Little Happies: Skiing and Adopt A Blogger!

March 10, 2014

It’s time for the second round of Little Happies! I’m linking up over at Blessed to Be and you can join in the fun too, if you’d like!

Yet again I am happy for this post – to get me thinking positively and begin appreciating the Little Happies in our life. I absolutely, positively need to focus on the good in our life…



Jonathan and I decided to take a day off this week and hit the slopes at Loveland Ski area. It was a beautiful 50 degrees, partly-cloudy/sunny day. One of my goals this year was to get Jonathan to transition from a beginning skier to a novice. By mid-day we were skiing blues consistently and Jonathan was doing really well! Part of our fun was pretending like we were in the Sochi Olympics. πŸ™‚ Afterwards we went to Beau Jo’s Pizza because they make a really good gluten free pie! Overall, a great day that left this wife very happy.



I love love love to wheel and deal. It might be my favorite of activities. Lately, this passion has been taking the form of selling items on eBay. This week I sold a Patagonia dress I haven’t worn in 4+ years for $25.99. Yes, I bought it for more than that years ago, but it served it’s purpose and I got good wear out of it. I was actually getting ready to donate it when I thought to list it. Glad I did!


Shaun T

The start of Lent. I am just really excited about some of the things God has called me to do this Lent – all of them centered around resurrecting my prayer life and intimacy with Him. That makes me so very happy and I’ve gotten a lot of consolation about it. Also, Jonathan has had a lot of success professionally this week with a project he’s helping execute – Lentsanity. If you know us, we are fitness gurus, specifically loyal to Shaun T’s programs (Insanity and most currently T-25). To our delight, on Ash Wednesday, Shaun T himself tweeted with #Lensanity. It was a great blend of our fitness and Catholic world all at once!!!


lent post

This blog post. WOW WOW WOW! It is going to make this Lent all the more powerful for me. In a weird way I felt like I’ve been in Lent for years…and this post helped me see why this liturgical season is oh so close to my daily life.


12 years

After the Oscars and 12 Years a Slave winning “best picture” we just had to see it. Β We watched it this weekend and it was really intense. It didn’t make me “happy” per say (actually quite the opposite) but it was really well done.Β It’s frighteningly based on a true story. I think it’s important to understand history and what our American ancestors experienced through the real stories…and this movie accomplished that. I highly recommend it (not for children though, as it’s rated R for many reasons).



They now sell Truvia at our local Costco!!! It’s the best stevia-based sweetener (stevia is plant based and NOT chemical based) I’ve had that’s on the market, so I am very excited. It happened to be $4/off per box of 300 packets…so I bought two boxes. We officially have enough sugar packets for my coffee for well over a year!


I’ve been making more and more connections with some really awesome gals via the world of infertility blogs. I completely wish we didn’t “meet” via these circumstances but I am really grateful for their support, encouragement, and prayers. It’s amazing how through infertility, I feel an instant connection with these ladies. Who knows where our friendships will end up or if we will ever meet one another face to face… we shall see where God’s providence takes it all! I am grateful to know each of you and walk with you in our/your journey toward God’s will.

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  • Reply Stephanie March 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Yet again I am in love all of your little happies! Skiing looks like so much fun. Never tried it before, but John keeps telling me we must try it some time. Maybe we’ll vacation some day to CO for some skiing and a blogger meet-up? πŸ™‚ You sound like a wheeling and dealing pro! Teach me your ways! I’m so pumped about how quickly Lentsanity has spread! I’ve chatted with several Catholic friends recently who just so happen to already have it on their phones when I mention it! Crazy awesome. I loved telling everyone that, “I know one of the guys who started it!!” Ha. My claim to fame. That post from TCIE is amazing, I agree. She’s really given me a better way of approaching my infertility, as something that unites me with Christ’s suffering. It’s hard stuff, but so helpful. John and I really want to see 12 Years a Slave. We opted to watch Dallas Buyers Club the other night instead because we weren’t quiiiite in the mood for something so sad, but DBC was pretty sad too. Though it had its hopeful parts mixed in. Lovin’ the Truvia deal you scored! And I’m so happy you emailed me a few weeks back about this whole deal because I feel like I’ve gotten a great friend out of it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for being my e-support!

  • Reply Catholic Mutt March 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I did not know that Beau Jo’s had a gluten free pizza! You have just made my day! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amanda March 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Catholic Mutt – I am glad to make your day! Sometimes I just crave a real pizza…that tastes like a real pizza. I am glad I have opened that door to you now! πŸ™‚

    Stephanie – you may be afraid to know how much I love wheeling and dealing! πŸ™‚ That’ll make a good blog post for the future…”How to get a deal.” If there is one to be found, I have a weird ability to sniff it out or create the opportunity for it to surface. Have you heard of Dave Ramsey? I blame him! How was DBC? I was curious as to if it’s worth watching or not. And yes, you should come ski in CO someday! It’s gorgeous out here and you have some e-friends who would be totally excited to meet you and John.

    • Reply Stephanie March 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

      I have heard of Dave Ramsey, but I’ve never read any of his stuff before. Though I should. I always hear really positive things about him!

      DBC was good… not an all-time favorite, but worth watching once. The acting was superb and the story was interesting. It’s about a heterosexual guy who gets HIV in the 80s and has to fight for proper treatment. Pretty sure it’s based on a true story. If you guys end up watching it, let me know what you think!

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