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What I’m Into ~ August 2014 Edition

So, it’s the turning of another calendar page, and one of the things that I have been looking forward to all summer was writing this post. I am genuinely excited to be linking up again with the lovely Leigh Kramer to share what we’ve been into this week!

Is it September yet?! Honestly, this summer of deployment has been dragging for me. Please don’t get me wrong, the boys and I made so many good memories together. I taught them to sing in harmony to Ed Sheeran’s song “I See Fire” from The Hobbit, we shot off fireworks together, we spent most days at the local pool, we laughed and snuggled and cooked and played… but I’m tired. So very tired, and ready for the weight of the world to roll off my shoulders.

I haven’t been around much lately. It seems that by the time the end of each deployment comes around, I am just spent. I tried taking a little time off to recharge, but it left me missing our little chats each week! I think I need to come back here and rejoin our little community, if you’ll have me! 🙂

Deployment Update…

I shared that we learned earlier in the deployment that it was a possibility that Joe might have to stay longer, but later we heard that he would be home on time. I was trying not to get my hopes up, just in case, but I let myself get a little too excited about seeing him soon. We found out this week that his deployment has been extended. We don’t know for sure how long it will be, but it could be several more weeks before I am finally in my Beloved’s arms.

I felt as though the wind had been knocked out of me. I miss him so much…

I’ve had a couple of days to let the news sink in, so now it’s time to pull myself up by my bootstraps again and keep marching. This deployment can’t last forever. I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it has to be there…Right?

New ‘do!

I had the crazy idea to try something a little sassy when I had my hair cut. I asked my hairstylist magician to give me an asymmetrical cut! It took a little while for me to get used to it, but now I love how it looks and feels. It’s just a little something different as I grow it back out.

Asymmetrical bob haircut -

New specs!

I once was blind, but now I see! After six years with my red pair, it was time to upgrade my prescription and my frames. This Versace number jumped out at me. The opticians explained how larger frames are becoming all the rage – but I liked the lighter look, and ever-so-slight cat-eye shape of my new glasses!

What I'm Into ~ August 2014 Edition

So soft!

I’m head over heals for this new lotion that I found – The Naked Bee! I picked it up while daytripping in Oklahoma a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t be a bigger fan! I love the silky feel and the light scent of my Pomegranate & Honey lotion! I haven’t looked for a place up here in Kansas that sells them yet, but I need to before I run out!

August What I'm Into ~ Naked Bee Lotion


I sent off my wedding and engagement rings off to be cleaned and have the prongs tightened recently. I hate not wearing them, but it gave me the opportunity to wear my special placeholder ring on my left hand again. My Beloved gave me this ring before we were engaged, shortly before he left for a six month deployment to Afghanistan. This color-changing garnet means the world to me, and it sparkled at me every day while my rings were gone.

August What I'm Into ~ Placeholder Ring

But I sure liked putting them back on my finger, where they belong!

August What I'm Into ~ Wedding Rings

Handmade goodies!

My lovely friend Krista from Rambling Tart makes the most beautiful hand-burnt wooden pieces, and I was thrilled to order one for my very own! Be sure to stay tuned to learn how YOU can win the other one for your own kitchen! Check out her Etsy Store for even more beauties!

August What I'm Into ~ Wooden Spoons


Yep, I said sweat. I’ve still been getting my groove on most days to AKT in Motion streaming videos. I took a few days off recently…Did I mention that I fell off a ladder last week? Um, yeah. You’re not looking at the most graceful of girls. I am so thankful that it wasn’t worse. I’m sore, but nothing else.  Thankfully this picture was taken after a long cardio session, and not after my disagreement with the ladder!

August What I'm Into ~ Exercise


I finally read Olive Kitteridge! Now I know why so many of you have loved this book! A big thank you to Sandy for encouraging me to delve into Olive’s story! This was my very first time to read Elizabeth Strout, but it certainly won’t be my last!

August What I'm Into ~ Olive Kitteridge

For a while I wanted to only read fluff – no wars, abuse, thought of suicide, or teens dying of cancer… but I went ahead a picked up a little of everything from the library the other day. Just in case.

Right now I’m reading Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn. Fluffy, it is not, but I have to finish the book before the movie comes out in October! It’s the rule that I have for our boys, and I try to follow it, too.

I have these lovely ladies waiting for me… Which should I start on next? Have you read any of them? I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of them!

