can you tell me?

Posted: August 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Can you tell me…how it is already August? Seven months have disappeared in the blink of an eye. Somehow time snuck up on me and now I must face the month that will try to kill me. We travel (by CAR!) to Philadelphia this weekend. My friend’s wedding stuff occupies my schedule all month. I will have to pick up more intensive lessons for the Sunday class I lead. Life continues on its mad course. Busy, busy, busy month ahead. Also, in August, a portion of each post is going to share something random from a list of topics being shared among bloggers. I got the idea from Lisa. Today’s topic is a guilty pleasure of mine. I would have to say my guilty pleasure is being able to stay in my pajamas or workout clothes all day if I so desired. Can you tell me why we all can’t just agree that sweats and tees are appropriate attire for everything?

Next up. Can you tell me HOW I’m supposed to fit all the shower information onto this tiny invitation?


And where this shower is even going to be? Or who to send the invites to? Since I can’t get addresses from the bride or the friend who is organizing the hotel room on the phone.

Can you tell me…why can’t we eat birthday cake every day? Yesterday we celebrated my nephew’s 3rd birthday. As usual with our family, it was a mad house of chatter and kids scrambling everywhere. All calmed for the cake. Oh, the cake!


I used to despise birthday cake. I blame Makenzie for my current infatuation with it. I never liked cake, ketchup, or candy corn until I became pregnant with her.

Can you tell me…could Makenzie BE any cuter? Well maybe without bangs in her eyes and peanut butter smeared across her face. Nah! She’s perfect.


Can you tell me…why is writing so fulfilling? I love putting my thoughts into words and onto (cyber) paper. I got a fair amount of writing done yesterday – my next fit pregnancy article (please CLICK), my Healthy Tipping Point story for Caitlin, and a lot of brainstorming for something special.

Can you tell me…why it is so hard to know God’s plan? I 100% am willing to follow Him where He leads me. And lately I have been getting these thoughts that wedge into my mind and cling onto my heart. They feel good, but there is a problem. How do I KNOW they are from God, not just something I come up with out of pride or because it seems cool? How do I know if  I should pursue them? Or is fear holding me back and am I trying to find a reason not to follow these things in my heart? For example, I have something that I would love to do on the blog and I think it could promote something amazing for every woman out there. I don’t want to just dive in without knowing it is something from God though because it is that important and dear to me. I guess all I can do is pray about it for now.

Can you tell me…how the body is so smart? Yesterday I was not that hungry. I had a light breakfast of my beloved egg/laughing cow/tomato/Morningstar sausage sandwich. Then had this lovely plate for lunch awhile later.


I ate an early dinner at the party, which was one taco of salsa, cheese, and beef plus a small slice of that cake. Then, I wasn’t hungry the rest of the day and ate nothing that night.

Today, however, I have been a bottomless pit. I devoured a quick, delicious breakfast of waffles with pb + syrup and some Morningstar Farms sausages. Then, I needed a heftier meal for lunch and convinced the hubs to hit up Atlanta Bread Company for my sandwich craving. I was STILL hungry! But, if there is one thing I know, it is to trust my body and let it do its thing. So, I’ll be munching something here shortly.


Can you tell me…if you are on my new Blogger Love page? I updated the page with the blogs that were on my previous list and all the new, fabulous people I have come across recently who requested to be included. Please check your link and let me know of any problems. If I missed you or you still want to be on the page, please let me know in a comment below. Help me spread the blogger love!

Now, can you really tell me…

  • …how your weekend was?
  • …your insight to any of the above?
  • …you own “Can you tell me?” question?
  • …did you click my link? I had to throw it in there!

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62 Comments to “can you tell me?”
  1. Can you tell me why I always get so much out of your posts? It’s the whole package I tell you! Also, if you wouldn’t mind adding me to your blogger love, I’d really appreciate it! I need to set up my own page like that. Great idea!

    • Tina says:

      You are so sweet. I honestly just write what God puts on my heart to share. I believe it all comes from him and I LOVE it. 🙂

  2. I know, I can’t believe it’s August already either! Although I will admit that I am excited for autumn – halloween, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, I love it all!

    Your blogger love page is really nice. I love that you included their names along with their blogs. A very cute, personal touch 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I’m with you! I’m sad to see time pass so fast, but heck – autumn needs to get here faster. Love the fall!

  3. Thanks for adding me to your blogger love page!!
    And I agree, the body is very smart and knows exactly what you need!

  4. I can’t believe it is August either. I am getting kind of sad that my boys are heading to school a week from Monday! Mackenzie is so cute! That is my baby sister’s name! I did click your links. I love them. We have had a little too much entertaining this weekend…I need sleep! We have had so much fun, but we are all worn out! Enjoy your evening, Tina!

