Monthly Archives: October 2011

Chad Saves the Day

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I have the sweetest, most caring and thoughtful husband in the world. He is always willing to drop what he’s doing and come to your aide, without a single hesitation or complaint. Sure, a lot of people say this about their husbands, but it’s totally different (and validating!) when you see it in action.

As you know, Lindsay got married last weekend. Unfortunately, there was a small issue with some of the bridesmaids’ hair – as in, the stylist didn’t do that great of a job. We were on a tight schedule, but needed to do something to spruce up the girls’ curls. Enter: Chad.

I called him from the car while driving to the wedding venue, three and a half hours before it was time to walk down the aisle. I believe the conversation went like this:

Me: Babe, we have a hair emergency. I need you to put on your wedding clothes, head to Target, buy a 1-inch curling iron and get to Duchman Family Winery as fast as you safely can.

Chad: I’m on it. *click*

After that 15 second exchange, Chad headed to a nearby Target, made the purchase (after thoughtfully calling to confirm it was a 1-inch curling iron we needed, just to make sure he got it right – he understands hair sensitivities, having grown up in a house full of women), and drove 40 minutes to the winery just in time to save the day. He did not care that he was there 3 hours before the ceremony started or that he had to entertain himself in the public lobby while I attended to the bride. Nope. Not a single complaint – in fact, he was happy to help!

The other bridesmaids couldn’t help but comment about how sweet Chad was and how most men wouldn’t have 1) agreed to do that or 2) gotten the right thing. But that’s what makes my husband special – he constantly puts others above himself and is willing to do anything if you need him. (And I think the fact that his own wedding was only 3 months ago, he understood the urgency of wedding hair and sheer perfection for the day!)

Many of my friends haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with Chad, despite the fact that we dated for 4 years before getting married, due to our long distance relationship. People kept coming up to me saying “Wow. Your husband is amazing!” or “Chad is SO nice, it’s almost unbelievable!” and I was like “Yeah, I know! I’ve been saying that for years!” But I’m glad they finally got to see a glimpse of what I’ve known all along :)

So thanks, babe, for all that you do and for being the best gift God could have ever given me!! I love you!!

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Robison!

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You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been AWOL for a while. Well, I was all wrapped up in the joy that was my BESTIE getting married! That’s right, Lindsay Lehfeld is now Lindsay Robison, and it was a beautiful ceremony and reception!

I don’t really have a lot of pictures from the big day (bridesmaid duties consumed me!) and Chad manned other people’s cameras to document the big day. However, I do have a few from my iPhone and from Lindsay’s sister, Lauren!

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SO HAPPY for Luke and Lindsay!! Congrats you guys!! Can’t wait to hear all about the Dominican Republic and see the pictures from your honeymoon!!!

Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

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**Disclaimer – this is not, nor will it ever be, a food blog. I don’t even know how to pronounce half of the words on the Food Network and my bridesmaids had to explain to me what a microplane was (among other things) at my bridal shower. If you want a real food blog, check out my BESTIE’S blog, Apron Adventures. Except she’s getting married on Friday, so she’s a little preoccupied right now – don’t expect any new posts in the next few weeks :)

Y’all. I made quite possibly one of the easiest, most DELICIOUS recipes in history over the weekend. I posted a picture of it on Facebook and had several requests for the recipe, so I thought I’d share here as well.

If you know me, you know I don’t like Dr. Pepper (or any soda for that matter). If forced, Dr. Pepper would be the very LAST soda I would choose. So when I found this recipe, I was SUPER skeptical, as two cans of Dr. Pepper are involved. I was also a little nervous about the chiles in adobo sauce – I like things spicy (but not too spicy), but Chad is less of a fan of spicy food. In short, I’m not really sure why I decided to give this recipe a try, but I did – and boy am I glad I did!!

What DO I like in recipes? Simple – a short ingredient list, words/foods/things I have actually heard of and a price tag that won’t break the bank (hello, we have TONS of college debt here). This recipe had all of those things, so chalk those things up in the plus column. I mean, dumping things into a dutch oven and then putting it in the oven for 6 hours? Done and done.

As the smell of slow-cooked pork filled our house, I got more and more anxious for Chad to get home from work so that we could bust out this bad boy. We eagerly made our tacos (you don’t have to eat it like a taco, that just sounded good to us) and sat down at the table. Upon his first bite, Chad’s eyes grew to the size of saucers, and he said – mouth still full of taco – “OH. MY. GOSH. HONEY. THIS MAY BE THE BEST THING YOU’VE EVER MADE.” (insert mumbling sounds here, courtesy of the taco-filled mouth) There is little in life that brings me more satisfaction than seeing him so happy :)

So, if you’re in the mood for pulled pork, want to try something new, or want to make your husband fall in love with you all over again, try the Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork. Trust me, you’ll thank me!

PS – It is also delicious as leftovers. Last night, I had it on whole wheat buns with pickles (BBQ sandwich-style), and it was divine. I think Chad had it with mashed potatoes and veggies for lunch today. Y’all know I love leftovers – this one did not disappoint!

Inspiration for Communicators

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I’m in the middle of the book Outspoken: Conversations on Church Communications and WOW is it great! Of course, it perfectly aligns with my dream of doing communications for a church or faith-based organization (one day!), but the messages inside really apply to communications of any form.

