to do. Even where these marriage goals are concerned I have decided to give it to God. In all my effort I cannot make myself a better person or wife only God truly has the power to change my heart and to help me control my tongue. So I am moving forward in His strength instead of my own.

Even though I was really far away from my goals this week I am thrilled for the kisses God has been sending me. He has shown me that even though I messed up He still loves me and so does my husband. He has also shown me that in setting goals you may tumble but getting back up is the only way you can succeed. 

In my own eyes I see last week as a big fat fail but I know that I learned so much and that I am still making progress with my goals. I declare that this week I will be patient, kind, and a better listener to my lover and best friend. I declare that even if I stumble grace will pick me back up and dust me off. This week I will succeed.

Do you have any goals for your marriage these week? Share them with me in the comments below or link me to your own post.

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This is Home

19 August 2013

It's divine providence that I get to spend this portion of my life in the city. For a long time I thought my life was on a completely different path and very far from what I dreamed, but it's not. The things that I dreamed for just came on God's timing instead of my own. In many areas of my life God has provided more than I could have dreamed of.

I've always seen my self living in the city but then I got married and made a home in Florida instead. Then one day a whirlwind picked me up and dropped me here. I absolutely love the hustle and bustle of city life. I love riding the subway, eating street food, and meeting up with friends in the park for frappucinos.

I love the honking of horns, the chatter of random people, and the solidarity that is shared among the city dwellers. Seeing the mixed crowd of tourist, party goers, and worker bees brings me joy.

Even though New York City gets a reputation for being noisy and busy there are small peaceful patches of heaven laced all throughout the city. The quiet and calm in the midst of chaos is a reminder that God is here.

This place does not have the relaxing vibe that Florida offers, nor is it sunny and hot year round. This is the place God has sent me to do His work. He knew that I would love it here, He knew that I would prosper here, sending me into the city was a kiss from God.

I never expected to leave my family or friends behind. I had become so settled in my life that I didn't see this move in our future. It was frightening and a huge adjustment but God has worked it all out. It didn't happen how or when I wanted it to but I am here now, I am loving it and this is home.

Are you loving where you are living? Are you living in the place of your birth or did some other event send you where you are? Tell me about your home in the comments below.

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Faithful Friday: Stuff

16 August 2013

I had a totally different post scheduled for today but I met a new blogger, Aimee. After falling in love with her blogs I  followed her on instagram and saw that she has been listening to an artist by the name of Francesca Battistilli. I promptly looked her up on Spotify and discovered that she was another Christian artist so I just let her music play. The fourth song was called "Stuff". This song talks about how so many things drive us absolutely batty - losing our keys or phone, getting a speeding ticket, or being late for something important.

I realized that those things are just icing on the cake many of us are dealing with bigger, harder, and more pressing issues. But to God - the King, the Creator, and the Father all our problems are just stuff. These moments of frustration and angst do get under our skin, they do make us emotional but at the end of the day we have to trust that God's plan is supreme.

Honestly I really needed to hear that song today and I don't know if you did too. I urge you to compare the problems in your life to the good things in your life - I promise you will feel blessed. Seriously all of our problems are just "stuff", but they do serve a purpose in bringer us closer to God. Just like a kid whose fallen on the playground cries out for their parent - our "stuff" makes us cry out to God. If everything went smoothly when else would we run to Him? 

I won't ramble on but think on all the "stuff" in your life and consider how it can help you to get closer to our loving Father. I have put the lyrics and YouTube video of the song down below. I hope you love it as much as I did. 

Is there a song that speaks to you in particularly rough times? I would love for you to share it with me below.

I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please 'cause I can't find my phone

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately 
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed 
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I've gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing 
Might not be what I would choose 
But this the stuff You use

45 in a 35 sirens and fines
While I'm running behind
Whoa ho ho

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately 
In the middle of my little mess,
I forget how big I'm blessed 
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I've gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing 
Might not be what I would choose 
But this the stuff You use

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world
Whoa ho ho ho

Oooooh This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff 
Someone save me 
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I've gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing 
Might not be what I would choose 
But this the stuff You use

Whoa whoa ho ho
This is the stuff You use.

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Nearly Fall

15 August 2013

I don't know about you but I am totally stoked to that Fall seems be right around the corner. Yesterday was the first preview of Fall like weather in the city. Honestly I jumped for joy, there is nothing more exciting than Fall because its the month before my favorite season....winter. Even though I love winter here are 7 things I am looking forward to in the Fall.

1. I am excited to visit Starbucks every morning for a pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin spice frappucino if I am in Florida. Yummers!!

2. I am excited for the Fall TV line up. Grimm, Homeland, Revenge and my favorite Once Upon A Time - I adore Ginnfer Goodwin.

3. It's sweater weather better known as Fall Fashion. Even though in Florida when we would get cooler weather people would wear shorts, uggs, and a sweatshirt in the city its a lot different people bring out the style.

4. Fall colors. I enjoying watching the leaves change as the seasons shift.

5. The cinnamon broom. Since I got my first home at 18 years old I have always purchased a cinnamon broom to represent the new season. They also smell super yummy.

6. An excuse to bake more than I already do. I have a whole array of Fall themed bake goods listed and I cannot wait to start tasting them all. So get ready for Pumpkin Cheesecakes, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pies galore.

7. Thanksgiving. In my mind it's the one Holiday that seems more focused on family and being thankful. I don't know if I will be with my entire family on Thanksgiving but I will take whatever or whoever I can get. So if you are local, you'll be invited to dinner if I am here, so be ready for this!!

What are you excited for this fall?

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