  5. Thank you for adding me to your blogger page 🙂

    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful, peanut butter and all.

  6. Ameena says:

    I can’t believe it is August as well! And I can’t believe how adorable your daughter is. I also can’t believe that I am jealous of her pretty hair. 🙂

    Thank you for adding me to your blogroll! I really appreciate it.

  7. Thanks for adding me to your Blog Love page!
    As for the invitations, time to find the finest point pen you can! It’s a really cute invitation though, I like the ribbon detail.
    Super cute peanut butter face! Love the bow in her hair too!

  8. good luck haha, ur gonna have to get really creative to fit everything in. its such a cute card too!


  9. homecookedem says:

    Can you tell me why I love your blog SO much?! Seriously I love when I see you have a new post up!! You are such a great writer… not to mention a wonderful friend!! 🙂

    M is so cute and even cuter with PB on her face, hehe!! And I’m so with you on the birthday cake thing… I could totally eat a corner slice with a flower on it every single day!! 😉

  10. he he he… make the writing super tiny and provide magnifying glasses in the envelope? 😉

  11. I totally agree…how on earth is it August?!?! What the hell? I feel like time is marching on and I want to scream STOP! Although I will admit that some cooler weather would be nice!!!

  12. Meg says:

    I’m wondering how it can already be August myself. Time really does fly! when you get older I guess.

    Yay! Thanks for adding me to your Blogger Love!

  13. Sarah says:

    Your daughter is SO cute (even with that peanut butter and hair in her face!).

    And that thing that you’re thinking of doing on the blog? I agree that you should keep praying, don’t rush it (sometimes I get so excited and end up doing things before I should), listen (to God), and when you feel he’s given you peace, GO FOR IT. With that said, don’t be afraid to “fail.” If it doesn’t work out the way you’re thinking it will, God may be using your experience for something HE has in mind ;). I think that’s all I’ve got on that particular topic so far…

  14. can you tell me why peanut butter and chocolate are just so good together???

  15. Thanks for the giveaway support!!

    You are driving to my neck of the woods 🙂 How longs the drive from where you are???

    Oh, and your daughter is super precious! Gorgeous!!!

  16. awww that pic of Makenzie is seriously too adorable!!!!

  17. Lee says:

    Makenzie is such a cutie! I would totally wear my workout clothes all the time if I could. I think another guilty pleasure of mine is bad MTV reality shows (Real World, Jersey Shore, Teen Mom etc). I just like them!

    I read your article!

  18. Kelly says:

    I totally agree that a). I can’t believe it’s August already! and b). why on earth can’t we eat Birthday cake all the time? I’m not sure I know the answer to why writing is so fulfilling, but I agree whole-heartedly 🙂 When I started blogging a few months ago I thought it would be a hard thing to keep up, but Iove thinking of new post ideas and getting my thoughts down.

    I’m clicking on your link!

  19. I hear ya girlfriend….particularly on the whole following God and wanting to know SO FRIGGIN BADLY if it’s God’s will and not your own.
    we are considering a hyuge life change that involves packing up and moving half way across the country.
    We need a change so badly. There are many obstacles, but as long as God provides ways through or around, you can be content it’s His will.
    Pray for wisdom! He ALWAYS answers that 🙂

  20. My weekend rocked! I was surrounded by family and loved it.

    I’m doing the 30 days of insight, too! Yay for finding out more about everyone.

  21. Nope, I do not think Makenzie could get any cuter 🙂 She’s gorgeous! And I am most definitely on your list.

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  23. That picture of Makenzie is WAY too cute!

  24. Your little one is so beautiful with those huge blue eyes!

  25. Ilana says:

    This is a lovely post! Mackenzie is indeed a cutie, and those baby shower invites, while impractical, are adorable. Just write teeny-tiny!! Or print up a sticker…I dunno!

    I agree with the pajamas-and-sweats-all-day sentiment. This is why I want to be a Pilates instructor and personal trainer – i can wear sweats all day!!

  26. Jessica says:

    Makenzie is SO cutt in that picture!!! I love reading your blog.
    It is hard sometimes to let go and listen to God because
    we know he has a plan for us.

  27. Wendy says:

    Would love to be on your Blogger Love page if that’s okeedokee!
    Makenzie is adorrrrrable! She reminds me a lot of my little Blondie-butt!

  28. This is a great post and seems so honest and real. And yes, that is one adorable little girl, PB and all! Actually I think that makes her look cuter yet and I do believe she is starting a hot new trend with the wispy bangs and PB shmear 😉

  29. I would love to eat birthday cake everyday! And the bangs in the eyes and PB on the mouth make the little girl cuter than ever!

