Friday with Freda ~ A Guest Post

This week’s Friday with Freda is a guest blog from my friend Ivette Diaz. Ivette has a unique perspective on our family because sometimes when Jeff and I have to leave town for rm2g business, she stays with the kids and grandma. She is a true blessing to me, and has a heart for family unlike anyone else I have ever known. I hope you enjoy Ivette’s reflections, and take the time to check out her personal blog. She is a beautiful woman of God with an amazing heart.

Getting to spend time with Freda and the kiddos in Jeff and Julie’s absence has been a gift. It’s allowed me get to know these three in  much more personal way and we’ve made some great memories while we’re at it: Dance parties in the living room,  dishwasher mishaps (may the Ice Cream Scoop rest in peace) a picnic at the park and even done some aerobics led by Freda herself! But more than memory-making, I’ve also learned a lot from this bunch, especially Freda.

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It is Almost Here…Jeep Jamboree in Laurel Highlands PA

Tomorrow Jeff and I board a plane to take us to Pennsylvania. I can hardly believe that the Jeep Jamboree Laurel Highlands is almost here. I caught this on The Vermont Jeep Girl’s Facebook page this week and it totally got me stoked for the upcoming trip (and yes, I just used the word stoked):

 

This week I am finding myself needing a little escape from the normal.

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Never Give Up!

This Saturday abide with these inspired words from Paul:

We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. (Now that is abiding friends!)

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will recieve more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Through our bodies are dying, or spirits are being renewed every day.  ~2 Corinthians 4:14-16 NLT

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Friday with Freda ~ Role of Responsibility

My grandma is getting old.

I know, you’re shocked. Because for six months now I have been talking on Fridays about the funny things she says and does and how she is in such amazing shape for someone who is eighty nine.

She inspires me.

But the last month it has started to seem like she is getting old.

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A Fun Little Jeep Announcement

 

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared that I had been praying for something for weeks, but the answer came back loud and clear NO? Yeah, that was not a fun day.

Then something unexpected happened that was a huge YES. Remember? Well I finally get to share with everyone what happened.

Over on the Rocky Mountain Media Group blog today Jeff and I announced to our friends and clients about being contacted by corporate Jeep and being asked to be brand advocates. You can read all about the official announcement here.

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Abide, Rest, Love

This long weekend I am taking time to abide, rest, and love.

So far it looks like this…

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Friday with Freda ~ Let’s Make Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Last Friday morning over coffee Grandma mentioned she would love to have some of her homemade vegetable soup. Immediately, I got excited. I remembered all of those fall nights when I was a little girl and coming home from school. Her amazing homemade vegetable beef soup would be on the stove simmering. I got even more excited when I remembered we had some leftover roast in the fridge from just two days before—sweet manna from heaven!

It was decided. That evening when I was finished work, we would make this soup together. The menu for the evening was set. I jotted down everything I needed to pick up from the store on my way home. This meal was going to be special.

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Cracks in the Pottery

I’m showing you some of my mess today. My cracks in the pottery. Everything seems so disorganized right now. My table at home looks like this:

and my desk at work looks like this:

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Leadership Lessons from Bierstadt ~ Manage Expectations

The day started out nothing like I thought it would. Right from the beginning I had to manage expectations. The first thing I didn’t count on was this when we pulled up to the Bierstadt parking lot…

Not even 7:30 AM and I had to begin to re-work what I thought the day would look like. I thought we were super early. I had no idea there would be that many people climbing. I thought it would be a quiet day on the trail.

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Hiking a 14er

I can’t believe I’m doing this again.

Earlier this Summer when I climbed Pike’s Peak for the first time, I thought I was getting hooked. Smitten with a newfound love.

But still, I can’t believe I’m doing this again. Hiking a 14er. The very concept seems so strange for a suburban mommy who drives a Ford Freestyle and runs carpool between business meetings. I also like saying I’m hiking a 14er too, because it makes me feel so…not boring.

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