Friday, May 9, 2014

Five Loves on Friday!

Happy Friday, friends!  This has been such an EXCITING week!!!  Let's get right to the good stuff!

It wasn't easy, but it was worth it!  Little one earned her BLACK BELT in taekwondo!!!

2.  Earning a black belt calls for a CELEBRATORY vid!!!

3.  These are the priceless moments that make up the sweetest, most cherished memories of a lifetime!

At the end of the night I asked Little One what the best moment of that oh so exciting day was.  She told me it was when we hugged and cried together after she received her black belt.  We embraced and shed tears of sheer joy!  I had never seen her so overcome with emotion!  This moment was nearly two years in the making.  Countless hours of practice, classes, private lessons, tears, accomplishments, moments of uncertainty, determination, diligence, and passion lead to this moment of sweet victory!  I have no doubt that it will forever be one of the most special and memorable evenings of our lifetime!

4.  Another Year in the Books & a Beautiful Handmade Gift to Mark the Occasion

Isn't this handmade bookmark Little One received from her teachers beautiful?

Wednesday night the girls celebrated the end of the school year with a party at church before classes and youth group broke for the summer.  I praise God for the excellent, biblically solid, Christ-exalting classes they've enjoyed this year!

Meanwhile, Jason and I enjoyed a sweet lit'l mini-date night...
Fresh flowers, fabulous snacks {curried chicken salad & cranberry couscous}, & fantastic company!

5.  5,000 Pinterest Followers!

While this isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things, it sure is fun!! Five just happens to be my lifelong favorite number.  I remember at five years old I didn't want to have a birthday, because I wanted to stay "5" forever.  I just happened to marry a man with 5 letters in his first name and five letters in his last, afterwards we moved into Apt. #5.  It's not my "lucky" number (I don't believe in "luck"), but for so many little reasons it is my favorite.  So, hitting 5,000 followers sure made me smile!  Thank you to each of you who follow along!  Pinterest is such a fun and inspiring addiction tool!

Thanks for visiting today, friends!  Have a fabulous weekend! 

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  1. Wow! Check again bc I'm now your newest follower!! :) I can't believe she has a black belt! Way to go! Ya'll should celebrate and now she can kick anyone's butt that messes with Mom on Mother's Day! haha Hope you and your fam has a fabulous weekend! xoxo

  2. This post makes my heart SOOOOO happy!!!!! Way to go, sweet girl!!!! And now I'm hungry for the tastes and SMELLS of Whole Foods! It's truly one of my faves! :) CONGRATS on hitting FIVE-thousand followers!!!! WOOHOO! ;) This blog is definitely one of MY faves on Fridays! ;)

  3. A black belt! Wow! Congratulations!! Have a nice weekend! :)

  4. Congrats to your little one a black belt! Wow! And 5,000 pinterest followers. Huge accomplishment! Happy Friday!

  5. Congrats on the black belt! That is very impressive! I don't know much about karate but I know you are an expert if you have a black belt!!

  6. A black belt, 5,000 followers and a Whole Foods date sounds like an AWESOME week! Happy almost weekend :)

  7. Brenda! Congratulations for your adorable Little on her belt! That is quite an achievement! You guys are so cute in that pic! You look like such a proud Mama! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! xo

  8. Congrats to you daughter on her black belt!! That is SO awesome! I absolutely love that video that you made. You did a really great job! :) And I love that her favorite part was receiving hugs from y'all. So sweet! Have a wonderful mother's day weekend, Brenda! You're a wonderful mother so I hope you feel celebrated!!!

  9. Congratulations to your daughter! My whole family, including myself, did American Karate and all have black belts. It's such an accomplishment, and at such a young age. I'm sure you are so proud!

  10. A black belt! Amazing! Congrats on the 5000 followers :)

    I'd love for you to come visit and maybe even sign up for my favorite color swap!


  11. Congrats on Little One's black belt, that is amazing! And I love the curried chicken salad from Whole Foods. Yay for 5,000 followers on Pinterest! Happy early Mother's Day and have a great weekend!

  12. Oh my goodness!! Congrats to your little one on her blackbelt! What nan accomplishment!! That is awesome. Love love love her favorite moment, how sweet and special :)

  13. congrats to little one and her blackbelt. Way to Go...

  14. Wow! You did have quite the week!! You're such a sweet Mama. =)

  15. Ah! Love the vid! Such a great accomplishment. So amazing watching your children work at something and keep at it for such a long time and make their way to the top.

    Congrats on 5000+ followers, I didn't even realize I wasn't following you yet! I never get on pinterest unless I'm looking for holiday ideas! And, FB! Didn't know you had one.


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