  30. Crazy crazy that it’s already August! Obviously, I live in workout clothes. People often don’t recognize me when I’m not wearing them.

  31. Nichole says:

    You got me thinking, that’s for sure. I can’t tell you why your daughter is the cutest thing ever, I wish I could. But I can tell you that I’m excited to hear more about the idea for the blog, we’re always interested. You’re writing is patient and inspirational. So proud of you on the Examiner as well!

  32. Hope you had a great time in Philly! For once…I wasn’t here. Because, my weekend was great, and I traveled to NH to see my grandparents.

  33. I grew up in Philly-I hope you have a safe trip! Can you tell me why the weekends always go by so quickly?

  34. I am so behind so I’m just going to say that I hope you’re doing well. Can’t wait to catch up when I get back home. Oh and next year, you MUST meet us at the Road Trip 😉

  35. Camille says:

    I really like this post!
    My weekend was good but very tiring. I am ready for things to slow down again!
    And yep, I clicked your link 🙂

  36. I for one cannot think of a reason why it’s not legit to wear sweats and t’s all day every day! 😉

    Nope. Mackenzie couldn’t be any cuter. She is freaking adorable!!

    As far as all your plans…just keep praying about them! Your motivation is inspiring, dear! And good luck during this busy, busy month!

  37. So I was reading your “About Me” page, and you had me until “UGA football”. I guess I can forgive you, but I’m still bitter about a few bowl games (Capital One bowl 2004 and Chick-Fil-A bowl 2006). 🙂

  38. oh my gosh, those invitations are so cute! Good find! And, of course, Makenzie is PRECIOUS too 😉

    I’m struggling with blogging today (just one of those days…) but if I promise to get back in the groove tomorrow, will you add me to your blog love page?

    I need to update mine soon too!

  39. I would love if you would add my blog:

    I recently updated mine and added yours as well.

    I love this post today — especially the one about following God’s plan. It is hard. You want to do what is right and what you feel He would want you to do, but we really don’t know. Pray about it, think about it and you’ll know if you made the right decision! Take care!

  40. Your daughter is SO so adorable! I love all your “can you tell me’s” but especially about the body part! Isn’t fantastic how your body lets you know when you NEED sustenance!??

  41. Sami says:

    …how your weekend was? fabulous! resting & relaxing for once!

    …your insight to any of the above? the body IS amazing. it knows just what it needs!

    …you own “Can you tell me?” can you tell me how you are SO inspirational ? 🙂

    …did you click my link? I did! And I am sad to see that I’m NOT on the blogger love page! Don’t you love me anymore, Tina!? Haha. XO.

  42. Erin says:

    Hey girl love your page too…and yes maybe one day we will learn to love running…even thought I highly doubt it (: Wishful thinking!
    Ugh and I was just discussing with a co-worker how I cannot even grasp that it is AUG. 2nd! Where did June and July go??

  43. I hear ya on all of the above, especially the part about why it’s so hard to figure out what God’s plan for us is! I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately as I’m trying to figure out what is going to happen with the next year, let alone next month of my life. This weekend was great because it finally sunk in and hit me that, you know what, He is the one that knows what is supposed to happen, and if it’s really meant to be, He’ll make it happen! On the same idea, you’ve got me curious now about that “thing” you’re thinking about doing on your blog… if you’d like a second opinion (although it would likely be an uninformed one!) I’d be happy to provide my 2 cents. Oh, and I’d love to be on your blog love page if you’re still looking for more! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great afternoon!

  44. Mandy says:

    Makenzie definitely could NOT be any cuter!!!! love love love her.

  45. Rachel says:

    I had a great weekend! Threw that cowboy party and it was a great time.

  46. I’m with you, I can’t believe it’s August either. Time is going by so fast, before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here! I’d like to be on your page if you are adding to it. 🙂

  47. Emily says:

    No, Mackenzie could not be any cuter, she’s adorable!! Looks like you got a good one on your hands 🙂

  48. Hi Tina! Mackenzie is super cute! And – you CAN eat birthday cake every day! : )


  49. I can’t believe it’s August either! Big Boy is starting pre-k in a couple weeks. I am so not ready for that. Mackenzie is so adorable. 🙂 I blame my children for my sweet tooth too. I never had one until my first pregnancy.

  50. Yes! I am from Atlanta! I currently live in the DC area but both my husband and I grew up in Atlanta. In fact, I was looking at your Greenway pictures and I definitely walk that (if it’s where I think it is) when I go visit my parents.

    Your daughter is precious! Are you hoping your next will be a boy or another girl?

    Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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