This week has been one of the hottest this summer in KC, so of course our AC decided to stop working. I love the summer and love the heat. I am one of those few people that would rather be too hot than too cold. Cold is miserable, hot is more bearable to me. This week got me pretty close to changing my mind. The AC stopped working Saturday night, George noticed right away, I didn’t start feeling the heat until after church on Sunday.
Our new house has a pretty unique layout with 4 levels. Our bedroom is on highest level and it was seriously sweltering. Unbearably hot even with the fan on high. We moved some bedding into the basement to stay cool. We thought just one hot night before we could get it fixed…one night turned into 4 sticky sweaty nights. (The AC company was super busy and then they had to order a part). Getting home from work to a hot house is the worst! I barely made it though the door before I was stripping down to my skivvies. I mean it was HOTTTTT! I took this pic of the clock…88 degrees INSIDE.
It ended up getting to 90, and maxed out. It was probably even hotter. Uck.
Coconut oil, melted.
Bag of chocolate chips, a mush brown mess.
Candles sticky and drooping.
Sweat in the dinners I ccooked.
A really hot selfie of me. Ger it? Don’t I look hot?
Wednesday they were finally able to hook us up with some AC. I sat on the vent just chilling in the breeze as the house began to cool down. When I left to head for an appointment, it was 84.
A few weeks ago George and I had a few days where we seemed to keep butting heads over nothing. There was no big fight or upsetting moment. We just weren’t meshing well. I felt like he wasn’t really listening to me, and he was feeling like I wasn’t showing him much affection. Even though we live together and physically see each other every day, we were not taking the time to really BE together. As summers tend to be, we have been super busy. Still settling into our new house, visiting family and friends, and enjoying summer activities distracted us from our relationship. When we didn’t give our relationship the time it deserves we ended up leaving each other feeling less than loved. This feeling can carry on with me into my day at work and then home again leading to an unwelcomed crabby cycle. Lucky for me, I have a husband who noticed this shortage of quality time together too. Talking it out and intentionally setting aside time to one another makes all the difference. Even if its just 30 minuets to divert from our daily lives to give that attention to one another allows our selves to open up and accept the love we offer. Some times this looks like dinner together (@ the table, with no phones, no TV, no radio), a car ride when we turn down the tunes, laying in bed and talking before rushing off to meet the day. Lately we have been going for a nice walk around the neighborhood together after dinner. I love this time, just me and him. Some times we talk about our day, or our thoughts on what’s new in the news, and sometimes we just enjoy each other’s company in silence. What’s most important is that we took the time away from our fun, away from our to do list, and everything else just to be with one another. Sweet and simple.
The last few weeks I have been feeling a similar type of unsettling in my heart. This time it is in my relationship with God. I realized that the issue is so similar to the way I was feeling with George a few weeks before. I wasn’t obviously feeling God’s love around me. I felt like He wasn’t listening to me. In reality I wasn’t giving him much to listen to. Just like I wasn’t taking the time to really BE with George even tough he was around, I was not taking time to really BE with the Lord. Going to church on Sunday is not enough for me to really fuel a relationship. I haven’t taken much time to really sit with the Lord, to share my thoughts, to read His word, and pray on it, and listen to HIm. I was not putting in my part to this relationship.
Our relationship with God is just that, a relationship. Marriage is a model of God’s love for us. Christ if the bride of the church. He has given us the gift of marriage to teach revel to us more about his love and grace. Just like our relationships with others here on earth, our relationship with God is constantly in need of time, attention. Just as any other relationship has give and take, our relationship with God is similar except for one thing. God is ALWAYS giving. Sometimes we may not see or feel this, but he is always there calling our name, begging for us to love him back. He wants us to show our hearts, to bring him our needs, to worship him. He doesn’t need it, God already knows our thoughts, but he wants it for us. When we give ourselves to him we are better able to hear his call and feel his presence in our lives.
Just like setting aside time for a walk with my husband has allowed us to grow closer as a couple, setting aside time each morning to read God’s word has grown my faith and deepened my relationship with Christ. How cool that He uses our daily live to teach us lessons about Him.
You know some people have a birthday and some people have a birthweek? Well I am unashamed to be one that celebrates the latter. I think people often turn the calendar over to August and realize that summer has gone way to fast and there is still so much fun to be had before the kids head back to school. When August starts people are ready to start squeezing as much fun into the last precious days of summer. AKA my birthday week…heck if I could make it a birthMONTH I would :).
This year most definitely did not disappoint. We kicked of Julie Palooza week at Table Rock Lake with the family. It was so nice to relax and soak in the sun as we boated and swam. This year we went all out and got neon family shirts. Here is the crew (minus 5). We were lucky everyone was able to join us at least for a few days.
My family has a handful of summer birthday’s so we celebrated poolside with cake every night. (Yes I am generous enough to share my birthweek with others as long as I get some cookie cake).
Here are the cousins at Luke’s birthday celebration. (Photos from mine are still “developing” AKA my mother is a little slow to the upload).
George and I cooked dinner one night. We found a bomb marinade recipe for chicken and veggie kabobs. They were a huge hit.
We also got to try the famous Heffer-itias. A twist on the usually margs.I miss seeing my family on the regular now that I am living across the state. It is so nice to spend time with them.
Because I used up a lot of my vacation time on the honeymoon, George and I had to head back to KC for work Thursday and Friday. The fun continued when my mother in law and sister in law headed into town and grabbed lunch with me and got a quick tour of my work.
We all headed to the royals game to tailgate and catch a win.
We even saw friends!
Friday after work Julia and Elisa came to town for more birthday celebrations 🙂 We had a girls night out at Power and Light on Friday.
Saturday was spent mostly shopping and prepping food for the party. Luckily we were able to work in a long run and swim. I know I needed the exercise before I stuffed my face with all the delicious food we made and people brought. I mean how could you resist this?
You see these hotdogs? Yeah I bought a huge pack of the big fatty dogs for the party and decided to get a big pack of the regular ones just incase more people than I expected came. Well my wonderful grilling husband decided that we needed all the hotdogs….. I mean look at how many we have here! I may be looking for some creative hotdog casseroles if someone doesn’t help me eat them.
It was great to hang out, eat and play games with my KC crew.
No, I did not buy my own crown for my own birthday party. But I am not going to turn it down when someone else brings me one. Now that would just be rude. PS. I love crowns 🙂
Sunday my boo thang surprised me with the sweetest gift. He had planned a nice dinner out, and when I started getting ready, he had my gift all set out: a beautifully coordinated outfit. He did some major research on my sizes and styles and picked out a dress, shoes, and accessories for our date.
Please ignore my awkward selfies/ posing. My modeling career did not take off for a reason.
Ps I was trying to by sneaky and cover up the athletic tape on my knee/leg…I do not usually stand like this, and no, I do not have to pee.
How cute are these little lady bug earrings? Get it? They used to call me Julie bug.