Happy Fourth of July, Running with a Marathoner, and Lots of Family Time (Super Long Weekend Recap 7/3) 

Good afternoon friends and happy Fourth of July! I hope wherever you are and however you are celebrating, you remember the sacrifices that have been made by many men and women for our country. 

Since my brother is in the army, I feel as though I now have a whole new appreciation for our military. So, to anyone who is serving or has served our country (in any sort of way), I want to say, thank you. 

(Nathaniel is now serving our country in the Army and my uncle John, on the right, served in the Navy.)

It is because of sacrifices that our soldiers make for us that we can enjoy the freedom that our nation has to offer. America isn’t perfect, she has her flaws, but we, as Americans are free. And that’s a beautiful thing. 

(The night before my brother left for basic.) 

(The Houston tribe, presenting my  brother with my grandfather’s flag which draped his casket. My grandfather served in the Navy.)


Let’s talk about the weekend…

Saturday morning, Landon and I  kept the tradition of soccer and running alive with two hours of soccer playing and just under four miles for me.

I forgot to take a picture, but I ran with my friend, Emma who has run twenty marathons. (She’s my age folks.) I don’t know how she has run that many!! Can you say inspiring? Maybe, one day she can pace me in my first full marathon. (If you are reading this Emma, that’d be great…) 😉 

We had a lot of fun exploring new parts of the trails and I was reminded just how much I love running with people!

After our run, we both cheered on our husbands and stretched out.
The soccer stars. 

Once we arrived home, Landon and I refueled with protein smoothies, cleaned up, and I ran errands at Woodmans. 

A couple hours later, I found myself whipping up a batch of healthy chocolate banana cupcakes for a get together at my in laws.

The rest of our Saturday we spent over my inlaws, gardening, playing croquet, tossing a frisbee around, and eating Liberian food.  (A personal favorite of mine!!)

We ended the night on a light note (I exaggerate…) by watching 13 Hours. 

Wow. It was heavy and super intense, but a great movie. Anyone else seen it? 

After getting about 6 hours of sleep, I drug myself out of bed in order to make it to church on time. 

Thank goodness for coffee. 

(Breakfast: Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, stevia, and chia seeds.)

After church, Landon and I went out witnessesing with a friend and then headed to my parents for dinner. 

Highlight of the evening? Listening to my brother (who is on leave!!!) play the guitar. It’s been too long bro.

That’s all for now folks. Have a great day celebrating. (And stay safe!) I will catch up with you all tomorrow. 

Questions of the Day

  1. How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? 
  2. Do you know anyone who has served?
  3. What did your weekend look like?