Five Favorites (vol. 20)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on July 9, 2013

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Miriel’s Wedding Story!


“There was one teeny moment of panic right before Mass started when I couldn’t get my great-great-nana’s antique fan properly fastened around my wrist and it was a million degrees under my veil but as soon as the doors opened and I could see John, I knew everything was going to be okay. It still felt sort of surreal – like, oh hey, this is our wedding – but my dad kissed my cheek and shook John’s hand and stepped back, and then we were side by side and whatever happened I knew it was going to be okay.

The first thing he did when we sat down was check my pulse.”

More sweet details here! Congratulations, Miriel and John!



This Guy

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I cannot believe he is already three months old. There are no words to describe how much I love this boy.



Father Patrick Allen’s Son


This is from the weekend before last when family friend Patrick Allen became Deacon Patrick Allen. I wasn’t able to attend but from what I hear, this was taken moments after his son, Henry, scrambled out of his pew to keep his dad, who lay prostrate on the floor of the church, company. Is this photo not the sweetest thing? I get choked up every time I see it.

In related news, this past Sunday Deacon Patrick Allen became Father Patrick Allen! Please keep him and his loved ones in your prayers. Dan had the privilege of leading the catechism classes for the Charleston Ordinariate and it’s been such a joy to witness their journey. If you have a moment, you should read their story. It’s absolutely beautiful.



This Kettlebell Workout


I’m very bad at pregnancy and always gain a ridiculous amount of weight. I’ve been working on getting back in shape and this Kettlebell workout is by far my favorite strength routine. It’s killer but pretty much guarantees immediate results.



Elin Hildebrand’s Beautiful Day


If you’re in need of a good summer poolside, hammock, or beach read, Elin Hildebrand’s latest novel, Beautiful Day, was just released. I enjoyed it every bit as much as her earlier other novels – which is saying a lot. She is easily my favorite chick-lit novelist.

Oh, and just so you know, there might be just a few frisky moments in the book. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  ;)





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Nichole July 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Your baby boy is so cute! He looks like such a curious and happy little guy. Time really does fly.

And that photo of the deacon laying prostrate with the little boy is priceless!
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Olivia July 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

2. How is he already 3 months old? When did that happen?!
3. Yes, tears commence. How precious is that!
4. The BEST workout, in my opinion. Love kettlebells.
5. Perfect timing. Going away this weekend with the family and needed something good and fun to read on the water!
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Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle July 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

Wow I c an’t believe he’s 3 months!!! Time is really flyin’, although you probably don’t need me to tell you that :) He is so cute. I’ve heard great things about that book, I’ll have to check it out.
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Britt July 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

That image of the little boy and his Father is beautiful! And, the workout…I think I need to buy a kettlebell! Thanks for the info :)
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Susan July 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Baby, baby, BABY!!! Love that pic! I haven’t read any of Hilderbrand’s books, so I’m thinkin’ I will definitely have to check them out! Thanks, as always, for hosting!
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Rebekah Es July 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Oh my, I think I’m in love with that little guy, too!

bobbi @ revolution of love July 10, 2013 at 5:53 pm

The photo of your precious little man and the photo of the toddler on the floor both leave a tear in my eye! So sweet.
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