The Heavenly Bridge……

On Saturday night at 10:22 pm, we said goodbye to our oldest cat, our beloved furry penguin, as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge into the arms of Jesus.

If you’ve ever had to say an abrupt goodbye to a furbaby, you understand how hard this has been.

I’ll be doing another blog on this subject soon-ish.

Remember dear reader, you are never alone, even in your grief.



To our furry penguin:

We’ll love you forever.
We’ll like you for always.
As long as we’re living,
Our baby you’ll be.

*The above poem originally appeared in Robert Munch’s book, “Love You Forever” and is adapted from the original version.


LAFF on Saturday: Adventures in Babysitting Ft. GLOZELL…..

This week I really struggled with what to post for my LAFF (Lulabelle’s Anxiety Free Friday) but since I woke up at 6:30AM to check on our oldest cat, I haven’t been able to go back to sleep so I’ve been sucked into the rabbit hole of Youtube.

And discovered the following video.

Glozell Green is a comedian from Los Angeles, California and is known for wearing green lipstick. She is also famous for filming herself doing crazy challenges like drinking hot sauce and making up ridiculous characters.

Enjoy! πŸ˜€

Glozell appears courtesy of Youtube and the internets

When Awkward Dating Profile Photos Turn into Happily Ever After….

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. 8 years ago last month I was perusing profiles on, a Christian online dating website. One particular profile picture stood out to me:


Now to be fair, there were two photos on his profile that were of his actual face, but the one of a cat drinking out of toilet, a look of no regret on it’s face, definitely piqued my interest and made me laugh so hard I had toΒ  get to know him further. So I sent him a message:

“Hi, I enjoyed reading your profile and thought I’d drop you a line and say hello. Hope you have a great day!” (Ok, this isn’t verbatim what I wrote, but it’s close to what I could remember. I had thought I had this conversation saved, but alas, I did not 😦  )

Oh man, now I am forever grateful that he disregarded my awkward, pithy delivery and wrote me back. πŸ˜›

For the next month we wrote back and forth. I came to find out that the man who posted the funny picture of his cat shamelessly drinking out of the toilet on his profile page was also an amazing writer. With an even zanier, quick wit. He was kind, generous and really funny.

I was hooked. I’d even wake up at 6:00am on a SATURDAY to chat with him in real time.

6AM….ON A SATURDAY!! If that doesn’t say TRUE LOVE, I don’t know what does! πŸ˜›

And so our first date-in person-commenced a month later….which led to more dates.

Fast forward 5 years, including almost 3 long distance, and we stood up in fancy clothes, before God, and our friends and family and vowed to support and love each other under one roof till death parts us.

Almost 3 years in and I am forever grateful that I clicked on that profile picture.

So dear reader, if you are contemplating doing the online dating thing–I know, it can be pretty intimidating–set standards and keep them high, but also keep an open mind.

I promise you’ll be glad you did. πŸ˜‰


Flying wedding

**Our favorite wedding photo appears courtesy of Ryan Miller and our personal archives


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Lulabelle Cooks Without a Net: Apple Pie Smoothie…..

Well, I’m at it again. But this time, this one is pretty good. I promise.

No, I’m serious. Stay with me.

This one has our usual suspects of yogurt, milk, spinach and one lonely banana (that’s all we had) added for thickness.Β  To this I added frozen apples that came from our backyard, brown sugar (roughly 1/6th of a cup. Keyword, “roughly”), and eyeballed portions of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Finally, I found where our protein powder was hiding and added that in. No measuring required because I lost the measuring cup that comes with it.

Now I was a bit skeptical of using frozen apple slices because I wasn’t sure they’d blend properly. But I didn’t want to cut them down further for fear of cutting myself. So I dumped them in and hoped for the best.

It turned out to be an awesome decision. Especially since it was pretty humid yesterday and the end result was very refreshing.

So I combined all those ingredients and blended the mixture for a few seconds. The end result was an icy, refreshing thing that was not really a smoothie consistency, but chunkier.

Not unlike an apple-pie gazpacho. Ok, I promise it tastes better than I’m describing.


So I originally made this yesterday and had some leftover today. The mixture had separated as it always has, but instead of pouring it into a cup and drinking it, I put it back on the blender base and blended it together again for about 10 seconds. It combined together like it had been the night before.

This ones a keeper, guys. Seriously.

Bon-appetit’ y’all!


**My smoothies may not all be winners, but at least they are salmonella free! πŸ˜€ Image appears courtesy of google image search

Motivational Tuesday……

It is Tuesday. We are not even halfway through the week. The weather is starting to get more sunny, but along with that comes the heat and the stickiness and the grossness.

This may leave you with an irresistible urge to shave your head (and you’ve somehow forgotten how to spell common words, even though you’re a daily blogger).

Please don’t shave your head.

I mean, I’m sure you’ll still look amazing and wonderful with a shiny noggin, but I just am afraid that you’ll regret that decision, even though through a shaved head you can feel the breeze better and this will in the short term help to cool you off.

We are not even half way through the week and your To-Do list keeps getting longer, with no projects crossed out yet.

Except the To-Do task of shaving your head because we just decided that might be a bad idea.

So dear friends, as we move into the middle part of our week, take heart. You can get through this. Just breathe…….and drink a little bit more coffee…….



*Photo Credit-our personal archives. Here our fearless blogger’s husband girds up his loins to make it through the middle of the week. Just add coffee! πŸ˜€