I know a lot of my followers are in the world of PR/communications (in fact, I met most of you in college at the University of Texas where we all studied communications/PR/marketing together!), so I thought I’d share with you one sentence that really hit home with me today:

Great communicators breathe life into words, give words a heartbeat, and create an environment where words LIVE inside of people.

How’s THAT for inspiration? No matter where you work, if you’re in the communications department and are truly passionate about what you do, I have a feeling these words deeply connect with you. After all, we don’t communicate with people to impress them with our command of the English language – we do it to inspire action. Whether that’s to get your employees to participate in a blood drive, get your customers to buy online during the one-day sale or get your volunteers to staff a booth at next month’s 5K race, we all have one common goal – moving people to action. Experiences communicate more than words ever could, and that’s what motivates our members/customers/employees/etc. to bond with us, believe in our mission, support our cause and more.

I’ll hold off on my overall book review (SPOILER – I LOVE IT), but I just had to share this with you guys!

Free Flights are My Friend

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You are all well aware of my love of travel. I even have a page dedicated on this blog to my bucket list of places to visit.

You are also well aware of my affinity for stealing blog posts from my friend Cheryl. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – she is a genius, I love her posts and hence why I rip them off. She also has a rockstar hubby of whom she is very proud – I can totally relate, and I love hearing their stories.

Not too long ago, Cheryl shared about an awesome credit card offer from Southwest Airlines, wherein you would receive 50,000 Rapid Rewards points just for signing up and making your first purchase. Naturally, I searched and searched online for this offer, but never found it. I was sad. Until yesterday.

Yesterday, an ad for that exact card arrived in our mailbox! I instantly took it to Chad and said “Can we PLEASE apply for this? Two free flights! We can cancel it after the flights if you don’t want to keep the card, but let’s at least go see your parents for free first!” He was all in. So that’s what we did!

Also, as I’m sure you’re aware, Bank of America is now going to charge $5/month for using your debit card. That’s $60/year or $120/couple. Chad was ENRAGED by this. He suggested we get a credit card with points that apply to all airlines, so that we could put all of our purchases every month on it and then pay it in full at the end of the month, just to stick it to BOA. Like the nerd that I am, I researched which credit cards had the lowest interest and best travel rewards – BOOM. Capital One Venture Card. We were approved for the lowest possible interest rate and a very nice limit. YAY for more free flights!

Now don’t get me wrong – I am NOT advocating for the use of credit cards. If you know me at all, you know that the idea of debt makes me break out into hives and credit cards get no use in our house. We are simply substituting our debit cards for credit cards as to gain access to free flights – there will be no exceeding our income level! Responsibility – and OCD tendencies – are key.

YAY Lions!

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Unbeknownst to me, last night’s Monday Night Football game was the first time the Detroit Lions have been on MNF in 10 years or so (thanks, hubs, for teaching me that fun fact). I decided it would be a good idea to surprise Chad with a Lions t-shirt to wear to Buffalo Wild Wings (where we decided to watch the game, for a “cool, sporty atmosphere.” And wings. And french fries. Because sometimes you just have to splurge.)

Y’all – Chad was SO excited when he opened the package that contained his Lions t-shirt! And then he was even more excited when we got to Buffalo Wild Wings and realized there were several tables full of people ALSO cheering for the Lions! It really made my heart smile to see him so happy :) And best of all? His beloved Lions won the game, and are 5-0 on the season! A great day for the Weatherman, and for the Lions.

It got me to thinking today – there are few things that I enjoy more than making Chad happy. He is one of the most unselfish, loving and caring people you could ever meet – he’d give the shirt off of his back to a stranger. He’s always giving, giving and giving to me, and it’s such a treat for both of us when he is the recipient. What can I say? I am a lucky lady :)

Our First Attempt at Childcare

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Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Someone (outside of our family) trusted me and Chad with their child. And that day was Sunday.

Chad and I were asked to substitute for our good friends Danny and Laura, as this fantastic couple had to make an unplanned trip back to Houston to visit Danny’s grandpa. (PS – If you could please pray for Danny’s grandpa, that would be awesome. It’s not my story to tell, so I won’t divulge details – but God knows what’s going on!) Even though we were (I was) terrified and had virtually no experience with children, our friends and our church needed us, so we stepped up.

We arrived at 8:30 a.m. with tons of questions. Our preschool ministry director was so sweet to answer them all (and calm our fears), and within 20 minutes we’d gotten the lesson plan, copied our craft pages and cut out 12 baby Moses-es (Mosi? LOL) – even the rookies knew you shouldn’t give a classroom full of 3-year-olds scissors. Score one for us!

Our first service of the day starts at 9 a.m. At 9 a.m., we had no children in our classroom. We thought “Perhaps God is telling us we aren’t ready?” or “Dude, God totally loves us so much that he’s letting us off the hook here!” But by 9:05, there was a line outside our classroom :)

We had 5 boys and 1 girl – and they were all adorable. It was very interesting to see their little personalities – each were unique, some were similar, some were shy and others were as sweet as pie. We played puzzles and trucks, colored, and then made our way to the carpet for Bible time. If you haven’t guessed by now, the lesson was on Baby Moses. Then, it was craft time. Check out our masterpieces, which are currently displayed proudly on our refrigerator:

After crafts, we went to the playroom and then came back for more classroom fun and snack time. DONUTS! This is the part of childcare I was familiar with – sugaring them up and then giving them back to their parents.

All in all, it was a very successful morning in Children’s Church. There were minimal tears, no blood and no one was scarred for life – not even me and Chad :)