2.16.2017

Life Happenings

Oh, hi there!

It's me, the non writing blogger, Beka.

I do realize I have been so silent on the blog but I will also tell you two things:

1. I have just been living life and loving it. Blogging hasn't been a big priority right now because I'd rather be living than sitting behind my computer.  Not that I'm against sitting behind my computer but lately I just felt like that isn't a priority for me.

2. I think I've been a social media recluse. I haven't wanted to blog or post too much on FB or social media. Sometimes I go through phases like that and I think it's good to just be still and take a little break.

However, I do realize that I haven't updated anyone on anything lately, other than my Galentine party, and I want to do that. Some of my friends stay updated through this blog so I want to share about life and keep you all in the loop.

So, what is all going on?

First off, I opened up a photography business. It's called Sunshine Photography by Beka. I have a blog and FB page for it and I still need to file for taxes and do a few more behind the scenes business stuff but it's up and going. I'm excited and nervous about it. I'm excited because it means I can create my own schedule and hopefully be off when Dave is off. I'm nervous because if it flops then it flops and that would be sad.

I've had other photographer friends to meet with and e-mail with and that has been a huge blessing. You'll have to check out my blog and FB page and let me know what you think. And if you are in the area and want me to take your pictures I would love that too!

I also searched high and low on Etsy for a logo. I wanted something floral and I found the perfect logo. The designer does branding kits, it was very affordable and I'm really happy with it. You can see their work here.




Can I just get an Amen that social media is a big fat pool of drama lately? I mean, I thought the election would calm people down but then that women's march happened and I was almost embarrassed to be an American woman. Seriously! What in the world? After too much drama on social media I deleted about 250+ people from FB and I unfollowed a few people on Instagram. I did indeed unfriend some people on social media that I am friends with in life. I kind of felt guilty but I also am just tired of seeing mean and disrespectful hashtags about who God has put in as our President. I think it is disrespectful and I just don't want to be bombarded with that all the time. I will see those people in real life if our paths cross and I still consider people my friends but for some reason social media just really shows people's true colors and it was too much for me. Moving on ....

Kansas has had warm weekends and I AM LOVING IT! I have been doing my long runs on a Friday so I can win the weekly FitBit competition. I am not even lying, a FitBit competition is a real motivator to run 6 miles on a Friday.  However, by Friday's it is in the 60's and is perfect for running. Last Friday my friend ran 6 miles with me. She was pushing her baby in a stroller and still lead the way in front of me. I wanted to quit, but how could I when she was pushing the stroller and there I was just huffing and puffing.

Valentine's Day! It was so fun this year. I actually worked that morning but came home to FarmGirl flowers on my door. Yes, I did indeed send Dave a FB message requesting them and he was nice to order them for me. I love them! But you all know me and flowers so that is a given. We ate lunch with Dave's family and then we went to Krispy Kreme because my nephew had never been there and I think we spent around 2 hours there. He was fascinated by those donuts and apparently watching donuts being made is exhausting because he slept from 5:30pm - 7am the next day. That evening my parents and granny came over for dessert so it was fun to see them too.

Here is Dave, trying to eat the flowers he bought me. ;) 

My nephew in Idaho turned 4 on Valentine's Day too. I have no idea how he is four years old but he is and I just love him to pieces. I always feel sad when I think about how far away they live but such is life.

I've been working more. Our Aquatics Director at the Y moved so I have been filling in until the new one arrives NEXT WEEK. I'm happy to fill in but it has definitely been a learning experience, fun and challenging all at the same time.

Next weekend Dave and I are headed to Albuquerque. The missionaries that we stayed with in Thailand will be there for a visit so we will head that way to see them. Those missionaries are two dear people, faithful to The Lord and an inspiration to my walk with Christ. I'm so excited to hug them! I will also be stuffing my face with every Hatch green chile that I can get my hands on. Bring on all the chilis!

Happy Friday, friends! Thanks for staying updated with me and my life.

PS - If you have a FitBit shoot me an e-mail and I'll add you.

2.06.2017

Be My Galentine!



Be My Galentine Party - 2017! 

Several years before I got married there were a group of girls at our Bible school that would wear black each Valentine's Day in protest to the holiday. I thought that was ridiculous and I decided that instead of pouting every year because I was still single, I would just host a girl Valentine party and celebrate.

Well several years later, I got married! But I still didn't want to stop hosting my Galentine parties because they were so much fun. So I didn't! I haven't been able to host due to living in Oklahoma and Burma but this year it happened. 

First off, us girls were wondering where the word 'Galentine' came from becuase it seems to be a new word and someone mentioned that it came from Parks & Rec (a TV show). I looked it up and it was indeed from that show where they had an episode called 'Galentine's Day'. Click here if you want to know more about that. 


So what exactly do people do at a Galentine party?

First, I try and do a little hostess gift for everyone who comes. This year I gave everyone a heart necklace, a pink rose and a little Valentine with I John 4:9 written on it. I always try and give a Bible verse to each person who comes because that is the best Valentine you can get. I also do a little drawing for a door prize because it's just fun!

This year I set up a little photo booth. I went to the Dollar Tree and purchased wrapping paper, heart glasses and some heart headbands. It was a lot of fun!

Each person brought some food to share (which I sadly forgot to take a picture of) and a gift for a white elephant exchange. We just visited, ate and swapped gifts. I highly recommend hosting one if you have never done that before.

Becky, my sister-in-law, brought our dog in a pink scarf and I just thought that was so fun!

Below are some more pictures from our Galentine party.



I intentionally planned this while Dave was at work. He came home 10 minutes after the last person left and I captured this lovely photo of him. =)


Have you ever been to a girl Valentine party?
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