We Love You, Dad

Where do you begin when there are no words?

“Hey Emily, I just want to let you know that I love you, I’m praying for you, and you are the best.”

That is the text I got from Hudson’s dad three weeks ago. He would regularly send these as an encouragement and reminder that he loved us.

But now, he is in heaven. Yesterday, at age 55, he had a heart attack and went to be with Jesus.

Dad was so much more than a father-in-law to me.

He was one of the biggest supporters of our dreams.

He made me feel more welcomed into this wonderful family than I ever thought possible.

He was the only person I knew to purchase 30+ inner tubes so he could spend a day tubing down the river with people – or setting up a gigantic water slide for us – rather than using his free time for himself.

He put other people first, and he knew how to have fun.

He set an example of what a Godly husband and father should look like.

He raised my husband to love Jesus with his whole heart, and to love me unconditionally.

He sought first the kingdom of God, and always reminded us to do the same.

But how does life go on without him?

We don’t understand, Jesus, but we will trust You.

We love you, Dad, and can’t wait to see you again someday.

“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21

Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” Contest: You Could Win $1,000,000!

lays flavor contest

Have you heard of Lay’s flavor contest called “Do Us A Flavor?”

It’s such a unique, fun idea.

The Lay’s brand is looking for people to share their best potato chip flavor ideas, and the person with the best flavor wins the grand prize of one million dollars!

This year, they are adding an exciting new factor where you include the location that inspired your idea.

Have you entered yet? If so, what is your idea?

Mine is “Lay’s Seafood Seasoning Wavy Potato Chips.”

These would essentially be classic, wavy potato chips sprinkled with the hint-of-spice Old Bay seasoning.

lays flavor contest

This idea is inspired by my current location of Maryland, commonly known as the best state for eating crabs. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your House Smelling Fresh

how to keep your house smelling fresh

There are a lot of things I love about renting an apartment.

First, when things break, we don’t have to worry about paying to fix them. Just last week, our washing machine completely broke. Thankfully, our amazing apartment maintenance purchased and installed a new one for us within the week – at no cost.

Also, it’s fun having a pool, gym, and tennis courts less than 100 yards away. And not feeling “stuck” in one place if next year we decide we want to move somewhere else.

But with all of the positives of renting, there are also some big negatives.

For one, it can be difficult to justify “throwing money away” instead of investing it into a mortgage.

Also, there’s just something about the neighbors in an apartment complex vs. a neighborhood. Everyone just comes and goes, sometimes without even saying hi.

But probably the worst thing about an apartment is the smell. The people who used to live just across the hall from us smoke, and we would leave the house for the weekend and come back with it smelling like smoke. We wondered if our apartment always smelled like that and we had just gotten used to it! [Read more…]