August What I'm Into ~ Books


Then Again, by Diane Keaton

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger

Glittering Images, by Susan Howatch

I Shall Be Near to You, by Erin Lindsay McCabe


I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated all of the love and support that everyone has given us. Emily made my day when she sent me a Starbucks gift card – so I could take care of myself. I’ve been out to dinner with my brother, Erin brought me chocolate and a candle, tiramisu and chatting with my sister-in-law, sushi with friends – Fran and Traci, and I have spent wonderful girl time with my sister. I called my friend Amy this week, (Joe’s sister), and I was able to vent to her. My mom sent me an encouraging email at the perfect time, and my mother-in-law has had just the right words my heart needed to hear… “This is not wasted time.”

Your comments, messages, hugs, and prayers have helped me through this deployment more than you will ever know. Thank you so much for being there for me – and I hope you know that I’m here for you. I am so grateful that you have let me be a small part of your lives! *giant hugs all around*

What about you? What have you been up to this month? Have you read any good books lately? Seen an amazing movie? Found a must-have beauty product? Drop me a line – I’d love to hear all about it!

Let’s get through this month… together! *fist bump*

~ Love,


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  • Ginger, your haircut looks amazing! I absolutely loved Peace Like a River. And it IS almost September- I’d never say “I know how you feel” with the deployment, since I don’t, but I’m praying for you and feeling for you! xo

  • Love your new haircut! I have a similar stacked bob, and I think I accidentally got an asymmetrical cut last time. (Oops!) That’s what you get when you try a new hair dresser, I guess!
    Sending you strength as you gut it out for these last few weeks of deployment. You can do it! And yes, definitely come back here to chat! I love reading your posts.
    I haven’t read any of the books on your nightstand so I don’t have any advice for you, other than I usually like to mix up genres, so maybe something different than what you’ve been reading lately? I’m adding Olive Kittredge to my audiobook list!

    • ginger says:

      Oh, Sarah – thank you so much for your encouraging words! I took your advice and started reading a completely different genre than I usually go for – and I’m loving it! 🙂

  • Steph says:

    Love your glasses! I can’t imagine how hard it would be to have my husband deployed. Not to mention it being extended. Hoping he gets home soon!

  • Love those glasses!


    I’m getting motivated to get an update on the eyewear …. thanks for the encouragement!

    Sweet weekend blessings, Ginger …

    • ginger says:

      Hiya, Linda! I’m so glad you stopped by! New eyewear is certainly a big change – but I’m really enjoying my new specs! Good luck finding yours! 🙂

  • Krista says:

    I can only imagine how your heart is aching for your man to be home with you again. XO Wishing you MUCH courage and strength to hang on, and concrete return dates so you can settle a bit. XO I love your new glasses – you look fabulous. 🙂 And I’m so very, very glad you like the spoons. 🙂

  • What a wonderful post! 🙂 (and I agree with the other comments here – your haircut is beautiful!) Thank you for reminding me about Ed Sherran’s song, “I See Fire”….so good! 🙂 You’ve got a great book stack going there. I’ve heard many, many people talk about how they love “Peace Like A River”, but I haven’t read it yet. I read and LOVED the Glittering Images series.

    • ginger says:

      Hiya Sarah! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you liked the Glittering Images books! They are still sitting on my nightstand – and I’m trying to figure out which one to read first! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Ibukun says:

    I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it is to be a military wife! You are so strong and I pray your husband comes home to you a lot sooner than you expected. It’s pretty weird how I haven’t yet read ANY book by Gillian Flynn. Definitely missing out on one of the best things in life.

    • ginger says:

      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your prayers! Thank you so much! Gillian Flynn books (the two that I’ve read) are very dark – but they sure keep you hooked to the very last page! 😉

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    I’m sorry to hear the deployment was extended! How frustrating. Hope the time passes quickly and smoothly. Cute haircut and glasses!

    • ginger says:

      Hiya Leigh! Yep, pretty frustrating – but I’m trying to fill up the time with fun things. I’m actually heading out your way this weekend for a fast trip to see a friend! I’ve never been to Nashville, so I’m pretty excited! 😉

  • Tammy says:

    I love the glasses! I have been wanting to get readers in that shape. Have you tried the Naked Bee lip balm – it is amazing!

    • ginger says:

      Hi Tammy! I’m loving the extra reading room in my new glasses! Love these bigger frames! I will have to find myself some Naked Bee lip balm. The lotion is so soft, that I can only imagine how nice my lips will feel, too! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • Jan H says:

    Hey Ginger! Catching up on your blog! Missed reading your words 🙂
    My long summer is ending in a bitter sweet fight for my faith and family and you are always encouraging. Thank you.

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